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  • My First Peanuts: 123 - A Counting Adventure by Charles Schulz and My First Peanuts: ABC - An Alphabet Adventure Personalized Book by Charles Schulz

    Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    What better way to learn your numbers than to count with Snoopy and his pals?  They are familiar characters, they have predictable behavior and they're fun!Put Me in the Story sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  You can order it now with your child's name in it.  It would make a nice Christmas gift.Woodstock is hanging around.  Lucy is still lifting up the football on Charlie.  But while you laugh and enjoy the illustrations, you'll also be learning how to use numbers.  There are more characters each page and you learn how to count to Read More
  • Vengeance by Bryan Koepke

    Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    He's an excellent engineer but he's become a private investigator since his father's death.  No one knows who killed him.  Reece is determined to find out.  What he never expected was to have his new case, looking for the mother of a young woman, merge with the cold case of his father's death...Publishing Push and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.  You can find a copy on Amazon.There is a lot happening in this story.  There's an illegal gambling scheme in the middle.  Three different parties are Read More
  • The Wrinkled Crown by Anne Nesbet

    Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's not to touch or play a lourka before she's twelve.  If she does, she'll get taken "away".  The voices come and claim you.  She's not like the other girls.  She escapes off her tether to go play in the forest.  (She's tethered to another girl so she won't be tempted, you see.)  After doing this for some time, she's managed to make her own lourka.  And when she plays it right before her twelfth birthday, something awful happens.  Her friend she was tethered to was taken away...HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  Read More
  • Murder on the Last Frontier by Cathy Pegau

    Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Charlotte has come to Alaska to get away and to see her brother again.  She's running from her past and has no plans other than to do more journalistic work.  She's for female equality which, as you can imagine, doesn't go far in Alaska.  It doesn't take her long to alienate all the important people in town.Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 24th.Her first shock is to find that her brother is engaged.  The woman is pretty but she doesn't seem to be his type.  He Read More
  • Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio

    Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Warren's parents have died and he's living in the hotel started by Warren the first with his uncle as his guardian.  His uncle is lazy and naps a lot.  Warren works hard and tries to keep everything clean and functioning.  They had no business to speak of, but they got along.  Then his uncle gets married...Quirk Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 24th.Warren isn't the prettiest boy, but he's a nice boy and he means well.  His new aunt, Anaconda, is not nice.  In fact, she's a Read More
  • The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (16) by Alexander McCall Smith

    Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    She can't believe Mma Makutsi is suggesting she take a holiday.  She's never taken time off.  What would she do?  When her husband agrees it might be a good idea, she asks what she should do.  When they suggest she sleep in and relax, she's scandalized.  She never sleeps in.  And she doesn't know HOW to relax!Pantheon Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.This series is set in Botswana.  It's slow moving, there's much thought given to actions, and it seems they always drinking tea and eating.  When Read More
  • The Worlds Traveler by M.L. Roble

    Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are gifted.  They are also hunted...The author and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  I enjoyed the first one in this series and was eager to see how the story continues.  This book will be published December 11th.Phillip is obsessed with getting his father back.  Natalie tries to calm him and keep him out of trouble but that's not working out well.  When he meets Delroy and finds he knew his dad and had seen him since his disappearance, he wants Delroy to use his special skills to locate him now.  He refuses.  Read More
  • A Pain in the Tuchis: A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery by Mark Reutlinger

    Mon, 26 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Vera was getting better.  Why did she die so suddenly?  Was it murder?Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published November 17th.  This is a fun series to read and I'm glad I found another one to read.Mrs. Kaplan thinks she's Sherlock Holmes.  Ida is not quite as smart but she hears or sees things Rose sometimes misses so they make a great team.  When Rose hears that Vera thought she was being poisoned, she thinks someone should check.  They do.  They also find that she was given a pill that conflicted Read More
  • Death Before Decaf: A Java Jive Mystery by Caroline Fardig

    Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Juliet loves to sing but has debilitating stage fright.  She also loves to bake so she goes into the restaurant business.  That was going great until her fiance stole all the money, all the furnishings and ran away with the head waitress.  Now she's broke, lost her business, and is bummed on life.  She'll just stick her tail between her legs and go home, where she can run a small diner.  It's the best she can do now.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 17th.  This is a Read More
  • The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake: A Samuel Craddock Mystery by Terry Shames

    Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    When she was fourteen, Nonie tried to hang her younger sister.  They sent her away to a mental institution and tried to forget they'd had her.  It was an unpleasant surprise to find her on their door stoop waiting to come in.  The mother knew she was coming but didn't share it with anyone else.  Why not?Seventh Street Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 12th.  This is the fifth book in this series, so you can check out the others while you wait.Nonie is only home Read More
  • Nirvana: Nirvana Series Book One by J.R. Stewart

