Monty and the Ocean Rescue Review – Blog Tour

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Blurb:
Monty, Cookie and the spangles are back at the beach for the fifth book in this series of children’s books. 
When Cookie sees a splash in the water her newfoundland instinct to rescue takes over and she immediately heads out to help. When she returns the dogs get a huge surprise as they hear a desperate plea.
What follows is an adventure that could turn out to be their biggest and most difficult so far. 
This is a gentle introduction for children about the issues of plastic pollution in our oceans and even features Sir David Attenborough.

Where to buy the book

Amazon UK, Montydogge Bookstore (Buy a Pawtographed copy here!)

[This book can also be found on most online bookstores]

My Review

I was really happy to get a chance to be a part of this blog tour. I know a lot of my readers may be a bit old for this book but if you work in education or have a child in your life regardless of being a parent or not then I would definitely recommend this book.

My daughter read it to me, then I read it to her, and we both loved it! She asked me to make certain to put in my blog that she really liked Monty, Cookie, and the Mermaid -oh and the dolphin-.

When asked what message she took away from this, my daughter responded with ‘that people should not be throwing litter in the ocean and that we should clean up our oceans.’ We’re recycling people here and we try to minimize the amount of plastic we go through, so this book was a very good way to explain why we do that.

The book is great for those that are just past the early reader stages and I would say is appropriate for quite a wide rage of ages. [I’d say it’s never too early and that even up to 9 would be a great age, and who am I to judge if a ten year old wants to read this]

One of the reasons it’s such a great read is that M.T. Sanders does a lovely job making the story truly flow and it will keep younger ages engaged because of it. It was a treat that David Attenborough was featured in the book, who better to slip into a children’s story about caring for our environment?

Now aside from the great message its rhyming it was delivered in a brilliant manner as Cookie, Monty, and their ‘spangled’ gang helped clear up the oceans with the help of their new found friends! The pictures are beautiful and the illustrator Zoe Sanders outdoes herself.

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Monty and M.T. Sanders

We want to say thank you to our lovely Author, Illustrator, for having a chance to read this book with my daughter and we love our pawtographed copy, and another thank you to Whisperingstories for allowing me to join this book tour.

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The Rest of the Tour

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A Week in Review

Hey everyone!

I was going to do today’s BE Spring prompt, but Michelle’s post was so perfect and like I would do everything she did, so, just go read her post here.

So, what have I read this week?


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GoodReads:

A literary courtroom drama about a Korean immigrant family and a young, single mother accused of murdering her eight-year-old autistic son

My husband asked me to lie. Not a big lie. He probably didn’t even consider it a lie, and neither did I, at first . . .

In the small town of Miracle Creek, Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine—a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community.

Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night—trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges—as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.

Angie Kim’s Miracle Creek is a thoroughly contemporary take on the courtroom drama, drawing on the author’s own life as a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, and mother of a real-life “submarine” patient. An addictive debut novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng, Miracle Creek is both a twisty page-turner and a deeply moving story about the way inconsequential lies and secrets can add up—with tragic consequences.

This book is definitely a contender for favorite contemporary fiction for 2019 for me. Not only that but aside from being an amazing read, it also contributed to my participation in the YARC19 Challenge! Yaaaay! Honestly, it was pretty amazing, and you can click here for my Goodreads review. If this is your sort of genre at all, please go check it out/buy it if you get the chance!

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GoodReads:

By 4042 CE, the Hierophant and his Church have risen to political dominance with his cannibalistic army of genetically modified humans: martyrs. In an era when mankind’s intergenerational cold wars against their long-lived predators seem close to running hot, the Holy Family is poised on the verge of complete planetary control. It will take a miracle to save humanity from extinction.

It will also take a miracle to resurrect the wife of 331-year-old General Dominia di Mephitoli, who defects during martyr year 1997 AL in search of Lazarus, the one man rumored to bring life to the dead. With the Hierophant’s Project Black Sun looming over her head, she has little choice but to believe this Lazarus is really all her new friends say he is–assuming he exists at all–and that these companions of hers are really able to help her. From the foulmouthed Japanese prostitute with a few secrets of her own to the outright sapient dog who seems to judge every move, they don’t inspire a lot of confidence, but the General has to take the help she can get.

After all, Dominia is no ordinary martyr. She is THE HIEROPHANT’S DAUGHTER, and her Father won’t let her switch sides without a fight. Not when she still has so much to learn.

I really enjoyed this, but, you’ll have to wait until April 30 to read my review as I’m part of the Blog Tour for this! Release date May 19, 2019.


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Goodreads:

Thirteen Months of Sunrise is a collection of stories by the author, journalist, and activist, Rania Mamoun. Rania was featured in previous PEN Award winning project, The Book of Khartoum, the first ever anthology of Sudanese short fiction in translation. The stories in this collection have been translated from Arabic into English for the first time, by translator Elisabeth Jacquette. Thirteen Months of Sunrise is part of Comma’s commitment to publish writers in translation from ‘banned nations’ in 2018.

