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  • Snowspelled: Volume I of The Harwood Spellbook by Stephanie Burgis

    Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's lost her magic (and almost killed herself in the process) and she cancelled her wedding.  She's been hiding out, almost in mourning, for months.  But a big celebration is coming up and she needs to attend with the rest of her family.  She just didn't know how dangerous it would be to go...The author shared this story with me as an early reader (thank you).  It is being published today.I love this author's work.  It doesn't matter what she picks for a theme, she writes a good story, makes you laugh here and there and keeps your attention.  This Read More
  • Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford

    Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Milo is home for the Christmas holidays and he wishes his ghost friend was around.  It's too quiet and a bit boring without her.  They do have a guest but he's an artist and not much company for Milo.  Soon Milo will long for the quiet days he had...Clarion Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.A caroling group comes to visit and sings Christmas songs to them.  They're a bit odd and scared Milo the last visit they made but he's handling it fine this year.  Even Read More
  • How to Catch a Dino Thief by Will Dare, Mariano Epelbaum

    Sun, 03 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Have you ever wanted to ride a dinosaur?  If so, this book is for you.  Even if you NEVER wanted to ride one, this is a very fun story to read!Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Josh has his own dinosaur ride named Charge.  He's sleeping one night when a lot of noise wakes him up.  It's a twister coming in and he races out to find the animals and get them away from the barn.  He finds his mom and dad hanging onto the Read More
  • On the Free by Coert Voorhees

    Sat, 02 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Santi only agreed to go on this hiking-camping trip to get out of Juvie early.  He ran with a guy that left him holding the bag when he crashed the car they'd stolen.  He'd rather be back to nature instead of being in his holding tank.  The others all had problems, too.  Together they were going to share their experiences and talk about what they learned from them and how to change.  At least, that was the plan.Carolrhoda Lab and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.What no Read More
  • The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

    Sat, 02 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Skye likes the woods.  They smell good, offer shade and protection against the wind and rain, and they have pretty flowers and mushrooms in them.  They have something else hidden in them, too...Central Avenue Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.Skye and her sister occupy the family home.  Mom has moved to Portland to be near her boyfriend.  Skye is a barista and an artist and is hoping to get her artwork on display somewhere beyond the cafe she works in.  No one has mentioned the goblins in Read More
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

    Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has an agreement with the fae folk.  She will paint them portraits and trade them for favors.  Things like hens laying eggs daily, fire wood always cut, piled, and ready to burn, things like that.  But when she hears the Prince of the Faeries is coming to get one done, she's fearful.  Faeries can't lie but they can shadow the truth.  They're also very devious and can figure out how to turn requests for favors into something awful.  She'll have to be very careful around him...Margaret K. McElderry Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book Read More
  • Just Another Viscount in Love (Season's Original #3.5) by Vivienne Lorret

    Thu, 31 Aug 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's been shamed out of society many times now due to her father's bad reputation.  He's a conman and a thief and his name is not honored by anyone.  Too bad that's her last name, too.  Her aunt takes her out to the country to be able to travel in peace and get away from scorn.  She certainly didn't intend to have her meet the Viscount of a certain estate while she was cooling her feet in the pond on his property, but she's not unhappy about it...Goddess Fish Blog Tours and the author allowed me to read this book Read More
  • Embers of Destruction by J. Scott Savage

    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the third and final book in the Mysteries of Cove series.  After seeing what happened in Seattle, a group of six young explorers are flying their mechanical dragons to San Francisco with hopes of finding Kallista's missing father and any other Seattleites that might have survived.  What they find is beyond their worst nightmares...Shadow Mountain Publishing and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.  That gives you time to read the first two books in the series if you haven't already.They are trying to kill the dragons that Read More
  • The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's different from the other students.  She has almost white hair, wears a Goth look in black clothing, and she really doesn't fit in anywhere.  She tries, half-heartedly, but she gets rejected by everyone she thought was kind.  It's no wonder things worked out like they did.  No one understood her...Atria Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.Her family has fallen apart.  Her mother left, then her father left, her brother uses drugs and is abusive, so she stays in the old paper mill.  She has an affinity Read More
  • 99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter

    Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Grace was coming home from school with her friends.  They stopped at the sweet shop for a treat.  Grace went in and came out but she never made it back home...Avon Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.The tale of the present missing girl is very similar to another case that happened twenty-five years ago.  Another family lost a little girl who was kidnapped.  While it seems impossible, these two cases are related to each other.There's no end of trauma and heartbreak involved in this case.  Read More
  • Blood and Stars: Legend of Rhyme Series Volume 1 Book 5 by Jaime Lee Mann

    Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Ariana awakens at home but she finds her twin missing.  She really wants to find him but the queen of their land is in a coma and may not recover.  She's next in line for queen, so she has to stay home and out of trouble.  At least that was how it was supposed to work out...Blue Moon Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 12th.This series is all fantasy.  There are sprites, fairies, mermaids, octopuses, and more mixed in the magical people's world.  One mermaid is trying to Read More
  • Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne

    Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Julia is the local librarian.  She's living in the family home now.  Both her parents are dead.  Her life is steady, quiet and almost boring.  She decides she should change that.  But she never envisioned a renter that would shake up her life and two boys who would change her life...HQN and Edelweiss let me read a copy of this book for review (thank you).   It will be published September 26th.When her friend suggests she rent out the upstairs apartment, she thinks that would be a good idea.  She could use the money to pay off her new furnace.  What Read More
  • The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd

    Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her father has been called back to war.  Her brothers are still going to school in England and will have to do their service time, too.  She's sixteen but has been running the household and working with her father.  She even has had some good ideas for plantation improvements.  He puts her in charge of his three plantations in South Carolina and heads off on the next boat.  She has challenges ahead of her.Blackstone Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.This is a fictional story based Read More
  • Miss Seeton Quilts the Village (Miss Seeton #23) by Hamilton Crane, Heron Carvic

    Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton returns from vacation to find the policemen have been looking for her.  They need her help again...Farrago sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 7th.I love Miss Seeton.  She's not your typical detective but somehow she sees more than what is shown.  She instinctively picks up on the nuances:  Things felt but not seen.  And doing that has helped the Oracle solve several cases.  His current case seems almost like he's being set up to fail, so he hopes she can help him escape that trap.  For Read More
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin

    Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    His whole life's goal was to become a certified time traveler.  He's excelled at everything.  He just has his final exam to ace to achieve it.  But someone has sabotaged his sim and he fails.  He can't fail but he did.  Now he has no hope of being a legal time traveler.  But he gets a note about a second chance...Little, Brown Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.His second chance is to become a time traveler in the black market trade. You travel Read More
  • The Alchemical Detective by Kirsten Weiss

    Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Riga has lost her magic powers so she's staying at Lake Tahoe and is trying to find them again.  She's not having any luck.  When she starts reading about another form of magic, the cops show up at her door.  Somehow she's become a murder suspect...The author shared a free copy of her book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.It seems there is a killer in the midst of Tahoe.  If that wasn't enough to keep Riga busy (they are killing everyone who has magic talents and Read More
  • The Long Trail by Onias Bondo

    Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Buffalo is on the trail of the man who killed his wife.  He loved her, she was pregnant with his baby, and he still grieves for her.  When he checks with the sheriff in the next town he comes into, he finds out the man he's searching for robbed the bank there.  The sheriff suggests he become his new deputy because they killed his other two deputies.  He's going after the same man, why not work together?  Buffalo declines.  But before he can get out of the office, a fiery Mexican gal comes in yells at the sheriff.  He invites Read More
  • H.A.L.F.: ORIGINS (H.A.L.F. #3) by Natalie Wright

    Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    What would you do if aliens came to earth and spread a virus across the land?  The politicians decide to lie and call it a terrorist attack.  Not that that's better but at least it won't cause world panic.  However, it's time for the world to panic.  Life as we know may be over if someone doesn't stop them...The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It is being published today.  If you haven't read the others in this series, you should.  It will explain some references in the story.Everyone is still on the Read More
  • The Devil's Triangle (A Brit in the FBI #4) by Catherine Coulter, J.T. Ellison

    Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are in a new position now.  They are good partners and they head the Covert Eyes division.  They're discrete, stay under cover, and take care of difficult situations.  They do what it takes to stop criminals in their tracks.  When they get a call from a thief they've met before, they get permission to help.  She's the best thief around and she has stolen an important artifact from a place that was totally secure.  Her customers take the artifact and then try to kill her...Gallery Books sent me a copy of this Read More
  • Thornhill by Pam Smy

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a different story.  It has a ghost from the past and a little girl who's almost a ghost in the present.  The author does a great job of drawing you into the story.  The illustrations are done in black and white and they make you feel ghostly.  It's an abandoned house next door that abuts the garden below that draws Ella in...Roaring Book Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 29th.Ella can see Mary and she wants to make friends with her.  Mary is shy and Read More
  • Compostela (Tesseracts Twenty) edited by Spider Robinson and James Alan Gardner

