Sunday, February 18, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #LookForHer @emilycwinslow #KeeneandFrohmann @Morrow_PB


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
WOW! If you like twisty. If you like turvy. Then this book is for you. I was on the edge of my seat, never knowing what was around each and every corner. It was one of those reads that leaves you uneasy in a very good way. It was one of those reads that you thought you had it figured out and then "boom"...surprised by a plot twist. It was heart pounding and thought provoking. A must for lovers of a satisfying thriller.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #NotPerfect @ElizabethLaBan #LakeUnionPublishing @AmazonPub

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so great. I loved the toe and pace. It was one of those books that grabbed me bit by bit until I could not put it down. I adored the flawed characters, the plot and the satisfying conclusion. I loved how honest and raw this book was. It exposes weaknesses and strengths in equal measure. It is this balance that makes this book one not to be missed.


Friday, February 16, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #SheRegretsNothing by @Andrea_Dunlop ‏@AtriaBooks



In the tradition of The Emperor’s Children and The House of Mirth, the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight.

When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila’s father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.

Two years later, Laila has left behind her quiet life in Grosse Point, Michigan to move to New York City, landing her smack in the middle of her cousins’ decadent world. As the truth about why Laila’s parents became estranged from the family patriarch becomes clear, Laila grows ever more resolved to claim what’s rightfully hers. Caught between longing for the love of her family and her relentless pursuit of the lifestyle she feels she was unfairly denied, Laila finds herself reawakening a long dead family scandal—not to mention setting off several new ones—as she becomes further enmeshed in the lives and love affairs of her cousins. But will Laila ever, truly, belong in their world? Sly and sexy, She Regrets Nothing is a sharply observed and utterly seductive tale about family, fortune, and fate—and the dark side of wealth.


This book is amazing! I was so involved in the characters and story. I could not put this book down. I find the grit, the power and the family drama within the pages to be original, engaging and FANTASTIC. There is such a great cast of characters with a wonderfully woven tale that will keep the readers burning through pages and trying to guess what will happen next! A must read. 

Andrea Dunlop

Andrea Dunlop is the author of LOSING THE LIGHT, which was named as a Best Book of 2016 by Redbook Magazine, the novella BROKEN BAY, and the forthcoming novel SHE REGRETS NOTHING. She lives with her husband in Edmonds, Washington, where she works as a social media consultant.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #EllieEngineer @JacksonPearce #BloomsburyChildrensBooks


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This January, acclaimed YA and MG author Jackson Pearce launches a new series devoted to encouraging tween girls’ interest in STEM: EllieEngineer (Bloomsbury Children’s Books; ISBN: 978-1-6811-9519-3; Hardcover $15.99; January 16, 2018).

Ellie loves to build. She’s always engineering new creations with the help of her imagination and her best friend Kit. Unfortunately, with Kit’s birthday just around the corner, the French-braiding machine Ellie built turns out to be more of a hair-knotting machine. What’s Ellie going to do? Luckily, the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about Kit’s surprise – it must be the dog she’s always wanted! Ellie is struck with inspiration: she’ll build Kit the best doghouse ever! The project quickly becomes more than just a present for Kit – it builds a bridge between Ellie and those bothersome neighbor boys, as well as the other handy girls in her class.

Designed to look like Ellie’s notepad, with pencil-on-graph-paper illustrations of her projects interspersed throughout the book, EllieEngineer inspires creative and crafty girls to get hands-on with their imagination. Ellie’s projects range from the simple (using a glass against a wall to amplify sounds), to the practical (the doghouse), to the fantastical (a bedroom security system featuring spikes) – encouraging readers to start small but think big. Ellie’s parents support her engineering experiments, with important safety tips sprinkled throughout, and her relationship with Kit is a glowing example of positive female friendship. They share their hobbies – Ellie likes to get her hands dirty, while Kit prefers ballet – reminding readers that there’s no wrong way to be a girl. Ellie’s hand-drawn tool guide at the end explains basic tools in accessible terms, rounding out this fun and funny adventure, and giving girls everything they need to be their own Ellie!

About the Author:  Jackson Pearce lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of a series of teen retold fairy-tales, including Sisters RedSweetlyFathomless, and Cold Spell, as well as two stand-alones, As You Wish and Purity. As J. Nelle Patrick, she is the author of Tsarina. In addition to The Doublecross and The Inside Job, her middle grade novels include Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures, co-written with Maggie Stiefvater. Visit her at www.jacksonpearce.com and @JacksonPearce (Twitter and Instagram).


