Don’t Forget Dexter!

Don’t Forget Dexter!

by Lindsay Ward

**** (4 out of 5)

Dexter

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This was a cute kid’s book, told by a toy dinosaur that was left behind.  He is so sad and determined to find his kid.  Its so cute!  Its written as though Dexter the T-Rex is talking to you, the reader, which I feel is super interactive and engaging.  The colors are great. and its easy to read and it flows nicely.

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The only issue I had with the book is at one point Dexter is full of confidence in how great of a toy he is.  He lists all his great traits like his tail and teeth and claws.  But then he asks the reader “What do you mean, maybe he likes something more? More than me? Like another toy?” and then he gets all anxious and lists cool things he doesn’t have, like wheels and lights.  The book implies that the reader told Dexter that he wasn’t good enough.  This really really bothers me.  I would never say this to a lost toy! Or a lost anything! Its so sad and awful! I would hope no one would ever do that! I know its kind of a silly thing to get worked up about but it really bothered me!

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Other than that one thing, I really liked the story! I would definitely recommend it!

Down The TBR Hole #1

Happy New Year (Almost)! I am not going to bore you with physiological “New Year New Me” thoughts and I am NOT going to make any resolutions revolving around cleaning anything out.  That being said I really do need to clean out my goodreads TBR list and now is as good a time as any to start.  The timing is purely coincidental.  I found this meme on Confessions of a YA Reader, and it is hosted by Lost in a Story.  I think it is a great idea! Here are the “rules”

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The Vow (An Uncertain Choice, #0.5)

Added 12/16/16

Vow

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I added this because I really liked the fist two books in the series but it has been too long since I read them I don’t remember what happened, so I no longer want to read this one.

Remove

For Love and Honor (An Uncertain Choice #3)

Added 12/18/16

Honor

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Same as above, its been too long since I read the rest of the series.

Remove

An English Bride In Scotland (Highlanders #1)

Added 12/18/16

Bride2

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I’m a sucker for Scottish romances.

Keep

To Marry a Scottish Laird (Highlanders #2)

Added 12/18/16

Laird

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Again, sucker for Scottish Romances

Keep

My Name Is Rapunzel

Added 12/19/16

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Still sounds cool.

Keep

Dauntless (Valiant Hearts #1)

Added 1/16/17

Dauntless

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This sounds like a Robin Hood type book and I love Robin Hood

Keep

Shadowfell (Shadowfell #1)

Added 1/16/17

Shadowfell

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Still sounds amazing.

Keep

The Shamer’s Daughter (The Shamer Chronicles #1)

Added 1/16/17

Shamers

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This one sounds interesting.

Keep

And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)

Added 2/20/17

Darken

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This one has a beautiful cover but it sounds like there is a lot of angst and love triangles and it just doesn’t sound appealing anymore.

Remove

The Wanderer

Added 2/20/17

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I don’t remember adding this one and it doesn’t sound very good.

Remove

Started with: 118 Books

Ended with: 114 Books

Not bad for my round.  I got rid of 4 books out of the 10 I looked at.

 

 

 

 

Children’s Books Mini Reviews

I am 9 books away from completing my GoodReads challenge and there is no way I can read 9 full size books in 2 days!  I am going to cheat a little and read Kid’s books.  I have a 6 month old niece so I asked my sister if I could borrow some books.  She laughed at me but brought some over anyway!  Since I am reading so many so quickly I am only going to do mini reviews.

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I Think My Dog Might Be a Nerd

by Justin Matott

**** (4 out of 5)

Nerd

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My mom got this for me for Christmas since we just got a dog and I am a total Nerd.  She works at a store that sells items from local businesses, so Justin Matott is a fellow Coloradan.  He signed the book for us!

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This book is super cute.  I like the concept.  How could anything with Nerdy Dogs be bad?!?!  Its easy to read and the flow is nice.  Its a fun book.  The only reason it didn’t get a 5 is because I am not a huge fan of the artwork.  I don’t know why, it just isn’t super appealing.  Otherwise this is a great book!


The Monster at the End of this Book

by Jon Stone

***** (5 out of 5)

Monster

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I got this book for my Niece for Christmas.  I had just finished checking out and was leaving when I saw it on the Kohl’s Cares for Kids rack.  I remember this book from when I was a kid so I grabbed it and got back in line to get it for her.  I also got her the Grover stuffed animal to go with it.  She was only interested in the stuffed animal but my Mom, Grandma, and Sister all got really excited because they remembered the book too.

