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  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    For some reason, her human seems to be trying to rehome her.  They're happy together, no problems.  She doesn't understand why but she is getting some nice road trips out of it.Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 23rd.Written from the cat's perspective made this an entertaining read.  This author understands cats and their actions.  She also understands humans who love their cats.We get glimpses of the human's life in the past on the way, as he visits those who might take his cat in.  No one seems Read More
  • StarPassage: Honor and Mercy: Book 3 by Clark Rich Burbidge

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They have a new patient in rehab who is without hope.  As they try to encourage him, they have no idea he carries a secret.P R by the Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Ronnie has been taken over by a traveler.  This traveler has plans to change the outcome of the Civil War and he's going to use the other kids and their star to do it.As they go where the star takes them, they never know what to expect.  But Read More
  • Two Spells by Mark Morrison

    Sat, 14 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The twins are going to spend the summer with their grandparents on their farm.  They're expecting chores and some boredom but there's no boredom here...The author shared an ecopy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It ha been published and you can grab a copy now.It turns out the twins are magical, but they don't know it. There's a local castle that has a huge library and that library holds secrets.  Imagine opening a book and stepping into a story?  Wouldn't that be fun?  It would if it was a nice story, but what about horror stories?There Read More
  • The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

    Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Imagine waking up in a place you don't know wearing a body not your own.  Impossible?  Not in this story...Sourcebooks/Landmarks sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 18th.This was a strange read.  He spends a day in each of his hosts trying to determine who is killing Evelyn.  Everyday it starts again with Evelyn alive.  As he does this, he has to work hard at holding on to his own identity.  The longer it's submerged, the harder it is.Then there's the mysterious Anna he's searching for who doesn't want Read More
  • Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

    Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a boy who grew into a teenager in the woods with his father, hiding from the world.  She's a therapist, trying to get him to talk...Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you),  It will be published September 4th.The boy's father is sick and still at camp.  He refuses to lead a search party to their hideout. Without meaning to, his therapist becomes sympathetic to his cause and tries to help him.  She's willing to go with him.  But she's taken off his case because of her personal interest in him.  She Read More
  • Harry Moon Professor Einstone by Mark Andrew Poe, Christina Weidman

    Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry's teachers are changing, and not for the good...Rabbit Publishers sent a ecopy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 28th.They've always had good teachers that can make subjects fun, but now they are all sort of mechanical and don't seem to have much interest in the students.  It seems they have a new principal who even has a new curriculum for them.  Henry is not enthused.  Henry knows there is something wrong.  But will he figure it out?  Will he be able to stop it?Read the book and see Read More
  • City of Ink (Li Du Novels #3) by Elsa Hart

    Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Li Du is living a quiet life working as a secretary for his ex-brother-in-law.  Then he gets involved in a murder case that draws him out of himself...Minotaur Books sent me an ARC of this to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.It looks like a straightforward case.  The two were having an affair, the husband came home drunk, and they were dead.  But it wasn't that easy of a case.  Li Du knows there is more to the story and he begins his own investigation.It will bring him a lot of answers as well as Read More
  • Vox by Christina Dalcher

    Mon, 09 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story hits too close to home.  Changes I see now are not so far from this you can blow it off as fantasy...Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.This is a world where all women's rights are taken away.  No more jobs outside the home, no cellphone or laptop.  No reading.  And no talking if you're female.  You're limited to 100 words a day.  If you speak more, you get shocked.  No more birth control.  We're back to women belong to men...This is almost too much Read More
  • Ozy and Millie by Dana Simpson

    Sun, 08 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This graphic novel is done in comic strip form and is fun to read.  It's a good thing that Ozy is sensible... Andrews McMeel Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 28th.Millie is a little rascal that loves getting trouble and doing outrageous things.  Ozy tries to keep her contained as best he can.  You find yourself turning the pages to see what is going to happen next.Millie reminds me of some of my family members.  Do you have some like that, too? Read More
  • Hilda and the Hidden People by Luke Pearson, Stephen Davies

    Sat, 07 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hilda is a nice quirky character that's fun to read about.  She loves living in the woods but that is about to change.Flying Eye Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 4th.These graphic novels are fun to read because of the great graphics and odd looking characters.  Add Hilda and her idiosyncrasies and how could you not have fun reading it?Hilda discovers their house is in the middle of an elf village.  Humans can't see them so they are being asked to move.  Hilda works on changing that directive Read More
  • Can't Catch Me by Michael Cadnum

    Fri, 06 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Most of us remember the old standard fairy tales.  Mr. Cadnum takes off from the standard ending and builds another.Tachyon Publications and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.Some of the tales are quite strange.  Most are odd.  But none of them are boring.  If you end up sitting there with a question mark on your face, it got your attention, right?If you like unusual endings and untraditional stories, this one will work for you...   Read More
  • In Another Time by Caroline Leech

