May 19, 2018

Book Review: Summer Love Take Two

Summer Love: Take Two (Paradise Key Book 1)

Summer Love: Take Two, by Shirley Jump is a second chance contemporary romance, and the first book in the Paradise Key series.

Lauren Webster currently works at her father's marketing firm, yet she's ready to leave the company for a new job. Unfortunately, she made an error that cost the company, so she's drastically attempting to fix it. While in the town of Paradise Key, Lauren attempts to work with the Tourism Bureau to create a new media campaign, yet she has to convince Carter Malone of her plans.

Carter Malone returned to Paradise Key, when his father's health suffered. Now, he's settled back into the small town and doesn't want it to change. However, Lauren is determined to convince Carter of her new media campaign for the town. Of course, Carter and Lauren were previously involved years ago, until he broke her heart. They are still in love and reunite, despite their differing points-of-view.

Summer Love: Take Two is geared towards those who enjoy reading modern romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: April Fools

April Fools (Wilder Irish Book 4)

April Fools, by Mari Carr is a passionate contemporary romance story, and the fourth book in the Wilder Irish series.

Fiona Adams is temporarily back in Baltimore surrounded by family at their bar, as she prepares for filming at Pat's Pub. While growing up, she was often traveling with her famous parents, so she's determined to spend quality time with family.

Owen, Asher, and Teddy are Fiona's best friends, as well as her co-writers for a popular sitcom. Teddy is gay and not a date-able option for Fiona, yet Owen and Asher are two men she's interested in dating. Owen dated Fiona is college for a short time, until she meet her long-term on-again-off-again boyfriend, who is now permanently off. With Asher and Owen vying for Fiona's attention, she has to make a choice between them...or maybe choose both men.

There's a surprising twist to this entertaining story, and it's a pleasant departure from the heart-wrenching story featured in the previous book of this series. April Fools may be easily read as a standalone, yet it's preferable to initially read the preceding books of the Wilder Irish series. However, it's highly recommendable to start with the Wild Irish series, since their now grown-up children are featured in Wilder Irish!

April Fools is geared towards those who enjoy passionate contemporary romance books.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

May 18, 2018

Book Review: Astro the Alien Visits Desert Animals


Astro the Alien Visits Desert Animals is written by Emily Sohn and illustrated by Carlos Aon.

Within thirty-two pages, this story focuses on Astro the Alien and his friends, as they go camping in the desert and learn about various animals. Toward the back of the book, there are bonus sections titled as Reading Reinforcement and Word List

According to a note from the publisher, this series "help early readers build on previous skills; expanding vocabulary and learning more complex concepts. Readers will have fun as they go along on adventures with Astro, Ben, and Eva to learn interesting things about science, geography, and history!"   

Astro the Alien Visits Desert Animals is a children's picture book that's geared toward first to third graders. 



Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Relaxations

Relaxations: Big Tools for Little Warriors

Relaxations: Big Tools for Little Warriors is written by Mamen Duch and illustrated by Raul Nieto Guridi, and it's an informative book that provides a fun way to learn about relaxation and meditation techniques.

This book is divided into six main techniques, which are titled as Spaghetti, A Special Tree, The Butterfly, The Four Elements, Colored Clouds, and The Stars. Each technique describes how to utilize this method for children. Also, there are additional sections: Hello, Little Warrior and Suggestion for Practice, which includes recommended poses.

Relaxations is a geared toward various ages, particularly ages four to eight. However, parents and guardians will benefit from this book, too.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

May 17, 2018

Book Review: Mason Jar Science

Mason Jar Science: 40 Slimy, Squishy, Super-Cool Experiments; Capture Big Discoveries in a Jar, from the Magic of Chemistry and Physics to the Amazing Worlds of Earth Science and Biology by [Adolph, Jonathan]

Mason Jar Science, by Jonathan Adolph includes 40 Slimy, Squishy, Super-Cool Experiments to Capture Big Discoveries in a Jar from the Magic of Chemistry and Physics to the Amazing Worlds of Earth Science and Biology.

This book spans over 130 pages and features 40 experiments for kids to perform in a mason jar as their science lab. There are a variety of experiments focusing on topics from Chemistry, Earth Science, Botany, Biology, and Physics.

Mason Jar Science is a highly recommended and informative book that provides fun scientific projects. It's geared towards elementary and middle school students, particularly third to seventh graders.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Drawing Wild Animals

Drawing Wild Animals

Drawing Wild Animals: Essential Techniques and Fascinating Facts for the Curious Artist, by Oana Befort and Maggie Reinbold features lovely and informative illustrations.

This book spans over 144 pages with intriguing step-by-step guides to drawings various wild animals, such as the bengel tiger, gray wolf, hippopotamus, giraffe, elephant, hedgehog, chinchilla, sloth, monkey, lemur, gecko, crocodile, sea turtle, etc.

According to the Contents page, this book is divided into three main chapters, which are titled as Mammals, Amphibians, and Reptiles. The main chapter of Mammals is divided into the following nine sections: Drawing Predators, Drawing Grazers, Drawing Elephants, Drawing Burrowers, Drawing Rodents and Rabbits, Drawing Sloths, Drawing Bats, Drawing Primates, and Drawing Marsupials. The main chapter of Amphibians is divided into two sections with the titles of Drawing Frogs and Toads and Drawing Salamanders and Newts. The main chapter of Reptiles is divided into the following three sections, which are titled as Drawing Lizards and Snakes, Drawing Crocs and the Like, and Drawing Turtles and Tortoises. Also, there are additional sections, including Preface, Drawing and Tools, Conservation and Value, Resources, About the Authors, and Index.

Drawing Wild Animals is a creative book that's geared toward inspiring artists, particularly elementary and junior high school students.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

May 16, 2018

Book Review: Judy Moody Was in a Mood

Judy Moody Was in a Mood

Judy Moody Was in a Mood is written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter Reynolds.

This early reader chapter book focuses on the life of Judy Moody, as she starts third grade in a poor, grumpy mood. It's an entertaining and lesson-learning story for young children to read.

In the back of the book, there are bonus sections, including Q&As with the author and illustrator, Meet Judy Moody information, and Judy Moody Slang Dictionary.

Judy Moody Was in a Mood is geared towards young readers, particularly ages six to nine.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.