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  • The Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst

    Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a rip roaring fantasy tale of the type I really like.  Create unique characters, give them a quest, and let them find friends to help them succeed.  She's a girl made of stone by a master stonemason and he's died some time ago.  Their marks are beginning to wear off and she needs to find another stonemason so they don't turn back into rocks...Clarion Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.The big turtle has already frozen in place.  The others are starting to slow down.  Their marks Read More
  • A Different Kind of Evil by Andrew Wilson

    Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Agatha Christie is taking a trip to a tropical island to recuperate from her last excursion and to help her get over her pending divorce.  When someone in secret service asks her to look into the death of man stationed there, she agrees.  She doesn't realize how convoluted and confused the truth will be on this island...Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The first thing that happens is there is a suicide on board the ship and she witnesses it.  That's not helping her stress level.  Especially Read More
  • Murder by Mail by Bill Youngblood

    Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    A popular dentist is out jogging like he usually does when a black Mercedes pulls up and stops.  The driver calls him by name and then shoots him twice, leaving a newspaper article under his head...I found this one on Book Review Buzz and the author kindly sent me a copy to read.  You can buy it now on Amazon.As more deaths appear, it seems the common denominator is that they wrote letters to the editor.  They were a bit controversial but you wouldn't think someone would kill over it.As the cops weed through the facts and try to determine Read More
  • Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carol's lived her whole life with a very unusual condition.  She collapses and it's like she's dead.  She's not but there is no sign to indicate life.  Her heartbeat is slow and faint, she doesn't show her breath in a mirror, and those who don't know her secret think she's dead.  Her husband knows and he's too chicken to murder her but if she gets buried alive, who will know?Del Rey and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.This story is a mix of paranormal, horror, and a touch of love.  Read More
  • Sea Creatures from the Sky by Ricardo Cortés

    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I asked to review this book because the illustrator is the #1 New York Times best-selling illustrator.  I wanted to see his artwork.  I didn't expect the story to charm me, too.Black/Sheep/Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review(thank you).  It has been published.There is minimal text but the graphics are enchanting.  You feel like you're in the water swimming with the other fish.  Even if you didn't read the story, the images are worth the price of the book.Now imagine you're a shark and you're looking up through the water.  He talks about the Read More
  • To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear

    Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all started with a missing boy.  There's another war going on and the fathers who served in the last one are trying to protect their boys.  With the help of friends, they get them into government programs where they are protected from being called to serve.  What no one realized was that the government jobs were tampered with...Harper sent an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 27th.When Joe's parents don't hear from him for a while, they ask Maisie to check on him and see what's going on.  Joe has Read More
  • Lucknow by Annie Hall

    Sun, 11 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Rosie has a young child, a wonderful husband and a nice home.  At least she did until he came home late one night and told her he was leaving her and the child and moving to another country with another woman.  She can't believe it.  But when she gets escorted out of his workplace by security guards he called, she knows it's true...Threekookaburras and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.When she calls her parents they tell her there's no room in the house Read More
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  • The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

    Sat, 10 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of a dystopian world plagued by dragons, bad water, and lots of poor people who want what the rich have.  Dragons drew me in but they seem to be mechanical and that wasn't as much fun.  To read this book, you need to set your rational mind aside and just read... This book has been published by Hogarth.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.Nothing made a lot of sense in this book.  It was like taking a trip and never leaving the farm.  There's a character who knows which building the Read More
  • Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman

    Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a willful child that acts out because she doesn't think her mother loves her.  She's on a "vision quest" as part of a camp out her mother sent her on.  She doesn't follow the directions and gets lost.  What she finds scares her to death...Harper and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.Bernie has been forced to go give a talk to the girls at this camp.  When she arrives, the girl is missing and those plans go by the wayside.  The girl returns but the man who went to Read More
  • The Wellspring Trilogy: The Crystal Key by Robert Gronewold

    Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is the beginning of an epic tale.  You have a world where the sun doesn't shine anymore.  They use fountains to provide light.  The dark hides monsters.  And some people have magic...Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I was impressed by this book.  The author writes a well-bodied story with lots of action, some characters have taken on animal characterisitics, and the main character is young girl just beginning her career as a Turnkey.  It's unfortunate that she is caught up Read More
  • Sophie Washington: Things You Didn't Know About Sophie by Tonya Duncan Ellis

