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  • Wide as the Wind by Eward Stanton

    Wed, 23 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    We've all heard of Easter Island, right?  How about Vaitea?  They are the same Island.At the request of PRBy the Book, the author graciously sent me a copy of his book to read for review.  I'm very glad he did.  This was an an excellent mix of the history of the time with well-thought-out-characters.  They marry who they must for their tribes, not who they love.  They have conflicts in their own tribes; warriors and and farmers don't agree on policy.  You can pick up a copy now.This island is vacant.  Maybe if we read this story it might help Read More
  • Inside a Dog'a Mind (Jacob's Journey) by Michelle Holland

    Tue, 22 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jacob is a new puppy going to a new home.  He loves his owner, his mother, and his siblings.  He can't wait to meet his new owners.  He's going to regret this wish.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  The book has been published and you can buy it now.I was expecting a story of sweetness and kindness but Jacob's male owner is abusive.  He sounds a lot like dog owners in this area.  It's never the person's fault for lack of food, water or exercise.  It's the dog's fault.  I'm almost crying by Read More
  • Trial on Mount Koya (A hiro Hattori mystery) by Susan Spann

    Mon, 21 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo travel to a Buddhist temple at the summit of Mount Koya.  They are carrying a secret message but have no idea they are entering a murder plot and will not be able to leave right away...This Kindle edition was shared with me for a review (thank you).  It will be published July 3rd.  This story is set back in the 1600's and shares the many historical interests of those days.  Ninjas, priets, buddahists and more, who all have their own interests and beliefs don't mix well.  Fights are not fights in a Read More
  • Lulu Is A Rhinoceros Jason Flom, Allison Flom

    Sun, 20 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    I love dogs.  They have a great sense of humor, refuse to change their minds about things they believe in and sometimes what they believe in comes true.  Just follow LuLu for a while.Wicked Cow Studios LLC and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 26th.Lulu is a bull dog but she can tell by looking in a mirror she's a rhinoceros.  She tells everyone this but only one little bird listens.  That little bird listens and then decides to take her to the zoo to meet the others.  They go Read More
  • Girl with a Gun by Kari Bovee

    Sat, 19 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's fifteen, an excellent shooter from hunting for family food and someone is trying to kill her.  She doesn't know why and she can't stay where she is.  So she escapes by joining Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show...Spark Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be be published June 19th.Annie Oakley is young and pretty.  She finds she shares her tent with an Indian girl and her baby and she enjoys that.  She also enjoys the attention of Frank Butler.  But the other two women on the circuit don't like Read More
  • The Language of Spells Garret Weyr, Katie Harnett (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 18 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggie is an unusual girl who can see dragons.  It takes her a while to figure out that the others don't.  That enabled a wizard to hide the bad ones away.  But no one knows how to get them loose.  They don't want them to die there.  Can Grishna help her?Chronicle Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will published June 26th.When other people don't understand you and don't see what you do, how do you communicate with them?  Even the languages are different.  But Grishna wants to help her, she loves Grishna Read More
  • What Happened That Night by Sandra Block

    Thu, 17 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She doesn't remember.  She doesn't want to remember.  And when things start popping into her mind, she's horrified!  That can't be true, her classmates wouldn't be that mean, would they?Sourcebooks and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.This school's high school party for seniors is a put down on women in the worst possible way.  Those that don't say yes are roofied and raped.  Even as she tries to deny this happened to her, she remembers others from the past who looked like they just got of a Read More
  • Little Big Love by Katy Regan

    Wed, 16 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zac wants to make his mother happy.  There's only one way to make mom happy and that will make his grandparents unhappy.  What should he do?  Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June on June 12th.Zac finds his mother's love and finds he loves him, too.  But he also finds out why his mother's brother died that night.  How much his mother loves and how sometimes a small love can be very big.When the whole truth comes out, who is going to be left standing?  Who will love Read More
  • A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh, Elsie Chapman

    Tue, 15 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a great collection of Asian Fairy Tales that are different from our tales.  They have many gods, mountains, demons, animals and their stories are unusual.Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 26th.There are fifteen tales here and all of them were entertaining.  I especially enjoyed the first and the last tales.  In the first, a man falls in love with the princess of the mountain.  It's a good thing she didn't know what really happened to him.In the last tale, a man falls in love with a Read More
  • The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast by Samantha M. Clark

