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review 2018-05-17 02:00
DK Readers L2: LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Amazing Battles! - DK

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Good book, similar in style to Ninjago: Ninja, Go!. The book is broken down into sections dedicated to Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Each section discusses the hero and his or her powers along with a corresponding villain, then goes on with a brief battle scene (Lego violence only). 

The book incorporates various media forms (newspaper, Most Wanted website, delivery log) to help break up the descriptions. 

There is not an overall plot, but there are small stories told through the battles, which keeps the book interesting.

It also contains a glossary of words that may be unfamiliar to young readers and a Guide for Parents with tips on helping their child read and understand this book. There is also a short quiz in the back, which is perfect for testing reading comprehension.

Overall, a good book. 

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review 2018-05-17 01:32
DK Readers: Lego Star Wars: A New Hope - Emma Grange

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This was an okay read. I think it was kind of doomed from the start. This is a level 1 book (Beginning to Read), but Star Wars itself is a pretty complex story. This book does its best to simplify the story, but it comes out choppy and difficult to read. You really have to have a basic understanding of the Star Wars universe to know what is going on. And with words like Tatooine, it's hard to picture this as a level 1 book. 

The pictures are fun however, so if you have a kid who enjoys Lego or Star Wars, this may be an interesting read. But I recommend the child knows Star Wars characters or the basic idea of Star Wars before going into this book.

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review 2018-05-09 04:23
Overboard (Survivor Diaries) by Terry Lynn Johnson
Survivor Diaries: Overboard! - Terry Lynn Johnson,Jani Orban


"Tell me how you survived the whale attack," the reporter said.

- opening lines


Could you survive if the whale watching boat you were on capsized and you were left floating in the cold ocean? Travis and Marina are in just such a situation. Luckily, Travis is wearing an immersion suit, and Mariana has survival supplies in her vest (and a lot of knowledge). All they have to do is stay out of the water, find land, and get rescued. Simple, right?


So, this is a good book, but the plot is a little thin. Things resolve a bit too easily for me, but I don't think kids will mind. At the end of the book, there is a section with "U.S. Coast Guard-Approved Cold Water Survival Tips" which kids will probably find very cool and informative.


It's about 100 pages, easy to read and about survival, kids will love it.


Recommended to: Grades 3-5 (and some second graders), fans of the I Survived series, adventure fans, reluctant readers

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review 2018-03-31 04:08
Advanced Reader Review: The Other Lady Vanishes
The Other Lady Vanishes - Amanda Quick

Summary: After escaping from a private sanitarium, Adelaide Blake arrives in Burning Cove, California, desperate to start over.

Working at an herbal tea shop puts her on the radar of those who frequent the seaside resort town: Hollywood movers and shakers always in need of hangover cures and tonics. One such customer is Jake Truett, a recently widowed businessman in town for a therapeutic rest. But unbeknownst to Adelaide, his exhaustion is just a cover.

In Burning Cove, no one is who they seem. Behind facades of glamour and power hide drug dealers, gangsters, and grifters. Into this make-believe world comes psychic to the stars Madame Zolanda. Adelaide and Jake know better than to fall for her kind of con. But when the medium becomes a victim of her own dire prediction and is killed, they're drawn into a murky world of duplicity and misdirection.

Neither Adelaide nor Jake can predict that in the shadowy underground they'll find connections to the woman Adelaide used to be--and uncover the specter of a killer who's been real all along...


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review 2018-03-31 02:31
Advanced Book Review: Too Close to Breathe
Too Close to Breathe - Olivia Kiernan

Summary: In a quiet Dublin suburb, within her pristine home, Eleanor Costello is found hanging from a rope.

Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan would be more than happy to declare it a suicide. Four months ago, Frankie's pursuit of a killer almost ended her life and she isn't keen on investigating another homicide. But the autopsy reveals poorly healed bones and old stab wounds, absent from medical records. A new cut is carefully, deliberately covered in paint. Eleanor's husband, Peter, is unreachable, missing. A search of the couple's home reveals only two signs of personality: a much-loved book on art and a laptop with access to the Dark Web.

With the suspect pool growing, the carefully crafted profile of the victim crumbling with each new lead, and mysterious calls to Frankie's phone implying that the killer is closer than anyone would like, all Frankie knows is that Eleanor guarded her secrets as closely in life as she does in death.

As the investigation grows more challenging, Frankie can't help but feel that something doesn't fit. And when another woman is found murdered, the same paint on her corpse, Frankie knows that unraveling Eleanor's life is the only way to find the murderer before he claims another victim . . . or finishes the fate Frankie only just managed to escape.

Engrossing, complex, and atmospheric, Olivia Kiernan's debut novel will leave readers breathless.  


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