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: Wrecker by Carl Hiaasen

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Wrecker by Carl Hiaasen is about a teenager named Valdez Jones VIII, who goes by the name of Wrecker due to his heritage . . . many of his great grandfathers salvaged shipwrecks.  When Wrecker comes across a speedboat stuck on a sand flat, the men onboard pay him to keep silent about what he saw.  He's happy to oblige, but then, Wrecker keeps seeing the men all over Key West, and now, they want more than his silence.

A huge thank you goes out to NetGalley for the Advanced Readers Copy of Wrecker by Carl Hiaasen.  Having heard a lot of good things about this author, I was thrilled to be approved to receive a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review and was not disappointed in the least.

Although this book written for middle grade children, it seems more mature for lack of a better word.  I would have thought the target audience was young adults.  Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything that isn't appropriate for kids, it just seemed to be written for older kids.  It was extremely well written, and I enjoyed it as an adult.

The storyline was fantastic and mostly believable.  I loved the fact that Hiaasen used COVID-19 as one of the major themes in the story.  So many authors haven't written about it for whatever reason, and I am glad that some of what the world went through is captured in Wrecked for all eternity.  Hopefully, it will give generations down the road a glimpse of what life was like during the pandemic.

I really enjoyed the main character and his stepsister.  They were written very believably.  And, although I didn't care for Wrecker's mother, father, and stepfather, I felt like they were written realistically as well.  The setting was Key West, which I have been able to visit twice before, so I enjoyed the fact that I could picture some of the island and more touristy attractions.  I definitely want to go back there to visit and spend more time there.

Four out of five stars is what I gave Wrecked by Carl Hiaasen.  The only reason I didn't give it a five was that some of the story was a little slow.  I look forward to reading more books by this author.

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