Fallen Over Book Reviews

Just a mom who finds reading and reviewing to be enjoyable between housework, and raising my two minions. I enjoy pretty much everything I can get my hands on except bio's and historical. My main go to books are horror, dystopian, murder and the paranormal. 

 

Children's Review: From Ant To Eagle

From Ant to Eagle - Alex Lyttle

We received this book to give an honest review. 

 

Before I even started to read the book the author mentioned that there was talk of death so I had a heads up. I was worried when I started the book if K would enjoy the book being as this is not something he would have just picked up to start reading. We started reading about two chapters a night and it took us a good two weeks to finish it. I will say this, you will cry with this book. K got very upset with the fact that Sammy died, he didn't want him too. He also mentioned that there shouldn't be bad words. Though the only bad word that is mentioned is the s word and that is only three times. This led me to explain how the person who said that was expressing his feelings. 

There were a lot of things that I enjoyed with this book. It had K really ask questions on what the meaning of certain words were, to what exactly is cancer and, even to why do people die? It was a great discussion for us and it is something that I took time to answer. 

Calvin is a normal kid with a brother who loves to follow him around, so Calvin gives him things to do to earn a 'level' which for his brother Sammy it is something amazing. I will be honest I cried when Sammy earned the highest level possible. Then Calvin starts spending more time with a new friend and less with his brother. This leads us to where the family gets the news you never want to hear and this has Calvin feeling so many emotions one of them being guilt. Now as the story progresses we see how Sammy handles his sickness and how Calvin handles it. Calvin even makes a friend with a kid in the hospital named Oliver and Oliver seems to have sound advice when asked. I really loved Oliver's interpretation of Heaven and the poem that is read towards the end, well lets just say it goes perfect with it all. 

We learn how Calvin believes he killed his brother but it is something you need to read to find out why he believes that. I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have read with K that seemed to really open his eyes. I would really recommend this book for the middle grades. 

 

Children's Review: Santa's First Vegan Christmas

Santa's First Vegan Christmas - Robin Raven

We received this book to give an honest review. 

 

The pictures were cute though my daughter pointed out that Santa really needed to eat a lot of cookies because she didn't see his belly. I had to explain that some people have different views of Santa. She also was very sad to see Santa get upset as he isn't suppose to. So for the little ones you may have to explain why exactly he is huffing and puffing. 

In this story we see how one little reindeer steps up to help Santa not follow the normal route of Christmas. Instead of using reindeer to pull the sleigh she has a different idea on how he can deliver all the presents. 

Very cute story that is not only good around Christmas time but for bedtime as well.

NetGalley Review: I Want That Love

I Want That Love (Tyrannosaurus Series) - Tatsuya Miyanishi

We received this book via NetGalley. I have read other books by this author and I have slowly started to like the stories along with the art. There is always a lesson that is within the story. In this one we learn that love is important once you give it. I really liked how there were some different dinosaurs that I have never heard of before. Such as masiakasaurus, I have never heard of that dinosaur before. We follow Tyrannosaurus as he is mean just because he can be as he is big! Though when the table turns on him he gets showed kindness from someone he would have eaten. The pictures are pretty simple, nothing scary though when the Tyrannosaurus gets hurt it might make some kids sad. Overall a cute story that A liked. 

ARC Review: The Last Shadow Gate

The Last Shadow Gate: The Shadow Gate Chronicles Book I (Volume 1) - Michael W. Garza

I received this book to give an honest review. 

The Last Shadow Gate is actually pretty good and I highly recommend it for the middle graders. There is nothing violent, or cussing it is a clean book. We are introduced to Naomi and Gavin who are half brother and sister. When they have to go to their great grandmother's house for the Summer Naomi isn't too happy while Gavin is just like whatever. He has computer games to keep him busy. Though what they uncover about their great grandfather will open up a whole other world for them. It seems their grandfather disappeared while searching for these Shadow Gates but what awaits them in this new world they have never seen before is something that will have them deciding to either help or go home. It seems that within this other world there is evil that haunts the land. Azzmon is wanting to rule not only his land but the world that Gavin and Naomi came from. Though those two have no clue really what they have gotten themselves into.

 

To get help they will find friendship in different creatures, different islands that can be dangerous, and find the answers that lay within the journals of their grandfather. At the end of the book the two kids find themselves somewhere else and being asked where does their loyalty lie it seems that maybe they are going to have help to get rid of Azzmon as his power stretches pretty far.

Review: Sisters One, Two, Three

Sisters One, Two, Three - Nancy Star

I saw this on kindle first on amazon and though it was a bit outside of my normal genre I wanted to give it a try. 

I honestly have to say the book was pretty decent but the reason I gave it a three and not at least a four is that I was confused at times on the time frames of things. It would go between the present and the past though it doesn't tell you it just starts a new chapter. 

