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...