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  • Flight Patterns by Karen White

    Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Georgia is an expert on fine china.  She's left home thirteen years ago and tries not to look back, but when a potential client comes in and brings a piece of china that seems to match a piece she found at home she doesn't have much choice.  If it matches, it will help her track down the Limoge's background and help develop a value for the client.  She doesn't want to go, so she asks them to look for it.NAL sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is now available and you can Read More
  • Woodwalker by Emily B. Martin

    Tue, 31 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's been banished from her kingdom.  She spoke out against the King and he took offense.  She used to be a woodwalker and took care of the natural environment around the castle.  When the King starting talking about shooting trespassers, she spoke out.  Now she can't even go back there...Harper Voyager Impulse and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This a great fantasy story.  Mae can't go back and she knows it.  She can be executed if she does.  But when she finds a deposed Read More
  • Yellowstone Standoff (National Park Mystery #3) by Scott Graham

    Mon, 30 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He, his wife, and her two girls are going camping in Yellowstone.  He's under contract by the Park Service and they've found some artifacts he's going to examine and identify.  They are going with a group of people, so it should be safe enough.  The animals aren't normally aggressive towards humans but they certainly won't bother a group.  The head ranger assures him it's safe.  It's not...Torrey House Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 14th.They are traveling with students who are doing research for the graduate Read More
  • Love: The Lion by Frederic Brremaud

    Sun, 29 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Love and life in the jungle is not an easy thing.  Mr. Breemaud tells you story of an animal without any words.  The illustrations make the story speak to you.Magnetic Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It will be published July 12th.  There are early novels in this series you can catch up while you wait for this issue.The story begins with a young lion and his family.  His father bosses everyone in the family around and he has no patience for his son.  As the lion grows, so does his Read More
  • NUN BUT THE BRAVE: A Giulia Driscoll Mystery by Alice Loweecey

    Sat, 28 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Giulia is at work when her sister-in-law stumbles in and collapses on her.  She's drugged and unconscious when she hits the floor.  They take her to the hospital and then Giulia goes to meet her client.  The client has a missing sister that the police think is probably dead or ran off to start a new life.  Giulia agrees to take the case.  And she wonders if her sister-in-law's odd drug combination is related to two deaths of young girls.  It's been a busy morning...Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • The Bull Rider's Bride By Vickie McDonough

    Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Dusty is home.  His bullriding days are over and he's trying to figure out where to go in life.  His twin wants him to stay home and help care for Mom but he's not in good enough shape to ranch.  He also doesn't have the money to buy a herd.  He tries not to panic as he thinks about a way to be useful again.Serenade Books allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This series is a light read with romance intertwined.  When the therapist for his Read More
  • The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers

    Fri, 27 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Brine floated in on a boat with a piece of starshell in her hand.  She didn't know where she came from or who she was.  The local mage takes her in to get control of the starshell and to have a servant.  She now spends her time cooking and cleaning.  The mage has an apprentice but he's not very nice.  They seem to fight all the time.  No one is very happy but they are getting along.  Then the mage decides the apprentice will marry the daughter of a rich man and he'll give Brine to the man as a Read More
  • Black Jack Ketchum #1 by Brian Schirmer

    Fri, 27 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Black Jack Ketchum was a real person and, as this graphic novel points out, he was the stuff of legends.  Nobody knows for sure how many of the crimes he was accused of were really his.  This is the world you enter when you start reading this novel...Image Comics allowed me to read and review this book (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Jack wasn't really named Jack.  His name was Tom.  He began working as a cowboy but he wasn't making much.  It didn't take him long to get dragged into a life Read More
  • Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard

    Thu, 26 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amelia is fourteen.  She's been taking care of the service station for a while now while her mother is ill.  She also takes care of her sister and brother.  But when her mother dies, she has a problem.  She's not of age, and they will put them in foster care and most likely separate them.  She can't let that happen...Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.Amelia goes to talk to her mother's lawyer.  He's a nice man and he's willing to help her but Read More
  • Rat Run: An Scottish police procedural by Caro Ramsay

    Thu, 26 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Anderson is still pretty much out of it.  He's suffering PTSD from a previous case where he watched a woman burn to death and he's back at work but he's changed.  He's more empathetic towards the victims and he almost wants to avoid the heart of the trouble.  Costello has no patience with him.  She has a job to do and she will do it, with or without him.  She's rather do it with him.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.This village has an unsolved mystery Read More
  • The Menagerie by J.S. Frankel

