Errrr......this was a super inappropriate children's picture book. My mistake, I probably shOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Errrr......this was a super inappropriate children's picture book. My mistake, I probably shouldn't have read this book for Story Time. We had a discussion right away that the "book" could say dumb, but "we" weren't allowed to say or do the bad things that might happen or be said in the book. The kids understood the concept and acted appropriately. I mostly would do a lot of fake gasps and say "well, that wasn't very nice!" and they would chorus me.
Several words and phrases had to be skipped over, because I didn't feel they were appropriate to see to little kids. I hated that the book kept saying "duh." Who, seriously, wants their little kid to come home and start saying "duh" all the time? You're lying if you say it wouldn't bother you.
Overall, I really disliked this one. Won't be reading it ever again. ...more
I started reading this book late last night, at around 10 pmish. Not only did I stay up WAYOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I started reading this book late last night, at around 10 pmish. Not only did I stay up WAY TOO LATE because I couldn’t put the book down, but I have spent ALL MORNING finishing up this book. I have super important things that need to get done. They all had to be shoved on the back burner because there was NO WAY I was putting this book down.
Hot, hot, HOT. There is no other word that is capable of describing this book. I constantly had to fan myself, I was blushing like mad, and oh my LORD…..THE ROYAL BROTHERS. SWOOOOOOOOON. I can’t even handle this review right now.
Ella and Reed were PERFECTION! I love both of the main characters so much! The supporting characters were just as amazing. I will warn you, though, that some of the review on Goodreads make it seem like Easton and Ella develop this very important friendship…..they don’t. I mean…I did like Easton a lot. I just thought his character could have been way more developed throughout the story.
While I absolutely adored this book, I don’t think that everyone will love it. There are definitely some trigger warnings and some definite emotional abuse that go on. Some readers are really going to dislike how the brothers, especially Reed, treat Ella throughout 99% of the book. Personally, I loved it, but I do want to throw that disclaimer out there.
Originally, I was going to rate this book a 5 star. I was a little disappointed in the actual heat between Ella and Reed. Throughout most of the book, Reed is portrayed as this sexy stud who has all the moves. I thought that fell flat when they actually got together. I expected some more heated sexy scenes that I never really received. I’m hoping that the second book has more of those scenes.
The ending of Paper Princess definitely leaves you needing the next book NOW. I was a little disappointed that I knew what was going to happen…..but there definitely was a shock factor going on. I thought that the ending set up the next book for a really good plot line. I need my hands on the next book TODAY.
Overall, I loved it. One of the best books I’ve read lately. Definitely one of my favorite NA books EVER. I highly recommend this series!!!...more
This one fell flat with the kiddos.. The first mistake was the name Snappsy. It's very diffiOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
This one fell flat with the kiddos.. The first mistake was the name Snappsy. It's very difficult for little kids to pronounce and they kept wanting to say Snappy. The title definitely didn't roll very well off the tongue.
I hate to say this, but this book was BORING. In fact, there's actually one part of the book where the narrator says that the book is boring. Let me tell you, that didn't encourage my kiddos to want to listen to the story. They had a very difficult time sitting still and paying attention to this. Lots of skimming had to be done to avoid tantrums.
There were a couple phrases that I found to be a little inappropriate in this book. Maybe not so much for slightly older elementary students, but I wasn't going to say them to 1-4 year olds. The narrator says "Oh, you are really cheesing me off," and "Now I just want you to buzz off." Again, not the biggest or worst phrases out there, but I DEFINITELY didn't want the kiddos going around and repeating those words. Especially when they go back home, repeat those phrases to their parents, and then somebody gets mad at me. I just didn't think it was so appropriate for a children's picture book.
I also found the narrator of the book to be very rude. We had to have a lot of conversations about how we don't act the way the narrator does because that's not very good behavior. I'm all for that message in books, but I don't really think that was the message that this book was actually trying to get across.
