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  • Hilda and the Great Parade : Hilda Netflix Tie-In 2 by Luke Pearson, Stephen Davies, Seaerra Miller (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hilda is having a hard time adjusting to living in town.  She loved being in the hills with all kinds of monstrous friends.  Everything in town is too tame.  But when a giant steps on your house and flattens it, you have no choice.Flying Eye Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 2nd.She has one boy who likes to bully her.  When he throws a a rock and knocks a raven out of the sky, she takes it home to heal.  She's totally amazed when it begin speaking to her.Hilda Read More
  • The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke

    Fri, 03 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    They lived in an orphanage run by a mean old lady.  No one wanted to adopt them, they were too old.  They are only twelve but the are their own persons by now...Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 2nd.All of the babies were just dropped off.  They have no idea who their parents are.  They arrived in all kinds of receptacles. One was even in a bucket.They have one final person coming to look them all over.  The director tells them whoever is left Read More
  • Safecracker by Ryan Wick

    Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's going in to steal a valuable coin.  No one is home.  Then he hears the locks turn and voices.  He hides in the closet.Thomas Dunne Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 11th.He sure didn't expect the man to come home with a woman he picked up.  As he watches, she kills him and grabs the coin.  Then she sees him in the closet.  They have a battle but she gets away with the coin.When he's hanging out at his local bar, she shows up Read More
  • The Oddmire, Book 2: The Unready Queen by William Ritter

    Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Fable is half-human.  Her mother is working on teaching her magic, but she just can't quite get it.  She has a couple human friends and a goblin changeling friend.  She'd rather play with them...Algonquin Young Readers and Edelweiss shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published June 2nd.There is a stranger in town who claims to be looking for oil.  When he chops down an old oak in the Deep Dark Forest.  Fable's mother is upset.  He has unbalanced the forest and the creatures within want revenge.  They never did like humans.  This is just Read More
  • The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

    Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is set in 1939 during the war years.  Different characters have their own chapters.  A lot happens on these book pages...Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 2nd.France thinks they will be safe from the Germans.  They are at first.  Then the Nazi's come to town.  They take what they want, look for Jews and can kill you for anything they take as a slight.Brothers and sons die.  Even good friends can find one betraying the other if they don't watch what they say Read More
  • The Girl and the Witch's Garden by Erin Bowman

    Mon, 30 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her father has cancer and is dying, so he sends her to stay with her mother and grandmother.  She doesn't mind her grandmother but her mother walked away from her and her father while she was just a baby.  She doesn't like her.Simon and Schuster Books for young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 26th.When she arrives and goes to the door, she's amazed to be greeted by another child.  Then she finds out there are more.  Her mother wouldn't even raise her but she's fostering kids!When she Read More
  • Willow the Wildcat by Lynne Rickards, Kirsteen Harris-Jones (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Scottish wildcats are small, beautifully marked, and good at hiding.  The kittens are precious.  Here's a snippet of life for you...Kelpies and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read and review this book (thank you).  It will be published May 19th.Willow has two kittens and they are always fighting.  She calls them to come home and they ignore her.  Then they see a dog approaching and they are back like a shot!  Unfortunately, the dog knocks down the branches that were sheltering them and now they need to find a new home.  As they look, they also look for food Read More
  • The Unbelievable Oliver and the Sawed-in-Half Dads by Pseudonymous Bosch, Shane Pangburn (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Oliver is new to magic but he wants to do a rehearsal so he can perform at the wedding.  His bunny talks talks to him.  It's a magic bunny.  He comes up with a great idea!Puffin Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 12th.He's going to saw the box in half and then bring the man out, unhurt.  So he goes to the magic store to buy the trick and props and find out how.  They buy the cheapest unit since that is all the money they have.  He's going Read More
  • Meet Monster : The First Big Monster Book by Ellen Blance, Ann Cook, Quentin Blake (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    How could you not be taken with this big, tall, skinny, PURPLE monster?The New York Review Children's collection and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 12th.This is a beginning chapter book for young readers.  There are lots of illustrations, not much text, and it's a silly but fun story.Monster is looking for a new place to live.  He visits the city and decides he could stay there and play in the park with the children.  First thing he has to do is find a place to live.He picks a long Read More
  • Pets: An Anthology by Jordan Castro

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This anthology is a series of essays by various authors.  These aren't cutesy stories.  Some have sadness but they are all about animals of one kind or the other.Tyrant Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will publish on April 28th.The various authors included are:  Edited by Jordan Castro with contributions by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Ann Beattie, Raegan Bird, Blake Butler, Ryan C. K. Choi, Michael W. Clune, Patty Yumi Cottrell, Annie DeWitt, Chelsea Hodson, Yuka Igarashi, Kristen Iskandrian, Mark Leidner, Tao Lin, Scott McClanahan, Sarah Manguso, David Nutt, Precious Okoyomon, Sam Pink, Read More
  • The Great Pet Heist by Emily Ecton, David Mottram (Illustrated by)

    Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Their owner slipped in the kitchen and knocked herself out.  The ambulance crew took her away and Bob the maintenance man isn't sure she'll be back.  He's already talking about putting the animals in a shelter.  The animals aren't going to put up with that!Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 12th.Butterbean is a long haired wiener dog.  Walt is a cat.  Oscar is a bird.  Marco and Polo are two pet rats.  Since they can't get jobs, they decide to do a heist to Read More
  • Who Rescued Who by Victoria Schade

    Tue, 24 Mar 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    When she's fired from her job over something she said, she's at loose ends.  Then she gets a phone call from a man who tells her he's her dead father's brother.  She's not sure she believes him but when he invites her to come and visit, she decides to go.  After all, she nothing holding her at home.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.She sees similarity between him and her father so it must be true.  He tells her he'll explain what happened later.When they reach the house, she enjoys Read More
  • Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper Series: Agent Sayer Altair (#3)

    Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:31:00 Permalink
    She's still grieving the loss of her fiance but she's working harder than ever.  When she's called out on a death, she finds a schoolgirl in a strange setting.  She has baboon statues around her and it looks like it means something.  It does.  It's Egyptian.  Where are the other children on the bus?Macmillan and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 14th.Then another dead girl is found.  They are getting desperate about saving the girls.  Then they get a tip for where the bus is.  All the cops needed help Read More
  • Call It Magic : A Spellbound Falls Romance by Janet Chapman

    Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Katy hid away for a while before emerging in Spellbound Falls.  She's there to accept the job the chief offered her.  But the chief has retired.  The new one looks at her suspiciously and asks questions she doesn't want to answer.  Katy has secrets.Berkley Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 5th.She finds herself more attracted to him than any other man.  She doesn't know her friend was using him to try to find her.  That's how he knew she was missing.  She's a good paramedic, she can "see" Read More
  • The Good Wife by Jane A. Adams

    Sun, 22 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    The doctor's wife saw some friends and went to visit with them.  He stays with the couple they came with.  They had just finished having a picnic.  Then the cops show up and report a death in the stables.  The doctor goes with them to see if he can help.  He's shocked to see the dead woman, it's his wife!Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 5th.During the autopsy, they discover how she died and that she's pregnant.  When they share that with the husband, they find Read More
  • Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror by Natasha Farrant, Lydia Corry (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 21 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    These are very much the same as fairy tales but they have a twist that makes them more enjoyable.Norton Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 5th.An enchantress sends an enchanted mirror out into the world.  Each girl that finds it uses it for their quest and then loses it again.Princess Leila of the desert protects her people from the king with the black-and-gold banner; Princess Tica takes a crocodile for a pet; Princess Ellen explores the high seas; Princess Abayome puts empathy and kindness above being Read More
  • What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? True Stories of Imagination and Courage by Heather Camlot

    Fri, 20 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    I found these stories very fascinating.  There are non-violent solutions to ending war.Owlkids Books and Net Galley shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It was published March 15th.This is an easily readable book that should interest children.  I learned about movements I'd never heard of in this book.  At least one of those movements is still alive. One man wanted to be a conscientious objector but he was denied.  He fought the war but would not use a gun.  He saved many and survived despite the odds.  He even got a medal for his actions.  All without a Read More
  • Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce

    Thu, 19 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Myrtle is twelve but she's already solving mysteries.  Her father is the prosecuting attorney and he keeps trying to tell her to be careful.  She doesn't listen well.  Then her next door neighbor dies.  She was an old woman and they think it was a heart attack.  Myrtle doesn't.Algonquin Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on April 8th.She sneaks over to visit with gardener but doesn't learn much.  She wanders around and finds that all the lilies have been destroyed.  She also finds footprints and evidence Read More
  • The Last Scoop by R. G. Belsky

    Wed, 18 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Martin Barlow was Clare's first editor.  She's with a different station, he's suppose to be retired, but he tells her he's on a big case.  He wants to get together to talk about it, but she has her own work to do.  The next thing she hears is that he is dead...Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 5th.She goes to visit his daughter and express her condolences.  The son-in-law appears to be glad he's dead.  She asks to visit his room.  The granddaughter takes her up.  She asks Read More
  • Of Mice and Minestrone by Joe R. Lansdale, Kathleen Kent, Kasey Lansdale

    Tue, 17 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hap is a young white boy who has Leonard, a black young man, as a best friend.  They have several adventures together.  Many of them includes fights.  These guys are tough and don't back down.Tachyon Publications and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 30th.The laws have changed and the black can now enter restaurants they were banned from before.  But the attitudes haven't changed.  They get nasty comments.  Some people don't want to serve Leonard but they do.This is an anthology of stories.  Two of them stood out to me.   Read More
  • The Sand Elephant by Rinna Hermann, Sanne Dufft (Illustrated by)

    Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Paul has no one to play with.  He plays in the sand and draws an elephant.  He takes a nap against his trunk...Floris Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 5th.The elephant starts to talk to him and puts him on his back.  Then he says certain words and he finds himself transported to a castle filled with sand animals and children.  What fun!They all play together and have a great time.  Then it rains and everything is gone but the children.  One little girl says the magic words Read More
  • Five Sisters by Stephanie Campisi, Mădălina Andronic

    Sun, 15 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    A couple moved into a home and planted trees around them.  They took care of their forest and it grew well.  They wanted a family but it didn't happen.  They were sad...Familius and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you.  It will be published May 1st.He takes a walk out to the peaceful grove and sits.  The tree asks him what's wrong and then gives up a branch.  He takes the branch home and carves five daughters out of it, each one smaller as he goes.  His wife treats them like daughters and their home is happy Read More
  • Ranger to the Rescue by Renae Brumbaugh Green

    Sat, 14 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    She lost her fiance two years ago.  He was a ranger and was shot and killed.  She wants nothing to do with anyone in that field now.  Her heart couldn't take it.Wild Heart Books shared this with me for a review (thank you).  It will be published April 14th.She's a journalist and the only way she gets to write interesting stories is to go find them herself.  Someone is sabotaging the fishing boats and the fisherman thinks it's one man and his sons.  They leave early and always come back full of fish.  When the sheriff jails him, Evan takes Read More
  • The Talented Mr. Varg : A Detective Varg Novel (2) by Alexander McCall Smith

    Fri, 13 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ulf is the lead detective in the Sensitive Crimes Division.  He takes on the odd cases.  A wife asks him to check out who her husband is being blackmailed by.  When the victim won't cooperate, it's hard to find the blackmailer...Pantheon and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 28th.Ulf follows the man.  He eventually finds out it's not blackmail.  It's payment for promotions on his books.Then his detective lady he has a crush on asks him to see if her husband is screwing around on her.  She found another woman's earring Read More
  • One Fatal Flaw : A Daniel Pitt Novel by Anne Perry

    Thu, 12 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    A desperate woman comes to Daniel's desk asking him to defend a young man accused of murder.  Since he's the low man on the totem pole, he has to ask the older lawyer if he can take it on.  The older man tells him he'll learn a lot doing it but not to be disappointed if he loses.He talks to everyone he can gathering clues.  The head lawyer in the group has a daughter that is into forensic investigation and she suggests a man who mat help the case.  He's a famous doctor and he does get him off.Then two Read More
  • Shake Down by Kendel Lynn

    Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's getting ready for a big event at the beach.  Her best friend is getting married and she's doing all the planning for her.  It's all going fine until the maid of honor goes missing.  Where could she have gone?Henery Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review.  It will be published March 17th.As time goes on and the missing maid of honor doesn't show up, they begin to wonder about her welfare.  They create flyers, develop search parties, check with friends and relatives, all to no avail.  She's disappeared,  They find her car at the airport but Read More
  • A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn

    Tue, 10 Mar 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    The Prince is young and he's close to becoming a scandal so Veronica and Stoker are asked to save him.  All they have to do is steal a diamond star from a house of ill repute...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The house is in an odd part of town and is quite plain looking on the outside.  The evening they visit is a bit like an open house.  Come, see what's offered and see if you want to buy membership.  They are coming to steal, not buy.  But Read More
  • City Spies by James Ponti

    Mon, 09 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sara is a hacker.  She's only twelve but she's good at it.  Then she's caught and it looks like jail is coming her way.  Her attorney says it's the best deal she can get.  Then a new attorney shows up.  When the original attorney goes to complain, the new man has her alter the court records so his name shows up as her attorney.  She knows right away that something strange is going on.Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you)  It will be published March 10th.It seems her new "lawyer" is recruiting her to Read More
  • Inspector Ghote's Good Crusade by H.R.F. Keating

    Sun, 08 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Inspector Ghote is called to a murder scene.  A multi-millionaire has died from arsenic poisoning.   He knows nothing about arsenic but he knows this will be a big case.  As he investigates, his list of suspects grows...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published snd you can get a copy now.There were two men who had access to the building.   One of them is a known killer.  That's who his boss wants to charge with the murder.  But he says he didn't do it and Ghote believes him.  He Read More
  • A Small Case for Inspector Ghote? by H.R.F. Keating

    Sat, 07 Mar 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ghote has been recently promoted.  He's hoping for a murder case so he has something to do besides the clerical work his boss has given him.  Every time he gets called to his superior's office he's hopeful.  All for naught.  Then he notices a smell in his office...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When he locates the smell, it's shocking.  It's the head of the peon who is supposed to be helping him in the office.  Someone beheaded him.  When he shows Read More
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