Monday, October 5, 2015

#FrightFall Read-a-thon Ocotber 5-11, 2015 and Diverse Universe Oct. 4-17, 2015 #Diversiverse

I am once again joining Michelle at Seasons of Reading for Fight Fall Reading.
This fun week has everything to do with reading scary books but not necessarily blood and guts kind of books. We can read children's books of course but are asked to read at least one adult book throughout the duration.

Come back this week for reviews. Hope I get them all finished!

Here is my list:
The Devil's Glove by Cousin Vinny
My Babysitters A Monster by A.J. Cosmo
Weirder Than Weird by Francis Burger
Will Allen and the Great Monster Detectives by Jason Edwards

Maybe there will be more? Stay tuned!
~Naila Moon

PS> I am also participating in #DiverseUniverse this week too. Keep watching for all of these books.
More about that here: Diverse Universe

Thursday, October 1, 2015

#Review: Please Try to Remember the First of Octember! by Theo. LeSieg/Illustrated by AJ Cummings

Dr. Seuss imagines a day when all your wishes come true in this classic Beginner Book. Octember the First is the day on which all your most outlandish wishes come true. If March is too dusty and April too gusty, if May is too early and June is too soon, just try to remember the first of Octember, when whatever you are hoping to get will be yours! From a balloon pool in the sky to a pickle tree in your backyard, Please Try to Remember the First of Octember! is a wildly silly story that will have readers laughing—and wishing—out loud.

My review:
As it is with almost all of Dr. Seuss books, I love the rhyming and the words made up to be funny but sometimes remarkable. I think kid's would love this book and get quite a good laugh too.

Although this book was not written under the Dr. Seuss name but by his real name, I still find it hilarious. I can only imagine the things I would want to have and could receive if I could remember Octember.

 5 stars!

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book for my own collections. The views here are 100% my own and may differ with yours. ~Naila Moon

Where to find the author:


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

#Review: The Bullet Catch: An Eli Marks Mystery by John Gaspard #Mystery #Adult #YA

Newly-single magician Eli Marks reluctantly attends his high school reunion against his better judgment, only to become entangled in two deadly encounters with his former classmates. The first is the fatal mugging of an old crush’s husband, followed by the suspicious deaths of the victim’s business associates.
At the same time, Eli also comes to the aid of a classmate-turned-movie-star who fears that attempting The Bullet Catch in an upcoming movie may be his last performance. As the bodies begin to pile up, Eli comes to the realization that juggling these murderous situations -- while saving his own neck -- may be the greatest trick he’s ever performed.
My review:
Believe it or not, in my past history, I have been an amateur magician along with my Dad. So, it is with that and liking a good mystery that I approached this book. Here we have it all. Two murders, one attempted murder and a who-done-it that should be of epic proportions.

 But it wasn't.

This is where I thought the author might have failed because I was able to figure our the mystery part of the book way to soon. Then again, the author did have a bit of a twist to the killer which caught me off guard but only a little as the book pretty much said "here, I am but how did I do it?"

Now, as for the magic part of the book, that was kind of fun except the plot of it ran on way too long. The character could have figured out what to do within a few minutes as he-the character- was a professional magician. He did not need a whole book to get an alternative to the problem nor figure out who was about to kill off his actor.  It was sort of nice to see the author put into the book things that have happened in real life, including "The Magician's Code".

My Dad believed in that code and so do I. I also believe in not telling the twist or the ending of a book so, that my friends, you will have to look up yourself.

Overall, not too bad but would have liked to have seen more mystery, twist, and more character development too.

This book gets three stars from me. 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as a gift. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

Where to find the author:


Sunday, September 27, 2015

#Review: Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh #Adult #YA

This mesmerizing coming-of-age novel, with its sheen of near-magical realism, is a moving tale of family and the power of stories. 
   After their mother's probable suicide, sisters Olivia and Jazz take steps to move on with their lives. Jazz, logical and forward-thinking, decides to get a new job, but spirited, strong-willed Olivia--who can see sounds, taste words, and smell sights--is determined to travel to the remote setting of their mother's unfinished novel to lay her spirit properly to rest.
   Already resentful of Olivia's foolish quest and her family's insistence upon her involvement, Jazz is further aggravated when they run into trouble along the way and Olivia latches to a worldly train-hopper who warns he shouldn't be trusted. As they near their destination, the tension builds between the two sisters, each hiding something from the other, until they are finally forced to face everything between them and decide what is really important.