This is a very short book of short stories, I was lucky enough that Comma Press was looking for reviewers and I reached out, getting an e-copy in exchange for an honest review. These short stories read more like beautiful and lyrical poems to me. To read words that have travelled so far and manage to be so poetic and melancholic, it’s wonderous and really these were hauntingly beautiful to read. Passing was my favorite, it had me crying in the library. [We had an outing and I didn’t want to check out more books so I brought my Kindle.] It’s poignant and harkens to a world that everyone cannot understand, in fact not many at all, and it gives you this glance into a world where beauty and tragedy walk often side by side. There’s hope, devastation, death, love, and a multitude of feelings I can’t begin to describe.  If you get a chance to read this, and you love poetry and you’re okay with crying, go ahead and read it. This book tears out your heart in the most wonderful of ways, I’ll be looking into getting her first anthology after this.

What am I still currently reading?

GoodReads:

Packed with high stakes mystery and tons of heart, this first installment in a new series introduces Kazu Jones-a spunky, scrappy detective who’s this generation’s Harriet the Spy.

When a string of dognappings grips her Denver neighborhood, Kazu Jones vows to track down the culprits. She can’t stand to see more dogs go missing-especially once her neighbors’ beloved pet is taken because of her gigantic mistake.

With the help of her gang-including her best friend and expert hacker, March; and her ginormous, socially anxious pup, Genki-Kazu uncovers evidence that suggests the dognapping ring is bigger than she ever imagined. But the more she digs, the more dangerous her investigation becomes. The dognappers are getting bolder, and Genki could be next.

I’m reading this out loud to the mini-me, it’s another read for a Book tour, so keep an eye out next week. This is middle-grade fiction and so far we are LOVING it, haha too bad there’s not enough saliva in my mouth to keep up with the demands of the little one, seriously my mouth feels like the Sahara after we finish reading every night. I sense this being a 5 cups of coffee book.

GoodReads: 

Tense tech-thriller based on the growing role of blockchains, encryption and social media in society.

Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.

Yesterday, Amanda Back’s life was flawless: the perfect social credit score, the perfect job, the perfect home.

Today, Amanda is a target, an enemy of the system holding information dangerous enough to disrupt the world’s all-consuming tech – a fugitive on the run.

But in a world where an un-hackable blockchain links everyone and everything, there is nowhere to run…

Labelled as Sci-Fi on NetGalley, I would say this is more like a political of thriller of sorts, I like the plot, but, while I thought the reviews about the MC were harsh, I get it now. I feel the author might be overcompensating for not being an OwnVoices author and then well the personality of the MC just…stinks. You have no sympathy for her. NONE.

I don’t want this to be basically a WWW with me slapping a different title on, so, I’m going to dive more into my week! I received probably about seven books in the mail for review this week, I’m very excited about some, the ones I don’t enjoy, unless they’re harmful or offensive will make their way to a certain awesome blogger’s program, but since I’m not sure I’ll have any to donate, I won’t ping this amazing blogger until I know for sure! One is a children’s picture book. Now. I don’t want you all scared and thinking ‘oh god Haley’s just grabbing free books and we’re going to have to endure The Little Engine That Could reviews all the time now.’ Actually, I thought this was a great opportunity to do something more with my daughter, she’s at that age between middle grade/chapter books and picture books, so this is my way to have fun with her while still doing book blogging things.

Also, I’m going to be super busy this weekend, it’s not just Easter, it’s us getting another date night that lasts the whole night, this is like a holiday for us! Also Saturday will be us seeing if we can’t hunt down a bookshelf, and I’m picking up another mystery, but, I’m buying this one and you all should check it out if you read middle-grade/your kid does and you want to support a POC author and amazing publishing company:

GoodReads: 

The detective duo everyone is dying to meet! 

Summer in London is hot, the hottest on record, and there’s been a murder in THE TRI: the high-rise home to resident know-it-alls, Nik and Norva. Who better to solve the case? Armed with curiosity, home-turf knowledge and unlimited time – until the end of the summer holidays anyway. 

The first whodunnit in a new mystery series by Sharna Jackson.

I just want to say, you should definitely go check out Sharna Jackson on Twitter, but not only that, her publishing company; Knights Of, is a company dedicated to diversity in children’s books not just in content but in the authors they represent, so, that’s pretty cool.

And finally, Sunday will be filled with candy and eggs and then me hopping onto Twitter to host a BESpring19 Twitter chat!

Alright guys, toddles for now! Tomorrow expect my Crown of Feathers review, as it’s UK publication date looms nearer! (April 25, 2019)

Books that Remind me of Spring

BESpring19 Post

Theresa is still today’s host and her prompt today is spring shelf decor. As I don’t actually decorate my shelves, like, at all, unless you count dust, I am passing on today.

