Twirling Book Princess
Review
5 Stars
ARC Review for Crush by Svetlana Chmakova

I received this book from publisher/Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

As I said in my review for the previous book, I was hoping this one would be about Jorge, and look! Look! It is! Yay!!! fangirls

Jorge is so adorable, how he is trying to be all like: Oh nobody got time for all that dating stuff and blabla. We are on a mission to stop bullying and the like. Then he spots Jazmine and gets totally flustered! Adorable!!!!!! And that is how it goes every time he sees her, or if she talks to him. He just goes into the zone (which reminded me of scenes of manga/anime with swoony romance), and I just loved it. Of course, I was quickly (very quickly, like after one scene of that) rooting for Jorge and her to get together, or at least give Jorge the chance to confess. Go Jorge! Sadly, we find out that Jazmine has a boyfriend! SHOCK! Poor Jorge, he finally had worked up the courage to talk to Jazmine, and then finds out she is taken!

Haha: “Do I… like Jazmine?” Yes, sir, you do. And quite a lot given the way your acting. Face the music, and welcome to love!

And so, the story continues, we see Jorge navigate the treacherous ways of school, and still falling madly in love with Jazmine (he is noticing her everywhere).

Ahhhhhhh, adorable! He just asked her! YAYYYYYYY! Well, OK, to the ball, but it is a start! YAYYYYYY! Finally dating! I don’t consider that a spoiler, come on, it was obvious. Even with the whole boyfriend at first, I just knew that they would end up together. Eep! I just love how well they fitted together, and I was delighted to see the little things they did to spend time together.

Plus, good job Jorge, for acting normal when your girlfriend cuts her hair. Given how tons of other people reacted, which I found really stupid, but then again, I know from personal experience how people act when girls have short hair. :|

Of course, he is not alone in this book. We also have Garrett and Liv. I do have to be honest and say that I didn’t like how they bickered quite a few times during the book. But thankfully they also show enough times that they are the best of friends. They were quite fun together, bantering.

Liv was a pretty OK character, she has her heart in the right place, though she should be a bit tactful about things (like eating lunch with your current boyfriend while your ex is at the same table… is not what you want to do). But she does have an amazing superpower of getting people to join or do things, which is pretty nice!

We also see that she has some troubles with her current boyfriend. Of course, we only see her side of the story, so who knows what Marcus’ story is, but still I wanted, just like Jorge, to destroy Liv. Hello, a relationship works from two sides. You can’t just expect her to go with you to stuff, but then find her needy when she wants you and her to go the ball.

Garrett, a new addition to the school, in his previous school he was quarterback, but here? He can’t even play much as there is already a star player who gets all the play time. I didn’t get why he was so hot about James, I just thought that dude was a skeezeball. But I guess he wanted to be in the group, and people do silly things to be in a group.

Zeke? Jazmine’s boyfriend? Sorry, but what? I liked him at times, but it is true what Jorge said, he does seem to have 2 sides to himself. We see one of that in the corridor (when Jorge saves him), and then later at the party (what a crappy move, you don’t do that to your girlfriend). Thankfully, Jazmine isn’t happy either, and it seems that some stuff happened before. I was glad to see him out of the picture.

James? Please just fall off a cliff and disappear. What a disgusting piece of insert lots of expletives Especially nearing the ending when he did that to Jorge.

I hated that everyone just believed that Jorge would do those things. Really? Guys? Like, you know this dude, you know how hard he tries to make sure everyone is happy and not being bullied. You saw him with Jazmine, you saw him with other girls. And then you just believe that? Not thinking about how technology isn’t always to be trusted. Anyone can pretend to be someone. Anyone can hack if they really want it. But I guess, kids are just dumb in that way. :{

The whodunnit? Aka the one who was posting as Jorge, well, I was quite shocked. What a dick move.

The ending made me smile so so much! It was just the best way to end this book. A bit of drama, but also happiness and love.

I loved the extra info at the ending, especially how the cover was picked. I am happy that they picked the cover that is now in use. That one just fits the best with this story. How Jorge only sees her, even though his friends are there, even though there is chaos. So sweet!

All in all, I am hoping we get a new graphic novel, featuring another character. Maybe Brooke? Or Nic? And I would highly, very highly, recommend this one!

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
3.5 Stars
ARC Review for Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey Vol.1

I received this comic (or maybe half-manga) from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. 

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE The Nightmare Before Christmas and so I was very much excited when I spotted this one on Netgalley.

