Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Dinosaurs Before Dark Graphic Novel by Mary Pope Osborne, Jenny Laird, Kelly Matthews, Nichole Matthews: Series: Magic Tree House

Jack and Annie are playing outside when Annie finds a treehouse.  Jack tries to keep her safe but she goes up the ladder anyway.  She finds it's full of books.  That's enough to get Jack up there, too.

Random House Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published and you can get a copy now.

Jack was looking at a dinosaur book when he wished he could be there.  The treehouse starts moving and they find themselves there.  They have time travelled back to when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Annie is fearless and goes out and makes friends with two of the dinosaurs.  Then a T-rex shows up.  While the others ate plants, he ate meat.  So Annie and Jack run from him.

Will they get home safe?

This is well illustrated, full of adventure, and you can learn some dinosaur names, too.  It's nicely done.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Death at the Crystal Palace by Jennifer Ashley - Series: A Below Stairs Mystery (#5)

Kat is at an exhibition when a lady comes up to her and tells her she's being poisoned.  She's not sure if it's true or not, but she goes home with her.  It's true.  How can she save her?

Berkley and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 6th.

Kat has a boyfriend that spends time under cover helping the police solve crimes.  She talks to him about the investigation she's going to do and he warns her to be safe and take care.  He has his own case and won't be around to help her.

Kat is a cook and a good one.  She takes a lemon cake to the house where people get ill and sees what she can find.  Life is very different from where she lives.  These people have titles and money and sometimes they have disagreements, too.

It takes a lot of work with help from her friends to determine who is trying to kill the Lady.  One of the family members dies because she ate the food that was supposed to be the Lady's.

Kat finally narrows it down but the killer has a knife and she is defenseless.  Will she survive?

Monday, June 14, 2021

We Can't Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Quinn's parents are wedding planners.  Quinn and her sister help put on the weddings.  Quinn has a bad habit.  She loves dating boys but when it starts to get serious, she breaks up with them.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

When she was eight, her parents separated for six months.  They got back together again but every time they fight she fears her mother might leave again.  This memory is why she is torn about her own romantic life.

Her boyfriend went off to college and didn't talk to her anymore.  Now he's home for the summer and they meet up again.  It starts out a little strange but soon they are friends.  

Quinn wants answers.  Why did her parents separate?  What made Tarek ignore her?

In time she finds the answers and then she finds herself caring too much about Tarek.  She breaks up again.  The problem is that she really loves him.  Will they make up or is the relationship over forever?

Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict; Victoria Christopher Murray

Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J P Morgan to be his personal librarian.  The first thing she has to do is organize the books and manuscripts he already owns...

Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.

Bella is black but she's light enough she pretends to be white.  Her mother is the one who insisted on that.  Mother thought they'd have a better chance in life if they hid their heritage.  She tells her to say her grandmother is Portuguese and that will account for the darkness of her skin.

Bella is very good at negotiating and getting the material she wants for the library.  Her employer becomes fond of her.

One thing Bella is not good at is choosing men.  She flirts with them all, wears bright fashions, and goes to bed with a few.  The man she fell in love with makes her abort the baby they created.  Suddenly he's not as charming as she thought.

She treasures her boss.  He teaches about everything and let's her make purchases with his money.  He also regularly gives her raises.  

But Bella has more heartbreak ahead.  Her one success in life is being the librarian..

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Road Trip (Glock Grannies Cozy Mystery Book 6) by Shannon VanBergen

Nikki's granny wants to visit her first man she married.  His mother made them divorce and separated them.  She got married to another man but he has passed on so she wants to see Thomas.

Fairfield Publishing let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

Nikki and the grannies head for Branson (where he lives) but they go to a few shows instead of bracing him immediately.

They were enjoying the performances until a band member turns up dead.  Now they have another murderer to find.

Lou was a good musician but he made promises to women that he couldn't keep.  And then one heard him say his line to another female performer and finds he's not telling the truth.

It takes a bit but they do manage to solve the murder.

Be prepared for the grannies that are out having a good time.  They don't care about the murder, they are having fun with new friends...

Friday, June 11, 2021

Crack the Code (Glock Grannies Cozy Mystery Book 5) by Shannon VanBergen

Nikki goes out with friends her age to do some geocaching and manages to find a dead body.

Fairfield Publishing shared this book with me to review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

The dead man had many enemies, he was not a nice man.  He also had affairs.  Trying to find his killer will take some work.