Girl Power! Ellie is amazing. I loved her so much! She as such a distinct and strong character. She was also smart, clever and imaginative. I loved that this book highlights the fact that there should be no gender assigned to certain jobs or interests. Ellie does what she is good at and does it well. I loved the drawings from Ellie's notepad. With encouragement from her parents, along with tips to stay safe, this book teaches kids to think big, never to give up and to use their brains in positive ways. I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. It was a sheer delight and I highly recommend this!



#MMBBR #Review #PawPatrol #RescueTime #NickelodeonPublishing


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so fantastic. It would be a great Easter basket item. It is never too soon to start planning for the holiday and there is not greater gift than a book. This book is more than a book...it is an experience. You get to be part of the book with the super cool projector watch. The Paw Patrol team is ready to come to the rescue in this new book. Such bright and colorful pictures bring the story to life. This book is one that will certainly become a child's new favorite. I adore the positive messages about tram work, friendship, kindness and so much more. This book has not one, but two fantastic and original stories. What I love most is that I love the stories as much as my students do. This will certainly be a new favorite in my classes!



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

#MMBBR #BlogTour #HerosOfBlackHistory #TIMEForKids @timeforkids




By the editors of TIME for Kids
(Dec 19, 2017; Time Inc Books; Ages 8 up;192 pages; $9.99 paperback)

This accessible collection highlights the stories of four great American lives in one volume: Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama. With photos and artwork throughout, the volume spans three centuries of African American History and is ideal for newly independent readers looking for report-worthy topics for both school work and personal interest reading. Additional heroes--both famous and lesser known--are listed at the back.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, civil rights activist and former correspondent with NPR, has written the introduction.


Below is a link to the curriculum guide:

Plus also a link to a sheet with "Fast Facts" about each hero:



This book is fantastic! I learned so much and so did my boys. It is such a wonderful way to read about history...facts, colorful pictures and other fun additions. TIMES For Kids knows how to draw readers in with their perfectly designed books. You can read straight through or read bits of information piece by piece. All four of the heroes featured in this books have changed history, pushed boundaries and are an inspiration to all. Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks and Barack Obama have set forth a path and have lead others to greatness through their own struggles, triumphs and ability to see past the negative and into a future of greatest. This is A PERFECT book to share with your classroom, household or anyone really during Black History Month








Saturday, February 10, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #SomebunnyLovesMe by @parrygripp @NGKids

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love all NatGeoKids books. They really capture the love, innocence and imagination in the hearts and minds of children. In the book #SomebunnyLovesMe by #ParryGripp you read poems/songs that really highlight the love between a child and their pet. No matter the animal the bond between the owner and pet is something very special and needs to be celebrated. In the true tone of NatGeoKids books you get vibrant pictures, bright text and stunning poems/songs that keep the reader engaged and interested from cover to cover. You can hop online and watch the music and sing along with Perry or read this perfectly pitched book all on its own. A true hit and one the whole family will enjoy.




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#MMBBR #AD #Review #ToyAcademy @BrianLynch @Scholastic


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I laughed out loud and was taken on a wild ride with this unusual cast of toys. I was rooting for Grumbolt from the start and could relate to the struggles he faced. I think most kids will be able to relate and that is why this book will be a HUGE hit. I thought this book was both clever and original. I want all kids to read this book because it illustrates that we may not always know what we are supposed to do or who we really are and that is OK. We just need to live our lives, be kind and stand up for what is right. I adored this book and I highly recommend it. Thanks to Scholastic for providing me a free copy for review.




#MMBBR #Review #RalphieAlwaysLoved @AndieYerramilli



This is the story of the life, love, and adventures of a beloved family dog, and how he delighted and touched his family and everyone he met. 


Ralphie was born with a heart on his belly.
He loves food, his family, his friends, his neighbors.
He loves pretty much everything and everyone.
And they love him back.
And that's how it is all through his life.
Read the book and fall in love with him too.

Rambunctious and hyperactive, Ralphie had already been returned to the animal shelter three times, but when Andrea and her husband adopted him and gave him a loving home where he was understood, accepted, and taught, he learned fast. As Ralphie's human family grew, so did his capacity for love and the ways he could express it. He remained a loving and beloved family member who touched the hearts of the whole neighborhood until he was ready to say goodbye at the grand-old age of sixteen. Ralphie, Always Loved will remind you of all that is good, and reaffirm your belief in love's power to uplift and transform.



A  beautiful story for children to learn about love through the eyes of a dog.  Ralphie had a rough start to his life, but when the right family found him and adopted him his life was forever changed. Watching Ralphie go through life and grow old with his family is a the true definition of love. Such a great book to talk with children about the responsibility of the dog, the joy they bring to the family and the hard times of saying goodbye to the dog at the end of its life. A great well rounded story that is full of heart. 



