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  • All the Missing Girls By Megan Miranda

    Sat, 08 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She left town ten years ago and has never looked back.  Her best friend went missing, she and her friends were interviewed about that last evening at the park, and the cops found nothing even if they made everybody questioned a pariah in the town.  Those questioned the most were found guilty even though there was no charge.  It was too painful to live there anymore so she left...Simon and Schuster sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.I wasn't sure how I would Read More
  • A Whole Latte Murder: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig

    Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Juliet is messing around with murder again but if she's not real careful she might become one of the victims...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 8th.  Juliet's boyfriend, Ryder, has taken her to a fancy restaurant for dinner.  She's not sure why and she gets even more concerned when many of the couples around them are celebrating engagements.  He's not going to propose, is he?  No, he's telling of her of his promotion to Homicide.  She doesn't like that.  That kind of job is dangerous.  But he's determined Read More
  • The Squirrel's Flea (Curious Characters Book 1) by AC Michael

    Fri, 07 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The squirrel has an itch and just can't get comfortable.  But when he shakes hands with another animal, the itch goes away!  Unfortunately, the other animal starts to get uncomfortable and itches, too.The author provided me with a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.If you have a beginning reader, this book would be a good starting point.  The text doesn't change much.  It's the same statements again and again, just the character changes.  You might also need your back scratcher if you read it often Read More
  • Immortal Writers: Immortal Writers Series Book 1 by Jill Bowers

    Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Liz is excited.  She's only eighteen but she's published a blockbuster book and she's just come home from being on tour.  She's tired and only wants her bed but her boyfriend demands she meet him for dinner.  She does.  He's too controlling and she's thinking of telling him so when he announces her name to everyone in the restaurant and then goes down on one knee and proposes to her!  She's too flabbergasted to even say no, she just gets up and exits the restaurant.  It's just her luck that when she heads back to her apartment, she jumps in Read More
  • Bury the Living (The Revolutionary #1) by Jodi McIsaac

    Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Nora has buried her father and her brother as casualties during the Irish revolution.  She's worked in refugee camps in Africa helping the injured.  Now she just wants to go on vacation and give her mind a break.  It breaks alright but not from rest...Wunderkind PR sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now, so you can grab a copy now.This was an usual read for me.  It covers Irish history (which I know nothing of), and includes an eternal human/god and a goddess.  Without really realizing what she's doing, Read More
  • Wildings by Eleanor Glewwe

    Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    In this world, those with magic have the power.  They control the government and the money.  They think anyone without magic is beneath them.  They believe that so extremely that if you have a sibling that doesn't have magic, they take them away from you.  They are sent to the non-magical folk to be adopted and raised as their own.  No visits, no discussion of the lost one, and it's forbidden to look for them.  Meeting them can mean jail time.  This is no world for me...Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review Read More
  • Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa, Laura L. Sullivan

    Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Rowan is a second child in a world where they are not allowed to exist.  She has to hide to remain safe.  She's homeschooled, runs a lot and is bored.  She loves her twin Ash.  He gets to go out into the world and she questions him endlessly about what he saw, who he talked to and what's happening outside their walls.  But you can't keep a person secret forever...Atria/Keywords Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It was published yesterday so you can get a copy now.Everything that Rowan knows and thinks Read More
  • Chasing at the Surface by Sharon Mentyka

    Tue, 04 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother has gone away and it's torn her heart.  She doesn't understand why.  She didn't want to listen when she was leaving and now it's too late.  She also won't read the letters she's sent.  She just wants her mother back.West Winds Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book is being published today, so you can grab a copy now.Marisa knows the whales have arrived but that was something she did with her mom and she's not around anymore.  She doesn't much care that they are back until she finds Read More
  • Rocket Robinson and the Secret of the Saint by Sean O'Neill

    Tue, 04 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Rocket, Nuri and Screech are in Paris with Rocket's Dad, seeing the sights and learning history.  They also have the opportunity to see Nuri's Uncle play in a band and let her have a short visit.  When they visit the museum to see the Mona Lisa, Rocket notices another painting that seems to be more interesting.  It's of a Bishop of long ago.BoilerRoom Studios sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can order a copy now.When Nuri's Uncle is framed for a theft, they attempt to explain to Read More
  • A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Gray

    Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Miss Truelove was the personal secretary of the Duke of Olympia.  After his unfortunate death, his wife sends her on the hunt for the heir.  He must return and take over his duties but he seems to be missing.  The dead Duke and his wife have had a strong faith in Miss Truelove and believe with her intelligence, she'll be able to run him down.  She even sends Lord Silverton with her.  That makes Truelove nervous...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow, so you can grab a copy Read More
  • A Tail of Camelot (Mice of the Round Table #1) by Julie Leung

    Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    I must have watched the movie "Camelot" about five times as a teen.  I was entranced by the medieval costumes and the knights and Guinevere and Lancelot and, oh, just all of it.  So when I saw this book offered, I thought it would be a perfect read for me.  It was and I'll tell you why...Harper Collins allowed me to read an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow, so you can grab a copy then.This is really the story of a young boy that grew up in orphanage and a small, timid Read More
  • Archie Greene and the Alchemists' Curse by D. D. Everest

    Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Archie Green is back and things aren't getting easier for him.  He's lost his parents, his grandmother is away and he's staying with his cousins.  He's also going to magic school.  It was okay until odd things started happening...Harper Collins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.The first odd thing that happens is that a golden light comes out of the magic flame and marks Archie's hand.  That's the sign of an alchemist and it hasn't been seen for three hundred years.  If that's not enough to Read More
  • The Cornish Coast Murder: A British Library Crime Classic by John Bude

    Sun, 02 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Reverend Dodd loved to read mystery stories.  (I do, too!)  He just never expected to be asked to help with a murder case...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.The man fought with everybody.  He lorded his control over his niece and refused to let her get married.  He had his ways, his routines and everybody else could just put up with it.  When his niece notices the window shade is pulled in his study (he always kept it closed), she wondered why.  When she goes Read More
  • The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

    Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is set in the future when the leaders of the world are slightly crazy.  (Even more so than today.)  They assassinate their relatives, bomb other planets, have pushed the regular humans off the current planet to another world as "Excess", and they are vying for even more power.  To keep their children safe, they buy a "Diabolic".  That's a human looking guardian who will kill anyone who tries to harm the person they are guarding.  They would rather die than lose their human.  Everyone thinks of them as machines but they're not...Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Read More
  • Mystery in White: A British Library Crime Classic by J Jefferson Farjeon

    Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Strangers on a train headed home for Christmas find themselves snowbound.  It's snowing too much for the train to safely follow the tracks, so they're stuck.  But when they find out another station is only five or six miles away, they decide to walk.  Not all of them come along but off they go.  And then they get lost...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.You have a girl and her brother, a chorus girl, a young man already running a fever, and an old man Read More
  • Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman

    Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggie cleaned houses for a living.  She's a single mom with a little girl and it pays better than working in an office.  It's also an outlet for her obsessive/compulsive behavior.  It's not bad but whenever she can't sleep or settle herself, she cleans.  This way she gets paid for it.  When she gets a call from a lawyer's office and he tells her that she has an inheritance, she doesn't understand it.  No one related to her has died.  It turns out it's a friend from her past.  This friend left her a house and grounds with no mortgage.  Read More
  • Pablo Finds a Treasure by Andrée Poulin

    Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Pablo and his family live in poverty. They are happy and they do what they can to make money.  All the families there visit the landfill site to pick up recyclables and anything else they can find that might help them in their lives or provide a bit of money for food.  They even eat the food they find that isn't too spoiled, like old carrots.Annick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.There's a big dark man that comes out and takes the goods the people have Read More
  • Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific by Deborah Hopkinson

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of war stories told by the survivors for the most part.  Some survive, some don't make it.  This is non-fiction and it's war so there is no happy ever after for many of them.  My father fought in WWII, so these stories brought it home to me.  He was not a sailor but it was the same war.Scholastic Press sent me an ARC of the book to read for review (thank you).  It was published yesterday so you can grab a copy now.Besides my father being a reminder of this war, I found other connections as Read More
  • The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zoe is living a lucky life.  She got into trouble after her mother's death and found Mick, her mom's boyfriend, was not only selling drugs but was into using young girls as prostitutes.  She turns he and his partner in.  The cops offer a witness protection program.  The offenders beat her up and she just takes off.  She lived in California.  Now she's living in New York.  And she has a life everyone will envy...Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.She's married to a Wall Street tycoon Read More
  • The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's nineteen and traveling by boat to Ceylon, where her new husband awaits her.  He runs a tea plantation and went home early.  She's been waiting in London for her girlfriend to join her for the trip.  When she puts her off again, Gwen makes the trip by herself.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This story has the atmosphere of the past.  The people of Ceylon are varied and each group has its place.  The field workers are separate from the household help.  Read More
  • Marcel by Eda Akaltun

    Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Marcel is a happy little dog.  He lives in New York but he's in the more urban area, not uptown.  So they have parks and greens and he can see forever.  He has his human and he's content.  Then his human gets a boyfriend...Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It was published September 20th, so you can grab a copy now.Marcel doesn't need two humans.  And he sure doesn't need this human taking his human's attention away from him.  But he won't go away.  Soon they're engaged.  And now we're Read More
  • Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson

    Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Hilda tells her mother she's visiting friends but Mom finds out she isn't.  She's just running around wild having adventures of her own.  Her mother tells her it's dangerous and grounds her.  Then she gets in trouble again and becomes housebound.  Does that keep her home?  Noooo....Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th, so you can grab a copy then.This time, when Hilda tries to leave her Mom grabs her hand and goes along.  The bad news?  They have no idea where they are and Read More
  • At the Beach & Shapes Are Fun by Katja Spitzer

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here are two mini books from Flying Eye Books that will teach your child about shapes and what's at the beach.  They're tough enough for small hands and they offer clear illustrations to help your child learn.Flying Eye Books sent me copies of these two books to read for review (thank you).  They have been published so you can find a copy now.Shapes is a bit repetitive but that will help your child retain the right name for the shape.  There are also pictures where you can look for the shape and identify it as you go along.At the Beach Read More
  • Solstice HC by Steven T. Seagle, Moritat

    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Russell Waterhouse has an obsession. He wants to find the Fountain of Youth.  He'll do anything to acquire it, even prostitute his son...Image Comics let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 5th.The father doesn't care what it costs or where it takes them, he's determined to find this mysterious fountain.  He has more than one kind of a cancer.  Only this might help him live longer.  He's not even concerned about the people who die on his expeditions; they're just collateral damage.The son would like to go to college, maybe do some artwork Read More
  • Hold a Scorpion: A Diana Poole Thriller by Melodie Johnson-Howe

    Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Diana goes out her front door to do some errands, she sees a lady on the other side of the freeway.  She's waving at her.  Diana has no idea who she is.  As she watches a black SUV pulls up.  The person in it scares her and she runs across the freeway.  She's hit and killed.  The cops want to know who she is.  Diana can't answer that question...Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th.If you want to read a story with unconventional characters, Read More
  • Mirror: The Mountain TP by Emma Ríos, Art by Hwei Lim

    Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This graphic novel is like a dark fairy tale.  The artwork by Hwei Lim draws you in and makes you wonder about what you're being shown.  The story seduces you and keeps you reading...Image Comics allowed me to read a copy of this novel for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.A colony of humans was looking for a new world to live on.  The one they found had sentient animals.  The people have a mage with them, even if he's undeveloped.  What they don't realize is that there is something else there.Humans, Read More
  • Journey's End by Rachel Hawkins

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her parents are getting divorced, so she goes to stay with her father in Scotland for the summer.  She can't believe he lives in a town that only has a few over four hundred people in it.  It's like it's lost.  Maybe that's why it's named Journey's End.  There's no place to go once you get there...G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th.The first thing Nolie notices is a young boy walking on the beach by the sea.  When she Read More
  • Brian and Wendy Froud's The Pressed Fairy Journal of Madeline Cottington by Brian Froud, Wendy Froud

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She sees things out of the corner of her eye.  We all do at times but hers seem to resemble fairies.  Could it be true?Abrams allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th, so you can grab a copy then.I read Lady Cottington's book so this was a natural choice for me.  I liked it even better than the first book.When Maddie mentions what she's seeing, her father gets very angry and tells her he doesn't want to hear about it.  He won't tell her anything about his parents or grandparents or Read More
  • The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories by P. D. James

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    P D James has always written good mysteries so this opportunity to read some of her short stories ws just too good to be missed.Knopf and Edelweiss gave me the chance to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th.The story I found most intriguing was her memory of a family Christmas where someone died.  This was not fiction.  She thought she knew who had done it but found out years later she was wrong.  It's interesting that she had been around a murder in her real life.You have a few stories about Adam Dalgliesh, Read More
  • The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Who hasn't heard of the Brothers Grimm and their fairy tales?  They died long ago but their tales are still being rehashed, reprinted and admired.  This book is a tribute to them of sorts and the sculpture shown within really adds to the themes and concepts of the stories.Arthur A Levine Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.There is a bit of history of the brothers and their publishing successes and failures.  Then the book moves into the fairy tales.  There's a synopsis of each story and, in Read More
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