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: Wedding Day Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #8) by Leslie Meier

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Lucy Stone is juggling the needs of four children, her husband, and their dog, as well as her full-time job as a reporter for the local newspaper. She can't handle one more thing this summer, but when friend Sue Finch asks for help planning her daughter's wedding to an internet millionaire, Lucy can't say no. When the fiance is found floating by his yacht, Lucy knows this wasn't accidental. As she investigates the murder, Lucy just might find herself in trouble in Wedding Day Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #8) by Leslie Meier.

This edition of the Lucy Stone Mystery Series wasn't my favorite for various reasons. I knew from the start of the book that the husband to be would end up murdered for some reason. At least, I didn't have a clue as to the motive or who was behind the murder. And, I was completely wrong in my guess of who the murderer was, so that was a plus that I didn't figure it out.

One thing that threw me off was the first chapter in Wedding Day Murder. The storyline jumped from the kids getting out of school for the summer to it being a week or two later. It just didn't flow well, and I reread the first few pages several times and even checked that there were not any missing pages in my copy. There were also a few typos where the wrong names were used towards the end of the book that the editors didn't catch, which threw me as well.

Additionally, I found Lucy's best friend, Sue Finch, to be completely unlikable, and I normally like this particular character. Her actions were very uncharacteristic even with her being unhappy with her daughter Sidra's choice in fiance and not liking the fact that his mother took over the wedding planning. And, Lucy's husband was a jerk yet again and was being completely unreasonable. I'm so glad he had a small part in the book because his attitude really bothered me.

Something else that bothered me was the way Sidra acted. As soon as she found out that her soon to be husband was basically a con artist, Sidra completely stopped acting like a stuck up snob and was the sweet, caring girl that she is supposed to be. Furthermore, the amount of time it took her to get over her fiance's death was extremely unrealistic as well, even with him being a con artist.

Even with all my complaints about Wedding Day Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, #8) by Leslie Meier, it was still an entertaining read and held my interest well enough. I gave this book three out of five stars and will continue reading this series.

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