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The Dwarves’ Dilemma (Science Folktales) by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Felicia Bates

Dwarves' Dilemma, TheDwarves’ Dilemma, The by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read the Dwarve’s Dilemma with my 6 year old daughter and we both loved it. It was a great, unique take on what it is like to be fair to one another. I often enjoy reading this author to my children, especially the stories that have an element for science to them. I love a children’s book that teaches important life lessons as wel. This book has that as well as fun characters and really cool illustrations. Another fun book to add to our bedtime story rotation!

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Dream-Shifter by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Felicia Bates


Dream-ShifterDream-Shifter by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve read a few Lois Wickstrom books with my youngest child and we always love them. Dream Shifter was the first full length novel I’ve read by this author vs the usual younger children stories with illustrations. Dream Shifter was just as imaginative and enjoyable as the books I’ve read before it though! I enjoyed the creative storyline and the characters were fantastic. I actually read this book myself but I feel that my 8 year old would have loved it. I really look forward to reading more from such a creative author.

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Pardon Me, Please by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Felicia Bates

Pardon Me, PleasePardon Me, Please by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pardon Me, Please was a great book to read with my daughter (6 yr) as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. She enjoyed the book and has had me read it more than once to her since. It’s so important as a parent (or at least this parent) to have a well written story that doesn’t take forever to read at bedtime. Pardon Me was fun and to the point with creative tricks to try to get that pardon.

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And Then She Fell by Dreena Collins – Review by Felicia Bates

And Then She FellAnd Then She Fell by Dreena Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And Then She Fell was a five star read that had me on the edge of my seat with my wheels turning from the first page. I liked the narration from mother to daughter, though deceased. As well as the flashbacks keeping the intrigue and helping you try to piece the tragedy together. I really felt like this book was incredibly well written and each chapter that passed made it harder to our the book down. I can not recommend this book enough and I’m anxious to read more from this author.

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A Christmas to Remember by 5 Prince Publishing – Review by Felicia Bates

A Christmas to Remember: An Anthology from 5 Prince PublishingA Christmas to Remember: An Anthology from 5 Prince Publishing by Bernadette Marie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Christmas to Remember is an anthology I just couldn’t resist. All of the stories were fun and heartwarming in their own way and I don’t think there was a single one I didn’t like!

Mistletoe Memories kicked off the anthology on the right foot. It reminded me of one of my favorite Hallmark movies with two rival bakers. It had a little bit of everything, including that warm holiday happily ever after.

Rocky Mountain Christmas was easy to was with a familiar feel to it. Amity was a character that I grew to like.

Copper Penny Christmas- I loved the perspective this story was told from. This was a cute story on how things don’t
always go to plan but they often turn out better than expected. The story was easy to read with sweet characters, I honestly loved it.

Merry Mix-Ups was a fun, funny holiday read based on misunderstandings. Some of them, pretty humorous. The
characters were the type you could see yourself becoming friends with and the dual storytelling made this a great read from both perspectives. This read like the kind of holiday movie I love to watch. Very fun!

Falling for Christmas- My favorite part about this installment is that the chapters had titles. I didn’t just fall for that feature though, I loved the small town feel and holiday movie vibes it gave. I enjoyed Natalie and her willpower! Overall, another great edition to this holiday collection.

Christmas Pizzo- I really enjoyed this story, focused on family and what you’re “meant” to do. I really liked Sal as a character and again, the duel storytelling was helpfully to see both sides to the relationship.

The Mrs. Clause was an adorable story with a looming question about love vs money. The story was fun and easy to read with super sweet characters and a clever plot. It was a great story to wrap up the anthology and I’m officially in the holiday romance spirit!

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Misfortune of Song (Druid’s Brooch Series Book 5) by Christy Nicholas – Review by Felicia Bates

Misfortune of Song: An Irish Historical Fantasy Family Saga (The Druid's Brooch)Misfortune of Song: An Irish Historical Fantasy Family Saga by Christy Nicholas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Misfortune of Song
(The Druid’s Brooch series, Book 5)
4 out of 5 stars

The Druid’s Brooch series does not fall under the category of genres I read very often but with books so well written, I’ve gladly made an exception.
Misfortune of Song is the fifth book in the series by Christy Nicholas but it can easily be read by itself; in fact I’ve been reading this series out of order.
Once again Christy Nicholas has captured me with her storytelling, in depth characters and fantastic imagery. The storyline had a bit of everything to keep me engaged and my emotions on edge.
I believe in my last review I stated that the book I had just read was my favorite in the series, I’d have to go back on my word and say Misfortune of Song has stolen that spot. Let this be an example of the kind of series this is, once you think you couldn’t love the books anymore, you read the next installment. Misfortune of Song has introduced me to a whole new world and much welcomed break from reality, if only for a short period. I will be recommending this author/series to anyone I know that’s looking for a fantastic read all around.

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Better Gnomes & Gardens (Mysty Haven Mystery Book 1) by Casey Cardel – Review by Felicia Bates

Better Gnomes & Gardens (Mysty Haven Mystery)Better Gnomes & Gardens by Casey Cardel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was originally attracted to this book by the witty title and adorable cover art. I ended up enjoying the characters and the storyline along the way. Initially, it took me a bit to get into the book but once I did, I didn’t want to put it down. I loved the subtle mystery surrounding Bob, the little town and whether he would fit in or not. I grew to love the characters, especially Aubri and I found myself wanting to get to know their back story more. I liked that at times I was suspicious of just about every character and that what I feared might happen actually didn’t. I am happy to see that the book left us expecting more because I am definitely open to experiencing more of this paranormal town.

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Glass Houses by Sinister Styx – Review by Felicia Bates

Glass HousesGlass Houses by Sinister Styx
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Glass Houses took mere minutes to devour but it left a long lasting impression. I was blown away by this short story and am having trouble articulating my thoughts and feelings without any spoilers. Providing you’ve read and taken the trigger warning accompanying this story into serious consideration, I would highly recommend this fast paced read. This is an author I would love to read again and would be curious to see what kind of impression a full length story would leave.

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Lucas the Spy Cat (Jake the Growling Dog) by Samantha Shannon – Review by Felicia Bates

Lucas the Spy CatLucas the Spy Cat by Samantha Shannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great children’s book that I loved reading to my daughter as much as she loved hearing it. I can’t go without saying that the illustrations were amazing and initially a huge part of why I chose the book. That aside, the story was written really well and flowed nicely.I always love a children’s book that rhymes. I enjoyed the pages after the story with word searches and a focus on creativity. Plus, as a cat lover I loved seeing pictures of Lucas and Nemo.

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Ghost Talker (Madame Chalamet Ghost Mysteries Book 1) by Byrd Nash – Review by Felicia Bates

Ghost Talker (Madame Chalamet Ghost Mysteries #1)Ghost Talker by Byrd Nash
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read Byrd Nash in the past, I consider this a “trusted” author and I was looking forward to what this series would have in store for me. I am a believer in some paranormal things and was looking forward to reading this. The story did not disappoint at all. The main character was enjoyable and often times, humorous. I don’t often read historical books but I did enjoy the setting and atmosphere of this book as a whole. This is a quick read with the promise of 5 more installments. I look forward to reading more.

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