Tuesday, December 29, 2015


pic and description taken from Goodreads


The Green Lizards wanted to defeat the Red Rectangles.
The Red Rectangles wanted to defeat the Green Lizards.
They were at war!
Eventually they realized,
Enough Is Enough!
They stopped fighting, and by working together the Green Lizards and the Red Rectangles found a way to live peacefully.

Who will win, the green lizards or the red rectangles? Young readers will understand the value of living in friendship and peace. In the end, it's not about who wins but rather working together and having fun!


This was such a cute books about cooperation, and friendship. 

The green lizards want to defeat the red rectangles and get rid of them.  The red rectangles want to do the same to the green lizards.

When both sides realize they are not getting anywhere fighting with each other, they decide to compromise and work together.  Then it makes fun for everyone.  

This has such a great moral to the story.  Such a fun way to teach kids how to work together, and get along with everyone.  

I need to have grand kids soon....I need a reason to buy all the children's books I want.  hehehe.

Source:  I read this book while at Barnes & Noble.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.





Steve Antony
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Steve Antony is a writer and illustrator based in the UK. His current titles include, 'The Queen's Hat', 'Betty Goes Bananas' and 'Please, Mr. Panda'.

His bestselling UK debut, 'The Queen's Hat', published in May 2014 to critical acclaim. It was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

The New York Times wrote that 'Betty Goes Bananas' "speaks to the foot-stamping toddler in all of us." and 'Please, Mr. Panda' has "a deceptively simple premise with surprise and visual interest."

'Please, Mr. Panda', was The Times Children's Book of the Week and Barnes & Noble's Picture Book of the Month. On Jan 10th, 'Please, Mr. Panda' was read in every Barnes & Noble store in the States as part of their first nationwide Storytime event. School Library Journal calls it "A fun story time selection and a solid option for parents or teachers."

Born in England and raised in Alamogordo, New Mexico, Steve was the 'British kid that liked to draw'. Upon his family's return to the UK, at age 16, he was too young to have graduated from high school and too old to take his GCSE's. However, his artwork and US grades secured him a spot at art college in Cirencester. He went on to study art at Swindon College and graduated with a HND in Illustration. Steve worked in a call centre for nine years while pursuing creative career opportunities. After being made redundant in 2010, Steve took a 'leap of faith' by applying for a place on the Masters Degree in Children's Book Illustration course in Cambridge. He graduated in 2013. Shortly afterwards, he signed his first book contract.

More information about Steve and his books, including lesson tips and activity sheets, can be found on his website: www.steveantony.com.

Sunday, December 27, 2015


pic and description taken from Goodreads


From brave and bold to creative and clever, the rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, and a clever gatefold with kids in costumes, this is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids—both young and old. A great gift for any occasion, but a special stand-out for baby showers, birthdays, and graduation. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes. 


This sweet children's book is so fantastic.  Every child, mother, grandmother and person, needs a copy of this book.  This is definitely one that I will buy for my collection.  

This is such a sweet story about just how important each and every child is.  No matter what life brings you to be who you are and enjoy who you are.

Such a loving, and compelling story.  This might go up as one of my all time favorite Children's books.  So, so sweet.

I cannot wait until I have grand kids to read this to over and over.

Source:  I read this while at Barnes and Noble.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.




Emily Winfield Martin
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Emily Winfield Martin makes paintings, books, and other things. She is the author and illustrator of Day Dreamers (forthcoming, 2014), Dream Animals (2013), Oddfellow's Orphanage (2012) and The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer (2010). When she was small, she spent every moment drawing, reading, dressing rabbits in fancy clothes, and having many peculiar daydreams. When she grew up, she began to illustrate those peculiar daydreams, and after college, she created a cottage industry called The Black Apple, which sells all manner of art and etceteras.

She works in a tiny nook of a studio filled with old children's books, wind-up toys, and stacks of fabric. Her work is inspired by fairy tales, music, myths, carnivals, children's books from the late 19th through mid 20th century, her favorite films, and autobiography. 

She likes bears and sea monsters and seashell pink poppies. She lives and works among the giant fir trees of Portland, OR.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


pic and description taken from Goodreads:


Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.


