#BlogTour #Review : Do Bugs Wear Shoes? by Addie Broussard @TwoUmbrellasPls @rararesources

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Hello book lovers! today I’m happy to share my review as part of blog tour for Do Bugs Wear Shoes?, organized by Rachel @Rachel’s Random Resources. many thank to Rachel for tour invite and to author for providing review copy of this wonderful book. I hope you enjoy this post.

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Do Bugs Wear Shoes? by Addie BroussardAnthony Puttee

Publication Date: October 31st 2018
Publisher:  Two Umbrellas Media
Read Date: October 30th 2018
Genre: Non-Fiction / Children’s book / Educational
Target Age: Children’s – ages 4 – 10
Page: 36

Stars: 5/5

5 star

Synopsis

A colorful, fun-filled book packed with answers to all your silliest bug questions! 
Learn what happens when a bug goes to space, to school, and to the gym. Find out if bugs have feelings like people do. Discover robot bugs, dancing bugs, bugs that poop and so much more!
Filled with illustrations, photographs and interactive videos, Do Bugs Wear Shoes will have kids laughing and learning as they discover awe-inspiring facts about the insect world. This beautifully designed book is organized into colorful two-page spreads that each focus on a different question, making it easy and fun to read for children and big kids alike.

BOOK EXTRAS include videos and printable worksheets for extended learning. Great for educators and at-home learning.

PLUS, vote on the world’s most beautiful bug!

Recommended for ages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and up.

Don’t miss out on the chance to bug out!


reviews

This was an educational scientific picture book on entomology telling about the bugs and insects and different classes of insects, varieties, how bugs are different from insects, some fun facts and scientific findings.

Author has collected many info in just few pages of the book starting from what is entomology to classification, importance of scientific names, and so many unbelievable facts that I didn’t know before like- strongest, smallest, loudest bug, bug dance and poops and also if bugs can survive in space and Antarctica. It was amazing to read about such interesting things that teacher can teach kids in classroom. There were activity questions at end of some chapters that kids would enjoy finding answers to.

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I loved all macro pictures of insects and bugs along with the illustrations in the book. There were links at the end of the book for additional information and videos on the publisher website that curious kids would love to explore. Most exciting thing is there is Bug book art pack available on publisher’s website as well that you can download for free ⇒ Here ⇐ (Don’t forget to check out the resource link available below to get Cool Halloween Art Pack.)

This was newer fun way for kids to learn and author made it enjoyable with colorful graphics and text with simple approach. It will definitely raise curiosity in kids and involve them in discussion, even those who are less interested in this subject.

Overall, this was colorful educational and a perfect classroom book I recommend to all teachers and kids.

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Author Bio:

addie-anthony-pic-01.jpgTwo Umbrellas is an educational publishing company that fuses education and storytelling.  We offer books and activities to help parents and educators empower tomorrow’s leaders.

Our founders, Anthony Puttee and Addie Broussard, love to travel.  Anthony’s favorite trip was to Antarctica and he has included some of his personal photos in this book.  Addie has traveled solo around the world. While in Portugal, she encountered a unique insect, which inspired a children’s book called The Beedog, which was published in 2018. The idea for Do Bugs Wear Shoes came from a playful team meeting on a rooftop in Mexico.

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Book resources at https://twoumbrellasplease.com

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*** Note: I received review copy of this book from the author as part of blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. ***

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (50)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.


Happy Monday Book lovers! I’m going to keep this short as I’m feeling bit anxious, bit worried,  bit excited. I’m just counting days now!  In preparation of welcoming baby, taking care of health in these last few weeks, reading has gone out of order and down in list of priorities so there isn’t much to update.

Last week I finished-

Isabella

Isabella (Chantelle Rose Series #3) by Cristina Hodgson

Currently reading- 

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Next This Week- 

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Isabella (Chantelle Rose Series #3) by Cristina Hodgson @HodgsonCristina

 

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Isabella (Book III of the Chantelle Rose Series) by Cristina Hodgson

Publication Date: September 26th 2018
Read Date: October 25th 2018
Genre: Romance / Women’s Fiction
Pages: 252

Stars: 5/5

5 star

Synopsis

Who is Isabella Gravachi, and what’s the mystery behind the trail of heartbreak left in her wake?

Having lost her mother as a child, Chantelle is desperate to trace this side of her family and confront the ghosts of her mother’s past. So when a surprise invitation arrives, promising to take her to the place that holds the secrets to both Isabella’s past and Chantelle’s future, she doesn’t hesitate.

