Review: Book: The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs- America’s Test Kitchen Kids

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Title: The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: America’s Test Kitchen Kids

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Genre: Cookbook

Page Count: 208  Pages

ISBN: 9781492670025

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs

Link to Goodreads: The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Want to bake the most-awesome-ever cupcakes? Or surprise your family with breakfast tacos on Sunday morning? Looking for a quick snack after school? Or maybe something special for a sleepover? It’s all here. Learn to cook like a pro—it’s easier than you think.

For the first time ever, America’s Test Kitchen is bringing their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS in the kitchen!

Using kid-tested and approved recipes, America’s Test Kitchen has created THE cookbook every kid chef needs on their shelf. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, your friends, or your family, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs has delicious recipes that will wow!

  • Recipes were thoroughly tested by more than 750 kids to get them just right for cooks of all skill levels—including recipes for breakfast, snacks and beverages, dinners, desserts, and more.
  • Step-by-step photos of tips and techniques will help young chefs feel like pros in their own kitchen
  • Testimonials (and even some product reviews!) from kid test cooks who worked alongside America’s Test Kitchen will encourage young chefs that they truly are learning the best recipes from the best cooks.

By empowering young chefs to make their own choices in the kitchen, America’s Test Kitchen is building a new generation of confident cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I think this is a good starter cookbook for kids. It is very easy to follow along with for kids. I like that it is broken up into sections that kids would want to know how to make. I found that is go starting point and even I learned a couple of tricks. That is what made it worth the read. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars 

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Review: Book: Switched- Jen Calonita

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Title: Switched

Series: Fairy Tale Reform School #4

Author’s Name: Jen Calonita

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Fairytales

Page Count: 304 Page

ISBN: 978-1492651642

Author or Book Website: http://jencalonitaonline.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Switched

Link to Goodreads: Switched

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Reform or relapse?

Things at Fairy Tale Reform School are great. Rumpelstiltskin has been ousted, and everyone is buzzing about the fact that Beauty and Prince Sebastian (aka the Beast) have joined the teaching staff. Everyone, that is, except Gilly, who can’t seem to focus on anything but Anna. How is it that her beloved sister somehow went bad and joined up with Rump? And why doesn’t anyone seem to care? Sure, the Royal Court says they’re working on it, but they’ve got exactly nothing to show for it.

But when new-kid Jack joins FTRS with tales of his own family being snatched by Rump, Gilly knows she’s in good company. Jack wants answers, just like Gilly. And if the Royal Court can’t get the job done, then maybe it’s time to break some rules…

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for fair and honest review. This series has me loving fairytales even more. The longer it goes on I fall even more in love with the characters. The gang is together again minus Anna of course. She sided with the trickster and is now missing. The Royal Court is working on it, but that is not enough for Gilly. She wants to find her sister and a new student at school wants answers as well. Prince Seb and Beauty has joined the staff and opened the new library. Oh Prince Seb and Beauty’s daughter comes with them and becomes friends with Gilly as well. Now I just have to wait for the next one. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Tricked- Jen Calonita

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Title: Tricked

Series: Fairy Tale Reform School #3

Author’s Name: Jen Calonita

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Genre: Juvenile Fiction/ Fairytales

Page Count: 320 Pages

ISBN: 978-1492652373

Author or Book Website: http://jencalonitaonline.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: TrickedTricked

Link to Goodreads: Tricked

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Things are changing at Fairy Tale Reform School.

At least, that’s what Gilly’s heard through the Enchantasia rumor mill. Word is, notorious trickster Rumpelstiltskin has taken over management from Headmistress Flora, and he’s locked down the school tighter than the Pied Piper’s pants. Not that this news concerns Gilly. She’s been released from FTRS and is now suffering through attending Jack of All Trades School, where she gets to learn about different kinds of shoe leather and ways to measure feet. Truly riveting stuff.

But when Gilly’s little sister Anna gets whisked off to FTRS thanks to her troublemaking new friends, Hansel and Gretel, Gilly knows she’s got to get Anna out of there. There’s only one thing to do; make some serious trouble and get thrown back into FTRS.

It’s time to out-trick a trickster.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. The first thing I have to point out is Gilly is more likable in this book then she was in the last one. She is getting a little bored with her normal life. That is when her little sister Anna gets sent to Fairy Tale Reform School for having been hanging out with the wrong sort. Now Gilly has to save her and someone new has taken over FTRS and it is not for the better. Gilly and the gang have to see if they can fix this issue. If you want to know if they do or don’t you will have to grab a copy for yourself. It was a good read. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Charmed- Jen Calonita

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Title: Charmed

Series: Fairy Tale Reform School #2

Author’s Name: Jen Calonita

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Fairytales

Page Count: 306 Pages

ISBN: B017HX13D0

Author or Book Website: http://jencalonitaonline.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Charmed

Link to Goodreads: Charmed

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

It takes a (mostly) reformed thief to catch a spy. Which is why Gilly Cobbler, Enchantasia’s most notorious pickpocket, volunteers to stay locked up at Fairy Tale Reform School…indefinitely. Gilly and her friends may have defeated the Evil Queen and become reluctant heroes, but the battle for Enchantasia has just begun.