    Wed, 25 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    How would you like to be kidnapped and informed by a floating ball that you were the new zookeeper of exotic and sometimes dangerous animals?  I wouldn't!Finch Books has published this book so you can get a copy of Amazon now.  I found it to be a very good read.When Karen wakes up in the hospital, she's alone.  She's badly injured but that doesn't hurt as much as finding out her parents are dead.  All her friends have faded away.  All she can focus on is getting well and making her limbs work again.  There's nothing else left.When she hears Read More
  • Final Flight: A Clockwork Dagger Story by Beth Cato

    Wed, 25 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    This is a short story in the Clockwork Dagger series and it's as exciting as the previous books!Harper Voyage Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this story for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.Captain Hue got the wasters off his ship and took it into port to repair and clean up.  He didn't expect to get boarded by Caskentian soldiers.  Now he's out on a quest for the queen.  He just wants to be a passenger ship but he can't order the soldiers off.  He has an old enemy Read More
  • Poppy and the Lost Lagoon by Matt Kindt

    Tue, 24 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Poppy and her guardian are going back to Ramses looking for their next adventure.  They're riding a magic carpet and it doesn't like Colt.  The feeling is mutual.  They make it there even if Colt gets dropped and tripped.  Now to find out what their next adventure will be!Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It will be published June 21st.Colt was a good friend of her grandfather's and he was sent to be her guardian and make sure she comes to no harm.  Poppy just loves adventures, so Read More
  • Princess DisGrace: A Royal Disaster by Lou Kuenzler

    Tue, 24 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Grace is sent to the Princess Academy by her father, the King of a very small province on the edges of civilization.  She makes an awkward appearance at the boat dock by rolling in after she tripped.  She's wearing a Yak coat and looks like a monster.  No, it's just Grace...Random House Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 21st.Grace reminded me of me.  I was a tom boy and always got in trouble for not acting lady-like.  I liked to hang upside down Read More
  • Rum Luck by Ryan Aldred

    Mon, 23 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ben was getting married right up until the moment he found his fiance in bed with a clown.  The only thing the clown had on was a painted face.  That was enough to make Ben take off.  His buddy talked him into going to Costa Rica so he'd be a long way from his troubles.  It sounded like a good idea until he woke up in a Costa Rican prison cell...Five Star Publications and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 22nd.He's in jail because he's accused of murder.  He Read More
  • Rosie the Raven by Helga Bansch

    Mon, 23 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    This is a light, fanciful story about a family of ravens.  They have one egg that is different colored and when it hatches, there's a little pink girl in it...Annick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Her raven parents don't care what she looks like or that she can't caw well and she can't fly.  She tries.  She even tries to grow feathers.  Her dad finds her some clothes so she won't freeze to death.  The other birds and animals have things Read More
  • We Are Death: DCI Jericho Book Two by Douglas Lindsay

    Sun, 22 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jericho knew there was still someone out there from his last case.  The people who paid with their lives weren't smart enough to have masterminded the tarot cards and the designs on them.  But who it is, he doesn't know.  He just waits.  And, as he waits, he watches his job slip away from him...Blasted Health and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 15th.I enjoyed this story more than the first one.  It's an unusual plot and Jericho ends up traveling internationally but it was much like a cat Read More
  • We Are The Hanged Man: DCI Jericho Book One by Douglas Lindsay

    Sun, 22 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    DCI Jericho is practically permanently depressed.  His wife disappeared years ago now and he never could find her.  He's lost without her and feels guilty.  He also sees her and can talk to her now and then, so either she's a ghost or he's a mental case.  Or maybe both of those are true.Blasted Health and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Mr. Lindsay writes an interesting story.  He makes his characters with faults, no one is without sin, but they persevere on the Read More
  • Jeff Madison and the Curse of Drakwood Forest (Book 2) by Bernice Fischer

    Sat, 21 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jeff runs into his friend, Rhed, and Phoebe out in the woods.  He was going home until monsters he'd seen before cut him off and tried to capture him.  He tells the others to run but they aren't moving fast enough to escape.  Then a warrior shows up to defend them...Fischer Self Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.  Pick up the first one if you haven't read it yet.  I hadn't and this book reads well as a stand alone.When the Read More
  • Who Broke the Teapot?! by Bill Slavin

