Review: Sleeping Bronty (Once Before Time Book 2)

Title: Sleeping Bronty (Once Before Time Book 2)
Author: Christy Webster, Gladys Jose (illustrator)
Genre: Children’s, Picture Book
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 25, 2020
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Sleeping Bronty is going to become queen, but the selfish fairy Rhonda puts it all in jeopardy with an evil wish! From Epic! Originals, Once Before Time is a playful board book series of fairy tales reimagined from a time long ago . . . with dinosaurs!

In this prehistoric retelling of the classic story, Sleeping Bronty discovers her own royal potential thanks to her fairy friends, the prince, and some very spicy chili.


This is an adorable adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, featuring a dinosaur.

Bronty is a brontosaurus, and also a princess. When she was born, three fairies came to give her wishes. They wished that she would have a long neck, a long tail, and a long life. However, an evil fairy came and wished that Bronty would prick her tail on a thorn and fall into a deep sleep. When Bronty eventually did prick her tail, they needed the prince to bring a special dish to wake her up.

This was a great retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I think kids would like that the story was about dinosaurs, rather than a real person. It makes it universally relatable, since it doesn’t show a child who may not look like the reader. I also liked the twist on the wishes the fairies gave Bronty, which relate to how a dinosaur would grow up, rather than a person.

This is a cute children’s story!

Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Cinderella Rex (Once Before Time Book 1) by Christy Webster, Holly Hatam (illustrator)

Have you read Sleeping Bronty? What did you think of it?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – February 24

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

This weekend I finished The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading Follow Me by Kathleen Barber.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading The Seventh Sun (The Age of the Seventh Sun #1) by Lani Forbes.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books?

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – February 23

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 8 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sundays in Bed With… The Sound of Stars

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves forbidden pop music work together to save humanity?

Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.

Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanity’s emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.

Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.

Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

What book are you in bed with today?

Six for Sunday – Favourite Covers

This meme is hosted by Steph at A little but a lot. The weekly prompts for 2019 can be found here.

This week’s prompt is Favourite Covers. Here’s my list:

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling

2. Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black

3. Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

4. King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard

5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

6. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

(All book cover images from Goodreads)

Did you write a Six for Sunday list?

Review: The Other Mrs.

Title: The Other Mrs.
Author: Mary Kubica
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Park Row
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 18, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Propulsive and addictive, The Other Mrs. is the twisty new psychological thriller from Mary Kubica, the New York Timesbestselling author of The Good Girl

She tried to run, but she can’t escape the other Mrs.

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor Morgan Baines is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. And as the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of what really happened that dark and deadly night. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.


This was a thrilling read!

The story was very fast paced. It progressed quickly, with many twists. The story had three alternating narratives. Sadie was the main narrative. There was also Camille, a woman who was having an affair with Sadie’s husband. The third one was Mouse, a six year old girl.

I can’t say much about this book without spoiling the ending. It was cleverly written. At first, I didn’t like the big revelation, once I realized what was going on. However, when I looked back on the whole story I realized how carefully everything was written so the answers were right there in the story all along.

I really enjoyed this book!

Thank you Park Row for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Have you read The Other Mrs.? What did you think of it?

Top 5 Saturday – Books About Spies

This is a weekly meme hosted Devouring Books. This week’s prompt is Books About Spies. Here’s my list:

1. Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars #1) by Tara Sim

2. Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1) by Eoin Colfer

3. #Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid

4. Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1) by Sara Shepard

5. The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman

(All book covers from Goodreads)

If you’d like to do this list too, consider yourself tagged!

Did you make a Top 5 Saturday list?

Review: Twisted Fairy Tales: The Ninjabread Man

Title: Twisted Fairy Tales: The Ninjabread Man
Author: Stewart Ross, Chris Jevons (illustrator)
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 15, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Long ago, in ancient Japan, two ninja warriors had everything they wanted in life, except for a child. So they decided to bake one! Out of the oven leaped a speedy, sneaky, and brave Ninjabread Man… who went on to cause absolute chaos! This hilarious tale will be sure to thrill readers aged 6+.


This story is a great twist on the tale of the Gingerbread Man.

In this story, a man and woman want a child of their own. They speak to a fox, who gives them a recipe to make a ninjabread man. However, they don’t use the right amount of ingredients, so he is a mischievous ninjabread man who keeps running away from them.

I loved the Japanese setting in this story. It added some diversity to the story. It also put a twist on the story, because one of the ingredients for the ninjabread man was wasabi. That was an important part that gave it a surprise ending.

The illustrations were very cute. The ninjabread man was adorable, but he had a sneaky look on his face. He was quite a troublemaker.

I really enjoyed this story!

Thank you Arcturus Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Twisted Fairy Tales: Little Rude Riding Hood by Jo Franklin

Twisted Fairy Tales: Snow White and the Seven Robots by Stewart Ross

Have you read Twisted Fairy Tales: The Ninjabread Man? What did you think of it?

Bookish Friday – Friendship Goals

This is a weekly meme hosted by Laurie Reads and Niffler Reads. Every Friday, they post a list of bookish things based on the prompt they provided. The prompts for Feb to May can be found here.

This week’s prompt is Friendship Goals. Here’s my list:

Harry and Ron

Archie and Jughead

Mia and Lilly

Ronan and Gansey

Nancy, Bess, and George

Sherlock and Watson

Carmen, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget

Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter

(All book covers from Goodreads)

Did you make a list for Bookish Friday?