Book Review: There Are No Dragons In This Book by Donna Lambo-Weidner

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There Are No Dragons In This Book by Donna Lambo-Weidner is a children's book where kids look to make sure there are no dragons in the book.  The expected publication date is March 5, 2024.  I'd like to thank NetGalley for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of this book. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in this picture book.  I didn't care for the story, and it's not something I would likely read to a child.  I also didn't like that the story actually did have dragons in it only because I feel like a child might be upset that they were mislead.  However, I'm not the target audience, so kids may love it. On a positive note, I did enjoy the colorful illustrations.  It definitely gives the reader a lot to look at.  Three out of five stars is what I gave There Are No Dragons In This Book by Donna Lambo-Weidner. Follow Us On Social Media

Book Review: Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Those Girls A Novel by Chevy Stevens
Last week, I ran to the library on my lunch break to pick up a book for one of the book clubs I belong to. Having trouble finding it on the shelves, I happened across Chevy Stevens' Those Girls. Reading the synopsis, it intrigued me, and I decided to check it out.

Was I ever glad that I borrowed this book! It was so well written that I couldn't put down . . . I read the majority of the book in a day, staying up into the wee hours of the night so I could finish it. Even though I was exhausted the next day for work, I wasn't sorry that I stayed up to find out what happened.

Although Those Girls is considered a thriller, I would classify it more in the horror genre instead due to the horrific things the three main characters endure in the first half of the book.  The subject matter is very heavy and not suitable for tweens or young teens as it does deal with rape. 

The book had me rooting for the main characters (Jess, Courtney, and Dani Campbell) from the very beginning; my heart pounded for them, broke for them, and had me hoping for the best. They were so well developed. The bad guys weren't as well developed as the main characters, but that didn't really detract from anything because I still loathed them.

The pacing of the book was done well too with the first half being told from the perspective of Jess in the year 1997 and the second half being told from the point of view of Skylar in 2015. Chevy Stevens did an amazing job with the writing . . . it was very believable, and it has left me in a bit of a funk . . . but in a good way. I definitely recommend reading Those Girls by Chevy Stevens and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Synopsis of Those Girls by Chevy Stevens:  The Campbell sisters are often left alone for weeks at a time at the house they rent on an ranch in Western Canada. Behind on rent and with little money for groceries, Jess, Courtney, and Dani help the owner of the ranch out to earn extra cash. Late one evening, their abusive father returns home and chaos ensues forcing the girls to go on the run. In the midst of being on the run, their pick up truck breaks down in the middle of a small town and an encounter with not so nice people leaves them in a horrific situation.

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