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: Finlay Donovan is Killing It (Finlay Donovan, #1) by Elle Cosimano

Book Review Finlay Donovan is Killing It Finlay Donovan #1 by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan is Killing It (Finlay Donovan, #1) by Elle Cosimano opens with a stressed out single mother of two named Finlay Donovan, and her babysitter is a no show.  Finlay meets with her book editor, and when they are overheard discussing the plot line of the book, Finlay is mistaken as a contract killer and accepts an offer to kill someone's husband inadvertently.

This novel was chosen as the August read for the book club I belong to.  I knew this book was a popular book but not one I would have picked up on my own despite it being in my favorite genre.  I struggled with the first 125 or 150 pages of Finlay Donovan is Killing It because the premise of the book was so far fetched.  It was almost a "Did Not Finish" for me, but I didn't want to show up without finishing the book.

With that being said, I was happy that I finished the book because there were parts that I ended up enjoying, but I'm not sure why people thought this book was funny.  It was a extremely dark book, and it reminds me a bit of the television show Good Girls.  This was a fast paced novel that I finished quickly over the weekend, and I would consider it a beach read despite the dark matter.

What I found interesting was that the twenty-two year old babysitter, Vero, seemed so much more together than Finlay, who was thirty-one.  I also thought it was strange that Finlay was in her thirties but had nothing in her wardrobe other than t-shirts, jeans, and sweats.  How do you not have any business casual clothes or dresses?

There are things I did enjoy about Finlay Donovan is Killing It.  One such thing is the relationship between Finlay and Vero.  I think it was great that Finlay had someone she could implicitly trust.  The romance part of the mystery was a fun part of the storyline and trying to figure out if Finlay would end up with one of the men she was "dating".  There is also a line that says something to the effect of women needing to support other women.  This is something I completely agree with, but not in the instance of killing someone.

Despite the farfetched storyline and the main character making really stupid mistakes, I gave Finlay Donovan is Killing It (Finlay Donovan, #1) by Elle Cosimano four out of five stars.


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