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  • 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
  • Grayling's Song by Karen Cushman

    Sat, 14 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother is a hedge witch who works with herbs and plants and trees to make potions.  She's learning a bit as she gathers supplies for her but her mother tends to think she's feebleminded and a bit worthless.  When their home burns down and her mother gets rooted to the ground, it's up to Grayling to find out why and work on undoing the spell.  Even if she doesn't know how to do it...Clarion Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.When she finds her mother's Read More
  • A Witch's Kitchen by Dianna Sanchez

    Sat, 14 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Millie just can't get her magic to work.  She tries spells and enchantments and they all backfire.  The only place she's got any "magic" is in the kitchen.  She's an excellent cook but she's not learning the witchcraft her mother is trying to teach her.  Then her grandmother, the current Baba, decides she should attend the Enchanted Forest school...Dreaming Robot Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  The book has been published so you can grab a copy now.Millie is thrilled to go school.  She can avoid her mom's lessons and her failures Read More
  • Maggie Dove by Susan Breen

    Fri, 13 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggie and her neighbor are having problems.  He wants her to move her oak tree so he has a better view out his big windows at the top of the house.  He paints and he doesn't want the tree in his pictures.  He even offers to pay for her moving it.  She refuses to and he attempts to poison her tree!Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published June 17th.Maggie is a Sunday School teacher that reminds me a bit of Miss Marple.  She's older, has her habits, and she Read More
  • Harry and Walter by Kathy Stinson, Illustrated by Qin Leng

    Fri, 13 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet picture book story about friendship.  Harry is four and three quarters and Walter is 92 and a half, but they both enjoy the company and play together.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.Harry is devastated when his parents decide to move.  He can't take Walter with him and he's going to miss him so much!  It's so bad Harry and Walter don't even say goodbye.  Walter stays in while they drive away.Harry can still rake up leaves Read More
  • Death at a Fixer-Upper: A Home Sweet Home Mystery by Sarah T. Hobart

    Thu, 12 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sam is a new real estate agent.  She is still learning the ropes and is hoping for a sale so she gets a commission to live on.  When a big old estate comes up for sale, she's excited for the opportunity.  Her son will be proud of her if she can pull this one off.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published May 17th.This is a new series and I like Sam as a character.  Her husband deserted her years ago and her son has grown up and turned into Read More
  • Oddly Normal Vol. 3 by Otis Frampton

    Thu, 12 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Fignation isn't getting any better.  It's lucky that they have Frankie to do games because he loves them, is good at it, and his humpback brother can put him back together again.  Unfortunately, her instructor has designs on her and she doesn't want to do what he wants...Image Comics let me read this comic collection for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This is fun series about a half-witch that doesn't fit in anywhere.  Not at home, not at Fignation.  She keeps on keeping on and trying to find her parents.When a witch Read More
  • With Malice by Eileen Cook

    Wed, 11 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if, when you woke up in a hospital with injuries, you find you can't remember what happened?  You can't remember the last six weeks of your life.  How worried would that make you?  It would be one of my greatest nightmares...HMH Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.No one will share anything about the accident, they won't let her have a phone, she has no TV and she doesn't remember a thing.  She's having trouble associating words.  They're there but she can't access Read More
  • Black Magick Volume 1: Awakening, Part One (Black Magick 1) by Greg Rucka (Author), Jodi Wynne (Artist), Chiara Arena (Artist), Nicola Scott (Artist)

    Wed, 11 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    This volume begins with a witches coven.  As the ceremony commences, a cellphone goes off.  One of the witches is being called back to duty.  Disappointed that she brought her phone and that they have to begin the ceremony anew, they understand that being a cop means you're always on duty.Image Comics allowed me to read this comic collection for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Rowen Black is a good cop.  She keeps her witch side hidden.  Her life has been fairly normal, but that's about to change.When they have a hostage Read More
  • Portrait of a Conspiracy by Donna Russo Morin

