Category: Young Adult

Book Review: Drawn to Sex by Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan

Book Review: Drawn to Sex by Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan

Drawn to Sex
Erika Moen, Matthew Nolan
Limerance Press
11/06/2018

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What the Book is About

Drawn to Sex: The Basics is a comprehensive guide to sex including all the different types of sex that one could possibly engage in. The book includes information about birth control, barriers, and other safety techniques. This is a no-judgment, sex-positive, informative book.

First Impressions

The artwork is cute and the book showcases a lot of types of bodies and relationships.

What I Liked

I liked that there was such a large quantity of information presented and that it was given in such a sex positive way that included no judgment or shame. The book is intended to provide information in such a way that it’s comprehensive and allows the reader to get out of it what they want. There are sections on masturbation, vaginal penetration, oral sex, and anal sex. There is information about how to be safe during sex and how to explore new ideas that you might be interested in. Consent had its own section in this book, which was especially awesome!

The best part of this book, in my opinion, is the fact that even at the age of 31, there was still so much I didn’t know and was able to learn from. I really think this book is for anyone who wants to know more about sex.

Also, the graphics in the book are very LGBT friendly, as is the book overall, so I was extra surprised and impressed by it. There was even mention that some people don’t enjoy sex or want sex, referencing asexual people, which was extra cool! 

What I Didn’t Like

Some of the drawings that were more detailed made me uncomfortable. That is mostly because I was raised in an ultra conservative, Christian household, so I’m not used to the explicitness that this provided. Keep that in mind if that’s your background, too.

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this book for older teens, young adults, and adults of all ages. I think there is a lot to be learned from this book. I would recommend the book for anyone learning about sex, however, I felt some of the themes might be to in-depth for younger teens or pre-teens. 

Disclaimer

I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Limerance Press for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Quick Book Review: Kawaii Doodle Cuties by PicCandle, Zainab Khan

Quick Book Review: Kawaii Doodle Cuties by PicCandle, Zainab Khan

Kawaii Doodle CutiesZainab KhanQuarto Publishing Group – Race Point Publishing11/06/208Purchase on Amazon!

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Kawaii Doodle Cuties is a cute how-to-draw book focusing on cute or “kawaii” drawings. They range from food to transportation to animals from around the world. Some of my favorites were the dumplings, the windmill, and the Koala. I think this book is just such a fun book for anyone who enjoys doodling or drawing. I just wish that the book had more vibrant colors on the finished drawings. Otherwise, it’s perfect!

Thank you to Zainab Khan and Race Point Publishing for making this book available to me.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Book Review: Freezing Point by Grace Hamilton

Book Review: Freezing Point by Grace Hamilton



Freezing PointAfter the Shift Series: Book 1Grace HamiltonRelay Publishing09/16/2018Purchase on Amazon by clicking on the image!

What the Book Was About:

Freezing point follows a family that is trying to survive after the world tilts on its axis and the world begins freezing in an everlasting winter. The family is trying to make it somewhere warmer and picks up friends along the way. Will they make it to their destination? Will everyone survive?

First Impressions:

The writing is very detailed. At first I had difficulty getting into the book because of this. However, the book picks up its pace about halfway through.

What I Liked:

I really enjoyed the premise in the book. What would happen if our earth tilted? Would we survive it? How would we manage? Are we prepared for such a thing to happen. Short Answer: No.

The family was overall very likeable, though Nathan rubbed me wrong several times. He always puts his morals above the good of his family and while morality is an important trait, it almost gets several of them killed time and time again. I feel like he’s foolish and has no street smarts. His wife was much more prepared and ready to take action.

What I didn’t Like:

The book dragged at times. I felt like it was a good way through before the pace started to pick up. This book was entirely about the journey from one location to another.

I hate major cliffhangers. I was disappointed that the book ended on a major cliffhanger. I’m interested enough to read the next book in this case, but usually if authors do this, I won’t read them again.

Final thoughts:

If you like post-apocalyptic style books, you may enjoy this one. It is a lot of fun to see how the story progresses. There are some unexpected turns along the way. If you are in need of a book you can read in a few hours, this fits the bill.

3.5 stars out of 5. 

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Book Review: Learn to Draw Mickey Mouse & Friends Through the Decades by Disney Storybook Artists

Book Review: Learn to Draw Mickey Mouse & Friends Through the Decades by Disney Storybook Artists

Learn to Draw Mickey Mouse & Friends Through the Decades
Disney Storybook Artists
Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster
09/18/2018

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What the Book is About

This book goes from beginning to end through the decades of Mickey, Minnie, Goofie, Donald, Daisy, and Pluto plus a few other characters. The book is primarily a how-to-draw style book with added historical information about the characters.

First Impressions

I love the style of the book. It’s bright, engaging, and I love the history bits of it, too!

What I Liked

This book has so many fun characters and expressions to draw. I absolutely love Donald Duck, so I was quite excited to find him in this book. The history parts of the book talk about the style changes and when they occurred. They denote important bits of interest about Mickey and Minnie and how they fit into the Great Depression timeline and how they got their current styles and personalities.

What I Didn’t Like

Nothing! This book was fun and exciting and I enjoyed every bit of it!

Final Thoughts

If you are a fan of the classic Disney characters, you really can’t go wrong with this book.

