Child of the Universe by Ray Jayawardhana – Kids Book Review

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What I Loved:

The illustrations in Child of the Universe were absolutely beautiful. My daughter was captivated and requested multiple times that we go back a page so she could look a little more. The illustrator, Raúl Colón, did an excellent job of matching the story to his artwork. It was lovely!

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Book Review

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What I Loved:

The world Ernest Cline has created is one that completely envelopes the reader and takes them into the story and into the game. I loved this world. I do play video games. I remember the Atari I couldn’t wait to turn on when I visited my aunt and uncle, and when I got my Nintendo, I was SO excited. So, even though I don’t play much anymore, it was so much fun to delve into this crazy virtual reality world that Cline built.

How I Felt:

I listened to Ready Player One and while I am sure that reading this book will elicit the same exciting response I had to this story, I would like to highly recommend the audio edition. The narrator was wonderful. If you do not like to pay for audio, I found it through Libby at my library!

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A Reason for Living by Julian Jingles – Review and Giveaway

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What I Loved:

I really enjoyed the location for A Reason for Living. Set in Kingston, Jamaica in the 1960s, there were Civil Rights movements happening, and I really liked reading a story that was surrounded by this time in history. It was a new subject for me, and I appreciated learning about the events of the time and how people reacted to them.

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Cynetic Wolf by Matt Ward – Book Review

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What I Loved:

Cynetic Wolf was such a fast-paced story! It felt like from page one, I was immersed in this world and in the middle of the story. If you are looking for something that immediately grabs your attention and doesn’t let go, this is the book!

How I Felt:

First of all, can we just talk about this fabulous cover? I love all of the elements of the story that are built into this artwork! It’s seriously a cover that I keep looking at again and again because it is filled with amazing things to see!

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One Week Queen by K. Leigh – Book Review

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What I Loved:

Berkeley, the main character, is the perfect character to make you believe in second chances. I loved how she struggled with the inner demons of her own making, as well as the ones from outside and beyond her control.

How I Felt:

When the first book in a series ends, I’m a bit sad because I have to wait for the second book, and I just want to know what that next part of the story is! I was so excited to get my hands on One Week Queen, the second book in The Robinson Sisters series. This book did not let me down one tiny bit! I loved it!

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Run Girl Run by Willow Rose – Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the Run Girl Run blog tour hosted by Silver Dagger Book Tours!

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What I Loved:

I loved this book! Run Girl Run had such an interesting twist to the story! It felt like a mystery with some paranormal aspects added, and it made the story excellent!

How I Felt:

The Characters: Harry Hunter is back again! He continues to be such a great main character for this series! His devotion to his job, and his family, makes him so lovable. I like that his character seems to skirt the edges of the right and wrong line. He’s willing to do what needs to be done to get the job done. I also liked the additional storylines around his wife and his daughter in this book. It helped to fill out Harry as a person, and his daughter’s story was so interesting!

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One Woman Falling by Melanie Campbell – Book Review

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Welcome to the One Woman Falling book tour hosted by JustRead Tours!

What I Loved:

One Woman Falling was such an emotionally impactful book, it almost hurt to read. I am so impressed with Melanie Campbells’s ability to write about the topic of domestic violence with such beautiful words. I was so drawn into this book and it deeply touched me.

How I Felt:

The characters felt so real in this story. Melanie Campbell created Cassie Peterson, a woman living a life filled with domestic abuse and made her come to life on the pages. Her story takes the reader through the emotional impact domestic abuse has on a person. Cassie comes to realize that she is worthy of love and that this relationship is not a loving one. Her faith helps to guide her to understand her own strength and empower her to make a change.

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The Road to Delano by John DeSimone – Review and Giveaway

Welcome to The Road to Delano book tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours!

What I Loved:

The Road to Delano is a wonderful mix of thriller, mystery, and historical fiction. I loved the way the author set this story. It was impactful and kept me on the edge of my seat!

How I Felt:

The characters were easy to relate to. I was so invested in Jack’s story. I wanted him to find out who killed his father and to find all the answers to his questions. My heart continued to go out to him as one incident after another happened. He was an excellent main character, and one I feel readers will enjoy!

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – Book Review

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What I Loved:

The Hazel Wood had a great mixture of fantasy and real-life that I loved. I enjoyed how these storybook characters came to life in the book.

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Matilda Empress by Lise Arin – Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the Matilda Empress Blog Tour hosted by Silver Dagger Book Tours!

What I Loved:

Matilda Empress had SUCH an intense world! I really appreciated Lise Arin’s creation of Matilda’s life. The buildings, people, and story just felt so real. It was just how a historical fiction should feel, and I loved it!

How I Felt:

The Characters: Matilda turned out to be a bit more of an unlikable character than I had anticipated. I really wanted to like her, but I found her to be a bit snobby. Her utter infatuation with her cousin was a lot to take, however, it didn’t turn me away from the book. That’s not the first time something like that would have happened in history!

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Ben Braver Series by Marcus Emerson – Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the Ben Braver Series Blog Tour hosted by RockStar Book Tours!

What I Loved About This Series:

The first person perspective in The Ben Braver Series was so fun and it is perfect for a middle-grade reader! I really enjoyed the way Ben addresses the reader. I found him to tell the story with some humor which made the books extremely enjoyable!

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Resuming Eden by M. Brown- Dystopian Book Review

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What I Loved:

Resuming Eden had SUCH an interesting world! I was truly fascinated with the concept of this story. There were so many intricate details that showed how well the author thought through the world before writing.

How I Felt:

The Characters: While there are a variety of characters in this story, there are three that I felt impacted me in some way.

Aahana is the main character. My feelings towards her were a bit all over the place. At times, I found her cold and calculating, but then I would forgive her for these faults because of her struggles and the events in her history. I couldn’t quite connect her dismissal of Matt as a suitable boyfriend. As pieces of information were given throughout the story, I would understand her better, but overall, I do think she was a bit too harsh on Matt. Her character overall though was the reason this story was so intoxicating. I WANTED to see her fall for Matt. I wanted to see her find the path to Truth, Honor, Trust, and Faith. I appreciated her fierce determination to keep her family safe. I found her to be a complex and interesting character.

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