Here are a few books that I was able to read this week complements of NetGalley. The first one is for the YA/NA crowd (technically its YA but the themes make it suitable for both I think) and the other two are children's picture books.
Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Sadie is a typical middle class girl who on scholarship at a prestigious boarding school. Going to school with the rich and famous is interesting enough but when she is kidnapped by someone in a black hood she is plunged into a world of secrets and deception. She must uncover what is going on and how it somehow seems to connect to her own mother's tragic past.
I had no trouble getting into this book. It slightly slow as the story was set in motion but it picked up pace and had enough drama to make it interesting. I never really connected with the story or the characters though. While it was enjoyable enough to read I felt it was missing the extra spark that makes a book grab my attention.
Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe by Sheryl Shapiro
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book's cheerful illustrations and I plan to read it with my toddler. He loves pictures of real children. I must add that the concept of this book had me a bit confused. I expected it to be more about strips and lines and it seemed to jump around a bit.
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This book is exactly was I was expecting it to be, which in this case is a good thing! It is a sweet collection of classic nursery rhymes. The illustrations are beautiful. I loved all the subtle patterns and texture woven it. It reminded me a bit of a scrapbook. I enjoyed reading some of the nursery rhymes from my childhood and this book is a fun way to share them with the next generation.