But unravelling this Sicilian mystery that’s been locked away for centuries, under the guard of looming Mount Etna, will test Chantelle in ways she never imagined.

As new love challenges old, and bonds are formed and broken, will Chantelle’s quest for the truth destroy everyone she loves or will it bring her peace at last?

Previous Books in series-

Book 1- A Little of Chantelle Rose by Cristina Hodgson
book 2- Valentina (Chantelle Rose Series #2) by Cristina Hodgson


reviews

Third and last in Chantelle Rose Series, Isabella, was a romcom, family suspense and drama that revolved around Chantelle’s motherhood, her quest of finding her maternal lineage and her mother’s life journey, Isabella. The book was about love, family secrets and betrayal, sacrifices, magic and belief.

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As usual Chantelle was fun to read. She was witty, sarcastic, lovely mother of 2 year old Bella. If you have read earlier books, you can visibly see the development and maturity in Chantelle. Her feelings for Bella, Robbie and her loved ones were realistic and genuine.

I loved the trio of Chantelle, Vivien and Tammy from the very beginning. Vivien was just the same- madly in love diva, but this time she has started to come out of Lionel’s shadow. And what do I tell you about Bella! She was such an adorable child. This little swearing monster made me laugh out loud while reading about her.

Isabella– Chantelle’s mother was such a lovely and wise lady. She was most developed and mature character in the book. Even though she had suffered from her visions, love, and family, she never stopped in life. It was admirable to see her keep moving through thick and thins of life. I wish I could see her present in Chantelle’s life.

This book focuses more on female characters than their partners. Marco was exceptional in Isabella’s story. He was wonderful in his own way. His love for Isabella was heart touching, I felt his pain and sacrifices strongly. His development in the book was beautifully written and I loved the way author depicted his emotions.

what i liked

Plot was written in first person narrative from PoV of Chantelle and and in third person narrative from Isabellea and Marco’s PoV alternatively.  Chantelle represented her present life and her quest for finding her family roots and relatives from her mother’s side that she hopefully was going to find out in Catania while Isabella and Marco told their charming but poignant love story that took place in late 1980s in Sicily.

Both the narration started with unusual dreams that held family mystery. Author did a wonderful job in narrating two stories together with a magical element and seamlessly connecting them to the present life of Chantelle.

It was pleasant to read old characters. In the beginning author gave brief intro to all of them as and when necessary that brought back the memory of previous books. This series and the book had the best cast. I enjoyed reading them all.

The mystery of Chantelle’s mother and her family was gripping that hooked me from the very beginning. It was interesting to solve mystery of wedding invitation, plot against Chantelle, family scheming, and who Vivien was busy chatting with. Robbie and Lionel’s insecurity, Chantelle’s thoughts and difficulties in handling both Bella and Vivien together on their trip to Catania were added fun to the story.

What made this book different from the previous books of the series was flowery descriptive writing which was enticing with an exotic description of Mount Etna, its legends and myths and swoon worthy beautiful characters. What I loved most about this book was,
Chantelle’s voice- as usual entertaining and humor dripping,
Isabella’s life story, and
how Chantelle finds about her family and its secrets.

Climax was unpredictable and highly entertaining. Oh my and the end was most beautiful. It left me smiling a sweet-smile. It was the best end of the series and I’m going to miss Chantelle terribly.

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Overall, it was humor dripping, entertaining, refreshing adult romance with mystery and family darma. I highly recommend this series to fan of this genre.


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AuthorCristina Hodgson

Buy LinkAmzon.com / Amazon.in

*** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

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#BlogTour #Review : The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond #TheGoldenOrphans @GaryRaymond_ @parthianbooks

Hey book lovers! It’s my stop during the blog tour for The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond, organized by Emma @ damppebbles blog tours . Many thanks to Emma for tour invite and to author for providing the review copy of the book

Golden Orphans Cover ImageBook Details:

Publication Date: June 30th 2018
Publisher: Parthian Books
Read Date: October 15th 2018
Genre: Literary Fiction / Mystery / Thriller
Pages: 155

Stars: 4.5/5

4.5 Stars

Synopsis:

Within the dark heart of an abandoned city, on an island once torn by betrayal and war, lies a terrible secret…

Francis Benthem is a successful artist; he’s created a new life on an island in the sun. He works all night, painting the dreams of his mysterious Russian benefactor, Illy Prostakov. He writes letters to old friends and students back in cold, far away London. But now Francis Benthem is found dead. The funeral is planned and his old friend from art school arrives to finish what Benthem had started. The painting of dreams on a faraway island. But you can also paint nightmares and Illy has secrets of his own that are not ready for the light. Of promises made and broken, betrayal and murder…

The Golden Orphans offers a new twist on the literary thriller.


reviews

The Golden Orphans was literary mystery fiction that revolved around main character- a nameless British artist and how he got involve in mysterious dark secret when he attended funeral of his mentor and father figure successful artist, Francis Benthem. The book was about life crisis, secrets, finding the lost one, art and philosophy, and self-development.

