ARC Reviews, Book Reviews, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense/Crime Fiction

Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz



Creepy road on cover?  Must be a thriller…

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ARC Reviews, Book Reviews, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Book Review: Nora & Kettle (Paper Stars #1) by Lauren Nicole Taylor


Nora and Kettle Cover

Looking at the cover for Nora & Kettle, you’d expect this book to be a fluffy YA contemporary right?  Fluffy clouds, a kite, and a tea kettle… Yup, screams fluffy contemporary to me.  Oh how WRONG I was!  This book was definitely NOT what I was expecting.  It was much darker and more sinister than I could ever have anticipated…

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ARC Reviews, Book Reviews, Kids' Corner, Middle Grade

Book Review: The Battle of Junk Mountain by Lauren Abbey Greenberg + ARC #Giveaway



When I was contacted by the publisher with the offer to read & review The Battle of Junk Mountain, I decided to overlook the fact that I am not technically open for review requests and accepted the offer… What can I say?  I was in the mood for a middle grade read, and there was something about the cover that spoke to me. 

I am happy to report that I was rewarded with a wonderful little gem of a book.  The Battle of Junk Mountain is a heartwarming book about new & changing friendships, family drama, and a summer full of changes... 

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Book Reviews, Kids' Corner, Picture Books

Kids’ Corner: STEM Picture Books Featuring Female Main Characters


Last week I read my 4-year-old her favorite book (at the moment) for the 100th time, Violet the Pilot.

*Side note: this was our most recent book from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  If you do not know about this program, you can read all about it here → Kids’ Corner: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Anyways!  I actually don’t mind reading this book to her so many times because I loved how the book features a GIRL engineer/pilot.  This jogged a memory from last year when I read Ada Twist, Scientist and had similar feelings.  It is so wonderful to read STEM books featuring girl main characters.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  When browsing the picture books at the library, I notice that my daughter is drawn to books with anything princess, fairy, unicorn, ballerina, etc.  They are often very PINK and very sparkly.  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with these books, actually they often hold important themes & lessons, HOWEVER it is also nice to see books that center around girls in traditionally male-dominated fields like science & math.

Long story short, I started researching to find more STEM picture books that featured girl main characters.  Sadly, I was disappointed with my findings.  There are very few of these books.

Here are the books I did find…

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