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  • Once a Liar by A.F. Brady

    Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    He never knew his father.  His mother died while he was young.  His Uncle and his wife took him in because of duty but he was never really a part of the family and he felt no one wanted him there.  When he graduated, he left town.  He changed his name, went to law school and became a good lawyer.  He also lies about his past so he can fit into high society.  He even marries his partner's daughter.Park Row and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 29th.Peter Read More
  • Beyond Risk by Connie Mann

    Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's taking another group down the river again.  This is the anniversary of the death of one of her passengers last year and she's trying to hide her fear and enjoy the trip anyway.  Unfortunately, someone else remembers that date and she almost loses another one...Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 29th.Charlee works hard to save the girl from drowning but while she's doing that, someone is taking pot shots at the group.  They hit the girl and Charlee both.  The girl survives, then someone suffocates her in Read More
  • What Doesn't Kill Her by Christina Dodd

    Sun, 20 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She started out as a victim but life toughened her up...HQN and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 29th.When she saves a young girl from a rapist, the whole family is grateful.  She even finds a man to fall in love with.  But then the rapist shoots her in the head and she goes into a coma.As she awakens again, she finds herself in a facility and it scares her.  She's sure that she doesn't want to be there.  She sneaks out and heads away.  She even joins the service Read More
  • Come Find Me by Megan Miranda

    Sat, 19 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an interesting mix of science fiction and murder.  The two teens who experience the family tragedies don't know each other but they are searching for answers any way they can.  Even talking to something out in space if they can contact them.  Kennedy is continuing her brother's work.  Nolan is still trying to find his missing brother...Crown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 29th.When they find a radio pattern that is where it shouldn't be, they meet each other on the Read More
  • The Rule of Law by John Lescroart

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all starts when his secretary leaves early for home and then doesn't come back the next day.  She said she was sick but she's never missed a day before and didn't look unwell.  When she finally returns, she won't tell him why she was gone.  But before too many days go by, the DA's office sends officers to take her in as an accomplice in murder.  He knows she didn't do it but can he figure out who did?Atria and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 22nd.The book has crimes Read More
  • Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sora is an apprentice warrior.  She and her gemina (partner) make a formidable pair.  He's strong and can win any fight.  She's quick, agile, and uses magic for her fighting.  They are prepared to fight for their kingdom but they didn't think it would happen so soon.Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 22nd.  Their kingdom is attacked with no warning.  Someone is trying to destroy the castle by using tidal waves.  It doesn't fall, but they know now they are at war.  But with who Read More
  • She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Aurora is the youngest in the camping party.  Her older sister is there but she ignores her.  The rest of the campers are all friends, some are sleeping together, they drink and do drugs.  She's not comfortable with that, so she tries to stay out of the way.  But someone is not content to leave her alone.  And when the morning arrives, she's missing...Random House and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.These kids are all normal.  They are teenagers, they testing boundaries, and they Read More
  • Fatality in F by Alexia Gordon

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gethsemane has agreed to lead the band in the rose judging contest opening.  She and the band members have been practicing.  When she goes in the flower shop afterwards she runs into a friend.  She almost gets run over by the woman coming out, but she apologizes.  When they go back out, they find a mysterious bouquet on her friend's car.  No note, no explanation and he has no idea who would have done it.  Does the gal with flowers have a crush on him or is she a stalker?Henery Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for Read More
  • Lion Down by Stuart Gibbs

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Teddy gets a new case.  The giraffe's have been getting sick on Sundays and they want to find out why so he agrees to watch and see who and why might have been feeding them something they shouldn't eat.  He has his friend, the owner's daughter, to help him.  But then he ends up on another case and it's not so pleasant.Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for this review (thank you).  It will be published February 26th.They know there is a mountain lion in the area because they've seen her Read More
  • The Princess and the Pickup Truck by Bil Lepp

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    I had to read this one.  The title caught my eye, it's a parody tale that compares to the Princess and the Pea but this story has more comedy in it.  I love it, it's cute and it's much more interesting...The author and West Virginia Book Company sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.He's a prince looking for a mountain princess to marry.  He bought himself a pickup truck so they would notice him.  And he searches everywhere for his mate.  He thinks all the Read More
  • Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows by J.M. Bergen

