Monsters on Machine Picture Book


Monsters on Machines
Deb Lund
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers;
Date: Reprint edition August 1, 2017

Meet Stinky Stubb, Dirty Dugg, Gorbert, and Melvina, the craftiest crew of monsters ever to build a house. With hard hats and heavy machinery, these feisty fellas dig, dump, hammer, nail, and—after a surprise lunch of Mama’s special monsteroni and cheese—they even squeeze in time for an afternoon snooze.

With backhoes, bulldozers, and mud mounds galore, here is a book that young construction enthusiasts will want to dig into over and over again.

I had to show off this cute picture book because the illustrations are awesome.  The story is cute and it is a great book for younger children.  Check it out.


Two Book Reviews by Samantha Chase

Samantha Chase
Shaughnessy Brothers: Band on the Run (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date:  February 7, 2017

What the book is about:
…from his fans
…from his past
…from a failure too painful to contemplate
Most of all, Matt is hiding from himself.

…to her friends and family
…to her online food blog
…to the man she loves

Vivienne will try anything and everything to coax Matt out of his self-imposed exile. But for this to work, Matt is going to have to meet her halfway…

My Review:
Since I read “One More Promise” by Samantha Chase, I decided to check out her other books.  This one was the next one that I picked out.   To be honest the cover caught my eye! I then decided to read the summary of the book as I took the book home from the library!

While reading this book, I managed to read it in about three to four days since my time was broken up doing mom stuff and all that!   I enjoyed how both charcters Matt and Vivienne.   Matt comes across as a regular person who is trying to cope with his failed concert.  Rejection is a tough thing to deal with and since he is in the spotlight, it probably feels like everyone is out to get him.   He ends up talking with his manager as he decides to get away from the media circus.  So then he goes off to his friend’s house and does not tell anyone where he is.   He begins to be so hard on himself but that changes when Vivienne comes into the picture.

Vivienne is just a ray of happiness and wants the best for Matt.  She does her best trying to get him to see the brighter side of things. It takes Matt some time to realize this.   Of course, she introduces him to food since she is a food blogger.  I love this interaction between Matt and Vivienne and food!  It is so awesome.  I love how Vivienne is a blogger and does her photography and cooks!  I wish I could cook that well. ( I think my meals are okay.  They aren’t fancy meals or anything like that….)   Anyways sparks fly between the two!  It is so cute, sweet and may want to see these two last forever.

They do have have their hot and cold moments through the book which is gives you a great story.  In the end they both realize something about themselves and each other. This book left a smile on my face as I enjoyed it quite a bit.   Go check it out.



Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers (Book 6)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date: October 3, 2017

What the book is about:
Darcy Shaughnessy has gotten used to her overbearing brothers chasing away any man she wants to date. But a chance meeting with a brooding – and deliciously handsome – artist is about to make this holiday season one to remember.

There’s only one thing Benjamin Tanner loves more than his woodcarving: solitude. Then he gets snowed in with Darcy in his cozy cabin in the woods, and their heated feelings begin to melt the icy barrier between them.

With Ben’s need for privacy and Darcy’s love of family and social life, will opposites still attract once the snow clears and the holiday festivities come to an end?

My review:
This is the next book I picked out to read.   It took me a bit longer to get into it for some reason.

Darcy ends up going to Ben’s place in the snow and mountains to help him out with his work.  In the beginning Ben and Darcy butted heads but in the long run they really were attracted to each other.  It takes them a little while to realize this in the book.  It was interesting to see how they play off of each other and how they sometimes both jump to conclusions on things.

Darcy is very family oriented where Ben is not.  They are both stubborn and set in their ways too.  They both have inner demons to deal with and somehow end up telling each other that they needed to deal with it.  Neither one of them did not want to deal with it!  They kept pushing their issues aside.  Slowly but surely they do deal with their issues towards the end of the book.  My reaction to this part was like “Yes they finally realize it!!!  Now hurry up and try to get back together?”

