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  • Keepers: Project Earth Book Two by Brenda Cooper

    Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lou is an environmentalist who wants to save wolves and other wildlife.  Her sister is a city girl.  They are working together to keep the peace and make the remaining world and people get along.  Not everyone shares the same goals.Pyr Science Fiction and Fantasy  sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thnk you).  It will be published July 10th.Lou wants to save everybody but she can't.  Her sister wants to save those she loves but nobody can escape death.This is an interesting look at a dystopian future.  Who's right, who's wrong?  As each holds their Read More
  • Unloaded 2

    Sat, 23 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    There might not be any guns, but there is plenty of death...Down and Out Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 16th.Here's a list of authors:Chris Holm, Laura McHugh, James Ziskin, Steve Cavanaugh, Terry Shames, Dave White, Bill Crider, Alex Segura, Dana King, James R. Tuck, Kris Calvin, Andrew Case, Jay Stringer, Jon McGoran, Lori Rader-Day, Michael Kardos, Josh Stallings, John Rector, Lili White, Nick Kolakowski, Scott Loring Sanders, E.A. Amar, Sara Paretsky, and Eric Beetner.These are mean stories of power and greed grinding out the weak.  Spouses and Read More
  • A Hint of Hydra by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    All she wants to be is a master chef in her own restaurant.  So how did she end up in the middle of a scientists and elf fight?Aladdin and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 10th.She kills all sorts of poisonous alien animals to cook with various sauces and side dishes for unique flavors for her customers.  She's an apprentice, but she's learning.When the scientists come up with robots who don't quite behave well, things start getting weird.  The elves take over part of the human population.  Those Read More
  • Caught in Time by Julie McElwain

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They came to investigate damage at the local mill; they found murder...Pegasus Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).   It will be published July 3rd.The mill owner tries to blame the Luddites, but Sophie and the duke don't agree.  The mill owner has his own secrets, there is more going on at the mill than should be and no one wants to answer any questions.  As they keep chipping at the edges, the truth starts to emerge.  But it's dangerous.It's a good thing Sofie and the duke protect each other, they have no friends here.This Read More
  • Her Fear by Shelley Shepard Gray

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She can't believe it when she tells him of her pregnancy and he walks away.  Then he tells her parents she's lying.  Now she's staying with relatives she doesn't know and getting ready to raise a baby on her own...Avon Inspire and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 24th.Sadie has done what she was told since childhood.  She has no sense of independence.  But she's going to have to grow some backbone.  This home has problems, too.I always think of the Amish as strict and god-fearing, but I didn't associate wrong-doing Read More
  • The Wild Dead by Carrie Vaughn

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Set in the future after wars and economic and social failures, this is a tale of what's left of humanity and how they deal with their problems.  There are still some left with integrity. John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 17th.It started with an argument over restoring an historic home.  It ended with murder.  Teeg wants to walk away and leave it because it's out of their jurisdiction.  Enid wants to know why it happened.  The answer is buried and no one wants Read More
  • The Rhino in Right Field by Stacy DeKeyser

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fun read with lots of laughs.  Nick is twelve and wants to live his own life.  He wants to be batboy for a day, but competition is on a Saturday and he has to work... Margaret K. McElderry Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 10th.They do their ball practice in the zoo and if they hit the ball too hard, it ends up in the rhino enclosure.  Uh oh...I played next to a cattle pasture with a nasty bull in it.  He made Read More
  • Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson

    Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's witches, curses, a warrior, a Darkling Lord, a woman half bunny rabbit, a goat, a farm boy, fairies, elves, trolls and more in this story.  It's most irreverent, very busy and keeps you reading.  I liked it!Del Rey and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is scheduled to publish on July 17th.An evil fairy visits the farm boy and tells him he's the chosen one.  He has to wake the princess in the tower from her sleep.  When he gets there, the thorns are almost more than he can conquer.  But he's Read More
  • Tide of Battle by Michael Z. Williamson

    Sat, 16 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tales, some shorter, some longer, all about war.  Mr. Williamson has an active imagination that makes you think about what the future might be.  Or might not be...Baen Books and Edelweiss shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published July 3rd.The ones I liked best were the ones with out-of-this-world characters that worked with humans.  These combinations always fascinate me and his stories are good.  Creating teamwork with humans is always interesting; with aliens it's even more intriguing.For war game enthusiasts, there are several stories where war strategies make all the difference Read More
  • Detox in Letters by Cheryl Low

