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  • 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
  • Dead Loudmouth by Victoria Houston

    Sun, 01 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lew is the police chief and she's surprised to get a call about a dreadful accident at a private local gentleman's club.  She sure didn't expect to find two naked people on top of a piano that were dead because the ceiling crushed them.  How many lounges have pianos that raise like that?Tyrus Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read the ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.What Lew finds is that no one is very enamored by either of the victims.  It also appears that this was no accident.  Who killed them Read More
  • The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen, Rebecca Guay (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 01 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's the youngest of her sisters and she is training to be an herbalist like her father.  When she finds an usual plant and shows it to him, he tells her it's Dragon's Bane.  It shouldn't exist unless there is a dragon near but he tells her not to worry.  After all, the dragons have all been killed...Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.When her father goes back to get some of the herbs they had passed by, he never comes back.  Other people or Read More
  • See Also Deception: A Majorie Trumaine Mystery by Larry D. Sweazy

    Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Marjorie is worried.  She's been calling the library and nobody answers the phone.  She has a quick question for the librarian, who she uses as a resource in her indexing work.  She has to be there.  Could she be in a meeting?  When she finally reaches someone, it's the police.  The librarian won't be answering any more phone calls...Seventh Street Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book will be published May 10th.Marjorie wants to go in and find out what happened.  They're saying it's suicide but she knows it can't be.  Read More
  • Nebula Awards Showcase 2016 Edited by Mercedes Lackey

    Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When you're talking about science fiction and fantasy, the annual collection of stories and excerpts from the Nebula Awards has to be at the forefront of what to read.  It introduces you to new authors, the type of story they write and you can be astounded by some of the tales.  No matter what you like, you should find some here.Pyr Science Fiction and Fantasy sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.There are twenty stories here.  Some were so so, some really grabbed me.  One story I had Read More
  • Phage by Mark Tamplin

    Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Scientists are a bit strange normally.  They don't think like a normal person, they can be reticent and unemotional, and they seem totally focused on their work.   Add in insanity and you have a the proverbial "mad scientist".  Now picture him ready to get even with a pharmaceutical company and the world.  Scary, isn't it?Mr. Tamplin sent me a copy of his self-published book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy on Amazon.I was pleasantly surprised by this read.  I was afraid it would be too dry, too technical and Read More
  • Body and Bone by L S Hawker

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nessa is married, has a son, and also does a successful blog and radio show.  When her husband relapses on drugs again, she kicks him out of the house and out of her life.  It hurts, but she won't let her past revisit again and she won't have drugs around her son.  Then she finds out he's missing and presumed dead.  The cops think she's killed him...Witness Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.This book is chilling.  Some is stalking her, sending posts from her that Read More
  • Dexter the Very Good Goat by Jean Malone, Jia Min Lin

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Have you ever been around a goat?  Did you ever find a good one?  They're unique individual characters with their own odd personalities!Schiffer and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Dexter has very long horns and is a bigger build than the other goats.  He's very proud of his looks.  He's also well behaved.  If someone grabs his horns and shakes his head, he might happen to butt them but that's in self-defense.  He has no bad behaviors but he has a fear.  Read More
  • Melody of Murder: A Cotswold murder mystery by Stella Cameron

    Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alex is looking through the graveyard by the church trying to decide where she'd like to put a bench in memory of the loss of her child.  She hears music and a beautiful voice and thinks about going in to see who's in the church using the piano.  She hesitates disturbing the singer.  And then the music stops...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 15th.Not only has the music stopped, the girl playing it has stopped too, permanently.  She hates to be the one to find another Read More
  • The September Letters by Maeve Binchy

    Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    It was just a chance meeting at an airport bar while waiting for their flights.  They were an older couple who were minding their business until the younger couples' argument got violent.  When the woman breaks her drink glass and attempts to go after the man she's fighting with, they and the bar attendant step in.  When he's gone and she's had her cry, they chat a bit and then part to go their ways.  They share addresses and suggest they write once a year to stay in touch and to see if things are alright...Edelweiss and Vintage Books gave Read More
  • Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp

    Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ivy is quite a piece of work.  She turns around anything you say and makes it different.  She'll look you straight in eye and lie.  She creates tales about where she's going and she sneaks out at night.  If she didn't call everyone dearie all the time they might notice this about her...Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 31st.Ivy has been taken in by the couple who sell undertakers' services.  They have her read poetry that fits the moment of death.  These are not sweetness Read More
  • I Wanna be a Great Big Dinosaur by Heath McKenzie

    Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    We all have dreams.  Did you ever dream of being a dinosaur?  I always wanted to be a dragon...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky sent me a copy of this picture book for review (thank you).  It will be published in May.If you have child who loves to act out what he/she reads, this is an ideal book for them.  The dinosaur is giving the little boy guidance into how to act like one.  After all, he's made himself a tail like one.  Now he gets to learn how to roar and how to stomp his feet.  Let your child do that, too.  The Read More
  • The Lost Compass by Joel Ross

