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  • The Hidden Kingdom: The Nocturnals Book 4 by Tracey Hecht (Goodreads Author), Sarah Fieber (Goodreads Author), Kate Liebman (Illustrations)

    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Nocturnal team is back again and on another unusual adventure.   They are having a drought and when they go to look for water, they find the pond that's always there has been drained.  Who took all the water?Fabled Film Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book has been published and you can grab a copy now.I like this series.  Where else do you find pangolin as a major character?  The flying squirrel annoys me, but I love Dawn, the red fox.  They are always learning something new and when they Read More
  • Death Rides the Ferry by Patricia Skalka

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a musical performance going on that the Sheriff takes a day off to attend.  He enjoys the show but also has his eye out for wrong doers.  Unfortunately, the wrong doing took part on the ferry...University of Wisconsin Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.It's initially thought that she died of a heart attack but it was a strange chemical that killed her.  As he searches for her killer, he finds that it ties back to the first time that performance was done on the island.  Then Read More
  • David's Christmas Wish by Lisa Reinicke

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    All he wants for Christmas is a goldfish.  Forget the other presents.  Just get him a goldfish.  They did but it died right before Christmas...The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The only thing they can do is try to buy another one.  However, they're in the middle of a blizzard.  Dad can't even find the car.  So he dresses warmly and sets out for the pet store...The story is cute and heartwarming.  Scot McDonald's illustrations make the snow feel cold.  This story Read More
  • The Ghost, The Owl by Sara Richard Franco

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fascinating fantasy tale that captures your imagination.  When an owl finds a ghost, he doesn't know what to do...Action Lab Entertainment and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.The ghost is not sure why she's there either and while they chat about that, the owl notices a man harassing the lady who had saved him when he was a baby.  She fed him, helped him heal, and then released him into the wild to live his life.  He helps her fight off the man.  This gets him Read More
  • Oothar the Blue by Brandon Reese

    Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Oothar is depressed.  He doesn't want to do any of his regular duties.  Slaying dragons and all the other barbarian activities that he normally does just don't have any charm for him anymore.  What's he to do?Lion Forge and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.As he goes out and walks around he just gets more depressed and angry.  He finally has a fit and starts acting out.  He's cutting things, destroying stone and more.  When a Minotaur shows up he intends to kill him.  But the Minotaur Read More
  • Surface Tension by Mike Mullin

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He races bikes and is doing very well at it.  That means he practices a lot and he has several routes he takes.  He sure never expected to run into a bunch of trucks on the back road he was on.  What's worse is he saw something they didn't want him to.  He's hurt, left for dead, but survives.  That's not the end of them trying to murder him...Tanglewood and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.What's most terrifying about this story is that the terrorists are home grown.  Read More
  • This Is a Taco! by Andrew Cangelose, Josh Shipley

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a fun book to read that should charm the young ones.  He's actually a squirrel but he only agreed to be in the book because they said there would be tacos...Lion Forge and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be available for sale May 1st.This starts as an educational book about squirrels.  But the squirrel rewrites the book, removing the predator, and creating a lunch scene.  He wants tacos!The illustrations are charming and the storyline makes you laugh.  What more could you want? Read More
  • Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand

    Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of two women in different time periods who have magic powers.  No one really trusts them, they're afraid of what they can do.  But they think it might be the prophecy coming true.  Just which one of the queens is it?Sourcebooks Fire sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 22nd.The tale is told in alternating chapters; one in present day and one in the past.  I found it a bit confusing because both women are strong characters and they are facing similar challenges.  This is Read More
  • The Inventors at No. 8 by A. M. Morgen

    Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Just how far would you ride on a mechanical bird that can really fly?  George is still trying to decide that...Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 8th.This story is great fun.  The girl across the street is a great inventor, has lots of imagination and tells good tales.  She says she's telling the truth but not everything is the true.  When a man tries to rob George of his last asset in life, a map from his grandfather, her mechanical raven Read More
  • The Otter of Death by Betty Webb

    Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Teddy is counting otters and checking for any dead ones along the coast line.  When she sees her favorite, she sees that the tool she's using to open shells is a cell phone.  She lures her close, grabs the phone, and then the search changes.  She calls the cops and now it's a search for a dead man...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.The man who was killed was married to a young woman with money.  It didn't make him stay true to her Read More
  • Bats in the Belfry by E.C.R Lorac, Martin Edwards

    Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Inspector Macdonald starts with a missing person's case which quickly turns into murder...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.As he checks into the case, it becomes more disturbing.  They are a married couple but they each have lovers.  She has the money since his book sales have dried up and he doesn't want a divorce.  They live in the same house but don't sleep in the same bed.  Did he skip town?  Did he run away with his lover; that's doubtful because he'd lose the money he Read More
  • Bob by Wendy Mass; Rebecca Stead

    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Livy is visiting her grandmother in Australia again.  It's been five year since she's last been there and she really doesn't remember anything about it.  She tries to remember but nothing seems familiar.  That is until she opens her closet...Feiwel & Friends and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 1st.I'd seen a lot of publicity on this book and checked to see if it was available for review.  It was not.  I finally saw it available and grabbed it.  I'm glad I did.  This was a wonderfully fun Read More
  • The Elizas by Sara Shepard

    Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She remembers having a brain tumor removed and knows she's had some problems with recovery but she thought she was doing fine.  Then she starts seeing things that aren't there and situations and places make her feel deja vu.  Some things are familiar but they should not be.  What's happening?  Is her brain giving up on her?Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Eliza has written a book about two characters that is going to be published.  Her mother doesn't want it published.  Eliza thinks it's because she Read More
  • Magick Run Amok by Sharon Pape

    Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kailyn's magic shop is doing well.  She uses herbs and other natural ingredients to make her potions with just a touch of magic to make them work better.  She's dating Travis.  And she and her aunt are trying to keep Merlin from creating too much magic and disturbing the town residents.  She's got her job cut out for her.  Then a journalist gets killed and Travis is sure it was not an accident...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.I love this series.  Merlin is always getting Read More
  • Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan

    Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It starts with a woman hanging from a rafter in her home. But she's not the only victim...Dutton shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This is the first book in a new series and I'm anxious to read more about Frankie.  She's been hurt on the job and she won't give up when she's told to.  She will chase down the killer even if she dies doing it.  I admire her tenacity.  They're hoping it was suicide but there's no note and nothing for her to have Read More
  • The Woman Who Married a Bear by John Straley

    Sat, 14 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a private investigator who drinks too much.  His client is an old Indian woman who wants to know why her son was killed.  They have a man in jail for doing it but he's a bit insane and doesn't know exactly what happened.  The old woman thinks there is more to the story.  She's willing to pay, it gives him more drinking money, he agrees to look into it.  It's a cold case now but you never know what you might find...Soho Crime and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published Read More
  • Greatest Magical Stories by Michael Morpurgo

    Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a lovely collection of fairy tales from foreign countries.  They are just a bit different from our traditional tales and fun to read.  I still enjoy fairy tales so I had to read this one.Barron's Educational Series and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.Anyone who likes fairy tales will enjoy this read.  My favorite was about the princess and the frog.  She doesn't have to kiss him, she has to do something else.The illustrations of Rumpelstiltskin make it worth buying the book for them.  He Read More
  • A Hole in One by Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thu, 12 Apr 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    They're hoping to promote their antique shop by sponsoring a hole in one golf tournament.  It's to benefit kids.  Arabella is even going to play although she's not the best golfer.  It gets worse when she goes after a ball she's hit in the bushes and finds a dead body...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours shared this book with me to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Arabella is in between men at the moment.  She divorced her husband and her former cop boyfriend gave up on her because she Read More
  • Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson

    Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sarah and Frank want to adopt the little girl they are raising.  When her guardian dies, they go to visit the attorney to make it official.  But there's a small problem.  The lady who had her was married to another man when she got impregnated by a lover and the child is now his responsibility.  They have to get him to sign off his parental rights.  He doesn't seem to object but, unfortunately, he doesn't live long enough to sign...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.When Frank Read More
  • The Lido by Libby Page

    Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's 86 years old and she swims in the lido (swimming pool) daily.  She's still in the apartment she and her husband lived in and she can see the pool from there.  It's an important part of her life.  And now they want to close it and sell the land to a new developer...LoveReading and Simon & Schuster sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 10th.This story brought back memories for me.  I was a finance director in the past and if you mentioned closing the pool because it Read More
  • The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

    Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    You never really know all about the person you live with.  Everyone has some secrets.  But in some instances, what you don't know might kill you...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The author has his characters each take turns writing a chapter so you get the story from two points of view.  At first, it didn't provide the continuity I would like but as the story went on, it got better.This is about fathers who abuse their children.  Some is mental abuse, some is physical abuse but it's Read More
  • See Also Proof by Larry D. Sweazy

    Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Marjorie is still feeling grief over her husband's death.  She's trying to recover but it's a slow process.  She needs something to distract her.  She gets it.Seventh Street Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.I've been reading Mr. Sweazy's work for years now and he's never disappointed me.  He's written good westerns and now he's writing good mysteries.When a young woman who is mongoloid goes missing from her bedroom, everyone is willing to help hunt for her.  She didn't take her coat or gloves and it's snowing outside.  Read More
  • Cove by Cynan Jones

    Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's gone to the cove to spread his father's ashes.  There are people there swimming and playing so he decides to do a little fishing and wait for them to go.  The weather picks up and he's suddenly struck by lightning...Catapult send me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.This read is very stark and unforgiving.  It's scary because it could so easily happen.  He's in a kayak and when he wakes up, his arms won't work, he doesn't know where he is or who he is or why he's there.  Read More
  • Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru by Karen Lee Street

    Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Edgar is asked to investigate a man's death, he tries to say no.  His wife is sorry for the woman left behind and she asks him to take it on.  He agrees but he already has an old enemy in town and he sends for Dupin to help him.  This is a very interesting case.Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.It's a bit unnerving when Edgar discovers the man who has tried to kill in the past is in town.  The man's wife indicates Read More
  • Evangeline of the Bayou by Jan Eldredge, Joseph Kuefler

    Sat, 07 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Evangeline's grandmother is a swamp witch.  She's teaching her how to make potions for healing and how to get rid of haunts.  Evangeline thinks she's learned a lot but it's not enough for the trouble that is coming...Blazer + Bray and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.This is an exciting story that starts out with a grim following her (a big black dog that carries people away in death) while she attempts to deal with a banshee.  Louisiana has a lot of ghosts left behind that are not at peace Read More
  • Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child, Jonathan Thunder, Gordon Jourdain

    Sat, 07 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I grew up around the Chehalis Indians in Washington and I'm even related to the Yakima Indians.  My grandfather's brother married an Indian.  That's what made me want to read this story.Minnesota Historical Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.What makes it even more unique is that the story is accompanied by a companion retelling in Ojibwe by Gordon Jourdain.  I couldn't read it but it's there for those who can or would like to learn.  Jonathan Thunder's illustrations are gorgeous.  With the words and the illustrations you really Read More
  • Freya and the Magic Jewel by Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

    Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Freya and her brother have been invited to attend King Odin's school.  It's an honor but it's one she didn't want.  She likes her school, her world, and how life is going at home.  Her brother tries to get her enthused but it's not going over well.  She knows she has to go, though.  And her jewel tells her that adventure awaits her...Aladdin Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.As they make the trip to the castle, they meet other children going there.  Some are nice, some are Read More
  • Vernon the Vegetarian Lion by John Hughson

    Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Vernon is a lion cub who is tired of eating meat.  His parents can't understand why, but Vernon takes off to find his own food...Publishing Push and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The little cub is not the sharpest crayon in the box.  He begins by trying to eat the seeds a mouse does, but he can't even pick up the seeds!  Then he tries to sink the water with a hippo and eat the greens at the bottom but he Read More
  • Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers, Diana Toledano

    Thu, 05 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Polly finds a special journal and begins to write in it.  She loves to make lists and learn interesting words.  Imagine how she feels when her journal writes back to her!Chronicle Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.This is a sweet little story about a young girl who has wishes and is in her ultimate when she finds out that she can make them come true with this journal.  She wishes to be invisible and it works.  And when her little sister is a pain, she turns her Read More
  • Poco and Moco Are Twins by Jun Ichihara

    Thu, 05 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Do you have twins in your family?  If so, you'll want to share this cute little book with them.  It's precious.Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Poco and Moco are sheep.  They are also both alike and both different.  Poco is messy, Moco is neat.  Poco is fat and Moco is thin.  But they find that if they work together they can accomplish more and have better achievements.  That's called team work.My favorite illustration is from the bathroom.  That sounds gross but Read More
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