Friday, December 27, 2013

Review Roundup!

With Christmas break we got lots of reading done!  So much fun cuddling up at night and reading great books!  It has been such an amazing year of books...Excited to see what 2014 has in store!


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From the New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental comes a novella that celebrates love, the holidays, and antiques. Christmas is coming, but Savannah antique dealer Weezie Foley is doubly distracted both by her upcoming wedding to her longtime love, chef Daniel Stipanek and also by the fact that her best friend and maid-of-honor BeBe Loudermilk is due to give birth any day and is still adamantly refusing to marry her live-in-love Harry. Listeners have come to love these characters in Mary Kay Andrews' three previous Savannah novels: Savannah Blues, Savannah Breeze, and Blue Christmas. Christmas Bliss offers Andrews' legions of fans the best of many things: familiar characters, a new novella for Christmas, and a celebration of Mary Key Andrews' own favorite pastime-antiquing. Blue Christmas was a fan favorite, and now Christmas Bliss is sure to fly off store shelves and into the hands of Andrews fans in bestselling numbers.

Emily's Review:

This was a delightful novel but not all about Christmas.  There are some fun shenanigans and humor and mishaps!  I really enjoyed this novel.  It was my first read by Mary Kay Andrews.  I loved that you get more points of view when reading this book.  I like that you get to become invested in more than one character and more than one story line!  I don't want to give anything away, but fun will be hard when reading this book....curl up with it this winter you won't regret it!


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Critically injured in a motorbike accident, Zara Wilson lies in a coma. She is caught between many worlds: the world of her hospital room and anxious family, and that of her memories and a dream-like fantasy where she searches for her brother Jem. Jem proves elusive but Zara s adventures in her subconscious unlock dark secrets of a troubled childhood. Zara must face up to her past in order to accept her future.

Emily's Review:  
I have to say that this book is unlike any other I have read.  It is original and unusual.  It is thought provoking and well, not sure how else to describe it.  I think that the illustrations in a comic book style are a neat twist.  I think you will love this book or it will fall short and I am still not sure where I fall.  What I can say is that the book will stick with me.  3 stars 

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Somewhere Down the Line: The Legend of Boomer Jack is based on the true story of a dog who rode the lumber trains of Northern California in the early 1900s.

Boomer Jack is a lovable railroad dog who has ridden the rails since he was a pup. Although he belongs to the mayor’s wife, who wants him to be a house dog, Boomer can’t resist the call of a train whistle.

Boomer has many friends around the town of Willits, including a kind-hearted station master and a locomotive engineer and his trusty fireman, but no one could love him more than a ten-year-old girl named Sara Parsons. Saddened by the recent death of her father in a tragic train accident, Sara looks to Boomer to ease her loneliness. But she soon discovers that it's impossible to keep a railroad dog away from the trains for long.

Though Boomer is content to spend his days chasing adventure on the rails, trouble arises for the town when Mayor Belmont, who is also president of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, decides to route his trains around Willits to another town. Meanwhile, Boomer has problems of his own when he is wrongly accused of chasing livestock and Fisk, a boozing dog catcher, sets out to capture him.

After a narrow escape from Fisk, Boomer joins engineer Paddy and fireman Jonsey on a high-speed locomotive ride to San Francisco. The trainmen and their canine companion visit the city and return home with a second dog, Lucky, who becomes Boomer's new love.

Once back in town, troubles escalate for both Boomer and the town of Willits when an angry Fisk tries to take his revenge. In the end, it’s up to Sara to save the day, and learn a most important lesson from Boomer: True happiness is not to possess, but simply to love.

Emily's Review:

I read this to my boys over break and they LOVED it.  We are dog lovers in this house and reading a story about a adventuresome dog was right up our alley!   It was great story to discuss with the boys and they enjoyed finding the deeper meaning within the story!  4 stars!

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 DINOSAURS: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature (Amazing Animal Kingdom Series) is a thrilling look into the world of prehistoric reptiles. You guessed it! Dinosaurs! Don't just sit there... Walk through the jungle, dig underground, swim to the depths of the ocean with this funny and entertaining book for kids. DINOSAURS: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature (Amazing Animal Kingdom Series) is an amusing and enlightening book about dinosaurs. Learn about the different types of dinosaurs as well as what they eat and their strange behaviors. It is the perfect book for children of all ages. This book can be enjoyed by young readers and even adults, as they read to toddlers and Kindergarteners.


DINOSAURS: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature (Amazing Animal Kingdom Series) has it all! Not only is it an exciting and entertaining book, but it is also designed especially for the younger readers who love dinosaurs. In this amazing book, you will find that the sentence structure is well designed. Its short paragraphs and easy to read words makes this book a wonderful story for children, parents and even primary school teachers. Dinosaur names can be difficult to pronounce. This remarkable book provides phonetic breakdowns to assist young and even older readers with pronunciation.



Reading to children can create a lifelong bond between you and your child. So grab a copy of DINOSAURS: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature (Amazing Animal Kingdom Series) and curl up with your child today.



Journey through the Land of the Unknown and discover something new!


Emily's Review:
Another great fun and information rich book!  The pictures are great and the info is most impressive.  Any dino fan needs this book! 5 stars



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