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  • The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's been looking forward to being a witch her whole life.  Now they are being tested at graduation time.  The testing machine goes nuts and the school head determines it's because she's not good enough to be a witch yet.  She tells her she's an apprentice.  She also assigns her to a little town out in the boonies that hasn't had a witch for a long time.  She thinks she can do no harm there...Chicken House and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 25th.Arianwyn starts her new career Read More
  • I Know a Secret: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maura is called to a homicide scene and knows that it must be bad.  No one is looking well when she arrives.  It is odd when the dead woman has no eyes.  She's holding them in her hands...Ballantine Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 15th.Men and women both are turning up dead.  Their poses are odd, it's like they are trying to send a message.  But what kind of message?It takes time to develop relationships between these people from other walks in life.  What they find Read More
  • Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud by Katie Harnett

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a small raincloud that separated from the others.  He looks around through the city for someone to be friends with.  What he finds is everyone loves the sun and doesn't want to have anything to do with him.  Then he notices a little girl...Flying Eye Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 15th.There's a small grumpy girl walking home beneath him.  She doesn't pay attention to him.  She's too busy being crabby.  She ignores everybody around her, speaks to no one and slams into her flower Read More
  • Colorblind by Leah Harper Bowron

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's 1968 and Leah is a middle school student.  When one of the teachers retires, the new teacher begins to be chatted about before her arrival.  It's rumored she talks funny, has odd hair, lives in the quarter and more.  It takes a while before Lisa realizes they mean she's black...PR by the Book and Spark Press let me read an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Lisa's parents each have their own opinions.  Her father is a lawyer and he will represent colored people.  Her mother has the opinion of the community that Read More
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

    Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sorina has a special power.  She can create illusions that appear real.  She's also part of the Gomorrah Festival and works in the freak show.  She has no eyes but she can see.  It's unfortunate she can't see what's going on around her until it's almost too late...Harlequin Teen and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 25th.If Sorina has a problem, she can go the proprietor of the show.  He's her father and she loves him.  He adopted her when she small and he's always protected her.  So when one Read More
  • The Boy Who Lived In Pudding Lane by Sarah Addington

    Sun, 16 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of how Santa Claus came to be.  We meet him as a young child who liked to give Christmas gifts and that sets the course of his life...Grafton and Scratch Publishers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 12th.Those of you who know your nursery rhymes will meet all kinds of old friends in this tale.  There's Jack and Jill, Mary who's quite contrary and many many more.  When Mrs. Claus keeps having twins after Santa's birth, he wants to give them presents like the other Read More
  • Tracker's Canyon by Pam Withers

    Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tristan's father has disappeared.  They can't find any evidence except where his rope had broken.  No pack, no body, no nothing.  Tristan doesn't want to believe he's dead.  He learned tracking from his father and how to climb canyons and rappel down them.  He doesn't want to give up on his dad.  But he can't go back alone.  And he has to take care of his mother now.  She fell to pieces when her husband disappeared...Dundurn and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 15th.Tristan finally gets a chance Read More
  • The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller

    Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a boy who can find lost things.  The only lost thing he can't bring back is his father but he chooses to believe he's still alive somewhere and may come home someday.  There's magic and wonder in the story because his mother has a magic book that makes her bakery special.  But then someone steals the book..G P Putnam's Sons and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 8th.This is a unique story.  The boy doesn't talk because he can't form his words well Read More
  • Motor Crush Vol. #1 by Babs Tarr, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart

    Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Domino Swift is an orphan.  Her father owns a garage and she races motorcycles.  She does this to win Crush, which makes her cycle faster.  She also inhales it herself to make her reflexes faster.Image Comics sent me a copy of this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.If you've ever seen the movie "Mad Max", you'll find this graphic story similar.  Domino is another road warrior and nothing scares her.  That is, nothing scared her until they showed her a friend of hers who had stolen some Crush being punished.  They force fed him some Crush Read More
  • Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb

    Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is the first book in a new trilogy by Ms. Hobb.  As usual, her words tantalize you and make you care about her characters.  Fitz is living his life as a gentleman farmer and no longer fights for the king.  His wolf has died and he misses him.  The Fool moved on and he hasn't heard from him.  He's a bit hurt by that.  But he has Molly, so he's content.  It doesn't last...Del Ray sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.This is a long book but you never Read More
  • Hunting Hour: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima

