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  • My Aunt Manya by Jose Patterson

    Mon, 22 May 2017 04:28:00 Permalink
    This children's story is based on a true story.  My father's parent immigrated here from Czechoslovakia so a story like this was easy to relate to.The author shared a copy of his book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.  Sarah's father has gone to America to live with his sister and work with the intentions of bringing Sarah over later.  Russia isn't a safe place to live as a Jew anymore.  The problem is that he gets killed in a road accident and Sarah loses her only parent.  Read More
  • Agatha Parrot and the Thirteenth Chicken by Kjartan Poskitt, Wes Hargis

    Sun, 21 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Agatha is back again and she makes just as big a mess as the last time you read about her.  She's a character who does what she wants how she wants to.  I like her!Clarion Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 27th.It's a new school year and Agatha goes back hoping for more playground equipment.  Nope.  But there has to be a surprise somewhere.  There is:  her class will be raising baby chicks this year.  First she has to wait until the eggs hatch.  When they do, the Read More
  • Making Scents by Arthur Yorinks

    Sat, 20 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a silly story that is mostly fun and a bit sad.  He was an abandoned baby that is adopted by a man and his wife who raise dogs.  They train the boy just like they do the dogs...First Second Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 27th.He loves his parents and his "brothers and sisters" (the dogs).  He has some trouble learning to use his nose well for dog work but he tries hard and manages to find his father's glasses so he's well on his Read More
  • A Fine Madness by Elizabeth Essex

    Sat, 20 May 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's grown up with her maiden aunts after her father's death.  She never even knew she had another aunt until the trunk arrived along with a letter.  Once she knew, she went back on the carriage to meet this new aunt.  It changes her world.ERB Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.Elspeth shows up with a small satchel containing her other clothes and goods.  Her aunt looks for her luggage and is amazed she has so little.  Soon Elspeth is going shopping Read More
  • The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton

    Fri, 19 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Erin wants to go to sea so badly but her mother won't let her.  It's too dangerous.  After all, there's a big black rock in the sea that shows up where you least expect it.  All the adults are afraid of it.Flying Eye Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  It will published June 13th.When Erin manages to hide from her dog on the boat and actually goes to sea, she meets the Black Rock up close and personal.  She falls out of the boat!  Instead of drowning, the Rock picks her up and holds Read More
  • Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani

    Thu, 18 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a sweet book about counting that features cats.  One cat sleeps, two cats play, three cats stack...Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I love cats so I had to read this.  The cats are colorful, fluffy, and they all hang out together.  When your little one follows along with the story watching what the cats do, they'll learn their numbers without even knowing it!  This would also make a good read aloud book.  Soon you'd have children helping you read it.This is Read More
  • The Little French Bistro by Nina George

    Wed, 17 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her life is not her own.  She lives in her husband's shadow and does whatever he allows her to do.  She's been doing that for years and she suddenly despairs.  She tries to drown herself.  Unfortunately, someone saves her...Crown Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 13th.When she wakes up in the hospital, all her husband has to say is how much she has embarrassed him and he's leaving without her.  She can come home after the hospital releases her.  She doesn't wait for the hospital to release Read More
  • The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey, Victoria Jamieson

    Tue, 16 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eddie's aunt taught him to read and he loves it.  She regularly visits the library in the school they live in but she's been gone several nights now.  His father can't go after her, his mother has lots of children to watch and feed, and only Eddie might be old enough to go check.  The problem his parents see is that he's a bit flighty and unfocused and might not find his way there or his way back.  So Eddie waits until they go to sleep, then he sneaks out on his mission.Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity Read More
  • No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan

    Mon, 15 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Is the Ophelia killer back in town?  Young boys are dying again...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 13th.The story starts with a young mother who has taken her daughter down to the park by the beach.  She takes her on walks regularly but this time is not ordinary.  It's a bit late and she sees three teenage boys watching her.  She decides to take a different route home and then another young man coming the other way sees her.  He screams at her and says Read More
  • Crossing the Lines by Sulari Gentill

    Sun, 14 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an unusual book.  Madeline is a writer and has an idea for a book that is different from what she's written before.  She chooses a male character, adds in a love interest, and populates the book with people from her past and present.  It's a murder mystery.  It's also like the story is alive.Poisoned Pen Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published in August.It doesn't take long before you realize she would rather live in the story from her book and spend time with her male character Read More
  • The Emperor's Ostrich by Julie Berry

