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  • Mermaid Natalie Explores the Coral Reefs by Antionette Lawrence

    Mon, 17 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the third book in the series.  This mermaid has a magnifying glass!Publishing Push and the author shared this series with me so I could review it for you (thanks).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.She goes to see what creatures she can find on the coral reef.  She finds several and she even has a favorite!  After reading the book, there's a quiz at the back to see what your young one remembers. Read More
  • Mermaid Antoinette and the Sharks by Antoinette Lawrence

    Sun, 16 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the second book in this series and it is just as sweet as the first.  In this one you learn about sea creature, a bit about geography and there is a quiz at the end to let you share what you've learned.Publishing Push and the author shared this series with me so I could review it for you (thanks).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.This time you get another mermaid as a guide and the sharks are kind instead of cruel.  The illustrations are fun.  This is an easy way for someone young Read More
  • Mermaid Angela Finds a Sunken Shipwreck by Antionette Lawrence

    Sat, 15 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is one of five stories written that will introduce your child to new things.  This one teaches them about seashells, the parts of a boat, and even a bit of geography.Publishing Push and the author shared this series with me so I could review it for you (thanks).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.The illustrations are fun, you have a mermaid to show you the things you can learn and there's even a quiz in each book to help you retain the knowledge. Read More
  • What Comes Next by Rob Buyea

    Fri, 14 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a story of a good dog who helps people heal.  He's fun, he's likes everyone and Theo shares her dog with her sisters and friends.Delacorte Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 8th.Thea has lost her best friend, he was a victim in a traffic accident.  She feels like she could have saved him by trading him places but it's too late now.  Her parents decide to move to another city where no one would know this sad history.When they are all moved in, Read More
  • Gunshy: An Oliver Redcastle Historical Mystery (Redcastle Mysteries Book 1) by Louise Titchener

    Thu, 13 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Oliver used to work at Pinkerton but he's moving on.  He wants to get into a less dangerous business.  But going home didn't remove any danger...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.He and his cousin fought on different sides during the Civil War.  Oliver made it back in good shape but his cousin didn't.Oliver runs into several versions of trouble at home.  He wants to invest and the sheriff says he can have two days to decide if he would like to join Read More
  • Don't Lose Your Head: Life Lessons from the Six Ex-wives if Henry VIII by Harriet Marsden

    Wed, 12 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Henry VIII might have been King but he was not a nice man...Ulysses Press sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.You learn about Henry's wives (he had six) and each has a chapter devoted to her.Each wife tells you how they were brought up, why they married him and how long their marriage lasted.  He enjoyed having women in his bed, but it didn't take long before he got bored.  His staff helped him find excuses to get rid of them.  Some got Read More
  • Jak Barley Private Inquisitor and the Case of the Cursed Golden Muskrat by Dan Ehl

    Tue, 11 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fantasy tale that is written by a man with lots of imagination.  There are all kinds of enemies in Jak's world but that doesn't make him give up on his quest.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has beeen published, so you can get a copy now.  There are several books in this series and they are all fun to read.He is on a job to find the heir to the throne that went missing as an infant.  When you don't know what he looks like for sure Read More
  • Life with Lily by Margaret Morgan

    Mon, 10 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dee gets a pony that is that is a bit shy and needs to be treated gently.  She can do that but she's a bit impatient.  It doesn't take her long to realize her pony is clever.  She tries to help anyone having a bad day.The author allowed me to read her book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 27th.They have a donkey that soon makes friends with Lily.  Dee enjoys riding her pony.  Life is going well until her dad loses his job.  He has big plans for starting his own business but with no money Read More
  • Death in Daylesford by Kerry Greenwood: Series: Phryne Fisher Mysteries

    Sun, 09 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne gets a letter from a Herbert Spencer asking her to come to his place of business.  He runs a home for soldiers that are shell shocked.  He doesn't say why but Phryne's curiosity makes her go.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.Phryne and Dot go thinking of it as a holiday.  It's no holiday.  There are missing women and murder is done right under their noses!Phryne decides to try to figure who the killer is.  One cop warns her off, the other asks for her Read More
  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

    Sat, 08 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly.  He has no patience...This book has been published so you can get a copy now.He doesn't even know the process for becoming a butterfly.  Another explains it to him and says it will take two weeks.  He can't stand it.  There's nothing to do while he waits.  He breaks out of his chrysalis but it's too soon.He makes another one and waits.  This time he's successful and becomes a butterfly.The part that tickled me was that he kept asking if it was long enough yet until all the other Read More
  • The Little Butterfly That Could by Ross Burach

