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  • 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
  • Charlotte and the Mysterious Vanishing Place: The Kare Kids Adventures #2 by Charles A Salter

    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Charlotte used to be afraid to go in the woods.  Now she easily goes through the woods to get to her vantage point where she can see around the countryside.  She loves surveying the land and the trees and feeling like one with nature.  When she notices something strange, she decides to check it out...PR by the Book and the author provided me with a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.  You might want to read The Secret of Bald Rock first.  This one can Read More
  • The French War Bride by Robin Wells

    Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amelie is ninety-one and she lives in a nursing home.  She has an open door policy so friends can drop in and visit.  But she never expected to see her husband's ex-fiance walk through the door.  She wasn't surprised by her words, though.  "I never knew what he saw in you."Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Amelie agrees to tell Kat how they met and why they married but she wants to do it in her own way.  She does wonder why she cares and Kat tells her Read More
  • Monstress, Vol . 1 by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

    Tue, 02 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    War is never a good thing.  In this world, the damage done is significant and those still alive appear to be more monster than human. When she's plucked from the group of prisoners being held, she knows it's not a good thing.  The others coming with her aren't happy either.  But they didn't know just what they were facing.  That's a good thing...Image Comics sent me an ebook of this comic to read (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.She's missing an arm but that doesn't make her less powerful.  She's wanted because she Read More
  • Revenge in a Cold River: A William Monk Novel by Anne Perry

    Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Monk has a problem.  He has a cop that hates him and is trying to get even for something that happened in the past.  Since Monk almost died from being hit and badly hurt by a carriage, he remembers nothing from the past.  What could he have done to make him hate him so?Ballentine Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.Monk is an old friend of mine.  I've been reading about him for years and was ready to see him in action again.  I had no Read More
  • Prince Noah and the School Pirates by Silke Schnee, Heike Sistig (Illustrations)

    Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Noah is now old enough to go to school.  He's excited.  They go by boat and there's special one for each type of student.  Those who are regular boys and girls go on their assigned boats.  Noah is a prince so that's the boat he joins.  They also have boats for those who couldn't see well and those who had trouble walking.  So they set sail for school...Plough Publishing House and Library Thing sent me this book to review (thank you).  It is being published today.They have a pink boat for the girls but the boys get an orange boat?  Read More
  • Cowgirl in the Kitchen By Julie Jarnagin

    Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's back in her hometown, living with her Dad, and putting together a restaurant.  It's a rundown bank building, she and her brother are financing it, and she needs a general manager.  When she finds him, he turns the job down.Serenade Books gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Jentry doesn't know the whole story on Gavin.  She just knows he does have restaurant experience and she needs him.  He won't work for her brother, there's history there.  So she tries to convince him to Read More
  • Home for Christmas Stories for Young and Old edited by Miriam LeBlanc Illustrated by David Klein

    Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This anthology of Christmas stories is one that could be taken off the shelf each Christmas and the stories shared again and again.  Re-read favorites, just pick a random story, or start from the beginning and read to the end.  There are twenty stories so read a story a day if you wish.Plough Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.  This would make a wonderful Christmas gift.I found three stories that particularly touched me and I want to share them with you:The Read More
  • Carter and the Curious Maze: Weird Stories Gone Wrong by Philippa Dowding

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carter is finding the circus amazingly boring.  All the things that used to scare him, don't.  None of the curiosities appeal to him.  Maybe he's getting too old to go to the circus.  But then he finds a new exhibit, it's a maze.  That might be fun...Dundurn and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 30th.Walking in the maze, he meets Mr. Green.  Mr. Green has garden shears and is trimming the maze.  He tells him he can take any path he wants but he can't turn around and come back, he Read More
  • Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Rasmus has grown up in the orphanage and Miss Hawk is quite strict.  When he gets in trouble by accident she tells him he's get his punishment in the morning.  She canes the bad boys and he's afraid of that.  He decides to run, but his friend won't go with him.  He's not sure if he's brave enough, but run he does...Plough Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can buy a copy now.I've read some of the Pippi Longstalking series, so I had to read this Read More
  • The Alien That Ate My Socks by Brandon Dorman

    Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rock is the school bully and he likes to play tricks on people.  The Hooligan brothers were just trying to undo a trick of his when the principal caught them and thought they were the ones doing the pranking.  They looked Rock up and asked him to stop.  He laughed at them.  So they challenged him to a go cart race.  If he lost, he stopped the pranks.  If they lost, they did his pranks for him.  So they had a good reason to win the race!Shadow Mountain and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review Read More
  • Noah A Wordless Picture Book by Mark Ludy

    Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Just about everybody knows the story of Noah and the ark he built.  This delightful book has no words but the illustrations are fantastic and you get a kaleidoscope of colors to please your eye.  Here's a really fun way to learn Noah's story!Plough Published shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.This would work perfectly for a bible study course, homeschooling, daycares, or as a book that will be well read at home.There are little details in the illustrations that will be missed Read More
  • What Dog Knows by Sylvia Vanden Heede, Marije Tolman

    Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Wolf is tired of dog always being smarter than he is, so he checks a book out on facts from the library.  The fact that he can't read has nothing to do with it.Gecko Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.This is a children's educational book that is done in a unique style with lots of fun thrown in with the facts.  The subjects covered are diverse, ranging from mummies to dragons and your child gets offered ideas on activities that can be at home as Read More
  • Miss Seeton at the Helm by Hampton Charles

    Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton is very excited.  She's won a trip to Greece.  Her friends George and Emily are going and she's thrilled at seeing all the artwork and architecture.  She doesn't know that Scotland Yard is paying for the trip and they hope she can help them solve a case.  She also doesn't know that another murder will happen while they are on the ship...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.It's an odd group on the ship.  There's a TV star that has a new girlfriend draped on him.  Read More
  • Geis: A Matter of Life & Death by Alexis Deacon

    Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a very well studied girl and is at the meeting because she was invited.  They are there to determine the next chief in the village.  Those who hold high positions think they should get them automatically.  The will from the dead chief states that they must pass a test to win.  They protest but no one listens.  Magic disperses them all over the Kingdom.Nobrow sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today, so you can get a copy now.This is a graphic novel that combines, magic, myth, folktales and Read More
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

    Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nina works at the library and she loves connecting people with books that resonate for them.  She knows a lot about books and it's the perfect job for her.  Unfortunately, her library is being closed and she has a chance to reapply to the main library or she can find a new job.  While she's trying to recover from the job loss, she keeps bringing library books home.  Her roommate is not thrilled.  She doesn't want more books in their home.  But what's Nina to do?  Then she got an idea...William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for Read More
  • The Ghosts of Pebble Brook Lodge by Linda Covella

    Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Pepper has had to move again.  Her parents refurbish homes, restaurants, even lodges.  They are also chefs.  Every time Pepper has made a new friend that she really likes, they move.  At least this time it's just some miles away, not states away.  She was doing OK with the change until she saw the ghost...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy on Amazon now.Pepper and her little sister explore the lodge but it's huge.  One unique thing about it is that a Read More
  • The Secrets She Kept (Fairham Island #2) by Brenda Novak

    Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Josephine is a toxic parent.  She is totally focussed on herself.  She keeps herself in shape, fixes any little flaws, has money, image and power in her world and she has no patience for anyone who might make her look bad, including her children...  Mira Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow and you can grab a copy then.  Or you could win my ARC!  See the last paragraph for how to enter the giveaway.  When she's found dead in her bathtub, her son knows she didn't commit suicide.  Read More
  • A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt

    Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Genevieve has become a doctor as her father wished.  However, she's specializing in psychology and her father would have preferred a medical doctor degree.  He's willing to let her try, though.  He just doesn't understand how far she is willing to go to help her patients.Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.This is a Victorian mystery and the first in a new series.  The author gets very detailed in descriptions of the past as well as the present.  It read a bit slowly but it was interesting and Read More
  • Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

    Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Madeline does not like to read.  She has trouble with the words, others make fun of her, and she can just do without reading.  That isn't true in school or in life.  She tries.  She really tries and all she gets is hearts that say try harder.  She wants a star...Peachtree Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.This book is close to my heart.  I've been reading since age three and I've helped others learn to read by reading together, letting them read to me and finding Read More
  • Machinations by Hayley Stone

    Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Rhona is a warrior.  She's smart, fearless, and battle worn.  The world she lives in is tired and worn out, but she refuses to give up.  The machines have become their enemy and they want to kill all the humans.  She's on a mission to kill them first.Hydra and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 26th.The author begins the story by killing the main character.  That doesn't sound like a good start but don't worry.  She knew there was a good chance of that happening and she Read More
  • Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris

    Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Grace had a good job, loved her little sister with Down's syndrome and enjoyed her life.  When her sister starts waltzing in the park with no partner, she thinks it's special that she learned to dance like that.  When a man walks towards her, she gets up to defend her.  But he just bows and then dances with Millie.  He touches her heart when he does that.  Then he asks her out on a date.  She should have said no...St. Martin's Press sent me a copy an early reader's edition of this book to read for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • Warship Jolly Roger by Sylvain Runberg, Miquel Montlló

    Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The prisoners have broken out and while those who instigated it are dead and many others have been recaptured, the prisoner the president is most afraid of has escaped.  He should be afraid.  He railroaded Munro into prison for war crimes when he was following orders...Magnetic Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 9th.This a graphic novel with luscious artwork by Miquel Montllo.  Sylvain Runberg has written a story that resembles a Star Wars scene.  It's a nasty world in the future where those with money and power rule Read More
  • The Angels' Share (The Bourbon Kings #2) by J.R. Ward

    Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The King of Bourbon is dead.  Who will replace him?NAL sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you). It will be published July 26th.  If you haven't read the first one in the series, you might consider doing that for continuity.  This book can be read as a standalone, though.When you are living in a family of wealth, finding out you're broke can be a big shock.  It seems dad was spending money faster than he was making it.  He took out debt and then backed it with the family's assets.  The only good thing Read More
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

    Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Every year, a new baby is left in the woods.  It's said to be a sacrifice to the witch so their homes will be safe, but those leaving the baby behind assume animals get it.  Little do they know there is a witch...Algonquin Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 9th.The witch takes the babies to the free cities where families are happy to adopt them.  She thinks she's saving the babies but she doesn't know that someone in the city that sacrifices them lives off Read More
  • H.A.L.F.: The Makers by Natalie Wright

    Wed, 20 Jul 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Could you go to an alien world and fit in? Would you like to be used as a test subject for the gray ones?  What's worse, your boyfriend got left behind.  What hope do you have for survival?  This author gives us a story that answers some of those questions.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can find a copy on Amazon now.Erika is seventeen and is learning about love.  She has a special relationship with Tex, a hybrid human and robot.  She loves Jack who Read More
  • Nothing Short of Dying: A Clyde Barr Novel by Erik Storey

    Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Are you ready for a fast dangerous ride through the forest?  Have you got all your weapons with you?  Can you trust the ones you're with?  Then let's ride!Scribner and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 16th.Clyde Barr just got out of a Mexican jail and he's camping in Colorado.  He needs to rest and regroup before he continues on into Alaska and the wilds.  He's had it with people and mercenary work.  Then his sister calls and tells him he needs to come get her or she's Read More
  • This Must Be the Place By Maggie O'Farrell

    Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He should just stay away from women.  Or maybe they should stay away from him.  He's not real lucky in love...Knopf sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Daniel starts life with great expectations.  He has a wife and children and a good job and he's happy with life.  Until he finds she's been sleeping with someone else.  Then it's divorce, a custody battle and she won't let him see the children.His next great love he left behind when he went to his mother's funeral.  He intended to go back Read More
  • Dragon Age: Magekiller by Greg Rucka, Carmen Carnero

    Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are paid to kill mages.  Mages are dangerous, can be bought to serve one side or the other, and the damage is bad when they are fighting.  Drawing up demons doesn't endear them to society.  So these two travel the land and, when paid enough, will kill the mage more as damage control than blood thirst.  It's still bloody, though.Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 9th.The assassins are quick with their weapons and in good physical shape but they need their brains and Read More
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