#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 Something Borrowed by Louisa George

Oh-Emm-Gee.

Something Borrowed by Louisa George was seriously cute and is totally hyping me up for Valentine’s Day! You know, months early.

Chloe Cassidy just had the worst thing that could possibly happen to a wedding planner happen – her husband left her at the altar. Jump forward, and suddenly she’s getting flirty with the Best Man, otherwise known as the sexy Vaughn Brooks. Will this chef and wedding planner fall in love? Will her ex come running back to her? No matter what happens, romantic chaos ensues!

This book was seriously fun and absolutely delightful. I couldn’t put it down and I honestly didn’t want to. I love a good dramatic romance when I want to take a break from schoolwork. This book perfectly fit the bill! It is a wee bit stereotypical, but that’s exactly what I signed up for!

The big bonus of this book is that the characters are definitely flawed. They aren’t perfect and they’ve all had some rough times. Chloe’s ex does seem like quite the psychopath, but having one strange character out of the bunch is fine with me. I enjoyed watching these characters grow and change, it was refreshing. I don’t always see character in romance-y chick lit books so I’m impressed.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the side plot that I think will be carried on into another book. It was very sweet! I was confused at first as to why it was happening, but then I just enjoyed the ride. No spoilers, of course, because that would give away half the fun!

Are there negatives for this book? Yep, there sure are. Chloe’s Mother’s depression made me feel uncomfortable. There’s also a lot of blame in this book for certain situations that realistically wouldn’t happen (only through assumptions). None of this tore me away from the book, but I can see some readers not enjoying these aspects.

Overall, this book was a great read and I totally loved it. I want more books by Louisa George ASAP! I accidentally stumbled upon this book from Bookbub and the free iTunes bookstore, and I’m so glad I did. Hopefully more Louisa books find their way onto my shelves.

Four out of five stars.

 

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#BookReview Zachary and the Great Potato Catastrophe by Junia Wonders

This tale is super sweet and adorable! The very beginning had me hooked instantly – this tale might be true, and the identity of the leads are disguised. How much cuter can this book get?!

The soft tones of the art in this book made me feel really happy. I love the style and I think it went well with the story. The rhyming scheme was also silly yet it worked! I found myself giggling along the way. Sometimes the words didn’t rhyme exactly, but it was the thought that counts.

If you’re looking for a goofy, short, animal filled story book, then you’ve come to the write place! I absolutely adore Junia Wonders and her picture books. They are filled with silly plot lines, amazing art, and lots and lots of fun!

Overall, the story is cute and fun and I’d highly recommend parents and teachers pick this book up! Children will love it! This book is totally worth every penny!

Four out of five stars!

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#BookReview The Mega Collection by Scott Gordon – Nine Awesome Bedtime Stories!

Here’s a collection of my reviews for Scott Gordon’s books! The specific book I read was called the Mega Collection #1 – Nine Awesome Bedtime Stories for Children 3-5, and boy was it worth every second! If you’re looking for some fun and friendly stories, I’d recommend picking this book up!

Now onto the show!!

Pigtastic by Scott Gordon

Pigtastic by Scott Gordon is a super fun, super cute, children’s novel!

I absolutely love the 3D design of our lead character, the pig! He looks super cute! Add in the wonderful story about accepting people and you’ve got yourself a winning combination! Scott Gordon and his unique style makes me want to shout from the hills about how awesome these books are. Seriously, I’d recommend reading them to your kids if you are looking for something a little different yet still just as fun.

I really loved all of the Pig’s different costumes. That was a really nice touch to make this book cool! The England costume was definitely my favourite one!

Who doesn’t want to be Pigtastic?! We all have to be ourselves in this absolutely crazy world! If we all have hearts of gold, we’ll be Pigtastic!

Overall, it’s super cute and worth every penny!! The 3-5 age group will definitely love this book and all of it’s silliness!

Five out of five stars.

My Little Pet Dragon by Scott Gordon

My Little Pet Dragon is a unique children’s read full of fantastical fun!

I really liked the cover page with the CD art of the dragon on a skateboard. To me, that really stood out compared to other children’s books I’ve seen around recently. The entire book is continues to pack each page full of the awesome 3D art that’s on the cover.

Each page has just a few words on it and a 3D picture that matches the plot that’s carrying on.

I’d say the general age group for this book would be between 2 to 9 years old. The story is rather simplistic, but is extremely cute.

At the end of my copy, which was an eBook I found via BookBub, it has a story about how Scott got into writing. While I thought it was a touching story to include, I felt that it didn’t need to be in a children’s novel that a child might read themselves on a parent’s tablet or phone. As an adult I loved reading it, but it felt out of place (in my humble opinion). It is a motivational and inspirational set of words though!

The version I was reading also included lots of sneak peaks at his other books! While it does a great job advertising these books, it didn’t feel right sitting in a book that a child could be reading. You’re introducing them to a couple chapters and then they can’t necessarily finish it. As someone who has studied marketing, I understand the need to market and advertise your books, but it just didn’t mesh well with the way this book was set up. Maybe put sneak peaks as links at the end or on your website? Not in the book that ends up taking WAY more pages than the story itself.