He looked like he had been snake bit but he was injected with venom and had drugs in his system that he never took.

Owen, Nikki's cop friend, is having a hard time checking things out, but he warns her not to get involved.  Like you could stop the Glock Grannies...

They find the women that had slept with him, while they are getting messages in code.  Owen helps them figure out how to decode them.  The messages are short and succinct.

Then Nikki cries on a another man's chest and Owen sees her and leaves.  How can she help solve a murder if Owen is mad at her?  Then she finds out he's applied for a job in another state...

The grannies are the ones who find the killer, mostly by accident.  And Nikki and Owen make friends again.

These are fun reads.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Pack Up the Moon by Kristan Higgins

They haven't been married too long but they are deeply in love.  His wife gets ill, and the doctor's aren't sure what she has.  When they finally make a decision, it's devastating.  It's a terminal disease that will eventually take her life...

Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It was published on June 8th.

Lauren has a good attitude, she wants to stay happy and love her husband as long as she can.  But lung disease doesn't give you a lot of time.  They try to enjoy life but it comes to an end.

Joshua is upset.  He didn't want to lose her and he's not sure what to do next.  Then he finds out she's left him letters to be delivered after her death.

While he still grieves her loss, he tries to follow the instructions in the letters.  As a year passes, he changes to a more outgoing person.  He makes friends, he updates his wardrobe, and he buys a house.

The last letter tells him to fall in love again.  Is he ready for that?

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

Two very close friends decide to go to New York on their own.  They are 18 and Kat was supposed to be going to dinner with her dad.  But he said he had work to do and couldn't make it.  He authorized her dinner on his card and told her to take her mother.  She takes her friend and plans on buying the most expensive items on the menu.

Simon and Schuster Children's Books For Young Readers sent me an ARC of the book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

When they get to New York, they end up having a fight and each girl goes off by herself.  They have no idea what they are going to find.

There's new and old boyfriends around, a fake CIA agent, diamonds that were stolen, a teacher of plays who holds a grudge, lots of characters, and lots of trauma and strife.

You start to wonder if anyone will end up happy with all these troubles.  Somehow it all straightens itself by the end.  And while it may not be the outcome they wanted, they are better off with the way it turned out.

This is a very busy read, but it's interesting.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Living on a Spare (Glock Grannies Cozy Mystery Book 4) by Shannon VanBergen

Nikki has lost out on love again.  She's living with her granny who has lost some of her get up and go because she had a heart attack.  But she's still well enough to go bowling.

Fairfield Publishing let me read this story for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

While the grannies are bowling, another group of older women comes over and starts calling them names.  Granny says they are friends but Nikki didn't think it sounded that friendly.

It shocks everyone when a few days later they find the name caller dead and shoved in the ball return.  A homeless man has the weapon that was used so they arrested him.  But Nikki doesn't think he did it.

She gets her friend, the cop, to dress up as a woman to interrogate the other homeless.  That doesn't turn out well.  The other cops picked him up for prostitution...

It takes a bit but the grannies eventually learn who the murderer is.

There are silly moments and serious moments in this story.  It's a fun read.

Monday, June 7, 2021

The Teensy Weensy Virus Book and Song for Preschoolers by Sherri Rose

This book is great for explaining the virus to small ones.  It even has a song at the back of the book.  Here's link to the song on YouTube HERE.

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

It tells the story of how it started and how some people ended up in the hospital.  It stresses wearing a mask when you go out and maintaining a distance between people.

This will help them understand what to do and how to do it.  It's a calm story and there is nothing scary in it. 

Help keep your children safe!

Friday, June 4, 2021

I Believe in You by Tatsuya Miyanishi

A small dinosaur is in a cave with his parents and they are eating, when suddenly there was a earthquake.  His father throws the baby out of the cave.  Then big rocks came down and trapped his parents.  He went for help.

Museyon and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 11th.
He brings all his friends and they all try but the rock is too big.  Then they tell him who could probably do it but he's a dangerous dinosaur.  That doesn't slow the baby down.
He gets the big one to come and help.  It's true he was thinking about eating them but the baby tells him he believes in him and he's the only one that can help.
It's takes a lot of work to get rid of the big rock.  The big boy manages to get it out of the way.  Now will he eat them?

