Create Your Me Movement

An Empowering Guided Journal for Girls

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Frazzled

frazzled.jpgFrazzled:  Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat

This novel is chock-full of illustrations and hilarious text aimed at middle-grade readers.

Abbie Wu is in the middle of everything. ¬†She is even the middle child in her family. ¬†Now, she’s about to enter MIDDLE SCHOOL and she’s terrified.

Her older brother Peter is great at everything. ¬†Her baby sister can do no wrong. ¬†Abbie doesn’t feel like there is ANYTHING that makes her special.

Even her friends have their “thing.” When it comes to picking an elective, they know exactly what they want to do. ¬†Nothing seems to click for Abbie, so she gets placed in study hall.

The worst part about middle school seems to be the lunches, and Abbie figures out a way to make it better. ¬†Could it be she has finally found her niche? ¬†Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out!

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

I’d Rather…

witch.jpgI’d Rather be a Witch by Erin Hayes

Fast-paced with some interesting twists and turns.

Jordan doesn’t realize the price she and others will be forced to pay when she makes a huge decision in the aftermath of a tragic accident.

Later, when trying to right the wrongs, she finds out what set events in motion long before that fateful night.

Interesting story and cast of characters, though one particular bit doesn’t sit with me.

Spoiler Alert!!!

I just don’t understand the motive/reasoning for additional deaths. ¬†One murder has clear motive, another as a lure…but the rest that are alluded to…don’t really make sense.

‚ÄúThis audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.‚ÄĚ

The Gutsy Girl

gutsy girl.jpgThe Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure

written by Caroline Paul and illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton

This little guidebook is chock-full of dangerous derrings-do, snippets of info on various female heroes, helpful information, and bizarre checklists.

It’s an enjoyable read aimed at tween-age girls who are looking for adventure.

“Don’t try this at home!”

I only wish this book had more examples of smaller feats of daring as opposed to crevices in Denali and climbing the Golden Gate bridge…something like getting up in front of a crowd to recite your poetry or standing up to the class bully. ¬†Then again, the title does include the words “Epic Adventure, ” so I suppose those examples wouldn’t fit.

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

The Garden Raid

29560937The Garden Raid by John W. Nassivera

A cute little story about fitting in, helping out, and becoming legends.

At times, this story reminded me vaguely of The Sandlot.

I haven’t checked out what happens¬†next¬†yet. ¬†I sure hope the boys didn’t get in too much trouble from Old Man Varney!

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Simon!!!

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An awkward, bumbling student who unwittingly causes accidents wherever he goes suddenly¬†experiences a burst of inspiration and builds an amazing project for the end-of-term inter-school woodworking competition in Simon Cup’s Box¬†written by A.B. Syed and narrated by Mark Topping.

This clever story with interesting characters and a well-driven plot is appropriate for all ages and the narration is stellar.  Such a cute little story!!!

‚ÄúThis audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.‚ÄĚ

Grimm House

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Grimm House, Written by: Karen McQuestion, Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski

This is a modern-day fairy tale complete with a moral to the story.

Characters were well fleshed out, although it was confusing at times to tell the sisters apart (not that it acutally mattered TOO much).

The critters that the author chose to help guide Hadley to her escape were hilarious.

My favorite character was Gigi, and I could totally see her drawn out Disney-style in my head.

This was a fun listen (fantastic narration).  I recommend it to young adults as well a adults who are kids at heart.

Be grateful for what you have.  Peace out!

‚ÄúThis audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.‚ÄĚ

Hollywood Somebody

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Hollywood Nobody (Hollywood Nobody Series, Book 1) by Lisa Samson

15-year-old Scotty lives a nomadic life with her food stylist¬†mother travelling from set to set, “road-schooling” herself, and keeping a Hollywood blog on the side.

It’s always been a little bit crazy, but her world is about to get turned upside-down, in more ways than one.

I love the independent, free-spirit of the main character, and how her tale was told in a way that’s completely relate-able despite the circumstances of her life being so unusual.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and look forward to reading more in the series and others by this author.

Kissed

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Kissed (The Thorn Chronicals #1) by Kimberly Loth

Naomi is trapped within a cult and forced to do her father’s bidding until the threat of being married off to a disgusting bully has her trying to figure out a way to run away and find her aunt in Las Vegas.
She has a knack for comparing each person’s character to that of a particular rose. ¬†Will the comfort of her greenhouse be enough to get her through this ordeal?
This is an intriguing story written in a young adult’s point of view and the narration was superb. ¬†The ending took me by surprise!
‚ÄúThis audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.‚ÄĚ

Just Like Me

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Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh

This book came to me at just the right time.

When I was a kid, I used to pretend I was adopted and that some day my “real” parents would come and “rescue” me. Of course that never happened, but it was fuel for endless daydreams.

I have always been interested in genealogy and discovering my roots. My father has worked on tracing our lineage back and has discovered some surprises, and there is still a huge chunk of unanswered questions. Does that alter who I am at my core, though?

Just Like Me was written for a young adult audience by an adoptive mom of a Chinese daughter about a young girl and her cohorts at summer camp. Can they overcome their differences and learn to get along? What will Julia say for an article about her and her “Chinese sisters?”

It’s worth reading to the end to find out.

I received this book for free through a  Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.