#BookReview Seeds and Trees by Brandon Walden

Seeds and Trees by Brandon Walden is a super cute illustrated story.

I absolutely love the main title page – the flowers, thorns and bird are absolutely stunning. The art style felt unique yet beautiful, which is something I crave in picture books. I love seeing different art styles that connect with the story.

An added touch was the letter from the author at the beginning. As a child, I probably would have skipped by it and not cared in the least, but as an adult I like reading into the mind of the author. Seeing the reasons behind the story is always a little pleasure of mine!

The story itself worked well with the art style. The contrasting There was a bit of a rhyming scheme at certain points of the story, but it didn’t feel super forced.

The theme and story itself tells a really important tale about positive vibes. I definitely think this book would be a great read for parents to bond with their children or for a school to pick up. I could see young classrooms picking this story apart and telling great tales!

Five out of five stars!

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#BookReview Coming Out by Danielle Steel

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I found Coming Out by Danielle Steel at a local store that typically does not sell books. It was on sale, probably cheaper than it should have been yet it was in excellent shape! I always wanted to read something by Danielle Steel but never seemed to remember to pick up a book by her whenever I was out looking, so I decided to purchase this book.

This book was made in 2006, but it felt more along the lines of the 80s or 90s due to some of the comments within the book. There never seems to be a strict date of when this book is set, but some of the opinions don’t seem to be that of 2006 (or maybe my hometown was just way more open at that time). The comments about how bad tattoos are seem to date this book more than intended too, seeing as it is 2018 and tattoos seem to be everywhere and widely accepted. If anything, that would be my biggest con for this book! It dates itself with the opinions within!

I did really enjoy this book – it was a light, dramatic read that I could easily put down and pick it back up. The story follows a rich, upper class family as they intend to go to an exclusive ball in New York. The twin daughters are on opposing sides (one wants to go, the other doesn’t and decides to rebel), the Mother wants to go, the step Father doesn’t, and so on and so forth. There is some romantic drama, some family drama, some “rich” drama, and it all seems to work well within the story.

That being said, this book is hit and miss – if you don’t mind reading about privileged rich people with silly problems, it’s a good read! I didn’t mind that they complained about simple yet silly things, in fact I found it to be fluffy and funny at times. It felt like a soap opera I would watch on T.V. back in high school. The soap opera side is what kept me hooked, to be brutally honest. The drama was over the top, the reactions were big, and it felt like the perfect, stormy day read.

The book is relatively short and moves at a good pace to keep you interested. That is what also kept me interested in this book. I didn’t think that the book felt too long or too short. To me, the book was the perfect length. I also really liked that the title of the book has multiple meanings in the book! Tied in with that title, the ending took me by surprise! The ending did seem to suddenly stop, but Danielle tied in one of the small plot points to finish this book up.

Overall, I think this book was cute and is a nice, soft read. It is in it’s own little niche, so reader beware!!

Three out of five stars!

 

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#BookReview Under The Visible Life by Kim Echlin

Under The Visible Life is a moving story by Kim Echlin that will knock your socks off!

To be blunt and up-front, this book was not the book for me. That being said, it was a truly mesmerizing story! It was very hard for me to get into this book but it was still beautiful nonetheless. I want to say that upfront since my rating is based off my opinion of the book (and I wasn’t pulled into the book) but the story is still a worthwhile read! I am sure many other readers will be able to connect with this story and fall in love with it in ways that I couldn’t. Kim Echlin is amazingly talented and I highly suggest this novel.

I did love that this story revolved around women and their realistic lives. The book didn’t feel over the top. It felt honest and real in ways that other books haven’t lately. I think this is how the book will sit well with people. Somehow, this story felt like I could have been hearing or reading a non-fiction novel. The struggles felt real and the characters felt like I could have walked by them on the street. Kim Echlin deserves a lot of recognition for just being able to do that in one book. It’s mind-blowing!

So, why was this book not for me? I found it really hard to sink into. I had to force myself to read each chapter and it felt way too slow. I like a fast paced book that gets me hooked, and this book is not that. It’s raw, real and slower paced. The book isn’t boring by any means, it just wasn’t made for me (which is a good thing!). As a reader, sometimes you have to admit that you won’t love ALL books. But that’s art! I can still appreciate how absolutely stunning this book was. And I will highly recommend it every single day because this book is definitely made for other readers!

I will say my favourite part about this book: it has a lot of culture. It will open you up to worlds you may not have known about before (Afghan culture, for example). Books that include other cultures (in a respectful manner, on top of just including them) are books that need to be read! So, I will shout from the hill tops that this book needs to be read! I liked reading about a culture that is not my own.

Three out of five stars.

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#BookReview Sleepy Animals by Gerald Hawksley

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Sleepy Animals is a picture book full of colourful drawings of very tired animals!

