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Book Review/Giveaway: In The Forbidden City. Ends Nov 15th


In the Forbidden City

 

In The Forbidden City by Chiu Kwong-chiu, Nancy S. Steinhardt (Editor), Ben Wang (Goodreads Author) (Translator) 

 

Serving as the seat of imperial power for six centuries, the Forbidden City is one of China’s most famous and enigmatic landmarks. Accompanied by a mischievous cat, readers will tour this colossal architectural structure, discovering the secrets hidden inside the palace walls. They will encounter the people who have walked through its halls and gardens, including emperors, empresses, and rebel leaders, and hear exciting tales about the power struggles and intrigues of everyday life.

This large format book conveys the grandeur of the Forbidden City through highly detailed line drawings of its buildings, gardens, and courtyards with numerous fold-out spreads. Each page is populated by a large variety of characters and peppered with entertaining anecdotes. Every book includes a plastic magnifying glass for looking at the drawings more closely. http://www.prbythebook.com/china-institute

Age: 9 +

Cost: $14.96 on amazon.com

 

  • Series: We All Live in the Forbidden City
  • Hardcover: 52 pages
  • Publisher: China Institute in America; First Edition,First,Hardcover with Jacket edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989377601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989377607

 

My Review: The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. In The Forbidden City, learn about the 16 Emperors during the Ming Dynasty. For almost 600 years, the Forbidden City was home to the Chinese emperor. It also contained a stupendous amount of masterpieces and rare treasures, which were handled down from generation to generation.

It is interesting to know that an emperor was considered the Son of Heaven and the Forbidden City, as the focal point of the emperor’s rule, was where heaven met earth.

Travel through time as the book unfolds the history of the Forbidden City. How some of the emperors became wealthy and powerful, how the empire suffered a slow decline crippled by invasions from foreign countries. Take a tour through the Meridian Gate; The Year Ten Thousand Envoys came to pay tribute (The Gate of Supreme Harmony), Hall of Mental Cultivation, the North Gate of the Forbidden City and many more.

Also, learn about the important woman of China, Empress Dowager Cixi. She was a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 when Emperor Xianfeng passed away and her son became Emperor Tongzhi she was promoted to Empress Dowager. With her son too young to rule, she successfully orchestrates a coup over powerful ministres and was appointed co-regent and now could attend to the affairs of the state with her son. She died in 1908.

The book also gives detailed pencil outline drawings of the Forbidden City, including the buildings, gardens, courtyards and more with symmetrical layouts. I really enjoyed reading the book and I hope you will too.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Rebekah Epstein in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

About the Author: Chiu Kwong-chiu is an artist, designer, and professor who explores Chinese traditional visual arts and adopts groundbreaking methods to interpret and promote Chinese art and culture. He founded the CnC Design and Cultural Studies Workshop in Hong Kong, where he provides guidance and leadership in the research, interpretation, and promotion of traditional and contemporary design and Chinese culture.

Ben Wang (translator) is a senior lecturer in humanities at China Institute, an instructor of Chinese at the United Nations, and guest lecturer at numerous prestigious academic and cultural institutions.

 

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October 22, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Oddrey Joins the Team


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Oddrey Joins the Team Written and illustrated by Dave Whamondr

About the Book: Oddrey’s back for a third adventure, this time bringing her exuberant spirit to the soccer field. Maybelline encourages Oddrey to join the school team, the Piccadilla Bees, and it’s not long until their big game against the Quagville Crushers. The Bees struggle to find their stride, but Oddrey is convinced she has a solution. True to form, she thinks that if her teammates bring their own individual talents — dancing, karate-kicking, and cartwheeling — to bear on the problem, they may just have a shot!

 

My Review: Oddrey loves to play sports. She likes to come up with ways to enjoy the games, like balancing on a ball while spinning another with one finger. Her friend Maybelline asked her to take part in their school soccer team against Quagville Crushers, but how can she when she plays soccer differently than the other kids. At practice, Oddrey showed the kids style of playing soccer. What an interesting technique said the coach. Now Oddrey must come up with a plan to defeat the other team. Will her plan work?

Every kid will enjoy reading this book as it’s full of fun and good ideas on how to make up your own game. The illustration by the author helps bring the characters to life with bold and bright colors. A fun read for every kid’s class.

