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  • Space Cadets by Laurence Moroney

    Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    Her father died in the last conflict in Korea.  He got too much radiation and didn't survive.  But he wrote her a letter.  In that letter, he told her of his dream to visit the stars and find new worlds.  She's determined to do that for him.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.This is a new series that is written for young adults.  It's an adventure, science fiction/fantasy type story that sounds almost believable in this day and age.  Read More
  • Blood Will Tell: A Dorothy Martin investigation by Jeanne M. Dams

    Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dorothy Martin can get in trouble no matter where she goes.  She and her husband are at Cambridge.  Alan is at a police conference and she's free to wander around.  She finds a door open and goes into a lab.  She can smell the taint of fresh blood and sees some spilled on the floor.  She also saw a small piece of white lab jacket.  She scoots back out the way she entered so she won't be the next victim.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 1st.I Read More
  • Death by Tea by Alex Erickson

    Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Krissy has a bookstore/cafe and a famous father.  She loves her father but finds him embarrassing because he loves being in the limelight.  She's more of an introvert and enjoys her small store and most of her customers.  It's the book clubs that give her a bit of a problem.Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 24th.When one of the book club presidents brings in a cardboard cut out of her father, she hates it.  So she decides to sneak down and remove it.  She'll return it Read More
  • Yarned & Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell

    Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Josie is only back in town because Uncle Eb needs help.  His leg has been broken in a car accident and his wife died in the accident.  She remembered him as old and crotchety.  He still was.Kensington Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 24th.Josie's Mom has gone for a cruise, so she's sent to help Eb and close down the yarn shop.  She knows nothing about yarn, can't cook much, and would rather not go.  Too bad!Her uncle is still crabby.  He also has a Read More
  • Hardcastle's Collector: A police procedural set during World War One by Graham Ison

    Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Hardcastle is an old curmudgeon that orders people around, expounds his thoughts, and can be a very good investigator.  He demands a lot from his employees.  He also solves all his cases...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 1st of 2016.Hardcastle reminded me of the older people in my life.  They don't explain much and can be gruff, but they get things done.  When he's sent out from Scotland to help a small town's cops solve a murder case, he's more than willing.  He takes his favorite Read More
  • Dead in a Park by B L Blair

    Wed, 18 Nov 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    Leah is just going for a walk in the park with her dog, Harry.  She never expected to find a dead man.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tour gave me the opportunity to read and review this book.  It's available on Amazon and other eBook sites. Ms. Blair writes a pretty good mystery.  She gives her main character a couple of men friends that come in and out of her life and gives the story a touch of romance.  She creates a nasty side of Leah's family and throws in a bit drugs and you have a nice mix of Read More
  • Detective Gordon: The First Case by Ulf Nilsson

    Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    When the squirrel comes wailing into the police station complaining about stolen nuts, Detective Gordon has his first case.  There's not a lot of call for police action in the woods, but he's ready.  Now he has to decide what to do...Gecko Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.This is a cute story that young ones will enjoy.  The detective is a frog.  He decides to watch the tree and see who is snitching the nuts.  He does catch somone but he's Read More
  • Oddly Normal Book 2 by Otis Frampton

    Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Oddly Normal has a witch for an aunt.  She needs to have someone because she made a wish on her birthday and both her parents were taken away.  Now she's working on getting them back.Image Comics and Net Galley allowed me to read this graphic novel.  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.This series appeals to me.  There are "far out" characters, lots of magical happenings, and more.  Oddly is human looking except for her green hair.  She's the product of a witch mother and a human father.  Most of the kids don't like her but Read More
  • The Night Children by Sarah Tsiang, Delphine Bodet

    Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    This is a haunting story.  It's about the children of the day and the children of the night.  I was afraid of the dark, so it probably wouldn't have been a good book for me.  The story isn't scary and Ms. Bodet's illustrations are frame worthy.Annick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check for a copy at your local bookstore.This book reminds children to go home when darkness is coming.  I liked the fact that there are children of different colors and cultures represented.When the night children Read More
  • A Bone to Pick: A Peggy Henderson Adventure by Gina McMurchy-Barber

    Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Peggy loves archaeology.  She enjoys the challenge and the discoveries.  So she's sure her adult friend will take her on the new dig.  Even when she finds out it's to be a class on how to do it, she's ready to volunteer her help.  Unfortunately, they don't need her help...Dundurn and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 15th.  This is a series so you can read the earlier books while you wait.I especially liked this story.  The author weaves a Viking story with a modern day discovery.  The Read More
  • Splinter the Silence: A Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Novel by Val McDermid

