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.

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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.

Little Girl Gone

Little Girl GoneLittle Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt

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

I tried to read this book, I even put it down for a few months and tried again; I just couldn’t get into it. It wasn’t the writing–it was more the actual story. Being a mother to a young child made all the imagery within the novel much more vivid, it made me feel sick.

This is the first time that it has ever happened to me, but while I couldn’t finish the book because of it, I believe my reaction is only so strong because the story is described so well.

Based upon my findings from the first third of the book, assuming the writing style is the same throughout the book, I would give the book 4/5 stars.

However, since I never finished the book. I will not be rating it.

The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union

The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the UnionThe Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union by David Potter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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

Honestly, I didn’t really enjoy the book. I will say that despite my not liking it, I do think that it is a great addition to middle grade historical fiction. Those who read The Magic Treehouse series will see many parallels, with the added modern technology twist.

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: Steven the Upset Stomach

Steven the Upset StomachSteven the Upset Stomach by Justin Noble
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

My son and I really loved this book. It is an extremely cute way for kids to receive nutritional information, and digest it in a way that makes sense to them. My son is three and he understood most of the concepts in the book.

Great read for all young children, from preschool through to primary grades.

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.