 
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Owlkids Books (August 12, 2014)

 

 
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Owl Kids Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

 

About the Author Dave Whamond is the award-winning author of My Think-a-ma-Jink and a regular contributor to chickaDEE and OWL magazines. He also has a syndicated cartoon strip called “Reality Check,” which appears daily in a number of North American newspapers. He lives in Calgary.

October 19, 2014 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Zombie Chasers. Nothing Left to OOZE!


The Zombie Chasers

The Zombie Chasers #5: Nothing Left to Ooze by John Kloepfer

 

About the Book: The living dead are back and they mean business in Nothing Left to Ooze, book five of John Kloepfer’s sidesplitting Zombie Chasers tween series, with illustrations by David DeGrand. Loaded with middle school shenanigans, fast-paced adventure, hilarious black-and-white drawings throughout, and—of course—a slew of brain-gobbling ghouls, The Zombie Chasers #5: Nothing Left to Ooze is the perfect pick for fans of the series and zombie aficionados everywhere!

After the original antidote wears off and millions of Americans suddenly rezombify, Zack Clarke and his crew of Zombie Chasers are on a mission to find a lasting cure. But to stop the undead for good, they’ll have to track down a brand-new Zombie Chaser first!

Hitting the road again, the Zombie Chasers set out on a zany international expedition where they’ll have to plow through abominable snow zombies on the Niagara River and outrun slime-drooling thrill-seekers at the biggest and best amusement park in the country! With rotting fairy-tale princesses and half-dead vacationers, it’s not just the Tilt-a-Whirl that will make them woozy. Can the Zombie Chasers end this carnival of frights before it’s too late? http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062230980/the-zombie-chasers-5-nothing-left-to-ooze

Pages: 224

List Price: 16.99 USD

Ages: 8 to 12

 

My Review: If your kids love reading zombie books then they will find ‘The Zombie Chasers’ fun to read. In book #5, Zack and his friends comes up with a plan to defeat the living dead for good, but first they have to track down a brand new Zombie Chase to get the job done. But first they will have to survive long enough to come up with a solution on how to stop the humans from being zombies. Illustrations by David DeGrand are funny looking and helps tell the story.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book HarperCollins Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

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John Kloepfer began his writing career at five years old with a one-sentence short story: “And then one day the monsters came.” He lives in New York City, where he is preparing for a massive zombie invasion.

October 7, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review:Winter’s Coming. A Story of Seasonal Change.


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Winter’s Coming: A Story of Seasonal Change. By Jan Thornhill and Illustrated by Josee Bisaillon.

Lily, a young snowshoe hare, is surprised to notice the leaves changing color in her forest home. She hears from a passing flock of birds that “Winter’s coming.” Lily doesn’t know who or what winter is, but it must be frightening. Why else would the birds be escaping south? And it must have an enormous appetite. Why else would the squirrel be hiding his food? And why would the caterpillar curl up and freeze as solid as an acorn? As Lily learns the ways in which her forest friends prepare for winter’s arrival, she becomes more and more worried about what she should be doing. Finally, the brown bear points out that Lily has been preparing without even knowing it: her fur is thickening and turning white to help her camouflage in the changing weather. This fascinating story introduces the ways in which different animals adapt to survive winter and is complemented by illustrations in a mix of collage, drawing, and digital montage. https://store.owlkids.com/store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=514

 

 

Ages: 5-8

Pages: 32

 

 

My Review: Lily is barely 6 months old and has only notice green on the trees. So when the color of the leaves started to change it came as a surprised to her. She notice the animal where busy doing one thing or the other. Why are the birds getting ready to fly south, the squirrels drying mushroom, the turtles burying themselves in the mud at the bottom of the creek and many more.

They all told her that Winter is coming. To Lily, Winter sounds mysterious to her as she knew about danger but she hasn’t heard of Winter. Should she be running away from Winter? Then Lily met a bear who explained what Winter was all about.