My review:
This book was a bit difficult for me to read. It was not because it was not easy to read, no, in fact because it hit so close to home. I felt like the author had plucked my life and put it into a book.

I simply substituted the Mother in the book for my Dad. Although he did not commit suicide, he did manage to pass away when nobody but myself was with him. It was and is a still painful experience to this day.  He left so many unanswered questions, memories, and I cannot help to believe but maybe false hope or even hope to some.

So, the book...well, it pretty much runs the gamet of what I just spoke about. The three people left in the wake of it all had to do some soul searching and memory searching to come to terms with it all.
Through some letters that were left by the Mom the girls put together the hopes and then dashed dreams of being with her own Dad again.

The book runs all the stages of grief with many tears to be shed throughout and peace to be found within.

Ironically for me, I read the last chapters of this book on my Dad's birthday which was September 21st. There was a "letter" addressed to the Mom character's Dad on Sept. 21. 2011. That would have been 3 months after my Dad passed away and as I said, ironically, the first page I read.

As I began this review, I said the book was difficult for me to read, which indeed it was but it also was healing in a strange sort of way which in many ways, it was meant to be.  Thanks you for that.

The book is certainly of merit and gets four stars.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book as a gift. The view expressed here are 100% my own and may be different from yours.~Naila Moon

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

#Review: FireSong (LeGarde Mysteries Book 3) by Aaron Paul Lazar #YA #Adult

What would you do if your country church was hit by a rogue tornado during services? What if wild winds unearthed the bones of a missing parishioner in a nearby wheat field? Now add the discovery of heroin in your elderly minister's bloodstream. The Genesee Valley is in chaos. A new batch of drugs is on the street, endangering local students. The local salt mine collapses due to illegal mining practices. Watering holes turn to brine. Crops are dying. Tempers are short. To top it off, the new salt mine lies directly over ancient Indian burial grounds, bringing anguish to local tribes and inciting riots. When Gus LeGarde is thrown into the middle of the mess, he knows life has finally gone berserk in East Goodland. Join Gus as he's lured into a bizarre network of underground tunnels where he discovers the shock of his life and potential links to the Underground Railroad.

My review:
I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice step-away from the books I usually read and review.
The author painted a lovely scene of the Genesee Valley and its people. The way he pictured it you wanted to step right in and meet all of these interesting characters. In fact, I would have loved to been invited over to Gus's house for one of his Sunday dinners.

The things that happen to this family and neighbors is quite over the top for one Summer but even so, it could happen, just not likely in this area of the country and all at once. However, that, my readers, is called author prerogative and it made for a great story!

Being a historian by nature, I loved the not-so-underlying story of the Underground Railroad. This has always been a fascination for me and seeing in print, albeit fictional in this case, made the book just that much more exciting. It is obvious to me that the author did his homework on this subject and some other subjects, like the salt mines. Excellent!

I look forward to reading more books from this author. 5 stars!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Review: It Wasn't My Fault by Helen Lester/ Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

When accidents happen to Murdley Gurdson, they are usually his own fault, but when a bird lays an egg on Murdley's head one day, he tries hard to find someone else to blame.

My review:
Having young kids around, they always want to say that something is not their fault. The character Murdley is always having things happen to him that are usually his fault.  One day when a large egg hits his head, he sets out to find out whose fault it is. Hilarity ensues and the characters involved are truly funny. This is an adorable little book.

Kids will relate to goofy things happening in the book and find them to be a laugh out loud adventure of discovery. I loved everything about this book including its cartoonish, over-the-top characters.
The read was easy for kids that are learning to read.

This is a 5 star-not-my-fault book for sure!

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book for my own collections. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

Where to find the author:

Helen Lester has published The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983, in collabroation with Lynn Munsinger. They have also worked together on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in Pawling, New York.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Kid Lit Blog Hop #KLBH

Welcome to the 66th Kid Lit Blog Hop where we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!


Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger

Stacking Books


Music Teaching and Parenting

Pragmatic Mom

Reading Authors

The Logonauts

Spark and Pook

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