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a world shining with sex and drugs, where death doesn't matter, andpower is what reakky matters.  Even if you die, you die you can be brought back to life.  But if the Queen is trying to kill you, do those rules apply?World Weaver Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published in September.This author always makes me feel like there's a plot piece running ahead, hiding behind the corner.  The more I learn, the more I wonder.  What's really going on?The prince and princess seem safe enough, but Read More
  • Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's signed up to escort immigrant children and abused children to, hopefully, a better life in further west.  It's not easy because they are easy for her to love and not want to give away at the end but it's a good cause.Bethany House sent me a copy to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can purchase a copy now.Her fellow guardian is a good looking male with a past.  She has one too...You learn about how rough life is for the young ones, the difficulties of placing them well and the pain of letting Read More
  • The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's just another day on the wagon trail when the children wake up and need to go to the bathroom.  They head out into the tall grass leaving their caretakers sleeping expecting it only to take a minute.  Then the train is attacked...Bethany House sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can purchase a copy now.Deb ran a newspaper back east and her father spent the money she earned.  She was tired of disrespect, lost everything after his death, so she and her sister were headed to Sacramento Read More
  • Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

    Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Someone is stealing paintings and Kat's employer asks her to investigate.  She enjoys solving mysteries and says yes.  It's even better when her love interest is involved.Berkley Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 3rd.Despite suspicions, it appears this is a crime above stairs, not below.  And there is more crime tied to it.The crime is in the background in this story.  You learn a lot about the working of the servants, how many meals are served, the various menus and more since the detective is the cook.Whoever Read More
  • Mysterious Moorings with Mouse: Peter and Emma's Magical Canal Adventure by Kitty Irvine

    Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Once again they are are going to Grandpa's for summer vacation.  Same old stories.  Maybe something new will happen?  Yes!The author shared this book with me for review (thank you).  Grab a copy now, they've been published.Grandma's gone, Grandpa has dementia.  But a little trip on the Mouse brings Grandpa's memories to life and helps them nab him a special treasure.How could having the family together again not be the best thing?Mouse is creating miracles again!  But watch out for Black Jack Read More
  • Mysterious Moorings With Mouse: Fred & Lottie's Magical Canal Adventure by Kitty Irvine

    Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mouse is back snagging more children for adventure!The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.Poor Fred and Lottie's father has just been just been laid off.  So much for a Disney vacation.  But there is still an adventure ahead of them!As they travel back in time, will they be able to solve the clues?  My favorite part is the puppy.  Wat's yours?These are always fun to read, give it a try. Read More
  • Mysterious Moorings with Mouse: Sam & Lucy's Magical Canal Adventure by Kitty Irvine

    Sat, 09 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Have you every stayed on a houseboat?  You should, it's magical!The author has sent me this series to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so grab it now.We stayed one anniversary.  It's very relaxing and we got to feed baby ducks. This family takes a week and soon is involved with the animals, too.A little lost girl, Myrtle, has odd names for all the animals.  They meet a King Croaker and get to go to a circus.  So much is magical and all of it is wondrous. They are searching for their parents along the way.They decide Read More
  • Norman and the Nom Nom Factory by Bridgette Zou

    Fri, 08 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Are you scared of change?  Norman is...The publisher sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you.)  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Norman thinks his Nom Nom's are perfect and wants no change.  A stranger who crash landed has other goodies to share; no thanks.  Despite Norman's nos, he makes a mistake and ads it to his Nom Nom recipe.  Major disaster!Imagine that, it tastes good!  Maybe Norman and Chips can explore somemore and find more good things.  You want to come?Any child afraid of change will learn from this story.  Read More
  • The Great Cheese Robbery by Chris Mould

    Thu, 07 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    2" pirates, mice who hate them and a kidnapped cat. What do you do?Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published June 12th.What a great tale!  Getting stuck in a can of dog food, eating through a round of cheese, getting stuck in the fridge...  The intrepid explorers keep searchers keep looking, hiding from the owner and the mice.  The mice get them.  Can they get away?What an adventure for tinies!  I loved it! Read More
  • Snap by Belinda Bauer

    Wed, 06 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His mother walks away from their car telling Jack and his sisters to wait for her.  She never came back. Atlantic Monthly Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this for review.  It will be published July 3rd.What do you do when you are a child suddenly alone?  This is an odd family to begin with and it gets even odder.  They live in their home, hoarding things away.  They hide.  They sneak around the neighbor's houses, try to get along, visit with dad when he's home but where is their life going?At the end of the story, you'll still wonder Read More
  • Blood on the Tracks by Martin Edwards

    Fri, 01 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've always enjoyed locked room mysteries but I find these even more exciting.  There are a variety of of other factors that influence things and make it more mysterious and odd.  How are all these characters related?  How did they find out about it?Poisoned Pen Press Eldeweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 2nd.These are old fashioned classic British tales with stiff steady detectives that have no give.  They don't take no for an answer and they don't give up.  Some cases are easier than others but none are Read More
  • Illegal by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano (Illustrated by)

