Dark and Twisty: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – Book Review

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What I Loved:

In a Dark, Dark Wood was a thriller with a ton of twists and turns! I loved a lot of them. This was so much going on in this story and it was so fun to try to figure it all out.

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Knock Knock, Lettuce In! by Brenda Ponnay – A Joke Book Review

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What I Loved:

Knock Knock, Lettuce In! was such a fun book to read! I loved that the jokes were easy to giggle at. The illustrations were funny and matched the joke perfectly. I was so happy to be able to sit down and read this silly jokes book with my kids.

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Friday Night Wrestlefest by J.F. Fox – A Kid's Book Review

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What I Loved:

The imagination in Friday Night Wrestlefest was so fun! A bedtime story that centers around the family, but with a wrestling twist. I just loved the concept and really enjoyed the book!

How I Felt:

The Story is told as if an announcer for a wrestling match is the narrator. I’m not a wrestling fan, but I still really enjoyed the references. The dad is getting the kids ready for bed, but like many bed times the kids resist a bit. For this family, the resistance is in the form of a wrestling match. There are adorable names for the wrestling moves each family member does, such as the Jumpin’ Jellyfish and each person also has a wrestling name, like Peanut Brother and Dangerous Daddoo.

The Writing is done well. There is so much excitement in the words, it makes the reader feel the anticipation and enthusiasm that surrounds this family’s bedtime.

The illustrations were so fun! They were bright and colorful and just made you feel the action that was going on. The text was just as exciting. The use of different fonts and sizes gave the story a life of its own!

Overall, our entire family really enjoyed Friday Night Wrestlefest. The story was really fun and a great twist on a bedtime story. The illustrations were bright and exciting. A great book all around!

To Read or Not To Read:

Friday Night Wrestlefest is perfect for preschool to middle elementary children. The story is relatable for ANY family with children and will be enjoyed by everyone!

Where to Find This Book:

Friday Night Wrestlefest by J.F. Fox publishes on February 18, 2020. You can find the book at these places.

Amazon  | Kindle | Goodreads

Hey kids! Are you ready to WRESTLE? Don’t miss Friday Night Wrestlefest, writer J. F. Fox and illustrator Micah Player’s bedtime book inspired by WWE professional wrestling that will wear kids out before they go to bed.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Friday night, and these kids are ready to wrestle! Join Dangerous Daddoo as he dishes out some serious moves to get the kids ready for bed. But what happens when Flying Mom Bomb gets home from work? Are the kids toast?

This charming and quirky family will teach you a new Bedtime Blitz everyone will enjoy.

  • Friday Night Wrestlefest by J.F. Fox
  • Illustrations by Micah Player
  • Target Reader: Preschool – Middle Grade
  • Page Count: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Pub Date: February 18, 2020
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Fabulous Suspense: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – Book Review

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What I Loved:

The Turn of the Key is a re-imagining / re-telling of The Turn of the Screw. I haven’t read the Turn of the Screw, but I definitely want to now! I loved how Ruth Ware was able to take an existing story and make it her own. The book was filled with suspenseful moments and chilling thoughts. I loved her ability to creep me out in this story!

How I Felt:

The Turn of the Key is my FAVORITE Ruth Ware book so far. At this point, I have read four of her books and I can’t wait to grab the next one. This is Ruth Ware’s most recent release, published in August 2019. After reading all of these books by her, I really feel that she is developing as a writer and finding a way to make her books more and more suspenseful!

Quick overview of My Thoughts:

* Great overall plot and story
* Wonderfully suspenseful moments that make you want the light on

* I would have liked just one more chapter
* Some character decisions left me scratching my head

The Characters: The main character in this book is Rowan, and I felt that she had some really nice character development. I was fully connected with her, and really just kept thinking, “Get out of this house Rowan!”. So, I found that Ruth Ware managed to get me worried for the main character and I enjoyed that.

There are, of course, other characters in this story, but they are peripheral for a lot of the book. They come and go and I did not feel a need for the same amount of character information for them, so I didn’t mind that there was not as much time spent on them. Jack, one of the characters felt so mysterious and some of his secrets, I couldn’t quite understand why he was keeping them. I understand it made the story spookier, but I didn’t understand his motivation for doing it. I also just want to parent shame for a second. What parent hires a new nanny and just leaves her kids? There are a few things in the mother’s ENORMOUS book of how-to-care-for-my-kids that I felt should have been given verbally instead of just expecting Rowan to read it all. I don’t want any spoilers, so I won’t tell you what those were.

