Daddy Dragon Saves The Day Picture Book Review

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Daddy Dragon Saves the DayThe dragons of Quace are a boisterous bunch, and this scaly family is home alone with Dad! How will he cope with the chaos? Will he ever work out how to un-singe a lawn? And hey! Is that a meteor on its way to ruin everything? He’s going to need all his mythical might to make sure that Mrs. Dragon doesn’t come home to a smoking crater instead of a house. Young readers will enjoy the ride as captivating colors and rip-roaring rhymes join forces in this playful tale of everyday domestic dragon life getting quite out of hand.

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This is the cutest picture book ever! I thought Bobby and the Monsters was cute, but this one definitely tops it.

Daddy Dragon is taking care of the kids as Mrs. Dragon is away at a meeting. He thinks that he is going to be able to handle taking care of the little ones, but they are definitely a handful. First, they tear up the house. Then, when Daddy Dragon tries to clean up the house, they destroy the yard. But soon, an asteroid is coming down from the sky towards the babies. They can’t destroy it, but Daddy Dragon swoops in, and saves the family. The children apologize for making such a mess, Mommy Dragon comes home, and everyone cleans together.

This book would be a perfect bedtime story. The moral of “no matter how “bad” you are, your parents will always be there for you” is an important one. It is also nice that the story didn’t just treat the children acting out and making a mess as “normal” or “cute” behavior. They apologized to their father in the end and realized that they shouldn’t have been acting out.

The art in this book is intricate yet simple. The dragons are all color-coded so kids would be able to draw them. Some of the pictures even look like they were drawn in a “crayon-ish” style. There were no super glossy-looking pages, even while reading the novel digitally. The pictures had duller colors and slightly rougher lines, looking like they were drawn with colored pencils or crayons. I am sure that any kid reading this book would be inspired to go draw themselves.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an adorable children’s book about a dragon father and his kids.

I received this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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From Frights to Flaws Review

From Frights to Flaws (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions, #1)Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?

I have to admit, I DNF’ed this book around 40%. I really tried to push through, but this book was just painful to read.

Let me start with the writing. The dialogue feels stilted, and Alyssa seems unrealistic. She is supposed to be nearly thirteen years old but feels more like a seven or eight-year-old in the book. Every single time something strange happens, she just says that it is magic. When the adults say magic doesn’t exist and slap her or punish her, she gets sad for a minute or two, and then the cycle continues. You would think that a twelve-year-old would think to come up with some sort of excuse to try to get the adults off her back, but she just keeps saying the same thing over and over again. If the adults don’t believe in magic, she shouldn’t keep using that as an excuse for every single magical thing that occurs. It won’t change their minds.

Alyssa lives with her horrible uncle and her cousin who is in the same boat as she, but there is really no reason for her to have to live in that house. She mentions that there are grandparents that the cousin could go to live with once she has escaped to her godparents’ house, but if the grandparents are in the picture, why was Alyssa forced to live with the Uncle in the first place? Also, why was she forced to live with the Uncle if the godparents were in the picture? If her parents wanted her to live with her godparents if something happened to her, what happened?

Apparently, Alyssa and her cousin are homeschooled, but they aren’t really homeschooled. The uncle takes them to a tutor, and they share the tutor with other kids, including the bully that Alyssa was trying to escape when she left school. The uncle threatens them saying that they will get more homework from homeschooling in the next day, but he really has no control over how much work the tutor gives them.

There was supposed to be some backstory as to why the Uncle hated the children, but it was one of the dumbest stories I had ever read. Apparently, they gave their Aunt a box of chocolates one day, and one of the chocolates had a raspberry filling so she touched it without knowing and died. For starters, people with allergies are rarely that foolish. Even at 9 years old, when that event happened, I knew how to read the nutrition label to see if I was allergic to any of the ingredients. You’re telling me that the kids didn’t read it, and the grown aunt also didn’t read it? Also, if she was so allergic that just TOUCHING the chocolate would kill her, why would she even eat the chocolate in the first place? Any of those chocolates or even any chocolates in a company that MIGHT have raspberry filling could have killed her. The story just seemed thrown together and made me dislike the book even more.

