The Thankful Unicorn: Dream by Hayley Rose

The Thankful Unicorn: Dream by Hayley Rose is an adorable coloring book/gratitude journal for young people. Illustrated by Lynx Studios, this colorful, sparkly cover opens to a black and white interior featuring daily pages to be filled in focusing on what the writer is thankful for, their dreams and goals, what they love about themselves, and their daily affirmations. Inspiring quotes are found at the bottom of those pages. Each opposite page has a stunning drawing waiting to be colored.

Part of Rose’s Thankful series, this book inspires creativity and positive thinking. This is the second journal of this nature that I have reviewed. Already a fan of Rose’s books, I’m thrilled to see how she continues to engage young readers in such a meaningful and fun way.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher : Flowered Press (June 30, 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 132 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1950842118
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1950842117
  • Reading age : 5 – 7 years

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Author’s Website → www.hayleyrose.com
The Thankful Series → www.thethankfulseries.com

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Book Trailer Blitz: Our Friendship Matters by Kimberley B. Jones


OUR FRIENDSHIP MATTERS

Kimberley B. Jones
Rhetoric Askew Publishing, LLC
YA

Two teenage friends, Sasha and Leah, live a comfortable life in the affluent St. Louis suburbs. They attend a well-established private Christian academy and the only thing on their mind as they enter their senior year is graduation and their senior prom. When tragedy strikes,
however, the best friends are torn apart because of social tensions, ignorance, miscommunications, and fear.

Our Friendship Matters reveals a fictional story mirroring real-life
cultural tensions and racial injustice – a young black boy, Mitchell, is
mistaken for someone else and tragically killed by police. Tensions
rise among the community, citizens are angry. One night, while Sasha is out, she sees her old childhood friend protesting the death of Mitchell. Curious about him and wondering if there is anything, she could do to become involved, Sasha talks to her friends about it. Sasha’s white friends are not interested in getting involved and her parents forbid her from taking part. Sasha’s makes a momentous decision to go against all the advice she is given and joins her old friends in protest. The fight for justice in Mitchell’s name causes a rift in her relationships.

An argument with Leah drives a wedge between them and leads Leah to take the opposite viewpoint, taking sides with those who are supporting different viewpoints, while Sasha’s boyfriend is jealous of the time she is spending with her old friends, he breaks off their relationship. The girlfriends, one black and one white, are unaware of an escalating war between the groups they support, and chaos and fear continue—lines are drawn and sides are chosen.

Our Friendship Matters is a beautifully thoughtful coming-of-age story about two friends who are forced to take a deeper look at their culture through different angles. The easy-to-read story is full of drama, well-rounded characters and a positive narrative that will engage readers of all ages.

 

 

As I pulled up into Ricardo’s driveway, Victoria and two other girls who attended Eastview were standing there holding signs that said, “Justice for Mitchell.” I was sweating more than ever. Scared of both the police and the girls I didn’t even know who were going to be getting into my car.

“I didn’t know you were doing signs. I would’ve made me one.”

Ricardo and some guys were busy placing things in the car’s trunk.

“Are you okay? The time is now,” said Ricardo.

“I’m ready but a little nervous, too.”

“You shouldn’t be nervous. All we are going to do is go downtown and making a statement that we want justice. Once we are done, we’ll come back home. I won’t let anything happen to you but, if something breaks
out, I need you to look for Victoria and get in your car and go home. And if something happens to me, I need you to look for Victoria then go to my
house and warn my peeps.”

As the girls got into my car, Victoria told me I could march, and chant the same thing they were planning on saying.

I was missing Leah. This could have been a positive moment that we could’ve shared together. I was still hoping she would come to her senses and realize that our fight from our disagreement was all crazy.

We arrived downtown, and I parked in the garage.

“Why didn’t you park on the streets?” Victoria said.

“My parents always told me to park in the garage so nothing would happen to my car.”

She laughed at me and said, “Well, you are driving a Mercedes. I would do the same if I had an expensive car.”

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Kimberley B. Jones is a small country girl from St. George, SC. She
followed her heart in college writing children books. Recently she
decided to challenge herself and branch off to novels. She is your
typical nomad who moves from place to place. Not by choice, but her
husband serves in the military. She has a bachelors and masters in early childhood education. Kimberley is represented by Rhetaskew Publishing
company and is best known for her debut novel, Our Friendship Matters.
When she is not writing, she is either thinking of another topic or
reading. She loves writing, it gives her a chance to escape into another
human character and express herself, other than being your typical
mother and wife. If you don’t want to be on her bad side, then she needs her white chocolate mocha every morning. Some days Folgers breakfast blend coffee is okay.