The Writing: Ruth Ware’s story-telling choice for The Turn of the Key was such a great idea. The entire story is told through a letter that Rowan is writing to a lawyer. She is explaining what happened and why she needs help. The letter-writing grabbed me right from the start! I loved how the story unfolded. We know right from the beginning that a child has died and that Rowan is in jail for the death. She then goes back and starts from the beginning in her letter and I loved it.

The suspense that Ruth Ware was able to bring to this book was wonderful. I could feel the goosebumps and fear that Rowan had as all these things keep happening. There is one scene where Rowan is sleeping on a couch instead of her room and I swear, I had to put the book down and check under my bed (HAHA!). You’ll totally understand why when you read that part of the book. Well done Ruth Ware!

The Plot: Rowan wants a new nanny position and how posted for one at Heatherbrae House. Her first visit for the interview goes well, but she finds a drawn picture with a weird message and before she leaves one of the children warns her that the “ghosts wouldn’t like it” if she came to stay. I think this would have been it for me, “no thanks”. Rowan perseveres though. She is offered and accepts the position.

As soon as she moves in, the mother and father are off to a conference leaving Rowan alone with the children. There are so many things that make the story suspenseful from here. The odd walking noises that are “upstairs” when there isn’t actually another floor above Rowan, the very “Smart” home that keeps functioning improperly, keys that go missing, etc. It’s filled with so many weird and creepy moments. It’s wonderful!

The Ending: The ending was fantastic. It was gripping and mysterious, and a bit heartbreaking. I would have loved just a little more information because there were a few loose strings. However, it’s always fun to not know and have those discussions with your bookish friends too, and the ending does make the book more mysterious.

Content Warnings: Child death.

Overall: I enjoyed this book for its suspenseful story. I could not put this book down and needed to know how it ended and just what was going on in this house!

To Read or Not To Read:

If you are a fan of Ruth Ware, you should ABSOLUTELY read The Turn of the Key. If you haven’t read Ruth Ware before, this was worth the read. If you enjoy the little (and big) creepy things that build a good suspenseful story, you’ll enjoy this book.

Where to Find This Book:

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware is available at these sites.

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When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Just the Facts:

  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Publisher:  Gallery/Scout Press
  • Pub Date: August 6, 2019
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The Girl in the Scarlet Chair by Janice Tremayne – A Book Review

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What I Loved:

The Girl in the Scarlet Chair had a wonderful story around superstition, customs, and romance. I really loved the way Janice Tremayne melded these three topics together to create a beautiful story.

How I Felt:

The Writing: This book has solid story with great writing. The beginning of the story grabbed me immediately. The cadence of the dialog and inner thoughts of the characters took a bit of getting used to. It felt a bit jumpy at times, but overall, did not ruin this book in any way for me.

The Characters: Clarisse was a character that I really liked. I connected with her and understood her struggles with starting a relationship with a man so different from her own background. Harry was a lovable character as well. I enjoyed watching the two of them work toward a relationship. The romance did not feel forced and it was definitely a clean romance for those that are looking for a book like that.

The Plot: I loved the mystery surrounding the locked room and “the chair”. I liked that the author gave the introduction to the room when the main character, Clarisse, is a small child and then time jumps to her as an adult. It gave me a good sense of the superstition surrounding the room and family.

Overall: The Girl in the Scarlet Chair was a good story with an interesting premise. The romance was light and clean and had a fun paranormal addition.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend The Girl in the Scarlet Chair for readers that enjoy a bit of a paranormal story with clean romance.

Where to Find This Book:

The Girl in the Scarlet Chair by Janice Tremayne is available at these sites.

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When a malicious chair’s only desire is to prosper from the negative thoughts of doomed relationships—will Clarisse be willing to trade her mind for a premonition of love?

They don’t have the safety of distance to rely upon—only five days to decide if they are made for each other before Harry leaves back home—or will the mysterious scarlet chair decide their fate?

She was unlucky in love, recently separated and desperately searching for the man of her dreams. For Clarisse, life became so lonely that she fell in love with his picture. For Harry, recently divorced— it carried risk and uncertainty?

