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  • The Dreaded Groak by Peta Lemon

    Sun, 18 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hazel the rat (who is a boy) has been told by his mother that he needs to find his own place.  He's old enough to be a man now.  Hazel doesn't think so and doesn't want to leave but his mother help him pack and sends him off with these words of advice:  Beware of the dreaded Groak.The author sent me a copy of her ebook to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Hazel fearfully rushes to his brother's house and knocks on the door.  His brother hides.  He doesn't want Read More
  • Pixie and the Green Book Mystery by Coraline Grace

    Sat, 17 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Pixie goes to school one day all decked out in apple designs.  When she gets to school, she decide she's too "applely" and feels embarrassed.  Her Mom fixes that by taking her to the library after school.The author graciously shared a copy of her book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There's a strange man at the counter, not the usual librarian.  When she goes in the Children's Section, she finds one book glowing and she immediately goes to it and opens it.  What she finds is Cinderella in the Read More
  • This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

    Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Lincoln school is primarily an Indian school.  The children there have been separated from their parents.  The rational is that they can learn the ways of white people and fit in better.  In truth they become slaves to the school principal and any sign of Indian ways is beat out of them.  There are two white boys there, too.  They are orphans.  This story is about them.Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd.Odie, the youngest white boy annoys the lady who runs the school, so Read More
  • The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

    Thu, 15 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's assigned to a murder case and is told to team with the new man.  He's an experienced cop but he's been sent to their department as punishment.  She doesn't like him much but she's got to work with him.  The murders are horrors.  The bodies are missing hands, some missing legs, and there is a little chestnut man at each murder site.Harper sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd. The killings have been going on for years as they look back at records.  The two cops often go Read More
  • More to the Story by Hena Khan

    Wed, 14 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story centers around Jameela.  It's the story of a family of four girls and their parents.  They are Muslims living in Georgia.  They are also Americans.  Jameela dreams of being a jounalist like her grandfather.  He won awards, she wants to, too.  She works on the school newspaper but she and the editor don't get along.  They've both been warned they have to and they are trying.  She's learning how to control her temper.Salaam Reads, a division of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, sent me an ARC  of this to read for review (thank you).It will be published September Read More
  • Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge

    Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    A group of six young men and women went for their annual ride through a scary tunnel.  Only one came out and he was unconscious.  He gets arrested for murder.  He doesn't remember what happened but he knows he didn't kill them.  The police can find no bodies but there wasn't anywhere they could go.  He ends up in jail while they investigate.Hanover Square Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd.Robin's wife went missing three years ago.  They loved each other deeply and he couldn't understand it.  He Read More
  • Rich and Gone by W.F. Ranew

    Mon, 12 Aug 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Woody is an investor.  He has talked his wife and friends into investing.  The problem is it is a Ponzi scheme and he's stealing the money.  Then he suddenly disappears.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.The private eye used to be a cop and has been hired by the wife to track her missing husband down.  He's done so much dirt to everyone in his life, there's a good potential he's a murder victim.  Or he could have run.  Read More
  • The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier

    Sun, 11 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player. Her brother can play the harp and make it talk to the listeners.  They both can sing beautifully.  They could be bards but they want to be warriors and are training for that.  Then they are chosen for a spy mission before they finish their training.  Maybe this is a test...Ace and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd.The ancient harp that must be played at the coronation of the new King has been stolen.  Their assignment is to Read More
  • The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

    Sat, 10 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Theodora has been traveling with her treasure-hunting father for years but he always leaves her in the hotel if he thinks there's any danger.  It's disappointing to get so close and get left behind.  He takes Huck with him, the boy he's taken in and raised.  Then one day Huck disappears.  He and Theodora were caught in a flagrant act.  Theodora thinks he left without a goodbye and she's heartbroken.Simon Pulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd.On this trip, she runs into Huck again.  He tells Read More
  • Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay

    Fri, 09 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lindsay's life is going great she's working at the library and getting married to the man of her dreams.  Then she helps a patron of the library check out gardening books so he can help his roses survive the drought they are going through.  The next time he comes in, he brings her some of his roses.  She tells him thank you but it's not really appropriate for him to do that and to please stop.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd. Then he comes back again and Read More
  • Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior

    Thu, 08 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ellie has been out walking when she finds the barn the harpmaker lives in.  He has the most beautiful harps.  He invites her in to see them and, on a whim, makes a gift to her of one he's made from cherry wood.  The cherry matches her socks.  Her husband makes her return it. So Dan puts it upstairs and tells her she can practice there.Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Dan is different.  He takes walks, counts the animals he sees, Read More
  • Alex and The Colony by D.S. Samra

