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: The Family Game by Catherine Steadman

Book Review The Family Game by Catherine Steadman

The Family Game by Catherine Steadman is a novel about a rich, eccentric family and traditions that may be deadly.  Harriet "Harry" Reed, a novelist, and her fiance Edward Holbeck are in love.  Edward's estranged family wants Harry's help in bringing back into the folds of their family, but when their strange family traditions make Harry uneasy, she starts to rethink her decision.

A big shout out and thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group, and Ballatine Books for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of The Family Game by Catherine Steadman.  I requested to review this book because of the cover art and the synopsis.  To say I was excited to be approved to receive this book for free in exchange for my honest review would be an understatement.

This was the perfect book to put me in the mood for Halloween even though the majority of the book takes place in November and December.  An intense, dark book, the first quarter of the novel was a bit slow but quickly picked up from there.  There were twists and turns galore, and I didn't see the ending coming at all.

One of the traditions of the family is a game brought over from their homeland of Germany called Krampusnacht and included Krampus, the evil shadow of Santa Claus, chasing children throughout the house until one of the kids found the special stick that would "kill" Krampus.  Harry and one other adult were pulled into the game to help the youngest two children in the game.  I found my heart pounding during this scene . . . it was that scary!!  I think what made it so scary to me is that I had watched a horror movie a few years ago about Krampus and knew how scary this creature could be.

All in all, I absolutely loved The Family Game by Catherine Steadman and gave it five out of five stars.  I highly recommend this book, especially if you love the horror genre.

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