In this heart-rending search for passion, he travels to the city of our affection (Manila) to meet Clarisse—a woman of immense beauty and problematic past. In this journey of new adult love, Harry leaves his western-centric norms behind. He is immersed in the city of affection—vibrant, alive, bustling and enjoying the pleasure of being. But will Clarisse have the courage to tell him everything—past secrets, fears, and inhibition. She has never dated a foreign man before, and how will this relationship play out?

The Girl in the Scarlet Chair is the first book in the City of Affection series—a new adult, clean romance with paranormal and supernatural elements by Janice Tremayne. The three-part series takes you on a heart-rending, supernatural and paranormal romantic experience. Love is not straightforward in the city of affection—shrouded in old family superstition and tragic tales, there are no shortcuts to an enduring relationship, and love becomes a test of fortitude and devotion. There is constant negative energy at play that threatens to destroy relationships before they can grow into altars of love. For those bold enough to travel to the city of affection in search of everlasting happiness—difficult challenges await. Each book in the series will immerse you in a different relationship, their challenges and a unique storyline.

Just the Facts:

  • The Girl in the Scarlet Chair by Janice Tremayne
  • Series: City of Affection book 1
  • Genre: Romance / Paranormal
  • Page Count: 222 pages
  • Publisher:  Millport Press
  • Pub Date: November 26, 2019

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A Beautiful, Heartbreaking Book – Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate – A Review

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What I Loved:

Before We Were Yours tackles a terrible time in American history. The story was written so well and with such emotion that I was utterly captivated. Lisa Wingate’s writing was so impressive and it was definitely the thing I loved most about this book.

How I Felt:

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. I love reading about historical events from a story-telling perspective. Before We Were Yours is a great example of why I love this genre. The Tennessee Children’s Home Society was something that I had briefly heard of, but I was able to be completely immersed in this story and learned so much about heartbreaking story.

The Characters: I found myself extremely connected to the children in this story. The main child, Rill was so determined to help her family and I just loved her. In the present part of the story, I found that I didn’t connect well with Avery, the main character. She was fine, but I was just so connected to the past portion of the story that I tended to want to get back to that.

The Writing: This story was woven together so well. I loved the way things were revealed to the reader. I appreciated the historical facts added to the story as well. At the end there is a section that discusses the historical basis for this fictional story and I was so happy to see that.

The Story: Before We Were Yours had a beautiful, sad story. With a time-jump story-line, the information given to the reader comes from both the present and the past portions of the story. I appreciated the way this story was woven and I loved that each character’s story was wrapped up by the end.

Overall: I found Before We Were Yours to be a wonderful must-read kind of book. The story was captivating and covered a terrible situation, but managed to add a heartwarming aspect.

Content Warning:

I have quite a few content warnings for this one: Child death, reference to child molestation and potentially rape, child abduction, and child abuse.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate for readers that enjoy historical fiction not related to a war, but on family and a struggle to survive.

Where to Find This Book:

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is available at these sites.

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The Foss children live on a shantyboat in 1939 with their father and mother and really are loving life. They travel down the river going from town to town and love each other. On the night their mama goes into labor with their twin siblings, they are left alone during the delivery. Soon, the police arrive, round them up and take them to the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage without any explanations to them about what is going on.

In present day, Avery has it all, a wonderful fiance, great career, successful family, and then, she meets May. At a nursing home, a chance encounter between May and Avery, sticks with Avery. She can’t get May out of her head. The things she said…and the fact that she said Avery’s bracelet was May’s and she stole it right off Avery’s arm! Now Avery is digging into the past and one answer leads to so many more questions. Why does May think she knows Avery, what is Avery’s grandmother hiding from her?

Before We Were Yours follows the Foss children as they are abducted and illegally taken to the orphanage and one by one sold into adoptions to other families. In present day, Avery works to understand the secrets her grandmother is hiding about her connection to the Tennessee Children’s Home Society.

Just the Facts:

  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Publisher:  Ballantine Books
  • Pub Date: May 21, 2019
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Blue Sky Mind by A.T. Waverly – Children's Book Review

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What I Loved:

The easy story telling in Blue Sky Mind is wonderful for young children. The illustrations were done so well making the story easy to understand. I loved how the thought clouds were done, connecting the thoughts of the child to the clouds. The colors chosen in the book help to tell the story as well. They are bright and vibrant at times, but dull and gray at other times. The mixture helped to convey the feelings on each of the pages. The thought clouds are bright and white when they are happy, but as the story progresses, the clouds get a bit darker, showing how the child’s thoughts get more clouded and worried. It made a great visual for a child reading the book.