 

I LOVED this book as a kid! The story is very interactive and I can remember how funny it was!  It is incredibly clever and the artwork is bright and cheery.  Plus its Sesame Street which I watched all the time.  I used to laugh and laugh when my mom read this too me.  It didn’t matter that after the first time I knew how it ended, I loved the book and it was so fun to watch Grover try and stop me from turning the pages!


Another Monster at the End of This Book

by Jon Stone

**** (4 out of 5)

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This book only gets a 4 because it is pretty much exactly like the first book except its got Elmo in it.  I like the original better.  This one is still good by itself, because I still love the idea and it is clever, but it loses a star for not being unique.


Snow

by Angela Lake

*** (3 out of 5)

Snow

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I like the artwork and the story reads well.  Its short and sweet.  The only issue that I have is that the adults don’t like the snow and the kids do.  I know lots of adults, including a police officer, that love snow too!


Vader’s Little Princess

by Jeffrey Brown

**** (4 out of 5)

Vader

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This book is hilarious.  It takes real scenes from the movies and twists them into hilarious Father / Daughter interactions.  This one is my favorite:

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This book is a bunch of 1-4 panel comics and is probably geared more towards adults than kids, but it was fun to read.


How to Dress a Dragon

by Thelma Lynne Godin

***** (5 out of 5)

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This book is freakin adorable!  Its super easy to read and a perfect length.  The story flows nicely.  I love the artwork.  It is bright and colorful.  The plot is really cute.  Overall this is a perfect Children’s book!


Nibbles: The Book Monster

by Emma Yarlett

***** (5 out of 5)

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Ahhhhh! This book is amazing! I loved it! It it is super cute and unique.  Nibbles escapes his book and jumps into other books.  This book has interactive flaps and holes in the pages and the books he jumps into are smaller pages to make them feel like a different book.  I am not explaining it very well, but it was really cool! Nibbles is adorable and the art is great.  I would highly recommend this book!


Gaston

by Kelly DiPucchio

*** (3 out of 5)

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If I saw this book in the store I never would have picked it up, which is a shame because the story is really cute.  I don’t like the artwork at all.  I don’t like the unfinished look of the pictures.  I did like the plot a lot, it was easy to read and flowed nicely.  The names of all the puppies were adorable.


Hooray For Diffendoofer Day!

by Dr. Seuss

**** (4 out of 5)

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The story is good.  It is classic Dr. Seuss.  Lots of rhymes and made up words.  The made up words in this book are easy enough to read. The problem with this book is the artwork.  I don’t like the pictures, and they are do not feel like Dr. Seuss.  There are a couple characters mixed in that are drawn in his normal style, but the majority of the book doesn’t have the right feel.  At the end of the book they have some original sketches from Dr. Seuss.  The sketches are his normal style! They should have used those!


Yay! I finished my Goodreads challenge.  I will write a post about that tomorrow (probably).

If you have read my reviews for No One Else Like You and Big Hid you might remember that I felt bad for giving them negative reviews.  I started to wonder if they weren’t good or if I was just too old to enjoy Children’s books.  These 9 books restored my faith in Children’s books! I liked them all, but especially The Monster at the End of this Book, How to Dress a Dragon, and Nibbles: The Book Monster.

Have you read any of these? What is your favorite Children’s book?

Secondborn

Secondborn

by Amy A. Bartol

*** (3 out of 5)

Secondborn

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It was incredibly hard to choose a star rating for this book.  While reading the book, I loved it and was super hooked.  I was thinking it was going to be a 5.  But once I finished it, it sort of pissed me off and I wanted to give it a 1.  So I am going to split it and give it a 3.

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Since my feelings towards this book are all over the place, I am going to try and break my review up into two parts.  The Good and The Bad:

The Good

Roselle is awesome.  She is a badass, ass kicking, strong female.  She can literally fight, and has been training her whole life. In her society, firstborns rule the world and secondborns are sacrificed into the workforce.  Roselle is a secondborn sword, meaning she is trained as a fighter.  She is unique though, because she comes from an aristocratic family.  As a secondborn aristocrat she is elevated almost to firstborn status.  She doesn’t welcome the fame though.  She would rather just do her duty.  That is until she sees all the injustices that seconborns have to endure.  She embraces her fame in order to help save her fellow secondborns.