I loved how Darcy reacts to Ben’s house.  Ben is quite a handy man and also has an appreciation for fixing up the home he has.  He has a gift for woodcrafting which is pretty amazing.  I can picture the whole thing going down but I am a little nervous about those power tools!   (I did take a woodworking class back in the day of junior high school and it freaked me out but I did it!)  When you get to the part in the book about the mantle, I hope you will giggle like I did.   That part was awesome!

I hope you like this book as much as I did!   Samantha does a great job with stories including romance, drama, family and problems.



I Spy Gena Showalter’s New Book


I spy her new book at my work

The Darkest Warrior
Gena Showalter
Lords of the Underworld (Book 14)
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: HQN; Original edition
June 26, 2018

He is ice…

Puck the Undefeated, host of the demon of Indifference, cannot experience emotion without punishment, so he allows himself to feel nothing. Until her. According to ancient prophecy, she is the key to avenging his past, saving his realm and ruling as king. All he must do? Steal her from the man she loves—and marry her.

She is fire…

Gillian Shaw has suffered many tragedies in her too-short life, but nothing could have prepared the fragile human for her transition into immortality. To survive, she must wed a horned monster who both intrigues and frightens her…and become the warrior queen she was born to be.

Together they burn.

As a rising sense of possession and obsession overtake Puck, so does insatiable lust. The more he learns about his clever, resourceful wife, the more he craves her. And the more time Gillian spends with her protective husband, the more she aches for him. But the prophecy also predicts an unhappily-ever-after. Can Puck defeat fate itself to keep the woman who brought his deadened heart back to life? Or will they succumb to destiny, losing each other…and everything they’ve been fighting


Note:  I have read a bit of her books in the past which were amazing.  Perhaps I need to read some more! 

Fantasy, Magic, Fighting Fiction


Bone Queen
Alison Croggon
Series: Pellinor Series
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Candlewick (June 13, 2017)

 In a highly anticipated prequel to the Books of Pellinor, Alison Croggon captivates fans old and new with her ancient, legendary world of Annar.

After being seduced into sorcery by an agent of the Dark, the promising Bard Cadvan of Lirigon recklessly unleashed the terrible Bone Queen, bringing destruction down upon Annar. Cast out of the Schools of Barding for his crime, Cadvan now lives in exile, burdened by memories of his dealings with the Dark. At his former home, Cadvan’s mentor, Nelac, and his rival, Dernhil, begin to suspect that the Bone Queen may yet lurk in Annar, and a young Bard named Selmana is plagued by an ominous presence and an unsettling new ability to step between worlds. With darkness gathering and Bards giving in to fear and paranoia, a guilt-ridden Cadvan must once again earn the Bards’ trust and Selmana must gain control of her newfound powers if they are to bring peace to the living and the dead. Fans of the Books of Pellinor will savor this glimpse into Cadvan’s past, and readers new to Alison Croggon’s intricately built world will relish The Bone Queen as a stand-alone epic of light, dark, magic, and redemption.


Crystal Blade
Kathryn Purdie
Series: Burning Glass (Book 2)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date: August 15, 2017

 Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya’s expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike most Auraseers, she’s learned to make others feel what she’s feeling as well. And with her relationship falling apart, Sonya isn’t immune to her power’s sinister temptations.

Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya’s past has returned seeking revenge—and she won’t be satisfied until Sonya has suffered for her mistakes.



The Reader (Sea of Ink and  Gold)
Traci Chee
Series: Sea of Ink and Gold (Book 1)
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Speak;
Date: Reprint edition (September 5, 2017)

 Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.



Storm Glass
Jeff Wheeler
Series: The Harbinger Series (Book 1)
Paperback: 366 pages
Publisher: 47North
Date: June 19, 2018

Theirs is a world of opposites. The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries. Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce. Only the wealthy can afford to learn the Mysteries, and they use their knowledge to further lock their hold on society.

Cettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the world below, until an admiral attempts to adopt her. But in her new home in the clouds, not everyone treats her as one of the family.

Sera Fitzempress is a princess born into power. She yearns to meet the orphan girl she has heard so much about, but her father deems the girl unworthy of his daughter’s curiosity.

