Thursday, September 21, 2017

[ARC REVIEW] The Tooth That's on the Loose! by Chris Robertson (@XistPublishing, @booksbychrisr)







Title:  The Tooth That's on the Loose!

Author:  Chris Robertson

Genre:  Teeth / Humor / Western / Parody

Year Published: 2017

Year Read: 2017

Publisher:  Xist Publishing

Source:  eARC (NetGalley)

Content Rating:  Ages 4+  (Some Mischievous Behavior)










I would like to thank NetGalley and Xist Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


I will admit that I had only read a few children’s books that dealt with the theme of children losing their baby teeth (mainly Marc Brown’s “Arthur’s Tooth”).  So, when NetGalley offered a children’s book called “The Tooth that’s on the Loose!” by Chris Robertson that has a creative take on children losing their baby teeth, I knew that I had to get this book as soon as possible!

Who is that toothy and wiggly varmint who is running around town, causing mayhem wherever he goes?  Tooth Be Wiggly (T.B. Wiggly, for short) that’s who!  This outlaw goes around leaving holes in people’s mouths (in other words, taking people’s teeth and causing a hole in their mouths where the teeth used to be) and Sheriff Tex is trying to recruit some kids to help him bring down this outlaw!

Can the kids bring down T.B. Wiggly?

Read this book to find out!

I must admit that I was quite impressed with this creative and odd little book!  Chris Robertson has done a great job at making a dilemma that kids would have, which is losing their baby teeth at a young age and turn that dilemma into an outlaw villain named T.B. Wiggly, which made this book truly creative and interesting to read!  I also liked the fact that Sheriff Tex was the one narrating the story and telling the audience who T.B. Wiggly is and why he has to be stopped as it allows us to explore the world through the characters’ point of view.  I really like the way that Chris Robertson is able to incorporate so much humor in this book as I cannot help but laugh at the idea about a living tooth going around causing mayhem wherever he goes!   Chris Robertson’s artwork is hilarious and exaggerated to look at, especially of the image of T.B. Wiggly himself as he is a tooth that has a large black mustache and tiny beady eyes that portrays his rugged personality.  I also loved the mischievous looks that T.B. Wiggly gives to the audience as it helps lets the audience know that T.B. Wiggly is up to no good!

The reason why I took off half a point from the rating was because I felt that more could have been done with T. B. Wiggly himself as he felt like a one-sided villain of the story whose only purpose of being in this story is to be the generic bad guy who steals people’s teeth.  While I understand that T.B. Wiggly is representing the dilemma that young children go through, which is losing their baby teeth, I sort of wished that there was more development to his character besides being the bad guy that would make him stand out more in the story.


Overall, “The Tooth that’s on the Loose!” is a truly creative story for children who are going through losing their baby teeth and want to read a story that tackles this issue in a humorous and creative way!  I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.



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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #57: The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics




Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!





This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:





Title:  The Ravenous
Author:  Amy Lukavics
Expected Publication Date:  September 26th, 2017


From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn't quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away, and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression. 

When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they'll go to keep their family together.




Wow!  A horror story about a ghost girl having to eat human flesh to stay alive?  Sounds really interesting yet creepy at the same time!




So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

[BOOK REVIEW] Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean





Title:  Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

Author:  Sarah MacLean

Genre: Historical Romance

Year Published: 2010

Number of Pages: 397 pages

Date Read: 12/15/2010

Series: Love By Numbers #1

Publisher: Avon 

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 18+ (Sex Scenes)



After reading so many romance novels with a generous and kind hero, I have finally stumbled upon a romance novel where we have here a “bad boy” hero. “Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake” is an amazing tale by Sarah MacLean about romance, drama, betrayal and lots of love making scenes that will have romance fans flipping over with excitement!


Lady Calpurnia Hartwell (Callie for short) has always wanted more out of her life since her life as a spinster to make a list of nine rules to break to make her life more interesting. While completing her list, Callie meets notorious and handsome rake Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston (Gabriel or Ralston for short) who she seems to have feelings for since ten years ago. Now Callie’s notorious list will either break her and Gabriel apart or bring them together.


