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This was an interesting take on a child version of the Midas touchThank you to the author who provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
This was an interesting take on a child version of the Midas touch. Mark can't seem to ever get enough to eat, always feels hungry, and is eating his family out of house and home. When a dream gives him the ability to change anything into food it seems all his hunger problems are over, but as is often the case with wishes, things start to go sideways for Mark. The biggest turning point is when he accidentally turns his sister into food and considers munching on her. He realizes just how far he will go to fix her, even if it means going hungry again. There is also a little side story discussing bullying.
I enjoyed the uniquely styled pictures and some of the humorous moments that Mark had. And I liked the message about valuing your sibling. What didn't work so well for me was the length. It was a tad on the long side, and some of the dream sequences dragged a little. I tend to be squeamish and the fact that Mark even considered snacking on his candied sister grossed me out. I'm not sure how sensitive kids will react to that or if it will go over their heads. ...more
This should have been right up my alley, but it fell short for me. Kestrel is supposedly a strategic genius, but she regularly ignores her gut when itThis should have been right up my alley, but it fell short for me. Kestrel is supposedly a strategic genius, but she regularly ignores her gut when it comes to Arin, so she is surprised when he betrays her for his people even though all the signs are there. Or she is blindsided by society's assumption about her relationship with Arin, when it should have been obvious what other people would assume. So much of their relationship was not shown to the readers, just moments really, so it was hard for me to buy into the fact that Kestrel was willing to throw away her people and her father's approval to be with Arin. And throw it away in a big way by helping them win. There were moments when I was totally caught up in the story and then it would lose it's grip on me. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will love this but it just wan't very memorable for me. ...more
I enjoyed most of this story. The competition to be the undisputed heir to the family fortune was intriguing. The pace moves quickly from challenge toI enjoyed most of this story. The competition to be the undisputed heir to the family fortune was intriguing. The pace moves quickly from challenge to challenge. There were some good twists, and the nasty family members played their parts well, if a little interchangeably. What did not work for me was our heroine, Avery, she would not have won most of the challenges without her partner's help. She is constantly so overcome by the additional storyline of trying to find her mother that she constantly makes mistakes that should have cost her the game. I could have overlooked that, but the insta love between Avery and Riley, was too much for me. Yes they had meet a few times as children, but to go from that to I love you in at most a week just really soured the story for me. ...more
Alienore has a cruel stepmother. When she finds out that she has been engaged to Colin of Berkhamshire, a man with the fiercest of reputations, she knAlienore has a cruel stepmother. When she finds out that she has been engaged to Colin of Berkhamshire, a man with the fiercest of reputations, she knows her stepmother has set it up so that she will be miserable. So she disguises herself as a knight and flees. Then she ends up escorting Colin’s newest fiancee to his keep. Colin is busy avoiding his fiancee and improving Alienore’s fighting skills is the perfect excuse. The more time Alienore spends with Colin, the more she sees he is not as bad as his reputation suggests, but can she trust him enough to tell him who she is?[return][return]I enjoyed Lynn Kurland’s Nine Kingdoms series so much that I decided to try out some of her other works. While there are similarities in the style …light humor, strong fighters, and romance, this lacked the charming quality that I enjoyed so much in the Nine Kingdom series. I did however enjoy that the plot was not super predictable. There were twists and turns that I was not expecting and really enjoyed. If you are looking for a light, clean romance with a solid plot, this will fit the bill....more