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  • Tweet Hearts by Susan Reagan

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Need a Valentine's Day gift suggestion?  Here's one for the little one in your life.Robin Corey Books sent me a copy of this board book for review.  It has been published and would work very nicely for a gift.  It's special because it has a pop up at the end of the book that says "I love you."Here are two birds tweeting themselves through the numbers from 10 to 1 as well as showing a lot of hearts. It's sweet and easy to read and those little fingers will be able to handle this book.Books are better than candy; they Read More
  • The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson

    Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She works in her father's mortuary.  Her mother died when she was born.  She and her father love each other but neither has a warm relationship with the other.  She has a better relationship with dead people than she has with live people...HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 13th.Mary is almost thirty and really hasn't even had a date yet.  She's a little too odd for the small town she lives in.  Everyone knows how she lives and what she does.  Who wants to be a mortician?When the Read More
  • Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

    Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Anna still misses her parents.  First her father committed suicide, then a year later her mother did.  She's devastated and can't understand why her mother would leave her alone.  Anna is now a mother of her own and she wishes her mother was still here.  Be careful what you wish for...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 13th.Anna thinks she sees her mother around, out of the corner of her eye, standing in the shadows when she walks by.  When she tells her boyfriend about it, he tells Read More
  • Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translated by)

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily.  She plans to drink herself to death.  Nothing in life interests her anymore.  Then the young man who did odd jobs for her ends up dead.  Nastily dead.  She now has a new interest...Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.Since she found the body, the police look at her as a suspect.  At last one of the supervisors shows up and after a few questions, let's her go.  She begins by asking about the dead man and interviewing those he worked Read More
  • Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

    Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They're watching a water parade of pretty boats and displays from the widows walk on a big house.  When one of the guests topples over the railing and falls, they think he has been hit by a cannon from one of the boats.  No, it's worse than that.  He's got an arrow in him...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is a cozy mystery set in a tea shop with lots of discussion of tea flavors and food.  The rear of the book has some yummy sounding Read More
  • Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel H. Wilson

    Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an interesting group of short stories that tantalize your mind.  They're fantasy but they are close enough to reality to scare you a bit...Vintage and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.The description on Edelweiss said:  "In “All Kinds of Proof,” a down-and-out drunk makes the unlikeliest of friends when he is hired to train a mail-carrying robot; in “Blood Memory,” a mother confronts the dangerous reality that her daughter will never assimilate in this world after she was the first child born through a teleportation device; in “The Read More
  • These Little Piggies Go to the Beach by Amy E. Sklansky, Christine Davenier

    Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story has the same rhythm and rhyme as the original nursery rhyme "This Little Piggy", but this time they are going to the beach.MoonDance Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.The illustrations are whimsical and the story is cute.  There are calamities at the beach but they adjust and enjoy their day anyway.  I liked how the story was put together and the piggies played just like young siblings do.  Here's a fun story to read to your little ones! Read More
  • The Wonderful Baron Doppelganger Device by Eric Bower, Agnieszka Grochalska

    Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His parents are inventors and they create some doozie inventions!  When he tells his class about the inventions and the adventures they have, his teacher thinks he is lying.  He spends most of his time in the corner with the dunce hat on...Amberjack Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is written for middle grade readers and is silly enough to give them some laughs.  It will probably make them wish they had some of these devices to play with, too!The Doppleganger Device can change anyone or anything into Read More
  • The Exiled Otherkin by D. Lieber

    Wed, 07 Feb 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's been banished from the Fae world by her stepmother after her father's death.  It's not fair but it's a rule she can enforce.  The stepmother even has her old boyfriend escort  her out of faerieland.  She has a mean streak and likes to bury the knife deep.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy now.The first thing that happens is Ember discovers her magic is gone and she has to hide her ears.  Then she happens upon an alley fight and defends the Read More
  • As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

    Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a novel about a young family who is moving to Philadelphia to learn a new trade and try to leave behind the pain of their baby son's death.  All is going well.  Uncle Fred takes them in and he intends to leave the business to their father upon his death.  They make friends at school and at home.  There is a war going on but they aren't affected by it yet.  Then the Spanish Flu comes to town and their father gets called to war ...Berkley shared an ARC of this book with me for review (thank you).  Read More
  • UNEASY PREY: A Zoe Chambers Mystery by Annette Dashofy

    Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zoe is part of the ambulance crew and when they go out on a call, she recognizes the address.  This elderly lady has fallen before and needed help.  The problem this time is that she is beyond help.  They try to keep her alive and she tells them she didn't fall, she was pushed.  When she dies at the hospital it turns into murder.  They also think they know who the killers are.  They have some burglars that steal from old people that they haven't found yet.  This might have been a burglary gone wrong.Henery Press and Net Galley let Read More
  • Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins

    Mon, 05 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The king has daughters.  His daughters are all very different.  One is a warrior, one has magical abilities, one is in love with a man she can't have, one has turned promiscuous and one has adopted a forbidden religion.  When he gets sick from an elf shot, they are the ones who will protect him and try and make him well...Del Rey and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.There is a lot going on in this story.  The warrior anticipates being the next "king".  Rose is hoping for another Read More
  • Beast in View by Margaret Millar

    Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I read this author many years ago and was fascinated to find another of her books to read.  She messes with your mind.  This is a perfect example of her style and how she can lead you in any direction she wants to.  Get ready to read a book you won't forget...Soho Syndicate and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will publish tomorrow so you can grab a copy then.Helen has isolated herself and lives in her own little world.  When a girl from the past comes back into her life and threatens her, she Read More
  • The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard

    Sun, 04 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jina loves working with computers.  Everybody in her department plays computer games on their lunch break.  They don't realize that they are being tracked by the people they work for.  Not until they get new assignments...William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.When her boss tells her she has a new assignment, she's not sure she wants to go.  They are assigning her to a "Go-Team" that goes into dangerous situations and retrieves an informant or information or takes out whoever is causing the most damage.  It's not a Read More
  • Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye

    Sat, 03 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ozzy's parents moved him from the big city to wilds of Oregon forests to hide from those who wanted what they knew.  It was great for a while and then those who were looking for them found them.  Ozzy's left alone at the age of seven.  He has food supplies, water and a roof over his head but he wants his parents...Shadow Mountain and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is an entertaining read.  Ozzy manages with what he has but he really wants to find his parents.  He Read More
  • The Muchly Fed Up Tortoise & Other NonSuch Poems by Florence Remmer

    Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet little poetry book that is fun to read and will make you laugh.  These nonsensical rhymes have twists and turns that will fascinate little ones...Publishing Push and the author shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published shortly so watch for a copy.The drawings look like the ones my Mom did for me when I had to write a children's story for school.  I was better with words than drawing, so Mom took care of that.  When you share this book with your little one, you can point out the illustrations Read More
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover by Susan Wittig Albert

    Fri, 02 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Lucky Four Clovers barbershop group is going to a competition for the grand prize in barbershop singing.  But they aren't counting on trouble.  First one has throat problems and can't sing.  The next one ends up in an upside down car, dead.  What's going on?Presevero Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.There's a new sheriff in town who is learning his trade.  He has a good deputy and he's got a good head but he has to think things through, he's not fast on his feet.  He Read More
  • Racing Manhattan by Terence Blacker

    Fri, 02 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jay doesn't like school and her aunt and uncle are always complaining about having to care for her.  She's not high maintenance but she's not one of their kids either.  She loves her cousin but isn't sure about the parents.  When she finds out that her uncle has plans for her, she runs away.  She loves the ponies they have and race so she heads to a town that is full of stables and racing.  Surely she can find a job there...Candlewick Press and Library Thing sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • Deep Sahara by Leslie Croxford

    Thu, 01 Feb 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    His wife has died and he's looking for a new direction in his life.  He draws insects and has a new book to illustrate.  But after visiting with a priest, he decides to go deep into the Sahara and stay at a monastery there.  He should have time to get his head together and he'll have a chance to find and illustrate new bugs.Goddess Fish Blog Tours and the author allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.When he arrives at the monastery, not one welcomes him Read More
  • The Girl in the Gallery (London Murder Mystery #2) by Alice Castle

    Wed, 31 Jan 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    Beth sneaks in to view her favorite portraits in her favorite museum.  She should run her errand, but she has time and the portraits are like old friends.  When she sees a strange color in part of the museum, she goes up front and brings the receptionist back with her.  She saw something red that shouldn't be there...Goddess Fish Blog Tour and the author let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The reason Beth is so concerned about what happened is that she ran across a dead body Read More
  • Little Dragon and the New Baby by Deborah Cuneo

