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: Sunset Island (Sunset Island, #1) by Cherie Bennett

Complete Series of Sunset Island by Cherie Bennett

One of the books I chose to read as part of my rereading my way through my childhood is Sunset Island (Sunset Island, #1) by Cherie Bennett. As a first book in the series, it features teens at an au pair convention looking for work across the United States, and we meet three friends who get assignments on the wonderful Sunset Island in Maine . . . Emma Cresswell, Samantha "Sam" Bridges, and Carolyn "Carrie" Alden.

What I love about the Sunset Island book series is that it deals with a lot of issues that tweens and teens deal with and how sometimes it is blown out of proportion (and sometimes not). In the first edition of Sunset Island, it deals with secrets being kept . . . Emma Cresswell doesn't tell her friends Sam and Carrie and her boyfriend Kurt that she comes from a wealthy family because all she wants to do is fit in with everyone and try to find out who she is without her family's money. When she finally decides to tell her friends, they make some harsh judgements about wealthy people, and Emma chickens out of telling them about her true self.

Who hasn't kept a secret from someone? It could be big or small, but I think most people don't reveal everything about themselves, especially when they first meet someone. So, I definitely find this part of the book very believable. What I didn't find believable, even as a teenager, was that people would think that someone not mentioning their wealth was lying to people. Why would someone not mentioning something about themselves be a lie? There are just some things that are not anyone's business.

With that being said, it was an engaging read as a teenager, and I still found it interesting as an adult. I would give this book four out of five stars.

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