Overall, this one was a huge miss. My kids didn't like it all /= ...more
Definitely one of the best picture books around! My Story Time kids LOVED this book! Not onlOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Definitely one of the best picture books around! My Story Time kids LOVED this book! Not only did they love it the first time, but then they demanded that I read it right over again! They stayed just as engaged and interactive the second time around - if not more so!
I loved the rhyming words in this book! Everything blended really well together, and it was super fun! The story stayed consistent throughout the whole book and the kids were constantly able to tell me what was going on.
The illustrations in this book were amazing!!! The kids were constantly pointing out everything and asking me questions about the book. Very well illustrated!
I read this to kids ages 1-4 (almost 5) and each and every one of them stayed very engaged throughout the whole book. They added in their own ninja moves and LOVED IT! Such a cute story! ...more
I would like to know what YOU think a size 10 looks like. Do you picture fatOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Dear Ms. Aleo,
I would like to know what YOU think a size 10 looks like. Do you picture fat rolls hanging out the sides of this 600 lb woman? News flash: As a size 12, I'm small. I'm no size 2, as your main character believed was the only size that could attract a man, but I do just fine. As someone who body shames herself (as most woman do,) I didn't need your input on how I was thick and almost plus sized. No, I'm sorry. That was said for a size TEN. I don't even want to know what you think of me as a size 12. To say I was highly offended is an understatement. I don't want other females reading this book and thinking that's appropriate to say to others or to feel like utter crap. Please learn what is appropriate and what needs to stay quiet.
The characters in this book were beyond underdeveloped. The dialogue and interactions seemed like something you would witness in a movie with a D-rated cast. Nobody had their own personality, the characters fell in love within 2 seconds of laying eyes on each other, everyone was super bubbly and hyperactive, the main female SUCKED, and there was just no glue to stick the pages together. I swear to God, if somebody giggled in this book one more time, I was going to lose it.
The main female character in this book was AWFUL. I'm sorry, awful isn't even a strong enough word. She SUCKED DONKEY YOU KNOW WHAT. Obviously, I'm BEYOND offended over this female lead. She had issues all over the place. She had weight issues, personality issues, she didn't think she was good enough for any man EVER. Of course, at a size 10, she was a freaking hippo....so OF COURSE SHE WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR ANY MAN OR WOMAN EVER. THANKS FOR THAT. Basically, she stayed a weak little mouse with her eyes downcast because she thought she was fat and ugly and mattered nothing to the world and could never be loved. I HATED HER. I don't even care that she falls in love and BLAH BLAH BLAH. I HATED HER. I HATED the messages in this book. Seriously, I just want to claw my eyes out right now. Or hers.
Honestly, I don't even care if the other books are better than this one. I will NEVER read anything by this author again. Realistically, I understand that no harm was probably meant. I get it. Writing a story, your character has issues. I get it. That doesn't mean I respect it. As a woman, I am SO beyond offended. I'm literally sitting here SEETHING mad. You don't even know. Do not create stories or characters that body shame. Do not create weak females who matter little to the world. We get it. Females (and males) know we already have body issues (whether real or mental.) We don't need you to point it out to us. NO THANKS. ...more
Yikes…just……yikes. I’ve read some of Sophie Jordan’s YA works, but this one was the first aOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Yikes…just……yikes. I’ve read some of Sophie Jordan’s YA works, but this one was the first adult book of hers that I’ve read. I was really looking forward to it, because I’ve heard such positive reviews over it. It also had a really good premise that I was really interested in reading about. Unfortunately, this one just fell flat….
The fist 22% of All Chained Up is really awkward and a little uncomfortable. It’s basically the same scenes over and over and over and over and on and on and on and on. Briar goes to work at the prison, Knox comes into the doctor’s unit at the prison to get looked at, Briar acts like a weak little mouse, they barely have any interaction, but yet they feel a huge magnetic pull. BLAH. They didn’t really have any special moments that really tied them together. So, it was super underwhelming when Knox eventually gets released from prison and they start up this relationship like they’re super in love. They didn’t have that chemistry in prison. I just didn’t get it.