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Its not just another rebellion story.  A unique thing about this book is that Roselle doesn’t join the rebellion.  She knows that when the rebels attack, seeking to liberate the secondborns, they are really attacking  the seconborns.  (because the lower ranks of the military are filled with seconborns) It doesn’t make sense to attack the people you are trying to save.  So she doesn’t join the rebellion.  Instead she works on outfitting her fellow secondborns and teaching them how to protect themselves so they can survive the war.

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The Bad

The book randomly skips a year.  You follow Roselle as she leaves her family and is sent to the military.  You are with her when she makes acquaintances and makes rocky friendships. Then all of a sudden a year passes and they are all best friends and nothing bad has happened.  I feel like you miss a lot of character development in that time.

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Next, there really isn’t a plot. The story was engaging, but there was no climax, no conclusion, no beginning, middle, and end.  It just sort of went on and then ended.  I have a feeling more will happen in the next book, but you still have to have some sort of structure in the first books in a series.  I hate when books don’t end.  Cliffhangers are one thing, but its awful when nothing really happens.

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Finally, the relationships are weird.  The group of “Best Friends” disbands ish.  Two people have to be evacuated for their safety.  One is forcibly removed. And the last is just forgotten about? He isn’t mentioned at all when the group is separated.   And when Hawthorne (Roselle’s lover) is taken away he doesn’t try to find a way to be with her and leaves her completely in the dark.  Based on what you know of the rest of his character, this makes no sense.  He isn’t the type to just bow down and accept his fate.  Also, when you first meet Clifton, he is made out to be this sexual deviant and that Roselle needs to be careful around him, but then he treats her with respect and doesn’t make any advances.  Is his reputation wrong? Or is he just different around Roselle.  The two pictures painted of his personality don’t match up.

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The more I think about it, the more I dislike this book! Which is sad because it had so much potential! Roselle is awesome, and the universe is unique and different.  Its not your normal repressed rebellion story.  I really wanted to like this book, but there was just too much that bugged me.  I am not going to read the second book.


Random shout out to Book Basset.  If you have never heard of this blog, I highly suggest that you go visit it!  They let you know about kindle sales where the books are free or really really cheap.  I got this book for free! (I love free books) Book Basset is awesome!

Lake of Destiny

Lake of Destiny

by Martina Boone

***** (5 out of 5)

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I received this book in my November Lit-Cube box.

I am not gonna lie, if I saw this in the store I probably would not have picked it up.  The cover is not super appealing.  But, based on the synopsis, it sounded like a good book, and I liked it.  This is a classic case of “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Though, in my defense, there are so many books to choose from that you have to start somewhere and 1st impressions always start with the cover and the title. (This is a discussion for another time, so I am going to leave it at that)

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I love the Scottish Romance trope.  I don’t know why, it just makes a great setting for a love story.  Usually the Scottish Romance books I read are steamy romances.  This is not one of those.  I have seen a lot of posts lately about “Clean Romance” books, and this definitely falls into that category.

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My favorite part of the book was actually not the romance.  It was the theme of the struggles involved in raising and protecting children.  Connal struggles with a balance of protecting his child without restraining her nature.  Anna struggles with her own upbringing and a mother that doesn’t understand her.  Their struggles collide as Anna tries to make Connal understand the mistakes he is making, while realizing maybe her mom had reasons for her own mistakes.  All the issues were very well written and realistic, and added a solid anchor to the story.

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The love story was good too! It was fairly realistic, if not rushed, but that is common in books.  It seems people always fall in love instantly.  There is a little bit of magic involved.  The mythical Scottish “sighting” where you see your true love in a vision is used to explain the quick attraction.  The mythical aspect was minimal, so it definitely wan’t a fantasy book.  In the aspect of “just a little magic” this book reminded me of The Simplicity of Cider.  While the stories are completely different they are both clean romances with just a hint of magic.  They also both involve the dad already having a child.  The more that I think about it there are a LOT of similarities, but they are still two completely different stories.

