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  • Secrets of the Home Wood: The Sacrifice by Julie Whitley

    Sun, 03 Dec 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Every one knows you need to stay out of the home woods.  Ever since his father got lost in there for a bit, it's been forbidden.  But when Jonathan's mother and father fight, she leaves to "think".  When his father finds out she didn't make it to the neighbors, he knows she must have gone too far in the woods and he goes after her.  He doesn't know that Jonathan is right behind him...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This author creates Read More
  • Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly

    Sat, 02 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has an usual power.  She can hide in shadows, weave them into something solid and even has a relationship with her own shadow.  It's her best friend.  After all, her parents are afraid of her...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 1st.Emmeline has been hidden in the house away from the eyes of the neighbors.  She's not taken to any functions and they limit their visitors.  But she gets bored, so she sneaks out to play with shadows and then she gets in trouble.  When more Read More
  • Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

    Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if the man you married was a chameleon?  If he could change his spots to fit his present world and make his truth the "real" truth?    What if you didn't realize that until it was too late?Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Reading this book echoed the current news headlines about men abusing women.  It's currently very topical and just as disturbing as the news.James and Sophie met in college and married.  James had secrets from his college days he didn't share with her.  He Read More
  • Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland by Ellen Datlow

    Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you thought Alice and the Jabberwocky were strange enough in the original tale, you'll have a lot more odd characters to think about now...Tor Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 12th.These tales are dark and some of them are horror tales but my favorite ones were the ones that were just a bit odd.  My favorites were:Mercury by Prya SharmaAll the King's Men by Jeffrey Ford (starring Humpty Dumpty)The Flame After the Candle by Cathrynne M Valente (a bunch of short tales used to make a whole)Moon Read More
  • The Soldier's Curse by Thomas Keneally, Meg Keneally

    Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book was fascinating.  It's set in New South Wales and is a prison camp for English prisoners.  One of them is a man who worked as a legal clerk and then forged a certificate to work as a lawyer.  He's found out and after serving time in more than one facility, he finds himself here.  The good news is that he gets chosen to work as a clerk for the commander and he doesn't have to do the other ugly jobs.  The bad news is there's an assistant to the commander that doesn't like him.  It doesn't take long Read More
  • Murder in the Family by Faith Martin

    Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    The job Hillary has now is a promotion but she's bored.  Supervising and pushing paper is not her thing.  She doesn't mind training new officers but she'd rather be doing investigations than paperwork.  When she gets her wish and is sent back to investigations, she finds they are replacing her with the cop that tried to put her in jail for her dead husband's crime.  She's not happy, but she doesn't have time to think about it.  She gets assigned a new murder case right away...Joffe and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has Read More
  • Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say edited by Rhonda Parrish

    Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This Mrs. Claus is not that smiley nice lady that hands out apple cider and cookies (or milk if you choose).  These ladies (if you can call them that) are more dangerous than they are sweet.  These fantasy tales are great fun to read.  Want to get in the mood for Christmas?  Read these tales to learn what not to do.World Weaver Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today.Red to Hide the Blood by Hayley Stone, which is the last story in this anthology, was one of my Read More
  • Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

    Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    They were lucky enough to grow up in a home where their father allowed them freedoms other women weren't allowed to have.  They even went to college in a day and age when women didn't.  They were supposed to get married, have children, and attend functions and entertain for their husband.  These women wanted to travel and they did...Bethany House provided me with a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.This story moves through the present and the past.  Their memories of the past show you how they matured and how they survived Read More
  • Mosquitoes Don't Bite Me by Pendred Noyce

    Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nala is very lucky.  Mosquitoes don't bite her.  I wish I had that skill, they love me...Tumblehome Learning sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I learned things reading this book.  Nala's father was a Kenyan and whatever is protecting her from mosquitoes must have come from his heritage.  Her mother is in a wheelchair now after an accident, so she doubts she'll ever see her father soon.  Then a scientist finds out about her skill and he wants to study her.  Her mother Read More
  • Altered to Death: A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery by Christina Freeburn

    Sun, 26 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Faith is gathering historical information for a scrapbook that will be displayed in the historical museum.  When she has an opportunity to visit a long abandoned home that had belonged to the first family in town, she's happy.  She's sure she can find some cool things for her scrapbook.  It's what the work crew finds that creates the most excitement, though.  They've dug up a dead body...Henery Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 28th.Everything about this family is a secret.  They left town suddenly.  No one remembers much Read More
  • Honey Moon Dog Daze by Sofi Benitez

