Friday, July 20, 2018

Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit by Amy Stewart

She's been a deputy for a year now and likes her job.  The current sheriff can't run for re-election so her future is unsure but she's hoping for the best...

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.

She runs down thieves, braves a raging river to save a convict, visits women who need help staying out of trouble, and is matron at the jail.  But not everyone thinks she's necessary.

You see part of her life, learn how hard it is to be the first one in any field and you find yourself hating the new sheriff, too.  It's a good thing she has a sister that finds them all a new job.  She'll soon be busy again with new goals.  But she's left a path open for others behind her.  I admire her character. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sabotage Stage Left (Howard Wallace, P.I. Book 3) by Casey Lyall

They are putting on a play this year that should do them proud but so many things are going wrong...

Sterling Children's Picture Books and Edelweiss gave me the oppotunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 4th. 

Howard has two cases going on at the same time and that's a challenge.  He can't be in two places at once.  But he does the best he can.

The play is getting closer and the troubles are getting bigger.  Can Howard figure out who's messing with the set and costumes?  Can he overcome the frame up?  Howard's got his work cut out for him...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

JoJo and the Food Fight by Didier Lévy, Nathalie Dieterlé, Lisa Rosinsky

Why can't everybody play nice?  They were getting along fine and then:  Food Fight!

Barefoot Books and Edelweiss let me read this picture book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.

When a little elephant walks into the battleground armed with only a small umbrella and announces he's lost his memory, everyone goes to help.  Soon the food fight is forgotten.  And, guess what?  The elephant's memory returns, too...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Hotel Between by Sean Easley

His mother is dead, his father is missing and his twin has cystic fibrosis.  They are living with his grandmother.  He worries all the time.  But now he has something to worry about...

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 4th.

By accident (or was it?), he stumbles across a new development on the way home.  He finds The Hotel Between and manages to get inside because he's wearing his father's coin around his neck.  This will help him find answers to his questions but will he like the answers?

With a bundle of characters, both good and bad, and him not sure who to believe and who's lying, things are tough for him.  He has to be careful or he might die. He has to get back to his sister but can he?

Lots of action, a mixture of truth and lies, and no way for him to know if he is making things better or worse makes the story move ahead quickly.   All he can do is do his best.  Will it be enough?

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

For some reason, her human seems to be trying to rehome her.  They're happy together, no problems.  She doesn't understand why but she is getting some nice road trips out of it.

Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 23rd.

Written from the cat's perspective made this an entertaining read.  This author understands cats and their actions.  She also understands humans who love their cats.

We get glimpses of the human's life in the past on the way, as he visits those who might take his cat in.  No one seems suitable so he and his cat remain together.  He doesn't seem sad about this.

His secret comes out before the end and it's sad but his journey is easier with a cat who loves him.

Animals can make your life better.  My cat takes care of me.  Do you have a four-legged caretaker?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

StarPassage: Honor and Mercy: Book 3 by Clark Rich Burbidge

They have a new patient in rehab who is without hope.  As they try to encourage him, they have no idea he carries a secret.

P R by the Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Ronnie has been taken over by a traveler.  This traveler has plans to change the outcome of the Civil War and he's going to use the other kids and their star to do it.

As they go where the star takes them, they never know what to expect.  But it doesn't take them long to figure it out when they find themselves on the battlefield.  How will they stop Clynt?

These stories are fantasy with some historical facts interspersed.  They're not boring and you always wonder where they are going next.  One event in this book was a little far-fetched but it's all part of the fantasy.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Two Spells by Mark Morrison

The twins are going to spend the summer with their grandparents on their farm.  They're expecting chores and some boredom but there's no boredom here...

The author shared an ecopy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It ha been published and you can grab a copy now.

It turns out the twins are magical, but they don't know it. There's a local castle that has a huge library and that library holds secrets.  Imagine opening a book and stepping into a story?  Wouldn't that be fun?  It would if it was a nice story, but what about horror stories?

There is a fight between good and evil, monsters of all kinds, the twins don't know who to trust, and a virus is tearing the library apart.  There's lots of action, lots of danger, and plenty to hold your attention.

One final warning:  Watch out for those worms...

Friday, July 13, 2018

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Imagine waking up in a place you don't know wearing a body not your own.  Impossible?  Not in this story...

Sourcebooks/Landmarks sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 18th.

This was a strange read.  He spends a day in each of his hosts trying to determine who is killing Evelyn.  Everyday it starts again with Evelyn alive.  As he does this, he has to work hard at holding on to his own identity.  The longer it's submerged, the harder it is.

Then there's the mysterious Anna he's searching for who doesn't want to be found.  Can he find her and solve the mystery?

The further the story goes, the more confusing it gets.  This author has a very complex mind and likes to challenge yours.  I never saw this ending coming...

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

He's a boy who grew into a teenager in the woods with his father, hiding from the world.  She's a therapist, trying to get him to talk...

Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you),  It will be published September 4th.

The boy's father is sick and still at camp.  He refuses to lead a search party to their hideout. Without meaning to, his therapist becomes sympathetic to his cause and tries to help him.  She's willing to go with him.  But she's taken off his case because of her personal interest in him.  She doesn't let that stop her.

This is an unusual story.  The therapist intends to help him, he helps her learn what happened to her mother, and the ending is appropriate if not happy.  Want to take a walk in the woods?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Harry Moon Professor Einstone by Mark Andrew Poe, Christina Weidman

Harry's teachers are changing, and not for the good...

Rabbit Publishers sent a ecopy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 28th.

They've always had good teachers that can make subjects fun, but now they are all sort of mechanical and don't seem to have much interest in the students.  It seems they have a new principal who even has a new curriculum for them.  Henry is not enthused.  Henry knows there is something wrong.  But will he figure it out?  Will he be able to stop it?

