Fantastic You by Danielle Dufayet

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

This book was FANTASTIC! Children can be very hard on themselves and they way this book was written, it gave such an uplifting way for children to love and forgive themselves. This book is not written as on story that has a start and a finish, it is lots of little ideas and reminders about real problems children face and options for them to help overcome the issues.

“If something goes wrong and I say something negative, like, “I’ll never be good enough,” I stop myself and say something more encouraging:

“It’s OK, I just need more practice and patience.”

I can cheer myself on:

“I can do this!”

Excerpt and image from Fantastic You by Danielle Dufayet

How I Felt:

Children make mistakes and they get in trouble and sometimes it is hard to help them remember that they ARE great kids. This book says that to them so perfectly. I was in awe at what a good job the author did at writing a story that explains to a child that they are great, even when they mess up.

To Read or Not To Read:

This book is perfect for every child. It works for Pre-K all the way through mid-elementary. I would recommend this book for schools and for home!

Where To Find This Book:

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Fantastic You features a variety of children throughout the story, giving any reader a chance to find a child that they feel they relate to. The story is focused on helping children remember that they are special and wonderful. It reminds us that there is only one person they will be spending their ENTIRE life with, YOU, so don’t forget to love yourself.

I received a copy of this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

Bears Make the Best Writing Buddies by Carmen Oliver

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The idea of helping children understand how to write something is great. I loved the tips that are given in this book and I loved the support that the bear can give to the child trying to write.

How I Felt: Bears Make the Best Writing Buddy is a book marketed to children, and yet I felt that it was really for an adult writer. It spoke of writer’s block, which I don’t think that a young child understands and deals with. The book had a cute concept with the bear being the support for the writer, but I’m just not sure how helpful it is for a child. The book overall kept my daughter interested however, and she loved the illustrations. This is the third book in a series of “Bears Make the Best…” and I would like to check out the other books.

Bears Make the Best Math Buddies by Carmen Oliver

Adelaide and Bear have tackled reading together, and now they are tackling math. Adelaide stands up for her best friend and his many talents, but will she convince her teacher to let Bear be her math buddy?

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Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies by Carmen Oliver

All the students in the class are assigned reading buddies. Except for Adelaide. She already has one. A bear! And Adelaide is quite persuasive as she explains to her language arts teacher, Mrs. Fitz-Pea, and the reader, that bears really do make the best reading buddies. They sniff out good books. Their claws are just right for turning pages.

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To Read or Not To Read: This is a good book for schools. I think that a teacher working on a writing segment would enjoy reading this to the class. It would get them excited to write.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

A young boy is struggling to write his story and a friend introduces him to a bear. She explains all the reasons that bears are the best writing buddies, giving the boy ideas on how to solve writing problems along the way.

Where To Find This Book:

Bears Make the Best Writing Buddies will be published on January 1, 2020.

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Footnotes:

I received a copy of this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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There’s Room for Everyone by Anahita Teymorian

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the idea of finding room for everyone.

How I Felt:

This book just missed the mark on so many levels for me and my daughter really struggled with it as well.

The illustrations were so elongated and my daughter and I did not like it. It really bothered her that the arms were so long, and while I was able to look past that, I had trouble with other parts. There was a page saying the animals had enough space, but the baby elephant was squished, I mean literally drawn in the space under the legs of the mommy elephant. Another said all the whales had enough space, but the whales were all completely squeezed into the scene with no swimming space. They weren’t all even drawn flat out, they looked a bit like a Tetris game. My daughter even mentioned that the whales looked like they needed more room. So, overall, the illustrations were just not telling the story that the words were and it made the book disconnected.

The story felt rushed and not thought out. The main character was a baby on page 1 and a grown man by page 3. My daughter was confused about why he had grown up so fast, and it’s ok to rush through the younger years if the story focuses on him as an adult, however that’s not what happened. The main character could honestly have been any age through the whole book and it would not have affected the story. The book doesn’t give time to enjoy the character and connect with him and that is why the story was affected. Unfortunately, by the end she didn’t care about anything he was saying. We closed the book and she said, that’s a 3 star.

To Read or Not To Read:

I hate telling anyone not to read a book. Every reader is different and every reading experience is different. For my daughter and I, this was not a well-thought out book, however, if it piques your interest, grab it and check it out. You may find a completely different experience.

A baby is in his mommy’s tummy and there’s room, then he’s a boy and there’s room, then a man and there’s room. Then we move from location to location as he travels and there’s room. All of a sudden, we turn the page, and now there isn’t enough room for humans. The story has a nice message at the end, it’s a secret, so I won’t share it, but the book ended so abruptly we didn’t even get time to enjoy the happy secret.

This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and Myrick Marketing & Media, Tiny Owl Publishing for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased opinion voluntarily.

The Beekeeper’s Bullet (Wind in the Wire Book 1) by Lance Hawvermale

I was provided this ARC by NetGalley and The Wild Rose Press in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The main character, Ellenor Jantz is a great character. She’s full of spunk and personality. Her opening scenes were great, and I thought I was going to really enjoy the book, however, the book fizzled for me a bit after that.

How I Felt: I couldn’t quite get into this book the way I wanted. I liked the characters, but not enough to truly connect with them. The premise of the story was very interesting, but I just never felt invested the way I wanted to.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a romance, rescue mission and would be great for romance readers who enjoy historical fiction. If you enjoy other books by Lance Hawvermale, this might be a good read for you.


What’s This Book About Anyway?

It’s World War 1, and Ellenor, an American, is living in Germany. An English plane (the enemy) crash lands right by her and she ends up taking the very injured pilot (Alex) captive. Once she gets him home, she is given news that some of the German pilots will be staying on their estate. She has to move her captive pilot, and in the process, gets to know him and understand why he is there. He must find and save his sister from a planned bombing of the factory she works in. The remainder of the book focuses on the escape from the estate and the travel to save Alex’s sister.


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The Other Wife by Claire McGowan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The way the author wove so many secrets into the story was awesome. The twists and turns were done so that you were propelled through the book. Something would be revealed and I just had to keep turning the pages to see what was next.

The sections in the book are titled by the character’s name so you know who’s point of view you are reading and I really liked that. Each character’s POV was pretty to-the-point; there were not sections that were so fluffy and overly descriptive that I wanted to skim them *bonus points to the author*!!

How I Felt:

I was intrigued through this entire book. There were two specific parts where I actually got a little nervous, and looked around the room, which tells me that the author was able to spook me a bit! I didn’t feel connected to Suzi through most of the book, but about 3/4 of the way into the book, BAM, I was rooting for her! She had a moment where she decided to stand up for herself and take some responsibility, and it completely changed my opinion of her.

To Read or Not To Read:

This is a To Read for anyone who loves mystery, suspense, or thrillers!

Where to Find This Book:

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Suzi and her husband have recently moved into an extremely secluded cottage without neighbors. Suzi has cheated on her husband, and now she’s pregnant. And she sure is a nervous-nelly! The man she has had an affair with seems to have “ghosted” her, or dumped her, and she doesn’t know what to do. She stalks him online, on her phone, but she can’t find any news about him.

Nora moves in to the cottage across the road from Suzi and immediately befriends her. We soon realize that Nora seems to know more about Suzi than she is letting on. There are so many questions to answer in this book, and I felt that every one of them was answered in the end. This story takes you on a roller-coaster ride and does a great job tying up loose ends!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. I am leaving my review voluntarily.