    Sat, 14 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carol is a very stubborn woman.  She's at dinner in a neighbor's home and decides she's through being social.  She won't let anyone drive her home; she's OK.  Unfortunately, a breathalyzer test shows she's not...Atlantic Monthly Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 1st.I enjoy Ms. McDermid's writing.  She doesn't pull punches, she makes her characters both strong and weak, and she mixes love with hate.  Every character is complex and sorrows from the past still affect those carrying on.  Carol thought she was getting over the Read More
  • The Beast of Barcroft by Bill Schweigart

    Fri, 13 Nov 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    Before you buy a house, be sure to check out the neighborhood.  Some people are difficult to deal with as neighbors...Hydra and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 17th.Ben's next door neighbor is the neighbor from hell.  She started out rehabilitating raccoons and then started feeding the birds and taking in cats.  It turns out that rats were attracted.  And soon something else is, too.This situation causes enough strain that Ben's fiance moves out on him.  She says he's angry all the time.  Now he's alone, buried in debt Read More
  • A Cold Creek Christmas Story by RaeAnne Thayne

    Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    She's a small town librarian and she enjoys it.  She especially likes reading to the children.  She even wrote her own book for children.  Her sister illustrated for her and, to her surprise, it becomes a best seller.  Now they want to do an animated film about it.  Does she want to do that?Harlequin and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be available November 17th.Celeste is getting ready for Christmas with her family.  They do a big celebration, offer sleigh rides and other activities and just enjoy the holiday.  What she doesn't Read More
  • Cardiac Arrest by Lisa Q. Mathews

    Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    They might be a retirement community but that doesn't mean everyone is old and decrepit.  In fact, some of them are still pretty naughty...Carina Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Dorothy pretty much keeps to herself.  There's one busybody in the residents who loves to find her and express her views but Dorothy keeps her mouth shut.  She does notice when the new resident who must be a guest (she's underage) manages to dive in and splash the loudmouth.  She appreciates it, Read More
  • Domnall and the Borrowed Child by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

    Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Domnall is getting old and wants to do nothing more than sit by fire and have a good drink.  He's still a scout, though, so he gets sent out to find bluebells.  They drink the dew that gathers in them.  When he returns, he finds out he's got another assignment...Tor and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has just been published, so you can grab a copy now.I love stories about the fae.  That's part of what made me name my business the Book Faerie.  When I see a new one that isn't Read More
  • The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight

    Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Fairday does not want to move.  She likes where she lives, has friends and keeps herself busy.  However, her family restores houses and they found a big one to work on.  It sure is big; it looks like a haunted castle!Delacorte Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 1st, so you can grab a copy then.The Begonia House is big, hasn't been lived in for years, and the last owner died there.  That's enough to give you creeps.  But when you think you saw Read More
  • Dorothy Parker Drank Here by Ellen Meister

    Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    It was a conjuring trick come true.  Everyone at the grand event signed the book, mostly as a joke.  It was supposed to keep them alive in spirit and connected to this world.  And now Dorothy Parker finds herself haunting the Algonquin Hotel.  It'd be OK except everyone who joins her is looking forward to moving on and doesn't stay.  Dorothy is content to stay in the here and now, even as a ghost.  Will she never find some company to have a good conversation with?Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • Santa is Coming to my House by Steve Smallman

    Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    What better gift for a young one than a Christmas tale that is personalized?Put Me in the Story sent me a copy of this book to review (thank you).  It can be ordered now and will be personalized for your child and here in time for Christmas Eve.There are several places in this tale for a name which makes it seem like it really is THEIR book.  The illustrations are charming thanks to Robert Dunn.  The story by Mr. Smallman is fun.  It's a book about Santa but he has a slightly different adventure this year.I would have loved having Read More
  • Scrap City by D.S. Thornton

    Sun, 08 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    What would you think if a pile of junk at the junkyard started walking?  Would you run or would you talk to it?Capstone Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Jerome is just killing time while his father, who works in real estate, tries to talk to the old man that owns the junkyard.  He's trying to convince him to sell but that's not going far.  When Jason goes down one row, he sees an old ice box and thinks it might Read More
  • Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson

    Sun, 08 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    I like Hilda.  She's a no-nonsense little girl with an odd pet that goes out for long walks and explores.  Sometimes she finds things she doesn't want to...Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can find a copy at local bookstore now.Hilda and Twig go off on adventure.  She's going to draw pictures of rocks.  She's having a wonderful time when she notices that one of the rocks has a nose.  That means it's a troll!  To keep a troll from bothering you, you put a bell Read More
  • Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

