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review 2018-03-13 02:07
A fanciful way to battle a toddler phobia
Nils Cuts His Nails - The Scissors Game - Nurit Zvolon ,Rotem Lots-Zaiden

The success of this book -- like almost all of them for the pre-reading set -- comes down to the effort put into it by whoever is reading the book to the child. If someone gets into the rhyme, oohs and ahhs over the art just right, and has a lot of fun with it, I can't imagine how a kid won't either.


Zvolon wrote this to help her granddaughters deal with the trauma of having their nails trimmed -- which can be a struggle for some kids, I know. So Zvolon came up with a way to turn the experience into a game into something fantastical. She tells a very simple rhyming story about Nils overcoming his fear of getting his nails trimmed with the help of a game. It's a neat idea told in an attractive fashion.


The art is something else -- if it doesn't make you think fantasy, nothing will. Rotem Lots-Zaiden doesn't illustrate this like any contemporary children's book -- it feels like something that came out of the 1970's -- maybe early Sesame Street animation. This is not a bad thing, I think it serves the story pretty well, and the strange features and interesting colors should keep the attention of young readers.


I honestly never thought I'd read a book about trimming nails, or helping someone through the struggle of it. But now that I have, I can't imagine a better one on the subject. This is good stuff, and I hope it helps some kids.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinions as expressed above.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/03/12/nils-cuts-his-nails-the-scissors-game-by-nurit-zvolon-rotem-lots-zaiden
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review 2018-03-07 18:08
What Happened To The Strong Willed Girl ?
Attraction: Elements of Chemistry (Hypothesis) (Volume 1) - Penny Reid

2.5 stars This book wasn't fun or sexy for me as book 1. It changed, and muddled the characters too much for me and went places I didn't like. I'm going negative here There was a bad taste with some family drama that seemed very Maffia like that was just way out there. It read like a bad TV drama in the middle of a NA love story. Excessive cheesy lines and comic style villains just ruined the moment that the books had been leading to. That wasn't all the MC is a virgin, with self imposed rules about how she wants to lose that status. The character has been preaching her vows since the first kiss, but just gives in. The "deflowering" was really uncomfortable to read, it didn't come across as completely consensual. The next few encounters were even more uncomfortable with her sudden lack of self respect. She turned into a doormat sexually, allowing him to do as he wished even when it hurt. This was not the girl I got to know. The reality of this guy, who he is turning out to be is disturbing. I see a controlling man who walks a dangerous line boarding on abuse. I just want her to run from him and that is not a great lead on to the next book.

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review 2017-03-22 18:46
House of Paine
House of Paine: A Bad Boy Romance Novel - Kylie Walker

This shot off and just never slowed down. Look, I didn't put it down until I finished. Great characters and great storyline. Read it, absorb it and enjoy it.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1542809261?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
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review 2017-03-22 18:26
Scarred (Damaged Souls, #1)
Scarred (Damaged Souls Book 1) - Twyla Turner

Gritty and in your face with domestic violence issues and low self worth. The lead couple was a good pairing because it was so easy to imagine these characters (easy to imagine their interactions). Sloan is strong and solid male lead and Alexis is the perfect scared female lead. There are many good elements to this story but I just had a bit of trouble with the author's writing style. No matter what, the evolution of the scarred and scared heroine is communicated well. As well as the emotional scars that the hero carries.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1905774784?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
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review 2017-02-07 00:08
Step Beast
Step Beast: (Military Bad Boy BBW BDSM Billionaire Stepbrother Romance) - Selena Kitt

Great read, great read ... bottom line this was a great read with characters and situations that kept me on the edge of my seat or checking over my shoulder to make sure that no one was watching the drool drip down my chin.


Let's start with the characters, Beast is a feast for readers who love that strong, silent, let's get it done type of guy. Character isn't too complicated but he is a joy to read. Tilly is sheltered, trapped, low self confidence and eager to please. At times was contrary just to be contrary and this can work a readers nerves. Were the two leading characters a good match? Well, yes absolutely! In this wasn't a need for two alpha characters. Now, secondary characters were just as appealing as the main characters. There is Liv the over controlling society mom who I swore had a thing for her stepson (Beast). As the reader, I wanted to jump through the pages and smack mommy Liv a good one. Even by the end of the book when everything is made right and forgiven; I was ready to forgive this chick. The dynamic between these three characters (Beast, Tilly and Liv) is just awesome and really pull the reader in. Then there is aunt Meg and her partner Kate who takes part in making Tilly's life hell. Image your mom steals your baby, gives the baby to your aunt without your knowledge and your aunt parades the baby around as her newly adopted son. That's a tail whippin' as far as I'm concerned. Lastly, let's not for the self centered best friend who believes she's the best thing walking.


Now, this story seemed to be two separate stories meshed together. Where the home life and the action sequences never really connected. I don't know if the secondary plot is really needed considering the stuff with the family was so darn juicy on its own. Regardless, I couldn't put it down. 

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