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  • Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig

    Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Things are calming down for Juliet.  Life is going well, the Java Jive is busy, and Pete's easy to work with.  Cecelia is still a pain, but that's what living on the snobby side of town will do for you.  Things don't stay calm for long...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.They're getting ready for a big event which includes a 5K race and booths for the vendors.  When Juliet goes down to Java Jive's tent, she trips over Cecelia.  She's dead.It Read More
  • London's Glory: The Lost Cases of Bryant & May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit by Christopher Fowler

    Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of stories about cops.  They're English, they're interesting characters and the dynamics between them are amazing.  One is very focused on facts and evidence.  The other uses his knowledge.  When one gets stuck, the other one helps them move on and solve the crime.Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 29th.These were a fun set of who-done-its with great characters.  All the stories were good but not outstanding.  They were just what I wanted to read when I settled down for a read and I Read More
  • Drawing Dead: A Cross Novel by Andrew Vachss

    Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mr. Vachss writes about bad people, really bad people.  He's a lawyer who has represented abused women and children and he knows about what he speaks.  Sometimes it's easier not to expose yourself to that but it's there and it's real.  This might be a fictional story but there is evil in the world.  Are you ready to step into a world I hope I never get close to?Vintage Crime/Black Lizard and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 19th.I knew this was going to be a wild ride Read More
  • Nettle King by Katherine Harbour

    Mon, 21 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack is gone but Lily has returned.  She's glad to have her sister but grieves for her lover.  She wants him back so much, she's willing to go to the land of the dead to get him back...Harper Voyager and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 19th.Finn is determined to get Jack back and she's willing to work with whatever unearthly creatures it takes to do it.This is the third book in this series and the first one I read.  I'd recommend you read the others first, otherwise it's a Read More
  • Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42) by J.D. Robb

    Sun, 20 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eve is a good cop.  She's tough, resilient, and determined to do her job.  Not everyone she deals with likes her style but they have to admit she's fair.  This new case is going to take her in directions she doesn't want to go, but she has to follow the evidence...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is a long-lived series that readers don't want to give up.  I've read a few but not the whole series.  You might want to start Read More
  • The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions by Tracey Hecht, Kate Liebman (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 19 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all starts as a hunt for missing animals.  The hunters are all nocturnal and they band together to search for a missing wombat and some kiwis.  What they find is a real surprise...Fabled Films Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published April 19th.Dawn is a smart fox, Tobin is a pangolin and Bismark is a sugar glider.  They form the core of searchers but they add more as they go along.This is written for middle graders and is a bit nonsensical but it's fun to read.  The Read More
  • Wandering Witch (Diary of Anna the Girl Witch #2) by Max Candee

    Sat, 19 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Anna has destroyed the child smuggling ring near her orphanage.  She's also finally got a letter from her Uncle Misha.  She's going to go find him and then see if she can find her father.  She's never even met him but she wants to know more about her family.  Mama bear raised her but it's not the same as a family...The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  You can buy it now on Amazon.I love this series.  It has all the elements of a good fantasy story.  There's good and evil, immortal and Read More
  • Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle by N. D. Wilson

    Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you travel through time and it doesn't turn out well, would you want to go back and try again?Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 19th.This is a twisted tale with some horror involved.  It's not only time travel, it's done again and again.  Things change (how many ways can you die?) and things stay the same but there's an evil man in the world that has some magic in him and he's trying to control the world.  The only way he can be Read More
  • The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo

    Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is new series called the Baztan Trilogy that was originally published in Spain.  It's the story of woman police officer who has a past she has hidden from her business colleagues and her husband.  Now she's investigating murders that are ritualistic and some try to blame the basajaun.  According to Wikipedia, "In Basque mythology, Basajaun (plural: basajaunak) is a huge, hairy hominid dwelling in the woods." That sounds a bit like our Bigfoot rumored to be up north.Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can Read More
  • How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace, Andy Elkerton

    Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This Leprechaun likes to do a little mischief when he visits the houses on the block.  They decide to trap him...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Mr. Elkerton's illustrations are bright and full in color and demonstrate just how much damage this little Leprechaun can do.  Mr. Wallace's tale is light and full of fun.This little fellow keeps bragging about he can always get away.  He washes your shoes, paints your toilet green and puts glitter in your hair.  He steals Read More
  • The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil, Lawrence, Mike (Illustrated by)

