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  • The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson

    Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote children's books.  She also wrote lots of letters.  Some were to family, some were to friends, some were business, and some were for her fans.  She had a lot of readers who wrote to her.  Her personal style shows through the letters.  She was a kind gracious lady for the most part.  But she was willing to fight for a decent price on her books!HarperCollins sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.My favorite part of the book is the early letters Read More
  • Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching by Laura Gehl

    Fri, 01 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Peep wants the egg to hatch so she will have a friend to do things with.  Egg is a scared of the great big world and says it won't hatch.The author sent me a copy of this book during a giveaway.  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.Children's picture books are a favorite of mine.  Joyce Wan illustrates this one with simple lines and graphics and basic colors.  As Peep keeps suggesting what they can do together, the Egg says no and gives the reason why it scares it.  Peep persists.  The answer remains no.  Finally Peep Read More
  • When Falcons Fall (Sebastian St. Cyr #11) by C.S. Harris

    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sebastian has only come to this village to deliver a gift from a dead man.  Jamie's grandmother lives in the village and he wants to deliver the mechanical hummingbird Jamie bought her.  He feels a bit beholden because Jamie was killed because he looked like Sebastian.  Sebastian finds several people who look a bit like him but he still doesn't know who his father was...This is an Obsidian Mystery and I received a copy to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.I like Sebastian as a character.  He's stalwart, protects his Read More
  • The Secret of Sinbad's Cave (The Natnat Adventures Book 1) by Brydie Walker Bain

    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Nat can't believe they have to sell the farm.  It's home!  If only she could find a way to help financially...The author of this book shared a copy with me to read for review (thank you).  You can get a copy on Amazon now.The main characters are young adults who have varied interests and backgrounds.  They use what they know to work together as a team.  There are also legends, myths, and some magic involved.There is a treasure hidden in a cave.  Which cave is unknown.  When Nat's silly little sister starts jumping on the roof of the house, she Read More
  • The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tessa didn't want to go.  Her father failed her as a parent, now he's in prison, and she can't find it in herself to feel sorry for him because he's dying.  But she does feel an obligation to go.  She can't help it that he died before she got there.  Nor can she help reliving old memories and wondering if she and her friend Callie might have been wrong about what they thought they had seen...Delacorte Press sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on April 19th.Tessa is staying with Callie and Read More
  • Diary of a Maxed-Out Kid by Max Candee

    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Maxim has a crush on an impossible girl and suddenly becomes the target of the local bully.  Why can't school be simple?The author of this book shared it with me for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.I liked how the story was presented and how Max overcame his challenges.  He doesn't want to get in a fight with Tolik but he also doesn't want him bullying his friend Alex or his crush Tanya.  It's his good luck that Tanya wants him to do volunteer work and donate the funds to those in Read More
  • The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch (Second Edition) by Neil Gaiman, Michael Zuli (Illustrated by)

    Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's come to write a script so he hasn't told anyone he's in London.  However, they find him anyway.  A friend calls and invites him to dinner and theater the next night.  They have a visitor and could use another person to fill out the party.  He agrees.  He doesn't realize it could be dangerous.Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.This graphic novel shows you a world unlike any I've seen before.  Of course, I've never gone to a circus.When he meets his evening Read More
  • Making Manna by Eric Lotke

    Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Libby finds herself in an impossible situation at home.  She's pregnant and having a baby at fourteen.  Her mother is demanding to know who the father is.  Libby won't tell.  When the baby is born, her mother understands why she wouldn't say.  He's the spitting image of her husband...PR by the Book gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy at Amazon now.Libby goes to sleep after the labor, exhausted from the effort.  When she awakens her baby is not there.  Her father has set Read More
  • Snail and Slug by Denys Cazet

    Sun, 27 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Snail and Slug meet they find they are about the same size and they like the same things.  Snail invites Slug to come in her shell and have some iced tea.  Slug can't believe how big it is inside the shell!Antheneum/Richard Jackson Books and Edelweiss shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.They have such a good time together drinking their tea, they decide to go on a picnic together.  That's all going well until they get around to having a green salad.  Then a local bully (the banana slug) shows up Read More
  • Once Was a Time by Leila Sales

    Sun, 27 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Charlotte's father is a scientist and he believes time travel is possible.  Since it's 1940 and wartime in England, time travel doesn't sound too bad to Charlotte.  But since you don't know where you'll go and can't find your back, it doesn't sound very feasible.  You see, Charlotte's father believes they are a natural phenomena and not man-made.  He's trying to create one but hasn't been successful.Chronicle Books graciously sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 5th.Charlotte and Kitty are best friends; they do everything together.  When her father doesn't come Read More
  • Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill

    Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Homer wants to go to Wolf Camp.  He knows he'll learn a lot and he's tough enough to do it, he knows he is.  Now to just convince his humans!Schwartz & Wade and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.  If you like picture books or have a little one to spoil, you'll want to read this book!The illustrations are quirky, the dogs at camp are varied and they get some surprises when they go to camp.  The wolves are big, they eat wild food, and they HOWL!  Read More
  • Tea With Jam and Dread by Tamar Myers

    Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Magdalena Yoder has decided she needs to make her Inn a little more upscale.  Then she could charge more and offer more things.  So she's excited to book the Earl and Countess Grimsley-Snodgrass and their family as honoured guests,  Maybe she can start to pick up some international customers!Severn House and Net Galley allowed to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.Magdalena isn't the most confident person and she wants to put her best face forward.  She goes all out for them and they arrive as snobs who mistreat all the help, eat her Read More
  • 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
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