Tuesday, March 26, 2019

American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie Thornton

Her mother died shortly after her birth.  Her father was a bit standoffish because she had her mother's same blue eyes and it made him sad.  She grew up without a lot of love to sustain her but she certainly grew up as her own woman...

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

Alice smoked, drank, cussed, wore suggestive clothing and did things no lady would do.  She was as fearless as her father.  But more than anything, she has to be strong.  Her life is not an easy one.  She gets involved in politics and works with her father.  She has a good mind and she can see the issues he's facing.  They talk about solutions and ways to do things.  She admires and loves him but she wants to get married to be able to have her own life.  That's her downfall.

She marries.  He runs around on her.  She wants to divorce him but she can't.  It will undermine her father's career path.  So she stays and they keep some space between each other.  He's also in politics so he has his own campaign to run.  She tries to support him but his beliefs are different than the Roosevelt's, so she campaigns for her father's friends.  They separate even more.

While she's fighting political wars and supporting causes she believes in, she does outrageous things no woman should be allowed to do (in male and female opinion both).  Then she falls in love.  He's married, she's married, they have to hide their affection and any meetings they have.  From here it gets even more complicated...

Alice was outgoing, outspoken and stubborn.  She was admired by some and hated by others but she wasn't easy to ignore.  She was also more like her father than she realized.  This is the story of her life in fictional form.  It kept me reading...

Monday, March 25, 2019

Finding Lord Farlisle by Cassandra Dean

He's finally made his way home only to find the house locked up and unoccupied.  Since he's trying to recover from his past few years, he's just as happy not to see his family.  He decides to stay there while he puts himself back together...

Goddess Fish Blog Tours and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Alexandra has heard the gossip downtown about how the locked up household has lights in it at night and they think the maid of long ago is haunting it.  She's a ghost hunter.  She's also a friend of the family that owns the house.  She's home alone so she decides to go check it out.  She still has a key she got a long time ago from a boy who lived there and died a in shipwreck.  She wishes the house didn't bring so many memories back.  She still grieves over that boy.

She's getting ready to settle in for the evening when she hears footsteps.  She was sure there was no one in the house.  Is it the ghost?

It's a ghost from the past but not the one she expected to find.  She finds the library door opening and when her eyes adjust to the change in brightness, she recognizes him.  He's her lost love.  But he doesn't know her at all...

Can they find the love they thought they lost?  They both have changed and they have to adjust to that.  Is their love strong enough to get them through this?

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Kangaroos and Killings (Flight Risk #8) by Susan Harper

Kendall and Pauline decide to visit Australia next.  They intend to see the sights and visit the wild animals (safely) but they don't realize that the tour guide and guests had a wild human in the group.

The author graciously shared this ebook with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

They have a location that supposed to one of the beauties of Australia, so they go on a tour that will take you there.  The guide knows the roads well but he's not as well versed on the animals.  He's also a bit overbearing.  But no one expected to wake up in the morning and find him dead of snake bites.  How could those snakes have gotten in his tent?  They were warned to keep their tents closed and to check before they laid down.  He was an experience outback guide.  He knew better.  So how?

Next the jeep breaks down as they are going for help and they get lost in the outback.  They're out of water and food, and it's getting harder to walk in the heat of the day as well as being very dangerous in the night.  Then Pauline's little dog disappears.  She's distraught and doesn't want to leave but they need to go and leave without it.

Kendall keeps investigating until she gets to the identity of killer.  But the killer has already killed once, once more won't matter...

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Dragon Assassin: Twin Fury (Dragon Assassin) by Arthur Slade

She's training to become an assassin with her brother.  Their parents and other siblings have died and they're all alone, so this was a reasonable choice for them.  Assassins can always get work.  She was at the top of the class and on her to graduating with honors.  Then her brother blinded her in one eye while training.  Was it an accident or not?

Mr. Slade graciously shared a copy of this ebook with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and more in this series are coming.