I LOVE children's books.  Love them.  I don't read them as much as I use to because my kids are older, and don't let me really read to them any more :(.  

This was such a cute book.  The illustrations are wonderful, colorful, and so much fun.  A little boy wants to have a party with some dragons, so he gets ready for them by preparing a LOT of tacos.

What this little boy didn't realize was that some of the tacos he made had some spice to them.  Dragons don't like spice.  It makes them sneeze fire.  

When the boy realizes that there is spice in some of the tacos he tries to get all of the dragons to stop eating them....Unfortunately he didn't do it soon enough.  When all is said and done the kid and the dragons work together in the end to fix the mistake the Dragons made to the boys house.

So cute.  If you have kids, or grand kids this is a great book to add to your collection.  It's so cute, and funny.

Source:  I read this book at Barnes and Noble.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on this book.





Adam Rubin
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Adam Rubin is the New York Times best-selling author of a half dozen critically-acclaimed picture books including Those Darn Squirrels and Dragons Love Tacos. He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full time. Adam has a keen interest in improv comedy, camping and magic tricks. He lives in New York City.

Sunday, December 20, 2015


pic and description taken from Goodreads


So wrong for each other …and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. 

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. 

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


I finished this book about a month ago but haven't had a chance to sit down and write my review until now.  This book had many great reviews from some fellow bloggers, so I knew it would be one I would have to read.

Echo Emerson went from "popular" to "freak" over night practically overnight.  What caused this downfall, she can't quite remember.  She just knows it has to do with the horrible scars on her arms.  She hides them, and tries to remember what happen the night she got them.

Echo had an over bearing father, and a mother that was not around.  Over bearing, horrible, father married a much younger woman, and life was not very easy for Echo with the "new" wife.  

Noah Hutchins, well what can I say.  He's the "bad" boy.  I think that is why I liked him from the beginning.  hehe.  Something about bad boys and how "misunderstood" they are.  Noah has had a rough life as well, and has his own secrets.  Noah is in search of a tutor for some of his classes, and it just so happens that the counselor has appointed him one.  Echo.

From their first "meeting" there is something of a spark there.  They just weren't quite sure if it was hate, or love.  The way their stories unfold is intense.

This was a roller coaster ride through some kids that have some hard issues to deal with, and seem to find in each other the comfort they have been seeking.

I loved how this book unfolded.  Echo and Noah's stories are so sad.  Two young kids who are forced to face adult issues before they should have to.  How they find common ground it pretty wonderful.

Now.....for the stuff I didn't like about the book.  The "f" bomb was used too much and there is a lot of sexual innuendo along with some teenage sex.  Having said that just as an FYI, I do have to admit I still really enjoyed the book.  I just like it when other reviewers give me a "heads up" on that kind of stuff in books.  

I cannot wait to read the other books in this series.

Source:  I bought this book for myself a while back.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL views on the book.

Content:  A lot of language, sexual innuendo, teenage sex, and lots of talk about sex.  I personally believe this book is for older teenagers/adults.





Katie McGarry
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

Saturday, December 19, 2015


I kind of dropped off the book blog wold during this month, but didn't want to miss a chance to wish everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! 

I will probably drop off for the rest of this month and most of January as well.  I plan on spending this time with my family with out distractions.  I have some posts I am going to schedule, but other than that, I hope every ones has a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


pic and description taken from Goodreads


After the forest dwellers destroy her home and kill her father, Aerbrin sets off on a journey to find the truth about her people, her kingdom, and the mysterious Zaad stone that contains a power she never imagined. Magic and mystery join forces in this intriguing fantasy world. Full of shifting alliances and twists you won’t see coming, it’s a can’t-miss read.


Let me start by saying Rollins world that she has built is absolutely amazing.  There are so many characters it was sometimes a little hard to keep track of them, so I started writing them down, and putting the connections together.  It was so much fun.

When something clicked I would make another note.  Pretty soon I had two pages of notes on the book.  There are so many twists and turns, and so many webs weaved in this book it kept me turning the pages, and left me unable to put the book down.

