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review 2017-06-19 08:08
Paper Cranes by Jordan Ford
Paper Cranes - Jordan Ford
Paper Cranes is a fairy tale retelling, taking you away from the contemporary romance/suspense that Jordan Ford has previously published. It starts with a sullen Tristan, who has had his life disrupted due to his parents' divorce. He moves away from his mum and her new boyfriend to stay with his dad, but didn't realise that he would end up looking after him. All seems lost as he sinks deeper into bitterness and sadness. However, when he goes to rescue a lost baseball, he finds more than a ball. He finds the light of his life, and so the adventures begin.
 
As bad as this may sound, each time I start a new Jordan Ford book I think to myself that I can't possible enjoy it as much as I did "...", and yet each time Jordan Ford proves me wrong. I LOVED this fairy tale retelling, mainly because of the tongue in cheek references to Rapunzel that the characters themselves tease each other with. Seeing the rises and falls that Tristan goes through, the calm acceptance of Helena, the joy, love, and laughter that these two share... it's just wonderful. I also have a re-appreciation for Shakespeare and poetry! Now, this book isn't all sweetness and light, so don't think it is, BUT it does show what can happen if you keep the faith in love, hope, happiness, and fairy tale endings.
 
Exceptionally written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have no hesitation in recommending it.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/papercranesbyjordanford
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review 2017-06-16 03:04
The Weeds within the Rulership (The End in the Beginning Book 1) by Emily Martha Sorensen
The Weeds within the Rulership (The End ... The Weeds within the Rulership (The End in the Beginning Book 1) - Emily Martha Sorensen

The Weeds within the Rulership (The End in the Beginning Book 1) by Emily Martha Sorensen is a fun short story to read about Raneh and Jonton, two twelve year olds beginning to realize they're growing up. I gave it four stars.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from the author in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0719JKW31

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review 2017-06-06 22:03
Looking for Colors With Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud
Looking for Colors With Lily and Milo - ... Looking for Colors With Lily and Milo - Pauline Oud

Looking for Colors With Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud (Illustrator) is a fun to read story about playing and identifying colors. This is a great way for children to learn their colors.

 

It is designed for toddlers ages 24 months and up. It focuses on a child's developing language skills. My favorite little boy loved it so I gave it four stars.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Clavis Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1605373362

 

This book is in pre-order status until July 7, 2017, so I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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review 2017-06-06 21:54
How Jerry Giraffe Got His Spots by Camelia Gherib
How Jerry Giraffe Got His Spots - Cameli... How Jerry Giraffe Got His Spots - Camelia Gherib

How Jerry Giraffe Got His Spots by Camelia Gherib is a cleverly written and illustrated book for children ages six to ten. I gave it four stars.

 

"Poor Jerry. He tried everything he could think of, but nothing gave him the beautiful spots or stripes on his skin that he wanted so much." Some of the things he tried made him act in odd ways and the other animals laughed at his antics.

 

It also has a link for a free bonus coloring book.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711BF17G

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review 2017-05-15 12:29
REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Rain (A Stranger in the Woods #1) by India R. Adams
Rain (A Stranger in the Woods, #1) - India R. Adams
What if you knew you had just met the other part of your soul—the one who could take away all the pain and loneliness—but no one believes you because the rugged stranger from the woods is nowhere to be found? Would you search for him? Would you be strong enough to believe he exist somewhere out in the darkness where you he found you? And if you were to finally find the stranger from the woods and learn he is like no other tale that has ever been told… would you still have the courage to love him?
 
Rose has no time for romance because her father has passed away from an illness plaguing her small town, and now her mother has also contracted the illness, leaving Rose’s two younger siblings to be her responsibility. But when her best friend forces her to be young for a night and celebrate her twentieth birthday with a bonfire and friends, Rose meets a stranger from the woods, and Rose soon learns he is no stranger at all. In fact, this magical being is trying to keep her… alive.
 
Two bloods of one will bring down the shadows, to cast, no more...

 

 

@TheIndiaRAdams, @debbiereadsbook, #Mythology, #Fantasy, #Fairy_Tales, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/debbie/rainastrangerinthewoods1byindiaradams
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