    Thu, 08 Mar 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    Sophie is a middle grader who has a big crush on Tony.  Unfortunately, he seems more interested in her friend.  She spends a lot of time trying to get him alone but has no luck.  She's also the only one in class who doesn't have a cell phone.  She hates being different!The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me a copy of this book to read and review for their tour (thank you).  The book has been published and this is part of a series.  Each book has a message for the child reading it and it's presented nicely.  Read More
  • Portrait of a Murderer by Martin Edwards, Anne Meredith

    Wed, 07 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a dysfunctional family that was brought to its knees by greed.  When money is your first love, there's no room for loving anyone else.  They all came home for Christmas and their father dies on Christmas Eve.  Not from natural causes, either...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.Each chapter offers the story of the different siblings and their husbands and wives.  They all have their own motivation and their own need for money.  But what do you do when Read More
  • A Deadly Engagement (Margot Durand #9) by Danielle Collins

    Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Margot is back at work and hates not being able to tell people she's engaged.  Adam doesn't want to take away from his cousin's upcoming wedding celebration so he asks her not to tell.  She doesn't have time to worry about that, though.  Her older friend who is like a father to her calls and says he needs her.  She leaves the bakery to her staff and goes to help him...Fairfield Publishing and the author let me read this book for review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.It seems her old friend had another wife Read More
  • The Knowledge: A Richard Jury Mystery by Martha Grimes

    Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is another author I read regularly.  Her Richard Jury mysteries are always intriguing.  He has his buddy who is a lord help him out.  This story is even better because it has a small gang of children who help.  They will pick your pockets or spy on people for you.  They see everything but they are too small to be noticed.  And one of the smallest ones is one of the most brave...Atlantic Monthly Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.This one was even better than usual.  Read More
  • A Killing in Kenya (Flight Risk #2) by Susan Harper

    Tue, 06 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kendall is a flight attendant that has found a friend in Pauline, a rich older woman.  Pauline loves to travel and she invites Kendall to go along on a safari with her, all expenses paid.  She likes having company and they visit fun places together.  Kendall says yes.  On the flight over, she talks to another flight attendant and Pauline invites her, too.  She only has a few days off but she says yes.  She may regret that after the fact...Fairfield Publishing and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review.  It has been published, so Read More
  • Crime Rhymes: From Bad to Verse by Dixie J. Whitted

    Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This was a fun read.  I read a lot of mysteries.  This is a book of rhymes that are short and sum up the book.  Some are tongue in cheek, some are punny, and some are a bit rude but they were all fun to read.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Here is a sample of the rhymes they showed to make me want to read the book:Some samples of the sinister stanzas: AX HER NO QUESTIONSAbbie's chores in the guest room were licit:Cleaning Read More
  • The Jewelled Egg Murders (Dangerous Journeys Book 5) by Virginia Winters

    Mon, 05 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Anne lives in a small community and she likes it that way.  If only she could get over being a magnet for dead bodies...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.When Anne notices someone harassing her friend in the antique shop, she drops in.  They leave.  They are looking for jewelry that belongs to Russia.  The lady is appraising it for a law firm and won't let them have it.  The next morning, the woman is found dead in the store.  Of course, Read More
  • Tart of Darkness by Denise Swanson

    Sun, 04 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dani left her job because it was not fulfilling and they asked her to do things that went against her ethics.  She's trying to make it by catering dinners and making lunches for college students.  When she finds out she's been left a house by her mother's friend, this career choice looks like it might have a chance.  When the college students who were in the rooms near her get evicted for a party they didn't hold, they go to Dani and beg to move in.  They'll pay rent and they'll help her cook.  She agrees; she can use the Read More
  • The Last Netherworld of the Apocalypse (Kelly Driscoll #4) Book FOUR of Kelly Driscoll by Nina Post

    Sun, 04 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Kelly decides she need a vacation after all the trouble she's had at the hotel she manages.  Then she gets a notice that she can work as a bounty hunter and make some money on the side.  She thinks it over and decides being a bounty hunter again would be fun.  Bad choice...Curiosity Quills Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This series is outrageous.  There are aliens, other worlds, almost all the main characters are non-human, and it's a mix of danger, humor, Read More
  • The Slithery Shakedown by Tracey Hecht