Read the book and see...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

City of Ink (Li Du Novels #3) by Elsa Hart

Li Du is living a quiet life working as a secretary for his ex-brother-in-law.  Then he gets involved in a murder case that draws him out of himself...

Minotaur Books sent me an ARC of this to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.

It looks like a straightforward case.  The two were having an affair, the husband came home drunk, and they were dead.  But it wasn't that easy of a case.  Li Du knows there is more to the story and he begins his own investigation.

It will bring him a lot of answers as well as some painful memories of the past.  These deaths lead high into the hierarchy and make the truth hard to say but Li Du does what he must.

This was a fascinating tale, give it a try. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Vox by Christina Dalcher

This story hits too close to home.  Changes I see now are not so far from this you can blow it off as fantasy...

Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.

This is a world where all women's rights are taken away.  No more jobs outside the home, no cellphone or laptop.  No reading.  And no talking if you're female.  You're limited to 100 words a day.  If you speak more, you get shocked.  No more birth control.  We're back to women belong to men...

This is almost too much for me to contemplate.  What an ugly world.  So how can she change it?  She's only one woman.  She has to watch for her chance...

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Ozy and Millie by Dana Simpson

This graphic novel is done in comic strip form and is fun to read.  It's a good thing that Ozy is sensible...


Andrews McMeel Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 28th.

Millie is a little rascal that loves getting trouble and doing outrageous things.  Ozy tries to keep her contained as best he can.  You find yourself turning the pages to see what is going to happen next.

Millie reminds me of some of my family members.  Do you have some like that, too?

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Hilda and the Hidden People by Luke Pearson, Stephen Davies

Hilda is a nice quirky character that's fun to read about.  She loves living in the woods but that is about to change.

Flying Eye Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 4th.

These graphic novels are fun to read because of the great graphics and odd looking characters.  Add Hilda and her idiosyncrasies and how could you not have fun reading it?

Hilda discovers their house is in the middle of an elf village.  Humans can't see them so they are being asked to move.  Hilda works on changing that directive and meets two Ancient giants along the way.

All appears to be going well until the end.  Looks like Hilda will have to make a change anyway... 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Can't Catch Me by Michael Cadnum

Most of us remember the old standard fairy tales.  Mr. Cadnum takes off from the standard ending and builds another.

Tachyon Publications and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.

Some of the tales are quite strange.  Most are odd.  But none of them are boring.  If you end up sitting there with a question mark on your face, it got your attention, right?

If you like unusual endings and untraditional stories, this one will work for you...  

Thursday, July 5, 2018

In Another Time by Caroline Leech

Living at home hasn't been pleasant for a while now, so Maisie decides to join the woman's service to get away.  Unfortunately, she's too young.  But she can join a group of female timbercorp.  Come, learn to chop trees and be lumberjill instead of a lumberjack...

Harper Teen and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you)  It will be published August 28th.

Wars are ugly things and those who fight in them come home with wounds of the body and wounds of the mind.  When Maisie dances with a Canadian, she's amazed that he leaves her on the dance floor and disappears.  She thought they were getting along fine.  They were but he's carrying baggage from the war.

He keeps telling her to go away.  She does.  Then they run into each other again.  She tries to give him love, he rejects it.  The secret here is don't give up.  It also helps to have good friends on your side!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Treasure of Mad Doc Magee by Elinor Teele

Here's a rip roaring adventure for young ones.  Clues, adventure, and a reward of gold if they are successful.  They can also stay in their hometown instead of having to move on...

Walden Pond Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.

Jenny doesn't want to leave the only home she's known.  Her dad is almost hopeless in jobs.  He gets distracted, forgets things and just is a real mess.  She can't depend on him.  She's too young to work.  Only this treasure may help...

She and her friend start their adventure by finding a skeleton and riddle that gives them a clue...

Each clue is cryptic and leads to another.  Will they really find the gold nugget? Will one of the adults steal it?  Read the book to find out.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Manton Rempville Murders by Julian Worker

It's not often you find a man killed by a sword nowadays.  First off, where did the sword come from?

BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been been published and you can buy a copy now.

The nearest home had the sword in its collection, but it had gone missing months ago. Who had it, where was is it, and was this murder planned that long ago?

As they ask questions and look over the suspects, they are surprised by another murder, right there in the house.  They have a suspicion about who the next victim may be so they set a trap...

This one keeps you guessing to the very end.  You see if you can guess the murderer.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison

Her mother died when she was born, her father fell from his horse and died when she was fourteen, and she has to marry to survive.  Or did she?

Viking and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.

She cuts her hair, dresses in her brother's old clothes and heads out on the road.  She's going west after her brother.  She finds a lot more than her brother there.

Her disguise works well.  Her problem is that doesn't protect her much.  The bigger men try to steal her money or kill her.  She finds herself killing a man and mourning the death.  The farther she goes, the more desperate she gets.  She finally settles on sharp shooting to make some money on bets.  That works until the Governor takes her under his wing.  Then she's just a tool.

When she finds her brother, that's not like she thought either.  She's also developed a taste for whiskey.

There are a lot of ways her life could have turned out but this wasn't really a good one.  I was hoping for a happy ever after but staying alive was an accomplishment in this story...

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Cross My Path by Clea Simon

She finds things or people if she can and takes what they can afford to pay.  She never expected to get caught in the warfare at the water front...

Severn House Publishers and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

This is an odd little series of a girl and her cat who play private detective.  She gets two clients with different cases but finds they are related.  People around her die, she almost gets killed, and It ends with everything still up in the air.  

Her life is not settled yet but she'll keep going.  She deserves some good in her life, I hope she finds it.