Saturday, February 28, 2015

#Review: The Magic Word by Sherrill S Cannon/ Illustrated by Kalpart #kidsbooks #manners


Summary:
The Magic Word is one that everyone needs to learn. "Elisabeth Keys never said thank you, excuse me or please. She made fun of people, she'd argue and tease. She took what she wanted whenever she could, Elisabeth's manners were not very good." So begins the rhymed story of Elisabeth, who discovers her lack of friends when no one wants to come to her birthday party. Her mother suggests that she learn to be considerate of others and to say "please" as well as "thank you." She should treat others "the way that you know you would like," and should "think more about others and less about you." When Elisabeth goes to school the next day, she remembers her mother's advice and uses the magic word "please." She also tries to become more thoughtful of others. Imagine her pleasure when she returns home to find out that her new friends are all coming to her birthday party.

My review:
We all know the "magic word" but do we all use it? I like that the author has introduced such a simple concept in this book that teaches children to say please and thank you. I feel some adults could learn this lesson too.

The author's poetry is purely awesome as I have come to expect from Sherrill Cannon. I will say though, I was not overly impressed with the illustrations, in fact, I thought they did nothing for the book and that the author's poetry could have stood on its own.

This book can easily be read by an emerging reader or someone else reading to a child. Certainly the ideas described in the book should be discussed together either way.

I give this book 4 stars.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ with yours. ~Naila Moon

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Friday, February 27, 2015

#Review: Murder at the Brown Palace, A True Story of Seduction and Betrayal by Dick Kreck #AdultBooks #Colorado #TravelChannel

Note: This book, the edition I have, is apparently an earlier edition.
Summary:
On May 24, 1911, one of the most notorious murders in Denver's history occurred. The riveting tale involves high society, adultery, drugs, multiple murder, and more, all set in Denver's grand old hotel, the Brown Palace.

At the center of the storm was the seductively beautiful Denver socialite, Isabel Springer. Little did ambitious John W. Springer, wealthy businessman and politician, know that Isabel, 20 years his junior, had been feeding the romantic fire of an out-of-town suitor at the same time that she had become cozy with a man he regarded a friend and business partner.

Flirtation and romantic promises all culminated in a barroom confrontation, followed by two of the most lurid court trials in Colorado history. A true story of seduction, murder, mayhem in the courtroom, as gripping today as it was 90 years ago!

My review:
Since I am not native to Colorado, I thought this might be an interesting story to read of what is already Colorado's colorful history. I would not say it was as gripping as the  summary suggests but it was interesting at least for awhile. The whole story did indeed wrap around murder and mayhem at the Brown Palace which I have yet to visit but certainly have seen.

The person who was most prominent for the whole affair, Isabel Springer, was sadly missing throughout much of the story. This was two-fold partly due to the fact she was a woman of society whom the men tried to keep out of the papers and secondly because she was ousted from Denver when her husband divorced her. She remained aloof and although did appear in court one time, she mostly lived in the New York area and died a pauper. There is an interesting epilogue that you simply must read that involves this author.

This whole story is a bit over the top and so many atrocities happened over the course of time. It also showed, at least to me, what high society privilege could buy and not buy. Many people who do not have money but find themselves maybe in a similar situation (murder I mean), would be thrown in jail without the privilege of creature comforts while awaiting or standing trial. This sickened me.

It also sickened me to see how Isabel Springer used men to gain her ever desire. Although they gave her much, she found no problem with turning against them if it suited her purposes. Her consorts and husband were not as upstanding as they seemed to be either. In the end, no one gained anything and the loss of life, status, and wealth was great.

The last thing that made me ill was the awful justice system and lack if integrity on so many sides. Mr. Henwood's initial trial may have come out very differently if certain things would have happened. The twist of whom he stood trial for to begin with was thought provoking, it is not whom you may think. I will not spoil that information though.

This book was interesting, I will give it that. However, it is written by a journalist and often comes across as a journalist attribute but I will give him his due as it was well researched and as complete as possible. The details were repetitive and somewhat boring but this too was due to the facts were often in newspapers articles of the day. I was glad to see photos of the real people of which the murder and subsequent trials took place.

