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  • The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear

    Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maisie Dobbs is back again.  She's working as a ambulance driver for the emergency response teams responding to bomb blasts.  It's volunteer work she does as her contribution during the war.  When a man from her past calls and asks if she will work on another case for him, she agrees.  But he doesn't tell her much...Harper and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 26th.Maisie and her partner had taken a journalist with them so she could see just how awful all the bombing was.  America had not yet joined the Read More
  • Run Away by Harlan Coben

    Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's trying to find his missing daughter.  She's gotten on drugs, has an abusive boyfriend and has hidden herself from her family.  He finally finds her in a local park, singing Beatle's songs and asking for donations.  She looks awful and that's probably what makes people donate.  She doesn't sing that well.  Finding her was hard and now she doesn't want to come home...Grand Central Publishing sent me ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will publish on March 19th.As he tries to convince her to go with him, her boyfriend shows up and they get Read More
  • Mission Critical by Mark Greaney

    Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Court is on his way to his next assignment when another branch of the agency arrives with a prisoner.  They want him off the plane, but his boss tells them to cease and desist so they all travel together to England.  They land in a a small airport and all of a sudden they have trouble.  Someone wants their prisoner and they don't care how many they have to kill to get him...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you). It has been published and you can buy it now.When the event is over, Read More
  • Drowned Under by Wendall Thomas

    Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cyd isn't looking forward to the holidays.  Her whole family is mad at her for helping the police nail her uncle and put him in jail.  So when her ex-husband shows up and asks for her help in locating his parents in Australia, it sounds like a good idea.  She won't be in town to celebrate.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 19th.  Cyd calls her friend Harriet and they decide to meet in Australia to search together.  They are both travel agents and have free Read More
  • A Stranger Here Below: A Gideon Stoltz Mystery by Charles Fergus

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gideon left home because he came home and found his mother dead.  She'd been raped and stabbed.  He was traumatized by that sight and her death, he didn't want to inherit the farm, and after an argument with his father, he left.  When he reached a small town he liked, he reported an incident on the road to the sheriff.  After they chatted a bit, the sheriff asked him if he'd like to be a deputy.  He accepted.  He was young, it sounded interesting.  But he didn't expect the sheriff to die in just a few years...Skyhorse and Edelweiss let Read More
  • Chicks Rule! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    These chicks are smart, all have various talents, and they want to join the Rocket Club.  When they see a notice that says "No Chicks Allowed", they get mad.  Why should they be discriminated against?Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Renee Kurilla is the illustrator and you can look at the chicks and figure out what most of them do.  The illustrations are cute and add to the storyline.The chicks find some room in a barn and begin building their Read More
  • Ivy and the Goblins by Katherine Coville

    Sun, 17 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ivy lives with her Grandmother, who is a healer.  She specializes in animals and has a cottage where they can occupy her back yard.  Right now, she has a dragon, pixies, and gryphon.  There are several small animals that show up for treatment until they recover from their illness.  But they never expected what the farmer wanted to trade for fixing his goat's upset stomach.  He gives them an egg he found...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 12th.When the egg hatches, it reveals a baby Read More
  • The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson, David Roberts (Illustrator)

    Sun, 17 Feb 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    The King needs a new cook.  Everyone that applies doesn't make food that appeals to him.  Finally, he's down to the last applicant who stand there shaking and saying he really doesn't cook much but he could learn.  The King hires him.  The first taste test will be the next meal the King eats.Abrams Young Readers shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you). It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The illustrations are luscious.  The King is big and robust, his cook is small and thin and worried about everything.  The King Read More
  • Allmen and the Pink Diamond by Martin Suter

    Sat, 16 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Allmen envisions himself as an international investigator.  He likes to find art but the idea of a pink diamond grabs his attention and he agrees to take the case.New Vessel Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 5th.The pink diamond has been stolen.  The only clue he has is the name of a Russian that owner thinks might have been involved.  Allmen and Carlos begin their search.  Allmen follows the suspect's trail, Carlos talks to those who were servants or landlords.  The trail goes across countries and Read More
  • Stand on the Sky by Erin Bow

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Aisulu is a Mongolian child who follows her nomad family from one camp to another depending on the season.  She's best friends with her brother and loves her parents.  But her brother is ill and doesn't want her to tell anyone...HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 5th.She and her brother decide to ride up to where the herd is right now.  When they get there, it's gone.  So they decide to go a bit higher to see if they can see where they've gone.  When Read More
  • The Secret of Zoone by Lee Edward Fodi