How I Felt:

I really enjoyed this story overall. Any time a book is written to help a child understand their feelings and overcome their struggles, I am so happy. Blue Sky Mind is a story that creates great visuals for a child to help them understand the story and a new way to relax and let go of their stress.

The story is focused on a child’s blue sky. Clouds appear with different thoughts. Sometimes those thoughts are sad or upsetting, but the positive thoughts can come to help brighten your day. The story is easy to follow and understand.

The idea of blowing the thought clouds “bye-bye” is great. I have found that breathing helps my children to calm down and this visual is a great way to get a child to do this.

Overall, this Blue Sky Mind is a great children’s book to help a child learn a new coping technique. I loved the bright colors and the easy-to-follow story. I think that this is a great story that any young reader would enjoy.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Blue Sky Mind for young readers preschool to middle elementary age.

Where to Find This Book:

Blue Sky Mind by A.T. Waverly is available at these sites.

Amazon Kindle | Goodreads

The #1 Mindfulness book and journal for kids (and adults).

A mindful story told in a calm, rhythmic, rhyme that helps kids (teens and adults) visualize their thoughts in a meditative way. Beautiful poem and relaxing illustrations about being mindful, meditation, meditative breathing with journal pages to draw and write mindful thoughts. Kids will become aware of a mindful thought process with this calm, fun and engaging book and journal. Encouraging happy thoughts and imagination.

Based on the Science of health benefits associated with mindfulness, meditation, breath work, and happy thoughts.

Just the Facts:

  • Blue Sky Mind by A.T. Waverly
  • Subtitle: Instant Mindfulness! Celebrate Mindfulness with Mindful thought clouds!
  • Series: Kids Mindfulness, Book 1
  • Genre: Children’s book
  • Page Count: 26 pages
  • Pub Date: February 9, 2020

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Ruth Objects: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Doreen Rappaport – A Kid's Book Review

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What I Loved:

Wow! Can we just talk about the cover for a minute? The illustrated cover of Ruth Objects is a sneak peek of the amazing illustrations inside. This cover is so powerful, the title isn’t even on it! The artwork is doing all the work and it is perfect. What an amazing job illustrator Eric Velasquez did on this book. He doesn’t stop there with many more beautifully created images inside the cover.

How I Felt:

Ruth Objects is a biographical book on Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The story is structured in chronological order of Ruth’s life making it an easy-to-follow story for young readers. The book is filled with quotes from Ruth and more of that amazing artwork by Eric Velasquez.

Doreen Rappaport has done an excellent job of telling Ruth’s story to a young reader. She writes about Ruth’s challenges with the loss of her mother, being a woman in the workforce, equal pay struggles, and so much more. Her achievements are not forgotten either. Becoming the second woman to ever be appointed to the United States Supreme Court is such an inspiring and amazing accomplishment. I appreciate that this book can help a young person read about someone they can look up to.

Overall, this is an impactful story of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life thus-far. It is filled with wonderful quotes from Ruth and amazing illustrations to make each page worth devouring. You’ll enjoy reading this as much as your little one.

To Read or Not To Read:

This is a great book is targeted for a 6+ audience and I think that is just right. While the pages are not crammed with text, what is on each page is thought-provoking and will lead to a good discussion for a child of this age. An excellent book for schools, libraries, and the home.

Where to Find This Book:

Ruth Objects by Doreen Rappaport published on February 11, 2020. You can find the book at these places.

Amazon  | Kindle | Goodreads

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a trailblazer. A fighter. A public servant who has dedicated her life to the pursuit of equality.

When Ruth was a young girl, her mother encouraged her to read, be independent, and stand up for what she thought was right. Ruth graduated first in her class at Cornell University and tied for top of her graduating class at Columbia Law School. But she faced prejudice as both a woman and a Jew, making it difficult to get a job. Ruth eventually found work as a law clerk, and her determination, diligence, and skill led to a distinguished career as a lawyer.

