Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Every Dog Has His Day

Every Dog Has His Day (Bluff Point, #3)
* Book 3 in the Bluff Point series *
Zach's been single since he had his heart broken years ago. He's not looking for anything serious - ever. But two girls knock on his door to rescue their kitten and his whole world changes.  Their kitten's stuck on his roof. Of course, he agrees to help him. He doesn't realize that their mother is Jessie - the woman who yelled at him last week and whom he can't stopping thinking about. After he meets the girls, there's no going back. They all become friends; the more time Zach spends with them, the more he loses his heart to them - and their mother.

Chaos is a fitting name for the kitten.  Jessie's trying to hold everything together as a single mother. Her ex did a number on her. She's not willing to let go of her independence. But when she witnesses Zach with her girls, things shift a little. After a blizzard cements their bond, Jessie realizes she wouldn't mind seeing more of Zach either - and not just because he's good with her girls.

Could the bachelor really be wanting to settle down? And would Jessie let him into their lives permanently?
My Thoughts: I find the cupcake series delicious, the library series charming and the hat series lovely - but this series by Jenn McKinley is my favorite. Once I start these books, I can't put them down; they're addicting. I love the large group of friends and seeing them again. I loved Gracie and Maddie - they were adorable, sassy, and mischievous. They really did steal the book. Their moments with Zach were precious.  Chaos and Rufus were also charming. I loved the moments between Jessie and Zach. I enjoyed Jessie and her time with her new women friends. The blizzard might have been my favorite part of the book - very cozy. Another magical read in this series and I'm so happy there are more books planned!

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Get this series for your public libraries

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Picture Book Review: Grandma's Purse


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Grandma Mimi is coming to visit - and of course she's bringing along her magical purse. It has everything she needs in it like candy, something to make her feel fancy, and make-up. Best of all, she has a surprise for her granddaughter.
Oh, I Loved this book. I loved the bond between the granddaughter and the grandmother. It made me miss my grandmother. I loved how talked about all the items in the purse and how it made them feel. I loved the ending.  The illustrations are super cute too.

This book is delightful and should find a home in everything school and public library.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Checked Out from the Library

This week I'm going rogue with my own topic. I have tons of books checked out from the library. I'm the best and the worst library patron. Most of the books I have checked out, I plan on using for story times later this year. But here are 10 that I can't wait to read!)

 meme from That Artsy Reader Girl



Isn't that a great looking set of books. The only trouble I have it which one to choose first!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Movie Review: Black Panther

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We went to see this yesterday and it was amazing.

It's a bit different from the other Marvel movies, which makes it stand out more.
There weren't any cameos from any Avengers, which I was a bit surprised by.
Stan Lee
There were twists I didn't see coming.
The message was great
I enjoyed the romance
I adored Princess Shuri - she was brilliant, sassy, and up for adventure. I loved the way she teased her brother.
The females were powerful, which I loved.
I adored the all female special army that protected the King led by Okoye
Wakanda was amazing
The after credits scenes (I can't wait to see how that one plays out)

I hope there are more Black Panther movies in the works!

Go see this movie - you won't regret it!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mini Review: Battle of the Labyrinth

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)Percy Jackson and his friends are still trying to save the world and stop a war between the Titans and the Olympians.
The Good:
The Friendships
Rachel
The Action
The Danger
The Fight at Camp
Paul meeting Percy's Dad
Pan
Percy's trust issues

The Bad:
There's only one more book after this!

I read this book for our Year of Percy Jackson Book Club at the library. I'm so glad we picked this series because I read the first three when they came out but the fourth one escape me and then too much time had past and I forgot everything that came before. It's hard for me to re-read books because my TBR pile is HUGE. So I'm thankful for being able to finish up this series.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Middle Grade Review: Armstrong and Charlie

Armstrong & Charlie
Neither Charlie nor Armstrong are looking forward to sixth grade. Charlie's friends are all going to different schools while Armstrong's part of a new experiment, being bused to an all white school. At first, they hate each other, making each other miserable and getting in trouble with the teachers. But the more they're thrown together, the more they begin to understand each other.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. It tugged at the heart strings as I felt for each boy. I loved their families - and how they made these two boys come together. I like how the boys pranked each other but also how they saw how the other lives. It helped cement their friendship. I loved Mr. Khalil; he was tough but fair. A great historical novel about being different yet the same and perfect for discussions.

Cover Thoughts: Great
Source: My Library
Read for: Cybils Award
Library Recommendation: Get this for both school and public libraries!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: It's Hard Out Here for a Duke

* Book 4 in the Keeping up with Cavendishes series *
It's Hard Out Here for a Duke <blockquote>(Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #4)
James's world turned upside down when he discovered he's the new Duke of Durham. But he hasn't warmed up to the idea. He hasn't gotten to London yet and in his mind, until he does, it isn't true. He's not ready for it, which is why he's in the pub where he meets an intriguing woman. He spends the night with her, saddened that she left before he awoke. Without her name, it's doubtful he'll ever see her again.

But his luck is better than that; she's part of his household. She's the duchess's companion. As the new Duke attempts to learn societal rules, she's there teaching him and his sister. They share secret looks and whispered conversations. James wants her by her side, but she knows the Duke can never marry someone like her and she's not about to become a mistress. Does he have to chose between his heart and his duty?
My Thoughts: This is the final book in the series that I simply adored. I loved the Duke's relationship with his sisters. I loved how they teased each other, how they talked together, and how they stuck together. I enjoyed the stolen moments between James and Meredith. I love how the series ended.

Cover Thoughts: Fun
Source: Purchased at an Avon author event

Library Recommendation: A must have series for public libraries' romance section.