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    What would you do if you found a blue winged tiger on your couch?  I'd probably approach it slowly and try to pet it, I'm a cat lover.  Ozzie talks to him and finds out if he goes through the door in the basement he'll enter another world.  He thinks it will be exciting.  Yes, it is!HarperCollins and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 5th.When Ollie gets to the end of the tunnel the doorway opened up and he opens the next door to see where he goes from there, the Read More
  • How to be a Cat by Nikki McClure

    Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Do you have a cat?  Are you thinking of getting one?  This board book teaches your little one how cats act and it's a fun read.Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and is available now.The illustrations are done in black and white and stand out impressively.  Most open book pages have just one word on them but my cats have done all the things this author points out.  They pounce, explore, hunt and more in this story and it shows the cats doing it.  Mama and kitten Read More
  • Saddle & Secrets by Jane Smiley

    Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ellen talks with the racehorse, Ned, but he's not visiting with her anymore.  So she has to learn to ride another horse...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published March 5th.Ellen is a good kid who loves horses and has hopes of riding in some races in the future.  She's taking lessons for show riding competition.  She's learned a secret she won't tell.  And she can tell her parents have one, too...As time goes on, she finds some of her friends have secrets.  This worries her a bit.  What Read More
  • Saddles & Secrets by Jane Smiley

    Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ellen talks with the racehorse, Ned, but he's not visiting with her anymore.  So she has to learn to ride another horse...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published March 5th.Ellen is a good kid who loves horses and has hopes of riding in some races in the future.  She's taking lessons for show riding competition.  She's learned a secret she won't tell.  And she can tell her parents have one, too...As time goes on, she finds some of her friends have secrets.  This worries her a bit.  What Read More
  • My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

    Tue, 12 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    When they met, something clicked.  They dated, married, and had two children.  They work and live contented lives until they get bored.  Normally, one wouldn't turn to murder as a new hobby but these two did...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 26th.This was an unusual read.  He picks out the victims.  She kills them.  They work well together.  No one suspects them.  But they get a little too self confident.  When they tie a serial killer from the past to their crimes, it begins to backfire on them.  Read More
  • The Rambling by Jimmy Cajoleas

    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Buddy has the worst luck.  Everything he tries to do backfires on him.  He even manages to burn down part of his mother's bakery when he was just going to get the ovens going.  He decides to sneak out and go find his father.  Maybe his luck might be better there...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 26th.Buddy hitchhikes to the swampy area where he thinks his dad lives.  From here, the trip gets real strange.  He meets witches, card playing story tellers, and enemies from his Read More
  • The Tragical Tale of Birdie Bloom by Temre Beltz

    Sun, 10 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Birdie lives in an orphanage.  A nasty witch is in charge of it and she is getting them ready to sign their tragical contracts.  No one knows what happens to those that do except they aren't there anymore.  They know it's not anything good.HarperCollins and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 26th.With good and evil witches, a dragon and other odd things, this tale is a fun fantasy to read.  It has enough smelly incidents to amuse the young adults and there's action all the way through.They're not allowed to have Read More
  • The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman

    Sat, 09 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Joe Leaphorn is back.  His English is bad since the gunshot.  He can speak it but not correctly.  It's a good thing he knows his native language.  That one works well even if everyone can't understand.  He's now a private detective and he has agreed to try to find some missing antique relics that the local library was going to put on display.  They have almost everything but two items are missing...Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.Jim Chee and his wife Bernie are on another Read More
  • Beyond the Stone Arch by Gisela Woldenga

    Sat, 09 Feb 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Ellie is staying with her grandmother while her parents go on vacation.  She loves her and they have fun together, so she doesn't mind.  But this time, when she goes out in the backyard she sees a stone arch she's never seen before.  When she gets closer to it, she hears enchanting music and wonders who's playing it....Black Opal Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.She finds a boy named Orly playing his flute.  He asks her to help him.  He's ghost Read More
  • The Case of Windy Lake by Michael Hutchinson

    Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Four cousins who live on the reservation have become young investigators.  They enjoy solving mysteries.  They help their grandfather with chores and he always hears about the problems.  If they are lucky, they get to hear it, too.  But he's on to them and tries to keep them outside when he has private business.  This time they heard enough to get involved...Second Story Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 18th.The Mighty Muskrats are on another case.  There's a missing doctor.  They've found his boat but not Read More
  • Solitary by Albert Woodfox

