Friday, June 23, 2017

Hamelin Stoop: The Eagle, the Cave, and the Footbridge (Hamelin Stoop, #1)

They are running and their trackers are getting closer.  They can't let them have the baby.  The father runs and throws the blanket off the cliff into the raging river below.  The trackers are very sorry they lost the main prize, but they take them into custody.  Only the mother knows what really happened to the child...

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

This book sets the pace for the new series.  You learn about the hidden world as well as the world the boy child lives in.  You watch him grow.  And you learn about the intrigue going on in both worlds.  The dictator in the underworld wants a male that is a mix of the two worlds for his boss.  When he lost the baby he wanted, he demands his parents have another.  When the baby is a girl, he kills it and demands another...

The young boy is having his own adventures in the other world.  An eagle led him to a cave but he was too scared to cross the footbridge.  He knows he must, but he has to wait until he's called again.  This book ends with him bracing himself for his quest.

There's much more to be fleshed out but it's an enjoyable read despite the evil dictator.  Give it a try and see what you think.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Lightkeeper's Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol

They live on an island and keep the lighthouse's light burning during storms or fog and for late night navigation.  It seems like the family would be insulated against unfortunate or bad situations but that's not true.  For a family with four children, there's enough heart ache to fill the whole lighthouse.  They have secrets...

Harper and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.

The story begins with a young girl who has gotten herself in trouble by spray painting a dragonfly on the nursing home's fence.  She has to do community service to make up for it and it happens to be fixing the graffiti and other maintenance work at the home is her punishment.  She can do that; it's not bad labor.  But she never expects to meet an old blind woman who has a tale to tell.  Especially when that tale comes around to answering some of her own questions...

Lives get mixed up, some get lost, and the survivors still have questions in their minds.  When the old lady's brother goes missing and they find several of her father's journals, she asks Morgan to read them to her.  She does and it contains the core of the story.  There's still one journal missing but it's found before the end of the story.  

After the secrets have been told, Morgan has a new life ahead of her.  She's learned a lot from the tales the old woman has shared with her.  She even learns more of her own background.  She's pretty centered in life now and will carry on the tradition of the women from the lighthouse: Be strong, be tough, be true to yourself.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Betwixters: Once Upon a Time by Laura C. Cantu

Not everyone can see fairies.  It takes someone with a bit of Merlin's blood in them.  The three oddballs at school that hang out together have that power...

Winterwolf Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 1st.

The fairy that shows up in our world got there by accident.  She manages to get in reach of a portal that whisked her through.  But she ends up in the forest, where her enemies roam.  The only thing that saves her is the fact that the neighborhood bully has driven the trio into the woods.  He intends to beat them up, it's the only place they can escape him.  They've been forbidden to enter there but they are getting away from harm.  Or are they?

The man that lives in the forest is an enemy to the fairies.  He is also an enemy to the children.  They survive their first visit but when they find the fairy and have to work on getting her back to her portal, they get into an even more dangerous situation.  It's not just the old man looking for them.  There's a big shadow wolf...

There's lots of excitement, worries all around and even when they get her back, the story isn't done yet.  This is the first in a series that looks like it will be good fun to read.  I'd be worried about that big monster if it was me...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Death Around the Bend: A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 3 by T E Kinsey

Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, are staying at Lord Riddlethorpe's country estate.  They've come to watch a car race and plan to participate in the race.  After all, they know how to drive.  Now they want to see how feels to have all that power under their feet.  Unfortunately, they lose the toss of the coin and the men go first.  It's a good thing because there is an accident.  Or was it an accident?

Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

It seems one of the brake lines was cut and that was what caused the accident as he powered around the turn.  When he hit the tree, it was deadly for him.  They tell the inspector that they don't believe it was an accident.  He just declares it one and walks away.

Lady Hardcastle and Flo decide to look into it themselves.  There are dozens of servants, lots of guests and lots of secrets in this household.  The more they learn, the more questions they have.  It's not until they find out about an incident that happened when the long-time girlfriends were in school that they get a clue about who might be the killer.

There's a budding romance, one going into full bloom and lots of skullduggery going on around the edges of the household.  

Lady H and Flo manage to get to the truth, but it looks like it might kill them...

This is an interesting and fun read.  I enjoyed it.

It's Hard to Swim (Ellie the Wienerdog series) Life's Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog - Lesson #2 by K.J. Hales

Ellie is back again and this book is even cuter than the last one.  This time, they are taking her down to the lake to swim.  Ellie has a really good imagination...

Open Door Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's been published, so you can grab a copy now.

Ellie purple with orange accents.  She has huge eyes.  And she's afraid of the water.  She imagines all kinds of hazards and dangers.  She thinks dogs should just stay with their feet planted on the ground.  After all, no one trains fish to sit!

Ellie's people put her in a safety vest before they put her in the water.  She finds out it can be FUN to swim.  She also finds out you can do more than you think you can, you just have to try.  That's a life skill all of us can use.

I'd buy this book just for the illustrations but the story line is good, too.  You can go far in life, just try!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Jack Ferrington and the School for Swabbies by Clint Perry

Jack is excited to be going into middle school at the Pirate School.  He'll be one of the Fighting Eels now.  He's planning on taking cannon lessons.  However, everything doesn't work as planned.

FlyRockit Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  How could I miss a pirate book?  You can grab a copy for you now.

This is great fun.  Jack gets in trouble as soon as he steps on board.  He has to take another math class and he hates it.  The bully from last year is still in their class, and now he has to mentor an excitable first grader during lunch.  Of course, with Anne Bonny starting and ending their classes with a muzzle shot, it made it a bit better.

When Max gets out of hand at lunch, Jack finds himself having to commit to coming down after school to clean it up.  He's irritated at Max and now the boat is ready to take the children back to the ship they are taught on.  He can't find him and they leave without him.  They don't appear to be concerned but Jack is.  He's skipping classes, getting his friends to help and they look everywhere for Max...

What Jack doesn't know is that Teach has a special relationship with Max and he is testing Jack.  I really liked the mischievous behavior of all and the way the story ended.  Any little pirate you might have in your household will love reading this book.  After all, there's a food fight in it.  

It's Hard to be Good (Ellie the Wienerdog series) Life's Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog - Lesson #1 by K.J. Hales

Ellie is the cutest little wiener dog!  She's illustrated in bright colors, her antics are perfectly dog-like, and this story is cute.  There's a lesson in the story but it's put across gently.

Open Door Press and Net Galley shared an ebook of this story with me.  It has been published so can grab a copy now.

Ellie loves being told she's a good dog.  Her reactions will make you laugh.  She can't help sniffing all the good smells in the house, though.  And when she gets a noseful of ham smells, and a sandwich lying on the table, can she resist?

She almost gives into temptation but, when she doesn't, she gets a reward.  That's how life ought to be for people, too.