Book Review - Windy City Magic: The Best Kind of Magic

Monday, June 26, 2017 / Leave a Comment
"Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love..."

The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Windy City Magic, Book 1 - The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari is an honest to goodness, sweetheart of a story. YA + the pure kind of romance + mystical beings = a fun, fun weekend read!

Written from our sassy heroine's point of view, you get a taste of the magical world through the eyes of a teen with sharp wit and a good heart. Though she may not be a full witch like her mother, Amber's matchmaking skills are certainly a special gift.

I absolutely enjoyed Amber's interactions with the non-magical but super charming Charlie, her best friend/clairvoyant Amani, her Wiccan mother and even the dreaded siren Ivy and the untrustworthy witch Victoria. Oh, Ivy and Victoria... Cestari sure knows how to whip up the perfect villains!

Amber is likeable and, in a way, relatable. I may have no magical, matchmaking abilities but we've all shared similar (sorta) snide thoughts. I love Amber's fearlessness to speak out and do what she feels is best to protect the ones she loves.

There was nothing about this read that was too much or too little. It was a breezy, refreshing story with a bit of drama, a dash of danger and a taste that leaves you thirsty for the "what next."

Seriously, though... what's next?! Looks like we find out February of 2018 and I'm looking forward to it. Windy City Magic, Book 2 - The Sweetest Kind of Fate has already been added to my TBR list!

Thank you, NetGalley and Disney Book Group/Disney-Hyperion for the opportunity to read this digital ARC in exchange for my honest feedback and review!


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Father's Day & It's Great Being a Dad

Sunday, June 18, 2017 / Leave a Comment

This year, for Father's Day, we picked up It's Great Being a Dad - story Dan Bar-el and illustrated by Gina Perry. It was an early gift for daddy (gifted Saturday night), mostly because mommy couldn't wait... we do love our books in this house! Every night we read together as a family and I couldn't have found a better book for this Father's Day (weekend) read. We loved the story and the fantastic illustrations!!

It's Great Being a Dad by Dan Bar-el
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a beautifully written book that demonstrates the vivid imaginations of children through fantastic story-telling and artistry. My daughter loved the colors, the characters and every illustrated page. My husband and I loved the honest and familiar tale, told with great humor for everyone to enjoy.

Truth be told, mom and dad loved the pictures as much as our little reader.

This was a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful children's family book!

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Happy Father's day to my love, my dad and the rest of you awesome dads!!


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Book Review - Trusting You and Other Lies

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 / Leave a Comment

Trusting You and Other Lies
by Nicole Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Trusting You and Other Lies by Nicole Williams is an enjoyable summer read written from the perspective of an almost–adult teen girl.

Our main character, Phoenix, is dealing with complex family issues, change and love. You can't help but to root for her as she tries to figure out life, while at the dreaded family camp, during the summer before her final year of high school.

Trusting You and Other Lies is sweet, sometimes a little serious but never boring or too predictable. I found myself breezing through this book and enjoying every moment!

If you enjoy YA, I highly recommend Trusting You and Other Lies. Take this one to the beach, or to camp, or the lake, or anywhere you will be doing your summer reading!

p.s. I'm in love with this cover!!!

Thank you NetGalley and Random House Children's Crown Books for Young Readers for the opportunity to read this book at no cost, in exchange for my honest feedback and review.

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Book Review - Internet Famous

Monday, June 5, 2017 / Leave a Comment
Internet Famous by Danika Stone
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Internet Famous by Danika Stone

Usually, I adore YA books and I thought the concept around this one was great. The problem for me and where it fell short was it just did not feel believable. I really had a lot of trouble with the characters and the parental figures. Honestly, I don't know if it improved but I had to stop reading halfway through. It was just impossible for me to get into. I have read a lot of other great reviews of this book, so maybe it just wasn't for me.

Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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