Our Love Grows

Our Love GrowsOur Love Grows by Anna Pignataro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

Momma182 Review
★★★★✩
Love the illustrations, and the sweet rhyme about love and change. This book was easy to read, fun to look at, and is about Mommy and Baby. Adorable.

CJP Review
Age: 3 1/2 years
★★★✩✩
About the cover: “There is a baby panda!, and a mommy panda!”
“The panda was small before, just like me?”
“Trees can be little too?”

His favourite part? “The baby panda snuggles with his mommy.”
His rating? He “Liked It”.*

After the story: “Check how big I am on the wall”

*Check here for the full break down of CJ’s Book Stars.

Keep an eye out for a book tour and giveaway coming next week.

Merry Mary

Merry MaryMerry Mary by Ashley Farley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting when I started this book. The idea of a Christmas miracle, made it seem like a permanent ‘solution’ to Scottie’s longing for a child.

As the book went on, I began to understand that it is not so much about actually having a child, but the growth that Scottie experiences through this process.

Lovely Christmas novella.

Review: Off Limits

Off Limits (Aces Hockey, #1.5)Off Limits by Kelly Jamieson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

Off Limits is the first Kelly Jamieson novel that I have read, and while I found it too short (although as a novella it is a good length) I quite enjoyed the characters. Taking the ‘older brother’s best friend’ and twisting it just a bit was really sweet.

I will definitely be looking into more of Jamiesons work, especially the Aces Hockey books.

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: 99 Essential Weight Loss Blogposts

99 Essential Weight Loss Blogs: So You Can Start, Stick to It, Keep It Off99 Essential Weight Loss Blogs: So You Can Start, Stick to It, Keep It Off by Kenneth Schwarz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

I was originally going to rate this book a three out of five, because it is much the same as any other weight loss book. The general ideas are the same, but this book focus is on your mental state as you lose the weight. Which for most people may be the key to actually losing weight.

The reason I changed it, is because, without really realizing it, until I went to write this review (super long after I read it because I got sick) and realized that subconsciously I took in more than I thought I did.

I’ve been implementing many of these strategies (in slightly varied ways, that work better for me) into my routine over the past few weeks and I’ve noticed a difference already.

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: 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: Because of Sydney

Because of SydneyBecause of Sydney by T.A. Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

Mason, a self-made millionaire, is always looking for a new project and always gets what he wants. Until he meets Sydney. A business reporter who, despite her attraction to Mason, must make her deadline–digging up what ever she can on the work Mason is doing on the island.

The chemistry is clear between the two and is written in such a realistic way that it does not come across as fake or cheesy–a common problem among Chick Lit and Romance novels. The pair are navigating unknown territory for them both and hitting the ‘normal’ speed bumps of an accelerated relationship, along with some ethic and moral issues related to their work.

I adored this book, I loved the relationship between Mason and Sydney and their supporting characters–his Nephew and future niece-in-law. I have a slight personal issue with how controlling Mason came off at some points and I detested the way he always said ‘girl’. Those two little things just get under my skin and are the only things holding me back from a five star review.

I’m going to be picking up Grey’s story, as well I am sure there will be another novel–about Sydney’s sister, or at least one in which we find out about them.

Review: An Introduction to 3D Printing

An Introduction to 3D PrintingAn Introduction to 3D Printing by Victoria Zukas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

Going into this I had very little knowledge of 3D printing, I now know more than I’ll probably ever need to know. The subject was well explained and not overly difficult to understand the concepts.

While the technology is amazing, I personally don’t find the subject that entertaining. Regardless the book was well done and anyone interested in 3D technology should give it a read.