Thursday, June 3, 2021

An Irish Hostage by Charles Todd: Series: Bess Crawford Mysteries

England and Ireland are still fighting.  Bess  is done nursing for a bit and is visiting to be in a wedding.  Soon she finds herself wondering how it's going to work out.

William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on July 6th.

It doesn't take long until the friends she has there go missing.  The groom has been taken from the house he was staying at.  No one can find him.  Despite that, his fiance has the wedding anyway hoping against hope that he might show up.  He does and manages to get married before he collapses.  He's badly wounded and Bess soon takes over his care.

Even Bess gets hauled away to jail but someone else is accused as the murderer and she's allowed to go free.

Then the English Major disappears.  It takes a lot of work to find him and he's in bad shape too.  Bess nurses him and then they decide to leave for England.  But there are two men with guns after them.  With two sick men, two women and two men, will they be able to get away?

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Nantucket Penny by Steven Axelrod: Series: Henry Kennis Nantucket Mysteries

People are going missing in Nantucket.  The police try to look into it.  There's one problem:  One of the cops is part of the gang doing the disappearances.

Poison Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 6th.

The Chief, Henry, is going to have to look back in history to figure out what is going on.  The women that are being killed look a lot like his fiance.  He's trying to keep her safe as they search for the other missing persons.

A lot of the law enforcement types join in on the search.  Everybody has their own take on the past history and there are several suspects.  Henry keeps picking at what he knows and finds out some things but things don't really become frantic until they take his woman.  Then he has to find them because he loves her.

The search is not easy and more than one person is involved in it.  The worst part is that part of them are on Henry's team.

Will he be in time to save her?

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott

Emily and her mom were always lucky.  But when her mom got cancer, her luck ran out...

Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC to read for review (thank you).   The book is being published today.

Emily and her boyfriend have broken up again.  She feels left out of the friendships she shared with him and he tells her she has to get out of the box she's living in.

She's trying to clean out her mother's closet when she finds a box she hasn't seen before.  She finds a bucket list in there that her mother wrote out and did when she was a teenager.  Emily decides she's going to follow the list too.

It's hard for her because she's not the most brave person, but she does it.  She thinks she's going to change and her boyfriend will like her better.  But there is another complication.  She really likes a new girl she met and she finds herself more interested in her than her boyfriend.

As Emily begins to talk more and tries to make sense of her feelings, she learns a lot about herself.  She makes up her mind to be happy, but it will take some work.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Avery’s Gift by Jonathan Hoefer, illustrated by Milana Samarskaya

Avery wakes up in the middle of the night.  Nothing looks familiar and she has lost all her colors.  Where did they go?

Mascot Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.

Avery asks the animals to help find her colors.  They lead her out to the water where she finds a boy.  It doesn't take long before they are friends.  She goes for a ride with him and gets her colors back.

There really was an Avery and a Dalton.  Their story is an addendum in the back of the book.  It's both sad and happy.

Read it and see if you can guess their secret.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Gerald Needs a Friend by Robin Boyden

Gerald has his home and his garden and everything he needs.  He makes jams and other things from his produce so he will good things to eat in the winter.  One day he decides to go to town...

Frances Lincoln Children's Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.
Gerald has a routine at home that works well for him.  He goes to bed at seven.  But when he gets to town there are two mice there selling whatever you might need.  He doesn't like the crowd but when it thins out, one of the mice comes over and invites him to try on costumes.  He does and he has fun.
Soon it is later than he thought and he has to run home.  That night he can't sleep.  He thinks about the fun he had and comes up with an idea.
Can you guess what his idea is?

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Life with Lily by Margaret Morgan

Dee's mom and dad buy her a grey Welsh pony.  She's thrilled.  The pony needs some work.  She doesn't want to be brushed and she's a bit fat.  The first thing they discover is that she has barbed wire stuck in her neck.  The vet clears that up.

This book is self-published and I was allowed to read it for review (thank you).  It's been published and you can get a copy now.

This is written for young adults and it's a good read.  Dee loves her pony and her friends want to ride it, too.  She shares the pony with her friends.  Unfortunately her dad  has lost his job.  He's upset about that and it concerns her mom, too.

You learn about prejudice because her mother is black and everyone thinks she's a servant, not her mother.  Her mom stands up for herself.  She gets a job cooking meals for the schools in her district.  Everybody loves her food!

There's a lot of trauma in the adult relationships but the children get along fine.  The pony helps everyone with their worries, fears or needs.  She gives them eyelash kisses.

