KidVenture: Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I thought this was such an interesting concept for a children’s series! This book in the series follows Chance as he starts up a pool cleaning business. This chapter book for middle-grade kids takes the reader on a journey with Chance as he learns how to get people to work with him, how to figure out what people should pay for his services, and all the other things that happen to a business owner.

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American Girl by Wendy Walker

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was an absolutely fantastic audio thriller! If you enjoy audio that really brings you into the story, you need to check this one out!

The story is told through Charlie’s viewpoint. At 17, she has plans to head out of her small town and off to college on a scholarship. Charlie works in a local sandwich shop, and when the owner is murdered, Charlie seems to know more than she’s willing to share with the police.

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Sometimes When I’m Mad by Deborah Serani

Welcome to the blog tour for Sometimes When I’m Mad hosted by Iread Book Tours!
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Book Genre "Learning" with "Learn" spelled in blocks

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am always on the lookout for ways to help my kiddos handle their anger. It’s hard for them (and for me) to know what to do when anger shows up. Finding books on the emotion is amazing! We have a little stack of books that we use as tools when someone is starting to feel mad or angry, and we can go sit and read them and remember ways to help handle the feeling!

Sometimes When I’m Mad is a great children’s book that helps children manage their feelings of anger. This is definitely a book that will be helpful to any child.

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At Night by Margaret Peot

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

At night, there is a whole other world that wakes up under the light of the moon. In At Night, Margaret Peot brings the nighttime adventures of animals to life through the pages!

This is a beautiful picture book that shows children how different animals behave during the night. I really enjoyed the short sentences on each page, and how those words coupled with the illustrations really allow the child to see what happens with each animal!

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Matrimony, Mayhem, and Murder by C.S. McDonald

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"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was so excited to see this next story in the Fiona Quinn series! Finally…FINALLY…we get to see Fiona and Nathan tie the knot…hopefully!

I thought this was a wonderful story, and I loved all the twists and turns! Fiona’s wedding is filled with every possible thing that can go wrong, including the death of the wedding planner!

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Mambo and Murder by C.S. McDonald

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"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s another fun Fiona Quinn Mystery! This one takes us to a ballroom dancing competition and 40-year-old murders. Somehow Fiona and Nathan end up in the competition and it’s hilarious!

I listened to the audio of this one, and I really enjoyed it. The narrator does a great job of bringing the story to life. She does a great job with the different voices!

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A Fiona Quinn Quick Mystery by C.S. McDonald

Crystal Clear Confusion by C.S. McDonald

This was a fun, quick mystery that brought Fiona’s neighbor, Astrid, into the story. Astrid offers to help Fiona figure out where her nightmare is coming from using a crystal ball. Of course, this story involves some silly moments that made me smile and had a good mystery!

About the Book:
Yikes! Fiona’s been having a recurring nightmare and it’s driving her to distraction—so much so that she’s allowed her kooky neighbor, Astrid Dingle, to search for the answer through her crystal ball. What could be the cause of the dream, and what lengths will Fiona go to get to the crux of it all? You’ll be chasing dreams with Fiona, Detective Landry and Astrid in this fun quick mystery!  

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ Audible

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Girl with a Gun by Kari Bovee

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a fun story this was! Set in the wild west, this follows a young Annie Oakley as she takes a job in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. A murder soon takes place, and Annie has to work to find out what happened.

I really enjoyed that this was a lighter story, really fitting into the cozy mystery genre. It was a fast read that grabbed my attention immediately. The historical setting was described well and gave details that really brought the story to life!

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The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard by Shelley Larkin and Michael John Sullivan

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Larry the Lizard lives in Australia, but dreams of a day when it will snow and he can do all the things that critters do in that fluffy stuff! His friends all try to support him, but also know that this dream of his is so unlikely to come true…but then it does! We get to see Larry enjoy the lovely weather and do all the things he’s been dreaming of!

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Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a beautiful story! There’s some romance in this, but it’s really about a young woman trying to figure out what she wants her life’s path to be like. I really enjoyed watching her navigate the frustrations of a downsizing company and how she tries to solve for her pay cut.

The romance felt real to me. I liked the chemistry between the two characters, and I enjoyed the entire arc of their relationship.

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To Love and Be Loved by Amanda Prowse

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Amanda Prowse has a beautiful way of bringing life to her books with emotion, real characters, and stories that I get invested in!

After a wedding day that didn’t go as planned, Merry leaves her small hometown and family to restart in a bigger city. But like many stories go, her hometown draws her back. She is forced to face her fears of how people will react to her and her situation. The story explores the emotional journey after a traumatic experience, and it brings the reader into the intimate moments of Merry’s life. This is a slow-burn that will wrap you up in its words and refuse to let go until the end!

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Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano

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"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well, it’s another great addition to the Finlay Donovan story! In this story, Finlay is trying to stop a hit on her husband. She has to juggle her parent’s, her cop-sister, her cop love interest, her lawyer love interest, her book agent, oh yeah…and the mob. It’s an awful lot for her, but she’s a kick-ass heroine, and she can do it!

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