    Sat, 07 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Everybody has secrets.  Some secrets are bigger than others.  Two young girls who have grown up are carrying a deadly secret.  When the other people involved start dying, they start worrying...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to review this book (thank you).  It will be published December 8th.Madeline goes back to the island in Washington and the run down hotel she used to live and work in with her grandmother.  The caretaker said he needed to talk to her.  When she gets there, he's dying and he doesn't say much.  Just enough to let her know the secret she and Read More
  • The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie

    Sat, 07 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if a shop appeared out of nowhere?  Would you go in?Floris Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.I really enjoyed this story.  It was exciting, had lots of action and used lots of imagination.  It allows you to be drawn in and live the story vicariously and I like that.  This is one I could read again.Daniel opens the shop door, jumps in and closes it, to get away from the bullies following him.  He has no idea where he is.  The proprietor of the store finds him Read More
  • The Hundred Gifts by Jennifer Scott

    Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    She's an empty nester.  This is not unusual.  Your children grow up and start new lives.  If only they weren't so far away.  If only her husband paid attention to her she might not feel so lonely.  But he has his dune buggy and his band to fill his time.  That's what fulfills him.  What would fulfill her?Penguin Random House sent me a copy of this book to review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Bren has not only lost her family but she's losing her family traditions, too.  She always made a big Read More
  • Armada by Ernest Cline

    Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zach has spent his life wishing his dad was still alive.  He was only ten months old when he died, but he has many of his father's interests.  He loves gaming, Star Wars, any movie with fast action plane fights and great new weapons, and he even loves his dad's old jacket.  He's eighteen now, and he can wear the jacket and it fits.  But he still has an empty spot in him.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can pick up a copy now.I really loved the Read More
  • Empty Nest: A Birds of a Feather Mystery by Marty Wingate

    Thu, 05 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Julia loves her job.  Managing the tourist center is a lot of work but it's very rewarding.  The only difficulty comes when her cottage is found to be moldy and she has to move in the big house.  Her boss has a crush on her and she doesn't want to be lady of the manor.  She wants to be with Michael.  But you do what you must...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 1st, so you can grab a copy then.What causes the most trouble is the long Read More
  • Simon's Cat Off to Vet and Other Cat-astrophes by Simon Tofield

    Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've spent my whole life with cats, so Mr. Tofield's comics make me smile before I even open the book.  I know he shows realistic situations with animals.  He also makes me laugh...Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Trying to take an animal to the vet can be a very trying experience.  When my Bengal cat Lily had a bite on her tail and needed treatment, I told them she had nasty claws and didn't like being contained.  He told me that she Read More
  • Lights, Camera, Murder! A TV Pet Chef Mystery set in L.A. by Marie Celine

    Wed, 04 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Kitty is a pet food chef and is invited to tape a new TV show.  This is her first experience at it and she's very nervous.  Gretchen tells her she'll be fine and sends her out on the set.  She ad libs and invites a pet on her set and calms down.  The show goes well.  Before she leaves she tries to find Gretchen to see what she thought.  When she locates her, she has one of Kitty's knives in her back and is dead.  Even worse, the security guard is in the doorway looking at her...Severn House and Net Read More
  • The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix by Kate Saunders

    Wed, 04 Nov 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    They can't imagine what they've done to get the attention of the magic police.  No one was using magic.  At least they didn't think so.  However, the police are there on a mission:  They want the cat...Delacorte Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 1st.  This is the second in the series, so you can read The Whiz-Pop Chocolate Shop while you wait.  It's the first in this series.This author writes silly outrageous books that make you laugh and keep reading.  There's lots of excitement, magic, creatures Read More
  • Made to Kill by Adam Christopher

    Tue, 03 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Ever since I read Isaac Asimov's stories about robots, I was hooked.  I find robots fascinating and love seeing what authors do with them.  This is a tale about the last robot on earth and his job.  He's an assassin...Tor 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.Raymond Electromatic is good at his job.  He doesn't feel guilt, each morning is a fresh start for him and his memory is only good for one day.  He has to recharge each evening.  The computer Read More
  • Silent Nights: A British Library Crime Classic by Martin Edwards

    Mon, 02 Nov 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Feeling like a little mystery with your Christmas cheer?  This anthology has all the flavor of Christmas as well as crime.Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.I really enjoy short stories so I was very happy to find this new anthology.  I found some old friends and even found a few new authors.  All of the stories were worth reading.  Waxworks was a bit creepy.  Cambric Tea was one of my favorites.  Some solutions were interesting.  There's enough variety here to please most readers.The included stories Read More
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