Sunday, February 18, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #LookForHer @emilycwinslow #KeeneandFrohmann @Morrow_PB

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
WOW! If you like twisty. If you like turvy. Then this book is for you. I was on the edge of my seat, never knowing what was around each and every corner. It was one of those reads that leaves you uneasy in a very good way. It was one of those reads that you thought you had it figured out and then "boom"...surprised by a plot twist. It was heart pounding and thought provoking. A must for lovers of a satisfying thriller.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #NotPerfect @ElizabethLaBan #LakeUnionPublishing @AmazonPub


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so great. I loved the toe and pace. It was one of those books that grabbed me bit by bit until I could not put it down. I adored the flawed characters, the plot and the satisfying conclusion. I loved how honest and raw this book was. It exposes weaknesses and strengths in equal measure. It is this balance that makes this book one not to be missed.

Friday, February 16, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #SheRegretsNothing by @Andrea_Dunlop ‏@AtriaBooks

In the tradition of The Emperor’s Children and The House of Mirth, the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight.

When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila’s father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.

Two years later, Laila has left behind her quiet life in Grosse Point, Michigan to move to New York City, landing her smack in the middle of her cousins’ decadent world. As the truth about why Laila’s parents became estranged from the family patriarch becomes clear, Laila grows ever more resolved to claim what’s rightfully hers. Caught between longing for the love of her family and her relentless pursuit of the lifestyle she feels she was unfairly denied, Laila finds herself reawakening a long dead family scandal—not to mention setting off several new ones—as she becomes further enmeshed in the lives and love affairs of her cousins. But will Laila ever, truly, belong in their world? Sly and sexy, She Regrets Nothing is a sharply observed and utterly seductive tale about family, fortune, and fate—and the dark side of wealth.

This book is amazing! I was so involved in the characters and story. I could not put this book down. I find the grit, the power and the family drama within the pages to be original, engaging and FANTASTIC. There is such a great cast of characters with a wonderfully woven tale that will keep the readers burning through pages and trying to guess what will happen next! A must read. 

Andrea Dunlop

Andrea Dunlop is the author of LOSING THE LIGHT, which was named as a Best Book of 2016 by Redbook Magazine, the novella BROKEN BAY, and the forthcoming novel SHE REGRETS NOTHING. She lives with her husband in Edmonds, Washington, where she works as a social media consultant.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #EllieEngineer @JacksonPearce #BloomsburyChildrensBooks


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This January, acclaimed YA and MG author Jackson Pearce launches a new series devoted to encouraging tween girls’ interest in STEM: EllieEngineer (Bloomsbury Children’s Books; ISBN: 978-1-6811-9519-3; Hardcover $15.99; January 16, 2018).

Ellie loves to build. She’s always engineering new creations with the help of her imagination and her best friend Kit. Unfortunately, with Kit’s birthday just around the corner, the French-braiding machine Ellie built turns out to be more of a hair-knotting machine. What’s Ellie going to do? Luckily, the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about Kit’s surprise – it must be the dog she’s always wanted! Ellie is struck with inspiration: she’ll build Kit the best doghouse ever! The project quickly becomes more than just a present for Kit – it builds a bridge between Ellie and those bothersome neighbor boys, as well as the other handy girls in her class.

Designed to look like Ellie’s notepad, with pencil-on-graph-paper illustrations of her projects interspersed throughout the book, EllieEngineer inspires creative and crafty girls to get hands-on with their imagination. Ellie’s projects range from the simple (using a glass against a wall to amplify sounds), to the practical (the doghouse), to the fantastical (a bedroom security system featuring spikes) – encouraging readers to start small but think big. Ellie’s parents support her engineering experiments, with important safety tips sprinkled throughout, and her relationship with Kit is a glowing example of positive female friendship. They share their hobbies – Ellie likes to get her hands dirty, while Kit prefers ballet – reminding readers that there’s no wrong way to be a girl. Ellie’s hand-drawn tool guide at the end explains basic tools in accessible terms, rounding out this fun and funny adventure, and giving girls everything they need to be their own Ellie!

About the Author:  Jackson Pearce lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of a series of teen retold fairy-tales, including Sisters RedSweetlyFathomless, and Cold Spell, as well as two stand-alones, As You Wish and Purity. As J. Nelle Patrick, she is the author of Tsarina. In addition to The Doublecross and The Inside Job, her middle grade novels include Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures, co-written with Maggie Stiefvater. Visit her at and @JacksonPearce (Twitter and Instagram).

Girl Power! Ellie is amazing. I loved her so much! She as such a distinct and strong character. She was also smart, clever and imaginative. I loved that this book highlights the fact that there should be no gender assigned to certain jobs or interests. Ellie does what she is good at and does it well. I loved the drawings from Ellie's notepad. With encouragement from her parents, along with tips to stay safe, this book teaches kids to think big, never to give up and to use their brains in positive ways. I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. It was a sheer delight and I highly recommend this!

#MMBBR #Review #PawPatrol #RescueTime #NickelodeonPublishing


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so fantastic. It would be a great Easter basket item. It is never too soon to start planning for the holiday and there is not greater gift than a book. This book is more than a is an experience. You get to be part of the book with the super cool projector watch. The Paw Patrol team is ready to come to the rescue in this new book. Such bright and colorful pictures bring the story to life. This book is one that will certainly become a child's new favorite. I adore the positive messages about tram work, friendship, kindness and so much more. This book has not one, but two fantastic and original stories. What I love most is that I love the stories as much as my students do. This will certainly be a new favorite in my classes!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

#MMBBR #BlogTour #HerosOfBlackHistory #TIMEForKids @timeforkids

By the editors of TIME for Kids
(Dec 19, 2017; Time Inc Books; Ages 8 up;192 pages; $9.99 paperback)

This accessible collection highlights the stories of four great American lives in one volume: Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama. With photos and artwork throughout, the volume spans three centuries of African American History and is ideal for newly independent readers looking for report-worthy topics for both school work and personal interest reading. Additional heroes--both famous and lesser known--are listed at the back.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, civil rights activist and former correspondent with NPR, has written the introduction.

Below is a link to the curriculum guide:

Plus also a link to a sheet with "Fast Facts" about each hero:

This book is fantastic! I learned so much and so did my boys. It is such a wonderful way to read about history...facts, colorful pictures and other fun additions. TIMES For Kids knows how to draw readers in with their perfectly designed books. You can read straight through or read bits of information piece by piece. All four of the heroes featured in this books have changed history, pushed boundaries and are an inspiration to all. Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks and Barack Obama have set forth a path and have lead others to greatness through their own struggles, triumphs and ability to see past the negative and into a future of greatest. This is A PERFECT book to share with your classroom, household or anyone really during Black History Month

Saturday, February 10, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #SomebunnyLovesMe by @parrygripp @NGKids


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love all NatGeoKids books. They really capture the love, innocence and imagination in the hearts and minds of children. In the book #SomebunnyLovesMe by #ParryGripp you read poems/songs that really highlight the love between a child and their pet. No matter the animal the bond between the owner and pet is something very special and needs to be celebrated. In the true tone of NatGeoKids books you get vibrant pictures, bright text and stunning poems/songs that keep the reader engaged and interested from cover to cover. You can hop online and watch the music and sing along with Perry or read this perfectly pitched book all on its own. A true hit and one the whole family will enjoy.

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