Vlog Review: The Moonlight Meeting By Tracey Hecht (The Nocturnals Easy Reader #1)

Release Date: September 2017
Age Group: Childrens, Easy Reader
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Reviewed By: Macy Kate & Nat

Anything related to The Nocturnals series by Tracey Hecht will hands down be the best! When I first discovered that The Nocturnals was starting an easy reader set I was thrilled! My youngest monster has just started easy readers and when I showed him The Moonlight Meeting he was excited to read about new animals, I mean who doesn't want to read about a pangolin?

Said monster is not ready to review on camera so I passed it to Macy Kate because she (and Mrs. Leger) are our Nocturnals connoisseurs. They LOVE all things Nocturnals, I mean, Macy Kate sets her Dawn the Fox stuffed animal on her desk at school (for good luck of course) and Ms. Leger's classes study every single odd animal that makes an appearance in the series. We are all in around here.

It is exciting that young audiences can now get in on the action and learn about odd, unique animals and get to know The Brigade! And we are a house divided here at I'd So Rather Be Reading... we all have our favorites. I am partial to Bismark, the sugar glider and Macy Kate obviously loves Dawn the Fox. She wins the loyalty card. Macy Kate dressed as Dawn the Fox for Halloween this year. With fiery red hair and a swanky fur jacket, she OWNED it! #winning

And I am thrilled that I just got in The Slithery Shakedown! Which is set to release this April (it's so new that I couldn't find it on Goodreads, which is like saying I have acquired a piece of the Holy Grail).

Teachers and parents, start collecting these easy readers and prime the little minds because once they hit the middle grade reading level they are going to fall in love with The Nocturnals series!


And don't forget about #WORDWEDNESDAY with The Nocturnals >>>HERE<<<

Vlog Review: Heartwood Hotel: A True Home by Kallie George

Summary: When Mona the Mouse stumbles across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm, she desperately hopes they'll let her stay. As it turns out, Mona is precisely the maid they need at the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest, where animals come from far and wide for safety, luxury, and comfort. But the Heartwood Hotel is not all acorn souffle and soft moss-lined beds. Danger lurks, and as it approaches, Mona finds that this hotel is more than a warm place to spend the night. It might also be a home.

This delightfully enticing start of a new chapter book series tells a tale of friendship, courage, and community, with exquisite black-and-white illustrations throughout.

Release Date: July 2017
Age Group: Middle Grade
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Reviewed By: Macy Kate

I think it's safe to say that Macy Kate has found another "AWESOME SERIES" that she loves and Mona the Mouse is just so cute, fun and adventurous. Heartwood Hotel: True Home is a sure win for middle grade readers that love animal adventures.

Series Review: Storybook Valley by Stacy Juba (1 & 2)

Summary: What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella’s toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom. First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.

Release Date: November 2015
Age Group: YA, Romance (clean), Contemporary, Chick Lit
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Review: Dance instructor Rory Callahan likes to play it safe. When she meets Kyle, he’s impulsive, persistent, and her exact opposite. He’s pushing her to tango way past her comfort zone and keeping Rory on her toes more than twenty years of dance teachers ever had.

Unfortunately, he’s the grandson of her family’s archrival and she doesn’t want to disappoint them. After all, her parents imagine her as a proper princess - hence her namesake Aurora, AKA Sleeping Beauty. Complicating matters, Rory’s also dealing with a surgeon boyfriend who’s perfect for her (sort of), an obnoxious boss, and desperate dance moms. Kyle wants to change her whole life, but Rory doesn’t like the stakes. After all, princesses are the ones who get the happy endings. . .aren’t they?

This sweet romantic comedy is a standalone and can be read on its own. All books in the series can be read in any order so jump in at any time.
Welcome to Storybook Valley...Your Vacation Escape

The Storybook Valley books are the perfect beach reads. If you love small town romance, theme parks, fairy tale fun, and amazing love stories, then Storybook Valley will be your new favorite series. Look for the feel-good first novel in the series, Fooling Around With Cinderella.

Release Date: November 2017
Age Group: YA, Romance (clean), Contemporary, Chick Lit
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Reviewed By: Nat

I've finally found my Sweet Valley High replacement! Yes, I am 35 years old and still want to read those teenage, angst-filled books! (And yes, I'll further admit, I'd pick up a Babysitters Club if things got real desperate around here #noshameinmygame).

Storybook Valley is a sweet romance series that gives all #thefeels without having anyone strip down to their undies. They give you just enough romance without tipping the hat and turning smutty.

The family of Storybook Valley is fairy-tale obsessed. So mush so, that they have named all their children after characters from classics like Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan and even stretched a little and actually named a daughter Tiara. I mean, why not? I say when you're all in, you commit. And naming your daughter Tiara shows commitment.

And there's a theme park to boot! Imagine, first you are named after Sleeping Beauty AND you spend your afternoons playing at Cinderella's castle with your grandma who happens to be dressed as Fairy God Mother! Yea, we all come from weird or maybe dysfunctional *cough >me< but this is one weird that I'd legit be interested in. 😂

I really thought Juba did a great job of introducing several characters, in Fooling Around with Cinderella, that will take the lead in subsequent books in the series. I personally can't wait to read Tiara's story. There better be lots of glitter...

Storybook Valley is a light, fun series that will deliver the HEA we all crave, make you believe in modern day fairy-tale romances and add to your ever climbing TBR list.

I'm committed. I'll read every Storybook Valley that comes out because dang it, I CAN. I might even wear a tiara and call my husband Mr. Charming. Why not? YOLO, right.