    Fri, 07 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This little butterfly is supposed to be migrating with the others but he got lost in the fog.  Now he's asking a whale for advice.This book will be published April 6th.When he finds out he has to fly 200 miles, he wants to give up.  It's a good thing the whale acts as cheerleader for him.  He responds positively to anything negative and he finally builds the butterfly's confidence enough to try.Luckily the butterfly makes it and is among his friends once more. Read More
  • Black Widows by Cate Quinn

    Thu, 06 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Blake Nelson is Mormon and has three wives.  They don't get along so well.  The only thing they have in common is Blake.Sourcebooks Landmark sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Rachel is the first wife and she does whatever Blake asks.  Tina is the second wife.  She's just out of rehab and was from Las Vegas.  Emily is a young wife, number three, and she's quiet and often scared.Then, one day when Blake goes fishing, they find him dead.  The cops think one Read More
  • The Keepers by Jeffrey B. Burton

    Wed, 05 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mace has taught his dogs to find cadavers and to smell the killer, too.  He has a crush on the cop he works with but she just wants to be friends.  He gets a call and heads out to with his dogs.St. Martin's Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 29th.One victim was really beat up.  When they find the band member that left the group, the dog goes on high alert.  That's one killer found.  The other cases are more complex.They are finding important people killed.  The cops Read More
  • Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son by James Patterson

    Tue, 04 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ali is looking for the girl he likes.  He has his friends with him  and they are at a concert that Zoe's mother is going to put on.  Then he hears a gunshot from the direction she went in...Hatchet Book Group and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 28th.He lays on the ground and looks for Zoe under the buses parked there.  He sees her and someone else's shoes.  The other person leaves, and Zoe has been shot in the wrist.  She won't tell him who shot Read More
  • A Fatal Footnote by Margaret Loudon

    Mon, 03 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Duke is marrying his love and Penelope has been invited to the wedding.  Everything is going well until they find the Duke's previous girlfriend dead...Berkley and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 6th.Penelope decides to try to determine who the killer is.  She wouldn't bother if her cop boyfriend had the case, but they have sent in another detective from a prominent division.He tells her thank you for her help and they work together on it.When she gets a flat tire because it was cut by a knife, she knows Read More
  • Little Bat in Night School by Brian Lies

    Sun, 02 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Little Bat has all his school supplies ready and can't wait to go to school.  He's so excited!  But almost everyone at school is much bigger than him...HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 29th.The bats that are there are playing and ignore him.  Nobody seems to care about him so he goes to a cupboard to hide,  There's a possum in it but he's willing to share.  Soon he and Little Bat are friends.During recess, they make things to play with.  They learn their Read More
  • Multispecies Cities: Solarpunk Urban Futures by Taiyo Fyjii and many more authors

    Sat, 01 May 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of science fiction stories about what the earth may evolve into.  They are all interesting and most have new ideas of what might be coming.World Weaver Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There is  a long list of authors.  The stories were written byPriya Sarukkai Chabria (Contributor), Shweta Taneja (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), N.R.M. Roshak (Contributor), Meyari McFarland (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Kate V. Bui (Contributor), Avital Balwit (Contributor), D.A. Xiaolin Spires (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Timothy Yam (Contributor), Joyce Chng Read More
  • Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

    Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gerry is a novelist.  He's had success with one book and is trying to get back in the groove to write again.  Having an accident on his stairs in his apartment disables him.  While he's healing, he has his secretary move in and hires a night nurse.William Morrow sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will  be published June 22nd.He's been married multiple times and his most recent girlfriend comes to see him.  She wants to move in.  He refuses.The next day he finds her dead on the floor next to his bed.  Read More
  • Curse of the Forgotten City by Alex Aster

    Thu, 29 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tor has inherited some powers from the Night Witch.  He doesn't want them but he has no choice...Sourcebooks Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 8th.Tor is with his best friends Engle and Melda and they are trying to find an ancient pearl to save the village they live in.This book is filled with curses, magic, zombies, ghosts, pirates and more as well as various abilities to make their search more productive.They end up taking another person with them.  Vesper is also looking for the Read More
  • Gumshoe in the Dark by Rob Leininger: Series: The Mortimer Angel Series

    Wed, 28 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nevada’s attorney general is missing.  Mort is looking for a man who steals money from women, but he keeps his eye out for the AG, too.  He's not enthused about trying to find the man because he's come into a large inheritance.Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss let me read the story for review (thank you). It will be published June 1st.Mort stops and picks up a woman in a deserted part of the highway.  She's young.  She had a ride but the old man wanted more than money for payment.  She got her gun out and exited his vehicle.Mort doesn't realize Read More
  • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