The final bit (I promise!)… It asks to support the author on Patreon. Again, I totally understand the need to support artists and writers, but it felt out of place.

Overall, this book was really cute and I’d love to read more by Scott Gordon! I think he has lots of potential and he appears to have quite the catalogue!!

Four out of five stars!

Ninja Robot Repairmen by Scott Gordon

This story is full of pushy, robot repairmen! It’s a unique and silly story that is full of laughs for your 3 to 5 year olds.

Scott’s unique style of 3D designs on a white background continues with this book. His style seems to be ingrained in all of his work.

They cause quite the nuisance for our unknown lead! I could see this book being best used as a reading buddy story. It would be a great way to get kids to laugh and get to know each other. In this story, ‘No’ is not an answer no matter what! Even the bad guys at the end were quite amusing!

This story felt more like a fun one than one that will teach you an important lesson. Regardless, I love having a good story full of goofiness around on my shelves!

Three out of five stars!

A Pocketful of Dinosaurs by Scott Gordon

This book was styled a little different at the start! There were actual cartoon pictures! I liked the change from the 3D, computer animated style that is featured in almost every other Scott Gordon book. Change can be good!

Seeing the names of the dinosaurs and the pronunciations was fun! I wish I would have had a book like that when I was growing up and learning about dinosaurs in science class! I think little kids who love dinosaurs would be totally obsessed with this book! The only downfall about this book, is that I don’t think kids ages 3-5 would be able to pronounce some of the words or even the word segments. Hopefully they are able to read this book with a parent, guardian or reading buddy to make it more engaging!

I’m not sure how accurate this book is, but it was definitely cute!

This book also features links to dinosaur research websites and exhibits! That may or may not be a bonus for some people – I’m not going to test the links, so I’m not sure how safe they are. The PBS and wikipedia articles should be safe to visit.

Four out of five stars!

If I Were a Robot by Scott Gordon

If I were a robot…. I’d have enhanced reading abilities!

This book was cute, but was not my favourite of all of Scott Gordon’s books. But not all books can be the best, now can they?! I think it is another cute addiction and full of wacky, fun and zaney ideas but it just wasn’t my favourite. Kids who love science, technology and robots would kill for this book!! I think it’s great that Scott has such a unique library of stories! Every kid should love at least one of his stories! He doesn’t just stick to one genre and I applaud him for that.

Yet again, the 3D computer animated style is back, and the robot has cute costumes! The costumes are always my favourite part of his stories. His creativity with the costumes is just too good! AND THERE’s A LIGHTSABER! And maybe a deathstar?! The easter eggs in this book are definitely the best part!

Side note: There’s another uncanny valley creepy guy in this book. That drops me score down by quite a bit. No amount of Star Wars references can fix the creepy, uncanny valley men.

Two out of five stars.

My Crazy Pet Frog by Scott Gordon

The lead of this story looks so… weird. Weird yet interesting all at the same time! I’m not quite sure what to think of it. Even when he starts doing different activities, it’s like he is staring into my soul. That uncanny valley feeling is amped up a bit in this book. And… a rubber ducky normally looks like a duck and not like an inflatable you wear around your waist.

But hey, it turns out the uncanny frog is a secret agent. That’s cool… right?! And he dances like he’s a fan of the Bee Gees!

The end of this book is what really gets me… he has a family who’d like him to come home and just hang out instead of being all of these crazy careers. It felt slightly depressing, yet kids wouldn’t see that. Only the parents.

It was one of the shorter books, but it was one of the weirder books. I think it’s cool but… odd. Let’s go with odd. It honestly felt like the author was picking up story ideas from a hat and mashed them all together.

Two out of five stars.

My Daddy’s Cool Car Collection by Scott Gordon

This book is all about cars! There are a variety of vehicles featured in this book, and my wonder is how the Dad afforded all of these cars! A limo, a semi-truck, a Volkswagen! The antique cars were definitely my fave! And what type of car book would this be without some sports cars in the mix?!

Some of the cars looked more realistic than the others. A group of them appeared to be quite cartoony, some appeared to be tilted on a strange angle and others looked like they had a professional photographer put them in the book.

Little kids interested in cars would totally dig this book! Scott does a great job at having a library full of different genres of kids books to let everyone in on the reading action!

While this wasn’t my favourite book, I still think it’s mighty cute! At the end there is a little lesson about spending time with your kids instead of buying cars, but it felt just thrown in. As if there had to be some sort of really important message at the end… I would have preferred the message to be woven into the story somehow instead of forced in.

Three out of five stars.

A Little Book About You by Scott Gordon

The uncanny valley is strong in this book… I don’t know why, but the 3D animated people always creep me out Scott Gordon’s books. I’m sure kids wouldn’t notice, but as an adult I’m just weirded out. That shouldn’t let the story down though!

This book is all about the reader being special and one of a kind. It’s a great message that is told right off the bat! This message is told through a variety of characters holding signs and objects, for reasons unknown. The story itself is great, but I don’t totally get the illustrations.

Overall, it’s cute!

Four out of five stars!

Additionally, this book has a lot of BONUS content!
Some chapters to Disco Frog’s new story, a puzzle, and lots of synopsis of Scott Gordon’s books.

 

Average: 3.3 out of 5 stars!

 

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