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  • Fable by Adrienne Young

    Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a young woman who was abandoned on an is land by her father after their ship sank and her mother died.  She's been there for four years and has learned how to take care of herself.  The island has nothing in the way of food, and the men on it view her as a victim.  She's saving her coin to travel back to her father and demand to become part of the crew.  She's dredger and she's found a rich spot for stones that sell well.  If she can stay alive, she's got it made.St. Martin's Press and Net Read More
  • The Book of Dragons by Jonathan Strahan

    Tue, 07 Jul 2020 08:30:00 Permalink
    An anthology of dragon stories.  What more could you want?Harper Voyager and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.This is not a sweet tale of nice dragons.  Some of these dragons will eat you.  Some of them take humans in and no one sees them again.  Are they hiding them and treating like slaves or did they eat them?There are some decent dragons I wouldn't mind meeting but it's hard to tell the difference.  I'd enjoy a dragon friend but I don't want to get hurt.If you have a fascination with dragons Read More
  • Lola Benko, Treasure Hunter by Beth McMullen

    Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lola's mother died, so her father takes her on his hunts for treasure.  She loves it even if they don't often find what they were going after.  Now he's all excited about a new hunt but he's sending Lola to stay with Aunt Irma.  She doesn't want to go but she has no choice.  Her father says it's dangerous.Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you),  It will be published on August 25th.When agents come to the house and tell her that her father is dead, she refuses to believe it and decides to go Read More
  • This Way Charlie by Caron Levis, Charles Santoso

    Sun, 05 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack is a goat and he likes his personal space.  Everyone is good about that except the new horse they brought home.  He actually steps on Jack.  That's when the owner tells him he has one blind eye.Abrams Junior Readers shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has beeen published and you can get a copy now.Charlie can't wander the farm like the other animals do looking for food, so Jack takes pity on him.  He leads him to pastures with good grass and to creeks to get a drink.  Before long they are Read More
  • The Best Burp: The Nocturnals (Grow & Read Early Reader, Level 1) by Tracey Hecht, Josie Yee

    Sat, 04 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This one is going to be a big hit with the boys.  It's a burping contest!Fabled Films Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It's already beeen published, so you ban get a copy now.Bismark and Bink both burped and thought theirs was biggest and best.  Tobin suggests a contest.  They both burp loudly.  It's hard to tell who burped loudest but they woke Dawn up.  When she asks about the noise they point at each other trying to shift the blame.  Dawn tells them blaming others isn't how to be your best Read More
  • The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

    Fri, 03 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kira doesn't remember her mother.  She remembers living in the forest and learning what she could eat and what she could steal from the animals.  It's a nightmare to her and although it was many years ago, she still has bad dreams here and there...Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 4th.When a man comes and asks her foster mother to look for a missing child, Kira wants to do it.  She's stunned when she learns he is her grandfather.  Her brother wants to go, Read More
  • Ink & Sigil From the world of The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

    Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Al MacBharrais has been cursed.  No one knows by whom and no one can remove it.  The better news is that he has magical abilities and can create sigils with amazing powers.  Unfortunately his curse also means all his apprentices die from accidental deaths.  He does what good he can but he hates his curses...Del Rey allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 25th.He trades some sigils for information or favors.  But when he goes to check on his latest apprentice, he finds that not only is he dead, he had Read More
  • Killer, Come Back To Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is pure noir.  All the stories are creepy and dark and you are never sure who is going to die next.Hardcase Crime and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 18th.The stories are short and it wasn't long before I was dreading the endings.  You never know where Bradbury's mind is going.  Sometimes they die in the first two pages, sometimes in the middle asnd sometimes at the end,  The endings are usually ironic.The story that stuck with me was about a circus.  Someone kills one of the Siamese twins.  Read More
  • Death Comes to Durham by Jeanne M. Dams

    Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dorothy and Alan are visiting a castle with a cop friend when disaster strikes.  A man at the nursing home has been killed and his aunt is the one accused of murder.  Suddenly, they are working on a case but they only have a week to do it...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 2nd.David's aunt has dementia so she can't even defend herself from the accusations.  Dorothy resolves to help.  She asks questions of everyone.  Her husband is a retired cop so he's against some of Read More
  • Scarecrow's Big Bad Secret by Peta Lemon and Maria Dasic Todoric

    Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    The farmer has too many birds around and his crops will be devastated by their feeding.  So he builds himself a scarecrow!Ms. Lemon sent me a copy of this book for my review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.In the morning there are no more birds around.  The farmer is ecstatic.  Now he can plant his crops and get a good harvest.  The scarecrow doesn't share how he got ride of the birds.  (He ate them.)He's the eating-est scarecrow I've ever seen.  He steals food from the other animals.  He'll even take it Read More
  • How Lulu Lost Her Mind by Rachel Gibson