In 1993, she became the second woman ever appointed to the United States Supreme Court. As a Supreme Court justice, Ruth has inspired fierce admiration and faced fervent opposition for her judgments in high-profile cases, many of which have involved discrimination. She has been lauded for her sharp wit and boldness, even when her opinions differ from that of the majority.

As a student, teacher, lawyer, and judge, Ruth often experienced unfair treatment. But she persisted, becoming a cultural icon, championing equality in pay and opportunity. Her brilliant mind, compelling arguments, and staunch commitment to truth and justice have convinced many to stand with her, and her fight continues to this day.

This installment of the award-winning Big Words series brings a legendary figure into focus with Doreen Rappaport’s incisive prose combined with Ruth’s own words. Eric Velasquez’s dynamic illustrations infuse every scene with life in a moving tribute that will inspire young justice seekers everywhere.

  • Ruth Objects by Doreen Rappaport
  • Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
  • Series: Big Words
  • Target Reader: 6+
  • Page Count: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion
  • Pub Date: February 11, 2020
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A Rollercoaster of Emotions: The God Game by Danny Tobey – Book Review

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What I Loved:

Danny Tobey has created this amazing and scary AI world and made it come to life. I loved how he built the world up, layer by layer, starting with only the computer and then moving to the phones, then the glasses, and so on. He really designed this horrifying game and wrote about it in a way that made me feel like I was right there.

How I Felt:

The God Game is a nightmare! I was terrified at the thought of this being a real thing and I loved that. The author was able to pull emotions out of me that made me terrified and worried and obsessed!

The Writing: The story was easy to get absorbed in because the writing was so good! I felt like there was zero down-time as we just flew from action-packed scene to action-packed scene. I was completely lost when there was a reference to coding. The writer chose to use the coding language at times, showing a “0101011” kind of language to show the reader the coding. This was completely meaningless to me, but I read past it and found that it did not affect my love of this story one bit!

The Characters: Each character had such backstory and depth. There was heartbreak for each of them, but hope too. They were easy to connect to and I was so worried for them throughout this story!

The Plot: AHHH! This plot! The idea of a game taking control of everything in your life. Do you love you dad? Y/N? And not being able to move on without answering the question, and then what happens once you answer? It was terrifying to think about! I couldn’t put the book down because I needed to know if they were going to be ok or not!

Overall: I fully enjoyed this book! The action and excitement in the story, along with the well-built characters and great writing made this a wonderful book!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend The God Game for readers that enjoy action-packed thrillers. The book blurb states that it is a little like Stranger Things, and I would agree. It’s mixing reality with a game. So, if you enjoyed Stranger Things, or Jumanji for that matter, you would enjoy this!

Where to Find This Book:

The God Game by Danny Tobey is available at these sites.

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A group of friends stumble on an internet game that sounds fun at first, but quickly turns into a nightmare.

You are invited!
Come inside and play with G.O.D.
Bring your friends!
It’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die!

Creepy right!! So they all agree that even though the game stated they could die, it must be just in the game and they will be fine. They all accept to play and discover that their phones have become a gateway into the game. Viewing their real-world surroundings through their phones, they see the gamespace. The world they are in, but altered and creepy.

As they begin to play, they start to realize that this is an all-too-real kind of game. They each begin to have secrets from one another as the game starts to pull them apart. Can they find a way to work together to escape the game, or are they in this for life?

Just the Facts:

  • The God Game by Danny Tobey
  • Genre: Thriller / Science Fiction / Suspense
  • Page Count: 464 pages
  • Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
  • Pub Date: January 7, 2020

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A Discovery: A Bookshop in Berlin by Françoise Frenkel, Patrick Modiano – Book Review

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What I Loved:

A Bookshop in Berlin is not your normal memoir. Françoise Frenkel wrote her experiences down and they were published in 1945. They were then re-discovered in an attic in 2010. I loved Françoise’s descriptions of her experiences. I felt delighted when she was, horrified when she was; all of her feelings were placed on the pages and as the reader, I felt a bit like I was drawing back a curtain to someone’s secrets and memories. I’m not sure if I was supposed to be there, but there I was, reading her work, and it was a beautiful and horrifying view of her experiences.

How I Felt:

A Bookshop in Berlin was a beautiful account of Françoise Frenkel’s early life and then entrapment and escape from the Nazi’s. The writing style was a bit jumpy at times. I felt like we would jump from memory to memory and I kind of wanted to go back and learn a bit more about the previous thing. However, the overall story is written from start to finish, making her experiences easy to follow, I just wanted more details sometimes.