    Wed, 07 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alex has not had good luck with his family.  When they went downtown shopping, he got separated from his mother and no one has seen her since.  Now his father has an infection and there is nothing left to cure it.  He's going to die, too.  But he tells Alex he'll have to take over the colony of people.  He doesn't want to, but he doesn't have much choice.  Climate change has killed many but their colony has survived. Now the weather is storming and there's a huge earthquake...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank Read More
  • Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

    Tue, 06 Aug 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    This is a story of a broken family that finally comes together again when it's almost too late.  It begins with a mother who has lost her favorite child.  The boys (Dad included) went on a fishing trip.  He loads up the car for the trip back and then finds the eldest son has disappeared.  No one can find him.  Then her husband dies not long afterward.  She's lonely and grieving so she starts a fashion business and does very well with it.  But there are more problems coming...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank Read More
  • The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

    Mon, 05 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Matthew Venn goes to his father's funeral but he doesn't go in.  He's been banned from this church because he dared speak against it as a teen.  Even his parents kicked him out of the house.  He's a detective now and has married but it's to a man and that's another piece of damning evidence against him.  He can't worry about that now.  He's just been called about a murder down at the beach.Minotaur Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).It will be published September 3rd.The man has been stabbed to death.  Little does Read More
  • The Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-el, Kelly Pousette (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 04 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Duane is a polar bear and he loves living in the very, very far North.  He finds great fun in sliding on ice.  He also likes to make friends.  One day, while checking out an old shipwreck, he finds an owl in the captain's library.  He's a wise old owl and makes a good friend.Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd. Next he runs into a musk ox he names Handsome because he likes to admire himself in the water's reflection. He's confused by the next Read More
  • Body Broker by Daniel M. Ford

    Sat, 03 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    He lives in a houseboat now.  He's been in the Navy, used to be a cop and now he's a private investigator.  He works when he needs to and he needs to right now.  So when a cop buddy calls and asks him to help a woman he can't, he takes the job.Santa Fe Writer's Project and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.Jack talks to the mother.  Her son is missing but he's 18 and the police only search for minors.  Jack agrees to look for him and starts Read More
  • Grim, Grit, and Gasoline (Dieselpunk & Decopunk Fairy Tales) by Rhonda Parrish

    Fri, 02 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of new original stories written loosely based on Grimms fairy tales.  They are all unique and fun to read.  I really enjoyed this collection.World Weaver Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd. I'm keeping this one for my personal library.It features stories by Zannier Alejandra, Alicia K. Anderson, Jack Bates, Patrick Bollivar, Sara Cleto, Amanda C. Davis, Jennifer R. Donohue, Juliet Harper, Blake Jessop, A.A. Medina, Lizz Donnelly, Nellie Neves, Wendy Nikel, Brian Trent, Alena Van Arendonk, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Sarah Van Goethem, Read More
  • Muddy Waters by Candace J. Carter

    Fri, 02 Aug 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Henry "Whispering" Smith is a range detective for the Colorado Plateau Cattlemen's Association.  He picks up rustlers who try to steal cattle.  He's good at his job.  Buy when he gets a call that his father has cancer, he decides to go home for a while.  He and his father parted in a fight and he's not eager to see him but he doesn't want to have regrets later.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.When he arrives in town he finds an Read More
  • A Book of Rather Strange Animals by Caleb Compton

    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The subtitle of this book is "Highlighting the Wonders of Evolution and the Extraordinary Diversity of Life".   That's a perfect description of the contents of the book.  Each animal or fish discussed gets a short paragraph telling you all about them.  I recognized a lot of them but I learned a lot, too.  I wasn't up on the animals of the deep.  I also learned that some fish are really scary.  The way they eat is disgusting!There are a lot of animals listed but you don't get bored.  Just about everyone of them is odd in some way.  Mr Read More
  • The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

    Wed, 31 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Vita's Grandfather's castle was stolen from him by a real estate tycoon.  She and her mother go to visit and try to right this wrong.  Vita loves her Grandpa but he's sure looking old and sad.  He misses his wife and his castle.  Her Mom talks to lawyers and reads legal papers trying to make it better but no luck there...Simon & Schuster Books for Young Reader's sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (than you).  It will be published August 27th.Vita decides to go visit this tycoon and ask him to make it right.  He's Read More
  • The Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew by Milly Johnson