From the blurb I guessed this was going to be more than the usual mystery thriller and I was right about it. Writing was beautiful, engaging, and impressive. Initially, I didn’t know where the story was going. First two chapters were enough to ring the alarm bell. I had lot of questions in very few pages. Book was written from main character‘s perspective.

I liked the way main character maintained the balance of his need for money, respect and morals. What made him different and likable was his conscience, he was true to himself. His development was brilliant, loved the way he found his passion and art back and how he tried to do better for himself and for other characters. As we go along in the book we know more about Francis Benthem, who was the turning point in main character’s life and how important he was in story without existing. Francis Benthem’s former employer- Mr Prostakov was quirky, crazy, and mysterious.

It was fun to solve the mystery of Mr Prostakov, why he needed artist to solve the mystery of his unusual dreams, suspicious guests at his house and weird behavior of all the characters. I loved how author portrayed characters’ life crisis, the picturesque geographical descriptions of Cyprus, its culture and dark history along with a philosophical view. What made the plot more interesting was the story and revelation behind the title ‘The Golden Orphans’. All of these was interwoven in such complex and beautiful structure that kept me guessing till the end.

Plot twist was great. I like the way climax was written. Too many things happened in last 30% of the book. My small complain was regarding the end. It felt bit rushed and predictable.

Overall, it was short, unique, intriguing and suspenseful book. I highly recommend it to readers who love mix of suspense and literary fiction.

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About Author:

gary raymond author photo.jpgGary Raymond is a novelist, critic, editor and broadcaster. He is the presenter of BBC Radio Wales’, The Review Show, and is one of the founding editors of Wales Arts Review. He is the author of two novels, The Golden Orphans (Parthian, 2018) and For Those Who Come After (Parthian, 2015). He is a widely published critic and cultural commentator.

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Purchase Links:

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*** Note: I received e-copy of this book as part of blog tour, in exchange for an honest review. ***

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And No Birds Shall Sing by Elizabeth Clark @rararesources @EAClarkAuthor

 

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Hey book lover! Today I’m happy to be part of blog tour for And No Birds Shall Sing, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. I hope you enjoy reading more about this book through this post.

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Book Detail:

And No Birds Shall Sing by E. A. Clark 

​Genre: Supernatural Suspense / Thriller
Publication Date: 24th October 2018
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Synopsis:

Not all spirits rest in peace…

Following a personal tragedy, a recovering Grace Clements relocates with her husband and daughter to an old cottage in idyllic rural Oxfordshire. As the family integrate into the seemingly benign local community, they learn unsettling facts about the cottage’s dark past. Grace quickly becomes uncomfortably aware of a menacing presence within their new home.

Stumbling upon a neglected cemetery, Grace and her daughter discover the graves of the house’s previous inhabitants, including those of nine babies. Dismayed to find herself pregnant, Grace suspects she has awoken something truly evil in her new residence. She develops a creeping sense of unease as she unravels the disturbing truth about the history of the cottage and the fate of its occupants.

Who is the sinister boy watching Grace and her family? Are there malevolent forces at work? Or is the mentally fragile Grace heading for another breakdown?

A spellbinding paranormal thriller from the best-selling author of Lay Me To Rest. You may want to keep the lights on…

Purchase Links:

UK US / Publisher’s site

Author Bio:

Crooked Cat Photo.jpgElizabeth Clark was born and raised in the Midlands, where she continues to live with her husband and son, plus an assortment of pets. Much of her formative existence was spent with her head in a book, and from an early age, she grew to relish the sheer escapism afforded by both reading and writing fiction. Putting things on hold for a time to raise her three children, she has resumed her fervent scribbling.

She has a love of antiquity and a penchant for visiting old graveyards, often speculating on the demise of those entombed beneath. Whilst she has written short stories and poetry for many years, a lifelong fascination with all things paranormal culminated in her first novel for adults, ‘Lay Me to Rest’, published in September 2017 by HQ Digital.

‘And No Birds Shall Sing’, to be published by Crooked Cat in October 2018, is her second foray into the realms of the supernatural.

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