So many characters that I liked, like Aerbin, Hilfawn, Timbrick, Lady Teepin, King Sabaderious, the Orchal, and so many more.  I love the authors use of such unique names.  Each character is just as unique as their names.  

There are demon's, bad guys, good guys,  There is royalty, dark forests, magic, and beasts.

The writing is beautiful, and flows really well.  I was drawn in from the very beginning.  Want to know about some of those characters?  I know how you can do it :).  Read the book.  If you like fantasy you will like this book.  I don't want to say too much about the characters, because the way they weave together was part of the fun of reading the book.

The magic in this book revolves around something called a Zaad Stone.  I wish I had one :).  I love stories with magic in them.  I have read quite a few of them, but it's so much fun to see how an author puts their own spin on it.  

I will say that the "beast" is my favorite character so far.  I have many favorites but he is my "most" favorite :).

From beginning to end, you will enjoy the ride that this book takes you on.  You will enjoy the worlds that are built as well.  It's beautiful.

Source:  I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review (which did not influence my review in any way).  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Content:  CLEAN!!!  Yay!





pic and bio taken from LGRollins.com

L.G. Rollins grew up in a far off land fighting dragons, stealing talismans, and traveling with dwarfs and elves. She is especially skilled at bribing giants with sweets. Currently, her husband and four kids live in Utah so that is where she spends most of her time. She may, or may not, have a Zaad Stone. To learn more about L. G. Rollins and her books visit LGRollins.com.

Thanks to Author L.G. Rollins for the opportunity to review this book

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015


pic and description taken from Amazon


Rick Street is one of the unlucky ones. His rough past in the foster care system has led him to a life of homelessness. But despite it all, the handsome young man is a decent person which is why he steps out of the shadows one night when he realizes a girl is about to be victimized. When the police see Rick brandishing a knife in the young woman's defense, they're confident they've found the serial killer that has been stalking the streets of Salt Lake City . . .
When probation officer Miranda Martinez is assigned to Rick's case, she thinks she's in for a tedious project. Though he's been cleared as a suspect in an ongoing murder case, Miranda has been tasked with helping Rick to become a productive member of society. Impressed by the passion with which Rick works to turn his life around, she is unwillingly drawn to the successful and confident man he is becoming. But with their focus on one another, it's all too easy to forget that there is still a serial killer at large and when the strange phone calls begin, Miranda fears she may be the next target. As Rick uncovers his own shocking connection to the murderer, he must draw on his years on the streets to protect the woman he loves in a deadly race against time . . .


I was at Deseret Book a couple of weeks ago and decided to buy some books on CD since I am always in my car.  I am so glad I picked this one up.  It was wonderful.

Rick Street started his life out a little rough.  He has lived on the street for years, and he is a survivor.  He wants to better his life, but doesn't quite know how to go about it.  

One night Rick follows another street guy by the name of Slice.  Rick is sure Slice is up to no good, and this time he has a young woman with him.  Rick follows him, and when he hears screaming coming from a bathroom he goes in armed with a 2x4.  Right about the time the police enter the room and take Rick down.  They accuse him of aggravated assault and he is put in jail.  

Rick's life goes from bad to worse.  To his udder delight the judge decides to do a little something different with Rick.  Ricks life takes an unexpected turn, and one that could be wonderful if he takes the opportunities that the judge has put before him.  He gets assigned a probation/case worker by the name of Miranda.  Miranda is suppose help Rick becoming a contributing member of society.

The story just gets more and more interesting. Rick is such a great character, and I cannot even tell you how bite-o-luscious this man is.  Just mmmm.  Okay, who says that about a street guy?  Oh, he is so much more than that!  I promise.  Just read and you will understand how fabulous he is.

Rick's life is full of surprises.  Some good, and some not so good.  Rick's story is so wonderful to follow.  It's full of twist and turns.  It kept me on my "drivers" seat the whole time.  It was hard to exit the car and turn the CD's off.  My kid complained every time because they couldn't watch a movie...hehehe!  Poor spoiled children.  hehe.

This book took so many different turns, it was awesome.  Once you think you have something figured out, another twist is thrown in.  The way it all comes together was A MAY ZING.  

