Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Black Rider by S J Bounds

An unknown man rides into town and shoots the sheriff in cold blood on the street.  He's wearing all black along with a black mask, so they call him the black rider.  He's been pestering the big rancher who ran all the little ranchers off but this is the first death...

Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book is available for purchase now.

The deputy has been after the black rider for the rancher's damage but murder of a friend just inspires him to do more.  It doesn't help that the sheriff's son and daughter are his friends, too.  He's in love with the girl but she's interested in another man, so he doesn't tell her.  He deputizes the son.  And then the search begins with ranch hands and most of town.  Especially when the newspaper man gets killed next...

This is a tense tale with more than one criminal involved.  There are two black riders.  The gambler would like to get rid of the new sheriff.  So would the rancher.  With two men and their men coming after him, it's hard to find time to chase the black rider, but he does.

It seems like it would be a simple story, but it's not.  There is skullduggery going on everywhere. And Dan is afraid he's losing his love.  It's a good thing Dan has grit.  He manages to get to the bottom of it.  And he may have a chance at love yet...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Return To Lan Darr by Anderson Atlas

Allan has a dream about Lan Darr that seems way too real.  He decides he needs to return because he thinks they need his help.  All he has to do is find the flower that will take him through the portal...

Synesthesia Books shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

He spends a lot of time on the mountain with his Uncle and his girlfriend.  The problem is that the flowers are in limited supply and not easily found.  When he does acquire them and heads off to Lan Darr, he ends up on the wrong planet first.

If he doesn't want to wait for months, he has to go to another planet to get the flower pollen to get where he wants.  He doesn't realize that the world he's visiting plans to trap him and keep him as a slave.  When he figures it out, it's a challenge to escape!

In the meantime, the monster he thought was sent far, far away has returned and he's on earth looking for him.  He doesn't get him but he gets his Uncle.  And the madwoman who started all the problems has captured his girlfriend and her mother.  Everyone is in trouble.

This author has a way of making absolutely incredible beings seem normal.  They are just another character in the story and you feel sorry for them or angry with them just like any other.  I found it hard to worry about the bad guy in this story but it's a tale well told with lots of tension and challenges for Allan and his Uncle.  At least now no one will believe he was making the stuff up anymore. 

This was another exciting adventure in other worlds with Allan and his various friends.  I enjoyed the read and think you will, too, if you like fantasy.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

His Royal Whiskers by Sam Gayton, Sydney Hanson

Here's a tantalizing little read with made-up words, an alchemist trainee and boy who just wanted to have fun.  As always, things don't always work like you planned.  It all started when they tried to put the potion on the warlord and it fell on on the prince instead.  The prince turns into a cat.  And the two partners in crime end up in the dungeon...

Margaret K McElderry and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.

The only way they can save their heads is to try to reverse the potion and turn the prince back into a boy.  They have a limited amount of time to do it and it's just not working.  She's the alchemist, he's the brains.  They finally think they might have conquered it, just as the deadline ends.

Life gets even more exciting when they find the Czar dead.  He's sleeping on the prince's cat body and he has no blood left.  Unfortunately, the boy is accused of murder.  Never mind that he's not a vampire.  He was there so he must be guilty.

From here on out the story gets even more fanciful.  The boy is beheaded but he's not dead.  The Czar is trying to raise the dead to head a revolt and kill more people.  The Grim Reaper has been reduced to a pile of bones.  The boy's head travels around.  You never know what you'll encounter in the next chapter.

It was an interesting read and isn't the least bit boring.  If you're willing to suspend disbelief, you can have a good time reading this.

Court of Twilight by Mareth Griffith

She's found a great place to rent.  She has a roommate who loves plants and never goes out if she can help it.  It's in a good area of town, she doesn't mind doing her shopping and the rent is cheap.  So Demi is a bit weird.  Most people are.

Parvus Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

It's when Demi goes missing and she finds an odd man in the flower box that Ivy realizes Demi might be more than a little weird.  The police don't care she's missing.  If anyone is going to find her, it will need to be Ivy.  Where could she have gone?  She decides to check out her computer and cellphone and see what she can find out...

What she finds is that she can see people other people can't.  It's not that they are ghosts; it's that they are other worldly.  They are almost like the fae.  You can't eat their food, you can't touch them or you'll disappear, too, and they have some strange habits.  Each year, someone is chosen as King.  After their year of holding the position ends, someone from the ancient past comes forward and kills the King.  Only one person has ever avoided that responsibility and he won't tell how it happened.  I don't think he even knows how it happened.

Ivy is trying to save Demi.  Everyone says she can't.  Almost by accident, she does.  But at best, all that does is give them another year to try to find a way to keep Demi alive...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

This is a whimsical touch from the past.  It's a collection of comic strips about Wallace, who is a typical boy.  He gets in trouble a lot...

Andrews McMeel Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published tomorrow.

Wallace has a friend named Spud, a little brother, and he's friends with a tomboy.  She's really good at throwing things and is a bit of a smart mouth, too.  

My favorite part of the comics was Wallace's interaction with his dad.  His father is willing to discuss silly things and imagine things most adults wouldn't.  It was sweet to watch them together.

It doesn't take too long to read and made me laugh here and there.  I bet middle graders will love it.  What would you do with a muffin left in the room since school let out last?  Wallace gave it to his tomboy and she nailed a wasps nest.  You can guess what happened next...

Sleep No More by P. D. James, Peter Kemp

Here are six tales that look at murder from various angles.  Whether is from revenge, selfish greed, anger or even apathy, these people commit murder and expect to get away with it.  Some do, some don't.  But that doesn't help the victim...

Knopf and Edelweiss gave the me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.

They are all a fascinating look at morality, character, and desires.  No one in these stories is very kind or understanding.  P D James saw the world the way it was, there's no sugarcoating here.

The one that got my attention was the tale where Santa Claus got killed.  It's a provocative mystery with lots of players.  Justice was done but not in a court of law.  I like irony in my stories.

If you like P D James, you'll be glad to get this new compilation of some old and some stories.  Give it a read.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bear Hug by Susanna Isern, Betania Zacarias

This is a very sweet story about a young girl who found a baby polar bear...

NubeOcho and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.

He's a new baby and she can't find his mother anywhere so she takes him home with her.  He's cold, so she feeds him and then they sleep in her bed together.  She plays with him during the day and all is well until someone has raided the fish for the village.  They accuse her bear.  She knows he didn't do it but she also knows if she doesn't take him into the wild, they will kill him.  She takes him away and tells him he has to stay there and cries all the way home.

The illustrations are lovely and the story has a happy ending.  She gets reunited with her bear and the wolves are the thieves and the village wants the bear back home again.

Why not give your child a white bear to sleep with and read this story to him/her as a bedtime story.  It'd put me to sleep, especially with a bear hug at the end.