This is a great book for lovers of animals. Learn about the animal and their environment Facts from the book. Read about how animals prepare for Winter. The illustrations by Josee Bisailon help to bring the story to life. I highly recommend this book for school libraries.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Owl Kids publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

 

Jan Thornhill

About the Author: I was born in 1955 in Sudbury, but spent most of my childhood in southern Ontario where, encouraged by my artist mother and engineer/inventor father, I developed a life-long passion for both art and the natural world. I spent a lot of time exploring the fields, woods, ponds, and streams near where I lived, and was an avid collector of things I found. I brought home all kinds of treasures – skulls and fossils, bird feathers and empty nests, insects, snake skins, fallen leaves. Eventually I labeled everything and made a museum in the basement. I thought I’d get rich by charging a 5¢ entry fee…but my mum was the only one who paid! http://www.janthornhill.com/biography.html

 

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: The Greedy King. Ends Oct 18th


The Greedy King

Aristoddlers Presents: The Greedy King, a Tale of Ancient Greece by Mitchell Biesemeyer, illustrated by Santiago Germano

About the Book: Does money make you happy? The Greedy King is certain it does. The Greedy King has so much treasure, he thinks he must be the happiest man who ever lived. When a wise man tells the Greedy King he is only lucky, events are set in motion that will change the world. Aristoddlers adapts true stories from Greek and Roman history into illustrated stories for children, sharing these ancient lessons with the next generation. This is the story of greedy King Croesus and wise Solon, and what it really means to be happy.

Page: 50

My Review: This story reminds me about Snow White and the Evil Queen. Just like the Evil Queen, the Greedy Kings wanted everyone to know how rich and happy he was. So he invited the wisest man in Greece to see his great life. “Have you ever met a happier man?” asked the greedy king. The wise man said, “I once met a farmer who worked hard every day. And he went on to tell the greedy king how the farmer gave food and money to those who needed it, and he lived a happy life. The Kind was confused and upset. The wise man gave more examples of what others have done and how they were the happiest that ever lived, because their lives were spent to save or help others. And he told the king that he is only lucky. The king was angry and demanded to know why he wasn’t the happiest man who ever lived. Wouldn’t like to know what happened to the Greedy King? Well, you just have to buy a copy to find out.

A lot of us can learn from this book that true happiness comes from doing what is good. Being greedy can make us happy for now, but true happiness comes from helping others.

The Greedy King is based on a story by an ancient Greek historian from the 5th century named Herodotus. His story was based as an account of the wars between Persia and Greece. He wrote his story as a warning to Greeks about the dangers of tyranny. The author retold the story of King Croesus and the wise man Solon. You can read more about this at the last page of the book. Santiago Germano did a wonderful job illustrating this story which help tells the story. I highly recommend this book.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from talltails publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

About Talltails Publishing: Founded in 2008, Tall Tails Publishing House is a small press dedicated to providing entertaining and beautifully illustrated children’s books that inspire young people to explore the world around them. We are located in Oklahoma, and are always ready to support local authors and illustrators.  http://www.talltailspublishing.com

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Book Review/Giveaway: Alien In My Pocket 3. Ends Oct 13th


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Alien in My Pocket #3: Radio Active. Written by Nate Ball and Illustrated by Macky Pamintuna

About the Book: This third book in the Alien in My Pocket series is the zaniest yet! Zack and Amp create a massive mishap in this hilarious story. Plus the book comes with a do-it-yourself science experiment.

Nothing’s been easy since Amp crash-landed his spaceship through Zack McGee’s bedroom window. Now Amp has built a quantum radio to alert his commanders to call off the invasion of Earth. Unfortunately, instead of contacting Erdian Central Command, Amp’s radio accidentally broadcasts Amp’s messages all over Zack’s hometown. Now it’s up to Zack and his best friend, Olivia, to save their alien friend from being discovered and to save the planet from panic.

With illustrations throughout, a page-turning plot, and fun scientific facts, this is the perfect chapter book for young readers. Supports the Common Core State Standards. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062216274/alien-in-my-pocket-3-radio-active

 

Age: 6-10

Pages: 144

 

My Review: This is not only a funny book but educational as well. A book children will love to read. In book 3, Amp, a blue alien decides to build a quantum radio to contact his home planet but things did go as planned and its up to Zack and his friend Olivia to save the day. Included in the book, is a Do-It- Yourself instructions on how to build your own radio. Illustration by Macky Pamintuan helps tell the story.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book HarperCollins Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

About the Author: Nate Ball is the host of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning PBS reality shows Design Squad and Design Squad Nation. An MIT graduate with a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering, Nate is also the cofounder of Atlas Devices, a two-time All-American pole-vaulter, and a competitive beatboxer. He lives with his wife in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

 

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Book Review. Kregel Blog Tour: Candle Prayers for Kids.