The story has some sad stuff but it has a lot more positive things and it ends well. 

Be prepared to answer some questions from your young one.  They may understand or they may not.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Easy Classics) by adapted for children by Stephanie Baudet

This story has been adapted for younger readers but it's still scary.  One man dead and another being set up for murder.  Sherlock sends Watson with the next victim...

Sweet Cherry Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 10th.

No one is sure if the dog is real or just superstition.  Watson pays close attention to everyone Henry meets and talks to.  He sees nothing suspicious but he does notice that the escaped convict is living on the moor.  He sees another man, too, so he goes to check it out.

To his surprise, it's Holmes.  Then they find a dead body and think it's Henry's but, while it's his clothes, it's the convict.  They rush to find Henry but they are interrupted by a hound...

There's a history behind the facts that explains the motive and more.

It's a good read but a bit scary.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Wildflowers TOON Level 2 by Liniers

The plane they are riding on crashes on an island that has been claimed by wildflowers.  Soon they find the flowers talk!
TOON Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has beeen published and you can get a copy now.
Then one of them finds a little house at the base of a tree.  She says it's a gorilla's house but they say it's much too small.  They knock and a miniature gorilla comes out and looks at them.  One of them picks him up and puts him in her pocket.
All of a sudden, there's a dragon after them.  They run trying to get away.  It's not a big island so there isn't much of a place to hide...
I liked the ending and I think you and your children will, too!

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

My Way West: Real Kids Traveling the Oregon and California Trails by Elizabeth Goss

This is a very nicely done educational tool.  It's truthful, has good and bad times, some of it is  sad, but those who survive meet their goals.

West Margin Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 29th.

Between 1841 and 1884, more than 300,000 people—40,000 of whom were children—moved over land across North America in search for a new start and better life.  They were leaving a not so pleasant life on the east coast by going to the west coast where they could be free.  Some were black, some were European, others just wanted a new start.

You get the story of the journey and learn it was hard.  I enjoyed reading the quotes from the children.  Some lost parents, some lost food, some got hurt, but they all went on.

This book also points out that the immigrants moved in and took over the land that the Indians used for grazing, hunting and more.  We're lucky we have any left.

All in all, it's a good educational source.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Detecting Fear by Shannon Hollinger

This was an interesting collection of short stories that are based on fear.  It's a quick read but the stories all have elements of surprise.

BookGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy it now.

I found the first story was gripping and made me wonder if I wanted to read more, but I did.

There are killers that are unexpected and lots of small scares.  I can't tell you about the content of the stories because you need to read it yourself and see if you can figure out the murderers.

Reading this will keep you awake for a while...

Monday, May 24, 2021

The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths

Ruth is an archaeologist and while there is an excavation going on at the beach where some Bronze age artifacts are found, they also locate a murdered man.  He's no artifact, he's a current member of the community.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 29th.

If that murder is not enough, there is a farm where a man and his wife are dead.  It looks like he shot her and then himself.  There is a small problem, though.  His right hand fingerprints are on the gun and he's left handed...

The group of people they are investigating is a mess.  One man has a wife and a mistress.  The daughter of the couple had an affair with a teacher she met at school.  

The Night Hawks search at night for treasures.  Then they find one of them dead.

As the search continues more secrets come to light and there are no end of suspects.  Ruth helps with the case but it's complicated by affairs and the number of players.

Will they ever find out what happened?

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Haven Point by Virginia Hume

Haven Point has a beautiful view of the ocean and the families that live there have been there a long time.  When visitors come, they are ignored, treated with suspicion, but not really welcomed. 

St. Martin's press sent me an ARC of the book to read for review.  It will be published June 8th.

This story concentrates on one or two families and follows them through life.  You watch the children grow up to be adults.  These families are a bit dysfunctional.  Happiness is sprinkled here and there, and grudges are not forgotten.  There are tragedies that no one can forget.  

It begins in 1944, goes to 1970, and ends in 2008.  You learn about their personalities, their desires, and about death.  

This is not a happy book, but it mimics real life.  As you read you may see resemblances between someone you know and the characters.  If you enjoy reading about family life, you will enjoy this book.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

The Captain's Daughter : Essential Stories Alexander Pushkin, Antony Briggs (Translated by) Series: Pushkin Collection

This is a small collection of Russian stories.  These were set in years long ago so they are not pleasant tales to read.  Those in charge have no remorse about the deaths they caused.  Even when they weren't fighting, people died.