Alva, aka The Wicked One who cursed Sleeping Beauty, has declared war on the Princesses, and she wants the students of Fairy Tale Reform School to join her. As her criminal classmates give in to temptation, Gilly goes undercover as a Royal Lady in Waiting (don’t laugh) to unmask a spy…before the mole can hand Alva the keys to the kingdom.

Her parents think Gilly the Hero is completely reformed, but sometimes you have to get your hands dirty. Sometimes it’s good to be bad…

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. It has been a little bit since I read Flunked, but here I am back at Fairy Tale Reform School in Enchantasia. Gilly and friends are trying to find a mole that is hiding out at their school. Even as an adult there were part of this book that just had me laughing and other where I was arching my eyebrow at Gilly. She has changed a bit from the first book. There were sometimes where she was a bit selfish and would not listen to reason. It was fun and I excited to continue reading the series. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Children of the Void- Adam Clarke

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Title: Children of the Void 

Series: Zero Tolerance Unit Files #1

Author’s Name: Adam Clarke

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Science Fiction/ Adventure

Page Count: 321 Pages

ISBN: B07DTYNV5S

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Children of the Void

Link to Goodreads: Children of the Void

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Organized Crime lives its golden age in Capitol City, but not for long if the newly formed Zero Tolerance Unit has anything to say about it… Even if it shouldn’t be their primary concern.

An elusive cult is brewing something sinister: an ancient ritual that would remove humanity’s material form, by opening the Void.

Jonas Hansen is a vigilante who decides to join the ZTU to prove that orphans don’t always end up in the Mafia.

Kyra Allison thinks – and often proves – that she is smarter than most people. This doesn’t get her many friends in the ZTU, but that is just fine for her.

Until she meets Jonas.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I was not sure what to think when I was first asked to read this book. It was not my normal reach for kind of book, but something told me to give it a chance. I have to say my favorite character is Jonas. He is willing to do what has to be done for himself, Granny, Kyra and those that need it on the side of right. I do like Kyra’s way of doing things, but sometimes all of smarts do get her into a bit of trouble and her not wanting to go back and work for her father. This book took me on a journey I did not know that I wanted to go on. I like that the book is told from different points of view that include: Zero, Kyra and Jonas. I am looking forward to reading what comes next. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

 

Review: Book: Four, Three, Two, One- Courtney Stevens

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Title: Four, Three, Two, One 

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Courtney Stevens

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: YA 

Page Count: 400 Pages

ISBN:  9780062398543

Author or Book Website: http://www.courtneycstevens.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Four, Three, Two, One

Link to Goodreads: Four, Three, Two, One

Release Date: November 13, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

In this contemporary YA novel, a girl reunites with the three other survivors of a bus bombing that killed nineteen people, and together they face the secrets, struggles, and emotional warfare that each has been enduring.

Golden “Go” Jennings wasn’t supposed to be on Bus 21 the day it blew up in New York City. Neither was her boyfriend, Chandler. But they were. And so was Rudy, a cute stranger whom Go shared a connection with the night before. And Caroline, a girl whose silence ended up costing nineteen people their lives.

Though it’s been a year since the bombing, Go isn’t any closer to getting over what happened. Since Chan shuts down every time Go brings that day up, she decides to reach out to Rudy. Just like that, the two fall right back into their easy, deep connection. Facing the past head-on with Rudy has opened up a small window of healing Go never thought was possible. So she makes an impulsive decision: Round up the rest of the survivors and head to New York City. There they will board an art installation made of the charred remnants of Bus 21.

But things are never easy when it comes to rehashing the past. Uniting the four stirs up conflicting feelings of anger and forgiveness and shows them that, although they all survived, they may still need saving.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. There were parts of this book that reach deep into my heart and soul and did not let go. Even though I am done reading it, it is still clinging to me. It is really hard for me to put this book into words since there were so many emotions going on and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else. It is a book that brings you along for the journey. I love Golden and all she is trying to do to bring herself the healing she and the other need so desperately need.  In my opinion this is a book that has to be read and shared. So what are you waiting for grab a copy of your own and enjoy. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

Review: Book: The Cerulean- Amy Ewing

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Title: The Cerulean

Series: Untitled Duology #1 

Author’s Name: Amy Ewing

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page Count: 496 Pages

ISBN: 9780062489982

Author or Book Website: http://amyewingbooks.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Cerulean

Link to Goodreads: The Cerulean

Release Date: January 29, 2019

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

In this first book in an epic YA fantasy duology, New York Times bestselling author Amy Ewing brilliantly conceives a magical, idyllic world with a dark and mysterious underbelly.

Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.

But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.  I will not lie when I saw the cover I wanted to read this book. It is beautiful and magical. Then when I got my hands on it I was even more attracted to the story of Sera and her adventure. I do admit that there were a few parts that I had to read a couple of times to make sure that I understood what I was reading. The part about having more than one mother in a world that is made up of only women where they don’t know what men are was kind of bit of a shock to the system. I was not shocked when she was picked to be the sacrifice to cut the ties of her city to the planet below. I figured her true journey of discovery had to start somewhere. I was pleased that she survived and had to find what it was deep inside of her to survive. I enjoyed the most of the characters in the novel. I am not going to tell you which ones because I want you to make up your own mind about them. Now you have to find out what happens to her next. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars