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Princess Kiah and the Frog

Children's Book - Princess Kiah and the Frog (Princess Kiah Series) - Joy Findlay

Written by: Joy Findlay


(Read and reviewed by my youngest daughter)


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


I think it was funny and how she kissed a frog and all she got was slimey lips. She was expecting to look pretty after she kissed the frog.


Words from paperdollmom: I thought this book (and the rest in the little self published kindle edition series) was a little bit odd. The writing was a little off to me, using strange phrases I had not heard before. Illustrations left a lot to be desired. However, the plot was a tad cute. For whatever reason, my youngest was very taken with Kiah and her adventures, and for a little girl that despises reading most of the time...I'll take it, and purchase every one of them!

Heidi Heckelbeck and the Secret Admirer

Heidi Heckelbeck and the Secret Admirer - Wanda Coven, Priscilla Burris

Written by: Wanda Coven


(Read and reviewed by my oldest daughter)


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


I thought it was adorable and cute. In the book Heidi is continuously receiving gifts in her cubby hole from her secret admirer, along with some notes. It was really cute and I love it.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

The Third Wheel - Jeff Kinney

Written by: Jeff Kinney


(Read and reviewed by my oldest daughter)


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


I loved it. I thought it was hilariously cute and silly. I loved how in the book it had so much about his early childhood in the beginning. The Valentine's Dance goes terribly wrong for Greg.

Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest

Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest - Wanda Coven, Priscilla Burris

Written by: Wanda Coven


(Read and reviewed by my oldest daughter)


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Heidi decides to jazz up the family cookie recipe via a spell to beat meanie Melanie and it goes horribly wrong. It was wonderfully thought out. I very much enjoyed it. I think it's great for all ages!

Heidi Heckelbeck has a Secret

Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret - Wanda Coven, Priscilla Burris

Written by: Wanda Coven


(Read and reviewed by my oldest daughter)


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


I thought it was brilliantly thought out. It was very cute and adorable. I liked it very much. I loved it. I'm even thinking about going back and reading it again. This book is about a girl named Heidi and she has a brother named Henry. She has been homeschooled up until the second grade. At school, Heidi finds a mean girl and a new best friend.

Heidi Heckelbeck Casts a Spell

Heidi Heckelbeck Casts a Spell - Wanda Coven

Written by: Wanda Coven


(Read and reviewed by my oldest daughter)


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


I thought it was adorable. It was very silly and cute. In the book Heidi decides she wants to get back at mean Melanie by casting a spell that goes wrong.

Snow White Sorrow

Snow White Sorrow - Cameron Jace

Written by: Cameron Jace


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


(Read and reviewed in June of 2013)


This book is one of the most creative fairytale retellings I have read. I love how those creatures in the night have been entwined into the authors world of fairytales. I am a little unsure of the ending, as it seemed abrupt, leaving me with questions and wanting to find out what happens next. I haven't read any of the prequels, so I am not 100% sure if this is just what the author is going for, or if it will be continued, or what? But either way, I loved it all. Even aside from some unanswered questions, the story was so great I will probably read this again and again. As for grammatical errors, there were plenty. Double words, "be become", small words left out, and a continual mistake of having two people speaking within one paragraph (making it sometimes confusing). I wish the author would take more time to proof read and fix all of these mistakes...it would make the read even more enjoyable without having to hesitate and figure out what was meant. I was also a little put off with the usage of the word "retard" in one part. I just thought to myself, do people really say that anymore? I thought we've all moved past that.
With all of that said, this story is about Snow White, of course. But not your normal Snow White. The author takes the original fairy tales and creates a whole new world that was hidden within the tales. The author creatively expands on little statements within the original tales, explaining what these things meant while entwining it into a much bigger story that still exists around us...or at least in the town of Sorrow. The main character, Loki, acts a little silly at times, sometimes unrealistic to me. But it's all in good fun...and what could be wrong about telling a fabulous fairytale? There were moments I was reading a few creepy parts on my kindle in bed and had to peek out around me in the darkness half expecting something to jump out at me...why? Just because this story really does weasel it's way into you, pulling you in deeper. I would definitely recommend it.