Neither girl feels that she belongs. Each seeks to break free of imposed rules. Now, as Cettie dreams of living above and as Sera is drawn to the world below, they will follow the paths of their own choosing.

But both girls will be needed for the coming storm that threatens to overturn both their worlds.

Who loves Picture books?

I love the illustrations in these picture books!   Check them out if you got little ones that you read to.


Mr. Moon Wakes Up  – Jemima Sharpe
Age Range: 5 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 1
Lexile Measure: 440
Series: Child’s Play Library
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Childs Play Intl Ltd
Date: September 1, 2016

Mr Moon always sleeps. He naps during hide-and-seek, passes out on puzzles and dozes during adventure stories. But what would happen if Mr Moon ever woke up? Would he lead us to hidden, dream-like worlds, filled with fantastic friends and exciting games? And if he did, would we remember in the morning?


Rapunzel – Bethan Woollvin
Age Range: 5 – 9 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 4
Lexile Measure: 620L (What’s this?)
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Date:  October 1, 2017

The wicked witch has Rapunzel trapped…but not for long!   Rapunzel lives all alone in a tall, dark tower. Under the threat of a witch’s fearsome curse, the poor girl seems doomed to a life in captivity. But is Rapunzel frightened? Oh no, not she!   With irreverent humor and striking illustrations, the creator of Little Red puts an empowering and delightfully dark twist on a classic story of a helpless damsel.

Youth Fiction

I spy with my little eye today:  youth fiction books!  The covers are fantastic!  Each story seems really unique!   Get kids to read these books!  Maybe one of these books will appeal to a kid.


Why Can’t I Be You?
Melissa Walker|
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date: June 19, 2018

Claire Ladd knows that this summer is going to be special. She and her two best friends, Ronan and Brianna, are turning twelve. She is leaving camp behind and gets to do what she wants all day. She feels everything starting to change.

But things don’t always change for the better.

With Brianna’s cousin Eden visiting for the summer, Claire feels like a third wheel. Even though she is only a year older, Eden seems so much more sophisticated and glamorous . . . and when she’s around, she takes up everyone’s attention, including Brianna’s.

But that doesn’t explain why things have felt awkward with Brianna ever since she moved to a fancy new house, or why Ronan, who lives in the trailer next to Claire’s, has started acting moody anytime anyone mentions his dad.

Claire has always been happy with her life just as it is, but as the summer wears on and the issues with her friends start to grow, she can’t help but wonder: Would everything be better if she could just be someone else?


The Impossible light
Lily Myers
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 – 9
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Philomel Books
Date: June 6, 2017

 Fifteen-year-old Ivy’s world is in flux. Her dad has moved out, her mother is withdrawn, her brother is off at college, and her best friend, Anna, has grown distant. Worst of all, Ivy’s body won’t stop expanding. She’s getting taller and curvier, with no end in sight. Even her beloved math class offers no clear solution to the imbalanced equation that has become Ivy’s life.

Everything feels off-kilter until a skipped meal leads to a boost in confidence and reminds Ivy that her life is her own. If Ivy can just limit what she eats—the way her mother seems to—she can stop herself from growing, focus on the upcoming math competition, and reclaim control of her life. But when her disordered eating leads to missed opportunities and a devastating health scare, Ivy realizes that she must weigh her mother’s issues against her own, and discover what it means to be a part of—and apart from—her family.

This Impossible Light explores the powerful reality that identity and self-worth must be taught before they are learned. Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Ellen Hopkins.

The Novice
Taran Matharu
Age Range: 12 – 18 years
Grade Level: 7 – 9
Series: The Summoner Trilogy (Book 1)
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Square Fish;
Date: Reprint edition (May 10, 2016)

 Fletcher is working as a blacksmith’s apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.

Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs. But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands. . . .

The Summoner Trilogy
The Novice
The Inquisition
The Battlemage

Also in the Summoner series

The Outcast (Summoner: The Prequel)
The Summoner’s Handbook
A Fine Welcome: Othello’s Journey (A Summoner Short Story)