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  • The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

    Thu, 07 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Don't read this book if you're expecting to sleep well the night you do.  It's creepy, carries the weight of years of families living in Rowan's Glen, and it imbues its mood in you.  If you don't mind being a bit frightened, keep reading.HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.The story starts simply enough.  It's the tale of a girl and her cousin and their life at school and home.  There are tales about things that happen in the woods and they Read More
  • A Bandit's Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket by Deborah Hopkinson

    Wed, 06 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rocco brings shame on his family by refusing to tell who stole the money and taking the blame himself.  His father ends up sending him away with a man who takes him to America.  He'll send the parents some money each year for the boy's service.  The problem is that the service he wants is begging...This post is part of the Bandit Blog Tour that Provato Events is putting on.  Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It was be published April 5th.  For other stops on the Read More
  • Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue by Lauren Oliver, H. C. Chester

    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    They got away from Rattigan and are working in a show right now where they display their various talents.  Rattigan gave Sam extra strength and the others all kinds of other powers.  They didn't want them, but they may as well use them to make some money.  It also helps with an illusion of family.  Most all of them are orphans.  When one of their very good friends, an old sculpter with the nickname of Freckles is killed, they decide to find the killer on their own.  After all, no one else is following up on it.HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave Read More
  • Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley

    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    They always had Christmas with Grandpa and Grandma.  This is the last year, though.  It's too much work for the grandparents so they want the others in the family take turns holding the event.  At the end of the evening, Grandpa reads aloud the letters he sent to Grandma many years ago.  It's a sweet treat that makes the two sisters featured in this story realize that unless they start doing snail mail, there will be no letters to reminisce over later.  They make a vow to be pen pals since one is in Singapore and the other one in Read More
  • The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Quinn is a musician.  Playing his guitar is the only way he feels he connects well with people and he loves music.  He's spent so much time on the road he's lost his marriage and doesn't see much of his son but that's OK.  At least it was until his son died unexpectedly.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.Grief affects people in different ways.  With Quinn, he agrees to finish up his son's Eagle Scout project (helping an old lady) and steals one of his notebooks that Read More
  • Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jo is still mourning the loss of her husband even if it has been three years since he was shot down in enemy territory.  She's acting as a companion for his aunt and she doesn't tolerate grief or offer any sympathy.  Instead, she's actually planning on marrying Jo to her son, Martin.  Too bad neither Martin or Jo want to marry each other.  After all, Jo is still married because no body has been found yet...Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.I've read Ms. St. James' Read More
  • The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

    Sun, 03 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She was only three when she lost her parents.  Her mother was dead, stabbed nineteen times.  Her father was missing.  Was her father the killer?Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.They were going out to cut a Christmas tree.  Nobody knows what happened.  She was dropped off at a Walmart and she doesn't know who took her there.  It could have been her father or it could have been someone else.She lived with her grandmother until she died.  Then she bounced in and out Read More
  • Tending to the Past by Jim McGinnis

    Sun, 03 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The subtitle of this book is:  Reflections of an American History Teacher.  I'm not big on non-fiction but this book was interesting.  It's one man's belief in the original values of democracy and the way of the world today.  I find it hard to be optimistic about the way modern life is lived.  Heritages and lessons learned in the past have gone by wayside.  Read this book and you'll understand what I mean.The author sent me a copy of this to read for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy on Amazon now.One of the reasons I related to Read More
  • Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties by Tom Watson

    Sat, 02 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Once their humans go to work, the two cats meet by the bathroom cabinets.  They have created a hole in the wall and Edith can crawl through to hang out with Stick Cat.  Cats like company, so it keeps them quiet and happy while their humans are away...HarperCollins and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.Edith is having a hard time getting through the hole and Stick Cat has to help.  He knows she's gaining weight but he tells her it's her thick hair.  (He's a smart cat.)They are Read More
  • Dangerous Minds by Priscilla Masters

    Sat, 02 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Claire is a psychiatrist.  She became one to help people.  She enjoys the challenges and the variety, and likes people in general.  But she doesn't like some of her patients...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 15th.Our minds are wondrous.  There are compartments, pathways, and ideas all stored in our minds.  Trying to help someone straighten out the path they are walking is hard to do.  Especially when one of your patients scares you.  Claire knows enough to know he's dangerous, but she can't prove anything.  She Read More
  • The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson

    Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote children's books.  She also wrote lots of letters.  Some were to family, some were to friends, some were business, and some were for her fans.  She had a lot of readers who wrote to her.  Her personal style shows through the letters.  She was a kind gracious lady for the most part.  But she was willing to fight for a decent price on her books!HarperCollins sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.My favorite part of the book is the early letters Read More
  • Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching by Laura Gehl

    Fri, 01 Apr 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Peep wants the egg to hatch so she will have a friend to do things with.  Egg is a scared of the great big world and says it won't hatch.The author sent me a copy of this book during a giveaway.  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.Children's picture books are a favorite of mine.  Joyce Wan illustrates this one with simple lines and graphics and basic colors.  As Peep keeps suggesting what they can do together, the Egg says no and gives the reason why it scares it.  Peep persists.  The answer remains no.  Finally Peep Read More
  • When Falcons Fall (Sebastian St. Cyr #11) by C.S. Harris

    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sebastian has only come to this village to deliver a gift from a dead man.  Jamie's grandmother lives in the village and he wants to deliver the mechanical hummingbird Jamie bought her.  He feels a bit beholden because Jamie was killed because he looked like Sebastian.  Sebastian finds several people who look a bit like him but he still doesn't know who his father was...This is an Obsidian Mystery and I received a copy to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.I like Sebastian as a character.  He's stalwart, protects his Read More
  • The Secret of Sinbad's Cave (The Natnat Adventures Book 1) by Brydie Walker Bain

    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Nat can't believe they have to sell the farm.  It's home!  If only she could find a way to help financially...The author of this book shared a copy with me to read for review (thank you).  You can get a copy on Amazon now.The main characters are young adults who have varied interests and backgrounds.  They use what they know to work together as a team.  There are also legends, myths, and some magic involved.There is a treasure hidden in a cave.  Which cave is unknown.  When Nat's silly little sister starts jumping on the roof of the house, she Read More
  • The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tessa didn't want to go.  Her father failed her as a parent, now he's in prison, and she can't find it in herself to feel sorry for him because he's dying.  But she does feel an obligation to go.  She can't help it that he died before she got there.  Nor can she help reliving old memories and wondering if she and her friend Callie might have been wrong about what they thought they had seen...Delacorte Press sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on April 19th.Tessa is staying with Callie and Read More
  • Diary of a Maxed-Out Kid by Max Candee

    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Maxim has a crush on an impossible girl and suddenly becomes the target of the local bully.  Why can't school be simple?The author of this book shared it with me for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.I liked how the story was presented and how Max overcame his challenges.  He doesn't want to get in a fight with Tolik but he also doesn't want him bullying his friend Alex or his crush Tanya.  It's his good luck that Tanya wants him to do volunteer work and donate the funds to those in Read More
  • The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch (Second Edition) by Neil Gaiman, Michael Zuli (Illustrated by)

    Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's come to write a script so he hasn't told anyone he's in London.  However, they find him anyway.  A friend calls and invites him to dinner and theater the next night.  They have a visitor and could use another person to fill out the party.  He agrees.  He doesn't realize it could be dangerous.Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 10th.This graphic novel shows you a world unlike any I've seen before.  Of course, I've never gone to a circus.When he meets his evening Read More
  • Making Manna by Eric Lotke

    Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Libby finds herself in an impossible situation at home.  She's pregnant and having a baby at fourteen.  Her mother is demanding to know who the father is.  Libby won't tell.  When the baby is born, her mother understands why she wouldn't say.  He's the spitting image of her husband...PR by the Book gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy at Amazon now.Libby goes to sleep after the labor, exhausted from the effort.  When she awakens her baby is not there.  Her father has set Read More
  • Snail and Slug by Denys Cazet

    Sun, 27 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Snail and Slug meet they find they are about the same size and they like the same things.  Snail invites Slug to come in her shell and have some iced tea.  Slug can't believe how big it is inside the shell!Antheneum/Richard Jackson Books and Edelweiss shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.They have such a good time together drinking their tea, they decide to go on a picnic together.  That's all going well until they get around to having a green salad.  Then a local bully (the banana slug) shows up Read More
  • Once Was a Time by Leila Sales

    Sun, 27 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Charlotte's father is a scientist and he believes time travel is possible.  Since it's 1940 and wartime in England, time travel doesn't sound too bad to Charlotte.  But since you don't know where you'll go and can't find your back, it doesn't sound very feasible.  You see, Charlotte's father believes they are a natural phenomena and not man-made.  He's trying to create one but hasn't been successful.Chronicle Books graciously sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 5th.Charlotte and Kitty are best friends; they do everything together.  When her father doesn't come Read More
  • Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill

    Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Homer wants to go to Wolf Camp.  He knows he'll learn a lot and he's tough enough to do it, he knows he is.  Now to just convince his humans!Schwartz & Wade and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 3rd.  If you like picture books or have a little one to spoil, you'll want to read this book!The illustrations are quirky, the dogs at camp are varied and they get some surprises when they go to camp.  The wolves are big, they eat wild food, and they HOWL!  Read More
  • Tea With Jam and Dread by Tamar Myers

    Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Magdalena Yoder has decided she needs to make her Inn a little more upscale.  Then she could charge more and offer more things.  So she's excited to book the Earl and Countess Grimsley-Snodgrass and their family as honoured guests,  Maybe she can start to pick up some international customers!Severn House and Net Galley allowed to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.Magdalena isn't the most confident person and she wants to put her best face forward.  She goes all out for them and they arrive as snobs who mistreat all the help, eat her Read More
  • Mug Shot: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig

    Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Things are calming down for Juliet.  Life is going well, the Java Jive is busy, and Pete's easy to work with.  Cecelia is still a pain, but that's what living on the snobby side of town will do for you.  Things don't stay calm for long...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.They're getting ready for a big event which includes a 5K race and booths for the vendors.  When Juliet goes down to Java Jive's tent, she trips over Cecelia.  She's dead.It Read More
  • London's Glory: The Lost Cases of Bryant & May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit by Christopher Fowler

    Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of stories about cops.  They're English, they're interesting characters and the dynamics between them are amazing.  One is very focused on facts and evidence.  The other uses his knowledge.  When one gets stuck, the other one helps them move on and solve the crime.Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 29th.These were a fun set of who-done-its with great characters.  All the stories were good but not outstanding.  They were just what I wanted to read when I settled down for a read and I Read More
  • Drawing Dead: A Cross Novel by Andrew Vachss

    Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mr. Vachss writes about bad people, really bad people.  He's a lawyer who has represented abused women and children and he knows about what he speaks.  Sometimes it's easier not to expose yourself to that but it's there and it's real.  This might be a fictional story but there is evil in the world.  Are you ready to step into a world I hope I never get close to?Vintage Crime/Black Lizard and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 19th.I knew this was going to be a wild ride Read More
  • Nettle King by Katherine Harbour

    Mon, 21 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack is gone but Lily has returned.  She's glad to have her sister but grieves for her lover.  She wants him back so much, she's willing to go to the land of the dead to get him back...Harper Voyager and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 19th.Finn is determined to get Jack back and she's willing to work with whatever unearthly creatures it takes to do it.This is the third book in this series and the first one I read.  I'd recommend you read the others first, otherwise it's a Read More
  • Brotherhood in Death (In Death #42) by J.D. Robb

    Sun, 20 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eve is a good cop.  She's tough, resilient, and determined to do her job.  Not everyone she deals with likes her style but they have to admit she's fair.  This new case is going to take her in directions she doesn't want to go, but she has to follow the evidence...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is a long-lived series that readers don't want to give up.  I've read a few but not the whole series.  You might want to start Read More
  • The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions by Tracey Hecht, Kate Liebman (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 19 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all starts as a hunt for missing animals.  The hunters are all nocturnal and they band together to search for a missing wombat and some kiwis.  What they find is a real surprise...Fabled Films Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published April 19th.Dawn is a smart fox, Tobin is a pangolin and Bismark is a sugar glider.  They form the core of searchers but they add more as they go along.This is written for middle graders and is a bit nonsensical but it's fun to read.  The Read More
  • Wandering Witch (Diary of Anna the Girl Witch #2) by Max Candee

    Sat, 19 Mar 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Anna has destroyed the child smuggling ring near her orphanage.  She's also finally got a letter from her Uncle Misha.  She's going to go find him and then see if she can find her father.  She's never even met him but she wants to know more about her family.  Mama bear raised her but it's not the same as a family...The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  You can buy it now on Amazon.I love this series.  It has all the elements of a good fantasy story.  There's good and evil, immortal and Read More
  • Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle by N. D. Wilson

    Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you travel through time and it doesn't turn out well, would you want to go back and try again?Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 19th.This is a twisted tale with some horror involved.  It's not only time travel, it's done again and again.  Things change (how many ways can you die?) and things stay the same but there's an evil man in the world that has some magic in him and he's trying to control the world.  The only way he can be Read More
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