This one chronicles the adventures of Zero, the adorable ghost dog of Jack Skellington (eeeeee!). We see how Jack is once again struggling to come up with something for Halloween (I say again, though at that time I didn't know this one was a brand-new story, but later on we get confirmation through a story told by someone in Winter/Christmas town, that this one takes place after the movie), Zero is trying all he can to cheer up his owner, which I found adorable! Pets really feel that their owners need some love and care (my hamsters also do the same). Sadly, things go from awww to OMG as Zero get outside and gets lost! 

I just loved seeing Christmas/Winter Town again, and also loved that they had forgiven all that Jack (and the monsters) did (though they do seem to have some leftover resentment). I am happy that Zero was able to find someone who took him in and that they could help him out. 

Of course, Zero isn't the only character we see, we also get to see how Jack is faring now that Zero has left, how the town is doing (eeeeee, seeing all my favourite characters again and of course that awesome town). Poor Jack though, he is seeing that he did neglect Zero with all his busy Halloween planning. 

I was a bit confused, Zero seemed such a nice pup, but as soon as the story told by the lady who took him in is over, he gets to all sorts of naughty things. Eating food, creating mischief, and other things. 

I thought this one would be a single volume, but given the ending I am guessing there is going to be more of Zero's journey. On the one hand I am sad, on the other hand, this means I will have much more NBC to read! Yay! 

The Cover Gallery and Concept Gallery were such nice additions! 

The art was pretty nicely done, I really love the style, it fits so well with the NBC world that I know and love from Tim Burton. 

All in all, I hope that the second volume will come out soon, I need to know if that trio can get Zero back (without too much naughtiness), if Zero can escape, and if everyone can find their way home again. I can't wait for Jack and Zero to reunite again. 

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
1 Stars
ARC Review for Undercover Man: Harlequin Manga by Hibiki Sakuraya, Merline Lovelace

I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

The 4th out of 5 Harlequin Manga, and by far the most boring. Really, I practically fell asleep reading this one. For many reasons. Characters were bland, the story was weird and boring, the romance, what romance? I guess the art was good, though I wasn’t a big fan of Paige’s design.

In this one Paige discovers that her fiance/boyfriend is hiding something, and it is something big, he is working for a secret agency directly under the president. I can imagine that the girl is pissed about it, not that he does this work, but that he is keeping it a secret. Yes, I understand why he is hiding it, but then again, this isn’t good for your relationship. Maybe, just maybe, he could have at least let her know he was indeed doing something special on the side, but can’t tell her. Yet. So throughout the book we not only have the mission, but also David and Paige trying to figure out where they stand. Paige doesn’t want to be engaged to him due to him keeping secrets and being distant, David is finding out that Paige may look frail but can also be something totally different.

Paige wants to show David that she can be awesome and she isn’t as frail as she looks. She agrees to help him out on a mission. Now this all sounds pretty dang good, but sadly it is all boring as hell.

The villain, and how the mission progresses, ughhhh. It was just one big James Bond movie thing, all the cliches included.

David, honey, please, just don’t wear your glasses. :P

The ending, with the wedding and what happened before that, I quite liked it. Happy that our pair is happy again, and I hope they learned to talk about their differences/take time to talk. I did think it was kind of nice what they did for Henri, though I do wonder if it was the best idea.

All in all, not sure if I would recommend this one. Now, one Harlequin Manga left, hoping it is better than this one.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
3.5 Stars
ARC Review for Playing the Dutiful Wife by Takako Hashimoto, Carol Marinelli

I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.


The 5th and final Harlequin Manga I requested at Netgalley, I have tried stretching out reading them, but I still devoured them. Hopefully a new batch will make its way to Netgalley. crosses fingers

Meet Meg, a simplistic girl who, after having a hot dude next to her in the airplane, get married to him so they can have sex (because he is sooooo good with his hands and makes her come while they are flying). Yuuuupppp coughs, isn’t it brilliant? Oh, you make me feel so good, but, no we cannot have sex until marriage. OK, let’s get married. Instantly. Oh, and the next day? Screwed over (but no worries, he has got an excuse, though it will take a year for him to tell it). I knew that was coming as soon as they dived into the idea and into bed. I have nothing against waiting until marriage, but this was just ridiculous. That is not how no sex before marriage works. :| Also, who doesn’t use a condom. Hello? Think of all the things you can get, too many.

