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Sunday, June 25, 2017

STORYBOOK SUNDAY: School's Out for Summer!

HI guys and gals!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

We're celebrating another day of bookish fun with Storybook Sunday! For those not up to speed on the post, I read a lot of great storybooks and thought, why not give them their own day in the sun. Hence, Storybook Sunday! Feel free to join the fun and create a post on your own site with the same name. I'd love to see any linked up in the comments! Anywho...back to the matter at hand.

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Today, we're celebrating the arrival of TWO new storybook releases via Disney Hyperion.  Despite the fact that most kiddos have bid farewell to the hallowed halls of learning for the summer, Fall will arrive sooner than they think and with it, the new school year.  Yep.  It's inevitable, at least until the adult years are in full swing and even then, learning still happens on a daily basis, just outside the classroom setting.  Ah, those were the days.  I was the kid that loved going back to school.  It wasn't for recess, or to catch up with old friends, it was purely for the learning...and the new school supplies.  (LOVE THEM!  STILL DO!)  Anyway, today's first book tackles that trepidation some feel at the turn of the season and why they should push it aside to join the masses, while the second title reminds us that sometimes the soundest advice comes from the most unlikely of places.  Ready or not, here come our books of choice...

Robery Neubecker

A tale of summer's end, 
Shared in rhyme and meter;
That reminds us all, 
Interest in school can peter.
From child to child,
Different levels are seen;
Many times over,
I'm not being mean!

It's a simple statement,
A matter of fact;
Not everyone learns
With the same tact(ics).
That's why we consider,
The subjects at hand;
And remind little learners,
They're numerous like sand.

Science and math
History and Spelling,
Library time...
...and recess for yelling.
Let's not forget 
Those added affairs;
Like music, sports,
And fundraising fairs!

There's much to learn
Yes, it is true;
But you WILL find something,
That inspires you.
So give it a shot,
Come on, let's go!
For you, the learner...
Are the star of this show.

Added addition to the story and rhyme, I loved the illustrations!  The crisp Fall colors got me in the mood for leaves turning, cooler temps (though none are in sight here in FL at the moment), and rerouting my trip to work to avoid all the school zones.  (Hey, I have to adult now...and traffic can pile up!)  A great add to your end of summer reading list!


Anica Mrose Rissi
Illustrated by
Zachariah OHora

What begins as a class lesson in evolution and change, becomes a big BIG problem!  Once upon a time, there was a group of kiddos led by the one and only, Mr. Stricter.  He wasn't like his name sounds though...he was one of the cool teachers.  He did EXPERIMENTS and everyone knows those are always FUN!  Well, this one takes a turn for the worst after their eggs hatch, grow into tadpoles, and are released into the wild...expect one.  Little Bruno...but not so little for long, and just what a ginormous problem he grow into, you won't believe!  The real problem though...Mr. Stricter is so caught up in the joys of having a pet, he can't see the frog for the hippo in the room.  (That will make sense when you read it....)  Can his class help him see the light without smashing his pet owning dreams to smithereens?  Only one way to find out....

While definitely an adventure, there is a heavy dose of imagination and fantastical-ness used here because really...I'm pretty sure that's how the particular pet they end up with actually comes to life.  Just sayin'.  Still, the trouble that follows will have kiddos in stitches as Little Bruno outgrows his name, his bowl, the room, and then some....and let's just say that Mr. Stricter will eventually see the light, even if it is snot crusted (eeww!).  A fun read for school days (or not) and a great way to explain why Suzy can't have a pony when you live in an apartment.


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Special thanks to Cassie at Disney Hyperion for the ARC copies for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on these titles, the authors, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  Both titles celebrated their book birthday June 20th, 2017, so be on the lookout for them on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time, remember....if it looks good, READ IT!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Willowdale, Book 1: Storm of Attraction by Lily Black

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're diving between the epages of a book I read earlier this week that took me by storm...pun totally intended and OH SO ON TARGET!  It's the first release in the Willowdale series from author Lily Black and while new on the writing scene, her writing comes off as old in her written voice sounds MUCH more experienced.  Let's not just speculate about it though, shall we?  It's time to get on with the show!  Ready or not, today's ebook of choice is...

