Friday, June 22, 2018

A Hint of Hydra by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski

All she wants to be is a master chef in her own restaurant.  So how did she end up in the middle of a scientists and elf fight?

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

She kills all sorts of poisonous alien animals to cook with various sauces and side dishes for unique flavors for her customers.  She's an apprentice, but she's learning.

When the scientists come up with robots who don't quite behave well, things start getting weird.  The elves take over part of the human population.  Those who don't give up and do what they are told disappear or end up dead.  What's going on?

The more she learns, the worse it gets.  And, all of a sudden, the scientists want her.  It's not her fault and it's not good... 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Caught in Time by Julie McElwain

They came to investigate damage at the local mill; they found murder...

Pegasus Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).   It will be published July 3rd.

The mill owner tries to blame the Luddites, but Sophie and the duke don't agree.  The mill owner has his own secrets, there is more going on at the mill than should be and no one wants to answer any questions.  As they keep chipping at the edges, the truth starts to emerge.  But it's dangerous.

It's a good thing Sofie and the duke protect each other, they have no friends here.

This is a good look the history of Luddites and the beginning of factories.  More money for the owners doesn't help displaced workers...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Her Fear by Shelley Shepard Gray

She can't believe it when she tells him of her pregnancy and he walks away.  Then he tells her parents she's lying.  Now she's staying with relatives she doesn't know and getting ready to raise a baby on her own...

Avon Inspire and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 24th.

Sadie has done what she was told since childhood.  She has no sense of independence.  But she's going to have to grow some backbone.  This home has problems, too.

I always think of the Amish as strict and god-fearing, but I didn't associate wrong-doing with them.  Unfortunately, greed has gotten to them, too.

Luckily, Sadie has a young man interested in her and he's willing to come to her defense.

Just when things look the most helpless, they turn around.  Hang on to hope and move on.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Wild Dead by Carrie Vaughn

Set in the future after wars and economic and social failures, this is a tale of what's left of humanity and how they deal with their problems.  There are still some left with integrity.


John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 17th.

It started with an argument over restoring an historic home.  It ended with murder.  Teeg wants to walk away and leave it because it's out of their jurisdiction.  Enid wants to know why it happened.  The answer is buried and no one wants to dig it up.  She doesn't give up.

She ends up searching alone and almost dies.  After days of questioning she gets her answer but it's not pleasant.  Of course, neither is murder.

This is a warped look at how society protects itself and how your own self can unravel under pressure.  It was an interesting read.
 

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?