So now, Meg is a completely grumpy girl who hates planes and guys. Oh, but I need to mention that she didn’t even divorce the guy. Yep, she is carrying her ring and certificate around (as I can’t imagine she just keeps it in her desk all the time).

And then it got even sillier, and I was just laughing so much! OMG. That plot, really, how can you take this serious? Even later, and I am sure I should be shocked, but I just saw that twist coming for miles. I was even thinking it took quite long!

Even though the plot was ridiculous, I was shipping Meg and Niklas like crazy. I knew that even though Niklas was a grumpy insert some mean words he was also a good guy, we just had to dive deeper in the story to see that.

The art… well, it wasn’t my favourite. Some characters looked wonderful (Niklas), but some just looked terrible (Meg). The romance scenes were done pretty dang nicely though.

All in all, this was much better than the previous Harlequin Manga I read, it was still silly, but it was good silly. And there was romance that I liked.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
1.5 Stars
ARC Review for Timothy Top #1 by Gud

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Frankly, I have no freaking idea what just happened. Before I knew it the book was over and I was left with questions. Like where did the hog come from? How did Timothy get his powers? What are his powers (as it seems they don’t do much except shiny pretty light and maybe grow a few plants)? What was up with the villain and why was it necessary to add a small backstory? Why did the parents speak in dingbats (I really thought my copy was wrong, and then I noticed it was only the parents when they argued who had the dingbats)? Why aren’t the parents seeking help? Don’t they see they are hurting their kids? What is up with that teacher at school? Why is everyone so mean towards Timothy? And yes, I could go on.

The idea is fun, a boy who is normally very average gets superpowers and has to save the local park from being destroyed by some weird looking guy (and we can clearly see that love makes blind). In the mean time he also has to deal with bullying at school (both from the teacher and the students) and his home situation is also not the best (his parents constantly fight/are tired).

I flew through this book, also because there wasn’t always text, or when there was text there wasn’t much. This book heavily relies on its illustrations to tell the tale.

But as I said I just couldn’t make sense of anything. I could see what happened, but for some reason it just didn’t click together. It just seemed like a big dream-like/rambling rant.

The illustrations were pretty OK-ish. They did fit the weirdness and wth is going on of the book.

I probably won’t be reading the second book when it comes out.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
5 Stars
ARC Review for The Nightmare Before Dinner by Zach Neil

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.


Eeeeeeeeeeeep! That is my reaction when I spotted this book on Netgalley. I am an absolutely fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and I just love Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, and also some other Tim Burton movies. I just had to have this one and read it. See what kind of recipes there would be!

I didn’t even know there was a Tim Burton/Salvador Dali-inspired restaurant. Too bad I am not in the US, or I would have gone and visit, all these foods do sound delicious! And yes, I could make them myself, now at least, but I would also like to taste how a real chef makes these.

We start off with sauces (as expected, that is the one thing most cookbooks start with), and then slowly build up to the main course. If I wasn’t hungry already, well, those main courses would have made me hungry. Dang, they all sound so delightfully delicious.

I loved the introductions to each recipe, especially those with references to movies or horror stuff.

Nice that they added a Go Vegan! option. I am not vegan myself, but I still love it when cooking books go the extra mile to add something like this.

I am delighted that most of the recipes don’t use nuts. I have read many cookbooks and so many have nuts in them, this one just has a couple of them, and mostly it means almond milk, which I will be replacing with normal milk.

The recipes are all clear and easy to follow. Sometimes even with tips to make things easier or to change certain ingredients.

I was already wondering what the last chapter would be about, and but it is all about themed parties! With what recipes go well with the party, what kind of items would be best to decorate everything with. I loved it!

All in all, this was a delight! I am quite hungry now.

Review
3 Stars
ARC Review for Dictionary of Dinosaurs Dieter Braun, Matthew G Baron

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

So, I normally don’t really request or get dinosaur books any more due to how they look these days. Sorry, I have grown up with a few bird-like dinosaurs (because they were always that), but now more and more of my favourite dinosaurs are changing to overgrown turkeys/chickens. Not a favourite. Maybe if I was a kid I would think it is cool, but yeah, I am an adult, and I prefer my dinosaurs to be scary lizards.

But I couldn’t resist this one, the illustrations looked too gorgeous, and before I knew what happened my hand clicked on the request button.

