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  • The Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery, Vol. 1 by Russ Kick

    Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an unusual presentation for crime and mystery stories but I like it!  Most of them are highlights of the story and quickly read.  Some I spend more time looking at the graphics then I did the text.  There's also a mix of artistry and styles in the graphics, so even as you read it, the book changes.Seven Stories Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  it will be published October 31st.What caught my attention was how well The Adventure of the Speckled Band presented itself in graphic form.  Since I Read More
  • Lead Law by John Russell Fearn

    Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:49:00 Permalink
    Clyde was building himself a ranch and had big plans for his land.  Then the railroad came close enough to his land for them to create a spark while laying the line and he lost his property value in one big fire.  Summerville didn't care and refused to take responsibility for it.  Bad blood between them results in a battle to the end...Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Clyde does things lawfully and refuses to shoot anyone except in a fair Read More
  • The Empress by S. J. Kincaid

    Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tyrus and Nemesis are ascending to the recently vacated throne.  It's still touch and go in their life.  The danger seems to have subsided but it's just hidden under the politics.  Life is not going smooth and it isn't going to get better.  They made it this far but it's going to be tough from here on out.Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 31st.While it says it's for young readers, there's so much death and torture I'd recommend they be a mature Read More
  • Give Me the Child by Mel McGrath

    Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is thought provoking.  It's a nightmare come true.  What's worse, is it could be true...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 24th.She's a doctor who helps children find their way.  She tries to guide them to their good side and give them hope without committing them to state facility.  In her first big case, she made a bad judgement call and a young woman was killed as a result.  She's moved past that and is in a new facility doing a slightly different job now.  Read More
  • The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis

    Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's just a lonely kid in a foreign country trying to amuse himself when another young man visits with him for a bit.  He's having a good chat when the boy tells him to look across the courtyard at the activity there.  When he does, the boy steals his pen.  He still has something in his fingers but it's a twig not a pen...Balzer & Bray and Edelweiss gave the me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 24th.I found this very interesting.  The Whiz Mob used their own terms for locations Read More
  • The Future She Left Behind by Marin Thomas

    Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This could have been a very depressing story.  Katelyn is forty, her children are getting ready to go to college, and she has the perfect home, family and life.  Then she gets papers served on her announcing her husband wants a divorce and she needs to vacate the house.  He's already arranged for his mother to move into an assisted living apartment.  Her whole life has gone down the tubes.  She's going to go home.  She hasn't visited her mother for a while.  But she doesn't expect the mother-in-law-from-Hell to go with her...Berkley sent me a copy of this book Read More
  • The Big Book of Rogues and Villains by Otto Penzler

    Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Otto Penzler always does a wonderful job of picking out stories for his anthologies.  He has it done again with these stories.  There are 72 stories and it's 928 pages long.  Took me almost three days to read this one but it was worth it.Vintage Crime/Black Lizard and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this books (thank you).  It will be published October 24th.With body snatchers, Dracula, the Cisco Kid and more starring in these stories, it holds your attention.  The early stories had more shock value.  The ones that always appeal to me are the ironic endings.  I'm Read More
  • A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne

    Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This fantasy world holds all kinds of creatures and has political ploys, spies, corrupt officials and more, just like earth.  Our animals are a bit tamer but the game playing is the same.  In this story, if you didn't plan well, you could very well end up dead.Del Ray and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 17th.The author uses a bard to tell the tales of the various cities and their history.  He has magic that can make him look like the character telling the tale.  When he gets on his Read More
  • Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Polly loves the little bakery she owns where she creates beautiful pastries and breads.  She's got a steady boyfriend, is living in a lighthouse and life is good.  It's true the lighthouse is not as warm as it could be but it has the most spectacular views.  All it takes is her girlfriend having a night out and the world she lives in falls apart...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.When her girlfriend went out partying, she woke up in a motel room with a man sleeping Read More
  • Happy Birthday! by Mamoru Suzuki

    Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is really sweet picture book about the birth of baby and his first birthday.  It has simple text and beautiful graphics.Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.There is a short version of the baby's birth, the author even mentions the baby's beginning life which is filled with food, sleep and poop (!) and then moves on to when he begins to crawl and eventually walks.  By his birthday, he's running.  Mom even predicts him flying away when he gets older and she makes sure that he Read More
  • The Shanghai Incident (Master Diplexito and Mr. Scant #2) by Bryan Methods

