#BookReview Dogversations: Conversations with my Dogs by David Leswick

Dogversations: Conversations with my Dogs by David Leswick is an adorable photography book with amazingly crafted dialogue between David and his puppers.

I was blown away by how wonderful this book was. Part of me was sad that I didn’t get to it sooner, because it’s a hidden gem among the book world. David’s conversations make the book come alive, and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. If you’ve ever had a dog (or any other furry companion that you loved), this may bring back some tearful memories for you. It sure did for me! The goofy pictures made me smile, the family pictures made my heart warm and I just couldn’t get enough. I ended up going through this book a few times, smiling my way through each time.

This is a fun read for adults and children. You can make it a family affair or simply enjoy the sweet read for yourself. In times like this, I need more heartwarming and positive books, and this was it. If you’re sick of negativity and just want some good, old fashioned happy times then this book will fit the bill. It’s worth every penny!

David’s love of animals is apparent! If you’re an animal lover, you’ll love it too. Add it for your Wishlist and pick up a copy! Support this fellow Canadian (ehhhh) and enjoy all of the feels.

My personal faves from the collection: Jailbreak, Cardboard, Flip-Flop Debate, Retrospectacles, Waiting for Santa, I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts and Bright idea.

So, what are you doing? Don’t “paws” on getting this book! Don’t make me bark up the wrong tree! Be a good boy and buy this book! This book is paw-fect! It’s not far-fetched to love this book.

(Come on, you knew I was going to do some puns. Bad jokes are the best!)

Five out of five stars!

I received a free copy of this book from the author, David Leswick, in exchange of an honest review.

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#BookReview GENMOS: Gathering Storms by Stephen M. Coghlan

GENMOS: Gathering Storms by Stephen M. Coghlan is one of the most underrated and under-read books, in my humble opinion.

For one, I am not normally into a lot of sci-fi books. It’s one of those genres that is really hit or miss for me because they can be slow, boring or too technical (or completely wrong in technicality, don’t even get me going on that one). Then in walks GENMOS and man does it change my opinion on sci-fi. If all sci-fi books were this thrilling and interesting to read then I wouldn’t have such a distaste for the genre.

GENMOS stands for Genetically Modified, which shouldn’t be too surprising if you read the synopsis. If you haven’t, let me fill you in. We have all of these GENMOS subjects, who are people who were genetically modified to have animal characteristics. They were designed to help people have the opportunity to live, but you know how the government and evil corporations get: SUPER WEAPON TIME! So, we end up following a giant band of misfit GENMOS who are being sought after but need to fight to stay alive. There’s a lot of them and they are all mixed with cool creatures and have interesting abilities. This is the first book in their tale.

Dude, this was GOOD! It was fast paced, thrilling and kept me interested the whole time. I normally lose patience and interest in sci-fi books but Stephen kept my attention. I’m totally impressed.

The characters are all different and unique and for sure you will find at least one you adore. I especially loved Kobalt (cool name, eh?) but Anna, Tabitha and the rest of the kooky crew will surely grab your attention. It may just take some time to meet your favourite character as they get introduced one at a time. Also, at the end of each chapter, the characters who are introduced get a little stats card of sorts and I LOVE IT. I’m a nerdy reader and love having a little inventory of characters in case I forget or jump away from the book for a while. I highly appreciate it.

Bonus marks: Ontario locations! St. Lawrence River! I’m sorry, but I’m a sucker for books that actually feature Canada. Proud Canadian, eh?

Overall, this action-packed book is full of familial love, loss and growth. It’s a great sci-fi series to dip into that is good from adventurous middle grade readers all the way up to adults.

Five out of five stars!

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#BookReview 100 Tiny Tales by K. Kris Loomis

This book features one hundred drabbles (stories with one hundred words) by K. Kris Loomis. I had never heard of a drabble before, but man does it sound tough! How does one write a story and perfectly sum it up in one hundred words?! I’m awful at describing myself in little words, so kudos to K. Kris Loomis for making it possible! It’s a real feat!

These stories are really short (well, obviously. One hundred words isn’t actually a lot – it’s just a few paragraphs worth at most!) but they really pack a punch! My favourites include: “The Perfect Ring” with the surprise ending I didn’t see coming, “The Sentry” that reminded me of our former neighbourhood cat and my numerous reactions to him, and “A Knock” where the Grim Reaper makes a mistake (I actually laughed out loud at this one).