Disclaimer

I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Walter Foster for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Book Review: Christmas Stitches: An Historical Romance Collection

Book Review: Christmas Stitches: An Historical Romance Collection

Christmas Stiches: An Historical Romance Collection

Christmas Stitches: An Historical Romance Collection
Judith Mccoy Miller, Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace Whitson
Barbour Publishing. Inc.
10/01/2018

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What the Book is About

This is a collection of three short, Christian, romance stories centered around Christmas. Each protagonist is a talented young woman looking for love. How will their stories play out?

First Impressions

Immediately, I was drawn to the great cover art for this book. When I started reading, I really enjoyed the simple and easy-to-digest writing. These are great stories for curling up to read under a blanket!

What I Liked

These stories, while all unique, all managed to equally capture my interest in the couples written about. I was really rooting for each romance as it developed and it felt like each victory for the protagonist was a victory of my own. There’s something so sweet about Christian and historical romances as well. The stories are very clean and pure. The sweetness in each small gesture really tugs at the heart. Out of all three, the first one was definitely my favorite story in the collection.

What I Didn’t Like

While the stories were captivating and grabbed my attention, what bothered me about them was their endings. Each one ended at the proposal and left me without follow-up and closure. I wanted to know more about these couples I’d been reading about and there was none of that. It left me wondering.

Another important thing I took issue with in these stories was some of the heavy topics broached in them. These books are very lighthearted at their core, but topics such as child abuse, death, and rape really took me out of the atmosphere the writers seemed to be going for. It made the cute and romantic experiences somewhat dark. While that might be good for some readers, I didn’t think those topics seemed to have a place here.

Final Thoughts

Overall I would highly recommend these books to anyone who won’t shy away from the darker topics mentioned. They’re very good stories with a lot of three-dimensional characters you can really fall in love with.

Disclaimer

I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Barbour Publishing. Inc. and the various authors for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Book Review: Surviving the Fatherland by Annette Oppenlander

Book Review: Surviving the Fatherland by Annette Oppenlander

Surviving the Fatherland: A True Coming of Age Love Story Set in WWII Germany
Annette Oppenlander
03/15/17

www.annetteoppenlander.com

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What the Book is About

Surviving the Fatherland follows Lilly and Gunter from the beginning of the war, as they make their way through their teenage years, and into young adulthood. Lilly’s father goes off to war under false pretenses and Gunter himself must escape the vicious cycle of war that traps all the men in his family. Both of them have many scars following the war and only after meeting each other do they begin to heal.

First Impressions

The first thing that drew me in was the characters. I immediately liked Lilly and wanted to know what was going to happen to her. I empathized with her desire to be loved and not forgotten. Living in a house where I had to constantly fight for love and attention, I understood Lilly’s struggles and felt them deeply.

What I Liked

I absolutely loved the characters. All of them were so three dimensional. They were also flawed, which I think made them more real and endearing. We come to see them as real people with real struggles. 

I really enjoyed the setting of the book. I think that so much was imparted in this book in terms of detail to the German plight during WWII. We usually see WWII portrayed from the victims of the Germans, but rarely do we realize that many German civilians and children were also victims. I was completely unaware of the starvation and ruins that the country was in. That the act of survival was so intrinsic to German life in the last few years of the war and even after it. 

The love story itself was sweet, though it wasn’t the main focus of the book. While I enjoyed it, I enjoyed the two main characters growing up even more. 

What I Didn’t Like

The major thing that knocked this book down from 5 stars for me, was the many spelling and grammar errors and the formatting issues this book had. I was rather disappointed that this was the case, because Ms. Oppenlander is such a fantastic writer. This detracted from the book and made it seem unfinished. 

My second complaint is somewhat minor, though important enough to include here. I found the myriad of sexual encounters to be distracting from the main plot of the story. The story was compelling enough without the added eroticism. I don’t particularly mind sex in a book, but to me the number and depth of description was just unnecessary. 

Final Thoughts

I wholeheartedly enjoyed this book and would even read it again if the grammar errors were fixed. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes coming of age stories or is fascinated with WWII as I am.

Disclaimer

I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to booksgosocial and Annette Oppenlander for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

Book Review: Painting with Bob Ross

Book Review: Painting with Bob Ross

Painting with Bob Ross
Annette Kowalski
Quarto Publishing – Walter Foster
09/04/2018
www.bobross.com

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What the Book is About


Painting with Bob Ross is an instructional book for oil painting based on the instructional style of Bob Ross.

First Impressions


The book seems very beginner friendly and the photography is stunning. There are a lot of examples of the paintings that are being taught throughout the book.

What I Liked


The first thing I’d like to note is the detailed instructions provided for each piece. The paintings are gone through step by step so that a beginner knows where to start their piece and how to put finishing touches on it. Painting with Bob Ross also includes details for what paint types to use as well as how to adapt with other methods of painting if one wishes to.

One of the best parts of this book are Bob Ross’ inspirational quotes and the liberal usage of happy little trees and clouds.

What I Didn’t Like


I felt there weren’t enough steps for the paintings which made the paintings seem extra intimidating. The steps jump from filling in the sky to the foreground and then a few details and finishing touches. I wish there were broader explanations for how to make the sky the way that it is and how the painter arrives at the parts in the foreground.

Final Thoughts


Overall, this book is a fun and beginner-friendly instruction book. I would definitely recommend it for anyone that loves Bob Ross or is interested in learning how to paint the way that he does.

Disclaimer


I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Annette Kowalski and Quarto Publishing – Walter Foster for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.