Pushkin Collection and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 15th.

My Grandfather was a Czech who could speak 8 languages.  He knew Russians and these tales sound a bit like the stories he told.  Long ago, every man was for himself and being nice didn't count.

These stories are memorable.  They will stick with you for a while.  There's no happy ever after in these tales...

Friday, May 21, 2021

The Dead Letter by Seeley Regester, Leslie S. Klinger (Edited by)

Eleanor is in love and will soon be married.  Richard loves her, too, but she loves Henry.  Then they find that Henry has been murdered!

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published in June 15th.

Someone stabbed him in the back.  Eleanor withdraws into herself and mourns.

Richard is not part of the family but he works in the firm and appears to be a successor for Eleanor's father.  After this murder, he gets a cold reception from the old man.  Someone is spreading rumors about him.

There's turmoil in the family, no real evidence on who the killer could be and it turns into a real mess.  Luckily Richard meets a man who is willing to look into it.

It takes a long time, several trips, and the perseverance of the man helping to get to the truth of what happened.  

This is a classic written several years ago and the writing style is slow and filled with details.  It took a bit to read but it was a good mystery.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

The Book No One Wants to Read by Beth Bacon

This book is tired of sitting on the shelf.  It wants to be read!

HarperCollins and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 15th.

I've read a lot of books, but I've never had one talk to me.  The person who picked this book didn't know it would talk to them either.

Soon the book is telling the reader what to do and how to hide the fact they weren't really reading the book.  Imagine having a book boss you around.

The illustrations are colorful and the author gets points for a good imagination!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Mermaid Cassandra Encounters a Giant Squid by Antoinette Lawrence

This is the fifth book of this series.  Mermaid Cassandra is Mermaid Annabella's mom.  She's painting her a special picture but needs to add more color to it.

Publishing Push and the author shared this series with me so I could review it for you (thanks).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.

She finds some bioluminescent  creatures.  That would be a nice addition.  But a giant squid wants to take them!

There is a quick quiz at the end to help your child remember what they learned.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Merman Evan's Curious Creatures by Antoinette Lawrence

Here's book four of the series.  This time it's a merman, not a woman.  He's excited because Mermaid Antoinette is coming to visit!

Publishing Push and the author shared this series with me so I could review it for you (thanks).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.

She asks to see the sharks in his world.  His shark is very different from hers.  Then he shows her a couple more creatures.  This is in another part of the world.

The illustrations are fun and the quiz will help your young ones learn.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Mermaid Natalie Explores the Coral Reefs by Antionette Lawrence

This is the third book in the series.  This mermaid has a magnifying glass!

Publishing Push and the author shared this series with me so I could review it for you (thanks).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.

She goes to see what creatures she can find on the coral reef.  She finds several and she even has a favorite!  After reading the book, there's a quiz at the back to see what your young one remembers.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Mermaid Antoinette and the Sharks by Antoinette Lawrence

This is the second book in this series and it is just as sweet as the first.  In this one you learn about sea creature, a bit about geography and there is a quiz at the end to let you share what you've learned.

Publishing Push and the author shared this series with me so I could review it for you (thanks).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.

This time you get another mermaid as a guide and the sharks are kind instead of cruel.  The illustrations are fun.  This is an easy way for someone young to learn.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Mermaid Angela Finds a Sunken Shipwreck by Antionette Lawrence

This is one of five stories written that will introduce your child to new things.  This one teaches them about seashells, the parts of a boat, and even a bit of geography.

Publishing Push and the author shared this series with me so I could review it for you (thanks).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.

The illustrations are fun, you have a mermaid to show you the things you can learn and there's even a quiz in each book to help you retain the knowledge.

Friday, May 14, 2021

What Comes Next by Rob Buyea

This is a story of a good dog who helps people heal.  He's fun, he's likes everyone and Theo shares her dog with her sisters and friends.

Delacorte Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 8th.

Thea has lost her best friend, he was a victim in a traffic accident.  She feels like she could have saved him by trading him places but it's too late now.  Her parents decide to move to another city where no one would know this sad history.

When they are all moved in, they decide to go look for a dog.  They visit the shelter and pick out one that is grown and has a bad eye like her friend.