    Tue, 10 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    In 15th century Florence, women's lives were defined by their husbands.  That didn't mean women liked it or that they didn't know what was going on.  They had their own little activities where they met and chatted.  Who would have thought that painting was something a woman could be punished for?Diversion Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so you can grab a copy now.I wasn't sure if I would like this book.  Historical fiction about a conspiracy didn't really grab my attention.  However, the thought of a Read More
  • Miss Seeton Draws the Line by Heron Carvic

    Tue, 10 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton is a hoot.  She's always in the wrong place at the wrong time, gets involved in deadly cases and comes out unscathed, and she doesn't see why people get so excited.  She's also the subject of gossip in her little community.  It was so boring before...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published now, so you can grab a copy.There are young children being strangled and killed.  The police are baffled so the Oracle asks Miss Seeton for help.  She likes the inspector and is willing to do Read More
  • Shadows of the Dark Crystal #1 by J. M. Lee, Brian Froud (Illustrated by)

    Mon, 09 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a new fantasy series for young adults.  It's based on Jim Henson's Dark Crystal series and is set in the years before you enter his fantasy world.  I was not familiar with this series so I tried this one.  I'm glad I did.Grosset & Dunlap and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 28th.I recognized Mr. Froud's illustrations.  Nobody can take a drawing and make it breathe evil like he can.  His illustrations bring the monsters in this story to life.It's about a young Gelfling girl who longed for Read More
  • Death in Devon: A County Guides Mystery by Ian Sansom

    Mon, 09 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is the first in a new series about a Professor who is well versed in English history and writes essays and books about the countryside: What to see there, what to do, and info on historical monuments and moments of importance.Witness Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.The Professor is going to be giving a speech at a private school.  He's been invited by a personal friend.  He takes his daughter and his assistant along on the trip.  He also brings a couple of surfboards.The Professor Read More
  • Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke

    Sun, 08 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    That's not true.  I like goblins, dragons, trolls, elves, fairies and more as long as they are nice.  I couldn't skip this children's picture book because the illustrations were so sweet and it tickled my fancy, too.First Second Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published the 7th of June and I've already got my order in on a copy.He's perfectly happy living in his cave with his books, rats, and a treasure that has a skeleton with it.  He visits the skeleton, they play with their treasure, and it's Read More
  • The Body in the Wardrobe: A Faith Fairchild Mystery by Katherine Hall Page

    Sun, 08 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Savannah has it's own breed of hospitality and it is effusive.  Sophie married a boy from there but had no idea she would be overwhelmed by social butterflies.  It's going to hard to adjust.  Especially since Will keeps going away to work on a private eye case and isn't around much himself...William Morrow sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  This is an ongoing series and is available now.Sophie is the main focus of this story.  She's a newly wed living in a home that Will's stepmother is updating to sell.  She and Will Read More
  • Charcoal Joe: An Easy Rawlins Mystery by Walter Mosley

    Sat, 07 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Easy thinks his life is settling down finally.  He's got his own detective agency with two other private investigators.  He's going to ask his girl to marry him.  And then life will be great.  Unfortunately, when he goes to his girlfriend's house he finds out she came back from her trip with a new husband.  He's in a wheelchair and not very healthy but she's staying with him because he needs her.  So much for Easy's plans...Doubleday and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 14th.This is a series Read More
  • The Wages of Sin: An Ozarks Mystery by Nancy Allen

    Sat, 07 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Elsie is an assistant prosecutor.  She's good at her job and enjoys winning her cases.  The County Prosecutor, Madeline, doesn't like her much but she likes her results.  With a case where Madeline is going to ask for the death penalty, she's forced to work with Elsie because the other assistant doesn't believe in the death penalty.  When the prosecutors are already feeling conflicted and stressed you can tell this isn't going to be an easy case.Witness Impulse sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up Read More
  • Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger

    Fri, 06 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Finley can see ghosts.  If it wasn't bad enough having ghostly companions, they talk to her.  She doesn't understand what they are talking about but she can hear them.  Her mother tries to stop her awareness of this skill, so she moves in with her grandmother.  She has the power, too.  Everyone's power is a bit different, so she'll have to learn how to use hers on her own with a bit of guidance.Touchstone Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.When a retired cop asks her grandmother for Read More
  • Picture Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic

    Fri, 06 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton is going to the country to stay in a home she has inherited from her godmother.  She's getting close to retirement and is thinking about moving to the village in the country to relax and enjoy her retirement.  Miss Seeton being Miss Seeton manages to get in trouble before she leaves.Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It was just published, so you can grab a copy now.Somewhere in mystery travels, I have met Miss Seeton in the past.  She's a lovely lady who taught school and never goes anywhere without Read More
  • The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly

    Thu, 05 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her sister was dead.  She had been going to an expensive school that their father paid for and Ivy had stayed with her grandmother.  Her grandmother needed a caretaker so that was a good thing, but Ivy couldn't understand how her twin died.  Then she got a letter that told her she was chosen to fill the open spot at the school.  She wasn't sure she wanted to, but her grandmother told her to go...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.When Ivy arrives at the station, she's met Read More
  • Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga #1) by Colleen Oakes

    Thu, 05 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is not the traditional Wonderland story.  Alice is not in the story.  This is the story of Dinah, the King's daughter.  Her mother died long ago and now she's coming of age and will be declared Queen.  Then her father asks her to attend dinner with him and he makes a big announcement.  He has another daughter from an alliance during wartime...Harper Teen sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has just been published, so you can grab a copy now.There is a Mad Hatter.  It's her little brother.  He's been insane Read More
  • Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis

    Wed, 04 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sophie is going to have the most perfect wedding day.  She planned it all out and paid no attention to cost.  She put it on her credit cards without a care because her new husband would help her pay it back.  When he's a bit late, it bothers her.  But when she finds out he's not even in the country and has married someone else, she's devastated!  She tells everyone to eat, drink and be merry because she's going to be.  It even makes the social media...Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  Read More
  • The Vagrant by Peter Newman

    Wed, 04 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of a world I hope we never see.  An evil force that is green and mist-like fights one of the great guardians and kills her along with her knights.  It then creates itself a physical being using the corpses of the dead.  Doesn't that sound like your worst nightmare?  And now it's after the last Seraph Knight.  And he doesn't want to be caught...Harper Voyager and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.This one has the flavor of Stephen King's Gunfighter series.  He has Read More
  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

    Tue, 03 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story teases you, taunts you and the author manipulates you.  Ms. Mackintosh messes with your head.  It starts with the death of a five year old who was running across the street and it gets worse.  But I couldn't stop reading...Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today.The child's death was a hit and run.  The mother saw nothing to report because she was trying to help her son and then shock set in.  The detectives are trying hard, but it was dark rainy evening and no one Read More
  • Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 2: Feasts of Fury (Adventure Chef #2) by Eric Colossal

    Tue, 03 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    How could I not review a book that is named after one of my favorite stew vegetables?  Not only that, there's a pot that's magical.  It can walk, fly, and run errands.  What more could you want?  How about some gubblins?Abrams Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so you can grab a copy now.This is a silly fun story filled with outrageous antics, monsters, and food recipes you will never want to try!  It begins with Rutabaga on a journey to find the best things to cook.  He wants Read More
  • Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood

    Mon, 02 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you like circuses, carnies and unusual people, you'll love this book.  There's something for everyone in this story of fantasy.  This is a story of love, hate, murder, a plague and people that society might not find acceptable.  What I saw was a group of unwanted people doing all they could to protect those they loved and to stay alive...Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.Kitty is lost and alone.  She and her mother checked into the hotel.  Her mother got sick and the doctor sent Read More
  • You Are My Best Friend by Tatsuya Miyanishi

    Mon, 02 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's a T-Rex, the biggest, baddest dinosaur around.  He bullies everyone and loves to chase them.  What more could he want?  How about a friend?Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can buy a copy now.Ms. Miyanishi writes very nice picture books for little ones.  The illustrations are colorful, there's a lesson in the story, and they're quickly read.  They would work well for bedtime stories.When the big boy finds a dino who lives in the ocean and starts chatting with him, he finds out that he Read More
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