    Sun, 25 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    The world as we know it has gone.  First the bees died.  Then the crops and trees started to die.  Soon the earth was almost unlivable.  For those with skills, there were jobs.  And to make you feel better, you could visit Nirvana.  It’s a virtual world where you can still visit your favorite places or create new fantasies to make you happier. Blue Moon Publishers and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 10th. Kenders is in love with Andrew.  They’re engaged, they treasure their time together Read More
  • Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love and Family by Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark, Emily Clark, Amanda Flower

    Sat, 24 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    This book consists of four novellas about one Christmas season where an Amish birther (midwife) helps deliver four babies all in one night.  This is the story of their lives and loves in another Christmas season.WaterBrook Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It's already been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.These young men and women are yearning for their own love and family but they also are harboring doubt.  Some of the breakups were sudden and hurtful.  Some just walked away and didn't come back.  This Christmas Read More
  • Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse by Curtis Jobling

    Sat, 24 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max's whole family killed monsters.  Max does, too.  This time, though, it looks like the monsters may win...Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 10th.  Max lives with an old former prize fighter and they work out a lot to keep in shape.  You need to keep in shape to fight monsters.  He also has a puppy.  It's a hellhound.  It's not real pretty but it's supposed to be useful.  The first clue Max gets that he's marked comes when his hellhound comes after him.  Read More
  • The Enchanted Egg: The Magical Animal Adoption Agency Book 2 by Kallie George

    Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Mr. Jams brought home an odd egg from his last trip that Clover can't wait to see hatch.  They don't know what kind of animal it is so it will be a surprise.  She gets a bit nervous when he goes off to find an expert on magical animals but he says she'll be fine.  He said that last time, too...Disney/Hyperion and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 3rd, so you can get a copy then.I enjoyed the first book in this series, so I had to see what new Read More
  • The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition by Neil Gaiman, JH Williams III (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    When I was much younger, I found the Sandman graphic comics in Powell's bookstore in downtown Portland, Oregon.  I emptied my wallet and brought them home with me.  I didn't come up for air until I had read them all.  The Sandman and his sisters are all deep and dark characters.  Neil says they remind him of his dreams.  Those had to have been nightmares!Vertigo and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 10th, so you can grab a copy then.My mind doesn't travel where Neil's does and I Read More
  • The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst

    Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Her parents ran a bookstore.  They had a secret business; they sold dreams...Clarion Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 3rd.Sophie doesn't dream.  She just sleeps through the night.  But she can tell who isn't by their actions and their dark marks under their eyes, etc.  So she suggests they take a dream catcher home.  Once they do, their dreams get caught in them.  Her parents distill the dreams and sell them to those who want to experience happy memories, trips, nightmares and more.  One day Sophie takes Read More
  • The Empty Volume 1 by Jimmie Robinson

    Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tanoor is a hunter.  She's lost her husband and son to poisonous plants that populate the Empty.  Nothing lives there but a few animals and monsters.  She's a warrior in a world where the people are the most dangerous beings...Image Comics and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's already been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.When Tanoor finds a woman washed up on the shore who looks odd, she takes her to her home and waits for her to wake up.  When she awakens, it's not until she eats Read More
  • Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck

    Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    This is a haunting tale of life in Lapland in 1700.  The land was hard to grow a crop in, the woods hid wolves, and the people tended to be loners.  Maija and her family had moved here to escape the father's fears.  He grown to hate water, so they moved to the mountains and traded houses with his Uncle.  His Uncle didn't tell him about the problems that plagued the village or the dangers in the woods.Weinstein Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 3rd.When the older Read More
  • Descender Volume 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire

    Wed, 21 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the first in the graphic novel compilation of this series.  Get ready to leave earth and head for outer space...Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.Dustin Nguyen did the illustrations.  They show you the emptiness of space and the cold and dark of other worlds and Mr. Lemire's imagination populates those worlds for you.Android's have been outlawed.  Unfortunately, that just makes them worth a lot more money to bounty hunters.  When TIM-21 awakens and Read More
  • The Kill Box: A Jamie Sinclair Novel by Nichole Christoff

    Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    You lose your urge for love when a crazed vet with a gun crashes into your bedroom and demands your lover must come with him.  You almost lose your mind when he agrees to go...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.I read Kill Shot which was the first Jamie Sinclair novel and enjoyed it.  It left me a bit cold but I was ready to see what her new book was about.  This book is better written and plays on emotions as well being an interesting murder mystery.Jamie Read More
  • Minna's Patchwork Coat by Lauren A Mills

