Posted in 3-5 storybook

Princess Lila Builds A Tower by Anne Paradis

Princess Lila lives in a beautiful castle and has everything she could ever desire—well, almost. She yearns to venture beyond the forest, explore her country and meet people her own age. But the forest is off limits. Resourceful and ingenious, Princess Lila sets to work building a tower to catch a glimpse of the forbidden land. Thus begins a thrilling adventure: she becomes the manager of a vast construction project involving an impressive number of materials, obstacles and solutions. At last, with the help of the castle’s staff, she constructs a tower that extends above the trees. After the plucky princess takes matter into her own hands, will she find what she was looking for?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story! Princess Lila is a curious, imaginative and bright young girl. She has everything! But she wants a bit more. I love that she does not cry or pout or complain. She asks her parents. And when they give her guidelines for what she is allowed to do, she followes them! She doesn’t just accept the fact that she can’t go into the forrest, and then just go on with her life…she figures out a way to get what she wants, and she works hard to get it!

The illustraitions were on point in this beautiful storybook. From Lila and her floor length hair and her vast cast of castle employees to the picturesque scenery, everything was perfect in my opinion. Lots of attention to detail. Lots of color. Lots of imagination.

The only thing that I question about this book  is the ending. To me, Lila just doesn’t seem the type of girl who would be satisfied with just watching her friends from a far. Maybe she’s not? I would love to see Lila figure out how to arrange a play date without going into the woods! I think she can do it! She’s a very bright girl!

This story is a bit longer, so I would suggest it to children who are closer to 5 in the 3-5 age range…or anyone who is younger and can sit still long enough ;).

This book Publishes May 16th, 2017 so look out for it! 

A big thanks to NetGalley, Chouette Publishing and CrackBoom! Books for allowing me to read this story early!

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Posted in teen

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

I went into this book not knowing what to think. I had read “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon and absolutely loved it! My opinion of her debut novel was so high that I rea anything could surpass, or even come close to how I felt about the first. While I will admit I do love Everything, Everything more, “The Sun Is Also A Star” came insanely  close.

I personally found it hard to relate to Natasha. She did things I never would have done and she held back on saying things that I would have divulged much earlier on. I feel like she was mean when she didn’t need to be, and her pessimistic attitude rubbed me the wrong way.  I did love when she was outspoken! Tasha is a strong and opinionated young woman who does not give up easily, and I admire that.

I found myself relating much more to Daniel! Daniel is an optimistic dreamer. He’s the nice guy who wants to make others happy.

Oh, and the funny bits!! Actual laugh out loud moments! Two of my absolute favorites (without spoiling anything of course) are 1. Natasha singing Karaoke and 2. Daniels dad and brother meeting Tasha for the first time. I just couldn’t stop laughing! I’m not sure whether it’s because that’s just what I do in awkward  situations…but these moments were highly relatable and incredibly funny moments.

As funny as these moments were, there were moments that were equally heartbreaking as well. With heavy subjects such as Racism, stereotypes, suicide, deportation, first loves and first heartbreaks, this story will give you lots to think about.

A wonderful contemporary romance with some top notch diverse characters! After spending less than one day with Natasha and Daniel, they will seem like old friends.