Then when I got to the 30% mark, things started to go downhill. The writing worsened, and new characters were randomly introduced with no explanation as to why they were there. The story just seemed to say “weird things happen, its magic, adults hate magic, and magical people appear.” I couldn’t read anymore after the 40% mark, so I stopped trying to. I wouldn’t recommend this story to anyone.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

The Sleepwalker Review

The Sleepwalker (Cherub, #9)

An airliner explodes over the Atlantic ocean, killing 345 people. As usual, the crash investigators and the media blame terrorism before anything else, but this cannot be confirmed as the cause.

When a twelve-year-old calls a police hotline while distressed, blaming his father for the plane crash. The Cherubs are sent in to investigate and try to help the boy, but it may lead nowhere as the boy has a history of violence and emotional problems.

James is now getting too old for the regular missions, and so he has to do work experience. He lands a job at the literal worst place, a fast-food restaurant. He also has to work with his ex-girlfriend, Kerry. How is he going to get through this?

This book focuses on Lauren and Jake, as they are now of age to go on full missions. They are also around the age of Fahim, the boy who reported his father. Fahim is a twelve-year-old Muslim boy who has an abusive father, and who is bullied at school nearly every day. His father usually takes out his anger on his mother, but he has started to move to him as well. Fahim doesn’t know how much more he can take before he breaks.

This book has definitely been one of the better Cherub books, with the addressing of some popular social issues. Fahim may be a fictional boy, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t real kids who have his issues. It is sad that he suffers from both bullying at school and abuse at home. Luckily he was able to find friends in the Cherub members, but in real life, this might not be the case.

The biggest problem that I had with this book was its portrayal of Muslim children and families. I have several friends in real life who are Muslim and live in a city where there are a multitude of different religions. The only two kids that are Muslim that I have seen in this whole series have been in this book. One of the kids ate bacon, saying that he is “more Muslim some days than others”, and the other kid had an abusive/crazed father. I would be fine with it if there were other representations of Muslim kids in this series. But when the only two kids in the series either don’t follow the rules of their religion or have abusive parents, I start to question it. I hope that they will be portrayed in a more positive light in more books to come.

I did appreciate the fact that James was a lesser character in this novel, as I can’t seem to make myself like him any longer. I only hope that Jake will have some more defining character traits. For half the book, I was reading Jake as James and thought that he was on the mission even though they were two separate characters. As the series comes to a close, I want to see more growth from Lauren and her friends Jake and Bethany.

The book started off slow and it took me from before winter break until now to actually finish it. By the time I got to the middle, I was finally drawn in enough to actually finish the novel. The old cover was one of my least favorite covers in the entire series, as it really didn’t fit the title and actually rather confused me. The Sleepwalker actually refers to Fahim’s emotional distress and has nothing to do with the plane. The new cover isn’t as bad, but I still wish that the title had more to do with the actual story.

Overall, this wasn’t the best book in the Cherub series because of some of the issues, but it wasn’t the worst. I would rate it 3/5, but the slowness of the beginning of the plot and the character issues make me take a point off, as it took me far too long to get through this 336-page book.

Overall Rating: 2/5

Top Ten Tuesdays: Books that Take Place in Another Country

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Onto the list!

The Samurai Code

This action-packed mystery novel takes place in Japan!

My Review: https://brisbooknook.wordpress.com/2017/12/24/the-samurai-code-review/

The Tiger Temple: A Hiram Kane Adventure (The Hiram Kane Adventure Series Book 0)

Another action-adventure mystery novel by Steven Moore takes place in the Peruvian Andes.

My Review: https://brisbooknook.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/the-tiger-temple-arc-review/

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

This well-known time travel adventure occurs in 1700s Scotland for the most part.

My Review: https://brisbooknook.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/outlander-review/

The Sword Thief (The 39 Clues, #3)

Another book taking place in Japan!