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Candle Prayers for Kids by Claire Freedman and illustrated by Jo Parry.

About the Book: A delightful companion prayer book to the popular Candle Bible for Kids. Jo Parry’s distinctively bold and vibrant illustrations complement a combination of traditional and modern prayers by Claire Freedman, author of the Benjamin Bear series. Candle Prayers for Kids helps to bring prayer and talking to God into the life of every child.

An easy to use collection of simple prayers for home, school and church.

For a copy visit

http://store.kregel.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3361

 

Pages: 128

Size: 6 x 7.5 inches

Published: 2014

Price: $12.99

 

My Review: Bible stories for children are interesting to read but this book by Claire Freedman is about teaching your children who to pray a simple prayer.

The contents includes: Let’s Praise God! Our Families and Friends! Special Days! God and Me! Prayers for Others! Good Night God! Health! Sad Times and many more. Each prayer is simple and easy to read and remember.

Children can pray asking God to help them with their school work, help them to listen to the teacher and not to give up when their home work is difficult. And prayers like, thanking God for their daily food and helping those that don’t have enough food to eat. These little prayers are heart felt and does give a child faith that their prayers are been heard by God. I love the illustrations by Jo Parry. There pictures are bright bold and colorful with brings light and life to each prayer.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way

 

About the Author: Claire Freedman lives on the Essex coast. She is the author of a number of children’s books, and has also written for Little Tiger Press. When not writing, Claire spends her time sailing, walking in the countryside, and traveling. To know more about the author visit http://www.clairefreedman.co.uk/

 

 

September 16, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review/Giveaway: What is Love by Corine Hyman. Ends Sept 19th


What is Love

What Is Love by Corine Hyman and Illustrated by Daan Yahya

What is Love: A Kid Friendly Interpretation of 1 John 3:11, 16-18 & 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 & 13

About the Book: What is Love is a Bible based picture book that is designed to help children understand what love is. In the story, twins Kar’Leigh and Kar’Moni have just learned what the Bible says about love. Come join them as they bring to life 1 John 3:11, 16-18 and 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a & 13 in a way that is easy for children to understand. Each page includes a Bible verse and there are links in the back of the book to download free handwriting pages.

 

Pages: 26

 

My Review: In this book twins sisters Kar’Moni and Kar’Leigh shows just how important love is. They learned that they have to start by loving themselves. That is according to 1 John 3:11. “We should love one another”. It shows that when you love, you help those in need and that love is patient and kind. They also learn that love doesn’t brag about what you have to others or envy those who have. Love respects others and keeps no records of the wrongs. I like that every page has a scripture relating to the story.

The only part of the book I really didn’t agree with shows one of the twins with a crystal ball and the page talking about the gift of prophecy. When we have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, we do not need a crystal ball.

The illustrations are bright and colorful which helps tell the story. I recommend this book for Sunday school teaching.

 

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

 

 

About the Author: Corine Hyman, Ph.D. is a psychologist in Baltimore, MD where she treats children and adults who experience or may be at risk for trauma due to physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, domestic and community violence. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Treatment Center for Children. Dr. Hyman’s clinical work has entailed addressing psychological and social issues that affect children both on the national and international level. These works include being a vital part in the development of The World Health Report 2001 – Mental Health: New Understanding, New Hope. Current areas of clinical and research interest include the treating and understanding the long terms impacts of trauma on development, parent-child attachment/engagement and assessment issues. http://www.booksbycorine.com/

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: My Weird School Books. Ends Sept 12th


Back to School Weird Kids Rule

My Weird School Special: Back to School, Weird Kids Rule! By Dan Gutman Pictures by Paillot

A.J. and the gang from My Weird School star in this special series of after-school, holiday-themed chapter books featuring all-new hilarious stories and thirty-two pages of games, puzzles, and more.

Summer is almost over, and you know what that means—time to head back to school! But when a tropical storm ends A.J.’s vacation earlier than expected, he and his family have to stay at Andrea’s house. Ugh, disgusting! When everyone in the house starts getting cabin fever, and even back-to-school shopping won’t calm the kids down, Andrea and A.J. are sent to Camp Ockatollyquay. The catch? It’s a camp to get kids ready for school! But not to worry—Andrea and A.J. rally the Ella Mentry School gang to end their summer on a note they’ll never forget.

