Monday, July 6, 2020

Lola Benko, Treasure Hunter by Beth McMullen

Lola's mother died, so her father takes her on his hunts for treasure.  She loves it even if they don't often find what they were going after.  Now he's all excited about a new hunt but he's sending Lola to stay with Aunt Irma.  She doesn't want to go but she has no choice.  Her father says it's dangerous.

Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you),  It will be published on August 25th.

When agents come to the house and tell her that her father is dead, she refuses to believe it and decides to go find him.

Lola wants to join her father so she decides robbing an art work would give her the money she needs.  Unfortunately, she falls and breaks her arm and the ballerinas statue she thought she could sell.  She finds herself in a new strict school with no time to skip.  She just barely stays out of jail.

But with time, she makes new friends.  She's never had friends before.  She thinks she knows where he hid the magic rock but when she goes to retrieve it, the storage unit is empty.  The three go to find the boat it's on and retrieve it but they don't get to keep it long.  A woman comes and says she will trade Lola's father for the stone.  Lola agrees but the woman says they aren't done with her father yet and they go.

Will Lola be able to save her father?  What happens to the stone?  And where will Lola go from here?

Sunday, July 5, 2020

This Way Charlie by Caron Levis, Charles Santoso

Jack is a goat and he likes his personal space.  Everyone is good about that except the new horse they brought home.  He actually steps on Jack.  That's when the owner tells him he has one blind eye.

Abrams Junior Readers shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has beeen published and you can get a copy now.

Charlie can't wander the farm like the other animals do looking for food, so Jack takes pity on him.  He leads him to pastures with good grass and to creeks to get a drink.  Before long they are good friends.  Then he notices Charlie is losing the sight in his other eye.  Now he takes even better care of him.  Charlie tries to get him to come in the barn but Jack has bad memories about a barn.  Will Charlie succeed?

The best part about this book is that it is based on a true story.  There really was a horse and a goat who took care of each other.  It's a sweet story that any child who likes animals will love!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Best Burp: The Nocturnals (Grow & Read Early Reader, Level 1) by Tracey Hecht, Josie Yee

This one is going to be a big hit with the boys.  It's a burping contest!

Fabled Films Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It's already been published, so you can get a copy now.

Bismark and Bink both burped and thought theirs was biggest and best.  Tobin suggests a contest.  They both burp loudly.  It's hard to tell who burped loudest but they woke Dawn up.  When she asks about the noise they point at each other trying to shift the blame.  Dawn tells them blaming others isn't how to be your best self.

This is a beginning reader chapter book.  It's a short, complete tale that teaches a lesson.  These are great for reading aloud.  Let the children take turns.  You could even have sound effects if you let them burp...

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Kira doesn't remember her mother.  She remembers living in the forest and learning what she could eat and what she could steal from the animals.  It's a nightmare to her and although it was many years ago, she still has bad dreams here and there...

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 4th.

When a man comes and asks her foster mother to look for a missing child, Kira wants to do it.  She's stunned when she learns he is her grandfather.  Her brother wants to go, too, and Grandpa finally talks her into it.  She still hasn't forgiven him for the past, but a lost child is more important.

They start the hunt by breaking up  into teams of two.  The little girl was sleeping in her tent but appears to have walked off.  They find where she fell in the river and that's a bad sign.  But then they find where she got out, so she's still alive.

Kira's memories surface during the hunt.  She's made a new friend but the sheriff doesn't like him.  (He's his stepson.)  Then the sheriff takes her and her friend down to the police station.  He shows her a picture of her mother and calls her an animal.  Her grandfather shows up and tells him if he bothers his family again, he'll kill him.  He tells him he's dying anyway, so he has nothing to lose.

They keep looking although hope is running out.  Will they find her?  Who could have stolen her from the tent?  There are more questions and most get answered.

I enjoyed this read.  Kira's instincts and experiences help her with this search.  You feel her anxiety...

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Ink & Sigil From the world of The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

Al MacBharrais has been cursed.  No one knows by whom and no one can remove it.  The better news is that he has magical abilities and can create sigils with amazing powers.  Unfortunately his curse also means all his apprentices die from accidental deaths.  He does what good he can but he hates his curses...

Del Rey allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 25th.

He trades some sigils for information or favors.  But when he goes to check on his latest apprentice, he finds that not only is he dead, he had access to inks and sigils he shouldn't have.  He also has a hobgoblin caged.

Hobgoblins can be dangerous, so Al contracts him to make it safer.  Then he tries to figure out just what his apprentice was doing.  The more he learns, the scarier it gets.  It appears the apprentice was capturing the magic folk and turning them over to someone.  Why?

You'll meet a wide variety of magical folks.  Not just fae but trolls and ogres and more.  The hobgoblin helps him and so does his office manager but it's still very dangerous.  As if the magic folks aren't enough, the CIA is involved, too...

Will Al and his friends be able to shut the illegal trafficking down?  Will everyone survive?  It's hard to tell...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Killer, Come Back To Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury

This book is pure noir.  All the stories are creepy and dark and you are never sure who is going to die next.

Hardcase Crime and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 18th.

The stories are short and it wasn't long before I was dreading the endings.  You never know where Bradbury's mind is going.  Sometimes they die in the first two pages, sometimes in the middle asnd sometimes at the end,  The endings are usually ironic.

The story that stuck with me was about a circus.  Someone kills one of the Siamese twins.  The remaining one begs to be removed from his dead twin and he survives.  But he doesn't know who the killer is.  In tie he learns and it breaks his heart...

This is just a sample of his writing.  This one was tame compared to some of the others. 

They all draw you in and make you wonder where the journey you're on will end.  This was a good read.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Death Comes to Durham by Jeanne M. Dams

Dorothy and Alan are visiting a castle with a cop friend when disaster strikes.  A man at the nursing home has been killed and his aunt is the one accused of murder.  Suddenly, they are working on a case but they only have a week to do it...

Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 2nd.

David's aunt has dementia so she can't even defend herself from the accusations.  Dorothy resolves to help.  She asks questions of everyone.  Her husband is a retired cop so he's against some of her theories because there is no evidence.  She realizes that and continues to try to find evidence.

Then an old woman at the nursing home was attacked with the aunt's decorative pillow.  David's aunt is being evicted.  Dorothy and Alan's investigations steps up a notch or two.  What they do find doesn't impress the cops.  But Dorothy is not giving up.

Then Dorothy is attacked by the killer and it takes four men to save her.  At least they have a  suspect but will they be able to charge him?