Andrea Yerramilli

Andrea Yerramilli has two defining characteristics: an infinite capacity to love and a commitment to finding something good in everything. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and a dog name Lennon.



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Friday, February 9, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #SheRegretsNothing by @Andrea_Dunlop ‏@AtriaBooks


Named a “Must-Read” by Town & Country * Elite Daily InStyle

In the tradition of The Emperor’s Children and The House of Mirth, the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight.

When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila’s father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.

Two years later, Laila has left behind her quiet life in Grosse Point, Michigan to move to New York City, landing her smack in the middle of her cousins’ decadent world. As the truth about why Laila’s parents became estranged from the family patriarch becomes clear, Laila grows ever more resolved to claim what’s rightfully hers. Caught between longing for the love of her family and her relentless pursuit of the lifestyle she feels she was unfairly denied, Laila finds herself reawakening a long dead family scandal—not to mention setting off several new ones—as she becomes further enmeshed in the lives and love affairs of her cousins. But will Laila ever, truly, belong in their world? Sly and sexy, She Regrets Nothing is a sharply observed and utterly seductive tale about family, fortune, and fate—and the dark side of wealth.


This book is amazing! I was so involved in the characters and story. I could not put this book down. I find the grit, the power and the family drama within the pages to be original, engaging and FANTASTIC. There is such a great cast of characters with a wonderfully woven tale that will keep the readers burning through pages and trying to guess what will happen next! A must read. 

Andrea Dunlop

Andrea Dunlop is the author of LOSING THE LIGHT, which was named as a Best Book of 2016 by Redbook Magazine, the novella BROKEN BAY, and the forthcoming novel SHE REGRETS NOTHING. She lives with her husband in Edmonds, Washington, where she works as a social media consultant.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #TheGlassForest by @cynswanauthor ‏#Touchstone


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller comes a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who will reveal its dark truths.

In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she’s married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever.

When Paul’s niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side.

Angie thinks they’re coming to the rescue of Paul’s grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie’s attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja’s eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.

Through Silja’s flashbacks, Angie’s discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby’s strategic dissection of her parents’ state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed.


This book was FANTASTIC. I loved it cover to cover. I was pulled into the lives of all the characters immediately and was amazed how it all came together. There is an underlying tension throughout the book and it all comes to a head by the end. It was so well constructed and paced. Such an intense and deeply touching novel that will keep the reader burning through the pages.

Cynthia Swanson

Cynthia Swanson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Bookseller, which is soon to be a motion picture starring Julia Roberts. An Indie Next selection and the winner of the 2016 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, The Bookseller is being translated into more than a dozen languages. It was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award and the MPIBA Reading the West Award. Cynthia's second novel, The Glass Forest, is due from Touchstone / Simon & Schuster in February 2018. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado.


#MMBBR #Review #PeregrineIsland by @DianeBSaxton ‏


PEREGRINE ISLAND is the recipient of the following 7 literary awards: 


2017 Winner of the New York City Big Book Award for Mystery

2017 Best Book Awards Finalist in General Fiction for Fiction, for Literary, and for Mystery & Suspense
2017 Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award for Regional Fiction: Northeast
2017 Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction by Independent Press Awards
2017 International Book Awards Finalist for Literary Fiction
2017 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist for Fiction
2017 Bronze Award for US Northeast Fiction from the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards
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A great read that had a distinct voice and plot. Saxton created characters that are multilayered and complex. I never really knew what to expect and was completely engaged the entire time. It was one of those reads that kept me on my toes. It was richly woven novel about family and all its drama. A must read and one that will make a perfect book club pick.

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Literary Mystery Highlights an Heirloom Painting on Long Island Sound and

the Relationships between Three Generations of Women
Part “who-done-it” and part family drama, this award-winning novel
reveals that neither people nor paintings are always what they appear to be
Contradictory relationships within troubled families are nothing new, but the award-winning psychological novel written by well-known journalist Diane B. Saxton elevates these relationships and the mysterious heirloom painting that both exposes and unites them to an art form.
Peregrine Island interweaves the stories of three generations of women, one valuable painting, the artist who created it, and those who would do anything to possess it – including kill.
Lush with sensory details, this psychologically complex mystery novel is set on a private island in the middle of Long Island Sound. It begins when the family’s lives are turned upside-down one summer by so-called art experts, who appear on the doorstep of their isolated home to appraise a favorite heirloom painting. When incriminating papers along with two other paintings are discovered behind the painting in question, the appraisal turns into a full-fledged investigation and detectives are called into the case— but not by the family whose members grow increasingly antagonistic toward one another.
During the course of the inquiry and as the summer progresses, the family members discover new secrets about one another and new facts about their past. Above all, they learn that neither people nor paintings can be taken at face value.


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