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  • Lily Pond by Shelley Daniels Lekven

    Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a charming little story about a frog who is enthusiastically thinking of all the things she could be in the future.  She dresses up and she's very cute in her costumes. Claytown Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review.  It will be published January 1, 2018.The frogs are made from colored modelling clay and are very realistic.  With great graphics and the enthusiasm of the little frog featured, it's fun book to read.  Read More
  • The Coroner by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush

    Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's called home because her father had a heart attack.  He's the coroner, they have a young dead woman and he can't do the autopsy, so he volunteers her.  She's a doctor but not a coroner.  But she worked with him in the past, so she knows what to do.  Suddenly an accident turns into murder...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.The girl is an equestrian champion on her way to a fully paid college tuition at an exclusive school.  She had no enemies.  Who hated Read More
  • The Deepest Grave: A Medieval Noir mystery by Jeri Westerson

    Sat, 21 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dead bodies rising from the cemetery and walking at night carrying their caskets?  That's what the priest says he saw.  He wants Crispin to investigate.  If that's not enough to keep his attention, he's also asked to look into a case of murder against a 10 year old boy.  It's even more devastating when he realizes he is his son he never knew he had...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.Neither case is easy to solve but Crispin works on them diligently and comes up with answers.  Read More
  • Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit by Amy Stewart

    Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's been a deputy for a year now and likes her job.  The current sheriff can't run for re-election so her future is unsure but she's hoping for the best...Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.She runs down thieves, braves a raging river to save a convict, visits women who need help staying out of trouble, and is matron at the jail.  But not everyone thinks she's necessary.You see part of her life, learn how hard it is to be the first one in any field and Read More
  • Sabotage Stage Left (Howard Wallace, P.I. Book 3) by Casey Lyall

    Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are putting on a play this year that should do them proud but so many things are going wrong...Sterling Children's Picture Books and Edelweiss gave me the oppotunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 4th. Howard has two cases going on at the same time and that's a challenge.  He can't be in two places at once.  But he does the best he can.The play is getting closer and the troubles are getting bigger.  Can Howard figure out who's messing with the set and costumes?  Can he overcome the frame up?  Howard's got Read More
  • JoJo and the Food Fight by Didier Lévy, Nathalie Dieterlé, Lisa Rosinsky

    Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Why can't everybody play nice?  They were getting along fine and then:  Food Fight!Barefoot Books and Edelweiss let me read this picture book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.When a little elephant walks into the battleground armed with only a small umbrella and announces he's lost his memory, everyone goes to help.  Soon the food fight is forgotten.  And, guess what?  The elephant's memory returns, too Read More
  • The Hotel Between by Sean Easley

    Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His mother is dead, his father is missing and his twin has cystic fibrosis.  They are living with his grandmother.  He worries all the time.  But now he has something to worry about...Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 4th.By accident (or was it?), he stumbles across a new development on the way home.  He finds The Hotel Between and manages to get inside because he's wearing his father's coin around his neck.  This will help him find answers to his Read More
  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    For some reason, her human seems to be trying to rehome her.  They're happy together, no problems.  She doesn't understand why but she is getting some nice road trips out of it.Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 23rd.Written from the cat's perspective made this an entertaining read.  This author understands cats and their actions.  She also understands humans who love their cats.We get glimpses of the human's life in the past on the way, as he visits those who might take his cat in.  No one seems Read More
  • StarPassage: Honor and Mercy: Book 3 by Clark Rich Burbidge

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They have a new patient in rehab who is without hope.  As they try to encourage him, they have no idea he carries a secret.P R by the Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Ronnie has been taken over by a traveler.  This traveler has plans to change the outcome of the Civil War and he's going to use the other kids and their star to do it.As they go where the star takes them, they never know what to expect.  But Read More
  • Two Spells by Mark Morrison

    Sat, 14 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The twins are going to spend the summer with their grandparents on their farm.  They're expecting chores and some boredom but there's no boredom here...The author shared an ecopy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It ha been published and you can grab a copy now.It turns out the twins are magical, but they don't know it. There's a local castle that has a huge library and that library holds secrets.  Imagine opening a book and stepping into a story?  Wouldn't that be fun?  It would if it was a nice story, but what about horror stories?There Read More
  • The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

    Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Imagine waking up in a place you don't know wearing a body not your own.  Impossible?  Not in this story...Sourcebooks/Landmarks sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 18th.This was a strange read.  He spends a day in each of his hosts trying to determine who is killing Evelyn.  Everyday it starts again with Evelyn alive.  As he does this, he has to work hard at holding on to his own identity.  The longer it's submerged, the harder it is.Then there's the mysterious Anna he's searching for who doesn't want Read More
  • Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

    Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a boy who grew into a teenager in the woods with his father, hiding from the world.  She's a therapist, trying to get him to talk...Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you),  It will be published September 4th.The boy's father is sick and still at camp.  He refuses to lead a search party to their hideout. Without meaning to, his therapist becomes sympathetic to his cause and tries to help him.  She's willing to go with him.  But she's taken off his case because of her personal interest in him.  She Read More
  • Harry Moon Professor Einstone by Mark Andrew Poe, Christina Weidman

    Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry's teachers are changing, and not for the good...Rabbit Publishers sent a ecopy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 28th.They've always had good teachers that can make subjects fun, but now they are all sort of mechanical and don't seem to have much interest in the students.  It seems they have a new principal who even has a new curriculum for them.  Henry is not enthused.  Henry knows there is something wrong.  But will he figure it out?  Will he be able to stop it?Read the book and see Read More
  • City of Ink (Li Du Novels #3) by Elsa Hart

    Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Li Du is living a quiet life working as a secretary for his ex-brother-in-law.  Then he gets involved in a murder case that draws him out of himself...Minotaur Books sent me an ARC of this to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.It looks like a straightforward case.  The two were having an affair, the husband came home drunk, and they were dead.  But it wasn't that easy of a case.  Li Du knows there is more to the story and he begins his own investigation.It will bring him a lot of answers as well as Read More
  • Vox by Christina Dalcher

    Mon, 09 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story hits too close to home.  Changes I see now are not so far from this you can blow it off as fantasy...Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.This is a world where all women's rights are taken away.  No more jobs outside the home, no cellphone or laptop.  No reading.  And no talking if you're female.  You're limited to 100 words a day.  If you speak more, you get shocked.  No more birth control.  We're back to women belong to men...This is almost too much Read More
  • Ozy and Millie by Dana Simpson

    Sun, 08 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This graphic novel is done in comic strip form and is fun to read.  It's a good thing that Ozy is sensible... Andrews McMeel Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 28th.Millie is a little rascal that loves getting trouble and doing outrageous things.  Ozy tries to keep her contained as best he can.  You find yourself turning the pages to see what is going to happen next.Millie reminds me of some of my family members.  Do you have some like that, too? Read More
  • Hilda and the Hidden People by Luke Pearson, Stephen Davies

    Sat, 07 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hilda is a nice quirky character that's fun to read about.  She loves living in the woods but that is about to change.Flying Eye Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 4th.These graphic novels are fun to read because of the great graphics and odd looking characters.  Add Hilda and her idiosyncrasies and how could you not have fun reading it?Hilda discovers their house is in the middle of an elf village.  Humans can't see them so they are being asked to move.  Hilda works on changing that directive Read More
  • Can't Catch Me by Michael Cadnum

    Fri, 06 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Most of us remember the old standard fairy tales.  Mr. Cadnum takes off from the standard ending and builds another.Tachyon Publications and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.Some of the tales are quite strange.  Most are odd.  But none of them are boring.  If you end up sitting there with a question mark on your face, it got your attention, right?If you like unusual endings and untraditional stories, this one will work for you...   Read More
  • In Another Time by Caroline Leech

    Thu, 05 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Living at home hasn't been pleasant for a while now, so Maisie decides to join the woman's service to get away.  Unfortunately, she's too young.  But she can join a group of female timbercorp.  Come, learn to chop trees and be lumberjill instead of a lumberjack...Harper Teen and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you)  It will be published August 28th.Wars are ugly things and those who fight in them come home with wounds of the body and wounds of the mind.  When Maisie dances with a Canadian, she's amazed that he leaves her Read More
  • The Treasure of Mad Doc Magee by Elinor Teele

    Wed, 04 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a rip roaring adventure for young ones.  Clues, adventure, and a reward of gold if they are successful.  They can also stay in their hometown instead of having to move on...Walden Pond Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.Jenny doesn't want to leave the only home she's known.  Her dad is almost hopeless in jobs.  He gets distracted, forgets things and just is a real mess.  She can't depend on him.  She's too young to work.  Only this treasure may help...She and her friend start their adventure by Read More
  • The Manton Rempville Murders by Julian Worker

