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  • Norman and the Nom Nom Factory by Bridgette Zou

    Fri, 08 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Are you scared of change?  Norman is...The publisher sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you.)  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Norman thinks his Nom Nom's are perfect and wants no change.  A stranger who crash landed has other goodies to share; no thanks.  Despite Norman's nos, he makes a mistake and ads it to his Nom Nom recipe.  Major disaster!Imagine that, it tastes good!  Maybe Norman and Chips can explore somemore and find more good things.  You want to come?Any child afraid of change will learn from this story.  Read More
  • The Great Cheese Robbery by Chris Mould

    Thu, 07 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    2" pirates, mice who hate them and a kidnapped cat. What do you do?Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published June 12th.What a great tale!  Getting stuck in a can of dog food, eating through a round of cheese, getting stuck in the fridge...  The intrepid explorers keep searchers keep looking, hiding from the owner and the mice.  The mice get them.  Can they get away?What an adventure for tinies!  I loved it! Read More
  • Snap by Belinda Bauer

    Wed, 06 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His mother walks away from their car telling Jack and his sisters to wait for her.  She never came back. Atlantic Monthly Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this for review.  It will be published July 3rd.What do you do when you are a child suddenly alone?  This is an odd family to begin with and it gets even odder.  They live in their home, hoarding things away.  They hide.  They sneak around the neighbor's houses, try to get along, visit with dad when he's home but where is their life going?At the end of the story, you'll still wonder Read More
  • Blood on the Tracks by Martin Edwards

    Fri, 01 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've always enjoyed locked room mysteries but I find these even more exciting.  There are a variety of of other factors that influence things and make it more mysterious and odd.  How are all these characters related?  How did they find out about it?Poisoned Pen Press Eldeweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 2nd.These are old fashioned classic British tales with stiff steady detectives that have no give.  They don't take no for an answer and they don't give up.  Some cases are easier than others but none are Read More
  • Illegal by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano (Illustrated by)

    Thu, 31 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are trying to run from Guana to Europe.  The older sister went first.  The two boys went later.  They were all lied too and have hard times along the way.Sourcebooks/Jabberwock and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.The tales are a bit the same info matter where you run.  You need a way through, you sell your goods, they take your goods, they sell you.  Some you save, some you lose.  All you can hope for is life at the other end.  Some make it, some don't.The graphics are Read More
  • Best Beach Ever by Wendy Wax

    Wed, 30 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This author has never met a normal family.  Or she only writes about the odd ones...Berkely sent  me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab one now.Ms. Wax always has tons of drama and tension in her stories.  There are back stories, new romances, and even international intrigue involved.  She keeps you reading and wondering and you work on keeping up with characters and tying to figure out the current plot.This is huge family with almost more characters than I could track.  They aren't nice people either.  If Read More
  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen

    Tue, 29 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Georgiana has given up her title for love.  Their love match is all they could have wished for but death seems to be dancing on the doorstep of their new home.Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this next book in the series for review (thank you).  This will be published August 7th.  In the meantime, there are several earlier books you can grab to catch up on the series.Georgiana isn't the smartest girl but she does have good connections.  So does her future husband.  With their combined skills, mix of friends, and a desire to make everything well Read More
  • Don't Look Now by Max Manning

    Mon, 28 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    What a fascinating look at life.  If a killer posts a picture of death and you click on it, would you click on the next picture of a different victim?Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.The detective finds the murder's fans offensive and wonders if he's hiding in that batch of fans.  If not, how's he going to track him down?Mr. Mazzing writes very suspenseful work with touches close to death and subtle clues that seem to lead no where.You see her alive, you see Read More
  • The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant

    Sun, 27 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When she unexpectedly inherits part of her family's heritage  home, she also inherits a bit chunk of heritage no one wants to talk about.  Since she's meeting a cousin she barely knows they decide to check it out together...HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be listed August 7th.Many years ago, a grade school blew up from a gas leak and wiped out families.  They all agreed to have more, to have a celebration to honor their deaths, and to move on through life.  They didn't share info with their children, some Read More
  • The Little Old Lady Behaving Badly by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

    Sat, 26 May 2018 01:01:00 Permalink
    They are a group of comfortable pensioners looking for ways to help those less fortunate.  The worst part is that they aren't doing it traditionally.  They prefer to do it like Robin Hood...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me permission to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 26th.They start with robbing a bank with a garbage truck.  She gets building plans, looks for the parts that aren't upgraded yet, and sucks the money out of the vault.  Then things go south.  No matter how bad things go, they look for a way around it and don't Read More
  • The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings by Sarah Prineas