A family of four happy and normal until an accident happens, it changes everything. It shows that secrets are something that have a way of coming back to you. Though how will Ginger and Mimi handle the secret that will come from the death of Glory their mother? Though I can say I didn't agree with how Glory handled things at all. 

I have to say when I got towards the end I can't believe I didn't see that coming. 

As far as characters go they developed. We have Ginger who is dealing with her daughter trying to grow up and become her own person and Ginger having to come to terms with it. Ginger is a very worrisome person. Mimi we don't get much of her just bits and pieces and she is very in control of what goes on around her. 

The family comes along from tragedy and it ends up bringing them closer than they probably expected it to. It is hard to write a lot in this review as I don't want to give anything away. 

Overall it was a good read once I got to spotting when the story shifted timelines. 

#PBwkendread Review: In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It - Sarah Darer Littman

So I saw this book at my children's book fair. I grabbed it, read the back, put it down. Grabbed another book, put it down, then re-grabbed this book. What pulled me to it was the saying on the front. Everyone has secrets-until they go viral. How true is that. We all have things we have written online or sent as a text and it isn't meant for other eyes to see. So when Sammy's world is turned upside because of hackers she learns a valuable lesson, something that we all should think about. 

Now for me I figured there would have been more depth to what was posted, it was mostly Sammy's journal, text messages between her mom and dad, and her dad's emails. It seems that Sammy isn't the only one with secrets. Her family has to answer to the secrets that brought up. Too me it seemed that because of these hackers they did the damage they wanted too do, but it brought the family closer as we get towards the end. 

Sammy learns that her dad seems different when he is at work verses at home and it makes her question him. On top of trying to handle the backfire of her social life going down the drain because of what was posted the family has to come together when they learn via the hackers about a family member. 

Sammy to me was a developed character and too me acted like some teenagers do. I was glad to see a book that shows a teenager trying to do really good in school so she can have a bright future. 

 

To me this book is great for the teens and ya to read as it is a clean read.

 

My favorite quote Sammy is reading a book called The Light Between Oceans and she pulls this quote out of it. " We live with the decisions we make, Bill. That's what bravery is. Standing by the consequences of your mistakes."

#PBwkendread: In Case You Missed It

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So I was looking around at the book fair at my children's school and saw this book. I grabbed it, read the back and then put down. Went onto something else but then put that book down as well, then came back to this one. What pulled me to want to own this book and read it was at the top it says "Everyone has secrets-until they go viral." That made me think this has to be a good book, because how many of us have secrets that we want no one to know? What happens to this girl when her secrets go viral and how damaging will it be? So this is my weekend read!!

 

 

 

Everyone has secrets—until they go viral. Sammy Wallach has epic plans for the end of junior year: Sneak out to the city to see her favorite band. Get crush-worthy Jamie Moss to ask her to prom. Rock all exams (APs and driver’s). With a few white lies, some killer flirting, and tons of practice, Sammy’s got things covered. That is, until the international bank her dad works for is attacked by hacktivists who manage to steal everything in the Wallach family’s private cloud, including Sammy’s entire digital life. Literally the whole world has access to her emails, texts, photos, and, worst of all, journal. Life. Is. Over. Now Sammy’s best friends are furious about things she wrote, Jamie thinks she’s desperate, and she can barely show her face at school. Plus, her parents know all the rules she broke. But Sammy’s not the only one with secrets—her family has a few of its own that could change everything. And while the truth might set you free, no one said it was going to be painless. Or in Sammy’s case, private.

Review: Onyx Webb: Book Seven: Episodes 19, 20 & 21

Onyx Webb: Book Seven: Episodes 19, 20 & 21 - Andrea Waltz, Richard Fenton

I received this book to give an honest review.
How can a series just keep getting better and better, I have no clue! This is an amazing series that just keeps pulling you into the web that has become joined by the characters. It is amazing how we have gone from the past to the present and the characters are entwine in some way or another. We have characters who have never believed in ghosts before become believers and will try to find the answers the ghost want. We will get a glimpse at Juniper who will hopefully give her brother the peace that he is needing. Even Declan's past will come to him and he will find that he can not hide away forever with things that are not his.

It is hard to write a review without giving anything away, because it is easy to do. If you like ghosts, murder, mystery all wrapped up into one then you really need to check out this series. It is one that will pull you in and not let you go.

#PBwkendread Review: The Other Side

The Other Side of Truth - Beverley Naidoo

So I wanted to read something outside of my normal reading genre. I looked around the library and saw this book kind of skimmed the blurb and grabbed it. It was not as in depth as I assumed it would have been. It just didn't pull to me like I wanted, but it was a decent read something that I am glad I got to read. It broke my heart to see how Sade was bullied in school. We are following Sade and her young brother as they are smuggled into London to escape what has happened to their family. We see how they are trying to adapt to their new life while worrying about their dad and if he is ever going to come to them. 

