Thursday, October 4, 2018

Paloma’s Dream by Paloma Rambana (with Hillary Ring)


In a world where lobbyists are big and carry briefcases, one little girl with an iPad walked into the Florida State capitol and made a big difference.  Meet Paloma Rambana who was just an above average fourth grader until she successfully lobbied the State of Florida legislature to help secure $1 million in funds for blind and impaired kids in Florida.  Born with a rare eye condition called Peter’s Anomaly, Paloma knows what these kids need, and she is on a mission.  Join Paloma as she sets out on her adventure to secure funding for kids, to inspire kindness and activism in people of all ages, and of course to finish her homework before bedtime.

My Thoughts

I love hearing about young people who choose to be world changers!  This girl, Paloma,, is definitely a world changer.  This book, reading the things that she worked so hard to do, is so inspiring!  Paloma’s Dream is a short book at just 79 pages and it is defiantly worth the read!

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Chicago Eternal by Larry Broutman


The cemeteries of Chicago preserve the stories of those who built the brawny city by the lake.  Larry Broutman has been researching Chicago’s cemeteries and recording them with his beautiful photography for the past five years.  In the pages of Chicago Eternal, he takes readers on a spectacular tour of death’s domain, which is, in another sense, a celebration of the fullness and flourishing of life.

My Thoughts

At first thought, some may think this to be somewhat of a morbid book.  However, that really isn’t the case at all!  I found this book to be extremely interesting.  When I first picked this book up I just went through every page looking at the pictures.  That, in itself, was very interesting.  Then I went back through and read it.  Reading the historical information that went with each photograph kept my attention all the way through.

At the end you get a little something special!  The 3D photos were so cool and unexpected!  Very neat!

This is a massive, super interesting book!  It is not something that I would typically pick up so I am glad that it was sent my way!

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Piraroo by Marko Kitti


Dear Reader,

I’m afraid you’re soon going to meet a tarantula the size of a kitten. You’re also going to bump into a whopper of a seagull who is the British Champion in Poop Bombing. Not to mention an extraordinary, furry creature whose ancestor once belonged to a notorious pirate captain.

You’re also going to meet a ten-year-old boy called Max, the owner of the tarantula, whose life is about to turn upside down in this nail-biting adventure that includes petnappers and disgusting healthy smoothies!

So I am warning you, Dear Reader: Should you decide to read about Max and his animal friends, your life will never be the same again.

Yours sincerely,

My Thoughts

This was a cute little book for children of all ages!  I am not a stranger to books by Marko Kitti and this one is just as good as the others!  I quite enjoyed it!

I do have to say, I am not a fan of spiders.  So, it wasn't my favorite thing to read about! Haha!  However, I did sympathize with poor Max.  When your pet is your family, the love is real!  Also, the illustrations were fun!  I found myself wanting to color them!  I actually might do that later!

Overall, this was a fun book and I recommend reading it to/with the children in your life!  Enjoy!

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride by Joe Siple


With all his family and friends gone, one-hundred-year-old Murray McBride is looking for a reason to live. He finds it in Jason Cashman, a ten-year-old boy with a terminal heart defect and a list of five things he wants to do before he dies. Together, they race against the limited time each has left, ticking off wishes one by one. Along the way, Murray remembers what it's like to be young, and Jason fights for the opportunity to grow old. But when tragedy strikes, their worlds are turned upside-down, and an unexpected gift is the only thing that can make Jason's final wish come true.

My Thoughts

Oh my goodness... this book...

I knew from the start that I was going to like this book.  The summary told me that much.  And then, literally within the first few pages I knew that I was going to enjoy it!

I also love the writing style.  The personalities in this book are so well written and they feel so real!

The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride should really be a movie.  I could picture each scene while reading this book.  It has a great mixture of humor and drama.  I honestly teared up quite a bit with this one.

The ending hit me a little hard, I must say.  It was so good yet I was so upset!  I don't want to spoil it so you'll just have to pick it up for yourself.

I'm so glad this book was sent my way!

