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: Everyone Here Is Lying by Shari Lapena

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Everyone Here Is Lying by Shari Lapena was published on July 25, 2023.  The story opens with William Wooler having an affair.  When his mistress ends things, William goes home early wanting some peace and quiet only to find his daughter Avery home from school early.  He loses his temper with his daughter and leaves.  Hours later, Avery is missing and presumed dead, leaving William as the suspect.  However, he isn't the only person in town hiding a secret.

Shari Lapena is one of my favorite authors, so whenever she has a new book out, I know that I'm going to read it automatically.  I was hoping that I'd be lucky enough to receive an advanced readers copy from NetGalley.  Unfortunately, it wasn't in the cards for me.  However, I was one of the first people to be able to check out Everyone Here Is Lying from my local public library.

Told from multiple perspectives, the story held my attention, and I drew some conclusions on who I thought was involved in the kidnapping of Avery.  I thought the father was too obvious, and I didn't think it was anyone in the immediate family.  My mind briefly landed on the mistress and then on her son.  There were so many twists and turns that I started second guessing myself on who I thought it was.  When the author revealed what happened, I was completely shocked by it.  Looking back, she did give a really good clue as to who was involved, and I ignored it.

Although Everyone Here Is Lying by Shari Lapena is a suspense novel, it isn't fast paced at all.  It's more of a slow burn but in a good way.  I do have to say that normally there are a few likable characters throughout the story, but this isn't one of them.  The majority of the characters were unlikable in my opinion, but surprisingly, that didn't detract from the story.

Five out of five stars is what I gave Everyone Here Is Lying by Shari Lapena.  I can't wait to see what the author writes next.  Hopefully, she will eventually write a sequel to to this book.

 

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