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  • Miss Seeton, By Appointment by Hampton Charles

    Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The criminals don't really stand a chance when Miss Seeton is around.  She may not know what's going on or who the criminal is but somehow she always ends up in the middle of the case and exposes the wrong doing.  She's like a secret weapon...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this story for review (thank you).  It is being published today.I love Miss Seeton as a character.  She's a doddering old fool to everyone else but she does the job.She can't believe she got invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace!  The only reason she's brave Read More
  • The Wicked Go To Hell by Frédéric Dard, David Coward (Translated by)

    Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's being sent undercover.  They want to know who the man's boss is and he won't tell them even when tortured.  So they'll put him in prison too and he can try to befriend him to find out.Pushkin Vertigo and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 10th.This author wrote more than three hundred published works, many of them suspense stories.  I like the old stories and don't believe I've had the opportunity to read his work so I grabbed this one.  The words are sparse, the emotions are muted, and Read More
  • Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

    Tue, 09 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you started reading a book and realized it was written about your life experiences?  You're a writer that can't even write about your life, how can someone else?  She realizes it must be her best friend from the past.  How could he do that???Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It is being published today.Emi's mother left her and her father early in Emi's life.  Her father was a drunk.  She spent a good amount of her time staying out of his presence because he had a temper.  Jase lives next door.  Read More
  • Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley

    Mon, 08 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gertie's parents are divorced.  She lives with her father and her aunt (great aunt to be exact) and she can see her mother's house when she goes by on the school bus.  Her mother wants nothing to do with her but she's not willing to give up yet.  So when a for sale sign comes up on the house, she's determined to be the best student in the school so she can tell her Mom that and then she won't go away.  However, it's not easy to be the smartest...Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley gave me the opportunity Read More
  • Almost a Full Moon by Hawksley Workman, Jensine Eckwall (Illustrated by)

    Sun, 07 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He and his grandmother are going to host a gathering at their house during the winter.  She plans to make soup...Tundra Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's due to be published September 6th.This is a sweet story of family and camaraderie in their cabin in the woods. You get to see the contents of the soup, the boy helps get the meal ready and when the visitors arrive, everybody comes in and makes themselves at home.  One girl has a wolf as a pet, one family has a baby, the visitors are Read More
  • The Curse of the Bridal Chamber An Imogene and the Boys Novel by Hunter Murphy

    Sun, 07 Aug 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Billy, Imogene's son, wants to go to a Mermaid's Convention in Florida and visit the daughter of a woman he nursed.  Imogene and Agnes are widowed sisters in the late 70's and they've never seen a mermaid.  Jackson, Billy's partner, goes where ever Billy goes.  Jackson's bulldog, Goose, goes where he goes.  So they all pile in the car and head out for Florida.  When they arrive, the first place they go is out on the tour boat to see the sights.  Looking through the glass they see fish and plants and a dead body...Rolltop Pulishing and Net Galley allowed Read More
  • Max at Night by Ed Vere

    Sat, 06 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max is the cutest cat.  This series is written for young ones.  It stretches their imaginations and takes them on an adventure and then they and Max can go to sleep for the night...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.Max tells the moon goodnight each night but tonight he can't see it.  He can't go to sleep without making sure the moon heard him, so he starts out on a quest to get high enough to see the moon.First he climbs on top of the sleeping Read More
  • The Graces by Laure Eve

    Sat, 06 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's always been different.  That's why her mother moved here to this small town where people don't know them.  Mom is hoping for a fresh start.  The girl hates her new school, the new town, and everybody around her.  At least she does until she meets the Graces.  Then the girls from school tell her that they are witches.  Really?Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.As you read this story, you get the feeling there are things hiding in the shadows.  There's what happens in the Read More
  • Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie

    Fri, 05 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hercule Poirot and his friend from Scotland Yard, Edward Catchpool, are both invited to a home in the country for the weekend.  They aren't aware they would be there together until they arrived at the country home.  Upon meeting there, they decide it might be a bit more than just a casual visit.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.Ms. Hannah has resurrected Poirot and is taking him on a new adventure.  She uses Ms. Christie's characters well and the storyline is similar to what the Read More
  • Pop Manga Coloring Book by Camilla d'Errico

    Fri, 05 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Are you ready to set your mind free and just create a picture that gives you pleasure?  This coloring book has manga images that beg for color.  The subtitle is:  A surreal journey through a cute, curious, bizarre, and beautiful world.  It truly is.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  It has been published, so you can buy a copy now.  Manga art has always fascinated me so I wanted to see this book more for the images than anything.  They do not disappoint.  You have a lot of varieties, from faces to animals to one figure Read More
  • The Storybook Knight by Helen Docherty

    Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    All he wants to do is read.  Yes, he's supposed to be a knight but he's not knightly.  He'd rather read!Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.This is one of the cutest picture books I've read for some time.  I suppose the real reason I'm so taken with it is that I am avid reader.  This could have been my story but I don't think I would have been that brave!The young knight is sent out on a quest assigned by his parents.  A local village Read More
  • New Beginnings: Book Two in the Growing Pains Series by KP Smith

    Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kendra is in high school and it's awful.  There are a lot more students, she doesn't know most of them, and she's shy anyway.  She eats her lunch out under a tree outside so she doesn't have to brave the lunchroom.  Then her little sister talks her into going in to lunch like everyone else.  The first time she goes, another student runs into her and knocks her food all over them both and the floor.  She's mortified...The author sent me a copy of this story in ebook form (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a Read More
  • The Most Frightening Story Ever Told by Philip Kerr

    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Billy Shivers doesn't do much but read.  He hangs out at the local library and reads about everything.  He has a special interest in ghosts.  When he finds there is local bookstore called "The Haunted Bookstore" he has to go visit.  It's not just a bookstore.  It's like a haunted house with all sorts of gadgets and tricks to scare you.  And it's there all the time, not just at Halloween...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.Billy hangs out in the store Read More
  • Charlotte and the Mysterious Vanishing Place: The Kare Kids Adventures #2 by Charles A Salter

    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Charlotte used to be afraid to go in the woods.  Now she easily goes through the woods to get to her vantage point where she can see around the countryside.  She loves surveying the land and the trees and feeling like one with nature.  When she notices something strange, she decides to check it out...PR by the Book and the author provided me with a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.  You might want to read The Secret of Bald Rock first.  This one can Read More
  • The French War Bride by Robin Wells

    Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amelie is ninety-one and she lives in a nursing home.  She has an open door policy so friends can drop in and visit.  But she never expected to see her husband's ex-fiance walk through the door.  She wasn't surprised by her words, though.  "I never knew what he saw in you."Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Amelie agrees to tell Kat how they met and why they married but she wants to do it in her own way.  She does wonder why she cares and Kat tells her Read More
  • Monstress, Vol . 1 by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

    Tue, 02 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    War is never a good thing.  In this world, the damage done is significant and those still alive appear to be more monster than human. When she's plucked from the group of prisoners being held, she knows it's not a good thing.  The others coming with her aren't happy either.  But they didn't know just what they were facing.  That's a good thing...Image Comics sent me an ebook of this comic to read (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.She's missing an arm but that doesn't make her less powerful.  She's wanted because she Read More
  • Revenge in a Cold River: A William Monk Novel by Anne Perry

    Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Monk has a problem.  He has a cop that hates him and is trying to get even for something that happened in the past.  Since Monk almost died from being hit and badly hurt by a carriage, he remembers nothing from the past.  What could he have done to make him hate him so?Ballentine Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.Monk is an old friend of mine.  I've been reading about him for years and was ready to see him in action again.  I had no Read More
  • Prince Noah and the School Pirates by Silke Schnee, Heike Sistig (Illustrations)

    Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Noah is now old enough to go to school.  He's excited.  They go by boat and there's special one for each type of student.  Those who are regular boys and girls go on their assigned boats.  Noah is a prince so that's the boat he joins.  They also have boats for those who couldn't see well and those who had trouble walking.  So they set sail for school...Plough Publishing House and Library Thing sent me this book to review (thank you).  It is being published today.They have a pink boat for the girls but the boys get an orange boat?  Read More
  • Cowgirl in the Kitchen By Julie Jarnagin

    Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's back in her hometown, living with her Dad, and putting together a restaurant.  It's a rundown bank building, she and her brother are financing it, and she needs a general manager.  When she finds him, he turns the job down.Serenade Books gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Jentry doesn't know the whole story on Gavin.  She just knows he does have restaurant experience and she needs him.  He won't work for her brother, there's history there.  So she tries to convince him to Read More
  • Home for Christmas Stories for Young and Old edited by Miriam LeBlanc Illustrated by David Klein

    Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This anthology of Christmas stories is one that could be taken off the shelf each Christmas and the stories shared again and again.  Re-read favorites, just pick a random story, or start from the beginning and read to the end.  There are twenty stories so read a story a day if you wish.Plough Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.  This would make a wonderful Christmas gift.I found three stories that particularly touched me and I want to share them with you:The Read More
  • Carter and the Curious Maze: Weird Stories Gone Wrong by Philippa Dowding