I think this book is good for the kids maybe 6th on up as it isn't graphic in any way and it makes you think about what others are going through in other parts of the world with wars. 

One quote I really liked was "Truth keeps the hand cleaner than soap." I feel like this quote is something that really speaks and something that people should think about. 

ARC Review: Sink: Underworld Ascending

Sink: Underworld Ascending - Perrin Briar

I received this ARC to give an honest review.

 

This is the last book in this series. I can honestly say that it has not being boring at all, plenty of action through out it all.

So we pick up right where we left off from the previous book. The family has gone through another passage and they are hoping it is the way home. Though it seems that what they really found is a place called Crossroads. This Crossroads leads to other passages and one in particular called Hell's Gate. It seems this could be the way home but will the family be able to pass through? Also people from their past will play a huge part which will come in handy when trying to stop the Cursed Ones from doing whatever they have planned.

 

I am sad this series is coming to an end as I wanted more worlds but it was a good series. The characters were well developed and even when faced with death they still survived and overcame it all. I do wonder how you would feel after having such amazing adventures then learning how to go back to your normal life. 

Though one thing I would like to know is how long were they underground? When I finished the book they made it seemed like it was just not very long. 

Review: Night Shift (Midnight, Texas #3)

Night Shift - Charlaine Harris

When I saw my library had this book I grabbed it pretty quickly.

I have read the other two books so I knew I had to read the next book as soon as I was able too.

 

So I loved the story line but I felt the way that some things were left opened that there could possibly be another book, even if this is only meant to be a trilogy.  I love Midnight, Texas and its characters. In this story it seems that something evil is lurking below Midnight and it is causing deaths, but what is it exactly? How can the residents of Midnight stop whatever it is? On top of trying to get answers for whatever is happening at the crossroads it seems that Olivia's past will come into play and we get to get a bit of insight into her. It is not really pretty, but I can see why she is the way she is.

It seems that a virgin will be the one to stop this creature but the way it needs to be done I felt bad because it had to be done in public. I can just see the embarrassment that the character went through and felt what she felt. Though it didn't turn out to be a bad thing just weird.

We really get to see how good of a witch that Fiji truly is, and that she doesn't like to see any of her friends get hurt even though they all do not hang out. While dealing with her feelings for the man she wants but she knows he has no clue how she feels, she also has to deal with her family and this demon that is rising.

I really enjoy how all the main residents of this small town come together and help each other out and they do not judge one another.

The one thing I will say she might want to rethink how she describes people at times. For example Lemuel she mentions that he is as white as bleach. Now I am not sure how bleach is white as I always assumed it was clear.

The only reason I gave this book a four and not a solid five like I thought is just because of the openness of some things that went on within the book. I don't want to get into them because I feel like it would give a lot away,

NetGalley Review: Her Last Tomorrow

Her Last Tomorrow - Adam Croft

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

We go back and forth between Nick and Tasha as the different p.o.v.'s It seems that we learn that Nick and Tasha do not have a good marriage and it shows through out the story.

When Nick is expected to take their daughter Ellie to school and she becomes missing it seems that Nick becomes the main suspect. He doesn't seem to handle being under stress to well and it really starts to show. When he gets the message to kill his wife so he can have his daughter again the question will remain will he even do it? Can he do it?

I did like going back and forth between the two main characters I got to see what each one was feeling or doing at a certain time.

 

I am not sure about the characters honestly because well Tasha seems very self centered and doesn't really care that her daughter gets up at the crack of dawn, just so she can see her for a few minutes. I am sorry but that is just crazy. It is mentioned to us that her parents were going to come down but yet were told not to because Ellie might be found. What grandparents do not come down I am certain that if one of my children was missing my mom would have been down here in a heart beat.

Nick I want to know what kind of person knows someone who knows a hit man? I mean that is just out there, I am sure it happens but Nick doesn't seem like that shady of a character. Now the dark web that is a good thing to write about as a person who reads a lot of crime books and what not I haven't read a lot of stories that have the dark web mentioned. I could see maybe the author elaborating on this a bit more.

 

When it came about who the kidnapper was it was someone I was not expecting this person it was well hidden. I could understand the reasoning behind this person not being mentioned in the beginning, but yet I felt that the way it all went down was too fast.

Also why in the heck would Nick wait to go home to call the police?

Overall it was a good story I felt it could use some more character building and backgrounds but I would read another book by this author.

 

 

NetGalley Review: The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch - Rin Chupeco

 

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

First off let me say the cover is AWESOME looking. Love the purple and it just overall stands out.

So I am not too big on fantasy books just because sometimes the worlds that are created either do not appeal too me or they just seem way too far fetch for my liking. When I saw this author's name I wanted to give her a chance on this book because I have read her other work and loved the books she wrote.