    Tue, 27 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nella is the only black person the publishing house.  She wishes she could have a friend at work.  Her boss isn't bad, but she's white.  Then another black woman is hired...Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.Hazel is a pleasant woman who grew up in another area.  They eat lunch together and talk.  Nella is happy to have a new friend.  But is she?Suddenly she is getting notes telling her to leave.  She doesn't know who is sending them.  Then she finds out Hazel knows about Read More
  • Cold-Blooded Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 3) by Elizabeth C. Bunce

    Mon, 26 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Myrtle is on the trail of a murderer.  The man who owned a store in town is found dead in his store and he was killed by hemlock and his store display was altered.Algonquin Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It won't be published until October 5th.Many years ago, a group of students were visiting a tower to see the sights.  One of them disappeared and was not seen again.Now anyone who was in that group is being killed methodically.  Who is the killer?  It seems to be the missing girl.  Could she Read More
  • Secondhand Dogs by Carolyn Crimi

    Sun, 25 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Miss Lottie took in dogs because she hated living alone.  The dogs became her family.  They all got along well and had fun together.  Then she adopted another...Balzer & Bray and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on July 6th.This is written for young readers but the dogs don't all get along so make sure they are old enough to understand.The new dog is big and acts like a bully.  He wants the woman all to himself, so he starts trying to drive off  the other dogs.  He lies to the pug Read More
  • Journey Beyond the Burrow by Rina Heisel

    Sat, 24 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tobin is a mouse who has a little sister and soon another sibling will be born.  His best friend is adventurous and they have to be careful of predators.  This tale is dangerous and full of excitement.HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on July 13th.Tobin finds himself in danger several times and just barely gets away.  He makes odd friends.  He travels with his friend and his sister and a snake.  The snake helps them keep safe.  He meets a woodchuck and uses his borrow to travel safely.You see, Read More
  • The Magical Imperfect by Chris Baron

    Fri, 23 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ethan quit talking when his mother went in for mental help.  His father tries to encourage him but has no luck.  Ethan learns at school he has a neighbor that the other children call a creature.  He goes to visit.Feiwel & Friends and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  It will be published June 15th.She has a rash that affects how she looks but she's nice.  She takes him to her secret place. There's a pond and trees and it's very peaceful.Ethan and his family are Jewish.  His grandfather shows him treasures from the old Read More
  • Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly

    Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Marisol names things.  She doesn't want to be called girl so she picks names for her toys, the refrigerator and more.  She even names the tree in the backyard.Greenwillow Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 4th.Marisol is a bit scared of everything but especially of climbing the tree.  Her best friend does it easily but Marisol holds back.  She wants to climb but she's afraid she'll fall.  Then her friend finds a bird nest in the tree that has a feather in it.Marisol wants to see Read More
  • Cooper's Story : A Puppy Tale by W. Bruce Cameron

    Wed, 21 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cooper is a young  pup who is being adopted out.  He doesn't understand why he's going away from where he was birthed.  But it's not all bad, he has a boy who loves him now.Starscape and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.His boy is in a wheelchair and he trains Cooper to help him.  It's hard for the puppy at first but then he finds it fun and likes working.  He helps his boy and gets treats.When they go to school, the principal tells him he'll have to leave his Read More
  • Tips for Magicians by Celesta Rimington

    Tue, 20 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Life isn't easy for some of us.  Harrison's mother has died and he misses her dreadfully.  His father is always out of town so he's mostly on his own.  It's a good thing he has lots of friends.  One of his friends stutters and that's a trial for him.  But before the story is over, things get better.Crown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 17th.Harrison first discovers a dog that wants to tell him something.  The dog was a friend of his mother's and it Read More
  • Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey

    Mon, 19 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Madeline is trying to save the bookshop she and her family work in.  It's not easy when you have a dysfunctional family.  She's been raised by her aunt because her Mom didn't want the responsibility of a child when she almost a child, too.Harper Teen and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published  May 18th.She has a favorite customer.  He's a good looking young man who flirts with her.  Then she finds out he's working in the bookstore across the street.  He loses some of his charm when she discovers that.Her mother Read More
  • Sprite and the Gardener by Joe Whitt, Rii Abrego

    Sun, 18 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sprites used to take care of gardens but when the humans showed up, they took them over.  Wisteria is a new sprite and she asks questions of the others.  She wants to help things grow.Oni Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 4th.Wisteria finds a garden that has died since the woman has to work so many hours.  She watches her daughter replant but nothing is blooming.  Wisteria can fix that.It doesn't take long for the other sprites to show up.  Wisteria and the daughter make a good team Read More
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