Review: Last Chance Hero

Last Chance Hero
Last Chance Hero by Hope Ramsay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hope Ramsay kept me guessing for a good portion of this book.

I felt so many different emotions. I was perplexed that there could be town so small that people are pressured into doing what ‘the town wants’. I was angry that Sabina and Ross were too blinded by small town pressure and family commitment to fight for what felt right. I did catch on the one of the big plots about midway through, but a twist at the end got me wondering if I was right.

Small town, mysterious fires, and not one, but two beautiful romances? Perfect for a light read.

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Review: Witches Protection Program

Witches Protection Program
Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The concept of a police task force put in place to protect witches was what initially drew me into this story.

The love of a good mystery/romance kept me reading. I loved the almost-nonexistent romance that exists; sexual tension usually makes for good read.

I always enjoy reading each writer’s perspective on paranormal beings. For example; the witches in Witches Protection Program are quite different from those of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Each writer adds a bit of a unique spin.

I would pick up more of Michael Phillip Cash’s work in the future.

Review: Flutterby Field

Flutterby Field
Flutterby Field by Naqeeya A.R.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

While the pictures are cute, and the story is sweet, I’m not too fond of this book. I found it felt more like someone’s memory than a children’s story.

The other aspect of the book, the actual writing, was also off for me. There are some parts of the story that the language felt strained, almost like a translation that wasn’t done by someone with a firm grasp of the English language. I also felt that on some pages there was a bit of a rhyme, but others there was not. In short children’s books rhyming helps the flow.

Lastly, I don’t quite understand the term ‘Flutterby’, I get that the author is referring to butterflies, but why are they called ‘Flutterbies’. Maybe in a different culture/language this is the closest translation?

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Review: The Snootzytime Adventures of Maddie & Murphy: To the Moon and Back

The Snootzytime Adventures of Maddie & Murphy: To the Moon and Back
The Snootzytime Adventures of Maddie & Murphy: To the Moon and Back by Lauren Micchelli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cute bedtime book about nighttime adventures. While I may not fully understanding the added ‘t’ in the title, I do think space exploration is always an enjoyed bedtime topic and children will adore this book.

I loved the cute ‘command station’, and the friend they made there. However I’m not impressed by the pictures, I’ve read two other books by Lauren and I found the pictures much better.

Review: A Day Of What Ifs

A Day Of What Ifs
A Day Of What Ifs by Lauren Micchelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It is universally known that all young children go through the ‘question’ stage. For those fortunate enough to have yet to experience it, essentially the child asks a string of questions, most of which are simply “why?”. It’s cute at first, but you can only answer why so many times.

This book takes that desire to question everything and spins it around. By asking super-silly questions about everyday life.

As a parent, not only do I enjoy the new questions that are being introduced, but I (secretly) love the lack of ‘why?’

Review: Cute Continent Cuddle

Cute Continent Cuddle
Cute Continent Cuddle by Besmala Orfaly
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Its a bit of a stretch to call this a book. Overall it feel like a simple poem, roughly thought out with a few cute clip art pictures thrown it. None of the animals are directly referenced either, just the continents.

To be completely honest, with the addition of the ‘labels’ at the top of each page, this felt more like a children’s social studies project than a book.

Review: College Bound

College Bound
College Bound by Lilia Ford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

To be honest this has been one of the hardest books to review so far this year. It’s been three days since I put it down and I couldn’t figure out how I felt about it.

If I were to base my review entirely off of my feelings while reading the book I would give it two, maybe three stars. I was thoroughly disgusted and repulsed at times, yet found myself rooting for Natalie and Gareth (and getting slightly turned on).

After a few days of reviewing my thoughts I’ve come to realise that by having such conflicting feelings about a single piece of writing, doesn’t make the writing bad; it means the writer is really good.

Considering there is also a warning that the book contains “multiple scenes of bondage, spanking, ménage, and one potentially triggering scene of attempted rape” I’ve come to the conclusion that I love Lilia Ford’s writing and will be on the look out for her future works.

Review: A Tale of Two Daddies

A Tale of Two Daddies
A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

While still too young to fully understand family dynamics, young children are generally curious about things that that are new or unknown. A Tale of Two Daddies presents some of the more important(to a child) questions in a cute, easy to understand way. With bright colours and imaginative designs this books provides a great introduction to explaining family dynamics to children.

Review: Things I’ve Said to My Children

Things I've Said to My Children
Things I’ve Said to My Children by Nathan Ripperger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

As a mother to a young boy I can relate to a few of these already and the pictures were cute, but I felt the book was far too short and some of the ‘things said’ seemed more like a ‘you had to be there’ then general parenting.

Love the concept though.

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