Saturday, February 24, 2018

Book Review: Sunny side up *SPOILERS*




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Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. At first she thought Florida might be fun -- it is the home of Disney World, after all. But the place where Gramps lives is no amusement park. It's full of . . . old people. Really old people.

Luckily, Sunny isn't the only kid around. She meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they're having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors. But the question remains -- why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won't be secret to Sunny much longer. . . 


                                                                        MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK                                                              

Warning: Drugs 

I thought this was such a needed book with the issues facing America today. Although it is different than I expected since I picked it up based on the cover. 

Above all else, this is a charming graphic novel. Even though it covers a very serious and sensitive topic. This book is ultimately the story of a young girl who is sent to live with her grandfather in Florida for the summer. This book is set in the 70s, and she finds Florida to be boring given the fact she spends most of her time at her grandfather's retirement home. Meanwhile, she is carrying a dark secret that you find out by various flashbacks to her life months before this trip. 

Through these flashbacks, we notice a downward spiral it seems her brother is on. He goes from happy to mean and angry over the course of the book. Sunny must keep his terrifying secrets even after he hurts her. 

I believe this is a critical book for teens and tweens to have if they are going through a family member with a drug or drinking problem. Even without this in their lives, they will still be able to relate to Sunny and being bored over the summer. I know I was. 

It has a great moral to it. That addiction shouldn't be hidden, that no secrets that make you feel horrible should be kept, and to seek help from an adult. 

I am so thankful I picked this up from the library. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Book Review: His Outback Nanny by Annie Seaton

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Jemima Smythe is over the world of fashion. But when her dream of teaching falls through, Jemmy is determined to show her hometown she’s ready to put down roots. Three beautiful and boisterous kids in need of a nanny offer her an opportunity to prove just that. But their smoking-hot dad, Ned, offers her another—become his wife, as a matter of convenience only.

Ned McCormack is at his wits’ end. A single father to three kids, he quit the city and moved home to the Australian Outback in order to spend more quality time with his family. Unfortunately, the farm needs a lot of work. Just when he’s ready to give up, help comes unexpectedly in the form of a supermodel mistaken as his wife-to-be. 

Not a bad arrangement, if only they can stick to the rules of their strictly-business marriage—no kissing and absolutely no falling in love allowed.









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This was a sweet and charming romance novel. Not my normal cup of tea but this was quite the story it was fun, advenerous, and cute. I read this book in one day it was that good. I need to see what happened to the characters and where the story was leading to. How were they going to figure things out? 

The story follows Jeminma who is the sweetest woman, she has a huge heart. Suprised by her emotions when she met Ned's children she knew she wanted to be their nanny. Gwennie was the sweetest child ever in this story. When ned counters her offer with a plotonic marriage porposal she has no idea what to think. She can't help but wonder if this was a mistake, if she made the wrong choice agreeing to this platonic marraige. 

She starts falling for him when she sees him wiht his kids, relaxed and at ease. When he smiles more and they play. She has to gaurd that tender heart of hers. But Ned constantly reminds her that her marriage is a business arrangment not one of love. 

Ned was a great character, a single dad trying his best to make life work when he lost his wife. Of course being a single dad it was hard for him to spend time with his children. He is trying to get his ranch up and opperational again. To do this he needs a loan from the bank. One mierical next and he has the loan. Seems sometimes things just work out for Ned. 

His Outback Nanny was filled with the Austrilain outback and was fun for me to read. The story was quick and fast paced. While others might not have loved the lack of romance, I still thought it was quite romantic. 

I want to read more of the Prickle Creek series.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Book of Watchers Teaser


Book of Watchers
Mary Ting
Publication date: March 22nd 2018
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
Before the Bible, there was Book of Watchers.
Enoch wants to live an ordinary life. He’s content to lie low, skip his college classes, and avoid committing to any one girl. But ordinary isn’t on the syllabus for Enoch because at night, he dreams of demons. Vivid dreams that leave him wanting escape more than ever. When they escape his dreams and attack him during daylight, his reality becomes a nightmare.
As he pieces together the meaning behind the encounters, supernatural creatures emerge. Demons. Vampires. Witches. Angels. And they all want something from him. In a supernatural world he never thought possible, Enoch uncovers a secret that either will destroy him or force him to become much more than he ever wanted.

Book Teaser: 

The scent of my own flesh and blood seeped through the walls. I didn’t bother to knock on the door, but instead flicked my wrist to the side. My power tore the slab of wood off the hinges, and I walked in. The family of four became immobile, their eyes wide with terror as they watch me saunter into their lives.
Fools. 
They should be on their knees, bowing, worshiping me, but instead they stared like I was a ghost. Luckily for them, I felt tolerant. After all, I had come to claim my own. A happy occasion indeed.

I didn’t hide my true form, and I supposed I would be horrified if I were human and saw the likes of me. A demon. Over seven feet tall with ripped muscles, I towered over the entire family. But my face, reptilian with hardly any nose and rows of teeth like shark’s—I was a thing of nightmares.



Author Bio:
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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Book Blitz: Book of Watchers


Book of Watchers
Mary Ting

Publication date: March 22nd 2018
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
Before the Bible, there was Book of Watchers. 
Enoch wants to live an ordinary life. He’s content to lie low, skip his college classes, and avoid committing to any one girl. But ordinary isn’t on the syllabus for Enoch because at night, he dreams of demons. Vivid dreams that leave him wanting escape more than ever. When they escape his dreams and attack him during daylight, his reality becomes a nightmare.
As he pieces together the meaning behind the encounters, supernatural creatures emerge. Demons. Vampires. Witches. Angels. And they all want something from him. In a supernatural world he never thought possible, Enoch uncovers a secret that either will destroy him or force him to become much more than he ever wanted.


Author Bio:
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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