For the book lover: If you are a lover of books, which I suspect you might be, as you are taking the time to read this, you will appreciate this book just because of Françoise’s very clear love of literature. When she was younger, she had a bookcase made of all glass so that she could place it in the middle of her room to admire the books from all sides. I mean, who doesn’t want that now!?!? I really enjoyed her descriptions of books and her passion for them. When she is closing the bookstore to leave Germany, she walks the aisles saying goodbye to her books. That part of the story made me so sad for her.

Her Escape: Her story follows her escape from Germany and the Nazi’s. It is filled with stops and starts as she is blocked by soldiers, red tape, train issues, and so many other problems. She finds and loses family members and friends. She witnesses destruction and violence, but also heartwarming moments of kindness. It is a very interesting story and I really enjoyed reading about it.

The Preface: Patrick Modiano has written the preface in A Bookshop in Berlin. I enjoyed this insight into the story. He gives background on Françoise Frenkel with some extra information that she didn’t share in her memoir. He mentions that Françoise had a husband and gives some information on him. I would have loved for her to have shared some details about their life together, but she chose to exclude him from her story.

Overall: A Bookshop in Berlin is a wonderful memoir and a powerful story.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend A Bookshop in Berlin for readers that enjoy historical fiction, historical non-fiction, and memoirs.

Where to Find This Book:

A Bookshop in Berlin by Françoise Frenkel, Patrick Modiano (Preface) is available at these sites.

Amazon Kindle | Amazon | Goodreads

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WINNER OF THE JQ-WINGATE LITERARY PRIZE

“A beautiful and important book” (The Independent) in the tradition of rediscovered works like Suite Française and The Nazi Officer’s Wife, the prize-winning memoir of a fearless Jewish bookseller on a harrowing fight for survival across Nazi-occupied Europe.

In 1921, Françoise Frenkel–a Jewish woman from Poland–fulfills a dream. She opens La Maison du Livre, Berlin’s first French bookshop, attracting artists and diplomats, celebrities and poets. The shop becomes a haven for intellectual exchange as Nazi ideology begins to poison the culturally rich city. In 1935, the scene continues to darken. First come the new bureaucratic hurdles, followed by frequent police visits and book confiscations.

Françoise’s dream finally shatters on Kristallnacht in November 1938, as hundreds of Jewish shops and businesses are destroyed. La Maison du Livre is miraculously spared, but fear of persecution eventually forces Françoise on a desperate, lonely flight to Paris. When the city is bombed, she seeks refuge across southern France, witnessing countless horrors: children torn from their parents, mothers throwing themselves under buses. Secreted away from one safe house to the next, Françoise survives at the heroic hands of strangers risking their lives to protect her.

Published quietly in 1945, then rediscovered nearly sixty years later in an attic, A Bookshop in Berlin is a remarkable story of survival and resilience, of human cruelty and human spirit. In the tradition of Suite Française and The Nazi Officer’s Wife, this book is the tale of a fearless woman whose lust for life and literature refuses to leave her, even in her darkest hours.

Just the Facts:

  • A Bookshop in Berlin by Françoise Frenkel
  • Subtitle: The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman’s Harrowing Escape from the Nazis
  • Preface by Patrick Modiano
  • Genre: Non-fiction / Memoir
  • Page Count: 287 pages
  • Publisher:  Atria Books
  • Pub Date: December 3, 2019
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Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids by Megan Olivia Hall

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What I Loved:

Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids allows children to learn about the scientific method! Each experiment is offered with questions for the children to create their hypothesis, observations, and findings.

How I Felt:

I liked that the book was separated into different parts of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). It allowed us to look through the different sections for an experiment we wanted to do and was easy to navigate. There are 50 different experiments in the book, so there are a lot of options! Each experiment has a prep time, difficulty level, ingredients needed, and well-explained steps.

Overall, my family has really enjoyed Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids and we will continue to use it! I would highly recommend.

To Read or Not To Read: If your family loves to do science experiments at home, you will absolutely love this book!

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ Amazon Kindle ~ Goodreads

50 educational (and edible!) science experiments you can do at home

In laboratories, at school, and even in your house–science happens everywhere. Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids brings the excitement of scientific investigation to your kitchen with a heaping helping of experiments that you can really sink your teeth into!