Overall, there is a very different Denver today. The headlines in in the early 1900's would have certainly been sensational news as the author pointed out and does make for a good story to retell, especially, I am sure, at the Brown Palace. Yet, in book form, it is hardly as gripping as it was then.
Even so, I give this book 3 stars and I certainly learned a bit of Colorado history.

SIDE NOTE: Ironically, as I was writing this review, The Travel Channel's Show Mysteries At The Castle featured this very story but in brief. They gave a short summation of the trial but not a complete picture as the author has done here. They focused on what happened to the land that John W. Springer owned after his death. His luxurious mansion still exists and the roaming lands that he once owned are now part of Highland, Colorado with many homes built on the land.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book for my own collections. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#Review & #Giveaway: Lulupop, Pants! No Chance! by Susan Lanyi / Illustrated by Alexandre Rouillard #kidsbooks



Summary:
Lulupop rarely puts up a fuss, except when it comes to wearing pants. Dresses, dresses, dresses, is all she will ever wear! With time, a little drama, and no lack of imagination, Lulupop realizes that wearing dresses is not always the best choice.

My review:
I happened to have had a child who only wanted to wear blue every day so, I can somewhat relate to the precocious character Lulupop.

As kids become independent, they have different ways to show it. Many times this includes how they dress but dressing a certain way is not always best. Still, independence must be met and learned on their own.

I liked that the Mom in the story let Lulupop be independent but still reminded her of her choices and the consequences that can happen with those choices.  Lulupop eventually learns the lessons her Mom tries to teach her but still does it her own way.

This is a cute book for kids that can teach about consequences. I liked the colorful colors and the repetitive words on each page. I think those help children to relate and remember.
I give it 4 stars.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ with yours. ~Naila Moon

Would you like to win a print copy of this cute book? Just enter below. Note: I am not responsible for prize distribution. Giveaway ends March 7, 2015. There will be 5 winners and this is open internationally.

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Susan Lanyi lives in Montreal with her husband, three children and puppy. She is a writer and has previously been published in The Globe and Mail. When Susan is not busy writing or doing "mom stuff" she is shopping for dresses with her daughter….Too bad her daughter only wants to wear pants!
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

#Review: Toad Weather by Sandra Markle/ Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez #Kindles #kidsbooks


Summary:
There's nothing to do on a rainy day or so Ally thinks. But Mama says she's seen something amazing, so despite Ally's misgivings, she sets out on an adventure with her mother and grandmother. On her journey, she sees all sorts of things: dripping awnings, wet cardboard, splashing cars...but also earthworms, storm drain geysers, and oil slick patterns. And then they turn the corner, just in time to see a big crowd. What's happening?

My review:
I like a good adventure. Couple that adventure with the rain and you have a win for me. This book had all that and more.

I like how the book pointed out the things we probably see every day but never give them a second thought. It makes life more interesting. Don't you think?

What was really great was finding out about a real annual event that happens during migration season for toads.  However, I can not divulge that as it will give away the crux of this book.
The author does write about this at the end of the book.

The illustrations were realistic which added to the book and simply makes for a great read.

I give this book 4 stars.

Disclosure: I was given a Kindle copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon


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Monday, February 23, 2015

#Review: Flunked Fairy Tale Reform School by Jen Calonita #Middlegrade #kidsbooks

Summary:
Gilly wouldn't call herself wicked, exactly...but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run-down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly's a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself).

Until she gets caught.

Gilly's sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School where all of the teachers are former (super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there's more to this school than its heroic mission. There's a battle brewing and Gilly has to wonder: can a villain really change?

My review:

This was a wonderful twist on the traditional fairy tales. In this case, the villains are the good guys/gals or are they? All of the teachers here want to see the best for their students, they were once students too and have seen the wickedness of their own ways. Most of all, they want to impress the Princesses who are the ruling force. 

The character Gilly comes across as a tough nut to break but in truth she cares about her family. This turns out to be a running theme for everyone involved with the school. Also, "family" is not always blood related  and Gilly finds that out too.

Another running theme through the book is that people are not always who they seem and sometimes, who you think is your friend is actually stabbing you in the back. Sound familiar?