Despite the length of these stories, I felt like I related to them (and sometimes wanted a little more!). “She Was Going Dancing” packs a lot of parental disappointment in such a small story. “A Night at the Theatre” had me shivering because I knew what would come next. “I Know He Loves Me” highlights the pain of a woman in a tough situation. “Phobias” highlights Santa Claus at a doctor’s office. “Flowers” had me cringing for the poor lead man. “The Wedding” just broke my heart! “A Great House” left me feeling spooked. “The Flight” reminded me of my childhood. “Kiss a Frog” takes a twist on an old fairy tale. And those are just some of the many stories!

There’s so many good stories in this bunch! There’s at least one that you’ll enjoy. Anthologies like this are always so much fun, especially since they’re quick and easy to read, yet just as easy to jump back into. I also love that there’s so much hinted at – you can just imagine what would go down next. Creativity and imagination are great aspects of drabbles!

This lovely anthology shows how strong K. Kris Loomis is with her craft. She’s a real master of writing, so if you get the chance… pick this book up! It’s well worth the read!

Five out of five stars!

I received this book for free from the author, K. Kris Loomis, in exchange of an honest review.

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#BookReview Snowbound (Milligan Creek #5) by Kevin Milligan

There is nothing I love more than another Milligan Creek book!

I can’t express how pumped I was when I heard there was another book coming from Kevin Miller. The Milligan Creek series is one of my top middle grade series EVER (and yeah, that’s a big deal – I read a lot) so I absolutely needed to get my hands on this book. AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED!

This is a Canadian winter themed book with more shenanigans from our favourite group of kooky Canadian children. This time Chad, Dean, Andrew and Matt are getting into some hijinks with a snow maze. Yeah, a snow maze. I always wanted to try to build an igloo growing up here in the Great North, but when we did get enough snow we were always stuck in school. What a bummer. But these guys? THEY GET TO LIVE MY CHILDHOOD DREAM!

Anywho, away from my excitement. Welcome back to Milligan Creek folks! You get welcomed with a suspenseful opening, following the not-so-bright Dewey Biggs. He’s stolen a vehicle and has made a friend out of a moose. Well, not really. He hit a moose, but you get the point. He also says the most Canadian thing to come out of a book character’s mouth in a while, “Stupid defrost.”

Jump to the boys – it’s wintertime and what better thing for a group of boys to do than build a snowman fortress? With snowmobiles, skiing, snow blindness and other winter fun about, you might as well build your own version of Elsa’s castle. It’s pretty much law for kids in Canada at this point. They are determined to build the ultimate snow fortress, but what they don’t realize is they are going to be pulled into a thrilling ride when the chase for Dewey heads their way.

What other great points are there that I don’t want to give away but also want to mention?

  1. Yellow snow jokes
  2. Waterloo by ABBA
  3. The definition of liability in a kids book (like seriously, I’m impressed)
  4. Has anyone else made the goofy comment about turning into a popsicle when they are too cold? Just me and this book? Ok.
  5. A thrilling rescue!

Overall, this book is hilarious, witty and stupidly smart. It’s so much fun and everything I want in a middle grade novel. This series keeps bringing me joy and I seriously need it to find more readers. More people need to have the fun and love I have for this series, because it’s a hidden gem!

Five out of five stars!

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Up The Creek (Book #1) on Indigo

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Unlimited (Book #2) on Indigo

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Unlimited (Book #2) on Amazon.com

The Water War #3 on Amazon.ca

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The Great Grain Elevator Incident #4 Amazon.ca

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#BookReview Christmas Treats by Piper Rayne, Melissa Williams and more!

I’m a little late to the release party on this book but I am still super happy to say I picked up a holiday read in time for the holidays. Seriously, it’s like a curse for me. I always get them in July or August.

So, Christmas treats! This is an anthology/collection of Christmas tales from many authors. I came for Melissa Williams (one of my recent fave romantic comedy writers, like OMG) but I stayed for all the wonderful treats packed in this story (enjoy the pun, folks).