Bound to Remember

Bound to Remember - Lola James

Written by: Lola James


Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


(Read and reviewed in June of  2013)


This books really holds your interest. It is completely obvious that the author is a big The Vampire Diaries fan, or so I would assume with many of the same plot and vampire characteristics. Enchanted jewelry or spells so they can walk in the sun, witches, the main character looking exactly like a vampire that has been killed in the past, even the use of the name Catherine. Being a fan of The Vampire Diaries myself, I didn't mind that. It was a fun read. The author also brings in a little Greek mythology through the character of Hades, which is a new fun addition. The grammer was a little sketchy throughout the book...words clearly left out, or words printed twice in a row. There was several moments where the storyline just moved along too quickly for me to truly get what was going on. I found myself asking questions such as "why is she doing this again?", as if the explanations of the unfolding plot were just not always completely clear. The main character often acts in a way that to me is very unrealistic, which at times was a bit off-putting. It is somewhat short and ends at a huge cliffhanger. I immediately wanted to grab the second book just to see what happens, but after letting in settle...I'm not 100% sure I will purchase the next book. It wasn't really one of those books that you read and just sit and think...I'm glad I spent my time reading that! Now, I just think...eh. Gave me something good to read before bed for a few nights, was interesting, gave me my vampire fix, but really nothing that superb for me.

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You Are an Imaginative Thinker

You are a nonlinear thinker, and you're even surprised by the places your mind takes you. You love to get lost in a story, whether it's your own or not. You love fantasy. You are a positive and uplifting person. You inspire others to be better. You are full of wonder and curiosity. You feel a strong connection to the world.

Real Vampires Live Large and More Used Bookstore Finds

Real Vampires Live Large - Gerry Bartlett By Hook or by Crook - Betty Hechtman People of the Longhouse - W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O'Neal Gear

Even though I am posting these finds on the same day as the other post, the shopping days were about two weeks apart. Today I found these three books, spending about $9 total. People of the Longhouse seems to be like new, except for a small fold in the front cover corner, which I think happened simply from the cashiers poor bagging. I have been wanting to read one of these People of books for some time, so I was super happy to discover they had many different titles from the series there. I have not yet read any other books in Real Vampires Live Large, either, but from reading the first few pages it sounds interesting. Can't wait to dig in! I have a couple I need to finish first though...

The Black Swan and More Used Bookstore Finds

The Black Swan - Mercedes Lackey Rituals - Ed Gorman Mind Games - Carolyn Crane Planet of Twilight - Barbara Hambly

I discovered a book store in our area (finally), which sells new and used books. I was in heaven browsing through the store. I had forgotten what it is like shopping in a used book store! I love book stores in general, but used book stores are so much more intriguing. You can stumble upon just about anything, books that you've never even heard of, that are so old they look like they shouldn't still exist in our world today. Not that I found such old books, but I did find a few I thought I would try. I think I spent approximately $18 total for all four books, with the one I am most excited about, The Black Swan, in hardcover. I remembering reading The Black Swan many years ago when we lived in Alaska, and for whatever reason, that book has been plaguing my mind for the past several years. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it in the store!


Shatterpoint - Matthew Stover, George Lucas

Written by Matthew Stover


Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars


  • This is a tough book for me to decide how I felt about it. I literally feel divided, as I loved the first half, and hated the second half. The plot line of this book is brilliant, I loved it. Mace Windu is traveling to his home planet to find out what is going on with his former padawan, Depa, after seeing evidence of not-so-Jedi behavior from her. This book is mainly about how war can blur the lines of what is right and what is wrong, and how this can impact human being. Depa has been on a warring planet for months, and her standing as a Jedi is being brought into question, and Mace is sent to sort through it all. The first half of the book talks quite deeply and philosophically about war and Mace's concern for Depa, and his anticipation of what has happened to her. It really pulls you in and has you wanting to meet this Depa and understand the workings of her, and if she is truly okay.
    Now, the second half, I feel like the author really missed a great opportunity. The book builds up the meeting between Mace and Depa, and when it finally occurs, nothing. It is all so passive, practically every scene with Depa. I just didn't get it. The last chapter FINALLY gave a snippet of insight as to her mental stability and how deeply affected she truly was, but I felt the topic was so deep, and really was set up by the author in the beginning to be so, but it didn't pan out. I wanted to know more about Depa. I wanted to know what she had been through, why her appearance was so different. I wanted to know how she felt, more than just that she had bad headaches and nightmares. She did explain some during her conversations with Mace, but in just such a manner that left her a very flat character for me, and it didn't work with who she was in the book.
    I get this book isn't about Depa specifically. It is all told from the point of view of Mace. So I can understand that maybe the author was aiming for simply Mace's searching and figuring out, over diving deeply into Depa, but I still wanted to know more about Depa. After all, wasn't that the whole purpose Mace went to find her? I think I will probably always be wondering about her and how she came to be who she was in the last chapter...

