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You have help (Nancy Diedrich's Whenever a Child is Born)

  Title: Whenever a Child is Born Author: Nancy Diedrich Genre: Children's Picture Book (Ages 3-7) Pages: 30 Publisher: WestBow Press Release date: July 2017 *  *  * My Review What do you expect when you choose a children's book? Pictures that beckon, words that engage, and rhymes that you sing together with your kid. Nancy Diedrich's Whenever a Child is Born has all this and more. As a parent, I like this book not only because of how it would fascinate a child, but also because it would resonate with the parents too. In a subtle, unobvious way, this book allays your fears (and this applies to both the children and the parents) even as you enjoy the words that celebrate the birth of a new child. In 30 pages, you experience the reactions of animals and birds, and nature and heaven welcoming your little one. My kids are kind of grown up now, but as a parent, I still felt good having read it. As I read out a couple of couplets to my kid (always a kid for me, as I keep t

Gallardo's Ready for the World - Superstar (Book Review)

Title: Ready for the World - Superstar Author: Charmeljun Gallardo Genre: Young Adult/Coming of Age Book Review The second installment in Gallardo's Ready for the World series starts with the protagonist, Brandon working on his book. The series is set in 1980s when the typewriters ruled and cellphones and social media had not taken over the lives of youngsters. Superstar takes off where the first book, Driver's Education had ended. Brandon has realised that being a writer is his calling and being with his childhood friend, Ally his destiny. Life seems to be sorted. But then when are things in life ever so simple? Well, they are not simple in this case either.  Through the course of this book, we see Brandon struggling with his feelings, discovering things about himself as he goes along,  hanging out with friends,  living through high school, taking a job and finding new interests, struggling with difficult choices and heartbreak... basically living the life of a teenager.

Book Review: Lauren Carr's Murder by Perfection

Book Title : Murder by Perfection Author : Lauren Carr Series : Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3) Category :  Adult fiction, 422 pages Genre :  Murder Mystery Publisher :  Acorn Book Services Content Rating : PG ( mild violence and sexual suggestion) My Review As Lauren Carr's Murder by Perfection begins, Murphy and Jessica are no-longer the newly-weds, and the busy schedules with Murphy's work and Jessica's studies have the two needing to work on their marriage. However, the story takes an interesting turn when Murphy goes missing and a chef whom Jessica and Murphy had met the evening before is found murdered. The third installment in the Thorny Rose Mystery Series helps us get to know other characters of the extended family better. As they endeavour to find Murphy and solve the murder, it makes for an interesting read and helps one escape in a thrilling world. *  *  *   Book Description: Beware: Perfection has a dark side! Frustrated with their busy sche

Sunayna Prasad's A Curse of Mayhem

Book Title : A Curse of Mayhem (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions, Book 2) Author : Sunayna Prasad Category : Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  173 pages Genre : Fantasy Publisher : Amazon KDP Release date:  July 2019 Content Rating : G: There is no mature language or adult content whatsoever. My Review Six months after her first encounter with magic, thirteen-year-old Alyssa encounters the world of magic again. The difference this time is that she herself can perform magic, something she needs to get rid of to live a normal life. Alyssa's home life has improved since the first book as she is now living with her godfather, Alex. The enemy in this one is Errol, a wizard from ages ago, who is trying to find life again through Alyssa. In A Curse of Mayhem, Alyssa struggles to find a balance between her life - home, school, grades, friends and the fight to escape another evil wizard. Talking about the evil wizard, the one from the first book does have a presence on this one too

Book Review: Lauren Carr's A Fine Year for Murder

Book Title : A Fine Year for Murder Author:   Lauren Carr Series : Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 2) Category :  Adult fiction, 422 pages Genre :  Murder Mystery Publisher :  Acorn Book Services Content Rating : PG ( mild violence and sexual suggestion) My Review The second installment of Lauren Carr's Thorny Rose Mystery Series, A Fine Year for Murder surprises you with the thrill of a mystery that involves the back story of one of the central characters introduced in Kill and Run, the first book in the series, Jessica. Jessica's nightmares and a new twist to an old murder case have her, along with her husband Murphy, going to the scene of the crime, a place where she had spent many a holiday during her childhood days. Once again, the author manages to weave the relationships and emotions with the thrill of solving cases. A Fine Year for Murder introduces many new characters and puts Jessica and Murphy's relationship to test as they struggle to bring together the

Alyssa in Wizardland

Book Title :  The Frights of Fiji (Alyssa McCarthy's Magical Missions, Book 1) by Sunayna Prasad Category :  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  136 pages Genre :  Fantasy Publisher :  Amazon KDP Release date:    October 2018 Content Rating :  G: There is no mature language or adult content whatsoever. My Review Alyssa, the protagonist of The Frights of Fiji is a twelve-year-old girl, orphaned from five years, is now living with her Uncle Bruce and Cousin Hailey. And then magic knocks on her life with a message written in raindrops on a window - "Your life will never be the same again, Alyssa McCarthy, as magic will interfere". Not surprisingly, my first thought on reading this was 'Harry Potter'. Alyssa's adventures are very different from Harry's journey. It is more reminiscent of Alice's adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa is kidnapped by an evil wizard, but finds many good wizards, becomes friends with them, and discovers the enchanting world of magic.