I don't want to give anything away, but if you like mystery, watching someone come into themselves, love, family.  You will like this book.  It's so fantastic.

Source:  I bought these CD's for myself from Deseret Book.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Content:  CLEAN!  Yeahhhh!




Monday, November 23, 2015


The Phoenix Born (A Dance of Dragons #3)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis


From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis comes the final book in the thrilling A Dance of Dragons series—perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Graceling, and Game of Thrones!

For the first time in a thousand years, the fire dragon has been awakened and Rhen is its rider. But after destroying the armies that threatened the city of Rayfort, Rhen is shown a vision in flames that changes everything. The shadow's phantom armies are coming and the dragons are the only things that might stop them.

High in the castle at the top of the Gates, Jinji has learned something of her own. Janu, her long lost twin, is alive. And just as the spirit shares her body, the shadow shares his. In the blink of an eye, her quest for vengeance against the evil that killed her family has changed to one of protection. Because she knows that if Rhen learns the truth he will do what she cannot—end the shadow and end her brother in the process.

As the shadow grows more aggressive, Jinji and Rhen fight to find the rest of the dragon riders. But with time running out, they are forced to face the impossible decision between honor and love. Alliances are formed, promises are broken, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance…

Inspiration Board for A Dance of Dragons!

A snapshot of my inspiration board for A Dance of Dragons—just a little taste of the characters, settings, and mood of the series! To see all of the images and for original sources, please check out the board on Pinterest!



I said in my last review for THE SPIRIT HEIR that the books kept getting better.  This one did not disappoint.  It was so intense.

Jinji and Rhen are back.  Jinji and her twin Janu have been reunited.    Jinji feels like her whole world may make sense again.  While her reunion with Janu is everything she thought she wanted there is still danger lingering.

Rhen has seen what may happen to the world if he and Jenji do not stop it.  In the process Jinji learns something about her brother that forms and impossible decision for her to make.

Rhen and Jenji go through so much emotional turmoil in this book that I was constantly wishing that they could just catch a break :).  

Rhen's love for Jinji is what every girl wants ;), and Jinji's for Rhen.  Sometimes I just wanted to crawl into my book and tell them "it's all going to be okay"...but then I read on, and something else would pop up.  hehe.  There didn't seem like there was ever any time for any of them to catch their breath.  It made for a wonderfully, intense story.  

Plus, I love dragons.  Who doesn't?  I mean in my dream world I would totally have a pet dragon.  It would sit on my lawn and scare all those people away who put advertisements on my doors.  hehehe  

I just loved everything about this book.  I could probably go on and on, but since it is the last book I want to leave it a question for you to have to answer for yourselves.  Plus, if I say too much more I will give it all away.  If you take the opportunity to read this series, in my opinion you will not be disappointed.  It just fantastic.

Source:  I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

***  Side Note ***
Thanks to Kaitlyn Davis for allowing me the opportunity to review these wonderful books.  Your writing is amazing, and I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every minute submersed in this series!


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Jinji stopped him by grabbing his cheeks and pulling his face against hers, kissing him urgently. Rhen tried to pull away, to understand why she wasn't thrilled by the news, but her hands traveled to the back of his neck, grip tight, and he couldn't break her hold. Her lips moved fast against his, pleading with him silently. Everything about her was desperately trying to hold on to the moment, to stop time, as though she were drowning and the air from his lungs was the only thing that might save her, as though he were her tether to life.
Rhen wanted to give in. More than anything, he wanted to melt beneath her touch and forget the world, to kiss her until the sun rose the next morning, and even then maybe not stop. He could so easily get lost in the fire of her touch, the silkiness of her skin.
But he couldn't let himself.
The woman he loved was in pain.
Her kiss wasn't full of passion. It was full of dread. Rhen sensed the dark taste on his tongue.
"Jin," he mumbled against her lips.
But she didn't stop.
Rhen reached back, unlatching her fingers, pulling her forcibly away from him, finding her eyes. "Jin?"
And with that word, she couldn't avoid what was in her heart any longer. A tear rolled down her cheek, and she gave in, collapsing against him as her body racked with sobs. The moans came from a dark place within her, ripping their way up her throat, making him wince at the sound.
Rhen wanted to demand answers.
He wanted to force her to explain, to let him in, to tell him what had her so distraught.
But he didn't.