I HATED Briar. Like….HATED. She was very timid, weak, quiet, non-confrontational, blah, blah, blah. Don’t get me wrong, I can read about submissive females in a book and love them. I wouldn’t really call Briar submissive, though, she was just plain. Like, if you had a box of fruit loops, she would be the random beige fruit loop in a bowl full of color. I just didn’t like her.
I. HATE. WHEN. BOOKS. PROMOTE. SEX. WITHOUT. CONDOMS. Ladies, please let me inform you that you need to have sex with a condom. I don’t care if it feels good. I don’t care if you “trust” the guy after knowing him for… a couple weeks? ESPECIALLY if he just came out of PRISON. When a guy says “I’m clean, do you trust me?” YOUR ANSWER IS NO. You put on the condom and you power through it. YOU GET TESTED. Not only do YOU make the GUY get tested, but YOU also get tested and show HIM your results. This is not something to be taken lightly. This is not a game. This is your life and his life and you treat it with care and respect. I’m getting really sick of books advocating sex without condoms and treating it like it’s totally normal. I’m not okay with it. Even if I really like the book, I do acknowledge when that happens, and I dock down the rating. I can’t stand it. You know, it’s perfectly A-Okay if you’re in a commited relationship and decide to make that choice as a couple. That is fine. But don’t advocate it for a couple that just starts sleeping together, whose not even in a relationship. THAT IS NOT OKAY.
Overall, this book was boring and lame. The characters and the plot were underdeveloped and not planned out very well. I thought that this book could have really gone places, it just wasn’t executed very well. Pass. ...more
I don’t read very many middle grade books. At almost 30 (yes, I just cringed a little bit oOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
I don’t read very many middle grade books. At almost 30 (yes, I just cringed a little bit on the inside….and the outside!) I just don’t find that middle grade books and I are very relatable. I do, however, have a thing for poetry writing, such as Ellen Hopkins’ style. That is what essentially got me started on The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton, and I do not regret a second of it.
The Lonely Ones was a hauntingly beautiful book full of so much emotion that my heart literally felt like it was breaking in half. Sutton’s writing was so on point and so powerful….I’m honestly just surprised that I didn’t turn into a blubbering mess. This book was SO GOOD.
I absolutely loved the fact that The Lonely Ones is written in poetry/verse sentences. First of all, that made the book go by pretty quickly. Secondly, it created that much more of an impact for what was being read. I also really enjoyed how it switched to different scenes and a fairly rapid pace. That way I wasn’t stuck in one scene for too long. Instead, I was being shown to several different parts of Fain’s world. I really enjoyed that!
As an elementary school teacher, I highly recommend The Lonely Ones for every classroom, child, and household. This is a book that I can see myself implementing into my own curriculum. Not only does it help teach children about poetry (especially the fact that not all poetry rhymes,) but it also focuses on real life issues that a lot of kids are facing today. That’s just it…this book was SO REAL. That’s probably why my heart broke in several different scenes……this wasn’t an unrealistic book. The Lonely Ones focuses on the real and the now and it tears you up into little bitty pieces. I loved it.
Zack is, without a doubt, one of my favorite reads of 2016. Though it’s only the beginningOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Zack is, without a doubt, one of my favorite reads of 2016. Though it’s only the beginning of May (or mid-May once this posts) I have no doubt that Zack will still be one of my favorite reads at the end of 2016. It was so heartbreaking and beautiful, both emotionally draining and intoxicating. All I can say is…..my heart. My poor, fragile, broken into small little pieces, heart.
I fell in love with Zack’s story from page one. Hell, from the first word. I loved everything about it; the writing, the characters, the emotions, hell…I even loved it when Zack was putting the ass in class. I don’t cry very often during books, but I was an emotional WRECK throughout this whole thing. Seriously, I do not know how I survived this book.
Most of all, I LOVED Kate. Like, seriously, I wanted to kidnap Kate and lock her in my house to spend eternity with me. Kate is one of the best females leads in a book that I have ever read about. Kudos to Bennett for being able to write such a strong, funny, powerful, and understanding female lead. I have mad respect for her right now.
