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: 214 Palmer Street by Karen McQuestion

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Cady and Josh Caldwell are away from their house, so when neighbor Maggie sees the Venetian blinds move, she becomes concerned. A woman named Sarah answers the door reveals she's an old friend of the Caldwells and is house-sitting for them. What Maggie doesn't realize is that Sarah is panicking because no one was supposed to see her at 214 Palmer Street.

I'd like to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of 214 Palmer Street by Karen McQuestion. I was thrilled to receive a copy for free in exchange for my honest review.

Gripping. Thrilling. Heart Pounding. Fast Paced. These are all words I would use to describe Karen McQuestion's novel 214 Palmer Street. From the very beginning, I was sucked into the story line and couldn't wait to see what would happen. 

I loved the way the author set up the different chapters. Part of it went back and forth between the past and present. It also switched back and forth between the main character and another character simply known as "her". This may sound like the book would be hard to follow, but it wasn't confusing at all. The first half of the book, I thought I knew who "her" was, but I quickly realized it couldn't be who I thought it was and figured it out.

There were many twists and turns that kept me guessing, and I wasn't sure who the "bad guy" was going to be. I'll say that I was happy with who it turned out to be . . . I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read it yet. The ending was a bit bittersweet, but I was delighted with the way Karen McQuestion wrapped it up.

Even though this novel was somewhat reminiscent of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, 214 Palmer Street by Karen McQuestion is a step above it. This novel was well-written and kept me on the edge of my seat. I completely lost track of time and was surprised at the time when I finished reading this story. Five out of five stars is what I gave 214 Palmer Street by Karen McQuestion.

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