An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date: January 8, 2019
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Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she will have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what i one of Dr. Shield’s manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
I give this book a rating of 4 stars and highly recommend it. I was hooked from the very beginning. I could not wait to read this book since I read Hendricks & Pekkanen’s last book together, The Wife Between Us. This book was captivating and pulled you right in. I was on the edge of my seat until the very end. The end was shocking and unexpected.
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Random House :The Dial Press
Publish Date: February 5, 2019
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Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children. Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It is simply not in her nature to say no to people.
So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees – she ends up saving it from a certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner, Sebastian is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Seb scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off – she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?
Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself- but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. So Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie – from small favors to life-changing moments. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab, the life, and love, she really wants?
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend reading it. As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it! Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors and this book is just as addicting as all of the others. I really liked the story line and about half of the characters. The book was so hard to put down and I felt so many emotions throughout the book. Everything came together really well and I can’t wait to read more from Sophie Kinsella.
Pembrim: The Hidden Alcove by Bree Lenehan
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
There had been whispers of a magical hidden alcove within the Fenix Forest of Ameral Alley for years, but according to the legend, no one has ever found it…
Halia Bodine, 17, a girl with a medically rare lung disease, begins dreaming of a map that leads her to the hidden alcove of Moa’s Rock.
She discovers the world of M’deia, a vibrant underwater world with its hunter tribes, alluring creatures, ghastly beast, and untouched lands. After a fated encounter with Luka, a M’diean boy in exile from his clan, Halia enters the mythical underwater world. Once there, she learns that her illness ceases to exist, that she lives without reciprocation, and the cold truth of her parents’ death.
When her family’ heirloom- a timepiece cursed with the power to end all lives of the sea’s inhabitants – is found in ancient enemy’s hands. Halia discovers that this world is not without its own lurking dangers. Her foe turns the tribes to stone, and now he wants Halia dead.
Will Halia finally have the chance to go back in time and save both the stone tribe and her parents from their unfortunate deaths, or will her enemy destroy her first?
I give this book a rating of 3 stars. t I found some of the scenes hard to follow as so much detail was given. For myself, it just didn’t seem to flow smoothly. The overall story was very creative.
The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford
Illustrated by: Julia Seal
Publisher: Thomas Nelson: Children’s
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God, will You show me
The gift I can give
As I grow and love
And learn how to live?
This is a heartwarming story that shows how all children can do something to make a positive impact on others. From simply being kind to giving a loved one an extra-big hug to cheering on a friend. This story will inspire children with many ways to show God’s love.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend it. I enjoyed reading this to my 4 year old daughter at bedtime. It was very adorable and I absolutely loved the bright and colourful pastel drawings. This book has a strong religious message but, the message is good and very positive.
Apple of My Eye by Claire Allan
Publisher: Avon Books UK
Publish Date: January 24, 2019
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Just how far is a mother willing to go?
When a mysterious not arrives for Dr Eliana Hughes who is six months pregnant. She now begins to doubt every aspect in her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.
As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.
Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend it. This book kept me guessing from the beginning to the very end. There were many twists and turns An excellent psychological thriller. It was written in 3 points of view; Eli, Louise and Angela. This is the first book I have read by Claire Allan, and it definitely won’t be the last!
Rosie’s Glasses by Dave Whamond
Publisher: Kids Can Press
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In this wordless picture book, Rosie wakes up in a monochrome world, with a dark cloud over her head. As she goes through her miserable, grey day, the cloud follows. Her bad day continues with chaos and pouring rain seems to just make it worse. But then on her way home from school, Rosie finds a pair of strange glasses. When she puts them on, her world is transformed into vivid, joyful colour. And she can now hear the beauty and fun in everything around her — and her dark cloud has disappeared. Are the glasses magic? Or could it be that changing how we look at the world can change the way we experience it?
I give this book a rating of 4 stars. I am not very fond of wordless books but the pictures were amazing and very detailed. My 4 year old daughter really enjoyed looking at the book.
Sleep, Sheep! by Kerry Sparrow
Illustrations by: Guillaume Perreault
Publisher: Kids Can Press
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There are lots of things that Duncan likes about bedtime – the stories, pyjamas, and bubble gum flavoured toothpaste… The only thing he doesn’t like about going to sleep. And he will do anything to avoid it. Until, one day, Duncan’s mom has enough of his stalling. Try counting sheep, she tells him.
So he does… At first, its kind of fun. As he counts, each sheep appears, wearing its number like a race car, and leaps over the bed. But when Sheep #68, who hesitates. He needs a drink of water before he can jump. Then he has to go to the bathroom. Then he wants to put on running shoes. Will Sheep #68 ever do what he’s supposed to?
I give this book a rating of 4 stars. I read this book to my 4 year old daughter, who very much enjoyed the book.
Cute illustrations and story. Good book to read to the child who likes avoiding going to sleep.
I Am Small by Qin Leng
Publisher: Kids Can Press
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Mimi is so little, “I might as well be called Mini.” she says. Everyone is taller than her, even the family dog! She can barely reach the blackboard at school and isn’t tall enough to sell all the pretty cakes in the display case at the bakery.
Though her friends try and telll her that there is lots of advantage to her size – – like fitting into the best hiding places, and easily scooting to the front of the cafeteria line – – to Mimi, being small is the worst. But then one day there’s a surprise waiting for her at home. A very little surprise. And Mimi is about to discover something about being little.
I give this book a rating of 4 stars. I read it to my 4 year old daughter. She really enjoyed the book.
The watercolour illustrations are really nice. The only thing was at first I thought Mimi was a boy. I thought that the story was simple and delightful!
Watching You by Lisa Jewell
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: January 9, 2019
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Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England. It is home to doctors, lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.
As the headmaster, Tom Fitzwilliam ics credited with turning around the local school, and who is beloved by all – including Joey Mullen, his new neighbour. Joey quickly develops an intense infatuation with this charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Freddie, Tom’s teenaged son – a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for M15 – excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.
Jenna Tripp, one of Tom’s students, also live on the same street and she is not convinced that her teacher is squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing he has taken a liking to her best friend and fellow classmate , Bess and also Jenna’s mother – whose mental health is deteriorating and she is also convinced that Mr.Fitzwilliam is stalking her.
Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, her obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars and I highly recommend it. This book was so hard to put down. The whole time you know something has happened and that someone is murdered, but you don’t know exactly who it is. The book is slowly revealing secrets and leading you up to this shocking ending. I really enjoyed this thriller by Lisa Jewell. I have also read Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. She definitely does not disappoint with her novels that I have read. I am looking forward to reading more by her!
I Think I Can by Karen S. Robbins
Illustrated by: Rachel Brunson
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Publish Date: March 28, 2019
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This book is designed to be read with a buddy, the dialogue between an aardvark and a mouse contains only kindergarten or first- grade words, making it a unique first reading book. Sentences are short and lots of repetition for reinforcement and to build reading confidence. This story encourages readers to believe in themselves.
I give this book a rating of 5 stars. I read this book to my four year old daughter who really enjoyed it. The illustrations are really cute and well written for my daughter’s age range. I would definitely recommend it!