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Book Review: Santa's Countdown to Christmas, 24 Days of Stories by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau

Santa's Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau was published on October 2, 2017 and is a book format of an advent calendar.  Told from the perspective of Santa Claus, the storyline chronicles what Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and the reindeer do in preparation of Christmas on each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. I'd like to thank NetGalley and Crackboom! Books for giving me a copy of Santa's Countdown to Christmas in exchange for my honest review.  I was thrilled to be approved to read this book because I love Christmas and am a kid at heart. This picture book was well written and engaging.  The illustrations were phenomenal as well.  I even enjoyed reading it as an adult.  I wish I had kids of my own so I could buy it for them, but I guess I'll have to settle for buying it for family members and friends who have kids that believe in Santa Claus.  I'd recommend this book for babies through eight years old.  Reading

Book Review: The Prisoner by B.A. Paris

Book Review The Prisoner by B.A. Paris
The Prisoner by B.A. Paris opens with Amelie losing her father to cancer and striking out to make it on her own as she doesn't want to be a ward of the state.  She eventually marries billionaire Jed Hawthorne, but one night, Amelie is awakened and finds herself and Jed being kidnapped.  Why are they being kidnapped, and who are her captors?

A big thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for the Advanced Readers Copy of The Prisoner by B.A. Paris in exchange for my honest review.  This author is one of my favorite authors, so I was ecstatic that my request to review this book was approved.

The first thing that struck me about The Prisoner were some of the similarities between this book and The Family Game by Catherine Steadman.  Both books feature a main character that has been orphaned and a handsome, wealthy man who is isn't who you think he is.  However, that is where the semblance ends.  With that being said, there were times that I was getting the two confused since I read both books back to back.

The Prisoner was told from alternating timelines, which added mystery to the story.  This was done exceptionally well without detracting from the reading experience.  It was action packed and well written.  I found myself rushing through the book to finish because it was that engaging, and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen.  It was so captivating that I read The Prisoner in less than twenty-four hours.  I wanted Amelie to be okay and couldn't care less about what happened to her husband because he turned out to be that despicable. The only thing that I didn't particularly care for was the ending, which seemed a little abrupt to me.  I wish there had been a bit more backstory to Ned and more character development of Amelie's friends.
 
Four out of five stars is what I gave The Prisoner by B.A. Paris and can't wait to read her next novel.  I guess I'm in for a long wait.

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