[ARC Review] Star Child: Awakening – Book Review

The Zentoki Fables #1 by Petra Landon
Published on August 8, 2019

I was not ready for this book to be over.   I knew it was coming since I had been watching the percentage of book left on my tablet, but was still so sad when it did.  I love fun adventure stories and this one was so nicely done with great, extensive world building, characters that are interesting, likeable, and sympathetic, and a nice plot and story.

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[ARC Review] Don’t Drink the Pink – Picture Book Review

by B.C.R. Fegan
Illustrated by: Lenny Wen

Birthday’s are a special time for Madeline in Don’t Drink the Pink.  Each year that she grows older her grandfather gives her a choice of magical potions. There’s red ones, and blue ones, and yellow ones and more.  But the one color she can’t pick is pink. 

Each birthday when she selects a potion and drinks something magical occurs.  With red one she breathes fire, with yellow she has super speed.  It’s a cute rhyming book with fun pictures that even includes extra things occurring in the background, such as her parents putting our fires on her first birthday.  She has a lot of fun on these birthdays and looks forward to them every year.

One year he’s not there to give her a potion.  It’s a sad moment in the book and reminds us that the ones we love will not always be with us, but in this story he’s left her one more potion to drink.  The last potion I wasn’t 100% sure what was occurring although maybe it is meant to be open to our interpretation, either way it was a nice ending.

Thank you to Netgalley and TaleBlade for ARC and opportunity to provide an honest opinion.

Rating:  4.5 stars

Meet Me at the Farmers Market – Book Review

by Lisa Pelto
Illustrated by Paula S. Wallace

Meet Me at the Farmers Market is a delightful picture book about a little girl named Sophia who loves going to the Farmers Market every week.   While there we meet her 3 friends who all love coming too.  She tells us about all the people she sees and musicians as well as all the vendors and what they sell at their tables.  We even get to hear Sophia’s mom make an egg joke that the leads to the vendor replying himself with his own egg joke.  After telling us about the vegetables, Sophia also tells us about other things that are at the farmers market too, such as honey, lemonade, and popsicles.

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The Whispered Tales of Graves Grove

An Anthology Edited by: J.S. Bailey and Kelsey Keating
Published on: October 10, 2017

In April of 1880, Samuel Graves and his followers arrived in British Columbia, where they established the town known as Graves Grove.  However, most of his followers probably didn’t know that Samuel was dedicating this town a being called Talakoth.  This collection of short stories tells of only some of the events that occurred there.

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[ARC Review] Aftershocks

The Palladium Wars #1 by Marko Kloos
Publication Date:  July 1, 2019
5-stars

Aftershocks

Aftershocks is a very solid first book in a new science fiction series that revolves around six planets striving for stability after a war has ended. The story is told through multiple points of view – each showing a different area of how order is maintained within the solar system and how it affects different individuals. However, it doesn’t take too long in the story before we see that the “order” they are striving to maintain is fragile and occurrences of guerilla type warfare begin occurring. Throughout the entire book, you can almost feel the drumbeats of war coming – but the question is from whom and how are they doing what they are doing? In fact, this story is a very large prelude to something major – you can feel it with every page you turn.

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[ARC Review] The Long Flight Home

by Alan Hlad
Published on:  June 25, 2019
4-stars-1

Long Flight Home

The Long Flight Home is primarily set in Eppings, England 1940 at the beginning of what has come to be known as The Blitz, where the Luftwaffe bombed London for almost 60 straight days. Eppings, England holds the farm home of Susan Shepherd and her grandfather Bertie who are both volunteers in the National Pigeon Service where they raise homing pigeons, or in this case – war pigeons. Shortly after the story starts ‘Ollie from Maine’, through a set of circumstances, begins helping them on the farm. He and Susan develop feelings for each other, but shortly after are separated when the first pigeon mission begins.

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[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.