    Thu, 31 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are trying to run from Guana to Europe.  The older sister went first.  The two boys went later.  They were all lied too and have hard times along the way.Sourcebooks/Jabberwock and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.The tales are a bit the same info matter where you run.  You need a way through, you sell your goods, they take your goods, they sell you.  Some you save, some you lose.  All you can hope for is life at the other end.  Some make it, some don't.The graphics are Read More
  • Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax

    Wed, 30 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This author has never met a normal family.  Or she only writes about the odd ones...Berkely sent  me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab one now.Ms. Wax always has tons of drama and tension in her stories.  There are back stories, new romances, and even international intrigue involved.  She keeps you reading and wondering and you work on keeping up with characters and tying to figure out the current plot.This is huge family with almost more characters than I could track.  They aren't nice people either.  If Read More
  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen

    Tue, 29 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Georgiana has given up her title for love.  Their love match is all they could have wished for but death seems to be dancing on the doorstep of their new home.Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this next book in the series for review (thank you).  This will be published August 7th.  In the meantime, there are several earlier books you can grab to catch up on the series.Georgiana isn't the smartest girl but she does have good connections.  So does her future husband.  With their combined skills, mix of friends, and a desire to make everything well Read More
  • Don't Look Now by Max Manning

    Mon, 28 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    What a fascinating look at life.  If a killer posts a picture of death and you click on it, would you click on the next picture of a different victim?Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.The detective finds the murder's fans offensive and wonders if he's hiding in that batch of fans.  If not, how's he going to track him down?Mr. Mazzing writes very suspenseful work with touches close to death and subtle clues that seem to lead no where.You see her alive, you see Read More
  • The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant

    Sun, 27 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When she unexpectedly inherits part of her family's heritage  home, she also inherits a bit chunk of heritage no one wants to talk about.  Since she's meeting a cousin she barely knows they decide to check it out together...HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be listed August 7th.Many years ago, a grade school blew up from a gas leak and wiped out families.  They all agreed to have more, to have a celebration to honor their deaths, and to move on through life.  They didn't share info with their children, some Read More
  • The Little Old Lady Behaving Badly by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

    Sat, 26 May 2018 01:01:00 Permalink
    They are a group of comfortable pensioners looking for ways to help those less fortunate.  The worst part is that they aren't doing it traditionally.  They prefer to do it like Robin Hood...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me permission to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 26th.They start with robbing a bank with a garbage truck.  She gets building plans, looks for the parts that aren't upgraded yet, and sucks the money out of the vault.  Then things go south.  No matter how bad things go, they look for a way around it and don't Read More
  • The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings by Sarah Prineas

    Fri, 25 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His father wants him to be a warrior but Alex knows he is a librarian.  He runs away to become one but finds that doesn't work out.  The queen who hired him even wants to keep duplicates of grocery lists!HarperCollins and Edelwiess let me read this story for review (thank you).  I'm glad!  It will be published June 26th.When he runs to the next library,  he finds the old librarian dead.  It seems there's something wrong in the libraries and some books are dangerous.  It doesn't take long for them to find him and begin a campaign to get rid Read More
  • Somebody's Daughter by David Bell

    Thu, 24 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's time for their tenth anniversary and the last person he expected on his porch was his ex.  She says someone has stolen his child.  He didn't even know he had one.  And the more he learns, the less he's sure about what's true...Berkley and Net Galley shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published July 10th.He's almost positive it's not his.  The dates don't match but he left the birth control to her.  Now he and his current wife are trying for one desperately and the ex says his has been kidnapped.Everyone knows pieces Read More
  • Wide as the Wind by Eward Stanton

    Wed, 23 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    We've all heard of Easter Island, right?  How about Vaitea?  They are the same Island.At the request of PRBy the Book, the author graciously sent me a copy of his book to read for review.  I'm very glad he did.  This was an an excellent mix of the history of the time with well-thought-out-characters.  They marry who they must for their tribes, not who they love.  They have conflicts in their own tribes; warriors and and farmers don't agree on policy.  You can pick up a copy now.This island is vacant.  Maybe if we read this story it might help Read More
  • Inside a Dog'a Mind (Jacob's Journey) by Michelle Holland

    Tue, 22 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jacob is a new puppy going to a new home.  He loves his owner, his mother, and his siblings.  He can't wait to meet his new owners.  He's going to regret this wish.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  The book has been published and you can buy it now.I was expecting a story of sweetness and kindness but Jacob's male owner is abusive.  He sounds a lot like dog owners in this area.  It's never the person's fault for lack of food, water or exercise.  It's the dog's fault.  I'm almost crying by Read More
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