    Sun, 28 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lulu has created her own business on the internet.  She gives love advice and tells tales of romance she never had.  She doesn't have time for a man in her life.  Then her mother's Alheimers is getting out of hand and she needs her.  She takes a leave of absence to care for her mother.Gallery Books allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 21st.Her mother remembers things from the past but not much of current events.  She watches a lot of TV, game shows and the like and she answers all the Read More
  • Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria (The Elandrian Chronicles #2) by J.M. Bergen

    Sat, 27 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Thomas has some magical powers but he needs to learn to strengthen them.  He wants to get his father back.  First though, he has another quest.Elandrian Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Thomas is learning judo. learning that the different noises you make can give your magic more power, and he's learning to control it better.  Then they find a strange message on their computers.  Someone has hacked their way in and they refer to a staff.  The staff has power and Read More
  • While the Music Played by Nathaniel Lande

    Fri, 26 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max had a lot of friends.  They were Jewish but he didn't care.  They lived a good life and shared love between them.  No one ever imagined the evil of Hitler would get to them...Blackstone Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Max and his father, Poppy, were an inseparable duo.  They both loved music.  Poppy was a conductor and could play instruments, too.  Max began as a piano turner but moved into a hurdy gurdy player as he matured.  He was in Read More
  • Belladonna By Anbara Salam

    Thu, 25 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Belladonna is the tale of two girls who grow into woman in the 1950's.  They have a special relationship and when they are sent to college away from home, it suddenly turns intimate.Berkley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Bridget is Isabella's best friend.  But as the college days go on, she's less available than she'd been before.  Bridget has other friends and does things with them, but she misses Isabella.  When she has a chance to invite her back to her room,Isabella says no.  What's going Read More
  • Island Investigation (Caribbean Cruise Cozy #6) by Susan Harper

    Thu, 25 Jun 2020 08:30:00 Permalink
    Hope, Dae-un and Felix all decide to go snorkeling on their day off.  After all, it's the Bahamas and their tickets are free.Fairfield Publishing shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It has beeen published and you can get a copy now.As they finish up snorkeling, they find the generous man with them has also arranged a trip to a very small island where they can snoop around.As the weather picks up, they realize they should get ready to leave.  It looks like it might be bad.  But the boat that brought them in is gone.  And one Read More
  • The Flash: Supergirl's Sacrifice (Crossover Crisis #2) by Barry Lyga

    Wed, 24 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Those with super powers are working on saving the world but it's not easy.  They've already lost a couple.Abrams shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Cisco and Curtis are still lost in time.  They don't know whether they went forward or back but finding a pile of bison heads gives them a clue.They are still harboring a few thousand speedster refugees, there is a mad bomber in town, and the Anti-Matter man has just shown up.  With the forces all working to stop tragedy, there aren't many Read More
  • The Geometry of Holding Hands : An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (13) by Alexander McCall Smith

    Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a novel about a family that's full of love but not without problems that crop up.  Even the cat has some...Pantheon and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 28th.Isabel uses her moral philosophers attributes to deal with the problems in her life.  She's heard some rumors about town but doesn't know if she believes them or not.  Her children bring her all their difficulties and she has to figure out what a good, fair solution would be.  Soon she's caught up in the rumors in town.   Trying Read More
  • Quintessence by Jess Redman

    Mon, 22 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alma's parents moved her to a new town.  She knows no one, no one seems to want to know her and she has panic attacks.  She doesn't like living there.  Then she finds an odd little shop and meets a strange old man.  He gives her an odd telescope...Macmillan Children's Publishing group and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 28th.She's checking the stars when she sees one explode and a falling fragment looks just like a girl.  She needs the telescope to see that.  She lands in her back yard Read More
  • The Book of Fatal Errors by Dashka Slater

    Sun, 21 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rufus makes mistakes and he thinks of them as being fatal errors.  He tries hard not to but he has no luck.  Then he gets a unique train from his Grandfather and when he rings the bell he suddenly finds himself seeing fairies!Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 7th.He soon finds out not all faeries are nice.  Some are, some hate humans.  They pester his grandfather.  Something living under the barn floor bursts through the floorboards after humans.  That's how Grandpa broke his arm.  Read More
  • Lineage Most Lethal : An Ancestry Detective Mystery by S. C. Perkins, Series: Ancestry Detective (#2)

    Sat, 20 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lucy works with genealogy and she's creating a list of Pippa's relatives and videotaping the living ones.  It's going well.  When she's standing outside the hotel, a man approaches.  He falls and she goes to help him.  He hands her a pen and says keep them safe and dies.Minotaur Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 21st.Lucy knows the pen is a Montblanc and her Grandfather collects them, so she asks him to come look at it.  She has no idea it will lead to him telling her about Read More
  • Little Bear's Treasures by Stella Dreis