    Fri, 25 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His father wants him to be a warrior but Alex knows he is a librarian.  He runs away to become one but finds that doesn't work out.  The queen who hired him even wants to keep duplicates of grocery lists!HarperCollins and Edelwiess let me read this story for review (thank you).  I'm glad!  It will be published June 26th.When he runs to the next library,  he finds the old librarian dead.  It seems there's something wrong in the libraries and some books are dangerous.  It doesn't take long for them to find him and begin a campaign to get rid Read More
  • Somebody's Daughter by David Bell

    Thu, 24 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's time for their tenth anniversary and the last person he expected on his porch was his ex.  She says someone has stolen his child.  He didn't even know he had one.  And the more he learns, the less he's sure about what's true...Berkley and Net Galley shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published July 10th.He's almost positive it's not his.  The dates don't match but he left the birth control to her.  Now he and his current wife are trying for one desperately and the ex says his has been kidnapped.Everyone knows pieces Read More
  • Wide as the Wind by Eward Stanton

    Wed, 23 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    We've all heard of Easter Island, right?  How about Vaitea?  They are the same Island.At the request of PRBy the Book, the author graciously sent me a copy of his book to read for review.  I'm very glad he did.  This was an an excellent mix of the history of the time with well-thought-out-characters.  They marry who they must for their tribes, not who they love.  They have conflicts in their own tribes; warriors and and farmers don't agree on policy.  You can pick up a copy now.This island is vacant.  Maybe if we read this story it might help Read More
  • Inside a Dog'a Mind (Jacob's Journey) by Michelle Holland

    Tue, 22 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jacob is a new puppy going to a new home.  He loves his owner, his mother, and his siblings.  He can't wait to meet his new owners.  He's going to regret this wish.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  The book has been published and you can buy it now.I was expecting a story of sweetness and kindness but Jacob's male owner is abusive.  He sounds a lot like dog owners in this area.  It's never the person's fault for lack of food, water or exercise.  It's the dog's fault.  I'm almost crying by Read More
  • Trial on Mount Koya (A hiro Hattori mystery) by Susan Spann

    Mon, 21 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo travel to a Buddhist temple at the summit of Mount Koya.  They are carrying a secret message but have no idea they are entering a murder plot and will not be able to leave right away...This Kindle edition was shared with me for a review (thank you).  It will be published July 3rd.  This story is set back in the 1600's and shares the many historical interests of those days.  Ninjas, priets, buddahists and more, who all have their own interests and beliefs don't mix well.  Fights are not fights in a Read More
  • Lulu Is A Rhinoceros Jason Flom, Allison Flom

    Sun, 20 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    I love dogs.  They have a great sense of humor, refuse to change their minds about things they believe in and sometimes what they believe in comes true.  Just follow LuLu for a while.Wicked Cow Studios LLC and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 26th.Lulu is a bull dog but she can tell by looking in a mirror she's a rhinoceros.  She tells everyone this but only one little bird listens.  That little bird listens and then decides to take her to the zoo to meet the others.  They go Read More
  • Girl with a Gun by Kari Bovee

    Sat, 19 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's fifteen, an excellent shooter from hunting for family food and someone is trying to kill her.  She doesn't know why and she can't stay where she is.  So she escapes by joining Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show...Spark Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be be published June 19th.Annie Oakley is young and pretty.  She finds she shares her tent with an Indian girl and her baby and she enjoys that.  She also enjoys the attention of Frank Butler.  But the other two women on the circuit don't like Read More
  • The Language of Spells Garret Weyr, Katie Harnett (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 18 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggie is an unusual girl who can see dragons.  It takes her a while to figure out that the others don't.  That enabled a wizard to hide the bad ones away.  But no one knows how to get them loose.  They don't want them to die there.  Can Grishna help her?Chronicle Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will published June 26th.When other people don't understand you and don't see what you do, how do you communicate with them?  Even the languages are different.  But Grishna wants to help her, she loves Grishna Read More
  • What Happened That Night by Sandra Block

    Thu, 17 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She doesn't remember.  She doesn't want to remember.  And when things start popping into her mind, she's horrified!  That can't be true, her classmates wouldn't be that mean, would they?Sourcebooks and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.This school's high school party for seniors is a put down on women in the worst possible way.  Those that don't say yes are roofied and raped.  Even as she tries to deny this happened to her, she remembers others from the past who looked like they just got of a Read More
  • Little Big Love by Katy Regan

    Wed, 16 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zac wants to make his mother happy.  There's only one way to make mom happy and that will make his grandparents unhappy.  What should he do?  Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June on June 12th.Zac finds his mother's love and finds he loves him, too.  But he also finds out why his mother's brother died that night.  How much his mother loves and how sometimes a small love can be very big.When the whole truth comes out, who is going to be left standing?  Who will love Read More
  • A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh, Elsie Chapman