My Review: https://brisbooknook.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/the-sword-thief-review-39-clues-3/

One False Note (The 39 Clues, #2)

And this story, one of my favorites in the 39 clues series, takes place in Vienna.

My Review: https://brisbooknook.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/one-false-note-39-clues-2/

The Maze of Bones  (The 39 Clues, #1)

In this intro novel to the 39 clues, Amy and Dan spend time in Paris.

My Review: https://brisbooknook.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/the-maze-of-bones-review/

The Passion of Dolssa

And we travel to France again with this historical fiction novel!

My Review: https://brisbooknook.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/the-passion-of-dolssa-review/

Esperanza Rising

Even though half of this book takes place in California, she has her roots and her story in Mexico.

No review as I haven’t reread it recently!

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (Theodosia Throckmorton, #1)
Thedosia lives in London and travels to Egypt.

No review as I haven’t reread it recently!

Divide and Conquer (Infinity Ring #2)

And finally, we return to historical Paris, just in time for a Viking invasion!

No review as I haven’t reread it recently!

I will see you next week!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Reread Forever

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/ This week’s prompt is: “Books I Could Reread Forever”. 

Soulbound

Soulbound (Engineered Magic, #1)
I love the Freya Snow series, so I was meant to love a book written in the perspective of the male main character. I can only hope that more books will be told from his perspective as I love seeing Freya in a different light.

The Bungalow Mystery

The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, #3)

This may have been one of my favorite Nancy Drew stories as a young girl, and I hope that I will be able to reread it soon.

Golden

Golden (Golden, #1)

I have reread this story multiple times after reading the first book during a read along this summer. I still haven’t gotten the other books in the trilogy, but I hope to do so soon.

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

This is one of the very few stories that I have actually dog-eared the pages to my favorite parts for fast searching. I hate doing that to a book, but I just wanted to reread some parts of the story so many times that I needed an easy way to get to them.

The Maze of Bones

The Maze of Bones  (The 39 Clues, #1)

The Maze of Bones is one of my favorite stories in the entire 39 clues series. I just gave my copy to a family member so they could start reading.

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

I have reread this book once this year and now I am so happy to be able to own a copy of it. Hopefully, I will read it again later on this year.

Defy The Stars

Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1)
I read this book so quickly the first time that I really want to read it again so I can pick up on anything I missed! Maybe I will buy a copy this year.

Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind

This story is so important for adults and children to read in order to better understand those around them who may or may not be able to speak and explain what they are really feeling.

Heartless

Heartless
I keep forgetting that I bought a copy, but I definitely want to reread it sometime this year. This book was so much fun to read!

Sold

Sold
I hope that someday high schoolers get to read this book in school and understand the hardships that some children from other countries have to go through.

That’s all for now, but I will see you next week!

The Boy Next Door Review

The Boy Next Door by [Ho, Jo]

Kim has been torn from her boyfriend Chris and her friends to live in Austin Illinois due to her father getting into an accident and being fired from his previous job. She goes from a life of luxury to living in a rough neighborhood with a family struggling to make ends meet. To top it all off, the girls in her neighborhood know that she comes from a rich neighborhood and don’t want to spend time with her. She feels completely isolated until she meets a strange girl in town who actually talks to her, and she starts to talk to the boy next door who is the same age as her little brother. Now, she has to worry about someone other than herself and her family.

To be honest, when I downloaded this book I did not look at a synopsis. I looked at the cover and the title, and I thought it would be a romance novel. Instead, I was thrown on a wild ride full of twists, turns, and mystery.

I loved the fact that Kim never seemed to act like a spoiled brat. She never became upset  with her family for having to move, but instead focused on stepping up and making the best of things. She may have missed her friends, but she knew that it was not her parents’ fault that they had to move. She makes new friends and even notices others in need rather than wallowing in her own sorrow.

Although this book was a short read, I loved every minute of it, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a short and sweet mystery novel.

I received this book for free through Instafreebie in exchange for my honest review.

Overall Rating: 5/5