I enjoyed all the twist and turns of this book and the little mystery that went along with it. Oh, and don't let that title fool you!

I had only two disappointments with this book. The first is, I was confused with the blank scrolls that were placed in between chapters. I knew what they were representing but I thought maybe there were supposed to be pictures on them. Since this was a ARC copy, it may not have been added yet.

The other disappointment is that the book seemed to end abruptly or at least I thought there should be more. Maybe this was intentional in the sense that there may be another book in the works? I cannot be sure but I did feel I was left hanging a bit.

This book is targeted at ages 10-13, grades 5-8. I think even a bit younger would enjoy it.

Overall though, I really did enjoy the book and it gets 4 stars.

Disclosure: I received a Kindle copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

#Review: Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester #novel, #AdultBooks



Summary:
They met at the worst possible moment...or maybe it was just in time. David McClain was about to go to war and Lindsey Wood was there at his going-away party, capturing his heart when falling for a woman was the last thing on his mind. While David was serving his country, he stayed in close contact with Lindsey. But war changes a person, and when he came home very little had the same meaning that it had before – including the romance that had sustained him. Was love truly unconquerable, or would it prove to be just another battlefield casualty?

My review:

Before I started reading this novel, I did something I normally do not do...read the summary. I thought at first this might be a book about being in war and worse yet, being killed in war and loved ones dealing with the after affects.

What I found out was two-fold, I was right and I was wrong, in a sense. Moreover, I was so engrossed in this book that I did not want to put it down. However, I had to. Not because I wanted to get some sleep but because I had to breathe. This book touched too close to home, at least in some ways it did.

Yes, the male character lead in this book did go off to war, in fact, he went to Afghanistan. This was the first time I had to breathe a bit. One of my brothers was there, not once, but twice. I do not even want to imagine what he has seen there, yet, the author made a clear picture of what he might have seen or heard. There are atrocities in this book that two main characters must deal with due to their service for our country. Again, I picture those that have come home and what they deal with...yet, another of my brothers.

Yes, there were people killed in the book and sadly, there have people been killed in real life. A tragedy of war. I am grateful that my brother returned but so many have not. Again, this was pointed out in the book.  For the record, I lost a student of mine in the Iraq war. (Another breather...)

Then there was love. Love that transcended all things in the universe. All though, I thought some times it read so sappy I could gag but the point was made. Love can conquer all, even when demons are alive and well, love, true love, can barrel right through everything. (Another breather and some tears...)

Have I said enough here? Have I drawn enough of a picture of what I felt by reading this book. I hope so. This book is well worth the 5 stars and more than I am giving it.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon


Where to find the author:

Steven Manchester


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

#Review: Dragon Dance A Chinese New Year by Joan Holub / Illustrated by Benrei Huang #Multicultural, #Kidsbooks, #Holidays




Summary:
It's Chinese New Year and there are so many fun things to do! Shopping at the outdoor market for fresh flowers, eating New Year's dinner with the whole family, receiving red envelopes from Grandma and Grandpa, and best of all-watching the spectacular Chinese New Year's parade! Introduce the customs of Chinese New Year to even the youngest readers with this festive new lift-the-flap book. 

My review:

Happy Chinese New Year!

 I absolutely adored this cute lift-the-flap book. The book drew  me in from the very first page. Joy and laughter is throughout the pages as the characters celebrate the Chinese New Year Holiday. The kids in the book express enchantment as they discover items given by family and friends. That same excitement is revealed to the reader as each pages flap shows another hidden discovery.

The illustrations were done beautifully in bold pictures and colors. Traditional colors are discussed in the book and is evident in the illustrators pictures.

Finally, if that was not enough, the poetry by the author is simple as you would expect from a mostly picture book but it is also done well as I would expect from this author.

Go get a copy of this book for your own collections and celebrate the Chinese New Year together. 5 stars!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kid Lit Hop #54...2/18/15 #KidLitHop #KLBH



Hello everyone, welcome to the 54th Kid Lit Blog Hop where we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors! Make sure to scroll down and see what I am reviewing or doing.