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The boy and his butler are on a mission to find his uncle's missing daughter.  When his uncle goes missing, too, it becomes an even more dangerous mission.  Where could he have gone and why would he go alone?The author sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.This is the second book in this series and it's just as exciting as the first one.  The tale starts in Paris, where the boy gives a homeless boy some chocolates.  After that, the younger boy has attached himself to him and Read More
  • Jorie and the River of Fire by A H Richardson

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jorie misses Rufus.  She's got plenty to do but they had a great adventure together and she wouldn't mind doing more adventuring.  She gets even more anxious when the white cat comes out of the tarn and tells her the good wizard needs her help.  He can turn into a dragon but not when he's confined in a small space and starved.  Luckily, Rufus will be home in a couple of days.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.I read the earlier Read More
  • A Lot Like Christmas: Stories by Connie Willis

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    I was looking for a pleasant romantic set of Christmas stories when I found this book.  I forgot that Connie Willis is a science fiction/fantasy author.  These are Christmas stories alright but have you imagined sharing it with aliens?Del Ray Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.I enjoyed the story of the aliens that have come to visit.  The only thing they respond to is Christmas music and only to some songs.  The officials won't listen to the person who is figuring it.  So she steals Read More
  • A Surprise for Mrs. Tortoise by Paula Merlán, Sonja Wimmer

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Mrs. Tortoise is disillusioned one morning when she gets up to get a drink and sees her reflection in the pond.  She looks old...NubeOcho and Edelweiss let me read this picture book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.The illustrations in this story are precious.  They focus on the turtle and her friend, Birdy, and are fanciful and heartwarming.She tells Birdy her troubles and Birdy decides to fix her up.  She suggests stars.  They're very pretty but they keep her awake at night.  Then she suggests flowers.  That was nice but the falling petals made a mess.  Read More
  • Desert Remains by Steven Cooper

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Finding a dead body in the desert is never pleasant.  This one is in a cave and has been stabbed so many times it's hard to look at.  So is the drawing that is left behind...Seventh Street Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.Mills is the lead cop on the case and he's not finding many clues.  He decides to ask his psychic friend to help.  This was an interesting touch in the mystery.  Gus sees the upcoming murders but he can't see the exact location Read More
  • A Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana Gray

    Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all starts with call to her boss about a mysterious object found at an old castle.  He goes to see what it is and asks her to follow him with paperwork.  As she's getting on the train, she sees a man following her.  She knows she's in danger.  Then a friend from her past shows up, saying the duke sent him for her protection.  She's a bit worried about her heart needing protection but what can she say?  When the man tailing her gets off the train in mid-trip, she's hoping it's over.  No, it's just beginning...Berkley sent me Read More
  • The Hunter Maiden by Ethel Johnston Phelps, Suki Boynton, Renée Watson

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of fairy tales from around the world.  These women are not forlorn weak females waiting for the white knight to ride to their rescue.  These women rescue themselves and do a good job at it!The Feminist Press at CUNY and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.I enjoyed reading this because these women were nothing special, they just didn't give up.  If someone wronged them or they ran into a demon or a wizard, they didn't back down.  They figured out how to get around them Read More
  • Mystery of the Bear Cub by Carl DiRocco, Tamra Wight

    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    The boys are back at the campground doing their chores for spending money.  They're excited to see Roy arrive but he's in a really bad mood and won't talk to them.  He's also a bit snarly when he does talk...Island Port Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.When they find a mysterious old building on their island, the park ranger tells them it belonged to an old inn that was there back in stage coach days.  They suddenly decide they might try looking for leftover bottles Read More
  • Nail's Crossing by Kris Lackey

    Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Finding dead bodies is no fun and when they've been really abused before death it's worse.  Bill has seen dead before but this young woman's death is disturbing.  What would be more disturbing would be why she died...Blackstone Publishing and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.  Bill is involved because she was found on the Indian Reservation.  He and the county deputy search the area for clues.  He finds the knife but he also knows it was left in a fairly obvious place.  She was last seen dancing with a Read More
  • Son of a Witch edited by Trysh Thompson

    Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is great fun to read.  It's about young witches learning spells and managing to mess them up.  Most are hoping for love, but what they get is not what they really wanted...World Weaver Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.You get six humorous contemporary fantasy stories of magic spells gone wrong by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Sara Dobie Bauer, Lissa Marie Redmond, Frances Pauli, Mara Malins, and Adam Millard.  All of them are a hoot in one form or another.Everyone knows you need to be very Read More
  • Grandpa's Ghost Stories by James Flora, Irwin Chusid

    Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a reprint of a book that was published in 1978.  The stories are a bit scary but more amusing than anything.  Why not get into your favorite chair and put your little one in your lap for a read-aloud session?Feral House and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.The illustrations in the story make this book.  The tales are good but your young one will probably have a better time looking at the pictures.  There are skeletons, bugs, spiders and more on and around the pages Read More
  • Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carrie is living with her aunt and uncle and working at the local library.  She loves her family but her job is boring and she's thinking of moving on.  Then she's offered a permanent position in the library.  She's not sure but she agrees to try it for her aunt and uncle.  She doesn't know there is a resident ghost there that will be making her acquaintance...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 10th.One of the first programs she puts on is a presentation by a Read More
  • Cici's Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-in-Training by Joris Chamblain

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cici has an insatiable curiosity.  When something is a mystery to her, she goes after the answer.  This causes some problems with her Mom and her girlfriends.  It's all part of growing up...First Second Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.The story itself is partly Cici's journal and the rest of it graphic novel.  It's an interesting combo.  Her handwriting is a bit hard to read and she doodles so the journal is entertaining.The first adventure she gets into is trying to follow an old man who has Read More
  • The Woman Who Knew Too Much: A Nora Baron Thriller by Tom Savage

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    I almost didn't read this one.  Spies are not my favorite thing but this author writes an excellent tale.  He draws you in, spoon feeds you hints, and makes you worry about the characters.  Everyone is in danger.  You don't play around with Russia...Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Nora is asked to do a special job by her husband's employer.  He knows she has acting skills so he sends her to meet a Russian actress who is trying to defect.  She and Read More
  • The Monster Hunter Files (Monster Hunter International) by Larry Correia

    Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you like stories about alien killers and things that go bump in the night, this book is for you.  If you like mercenary soldiers, you'll probably like it too.  When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down until I was done!Baen Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Owen is in most of the stories and he's a bad ass monster killer.  Even if they look like cacti.  I also admire his wife who became a monster killer at fifteen.  This whole book is filled with Read More
  • Hide and Seek M.J. Arlidge

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Helen Grace is now sitting in jail waiting for her trial.  She didn't commit the crime but she was framed for it.  The worst part is that it's her dead sister's son who framed her.  She can't do anything while incarcerated except try to stay alive...First to Read allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.I've been reading this whole series and knew I had to read this one to see if she was able to prove her innocence.  She has a real problem with that because Read More
  • Strange Lands: YA Otherworldly Fantasy Adventure (Heroes of Distant Planets Book 1) by Anderson Atlas

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Allan won the swimming competition and set a new record.  Then he got to watch it all go down the drain when his math teacher tells everyone he got an "F" on the last test.  On the way home, he gets lectured about his future, how long he'll be grounded and then everything goes black.  When he reawakens in the hospital, both his parents are dead and his legs don't work anymore...Synesthesia Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is written for Read More
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet tale done in chapter book form of a missing tea dragon and a little girl who finds new friends...Oni Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 31st.The graphics are magical, some of the characters are creatures instead of people, and there's a lost little girl who is very shy and has memory loss.  When the main character returns the tea dragon to its home, she meets the The Tea Dragon Society.  At the moment, it only has two members.  But that's about to change.As Read More
  • Haunted Nights by Lisa Morton, Ellen Datlow

    Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Don't look for anyone nice in these stories.  They are wicked, mean and scary stories.  And I read every one...Anchor and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 3rd.If you're looking for a book that will get you in the mood for a scary Halloween, this one will do it.  These stories chill and might even make you a bit ill.  This is the dark side of horror.Here's the list of stories:“With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane Seeds” by Seanan McGuire“Dirtmouth” by Stephen Graham Jones“”A Small Taste of the Read More
  • The Ninja's Illusion: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery by Gigi Pandian

    Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jaya is going to Japan to support her friend who does a magic act.  She's also going to see if she can find some information about a dutch ship that sunk with cargo.  She has no idea both of those goals are putting her in danger.Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.This story is complex with lots of characters, lots of different agendas and people who will kill to get what they want.Jaya is torn between two men.  She loves them both and she's good friends Read More
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