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review 2017-02-22 03:25
The Night before ST. Patrick's Day -Lexile level AD660L
The Night Before St. Patrick's Day - Natasha Wing,Amy Wummer

The Night before ST. Patrick's Day, written by Natasha Wing, is a book about two children and how they prepare for ST. Patrick's Day. It is very similar to Twas the Night before Christmas, but is based on ST. Patrick's Day instead. I love this book because I love ST. Patrick's Day. To me this holiday sometimes is underrated in schools, and I believe that any kind of Holiday is a good way to bring some fun into the classroom. There are many different activities that we could do after reading this book, for example, I could take them outside on a four leaf clover hunt. I could also have them make their own four leaf clovers and have them write the theme, setting, characters, and plot on each separate leaf.That is way you can have a reading comprehension lesson as well as a fun activity related to the book. I could also have all the children wear green that day to add a little bit more fun to the activity and day. I would use this book for Kindergarten to Third grade. 

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review 2017-02-01 00:00
Clover Park Boxed Set Books 1-3
Clover Park Boxed Set Books 1-3 - Kylie Gilmore Ms. Gilmore brings laughter to the masses while appealing to the romantic little girl in every grown woman with her irresistible heroes and heroines. I can never stop at just one. Whether falling in love with the wrong guy, finding Mr. Right at the wrong time or finding the heart's desire in an unexpected place, it's hard to walk away from one of her stories not feeling a little bit lighter. Her characters permeate love and it leaps right off the page and into your heart. There's no question she's on my one click list.
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review 2016-11-25 18:50
Alice in the Country of Clover: Twin Lovers (manga) by QuinRose, art by Kei Shichiri, translated by Angela Liu
Alice in the Country of Clover: Twin Lovers - QuinRose,Kei Shichiri

In the Country of Hearts, Alice thought of Dee and Dum as rambunctious little brothers. In the Country of Clover, however, they spend most of their time in their adult forms, and Alice is confused and embarrassed by her budding feelings for them. She's also worried that, at some point, they'll want her to choose between them. She likes them both equally and doesn't know how she could possibly do that.

The twins are fairly low on my list of favorite lover interests for Alice, for a lot of reasons. One, I'm not a fan of relationships involving a main character and twins – it comes too close to twincest, which I also dislike. Two, the twins are gleefully violent. Yes, a lot of the Wonderland guys are violent, but they don't all revel in that violence quite as much as the twins. And three, the twins are usually very child-like, even in their adult forms. I'd argue that it's actually a little worse in their adult forms, because the disconnect between their appearance and their behavior is so jarring.

As in The March Hare's Revolution, Alice once again finds herself saddled with love interests who say threatening things that are supposed to be romantic. At one point, one of the twins says “If you leave us, big sis, we might do something bad.” Of course, they're likely to do “something bad” whether she leaves them or not, because killing random people who try to enter the Hatter Mansion is their job.

Alice's internal conflicts about being attracted to the twins apparently weren't enough, so the story included Dee and Dum competing for Alice's love. It was a little odd, since, despite Alice's worries about having to choose between them, the twins themselves had previously seemed perfectly fine with sharing Alice. Their effort to get the best gift for Alice was still amusing, however, and worked out pretty much the way I expected.

This would probably have worked better for me if it had been more about friendship/family-building than romance, since that would have significantly reduced the squick factor. Parts of the story were actually pretty sweet. The artwork was also good, although I noticed that Shichiri's interpretation of Vivaldi was a little different.

 

Rating Note:

 

Why did The March Hare's Revolution only get 2 stars while this got 3? No idea. I just like the twins more than Elliot, I guess. They can be a fun pair sometimes, whereas with Elliot it's just him and his carrots and his extreme loyalty to Blood.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2016-11-25 16:20
Alice in the Country of Clover: The March Hare's Revolution (manga) story by QuinRose, art by Ryo Kazuki, translated by Angela Liu
Alice in the Country of Clover: The March Hare's Revolution - QuinRose,Ryo Kazuki

In this Alice in the Country of Clover one-shot, Alice finds herself torn between dreams of home, in which her sister is disappointed in her for staying in Wonderland, and her budding feelings for Elliot. On the one hand, the violence Elliot is capable of when carrying out his work for the Hatter family scares her. On the other hand, she loves the side of him that's protective, goofy, and sweet. She doesn't know if he feels the same for her or if he's like her tutor back in the real world, just humoring her.

Elliot has always been pretty low on my list of favorite love interests for Alice, and this volume didn't change my mind. Her attraction to him in the franchise seems to mostly be based on her fascination with his rabbit ears. His personality, ranging from childish and joyful when with Alice and cold-blooded when working for Blood, has never really appealed to me. For some reason, even Dee and Dum, who are the most similar in personality to Elliot, appeal to me more.

There were a few lines I didn't like. For example, at one point Elliot told Alice: “Look. I'm not telling you to fall in love with me. But if you tell me you've fallen for some other guy, I might kill him.” Um...that's not romantic. Alice also described Elliot as "Violence mixed with aching sweetness." Blergh.

Alice's dreams of her sister hint at some of the things that were better-covered in other volumes in the franchise. This volume never revealed what it was that Alice had forgotten, something that might disappoint some readers. If I remember correctly, other volumes indicated that

Alice's older sister had probably died. By retreating to Wonderland, Alice also retreated from her memories of her sister's funeral.

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All in all, this was mediocre. It glorified some of the franchise's problematic elements a bit too much for my tastes, but beyond that it was more forgettable than anything, adding absolutely nothing to the mystery of Alice's past. I did at least like Ryo Kazuki's art, however.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2016-08-16 12:19
Almost Hitched (The Clover Park STUDS) (Volume 5) - Kylie Gilmore

A perfect ending for these two!

As usual, Kylie wrote a phenomenal book. The balance of emotion, humor and hotness was absolutely fantastic, and I am THRILLED that she will be writing a new series!!!

I was so happy reading this because I first met Kate and Ian in book 1 of the STUDS series, and I loved reading how they finally got their Happily Ever After. (While reading book 1 isn't necessary to understand this one, I really enjoyed knowing their background together).

Kate was a very interesting character because she took a very analytical approach to relationships; tried to make something objective out of a purely subjective topic. Seeing her struggles and revelations were comical at times but always very endearing.

Ian almost had me in tears towards the end (no spoilers!). His laid-back-ness was a perfect foil to Kate, and I loved reading his complete acceptance of her and his fierce determination to keep her.

All in all, another amazing contemporary romance written by an amazing author and I can't wait for the next amazing book!!!

***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

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