    Sat, 25 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Honey is looking for a way to earn money.  She decides try dog walking.  She gets her girlfriend who is neighbor of hers to go into business with her.  But it's harder than it looks...Rabbit Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.I love dogs so I had to read this one.  The first dog they get under contract is a St. Bernard.  They are young girls and this dog is bigger than both of them.  When they go to the door to talk to the owner, they almost run Read More
  • Harry Moon Halloween Nightmares by Mark Andrew Poe

    Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry might have overcome Titus' bullying but they aren't friends.  There's talent night competition for Halloween and Titus is determined to win it!Rabbit Publishers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.This book is even more fun than the last one.  In this one, Harry gets a rabbit he can pull out of his top hat.  It's even more special because the rabbit is magic and he can fly!  The practice performance makes it look like Harry will win it but Titus is determined...When the Read More
  • Harry Moon Wand Paper Scissors by Mark Andrew Poe

    Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry Moon's town has a bully.  He likes to pick on Harry.  Little does he know that Harry has magical powers...Rabbit Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.This series would be great for middle graders.  The stories are exciting and there are puns and jokes interspersed in the chapters.  After all, Harry Moon gets teased because the older boys mooned the younger ones when they were going by on the bus to go to the away game.  Now they call him "Hairy Moon" and laugh.When Harry was born, his mother Read More
  • Ludlow Lost by Kate Robinson Dunne

    Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fun middle school read.  It's fantasy filled with creatures humans don't believe in...Two Pigeons Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.He's kidnapped by a fairy, two goblins take him and the fairy to a boat filled with them and a banshee is the captain.  It's not looking good for Ludlow.He has several adventures on board as he adjusts to life at sea and to hearing a banshee wail.  Both are awful but he can used to the sea.  Not Read More
  • Little Pierrot V.1 Get The Moon by Alberto Varanda

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:30:00 Permalink
    He's an odd looking young boy and he likes to keep to himself.  His best friend is a snail...Lion Forge and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is simple picture book without much text.  Even small ones can enjoy the illustrations and antics of little Pierrot.  He visits the moon and the stars.  He even hooks his soccer ball in the moon slice and brings it down to earth by accident.This story is dreamlike and changes on each page.  Children will love imagining Read More
  • Christmas on the Coast by Rebecca Boxall

    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This based on historical facts but it's fiction.  Despite that, this story makes a chill run up and down my spine.  Imagine being on a small island and the Germans come in to occupy the land...Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.When Libby's best friend turns on her after her mother's death, she can't figure out why.  Stella tells her to ask her father.  She feels her family was betrayed by Libby's family.  She finally gets an opportunity to ask and he shares her great aunt's Read More
  • The Body in the Casket: A Faith Fairchild Mystery by Katherine Hall Page

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Faith is asked to cater a birthday party for an older man at his home.  He wants her to live in over the weekend for the party.  She's open to that and agrees.  Then he tells her the real reason he wants her there.  Someone sent him a casket and he thinks it's a death threat.  She can't argue about that...William Morrow and Edelweiss shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Faith works with his butler getting everything set up and learning her duties.  She finds that the owner has Read More
  • Accessories to Die For by Paula Paul

    Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story was set in Santa Fe.  I live in New Mexico, have visited Santa Fe and I know about their Old World charm.  I had to read this book.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Irene used to be an assistant district attorney in New York, but her mother has asked her to come home.  She's fearful of dying alone.  Irene's mother frustrates her but she understands her need for company.  She comes and she sets up a high end second hand store for recycled designer duds.  Read More
  • Somebody at the Door: British Library Crime Classics by Raymond Postgate

    Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gossip can kill.  If only people minded their own business and not everyone else's.Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.This story wanders around a bit.  You hear about other characters before you get to the meat of the story.  A man dies at home.  His wife finally calls the doctor.  The doctor isn't sure if the death was natural or not, so another doctor is called in.  The second doctor said someone had used mustard gas to kill him.  The unfortunate part of the tale Read More
  • Chained: A Kate Turner DVM Mystery #3 by Eileen Brady

    Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Kate visits a dog owner to examine a cut on the dog, the owner shows her an old bone the dog brought home with him.  The tone changes when Kate tells her the bone is human...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Kate visits several homes to take care of their animals and she picks up gossip on the way.  When the body is identified as a high school student who disappeared ten years ago, his family asks her to look into it.  She takes Read More
  • Dead Man's Chest by Kerry Greenwood

    Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne is off for a holiday, taking her girls, her companion Dot and the dog, Molly.  They are going to do some swimming, eating out when they like, and just generally do some relaxing.  When they arrive at their destination, she finds that the staff that wasn't to meet her is gone.  The back door was open, their furniture is gone, and there's no note or no sign of them...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.They search the house and grounds but find no one.  Luckily Ruth Read More
  • Quick Curtain: British Library Crime Classics by Alan Melville

    Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The play was going well until the scheduled shooting ending up being too real...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Inspector Wilson of Scotland is in the audience and he's quick to take action.  When they go to find the actor who fired the shot, he's hung himself in his dressing room.  Everyone is sure the case is already over.  One actor shoots another and then commits suicide.  But Inspector Wilson is not so sure.I enjoyed reading about the relationship of Wilson and his son.  It was Read More
  • Artemis by Andy Weir

    Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jazz is a thief, a very good one.  She smuggles things in that aren't allowed.  She has to know every nook and cranny of the bubble towns that have been created on the moon to do it.  She does.  Her father wishes she didn't do what she does but she's trying to earn enough money to buy a suit to work outside.  They're very expensive.  When she's offered a large sum of money to stop the harvesters that bring in rock, she says no at first.  But when she hears the money being offered, she changes her mind...Crown Publishing and Read More
  • Not Safe After Dark by Peter Robinson

    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This an anthology of short stories that has a few Inspector Banks stories thrown in.  I'd read about the Inspector in the past and that was what motivated me to read this book.  The author writes good mystery stories and this was a pleasure to read.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Mr. Robinson can tie up a mystery in a short story in not too many pages.  I admire an author that can write a complete tale concisely and succinctly in short form without excess Read More
  • The Splendid Baron Submarine by Eric Bower

    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    W. B. Baron tells his class about his summer adventure when his teacher calls on him.   She tells him his story is fantasy and puts him in the corner in his dunce hat.  As he sits there, he tells the mouse who lives there the whole story.  Once you read this book, you'll understand why his teacher thought he was lying...Amberjack Publishing and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published tomorrow.This is a perfect read for middle graders.  There are silly inventions that make things big or shrink them small, Read More
  • Death of Anton: British Library Crime Classics by Alan Melville

    Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carey's Circus is in town and everyone is excited to go see the wonders, especially the seven Bengal tigers!  Detective Inspector Minto is there because his niece is getting married.  He's not too enthused about her potential mate but he loses interest in him when they find the lion tamer in the tiger cage dead.  Everyone thinks the cats mauled him but it was bullets that took his life...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Anton figured out something he shouldn't have and he paid for Read More
  • The Very Very Very Long Dog by Julia Patton

    Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very cute story about a dachshund.  He's a sweet happy fellow who lives in a bookstore and reads a book as he eats his meals.  He also likes to go for walks...Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.Wiener dogs are well-known as long dogs with short legs.  That doesn't do anything to slow down their enthusiastic lives.  His problem appears when he goes on walks.  He doesn't realize how long he is.When he finds the trouble he's caused he even goes and bites the offending animal.  He's quite Read More
  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

    Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She has a choice.  She can either marry the old man her father chose or go to the convent.  She doesn't want to marry and she doesn't want to go to the convent either.  So she dresses herself as a boy and decides to go traveling...Del Rey sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published December 5th.This author's words resonate in my soul.  What she writes talks to me.  She uses some traditional fairy tale characters but changes the story enough to make it new.  She also doesn't make anyone very Read More
  • West from the Cradle by Brigid Amos

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
    Gold fever is a disease.  When men hear of a discovery, their imaginations run wild and they will pick up and leave where they are to go make their fortune.  The fact that many die on the way and not everyone is lucky enough to find gold doesn't slow them down.  Neither does the fact that men will kill you to get your gold.  When a boy signs on as a helper with the local shop owner, he doesn't realize what he's getting into...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read and review this book Read More
  • The Prince Who Was Just Himself by Silke Schnee, Heike Sistig (Illustrator), Erna Albertz (Translator)

    Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is special.  The lead character is the youngest prince who is different from the others.  He has Down Syndrome.  But no one finds fault with that.  He's too happy and too loving for people to ignore.Plough Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.When an evil knight comes to attack their castle and conquer their King, the princes ride out to meet him.  He has an ugly scar on his face.  While his brothers are ready to fight to defend the Read More
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