    Mon, 14 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you washed up on the beach and didn't know how you go there or where home is?  Could you hind your way home?Simon & Shuster/Paula Wiseman Book and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you)  It will be published on June 26th.The only sign of home is a light that shows up every night.  He decides he will find his way back home no matter what.  He doesn't anticipate how hard it will it will be or how much of a challenge it will be but refuses to give up.  Does he have enough fortitude Read More
  • Yosemite Fall by Scott Graham

    Sun, 13 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Chuck is going back to an old Indian goldmine to investigate a 150 year old pair of murders.  He's taking his family and he intends to do some rock climbing there.  He never expected to get caught up in a new murder while there...Torrey House Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 12th.Chuck's daughter is extraordinarily talented on the rocks, making the right decisions and remaining calm.  Her little sister is her cheering section, and Mom loves Chuck a lot, just like he does her.  Now all they can Read More
  • Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen

    Sat, 12 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry loves his trees.  He knows all their Latin names and he lusts over getting another for his collection.  That's why his wife is standing there waiting for him on the way to the movie.  And that's why the freak accident gets her.MIRA sent an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 12th.This was a different read.  There's Harry grieving for his wife and hiding in the woods and there is a young woman searching for her Dad.  She sees Harry but avoids him.  As time goes on, they get a bit Read More
  • Brief Cases by Jim Butcher

    Fri, 11 May 2018 01:15:00 Permalink
    This is a mixed bag of short stories about Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard.  Harry does things the way he wants with those he likes to work with.  Needless to day, that doesn't go over well in a professional society...Ace and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 5th.I found this collection very interesting.  It's full of pieces.  Beginnings and endings and even some way before with other characters.  You might be reading some pieces that sound familiar but even they have chunks of odd new information that Read More
  • The Hawkman by Jane Rosenberg LaForge

    Thu, 10 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an eerie tale that seems to repeat itself again and again in wartime.  He's been so battered and bruised even when he was innocent he gained the nickname "Hawkman."Amberjack Publishing and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.Along the way he meets a Jewish school mistress who wants to save him from himself.  As the tale goes on and on, few things alter.   He moves in with her and they hide together.  Half the time he still hides from her.  War damaged people take a long time to Read More
  • A Stone's Throw: An Ellie Stone Mystery by James W Ziskin

    Wed, 09 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When a building burns on an old property, the sheriff barely checks it. He calls it arson and closes the case.  But a reporter finds two dead people in the barn...Seven Street Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.Ellie Stone finds this isn't a new story.  Thoroughbred horse-racing can be deadly and can be rigged by those good at writing.  Somehow a jockey from Canada has been working in New York under another name.  He was declareded dead long ago and now they think he's the man who Read More
  • The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

    Tue, 08 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    A woman goes into the funeral parlor to plan her funeral.  She wants it done her own way.  Six hours later she's dead.  Someone strangled her...Harper and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.This is an odd little tale.  An ex-policeman offers a book deal to a writer.  He wants to write about this investigation that he intends to solve and get 50% of the profit.  The writer hasn't written true crime before but the case interests him.  The only problem is that these two get along like oil and Read More
  • The High Climber of Dark Water Bay by Caroline Arden

    Mon, 07 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Lizzie is an orphan who lives with her sister and her husband.  The depression is making money short for everyone, so when her uncle writes and offers to give her a job for the summer, her sister makes arrangements to send her.  Lizzie isn't excited to be sent to a logging camp but she has no choice.  She also has to travel by herself...Turner and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.Her uncle was to meet her but he's not there when she arrives.  She does see the name of Read More
  • Fire in the Hatch by E.C.R. Lorac

    Sun, 06 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a wounded war veteran who wants to rent the Little Thatch long term.  He plans to marry in the future.  He likes living alone and minding his own business.  That still didn't keep him from getting killed...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published June 5th.The thatch burns down and takes him with it.  Everyone believes it was an accident except his previous superior and the neighbor renting to him.  Finally Inspector Mcdonald is called in.  He finds various odd facts but nothing that amounts to proof.  But he doesn't Read More
  • Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

    Sat, 05 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her boyfriend died in his senior year.  She mourned him for months and now a friend of hers has asked her to come stay with them at an old house close to the quarry.  Does she know her friends as well as she thinks she does?  She knows he didn't commit suicide even if that's what the police think.Delacourte Sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.This is a strange story.  Beatrice and her six friends are caught up in a circle of time.  They have so much time Read More
  • Dreams of Falling by Karen White