Willowdale, Book 1
Lily Black
Red Adept Publishing

About the book...
Alexa Wolving has just one rule: never give a guy a second chance. That works just fine in the safe life she’s built. In the charming town of Willowdale, her day job as a librarian balances perfectly with her evening job as a black belt instructor. But when she attracts the attention of a stalker, Alexa’s carefully built world begins to crumble.

Drew Cosimo knows he broke Alexa’s heart five years ago when he took his first Ranger assignment and disappeared from her life. Now that he’s out of the army, he’s moving back home to Willowdale. He’s not looking for a fight, but making peace would be easier if Alexa hadn’t told the entire town he was a money-grubbing jerk. Despite the tension between them, Drew is quick to offer his protection when a stalker forces Alexa from her home.

As the stalker’s attacks escalate, Alexa and Drew are forced to face their painful past and the simmering attraction between them. They must fight to save each other before everything they care about goes up in flames.


Here's the deal...
...this is my site, and I like to keep it "real", so my reactions, while completely my own, may not always sound like the glowing praise of a professional reviewer, nor the burning scorn of a non fan...but you can trust that they are my HONEST opinion from start to finish.  Now that we've established that...

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At first glance, I was not enamored with this book.  Taking the cover and the synopsis into account, I thought it might lean too much towards the scary stalker story and leave no room for the potential romance, and though in the past I loved me some Crime Fiction, I've strayed away from it on the regular more recently.  Hey, you already knew that my reviews were scattered across the board.  I refuse to be pigeonholed into one particular niche or another, letting my interest in a title guide me towards or away from any book that crosses my path.  HOWEVER, something about this one called to me despite my initial trepidation and guess what?  I'm OH SO GLAD I heeded that call!

Once I began reading, I just couldn't stop.  Alexa was a strong female lead, and while she could seriously kick some booty if need be (and it definitely "need be" at some point in this book), it was nice to see her considering other options, like giving a particular blast from her past another chance even though she is staunchly against do overs when it comes to relationships.  Hey, I'm not saying she's going to make it easy or that she actually succumbs to those feelings still sizzling away after all these years, but even the moment's thought she gives it is a triumph when considering her past.  Drew, on the other hand, could fulfill all your military man dreams in the blink of an eye...too bad he's stubbornly hung up on the only girl that really got beneath his skin.  Why too bad?  Because, as I said, she's not going to make it easy, nor does he really deserve it to be with the exit strategy he employed the last time they were in each other's lives.  Guess it's a good thing fate (and a crazy butt stalker!  Eeek!) is pushing them together (and testing their limits of self control) despite the imminent danger they are BOTH in....

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In the end, it was a thrilling rush of a read that while filled with heart stopping action (it just keeps escalating!), danger (crazy stalker alert!), and suspense (who is more wily, the stalker or them?), still held enough battles of the heart to keep a romance fan's hopes alive and well.  Definitely a must read that should be on your reading list this summer as well as a new series to stay abreast of in the coming months.


About the author...

Lily Black believes in true love, but she is also quite certain that going after it is the scariest thing we'll ever do. She explores this dynamic in her romantic suspense novels, which are set in the small imaginary town of Willowdale, where people dream big, love deeply, and kick butt if necessary.

Lily has a black belt in Chung Do Kwan Tai Kwon Do, and she has also trained in everything from judo to broadswords. She lives in North Carolina, where she tries to divide her free time between the mountains and the sea. She shares her home with a very patient and loving husband and their teenage daughter. 



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Special thanks to author Lily Black and the Red Adept Publishing team for the ebook for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so seek out your favorite retailer to snag a ecopy or tree copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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