  1. The Gingerbread Showdown by Piper Rayne
    I read this story as I just put on gingerbread scented hand cream, isn’t it ironic? To start off, A GINGERBREAD RECIPE YES. Then, this super, duper cute fall hard and fast kind of love story? I’m digging it. The writing is also super easy and flows nicely. I might have to pick up some more books by Piper Rayne soon! 4 out of 5 stars!
  2. Sweet Girl by M.C. Cerny
    What an adorably funny story with an even better synopsis (die from her cooking… geez, I was smirking and giggling). This story had me feeling like there was maybe a story out there already with more information on the couple though. Regardless, it was very nice! 3 out of 5 stars.
  3. ‘Tis The Season to be Jelly by Kyra Fox
    Okay, the title alone is fabulous. I found this one to be more romantic and whimsical to me, for unknown reasons. I just really vibed with Kyra’s writing and found myself drifting away into the story. I really loved Eloise and Declan, and I think Kyra might just be another author I’m going to have to check out. 4 out of 5 stars.
  4. Baker’s Dozen by Kali Brixton
    Another hidden gem! Scott and Nova are a romantic couple with some dust under the rug or skeletons in the closet. These two are so sweet for each other and will warm your heart with how much they care. 4 out of 5 stars.
  5. Deck… the Balls by DL Gallie
    What is it with these amusing names? I’m really enjoying the giggles I can have out of the titles. Also, a synopsis designed like a recipe? Even cooler! Add in all the comedy in this love story, yep. I love it! Jesse and Reese deserve their own series. 4 out of 5 stars!
  6. Muchas Smoochas by Halo Roberts
    Are you looking for a second chance romance? GET READY TO RUMBLE with Muchas Smoochas. You can tell Enrique and Freya are meant to be. The writing style alone will make you sigh happily and enjoy the ride. This is just what I was needing! 5 out of 5 stars.
  7. Nog or Never by Melissa Williams
    This is what I came to the anthology collection for. I love me some Melissa Williams and I was totally pumped to grab this story! Of course it’s at the end because I really want to read it. That’s how anthologies go! Best friend’s little sister trope? I AM IN. I AM SOLD. LETS GO.

So my highlights of this story: Icing bags as dicks, continuation of Bake Rattle and Roll, good ole Canadian setting, brother’s best friend trope (yessssss), reuniting with an old flame (yesssss), Belinda and Luke being adorable together, and a sugary sweet ending. What more can a girl ask for? 5 out of 5 stars!

Other notes:

I still find it super cool when I get an electronic copy and it has links I can click to go right to a story. I’m not sure if every copy is like this, but mine was super cool! I’m like a child on Christmas clicking and getting sent right to the story I want! It’s a goofy thing to be excited about, but hey. It counts.

And all the recipes! Yesssss!

So, I came for Melissa and I left with so many adorable stories and amazing recipes. I have to say, this is one fantastic book. Give it a read if you’re still seeking some Christmas and Holiday Spirit!

Four out of five stars!

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#BookReview Once Upon a Duke by Erica Ridley

Once Upon a Duke by Erica Ridley is a darling, historical, holiday-themed romance that is perfect to add to your TBR shelf!

This book is just a sweet delight. I was seeking something fast, light-hearted, comedic, romantic and simple and this book fit the bill.

Benjamin, the Duke of Silkridge has returned to his old town when his Grandfather died for the will reading. He stumbles upon his first crush and lost love, Noelle, who worked for his Grandfather. The feelings are very much mutual for Noelle as well. Ben, our resident Scrooge, must complete a Christmas-themed task to be able to get what his Grandfather left him in the will, but it brings him closer to Noelle in the process… Sparks fly and drama ensues, all in a town called Christmas and during the holiday season.

This is one of those books you curl up under a good blanket with some hot tea and just sink into it. Relaxation and simplicity works super well for titles like these, and I mean that in a good way. It’s fun and lovely, exactly what a romance and historical romance reader loves! It’s also PG, so it’s a lovely book to get started into the historical romance genre.

I am definitely going to continue with this series if I can find it. I’d like to see all 12 of the Dukes find love since this series is just so lovely! Good job Erica Ridley, you’ve crafted a historical romance masterpiece.

Four out of five stars.

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#BookReview Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

Let’s get into the Christmas spirit with an adorable Christmas book by the always lovely Debbie Macomber!

 

Call Me Mrs. Miracle is an absolutely delightful Christmas romance book!

Emily Merkle is mistakenly called Emily Miracle, and takes on the name Mrs. Miracle. She’s an older woman who does wondrous work at the toy store she got hired at. Jake is her boss, and he’s ordered what seems like WAY too many toy robots that his father, the owner, is not too pleased about. He meets Holly Larson, a woman taking care of her nephew since his Mother has passed and his Father (her brother) is in Afghanistan. Gabe, her adorable nephew, really wants one of those robots. She might be in luck, since her and Jake meet and he’s more than happy to set one aside for her. Will there be a Christmas miracle?

This book is so utterly cute! It’s the perfect book to curl up with a blanket and some tea and just sink into. It’s full of Christmas spirit and packed tight full of ooey gooey romance. It is predictable, especially since this turned into a Hallmark movie, but it’s everything I wanted and more in a Christmas romance book. It’s sugary sweet and just fun.