There were a few times that I wanted to punch Zack in his perfect face, but my emotional trauma for him outweighed any hate that I might have been feeling. Yes, there were times that Zack was the biggest asshole on the entire universe, but I felt so bad for him. I kind of wish that there would have been a more emotional scene with him. For instance, I would have liked to see Zack break down into tears maybe once. That would have made for a really emotional scene. Seriously, though, this book is jampacked with heartache.
One thing that I would have changed was the short time between Gina’s death and when Zack hooked up with Kate. Five months didn’t seem long enough to grieve. I’m sure that Zack continued to grieve after he finalized things with Kate, but I felt more time was needed. Maybe the storyline would have been more successful had it been like a year or so after Gina’s death. It’s not something that took away from the book, but it is something that I raised my eyes at quite a few times during reading it.
Another thing that slightly bothered me (and slight spoiler here,) but we didn’t get to read about the big “I love you” scene. It’s mentioned in the epilogue, but it’s not actually written into the story. Personally, I would have enjoyed reading that scene, and I felt hugely disappointed and let down that it was taken away from me.
Zack is, by far, my favorite book in the Cold Fury Hockey series. I still have two more books in this series to read, but I highly doubt I’ll love any of the books as much as this one. I read it in less than 24 hours, which is something I just never can accomplish. I’m grieving right now, because I’m really sad it’s over, but I’m highly anticipating the next two books in this series.
If my review doesn’t get my message across, then let me make it more simple. GO READ THIS ENTIRE SERIES RIGHT NOW. Seriously, just go buy the whole series STAT! ...more
Can I just start out by saying that Sawyer Bennett is my new author crush? Seriously! SometiOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Can I just start out by saying that Sawyer Bennett is my new author crush? Seriously! Sometimes, it can be so difficult to find a new author that you absolutely adore; who writes flawlessly, beautifully, and magnetically addictive. Whenever I start one of her books, I devour it, hardly lifting my eyes for a break. That’s exactly how I was when reading Ryker. I mean, for real, I skipped most of this week’s NASCAR to finish it. If you know me, you know my love of sports. That’s a big freaking deal. DUDE I WAS EVEN READING THIS DURING THE DRAFT! (Okay, not the first round of the draft. BUT MOST OF 3-7!)
I love that I’m reading this series out of order because that it so typically me. I don’t care, though. Sure, I’m missing SOME THINGS…well, not missing, but reading details out of order. BUT I DON’T CARE! I’m reading this in whatever order I darn well please! And I’m not disappointed because OMG RYKER. Holy smoking hotness. RYKER! Need I say more.
And Let’s not just discuss Ryker, because Gray was equally amazing. Sometimes, I find myself having a difficult time with the female leads in NA books, because I can’t stand them. That wasn’t the case with Gray. I LOVED HER. She was such a badass. I only wish that I can grow some lady balls like Gray.
While this book features a huge insta-love theme, I didn’t care. That says a lot, because I normally can’t stand insta-love. I thought that Ryker and Gray were the PERFECT COUPLE.
Even though I loved this book, there were a few moments that I would have changed up a bit. 1) Even though there were a TON of sexy scenes (and I’m not complaining!) I would have liked to see a bit more “fun” in those scenes. I loved that sex didn’t foster their relationship, but I wanted to see some down and dirty scenes. And there WERE some. But I wanted a little bit more. 2) I would have liked to see more of a relationship between Gray and Ryker’s girls’. We only got to see her interact with them ONE time. That wasn’t good enough for me. 3) Finally, I felt that we were missing the final showdown with Ryker’s ex-wife. After the meeting with Gray, I felt that we should have heard from her one more time. It was really disappointing and confusing that we didn’t.
