Manners Are Not for Monkeys

Manners Are Not for MonkeysManners Are Not for Monkeys by Heather Tekavec
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

First impression, cute illustrations, promising idea. I loved the book and thought the story was adorable. The message however, while important, I felt was a little understated for preschool/kindergarten age. That, along with my dislike for the small writing, would put this book at four out of five stars for me.

My three and a half year old on the other hand, loved it– and understood the meaning behind the story. He says five stars.

His opinion wins out.

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Review: Wrong Number, Right Guy

Wrong Number, Right Guy (The Bourbon Street Boys, #1)Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I recieved this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I am so torn with this book. Part of me LOVES it, and part of me HATES it.

I loved that the primary romance in the novel wasn’t ‘love at first sight’, that gets done all the time and it was quite refreshing to have characters take it slow. The concept of the security company and the family-like atmosphere is super adorable and each character- while a little underdeveloped for my liking, were all a perfect fit. The description of Ozzie is also a major plus ;).

I absolutely disliked May 99% of the time. Being the main character that puts a bit of a damper on the feel of the book. I do not understand how she is 29 and the owner of a company. It doesn’t make any sense.

With that being said, now that I know there are more books coming out– I will definitly be reading them, hopefully they will expand on the other characters, and spend less time on May, and her annoying purse-dog.

Review: The Gilded Lynx

The Gilded LynxThe Gilded Lynx by Leah Erickson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

This book presents itself as a coming of age novel. About a young teenager who is sheltered from the outside world, and wants the chance to experience it. It is about a mother who has set out the be the best she can be, but in the process neglected her daughter. It is about learning the world is not black and white; that all ‘good’ is tainted with ‘evil’.

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting after reading the synopsis, but I know I got much more than I thought. Daphne is extremely naive, sheltered child when we first meet her, and we get to watch her grow up.

For me, the characters were well described, and played an integral role in Daphne’s story. The romantic in me was hoping for a little more resolution in the disappearance of her father, but overall an excellent book.

I will admit that the first few chapters took a little for me to get into, but it was well worth the effort.

Review: Heartache and Other Natural Shocks

Heartache and Other Natural ShocksHeartache and Other Natural Shocks by Glenda Leznoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

Being a Torontonian may have influenced my choosing of this book a little more than I would like to admit. However there were other factors that drew me in as well; the shakespearean connection, the coming-of-age struggles, and brutal rivalry of teenage girls.

The beginning of the novel was a bit slower than I was expecting, but it still kept my interest enough to keep reading. Once the pace picked up a bit more I was completely drawn in. I loved so much about this book, the subtle historical references–just enough to give the time period, but not too in-your-face. The raw look inside underage drinking and drug use that is so honest it is perfect. The hard realization that not all families are perfect, and how utterly heartbreaking that can feel.

While there are some very minor things that kept this book from being an five star favourite for me, I absolutely adore this book and will be keeping an eye out for more of Glenda’s books.

Review: Black Cipher Files Trilogy

Blowback (Black Cipher Files series Book 1)Betrayals (Black Cipher Files Romantic Suspense)Burned (Black Cipher Files #3)Burned by Lisa Hughey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

I’m going to do something I’ve never done before–review multiple books in the same review. I’m doing this for two reasons, the first is that I received the Black Cipher Files Trilogy as one ebook. The second is that it is all part of the same story, without NEEDING to be read as such.

The thing that I like about all three books (Blowback, Betrayals, and Burned) is that they all have their own plot, but added together they help make sence of the underlying plot.

All three couples are unique and well thought out, keeping the romance of the books on the steamy side. They all deal with high level government agencies and extremely sensitive information. Each couple’s story have their own quirks and I adored them all. Although Zeke and Sunshine (of Burned) are my favourite.

Review: Yes, My Accent Is Real

Yes, My Accent is Real: A MemoirYes, My Accent is Real: A Memoir by Kunal Nayyar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

Over the years my admiration of Kunal has only grown. I feel that he deserves a much bigger part on The Big Bang Theory than he has, but that’s for another time. We have watched as he brought Raj from a shy Indian boy with selective-mutism to the outgoing and fun-loving character his is now.

When the chance to read his ‘not really a memoir’ came up on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read it, and boy, am I glad I did!

Kunal is a hilarious actor and his writing reflects that. His stories show his great devotion to his family and friends who all helped shape him into the actor we all get to watch every week.

He managed to make a book about his emigration from India that will not only be relatable to fellow immigrants, but also to anyone who is going through a significant change in their lives.

I personally loved his quirky humour and the connection you fell with Kunal’s younger self. His ‘life lessons’–most of which come from his father, are lessons that everyone would benefit from learning.

Overall,
Yes, My Accent is Real
is a great read about the life and culture of an awkward-yet-funny Indian emigrant finding himself in a new country.

Review: The Drafter

The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles, #1)The Drafter by Kim Harrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first book by Kim Harrison, and I adore her writing. The story drew me in and I felt very connected to Peri’s emotional state.

Set in 2030, the technology doesn’t seem to far off from what we have now. The lives the Drafters and Anchors are a unique combination that I’ve never read before, and I found myself in awe of the detail Kim has put into these talents.

I found it particularly humbling that despite all that Peri has gone through her senses were what kept her sane.

I’m hoping that the next book picks up where this one left off, because I was a little disappointed by how the book ended.

Review: The 12 Brides of Summer- Novella Collection #4

The 12 Brides of Summer - Novella Collection #4The 12 Brides of Summer – Novella Collection #4 by Vickie McDonough
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

All three novellas are by different authors, but are all similar, while still being unique stories. However, I am slightly torn for the rating of this book. Part of me loves these quaint stories about love in the late nineteenth century, but part of me strongly dislikes the multitude of God references.

I finally decided on five stars, primarily because when I selected this book it was clearly stated that it was a Christian romance, but also because I shouldn’t be judging a book by it’s character’s religion. Much to the same way I can read book with characters of a different sexual orientation than myself–I can read books, and not take offence to, with different religious beliefs.

Review: 32 Lays Later: The List 2

32 Lays Later: The List 232 Lays Later: The List 2 by Kate J. Squires
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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

I read Part One a little while back and really enjoyed it. I liked the characters, including the two main characters in Part Two.

Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book. The concept was unique and the titles of the movies were hilarious, but I found it to be off. There seemed to be no connection between the main characters and all three were annoying and immature in their actions.

The entire book is one big sex scene and while it is hot, it’s not the greatest I’ve ever read.

Review: Science of Parenthood

Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting SituationsScience of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations by Norine Dworkin-McDaniel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

This hilarious book combines (slightly altered) well known scientific facts with extremely accurate anecdotes that all parents can relate to.

I recommend this book, with its quirky stories and cute graphics to all parents, grandparents and caregivers; I guarantee it’ll make you chuckle.