    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mattie and her dog, Robo, are called out to look for a missing junior high girl.  They find her.  She's dead.  But the search for her killer gets really complicated.  The thirteen year old girl was sleeping with high school guys.  The father has no alibi.  There are sex offenders in the area.  How many more suspects will turn up?Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 8th.The relationship between Mattie and her dog is special.  It makes reading the author's mysteries even more enjoyable.  I also Read More
  • An Unwilling Suspect by Jo A. Hiestand

    Tue, 11 Jul 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
    His woman got killed trying to help him with a case.  He's struggling to get his head on straight.  He feels guilty.  He didn't ask her to but if he had a different job, she might not have died.  He quits the police force and goes to work as a stone mason.  If you work hard enough, you're too tired to think.  That's the theory anyway.Goddess Fish Promotions and the author provided me with a copy of this book for review (thank you).  This is a blog tour and there are prizes mentioned at the end of the post. A Read More
  • The Bookshop at Water's Edge by Patti Callahan Henry

    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Piper isn't real enthused about this summer.  She's at the family beach house and has a list of things to do before the rest of the group arrives.  She has to make beds, buy food, and get the house ready in general.  That's not bad but when they all get here, she has to babysit the other woman's children.  Ugh!Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.This is the story of two families that were friends and stayed at the house in the summer.  The two daughters became Summer Read More
  • The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman

    Sun, 09 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Connor was forced to leave Ireland when he foolishly feel in love with a lady who had a title.  She used him and then threw him aside and her father sent him away to America.  He has four brothers he wants to bring over to America and the only way he can do that is to earn money.  His boss has died, so now he's going to indenture himself to earn enough.  He certainly didn't expect a young woman to buy his contract...Tyndale House Publishers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be Read More
  • A Tough Case to Crack (A Nuts About Nuts Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Cindy Bell

    Sat, 08 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kerri is getting her new shop ready to open.  She got a good deal on the location.  It's on the main street in the small town and should be a great opportunity.  No one told her the previous owner had been murdered until she had purchased it.  He got killed at home, so it wasn't as bad as him being killed in the shop, but...InstaFreebies and the author allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Kerri and Natalie, her new employee, are working hard at getting everything Read More
  • Monstress, Vol. 2 TP by Marjorie Liu

    Sat, 08 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of Monstress #7-12.  I like reading compilations like this because you get more of the story in one place.  When I was younger, it just killed me to wait a month for the next issue...Image Comics allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Sana Taleda did the artwork and that alone makes it worth the price of the book.  The illustrations are luscious (even the graphic death scenes) and it adds to the story line.Maika is determined to find out why she's part Read More
  • Vanity in Dust by Cheryl Low

    Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everyone lives in the city.  There's a section for the high born, a section for the low born, and the middle where both sets can mix.  There's a rumor there used to a blue sky and roads that went places but no one inside the city has seen them.  The queen keeps them drugged and sated so they are easy to rule.World Weaver Press and the author shared an ARC with me of this book (thank you).  It will be published August 11th.Vaun is the prince.  He can go anywhere, do anything, and get away with it.  He spends his Read More
  • George and the Stolen Sunny Spot by Kristin Bauer Ganoung

    Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    George has a special sunny spot that he sleeps in on the nice afternoons. The empty house next door is quiet, he does his chores first and then he takes his nap on the porch.  But all that is about to change.Prairie Land Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I love cats and my brother's name is George.  I had to read this book.George patrols the farm.  He keeps the mice and gopher count down, he eats grasshoppers and crickets so the Read More
  • Beyond Absolution: A mystery set in 1920s Ireland by Cora Harrison

    Wed, 05 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When a young boy says that the priest in the confessional didn't speak to him, they check to see what's going on.  He's dead but it's not from natural causes...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.Reverend Mother Aquina has known this priest and his brother from childhood.  Father Dominic often stepped over the line and held masses that the republicans could attend.  He visited picket lines.  Even the bishop had tried to reprimand him but it hadn't worked.  Now he's dead.  Did the republicans kill him?  Read More
  • On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen

    Tue, 04 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Georgiana's love has gone away on another secret assignment and she plans to go visit Italy and be with her girlfriend who is having a baby.  She calls in to see the Queen first because she's part of the Royal Family and she wishes to give up her right to be queen to she can marry Darcy.  She needs parliament permission and the Queen is going to ask for that.  As soon as she assures the Queen she really truly loves Darcy, the Queen is content and will ask.  However, when she finds Georgiana is on her way to Italy, Read More
  • A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis

    Mon, 03 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Pepper is getting a new dress and it's going to be custom made.  That means she gets to pick her own fabric for the dress...Tundra Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.For some, sewing your own clothes has become a lost art.  I've done it before and it has it's challenges but it's fun to sew something unique that reflects your own taste.  Pepper has never chosen fabric before, so as the dressmaker (who is male) shows her various fabrics and tells her where the designs come Read More
  • Continental Crimes by Martin Edwards

    Sun, 02 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of classic crime stories.  All were written long ago, some have never been published and I didn't recognize most of the authors.  Agatha Christie caught my eye.  I enjoy short stories, so I dug into this one with anticipation.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  it will be published August 1st.The stories range from a headless body in the backyard to a man washed up from the sea.  When a man dies and no one cares, it's unusual.  Mr. Fortune even makes an appearance and I Read More
  • Away With the Fairies by Kerry Greenwood

    Sat, 01 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne is anxious for her lover to return home.  He's buying silk and wasn't quite sure how long it would take but she's starting to be concerned.  She doesn't have time to worry about it though because she has a new case.  Why would someone murder an author who loves fairies?Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.Phryne does her usual snooping, using what staff she has and hiring more when needed.  She finds most of the people in the apartments have secrets of some sort.  The Read More
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  • Blood Red, White and Blue: A Canine Cozy Mystery by Kathleen Delaney

    Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mary and her cocker, Millie, had met the man who was killed during the fireworks show.  He had a German Shepard named Ranger and he was a nice man.  But someone must have felt threatened by him...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 1st.The more Mary learns about the man, the more puzzled she is.  He was a cop who specialized in jewel robberies.  She knows he was looking at a necklace in the local shop.  Were the gems in it stolen?  And why kill him?  He Read More
  • Brand of the Hunted by John Glasby

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Neil has been on the move for a long time.  When his parents were killed, he went after the killers.  He avenged them but now he's a wanted man.  As long as he never stays in one place long and never goes home, he's relatively safe.  But leading this wagon train to California is going to lead him back into contact with the man who ordered the killing...Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Neil works hard at keeping the group of Read More
  • Back Trail by Chuck Mason

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Chick was run out of town by his love's father.  He wasn't good enough for her according to dad.  He was young and just starting out, so he left.  He wrote to her, though.  She didn't write back.  He went on with his life and became a Federal Deputy Marshall.  He wasn't thrilled when he got sent back to his hometown to help the sheriff there...Pioneering Press allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Chick finds his old enemy is still a big man in town.  He's Read More
  • Until It Fades by K A Tucker

    Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She lives a quiet life now.  She had her moment of fame at seventeen when her mother made her go to the police station and tell them what her art teacher was doing.  She recanted after his father talked to her and everyone said she lied.  Even people who didn't know her were against her.  Then she found out she was pregnant.  She cut ties with her family and ran...Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.When a diner owner takes mercy on her and gives her a Read More
  • Paradise Valley by C. J. Box

    Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cassie is still hunting a serial killer.  He was caught once but got away on a technicality.  She knows he's still killing prostitutes.  He gets pleasure from it.  This time she's going to make sure he doesn't walk away...St Martin's Press allowed me to read a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 25th.Mr. Box always writes complex mysteries with plenty of action, lots of tension and unknown factors influencing the outcome.While Cassie is setting a trap for the Lizard King, she's also having a few problems with her son.  He's growing up and Read More
  • LOWCOUNTRY BONFIRE: A Liz Talbot Mystery by Susan M. Boyer

    Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Tammy Sue suspects her husband of having a girlfriend.  She asks Liz and Nate to look into it.  They do and he is sleeping with another woman.  They sure didn't expect her to react the way she did...Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 27th.She races in the house, drags out his clothes and tosses them in his mustang and then sets the car on fire!  Soon the entire town is standing around watching while Tammy Sue rants and raves.  When they try to open the trunk Read More
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