Member Blogs > Journey of a Bookseller

  • The Boy with 17 Senses by Sheila Grau

    Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    If it isn't bad enough to live in a world where he sees colors, tastes letters, emotions have shapes and there are a lot more senses, then living next door to a bully whose father bought their farm out from under them is worse.  He also has animal pests in his garden that bite him.  You'd think things couldn't get worse, but the the nasty neighbor changes the river channel and they have no water for their crops...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this story to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Yipsmix is one of Read More
  • The Book Club Murders: The Oakwood Mystery Series by Leslie Nagel

    Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charley sells vintage clothing in her store.  She's doing all she can to be successful and keep the money flow even so she joins the local bookclub.  They call themselves the Agatha's and they are the monied folks of town.  Maybe she can drum up some business by socializing with them.  She sure never expected to get involved in murder.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.Charley and Frankie are the best of friends, so they decide to do some looking into the first murder.  After all, it Read More
  • Gracie Meets a Ghost By Keiko Sena

    Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Gracie can't see as well as she should so she has to get glasses.  I had to get glasses in grade school, too.  Did you?  Both Gracie and I could see much better with glasses.  So you don't want to lose them...Museyon allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.This is the cutest book.  Gracie is white and fluffy and well dressed.  Her glasses are black and stand out against her white.  She has good friends and they all go play on the mountain together and have a great time.  It's not Read More
  • The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskins

    Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It was just a routine murder case when a body was found near a dumpster wrapped in child's blanket.  Then they turned the victim over and they recognized her...Seventh Street Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.She's the beautiful wife of an important local attorney.  He's out of town, they aren't sure how or where she was killed, and they don't know why.  The hardest part of this case is the "why".A good portion of this story is played out in court.  The cop just knows the Read More
  • Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble by Susan Hughes, Brooke Kerrigan (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Maggie is older and alone in her home so she's excited to see new neighbors moving in.  They have a small dog and a little boy.  It doesn't take long for her to see dangers from her porch...Kids Can Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.Maggie has a good imagination and sees a tiger in her yard (cat's shadow on a fence).  She also sees a big snake (tree root) and even an eagle.  So she watches out for the young one.  She does warn him Read More
  • Hercufleas by Sam Gayton

    Sat, 10 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When you open the pages of this book you are entering another world.  It's a world where the giant comes once a month to fill his stomach.  They have to find a giant killer!Clarion Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.  Greta lost her parents to the giant and she's determined to find a hero to help the village.  She steals the last gold and heads to a new shop to negotiate for a hero.  When she tells him all the heroes that have died fighting Read More
  • Dead or Alive: A new contemporary thriller series set in the north of England by Ken McCoy

    Sat, 10 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    It all started when Sep was trying to subdue a drunk pedophile.  He was being obnoxious, trying to throw his political clout around, and trying to hit the officers.  Sep stepped in, held him in place and was ready to head back to the cells with him when he collapsed.  Turns out he had epilepsy and no one knew it.  When he dies, it's worst thing that could happen for Sep.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.Sep tells his side of the story but none of Read More
  • Casting Bones by Don Bruns

    Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Quentin ended up fighting the cops in Detroit.  They were dirty, he proved it and now his family will have nothing to do with him.  One brother is in jail, another is on the run, and his father isn't speaking to him.  Despite all that he could probably live with it but someone ran his wife down with an SUV and killed her on the sidewalk.  Life is desolate without his wife.  He transfers to New Orleans and goes to work there.  It's a drastic change between Detroit and New Orleans.  But there are problems here, too.Severn House and Net Read More
  • The Complete Polly and the Wolf by Catherine Storr, Marjorie Ann Watts (Illustrated by), Jill Bennett (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a middle grade read that has a series of stories about a wolf who is trying to outfox Polly so he can put her in his cooking pot and have a good meal.  However, Polly refuses to fall for his tricks...NYR Children's Collection and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.The wolf keeps reading fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and then tries to apply that technique to capture Polly.  Unfortunately, she's read the same stories.  He has about the same luck as Wylie Read More
  • Miss Seeton Paints the Town by Hamilton Crane

    Thu, 08 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Someone is setting fires.  The fires were enough to worry about without it turning into murder.  Reluctantly, the police chief asks if Miss Seeton can help...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.Miss Seeton paints what she sees in her mind's eye but she doesn't like sharing them.  They're almost like a caricature and they embarrass her.  The police find them informative though.  It does take some time before it makes sense but it always seems to show the crux of the matter.The local folk are trying to win Read More
  • Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson

    Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    I've never followed Wonder Woman comics but when I saw Jill Thompson had illustrated this one, I had to read it.  I love Jill's artwork and comics so it was the right mix for me.  How about you?DC Comics and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.  This story starts with war.  The Amazon women finally retreat to a hidden world where they can live in peace.  Life is good, everyone is happy but the queen's heartbroken because she has no child.  She goes down to the beach each Read More
  • The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman

    Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a young woman who lives with her father.  She enjoys her days and loves to write.  She wishes she had a better source of stories to make her writing easier.  Her father suggests she might talk to her grandmother.  She's never met this grandmother and is amazed to find that it's his mother.  His real mother was too young to raise him and gave him away as a baby.  She remembers the other grandparents who were part of her life.  Now she decides to go visit this estranged grandmother...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for Read More
  • Apprentice in Death by J D Robb

    Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It appears to be three random people killed at a skating rink.  The shots were sniper shots from a distance and they were made with an usual gun.  They start the investigation by checking out the victims' background and looking for gun owners...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you.  The book is being published today.This is the forty-third book in this series.  Eve Dallas is an excellent investigator.  She has good staff, her husband is supportive and has his own set of skills, and she's incensed by the killings.  They were all good Read More
  • Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil by Anne Zoet

    Mon, 05 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Purrball travels with his family wherever they go.  Father works in different locations so they move a lot.  There's never been a problem.  But they've never been at the airport during an earthquake either...PR By the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 9th.This is the first children's picture book I've read where a cell phone has been part of the story.Purrball worries about riding inside the plane.  After all, his human's feet might stink.  He survives and they are gathering their luggage and getting Read More
  • Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

    Mon, 05 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's a hill girl.  Their house is small and money is tight.  They raise their own food and all of the children help around the house, garden and animals.  Rebekah's mother is still mourning the death of her son and Reb feels even more guilt because of that.  She was reading and her brother was bothering her.  She told him to get lost and leave her alone because she was reading.  (I have done the same thing with my brother.)  He went into the Mammoth Caves and fell to his death.  Reb feels like she killed him.  The only thing Read More
  • A Family Under the Christmas Tree by Terri Reed

    Sun, 04 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her grandmother has sprained her ankle badly, so she takes some time off to help her out and spend some time with her favorite relative.  What she doesn't discover until she gets there is that Grandma also has some matchmaking in mind...Howard Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.Sophie is a photographer and travels all over the world.  She's trying hard to get a contract with a ski wear company.  It would look really good on her resume and would bring her other jobs.  She's only going to Read More
  • The Bear Who Wasn't There: And the Fabulous Forest by Oren Lavie and Wolf Erlbruch

    Sun, 04 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This picture book is different from those we see most of the time.  The artwork is unique, the story line is interesting, and the German influence shows.  It's a bit more serious than a regular picture book in illustrations but the story is a bit silly.  It's odd but interesting.Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.This bear grew from an itch.  Yes, that's what I said.  An itch went over to the tree to scratch against it and it turned into a big bear.  The poor Read More
  • The Thief's Apprentice by Bryan Methods

    Sat, 03 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's always been a bit afraid of the butler, Mr. Scant.  He's tall, has an almost military bearing, never smiles, and he takes no nonsense.  He just tries to stay out of his way.  Then he sees something he shouldn't and he's in a bad situation...Carolrhoda Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.Oliver happens to see Mr. Scant with an odd mechanism on his hand; it looks like a claw.  He's been reading about robberies in the paper and the claw has been mentioned there.  When Read More
  • The Iron Hand by Scott Chantler

    Sat, 03 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    They are princesses and princes from various lands that have been kidnapped.  They are being gathered together to control them and their kingdoms in the future.  But not all of them are giving up without a fight...Kids Can Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.One princess is going to find her brother who got separated from her.  When they pick up a wounded knight, he loses his arm but not his life.  She's ready to take his life for what he has done but when Read More
  • Flash Point: A Psychological Thriller by Colby Marshall

    Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a creepy book.  Someone is playing games with her but she doesn't even know it.  When everyone in the bank is randomly and grossly killed, you have to wonder why.  They didn't even take any money.  They did take the videos, though.  And they gave them to the press...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.Jenna is paranoid.  She has a good reason to be.  Her mother is out of jail and rehab and she's still after her.  She has special codes to prove her Read More
  • Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book by Will Mabbitt

    Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Mabel and her family got separated when the big blast happened.  She's in the Noo World and the rest of the hoomans have disappeared.  She has lots of animal helpers.  And she's trying to find the Doomsday Book with hopes that she will be able recover her family and the rest of hoomans.Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.As you can see, there are some made up words in this story.  It's written for middle graders and it's a fun read.  Mabel Read More
  • Smile and Be a Villain: A Dorothy Martin Investigation by Jeanne M. Dams

    Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dorothy and her husband might just as well give up on the idea of a vacation.  Even when they set things aside and visit a small island, they run into death.  But was it an accident or murder?Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.  Dorothy and Alan are on a walk when they find someone who has fallen on the rocky trail.  The man is dead and they learn he is the assistant preacher at the church they attended in the morning.  He had been missed at church Read More
  • Little Tails in the Jungle by Frederic Brremaud, Federico Bertolucci (By (artist)), Mike Kennedy (Edited by)

    Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a mix of comic-like characters on the top of the pages with their observations about where they are exploring and rich vibrant and color illustrations on the bottom that show you what they see.  That's a unique technique (to me) and it really sets off what they are teaching the young ones.  There are dangers in the jungle as well as beauty...Magnetic Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.This a real low key educational book.  You have Chipper and Squizzo traveling about in a Read More
  • Downfall: A Brady Novel of Suspense by J. A. Jance

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Joanna's plate is pretty full.  She's pregnant, burying her mother and her step-father, sending her oldest off the college, worrying a bit about the election in the fall, and now they have two dead bodies at the bottom of Geronimo's Peak.  She goes off to check on the bodies.  There's no way to know that the killer is as close to her as he is...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.What Joanna sees are two dead women.  They are laying on top of each other.  Only one had Read More
  • Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a fun book to read but I'm not sure it's a good bedtime book.  Your child will be laughing too hard to settle down easily...Abrams Appleseed 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 bit like the word games where they give you several words and say, "Which one doesn't fit?"Monsters don't act like humans.  They don't eat the same things (obviously) and you spend your time snickering while you watch what they do choose.My very favorite was what they Read More
  • Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Andrea is perfectly happy with her new life in Haven Point.  She has a nice house, her children are happy, she's friends with most in the community and life is good.  She's widowed and she's survived a stalker and she's fine on her own.  She misses her husband but she's not looking for a new man.  She sure never expected to find one next door...HQN Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.When she gets a call from her neighbor about the fact that her brother is Read More
  • Jak Barley, Private Inquisitor and the Case of One Damned Thing After Another by Dan Ehl

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jak calls himself a Private Inquisitor.  That's like a private eye in our day and age.  His acquaintances call him the ferret.  I don't think that's so bad.  After all, he does ferret things out.  But he hates it!Mr. Ehl graciously sent me a copy of his book so I could read it for review.  It's been published, so you can get a copy now.  I've read this whole series and always enjoy reading the next one he's conjured.  His writing is fantastical, with creatures out of this world, and Jak just barely getting away from one crisis to another.  The Read More
  • A Sister's Wish: The Charmed Amish Life, Book Three by Shelley Shepard Gray

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amelia has had a crush on him for years.  She's younger and beautiful but he couldn't live at home anymore.  His parents were abusive.  His older brother and his sister had both left home as soon as they could.  He was following them.  She didn't understand but she knew she had to let him go.  She just didn't expect him to return...Avon Inspire and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.  Amelia has heard the stories about Simon during his time away from their Amish village.  She also know Read More
  • The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrated by)

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Sit down, clear your mind of all notions, and commence reading a tale that combines magic, religion and more.  This tale is not like any you've read before.  After all, have you read a tale about a dangerous farting dragon?Dutton Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.We begin with a baby that is left with a dogsitter.  A greyhound is left to protect the baby.  The dog kills a deadly snake.  The parents think the blood is the baby's and they kill the Read More
  • Dandelion Dead: A Natural Remedies Mystery by Chrystle Fiedler

    Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Willow is a holistic doctor who owns a pet food store and runs a restaurant within it.  They cater and it's a big wine tasting event that has them scheduled today.  It doesn't look good when one of the guests drops dead after eating one of their hors devores.  Who would have killed Amy?  Or was it David they were trying to kill?Pocket Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.Willow and her partner Jackson, who is an ex-cop, know the drill.  They touch nothing, answer the police officer's Read More
< prev next >

Looks like you are ready to submit this application

If you are satisfied that your application is complete, go ahead and click "submit this application."
Otherwise, click "review this application" to review your answers or make additional changes.