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I know that this book would technically be considered “Romance”, “Contemporary Romance”, or “Clean Romance” but if I were to give it a genre it would be “Hallmark Movie”  Its a feel good love story with a happy ending.  They could make it into a Hallmark movie and no one would think twice about it.  So I am giving it 5 starts, because I like that kind of thing, but I don’t recommend it if you aren’t the Hallmark Movie type.

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back

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***** (5 out of 5)

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson

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If you liked Fangirl then you will like this book!  It was awesome. I got this book from NetGalley.  I thought it was an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) because NetGalley says the publish date is 12/26/17, but you can buy it on Amazon right now, so I don’t know.  Either way, it was a great book and I highly recommend it!

Mattie and Ella are stepsister’s in their senior year of High School.  The story is told through the eyes of Mattie (who considers herself the ugly stepsister). I can totally relate to Mattie.  For starters her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice.  That right there makes her awesome!

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She is also insecure, awkward, nerdy, smart, funny, artistic, passionate, emotional and sassy.  The whole enchilada.  Her nerdom of choice is Manga, which I don’t read, but that didn’t distract from the story at all.  No matter what your nerdom is, you can relate to how deeply she feels toward Manga, and how it gets her through the tough parts of life.

This is a coming of age teenage romance, and I know some people think that trope is overused, but I really liked it.  I got completely absorbed in this book and time flew by.  I read waaaaay past my bed time to finish it.  I cried and laughed and just loved the whole book!

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If you couldn’t tell by the name, this is a Cinderella spin-off, but its not overly cliche.  It is unique in the fact that its told through the eyes of the stepsister (who isn’t actually evil).  Also its not Ella’s love story.  It is Mattie’s.  So it only loosely follows the Cinderella structure.  I love Cinderella spin-offs but this was a fun new way to take the story!

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There were two issues I had with the book.  The first was a couple comments that belittled emotional distress. The first time Mattie cried she seemed surprised she was crying because apparently she rarely ever cries.  Then later, her love interest comments that she didn’t seem like the kind of girl to cry.  The rest of the time crying was treated as a normal, acceptable response for the stress in Mattie’s life.  Crying is perfectly normal!  I don’t like it when books portray emotional girls as weak.  Crying does not equal weakness!  Other than those two comments, this book handled emotional distress very well.

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The second issue I had with the book is with the model on the cover.  I really like the purple background with the green dress.  The contrast is great.  The title font is bold and catches your attention.  But the more I look at it I can’t figure out what is going on with the girl.  She looks super uncomfortable and unnatural.  What is she doing with her hand on her face?  Give her a normal teenage girl stance instead of that half seductive weirdness and it would be perfect!

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So I highly recommend this book.  I loved it! Go read it! Right now!

 

Highland Redemption

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*** (3 out of 5)

Highland Redemption by Lori Ann Bailey

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Before I get into my review I just want to say how stoked I was to get an advanced reader copy (ARC) of a book! I used Net Galley and this was one of the suggested books to request.  I got a kindle version and I am pretty sure I was auto accepted, but I don’t care.  This was super exciting for me. Yay!

The usual issue I have with romance novels is that they focus too much on the romance and not enough on the plot line.  This book had the opposite problem.  A good romance has a nice balance between a steamy romance and an engaging story.

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I really liked the two main characters and loved the romance between them.  The issue that I had was with how the intimate scenes were written.  The writing style changed completely during these sections.  It was almost as if they were written by a different person.  The intimate scenes were boring to read and I kept getting distracted by the change in language.  The words became flowery and all of a sudden there were a shit ton of unnecessary descriptive words.  Here are a couple examples:

“His lips covered hers, scattering the wayward thoughts like swirling leaves on a brisk fall day.”

“Her fingers wove in and out of his thick hair, the silky strands tickling the place where her fingers met.”

Usually I look forward to the intimate scenes but this time I couldn’t get through them fast enough to get back to the main plot.

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I really liked the main story line.  It has a strong plot that is fairly believable.  Its got action, adventure, and love.  I also have a soft spot for romances set in the highlands.  I don’t know what it is, but it just makes such a great location.  Plus the men are always so amazing!

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P.S. I really wanted a GIF of a Scottish man in a kilt with his hair blowing in the wind but I couldn’t find one 😦

Overall I liked the book, despite the overdone intimate scenes.  I would recommend it if you like Scottish romances.