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  • Changeling's Island by Dave Freer

    Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When he gets upset, strange things happen around him.  He's trying to impress a pretty girl and shoplifts a DVD in a store.  He gets caught, she denies knowing him and says he's a stalker.  While he's being braced in the office about the theft, a fire starts in the air conditioner and they all have to clear the building.  His mother decides that's the last straw and calls his father looking for a solution.  Their solution is to send him to Australia to live with his grandmother...Baen and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review Read More
  • Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan, Ben Hibon

    Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Thorn was trying to find his father when he's caught by slavers.  They thought his father was the one who poached the deer but it was Thorn.  He was hunting for food for his family but no one cares.  Poachers get punished by the loss of fingers and eventually their lives.  Since his father was at the third and final stage, he runs.  And now Thorn has been gathered in by slavers and he's on sale at the market...Disney-Hyperion and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 12th.Right before Read More
  • A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

    Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's going to avenge the deaths of her fellow FBI agents.  When so many died and it took so long for her recovery, she's amazed to find out that the major bad guy gets away by flipping and becoming an informant.  Why should a man who caused so many deaths be allowed to live?Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 11th.When she visits a castle where a medieval event is being held to get close the man she hates, she finds an opportunity to play the Read More
  • Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner

    Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Twenty-one stories of the future and all of them pure fantasy.  Short stories are my favorite reads, how could I pass this one up?Library Thing and Apex Publications gave me the opportunity to read this collection for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.This collection has a wide variety of stories.  Some focus on myths, some on sex, some on strange things the future may hold and some really got my attention.Here's the list of stories:    Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon (Issue 56)    If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky Read More
  • Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos, Elizabeth Szász (Translated by)

    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's been sent to a faraway hospital to recover from his injuries and illnesses from the war.  He's told that he only has six months to live.  He doesn't give up.  He starts writing letters to Hungarian women refugees, looking for a wife.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 12th.What makes this book special is that this a fictional story about the author's parents.  He found out years after his father died that the letters still existed.  He used them to provide the bones of Read More
  • Kuma-Kuma Chan's Home by Kazue Takahashi

    Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He gets an invitation from his friend, Kuma-Kuma, to visit.  He lives quite far away but the boy doesn't hesitate.Museyon and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.He has to travel by train, bus and foot to the home of Kuma-Kuma.  When he arrives he's invited in for a visit.  There's not much conversation, mostly just camaraderie.  They have snacks, a meal Kuma-Kuma cooks and chat a bit.  It's a very mellow visit and the illustrations are simple and small.This would make a good bedtime book.  It's Read More
  • Aunty Lee's Chilled Revenge: A Singaporean Mystery by Ovidia Yu

    Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Aunty Lee's restaurant is doing a good business.  She has lots of repeat customers, a few employees, and she enjoys feeding people.  If only she hadn't sprained her foot falling off a ladder.  Soon, she has more than that to worry about.  A luncheon meeting at her restaurant looks like it's going to be a bit tense, so she joins the party to find out what's going on.  While they wait for the person meeting with them, someone kills her.  Who cares about an ankle now?William Morrow Paperbacks and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review Read More
  • On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

    Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Denise is trying to get her mother to leave and go to a shelter.  The comet is going to hit and they can't wait any longer for Iris.  But her mother doesn't want to leave without Iris.  It doesn't help that she's high and not functioning normally.  When they leave late, Denise is sure they won't make it on time.  Then she finds a teacher from school who has a companion that has broken her leg in a fall.  They load them in the car and there's hardly any time left.  The teacher takes them to another "shelter".  Instead of Read More
  • The Cold Between: A Central Corps Novel by Elizabeth Bonesteel

    Tue, 08 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's on shore leave with the rest of her crew but she's not having fun.  They're drinking too much and she's heard all their stories.  She'll just sit here at the bar and until she can sneak back to the ship.  She never expected to meet a pirate and spend the night with him...Harper Voyager and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.She certainly never expected him to be accused of murdering one of the crew, especially since he was with her and couldn't have done it.  She goes Read More
  • The Trolls Will Feast! (The Creeps #2) by Chris Schweizer

    Tue, 08 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The creeps are an odd group of friends that have become their own tribe.  They protect and defend each other.  Others pick on them and they try not to notice.  This time though, trolls are too big to ignore...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.They can't see what's bothering them but when Jarvis is being held in the air by his pant leg and something crunches on his bicycle helmet, they can tell they're in trouble!  It's a good thing he has a pants ejector to save himself!This is Read More
  • Diary of Anna the Girl Witch Book 1: Foundling Witch by Max Candee