    Tue, 15 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a great collection of Asian Fairy Tales that are different from our tales.  They have many gods, mountains, demons, animals and their stories are unusual.Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 26th.There are fifteen tales here and all of them were entertaining.  I especially enjoyed the first and the last tales.  In the first, a man falls in love with the princess of the mountain.  It's a good thing she didn't know what really happened to him.In the last tale, a man falls in love with a Read More
  • The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast by Samantha M. Clark

    Mon, 14 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you washed up on the beach and didn't know how you go there or where home is?  Could you hind your way home?Simon & Shuster/Paula Wiseman Book and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you)  It will be published on June 26th.The only sign of home is a light that shows up every night.  He decides he will find his way back home no matter what.  He doesn't anticipate how hard it will it will be or how much of a challenge it will be but refuses to give up.  Does he have enough fortitude Read More
  • Yosemite Fall by Scott Graham

    Sun, 13 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Chuck is going back to an old Indian goldmine to investigate a 150 year old pair of murders.  He's taking his family and he intends to do some rock climbing there.  He never expected to get caught up in a new murder while there...Torrey House Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 12th.Chuck's daughter is extraordinarily talented on the rocks, making the right decisions and remaining calm.  Her little sister is her cheering section, and Mom loves Chuck a lot, just like he does her.  Now all they can Read More
  • Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen

    Sat, 12 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry loves his trees.  He knows all their Latin names and he lusts over getting another for his collection.  That's why his wife is standing there waiting for him on the way to the movie.  And that's why the freak accident gets her.MIRA sent an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 12th.This was a different read.  There's Harry grieving for his wife and hiding in the woods and there is a young woman searching for her Dad.  She sees Harry but avoids him.  As time goes on, they get a bit Read More
  • Brief Cases by Jim Butcher

    Fri, 11 May 2018 01:15:00 Permalink
    This is a mixed bag of short stories about Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard.  Harry does things the way he wants with those he likes to work with.  Needless to day, that doesn't go over well in a professional society...Ace and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 5th.I found this collection very interesting.  It's full of pieces.  Beginnings and endings and even some way before with other characters.  You might be reading some pieces that sound familiar but even they have chunks of odd new information that Read More
  • The Hawkman by Jane Rosenberg LaForge

    Thu, 10 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an eerie tale that seems to repeat itself again and again in wartime.  He's been so battered and bruised even when he was innocent he gained the nickname "Hawkman."Amberjack Publishing and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.Along the way he meets a Jewish school mistress who wants to save him from himself.  As the tale goes on and on, few things alter.   He moves in with her and they hide together.  Half the time he still hides from her.  War damaged people take a long time to Read More
  • A Stone's Throw: An Ellie Stone Mystery by James W Ziskin

    Wed, 09 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When a building burns on an old property, the sheriff barely checks it. He calls it arson and closes the case.  But a reporter finds two dead people in the barn...Seven Street Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.Ellie Stone finds this isn't a new story.  Thoroughbred horse-racing can be deadly and can be rigged by those good at writing.  Somehow a jockey from Canada has been working in New York under another name.  He was declareded dead long ago and now they think he's the man who Read More
  • The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

    Tue, 08 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    A woman goes into the funeral parlor to plan her funeral.  She wants it done her own way.  Six hours later she's dead.  Someone strangled her...Harper and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.This is an odd little tale.  An ex-policeman offers a book deal to a writer.  He wants to write about this investigation that he intends to solve and get 50% of the profit.  The writer hasn't written true crime before but the case interests him.  The only problem is that these two get along like oil and Read More
  • The High Climber of Dark Water Bay by Caroline Arden

    Mon, 07 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Lizzie is an orphan who lives with her sister and her husband.  The depression is making money short for everyone, so when her uncle writes and offers to give her a job for the summer, her sister makes arrangements to send her.  Lizzie isn't excited to be sent to a logging camp but she has no choice.  She also has to travel by herself...Turner and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.Her uncle was to meet her but he's not there when she arrives.  She does see the name of Read More
  • Fire in the Hatch by E.C.R. Lorac

    Sun, 06 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a wounded war veteran who wants to rent the Little Thatch long term.  He plans to marry in the future.  He likes living alone and minding his own business.  That still didn't keep him from getting killed...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published June 5th.The thatch burns down and takes him with it.  Everyone believes it was an accident except his previous superior and the neighbor renting to him.  Finally Inspector Mcdonald is called in.  He finds various odd facts but nothing that amounts to proof.  But he doesn't Read More
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