All goes well for a while.  Thea, who became mute after the accident, begins to speak again.  Her little sisters play hide and seek with the dog.  The dog comforts Theo.  He reminds her of Charlie, her friend.

Then, one day, her new male friend almost gets killed in another accident, but the dog saves him.  But then the dog goes missing...

Will they ever find Jack Jack, the dog?

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Gunshy: An Oliver Redcastle Historical Mystery (Redcastle Mysteries Book 1) by Louise Titchener

Oliver used to work at Pinkerton but he's moving on.  He wants to get into a less dangerous business.  But going home didn't remove any danger...

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

He and his cousin fought on different sides during the Civil War.  Oliver made it back in good shape but his cousin didn't.

Oliver runs into several versions of trouble at home.  He wants to invest and the sheriff says he can have two days to decide if he would like to join their group.  He gets solicited as a detective by a woman that wants to work with him.  She's not who she says she is.  There is a plot to kill the president that he wants to stop.  And all this going on at the same time.

As if that isn't enough, someone is trying to kill him.  Will he live long enough to sort it out?

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Don't Lose Your Head: Life Lessons from the Six Ex-wives if Henry VIII by Harriet Marsden

Henry VIII might have been King but he was not a nice man...

Ulysses Press sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

You learn about Henry's wives (he had six) and each has a chapter devoted to her.

Each wife tells you how they were brought up, why they married him and how long their marriage lasted.  He enjoyed having women in his bed, but it didn't take long before he got bored.  His staff helped him find excuses to get rid of them.  Some got beheaded, some died from childbirth, some were sent away.  As he got older, the women he married were younger.  Most were looking for security.

Some of these I knew about but there were more I didn't.  Reading their stories lets you walk in their shoes.  This was a fascinating read based on facts.

You won't be bored!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Jak Barley Private Inquisitor and the Case of the Cursed Golden Muskrat by Dan Ehl

This is a fantasy tale that is written by a man with lots of imagination.  There are all kinds of enemies in Jak's world but that doesn't make him give up on his quest.

The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.  There are several books in this series and they are all fun to read.

He is on a job to find the heir to the throne that went missing as an infant.  When you don't know what he looks like for sure and he hasn't been taught to act like royalty, how is he supposed to find him?  He goes looking anyway.

Another person has hired him to get back the shipment that was stolen.  There was something in the box besides the goods but the owner doesn't know what it was.  However, those looking for it think he does...

Jak has to fight Ghennison Viper Mages and try hard to stay alive.  He's got a huge automation that looks golden who is on the hunt for the wand that's missing.  He needs to find it first...

Jak has his girlfriend, his half brother and Lorenzo with him but it takes a lot of work to be safe.  His girlfriend is a witch, so that's handy.

The book is full of action, danger, and unexpected consequences.  Trust me, you won't be bored.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Life with Lily by Margaret Morgan

Dee gets a pony that is that is a bit shy and needs to be treated gently.  She can do that but she's a bit impatient.  It doesn't take her long to realize her pony is clever.  She tries to help anyone having a bad day.

The author allowed me to read her book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 27th.

They have a donkey that soon makes friends with Lily.  Dee enjoys riding her pony.  Life is going well until her dad loses his job.  He has big plans for starting his own business but with no money that seems to be out of reach.

He helps her with her horse.  She has a good girlfriend that's stronger than her.  That comes in handy when two boys bother the animals.  Soon, the issue is resolved and everyone is friends again.

Young readers will enjoy the tale of Lily, the pony.  Everything is not sweetness and light but it's like life actually is.  The family overcomes their problems, the pony is sweet, and Dee has some good ideas.  Together they survive.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Death in Daylesford by Kerry Greenwood: Series: Phryne Fisher Mysteries

Phryne gets a letter from a Herbert Spencer asking her to come to his place of business.  He runs a home for soldiers that are shell shocked.  He doesn't say why but Phryne's curiosity makes her go.

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.

Phryne and Dot go thinking of it as a holiday.  It's no holiday.  There are missing women and murder is done right under their noses!

Phryne decides to try to figure who the killer is.  One cop warns her off, the other asks for her help.  There are booby traps, more murder and it gets dangerous to be snooping about.  That doesn't stop Phryne.

She finds nothing obvious and isn't sure who the killer could be.  After lots of fact finding and some meditation on the matter, she thinks she has it...

Saturday, May 8, 2021

The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

This is the story of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly.  He has no patience...