    Sat, 03 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is part of the Grow & Read series for children.  There is limited text, lots of graphics and an easy to read storyline.  I like it; it's a great way to introduce a child to reading.Fabled Films sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.Bismark is waiting for his buddies to show up for their night prowling.  He always acts like he's fearless but he's not.  When he hears the bushes start rattling he gets nervous.  It's his friends, there's nothing to be nervous about.  But the next Read More
  • Something About Ann by J Everett Prewitt

    Sat, 03 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of stories about soldiers who served in Vietnam.  I try to avoid remembering this war because two friends died during the war.  One on the tour of duty and one committed suicide after coming home.  It's easy to see the damage war does to people.  Some people hide it but it never goes away...The author shared a copy of his book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.These stories focus on the survivors.  They're the walking wounded who are being as functional as they can now Read More
  • The Disastrous Début of Agatha Tremain by Stephanie Burgis

    Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Agatha is a bit different from the other girls.  She's not interested in boys or womanly things.  She's busy studying magic.  Her mother died when she was young, her father lives in the library doing research, so she can do what she wants since she got rid of the housekeeper.  But then her father's sister shows up...The author shared this book with me since I get her newsletter.  I love her work, so I read it willingly.  You can buy a copy now.This is a short story but it's a very good one.  When the sister drags her away from Read More
  • Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

    Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zorie grew up as best friends with her next door neighbor, Lennon.  He and she were a team.  Then they decided to experiment a bit and they found out that kisses were nice, too.  They decide to date.  They are going to go to the homecoming dance as a couple.  He never shows up and he never explains.  So much for that friendship...Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.Zorie misses Lennon but she can't forgive him.  Then one of her girlfriends decides to hobnob with the Read More
  • Who Moved My Goat Cheese? by Lynn Cahoon

    Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Angie is opening a new restaurant in town and she wants to buy local produce for The County Seat.  She's making it a farm to table restaurant and hopes it will attract tourists as well as the town folk.  When she goes to meet the goat farmer who makes cheese, he's a bit grumpy until she befriends a baby goat.  Then she and her dog make a new friend.  The awful part is that he is dead the next day...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.Angie Read More
  • Murder Mystery Party (Senoia Cozy Mystery Book 9) by Susan Harper

    Thu, 01 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Felicity has two businesses going in the same building.  She's taking courses to become a PI and they do event planning and party planning in the other segment.  She has an ex-cop heading the PI work and her boyfriend is in charge of the other half.  They do overlap and the employees work where they are needed.  When they do a murder mystery party, the person who dies was not the one that was supposed to...Fairfield Publishing and the author allowed me to read this book review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The author does Read More
  • The Hat by C. S. Boyack

    Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lizzie is just trying to stay alive.  She's working two jobs to pay for her apartment.  She was staying with her grandmother but she had a stroke.  She moved into the apartment with a roommate who didn't stay.  And now her grandmother has died and her uncle is cleaning out her second hand shop.  She asks if she can have something to remember her grandmother by and he hands her a small item and tells her to leave.  She sneaks a box out of his truck and gets out of there...The author and Net Galley allowed me to read this Read More
  • The Magic Chair Murder: A 1920s English mystery by Diane Janes

    Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Frances is on the board of the Robert Barnaby Society.  They are staying at the hotel with "The Magic Chair" that is part of the Barnaby legend.  A lady is to speak about the tale and the chair the next day, but she's missing.  When she's found, she's dead...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.Frances teams up with Tom and starts looking into things.  She had talked to her the night before and doesn't believe it was suicide as the police do.It turns out the society Read More
  • Theo Paxstone and the Dragon of Adyron by James Turner

    Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a mechanic at the local steam mech repair shop.  He has books about a brave knight and dreams of becoming one himself.   The fact that he's an orphan and poor has nothing to do with it.  He's brave (almost) and has his dreams.  While he focuses on being a hero, he's building himself his own steam machine.  It looks odd and has his own engineering in the design so it's experimental for the most part.  He hasn't run it yet.  But he will soon...The author and Net Galley shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank Read More
  • The Falling of the Moon (Moonfall Mayhem Series) by A. E. Decker

    Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a good buy.  It's all three books in this series in one volume.  All three were good reads for those like fantasy and magic.  There are plots within plots and this third book puts some of the pieces together for you.  I wouldn't mind reading more about these characters.  Oh, and watch out for the flying cat with wings...World Weaver Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will published March 20th.In "Into the Moonless Night", Ascot is determined to find Catch again.  He believes he's the golden one and is going Read More
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