He just held her, kissing her forehead and rubbing her back. Not questioning. Not demanding. There would be time for answers later. Right now, Jinji needed a shoulder to cry on and nothing more. He gave that to her, embracing her until sleep claimed them both.


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"Gorgeous writing (spellbinding is a word that fits well here), creative and unique world and characters that steal your heart away, this is an unbelievably fantastic beginning to what is sure to be a new favorite series. I'm so eager for more!" - Candace's Book Blog

"The writing is flawless. The story and plot line, and plot twists, had me captivated and enamored for the first words. I couldn't put this book down for anything, and I absolutely cannot wait for book two...It's an amazing start to a new series that is going to have people of all ages wanting so much more." - Happy Tails and Tales

"One word to describe this book: intense! Everything from the battles, to the secrets, to the descriptions of the characters and scenery, are all incredibly intense. This book had me biting my nails, stomach tided in knots, and completely entranced til the last word." - Desert Rose Reviews

"Mind. BLOWN. Do you know that one book that made you love a certain genre again because it was so amazingly & beautifully written?? Well, The Golden Cage is the book that made me realize how good Fantasy can be." - Spiced Latte Reads

"The Shadow Soul was positively transportive, left me feeling refreshed, and renewed my faith in symbolism, imagery, and the importance of world building and cultural preservation...If you want to set out on a journey, read this." - We Do Write

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Author Bio: 

Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. 

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she's not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her--about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general--you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com
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Sunday, November 22, 2015


pic and description taken from Goodreads


Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.

What is Duncan to do? Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Timesbestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.


This was such a cute children's book.  My sister bought it for her grandson and I saw sitting on the table and had to pick it up.  Seriously it's so cute.

Duncan is a little boy who just wants to color...but his crayons have gone on strike.  Every one of them wants something more from Duncan.  It's so cute :).  

Each color wants to have more attention.  If you have kids this is a cute book to read with them.  I cannot wait to have grand babies (which will probably never happen...kidding).  I am going to start collecting them for when and if I ever have grand babies, and this is the the top of my list :).

If you have kids this is a wonderful book.

Source:  My sister bought this book for her grandson, and I read it :).  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.





Drew Daywalt
 pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Ever since his childhood in one of Ohio’s most haunted houses, writer director Drew Daywalt has been writing escapist fantasy and building worlds of his own. With a degree in Creative Writing, and a concentration in Children’s Literature from Emerson College in Boston, Daywalt set off to Hollywood where he spent years writing for Disney and Universal on such beloved shows as Timon & Pumba, Buzz Lightyear, and Woody Woodpecker, and where his animated series The Wacky World of Tex Avery garnered an Emmy nomination. 

His first trip into live action landed him studio screenwriting and feature film directing work with such Hollywood luminaries as Quentin Tarrantino, Lawrence Bender, Tony Scott, Brett Ratner and Jerry Bruckheimer. 

With an eye toward picture book writing, Daywalt’s first book THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, debuted on the New York Times Best Seller’s List in June 2013, and has since become a Number One Best Seller.


Oliver Jeffers

From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, his work has been exhibited in New York, Dublin, London, Sydney, Washington DC, Belfast and elsewhere.
A co-founder of the art collective OAR, their exhibitions include 9 days in Belfast, book and the award winning BUILDING.
Illustration clients include Orange UK, Lavazza, Sony PSP, RCA Records, Starbucks, Candy, the Vacuum and Her Royal Majesty the Queen of England.
HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his picture books, including the award-winning Lost and Found and The Incredible Book Eating Boy.

There has always been a strong undercurrent of narrative behind Jeffers's work, but his current interest in making art lies in the anomaly between logical and emotional thinking.
While striving to find a harmonious balance between form and content, Jeffers is curious about the opposing means by which the world he lives in can be assessed. To explore this he has been drawing parallels between the arts and sciences, as in his recent solo show, Additional Information (exhibited December 2006, in Hill St Belfast), in which figurative oil paintings were over laid with mathematical equations.