Monday, June 18, 2018

The Rhino in Right Field by Stacy DeKeyser

This is a fun read with lots of laughs.  Nick is twelve and wants to live his own life.  He wants to be batboy for a day, but competition is on a Saturday and he has to work...

Margaret K. McElderry Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 10th.

They do their ball practice in the zoo and if they hit the ball too hard, it ends up in the rhino enclosure.  Uh oh...

I played next to a cattle pasture with a nasty bull in it.  He made it his job to guard that ball.  I was the only one brave enough to retrieve it.  Nick and I had something in common.

Nick, in desperation, lies to his father for the first time.  How's he going to live with that?

The rhino is a kick, he likes to pick on Nick.  The team has a plan to get even with Pete.  And they have acquired a new female player.  I wonder where things will go from here...

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson

There's witches, curses, a warrior, a Darkling Lord, a woman half bunny rabbit, a goat, a farm boy, fairies, elves, trolls and more in this story.  It's most irreverent, very busy and keeps you reading.  I liked it!

Del Rey and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is scheduled to publish on July 17th.

An evil fairy visits the farm boy and tells him he's the chosen one.  He has to wake the princess in the tower from her sleep.  When he gets there, the thorns are almost more than he can conquer.  But he's not the only one there.  A woman warrior wants in and since she can't find the door, she's going to scale the wall.  Part way up the tower, she falls.  Unfortunately, she falls on the farm kid killing him.  She feels bad and takes him up with wall with her, laying him on the bed next to the sleeping princess.

He had a goat with him and when she leaves the tower, it follows her.  As strange as it seems, the goat seems to have been the chosen one...

The quests are outlandish, the monsters more so, and the ones on the quest have questionable talents.  The Dark Lord's big thing is creating something almost bread-like out of thin air.  The half bunny woman is really good at finding salad stuff.  The warrior has a sword that lusts for blood. There's more death, shape shifting and many battles on the quest.  The ending is a hoot. 

If you want to read a fantasy that holds your attention and even makes you laugh here and there, this is the book for you.  It's done a bit tongue-in-cheek, and it's not a bit boring.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tide of Battle by Michael Z. Williamson

Tales, some shorter, some longer, all about war.  Mr. Williamson has an active imagination that makes you think about what the future might be.  Or might not be...

Baen Books and Edelweiss shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published July 3rd.

The ones I liked best were the ones with out-of-this-world characters that worked with humans.  These combinations always fascinate me and his stories are good.  Creating teamwork with humans is always interesting; with aliens it's even more intriguing.

For war game enthusiasts, there are several stories where war strategies make all the difference in winning and losing.

And if that isn't enough for you, he even threw in one about Zombies.  What more could you want?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Detox in Letters by Cheryl Low

This is a world shining with sex and drugs, where death doesn't matter, and power is what really matters.  Even if you die, you can be brought back to life.  But if the Queen is trying to kill you, do those rules apply?

World Weaver Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published in September.

This author always makes me feel like there's a plot piece running ahead, hiding behind the corner.  The more I learn, the more I wonder.  What's really going on?

The prince and princess seem safe enough, but they are not.  There are fights of fury and lust.  The further I go, the more confused I get.  The queen is trying to remain status quo, but people are remembering...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

She's signed up to escort immigrant children and abused children to, hopefully, a better life in further west.  It's not easy because they are easy for her to love and not want to give away at the end but it's a good cause.

Bethany House sent me a copy to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can purchase a copy now.

Her fellow guardian is a good looking male with a past.  She has one too...

You learn about how rough life is for the young ones, the difficulties of placing them well and the pain of letting them go.  Along the way, you learn about love and duty.  What's more important?  Fulfilling duty and obligations or finding love?  As each tries to do the right thing, the more things get messed up.  

It's a good thing God is along to lend a hand...   

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

It's just another day on the wagon trail when the children wake up and need to go to the bathroom.  They head out into the tall grass leaving their caretakers sleeping expecting it only to take a minute.  Then the train is attacked...

Bethany House sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can purchase a copy now.

Deb ran a newspaper back east and her father spent the money she earned.  She was tired of disrespect, lost everything after his death, so she and her sister were headed to Sacramento and a new life.  She didn't need a new set back.

Ms. Connealy writes good historical fiction depicting the rough land, the rough men and the customs of the time.

Deb and her sister and two children are stranded in the middle of nowhere until Trace comes to help.  Will they survive or will the bad men win?

Visit the past, hold on tight and hold onto your faith...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

Someone is stealing paintings and Kat's employer asks her to investigate.  She enjoys solving mysteries and says yes.  It's even better when her love interest is involved.

Berkley Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 3rd.

Despite suspicions, it appears this is a crime above stairs, not below.  And there is more crime tied to it.

The crime is in the background in this story.  You learn a lot about the working of the servants, how many meals are served, the various menus and more since the detective is the cook.

Whoever the thief is, they're vicious.  One man shows up dead.  Both Kat and David are threatened.  Knowing the truth does you no good if you won't live long enough to tell anyone.

It's full of English history and food as well as a mystery.  Look at all you can learn...