Picture Books

[ARC Review] To Catch an Elephant

By Vanessa Westgate
Published on: June 25, 2019
4-stars-1

Catch Elephant

This is a cute picture book story that provides instructions on how to catch an elephant. Thankfully, it also provides instructions on what to do next so any young child will know exactly what to do once it’s caught – my favorite part was when the elephant needed a photo for his passport. I do think kids will enjoy it since the idea of catching an elephant is taken to the extreme fun of it all and then comes back down to reality very slowly. I did find a few parts or words that were confusing: the portion about ‘suspicious elephants’ and some of the words, like “tons’ and ‘gallons’ might not be words they quite understand the meaning of yet.

Thank you to Netgalley and Clavis Publishing for opportunity to review this adorable picture book.

Audio Book Reviews, Thriller

Raven Black

Shetland Island #1 by Ann Cleeves
First published in 2006
4-stars-1

Raven Black

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves is the first in the Shetland Island series and is what the Shetland TV series is based on, although I haven’t watch it yet.  It also won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger award for best crime novel of the year in 2006.  I listened to this book on audio and my review is based on my listening experience.

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Picture Books

The Fairy in the Kettle Gets Magical

by Pauline Tait
Published on May 7, 2018
5-stars

Fairy in the Kettle

The Fairy in the Kettle Gets Magical is the 3rd book in this picture books series. I loved all the bright and beautiful pictures in this book. There was so much to look at and feast your eyes upon and I suspect a reader will find different things to look at each time they re-read this book. I also suspect more than one child will turn to this book for their Halloween costume with all the captivating pictures of fairies, pixies and fireflies. The font was fun, but still easy to read. The only thing to note about the story is that some of the sentences may be a bit too long for new readers, but overall a delightful book.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the book and this is my honest opinion.

Thriller

One Small Sacrifice

(Shadows of New York #1) by Hilary Davidson
Publication Date:  June 1, 2019
5-stars

What a terrific novel One Small Sacrifice is. I picked this as my Kindle First Read book, but still worried I had made a wrong choice. I am so happy to report that I had nothing to worry about.

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Fantasy, YA Fantasy

Sanyare: The Last Descendant

The Sanyare Chronicles by Megan Haskell
Published on:  February 16, 2015
4-stars-1

Sanyare

“With a deep breath, Rie left the pretensions of the High Court and its glittering throng behind her.” – Sanyare: The Last Descendant, Megan Haskell

In Sanyare: The Last Descendant, Rie, a human messenger for the elven High Court is on a routine delivery job when she is attacked by two Shadow Realm assassins. Since contact with blood sidhe is forbidden, she finds that she must travel to the Shadow Realm to discover the identity of the traitor who sent the assassins and clear her name.

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