    Thu, 05 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Living at home hasn't been pleasant for a while now, so Maisie decides to join the woman's service to get away.  Unfortunately, she's too young.  But she can join a group of female timbercorp.  Come, learn to chop trees and be lumberjill instead of a lumberjack...Harper Teen and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you)  It will be published August 28th.Wars are ugly things and those who fight in them come home with wounds of the body and wounds of the mind.  When Maisie dances with a Canadian, she's amazed that he leaves her Read More
  • The Treasure of Mad Doc Magee by Elinor Teele

    Wed, 04 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a rip roaring adventure for young ones.  Clues, adventure, and a reward of gold if they are successful.  They can also stay in their hometown instead of having to move on...Walden Pond Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.Jenny doesn't want to leave the only home she's known.  Her dad is almost hopeless in jobs.  He gets distracted, forgets things and just is a real mess.  She can't depend on him.  She's too young to work.  Only this treasure may help...She and her friend start their adventure by Read More
  • The Manton Rempville Murders by Julian Worker

    Tue, 03 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's not often you find a man killed by a sword nowadays.  First off, where did the sword come from?BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been been published and you can buy a copy now.The nearest home had the sword in its collection, but it had gone missing months ago. Who had it, where was is it, and was this murder planned that long ago?As they ask questions and look over the suspects, they are surprised by another murder, right there in the house.  They have a suspicion about who the Read More
  • Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison

    Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother died when she was born, her father fell from his horse and died when she was fourteen, and she has to marry to survive.  Or did she?Viking and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.She cuts her hair, dresses in her brother's old clothes and heads out on the road.  She's going west after her brother.  She finds a lot more than her brother there.Her disguise works well.  Her problem is that doesn't protect her much.  The bigger men try to steal her money or kill Read More
  • Cross My Path by Clea Simon

    Sun, 01 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She finds things or people if she can and takes what they can afford to pay.  She never expected to get caught in the warfare at the water front...Severn House Publishers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.This is an odd little series of a girl and her cat who play private detective.  She gets two clients with different cases but finds they are related.  People around her die, she almost gets killed, and It ends with everything still up in the air.  Her life is not settled yet but she'll Read More
  • A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

    Sat, 30 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Being Midas' daughter wasn't a bad thing until he turned her to gold...Blink and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 14th.She may be a princess but everyone is afraid of her.  She spends most of her time hiding in her room being lonely.  Her uncle keeps trying to find her a husband but that's not going well.  Then she meets one who doesn't fear her.  She  should wonder why...She goes on a quest to get her father's gold back (he will die without it) and thinks she might Read More
  • A Necessary Murder Book Two in the Heloise Chancey Mysteries by M.J. Tija

    Fri, 29 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It starts with a little girl murdered in the outhouse.  Then men begin dying of a slit throat.  What's going on?Pantera Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.As more men die, Heloise's mother gets more upset.  She's afraid her nephew might be the killer.  Heloise has several suspects but then they end up dead.The cause for the retribution lays in the past and it takes some digging to get to the truth.  Heloise almost ends up dead herself.This was a good mystery even Read More
  • Stranger in Town by Cheryl Bradshaw

    Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    A missing child sends a tingle up everyone's spine.  Especially when they were just next to Mom and now they are missing.Kobo Writing Life and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this story for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There is a common reason these two girls were grabbed but it's not apparent.  With a PI and a local sheriff snooping around, they find clues and they move closer to a solution.  Will they be in time?  This read keeps you glued to every page hoping for a happy ending even Read More
  • Murder of a Lover by Faith Martin

    Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Working on cold cases isn't as exciting as working on live ones but it is rewarding to solve them.  Hillary is good at what she does and she views a ten year old closed case as just another case to find a missing piece...Joffe Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.He was a young college student who was obsessed with sex.  He slept with everyone, boys or girls, didn't matter to him.   So who stuck a pair of scissors in his gut?As Read More
  • Good Luck With That by Kristen Higgins

    Tue, 26 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They became fast friends at a fat camp when they made plans to be thin and do things fat girls can't.  But one of them does not have that much time...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.When one of the three dies, she gives them copies of those long ago goals and asks them to complete them.  She makes them promise.While this is a good look at what you can do to yourself with old tapes of the past, it's also a look at what you can do Read More
  • The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell

    Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her brother has always been a bully and mean but she's been able to avoid him.  Now the King is is ill and he's appointed him sheriff.  With him ruling the lands, everything will go to chaos soon...Clarion Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.She runs with her friend from childhood and a pregnant girl from the village.  The forest is more friendly than the castle.  She tries to leave the past behind but it won't leave her alone.  Soon it becomes a battle between her and her Read More
  • 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
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