    Mon, 07 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her uncle said he found her in a cave with a mother bear and her cubs.  He raised her until she was six and then took her to the lawyer handling her inheritance.  He puts her in an orphanage.  She doesn't know who her parents were and how she ended up in a cave with a bear...Helvetic House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The sisters at the orphanage are pretty tough but the girls and boys need to learn discipline.  Everyone wants Read More
  • The Tale of a No-Name Squirrel by Radhika R. Dhariwal, Audrey Benjaminsen (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 06 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Squirrel was the last slave.  He had no name, he just delivered the mail.  It was hard work but it was his job.  When a big local wedding comes around and he gets invited, he doesn't even have clothes to wear to it!Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review.  It will be published April 5th.This animal tale is filled with dogs, cats, the squirrel and even a crow.  It all starts when Squirrel makes the mistake of drinking the special wine for the married couple.  He was tempted into Read More
  • Cast Adrift by Mannah Pierce

    Sun, 06 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jax is hoping to become a cabin boy on a spaceship.  That would eliminate some of the danger to him.  He's the heir apparent of a major clan who owns many assets.  His father and mother were killed by his uncle and now he's after him.  The only problem he has is that he doesn't know who he's supposed to be meeting.  They need to show him a special signal...The author and Publishing Push sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can find a copy on Amazon.There are Read More
  • Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan

    Sat, 05 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a runaway slave.  He's punished for stealing a bible even though it was a gift from his owner's wife.  He can't admit he can read or that he got a gift.  So he's whipped and shamed as a thief.  When night comes, he runs...Algonquin Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 5th, so make a note on your TBR list.Jonah is eighteen and in good shape when he starts his journey north but that doesn't last.  As he gets more hungry, he finds himself stealing what Read More
  • Poptropica Mystery of the Map by Jack Chabert

    Sat, 05 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    They're just going on a hot air balloon ride, that should be safe enough.  They are visiting with their parents and seeing the sites and it's great.  Until their pilot takes them off course...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.This is a graphic novel with chapters that is written for younger readers.  I found it amusing and fun to read.  Kory Merritt did the illustrations and they are lovely.  Lots of colors,  big-eyed characters and odd looking animals populate the pages.When Read More
  • Hill House by Blair Howard

    Fri, 04 Mar 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Harry Starke is a real interesting character.  He's a private eye that reminds me a bit of Philip Marlowe.  He's mean, tough, and has women trouble.  He also has soft spots.  When his former  girlfriend calls and asks him to come and look at a dead body, he knows it has to be something strange.  After all, she's a cop.  It has to be unusual if she wants his help.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy on Amazon for your Kindle now.There's really Read More
  • Thirteen Brother Pirates: The Journey Begins by John R Mattox II

    Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    They are orphans living on the street until they find shelter.  The house that takes them in expects work from them and any food is shared amongst all.  When they decide to have a picnic on the beach, no one expected to be pressed into service by Navy.  Too bad, they're herded on board and are given tasks to do.  If they do them incorrectly or slack off when working, they're punished.The author and Publishing Push sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now Read More
  • The Somewhat True Adventures of Sammy Shine by Henry Cole

    Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sammy is just a little mouse who is happy living in his box with his shavings and eating peanuts.  It's when his human's older brother decides he should be a test pilot for a model airplane that everything changes...Peachtree Publishers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.When the two brothers fight about Sammy going up in the plane, the older brother steps on his control mechanism and destroys it.  Sammy goes up and away.  They figure they have lost both the plane and Sammy...Mr. Cole makes Sammy Read More
  • New Orleans Noir: The Classics Edited by: Julie Smith

    Thu, 03 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This anthology really has the feel of New Orleans.  I found several stories to like in this grouping and I bet you do, too.  Since it includes classic stories, you even get some from the late 1800's.Akashic Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.I really liked the older stories in this collection.  Of course, I've always had a fondness for the past but the style of writing then was more subtle.  They expressed horror but didn't describe it like they do nowadays.  No details, you just visualized your own horrors.The best Read More
  • The Night Wanderer by Alys Clare

    Wed, 02 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lassair answers her door to find a young boy yelling about an injured man.  She's a healer, so she grabs her bag and heads towards the river.  When she gets there, she knows there is nothing she can do to help the man.  A good portion of his throat has been torn out and he's dead.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.I like this series.  It's a bit magic and a lot of fantasy.  There's a love interest, the mysteries are good, and I'll be reading Read More
  • Stockholm Noir (Sweden) Edited by: Nathan Larson and Carl-Michael Edenborg

