Friday, March 30, 2018

Review: Hockey: then to wow


A history of hockey.

My Thoughts: I really liked this book. Confession: I know almost nothing about hockey, so it was enjoyable to learn about the history of the sport. I loved the photographs, the trivia, and the layout of the book. It's a great overview of the game.

I only wish there had been more mention of women in the sport. There was a two page spread of great women players, but there were opportunities throughout the book for more mentions.

Hockey fans young and old will enjoy this book. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Romance Review: About that Kiss

About That Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay, #5)* Book 5 in the Heartbreaker Bay series *
Joe and Kylie kiss one night outside a bar. He can't stop thinking about it. That's all it could be - but then she shows up in his office needing a favor.

Someone stole a wooden carving her Grandfather made for her - one of the few things she has left from him. They're taunting her with it, holding it hostage - until she verifies two carved pieces are her grandfather's work at an auction house. One of them looks very similar, the other is definitely not his work. She can't attach her name to it. So she asks Joe for help in tracking down the piece, but she insists on accompanying him.

As they cross names off her list, their time together makes their feelings grow. Could there be something beyond kissing?
My Thoughts: I love this series - and this book was amazingly book. I loved how the penguin meant everything to Kylie. I loved learning more about her and her woodworking abilities. She's one tough cookie. I love her disguises. I love the banter between her and Joe. I love how she insisted on tagging along as her interrogated people. Of course they had amazing chemistry. Plus I loved seeing the gang and how things have worked out with all of them. Another winner to this series and luckily book 6 is coming in September! 

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Buy all books from Jill Shalvis.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Picture Book Review: Game of Gnomes


The Winter Games are coming and Ginger can't help be excited about competing. But she adds a little something unique to each of the events - and gets disqualified. When the day needs saving, her unique skills might be just the thing needed. 

I loved Ginger. She had her own style of doing things - differently. I love how she thought outside of the box. I love her red untamable hair. A fun story with great illustrations all about being different and changing the opinion of those around you.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Review: Dragon Overnight

Dragon Overnight (Upside-Down Magic, #4)
* Book 4 in Upside Down Magic series *

Nory and her friends are going on an overnight field trip for the first time ever - to Dragon Haven. Not only do they get to hang out together, but they get to see dragons up close and personal. They can't wait to get there.

Unfortunately - there's another school joining them. Nory's heart sinks when she realizes it's her father's school and that he's also there with his students. Her father's strict with his students and they can do magic properly.

Nory's worried the other students might laugh at her and her friends because their magic isn't the same. But most of the student seem to enjoy their variations of magic. They might even become friends with them...
My Thoughts: Another cute edition to this series - I love how Nory's magic isn't the same as everyone else's. I love how the other students made new friends and shared their differences. I would love going on an overnight to a dragon haven - so I loved tagging along with Nory and her friends. I enjoyed the moments she had with her father and their frank conversation. I admired her for stepping up. I can't wait to see what happens next!

Cover Thoughts: Cute and matches the others really well.
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Great for public and school libraries - grab up this series for the action, the magic, and the empathy.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Teen Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock Books

Gathering up some musical fiction for lists for the summer. This is not everything, but it's a start. There are a couple covers I can see in my mind, but can't remember the titles. If you know of more, add them in the comments please!

After Tupac and D FosterBeigeHeavy Metal And YouRock Star Superstar
Struts & FretsThe Vinyl PrincessAdios, NirvanaI Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
Seth Baumgartner's Love ManifestoSorta Like a Rock StarAudrey, Wait!Amplified (Amplified, #1)
Rock OnDJ RisingBorn to RockFake ID (Hunted, #1)
Fat Kid Rules the WorldGuitar GirlSo Lyrical (So Lyrical, #1)Backstage Pass
For Freedom: The Story of a French SpyHarlem HustleJimi & MeLemonade Mouth
Just ListenStringzNick & Norah's Infinite PlaylistNoteworthy
This LullabyGuitar NotesThe Way It HurtsWildflower (Wildflower, #1)
Road RashWise Young FoolA Week of MondaysSolo
VIP: I'm With the BandMy Year of Epic RockJesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks)Falling Stars
Open Road SummerDirty Little SecretTake a BowWelcome, Caller, This Is Chloe
The Daughters Take the Stage (The Daughters, #3)Lovestruck SummerNow and ForeverSomebody Everybody Listens To

Out in April:
Love Songs & Other Lies