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  • Hello Friends!

    Welcome to Nerdy Wordy Reviews. I am Maranda (She/her) and this is where you will find my fun ramblings and reviews on all types and genres of books. I absolutely LOVE reading, writing and reviewing most of what I read. Reading is a journey of it’s own that can take the human mind to wonderous places. I love to read a wide variety of books. You can review more details in my review policy.

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  • Are You A Monster?

    By: Guilherme Karsten

    Children’s Book

    4 Stars

    Recommended Age 3-5 years

    Link: https://a.co/d/f7mpL9W

    Photo: NetGalley

    This book is playful and creates social interaction between the listeners/readers and the book. While the monster in the book tries to analyze if the reader is also a monster, children will participate in funny sounds and actions.
    This book is a fun way to have a classroom of younger children, daycare, or group learn to interact with one another. It will cause laughter and fun amongst those participating.

    My daughter and I loved reading this book together. She found the actions she was asked to create were silly and hilarious.
    Highly recommend it for younger children. For ages 3-5 by publishers, but I would say some children up to 8 years would also enjoy.

    Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to view this book.



  • Kingdom of the Feared

    Kerri Maniscalco

    5 Stars

    Link: https://a.co/d/3whMrCY

    Photo: Amazon

    Synopsis:

    Emilia learns some news about her sister’s death. Some truths come to light about who she is. She also learns some secrets about her past, including her sister, grandmother, and mother. Emilia is surprised to learn who The Feared are.
    She longs for Wrath in every way possible and is determined to find out more about the curse and how to break it so they can truly be together in all forms.
    The book introduces a murder and some devious witches wreaking havoc among The Wicked and the 7 circles. Emilia, Wrath, and his brothers try to stop the never-ending chaos.
    Emilia is torn by a massive decision she has to make in order to make things right.

    My Review:

    Love, love, love this series. I enjoyed following Emilia on her journey and watching her grow into who she is. She had to cross different situations, and paths to finally be one with herself.
    The love between her and Wrath propelled their relationship to a new level, making them the strongest couple of the 7 Circles.
    This final book had many twists, turns, and surprises, which kept me wanting to read more.
    Chaos, danger, and learned truths were a pleasant element to the third and final book of the series.

    Although I wish there were more stories following these two characters and their families, the ending finished well enough to close out the story.
    I am very excited that there is a new series coming out in October (Which I have preordered on Amazon, but it is also available at Barnes and Noble), revolving around another person of the 7 circles (well, 8 circles). “Throne of the Fallen”
    Highly recommend.



  • What If I’m Not A Cat

    By: Kari-Lynn Winters; Kelly Collier

    Children’s Picture Book

    5 Star

    Link: https://a.co/d/gwvGNFr

    Photo and sharing of the book: Netgalley

    Synopsis:

    Donkey goes on a fun-filled journey with his lovely, cat family and friends. Join him as he tries to figure out who he really is.

    My review:

    This book was fun, comical, and illustrated perfectly for what was happening in the story. It engaged readers with its vibrancy and fun-loving adventure. The playful yet gentle Donkey realizes that he doesn’t need to be a cat to fit in; he can be “Don-Kitty.”
    Highly recommend it for young readers.

  • In The Kimber Forest

    (The prequel)

    By Catherine Corry

    Novella

    3.5 Stars

    https://a.co/d/6Rrnj8G Link to purchase or read with Kindle Unlimited

    Photo: Amazon, Novella courtesy of Catherine Corry

    Synopsis:

    The novella starts with going back in time following the story of Joe, his wife, and friends and encountering the terror they had to face and the heartache and fights they had to endure.
    Currently, the story follows two sisters, Ella and Willow, who are learning their true ancestry and the secrets that were hidden from them. Who they really are, what they can do, and what happened all those years ago. The present storyline also involves Joe, the main character from the past.
    The scenes switch at the end of the book to different characters’ situations, terror, and trouble they encounter, indicating that something terrible is about to happen.
    Leaving the novella on a cliffhanger, with readers wanting to know what the upcoming danger means and what will happen.

    My Review:

    I loved the storyline of this book. It is creative and full of suspense.
    The 3.5 rating is my opinion alone due to the introduction of so many new characters and storylines so quickly at the end. It caused a little confusion in my mind.
    However, I love the current storyline. I want to see what comes about for Ella, Willow, and Joe. I’m curious about the turn of events and how they will navigate through.