From flaming cheese puffs to solar-powered s’mores, discover tons of deliciously fun ways to explore science–plus technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Each of these science experiments for kids comes with easy-to-follow instructions, as well as difficulty and mess ratings so you know how much adult help you’ll need. You’ll even find out what meal each experiment is best for!

Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids includes:

Chew on science–Discover the science in your everyday life with 50 experiments you can try (and taste) yourself.

Fun and educational–Eat your way through five chapters worth of kitchen science experiments for kids, each one based on a specific part of STEAM learning.

All skill levels–Whether it’s your first time experimenting in the kitchen or you’ve already got lots of cooking experience, this book of tasty experiments is for you.
Hungry for scientific exploration? Dig in with Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids!

  • Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids by Megan Olivia Hall
  • Subtitle: 50 STEAM Projects You Can Eat!
  • Page Count: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press
  • Pub Date: January 21, 2020

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All The Good Girls by Willow Rose – A Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the All the Good Girls blog tour hosted by Silver Dagger Book Tours!

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What I Loved:

The character, Harry, is a cop on a mission and I just loved him. He’s a working father with a wife in a vegetative state and I appreciated his difficulties and struggles in his home-life and his ability to still have such a passion for his job. He is going to be a wonderful main character for this mystery series.

How I Felt:

First of all, can I just say how much I love this cover!?!? The colors are stunning and I love how the hair is looping through the letter “O”. It is amazing and totally a book I would buy based on the cover alone!

The Writing: Willow Rose has an excellent writing style. The story was easy to follow and was pretty fast-paced, with little down time. There is a bit of set up, as this is a new series and we needed an introduction to the characters, but once that is done, the book is off and running!

The Characters: Harry Hunter (love that name) is going to be a great main character for this series. He’s fallible and flawed, but so determined to get the answers to his questions. There are other lovable characters, and some that you’ll find yourself hating. Overall, it was a good mix and I look forward to continuing these character’s stories in future books!

The Plot: I loved this plot! It was so intriguing. Five teens have been murdered and it turns out they were all on a witness list for another crime. Harry must figure out who the killer is before any one else is harmed! Such a fun plot with tons of twists and turns. There’s a point in the book where you think everything is kind of wrapping up, and then Nope, there’s more!

Overall, All the Good Girls was a fun mystery to read that really kept me interested all the way through. This will make an excellent mystery series and I look forward to reading more!

Content Warnings:

References to rape, bullying, and murder.

To Read or Not To Read:

This book if perfect for readers that enjoy a mystery series as this is part of the Harry Hunter mystery series. It can be read as a stand-alone, so if you would prefer a one-and-done, this one will work for you!

Where To Find This Book:

All The Good Girls by Willow Rose is available at these sites.
Goodreads | Kindle | Amazon

This novel is the first book in Willow Rose’s electrifying new Harry Hunter series.

Detective Harry Hunter of Miami PD’s homicide squad throws himself into a case no one asked him to solve.

Four teenagers from one of Miami’s affluent neighborhoods are murdered on a boat. Another is found in a dumpster. All five of them go to the same school and are on a list of witnesses to another crime.

Because he’s in bad standing with his boss, Harry is given the task of protecting a possible future victim, but Harry isn’t always known to follow his boss’s orders.

Soon, he’ll risk everything while racing to stop a killer who has left everyone else in the homicide squad shaking in terror.

ALL THE GOOD GIRLS is the first book in the Harry Hunter Mystery Series and can be read as a standalone.

  • All the Good Girls by Willow Rose
  • Series: Harry Hunter Mystery, Book 1
  • Genre: Mystery / Thriller
  • Page Count: 190 pages
  • Publisher: BUOY MEDIA
  • Pub Date: January 15, 2020

The Queen of Scream aka Willow Rose is a #1 Amazon Best-selling Author and an Amazon ALL-star Author of more than 60 novels. She writes Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Horror, Supernatural thrillers, and Fantasy.

Willow’s books are fast-paced, nail-biting pageturners with twists you won’t see coming. Several of her books have reached the Kindle top 10 of ALL books in the US, UK, and Canada. She has sold more than three million books.

Willow lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. When she is not writing or reading, you will find her surfing and watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

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