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carter is finding the circus amazingly boring.  All the things that used to scare him, don't.  None of the curiosities appeal to him.  Maybe he's getting too old to go to the circus.  But then he finds a new exhibit, it's a maze.  That might be fun...Dundurn and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 30th.Walking in the maze, he meets Mr. Green.  Mr. Green has garden shears and is trimming the maze.  He tells him he can take any path he wants but he can't turn around and come back, he Read More
  • Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lindgren

    Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Rasmus has grown up in the orphanage and Miss Hawk is quite strict.  When he gets in trouble by accident she tells him he's get his punishment in the morning.  She canes the bad boys and he's afraid of that.  He decides to run, but his friend won't go with him.  He's not sure if he's brave enough, but run he does...Plough Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can buy a copy now.I've read some of the Pippi Longstalking series, so I had to read this Read More
  • The Alien That Ate My Socks by Brandon Dorman

    Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rock is the school bully and he likes to play tricks on people.  The Hooligan brothers were just trying to undo a trick of his when the principal caught them and thought they were the ones doing the pranking.  They looked Rock up and asked him to stop.  He laughed at them.  So they challenged him to a go cart race.  If he lost, he stopped the pranks.  If they lost, they did his pranks for him.  So they had a good reason to win the race!Shadow Mountain and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review Read More
  • Noah A Wordless Picture Book by Mark Ludy

    Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Just about everybody knows the story of Noah and the ark he built.  This delightful book has no words but the illustrations are fantastic and you get a kaleidoscope of colors to please your eye.  Here's a really fun way to learn Noah's story!Plough Published shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.This would work perfectly for a bible study course, homeschooling, daycares, or as a book that will be well read at home.There are little details in the illustrations that will be missed Read More
  • What Dog Knows by Sylvia Vanden Heede, Marije Tolman

    Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Wolf is tired of dog always being smarter than he is, so he checks a book out on facts from the library.  The fact that he can't read has nothing to do with it.Gecko Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.This is a children's educational book that is done in a unique style with lots of fun thrown in with the facts.  The subjects covered are diverse, ranging from mummies to dragons and your child gets offered ideas on activities that can be at home as Read More
  • Miss Seeton at the Helm by Hampton Charles

    Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Miss Seeton is very excited.  She's won a trip to Greece.  Her friends George and Emily are going and she's thrilled at seeing all the artwork and architecture.  She doesn't know that Scotland Yard is paying for the trip and they hope she can help them solve a case.  She also doesn't know that another murder will happen while they are on the ship...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.It's an odd group on the ship.  There's a TV star that has a new girlfriend draped on him.  Read More
  • Geis: A Matter of Life & Death by Alexis Deacon

    Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a very well studied girl and is at the meeting because she was invited.  They are there to determine the next chief in the village.  Those who hold high positions think they should get them automatically.  The will from the dead chief states that they must pass a test to win.  They protest but no one listens.  Magic disperses them all over the Kingdom.Nobrow sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today, so you can get a copy now.This is a graphic novel that combines, magic, myth, folktales and Read More
  • The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

    Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nina works at the library and she loves connecting people with books that resonate for them.  She knows a lot about books and it's the perfect job for her.  Unfortunately, her library is being closed and she has a chance to reapply to the main library or she can find a new job.  While she's trying to recover from the job loss, she keeps bringing library books home.  Her roommate is not thrilled.  She doesn't want more books in their home.  But what's Nina to do?  Then she got an idea...William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for Read More
  • The Ghosts of Pebble Brook Lodge by Linda Covella

    Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Pepper has had to move again.  Her parents refurbish homes, restaurants, even lodges.  They are also chefs.  Every time Pepper has made a new friend that she really likes, they move.  At least this time it's just some miles away, not states away.  She was doing OK with the change until she saw the ghost...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy on Amazon now.Pepper and her little sister explore the lodge but it's huge.  One unique thing about it is that a Read More
  • The Secrets She Kept (Fairham Island #2) by Brenda Novak

    Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Josephine is a toxic parent.  She is totally focussed on herself.  She keeps herself in shape, fixes any little flaws, has money, image and power in her world and she has no patience for anyone who might make her look bad, including her children...  Mira Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow and you can grab a copy then.  Or you could win my ARC!  See the last paragraph for how to enter the giveaway.  When she's found dead in her bathtub, her son knows she didn't commit suicide.  Read More
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