    Thu, 07 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of oppression, false charges, racial  prejudice, and the loss of loved ones.  It's the story of someone who spent over 40 years in jail.  Mostly in solitary confinement.  The saddest part is that is a true story.  This is non-fiction.  The story horrified me.Grove Press sent me ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 5th.This a very chilling story where justice wasn't served correctly, wardens could punish you with false charges and trying to appeal was being ignored.  Mr. Woodfox had more patience than I do and he Read More
  • Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story by Leslea Newman

    Wed, 06 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gittel and her mother are going to emigrate to America.  But her mother is ill and isn't allowed passage.  So Gittel must go by herself...Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.She keeps her relative's name and address close with her and offers it to the custom's official on Ellis Island.  Alas, it got damp and is all smudged.  However a journalist takes her picture for the paper and her mother's cousin comes down to find her.My Grandfather worked as a translator for the US troops in Read More
  • Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna by Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translation)

    Tue, 05 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Auntie Poldi is still having her hot affair with the policeman she met on her last murder case.  She's not supposed to interfere but she likes working for him and can ask questions he can't.  When she goes to a winery's party, she's attracted to the owner.  When he leaves her and says he will back soon, she drinks more than she should.  She awakens in his bed with him sleeping on the other side.  She blacked out, so she doesn't know what happened.  The worst part is that when she's sneaking out, she goes through the grape fields and Read More
  • Little Apocalypse by Katherine Sparrow

    Mon, 04 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fantasy tale with monsters.  Only kids can see them.  So that leaves kids as the only ones who can fight them...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 12th.Celia's parents have gone out of town and she's home alone.  She's assured them she'd be safe by herself.  But she didn't expect them to have an earthquake either...She had noticed a young man on her way to library but he disappeared on her.  Then when she's in the hallway and everyone is checking with the other Read More
  • Dragonfell by Sarah Prineas

    Sun, 03 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rafi is a boy who lives with his father.  His mother died long ago.  He's a bit odd and scares some people but he's a nice boy.  It's just that he has been dragon touched.  Heat and cold don't bother him.  He tries to hide his differences but it's hard when a factory owner comes to town, sees what he is and wants him.  He doesn't want to go with them.  So they come back to kidnap him...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on March 6th.His father Read More
  • The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets

    Sat, 02 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's finally found a job that fits her.  She works with dogs to find scat and get knowledge about the animals that live in the area they examining.  She really enjoys working with the dogs.  When they assign her to Tate, she discovers she might have a romantic interest, too.  Life is good.  But it doesn't stay that way...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 5th.The story begins with her learning her new job, training her assigned dog, and working with Tate.  Eventually she falls in love with Read More
  • Sasha and Puck and the Potion of Luck by Daniel Nayeri, Anneliese Mak

    Fri, 01 Feb 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sasha hates it when her father gives out a potion to help the local villagers.  Her mother is the one with magic.  She's away now and he follows her recipes but Sasha is afraid that his potion might fall flat and then he'd get fined.  They don't have money to pay for a fine.  So she follows his customer and tries to help her...Albert Whitman and Company and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.It seems the young woman wants to have luck on her side when she goes to Read More
  • At Home in the Dark edited by Lawrence Block

    Thu, 31 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Are you in the mood for a provocative read?  These stories have horror and death in various locations.  There's a western story, a fantasy story, a dystopian story and more.  There's no disappointment in these tales.  They all hold your attention and draw you in to the time and circumstances of the story.Mr. Block graciously shared a copy of the book with me to read for review (thank you).  It will be published April 30th, but you can pre-order a copy now if you wish.Table of Contents:Foreword: It’s Getting Dark in Here — Lawrence BlockHot Pants — Elaine KaganThe Eve Read More
  • When Spring Comes to the DMZ by Uk-Bae Lee

    Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    There is a two and one-half mile zone between North and South Korea.  People aren't allowed there but the wildlife flourish....Plough Publishing House and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.While the animals enjoy the area, military training goes on next to the fence holding people back.  The soldiers march, the animals play and separated family members gaze at the other side.  Building walls doesn't enhance relationships between people or countries.The illustrations are pastel and create a feeling of peace.  This is also a way to share history with your child.  Read More
  • The Carnival of Wishes & Dreams by Jenny Lundquist

    Tue, 29 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Clarkville is a small town that doesn't offer a lot of job opportunities.  The factory in town provides almost all the working men with jobs.  When it burns down, it doesn't just take the building, it takes one of the firefighters.  The man he was saving survived; he didn't.  Their daughters go to school together and it drives a wedge between them.  When you're young you are very sensitive about things said about you and the whole class changes friends after the fire.  Friends that used to be are now being mean to each other...Aladdin Books and Edelweiss let me Read More
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