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  • The Secret of the Blue Glass by Tomiko Inui

    Fri, 25 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you had a family of little people living with you?  What if they needed milk each day to stay alive?  And what if there was no milk to have?Pushkin Children's Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 26th.  I read about the Littles growing up, have met brownies and other creatures in stories, but this is the first time I've heard of about little people in Japan.  That caught my interest so I had to read this story.This family of little people is not as independent Read More
  • The Tale of Rescue by Michael J. Rosen

    Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    They're vacationing in a cabin in the Appalachians.  They're townies and don't understand how quickly the weather can turn.  That's dangerous in the mountains.Candlewick Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.When they get turned around in the woods because of a white out, there's nothing they can do except try to take shelter from the storm.  They're dressed warmly but there's wind and dampness in the air and they may not make it through the night.The father calls and whistles but Read More
  • River Road by Carol Goodman

    Thu, 24 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    She had a little too much to drink but she was fine for driving home.  The ice and snow added more difficulty.  Then she hit something.  She was sure it was a deer but she couldn't find it.  She gives up and heads home for bed.  She can't imagine why someone is knocking on her door in the morning.  Finding a policeman on her stoop is a shock.  It's even more of a shock when he tells her one of her students has been hit by a car and is dead.  And it gets worse as he suggests she was Read More
  • The Goblin's Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice by Andrew Chilton

    Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a slave.  He has no life of his own.  He takes care of the plants and grounds as ordered.  When he's ordered to go on a trip with the young master, he goes.  When he sees the other slave kill the young master, he's forsaken.  Even though he had nothing to do with it, he'll be killed for not stopping it.  So he runs, right into more trouble.Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 19th.The boy has no name.  That will be Read More
  • Harvest Moon by Sharon Struth

    Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a recovering addict.  She's still trying to get over being raped years ago.  There's an attraction between them but neither one is looking for anything permanent.  That's too bad...Lyrical Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's coming out today, so you can grab a copy now.Trent is working with his brother on the vineyard he's established.  He has some family problems to overcome yet because of his past actions but he's on the straight and narrow now.  He likes being sober.  Now if he can just mend the past.Veronica has been Read More
  • Oona Finds an Egg (The Oodlethunks #1) by Adele Griffin, Mike Wu (Illustrated by)

    Tue, 22 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Oona is a typical cave girl.  Her only problem is that she gets lost.  She's lost when she tries to cross a bridge to go home and the bridge breaks!  She manages to reach the ground on the other side and rolls to a stop right next to this rock.  Oh, it's not a rock; it's an egg!Scholastic and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th, so you can grab a copy then.The Oodlethunks are an interesting family.  Mom works and Dad creates gourmet recipes in the kitchen.  When they Read More
  • Doodletopia: Cartoons by Christopher Hart

    Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:12:00 Permalink
    Does someone in your family like to draw?  This book is simple, practical, and offers you not only the guidelines but space to practice your skills.  It's great introduction to cartoons.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Each chapter takes you through a different exercise in drawing.  I'm not very talented in that department but I think the instructions are easy enough to follow and I might even be able to create some art.  Even if you aren't exact, you can pretend you meant to do Read More
  • The Cat Who Came In off the Roof by Annie M.G. Schmidt, David Colmer (Translated by)

    Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a reporter who can never find anything to write about.  He writes about cats because he sees them around town, owns one himself, and they're always into something.  His editor tells him he has to get a better story, one with real news, or he'll be fired...Delacorte Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published January 19th.This is delightful story for anyone who loves cats.  I grew up with a cat.  It even slept in the crib with me.  So it's a given that I would like this story.When he's visiting Read More
  • The Case of the Fickle Mermaid: A Brothers Grimm Mystery by P. J. Brackston

    Sun, 20 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gretel has been hired to find a mermaid.  She's pretty enthused because it means she gets to do a sea cruise.  What fun!  It's also all paid for by the Captain of the ship.  What could be better?  A bigger ship, maybe?Pegasus and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be on sale January 25th.This whole series is a hoot.  Gretel always has Hansel along, mostly because it's not safe to leave him alone.  He has a love affair with food and is embarrassing.  There are times in these stories that the Read More
  • Lizzie and the Lost Baby by Cheryl Blackford

    Sat, 19 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lizzie and her brother are uprooted and sent away because of the war.  Bombs are dropping, home is unsafe, and it's better that they go stay with another family in a safer place.  Safer maybe but not better if you're the one that has to leave home...HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you.)  It will be published January 12th.Living with people you don't know is tough.  Especially when the lady that takes you in is in a deep depression.  Her sister lives next door and makes sure they Read More
  • Hour of the Wolf: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery by Hakan Nesser

    Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all started when he drank a bit too much and decided to drive himself home anyway.  It was raining, dark, and he needed windshield wipers.  When he suddenly hits something, he stops to check it out.  It was a young man who hit the culvert with his head; he's dead.  He can do nothing for him, so he leaves him there and goes home quickly.  He's safe, no one saw him.  Oh, yes, they did...Pantheon and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 12th.When he gets a blackmail letter, he Read More
  • Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

    Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:40:00 Permalink
    She's the daughter of a Crow Indian woman with a white man for a father.  Her mother dies giving her birth and she never sees her father.  He's busy hunting for silver and other mining activities.  However, he does use some of his money to entertain her.  She's fine with that.  The house is big, she likes her private circus and zoo, and she doesn't mind being alone.  Then he marries again...Saga Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.This is an odd Read More
  • The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway by Erica Ridley

    Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Clara has been told she has consumption.  She's sent her daughter away, even the postman won't come to her door.  She's just waiting to die...The author graciously gave me a copy of this ebook to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Clara has a surprise coming.  A man comes to her door and isn't even afraid of the gun she has.  She tells him she's sick and he doesn't care.  He's come to take her to England.  He's being paid to do it but she doesn't know that.  That's where her Read More
  • The Lady Who Lived Again by Thomasine Rappold

    Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:05:00 Permalink
    Madeline was good friends with the other young women her age.  They flirted, danced, and had fun together.  In one unfortunate moment, all that changed...Lyrical Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It was published December 8th.When lightening struck, the horse on the wagon was scared and took off.  All the young women died, even Madeline.  However, Madeline woke back up.  Now the whole town thinks she was possessed by a demon.  Normal people don't rise again.  She also killed all those other girls.  She becomes a pariah in her own hometown.She doesn't Read More
  • Arvor's Schooldays By Jonathan Ferrier

    Wed, 16 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Arvor is a young dragon.  When his father says it's time for him to start school, he's ready.  But is the school?The author and Publishing Push gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.co.uk, Waterstones, Amazon.com, or Google Books.Arvor is smaller than most dragons, can't fly, and isn't very athletic.  That sets him apart from the main crowd.  He makes his own friends, though, so it's not all bad.I found this amusing and fun to read.  Arvor is always getting in Read More
  • The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary

    Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    She doesn't want to go hang out at Grandmother's house.  Everyone else is home and doing wonderful things in the city.  There is NOTHING to do in the country.  Absolutely NOTHING.  And the internet connection there is impossible, too.Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th.This is like an Asian fairy tale but it's a bigger tale.  There's myth, legend and fantasy woven together here.  The author does a very nice job of making the impossible believable.Saki is a young girl who has some growing up Read More
  • Private Eye Deluxe Edition by Brian K Vaughan

    Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:43:00 Permalink
    Can you imagine what life would be like without the internet?  How about what it would be like if all your information you had hidden in a cloud became common knowledge to all?  No more secrets, all your personal thoughts are public.  Would you hide behind a mask?  These people do.Image Comics and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow, so you can grab it then.This is a graphic novel set in the future.  The main character is a man that uses a false name and acts as a private Read More
  • Mouse Scouts by Sarah Dillard

    Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Violet and Tigerlily were so excited!  They're leaving the Buttercups behind and moving on to be Acorn mouse scouts.Yearling and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th.This little chapter book is a charming read with lots of little mouse characters.  Violet and Tigerlily are friends and work together most of the time.  This new level of scouts means they have to start earning their merit badges.  The first project they are given is raising a garden.The story is fun, with lots of mouse challenges to do the same Read More
  • Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle

    Sun, 13 Dec 2015 11:10:00 Permalink
    Skye's parents are divorced.  Summer is here and she's spending it with her father and her "step monster".  At least she thinks she is.  Then she finds out they plan to send her to camp...Image Comics and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 12th.I like to read graphic novels so I watch for those who entice me to read them.  Being a stepmom myself, how could I not read about Skye's "step monster"?  She's really not so bad but she's not so nice either.  She's more than Read More
  • A Murderous Mind: A Naomi Blake British Mystery by Jane A. Adams

    Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    A student is found murdered in her bedroom at the dorm.  No one heard anything.  The killing was brutal.  How did the killer get in?  Why kill her?Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.The cast of characters in this story is varied.  There are several cops, some retired cops, students, and a couple of assassins.  Most of the characters have baggage from their past.  A dead cop comes back to haunt them.  There's lots of drama and it's an interesting story.The dead girl appears to be a Read More
  • The Ninth Life by Clea Simon

    Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's drowning and he's not going to make it.  Then someone grabs him and helps him on to land.  She's a young human with pink hair and is skinny, but she's his friend now.Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.This is a new series about a cat named Blackie that is helping his human solve a mystery.  Who killed her friend and mentor who was investigating a case?  And why?The story is set in the squalid underworld of the homeless children living on the streets.  You Read More
  • Rat Queens Deluxe Edition Volume 1 (Rat Queens #1-10) by Kurtis J. Wiebe

    Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:40:00 Permalink
    Mercenaries, monsters, war, death, fights, love and more abound in this book.  There's even female mercenaries...Image Comics allowed me to download this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 15th, so you can grab a copy then.This is graphic novel has lovely colorful illustrations (even if a lot of it is blood).  The main female characters are:  Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief.  With a group like that, how can you not have fun?This is definitely for mature audiences.  Constant death, lesbians Read More
  • Skin Like Silver: A Tom Harper Victorian police procedural by Chris Nickson

    Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    His day starts with the announcement a dead baby has been found at the post office.  Someone mailed it to a bad address and it sat in the back, unclaimed, until it began to smell.  That night, there's a major fire and they lose a fireman who is helping fight it.  But that's not the only body found...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will published March 1st, so make a note to pick it up then.This is a Victorian mystery and it reflects the period well.  There's the very poor, Read More
  • Blood Tracks by Matt Hilton

    Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tess is a private investigator now.  She used to be a cop so she has skills.  When the local district attorney asks her to find a witness for a court case, she needs the money.  Saying yes will bring her close to a sadistic murderer.  It also introduces her to a man she doesn't want to love...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.They've lost an undercover cop to a monster that enjoys inflicting pain on people.  Tess needs to find the witness before the murderer.  Her Read More
  • Backhand Smash: A Percy Peach British police procedural by J.M. Gregson

    Wed, 09 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Clyde is very tall, very fit and very black.  When the tennis club decides to open its doors to all ethnic groups, the lady who fills the ranks of players is determined that Clyde will join them.  Clyde doesn't want to but it's hard to say no to someone so determined...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st, so you can grab a copy then.This was a very good read.  Prejudice still exists, bad people abound, and Clyde and his boss try to take it in stride.  Read More
  • Killing Trail: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima

    Tue, 08 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    When they find blood on the porch, they know something bad happened at this cabin.  When her police dog finds another dog in the bushes who has been shot, they wonder if that is where the blood came from.  Then they find what the dog was trying to dig up...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 15th.The young girl in the grave was the owner of the dog and a student at the local high school.  Mattie asks a lot of questions but doesn't get a Read More
  • Stranger Than Fiction by Emelle Gamble

    Mon, 07 Dec 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's getting ready to go on vacation and is looking forward to it.  It's been a long exhausting process but she finally has their prime author's next book ready to print.  She certainly wasn't expecting to be accosted in the hallway by a man who is accusing her and the author of plagiarism.  She knows it can't be true.  She also knows that she has to investigate it now.  So much for her vacation...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get Read More
  • Hasel and Rose by Caroline Magerl

    Sun, 06 Dec 2015 11:13:00 Permalink
    Rose and her family have moved.  She's a new face in a new place.  And all she thinks about is her wish.  Her wish doesn't really have form, she just knows she missing something and wants it back...An Australian bookseller told me about the magic of this book, so I decided to buy a copy and check it out.  It's published by Penguin/Viking and available now.The illustrations are almost like water colored sketches and are whimsical and a bit magical themselves.  The story is easy to read and can touch your soul.Rose wishes hard for her undefined wish to come Read More
  • The Spell of Pencliff: Volume 1 by Wendy Hobbs

    Sun, 06 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's her thirteenth birthday so she's expecting the usual birthday cards from the usual people.  She's not expecting to get an old letter from her grandfather she never knew and has been dead for years!The author and Publishing Push shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published.  You can find it on Amazon.The letter tells of a theft long ago and tells her she's the only who can solve the mystery and save her grandmother, Daisy, from being hung for the crime.  She's not sure how to do that, so she decides Read More
  • The Children's Home by Charles Lambert

    Sat, 05 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He lives alone in a huge house that belonged to his family.  He has been disfigured by an "accident" and no longer has contact with people.  When a woman shows up to be his housekeeper, he lets her stay because it's easier than turning her away.  What comes next can't be anticipated...Scribner and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th, so you can grab a copy then.He finds himself attracting children.  It begins with a baby on the doorstep.  They'll walk up to him when he's outside and Read More
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