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  • I Wish I Was a Brownie

  • By: Marsha Casper Cook
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Byrne
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Chippy isn't happy with who he is and wants to be a brownie. With help from his teacher, Mrs. Chipster, he realizes he can be happy with who he is, if he believes in himself. Children will be able to relate to what has happened to Chippy and will be pleased as they see sad Chippy become happy being himself. This is a heartwarming storybook for early learners, perfect for bedtime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended to anyone and everyone!

  • By BooksAreMagic on 09-03-15

Recommended to anyone and everyone!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-15

I read the ebook and listened to the audio version of the same book. And they are both great!

Cliffy Chippy is a chocolate cookie, who lives in Chippyville. He is lonely and sad; and wishes that he was a brownie. He do not play with other Chippys or take part in anything. He cries himself to sleep every day. Mrs. Chipster, his favorite teacher, asks him to come home one day. She makes him see his true self and what is most important in life.

Children constantly keep comparing themselves to others, not knowing they are already perfect and unique in their own way. I loved how the author brought out this very common, but important subject to kids in the most adorable and acceptable way. The authors has a way with words that kids will easily get into the book.

The audio version is great as well. The narration was done by Gabrielle Byrne. Gabrielle really sounds so kid-friendly and her expressions in words will make kids laugh and understand better.

I highly highly recommend this to anyone and everyone, who reads bedtime stories to their kids.

  • Morning Star

  • Ethos, Book 1
  • By: Desiree Finkbeiner
  • Narrated by: Jessica Geffen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

It started with a mushroom, from another world... never before touched by a human hand, until Brianna... but life continued as normal... until a near fatal accident almost a decade later, reveals to Brianna... she's... different... Unexplained lab results, unusually fast healing, and recent sightings of Jurassic sized dragonflies... What is happening to her? When a peculiar man delivers her from a violent assault, she becomes enchanted by his heroism and inhuman abilities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely something different!!!

  • By BooksAreMagic on 07-10-13

Definitely something different!!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-13

"Morning Star" is another novel on my currently-reading list for a long long time. But you know, this time I am not the only reason. When the author was kind enough to send me the audio book of this book, I started listening to it immediately. But, you know, my hubby lost my precious earphones and then my mom and mother-in-law started taking matters out of control, I lost touch with books..well, almost. Now that everything is back to normal or as normal as it can be, let me start with the review.

Brianna is your typical teen, going to college and having fun with her friends and family. But, all of a sudden, huge dragonflies are following her and then there was a small accident, which she gets magically healed so soon. Then she meets Kalen.

Kalen is a warrior from another place, Ethos, who comes in search of something so important to his world. But his searches lead him to Brianna. Although he starts liking Brianna, due to his promises, he can't love her. So, what is going to happen to this supernatural couple? Did Kalen save Brianna from whatever enemies he have? Did Kalen get what he is searching for?

First of all, this story is something different. Huge magical dragonflies; cute hero controlling those dragonflies to track the enemies; innocent girl caught stuck in some age old war; bad people chasing our boy and girl; the fairy tale couple tries to 'not' love each other - well, everything is good. I know when I put like this, it sounds simple, but believe me, this story is something I have not read before. The world building is great and so is the character building. I absolutely enjoyed the overall plot of the novel.

And the audio quality was good as well. Jessica did an excellent job on bringing the characters' voices and emotions. My audio rating for this novel is 4 out of 5.

So, what not to like? The story is dragging at many places during the first half of the novel. I lost interest at those places, but just kept going. Of course, it became better..but those places can make some of the readers make it as DNF read.

Some suggestions: The cover could be changed; I, for one, pick up books mainly based on the cover, and I don't fully approve of this. Actually, I have mixed feelings about this cover..one time I like it, and the next I don't. Then the dragging parts in the novel could be cut down; because I don't want to lose the excitement of the story to be lost during those parts.

However, even with some of its faults, I enjoyed the novel, and as I usually say, that's what matters in reading.