This book is definitely aimed towards the younger audience (mainly toddlers, and up to five years old). The pictures are simple and sweet, which makes this book the perfect resource for learning (whether in daycare of kindergarten classes). With over 20 pages of animals falling asleep, it could also be used as a bedtime story for the toddlers!

Yet again, the illustrations really stand out and make this book as great as it is! The storyline are very linear (tired animal falls asleep) and doesn’t require too much thinking. It’s simplistic, which is why it is so good for the target audience. If you pair this book alongside some of Gerald Hawksley’s other books, you’ll have a great baseline of books to introduce kids to!

Five out of five stars!

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#BookReview Boy and the Very Lonely Pony by Junia Wonders

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Boy and the Very Lonely Pony is one of the cutest children’s read I have picked up in a very long time!

This book I acquired through BookBub’s program – it was free, so of course I wanted to pick up another sweet children’s read!

The artwork in this book is absolutely STUNNING! The pony on the cover pulled me in and made me want to read it! The style of this book, with soft colours and blended lines was also fantastic. I like this art style so much, so it’s nice to see it included in a children’s picture book.

The words on the page are sometimes straight, and sometimes curve around the objects/houses. It’s a unique way for reading, which I also enjoyed. It makes the book more fun!

If you are looking for a book about friendship, then you should definitely pick this one up! It’s a great introduction to how kids and be friends (with not only people, but animals too) and has a wonderful theme behind it. Friendship and overcoming obstacles was the central theme, and it really hit the mark! I would definitely include this on a child’s bookshelf or in my schools’s local libraries!

The book is short and sweet, and I declare this a must read! It’s a must read if you have children, and I highly recommend it! The art style is soft and fantastic, the themes and central story is a beautiful tale all kid’s should know, and it would be a great bedtime read!

Five out of five stars!

 

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#BookReview Happy Animals by Gerald Hawksley

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This book was a super cute picture book about happy animals!

Happy cats, dogs, and frogs are just some of the ridiculously adorable animals showcased in this book. I really liked the cartoon-y art that was featured within the book. The colourful pictures gave the book a friendly and fun feel, which makes it perfect for the target audience.

There is a rhyming scheme, which seems a little forced at times. Dogs, frogs, tree, three, etc. Despite this, I think the book was a fun book for the younger age group (one year to five years maximum, in my opinion). It’s definitely easy to read along with, and could be read in a silly song to make the book more fun and interactive.

For a picture book, it’s rather long! It’s well past 20 pages of colourful pages with happy animals.

Overall, I think this book is very sweet! It’s the perfect book to introduce young readers into the world of literature! I’d also recommend this book to a kindergarten or daycare class learning animals, because it’s fun and colourful enough to make a lesson out of.

Five out of five stars!

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#BookReview The Inside Track by Tamsen Parker

 

 

The Inside Track is an absolutely hilarious, fun and romantic read by the always wonderful Tamsen Parker!

This is definitely one of my favourite books, and I’m not just saying that! I found this book to be so upbeat and fun as well as utterly romantic and cute. Nick and Dempsey are just the perfect set of lead characters to be the front runners of this not so typical romance novel.

Nick is a “Tasmanian devil”, as Dempsey says in the novel. He bounces all over the place, moving a mile a minute. The boy can barely focus on one thing at a time, but he’s still ridiculously cute and sweet. He might have his “flaws”, but man is he a great leading man! He’s sassy, goofy and full of fun throughout the entire book. On top of that, he felt quite real.

Dempsey is quite the opposite – she’s an introvert and has an anxiety disorder. Her and Nick make this perfect pair – despite being total opposites, they understand each other. They work through things together and felt more real than a lot of romantic pairs I’ve read in the past little while. I would strive to be like them to be brutally honest.

I love that this book made these potential issues feel real and not go too over the top. I can understand being introverted and having anxiety to the n-th degree, which made me really feel for Dempsey. I think this book made our character’s issues feel real and do in a respectful way. That’s really all I can ask for in a novel.

What really made this book stand out for me was Tamsen’s way with words – “A breeze in a sealed off room”. Like, wow! I really do feel honored to be able to join Tamsen on her writing journey. With every book she’s keeps getting better and better! The metaphors and similes in this book just blew me away! And it’s not just her way with words, it’s that the sentence felt so true in the story. Seriously, A+ in English for Tamsen! A freaking plus!

If I had one downfall for this book, it would be the following: This book does take place over time, but it didn’t feel like it. That’s probably on me since I binged the whole book (can you blame me? I love Tamsen and her writing) but that stuck out to me. Out of the whole book, that was my only issue. Tamsen does make the time jumps clear, but my brain didn’t want to accept it.

Overall, another lovely book! I’m always down for a cute book from Tamsen and this hit the spot! I can’t wait for the next read! This book will sit high upon my digital shelf for being one of my favourite romances of all time. The fun, the style, the sassiness, the sarcasm, the hilarity and the utter cuteness of this couple ranks high upon my lists!

Five out of five stars!

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