 

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Home by Alison Neuman

A sweet and delightful story of going home is what you’ll find in Home by Alison Neuman.

A Persian cat named Fluffy is far from home thanks to a winter storm. She and her mouse friend Levi, along with Levi’s family, are on a journey back to Fluffy’s house in the hopes all of them can live together with Fluffy’s human.

This is the third book in a series featuring Fluffy and Levi, who uses a special wheelchair to get around. While it mostly stands alone, it would have been helpful if I read the first two books. A dog named Buster is mentioned twice in the book, but not ever seen or heard from. One must imagine he played a larger role in a different book in the series. There is mention of a mouse-hunting cat patrolling the warehouse and how Fluffy stayed close on the journey home in case she needed to protect the mice from surprise visitors, but they don’t make an appearance. This is a story of Fluffy using landmarks to find her way home and hoping Melissa finds it in her heart to open their home to Levi and his family. A simple story with a simple message of finding a place called home without a ton of obstacles along the way. Sometimes, those are the best kinds of stories, because you expect a happy ending.

Katherine Restoveix provided the artwork for all three of the books. They are charming and perfectly complement the story. The blue sky with wisps of clouds, the fluffy white snow from the storm, the furry purple slippers on Melissa’s feet, and the red and white barn dollhouse are all favorite illustrations of mine and bring the story to life. Children will love the stories for the illustrations alone, so they will want to read more about Fluffy and Levi.

The author’s passion for sharing underrepresented voices is clear in this series. I would recommend you read Home, but I suggest you start with Don’t Eat Family and Help from Friends if you want youngsters to fully understand Fluffy and Levi’s story.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Series: Friends & Family (Book 3)
Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: Dream Write Publishing Ltd. (April 4, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1988723728
ISBN-13: 978-1988723723

I received a digital copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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Website: www.alisonneuman.ca

Blog: http://www.alisonneuman.ca/blog/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Alison_Neuman

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alisonneuman.ca

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4375290.Alison_Neuman

A Curse of Mayhem by Sunayna Prasad

Alyssa McCarthy thought she left magic behind for good. But, she was wrong. When her uncontrolled powers are unleashed on her hometown, her school, and her friends, Alyssa must boost her bravery and confidence to defeat Errol’s evil plan.

Published as Wizardry Goes Wild in 2016 and The Unruly Curse in 2019, A Curse of Mayhem by Sunayna Prasad continues the adventures of thirteen-year-old Alyssa after her return from Fiji. Now cared for by her godfather Alex, Alyssa lives the life of a normal teenager. She has a great group of friends and has a crush on a classmate. Alex and Alyssa have a good relationship now that Uncle Bruce is out of the picture. Normal flies out the window, however, as soon as Alyssa discovers her powers have returned with a vengeance and she can’t control when or how they will be unleashed. Her life now turned upside down, she learns with the help of her magical friend Simon about the curse Eerol placed on her and how she must boost her bravery and confidence if she ever hopes to defeat him.

The second book of the Magical Missions series opens with a startling revelation. This swift-moving plot encourages the reader to turn the pages. Filled with magic, chaos, and a bit of humor, A Curse of Mayhem is an exciting story with a protagonist middle-grade and teen readers will relate well to.  The underlying message of increasing your bravery and confidence is nicely woven in.

This reader found challenges with the choppy dialogue and how totally unsympathetic the adults acted. A top-notch editor could help shape this story in those areas and perhaps break up the enormous amount of dialogue with some narration and description; though when the author creates descriptions she does a fantastic job of it. It is my sincere hope we see a continuation of Alyssa’s adventures in a new story soon.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

File Size: 2839 KB
Print Length: 173 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: S.A. Prasad Publishing (July 15, 2019)
Publication Date: July 15, 2019
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07SGLLF8W

I received a digital copy from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Reading Now: The Unruly Curse by Sunayna Prasad

History, like magic, has a habit of repeating itself

It’s been six months since thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy left magic behind for good. Or so she thought…

Then the enchanted objects that protected her disappear. Now a skeleton named Errol has cursed her with magical powers that keep getting her in trouble. Suddenly strange things are happening with disastrous effects, and if Alyssa can’t remove the magic, she will lose everything she holds dear.

In order to get rid of her unwanted wizardry, Alyssa will have to boost her bravery and confidence and determine who Errol really is. But every time Alyssa uses an enchantment, Errol is one step closer to getting his flesh back and becoming alive, and he will do anything to achieve his goals…even if it means destroying Alyssa’s happiness.

Originally published in 2016 as “Wizardry Goes Wild” and “The Uncontrollable Curse” in April 2019, “The Unruly Curse” is book two in the exciting and suspenseful paranormal Magical Missions series.

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