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This anthology of sci fi/fantasy stories contains some real oddities.  Stories that don't go far enough, stories that scare you, and stories that can be a challenge to read.  It was interesting and felt good to read a collection of stories that didn't do exactly what you wanted.  It kept it intriguing.Hades Publications sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.There are poems interspersed in the book which changes the pace for you.  The writers are:  Alan Bao, John Bell, Chantal Boudreau, Leslie Brown, Read More
  • The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo; Dice Tsutsumi

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is a bit sci fi and all fantasy.  A young pig is the Dam Keeper now, since his father went into the unknown.  There is a fog that approaches the city and only their windmill can hold it back with the help of the dam.  He does what he learned.  But then the fog changes...First Second Books and Net Galley let me read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.Pig is alone.  His mother died, his father went insane, and he has almost no friends at school.  Fox is nice to him Read More
  • The Best Tailor in Pinbauê by Eymard Toledo

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    He loves to help his Uncle sew.  He can cut pieces, tack them, and do all kinds of odds and ends.  His Uncle tells him stories while he does it.  And they make such colorful clothes.  Everybody loves his work!  Then the factory comes to town...Triangle Square and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.Once the factory has arrived, all his Uncle's business is from the factory.  He makes grey uniforms for them.  It's not much fun but it is a source of income.  Then the factory buys the uniforms Read More
  • An Echo of Murder by Anne Perry

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Monk is facing an awful case.  Someone is killing Hungarian immigrants.  They are single or windowed males and they are being killed with great anger and in the same way each time.  Since he doesn't speak Hungarian, it makes the case even more difficult.  It's like they don't want to talk to him since he's police.  He has trouble picking up the nuances in their conversations, too.  There's fear on both sides in this neighborhood.Ballantine and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 19th.The Hungarian doctor helps with translation but for Read More
  • Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Karma found a falcon that had been raised by a human but was lost.  She saved it from death and then worked on training it.  She was very proud of it and used it at demonstrations on how the birds of prey are not as dangerous as they look.  Life was going well and she was hoping to train it to hunt for her when it suddenly injures her during a demonstration.  The worst part is that the previous owner has contacted the family and wants his bird back.  After the injury, her parents decide the bird's going back...Charlesbridge and Read More
  • Park Bench by Christophe Chabouté

    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This graphic novel is unique.  It's the story of a park bench.  There are no words, only emotions on people's faces tell their story.  We see benches everywhere.  Do you see who sits on them?Gallery 13 and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 19th.I liked the simplicity of the story and was amazed to see how much could be conveyed by actions and expressions.  This is a tribute to the bench's life and I enjoyed reading it.It starts with a young couple, still in grade school.  He's carving a Read More
  • The Crows of Beara by Julie Christine Johnson

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has just gone through rehab for drinking and is working hard on not falling back into the same rut.  Then she does something stupid and her husband finds out about it.  It's the straw that broke the camel's back.  Their marriage is ending, she's moving out, and now her job is on the hook.  Will she be able to do this promotion or will she lose her job?  What happens is she finds her soul...Ashland Creek Press and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 15th.The Read More
  • Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Emmett is called to the principal's office, he can't figure out what he did wrong.  Why would he want to see him?  The office has other people in it and they tell him it's like he's won the lottery:  He's been chosen to go to space and mine nyxia on a world called Eden.  He doesn't know how he could win when he didn't apply but the amount of money they are offering ends any questions...Crown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 12th.There are Read More
  • An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:07:00 Permalink
    Living on a space ship is like living on island.  Those with money and power live in the best sections of the ship, those who are poorer are in the outlying sections.  Even in this imaginary world, there are race issues.  Those of darker color are treated like lesser beings.Akashic and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 3rd.Aster is a healer.  She's been working with the surgeon on patients and is learning techniques for healing.  She also learns from the women in the lower sections.  They've been healing Read More
  • Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 by Alex Alice

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    His mother is an adventurer and she takes off in her air balloon in search of aether.  She finds it but she loses her life...First Second Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It will be published September 15th.He and his father are deeply saddened and move on with their lives but it's not the same.  They are still working with hot air balloons.  When someone asks them to meet them in another location to get the wife's logbook, they go.  Then they find out the Prussians are after them!Escaping takes a Read More
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