    Sat, 13 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Begonia is on the road looking for their cow, Alfalfa.  She needs to be milked but she likes to wander.  This time she has wandered into trouble...Roaring Brook Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this for review.  It will be published June 13th.This is really the tale of a young emperor finally coming of age to lead his dynasty.  His ancestors think he has been poorly trained, is rude and is not ready for the role.  So he suddenly finds himself hanging from his window sill with only an ostrich to rescue him.  The bird takes off and Read More
  • Swords Against Darkness by Paula Guran

    Fri, 12 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is chock-full of fantasy tales that feature swords, epic battles and sorcery.  Some are short stories, some are novellas but all of them are worth reading.Prime Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 30th.I particularly enjoy reading this type of book.  Short stories are my thing and fantasy is fun to read.  Some of it is wicked, some of it tantalizes you into reading more by the author, and all of it is good.My three favorites are:The Tower of the Elephant by Robert E. Howard:  Read More
  • Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

    Thu, 11 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The royal bastards were children born from mothers that weren't royalty.  They were allowed to join the family in the dining room but had their own table in the back.  Tilla aches for the time when she and her father did many things together but he married and has a new family now.  Still, she's loyal to him.  So she's totally shocked when she watches kill another royal...Disney-Hyperion and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.Tilla and her brother along with a couple more boys and a princess find Read More
  • There, There by Tim Beiser

    Wed, 10 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rabbit complains, moans, groans and is "woe is me" over and over again.  Poor bear keeps responding" there, there" until he's had enough!Tundra Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.The illustrations in this book are awesome.  I love how crabby the rabbit is and how bear tries to ignore the complaining.  It's like living with my little brother at home.  When bear gets fed up, he drags rabbit out in the rain to a mudpuddle and shows him a worm.  He talks about a worms life and how Read More
  • I Will Love You Forever by Tatsuya Miyanishi

    Tue, 09 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When a female Maiasaura finds an abandoned egg in the forest while picking berries, she brings it home to hatch with hers.  When the baby is a Tyrannosaurus, she holds it close and names it Heart.  She loves him even if he is different.Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.One day while out hunting berries, the little Tyrannosaurus runs into the adult who lost the egg.  He tells it he's a Maiasura and the T-Rex tells him he's not.  The little one runs away home and his Read More
  • Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy by Gareth Wronski

    Mon, 08 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Holly is the smartest kid in the class until the new student shows up.  He knows even more about faraway galaxies than she does.  Feeling down trodden, she decides to eat her lunch in the playground.  That was a bad idea because there are these funny looking aliens looking for a princess and they think she must be it...Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.Holly, the new kid, and her teacher end up being kidnapped and taken out into space.  It would be exciting if it wasn't so Read More
  • Planet Jupiter by Jane Kurtz

    Sun, 07 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jupiter loves her family.  She's sad that her father has gone traveling but he sends her postcards all the time.  There's been a family friend that is getting too close to her Mom to suit her.  And now they are going to move to Portland, but her brother is not coming with them.  This is just too much change too fast.  The worst part?  Her mother comes home with a cousin she's never seen before.  Edom has been adopted by her mother's sister and is black.  As you can guess, Jupiter isn't excited about having a new cousin.  And now Read More
  • Blackout (Blackout Complete) by Marc Elsberg

    Sat, 06 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    In the present day and age, everything depends on electricity.  There's the internet, smart phones, smart houses, transportation and more that uses electricity as an essential element of operation.  What happens when there isn't any?Sourcebooks Landmark sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.The story is set in Europe.  Piero is an Italian who used to be a hacker and activist.  He's on the road heading home when suddenly all the traffic lights go out.  So do all the other lights in the area.  Traffic crashes, injuries abound, and Read More
  • All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg

    Fri, 05 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is women's fiction with all the trauma and drama of life.  Carole knew her mother was in an insane asylum and as her mind starts taking a life of its own and confusing her, she's afraid that's where she's going to end up, too.Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can grab a copy now.This story has alternating chapters with different character's voices.  There's the mother/grandmother who is still in the asylum, Carole and her sister Janine, and Allison the daughter/granddaughter.  Solange's story about how Read More
  • Death on Nantucket by Francine Mathews

    Thu, 04 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Merry's getting ready for her wedding but she's still a police officer and has to work when called out.  It started out with a missing person and then the body is found on the roof.  The woman liked to sit up there and look out at the sea.  When they find out she was poisoned, it no longer looks like it was a natural death...Soho Crime and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.  The adopted woman was staying with her father.  He's got dementia and is confused easily.  Read More
  • Murder in Saint-Germain by Cara Black