This book has been published so you can get a copy now.

He doesn't even know the process for becoming a butterfly.  Another explains it to him and says it will take two weeks.  He can't stand it.  There's nothing to do while he waits.  He breaks out of his chrysalis but it's too soon.

He makes another one and waits.  This time he's successful and becomes a butterfly.

The part that tickled me was that he kept asking if it was long enough yet until all the other butterflies tell him to shut up.  It's like a child saying, "Are we there yet?"

Friday, May 7, 2021

The Little Butterfly That Could by Ross Burach

This little butterfly is supposed to be migrating with the others but he got lost in the fog.  Now he's asking a whale for advice.

This book will be published April 6th.

When he finds out he has to fly 200 miles, he wants to give up.  It's a good thing the whale acts as cheerleader for him.  He responds positively to anything negative and he finally builds the butterfly's confidence enough to try.

Luckily the butterfly makes it and is among his friends once more.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Black Widows by Cate Quinn

Blake Nelson is Mormon and has three wives.  They don't get along so well.  The only thing they have in common is Blake.

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

Rachel is the first wife and she does whatever Blake asks.  Tina is the second wife.  She's just out of rehab and was from Las Vegas.  Emily is a young wife, number three, and she's quiet and often scared.

Then, one day when Blake goes fishing, they find him dead.  The cops think one of the wives killed him, but which one?  They begin by arresting Rachel.  Then Tina confesses to it.

As the cops try to make sense of what they are finding, the story continues and gives you an insight into the women's lives.

The killer was not one of his wives, so who was it?

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Keepers by Jeffrey B. Burton

Mace has taught his dogs to find cadavers and to smell the killer, too.  He has a crush on the cop he works with but she just wants to be friends.  He gets a call and heads out to with his dogs.

St. Martin's Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 29th.

One victim was really beat up.  When they find the band member that left the group, the dog goes on high alert.  That's one killer found.  The other cases are more complex.

They are finding important people killed.  The cops are working with the mob and anyone that doesn't do what he's told ends up dead.

As they learn who is involved, it's apparent that they will need the help of the FBI to take them down.  But they need proof.

Their investigation gets more dangerous every minute.

Will they survive to take down the bad guys or will the bad guys win?

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son by James Patterson

Ali is looking for the girl he likes.  He has his friends with him  and they are at a concert that Zoe's mother is going to put on.  Then he hears a gunshot from the direction she went in...

Hatchet Book Group and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 28th.

He lays on the ground and looks for Zoe under the buses parked there.  He sees her and someone else's shoes.  The other person leaves, and Zoe has been shot in the wrist.  She won't tell him who shot her.

Her mother is divorced and her sister lives with them.  Her father is homeless, but he works two jobs.

As Ali attempts to find out what happened, he finds more and more connections to Zoe.  Ali's father tells him to be careful.  He wants his son safe.

Things begin to fall into place.  Ali is not a bad detective but he's learning that following clues can be dangerous...

Another good read from Mr. Patterson.

Monday, May 3, 2021

A Fatal Footnote by Margaret Loudon

The Duke is marrying his love and Penelope has been invited to the wedding.  Everything is going well until they find the Duke's previous girlfriend dead...

Berkley and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 6th.

Penelope decides to try to determine who the killer is.  She wouldn't bother if her cop boyfriend had the case, but they have sent in another detective from a prominent division.

He tells her thank you for her help and they work together on it.

When she gets a flat tire because it was cut by a knife, she knows she must be getting close to the truth.  She's suspected many people but she's not sure who it actually is.

When she gets taken hostage, she knows her life might over...

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Little Bat in Night School by Brian Lies

Little Bat has all his school supplies ready and can't wait to go to school.  He's so excited!  But almost everyone at school is much bigger than him...

HMH Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 29th.

The bats that are there are playing and ignore him.  Nobody seems to care about him so he goes to a cupboard to hide,  There's a possum in it but he's willing to share.  Soon he and Little Bat are friends.

During recess, they make things to play with.  They learn their numbers and their teacher starts to read them a story.  She'll have to save the rest of the tale for the next night.  The sun is coming up and the children head for home.  Little Bat loves school!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Multispecies Cities: Solarpunk Urban Futures by Taiyo Fyjii and many more authors

This is an anthology of science fiction stories about what the earth may evolve into.  They are all interesting and most have new ideas of what might be coming.