I can understand them not giving all the dinosaurs an image, but come on, at least give them all a description and a height in comparison with humans part. Now I noticed that I just kind of zoomed in on the ones that did have descriptions and illustrations and just forgot to read the rest (no worries, I read everything in the end).

Review
3 Stars
ARC Review for Craving Jamie by Emma Darcy, Keiko Okamoto

I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

The second of 5 new Harlequin manga that were up on Netgalley. I had a bit of a laugh at the title, but still couldn’t resist clicking the request button when I saw this one.

Beth and Jamie, two people who had grown inseparable when they were younger (kids and later teens), Beth had to leave and they promised that they would meet again. Jamie promised he would be successful and make Beth a happy woman. Cue back to 15 years later, and it seems that only one of the two has remembered the promise to meet up, the promise to be together.

I felt sorry for Beth, it seems she has been looking for Jamie all over, finally meeting him, and the dickwad doesn’t remember her. I so didn’t like Jamie. He was cocky, icky, and come on, not every woman interested in you is going to be your sexual conquest. Sadly, and I really didn’t like that Beth did it, though I guess I can understand why, she goes with him and just proves once again that Jamie can do anything he wants and will get whatever he wants.

Unlike the other book the sex scene is a bit more graphic, plus I liked it even less than the previous manga’s sex scene. It was just not something of love.

Throughout the story we see flashbacks to how Jamie and Beth met each other, how Jamie got to live in the same village as Beth, and how they grew closer and closer. I am glad the author added this, as really, if we would only see the now parts, I would probably just want to kick Jamie in the nuts.

I am sure that it was meant dramatically, but sorry, I just laughed so much about that morning after they had sex. Dramarama, so much drama. snorts Eat that Jamie, and really, maybe you should just have asked her name instead of being a drama queen (which also continues later on)?

Of course it doesn’t end there, oh heavens no, we still got 60 pages left. :P The drama will intensify and let’s not forget to add another sex scene (which I at first didn’t like).

And really, all that dumb shit could have been prevented, but heaven forbid if people for once talked about things. Oh no, let’s assume, let’s fucking assume. rolls her eyes Dear Lord.

But the ending was sure sweet, and I am very happy for everyone in this story.

The art was just wonderful, it really fitted the story well, and I just adore how well drawn Jamie and Beth were.

So all in all, I did enjoy this book, even though it was silly and dramarama, it still had some good moments, and a sweet ending.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
3 Stars
ARC Review for Mistaken for a Mistress by Jacqueline Baird, Marito Ai
I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

And the third Harlequin manga! I am devouring my way through the 5 that were just added to Netgalley! Sure, they are filled with drama, but there is also romance, and I just adore that each one has a different mangaka drawing the story!

So, in this one we have a girl, who is mistaken for someone’s mistress. Yep. Doing research? Why would you? Because if you did we wouldn’t have this hilarious story. If they had done research they would have instantly known that the little kid was her brother, and it was her mother who was the mistress. :P Plus, come on, she is like 30? Maybe younger? How do they even think she is her mom? I had quite a laugh that she just went along with it. GO girl! I was kind of curious to see how far she would take it, and how long it would take them to find out who she actually was. Ah, I couldn’t wait. grabs popcorn for that inevitable drama that is going to happen

Can I say that I was disgusted with how everyone treated the girl, or I should say their thoughts about her mother and her position as mistress. :|

Yes~ Yes~ The drama can start now that FINALLY someone noticed it. Haha, I just loved everyone’s reactions to it.

After that I kind of tuned out. There was just too much blablabla and too little romance for my liking. Thankfully around page 100 there is a change, and boy, I loved it!

The Contessa, what an absolute insert some mean words person she is. Bah. Disgusting.

The story definitely picked up, and that ending swoons that was just so sweet and gorgeous.

The art was pretty decent, I say that, because the adults look all perfectly fine, but Paul, the little kid, looked more like a chibi, and at times his proportions were a bit weird.

All in all, it was a bit bland/boring at times, but there were times that I really enjoyed myself. In comparison with the other two I read this one was pretty tame. :)

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
 
 

 

Review
5 Stars
ARC Review for Super Chill by Adam Ellis

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

OMG, I laughed so so much. And not just me, I also whatsapped my fiance with some of the comics and I dare to bet people have looked at him funnily given his reaction back to me. :P

I have read a few Adam Ellis comics, but only a few. So I was pretty dang excited to see a whole book of them. And boy, they are so good.

