Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Dreaded Groak by Peta Lemon

Hazel the rat (who is a boy) has been told by his mother that he needs to find his own place.  He's old enough to be a man now.  Hazel doesn't think so and doesn't want to leave but his mother help him pack and sends him off with these words of advice:  Beware of the dreaded Groak.

The author sent me a copy of her ebook to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Hazel fearfully rushes to his brother's house and knocks on the door.  His brother hides.  He doesn't want him living with him.  Then he runs into the bully of small animals and he steals his pack which had all his food.  Then it begins to rain...

He builds himself a little shelter with fallen twigs and leaves and that works for a while.  But the rain doesn't let up and it washes his shelter away.  He takes shelter under a big leaf.  Then he realizes he's not alone.  The dreaded Groak is there, too.  Will he eat him?

Then he notices the Groak looks sad.  They talk and he finds out the Groak is nice.  Before the rain stops they are friends.  They even become roommates.  Just because someone said he was mean didn't make it true.  He was different looking but that didn't mean you had to afraid of him.

Learn from their personality and actions, don't assume.

The illustrations are great and this is a good story for beginning readers.  I really enjoyed reading it and it has a good message.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Pixie and the Green Book Mystery by Coraline Grace

Pixie goes to school one day all decked out in apple designs.  When she gets to school, she decide she's too "applely" and feels embarrassed.  Her Mom fixes that by taking her to the library after school.

The author graciously shared a copy of her book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

There's a strange man at the counter, not the usual librarian.  When she goes in the Children's Section, she finds one book glowing and she immediately goes to it and opens it.  What she finds is Cinderella in the Alice in Wonderland story.  What's going on?

I love books and enjoyed the magic and the book characters involved.  Pixie has to help the book characters and has to avoid the strange man to make things right.  Will she make it?

Friday, August 16, 2019

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

The Lincoln school is primarily an Indian school.  The children there have been separated from their parents.  The rational is that they can learn the ways of white people and fit in better.  In truth they become slaves to the school principal and any sign of Indian ways is beat out of them.  There are two white boys there, too.  They are orphans.  This story is about them.

Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd.

Odie, the youngest white boy annoys the lady who runs the school, so he spends a lot of time in the quiet room (more like solitary).  Mrs Frost is talking about hiring the boys to work on her farm and they would live with her.  Hope shines out of their eyes until a tornado goes through and kills her.  Her little daughter comes to the orphanage and the lady that runs the school (nicknamed The Black Witch) decides to raise her as her own.

When the sadistic teacher who likes to use a strap on the boys backs takes Odie out by the quarry he knows he intends to kill him.  He tries to run and falls off the edge but he lands on a ledge not too far down.  The teacher comes to look and Odie grabs the strap hanging down and pulls.  The teacher falls...

He tells his brother and they decide to run.  They know where a boat is.  They sneak the little girl out and away and Mose, a big strong Indian joins them.  They head out to their aunt in St. Louis.  They have many adventures along the way.

The tale of their journey on the water is fascinating.  They meet good and bad people.  They have the Black Witch after them.  They are lucky to get away and lucky to stay alive.

You'll never look at a river the same way anymore.  If you've traveled it before, you'll find the tale comforting and frightful both.  Give it a try.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

She's assigned to a murder case and is told to team with the new man.  He's an experienced cop but he's been sent to their department as punishment.  She doesn't like him much but she's got to work with him.  The murders are horrors.  The bodies are missing hands, some missing legs, and there is a little chestnut man at each murder site.

Harper sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd.

 The killings have been going on for years as they look back at records.  The two cops often go off on their own hunts for info but when they compare, they get closer to the killer.

This tale is intense.  I found myself setting it down for a bit and doing something else.  Of course, I was back reading again after five minutes.  It's intriguing even if the crimes are horrifying.  The details are given with a bald forensic analysis that makes your skin crawl.  It's hard to believe there are people in the world that are so mean. 

The worst part is the killer is someone close to them...

Can you figure it out before the end?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

More to the Story by Hena Khan

This story centers around Jameela.  It's the story of a family of four girls and their parents.  They are Muslims living in Georgia.  They are also Americans.  Jameela dreams of being a jounalist like her grandfather.  He won awards, she wants to, too.  She works on the school newspaper but she and the editor don't get along.  They've both been warned they have to and they are trying.  She's learning how to control her temper.

Salaam Reads, a division of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, sent me an ARC  of this to read for review (thank you).It will be published September 3rd.

When her younger Sister, Bisma, complains about a bump on her neck, Jameela tells her not to worry.  But when it gets worse and they take her to a doctor, it turns out to be serious.  Their father is overseas working and the women have to deal with it alone.  When they find out it's cancer everyone is devastated.  Surgery is scheduled.

Jameela is writing stories for the newspaper and has started a special blog about her sister's illness.  She's also making friends with a new boy that is like part of the family.  

Jameela learns just how strong she can be when times get tough.  She also learns to apologize and how to work with her editor.  

This was a serious read about growing up and shouldering responsibilities.  Jameela does good job of it.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge

A group of six young men and women went for their annual ride through a scary tunnel.  Only one came out and he was unconscious.  He gets arrested for murder.  He doesn't remember what happened but he knows he didn't kill them.  The police can find no bodies but there wasn't anywhere they could go.  He ends up in jail while they investigate.

Hanover Square Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 3rd.

Robin's wife went missing three years ago.  They loved each other deeply and he couldn't understand it.  He kept hoping that she would still call or come home.  When Matt, the young man in jail, calls him and tells him he needs his help and his wife was the one who gave him his number, he doesn't believe him.  Then he gives him a key phrase only she could have known.  He goes to see the young man.  He agrees to help Matt if he will tell him more about his wife.  Matt says he will tell him all he knows if Robin will just help him get out of jail.

Robin begins looking into things and the town folk aren't happy.  They want him to go away.  He even gets beat up in an alley.  He does solve the mystery though.  The truth is sordid and sick.  What happened to his wife is very sad.  Most important, Matt wasn't guilty.  But the other five were...

Monday, August 12, 2019

Rich and Gone by W.F. Ranew


Woody is an investor.  He has talked his wife and friends into investing.  The problem is it is a Ponzi scheme and he's stealing the money.  Then he suddenly disappears.

The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.

The private eye used to be a cop and has been hired by the wife to track her missing husband down.  He's done so much dirt to everyone in his life, there's a good potential he's a murder victim.  Or he could have run.  The money is in foreign depositories under anonymous names so Woody had enough money to fund his lifestyle.  But did he really get away?

This is a well written mystery.  If the PI didn't have various friends to help him, he wouldn't have been able to solve this case.  As he weeds through the clues you get on his side.  I was especially surprised at the ending.  Karma showed up for Woody...

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