The Dog Breed Book Tag

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One of the things that I’m most thankful for would have to be my dog, Bolt. I thought doing the Dog Breed Book Tag created by Maggie at MassachusettsNovel. Here are my answers:

  • Golden Retriever: The Family Dog, a book character you would bring home to meet your family

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

I would definitely bring Cricket to meet my family! He’s nice, kind, and would be loved by anyone’s parents!

  • Pitbull: The Misunderstood, name a character you misjudged when first meeting

Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories

He’s no where near my favorite character, but I like how we got to understand Julian better in Auggie and Me. He definitely redeems himself at the end of his story in Auggie and Me.

  • Dalmatian: A book cover that is aesthetically pleasing to you

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars has become such an iconic cover and I think one of the reasons is that it is so aesthetically pleasing! I love the graphic quality and colors.

  • Lab: The Lovable, a book you think almost anyone can love

Just Listen

Just Listen is wonderfully written and incredibly deep. No matter how many books I read, this always ranks as one of my favorites.

  • Mutt: A book with a little bit of everything in it

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Hunger Games has action, romance, humor, and politics. It appeals to so many audiences, which is probably why it was so successful!

  • Dachshund: A long book that’s worth the read

The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything is pretty long for a contemporary book, but it’s definitely worth the time! Also, it features a lot of cute dogs.

  • Samoyed: A book you love that is full of fluff

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

Meg Cabot is the queen of fluff! My favorite series by Meg Cabot would have to be The Princess Diaries. Everyone can relate to Princess Mia!

  • Border Collie: A book that is a high energy read

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

The Divergent series is very high energy (especially the Dauntless) and always keeps you on your toes! Even though Allegiant slightly disappointed me, I remember flying through these books.

  • Chinese Crested: A book that looks good naked

My Lady Jane

Without the jacket, My Lady Jane is pretty plain. However, I love the small horse detail on a royal purple background because it really ties in the story.

  • Your favorite literary pooch

Zora and the Greyhounds

Zora from Zora and the Greyhounds is adorable! Her determination and hard work is very admirable.

  • Your favorite dog(s)

My dog, Bolt, and my grandma’s dog, Molly are definitely my favorite dogs!

 

#ThrowbackThursday: Zora and the Greyhounds Review

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Zora and the Greyhounds by Mark Guilliatt is paws-itively adorable!

In Zora and the Greyhounds, American Squirrel Hound (a.k.a. “mutt”) Zora loves to run and hang out with her best friend, Jackie. One day at the dog park, Zora meets a retired racing greyhound and decides that she wants to race too. All the dogs laugh at Zora for her dream, but with encouragement from her best friend Jackie, Zora trains to race the big dogs.

When I first requested Zora and the Greyhounds on NetGalley, I assumed it was a picture book from the cover and description (my fault for not reading closely!). Much to my surprise, the book was a small chapter book. I think this would be a great book for young readers making the bridge between picture books and chapter books because young readers will love the characters and understand the book’s theme, but also can be challenged by the book’s length.

Zora and Jackie, the main characters, are great friends who support each other no matter what. I admired how Jackie stood up for Zora even against dogs that towered over her and how Zora never gave up on her dream no matter how impossible it seemed. I also loved Zora’s dynamic with her owner, Mark, who clearly loved his pets and treated them well. What makes me even happier is that at the end of the book, the author explains that the characters are based on his own dogs!

While I loved the characters and overall theme of the book, there were some aspects that I believe could be improved. For me, it took a couple chapters to really get into the book because I had a hard time getting into the writing style . However, I really started getting into the book at the end. Much to my disappointment, the action cut off abruptly when Zora finally was admitted into the dog race. The whole point of the story was for Zora to defy the odds and race with the greyhounds, and even though the outcome of the race is not essential to the story, I wish I could have seen how it ended. It seemed like their was a ton of buildup just to be cut off when the story picked up.

Overall, Zora and the Greyhounds is a cute story with a good message for younger readers. I would recommend to this book to readers really into fantasy play, especially with stuffed animals. However, because it took me awhile to get invested in the story and the ending disappointed me, I give this book three out of five stars.

I received Zora and the Greyhounds as a free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Also, Zora and the Greyhounds was published April 29, 2016, so you can already purchase it on Amazon, if you are interested!