The comics are about a variety of things, from student loans (Nobody cares!), going to Japan (Gudetama and relating to that little egg dude), moms and their obsession with keeping gift paper intact, anxiety (really, don't eat that xanax bar), to cats (so many cats) and self-esteem. But there are tons more. Most are hilarious, but some made me feel a bit sad (even if I also laughed a few times, which made me unsure if I should laugh). One of my favourites, and maybe I should bring that to my dentist the next time, was the dentist comic. Yes, if you hack and saw so much in my mouth of course I will bleed! Dang it!

I just loved seeing Dami Lee in them as well. She is another artist that I follow and read comics of, and it was so fun to go: OMG, is that Dami? It must be! The pink shirt, the egg, the hair! Nice!

The art? Well, I already knew his art, but it was fabulous to see it again. I just adore how he does backgrounds (so many details).

All in all, I hope Adam Ellis will make more art/comics. I would definitely recommend this book if you want to laugh your butt off.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
4.5 Stars
ARC Review for A Daring Proposition

I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!

Ahhh, another one of those amazing Harlequin Manga. Again, I am still not the girl who will read normal Harlequin, but if it is manga? I need them all! *grabby hands*

And this one was once again filled with all the cliche (and cheesy) stuff, but also tons of romance and ahh, it was magnificent and hilarious. 

Meet Samantha, or Sam, she is Guy's secretary and doing everything for him. But she has a problem. She loves Guy in a romantic way, sadly, Guy isn't one to notice it. He has flings left and right, wooing women everywhere, but to him Sam is his secretary. Poor thing, and I can imagine that she is sick and tired of it. Then again, maybe, just maybe, she should have told him. Yes, he is an idiot that he doesn't notice her, but still, just tell him. But yeah, otherwise we wouldn't have had this story I guess. :P 

The date was oh so awkward, just like their first sex was. Yep, there is a sex scene, nothing too graphic. I wonder if Sam was doing fine, holding back her needs and wants. 

Guy, please, what kind of moron are you. He is all jealous because he thinks Sam is using him as a rebound. If only he knew. I did like that at one point he seemed to think that maybe Sam liked him, but he dismissed that one pretty fast, which made laugh. If only he knew, really, if only. 

Sam really took the advice of her aunt to heart, and I just snorted so hard with Guy's reaction to it. 

Of course, more drama in sight when a guy from Sam's past makes an appearance. Oh, yeah, more drama! Whoop! *grabs popcorn*

I am happy that we also get a bit of backstory on how these two started working, how they build from the ground up to where they are now. They make quite a team. 

*snorts and laughs*Oh, dear, why not. That is so typical! No, I don't want to tell you, but I am sure, if you know how Harlequin stories go, that you can guess! 

*tears up at the ending* No, I am not crying, I have something in my eye, that is all. 

This was so much fun to read, I flew through it, before I knew it I was at the ending, and no I didn't cry there. Maybe! The art was also pretty nicely done, though at times Sam's designs was a bit weird to me (especially facial expressions). 

All in all, I would recommend this one! If you want a fun, drama and romance-filled story with two interesting characters, be sure to read this one.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
5 Stars
ARC Review for Slothilda
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I vaguely can remember that I saw this character before seeing her book on Netgalley. Maybe Twitter? I will have to do some research later.

Meet Slothilda, a sloth who is very much like us humans. She is trying all sorts of things to improve herself, but also being lazy as hell. :P I know that Slothilda is my spirit animal. I am a very active person, but something I just want to curl up and be lazy. Just do nothing. Nothing at all. Maybe sleep.

Oh, oh, oh, that foam roller! That is me with something else. I bought an exercise/yoga mat last year with the full intention to use it, but I actually used it a few times, and then, forgot about it. Teehee. Thanks for reminding me, Slothilda.

Fully supporting her using the gym ball for self-defense! Also, doughnuts are a very valid options! Then again, maybe that is because I am highly allergic to nuts/peanuts, you got to eat something with nuts, and why not go for doughnuts? Right?

I just loved the illustrations, I do wonder how the book will look in real life, as with my ecopy it looks a bit weird to just have one image that, for most, only takes half of the page.

The book is split up in various parts. Like Home, Food, Money for example, with illustrations going with each topic. I didn’t have a favourite topic (I liked them all), though I have to say that the Fur Baby got realllllll close. Too much cuteness! *eyes turn to hearts*

Slothilda’s life was so much fun to see. At times I recognized things from myself or my fiancé in it. Oh, and can I say that I just adore the corgi! I love corgis!

