Thursday, January 17, 2019

On Your Radar (20)

Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Book 1)

Author:  Brigid Kemmerer
A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Publisher:  Bloomsbury
Publication Date: January 29

Why it Should be on Your Radar:
* Beauty and the Beast Retelling 
* Grey
* Fierce Heroine
* Banter
* The Curse
* Character with cerebral palsy
* Becoming a Princess
* Spreading Kindness 
* Learning how to throw a knife
* Family
* Friendship
* Hope

* Highly recommended - give this to readers of Sarah J Maas a Court of Thorns and Roses
** The only bad part about this book is waiting until next year for more of the story.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Picture Book Wednesday: Building Books


Katie loves to build - anytime anywhere. 
Owen likes to read - anytime anywhere.
They both insist their way is best until a librarian forces them to try reading and building.

And she's right. Katie also loves reading and Owen also loves building. They can do both - together.  Of course I loved this book, it's about discovery the love of reading and it takes place in a library. It's the Perfect combination. The message is sweet, the illustrations are great, and I love that the two main characters end up having fun together. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors

This week's topic is 2018 authors that I loved who were new to me. I had some fun romance recommended to me via Twitter. And I'm really looking forward to reading more books by these authors.

Intercepted (Playbook, #1)The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1)The Wedding Date
RoomiesMy Fair Duchess (Dukes Behaving Badly, #5)Forbidden (Old West, #1)Edenbrooke (Edenbrooke, #1)A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes, #1)

Monday, January 14, 2019

Review: Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden

* Book 2 about the Vanderbeekers *
The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden (The Vanderbeekers #2)
The Vanderbeek children are having a boring summer. Isa's off to camp - leaving Jessie, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney home in the sweltering heat. While they're visiting their neighbors, Mr. Jeet has a stroke. He's rushed to the hospital, where he'll have to remain until he's strong enough to come home.

The siblings are devastated and want to do something for him. They decide to create a secret garden for him. They pick an abandoned overgrown lot for the garden. But starting a garden from scratch is a lot of work. They need resources and time - something they don't have a lot of.
My Thoughts: I adored this second book in the series - I call it a series because there's at least one more book coming! I love the siblings and how the bicker between themselves but also how they stick together. I loved the description of the garden - and how it sounded very much like the Secret Garden. I love how they tried so hard and didn't give up even after everything went sideways. Even though this series is modern, it has a nostalgic feel to it.

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A must have series for your public and school libraries.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Graphic Review: Kristy's Big Day

Kristy's Big Day (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #6)

* Book 6 in the Graphic BSC series 

Kristy's mom is getting married and Kristy gets to be in the wedding. The only problem - the wedding is in two weeks and they're moving before the summer ends. Plus with the wedding moved up so far in advance, families are coming in early to help - with their kids. There will be fourteen kids in all!

It's the perfect job for the Baby Sitters Club. But can they handle all the kids and find time to help get ready for the wedding?
My Thoughts: Another fun addition to this series. I loved seeing all the kids together and the way the club handled different crisis. I can't wait for Boy Crazy Stacey!

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A must have series for your school and public libraries 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Review: Paperback Crush


Gabrielle Moss writes about the tween and teen books of the 90s and 80s - the first golden age of teen books where the Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High ruled the school.

My Thoughts: I couldn't put this book down!
I loved learning tidbits about the publishing world during this time. I loved the snark. I loved the nostalgic feeling this book gave me. It made me want to go back and read some of these books again. No surprise here - I read several of these books.

I was a bit disappointed that this book didn't talk about Freshman Dorm.

I'm an Elizabeth.
I wanted to be Claudia (for her art skills and all that candy hidden around her room.)