 

The author has an amazing way with describing things in this story from the huas that the asha's wear. You can just see the bright colors and design that is within the descriptions. Another neat thing was the Runes that are drawn in the air. I could literally see them being written and the detail that they were given. Another neat thing was the heart glasses that play a huge part in this world that has been created. 

We follow Tea as she has become a bone witch something that is feared among the many villages and villagers. Though it seems that Tea is able to learn at a fast pace which is really neat, we see how she grows over a small time period and how she thinks of others even when putting herself in danger.

Now there is not much fighting and I think that is because Tea is having to learn about the Dark that she has because of who she is. So I am hoping that maybe in the next book we see what Tea can really do. I really liked the twist that came when figuring out who the Faceless is and we get that towards the end of the story, I can honestly say I was not expecting that.

 

As far as characters go I liked all of them they were special and unique in their own way and really stood out. Though I would have liked to see what had become of Likh who we learn isn't like a lot of other males especially the Deathseekers.

I have to say my favorite character is Polaire her quick and witty responses were awesome.

 

I can't wait to read the next book when this author has it coming out.

NetGalley Review: Killing Jane

Killing Jane - Stacy Green

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

 

I have to say I really enjoyed this book. Though seeing how much Erin Prince struggled between the issues with her family name got old I understood the significance of it all.

Erin is trying to just be a good detective but with her name being well known will it help her in this case or hurt?

Her new partner Beckett seems like a pretty good partner even takes her outbursts with a little grain of salt. It seems that someone is killing based off of Jack the Ripper but why? Erin and Beckett need to solve the case before more and more people are murdered in a gruesome way but will they be too late? This does deal with sexual abuse and it seems that for Erin it hits too close to home and I have to wonder if she will ever get the therapy she needs. I can honestly say I was very surprised at the twist of who the killer was because honestly I didn't see it. I liked how it took Erin and Beckett until towards the end to put the pieces together. So there was a scene in the book with Erin's brother Brad, and as I read the passage I wondered why would the author put that in there. Unless it was meant to be a filler, but as we got to the end of the story and then it all made sense of why she did that scene.

I felt the characters were well developed and the plot was well thought out. I can honestly see myself reading more of the Erin Prince series. I just hope her and Beckett ease into their working relationship instead of her always coming across hostile.

 

One quote in the book had me laughing because I am a parent of two that are in school.

"Although with Abby in fourth grade, Erin had begun to realize being a parent essentially meant going through school all over again."

NetGalley Review: I See You

I See You - Clare Mackintosh

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

 

Man oh man what did I read? Let me tell you this I was so caught up in this book that when the ending came about I was thinking to myself OH NO SHE DIDN'T GO THERE!!! I loved the ending. 

 

So Zoe is a single mom of two, who is in a relationship with Simon and trying to live day to day. 

When she sees her picture in the paper it has her uneasy even though no one wants to really believe it is her. Then it starts getting a bit crazier as Zoe starts seeing others and knows that something else has to be going on, but will she be a victim as well. It seems that someone out there is playing a game with unsuspecting women.  

Then in pops up Kelly an officer who is determine to investigate who is putting people in the newspaper. What they end up uncover is something that is HUGE! It just goes too show you that you can never truly trust anyone.

While Kelly is investigating she is also coming to terms with her twin sister's decision to move on with her life. It is like the two things that Kelly is dealing with go hand to hand in some way. 

We go back and forth between the different P.O.V.'s of Kelly and Zoe and for me it was not confusing at all.

Can't wait to read more by this author.  

Characters! Zoe is kind of plain just trying her best to make it and support her family. Though we see her start to panic and really see just how much she cares for her family when put into a situation. It made it exciting. 

Kelly the police officer. I liked her she came into the story just running the show. She didn't back down when not finding answers she kept trying until she got what she needed. I hope we get more books with Kelly in it, because I think we got just a small taste of who she really is and what she can do.

I can't wait to read more by this author. I love how she is able to just pull you in and have you guessing until the end to find out who dun it. 

Children's Review: Theft at the Fair

Theft at the Fair and Other Stories (It's a Mystery) - Gita V. Reddy

We received this book to give an honest review.

 

So K and I have really loved this author's work and especially her mystery books. She adds different mysteries with each chapter so you very well entertained and wondering who has done it.

Too me this is awesome because now K is learning more about different genres in books and that mystery is one of them. He actually asked me why isn't the same detective in each chapter and of course I had no answer for him lol. 

Now as much as I love the stories the names at times were very hard to pronounce so I just attempted my best I don't think K noticed but for others it may be a bit of an issue. 

I really liked how each mystery was solved and if you listened or read very carefully then you can help solve the mystery as well. 

 I think the neat thing about it all is that children are the ones solving the crimes that are being committed. It isn't adults or the police it is actually children that is really neat. 

I can't wait to see more of what the author is going to write as I know K will enjoy it.