    Wed, 02 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is another in the Noir series created by Akashic Books.  This one shows you the dark corners of Sweden.  My mind pictures white blondes in ski clothes.  That's not who you read about in these stories...Akashic sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published now.There are thirteen stories, all quite different and all interesting.  Some of the characters you meet are evil, some are warped, one's a vampire, and all are people I don't want to meet.The scariest story was Nineteen Pieces by Carl-Micheal Edenborg.  He knew how to write a story Read More
  • All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

    Tue, 01 Mar 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Perry is an unusual boy.  He's grown up inside a prison and he loves his life there.  He has his own room, he goes to school, he has lots of friends and his mother is there.  It's an odd situation but it's normal to him.  Until things change...Katherine Tegen Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.The warden is Perry's guardian.  I really enjoyed reading about his friends he's made.  When he's pulled out of the prison and put into a foster home, he's very upset.  He feels physically ill from the Read More
  • Quick and The Dead: A contemporary British mystery by Susan Moody

    Tue, 01 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alex and Helena are creating books together.  They pick art photographs, collate them in book form and create text to explain their significance.  They contrast each other and that works well in their book endeavors.  When they quit for the day, Alex reminds her that they have a meeting the next day to put together a book deal and that Helena needs to be there and be on time.  She promises she will.  But she doesn't show up...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published May 1st.When Alex goes to Helena's Read More
  • Just Like Me by Nancy Cavanaugh

    Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She doesn't want to go to camp.  She wants to stay home and work on arts and crafts with her girlfriend.  Just because she isn't sure of her heritage doesn't mean she wants to spend time with the two other Chinese girls she knows.  They were all adopted by Americans and she's happy to be American.Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.When she gets to camp it doesn't get better.  They have a bully in their cabin, along with two other girls they don't know.  No Read More
  • The Skeleton Garden: A Potting Shed Mystery by Marty Wingate

    Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Pru and her brother and nephew begin digging up a portion of the garden, they find a body.  She doesn't have to go looking for trouble; it finds her...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 15th.Pru is married to a cop (they're still in the honeymoon stage) so she knows what to do.  The body has no identification, just a ring on a bony finger.  Who he is remains a mystery.  Then there's another death...All this ties back to the end of WWI.  There's a German plane Read More
  • Sabotage: A Reece Culver Thriller - Book 2 by Bryan Koepke

    Sat, 27 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Reece Culver is back and his life isn't any calmer in this book.  He and his friend Haisley are going to Scotland to go fishing.  It's time for some R &R and they both love to fish.  What they didn't expect was to witness a car going over the embankment into the water.  Reece tries to help the driver but the vehicle sinks too quickly and the water is too deep.  When he gets back up on the road, he hears another driver tear out of there from above.  It seems the driver who went to the watery grave was Read More
  • Clawback: An Ali Reynolds Novel by J.A. Jance

    Fri, 26 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ali and B. are back again and still sticking their noses in trouble.  This time they have to prove that Ali's father is not a murderer...Touchstone and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 8th.I always enjoy reading about Ali and her husband's snooping business.  The wonders of technology and hackers abound in their stories and they make the most of what's available to them.  Sometimes they find things that aren't really available but they'll use those, too.Ali and B. are busy trying to save Bob, who would never Read More
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

    Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amani is leaving.  She's not sure how she's going to get out of Dustwalk but she's not going to marry her uncle.  She'd rather die than sleep with him.  That makes attending a gun competition in an old barn a no brainer.  If she wins, she'll have more money than she's ever seen.  If she loses, she'll just have to run without money.  After all, dressing as a boy is no real disguise.  But the event doesn't turn out either way she planned...Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank Read More
  • Staircase to the Moon by Elizabeth Haran

    Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Emily has grown up with her father and her brothers.  Her mother died long ago and she works in her father's tailor shop.  She works hard and is not allowed to date.  The one boy she kissed at church got beat up by her brothers.  She can't even go shopping by herself.  Then they introduce to a man who reminds her of a puffer fish and tell her he's got money and is a tailor himself and will be a good addition to the family.  They expect her to marry him!Bastei Entertainment and Net Galley allowed me to read this Read More
  • The Duke's Accidental Wife: Dukes of War #7 by Erica Ridley

    Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This series is a fun read.  It's romantic but not filled with sex.  And Ms. Ridley's characters always start at cross angles and no desire to get married.  Ha!The author invited me to read this Net Galley copy for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.The Duke is very formal, proper, and he works hard at the Parliament as well as at home.  He has no intention to get married unless he can find a woman he loves.  He makes that difficult because he doesn't date and hates being around people.  The Read More
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