The art was just the cutest. I was awwing at almost all of the illustrations, OK, maybe all of them, and I was wondering if it could get even more adorable (hint, yes).

All in all, a terrific-fun-adorable-cute-fluffy-slothy-lazy-can-we-go-to-sleep-already-or-eat-book, which I would recommend!

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
 
 

 

Review
5 Stars
Review for Heart Break Club Vol.1

I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Welcome to the Heart Break Club. A club with 4 people, one girl (our MC) who, as soon as she falls in love, loses the guy to another girl. No clue how she does it, but it is one hell of a terrible superpower to have. Then there is the guy who looks fabulous as a girl and only turned to a girl side for his childhood friend who is a man-hater. The anime nerd who is very hot and I am sure has a backstory as well. Yori, the president, who finds love troublesome, which mostly has to do with her mom leaving her family for another guy.

They are all interesting characters and I am delighted that the author takes time to introduce us to these characters. The first chapter mainly focuses on our MC, the second one on Takeshi (the guy who had the long hair), the third on Yori. Of course even with those chapters being about those characters the focus is also on Nima and her bad luck with guys.

Really, it is one magical superpower that Nima has. One time she picked a guy from 10 photographs and within minutes he had a girlfriend, who wasn’t Nima. :P I actually feel sorry for the girl. Every time she looks so much at a guy or feels feelings for him she knows she will lose him.

We see her and Takeshi getting quite close, but Nima is trying not to fall for him, she doesn’t want to lose him, their friendship or love. is sad

I wasn’t too sure how I felt about the girls in the school all flocking to Nima for offerings and prayers. Guys, really? That poor thing keeps losing the guys she likes and all you can think off is that she is some kind of cupid. Why don’t you for once realise that this isn’t a superpower you would want to have, and that Nima is actually feeling dang sad about it?

We also meet a new girl named Kana, who has the reverse of Nima. If she falls for someone, they will fall for her. Seems kind of like an awesome superpower… but then we learn certain things about this girl, and hot dang. That is just effed up.

I guess I will need to find volume 2 as I do want to see how the situation is going to be resolved. What Kana is doing is a bad bad thing. :|

The art is pretty great, I do like the style. I love how the characters are designed/drawn.

All in all, I already was in love with this series because of blurb/cover, but now I am in love further. This is one good story, and I am curious to see if they are able to help Nima.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
1.5 Stars
ARC Review for Did Dinosaurs Have Dentists?
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I was quite looking forward to this book, I love dinosaurs and I was curious what the author would make of the topic of dentists (ewww) x dinosaurs (yaaaay).

Yes, as you can see I am not a fan of dentists. Never been a fan, but as I got older it only got worse. But I still couldn’t resist grabbing this book from Netgalley and try it out. For the dinosaurs! Yay!

Sadly, it just wasn’t that good. Sometimes it worked, for instance when a question got two pages and it clicked together in a fun way (though that is not a guarantee for success, one of those two page spreads just didn’t work at all). Like the Stegosaurus and if it liked to floss. But others just seemed disconnected and weird. Like there was meant to be another page, but it was decided not to go for it and just leave it. It just didn’t flow or match. It wasn’t funny. It definitely missed something. And that is a shame as this one could be potentially really fun and interesting.

I did like that in the end we see who is asking these questions, and why. Though I am not too happy about the answer from the dentist. I get she was joking (at least I hope so), but to a little kid it may just turn out to be a truth. Still nice that he dared to asked the question. I just wish she had given a more honest answer.

The art wasn’t entirely my favourite.

All in all, it didn’t live up to my expectations and hopes. :(

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
 
 

 

Review
5 Stars
ARC Review for Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Imagine my delight when I found out that this author/illustrator made more books featuring mice. I already read Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse 2 years prior, loved that one to bits. I was very much excited to start this one. Featuring a new mouse, new adventures, new friendship, new mysteries, new inventions.

This time the adventure is about a little mouse who wants to know more about his ancestor who went to America. He gets help from an old professor. At first the old mouse doesn’t want to help him, but then he does as he sees that our little mouse isn’t giving up. I loved seeing them research, build, invent, craft, and plan. These two are tiny but they have big dreams, big plans, and nothing is going to stop them.

We see them try out diving bubbles, making something that would do the same but also allows for resurfacing again, then try out something else again, and then the journey really starts. I was curious what the treasure would be, what could be in that chest that is so important? Gold? Very old cheese? Something else?

