Freeda the Frog and the Two Mommas Next Door is a beautifully written children’s book that features the different ways a family can be built. I loved that this book was focused on love being the important thing to build a family, not the gender of the parents.
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Freeda the Frog and the Two Mommas Next Door is an easy-to-understand children’s picture book. I liked that the parents are frogs with tadpole children. My daughter loved that! The story is not complicated, which I greatly appreciate because I feel this is an important message. The easier it is for a child to understand, the better!
This Eternity of Masks and Shadows had this fabulous mix of mythology creatures and stories that made the overall-fantasy of this book so exciting! I really enjoyed that this was all layered into a murder mystery! It was an interesting story and a good read!
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This story’s world has humans and gods walking around together, living life side-by-side. I loved the research that the author so obviously put into the mythological creatures as he built this story. I found that the references and descriptions fit into the plot really well.
The pace for This Eternity of Masks and Shadows was probably too fast. I would have enjoyed this a bit more with a few additional breaks in the action to build the world a bit more, and focus on the character building. It was, however, FILLED with action. There was a lot going on, and it led to a very fast-paced, quick read. Readers that enjoy action-packed stories are going to love this one!
Life’s a Witch is a perfect book to jump into if you are looking for a new paranormal romance series! It’s book one in the Guild of Guardians and is a spin-off story of one of the characters, Astra.
Astra has been convicted of theft and is sentenced to The Guild of Guardians, a prison for the supernatural. The prisoners spend their sentences working to capture other criminals. Astra is assigned to a group with a cast of characters that hit on a ton of personality types. Knoxe, Tor, Raze & Pascal are the others in her group, and she finds them less than friendly at first, but soon finds a rhythm with them.
I loved the idea of this teen girl’s body absorbing her mother’s soul. It was a unique plot, and one that I have not read before!
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Eden’s Echo does an amazing job of starting off with a bang. I felt like the first chapter had me hooked, and I couldn’t put it down from there! The pace is fast, but slows enough to let the reader understand the world and the situation.
I really liked that Eden was written as this super normal teenage girl. She’s got all the normal problems to deal with, but then she gets this huge weight of her mother added into the mix. She felt like a very relatable person, and made the entire story completely enjoyable.
I really enjoyed that this story was set in our everyday world, but dropped in vampires, shape-shifters, witches, and the humans that hunt them.
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Van Helsing Academy is like an alternative prison for supernatural beings that have broken the law but are not sentenced to death. I wasn’t quite sure about this, but it must also be for only young supernatural beings because it is a school too. There are dorm rooms and classes, and a principle.
Mina Van Helsing a descendant of the original Van Helsing, wakes up in the hospital after being lost for weeks and then in a coma. Her parents, at her hospital bedside, inform her that she was caught on video killing two vampires, but she doesn’t remember anything. Her dad asks her to plead guilty so that she can to into Van Helsing Academy to uncover what really happened.
Wow! This sequel was an exciting next step in the November story! I loved this story took us all over the place! I liked the scavenger hunt mixed with Mission Impossible feel that this plot gave the reader!
Hunting November picks right up where Killing November stops. All November wants now is to find her father. She sets off with her friends on a scavenger hunt, going from clue to clue. The hunt takes the group from November’s home town to Europe where they bounce around the country in search of their next answer. The final clue lands them in enemy territory and is filled with betrayal, secrets, and deceit.
What a wonderful sequel!! I am always so, so happy to find that the second book in a series not only lives up to the first but does even better! Queen to Asheswas an absolutely wonderful addition to the Black Dawn series.
Picking up at the end of Heir of Lies, we find Emory, the rightful Queen of Kiero, fully immersed in her new world. She still doesn’t have all of her memories and struggles to remember so that she can save her people. The action seems to never end for these characters! It was just packed with things happening that kept me turning the pages!
I loved the magical world that Jennifer Sommersby has created in this series! She does a great job of world-building, and this is a story that easily sucks you right into the environment.
The story picks up where Book 1, Sleight ends. It is time for the three AVRAKEDAVRA books to be destroyed. The journey is not nearly as easy as Genevieve and Henry would like though! They encounter new friends that they need to partner with to help them destroy the books. I really enjoyed these additional characters in the story. I thought that they were nice additions and offered a great expansion to the world-building.
I loved the world in Steel Rose. It’s this wonderfully interesting Dystopian place that has influences of steam-punk, mythology, super-powers, and present-day. It felt like I had been dropped into a mixing bowl of old and new, real and imagined. I loved it!
The characters are really interesting and exciting. I found myself rooting for the villain, which is new for me. I wanted the romance to work out for Viktor and Rose, even with all of Viktor’s ideals and flaws. Their chemistry was really fabulous. I would have liked to see a little more build-up to their romance, as it felt just a bit rushed. It was, however, a great and steamy romance that was a lot of fun to read about. I would love to see a second book about them, but it looks like book 2 moves on to a new set of characters. I’m looking forward to reading this new story as well!
I felt that Attraction was filled with so much raw emotion. There is a lot of guilt and angst as the main character reflects on their relationships.
The narrator is actually unnamed making it a bit hard to connect to the book the way I would have liked. They are also not all that likable. However, I was still intrigued and wanted to know more about past relationships and history.
I loved the mixture of all of life’s emotions in The List of Things That Will Not Change. It felt like such a real-life story because Rebecca Stead chose to avoid sugar-coating situations. Divorce is a hard topic to write about and Stead balances the story perfectly with a well-balanced mix of heartache and happiness.
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The main character, Bea, is experiencing life-changing events in her family. Her parents are divorced and she is living in the aftermath. Her attitude is lovely. She’s joyful and upbeat, while finding herself troubled with times of anxiety and doubt. I found her to be a perfect middle-grade character that is relatable and real.
Written in 1933, No Nice Girl Swears was a guide for ladies to learn etiquette for the times. Some of the advice is dated, as times and etiquette have changed over the years, but other sections feel timeless, and could still apply in today’s world.
While this book was tauted as an instruction manual for women for its original release, it is a bit tongue-in-cheek at times. The author was quite witty and I found myself laughing with her as I read. I specifically enjoyed the chapter Lunches and Teas; Or, Scarcely Worth the Trouble. I found this one to be quite funny with comments like:
It seems to be the rule for the guests to arrive late, and after the first course girls begin jumping up and saying good-by to their hostess, as they all seem to have something to do at two o’clock or shortly after.
No Nice Girl Swears
In addition to the wit found within this book, there are some pieces of advice that can still apply today. There are topics like How to Deal with a Date that is Drunk and Twice Shy, a section on remarriage. Both segments had advice that would aptly apply in today’s world as well as the 1930s.