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: One by One by Ruth Ware

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One by One by Ruth Ware is about a corporate retreat for a social media app called Snoop, and the employees get snowed in at a ski resort due to an avalanche. When one of the owners turns up missing and an employee is murdered, everyone becomes a suspect. How many will survive?

Reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Was None, Ruth Ware tells a story from two different characters perspectives, both who have deep, dark secrets. The one perspective is from Erin, who works at the French chalet and the other perspective is told from Liz, who is a former employee of Snoop. Relatively early, I thought that the killer had to be one of the two women since we only hear the story from their perspectives, but as the story progressed, I began to second guess myself as there are quite a few red herrings. After a while, I just decided against trying to deduce who the killer was and let the story take me on the ride of a lifetime.

I loved the fact that Snoop, the company holding the corporate retreat, was a social media company because there are so many of them out there. I felt like the storyline about the actual company was very timely and believable because it has to be extremely difficult to compete in that space and expensive to boot. I could see the perspective of Topher not wanting to sell the company and wanting Snoop to be able to make it without being bought out by a larger social media company. However, I could see the Eva's perspective of wanting to sell the company and finally make some money off of it. 

At first, I was confused as to why a former employee would be at a corporate retreat, but it eventually gets revealed why Liz is there. This situation was the only complaint I really had about the book as I felt Ruth Ware took too long to tell us why Liz was there.

One by One by Ruth Ware got five out five stars from this book nerd. I enjoyed this book immensely and loved the fact that the author went back to her roots of telling modern day stories that make me think of Agatha Christie. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend The Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.

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