Friday, May 31, 2013

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Woof by Dakota Douglas (REVIEW)



Woof


Author: Dakota Douglas
Category: Children’s Book (Non-Illustrated)
Suitable for: All ages, ideal for age 7+
My Rating:  Stars
Format Read for Review: Kindle
Pages: 21

Description: This is a lovely little children’s book featuring a boy and a magical dog. A lonely, shy boy meets a special dog that trades body’s with him and helps change the boy’s life for the better. The book is split into two separate exciting stories featuring the same cast and same general theme.

In Short: This is a really cute funny story. I thought the plot was really unique and interesting. The story is simple yet meaningful and encourages families to spend more time together.

Pros: This book is original and fun to read. I think many children will enjoy it. I like that the general theme is that parents need to spend a lot of time with their children because that is really important. The first story is really cute and the second story was a bit like a superhero book with a body-swapping crime fighting dog. The stories are fast paced, action packed and perfect length for young readers. 

Cons: I have no cons to list for this book. 


I was sent a free copy of this book by the author for an honest review.




Friday, May 24, 2013

The Julius Romeros Extravaganza Part 1 The Bearded Girl by Hayley Lawson-Smith (REVIEW)



The Julius Romeros Extravaganza
Part 1 The Bearded Girl

Author: Hayley Lawson-Smith
Category: Fiction
Suitable for: Pre-Teens and up
My Rating: 5 Stars
Format Read for Review: Kindle
Pages: 422

Description: This is a whimsical tale of a precious little girl born with a beard. The story covers interesting periods of her life from her birth through her childhood and into adulthood. This book gives you a fresh perspective of “side show freaks” and a new definition for the word family.

In short: This is a humorous story filled with a unique cast of bizarre characters. I especially loved the animals in this book and I thought the chimpanzee Maestro was really funny. If you are looking for a very different story and a feel-good book look no farther!

Pros: Even though this book has a sad theme of a girl with a beard who is rejected by almost everyone it is written in such a beautiful way that doesn’t sadden you but instead gives you hope and joy. This book is also very humorous and has a lot of creative details. The characters in this book are truly imaginative! I have never read about a more eccentric group of people.

I was sent a free copy of this book by the author for an honest review.





Saturday, May 18, 2013

Shara and the Haunted Village by Jeffrey Getzin (REVIEW)




Shara and the Haunted Village          

Author:  Jeffrey Getzin
Category: Mystery/Adventure
Suitable for ages:  Young teens to adults
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Pages: 156

Description:  This book is about a woman named Shara that is very down on her luck.  With no money and no job. She accepts an offer that sucks her into a world of danger and adventure. A world with a wizard, demon, ghosts and men that can’t be trusted.  The setting of this book takes place in a ancient, mysterious village. Shara and her companion much find a way out.

In Short:  This book takes you to a haunted village which contains a wizard, a demon and ghosts. You find yourself wondering what is real and what is not while you eagerly read to find out how they get out?

Pros:  This book is an incredibly fascinating read that is full of adventure. I found the characters to be especially unique and wild.

Cons: I sometimes had a hard time visualizing what the author was describing. 


Friday, May 17, 2013

Dark Water by Chynna Laird (REVIEW)



Dark Water

Author: Chynna Laird
Category: Murder Mystery
Suitable for ages:  Young teens thru adults
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Format Read for Review: Kindle
Pages: 166

Description:  This book is about a woman that disappears, leaving behind two daughters that want to know what happen to her.  With the help of a friend and ghosts her 16 years daughter struggles to try and find out what happen to her mother while helping her grandparents to take care of her younger sister.

In Short: The setting takes place at a lake and the story is full of mystery leaving you hanging until the end.

Pros:  This book has a little of everything: mystery, wonderful setting, family, friends and even ghosts.

Cons: I can’t think of any problems with this book. 


Friday, May 3, 2013

Jagged Little Edges by Lorelie Rozzano (REVIEW)


Jagged Little Edges

Author: Lorelie Rozzano
Category: Drama (Drug Addiction)
Suitable for: Teens+
My Rating: 4 Stars
Format Read for Review: Kindle
Pages: 410

Description: This book is the tale of a girl named Lyndsey who is from a dysfunctional family and who struggles with mental illness and drug addiction. Her story spans from high school through her adult life as her drug problems worsen until she hits rock bottom and then must face the challenge of recovery.

In Short: This book has an interesting plot with a lot of strange developments. You get a close up look into the dark life of a drug addict who is dealing with intense emotional pain and sickness. It took me to a world I have only ever glimpsed before in TV shows and movies but now have a much better interpretation of. This book made me feel so grateful for my life and my family. Overall it was a good book and if this topic appeals to you I think you will really enjoy it.

Pros: This book has good pacing. The beginning is especially fast paced and exciting as her whirlwind into darkness begins. This book has the most in-depth and believable main character that I have ever read about. Her personality is consistent and though you may not understand her and even find you dislike her at times she is amazingly realistic. Even though she makes a number of bad choices she isn’t a bad person and you can really feel for her and wish she would get better. You truly feel like you are reading the diary of a troubled young girl. This book isn’t overly graphic making it a safe read for teens. There is violence but there is no graphic sex scenes. This book had a full story with a satisfying ending. Jagged Little Edges has helped me have a better understanding of drug addiction and how it is a disease.

Cons: The bulk of this story had all downs and no ups making for a depressing and draining read. Even dramas need high points in order to give the reader some emotional payout. Even though the sympathetic main character experiences a lot of hardships I never really felt her pain. I think this is due to too much telling instead of showing which left me a little detached from Lyndsey. I am a very empathetic person who gets very involved in stories and cries easily but this book never brought me to tears even though it is an incredibly sad story.

I was sent a free copy of this book by the author for an honest review.