Oh my goodness! Oh my gosh! I have never read a romance novel quite like this before! Sarah MacLean has certainly done an awesome job at writing this wonderful tale of love and betrayal! Now, I will talk about what I loved about the characters and the story. Sarah MacLean has probably created the most controversial yet most memorable characters in romance novels history! Callie is such a headstrong and passionate character, that I just loved her from the beginning! I loved the way that Callie was willing try something different in her life; even if it meant that she has to break the rules of the society she lives in to be a more daring person. Another character that really grew on me was Gabriel St. John and I will admit that when I first read about him, I was so annoyed by his rude and arrogant behavior towards Callie, but once I found out about how his mother had abandoned his family when he was small which caused him to distrust the power of love, I actually felt sympathy for him and when he stood up for Callie, watch out because Ralston truly shows his “bad” side when it comes to Callie! I also loved the fact that Gabriel is a true “bad boy” hero of the story as he has one rude and arrogant attitude, but he truly does have a heart of gold when it comes to protecting Callie. Now onto the juicy parts of this story! There are plenty of love-making scenes in this book from the very beginning to the very end and each love scene in this book will make you literally sweat and tingle all over as the scenes really go into great detail.



This book is basically filed to the brim with sex scenes, so anyone who is uncomfortable with reading about sex scenes might find it a bit difficult to read through this book.


Overall, “Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake” is definitely one of the most irresistible and unique romance novels ever written and any romance fans looking for pure love scenes and “bad boy” heroes will definitely get a kick out of this book!



* 2010 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Romance
* 2010 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award (RT Award) for Seal of Excellence
* 2011 RITA Award by Romance Writers of America Nominee for Best Regency Historical





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Top Ten Tuesday #54: Top 10 Books On My Fall TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.


This week's top 10 Tuesday topic is "Top 10 Books on My Fall TBR List."  Since there's like over a million books that I want to check out this fall, I have decided to break it down to two separate lists of books I want to read for the Fall (the Fall Release books and the books that have been on my TBR shelf for awhile now).

So here's my top 10 Books On My Fall TBR List (in no particular order, of course)!



FALL RELEASE BOOKS I WANT TO READ:



1.  Warcross by Marie Lu




I've never read a book by Marie Lu before and along with the AWESTACULAR cover of this book, I'm really interested in checking this book out!


2.  Renegades by Marissa Meyer




I've been loving Marissa Meyer's "Lunar Chronicles" books so far and I'm really excited to check this one out!


3. The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano



I'm really interested in the premise of this book (GIRL WITH A TOTALLY DANGEROUS POWER THAT COULD DESTROY EVERYTHING SHE CARES ABOUT)?  And I'm really interested in seeing how this book will play out!


4. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo




I just LOVE fairy tales and folktales (as you can tell on this blog) and I'm really excited to check out a book about fairy tales and folktales in general!


5.  Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas




I've been loving the "Throne of Glass" series for awhile now, so this book is definitely a MUST READ!


BOOKS ON MY TBR SHELF THAT I WANT TO READ:



6.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs






I had recently bought this book and I needed a good read for Halloween, so this sounds like a nice horror story to read for October!



7.  When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon




Okay.  I SERIOUSLY need to get on the ball here and read this book as soon as possible!


8.  Heartless by Marissa Meyer





Another book by Marissa Meyer that I really want to read and seems like it's a book that has a lot of good ratings.  So, this is a MUST READ from my TBR!



9.  Me Before You by Jojo Moyes



I'm NOT going to watch the movie "Me Before You" until I actually read the book first!



10. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab





I really wanted to dive into V.E. Schwab's works for awhile now since I've been hearing nothing but good things about her books, so this will be a nice book to get introduced to her work!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

New Releases on the Horizon #30: September 17, 2017 - September 23, 2017


Hey everyone!  I just started this new thing on my blog called "New Releases on the Horizon!"  It's where I list all the new books being release throughout the year and I choose from 10 books that I have the most interest in checking out and I also will list the dates the books will be released and where you can find them if you are interested.


So, be on the lookout for some new books on the horizon!






Bewitching Hannah by Leigh Goff   
Expected Publication: September 17th, 2017 by Mirror World Publishing  


Karina's Silver Shoes by Denise Marques Leitao    
  

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake     
Expected Publication:  September 19th, 2017 by Harper Teen    


Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu    
Expected Publication:  September 19th, 2017 by Roaring Brook Press   


Expected Publication:  September 19th, 2017 by Little, Brown & Company







Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore   
Expected publication: September 19th, 2017 by Kathy Dawson Books 


Speak Easy, Speak Love by  McKelle George    
Expected publication:  September 19th, 2017 by Greenwillow Books   
 

Expected publication:  September 19th, 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers   


Madness  by Zac Brewer and Heather Brewer  
    

  
Stolen Secrets by L.B. Shulman      
Expected publication:  September 19th, 2017 by Boyds Mills Press