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Memory Tree by John A. Heldt


Days after barely escaping 1889 with their lives, the Carsons, siblings from the present day, resume their search for their missing parents in 1918. While Adam and his pregnant wife, Bridget, settle in Minnesota, unaware of a wildfire that will kill hundreds, Greg seeks clues in his great-grandparents' Mexico, where he finds love, danger, and enemies. At the same time, Natalie, the ambitious journalist, follows a trail to World War I France, and teen twins Cody and Caitlin rekindle a friendship with an old Pennsylvania friend haunted by her past. In THE MEMORY TREE, the sweeping sequel to RIVER RISING, several time travelers find answers and meaning as they continue the adventure of a lifetime in the age of doughboys, silent movies, and Model T's.

My Thoughts

The Memory Tree is the second book in the Carson Chronicles series.  Not I read the first book, River Rising, and enjoyed it so I jumped at the chance to read this one.  I can't say that I was disappointed.

I do believe that the first time travel book I read was written by John A Heldt.  That book was where I found a love for time travel books.  I have enjoyed all of his books ever since.

While I enjoy all of his books, I'm not sure that this one is at the top of the list.  It's still great, just not my favorite.  I may have enjoyed River Rising more than this one, but it was still quite good.

Thank you, John A. Heldt, for sending this book my way!  I am a fan!

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Burglars and Blintzes by Morgan C. Talbot


Moorehaven is swarming with guests during summer’s last hurrah, and Pippa has her hands full at the mystery-author B&B. When her gossip-group connections inform her that a local construction project has unearthed a skeleton with a pocketful of Spanish gold, the news spreads, and treasure hunters flood the beaches. But the skeleton has a more recent connection to the area than anyone suspected, unearthing a shameful secret that hits far too close to home.

A marine salvage team rolls into town, seeking the rest of the treasure. When they hire Pippa’s boyfriend, Lake, to be their pilot, the team’s pretty spelunker quickly stakes a claim, rousing Pippa’s jealousy. But Pippa’s been playing tug-of-war over Lake ever since his ex-wife, Mallory Tavish, became the new acting chief of police.

When a killer’s strike brings tragedy to Moorehaven’s door, Pippa must rally her friends, family, and mystery-writing guests to catch the murderer before she loses someone she can’t live without and all the warmth of summer dies with one last gasp.

My Thoughts

Oh, Morgan Talbot, you've done it again!  I loved the first Moorehaven Mysteries book and I just may have loved this one even more!  

Cozy mysteries are definitely at the top of my reading preferences so when I received the review request for this book I was pretty excited.  Not to mention the fact that I was already a fan of Morgan Talbot and pretty invested in Pippa's story.  I love the relationship between Lake and Pippa!

If you are a fan of cozy mysteries then I am sure you will enjoy this book!  Pick it up and settle in for a great story!

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Afterlife of Walter Augustus by Hannah Lynn


Walter Augustus is dead. His current state of existence has become a monotony of sweet tea and lonely strolls and after decades stuck in the Interim — a posthumous waiting room for those still remembered on Earth — he is ready to move on. Only when he is forgotten by every living person will he be able to pass over and join his family in the next stage of the afterlife. At last the end is tantalizingly close, but bad luck and a few rash decisions may see him trapped in the Interim for all eternity. 

Letty Ferguson is not dead. Letty Ferguson is a middle-aged shoe saleswoman who leads a pleasant and wholly unextraordinary life, barring the secret fortune she seems unable to tell her husband about. However, when she takes possession of an unassuming poetry anthology, life takes on a rather more extraordinary dimension.

My Thoughts

The Afterlife of Walter Augustus is definitely a book unlike any others I have ever read.  That is for sure.  I wasn't sure if I would like it but I actually did!

It's an interesting thought that you can't move on if you are still thought of by anyone.  I'm sure glad that's not how it really works!  I don't know if it would be flattering or annoying to know that you are in someone's thoughts.  And, for that matter, would it be hurtful to never be thought of at all?!

I did enjoy both characters, Walter and Letty.  I did not, however, like Hector!  Whew!  Then there's Pemberton.  I grew to appreciate his character as well.  You'll have to read the book to know why!

Overall, not a bad book at all!  I quite enjoyed it!  So glad it was sent my way!

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.