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

There is  a long list of authors.  The stories were written by

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None of the stories are boring.  Some are almost all fantasy but they are all entertaining.
Any book from the World Weaver press is well written and makes you think.  This book has several things that challenged how I view things.  Give it a try and see if you have the same results.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

Gerry is a novelist.  He's had success with one book and is trying to get back in the groove to write again.  Having an accident on his stairs in his apartment disables him.  While he's healing, he has his secretary move in and hires a night nurse.

William Morrow sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will  be published June 22nd.

He's been married multiple times and his most recent girlfriend comes to see him.  She wants to move in.  He refuses.

The next day he finds her dead on the floor next to his bed.  He didn't kill her.  At least he doesn't think so.  His mother died with dementia and he's a bit nervous that might be coming to him.

His nurse disposes of the body.  The police come to see him but learn nothing.  

It isn't long until the next murder.  The nurse and the publicist fight and the nurse has another body to dispose of.

As time goes on, Gerry hates not being able to get around.  He's at the mercy of the nurse.  When someone comes to visit, he begins to plan on how to get rid of the nurse.  

Will he succeed?

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Curse of the Forgotten City by Alex Aster

Tor has inherited some powers from the Night Witch.  He doesn't want them but he has no choice...

Sourcebooks Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 8th.

Tor is with his best friends Engle and Melda and they are trying to find an ancient pearl to save the village they live in.

This book is filled with curses, magic, zombies, ghosts, pirates and more as well as various abilities to make their search more productive.

They end up taking another person with them.  Vesper is also looking for the pirate's pearl.  She wants to save her brother.

Tor has dreams where he talks to the Night Witch and learns more as he goes along.  Engle has awful nightmares about how he almost died.  Melda doesn't trust Vesper.  But they need her to find the pearl.

This whole book is exciting.  The prophecy says someone will die before the end of this quest.  That keeps everybody on their toes.  There are losses and gains in each chapter.

Who will be left at the end of their journey?

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Gumshoe in the Dark by Rob Leininger: Series: The Mortimer Angel Series

Nevada’s attorney general is missing.  Mort is looking for a man who steals money from women, but he keeps his eye out for the AG, too.  He's not enthused about trying to find the man because he's come into a large inheritance.

Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss let me read the story for review (thank you). It will be published June 1st.

Mort stops and picks up a woman in a deserted part of the highway.  She's young.  She had a ride but the old man wanted more than money for payment.  She got her gun out and exited his vehicle.

Mort doesn't realize what he's getting into when he takes her with him.  She's got people after her but she doesn't know that either.

The people after her are not pleasant.  They've already killed two teens.  Seems like there are a lot of dead bodies that Mort finds...

There is plenty of action, lots of death, and it's hard for him to protect her and not get hurt himself.  His wife ends up joining them.  Now he has two to worry about.  But his wife gets them out of bad situation so she's not exactly helpless.

It's a fairly complex story with some choices that aren't all that pleasant.  It's interesting and you can't tell who is going to win until the very end.  It was a good read.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Nella is the only black person the publishing house.  She wishes she could have a friend at work.  Her boss isn't bad, but she's white.  Then another black woman is hired...

Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.

Hazel is a pleasant woman who grew up in another area.  They eat lunch together and talk.  Nella is happy to have a new friend.  But is she?

Suddenly she is getting notes telling her to leave.  She doesn't know who is sending them.  Then she finds out Hazel knows about her boyfriend.  She's never mentioned him.  How come Hazel knows his name?

There is always competition in the office but suddenly Nella realizes that Hazel is trying to take her spot.

There's more than one mystery in this story.  There is backstabbing, no secret is safe and no one is really loyal to their friends.   Nella tries to get advice from an old friend but that's not helpful either.

Will it be Nella or Hazel that leaves?

Monday, April 26, 2021

Cold-Blooded Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 3) by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Myrtle is on the trail of a murderer.  The man who owned a store in town is found dead in his store and he was killed by hemlock and his store display was altered.

Algonquin Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It won't be published until October 5th.

Many years ago, a group of students were visiting a tower to see the sights.  One of them disappeared and was not seen again.

Now anyone who was in that group is being killed methodically.  Who is the killer?  It seems to be the missing girl.  Could she still be alive?

The police find nothing.  Myrtle's father tries to get her to stop looking before she gets hurt.  She has several suspects but she finally settles on the right one.

Will she be able to stop her in time?