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  • Little One by Jo Weaver

    Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mama Bear and her cub come out of the cave after winter is done and explore their world together.Peach Tree Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this picture book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.The little one is full of wonder.  It's such a big world and there so many new things to smell and eat.  The illustrations are simple but very expressive.  Mama Bear takes good care of her cub and shows her the land and what's safe and what isn't.  This is a short book with the tale of a year in the Read More
  • Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions: Gorilla Tactics by Sheila Grau

    Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Runt always seems to get in trouble, even when he's trying to do something good.  He's working on being a good minion but seems to be lacking in the evil department.  He does have friends and he has a real concern, too.  He's been cursed and will die on his 16th birthday if the curse isn't lifted.  Of course, no one knows who laid the curse or why or how to fix it...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published in April and so you have time to read Read More
  • Surf's Up by Kwame Alexander

    Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a book that talks about two things I love:  Books and the beach.  This is a very cute story with lovely illustrations.  Would you put your book and go surfing or would you take the book with you?North South Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so you can grab a copy now.Bro and Dude are both frogs (who look very cute in their swimming trunks).  Dude is all anxious to go surfing but Bro is finishing up his book.  To keep Dude happy, he reads his Read More
  • Serpents in Eden: A British Library Crime Classic edited by Martin Edwards

    Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This anthology caught my eye because not only is about rural mysteries, it had some previously unpublished stories in it.  I'm always in the hunt for stories I haven't read yet.Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.I found a nice mix of authors I knew and ones I didn't in this collection.  Some were a bit slow and dry, some were really mind twisting, and some were a good romp in the country.  I enjoyed them all but I found the one with Mr. Fortune Read More
  • Dear Clementina by Colin Burke

    Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    This is an especially cute story done in the form of letters from one border terrier pup to another.  Stanley is so excited to find another pup in his breed in the park, he sends her letters to stay in touch.  They sound just like they've been written by a dog, too!Publishing Push and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy of the ebook or print on Amazon.This man has obviously owned dogs.  Anyone who has a pet will recognize the uniqueness of Read More
  • When Bunnies Go Bad: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir by Clea Simon

    Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Pru and Jim are out to dinner when they hear the couple next to them have an argument.  The sugar daddy thinks he's mister big bucks and he orders his girlfriend around and insults her.  When she talks back, they leave but they've ruined dinner for the other two.  Pru decides he's just bad tempered and she'll just avoid him in the future.  That doesn't even work out for a day.  However, the next time she sees him he's quiet.  He's also dead.Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
  • The Extincts by Veronica Cossanteli

    Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He needs a job.  His bike was stolen, his Mom can't pay the bills so she can't buy him a new one.  He is NOT going to ride the old pink single speed bike from the back of the garage.  So his only choice is to earn enough money to buy another bike.  When he sees an ad for help on a farm and taking care of animals, he thinks he's found the perfect spot.  He has, but not for the reason he thinks...Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  Read More
  • Gifted Thief by Helen Harper

    Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    She's an orphan.  She has been taken in by the "bull" of the Sidhe and is almost treated like a servant.  She hates it but she has no other options.  When she's been insulted again and it's almost too much for her to stand, she notices the doorman is gone and she runs away.  She doesn't want anything to do with the Sidhe.  They have magics, lots of charm and beauty, riches and power.  She has nothing and likes it that way.HarperFire and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.As Read More
  • Unreasonable Doubt: A Constable Molly Smith Novel by Vicki Delany

    Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He always claimed he was innocent of the crime he was jailed for.  Now, after 25 years, his case has been turned over and he's set free.  Despite advice from his attorney, he goes home.  More realistically, he goes to the village he used to live in.  No one is very welcoming and most people still think he's guilty.  Even the cops aren't sure...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.  Molly doesn't know what to think but she does know if the case was thrown out, he Read More
  • Jennifer Brown and the Dagger (Fairyhand) by Hamish Adourian

    Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:55:00 Permalink
    Jennifer is having a hard time at school and with her parents.  She's not able to read or write well and it's giving her bad grades and hard times with her teachers and parents both.  She never dreams when she sees a strange lady on the street with a dog that she will get a message carried by a hamster.  Not that it does her any good since she can't read it...Publishing Push and the author allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy as ebook or print Read More
  • Baker's Magic by Diane Zahler

    Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bee is an orphan.  She's tired of being hungry and abused, so she runs away.  She doesn't know where she's going or what she'll do but it has to be better than where she was before.  She's so hungry after not eating for a couple of days, she follows her nose to the bakery.  When she goes inside, she spots a bun close enough to grab.  Grab it she does, but she doesn't get far.  What will this big baker man do to her?Capstone Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • Rustler's Moon by Jodi Thomas

    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Angela's father is found dead in the alley in back of his work place.  It appears he was mugged and his weak heart gave out on him.  But when Angela finds a hidden message from him that says to run and hide, she wonders if it was just a mugging or something else.  When her home is ransacked, she takes her father's advice...Harlequin and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.Angela gets to the small town in Texas where she will be the museum curator and finds the sheriff there Read More
  • The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Yasmin is coming to Alaska to have a showdown with her husband.  He's dared kiss another woman there and told her about it and now she's going to discuss it with him.  He can come home or he can stay away but there will be no other choice.  Since there is no one to keep their child, she brings Ruby with her.  She doesn't understand how important it is until later...Crown Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  I found it on Blogging for Books.  It will be published February 16th.Ruby is deaf.  It Read More
  • Oldenglen by Robin Mason and Michael Mason

    Tue, 26 Jan 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Jax has no desire to move from his life in England to the US.  Even worse, they are living in the middle of nowhere.  There nearest neighbors are quite a ways down the road.  He has no friends, knows no one, and the only thing interesting is the woods.  The woods lead to the glen.  It's better than staying in the house and doing nothing, so he walks the woods and glen.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can buy it as an ebook or a print book Read More
  • The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

    Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    What you do when you are young may come back to haunt to you.Harper sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.The story begins with two older people who have met online and decide to meet and chat.  Eventually, he moves in.  They are companions, not lovers.  And they are each playing a part...I had the feeling both of them were setting the other one up.  They each had some money.  I began to believe they were both thieves.  That wasn't exactly what was going on; there was more Read More
  • Lost Canyon by Nina Revoyr

    Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The only thing they have in common is their trainer from the gym.  They're only going to be gone for a few days, they should be able to get along for that long.  Sounds good, doesn't it?Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The trainer is going to take them up to see Lost Canyon.  They are going because work and life are not making them happy right now and they think a backpack trip might relieve the stress and give them a chance Read More
  • The Fortunes of Olaf Shorthand by Thomas Owen

    Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Olaf is a Viking.  He's proud of his battles, his riches he's acquired and his family.  But these fortunes are about to come to an end...Mr. Owen sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy in either print or ebook on Amazon.I've read a few of Mr. Owen's books and I have to say that this one is my favorite so far.  Viking tales appeal to me and this one has the flavor of mythology and vengeance in it.  I was surprised to see it Read More
  • Dreamers by Donna Glee Williams

    Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's the Dreamer.  She tells the scribe about her dreams, he writes them down, and then the Chief Interpreter translates their meaning.  Of course, his translations favor him and his own plans but he doesn't mention that.  Now she's having trouble sleeping...Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be exclusive to Kindle from February 15th through May 8th.  On May 9th, you can get a copy wherever ebooks are sold.She's been removed from her family, has lost her name, and has almost lost herself.  She's been doing this for Read More
  • Mama Loved to Worry by Maryann Weidt, Rachael Balsaitis (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mama is so good at worrying, she takes the blue ribbon at the local fair.  That tells you something!Minnesota Historical Society Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April lst.This is a tale tall with Mama at the center of the story.  She has a young son that keeps taking off and getting in trouble.  She worries about, saves him, and does all sorts of needlework or cooking to calm down.  She knits up scarves and hats for the all barnyard animals.  Makes pounds of food and shares Read More
  • The Doll's House: A Detective Helen Grace Thriller by M. J. Arlidge

    Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Helen Grace's career has had extraordinary cases with serial killers.  She's excelled at bringing them down.  Not everyone is happy with that.  Her supervisors don't like her stealing the lime light...Berkley Publishing Company and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.Helen has her own baggage.  She's a masochist.  She feels guilt from her childhood and that's the only thing that calms her down and makes her let the past go.  You can imagine how well that would be received at the cop shop.  That's her darkest secret.Her other personal Read More
  • Rufus and The Flying Carpet: Book One - "The Beginning" by Pauli Murphy

    Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:06:00 Permalink
    Here's a cute tale with simple easy to read text and fun illustrations.  Rufus is a very nice bunny who is learning about magic in the world of rabbits.  This book is just the start so you know there will be more to come in the future.  C'mon, grab Rufus' paw and lets go...The author and Publishing Push gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can order a copy now on Amazon.Rufus has noticed his guardian fairy and her friends but doesn't pay a lot of attention to them.  Read More
  • Red Moon Rising by K. A. Holt

    Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rae Darling is part of a space farming family.  Her mother is dead.  Her father is religious to his own gods, and she's told angels bring them water.  She works hard, loves her family and  she protects her little sister.  If she wasn't quite so protective, things might have turned out differently.Margaret K. McElderry Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 23rd.  There's enmity between the humans and the aliens.  There are also two sides to the story.  The humans call them cheese but they don't look like Read More
  • Cat Shout for Joy: A Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

    Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:33:00 Permalink
    Joe Grey is a special cat:  He can speak.  He hides that ability but he's proud of the work he can do by sneaking about listening or sniffing out evidence to help the police.  He calls them on a cell phone so it can't be traced back to his owner.  He'll need all his wits about him for this case.  He's also going to be facing some life changes in his personal relationships.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 23rd.One of the cat friends in this Read More
  • Pilfer Academy: A School So Bad It's Criminal by Lauren Magaziner

    Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    George isn't really a bad kid.  He just finds it easier to take his older brother's comics and another brother's money than to work for his own.  But when he's just barely being allowed out of his room for bad behavior and then goes right back to acting badly, it causes real trouble.Dial Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 16th.This is written for middle graders and is a fun book to read.  It's silly, has all sorts of oddities and characters like you've never seen before.  Read More
  • Lady Pendragon Volume 1 by Matt Hawkins Art By: Ron Adrian, Hector Gomez, John Stinsma

    Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:06:00 Permalink
    Have you ever seen the movie Camelot?  Maybe you're read about Sir Arthur and the Knight's Round Table?  If not, this graphic novel will fill you in on some of the plot of that story.  If you did, you won't recognize the women.  They're all long, lean, and full of vigor.  The warrior women in this story are all beautiful and partially clad.Image Comics let me read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It has just been published and you can grab a copy HERE.  I like hard hitting graphic novels and strong women characters.  You've got both in this Read More
  • No Shred of Evidence: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd

    Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ian suspicions he won't like the task he's being sent out on when he has to report to his chief.  He was right...William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 16th.This mother-son team writes very good mysteries.  I've been following this series since I found them and they put Ian in some very precarious situations.  This is another one.He's going down to replace an inspector who died of natural causes while on the job.  It's a village he's familiar with and close to the site where he Read More
  • The Widow by Fiona Barton

    Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a story of a woman who marries young.  Her husband is a controlling man.  They have a good life together.  For a while...Berkley Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 16th.When Jean's husband dies, her life changes.  She's glad to be free of him but also misses his companionship.  He was accused of a crime and now the police are trying to convince her to tell them what she knows about the incident.  She remains silent.  She keeps telling them he wouldn't have hurt a child.  Read More
  • The Adventures of Basil and Moebius Volume 3: Secret of the Ancients by Ryan Schifrin, Larry Hama

    Sat, 16 Jan 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Basil and Moebius are trying to find a way to end the curse the Collector has forced on them.  They have to do his bidding or end up as the Undead, but they want to be free to live their own lives.  It seems they might have a chance, so they giving it their all.  They'll need to...Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 16th.I have read this entire series and I enjoy it.  The graphics are eye catching and colorful.  There are beautiful women, monsters, Read More
  • Bitter Poison: An English village cosy featuring The Colonel by Margaret Mayhew

    Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    They're getting ready to put on another performance by their little theater group in the village.  This year they are going to do something different:  They'll do a fairy tale.  The forceful lady scheduling the event thinks she's adding a bit of class to the performance.  She doesn't know she's adding murder...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.They have some new people in town.  The man is on TV and his wife used to be a model.  The play is the Snow Queen and they decide his Read More
  • Red Sonja / Conan by Victor Gischler

    Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Conan is like an old friend.  I read about him in my teens and seeing a graphic novel about Conan AND Red Sonja was not something I could miss.  When the man organizing the mercenary soldiers says that they will fight to the death to pick a leader, Red Sonja comes forward.  So does Conan.  They agree to mutually lead the group of soldiers.  When a group of five or six men challenge them, they do what they do best.  Then they lead the remaining solders into battle.Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for Read More
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