Category: Sunday Meme

Short Story Sunday: Mommy, Where Are You?

Author: C.G. Adler
Published: March 21, 2018
26 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: May 11, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

MOMMY, WHERE ARE YOU? is the touching story of a turtle hatchling who gets lost from her mother and siblings. Tiny Aubree searches to find her mother. She meets several endangered sea turtles on her journey. They tell her who they are. They share information about the species of endangered sea turtle they belong to. They encourage Aubree on her journey to find her mother. Information about several endangered species of sea turtles is presented so children can learn details to help save the sea turtles.

This is not just a book for children ages 2 to 8. It’s an inspiring family book that puts a smile on children’s faces while teaching us how to help the endangered sea turtles. Kids books are often inspiring, but this one will stay quite long in your memory due to:
– An enchanting children’s story
– Beautiful illustrations
– Amazing character artwork
– information about turtles

Jessica’s Review:

I thought this review would be perfect to share today as it is Mother’s Day:

This was a fun and short children’s book about Aubree the hatchling.  She gets left behind by her brothers and sisters.  Then she decides to try to find her mommy. Aubree goes on an adventure meeting other turtles and creatures.  She finds out the differences between her and the other turtles in a fun way that educates children.  There are also some fun facts at the back of the book that tells us about turtles.  I really liked the photo of the ‘real’ hatchlings, this way children can see how small they really are! 

The illustrations are very colorful and enhance the story. This is a good introduction to turtle for kids. If you child is a little older and likes turtles, they will enjoy this story as well!

 I would say this would be good for ages three and up as two may still be a little young. Even though this is not a realistic story as turtles lay the eggs then leave the nest, but it helps children to realize that their parents will never leave them.

Purchase Links:
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Sunday Series Review: The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Today Kim is reviewing The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen. She rated this series 4 stars.

Books in the Series:
The False Prince

The Runaway King
The Shadow Throne

The False Prince
Published: April 1, 2012
342 Pages

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point—he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

The Runaway King
March 1, 2013

331 Pages

A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive?

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King.

The Shadow Throne
Published: February 25, 2014
336 Pages

One war. Too many deadly battles. Can a king save his kingdom when his own survival seems unlikely?

War has come to Carthya. It knocks at every door and window in the land. And when Jaron learns that King Vargan of Avenia has kidnapped Imogen in a plot to bring Carthya to its knees, Jaron knows it is up to him to embark on a daring rescue mission. But everything that can go wrong does.

His friends are flung far and wide across Carthya and its neighbouring lands. In a last-ditch effort to stave off what looks to be a devastating loss for the kingdom, Jaron undertakes what may be his last journey to save everything and everyone he loves. But even with his lightning-quick wit, Jaron cannot forestall the terrible danger that descends on him and his country. Along the way, will he lose what matters most? And in the end, who will sit on Carthya’s throne?

Kim’s Rating of the Series: 4 Stars

Kim’s Review:

I love Jennifer Nielsen. She’s a dependable writer with great imagination and a talent for storytelling. I haven’t read a book of hers that I haven’t liked. This series is no different. I’ll admit that by the last book I was ready for the story to resolve, but when it did, I was completely satisfied. I loved each character and I was surprised many times. Sage had a consistency about him that kept me from getting frustrated with the plot. I never doubted that he could think his way out of any problem. I was usually surprised by his cleverness and the details of his schemes. Y’all know that I dislike idiot teens, but thankfully, these teens are not idiots, they’re just young and they learn and grow throughout each of the books. I know this is another short review, but I can’t talk about much without giving things away. This is a great series for younger teens and an interesting and unique fantasy series.

Purchase Links for the Series:
Amazon US
Amazon UK


Sunday Series Review: Everless Duology

Today Kim is reviewing the Everless Duology by Sara Holland. She read Everless last year not realizing (like usual! 😉 ) that it was part of a series. Her review for Everless is below along with the picture she took:

Kim’s review for Everless.

Books in the Duology:

Published: January 2, 2018
368 pages

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever. But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

Published: December 31, 2018
368 Pages

Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.

Kim’s Rating of the Series: 4 Stars

Kim’s Review:

This duology is great! I read Everless last year, without realizing it was part of a series. Thankfully, Evermore came out without too much delay and I was so excited to read the series again and find out what happens. I was not disappointed. Jules Ember is an excellent protagonist that I enjoyed rooting for. Her attitude about men gets a little ridiculous sounding in Everless, when she seems to put her feelings for Roan above everything else. Of course, I admit, I preferred Liam the whole time anyways. That’s the only reason I’m giving this series 4 stars.

The story is unique and easy to follow. These are the books that you read thru 50 pages without realizing it. Everless sounds like a beautiful place to live and I liked seeing the connections between it and the characters. Jules managed to separate Everless and its owners. She loved Everless and always felt that it was her home, no matter who else was there. I can’t say too much about Evermore, because I don’t want to give anything away . . . In fact, I probably shouldn’t say much more anyway, y’all just need to read it!

The story is great, the characters are believable and mostly likable, the setting is beautiful, the covers of both books are gorgeous, and I think this duology is completely appropriate for teens. I definitely recommend it to those who like fantasy!

Purchase Links for the Duology:
The differences in the US and UK editions are HUGE!!
Amazon US
Amazon UK