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review 2018-06-05 03:53
STEM Lab's make learning fun
Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids - Chris Fornell Scott,John Miller

This manual helps with aiding in the teaching of Science, using a new way of helping the kids absorb.  While the STEM system is not new, this book shows with 48 projects just how computer games and education can be combined.  If you have not seen this series, you are in a for a treat.


The author's still observe some basics.  They encourage the use of a journal.  Using the popularity of the video game Minecraft, users can gain scientific knowledge.  Making fun  things like glow in the dark items to fireworks.  I loved the lab that was able to be crafted.


Harness the widely enjoyed video game to bring education to students.  This is such a great idea, and a very usable concept.  I was actually excited and at the end, hoping for more projects.  Maybe there will be a volume 2?  I give this guide a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers only.

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review 2017-08-17 00:00
Trapped in a Video Game: Book One
Trapped in a Video Game: Book One - Dustin Brady Review to come.
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review 2017-07-02 19:50
Catching the Cowgirl - Jennie Marts

This is book #3, in the Cotton Creek series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading in order.


Adam visits a real dude ranch for research on the new game he and his partners are making.  When he finds himself alone with the owner, Skye, he is glad he has her to himself.  The heat between them sparks right away and they have to decide if they are going to act upon it.


Skye is a single mother with a lot going on.  She is proud of the life she has created for her family.  Meeting Adam turns everything upside down, as she is feeling the heat when he is near.  


This story was filled with serious sparks flying and jokes flowing.  The lead characters made me a bit crazy as I kind of wanted to knock some sense into them.  I enjoyed the pace, and was pleased with the plot.  I loved all the pop culture jokes as well.  I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.


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review 2017-01-21 18:37
Review: "Not a Game" by Cardeno C.
Not a Game - Cardeno C.

"You’re beautiful, you know that?"

"You make me feel like that could be true," Oliver said quietly.

Jaime curled his hand around Oliver’s nape and brushed their lips together. "It is true."


And here I was, believing for years that Pretty Woman was highly unrealistic. And yet that movie couldn't EVER compare to this story of sweet, overweight and introvert Oliver, who just started a new job in a new town, and out of all people in the city managed to hook up with his new boss Jaime in a bar one night (which none of them is aware of at the time of course).


But wait, there's more! Because of course Jaime turned out to have a chubby kink and of course he played along when Oliver mistook him for the escort he had booked for the night. Needless to say that Jaime is also filthy rich, because - let's say it together:



Look guys, I get why this story appeals to so many people. It's always nice and refreshing to have a plus-sized character in a genre where 99% of the MCs have the body of an underwear model. But Oliver's "How can you possibly like me? Look at you and then look at me." shtick every other page got on my nerves - VERY much and VERY fast.



But what was even worse and almost ruined the book completely for me was HOW LONG Jaime kept lying to Oliver and how Oliver immediately forgave him during the blink of an eye when he found out. I can't help but feel that Oliver was only willing to overlook the lying and the deceit because he thought he should just be glad and thankful to have such a muscular sex god like Jaime being interested in him and his body type at all. This was doormat behavior 101 and I'm sorry, but I don't find lying and emotional manipulation romantic or sweet at all, no matter the circumstances.



This was only my second book from this author after Perfect Imperfections, and I haven't liked that one either. So maybe I think it's best if I give Cardeno C. a wide berth for a little while while wishing her nothing but the best for her writing career.


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review 2016-12-30 16:49
Review: "Connection Error" (#gaymers, #3) by Annabeth Albert
Connection Error - Annabeth Albert

"God bless naked Twister."

Hooyah! I am bursting with joy right now. What better way to end the year than with a 5-star read?



It's impossible to write a proper review without giving away any spoilers. I went into this book with only the information from the blurb and without having read any reviews and I highly recommend that you do the same!


This is one of those cases where it definitely pays out to go into a book blindly, because there was a HUGE twist/revelation quite early in the story (chapter 2, at 9% on my Kindle) which dominated the rest of the book. I can only imagine that the author didn't want to give this information away in the blurb so that the reader can take this journey together with the MC Josiah from the beginning. AND IT WORKED! I was totally taken aback when I got to that point.



What I can tell you though is that I loved the way the two MCs Josiah and Ryan have been written and how their relationship progressed oh so ever slowly and full of banter, sexual innuendos and emails. I just LOVED how Josiah didn't hold back his attraction towards Ryan from the very first moment they've met and how he slowly but surely tore down Ryan's walls and made him see that it's OK to not just give, but also accept comfort from other people. This truly was hurt/comfort at its best.


The - in romance novels unavoidable - relationship conflict towards the end was surprisingly and refreshingly realistic and absolutely convincing. It was the natural climax the story was building up to from the start, and it was resolved just perfectly. I was SO relieved that it wasn't just one of those big misunderstanding arguments (ugh!) or - even worse! - another "I'm not good enough for you, so I'm breaking up with you." (UGH!) BS moment.



Connection Error can definitely be read as a standalone; you don't need to read the first two books from that series to understand what's going on. But I recommend that you do, because I liked those stories just as well. But this one turned out to be my favorite of the series so far.



One last shout-out to Sean Crisden for giving another outstanding audiobook performance. If you get the chance, you should listen to the audiobook because it took an already great book and made it even more perfect.



Highly, highly recommended! And thanks to Marte for the BR!

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