    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a regular girl who likes to draw.  She plans to become a comic artist but, now that she's graduated, she's not sure she wants to leave.  When you throw in a potential apocalypse, an old boyfriend back in town, and life decisions, her little world of comfort is blowing apart.Peachtree Publishers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.  This Aussie town is really small and her group of friends are tight.  When one of them sees a video that says the world is coming to an end Read More
  • Little Felted Dogs: Easy Projects for Making Adorable Pups by Saori Yamazaki

    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Needle felting is amazing to me.  When I had the opportunity to look at how they are created, I grabbed it.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.This starts with very basic information and instructions to get you on the right path.  I had no idea that the way they turn out had to do with a felting needle.  This needle has barbs on it and creates the texture by pulling bits of yarn up.The author walks you through the beginning steps and then offers advanced Read More
  • The Extraordinary Suzy Wright A Colonial Woman on the Frontier By Teri Kanefield

    Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    I don't generally read nonfiction but this was the story of a woman who immigrated from England with her family.  She was a Quaker but, in the early 1700's, she was also a feminist.  She lived an nontraditional life compared to other women of that era.  I had to read her story...Abrams Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.This is a lovely book.  It's filled with photos, side stories, and odd facts about life in that era.  It also has the look of an old manuscript on the pages, which is Read More
  • Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb

    Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her husband is ill and she sits by his bedside waiting for him to get better.  It's not to be, pneumonia kills him.  He was still a fairly young man, who would have thought he could die from a cold?Atria Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.Appalachian hill country people have their own ways.  They tend to take care of themselves, keep to themselves, and don't accept charity.  They'd rather do without than take charity.  They also aren't very social creatures.Once her husband dies, she has the women Read More
  • Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

    Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's come to visit her younger sister.  She wasn't able to attend the wedding, she's now a widow, and she wants to renew their friendship.  She never expected to find her sister acting as a Prince's consort...Pyr and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published April 12th.This book has a different flavor from Ms. Burgis' other books.  It's deeper, darker, and written for an older crowd.  This one is set back in the days of Empresses and Emporers and Princes.  There's more than one evil plan percolating at this castle.  Read More
  • How Many Legs? Katja Spitzer

    Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a cute counting book to help your child learn their numbers.  I like how it's put together.Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It's available now so grab a copy.The illustrations are simple.  You learn how many of what are on each page (eight legs for the spider) and then it gives you a chance to count for yourself.  This will emphasize what the child just read and emphasize their comprehension skill.The book is sturdy enough for smaller hands.  It's also a good book to share so they can take turns counting.  Read More
  • The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele

    Sun, 13 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    John can create a perfect casket.  He's learned to do it with all the right angles and produces a clean, good looking wooden casket.  He hates it.  He wants to do something else.  Anything else...Walden Pond Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 12th.This story has a mix of everything.  There's the mean aunt hoarding her money that John earns, his little sister, a circus, a little cuss that gets him trouble every time, a baker, a lady adventurer who's studying history, and more.  All these characters Read More
  • Cold-Blooded (Jocelyn Rush #2) by Lisa Regan

    Sun, 13 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Knox is a retired cop with not much time left.  He only has one open case and he's determined to find the answer before death.  He's not in good enough health to investigate and he's hoping new eyes will see something he didn't and find Sydney's killer.  He asks Jocelyn's private eye firm to help.  As a matter of fact, he comes directly to her home to ask her...I won this book in a giveaway by the author and I really enjoyed it.  It's been published, so you can grab a copy now.There was more than one victim and almost Read More
  • Changeling's Island by Dave Freer

    Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When he gets upset, strange things happen around him.  He's trying to impress a pretty girl and shoplifts a DVD in a store.  He gets caught, she denies knowing him and says he's a stalker.  While he's being braced in the office about the theft, a fire starts in the air conditioner and they all have to clear the building.  His mother decides that's the last straw and calls his father looking for a solution.  Their solution is to send him to Australia to live with his grandmother...Baen and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review Read More
  • Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan, Ben Hibon

    Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Thorn was trying to find his father when he's caught by slavers.  They thought his father was the one who poached the deer but it was Thorn.  He was hunting for food for his family but no one cares.  Poachers get punished by the loss of fingers and eventually their lives.  Since his father was at the third and final stage, he runs.  And now Thorn has been gathered in by slavers and he's on sale at the market...Disney-Hyperion and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 12th.Right before Read More
  • A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

    Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's going to avenge the deaths of her fellow FBI agents.  When so many died and it took so long for her recovery, she's amazed to find out that the major bad guy gets away by flipping and becoming an informant.  Why should a man who caused so many deaths be allowed to live?Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 11th.When she visits a castle where a medieval event is being held to get close the man she hates, she finds an opportunity to play the Read More
  • Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner

    Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Twenty-one stories of the future and all of them pure fantasy.  Short stories are my favorite reads, how could I pass this one up?Library Thing and Apex Publications gave me the opportunity to read this collection for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.This collection has a wide variety of stories.  Some focus on myths, some on sex, some on strange things the future may hold and some really got my attention.Here's the list of stories:    Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon (Issue 56)    If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky Read More
  • Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos, Elizabeth Szász (Translated by)

    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's been sent to a faraway hospital to recover from his injuries and illnesses from the war.  He's told that he only has six months to live.  He doesn't give up.  He starts writing letters to Hungarian women refugees, looking for a wife.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 12th.What makes this book special is that this a fictional story about the author's parents.  He found out years after his father died that the letters still existed.  He used them to provide the bones of Read More
  • Kuma-Kuma Chan's Home by Kazue Takahashi

    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He gets an invitation from his friend, Kuma-Kuma, to visit.  He lives quite far away but the boy doesn't hesitate.Museyon and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.He has to travel by train, bus and foot to the home of Kuma-Kuma.  When he arrives he's invited in for a visit.  There's not much conversation, mostly just camaraderie.  They have snacks, a meal Kuma-Kuma cooks and chat a bit.  It's a very mellow visit and the illustrations are simple and small.This would make a good bedtime book.  It's Read More
  • Aunty Lee's Chilled Revenge: A Singaporean Mystery by Ovidia Yu

    Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Aunty Lee's restaurant is doing a good business.  She has lots of repeat customers, a few employees, and she enjoys feeding people.  If only she hadn't sprained her foot falling off a ladder.  Soon, she has more than that to worry about.  A luncheon meeting at her restaurant looks like it's going to be a bit tense, so she joins the party to find out what's going on.  While they wait for the person meeting with them, someone kills her.  Who cares about an ankle now?William Morrow Paperbacks and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review Read More
  • On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

    Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Denise is trying to get her mother to leave and go to a shelter.  The comet is going to hit and they can't wait any longer for Iris.  But her mother doesn't want to leave without Iris.  It doesn't help that she's high and not functioning normally.  When they leave late, Denise is sure they won't make it on time.  Then she finds a teacher from school who has a companion that has broken her leg in a fall.  They load them in the car and there's hardly any time left.  The teacher takes them to another "shelter".  Instead of Read More
  • The Cold Between: A Central Corps Novel by Elizabeth Bonesteel

    Tue, 08 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's on shore leave with the rest of her crew but she's not having fun.  They're drinking too much and she's heard all their stories.  She'll just sit here at the bar and until she can sneak back to the ship.  She never expected to meet a pirate and spend the night with him...Harper Voyager and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.She certainly never expected him to be accused of murdering one of the crew, especially since he was with her and couldn't have done it.  She goes Read More
  • The Trolls Will Feast! (The Creeps #2) by Chris Schweizer

    Tue, 08 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The creeps are an odd group of friends that have become their own tribe.  They protect and defend each other.  Others pick on them and they try not to notice.  This time though, trolls are too big to ignore...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.They can't see what's bothering them but when Jarvis is being held in the air by his pant leg and something crunches on his bicycle helmet, they can tell they're in trouble!  It's a good thing he has a pants ejector to save himself!This is Read More
  • Diary of Anna the Girl Witch Book 1: Foundling Witch by Max Candee

    Mon, 07 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her uncle said he found her in a cave with a mother bear and her cubs.  He raised her until she was six and then took her to the lawyer handling her inheritance.  He puts her in an orphanage.  She doesn't know who her parents were and how she ended up in a cave with a bear...Helvetic House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The sisters at the orphanage are pretty tough but the girls and boys need to learn discipline.  Everyone wants Read More
  • The Tale of a No-Name Squirrel by Radhika R. Dhariwal, Audrey Benjaminsen (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 06 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Squirrel was the last slave.  He had no name, he just delivered the mail.  It was hard work but it was his job.  When a big local wedding comes around and he gets invited, he doesn't even have clothes to wear to it!Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review.  It will be published April 5th.This animal tale is filled with dogs, cats, the squirrel and even a crow.  It all starts when Squirrel makes the mistake of drinking the special wine for the married couple.  He was tempted into Read More
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