Bestselling author Dan Gutman brings his kid-friendly sense of humor to this all-new series of holiday adventures. With My Weird School checklists and trivia plus tons of fun facts and puzzles, this is one weird back-to-school special you don’t want to miss!

 

My Review: A book children will love to read. Narrated by Andrea, as she tells us about AJ’s family summer vacation in Bermuda, her love for school and their rules, learning new things in school, Off to day camp and many more. Read about the 32 pages of bonus content which includes Professor AJ’s Back to School facts, puzzles, trivia, games and more.

The illustrations by Jim Paillot helps to makes the story hilarious. I highly recommend this book.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book HarperCollins Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

Miss Klute is a Hoot

My Weirder School 11! Miss Klute Is a Hoot! By Dan Gutman Pictures by Paillot

The reading scores at Ella Mentry School are way down, so Mr. Macky has decided to hire a special new helper to whip the kids into shape—Miss Klute, a Labradoodle! A.J. and his friends don’t understand why they have to read to a therapy dog every day at story time, until the first time they do it. Suddenly everyone wants a turn reading to Miss Klute! But when the kids decide that Miss Klute is spending too much time inside listening to stories—that their therapy dog herself needs therapy—they let her outside, and all chaos breaks loose!

Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang.

 

 

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: Princess DisGrace 2: Second Term at Tall Towers and Shrinking Violet Absolutely Loves Ancient Egypt. Ends Aug 30th


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Princess DisGrace 2: Second Term at Tall Towers by Lou Kuenzler illustrated by Kimberley Scott

 

About the Book: Princess Disgrace is about Princess Grace who (you guessed it!) is anything but graceful, in fact, she’s downright clumsy! Crammed full of royal pageants, dancing lessons and unicorn training, this cheeky yet charming series has had readers amused and moved in equal measure. Perfect for lovers of The Worst Witch, this new series has had readers rooting for our accident-prone heroine from the start.

 

My Review: Clumsy Grace is back at Tall Towers Academy for a second term with her unicorn Billy. On Fridays, princesses are allowed to ride their unicorns for an hour after school. Grace decided to ride her unicorn Billy to the top of a cliff on the shores of Coronet Island. With her binoculars she climbed up a tree trying to keep a look out for dragons. Are there dragons in Coronet Island? You will have to read the book to find out. LOL!

The story also shows a different side of Grace. Not only is she kind and caring to the animal, she is taking time out to be a proper princess by taking part in Ballet of the Flowers and trying hard to spend time with her friends. If only Grace wasn’t so clumsy!

I like that the book has a positive message for young girls. You may be clumsy but you are being true to yourself. Great illustration by Kimberley Scott which help tell the story.

 

Pages:240

 

 

Shrinking Violet

 

Shrinking Violet Absolutely Loves Ancient Egypt by Lou Kuenzler

 

About the Book: Violet Potts is CRAZY about Ancient Egypt. When Gran wins a cruise down the River Nile, Violet thinks she might EXPLODE with excitement. Especially when her cousin Anthony is invited along too! But when they’re drawn into a SPOOKY mystery of CURSED tombs and VANISHING cats, Violet starts to wonder whether the other tourists might not be all they seem…Sometimes being little brings history to LIFE!

 

My Review: Violet’s Gran is crazy about puzzles and when she visits she does loads of crosswords and word searches with her. This time this puzzle was about Ancient Egypt and very tricky, because there was no list of the hidden words or clues to guide them. While thinking of clues Violet read the fine print below the puzzle “Win an all expenses paid cruise down the Nile and take part in an archaeological dig at a real Ancient Egyptian temple.” After finding the missing word, Violet was so excited but she had to wait and not get her hopes up.

After a few days while out with Gran, Gran picked up a copy of Solved It! And found out that they have won a family trip for four to sail down the Nile and take part Ancient Egyptian archaeological dig.

Violet was so happy but praying at the same time not to shrink for people will see her disappear in front of their eyes. When no one was looking Violet shrink to a size of a train ticket and cartwheel across the table in delight. Gran scooped her up and popped her into her pocket.

Take a journey with Violet to Egypt as she takes time out spy on the other tourists, solving mysteries and sneaking into hidden places at the museum and more all while shrinking to a tiny person.

 

 

Pages: 240

 

 

About the Author: http://www.loukuenzler.com/?page_id=480

 

 

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Gone Reading in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

 

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