Four out of five stars.

 

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#BookReview Christmas in London by Anita Hughes

Cozy, holiday reads are excellent – cozy, romantic, holiday reads are even better!

Anita Hughes has crafted a lovely, heart warming story about two women finding their loves during Christmastime.

Louisa works in a bakery, when suddenly Noah shows up needing Christmas desserts for a reality television show he is working on. When those desserts make the lead dangerously ill, Louisa is hired to take her place!! Meanwhile, the assistant Kate finds love again with a man from her past… Oh, and Noah and Louisa get along quite well.

I found this book to be very sweet. It’s your typical holiday romance with a bit more description than romance. The beautiful displays at expensive stores take the forefront with Anita painting beautiful pictures in my head of these designer stores. I wish there would have been more fluffy romance throughout the pages, but this book was more contemporary fiction with a hint of romance than full on holiday romance.

The romance itself is quite bland at the beginning. Lots of cheek kisses to establish the leads might like each other. Also throwbacks to the relationship failures, instead of the current love that should be occurring on the page. Again, this book is more contemporary than romance. The men are also… weird. They aren’t normal men (or even romance novel men), they all act very strange and have very aggressive or manipulative behaviour. It was still an okay read if you get over the fact that they are kinda weird.

If anything, I found this book to be the perfect feel good book. While I was reading it, I just wanted something to escape and feel nice and fluffy. This book fit the bill. It doesn’t need to be the romance book I hoped it to be, it was perfectly nice to escape from the insanity of the real world. Thank you Anita Hughes for giving me an escape. If you’re looking for descriptions of Christmas displays and beautiful Christmas desserts, this book is perfect!

Three out of five stars.

 

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#BookReview Christmas with Snowman Paul by Yossi Lapid

It’s a festive time with Snowman Paul this Christmas!

Poor Snowman Paul is feeling sad because he won’t have a fun Christmas like his friends. They all get to sit around the fire, sing carols and participate in all the Christmas cheer! Snowman Paul’s buddy decides to help Snowman Paul have a great Christmas, because that’s what friendship is for!

This book is super sweet! I absolutely adored the Christmas cheer and beautifully coloured illustrations. The problem solving to help get Snowman Paul involved with his friends was also a lovely theme to show to kids. It’s the type of book I would love to read to my classes!

I would highly recommend picking up this book and adding it to your TBR if you’re looking for a cute Christmas picture book or something sweet!

Five out of five stars.

I received this book for free from the author, Yossi Lapid, in exchange of an honest review.

 

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#BookReview Schmuck the Buck: Santa’s Jewish Reindeer by EXO Books

Schmuck the Buck is yet another hit by EXO Books!

Recently, I’ve been on a picture books/children’s books binge so of course I would be interested in another goofy, picture book full of Christmas mischief!

This book felt like my inner sarcastic child’s dream of a Christmas story. Forget the main reindeer team! Those losers aren’t as school as Santa’s Jewish reindeer, Schmuck the Buck! His real name is Larry, but we call him Schmuck. Because, let’s be honest, those nasty reindeer who called Rudolph names picked on everybody else too!

This poor reindeer is the biggest nerd in his high school, but that doesn’t bring him down! He got a degree in Accounting and even went to Yale! This is the type of awesome I strive to be!

The humor was down right hilarious. I was almost laughing out loud from the silly jokes and gags that littered this book. Texting the parents about batteries? That is the kind of hilarity only the goofiest kids would think of!

I felt like this story was the perfect way to show kids that you don’t have to be the popular “Rudolph” character. You can be super cool and get your own starring role as a normal kid with different interests!

It is a little “longer” – there are small paragraphs instead of just one word on each page. I think it was the perfect way to tell this story though! It’s a real winner! I would love to see this book alongside all of the Rudolph merchandise in my local book stores.

I’m not sure where to rate this book. It is satirical and ironic, but it also was pretty G rated. I think some older kids would find this absolutely hilarious, while younger ones could just enjoy the pictures. I’d maybe suggest reading this to children aged ten and up, because they would probably get some of this humor. But, it’s definitely something adults would love to read!

Overall, I loved this cheesey, funny and lovable story! It’s definitely worth the read! I mean, who wouldn’t love a book with an HR reindeer named Shirley? That just seals the deal.’

Five out of five stars!

P.S. Shout out to Karina Shor the illustrator! I absolutely loved the pictures. They were classic and elegant yet childish and fun!

I received a free copy of this book from EXO Books in exchange for an honest review.

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