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: Never Lie by Freida McFadden

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Never Lie by Freida McFadden opens with newlyweds Tricia and Ethan driving to a house showing that is in the middle of nowhere during a snowstorm.  The house once belonged to a psychiatrist who just happened to be murdered.  Upon arriving, they've lost cell phone service and realize that they're going to be snowed in.  Finding a set of keys, the married couple settle in for the night.  While searching for something to keep her entertained, Tricia finds a secret room full of cassette tapes and decides to play one.  What Tricia learns about the former owner unravels a web of lies.

Freida McFadden is an author I've heard a lot about in the online book groups I belong to, and the other members have raved about several of the author's novels.  Not knowing much about her writing style or books, I decided to place holds on several of McFadden's novels at my local public library.

Entertaining and fast paced, Never Lie by Freida McFadden held my interest, and I finished the book approximately twenty-four hours after I began reading it.  Told from two different perspectives . . . Tricia and Dr. Adrienne Hale, the book switched back and forth between past and present.  It was executed extremely well.  
 
With that being said, I didn't particularly care for Tricia because a lot of her thoughts seemed like something a teenager would think instead of someone in their mid-twenties.  An example is she kept thinking it was romantic that her husband wanted to take care of her and always wanted to cook her dinner . . . she thought this multiple times, and it came off as obsessive and immature. Yet, Tricia was afraid to tell her husband certain things that she shouldn't have been afraid to tell him.  Regarding Ethan, I liked him quite a bit. His character seemed more mature and more level headed than his wife.
 
As for Dr. Adrienne Hale, I felt that she was much more mature in her thought process with the exception of a couple of instances.  You'll see what I mean if you read Never Lie.  I also found the doctor to be a bit strange, so I didn't exactly warm up to her.  By the end of the book, I ended up disliking every single one of the characters with the exception of one.
 
Regarding the motive of the killer and who it actually was, I was completely off base . . . the author did a fantastic job of planting red herrings.  There were twists and turns galore.  One thing I did get right though, is I thought one of the psychiatrist's patients was lying about what happened in their life, and it turns out I was correct on that point.
 
Overall, I enjoyed Never Lie by Freida McFadden and give it four out of five stars.  I'd recommend it to people between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two because I think that age range would relate to the main character a little bit more than someone older.  I look forward to reading other novels by this author.
 
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