This was a quick read as it's part of a serial novel, but it was exciting all the way through.  Carmen is not as good as she was before since the loss of her eye but she's determined to pass.  Her teacher tells her she came up short of points to graduate but if she could steal a swan's egg, he'd give her credit for that.  The black swans are eight to ten tall and they have deadly beaks.  How can she sneak in and take an egg from them?

She finds one that has rolled out of a nest and grabs it.  Before she can get away safely, a swan sees her and comes after her.  She gets knocked of the cliff edge...

She has even more adventures before the end of this book.  This is a good series and if people would quit trying to kill her, her life would be easier.  The next installment in this story should be interesting...

Friday, March 22, 2019

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Tiger gets in a fight with her mother on the phone and she curses at her before she hangs up.  She figure she'll go home and they'll discuss it and then make up again.  It's just her and her mom in her life and she loves her mother, she'd just like to have a bit more freedom.  Then she finds out her mother died that afternoon...

Delacorte Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published April 9th.

This is being advertised as a young adult book but it's a bit hard to take.  She doesn't know who her father is, is an only child, and she gets taken into foster care. She's scared.  She finds out they move her from one home to another depending on vacancies and her behavior.  She's lost without her mom, they did everything together.  All she wants to do is sleep.  At first, they don't let her go back to school.  When she goes back, everyone treats her differently.  She fits in nowhere and it's like she's in darkness and knows no way forward.

This is a pretty intimate look at foster homes, which was chilling to me.  Being orphaned and having lost direction in life would make it even harder.

Then she finds out she has a dad, but he's in jail.  She also has a half-sister and she agrees to take guardianship of Tiger.  But that doesn't work out like planned either.

Tiger gets in more trouble, her sister disappears and it appears she's going to be in juvenile jail for her offenses.  But despite all this trouble, things are looking brighter at the end.  She has her sister back and her new friends rally around.  There's hope for the future...

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Last Dream of her Mortal Soul by K Bird Lincoln

She's come home from Japan.  Her father is still unconscious but she's brought him with her.  She's been summoned back to help solve a murder by the head of the Portland Kind.  First she stops to see her sister but she doesn't want to visit her.  She has her boyfriend over and they're spending their time in bed.  He's not who she'd like her sister to hang with but she really has no say over it.  She meets him and then takes her leave.

World Weaver Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

This is the final book in this series about the Portland Hafu.  Every one of the books draws you in.  The characters are distinctive, there are new powers revealed, and there's always plenty of challenges and action.  This one lives up to that just like the others did.

Koi is still growing and developing the powers she's discovered in herself.  It's hard with no teachers but she works on it.  Someone is after the members of the Hafu.  They are killing them whenever they have the chance.  Can Koi help solve the mystery and stop the killing?  As her friends die, she makes up her mind to do what it takes.  If it kills her, it doesn't matter.  She's the only person that can do it.

The ghost of her father talks to her.  He's still alive but just barely.  She needs his advice.

The story is exciting and kept my attention all through the series.  If you like mythical fantasy, you'll enjoy this series.  I did! 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander

Libraries have always been my friend.  The books are treasures to me and I was always afraid of running out of things to read.  But the one at home was nowhere near as exciting as this one!

Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 30th.

Lenora's parents on vacation and have left her with a nanny.  All the nanny wants to do is shop.  Soon, Lenora is bored, bored and bored.  Then the nanny takes her to the library.  She sneaks away from her and goes looking for the children's section.  What she finds instead is huge hidden library filled with librarians and customers and tons of books.  She loves it!

When she's stopped and asked what she's doing there, she explains she'd like to work there.  That wouldn't be boring!  The head librarian give her a brief interview and says she'll hire her.  She can start as the Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian.  Her job is to work the reference desk and answer customer's questions.  She can also tidy up the room in between customers.

The questions are fascinating.  She has to look or visit to get the answers.  And she has some man with a black bowler hat who's trying to disrupt the library and steal some of the books.

I really enjoyed this one.  It's written for middle graders, has plenty of action and it didn't take long for me to start admiring Lenora.  She does what she needs to do and protects the books and patrons.  She has conversations with whales, penguins and ants.  I don't think she's going to bored any longer...