    Wed, 03 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Aimee is a private investigator who uses her computer knowledge to look for fraud or other illegal activity.  When she's working on an assignment that pays her well, one of the teachers comes to her asking for help.  She doesn't want to work for him but he's willing to pay well and just wants to know who is blackmailing him.  He won't tell her why but she's going to give it a shot.  She'll be sorry she got involved.Soho Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.As Read More
  • The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

    Tue, 02 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her husband was in a horrible accident right outside the house and died.  It's been three years now, but she can't make herself go on.  She's still grieving, taking care of the kids and the house, and working.  But a new work assignment is going to change her life...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.She's an illustrator and has been asked to draw illustrations for a vegetable catalog.  She accepts the assignment and agrees to go to a gardening class to see the plants and learn about them Read More
  • Annie's Recipe by Lisa Jones Baker

    Mon, 01 May 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
    She and Levi had been close when she was young.  Then his father got shunned and moved the family away.  It's been ten years since she saw him but she recognized him at once when she sees him at the wedding.  They have a lot to tell each other.  But her parents don't want her fraternizing with someone not of the faith.  She just can't stay away.The author shared an ARC with me of this book to read for review for the Goddess Fish Blog Tour.  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.This is an Amish Read More
  • The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

    Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is set in a thrift shop in Japan but it doesn't center on the items being sold or their story.  It's about the four people who work in the shop:  The owner and his sister and the young man and woman he hired.  They all have secrets and most of them aren't really secrets...Europa Editions and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.The thrift shop owner is married but has mistresses.  His sister is fifty and living with a man and he wants her to stop it.  Like Read More
  • The Last Death Worm of the Apocalypse (Kelly Driscoll #3) by Nina Post

    Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kelly is still acting as an interim manager.  Her boss is gone, she should be getting promoted, but nothing is happening.  When something does, it's almost bigger than she can handle!Curiosity Quills Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published May 2nd.This series is so much fun to read.  The stories are outrageous, monsters abound, demons are bound to the building, and everyone has their own agenda.  It's like trying to hold an uncensored war zone together with toothpicks!She's being audited by a nasty woman, has an angel of destruction for her Read More
  • Independence Cake : A Revolutionary Confection Inspired by Amelia Simmons, Whose True History Is Unfortunately Unknown by Deborah Hopkinson

    Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amelia Simmons is the woman who wrote America's first cookbook.  No one knows anything about her but this story imagines her life...Provato Marketing sent me a galley of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 9th.When Amelia is orphaned she's taken in by a woman who has six small boys.  She's exhausted from trying to keep up with them.  Amelia takes over many duties and keeps herself busy and the boys fed.  All is going well until she gets bored.  Then she decides to take up baking.  Oh my! The boys love "testing" her Read More
  • A Letter to my Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Did you ever have a teacher who brought out the best in you?  I've had several but the one I remember most was my first grade teacher.  She sent me a graduation card and complimented me for being an honor student.  She told me that she could tell when I was in her class I would go far.  I couldn't believe she'd even noticed me!  In this story, it's the student that notices the teacher...Provato Marketing send me a galley of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.The story is written from a child's point Read More
  • Rachel's Dream by Lisa Jones Baker

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
  • A Reference to Murder by Kym Roberts

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a big fundraiser going on to benefit the retired cowboys' home.  There are a lot of bull riders and rodeo stars living there.  Prize money doesn't last long when you're young.  There's going to be a big rodeo event with the current title holders, too.  But when one of the stars goes missing overnight, it turns into a hunt for a body...Kensington Books/Lyrical Underground let me read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.Charli has come home and is working in the Book Barn with her father.  Her girlfriend, Scarlet, has a crush on Read More
  • Lies that Bind: A Cotswold murder mystery by Stella Cameron

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Alex has hired a young boy to be a bus boy for her pub.  He works hard, does what he's asked to do, and helps wherever he can.  He responsible and trustworthy.  When his younger brother busts through the kitchen door to tell Scoot he found a dead body, Alex listens carefully.  Kyle is only thirteen and she asks them where their father is.  He's a long haul driver is on the road.  Come to find out, the boys are on their own a lot.  He's trying to earn enough money to send them to college.  But right now, he's Read More
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