Inside the Sun by Alexis Marie Chute

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Rating: 5 out of 5.
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What I Loved:

This book was filled with exciting battles and struggles! It was definitely my favorite in the series and an excellent end to the family’s story!

How I Felt:

Our main character Ella is turning 15! Her birthday celebration involves continuing the family’s journey to find a cure for Ella’s cancer. This family is so amazing. The lengths that they go to to save young Ella are so moving. This final book in the series really speaks to the choices we all have to make in life. Will we be compassionate or unloving? Will we choose to embrace or exclude? Ella and her entire family battle these questions as they navigate the final steps of their journey!

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ABCs and 123s for Boys by Tom McLaughlin

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The illustrations in this book were so bright and colorful! It’s a stunning collection of images that will keep children engaged through each page! My daughter and son were both delighted to call out the letters and numbers as we moved through the book!

How I Felt:

ABCs and 123s for Boys is a collection of lovely illustrations that correlate to a letter or number. My kids really enjoyed the scenes for each one. The names for the animals are all boy names, but that should not be a reason to restrict this to one gender. I would really like to stress that this book is completely perfect for boys and girls, so don’t be deterred by the title.

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The Takeaway Men by Meryl Ain

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I read a lot of historical fiction, and a significant amount of those books revolves around WWII, so I’m always excited when I find a book that provides a new perspective on the war. The Takeaway Men was a beautiful, emotional journey into the lives of holocaust survivors as they immigrate to America. We experience their joys and sorrows as they try to navigate a new world, and it is a beautiful story.

How I Felt:

The Lubinski family has experienced so many horrors at the hands of the Nazis during World War II and has decided to make a fresh start in America. This new country is so different from anything they have experienced before. It is vast, loud, and new. While the twin girls begin to settle in quickly, Aron is plagued by his past. His Holocaust experiences are a secret from his girls, which creates a rift between the father and his daughters. When their Hebrew school covers the war and the treatment of Jewish people, the girls want to learn about their parents’ past.

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In the Heart of a Mustang by M.J. Evans

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the amazing connection between Hunter and his horse. I felt deeply connected to their bond, and I think it’s something horse-lovers are going to absolutely love as well!

How I Felt:

In the Heart of a Mustang introduces us to a young boy, Hunter, who has just found out that everything he knew about his father was a lie. Instead of his father being a soldier who died for his country, he is a convicted felon. Hunter is devastated by the lies, and at the shattering of a figure he deeply respected and looked up to. Heading to the Promise Ranch to find peace, Hunter encounters a horse that can help him mend what has been so deeply broken.

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The Shadows by Alex North

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the creepy characters in this story. Alex North does a great job of describing his characters and really allowing the reader to imagine each person. He makes them feel real, like they are coming right off the pages and being brought to life!

How I Felt:

The Shadows takes the reader into a story that starts 25 years ago when two teens were part of a murder. While one boy was captured, Charlie Crabtree escaped, disappearing without a trace. Now, Paul Adams, who was linked to the original crime, must return to his hometown to help care for his elderly mother. His mother keeps saying things about the murders…she seems to know more than Paul thought. When a copycat killer starts bringing up the past, Paul must face his past and question everything, and everyone.

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Below the Moon by Alexis Marie Chute

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Rating: 4 out of 5.
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What I Loved:

I loved that this book did not let me down! I felt like it did a great job of staying true to the story, but introducing even crazier situations and exciting plots to keep me interested!

How I Felt:

Below the Moon picks up right where we ended Above the Stars. While it is the second book in the series, it could be read as a stand-alone, but I think the reader would take longer to understand the story and the world. I would recommend reading the first book in this series before reading Below the Moon.

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Winter’s Wolf by Lou Grimes

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the paranormal aspects of this story! The shape-shifting was fun, and I liked that we get to learn about the world with the Louvette because it’s all new to her as well!

How I Felt:

This is a debut story for author Lou Grimes, and I think it is going to be one that people easily fall in love with! And don’t worry, it’s a series, so you can expect more greatness to come!

The plot was so intriguing! Louvette and her mother inherit land in Montana and move from their old home into this new place, grateful for the opportunity to escape their old lives. Louvette meets Arsen who tells her that she is a Lupine, which is a werewolf, and happens to be the only female left!

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Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I really loved that this was a retelling, but it had really interesting twists. I absolutely LOVED the extreme changes to the Cinderella story that are revealed as the story progresses!

How I Felt:

Cinderella is Dead takes the reader to a world where the kingdom of Cinderella has turned into a cruel place where women are nothing more than property to be discarded at the whim of any man. All girls must attend an annual ball where they are chosen as wives. Those not chosen have 2 more chances at a ball, after that, it’s a fate worse than death, or maybe it’s just death. Either way, women live in fear, and men rule the day.

Sophia hates all of it. Her idea of happily ever after is with Erin, not with any man in the kingdom. After her required attendance at the annual ball turns into an escape to save her life, she decides that enough is enough. She’s going to bring down the king, and stop the horrible treatment of women.

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Haunting in Hartley by Janice Tremayne

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I absolutely loved that this is a book set in a town that really does have a paranormal vibe. I thought it just added to the overall story!

How I Felt:

Haunting in Hartley was such a well-written story! The plot has this mystery that I loved and was so intrigued by. I really liked that the author held a lot of information until closer to the end, so it left me guessing for quite a while! It made it so hard to put the book down!

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Devolution by Max Brooks

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the choices the author made to tell this story! It’s written like an actual journalistic investigation into an incident. The audio version was amazing because a cast of narrators was used to differentiate between the characters, and it was wonderful!

How I Felt:

Devolution is “A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre”. A small group of people that have chosen to live secluded from society become trapped when Mount Rainier erupts leaving their escape paths covered in lava. I thought this was going to more about their need to run from the eruption, but that isn’t it at all. They are pretty much safe in their homes with the lava flows going down the other side of the mountain. The real danger lurks in the forest around them!

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This is my America by Kim Johnson

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

This. Book. UGH! It was amazing, and I loved every word, every page.

How I Felt:

This story truly impacted me. I stopped and started the reading of this to consider the words on the page. While this was a fictional story, it rings true over and over again. Tracy’s comments on the racial divides in our society were spot-on and continued to make me think. Her investigation into what really happened the night her brother was accused of murder gave so many opportunities to show readers some of the horrible injustices that are a part of America today.

The plot features a young girl, Tracy, who is trying to get her father’s death sentence overturned before it is too late. She relentlessly writes letters to Innocence X, an organization that assists people in their legal needs, but she has yet to hear back from them. Just as she is beginning to give up on them, her brother is accused of murder, and Tracy is reliving a nightmare for the second time.

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The Ugly Doodles by Valeria Wicker

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Well this book checked all the boxes for me!
✔️ Great Illustration
✔️ Adorable Main Character
✔️ An “It’s okay to not be perfect” Story

My Synopsis:

Raven loves to doodle. She visits a museum and has her heart set to draw beautiful doodles to cover the walls in her own home. Except that she just can’t get one right. She continues to throw her discarded doodles on the floor until her mother says, enough is enough.

So Raven stuffs them under her bed. But that night, they start popping up everywhere. She continues to hide them in different places only to have them show up again and again.

It’s up to Raven to embrace her own imperfections and accept her ugly doodles so that she can see them for the masterpieces that they are.

How I Felt:

I thought this book was more than a 5-star children’s book. We’ve now read it like 5 nights in a row for bedtime because my daughter can’t get enough of it!

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