Book Review with MyChild – Drew and Jot: Dueling Doodles

Drew and Jot: Dueling Doodles
by Art Baltazar

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Book Review with MyChild!

Books are critically important in our family – the saying around here goes, “I am always willing to spend money on books and Legos.” As a refresher, MyChild is 8-years-old, in second grade, reads on her own, and her current favorite books to read are the DogMan series and the Pig the Pug books.

I have had the privilege of review a couple Advance Reader Copy books through NetGalley and when I was recently searching for some new books to read, there were a few children’s books available. Of course, I could have just read these on my own and provided a review, but why not involves someone of the intended audience demographic. Here we go.

Drew and Jot: Dueling Doodles by Art Baltazar

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book
from BOOM! Studios through NetGalley.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely our own.

Book Description:

Middle school best friends Andrew and Foz’s superhero comic adventure is all about saving the day! But what happens when Andrew’s sister gets her hands on the sketchbook and unleashes a new and powerful villain?

Fifth grade best friends Andrew and Foz are creating the perfect superhero crossover with the power of their imaginations! Andrew’s laser-eyed heroes Drew and Jot team up to fight Foz’s Doctor Danger, as the pair trade sketchbooks back and forth to create their action epic with new characters and new adventures. But what happens when Andrew’s little sister doodles in his sketchbook and changes the world of Drew and Jot forever? Can Andrew and Foz work together to save their creation?

Our Review:

Mom: Graphic novels and comic books are well liked in our family. We’ve read Dogman, Babysitters Club, Amulet, and several others over the past few years. This book looked like something we would enjoy.

MyChild: I loved it! My favorite part was the poop monster.

Mom: Of course, it was.

MyChild: What? It’s funny!

Mom: The story overall was very fun and cute. The idea was great that three kids work together and create one story from their individual ideas. The author did a great job in making it believable that to 10-year-olds and a five-year-old were working on this creation – at some parts it was exactly like the reality of kids getting very excited trying to get everything in the story they want. This did make some parts hard to read, but the reality aspect was definitely there.

The Final Verdict

Our rating: 4 stars

Would we recommend? Yes

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Book Review – Cartier’s Hope

Cartier’s Hope: A Novel
by M.J. Rose

Hope Diamond curse
Did you know the infamous Hope Diamond is supposedly cursed?

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Cartier's Hope by M.J. Rose

Cartier’s Hope: A Novel
by M.J. Rose

Book Description:

New York, 1910: A city of extravagant balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and poor immigrants crammed into crumbling Lower East Side tenements. A city where the suffrage movement is growing stronger every day, but most women reporters are still delegated to the fashion and lifestyle pages. But Vera Garland is set on making her mark in a man’s world of serious journalism.

Shortly after the world-famous Hope Diamond is acquired for a record sum, Vera begins investigating rumors about schemes by its new owner, jeweler Pierre Cartier, to manipulate its value. Vera is determined to find the truth behind the notorious diamond and its legendary curses—even better when the expose puts her in the same orbit as a magazine publisher whose blackmailing schemes led to the death of her beloved father.

Appealing to a young Russian jeweler for help, Vera is unprepared when she begins falling in love with him…and even more unprepared when she gets caught up in his deceptions and finds herself at risk of losing all she has worked so hard to achieve.

Set against the backdrop of New York’s glitter and grit, of ruthless men and the atrocities they commit in the pursuit of power, this enthralling historical novel explores our very human needs for love, retribution—and to pursue one’s destiny, regardless of the cost.

My Take:

I am generally uncomfortable writing a bad or negative review about anything. It often boils down to “it’s not my thing” or “I didn’t enjoy this, but it might be great for you.”

This is very much the case with Cartier’s Hope.

I read the description, thought it sounded intriguing, and jumped on my chance to review it early through NetGalley.

So. Much. Exposition.

The author felt it was in the reader’s best interest to know
every minute detail about every scene,
every object in that scene,
and every explanation of why those things were in the scene.

I tried. I really tried. Thinking that the author was just trying to build up the beginning to let us, the reader, feel truly comfortable in the setting… but alas. No.

I was 41% into the book before we got to the investigations, schemes, and love interest mentioned in the description.

To sum up:
if you like to know ever detail about the story you are reading,
this book will be great for you. I hope you enjoy!

The Final Verdict

My rating: 1.5 stars

Would I recommend? No

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