    Sat, 21 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The kitchen is a mess.  The family is up, eating breakfast, and spilling their food.  But what really sets Mom off is the fact that her favorite teapot has fallen off the shelf and broken!Tundra Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.The two page spreads of Mom being angry and shouting are great illustrations.  You can SEE her shout and yell about the teapot.  When she questions them, they all deny touching it.  They did lots of other bad things but not that.  Read More
  • Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

    Fri, 20 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Julia has a special ability to make herself invisible.  That's real handy when you're a thief.  It also works out well when she acts as a servant to spy on a household.  She doesn't want to get caught snooping...Random House Children's Knopf's Book for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.This is a dark fantasy novel about a girl and her brother and her boyfriend who all live with an older lady who provides room and board.  At the moment, they are living by theft.  They Read More
  • The Sleeping Prince: A Sin Eater's Daughter Novel by Melinda Salisbury

    Fri, 20 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Errin is just trying to stay alive.  Since her father died and her mother has turned into something like a beast, she tries to sell her herbal remedies to get enough for food.  The cabin they live in is mostly in  squalor.  She can't care for her mother, take care of the house and keep food in their mouths all at the same time.  It's a godsend when her new friend can buy some herbal remedies from her and pays her well.  But he brings trouble...Scholastic Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank Read More
  • The Mage of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen

    Thu, 19 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Calen had no choice; he had to leave with the mage.  He hoped the others understood that but he knew they didn't.  They thought he had betrayed them.  He had to get back so he could show them he hadn't...Candlewick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and is available now.The problem Calen has is that while he wants to get away from the mage who is controlling, he's also learning about magic and how much power he has.  He wants to learn more but he'd like to get Read More
  • Hand Over Fist by Michael Ross

    Thu, 19 May 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Martin's life has gone to hell.  His work fell apart around him, he found out his wife wasn't faithful and she took everything from him in the divorce.  The only good thing he has left in his life is his son and he has to be careful about how he handles that or she might not permit visitations.  Life sucks.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).   You can buy a copy now on Amazon.At first, it's a bit confusing because you have two characters living their own Read More
  • The Ninja Librarians: Sword in the Stacks by Jen Swann Downey

    Wed, 18 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dorrie wants nothing more than to be an apprentice librarian.  She's almost afraid they won't ask her back but she's in luck, they do.  But things have changed.  She had a teacher lined up but she gets assigned another...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published June 7th.This story has fascinating young and old characters, time travel, enemies all through time, and danger abounds.  The travel is through libraries by using a person who can move through time and take others with them.  The library is in danger because Read More
  • How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders

    Tue, 17 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her parents are taking a trip and she's looking forward to staying home with her girlfriends.  However, they have plans for her.  They're going to send her to camp!Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.Camp isn't on her list of fun things to do, but she has no choice.  She ends up with the diva of the group of girls in their cabin.  It's a good thing Chloe met a girl she could get along with as she joined the new arrivals.  The other girl was Read More
  • Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

    Mon, 16 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's working at the local bar to make some money of her own and to see her old flame again.  She walked away from him in the past but it's four years later and he's looking good.  The only problem is that he already has a girlfriend...Quirk Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.This is an odd little story.  It seems the bartenders have a second job, a night job.  When they aren't working at the bar, they kill demons.  They've been trained, they are good at their Read More
  • The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey

    Mon, 16 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The queen is dying.  The princess is only twelve and she has no desire to be queen, but she also has no choice.  When the queen brings her a tutor he's an odd little man who answers her questions with more questions.  She has no idea what she's learning or how much until she gets in a crisis.Algonquin Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can buy a copy now.When Jeniah surveys her kingdom with her mother, she sees a dark spot from the tower.  She's Read More
  • The Storyteller by Evan Turk

    Sun, 15 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sit down with this book and visit Morocco, the desert and the people.  You even get to "hear" a folktale that has an unusual consequence for the listeners.  Listen up!Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 28th.The illustrations in this book are rich and luscious.  The colors are vibrant and you can feel the heat of the desert.  They really add to the tone of the story.A young boy asks an old man for some water.  He tells him he needs to listen Read More
  • Descender, Vol. 2 By Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen

    Sun, 15 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Robots fascinate me and this series is intriguing.  TIM-21 has been taken captive by a group of robots and he has been introduced to TIM-22.  The robot leader tells him they are brothers.  Since robots don't usually have much of an emotional side, that doesn't seem to matter much.Image Comics allowed me to read an ebook of this compilation for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.  If you haven't read Volume 1, buy them both.TIM-21 is enjoying the robot station and the interaction with his "brother".  His companions are pretty sure they Read More
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