This week, we are excited to be including a Twitter Linky Party to be held in conjunction with the Kid Lit Blog Hop. These linky parties are designed to give you the opportunity to connect with and grow your network of fellow kid lit bloggers, authors, and parents through your various social media platforms.

We are pleased to be welcome a new permanent KLBH host with us (you'll remember she co-hosted with us a few weeks ago!): Rebecca from A Book Long Enough, a wonderful new book blog written by a librarian and Mom of three. Big welcome Rebecca!  

Hostesses:

Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger

Stacking Books

BeachBoundBooks

Pragmatic Mom

Best 4 Future: Bringing Up Baby Bilingual

Reading Authors

The Logonauts

A Book Long Enough

 **First of all, welcome Rebecca as a permanent hostess. I am glad I am no longer the newbie around here. Truly glad you are hopping a long.

I want to apologize to all of you. The last hop I was really sick and did not get around to seeing your blogs. I did good just to post the hop. I will certainly be around this time!

For this hop, I am featuring a book review that I did a couple of weeks ago. The book is, Aoleon, The Martian Girl-Book 2. This is the second book I have read from this author which is a continuing saga of Aoleon who is out of this world! I have enjoyed book, 1 and 2. I am in line for his last 3.
Check out my review if you would. The pictures in this book are phenomenal!

Come back tomorrow (Thursday) as it is Chinese New Year. I will be reviewing a book for the occasion.

While I am at it, I am shamelessly plugging all of the giveaways I have going on right now. I have several books including two series, and there is a giveaway for two Kindles. Scroll through or look to the right for my giveaway links.  

Thanks all and Happy Hopping! ~Naila Moon **



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Monday, February 16, 2015

#Review : "The Monster That Ate My Socks" by A.J. Cosmo and #Giveaway for chance of 1 of 2 #Kindles #kidsbooks #childrenfiction # bookreview #monsters




Summary:
A young boy, who is about to be grounded for going through so many socks, discovers that a monster has been eating them.

Max is a young boy who is constantly getting in trouble for his socks disappearing. He doesn't know where they go, but he does know that if he doesn't do something quickly his mom will ground him for summer. Max soon discovers that a little green monster is sneaking into his room at night and eating his sweaty socks. His mother, of course, doesn't believe him, so Max calls on his best friend to come for a sleepover to catch the monster.
They devise a trap and capture the monster only to learn that the creature can speak. It hasn't meant to cause any harm, it's just trying to feed its family. The monster shows them his home and his three little children and begs the boys not to turn them over to the adults. Adults, he says, want to destroy monsters. 

The boys are left in a pickle. Allow the monsters to be and get grounded, or turn the monsters in knowing what will happen to them? Neither idea seems good, so they come up with a new plan!


My review:
As I first started reading this, I thought it was too bad that the main character's mom did not believe him.  I understand that the idea of monsters is imagination for the most part but kids need to be believed. At very least, work through imaginary friends or in this case, problems that are occurring.

The only negative other than what I said above, is the monster's change in eating habits from the socks. It was understandable via the story but it might give children the idea that if they don't do well in school or having problems in school that they can just hide the evidence. I could see where this might be a talking point for parents with their children.

Having said that though, this book is a lesson in three-fold. The first is taking care of your things, as things can be expensive to buy to constantly have to replace them. The second is, taking care of others. The third is finding self solutions to a problem that one might have. All of these ideals were cleverly written so young children could perfectly understand them.

There were very few pictures in this book and that is also understandable as this book is meant to be an early reader. In fact, there is a guide for teachers/homeschool parents to use with this book.

Overall, this is a likable book and I can give it 4 stars.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ with yours.
The giveaway below is being conducted by the author and ireadbooks. I am not responsible for prize distribution. ~Naila Moon

Where to find the author:

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Friday, February 13, 2015

#Giveaway: "The Commons" Book by Michael Alan Peck #UrbanFantasy #adultbooks #YA


Author Michael Alan Peck says he has  made a living writing about TV, its celebrities, and its past.  In addition he has reviewed restaurants, wrote about travel, and has done SEO and content strategy.

He tends to like things that are funny. Have you played his Little Drummer Boy game he hosts every year?  "Funny goes a long way with me, probably further than it should."

