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Feb 16
Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union by David Potter – Middle Grade Review

Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union by David Potter – Middle Grade Review

Reviews 6 ★★★★

With Presidents’ Day being this week, it’s the perfect week to review this cute read that gives kids insight into President Lincoln and his family, along with a few other key players during the Civil War. I was excited to have my kids read this one to go along with our homeschool curriculum, and it didn’t disappoint. What Fed My Addiction: Goofy concept. The whole concept of the kids going back in time via an app on their phones was just plain fun! And, of course, when the people in the past were exposed to such futuristic technology, they didn’t know what to think. Lots of wackiness ensued! First families. I have to admit that when I first started reading this book, I thought, “Well this book makes Mrs. Lincoln seem kind of crazy, and it makes Tad Lincoln look a bit hyperactive.” I doubted how true to life this was, especially since I… Read more »


Aug 05
What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi – Review & Giveaway

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 38 ★★★★

What You Left Behind gives us the unique perspective of a teenage single dad who is both adjusting to his new status as a father and mourning the loss of his girlfriend, who died so that their daughter Hope could be born. The book shows the difficulties and the sacrifices that have to be made in this type of situation – and it doesn’t sugar-coat the painful emotional consequences. What I LOVED: Ryden’s struggles. Ryden was NOT an amazingly heroic character. In fact, much of this book was about the mistakes that Ryden made and about his inadequacy as a parent. Ryden sometimes made selfish decisions when it came to his daughter (and his other relationships), but I thought that this was pretty realistic. After all, he was a teenage boy who had dreams and aspirations, and he wasn’t sure if he could give all of that up for his daughter, even… Read more »


Jul 06
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner – Review

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner – Review

Reviews 5 ★★★★

***NOTE: This review is for the second book in a series and may contain spoilers for the first book. Click the link to see my review of The Maze Runner.*** Awhile back, I reviewed The Maze Runner, but I hadn’t gotten to reading The Scorch Trials half of the collector’s edition because my son hid the book away from me so I couldn’t steal it from him (literally – he adored both books – if you’re interested in his thoughts about both books, check out his review over on Best Kids’ Reads). Well, I finally managed to read The Scorch Trials and I’m now excited to move on to the final book in the trilogy (and the prequel – I bought both books shortly after I got the collectors’ edition for review). So, this book picked up right where the first one left off, with Thomas and the others finally feeling… Read more »


Jun 06
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan – Review & Giveaway

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan – Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 46 ★★★★½

I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this book. The cover made it almost look like a fantasy to me, but the blurb made it relatively obvious that it wasn’t. I’m not much for suspense, and I didn’t know if this book would venture too far into that territory for me to love it. Still, I was definitely intrigued and I ended up requesting this one through Shelf Awareness and was excited when I got it! Well, it turns out, I loved this book!! The book starts out with Frances being rescued after being adrift at sea for over a week. She and her friend Libby escaped their cruise shop when all of its inhabitants were brutally murdered, but unfortunately, Libby wasn’t able to last long enough to be rescued. When Libby’s father finds out what happened and that the murders are being covered up, he comes up with a plan… Read more »


Apr 14
The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials Collector’s Edition Release! (Plus, a Review of The Maze Runner)

The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials Collector’s Edition Release! (Plus, a Review of The Maze Runner)

Reviews 17 ★★★★

Today I’m reviewing The Maze Runner, which is included in the special collector’s edition that releases today. The collector’s edition also includes The Scorch Trials, but I haven’t finished that one yet, mostly because I had trouble prying the book out of my 12-year-old son’s hands (he literally hid it from me sometimes so that I couldn’t take it from him!). My review of The Scorch Trials half of the book will be coming in the next week or two. If you’re curious what my son thought about both books, check out his review over on my other blog – Best Kids’ Reads. I’d watched The Maze Runner movie with my kids not long ago, so I knew basically what to expect from the book. I enjoyed the movie and was looking forward to reading the original story in book form. It didn’t disappoint! The story follows Thomas, who finds… Read more »


Oct 08
Review & Giveaway – Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Review & Giveaway – Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 22 ★★★★

***While this review is for book #5 in the series, there are no major spoilers for any of the books in this review.  Check out my reviews for the other books: Storm, Spark, Spirit, Breathless, Secret*** Sacrifice is the final (maybe?) installment in the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer. This is one of my favorite YA series, so the ending is sort of bittersweet for me. While I was really looking forward to seeing how Kemmerer wrapped it all up, I was also very sad to see the series go. This book follows Michael as he struggles to keep his family safe from the Guides. When things start going up in flames, Michael and his brothers are once again under scrutiny. But what Michael doesn’t want to admit – to anyone – is that someone is threatening him and the people he loves. Is it the Guides or someone else… Read more »