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: Going Rogue, Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine (Stephanie Plum, #29) by Janet Evanovich

Going Rogue: Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine (Stephanie Plum, #29) by Janet Evanovich was published on November 1, 2022.  The novel opens with Stephanie Plum arriving at the bonds office on a Monday morning, and office manager Connie Rosolli isn't there.  When Stephanie finally gets into the office, the file room has been tossed.  Then comes the ransom call, which sends Stephanie on the hunt for a mysterious coin that she needs to get Connie released.

The Stephanie Plum book series is one that I've come to love and enjoy when I need a light read that will give me some laughs.  Right off the start, this edition has yet again made me think it's now being ghost written because Lula is asking if one of the people bonded out by Vinnie is Joe Morelli's grandmother.  Lula already know who she is, so this is what made me think that it's ghost written.  If the author just wanted to reintroduce Bella, there had to be a better way to do this.

With that being said, I absolutely loved this latest edition and felt like the writing was a bit more mature than some of the previous books in the series.  The storyline was an interesting one, and I loved that we got to know Bella as more than an afterthought.  I actually found myself liking her, and I hope she comes around to liking Stephanie . . . although, it does seem like she is on that trajectory.  Another great thing is that Vinnie had a larger part in Going Rogue:  Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine.  He didn't seem quite so weasely  this time around.

Stephanie seems a bit more mature, and I like to see characters have some progression.  There is even a bit of marriage discussion between her and another character . . . you'll have to read the story to see who she's talking about it with.  All in all, I had a blast reading Going Rogue:  Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine (Stephanie Plum, #29) by Janet Evanovich, and I give it five out of five stars.

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