Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: When Good Things Happen To Bad Boys

When Good Things Happen To Bad Boys When Good Things Happen To Bad Boys by Lori Foster
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Playing Doctor
4 out of 5

I thought this was a perfect beginning to this anthology. Libby falls for Axel (and vice versa) the first time they meet at a party. She is a virgin, but at first, Axel doesn't realize that. When Axel learns, he is determined to not use her as a one night stand because he believes she deserves better than that. As time goes on and they meet again at a not so great location, he realizes that he wants more than just a one night stand with her. I thought the writing was great, and to me, honestly it wasn't too predictable.

Lady Of The Lake
5 out of 5

This was by far my favorite story in the whole book! I thought the writting was superb and the story was even better. Violet is found by Dylan in the lake. He asks her on how she got into the lake, to which she replies that her boyfriend forgot about her and she fell out when she bent over to get something. He falls for her instantly. She wants just one thing, and Dylan offers to help her with it. I won't spoil the whole story for you. Honestly if you were to pick up this book for this story only, I wouldn't think any different of you.

Now here is where we hit the trouble

Hardhats And Silk Stockings
1 out of 5

Nope, nope, nope, and nope again. This story lost me almost from the beginning. To me it just went all over the place and had no real flow. This story should honestly not have been the book, I skipped most of it, it was that bad.

So in other words, this book is pretty good. I would just skip the last book.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: The Loud House #3: “Live Life Loud”

The Loud House #3: β€œLive Life Loud” The Loud House #3: “Live Life Loud” by Chris Savino
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I personally found this book horrible! It is written like a graphic novel, so unless you enjoy reading one, you won't like this book, no matter if you like the show or not. The worst part was the fact that one of the children has two gay men as parents, that does NOT sit right with me. We do not need to force a political opinon on young children, It is NOT right, at all. Parent's, beware of your children reading this. Not only that, but all of the stories in it were pointless. What should have been an innocent book became a political message hidden for children. Not good at all... I am ashamed of nickelodeon for publishing something like this.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: Fraternize

Fraternize Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best book I've read so far in 2018.

So let's see where to start...
Emerson (referred to as "Em") was in love with her best friend Miller when they were young kids. They did everything together, and when she wasn't allowed to play football, she became a cheerleader. When Miller left in their senior year of high school, Em kept a big secret from him.

Miller ends up being traded to the same NFL team that Em is cheerleading for. They have a really bad past at this point, so he is literally the last person she wants to see again.

Then Grant Sanchez comes into the picture. He is on the NFL team as well. He is extremly cocky, and Miller starts fighting with him almost immediately.

But Sanchez see's something in Em the furst time he lays eyes on her, she doesn't reciprocate, but he keeps trying.

Eventually, Miller and Em reform the bond that they used to share. But at that point Em likes Sanchez too. The question for her is, who will she pick?

As time goes on, the choice is obvious to Em who she will pick.
“I think...That I've always been yours. I just didn't realize it.”

And then of course
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Yes, I know that I made this book sound like a huge cliche, but it isn't. It is such a great, great book, and I enjoyed each and every little part of it. You will too! READ IT!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I Am Harriet Tubman - Brad Meltzer Blog Tour

I am a huge history fan, if it is new and It is history, it is on my 'to read' list. When I was chosen to review a new book for children on a major person of the civil war, I was beyond excited. I think it is such a great idea that there are so many books geared for younger audiences on history. Alot of books released a while back just could not keep a readers attention. The best part about this book is that it does manage to do that. But I did have a few issues with this book.

The part of this book that bothered me the most is the sheer fact that they kept Tubman the size of a child throughout the whole book. While all of the other characters were the correct size for their age, the illustrator always decided to make Tubman appear as a child, even when she was in her 80's.

Another part of the book that bothered me was how the characters spoke. I found it very hard to follow at some points If I am being honest. If a younger child who is the correct age for picture books were to pick this up, I'm not sure if they would honestly enjoy it.

Now for the pros.

For one (as I said above) I adored the fact that publishers are trying to market history to the younger audiences. Children are much more likely to want to learn about something if they are given an accessible way to learn it.

Finally, the book does manage to keep the readers attention. This book is full color and school aged children who are just learning to read love to have pictures in their books. Most non-fiction history books contain no pictures (or if they do, they are just in black and white) and the kids won't be as apt to read that as they would a book with full color.

In other words, this is an okay book. I found all of the info it contained to be true. It would be a great book for a teacher to have on hand for students to read as it gives them alot of info quickly.

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My SonHeroes for My Daughter, and a number of suspense novels like The House of Secrets. He is also the host of the History Channel television shows Brad Meltzer's Decoded and Brad Meltzer's Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.

Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career at Marvel Comics, and has worked on thousands of comics, including Cosmic Commandos (Summer 2017), Franklin Richards: Son of a GeniusPet Avengers, and Cow Boy, all of which he wrote and illustrated. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons.

I got this book for free from the publisher but it in no way influnced my review.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Review: Best Erotic Romance

Best Erotic Romance Best Erotic Romance by Kristina Wright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You see, with this book I was kinda torn.

There were some stories I really loved and others I literally just skipped because I just couldn't get into it.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Review: No Ordinary Sound: A Melody Classic

No Ordinary Sound: A Melody Classic No Ordinary Sound: A Melody Classic by Denise Lewis Patrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As someone who has read american girl books for around 10 years now, I can say that as of late, American Girl books have just not been the same as they were in the past. I find that more often then not, the girls are little brats now, the best thing about this book is the fact that it defied the most recent published books by AG and was actually a good read, it was a solid book that any little girl would love.

Melody is a nine year old girl who loves to sing. Her story takes place in th 60's, so this is right in the area of the anti segregation marches. Melody was choosen by her teacher to take the most prestigious role in the children chior, a solo in the big show in the summer, Melody is elated. Her brother is also into music, and she learns alot from him in that sense. One of the great things about this book is the relationship Melody has with her siblings and cousins. They are all very close. Melody's brother is hiding a secret from the family though, he has only told Melody.

As time goes on, the tensions rise. Melody is right in the middle of all of it. Suddenly, an accident occurs and Melody doesn't feel right about everything going on. Will she be able to perform at the show?

I didn't do it enough justice at all, but if you love history novels, this is the book for you. I felt surprised at alot of events in the book, and all of it was historically accurate as well with no sugar coating while still remaining appropriate for a younger reader.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Review: Quest For A Popstar

Quest For A Popstar Quest For A Popstar by Katie Hamstead
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I literally could not read this book, at all. It was so darn cringy, I know I called "The Football Girl" the cringest book I ever read, nope, It is now this one.

So let's see... the book was written as If a 12 year old wrote it, which was a turn off in the beginning. But I thought to my self "Skylar, It may get better, just think of all those other great books that you hated in the beginning but then loved." Nope, nope, nope. That didn't happen here in the slightest. But here is the part that I stopped reading at.

"I grit my teeth. There are guys in the group who look worse than me and didn't get such severe criticism."

And with this, I DNF'd. I do not need to read a book with a female character playing the "Oh look, the man is treated better than me, must be because I am a woman." No thank you. If you don't want to read a book that a jr. high student wrote, do not read this.

I thank the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book, It did not influence my rating at all.

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