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Monday, March 2, 2015

Black Suede Jacket AND Two Drinks At A Night's Waltz by Julio Bonilla

      These two books are a series of rambling, nonsensical words. They are NOT books. They start nowhere and go nowhere.  Save your money and don't purchase these.  

Savvy Stories: Funny Things I Learned From My Daughter by Dan Alatorre

     Life is forever changed when Dan and his wife welcome Savannah, their daughter.  From the rough days right after childbirth to the first year of Savvy's life, Dan shares it all.  These new parents meet reality vs the baby books.  Lessons will be learned the hard way- by trial and error.  Milestones and surprises make the first year a busy one. This book will give you a look into one set of parents' way of dealing with things.  

     I did enjoy this book.  It took me back to when my three were newborns.   It's a heartwarming book and parents will enjoy seeing that someone else dealt with these issues too.  We weren't alone.  Funny and scary in equal parts, I felt like I could shout," I agree with you." in so many areas.  One thing that comes through easily is the love The Alatorre's have for their daughter.  Some of the stories will bring laughter and others will bring tears.  Oh the changes a new baby brings.

     I did find some issues.  It's repetitive in places.  It rambles at times, but that is how we are as parents.  Much could be removed and there wouldn't be  any affect to the story at all.  In places it's more like a memoir of Dad more than funny things learned from his daughter.  I'm sure there were many more things Dan could have shared in place of these things.

     I gave this one 4 cheers out of 5 because of the issues noted above. 

Captain No Beard: Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles by Carole P. Roman

     Things are changing in Fribbet's home.  He's not sure what to do.  He tells Captain No Beard and his crew about these new, strange animals are everywhere.  They changed too.  The animals were taking up all of Mom and Dad's time. They had no time for Fribbet.  The crew explains these are Fribbet's brothers and sisters.  Hallie has a new baby brother too.

     I adore these stories.  They are colorful and exciting.  Each one captures the imagination of your child and let's them know anything is possible.  The child in your life will love these adventures.  The series should be part of every child's library.

     I found no issues.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because there is a lesson included in the story.

Below The Belt by Sidney Halston

     Francesca had taken over the gym when her father was no longer able to deal with the day to day operations. She knew they needed a big name MMA fighter to draw attention to the gym.  
     Antonio 'Scarface' Marino's career was going down the tubes quick. Known for his antics with the ladies and the endless tabloid stories, Tony needed help to turn his career around.  
     Together, these two will make the gym successful again.  The one problem is they don't get along.  Frances is a no nonsense type person and Tony is all about having fun.  What will it take to bring them together for the sake of the business?

     Extremely well written, this book is a fun read.  I enjoyed the slow building and sensual heat between Frances and Tony.  I liked the idea they had to really work to make this happen for them.  It was also really fun to read about places I've actually lived in.  The Florida heat simply added a layer to their already overheated bodies.  You'll recommend this book to your friends.  The characters are relatable and fun.  

      I found no issues with this one.

      I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because the heat level was off the charts.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Pleasantville Junior Detective Agency by Johnny Copper

       Perry Winkle love mysteries.  He reads the Old-Time Mystery Stories that are set in the  forties and fifties.  Perry is in the fourth grade but that doesn't stop him or slow him down.  He's able to look at the evidence and figure out who the bad guy is.  It's amazing to watch him work.

     This book contains ten mysteries. Each one is very well written and fun.  I think this type of book helps children put the pieces together of any situation.  They can then figure out who the culprit was.  I loved the casual way Perry goes into a case.  This book will engage your child's mind and keep it fun to read.  The characters could be anyone from their own school.  I think this book should be in your child's library. 

     I found no issues.

     I gave this 5 cheers out of 5 because it's such a fun read. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tail Lights by Connie L. Smith

       Preston's life hasn't been the greatest. Her mother left the family when she was a baby. Now it's just her brother and her father, except her father hates her.  An epic breakup from the man she adored makes her jump right in when a music contract comes her way.  She and her band dive in and have a great career.  Then Preston started her destructive behavior.  The label tells her she needs time away.  They arrange for her to head home to Knoxville.  Preston's not sure about this but she knows she needs to mend some fences.  What she learns could destroy her or make her even stronger.

      Full of such heartache, this book really lays it all on the line.  I enjoyed the characters. Fleshed out and three dimensional, they feel like old friends.  I was happy to see the work that went into mending the fences and the effort it took to stay in Knoxville.  Excellent writing and some turns you don't see coming keep this book interesting throughout.  I love the friendships and how deeply they are rooted.  You will too.  It's emotional, but then what breakup isn't?  This one is worth the price of admission.  Get your copy and see why Connie L. Smith has become another of my fave authors.

     The only issue I found was with the song lyrics. I think they could have been better marked so you can tell definitively where they start and stop.  Great lyrics though.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because even though it has the lyric issue, it's not enough to take away from the book.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

18 Thoughts by Jamie Ayres

      Olga looks around as she enters Conner's hospital room. The first thing she noticed was the really hot guy in the next bed.  Olga sat, as she usually did, waiting for Conner to come out of his coma.  She'd felt guilty about his accident.  She just wanted him to wake up and be Conner again.
      Nate had moved to this small town with his family.  He'd been in an accident that killed one other boy.  Being in the hospital gave him to much time to think about it.  When the hospital room door opened, Nate's breath was taken away by the girl who entered.  
      Nate and Olga become very close.  They both want  things to work out for them, but weird things keep happening.  One of those things is that Nate can read Olga's thoughts.   Life would never be "normal" again.

     Strong characters and excellent writing make this book one to read.  I enjoyed the mystery and the strange clues included in the story.  It's like nothing I've ever read before and it made me consider situations I'd never thought of.  If a book can make you think and entertain you too, it's a keeper.  Each clue given leads you to the answers Nate and Olga seek.  This is one I think everyone will enjoy.  There are many elements at work here.  Religion, supernatural and mystical elements are throughout the book.  You'll think you know the ending but Ms. Ayres gives us just a twist and leaves you speechless.

     I found no issues.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because this book is one for TBR pile.