    Tue, 30 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Little Dragon likes being a family of three.  He paints pictures of them and puts them on the wall in his room.  When he learns there will be a new baby in the family, he's not all that happy about it...Ingram Publishers Services and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.While he's trying to adjust to sharing his room, he's a bit resentful.  The egg just doesn't look right in his room.  When he paints a face on it, his mother makes him clean it up.  He's worried Read More
  • Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

    Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a great way to introduce your child to many of the world's animals.  The illustrations are great and it show similarities as well as differences.  I bet they haven't seen most of these.Chronicle Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.The vibrant colors and the hellos throughout the book will get your child rocking in their seats.  The best part is at the back where all the animals are named and you see just how vulnerable or endangered they are.  We need to save our animals from extinction and Read More
  • Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

    Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her gentlemanly father was a thief.  Her mother died after his arrest, probably of a broken heart.  And her fiance broke their engagement.  So now she was just a young woman trying to get married to a suitable male who won't know her past.  And she's sure not having any luck at that!Blogging for Books and Waterbrook Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.Since the men who signed up for a mail order bride have returned her so many times, the matchmaker decides to take her with Read More
  • Prague Noir (Czech Republic) Edited by: Pavel Mandys

    Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    My grandparents immigrated from Czechoslovakia.  I don't find many books published from there in the states, so this book of short stories intrigued me.  I like short stories best and here's a good sampling of the writers of that area.Akashic sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published February 6th.These authors take you from the past to the present.  The war, Jews, Golems, murder, magic and more are included in the stories.  Part of it sounds familiar, I've read several stories on some of the Jewish issues before, and it was Read More
  • The Ruins (Nick Randall #1) by Robert Rapoza

    Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Living in New Mexico, the possibility of aliens doesn't seem so far fetched.  We have a UFO museum in Roswell.  People think they have seen flying saucers.  When I read about this book, that was part of what inspired me to read it.  It's not Roswell, it's Peru.  And it's an interesting story.The author sent me a copy of his book to read for review.  It's been published so you can buy a copy now.Archeologist Nick Randall is searching for a lost city.  When he becomes the one lost, his boss calls his daughter.  He wants her to look for Read More
  • Harvey's Hideout by Russell Hoban, Lillian Hoban

    Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harvey and Mildred are brother and sister.  They don't like each other.  I was the older sister with the younger brother (I wanted a little sister, no dumb boy) and I can certainly relate to how I felt at their age...Plough Publishing House and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 4th.I love the illustrations the Hoban books have.  They're old fashioned, quaint, and just right for the flavor of the story.When the two argue all the time, their mother loses patience with them and asks their father to Read More
  • The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

    Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They told her that her husband was on drugs and that's why he lost control of his car and died.  Her husband didn't use drugs.  She insists it was murder.  The police tell her they'll file charges against her for filing false reports.  She's ready to move away from the city of his death and start life anew.  She decides she'll work on refurbishing an old home.  She'll fulfill his dream even if he's not here to help her do it...Bethany House sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so Read More
  • Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

    Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Arram is studying to be a mage.  He's moving through the grades faster than older students and that gets him harassed.  He doesn't have any friends.  But that's about to change.  He gets a new roommate.  He's the "leftover prince" who will probably never get to be the king; he's too far down the line.  But no one can see the future...Random House Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published February 6th.This author's words always speak to me.  She writes about magical worlds and powers and Read More
  • Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

    Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This has a flavor of a cross between Star Wars and Star Trek.  Ana was found floating in a space pod with a robot taking care of her.  The pirate ship salvaged her and then adopted her.  She's happy being a pirate.  Then she finds out she's royalty...Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 27th.Her best friend is her robot.  She loves him and he'd follow her anywhere.  But when they find a derelict ship and find danger on board, he dies by killing the malware in Read More
  • The Fast and the Furriest by Sofie Ryan

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When an attractive female shows up at Sarah's store looking for Mac, she tells her he's out on a boat and won't be back until later.  She leaves her cell number and emphasizes she must talk to him.  Before she gets a chance to talk to him, she ends up dead.  The worst part is that cops think Mac did it!Berkley and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 6th.Sarah just knows Mac wouldn't do that.  But how can she prove it?  She and her cat, Elvis, talk Read More
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