A Berry Good Dream

A BERRY GOOD DREAM ( A Gorgeous Illustrated Children's Picture Ebook for Ages 2-8 ) - Michael Yu

Written by Michael Yu


Rating: 2 out of 5 stars


This is a story about a young boy named Brandon who lives quite a cozy life with "more toys than the local toy shop". Every night Brandon went to bed, he quickly fell asleep as he snuggled his bear, Berry. He visited all kinds of fantastical places in his dreams, such as an ice cream shop or a zoo. This was a cute book with really bright clear illustrations. It was a nice rhyming book (however I do wish the story had been typed up in a fashion that would have helped rhyme along, such as in the form of a poem). My complaint is that Berry explained the fun places were to give him a break from the not so great stuff in his life....yet his life was described as "grand" in the beginning. It didn't really make sense. It is enjoyable for the fun of dreams, and that is about it.


Example quote: "They rode all the rides and bought cotton candy and Brandon was feeling oh so very dandy!"


Teaching opportunity: This is a great time to dive into dreams and give a basic understanding of where they come from, such as our minds settling from our day. Discuss nightmares and how to feel better about them during the night (dreamcatchers, getting a sip of water, positive thinking, snuggling a toy), and of course share your most fun dreams! Maybe even draw a picture of a scene from your dream.









houses smell quote from Breatrix Potter: A Life in Nature

Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature - Linda Lear

'I wonder why houses smell so different,' she wrote after a visit there. 'On thinking of a place the first recollection is the smell and the amount of light.'


I absolutely love how Beatrix Potter really uses her senses, how her mind uses them in so much of her life. I can't recall ever having a smell coinside with the memory of any home, and now wonder about if I had been neglecting to use more of my senses in casual situations. I can recall placements of furniture, level of warmth, and just an overall general feel of a place. I am very early on in this book (for a second go), and am once again finding myself intrigued by this lovely lady.





remember quote from Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature

Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature - Linda Lear

'I remember every stone, every tree, the scent of heather, the music sweetest mortal ears can hear, the murmuring of the wind through the fir trees,' she recalled later.

How wonderfully beautiful to have those memories about somewhere special. I can just imagine what it is like to be recalling each and every detail about somewhere that touches my heart, to such depth. I love even more that her recollections are of the surrounding nature. It inspires me to pay more attention to what is going on around me.

The closest memories that I have in this way are recalling my senses while living in Alaska. I loved the fresh, clean, crisp air in my nostrils and lungs. I loved the cold wind against my cheeks, and I loved seeing the endless falling white snow and its creations around me. Whenever I think about Alaska, it makes me want to inhale a deep chilling breath and feel the brisk cold upon my cheeks.



Pinkalicious - Victoria Kann, Elizabeth Kann

Written by Victoria Kann


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


This is a very cute story about a little girl making pink cupcakes with her mom. After eating too many she turns pink! Her doctor orders no more pink foods, she should only eat green. Pinkalicious of course disobeys and eats one too many cupcakes.  After her shade of pink changes, she realizes she must do as the doctor ordered, with a funny suprise in the end. My girls really liked this book. The illustrations are crisp and bright and go perfectly with the story.

Example quote: "My face was pink, my hands were pink, and my belly was the color of a sunset."

Teaching opportunity: Take this opportunity to discuss what foods are healthy to eat. Pinkalicious has to eat green foods to return to her normal color. Pick another color and talk about what fruits and veggetables are good for your body. Take the story to the kitchen and allow the children to help prepare a healthy snack for that afternoon.