    Fri, 04 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Larkin gets a phone call saying her mother is missing, she leaves New York and goes to find her.  She's been fragile lately and she wants to be sure she'd OK.  It's been nine years since she left and she'd rather not go back but she has no choice...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.She was totally mortified by a boy she had a crush on and her father was having an affair.  She left for the big city where no one would know the past Read More
  • Seven Bad Cats by Moe Bonneau

    Thu, 03 May 2018 10:47:00 Permalink
    I'm a cat person.  I have two Bengal cats we both love (they picked their humans) and they're charming, amusing and keep you entertained.  So do the ones in this story!Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.A little girl heads out to go fishing.  When she gets in her boat, the cats follow her.  They're no help.  They eat her bait, try to nap on the oars, shred her sails, and when it seems like they've done all the damage they can, they manage to turn over Read More
  • Tiny Crimes by Lincoln Michel, Nadxieli Nieto

    Wed, 02 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of short short stories.  It's an eclectic grouping of odd stories that will make you think.  If you don't follow them closely you might not get it.  And some really had no ending.  It's an unusual interesting read.Black Balloon Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.The first story is the most confusing and the most ironic.  There are four characters all named John.  They are planning a heist.  The manager is the one planning it.  The John's working for him plan to Read More
  • Sawdust in His Shoes by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

    Tue, 01 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Joe has grown up in the circus.  He's a bareback rider who lives to perform.  He knows he's good, and he's hoping he can become a star attraction.  When he rides out hearing the crowd cheering for him, he's on a high.  He knows good things are coming.  Then he hears the big cat's growling...Edelweiss and Plough Publishing House let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.His father is big cat trainer and he's also the victim of a big cat attack.  All of sudden, Joe is all alone in the world except Read More
  • Probable Claws by Rita Mae Brown

    Mon, 30 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of the past and present times in Virginia.  I almost found it confusing.  I was interested in both stories but in one chapter you're in one era and the next you're in present day.  I found myself wavering between which story I wanted to follow the most...Bantam and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 29th.The history was interesting.  It's set in the early days of the formation of the states and they have negro slaves and breed horses.  There's more than one formidable woman Read More
  • Life During Wartime by Katie Rogin

    Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Surviving during a war doesn't make life easier.  You come home injured, either in body or mind, and have to set about trying to be normal.  There is no normal in war...Mastodon Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.Jim is still trying to come to terms with 9-11 and the loss of his brother.  They never even found anything to bury.  He's existing but he doesn't have any enjoyment in life anymore.  Then his sister-in-law calls and tells him Ryan's daughter is missing.  She just came back Read More
  • The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths

    Sun, 29 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ruth is invited by an old friend to visit Italy and look over some unusual bones he's found in an archeological dig.  She and her daughter and a lady friend and her son decide to go together.  It's a very old body with few signs to identify its age but it was buried upside down and with a stone in its mouth.  That's an oddity that might make it easier to age.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.This is a tale of past history, Read More
  • Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean (Time Twisters #2) by Steve Sheinkin

    Sun, 29 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I love pirates and I couldn't see Abigail Adams acting like one.  So I asked to read this story...The author graciously sent me a copy to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.She might be the second first lady but she's real tired of living in a white house that isn't finished and hanging her laundry inside so it will dry.  He's busy with business but she's bored.  So she decides she'd like to be a pirate.  After all, even if she can't get her husband to listen about equality for Read More
  • Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant

    Sat, 28 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Flora is nine years old and she loves the small town they live in.  It's quiet, the people are nice and she's making a new friend.  She even gets to read the children's books in the used bookstore her mom works part time in.  They do have a family challenge.  Her parents are separated and live in separate homes.  She spends time with each and is hoping they will get together again...Beach Lane Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 15th.This has the feel of the old Read More
  • A Shimmer of Hummingbirds by Steve Burrows

    Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Domenic loves where he lives, his girlfriend and his job.  His cases have been complicated and hard to figure out but his staff is good and he's smart so they've been successful.  Now if he could just save his brother...One World Publications and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.Domenic takes some time off and goes out birdwatching.  His love knows he's also looking for clues about why what happened happened to his brother.  His brother took a man deep in the jungle to find an elusive hummingbird and the Read More
  • Riders of the Realm Across The Dark Water by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

    Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Sandwen clan use flying horses to protect themselves from intruders.  There weren't any wild flying horses.  And then some flew over the Kingdom.  Where were they from?HarperCollins sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.Rahkki has a special relationship with the flying horses but he's afraid of heights.  When one wild horse is captured, another comes to join her.  The captured one is more like a pet, the one that surrendered is more of a warrior.  She came back to help the other one escape.  That is going Read More
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