    Tue, 30 Jul 2019 03:30:00 Permalink
    Sophie has lived her life by hiding emotion and being "what she should be".  She was taught that by her family, through her schooling, and now by her husband and his political aid.  When she lost her baby and her ability to have more, she never cried in public.But one thing she can't tolerate:  Her husband having affairs.  He's running for PM but he still can't behave.  When his latest liaison becomes public, John and Len want her to join him in an interview where she says she never got over her son's death and that's why she turned cold Read More
  • Fight for the Blue Planet by Derek Corney

    Mon, 29 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    There are aliens planning to invade the earth for its water.  The adults have no idea they are out there and the children only find out when they get a strange visitor.  The alien that visits them has their planet in danger, too, and they think if they join forces they may overcome the invading force.  Will the children join them?  They say yes.The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.This is a very exciting read for young readers.  The oldest boy receives Read More
  • Thirteen (Eddie Flynn #4) by Steve Cavanagh

    Sun, 28 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a young boy who killed animals and when he got older, his victims became human.  He was very intelligent and he enjoyed killing...Flatiron Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 13th.He takes joy in killing and setting someone else up for the murders.  It's not until Flynn agrees to represent the movie star that has been accused of murder that he begins to search not only this murder but other murders in the past. The killer wants to be on the jury and he's Read More
  • The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

    Sat, 27 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Wall Street financiers see huge amounts of money float around.  They're paid well but with temptation right in front of them it's hard not to get greedy.  Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam call themselves the Circle and they've been squirreling money away.  When another emplyee finds out about it they have to decide what to do.St Martin's Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for revirew (thank you).  It will be published August 6th.They decide Wendy must commit suicide and they help her on her way.  Her mother and her only friend at the firm don't think Read More
  • Big Chance Cowboy by Teri Anne Stanley

    Fri, 26 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Adam came home from the war filled with guilt and sorrow.  He had lost his dog and some of the soldiers on his team when a bomb went off unexpectedly.  That was what his bomb dog was for but they were both tired and it was in a building.  He still feels he was at fault.  So he moves back home and lives on the farm his grandfather owns.  It needs a lot of work and keeps his mind off his troubles.Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 27th.Lizzy Read More
  • Froggy Picks a Pumpkin by Jonathan London, Frank Remkiewicz (Illustrated by)

    Thu, 25 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Froggy can't wait to pick a pumpkin.  He can already taste the pumpkin pie!Viking Books For Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 27th.They are giving prizes for the biggest, smallest, and prettiest pumpkin.  There are all kinds of pumpkins and Freddy checks them all out.  He chooses a big one but when he goes to carry it up, he drops it.  It's a big mess on the ground.  So much for a prize for him.  But they surprise him by giving him a ribbon for the ugliest pumpkin Read More
  • The Missing Money: Money Monsters by Okeoma Moronu Schreiner

    Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kai got some money as gifts during the Chinese New Year.  His father takes him to the bank to deposit it but a monster ate it!The author and PR by the Book shared an ARC of this book with me (thank you).  It's been published and you can get a copy now.After his sister was put to bed that night he has a talk with his mom and dad.  He tells them about the monster that ate his money.  His mother explains that it was an ATM machine that holds the money for the bank.  She goes on to explain Read More
  • Snoozie, Sunny, and So-So by Dafna Ben-Zvi, Ofra Amit, Annette Appel

    Tue, 23 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Snoozie is a cat and Sunny is a dog.  They are best friends who play together and enjoy life.Enchanted Lion and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 26th.One day, while out on their walk, they meet So-So.  He's small and timid.  He has no friends, no one to talk to and he feels so-so.  He's afraid of everything, even them!Eventually they convince him they are no danger and then they go on a walk together.  They are fun to be around.  They show him places he hasn't seen before, and Read More
  • Vanishing in the Haight by Max Tomlinson

    Mon, 22 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Colleen Hayes killed her husband for molesting their daughter and went to jail.  She's now an ex-con who is acting like a private investigator.  The case she's given is a cold case that is over 10 years old.  The older man is dying and he wants to know who killed his oldest daughter.Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 20th.She begins asking questions.  As she stirs up attention to what she's looking into she's warned off by the cops.  She doesn't back down.  Then a retired cop she talked Read More
  • This Poison Will Remain by Fred Vargas

    Sun, 21 Jul 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Someone is killing little old men with spider poison.  Who and why?Penguin Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 20th.Commissaire Adamsberg is on the case and he begins by looking into their backgrounds for a common denominator.  He find they were from the same orphanage.  As more men die, he has to find out why.  When he talks to the orphanage director's son, he finds there was a wild group of boys who put brown recluse spiders in the clothing or bedding of other children.  Many were wounded badly.  But Read More
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