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  • Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson

    Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gork's earliest memories are being raised by his spaceship computer on earth.  When he's three, his grandfather comes down to pick him up and take him to the planet they live on.  He's going to teach him how to be a dragon...Knopf and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 11th.It's hard to be respected when your horns are only two inches tall and you've got a gentle heart.  His stats don't look good in the mean categories and they call him Weak Sauce.  His overall rating is Snacklicious.  Read More
  • The State Counsellor: A Fandorin Mystery by Boris Akunin

    Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Fandorin finds himself accused of murder.  Someone had imitated him and killed the new Governor General of Siberia.  It doesn't take long before they realize it was not him.  But who was it and how did he know the Governor General would be on that train?Mysterious Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.This is a tale of the princes, politics, political favors and positions of power versus the Resistance.  Those at the top want the resisters to go away.  Those at the bottom use bombs, weapons and Read More
  • The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo by Ian Stansel

    Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the tale of two battling brothers.  They both work with horses, Frank is married but Silas isn't, and they couldn't be more different from each other if they were strangers.  They play mean tricks on each other, fight when they have too much to drink, and Frank even shot Silas once.  Now they aren't speaking to each other anymore, so why is Frank on his porch?Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.Lena loves Frank and has stuck with him through good times and Read More
  • Can You Find My Robot's Arm? by Chihiro Takeuchi

    Sat, 03 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When the robot wakes in the morning, his arm is gone.  He and his friend spend most of the day looking for it.Tundra Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.The illustrations are what makes this story work.  The robot tries different things for arms but none of them seem to work.  The black and white illustrations are striking.They search inside and outside the house, visit the park and a candy shop and more but they end up coming home and using an usual tool for an arm.  Read More
  • Dog Night at the Story Zoo by Dan Bar-el

    Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Most dogs have a tale to tell but these dogs get to do it in front of the zoo animals.  The only caveat is that the story has to be about them.  Have they got a lot to tell!Tundra Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.There's a dog that likes to fetch.  (I have a Bengal cat that likes to fetch.  She'll make your arm fall off.)  His fetching finally finds him an owner.There's a bulldog that doesn't want to be judged by his looks.  A bloodhound who Read More
  • Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

    Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eighteen years ago, Sophie went missing.  All they found was a lone tennis shoe on the pier.  The pier was damaged and no one was supposed to go out on it but they all did.  It was quiet place for the underage to drink and chat.  It was also a deadly place...Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.This is written in diary form.  You get Sophie's side of the story and Frankie's side, too.  Frankie is approached by Sophie's brother.  He phones her and tells her they Read More
  • The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History by Paul Andrew Hutton

    Wed, 31 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very comprehensive collection of facts about the Apaches, the military and the Mexicans.  Trying to corral the Indians on a reservation was almost impossible.  They were nomads and moved where the crops grew, the game was plentiful and the weather acceptable.  The white man just wanted to get them out of the area he wanted to develop.  The Indians wouldn't leave.  War ensued...I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  The book has been published and you can grab a copy now.I was familiar with Geronimo because I live in southern NM and they Read More
  • Ultimatum by Anders de la Motte

    Tue, 30 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everybody has secrets but these secrets threaten livelihoods, promotions, marriage and more.  It's all balanced like a house of cards but all that has to happen is one card falls and they all go down...Atria Books sent me an ARC of this story to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today.This is an intense read with death thrown in here and there.  The men involved are politicians and policemen and they use the secrets they know to blackmail the others in the department.  They don't mind stepping on someone as they rise to power.  They also don't Read More
  • Treasure Hunting Mysteries: A Collection of Short Stories by Lois D. Brown

    Mon, 29 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of stories about searching for riches.  As is usual, it's greed driving the people looking for it.  They aren't nice folks and it's always tempting to kill off some of the team so the shares get bigger.  Even when they find it, it may not be what they expected...The author and InstaFreebies gave me an ebook to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy on Amazon now.From the assayer who is taken on a hunt and finds not only gold but trouble and ends up divorcing his wife Read More
  • The Last Gig by Norman Green

    Sun, 28 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Al was never real close to her father.  He was gone a lot in military service and he was not a loving dad.  What he taught her were survival skills for the streets.  No man was going to take advantage of his daughter.  She learned those skills and added more to her repertoire as time progressed.  Right now, she's one mean machine.Witness Impulse and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). The book has been published and you can grab a copy now.She's working for an ex-cop that's an "ex" because he walked back and forth Read More
  • The Last Train by Michael Pronko

    Sat, 27 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He works for the Tokyo police department following white collar crime.  He likes that.  He can work alone, even nap at his desk, and it's satisfying to prove where and how they were stealing.  Unfortunately, he can also speak English so he gets drawn into any investigation that has to do with American foreigners.  This time it's suicide.  Or is it?Raked Gravel Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 31st.With the various characters all having names that sound similar, it takes a bit of concentration to keep up with Read More
  • Crazy About Cats by Owen Davey

    Fri, 26 May 2017 10:31:00 Permalink
    I love cats so I couldn't let a chance go by without reviewing this book.  It's full of facts about big cats as well as small and all of them are wild.Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published the first of June.With tidbits on each page and big illustrations, you can see spots, stripes, and other distinguishing marks on the different breeds.  The tiger is the biggest but the other big cats all have their own specialties.  The lion is a strong predator.  The cheetah runs the Read More
  • Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood

    Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne has her eye on a young man.  He dances well, he's handsome and he has an eye for her.  Her lover is away on business so she's free and planning to fill her bed with him.  Then it appears he's being summoned away.  To her surprise, his father wants to see her, not his son...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.He asks Phryne to investigate a death.  A woman has been charged with the murder but she's his tenant and he knows she Read More
  • About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay

    Thu, 25 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mac is finally coming back to town.  When her fiance left her at the altar for another woman, she left town and moved away to make a fresh start somewhere else.  Now she's coming back for her best friend's wedding.  She's not sure how she feels about it.  They'll be marrying in the same church she was using.  She'll see the man she shared her sorrow with after being left at the altar.  And she might even run into the ex and his wife.  But she's going to face all that to be there for Emma.First to Read shared this Read More
  • The Child by Fiona Barton

    Wed, 24 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She left her hospital room for a few minutes to take a shower.  Her baby was sleeping peacefully and she wouldn't be gone long.  But when she came back, the baby was gone!Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 27th.When the reporter was looking for general interest stories, she ran across a small article about baby bones being found at demolition site.  That sounded intriguing and she began digging into it.  What she discovers will change her life.The body is found in an area that has been deteriorating Read More
  • The Birdwatcher by William Shaw

    Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When his next door neighbor is killed, he's involved in the investigation and they use his house as a base during the investigative work.  He doesn't do murder investigations.  He stays as far away from them as he can.  He has a secret he doesn't want anyone to know...Mulholland Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 27th.South lives on the Kentish coast and watches birds in his spare time.  He enjoys the wide open desolate land.  Birds migrate and the birders keep track of how many, when, and Read More
  • My Aunt Manya by Jose Patterson

    Mon, 22 May 2017 04:28:00 Permalink
    This children's story is based on a true story.  My father's parent immigrated here from Czechoslovakia so a story like this was easy to relate to.The author shared a copy of his book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.  Sarah's father has gone to America to live with his sister and work with the intentions of bringing Sarah over later.  Russia isn't a safe place to live as a Jew anymore.  The problem is that he gets killed in a road accident and Sarah loses her only parent.  Read More
  • Agatha Parrot and the Thirteenth Chicken by Kjartan Poskitt, Wes Hargis

    Sun, 21 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Agatha is back again and she makes just as big a mess as the last time you read about her.  She's a character who does what she wants how she wants to.  I like her!Clarion Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 27th.It's a new school year and Agatha goes back hoping for more playground equipment.  Nope.  But there has to be a surprise somewhere.  There is:  her class will be raising baby chicks this year.  First she has to wait until the eggs hatch.  When they do, the Read More
  • Making Scents by Arthur Yorinks

    Sat, 20 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a silly story that is mostly fun and a bit sad.  He was an abandoned baby that is adopted by a man and his wife who raise dogs.  They train the boy just like they do the dogs...First Second Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 27th.He loves his parents and his "brothers and sisters" (the dogs).  He has some trouble learning to use his nose well for dog work but he tries hard and manages to find his father's glasses so he's well on his Read More
  • A Fine Madness by Elizabeth Essex

    Sat, 20 May 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's grown up with her maiden aunts after her father's death.  She never even knew she had another aunt until the trunk arrived along with a letter.  Once she knew, she went back on the carriage to meet this new aunt.  It changes her world.ERB Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.Elspeth shows up with a small satchel containing her other clothes and goods.  Her aunt looks for her luggage and is amazed she has so little.  Soon Elspeth is going shopping Read More
  • The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

