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review 2016-11-12 01:44
Winter Is Coming - Tony Johnston

I would use this in the classroom while teaching about the seasons. Especially around the time where Fall is turning into winter. One activity that I could implement into this lesson is to take my students outside and ask them to make a list of what changes they see in nature. I would use this in grades 2-4.

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review 2016-11-11 01:21
The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg

This book has been very special to me throughout my childhood and beginning my adult years. It was read to me as a kindergartener and I have loved it ever since. It teaches a child to think creatively and to have an open mind to possibilities that they may have never thought about. If I was to use it in a classroom it would be around with winter holidays and in K-2. Any higher and I feel as thought the students will have started to lose interest in Santa Claus and things of that nature. 

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review 2015-11-06 12:09
The holiday season has started
Wolf's Holiday - Rebecca Royce

I received an ARC from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

I went into this book ready to for the Christmas to start, and start they did. It was all about celebrating any & all holidays for the first time for the wolves of Black Hill, especially with the human mates now in the pack. Although things seemed to be running smoothly, the alpha pair seem to be having a little difficulty. We also meet a new breed of shifters, WOW what a bred.
'Wolf's Holiday' is book 31 in the "Black Hills Wolves" series, although I haven't read any of the books in this series, I was still able to understand & enjoy the story being told. It's also book 1 in the "Winter Solstice Run" collection. I really enjoyed 'Wolf's Holiday' I love reading Rebecca's work & also can't wait for the 2nd book in this collection.

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review 2015-01-17 14:35
His Mistletoe Bride - Vanessa Kelly


Blame It On The Mistletoe. . .


When Major Lucas Stanton inherited his earldom, he never dreamed his property would include the previous earl's granddaughter. Phoebe Linville is a sparkling American beauty, yes, but with a talent for getting into trouble. Witness the compromising position that forced them into wedlock. Whisked away to Mistletoe Manor, his country estate, it isn't long before she is challenging his rules--and surprising him in and out of bed. . .


Phoebe has no intention of bowing to Lucas's stubbornness even though he offers all that she wants. His kisses and unexpected warmth are enticing, but Phoebe is determined to show the earl of Merritt what real love is all about. And if that takes twelve nights of delicious seduction by a roaring fire, she's more than willing to reveal her gifts very slowly...



First impression: this book is way longer than it needs to be by at least 100 pages.


Character wise - I loved all the characters in the first half of the book; then things soured for me with the female MC (Phoebe). She was strong, brave, and yet warm and approachable as she left the colonies and the life she knew among her Quaker community and joined her aristocratic family in England. She had enough sense to ask questions and not just assume or wing it. Then, in the second half of this book, she turned needy and insecure, plus she tried to force her Quaker views and beliefs on her English aristocratic family (especially on Lucas, her husband) in matters that did not involve her. However, Lucas was an amazing Alpha; the romance between the two was unbalanced since I didn't like Phoebe and thought she was too stupid for a guy like Lucas.


There is a minor plot (basically used to illustrate the difference in cultural and religious beliefs between Lucas and Phoebe) about smuggling on the manor lands. Meh.


There was a fair bit of cheese in this very holiday story; Phoebe joins her family in England right around Halloween and by the end of November she and Lucas are wed. So the real part of the romance happens in preparation for the big Christmas season. Lucas and Phoebe inherited a run down manor house named Mistletoe Manor; the servants last name is Christmas; Phoebe finds a stray dog, brings him home and names him Holly; and it goes on and on.


3 stars.

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review 2015-01-10 12:12
Midnight Kiss: Three Romantic New Year's... Midnight Kiss: Three Romantic New Year's Eve Stories - Rusty Fischer

Three romantic stories centered on New Year's Eve.


They were not bad or all that cheesy. The stories are really short (12 pages, 10 pages, 13 pages).

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