    Sun, 13 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all started when he walked in a bookshop he hadn’t seen before and asked the owner if they had any books on magic.  Not fiction, he wants the real thing.  His father told him magic was real right before he disappeared.  His mother tells him his father is dead but he still believes the magic is real… Book Publicity Services shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd. This is a wonderful fantasy tale well-told by the author.  The character development is good, the friendships Thomas has are heart-warming Read More
  • Death in Provence by Serena Kent

    Sat, 12 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Penelope is a dead body magnet.  She doesn't want to be but she seems to find them wherever she goes...Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 19th. She's divorced now, her children are driving her nuts and her grandchildren aren't disciplined.  She's ready for a new start so she goes to an area she really likes and starts looking for a house.  She finds the perfect one but it needs a lot of work.  She loves the location, the views, and the acreage that goes with it.  So Read More
  • The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away by Ronald L. Smith

    Fri, 11 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Simon believes in aliens.  There's Roswell, Area 51 and more facts that help support his theory.  But does anyone else agree with him?Clarion Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 19th.Since Simon reads a lot of fantasy and plays video games in the same field, his military father thinks it's his imagination.  But one day in the woods, he braced by an owl who looked him in the eyes and forced him unconscious.  When he awakens, he finds a hole in his stomach and he believes the aliens have Read More
  • A Case of Bier by Mary Daheim

    Thu, 10 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Judith and her husband run a bed and breakfast.  When Joe offers to take her on vacation for a few days, she's thrilled.  It gets even better when Renie(her cousin) and her husband Bill join them.  She didn't envision being a fishing widow but they need a guide to get more fish and go out in the field with him.  The two women plan to shop, see the sights and relax.  It'd be a lot more relaxing if she didn't find a dead body on almost the first day there...William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review Read More
  • The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

    Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:08:00 Permalink
    They are twins and have done everything together.  However, it will different this year.  They have been separated and are in different classes.  Iris worries about Lark; she's not a strong person and embarrasses easily.  She doesn't want to be separated but she can't change her parent's minds.  What will happen this year?Walden Pond Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 12th.As each girl makes their own way, they become more less dependent on each other and Iris begins to realize she was protecting Lark too much.They have an Read More
  • Death by Airship by Arthur Slade

    Wed, 09 Jan 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Prince Conn is a pirate.  So are his mom and dad and all his siblings.  Since his assigned area has almost no traffic, he doesn't get to act like a pirate very often but he's ready for when they show up.  When one of his sisters tries to set his airship on fire, he goes after her.  That's when he finds out his siblings are being killed off.  And he's being framed for it...Orca Book Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 9th.Mr. Slade writes busy stories that Read More
  • THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous

    Tue, 08 Jan 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Seraphine and her brother were only hours old when their mother threw herself off a cliff.  She'd been moody and a bit crabby but no one expected suicide.  Was it or wasn't it?Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It is being published today.This is a house of secrets.  The children are turning 25 and while Danny is happy with thing the way they are, Seraphine feels like she's not who they've been telling her she is.  When their father falls and dies from his injuries, she feels like she's afloat.  She wants to Read More
  • The Burglar by Thomas Perry

    Mon, 07 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She came from a poor family and doesn't want to be there anymore, so she has become a burglar.  She's petite and thin.  She can fit through dog doors, louvered windows and more.  She acts like a regular jogger and checks out empty houses.  Then she robs them.  The problem starts when she finds dead people in the house.  She leaves but now she has folks after her...Grove Atlantic and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published the 18th of January.The black SUVs are hard to ditch.  She begins by thinking they Read More
  • Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro, Matthew Griffin

    Sun, 06 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her father is a clock repairman.  They aren't making a lot of money but they are getting by.  Then a man comes in and offers them a large sum if they will repair the clock in his house.  They can even live in the house while they are fixing it.  They've never had a house so this is a unique chance for them.  They agree to work on it.HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 12th.The house is quite run down but it's quiet and out of Read More
  • A Land Apart by Ian Roberts

    Sat, 05 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Etienne Brulé is a Frenchman who has given up on the French.  He lives with the Wendat Indians and appreciates the spirit of nature and friendships of the men.  He even marries and has his own children.  But not everyone appreciates him.  The French hold a grudge...Atelier Saint-Luc Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is has been published and you can grab a copy now.This story is based on historical fact.  It was 1634.  When the English sells guns to the Iroquois, it changes the balance of power in the Indian Read More
  • Healing Hearts by Sarah M. Eden

