As you know, occasionally I will receive free e-book in exchange for short reviews. Not all of them are winners, some are down right awful. And they can be a variety of genres.

There is no set limit on how many books I will receive in any given month.

Here are my reviews for last month (June).

The Baby Bargain by Crystal Kaswell

I wanted to like this book, it had promise. Sort of.

*spoilers ahead*

Ariel (the little mermaid) finds out she is a carrier for the same disease that killed her mother. Doctors want to operate now, but she convinces them to hold off a year that way she and her fiance can have a baby.
Said fiance changes his mind and they breakup.. so she enlisted the help of her friend (who has a ton of issues) to help her find some random guy to knock her up. Then changes her mind and starts sleeping with the friend in Hope’s to have his baby.
I liked that this book covered a not so known disease. And I really like that it tackled diseases like depression, bi polar disorder, and alcoholism. I think Ariel went about it the wrong way, and that the author needs to work on her character development.
Like I said, the book has promise, but it reads more like a porno with a lame story line. I was glad to be done with it.

A generous two stars.

Pig Dude by Michael Wagner

The only thing I enjoyed about this was that he was “adopted” and his mom told him he could do whatever he set his mind to.
That’s. It.
The illustrations weren’t terrible, but pig dude was creepy. And what’s with the name?
I also thought it odd that no one found it necessary to tell the kid he’d potentially blow up if he strapped a rocket to himself. Or that maybe he should study building aircrafts.
This is not a book I will reread with my child.

One star.

Red Rider (The Sworn Sage, Book 1) by Kate Avery Ellison

I was excited to receive this book, retellings are one of my favorite things to read. That being said, I couldn’t get into this very much.

It’s a dystopian, fairy tale romance with werewolves and tree zombies. I thought it would be better than it was…. Unfortunately it was too predictable for me to really enjoy.

Young girls parents and bestfriend seemingly die, so she was raised by her grandmother. Gets chosen by the Were to carry their offspring. Finds out her mother and bestfriend are still alive. Then finds out said bestfriend is a werewolf. Cliff hanger until book two…. which I will not be reading.

Two stars.

The Dyno Dinosaur Family Presents:Waves of Kindness by Sharida McKenzie

I loved this book!
The illustrations were beautifully done and it teaches our kids the ripple effect in a way they can understand, these “waves.” They present the mc everyday activities that can happen with any child, and the mc completes the task in a way that creates a wave of happiness.

Five stars.

Being Not Good: As Opposed to Being Bad) by Elizabeth Stevens

This was such a cute read, a slow burn contemporary romance.
There was tons of chemistry between the two main characters; they appeared to always butt heads, but actually had a lot in common and made a pretty good team.
I really enjoyed the pace of their relationship. A nice slow burn that you could really appreciate and experience along with them.

Four stars.

Al Gets a Cat by Ron Stoltz

I read this book with my 5 year old. He was upset with the parents for their treatment of Sally, because no one deserves to be treated like that.

This was a cute story about a family who adopts a cat whom they believe is worthless. They tell her so and eventually kick her out. But Al persuaded her to return and she finds a way to be helpful.
The story teaches children not to be cruel just because someone is different and cannot do certain thing. Acceptance.

Four stars.

Other books I read in June, star ratings only:

  • The Culling Trials 3 by K.F. Breene – Four stars
  • Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan – Four stars
  • Wishful Thinking by Elle Jefferson – One Star
  • The Culling Trials 2 by K.F. Breene – Four stars
  • Kiss and Break Up by Ella Fields – Two stars
  • Let’s Be Just Friends by Camilla Isley – One star
  • Loved You Always by Natalina Reis
  • Keeping Up Appearances by Elizabeth Stevens – Two Stars
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber – Three stars
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Four stars
  • Tombyards & Butterflies by Orlando A. Sanchez – Four stars
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black – Three stars
  • Origin by Jessica Khoury – Two Point Five stars
  • Tangled by Susan Rich Brooke – Two stars
  • A Hero Called The Hulk by Siobhan Ciminera – Three stars
  • Sweet Dreams Cthulhu by Jason Ciaramella – Four stars

I feel like this was quite the stack of books to read for the month. With this list I was able to cross a few items off my sisters reading challenge. =]

I’m heading into July with Ink by Jobie Baldwin and hoping to read at least ten books for the month, but I have a few trips planned so we will see how many I actually get through. 😉

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