Michael Alan Peck has also penned a book called, "The Common: Book 1: The Journeyman"

"Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie—and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him." 



And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons. It's been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. The result is an imaginary landscape of a broken America—stuck in time and overrun by the heroes, monsters, dreams, and nightmares of the imprisoned dead. 



Three people board a bus to nowhere: a New York street kid, an Iraq War veteran, and her five-year-old special-needs son. After a horrific accident, they are the last, best hope for The Commons to free itself. Along for the ride are a shotgun-toting goth girl, a six-foot-six mummy, a mute Shaolin monk with anger-management issues, and the only guide left to lead them.

Three Journeys: separate but joined. One mission: to save forever. 

But first they have to save themselves. "




Michael Alan Peck grew up outside Philadelphia and has lived in New York, L.A., and San Francisco and currently home based in Chicago.

Michael Alan Peck is generously offering one reader the chance to win his book. Enter in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Disclosure:

This giveaway has been arranged by Away We Go Media on behalf of Michael Alan Peck who is responsible for this giveaway. Naila Moon of Reading Authors was asked to promote this giveaway and was compensated for this post.

This giveaway is open to US only ages 18+
. The giveaway will run from 2/13/15 at 12 Midnight MST through 2/28/15 at Midnight MST. There will be one winner and will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.com. This giveaway is in no way endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet.

NOTE: The first entry on the Rafflecopter is mandatory. You must enter your full name, address, and email in order to be eligible for this giveaway. However, this sole entry does not constitute a win for you as you must enter at least one other entry. If you do not follow this rule you will be automatically disqualified. All entries will be verified. Your information will not be sold to any third party and only viewed and used by Away We Go Media for the purpose of the winners chosen.

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#Giveaway: Author Mark Tepper's "Lines The Rhyme" #Children's Book #MarkTepper


Lines That Rhyme is author Mark Tepper's first published work. This story is a collection of rhymes where children try to guess the answer of the rhyme by clues given throughout the book. Children use acquired knowledge to guess the answer before looking at the corresponding picture on the back of the page.
His book is written in both English and Spanish editions.



Author Mark Tepper is a busy man who works for Winthrop Hospital in New York and for the United States Postal Service. In his spare time he writes children's stories.  Mark Tepper is giving away to one lucky winner a signed copy of his book in paperback. Enter in the Rafflecopter below for your chance. Make sure to read all the rules in disclosure and good luck!

Disclosure:
This giveaway has been arranged by Away We Go Media on behalf of Mark Tepper who is responsible for this giveaway. Naila Moon of Reading Authors was asked to promote this giveaway and was compensated for this post.

This giveaway is open to US only ages 18+
. The giveaway will run from 2/13/15 at 12 Midnight MST through 2/28/15 at Midnight MST. There will be one winner and will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.com. This giveaway is in no way endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet.

NOTE: The first entry on the Rafflecopter is mandatory. You must enter your full name, address, and email in order to be eligible for this giveaway. However, this sole entry does not constitute a win for you as you must enter at least one other entry. If you do not follow this rule you will be automatically disqualified. All entries will be verified. Your information will not be sold to any third party and only viewed and used by Away We Go Media for the purpose of the winners chosen.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Carole P. Roman Series Books #Giveaway: TWO WINNERS! #kidsbooks #CarolePRoman



Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series.
Just announced on February 11, 2015, Aurora Borealis has been nominated for the Kirkus Book of the Year! 






Her non-fiction series, "If You Were Me and Lived in..." combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, "If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico" has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children's Non Fiction 2012.
Rebecca's Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in...Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in ...France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in...France for best in children's non-fiction literature 2013. 

Carole P. Roman is generously sharing these two great series with readers. She is giving away the "If You Were Me and Lived In..." series as first prize and her "Captain No Beard" Series as a second prize.





Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Enter below for your chance to win. Good luck!

Disclosure: Naila Moon of Reading Authors was asked to promote this giveaway on behalf of Carole P. Roman and Away We Go Media and was compensated for the post. 

