Monday, September 26, 2016

Marcel by Eda Akaltun

Marcel is a happy little dog.  He lives in New York but he's in the more urban area, not uptown.  So they have parks and greens and he can see forever.  He has his human and he's content.  Then his human gets a boyfriend...

Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It was published September 20th, so you can grab a copy now.

Marcel doesn't need two humans.  And he sure doesn't need this human taking his human's attention away from him.  But he won't go away.  Soon they're engaged.  And now we're visiting uptown more than they used to.  He's not sure what to think.

When the man takes him out by himself, he's afraid of what might happen.  Not to worry, Marcel.  Marcel always had a secret desire to visit the natural history museum (think of all the bones!) and that's where they go.  He gets to take his time and check everything out.  Once that happens, he decides maybe he can stay...

This is a cute book about a french bulldog with illustrations that show you how big New York is, especially to a small dog.  It's a fun read with a likable character.

Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson

Hilda tells her mother she's visiting friends but Mom finds out she isn't.  She's just running around wild having adventures of her own.  Her mother tells her it's dangerous and grounds her.  Then she gets in trouble again and becomes housebound.  Does that keep her home?  Noooo....

Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th, so you can grab a copy then.

This time, when Hilda tries to leave her Mom grabs her hand and goes along.  The bad news?  They have no idea where they are and they have lost the friend they had with them.  How will they get back home?

They meet stone trolls, get lost in the mountain caves and run as far away as they can only to find themselves back where they started.  It doesn't look like they'll get out alive.  But something usual happens.  The troll with the little baby feeds them, let's them rest and then leads them out of the caves. They find their way home and all is well again.  At least until the next morning...

I wonder what adventures Hilda will have in her next book?  There's more to this story than first seemed.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

At the Beach & Shapes Are Fun by Katja Spitzer

Here are two mini books from Flying Eye Books that will teach your child about shapes and what's at the beach.  They're tough enough for small hands and they offer clear illustrations to help your child learn.

Flying Eye Books sent me copies of these two books to read for review (thank you).  They have been published so you can find a copy now.

Shapes is a bit repetitive but that will help your child retain the right name for the shape.  There are also pictures where you can look for the shape and identify it as you go along.

At the Beach was my favorite.  It might be because I love the beach but it's mostly because the items are identified on each page and then you get an overall scene where you can name them all.  It's  a bit different from the other form and makes both books work well, together.

Here's an easy fun way to get your child to understand shapes and know the names of beach items.

Solstice HC by Steven T. Seagle, Moritat

Russell Waterhouse has an obsession. He wants to find the Fountain of Youth.  He'll do anything to acquire it, even prostitute his son...

Image Comics let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 5th.

The father doesn't care what it costs or where it takes them, he's determined to find this mysterious fountain.  He has more than one kind of a cancer.  Only this might help him live longer.  He's not even concerned about the people who die on his expeditions; they're just collateral damage.

The son would like to go to college, maybe do some artwork and get married to his pregnant girlfriend.  His dad could care less.  Off they go on another trek.  By that time, the son isn't sure getting killed would be a bad thing.

This graphic novel was full of action, moved back and forth from present to past, and they faced incredible dangers.  What I found impressive was the ending.  This mean, hard man who was so obsessed with his goal he would let no one stop him had an ulterior motive that was totally unexpected.  It didn't make me like him better but it did have some redeeming qualities.  The ending will surprise you.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hold a Scorpion: A Diana Poole Thriller by Melodie Johnson-Howe

When Diana goes out her front door to do some errands, she sees a lady on the other side of the freeway.  She's waving at her.  Diana has no idea who she is.  As she watches a black SUV pulls up.  The person in it scares her and she runs across the freeway.  She's hit and killed.  The cops want to know who she is.  Diana can't answer that question...

Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th.

If you want to read a story with unconventional characters, this book is for you.  Diana is an actress, following in her mother's footsteps.  Her neighbor is an oddball writer that has developed a new girlfriend who has ulterior motives.  The health rehabilitation center where the victim lived is strange.  So are the employees.  Add in Diane's old boyfriend, a scorpion bracelet that used to belong to her mother and another actress that competes with her for parts.  If that's not enough for you, her dead mother is still alive.  See what I meant?

It was interesting read, kept my attention and kept me going.  I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out but it ended better than I expected.  Trust me, you won't be bored if you have a good imagination.

Mirror: The Mountain TP by Emma Ríos, Art by Hwei Lim

This graphic novel is like a dark fairy tale.  The artwork by Hwei Lim draws you in and makes you wonder about what you're being shown.  The story seduces you and keeps you reading...

Image Comics allowed me to read a copy of this novel for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.

A colony of humans was looking for a new world to live on.  The one they found had sentient animals.  The people have a mage with them, even if he's undeveloped.  What they don't realize is that there is something else there.

Humans, being humans, capture the animals and run experiments on them.  They don't care that they are sentient.  Even the Guardians are not safe.  But it's the alien being that has settled in the squad leader that causes the problem.

The animals storm their walls.  The humans kill them in massive amounts.  No one is having a good time living there.  But how can they leave?  There's a way but it has a cost.

I was impressed by the ending.  I was beginning to think there was no hope for humans or animals.  Then someone makes the ultimate human sacrifice...

Here's your chance to visit an alien world and get out safely.  Why not give it a shot?

Friday, September 23, 2016

Journey's End by Rachel Hawkins

Her parents are getting divorced, so she goes to stay with her father in Scotland for the summer.  She can't believe he lives in a town that only has a few over four hundred people in it.  It's like it's lost.  Maybe that's why it's named Journey's End.  There's no place to go once you get there...

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 25th.

The first thing Nolie notices is a young boy walking on the beach by the sea.  When she mentions it to her dad, he tells her people walk the beach all the time.  They fish, do boat tours and visit the caves as everyday activities.

When she visits the gift shop, she comes upon a display of photos.  When she asks the girl about them, she tells her they are the ones the fog claimed.  It sounds crazy to her but Bea tells her that if you went into the fog, you didn't return.  The fog is what her scientist father is studying so there may be something to it but it's odd.  It's even odder when she sees the boy on the beach in one of the photos.  It couldn't be him, he disappeared a hundred years ago.  But she's sure it is.

When she and Bea search the beach, all they find is a rowboat.  They do see some footprints, but they decide it must have been local kids.  It wasn't...

Mysterious fog, a witch, a curse and a ghost make this story interesting.  No one talks about the fog or the missing people but they also don't mess with the fog.  The problem starts when the fog moves closer and closer.  Suddenly more people are missing.  And the boy from the past and the two girls from present time decide to act on it.  When they set out, they don't know if they'll be able to return.  But both their fathers and Bea's brother were some of the ones taken, so they're going to try even if it means they are stuck forever in the fog.

There's mystery, imagination and a pretty good story here.  It's suspenseful all the way through with some silly spots.  Wait'll the boy from the past meets ice cream!

I enjoyed this read.  Why don't you give it a try?