Overall, I absolutely adored this book. I 100% recommend it to every single reader out there. I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I can’t wait to read every single one of Bennett’s books!...more
The second book in the Night Huntress book started out SO GOOD AND SO SURPRISING! One quirkOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
The second book in the Night Huntress book started out SO GOOD AND SO SURPRISING! One quirk about me, I have a bad habit of not reading synopsis'..... Yeah...it's not my best habit. I tend to read them IF IT'S A NEW BOOK FOR ME. But I usually don't read them in series.... I don't know why. I consider it a waste of my time and don't do it. I suck. I get it. Sue me. So, because I didn't read the synopsis, I didn't realize that this book takes place almost 5 YEARS AFTER THE FIRST BOOK! I did not see that coming!!!!!?!?
One Foot in the Grave was way better than the first book. Was it 4 or 5 star quality? I didn't think so. However, I do feel that there is potential for the following books in the series to reach 4 or 5 star quality. I'm just not quite there yet.
One thing that I felt was a little off point was how quickly Cat and Bones got back together. Shush it...that's not a spoiler. YOU KNEW THEY WERE GETTING BACK TOGETHER! I would have liked to see that drawn out a little longer. Bones should have been LIVID. Cat should have had to BEG for him back. I mean, seriously, she treated him like garbage. If someone up and left me and came back 5 YEARS LATER, I wouldn't just kiss them and be like "it's okay, baby, I forgive you. What's 5 years? It's just 5 years. I love you so much, and I'm going to love you forever and ever and ever." HELL TO THE DAMN NO. NO.NO.NO.NO.NO. I can't even say no ENOUGH!
Unfortunately for me, I liked Cat less than I did in the first book. The whole soldier/commander attitude thing that she now has going on is really weird and unattractive. I like that she stands up for herself and is super strong, but I would have liked to see a little bit more of the old Cat....or maybe just a different Cat. I definitely didn't want to see THIS Cat.
Bones was still hella on point. HELLO, BONES! Want my number? I'll totally give it to you! I LOVE HIM!
The action scenes were so much better in this book. The author didn't really do that weird thing that she does with action scenes. That makes me excited for future books.
Let me tell you, though, I LOVED IAN! Seriously, this author writes about the hottest hunks I've ever read about. FOR REAL. I'll take Ian any day of the week. I don't think that he has a book, yet, but he better be getting one soon. It's funny, because I read about Ian in Spade's book before coming over to this book. So, I originally got to see more of his fun personality than his assholish personality. And he has a piercing down under *wink wink*
Overall, I liked it a lot. I still didn't think that it quite reached 4 or 5 star potential. I think that we're still working up to that point. However, I'm VERY excited to read more of this series! ...more
Let me first be upfront and honest by admitting that I had absolutely no idea that this wasOriginally posted on www.yareads.com, reviewed by Nichole.
Let me first be upfront and honest by admitting that I had absolutely no idea that this was the second book in a series. Seriousl fail for me! It's definitely a book that CAN be read as a standalone, but I did miss a bunch of stuff that happened in the first book. Thankfully, all of that was reviewed all throughout the book so that I was never confused. But if it bugs you to read a series out of order, then do make sure to start with the first book.
Overall, I thought that The Wedding Pact was very well written and had an interesting concept. Personally, I had a really big issue with Carrigan being forced to marry a husband and being provided with a list of suitors from her father. I also had an issue with the feuding families and the gangster-ish type feel to all of the characters. Those things didn't really subtract from the writing, and therefore my rating, but it was definitely a little heavier feeling than I had originally anticipated. I do know that a large population of readers are going to absolutely adore this book, though!
HOLY. HOTNESS. That is all I have to say. The sexy time scenes in this book were OUTRAGEOUS. In a good way! In a steaming holy smokiness kind of way! They were sizzling! Katee Robert's sure knows how to write those kind of scenes [; Totally worth it!
Overall, I thought this was a solid read from a remarkable writer. It's difficult to really provide this one with a rating, though, because I didn't love the story line. On the other hand, I really liked the writing style. So, I'm just going to leave this by saying that Katee Robert's is an extraordinary writer and if you love adult contemporary/gangsterish type novels then this one is 100% for you! ...more