    Fri, 19 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everything Little Bear finds is a treasure to him.  He has high adventures playing with his treasures but when he tries to show his treasures to other animals, they tell him it's junk...Greystone Kids and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.While he's feeling bad he hears a little voice asking him why his nose was so low.  He finds a little bird who believes in treasures, too.  Soon they have a friendship and they both look for treasures.Not everyone will have the Read More
  • Cozy Case Files, A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 9 by Donna Andrews, et al

    Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of excerpts from novels designed to hook you into reading the book.  They are all interesting and make you drool over what the rest of the story will be like.Minotaur Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This is a great way to get a taste of the book.  Is the writing style one you like?  Do the authors raise your interest on the murders being done?  I love cozy mysteries so all of them appealed to me.  I've even Read More
  • Violence On Vacation (Caribbean Cruise Cozy #5) by Susan Harper

    Thu, 18 Jun 2020 08:30:00 Permalink
    Hope is going out again but this time she's taking her sister and some friends with her.  It will be good to see her sister again...Fairfield Publishing Let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.She's working hard, doing her job, when she visits her sister's table and finds them drinking when they are under aged.  Th.y have fake ID's.  She confiscated them and their drinks.  Devon, Monica's boyfriend, is old enough to drink so she leaves him his drink but wonders if he might not be too old Read More
  • Mike Stone Texas Ranger by Patrick Lindsay

    Wed, 17 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mike Stone has gone to Texas to get away from his emerging gunfighter status.  He killed a crook who meant to kill him but his quickness was noted and talked about.  He's going to find a cattle drive in Texas and hide from his reputation...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published and you can get a copy now.Mike suddenly finds himself the owner of a piece of land.  He's thinking of running a few head of cattle.  This cattle drive allowed him to add some of his own cows Read More
  • The Day God Made You by Rory Feek

    Tue, 16 Jun 2020 10:56:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet book that would make a good bedtime story.  Parents tell their children they were made by God.Thomas Nelson's Children's Books and Net Galley shared this book with me for review (thank you),  It is being published today.They explain that God knows everything about you.  He knows what you like and what you don't, He knows how you will grow up and what profession you will choose.  He knows everything and He loves you.This is a heartwarming story that will make your child feel more secured and more loved.  The simple illustrations show off the story and Read More
  • Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey

    Tue, 16 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Chloe had a lot of responsibilities.  She has a father with Alzheimer's, she has no help and must respond when the home calls.  At least her boss is understanding and let's her go.  Then her best friend writes a script that is a lot like the coffee house she works in with characters like her and her boss.  Chloe and Nick are not happy about it.Berkley and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this boook for review (thank you).  It will be published July 7th.Then the movie comes out and it's a hit.  How embarrassing.  The worst part Read More
  • Death on Lily Pond Lane by Carrie Doyle

    Mon, 15 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Antonio owns an inn and is the chef.  She loves putting new recipes together.  She's also taking care of a couple of houses for folks who only spend part-time in the community.  When she goes to one of the houses, she senses something wrong.  She's right.  There's a dead body waiting for her...Sourcebooks and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 25th.The body was of a young reporter who was trying to make a name for himself.  He was going to expose the sins of the rich and famous in town.  Read More
  • Excursions to Die For (Caribbean Cruise Cozy #4) by Susan Harper

    Mon, 15 Jun 2020 08:30:00 Permalink
    Hope is happy to see how this cruise is working out.  Everyone is having a good time and the man who took her promotion because his daddy owns the cruise line is finally being decent to her.  Her favorite customers are an old couple who need help getting around but want to see everything, and a young couple on their seventh anniversary.Fairfield Publishing let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The young couple is looking for another activity so Hope suggests doing parasailing.  They are attached to the Read More
  • Storm Dog by L. M. Elliott

    Sun, 14 Jun 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    She got lost in the woods, fell and hurt herself and started to cry.  Then a dog shows up and loves her to make her feel better.  Together they wander on until they come to a cabin...Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss books allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 18th.The woman living in the cabin is war veteran and she meets them at the door with a gun.  It doesn't take long until they are friends.  She worked with a dog in the service and she teaches the young girl how to Read More
  • I Will Never Forget You by Tatsuya Miyanishi

    Sat, 13 Jun 2020 10:46:00 Permalink
    A baby spinosaurus was looking for red berries near the ocean.  When a tyrannosaurus sees him, he looks like a pleasant little snack.  As he gets ready to eat him, there is an earthquake and they find themselves at sea...Museyon and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.At the moment, the tyrannosaurus has lost his appetite and sets the spinosaurus down.  He's amazed at how many compliments the little gives him.  No one had done that before.  He finds out that spinosaurus' family is sick and he needs the berries Read More
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