    Mon, 19 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Minna would like to go to school.  She already knows how to read but she'd like to make friends.  She can't go without a coat though.  It just gets too cold in the winter months.  So she stays home with her parents and makes some new friends there.Little Brown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be available November 3rd.I really liked the feel of this book.  It's set in a simpler time where you lived with what you had.  Since Minna didn't have a coat, she Read More
  • A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry

    Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Latterly is feeling lost and has no passion for anything since his wife died.  He started to feel that way before her death and her dying didn't make things better.  He decides to take his Christmas holiday on an island.  He rented a room, had plenty of places to walk and the food was good.  There's a volcano near but it's been there forever.  There's a greater storm inside the house...Ballantine Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 10th, so you can grab a copy then.He chats with a Read More
  • Buffalo Noir Edited by: Ed Park and Brigid Hughes

    Sun, 18 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    Here is another anthology that is set in Buffalo.  These are more traditional detective stories.  I knew I had a treat coming when I saw they had a story by Lawrence Block.Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 3rd.This is a very nice collection of stories of the type of crime I like to read about.  The Ehrengraf Settlement by Lawrence Block was a great read.  Mr. Block has a mischievous mind and offers you a gentleman who make things happen.  When it looks hopeless, you go to him and Read More
  • Memphis Noir Edited by: Laureen P. Cantwell and Leonard Gill

    Sun, 18 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    This anthology reminds me of when I visited New Orleans.  It almost has the same smell, the same history, and the legends are alive here, too.  These are closer to horror stories than anything else.  It's an interesting read.Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published November 3rd.These are mean stories.  Voodoo, ghosts, guns, hatred, jealousy and greed play their part here.  There is no place for weakness here.The Panama Limited is a tale of a train ride with the ghosts of love.  It might have the ride to Read More
  • The Story I'll Tell by Nancy Tupper Ling, Jessica Lanan

    Sat, 17 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    When and how do you tell your little one they are adopted?  This is an endearing story that offers a variety of ways they may have found their little Asian girl.  They're sweet and fun to read about.  Ms. Ling writes a good story and Ms. Lanan illustrations are great.Lee & Low Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.Maybe she floated in from the sea.  Or an angel delivered her.  Or, or, or...  The stories are complete on two pages and then another supposition is offered.  Read More
  • Treasure Island by Jennifer Adams

    Sat, 17 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Pirates are always fun to read about and these pirates are teaching you about shapes.Gibbs Smith sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now at your local bookstore.This is another BabyLit book and you get to say "Aargh!" when you read it!I like the fact that they show you a shape on one page and then you find that shape in the illustrations on the other.  It enforces not only the shape and its name in the little one's mind, it also show them how to Read More
  • A Blossom of Bright Light by Suzanne Chazin

    Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    A well known drunk claims he's seen Our Lady of Sorrows laying in the leaves and she had a baby.  Jimmy is free on a rare night with his woman.  They both have jobs and children; it's hard to find a night of their own.  He's not going to let anything mess with it.  They've checked out this guy's visions before, and that's all it's been.  But he's going to regret not going for the rest of his life...Kensington and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 27th.They find the Read More
  • Emma by Jennifer Adams

    Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Emma was a matchmaker.  In this book, we get to see how her actions made people feel.Gibbs Smith sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.This is from the BabyLit series.  Children get a touch of the classics in books that are fun for small ones to read.  This book will give them lots of faces to make as they mimic the emotions.Whether they are happy or sad, surprised or bored, there's a description by Ms. Adams with illustrations by Ms. Oliver.  This board book can Read More
  • The Secrets of the Pied Piper 1: The Peddler's Road by Matthew Cody

    Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:00:00 Permalink
    His sister, Max, likes to color her hair different shades.  It was supposed to be magenta, but it looks like hot pink to him.  He's used to her quirks and ignores it.  Just like Max tries to ignore Carter's bad foot.  When they get drawn into a new adventure, her hair color and Carter's limp bring them more attention than they want...Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 27th.If you've read many fairy tales, you know the story of the Pied Piper of Read More
  • Messy Penny (Penny the Peacock) by Roopa Weber (Author), Manda Szewczyk (Illustrator)

    Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Penny, the peacock is getting up for school when she notices that she just doesn't look right...The author, Roopa Weber, gifted me a copy of her book for her review (thank you).  I'm glad she did, it's a sweet read with a message for little ones.  You can buy a copy of Amazon now.Her tail isn't flat, it's rumpled.  Her hair won't lay down right.  And she just doesn't have that inner glow of happiness.  What's she to do?  She's so disappointed she talks to her Mom about it.  This is where the lesson is expressed.  Her mother tells her Read More
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