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  • Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

    Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zorie grew up as best friends with her next door neighbor, Lennon.  He and she were a team.  Then they decided to experiment a bit and they found out that kisses were nice, too.  They decide to date.  They are going to go to the homecoming dance as a couple.  He never shows up and he never explains.  So much for that friendship...Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.Zorie misses Lennon but she can't forgive him.  Then one of her girlfriends decides to hobnob with the Read More
  • Who Moved My Goat Cheese? by Lynn Cahoon

    Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Angie is opening a new restaurant in town and she wants to buy local produce for The County Seat.  She's making it a farm to table restaurant and hopes it will attract tourists as well as the town folk.  When she goes to meet the goat farmer who makes cheese, he's a bit grumpy until she befriends a baby goat.  Then she and her dog make a new friend.  The awful part is that he is dead the next day...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.Angie Read More
  • Murder Mystery Party (Senoia Cozy Mystery Book 9) by Susan Harper

    Thu, 01 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Felicity has two businesses going in the same building.  She's taking courses to become a PI and they do event planning and party planning in the other segment.  She has an ex-cop heading the PI work and her boyfriend is in charge of the other half.  They do overlap and the employees work where they are needed.  When they do a murder mystery party, the person who dies was not the one that was supposed to...Fairfield Publishing and the author allowed me to read this book review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The author does Read More
  • The Hat by C. S. Boyack

    Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lizzie is just trying to stay alive.  She's working two jobs to pay for her apartment.  She was staying with her grandmother but she had a stroke.  She moved into the apartment with a roommate who didn't stay.  And now her grandmother has died and her uncle is cleaning out her second hand shop.  She asks if she can have something to remember her grandmother by and he hands her a small item and tells her to leave.  She sneaks a box out of his truck and gets out of there...The author and Net Galley allowed me to read this Read More
  • The Magic Chair Murder: A 1920s English mystery by Diane Janes

    Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Frances is on the board of the Robert Barnaby Society.  They are staying at the hotel with "The Magic Chair" that is part of the Barnaby legend.  A lady is to speak about the tale and the chair the next day, but she's missing.  When she's found, she's dead...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.Frances teams up with Tom and starts looking into things.  She had talked to her the night before and doesn't believe it was suicide as the police do.It turns out the society Read More
  • Theo Paxstone and the Dragon of Adyron by James Turner

    Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a mechanic at the local steam mech repair shop.  He has books about a brave knight and dreams of becoming one himself.   The fact that he's an orphan and poor has nothing to do with it.  He's brave (almost) and has his dreams.  While he focuses on being a hero, he's building himself his own steam machine.  It looks odd and has his own engineering in the design so it's experimental for the most part.  He hasn't run it yet.  But he will soon...The author and Net Galley shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank Read More
  • The Falling of the Moon (Moonfall Mayhem Series) by A. E. Decker

    Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a good buy.  It's all three books in this series in one volume.  All three were good reads for those like fantasy and magic.  There are plots within plots and this third book puts some of the pieces together for you.  I wouldn't mind reading more about these characters.  Oh, and watch out for the flying cat with wings...World Weaver Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will published March 20th.In "Into the Moonless Night", Ascot is determined to find Catch again.  He believes he's the golden one and is going Read More
  • Hearts Entwined by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Melissa Jagears

    Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:42:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of sweet romance stories with a Christian touch to them.  There are four novellas and there's not a bad one in the batch.  I started this book and read straight through to the end.  It has variety and all are pleasantly written.Bethany House sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.The Love Knot has a young woman who has moved away from home and become self-sufficient who gets a letter from her little sister.  The sister says she's made a Read More
  • The Pajama Frame: A Madison Night Mystery by Diane Vallere

    Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's established a business by buying retro clothing and furniture and decor and offering it to customers.  She'll even help them decorate.  When she finds a friend of hers left her an old pajama factory, she's overwhelmed.  She doesn't know what to do with it.  And she can't even get in it because it was the scene of a crime years ago and is still padlocked.  Even worse, there's lots of gossip about what happened all those years ago.  Is this a blessing or a curse?Henery Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • The Reluctant Fortune-Teller by Keziah Frost

    Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Norbert has spent most of his life in the background.  He's not forceful, he was an accountant, and he's a widower.  His only joy in life is the chihuahua that his aunt left him.  He's behind in his bills and he has to get food from the local food bank to carry him through the month.  When one of the members of a woman's club sees his visit the food bank, she tells the others in the group.  It isn't long until their unofficial leader decides to take him in hand and get him better suited financially.  She has the Read More
  • Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger, David Leonard

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Inky has recovered from his injury.  He likes his friends in the tank and the aquarium is clean and they get a lot of human visitors, but it's just not the same as freedom...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.They have a lid on the tank but one day, it's left a bit loose.  Inky invites his friend to go with but he says no, so Inky sneaks out on his own.  He finds a drain he can use and suddenly he shoots out of the other end Read More
  • The Apprenticeship of Nigel Blackthorn by Frank Kelso

    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nigel is a spoiled thirteen year old boy whose mother favors him.  He doesn't do chores,  just lazes around.  His family is from Wales and they are coming over to the states to convert the Indians.  It didn't turn out any better than it did for the Whitman family in Washington.  The Indians slaughter them and the only reason Nigel makes it because he hides...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.Since Nigel can't even cook for himself, he's in bad shape.  When he Read More
  • Widow 1881 by Sara Dahmen

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's a widow who never had a love match and she gets involved with the brother of her sister's husband.  It's not meant to be a long term relationship but when she finds out she's pregnant, she knows she has to leave town.  She can't live with all the gossip and shame.  So she goes to be a housekeeper in the Dakotas...The author and Goddess Fish Blog gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy now.She's a neat trim lady wearing mourning clothes when she arrives at her new job.  He Read More
  • Goldfisch Volume 1 Manga (English) by Nana Yaa

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story reminded me of King Midas and his golden touch.  This young boy steals an artifact that talks to him.  It tells him to drink it.  He does and now everything he touches turns to gold.  It doesn't turn out any better for him than it did for the King...Diamond Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.His father is an adventurer who is often away.  When he finds a treasure map, he uses it and ends up what could be Read More
  • The Devil's Revolver by V. S. McGrath

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of the old west with dark magic intertwined.  It makes for interesting if unsettling read...Brain Mill Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.The old west fascinates me because it was a rugged life where death was handed out regularly.  Add in a pistol that only works for the person it has bonded with that can kill without bullets and you have a big reason for why people are dying.  Everyone wants that pistol.  The fact that you Read More
  • Brandon Sanderson's White Sand Volume 2 by Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hoskin, Julius M Gopez

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kenton is the Grand Mastrell of the Sand Masters, mostly because everyone else is dead.  He's trying to work on alliances with other leaders but it's not going well.  Not only that, there are assassins after him...Dynamite Entertainment and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The artwork is fabulous.  It's hard to tell who is safe and who is dangerous.  Everyone has bodyguards.  Even the friendly folks have their own agendas.The story is full of action, there are monsters and madness, and the skill Kenton has to use the Read More
  • Harper and the Night Forest by Cerrie Burnell, Laura Ellen Anderson

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Would you like to take a ride on a magic flying umbrella?  Would you enjoy being able to play music that does magical things?  Harper does...Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.Harper has friends in her apartment house and they go on adventures together.  Her parents are away right now and she wants to help the Wild Conductor catch the Ice Raven.  He thinks that will help him get his job back.  But it's not that straight forward.  It seems the Ice Raven is part of a fairy Read More
  • The Master Key by Masako Togawa, Simon Grove (Translated by)

    Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of an apartment house in Japan for women only.  Most of the inhabitants moved in during war days and didn't think they'd be there long.  Years later most of them are still there and stay in their little apartments from habit and for safety.  The story begins and ends with death...Pushkin Vertigo and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 27th.They are burying a little boy in the basement of the building.  This incident is tied to a kidnapping.  Practically everyone in this apartment house has a Read More
  • The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

    Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's an old girl's school on the outskirts of the city.  When Fiona finds out they are going to rebuild it, she's horrified.  Her sister was killed and her body was left near Idlewild.  It haunts her to think of it operating again.  She's almost obsessed with the death of her sister.  Her killer is in jail but it doesn't make Fiona feel better.  She convinces her boss to let her write an article about it and begins to do some research on it...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will published March Read More
  • Lost Books and Old Bones: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's an American who is working in a Scottish bookstore.  She loves her job, has friends and life is good.  Until a new friend she made is found dead behind the bookstore...Minotaur Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published April 34rd.Delaney likes the medical students she's met but it leads into a murder case.  She finds an old case from the past has something to do with the current events and she tries to make sense of it.  The history of the old crime is fascinating, if a bit gruesome.  It's Read More
  • Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's time for her twin brother to become the "Chosen One".  He'll be the new ruler for the kingdom.  Marabel really doesn't care about that, but she would like to be recognized as a member of the family instead of always standing in her brother's shadow.  It's not his fault, he tries to include her.  It's her father who thinks she unimportant.  Then her aunt comes to the event and kidnaps him!Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab Read More
  • The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    I was expecting a tale of young girl growing up in Alaska and competing in the dog sled races.  Alaska can be cold and deadly and I thought it'd be a bit about survival, too.  What is, though, is really a horror story...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.Tracy learned survival skills from her mother and she still follows those rules.  But she doesn't understand that she's almost more wild that the animals she traps.  She runs with her dogs and spends time in the woods alone.  Read More
  • Tweet Hearts by Susan Reagan

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Need a Valentine's Day gift suggestion?  Here's one for the little one in your life.Robin Corey Books sent me a copy of this board book for review.  It has been published and would work very nicely for a gift.  It's special because it has a pop up at the end of the book that says "I love you."Here are two birds tweeting themselves through the numbers from 10 to 1 as well as showing a lot of hearts. It's sweet and easy to read and those little fingers will be able to handle this book.Books are better than candy; they Read More
  • The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson

    Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She works in her father's mortuary.  Her mother died when she was born.  She and her father love each other but neither has a warm relationship with the other.  She has a better relationship with dead people than she has with live people...HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 13th.Mary is almost thirty and really hasn't even had a date yet.  She's a little too odd for the small town she lives in.  Everyone knows how she lives and what she does.  Who wants to be a mortician?When the Read More
  • Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

    Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Anna still misses her parents.  First her father committed suicide, then a year later her mother did.  She's devastated and can't understand why her mother would leave her alone.  Anna is now a mother of her own and she wishes her mother was still here.  Be careful what you wish for...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 13th.Anna thinks she sees her mother around, out of the corner of her eye, standing in the shadows when she walks by.  When she tells her boyfriend about it, he tells Read More
  • Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translated by)

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily.  She plans to drink herself to death.  Nothing in life interests her anymore.  Then the young man who did odd jobs for her ends up dead.  Nastily dead.  She now has a new interest...Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.Since she found the body, the police look at her as a suspect.  At last one of the supervisors shows up and after a few questions, let's her go.  She begins by asking about the dead man and interviewing those he worked Read More
  • Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

    Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They're watching a water parade of pretty boats and displays from the widows walk on a big house.  When one of the guests topples over the railing and falls, they think he has been hit by a cannon from one of the boats.  No, it's worse than that.  He's got an arrow in him...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is a cozy mystery set in a tea shop with lots of discussion of tea flavors and food.  The rear of the book has some yummy sounding Read More
  • Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel H. Wilson

    Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an interesting group of short stories that tantalize your mind.  They're fantasy but they are close enough to reality to scare you a bit...Vintage and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.The description on Edelweiss said:  "In “All Kinds of Proof,” a down-and-out drunk makes the unlikeliest of friends when he is hired to train a mail-carrying robot; in “Blood Memory,” a mother confronts the dangerous reality that her daughter will never assimilate in this world after she was the first child born through a teleportation device; in “The Read More
  • These Little Piggies Go to the Beach by Amy E. Sklansky, Christine Davenier

    Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story has the same rhythm and rhyme as the original nursery rhyme "This Little Piggy", but this time they are going to the beach.MoonDance Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.The illustrations are whimsical and the story is cute.  There are calamities at the beach but they adjust and enjoy their day anyway.  I liked how the story was put together and the piggies played just like young siblings do.  Here's a fun story to read to your little ones! Read More
  • The Wonderful Baron Doppelganger Device by Eric Bower, Agnieszka Grochalska

    Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His parents are inventors and they create some doozie inventions!  When he tells his class about the inventions and the adventures they have, his teacher thinks he is lying.  He spends most of his time in the corner with the dunce hat on...Amberjack Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is written for middle grade readers and is silly enough to give them some laughs.  It will probably make them wish they had some of these devices to play with, too!The Doppleganger Device can change anyone or anything into Read More
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