The ending was sweet and beautiful, and it does explain why our tiny little mouse has such a talent for inventing.

Just a shame that the title (and cover) kind of spoils the ending of the book. 

The art is just the best part. Yes, the story is wonderful, but it is the art that captures me.

I definitely need more books like this, I love mice. Even had them when I was teen, and not one or two, but a whole bunch. So adorable!

All in all, if you are looking for a gorgeous, fun, adventurous book featuring brave mice, read this one! And be sure to check out the others as well.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
5 Stars
ARC review for Gnarled Hollow

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

OH MY GOSH. Guys, this book was just too good. I have been looking around for something like this, books with haunted houses, maybe even (a bit) in the style of Darcy Coates. And I found it in this book. It never had a boring moment, you will be on the seat of your chair all the time, and you may just not be able to sleep or walk around at night easily (I know I didn’t, as I read part of this book before I went to sleep, bad bad idea).

Meet Emily Murray, she just got fired from her job at the university, but an opportunity knocks on her door. Does she want to spend her summer at a big house in the country to study the works of one of her favourite authors: Margot Lewis? Of course, what else would you expect, our girl is instantly interested. And so a summer full of creepy things, hauntings, but also romance, will start.

Yup, you read that right, there is also romance, but surprise, this one wasn’t going for the obvious choice so many authors make. You won’t see a MxF relationship, oh no, we got ourselves a sweet FxF relationship. I was a bit worried if the romance would fit this book, because it is still mystery/horror, but I loved it, I was eagerly looking for those sweet and soft moments away from the horror and the creepiness. June and Emily just fit together like two puzzle pieces. I did like that they both worked to be together, it wasn’t just oh we are together and done, oh no, we see Emily’s thoughts, and see how she starts to love June. But that she is also worried about how things would go after this summer. Does June love her or just see her as a casual fling? The author did a great job on writing this romance, it was believable, fun, and made you root for these girls.
I do have to say at one point I was worried for the romance, but I shouldn’t have worried.

The house was properly creepy. Really, thanks to the descriptions I just wanted to stay away. Far away. But not only the house and all the things that happened, the gardens/pool were also a place of nope. The things that happened to our characters were haunted, spooky, and I was definitely creeped out. Doors that close on their own, time loss, a girl looking out of the window. The author did a magnificent job slowly revealing more creepy things about the house. About the presence (or presences) lurking there. And then we slowly found out about what happened in the house so many years ago. Oh my goodness! If you thought you found out one thing, wait until the next thing is revealed.

Emily was a very nice character, I liked her instantly, maybe also because of how she felt about herself and how she felt as if she was an outsider. I can totally relate to her. I loved how strong she was and how hard she worked on breaking those codes (Margot Lewis loved codes). I was impressed that, instead of letting someone else do it due to how Jim was, she went to Jim multiple times to talk to him or to give him help.

June! Next to Emily my favourite character. She was just so much fun, and I loved how dedicated she was about her work/studying all the art stuff. Plus, even though she was clearly frightened, I liked how she stayed. For Emily.

I am not sure how I felt about Jim. He was by far my least favourite character from the book. It also didn’t help that THAT happened to him, but even before that he was a dick. I get that he was afraid, and probably didn’t want to let the fear in, but he did some things that just pissed me off. I guess I should say good job to the author for writing him that well.

Mark, I liked how he was instantly a believer due to what he saw. How he didn’t dismiss it (like some other characters). How he listened to Emily, and also later on became quite a strong character. Sure, he was afraid, but he wanted to dig deeper, he wanted to find out all he could. He was also the one to find out several things due to what he does for work, things that really turned some stuff upside down for our characters and their situation. Who knew that a house could change dimensions!

Why Emily felt so at home in the home? At least I could call it that. Sure, she had her moments of frights, and at times felt pretty out of place. I definitely had a suspicion on the matter, even some theories. As we found out more (and certain events happened) I settled on one theory, and I was delighted to see it confirmed! How fun! It fits so well. It is kind of a thing that you see more often in haunted houses books, but I love seeing them.

I also liked seeing the characters work/study. They have such interesting fields/hobbies. From art to English to gardening. I loved seeing them discover new things in the house based on what they did as work/hobby.

All in all, an exciting book that won’t let you go until the end. You will just be as invested as the characters to solve this mystery. Even if that means not sleeping at night. I would recommend it to everyone!

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/