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the second book in the Fog Diver series and I wasn't about to miss it.  The first one was fantastic and I wanted to know how this troupe of junkyard kids handled the rest of their journey.  This read was just as exciting as the last one!HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 24th.  Chess is the fog diver and he's managed to stay alive so far.  The driftsharks try to get him but he's just a bit too fast for them.  That doesn't make it Read More
  • Do You See What I See by Helen Borten

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    This is an introduction to drawing and shapes.  You learn what shapes are named and what they can do and how to draw them.Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It is being published in May so you can grab a copy then.The illustrations are simple and basic and in bright primary colors.  In poetic words, the author uses color and text to illustrate the basic shapes.  She talks of ploughed fields stretching across the countryside.  How slanted lines can be a slide or skis or a seesaw.This is a good educational resource Read More
  • A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff

    Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    They're going to camp.  It's a special camp for those that have talents.  Each of them has a secret talent, a skill that enhances them in some way.  And someone at camp wants to steal them...Philomel Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 24th.I enjoy reading stories about magic so this one caught my eye.  Ms. Graff has approached the idea of magic with a totally different approach.  Magic is common but not everyone has it.  Those that do are proud of it and use it to Read More
  • Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

    Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mercy is determined to go the white girl's school up on Nob Hill.  She can only go through 8th grade at the Chinese school and she knows she needs an education to become a young woman who can help her family financially.  She knew she would have her battles there but she didn't know how much she would lose in her attempt to get ahead.G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 24th.Mercy almost blackmails herself into the school.  She has a Read More
  • Princess Juniper of the Anju by Ammi-Joan Paquette

    Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Princess' father is being held prisoner in his own castle.  Juniper intends to go free him.  All she has in her personal kingdom are children like herself but they have made a new home for themselves and she's determined to save her father.Philomel Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 24th.This is written for middle graders and it should hold their attention and amuse them.  Juniper takes a few people with her and goes to find their stolen horses.  What she finds is another settlement.  They Read More
  • The Bluebonnet Bride by Pamela Tracy

    Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is the first novella of the Lone Star Brides collection.  I like Western romances and this was a bit over a hundred pages so it was a short read.  Just what I was in the mood for!Serenade Books sent me an ebook to read for review (thank you).  The book has been published, so you can grab a copy on Amazon now.Amy had a mother who wasn't much of a mom.  She took care of her own needs and ignored Amy for the most part.  She certainly didn't love her.  Now that Amy is old enough to be on Read More
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill

    Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is horrifying because it could be true.  It's an airborne disease that travels through ash.  If the ash touches you, you get the disease.  It's an unusual disease...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 17th.Stress can set you on fire.  Dragon scales form on your skin just like tattoos and you either learn to control the fire impulse or it eats you up.  Watching people instantly combust in front of you is terrifying.As is usual, the government responds too slowly, the disease spreads and then vigilante Read More
  • Klickitat by Peter Rock

    Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her sister is the only one who calm her anxiety attacks.  She lets her hold on until they have passed.  Vivian knows that she has to take the medicine the doctor gives her and her mother even counts the pills.  Audra tells her she needs to stop taking it, it's part of what is making her weird.  Who's right?Abrams Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.The question of who's right is the theme of this book.  Vivian doesn't want to lose her Read More
  • Camp Rolling Hills Book 2: Crossing Over by Stacy Davidowitz

    Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's time for camp again and Melman can't wait.  Her first love in life is soccer but camp isn't far behind.  She's here to have fun and play soccer!Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.This camp is unique.  No matter what you expect, you probably won't find it here.  However, you will find lots of things that are unexpected!Melman finds her friend and they go to stake their claim on beds.  She can't believe it when she finds the rest of the girls deciding which pink Read More
  • Camp Rolling Hills by Stacy Davidowitz

    Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Stephanie (who's been nicknamed Slimey at camp) is looking forward to going to camp and seeing her friends again.  While she's on the bus making her way there, she sees a cute boy in another seat.  She just barely manages to meet him when she drops her colored pencils and he returns them to her.  She's thinking she might like to talk to him at camp but doesn't have the chance right away.Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.I've never been to camp but it sure Read More
  • Complete Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Leah Moore, John Reppion

    Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Most everyone has read Alice in Wonderland at some point in their life.  I've read several different editions.  I have to say this graphic novel was one of the most fun ways to do it.  It's great for young ones who haven't met Alice yet, too.Dynamic Entertainment and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so grab a copy now.The graphics make this story come to life.  The story itself is a synopsis of the Lewis Carroll story and it makes it much easier to understand.  The Mad Hatter looks Read More
  • Red's Planet: Book 1: A World Away from Home by Eddie Pittman

    Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a graphic novel that is a fun read.  Red doesn't like her foster home and keeps trying to escape.  When she does it for the third time, the cop tells her that now she's going to have to go to a facility instead of another home.  She tries to break out of the car but can't.  When the aliens come to visit, they pick up the classic cop car and take her into space...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today, so you can grab a Read More
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