But. I’m doing yesterday’s prompt late because I had a cool cover reveal to do, and it’s prompt from Theresa was books that remind us of Spring! [Click on her name to go see her fabulous post yesterday]

[Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

So, here we go, books that remind me of spring and the nicer parts, not the allergies

The Forsyte Saga

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I couldn’t just not add this one. This classic is so near and dear to me. Spring reminds me of birth and renewal and second chances, and this book as a lot of renewal and second chances.

Anne of Green Gables Collection

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Never has a character reminded me so much of spring than Anne of Green Gables ❤

The Secret Garden

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I feel like The Secret Garden and Anne of Green Gables are probably just on everyone’s spring list that’s read them, Idk, but they’re staying on my list. In fact, my daughter and I just finished watching the WB version of this movie, my favorite version of it no less.

Bloom

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After reading this a couple of months ago, not only does the book have a little echo of spring in it, this cover is just so spring-y to me! A sweet fun read and a love story which let’s face it, love is in the air in spring, or so they say.

 

Me Before You

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The ending of this reminds me of spring more than the rest of the heartache this book induces. Something about how and where our dear protagonist ends up reminds me of spring. I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it.

That’s it! My spring reminding reads.

Toodles!

Finding love for Reading

For anyone who knows me in real life knows, like every book blogger, I’m a super bookworm, I love to read, I always have, and around my friends, I’m also known as being an annoyingly fast reader.

Oddly enough, I didn’t really enjoy books until the Fourth grade. I used to have to stay after school in First grade with a few others to work on learning to read, it was a massive struggle for me but I got there in the end as far as learning how to.

Teachers thought I had no reading comprehension and I was known for not liking reading, I remember passing a book report on Little House on the Prarie in 3rd grade just from skimming it and making some stuff up. [Shhh my mother still does not know this and she doesn’t read this blog, so let’s keep it between us]

I really struggled and I hated how stupid I felt.

Then came along my reading teacher, Mrs. Retzloff. I remember her taking the time to notice me, and she didn’t just pass by my horrible reading grade.

Do you know what she found out?

I was reading things too fast.

I wasn’t actually having a difficult time reading anymore, my problem was that I was doing it too fast, skimming at times because I was reading at such a high speed and therefore not really taking anything in. As far as where my comprehension was at? She tested me and I had a nearly 6th-grade reading level ability and as someone who didn’t really want to touch books other than to look at the pretty pictures, that was saying something. She wanted me to enjoy reading and so she let me pick a book from her personal shelf in the classroom, and lo and behold I picked a book about children dealing with the mystery of a mummy.

This kind:

 

Not this kind:

[I guess I basically loved mystery type books from the beginning. Huh. Not surprised at my own revelation.]

Anyway, Mrs. Retzloff nurtured my love of reading, she let me pick lower level things still for a while, wanting to make sure I was enjoying it and then she gently helped push and nudge me along, my reading comprehension went past 6, 7, 8th grade, and this is how I read Brave New World in middle school. I wasn’t a genius, but I was a good reader and Mrs. Retzloff brought that out of me. She didn’t see someone who was dumb or lazy. [And let’s face it, some teachers, not most, do sometimes just see a child as unwilling, lazy, or ‘dumb’ and give up, but not all, a lot are like my Mrs. Retzloff.]

By the end of the year, I had succeeded in making a school record (I mean others were up there making the record too, not just me lol) for how many A.R. points I earned (you read a book and was quizzed on it afterwards via a computer) and I got put into honors classes in middle school and the honor society and I can say that would never have happened without that woman.

She is so dear to me even today, and I can’t remember the title of that book she lent me [which low key drives me INSANE] but I remember her. I remember patience and encouragement, her nurturing ways and finally, I was a child who was appreciative of the books my mother had given me with so much love and hope. And it wasn’t just me she helped, Mrs. Retzloff took it upon herself to try and have every single child who stepped through her door love a book, even if it was just one book.

I am so incredibly lucky because I can’t imagine where I would have been without her, people would have continued to think I was, well, not too bright, and I never would have been pushed. I owe a lot to her, especially because forget academics, she instilled a love of reading to me. It’s why I always try with my daughter because it’s one thing to not be a big reader, but I want her to enjoy whatever books she picks, to know that it’s something fun and not a chore.

Haha, this is so cheesy but I find myself getting quite emotional thinking about her, I went back to see her in high school and I was friends with her grandchildren, but, you know, we move, we get older, things change and I haven’t seen her in forever and I pray she’s still around helping children in my old school, I know she was still teaching even up to 4/5 years ago despite people wanting her to retire due to her age but is no longer at my old school.

So, thanks to Mrs. Retzloff for my love of reading, and to all the Mrs. Retzloffs who help kids that are and were like me.