    Fri, 04 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Miriam is running from her past.  She left home for college and never went back.  They didn't want her.  She became a nurse and was doing well at that until she developed a medical problem.  That ended up with her in an asylum.  She was there for two years and finally escaped.  Now she's on her way to a new job out west in a small town where no one should know her.Shadow Mountain Publishers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 5th.Gideon has agreed to take on Read More
  • The Black Ascot by Charles Todd

    Thu, 03 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Inspector Rutledge runs into a hostage situation at a church, he comes to their aid.  He talks the man down and gets the girl out safely.  The man tells him he is looking for his wife but can't find her.  He helps him find her and in exchange for his help, the man tells him that he heard a missing killer is in London again.  He reopens the cold case file with his supervisor's permission.  The murder might be ten years old but it's still a dangerous case...William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank Read More
  • Watcher in the Woods: A Rockton Novel by Kelley Armstrong

    Wed, 02 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rockton is strange little town.  It's in the middle of nowhere, is lacking many services taken for granted, and has a mix of victims and criminals.  It's a good place to hide people.  There's a council that is pretty dysfunctional, has a sheriff and a detective, and uses locals as a militia.  There are evil people and predatory animals around, so you need protection.  Despite all that, someone is murdered...Minotaur Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 5th.The dead man is a US Marshall.  He wouldn't say who he Read More
  • In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick

    Tue, 01 Jan 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jocelyn is jogging when she sees a couple of dogs examining each other in the middle of the road.  Then she hears a sports car approaching and she runs a little faster.  She stops disaster from happening by grabbing them and moving them from the road right before the sports car gets there.  The lab's owner thanks her.  The man driving the car apologizes to her.  She makes her escape and takes the mutt who caused all the problems home with her.Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so Read More
  • The End of the World and Beyond by Avi

    Mon, 31 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's only twelve but since he was charged with thievery, he's being sent to the states to serve as a servant for seven years.  He thought the boat was shipwrecked but the authorities disagreed.  Not only that, they are sending his sister to the states also.  He tries to stay with her but they are separated.  Now what?Algonquin Young  Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 29th.Oliver has no idea how ugly things can get.  He's put in chains, attached to another prisoner and they all suffer Read More
  • No Exit by Taylor Adams

    Sun, 30 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book chilled me.  It focuses on one of my fears and it made the story feel all the more real to me...William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 15th.  Darby is trying to get home to see her mother before she dies.  It was going pretty well until she hit a blizzard.  The snow is piling up so fast on the pass that she has to stop at the nearest rest area.  There are others stranded there.  They won't be able to leave until morning as Read More
  • The Story Pirates Present: Digging Up Danger by Story Pirates, Jacqueline West, Hatem Aly

    Sat, 29 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eliza wants to be a ghost hunter.  Her mother is a biologist that specializes in plants.  She takes Eliza with her to work on identifying new plants that have been found.  The people she's working for are a bit weird but that's not the only weird thing going on...Random House Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).   It will be published January 15th.This is an interesting mystery that's a bit scary.  The berries on one plant are dangerous.  If you eat one and the moonlight hits you, you turn into a Read More
  • Freya & Zoose by Emily Butler

    Fri, 28 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Freya, a penguin, has read about traveling and wants to do it herself.  The one trip she tried stranded her, so when some men come to fly a balloon to the North Pole she decides this is her chance to escape the island...Crown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 15th.She finds a perfect spot in the wicker basket and creates her a hiding spot.  She makes several trips supplying it with what she needs.  She's all excited about her trip until she finds out there's a Read More
  • Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce

    Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max is traveling as a troubadour but she really wants to be a knight.  Not only does she not have a chance since she's not at the castle and can't learn to be one, she's also female and they can't be knights.  But Max isn't giving up.Crown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 8th.She's excited to meet knights on their journey but when they take her uncle away, she has to get him back.  He's family.  And the King has decided he will Read More
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle by Susan Wittig Albert

    Wed, 26 Dec 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everybody in this story has a crisis of some kind.  But the Darling Dahlias are up to to meeting the challenge.  So are the other town people.Persevero Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published and you can grab a copy now.The newspaper editor finds his wife is writing a monthly check for someone.  He doesn't know why.  A man is killed in a traffic accident and his killer commits suicide at the prison.  But it isn't suicide.  A little girl who can sing and tap dance is being threatened Read More
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