    Tue, 03 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's not often you find a man killed by a sword nowadays.  First off, where did the sword come from?BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been been published and you can buy a copy now.The nearest home had the sword in its collection, but it had gone missing months ago. Who had it, where was is it, and was this murder planned that long ago?As they ask questions and look over the suspects, they are surprised by another murder, right there in the house.  They have a suspicion about who the Read More
  • Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison

    Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother died when she was born, her father fell from his horse and died when she was fourteen, and she has to marry to survive.  Or did she?Viking and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.She cuts her hair, dresses in her brother's old clothes and heads out on the road.  She's going west after her brother.  She finds a lot more than her brother there.Her disguise works well.  Her problem is that doesn't protect her much.  The bigger men try to steal her money or kill Read More
  • Cross My Path by Clea Simon

    Sun, 01 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She finds things or people if she can and takes what they can afford to pay.  She never expected to get caught in the warfare at the water front...Severn House Publishers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.This is an odd little series of a girl and her cat who play private detective.  She gets two clients with different cases but finds they are related.  People around her die, she almost gets killed, and It ends with everything still up in the air.  Her life is not settled yet but she'll Read More
  • A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

    Sat, 30 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Being Midas' daughter wasn't a bad thing until he turned her to gold...Blink and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 14th.She may be a princess but everyone is afraid of her.  She spends most of her time hiding in her room being lonely.  Her uncle keeps trying to find her a husband but that's not going well.  Then she meets one who doesn't fear her.  She  should wonder why...She goes on a quest to get her father's gold back (he will die without it) and thinks she might Read More
  • A Necessary Murder Book Two in the Heloise Chancey Mysteries by M.J. Tija

    Fri, 29 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It starts with a little girl murdered in the outhouse.  Then men begin dying of a slit throat.  What's going on?Pantera Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.As more men die, Heloise's mother gets more upset.  She's afraid her nephew might be the killer.  Heloise has several suspects but then they end up dead.The cause for the retribution lays in the past and it takes some digging to get to the truth.  Heloise almost ends up dead herself.This was a good mystery even Read More
  • Stranger in Town by Cheryl Bradshaw

    Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    A missing child sends a tingle up everyone's spine.  Especially when they were just next to Mom and now they are missing.Kobo Writing Life and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this story for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There is a common reason these two girls were grabbed but it's not apparent.  With a PI and a local sheriff snooping around, they find clues and they move closer to a solution.  Will they be in time?  This read keeps you glued to every page hoping for a happy ending even Read More
  • Murder of a Lover by Faith Martin

    Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Working on cold cases isn't as exciting as working on live ones but it is rewarding to solve them.  Hillary is good at what she does and she views a ten year old closed case as just another case to find a missing piece...Joffe Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.He was a young college student who was obsessed with sex.  He slept with everyone, boys or girls, didn't matter to him.   So who stuck a pair of scissors in his gut?As Read More
  • Good Luck With That by Kristen Higgins

    Tue, 26 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They became fast friends at a fat camp when they made plans to be thin and do things fat girls can't.  But one of them does not have that much time...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.When one of the three dies, she gives them copies of those long ago goals and asks them to complete them.  She makes them promise.While this is a good look at what you can do to yourself with old tapes of the past, it's also a look at what you can do Read More
  • The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell

    Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her brother has always been a bully and mean but she's been able to avoid him.  Now the King is is ill and he's appointed him sheriff.  With him ruling the lands, everything will go to chaos soon...Clarion Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.She runs with her friend from childhood and a pregnant girl from the village.  The forest is more friendly than the castle.  She tries to leave the past behind but it won't leave her alone.  Soon it becomes a battle between her and her Read More
  • Keepers: Project Earth Book Two by Brenda Cooper

    Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lou is an environmentalist who wants to save wolves and other wildlife.  Her sister is a city girl.  They are working together to keep the peace and make the remaining world and people get along.  Not everyone shares the same goals.Pyr Science Fiction and Fantasy  sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thnk you).  It will be published July 10th.Lou wants to save everybody but she can't.  Her sister wants to save those she loves but nobody can escape death.This is an interesting look at a dystopian future.  Who's right, who's wrong?  As each holds their Read More
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