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  • Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness by David Casarett

    Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ladarat Patalung is a nurse ethicist.  She checks to see if everyone is doing all that they need to do for the patients.  It's a bit like being an auditor.  She pays attention to treatments, makes sure the patient's emotions are taken into consideration and she watches for discrepancies.  She never expect to be asked to do detective work...Redhook and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 13th.This story was set in Thailand and that was a real treat for me.  I enjoyed reading about the differences between Americans Read More
  • Jack Death by M.L. Windsor

    Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack and Nadine are neighbors and go to the same school.  They both have big secrets they can't tell.  Jack would prefer to be independent but since he gets bullied all the time it's nice to have a friend around.  Even if she is a girl.Creston Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 13th.This is a far out tale of imaginary creatures and a war between good and evil.  There are Blacks and Goldens, there are fixers, and everyone in this world seems to be mixed with Read More
  • God Gave Us Thankful Hearts by Lisa Tawn Bergren and David Hohn

    Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Little Pup is feeling sad that summer is coming to an end and hibernating season will begin.  He loses many of his friends to hibernation, the weather isn't as nice, and it's just depressing.  His mother takes him for a walk and has a talk.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It will be published August 23rd, so you don't have long to wait.My favorite part of this book is this sentence:  "The trick to having a thankful heart is thinking about the things that make us happy, rather than the things that don't."  Read More
  • The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat

    Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Izzy is just a regular kid who is unhappy with where they have moved.  It's a house her father inherited and she wishes he hadn't.  It's in the woods, they have no neighbors to speak of and it doesn't even have many stores.  What fun is that?Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.The man at the convenience store tells them they are living next door to a witch.  Izzy wants to know more but hasn't got time to find much out.  She decides to sneak Read More
  • An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson

    Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Walt's on a new case.  He's out of his jurisdiction so he says he's on vacation but it's a working vacation.  And it's even more dangerous than the cases he has at home.  Imagine trying to investigate a case during the Sturgis motorcycle rally...First to Read sent me an ebook of this story to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 13th.I've read the Longmire series now for a long time and the books just keep getting better.  There's always pain and suffering and a few people dead in them but the determination to solve the case Read More
  • Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart

    Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Constance likes being a deputy.  It's not a traditional post for a woman but she likes the challenges and the chance to make things right.  She likes helping the victims and seeks justice for the wrongdoer.  So she's very disappointed when the Sheriff has to demote her to jail matron because of politics.  He's working to get her reinstated but she's bored being a matron.  She learns some things there, too.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.  I really like this character.  She's proud, determined Read More
  • Painted Trillium by Robert Brandt

    Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Civil War impacted families in different ways.  It devastated families, caused brothers to fight on opposite sides and made people do unconventional things in order to survive and remain sane.  This author gives you an inside look at what it would be like to live at that time.  Carrie is a young woman who lost her fiance during the war.  Now she intends to teach school and be an independent woman.  But plans don't always work out...Wandering in the Words Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so Read More
  • The Crêpes of Wrath: A Pancake House Mystery by Sarah Fox

    Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Marley is running Uncle Jimmy's Pancake House until he  recovers from pneumonia and can get back to work.  She's surprised when he calls and says he's getting out of the hospital early.  She's even more shocked to find him dead in rocks on the beach.  Who would kill an old man and what's going to happen with his business now?Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Marley has met an old friend of hers from the past.  Brett is just as handsome as he used to be and he's Read More
  • The Lost Expedition (Poptropica) by Mitch Krpata, Kory Merritt

    Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Oliver, Mya and Jorge are off on another adventure.  They have the map that will take them anyplace they want to go and have managed to get a small boat.  The problem is that they aren't sure where to go.  They also have to worry about Octavian who wants the map.  And all those odd people with that odd tattoo that try to capture them...Amulet Books sent me a copy of graphic novel to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today and you can grab a copy now.This is an interesting series.  The three main characters seem Read More
  • Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov: Henry Hunter Series #1 by John Matthews

    Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Henry Hunter is almost a beast himself.  He decides to research things and just takes off to do it.  He takes his trusty sidekick, Dolf, with him.  As long as Henry is in charge, Dolf doesn't worry.  He should...Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th and it is written for middle graders.If you're going to read this book, you need to take off your common sense and logic and hang them on a tree somewhere.  This is a book of imagination that is great Read More
  • Lucy & Andy Neanderthal by Jeffrey Brown

    Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Living in the time of Neanderthals is not easy.  Just ask Lucy and Andy.  This graphic novel shares some of their adventures and is an easy way to learn about the past and be entertained both!Crown Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 30th.The kids are a bit silly and get into trouble here and there, but they mean well.  Andy wants to go on a hunt so bad he can taste it and he tries to camouflage him and follow along but he's found Read More
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

    Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a tale, dark and deep, about witches.  Alex is coming of age and they need to celebrate her "Deathday" which will help her control her magic.  She doesn't understand her magic and she doesn't want to learn more about it.  She wants it to go away...Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.I wasn't sure about reading this one.  It was about Brujas and seemed a little dark.  The author drew me in like I was standing in quicksand.  You read a few words, you read a Read More
  • Second Twin Legend of Rhyme Series Volume 1 Book 4 by Jaime Lee Mann

    Sat, 13 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the fourth book in this series and it concerns the twins who have left their time period and found themselves in present time.  The problem is that it is no safer here than the world they left behind.Blue Moon Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.The twins aren't sure where they are and they only have a pixie along with them for guidance.  They are hiding in the woods because the cars seem like monsters to them and planes remind them of big birds.  They Read More
  • Olivia Loves Owl by David McPhail

    Sat, 13 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Olivia has a pet owl and they do everything together!Abrams sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can pick up a copy now.This is a board book done for very young readers and the illustrations are luscious.  David McPhail writes stories that will capture the heart of the reader and his illustrations are whimsical and fun.  This would make a good bedtime book.  Both Olivia and the owl are going to sleep at the end.Since I doubt you have an owl pet, you might get your child a stuffed owl Read More
  • The Methods of Sergeant Cluff: A British Library Crime Classic by Gil North

    Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's no evidence, just a dead body.  She had more money than she should and she was pregnant.  Sergeant Cluff has nothing except some suspicions.Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.He knows where she worked and that she worked extra hours.  The pharmacist is an up and coming power in the local village and he's willing to use all his pull to escape suspicion.  He won't admit he had anything except a working relationship with her.  Cluff doesn't believe him, so he just stays in Read More
  • Marisol McDonald and the Monster: Marisol McDonald y el monstruo by Monica Brown, Ph.D., Sara Palacios (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Marisol loves every word that begins with an M, like her name.  Every one except Monster.  She's afraid of monsters...Children's Book Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can find a copy now.  It's bilingual which is a nice touch.When Marisol hears a bump in the night, she's sure there's a monster under her bed.  Her dad checks for her.  No monster.  She still can't sleep and joins her parents for a few nights.  When she thinks it will be better, she tries her bed again.The noise persists Read More
  • Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm: A British Library Crime Classic by Gil North

    Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sergeant Cluff is awakened from sleep by his animals.  First the cat and then the dog make enough noise to wake him up.  The ringing telephone didn't bother him at all.  He gets up to answer it and finds there's a body that was found and he's needed...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this crime classic (thank you).  A new edition will be coming out September 6th.Cluff is an interesting person.  He's a big man, who is very deliberate.  He takes his time coming to conclusions.  He also knows all the village people.  He grew up Read More
  • Miss Seeton, By Appointment by Hampton Charles

    Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The criminals don't really stand a chance when Miss Seeton is around.  She may not know what's going on or who the criminal is but somehow she always ends up in the middle of the case and exposes the wrong doing.  She's like a secret weapon...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this story for review (thank you).  It is being published today.I love Miss Seeton as a character.  She's a doddering old fool to everyone else but she does the job.She can't believe she got invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace!  The only reason she's brave Read More
  • The Wicked Go To Hell by Frédéric Dard, David Coward (Translated by)

    Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's being sent undercover.  They want to know who the man's boss is and he won't tell them even when tortured.  So they'll put him in prison too and he can try to befriend him to find out.Pushkin Vertigo and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 10th.This author wrote more than three hundred published works, many of them suspense stories.  I like the old stories and don't believe I've had the opportunity to read his work so I grabbed this one.  The words are sparse, the emotions are muted, and Read More
  • Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

    Tue, 09 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you started reading a book and realized it was written about your life experiences?  You're a writer that can't even write about your life, how can someone else?  She realizes it must be her best friend from the past.  How could he do that???Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It is being published today.Emi's mother left her and her father early in Emi's life.  Her father was a drunk.  She spent a good amount of her time staying out of his presence because he had a temper.  Jase lives next door.  Read More
  • Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley

    Mon, 08 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gertie's parents are divorced.  She lives with her father and her aunt (great aunt to be exact) and she can see her mother's house when she goes by on the school bus.  Her mother wants nothing to do with her but she's not willing to give up yet.  So when a for sale sign comes up on the house, she's determined to be the best student in the school so she can tell her Mom that and then she won't go away.  However, it's not easy to be the smartest...Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley gave me the opportunity Read More
  • Almost a Full Moon by Hawksley Workman, Jensine Eckwall (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 07 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He and his grandmother are going to host a gathering at their house during the winter.  She plans to make soup...Tundra Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's due to be published September 6th.This is a sweet story of family and camaraderie in their cabin in the woods. You get to see the contents of the soup, the boy helps get the meal ready and when the visitors arrive, everybody comes in and makes themselves at home.  One girl has a wolf as a pet, one family has a baby, the visitors are Read More
  • The Curse of the Bridal Chamber An Imogene and the Boys Novel by Hunter Murphy

    Sun, 07 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Billy, Imogene's son, wants to go to a Mermaid's Convention in Florida and visit the daughter of a woman he nursed.  Imogene and Agnes are widowed sisters in the late 70's and they've never seen a mermaid.  Jackson, Billy's partner, goes where ever Billy goes.  Jackson's bulldog, Goose, goes where he goes.  So they all pile in the car and head out for Florida.  When they arrive, the first place they go is out on the tour boat to see the sights.  Looking through the glass they see fish and plants and a dead body...Rolltop Pulishing and Net Galley allowed Read More
  • Max at Night by Ed Vere

    Sat, 06 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max is the cutest cat.  This series is written for young ones.  It stretches their imaginations and takes them on an adventure and then they and Max can go to sleep for the night...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.Max tells the moon goodnight each night but tonight he can't see it.  He can't go to sleep without making sure the moon heard him, so he starts out on a quest to get high enough to see the moon.First he climbs on top of the sleeping Read More
  • The Graces by Laure Eve

    Sat, 06 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's always been different.  That's why her mother moved here to this small town where people don't know them.  Mom is hoping for a fresh start.  The girl hates her new school, the new town, and everybody around her.  At least she does until she meets the Graces.  Then the girls from school tell her that they are witches.  Really?Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.As you read this story, you get the feeling there are things hiding in the shadows.  There's what happens in the Read More
  • Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie

    Fri, 05 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hercule Poirot and his friend from Scotland Yard, Edward Catchpool, are both invited to a home in the country for the weekend.  They aren't aware they would be there together until they arrived at the country home.  Upon meeting there, they decide it might be a bit more than just a casual visit.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.Ms. Hannah has resurrected Poirot and is taking him on a new adventure.  She uses Ms. Christie's characters well and the storyline is similar to what the Read More
  • Pop Manga Coloring Book by Camilla d'Errico

    Fri, 05 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Are you ready to set your mind free and just create a picture that gives you pleasure?  This coloring book has manga images that beg for color.  The subtitle is:  A surreal journey through a cute, curious, bizarre, and beautiful world.  It truly is.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  It has been published, so you can buy a copy now.  Manga art has always fascinated me so I wanted to see this book more for the images than anything.  They do not disappoint.  You have a lot of varieties, from faces to animals to one figure Read More
  • The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty

    Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    All he wants to do is read.  Yes, he's supposed to be a knight but he's not knightly.  He'd rather read!Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.This is one of the cutest picture books I've read for some time.  I suppose the real reason I'm so taken with it is that I am avid reader.  This could have been my story but I don't think I would have been that brave!The young knight is sent out on a quest assigned by his parents.  A local village Read More
  • New Beginnings: Book Two in the Growing Pains Series by KP Smith

    Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kendra is in high school and it's awful.  There are a lot more students, she doesn't know most of them, and she's shy anyway.  She eats her lunch out under a tree outside so she doesn't have to brave the lunchroom.  Then her little sister talks her into going in to lunch like everyone else.  The first time she goes, another student runs into her and knocks her food all over them both and the floor.  She's mortified...The author sent me a copy of this story in ebook form (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a Read More
  • The Most Frightening Story Ever Told by Philip Kerr

    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Billy Shivers doesn't do much but read.  He hangs out at the local library and reads about everything.  He has a special interest in ghosts.  When he finds there is local bookstore called "The Haunted Bookstore" he has to go visit.  It's not just a bookstore.  It's like a haunted house with all sorts of gadgets and tricks to scare you.  And it's there all the time, not just at Halloween...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.Billy hangs out in the store Read More
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