Carole P. Roman is responsible for prize distribution. 
This giveaway begins at Midnight 2/12/15 MST and ends at Midnight 2/28/15 MST. The giveaway is open internationally for 18+ years of age. NOTE:If the winner(s) are outside of the US then only Kindle copies will be given. The winner(s) will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.com and all entries will be verified.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

#Review: Out Of The Shoe Box by Yaron Reshef #adultbooks, #Multicultural



Summary:
A mysterious unexpected phone call hurls Yaron Reshef into an intensive two-year journey, during which he has to solve a mystery that took shape in the 1930's and gradually unfolded in the present. A mysterious lot, a forgotten bank account, a people long gone along with their memory which were obliterated during the Holocaust. All of these rise to the surface, bearing with them memories and emotions previously hidden away in the shoebox.


My review:
It is not too often that I sit and read a book in one sitting. However, with this book, I did just that. I was so enthralled that I simply could not put the book down.

At first I thought this was a mystery like in suspense by the book's summary. This it is not. What it is though is a mystery that takes shape in the form of numerous calls, emails, old photos, and old letters. It is a mystery of unclaimed property that belongs to his father whom he only knew until the age of 7.
The author was unexpectedly sent on a journey of family self-discovery that was not only eye opening but painful as well.

The author was taken to the inner most depths of Chortkow where many of his own family members were killed in the Holocaust. Up until then, he knew very little of his family's history, including that of his father. Sadly still, many could not be found. The mystery unravels, property, treasures, and long ago painful memories. The book is full of photos of people whom might have been forgotten if it was not for the author's journey and that of circumstances.

As sad as the book may seem, it is far from that. It is a book of hope and remembrance of people who deserved a better life and cut short by an atrocity that should never have happened.

By far, I recommend picking up a copy of this book. 5 stars!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author for exchange for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

#Review: Aoléon The Martian Girl PART TWO by Brent LeVasseur #martiangirl​ #sci-fi​ #kidsbooks



Summary:
Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard. 

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover. 

Gilbert then gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates. After class, Gilbert and Aoléon get to train in zero-G and Gilbert is treated to a Psi-ball match between MartianSpace Academy and Martian Science Academy.


My review:
This is the second book in a series that I have read from this author. You can read my first book review by clicking the link. This is a middle grade book full of sci-fi kinds of adventure. This book does pick up where the last one left off so you would certainly want to read them in succession.

This time the martian girl, Aoleon is taking the Earth boy, Gilbert around her home world. Trouble does seem to find them but they seem to manage to get out of it too. More and more people are learning that Gilbert is not whom he appears which could put him in danger.

As in the first book, the author gives a clear picture of what things look like. You can easily imagine the places and people that the characters meet. The only problem I had this time it was almost too descriptive, if that can even be possible. I actually got weighed down a bit by it. Some descriptions seemed almost too technical for this genre of book. Also, there were a couple of times that I was surprised by what was written in the form of expletives and a few typos but considering this was an ARC copy I can overlook that.  Those things did not draw me away from continuing to forge ahead with the adventure.

The most amazing thing about this book, as with the last one, was the photographs. The photos seemed to be in 3D and look like they jump out at you. This makes the book so unique and a stand out from others in the same genre.


Get yourself a copy and then keep on reading the additional books that are to rapidly  becoming available. 

4 stars!

Disclosure: I received an ARC in exchanged for my open and honest review. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

#WintersRespite Wrap up




Well, this read-a-thon seemed to go by pretty quick. I did get a few books read and reviewed but right in the middle of it, I got sick. I am still dealing with whatever this crummy cold is and it is slowing me down. Somehow, I missed the Twitter party too. Ugh, I do not like it!

Even still, I press on with reading and reviewing. Right at the tale end of the read-a-thon, I read a memoir from Carol Burnett. It was such a great book. I have only preliminary reviewed it but will get to it soon. Maybe tomorrow?

Anyway, that's a wrap for the #WintersRespite read-a-thon. I am looking forward to the next one.

Happy Reading! ~Naila Moon

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 ***Glad you can join me once again. This is such a fun hop and I am so glad to be co-hosting with such lovely ladies. Welcome aboard Katie! Last week was the Multicultural Day event. There were some amazing books. This week, I want to share my review and activities.  Grandfather Counts Review/Activities ***

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