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  • The BIG Worry Day

    by K. A. Reynolds

    Illustrated by Chloe Dominique

    Children’s Picture Book

    5 Stars

    Link:https://a.co/d/7HyC064

    Photo: Amazon

    Synopsis:
    This story is about a little girl who thinks that her dog worries like her. Throughout the story, she finds ways to calm them down and reassure them that everything will be alright.

    My Thoughts:
    This is a very cute and brilliant story teaches and shows children that it is okay to worry, that there are ways to tell with worries and fear, and unknowingly to the character, anxiety. My daughter absolutely loved this story as it resonated with her.
    The illustrations are beautiful and help tell the story.
    Highly recommend it for young children.

  • Kingdom of the Cursed

    Author: Kerri Maniscalco

    Book 2 of 3

    5 Star

    Link: https://a.co/d/0ol4fZa

    Photo: Amazon

    I am in absolute awe of this series. It keeps me on my toes and wanting to know what happens next. I will not reveal much of the storyline, so I won’t spoil the story.

    Synopsis:

    After her twin Vittoria is murdered, Emilia sells her soul to the devil. Part of the contract agreement means she has to live in the Seven Circles. Walking blindly, she enters a new environment, atmosphere, and realm while maintaining her strength and confidence as best she can. She makes detailed yet dangerous plans of ways to avenge her sister’s death. According to the blood signature she used on the contract, she is set to betroth the devil. Wrath is to deliver her to the Devil in time. The relationship builds between Wrath and Emilia, causing complications and chaos due to the heated sexual tension between them. She is to be the Queen, to marry the Devil. What will happen to their relationship?
    Emilia encounters difficult paths and decisions that she has to make on her journey. Meeting new people, friends, and foes, she begins to learn more about herself, the realm, and the Princes of the Wicked.
    Passion, anger, confusion, and twists of theory end book two of this series, leaving you wanting to know more.

    My thoughts:

    I have personally fallen in love with this story. The descriptions and details within the book make it easy to visualize the story as if watching a movie. This draws me in as I feel like a part of the story.
    The relationship building between Wrath and Emilia is a beautiful love story of enemies to friends to lovers. It keeps you on your toes.
    The storyline is well written and comes to a cliffhanger at the end of book two, encouraging readers to engage in book three, Kingdom of the Feared. I just have to know what happens next and how the story plays out and ends.

  • The Veil

    V.B. Emanuele

    4.5 Stars / 4 out of 5 for Spice

    Link: https://vbemanuele.allauthor.com/

    Photo: Amazon

    All I can say is get your fire extinguisher out; this book is on fire. If you enjoy reading some heavy, thrilling, and intense intimacy, this book is for you.

    Synopsis:

    A young woman named Isabelle is at a turning point in her life. She loses her job and is trying to figure out what to do next. Her best friend, trying to reassure her that all will be okay, invites her to a masquerade. That is the night that everything changes.
    The masquerade is unlike any other she has heard of. Let the game begin.
    Isabelle is taken on a surprise ride of her life while falling madly in love with a very handsome bad boy, Valentino. Together, they encounter some terrifying and challenging situations, all while strengthening the relationship they have developed.

    My thoughts:

    This is the first time I have read anything by V.B. Emanuele, and she did not disappoint.
    Although I found the beginning a little fast-paced with how the relationship grew, it smoothed out after a few chapters and made complete sense.
    A Mafia romance, full of dangerous situations and explicit sexual scenes that made you want to continue reading to see what happens next or how something plays out.
    The detailed chemistry between Isabelle and Valentino is off the charts, hot, hot, hot!
    Book one of the trilogy; I will be sure to read the titles that follow suit.


  • Quote From Kingdom of the Wicked

  • The Blue Bagoo

    Children’s Picture Book

    Author: Karl Newson

    Illustrator: Andrea Stegmaier

    Link:https://a.co/d/3O4fWca

    Photo Credit: netgalley.com

    Thank you to Netgalley for sharing this book.

    The Blue Bagoo is a rhyming word picture book that makes the story very catchy.

    The main character is on the search for the Blue Bagoo throughout the story. Hearing awful and scary things about this creature from others as they search. In the end, the main character learns that you can’t always listen to judgments and opinions of others, as they are not always true.

    The story itself was cute and catchy. Although really young children might catch a fright because of the thought of parents being gobbled up.

    The illustrations are busy and full of color.

    3.5 Stars