    Fri, 19 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Erin wants to go to sea so badly but her mother won't let her.  It's too dangerous.  After all, there's a big black rock in the sea that shows up where you least expect it.  All the adults are afraid of it.Flying Eye Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  It will published June 13th.When Erin manages to hide from her dog on the boat and actually goes to sea, she meets the Black Rock up close and personal.  She falls out of the boat!  Instead of drowning, the Rock picks her up and holds Read More
  • Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani

    Thu, 18 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a sweet book about counting that features cats.  One cat sleeps, two cats play, three cats stack...Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I love cats so I had to read this.  The cats are colorful, fluffy, and they all hang out together.  When your little one follows along with the story watching what the cats do, they'll learn their numbers without even knowing it!  This would also make a good read aloud book.  Soon you'd have children helping you read it.This is Read More
  • The Little French Bistro by Nina George

    Wed, 17 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her life is not her own.  She lives in her husband's shadow and does whatever he allows her to do.  She's been doing that for years and she suddenly despairs.  She tries to drown herself.  Unfortunately, someone saves her...Crown Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 13th.When she wakes up in the hospital, all her husband has to say is how much she has embarrassed him and he's leaving without her.  She can come home after the hospital releases her.  She doesn't wait for the hospital to release Read More
  • The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey, Victoria Jamieson

    Tue, 16 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eddie's aunt taught him to read and he loves it.  She regularly visits the library in the school they live in but she's been gone several nights now.  His father can't go after her, his mother has lots of children to watch and feed, and only Eddie might be old enough to go check.  The problem his parents see is that he's a bit flighty and unfocused and might not find his way there or his way back.  So Eddie waits until they go to sleep, then he sneaks out on his mission.Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity Read More
  • No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan

    Mon, 15 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Is the Ophelia killer back in town?  Young boys are dying again...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 13th.The story starts with a young mother who has taken her daughter down to the park by the beach.  She takes her on walks regularly but this time is not ordinary.  It's a bit late and she sees three teenage boys watching her.  She decides to take a different route home and then another young man coming the other way sees her.  He screams at her and says Read More
  • Crossing the Lines by Sulari Gentill

    Sun, 14 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an unusual book.  Madeline is a writer and has an idea for a book that is different from what she's written before.  She chooses a male character, adds in a love interest, and populates the book with people from her past and present.  It's a murder mystery.  It's also like the story is alive.Poisoned Pen Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published in August.It doesn't take long before you realize she would rather live in the story from her book and spend time with her male character Read More
  • The Emperor's Ostrich by Julie Berry

    Sat, 13 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Begonia is on the road looking for their cow, Alfalfa.  She needs to be milked but she likes to wander.  This time she has wandered into trouble...Roaring Brook Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this for review.  It will be published June 13th.This is really the tale of a young emperor finally coming of age to lead his dynasty.  His ancestors think he has been poorly trained, is rude and is not ready for the role.  So he suddenly finds himself hanging from his window sill with only an ostrich to rescue him.  The bird takes off and Read More
  • Swords Against Darkness by Paula Guran

    Fri, 12 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is chock-full of fantasy tales that feature swords, epic battles and sorcery.  Some are short stories, some are novellas but all of them are worth reading.Prime Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 30th.I particularly enjoy reading this type of book.  Short stories are my thing and fantasy is fun to read.  Some of it is wicked, some of it tantalizes you into reading more by the author, and all of it is good.My three favorites are:The Tower of the Elephant by Robert E. Howard:  Read More
  • Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

    Thu, 11 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The royal bastards were children born from mothers that weren't royalty.  They were allowed to join the family in the dining room but had their own table in the back.  Tilla aches for the time when she and her father did many things together but he married and has a new family now.  Still, she's loyal to him.  So she's totally shocked when she watches kill another royal...Disney-Hyperion and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.Tilla and her brother along with a couple more boys and a princess find Read More
  • There, There by Tim Beiser

    Wed, 10 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rabbit complains, moans, groans and is "woe is me" over and over again.  Poor bear keeps responding" there, there" until he's had enough!Tundra Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.The illustrations in this book are awesome.  I love how crabby the rabbit is and how bear tries to ignore the complaining.  It's like living with my little brother at home.  When bear gets fed up, he drags rabbit out in the rain to a mudpuddle and shows him a worm.  He talks about a worms life and how Read More
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