Tuesday, October 17, 2017

His Royal Whiskers by Sam Gayton, Sydney Hanson

Here's a tantalizing little read with made-up words, an alchemist trainee and boy who just wanted to have fun.  As always, things don't always work like you planned.  It all started when they tried to put the potion on the warlord and it fell on on the prince instead.  The prince turns into a cat.  And the two partners in crime end up in the dungeon...

Margaret K McElderry and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.

The only way they can save their heads is to try to reverse the potion and turn the prince back into a boy.  They have a limited amount of time to do it and it's just not working.  She's the alchemist, he's the brains.  They finally think they might have conquered it, just as the deadline ends.

Life gets even more exciting when they find the Czar dead.  He's sleeping on the prince's cat body and he has no blood left.  Unfortunately, the boy is accused of murder.  Never mind that he's not a vampire.  He was there so he must be guilty.

From here on out the story gets even more fanciful.  The boy is beheaded but he's not dead.  The Czar is trying to raise the dead to head a revolt and kill more people.  The Grim Reaper has been reduced to a pile of bones.  The boy's head travels around.  You never know what you'll encounter in the next chapter.

It was an interesting read and isn't the least bit boring.  If you're willing to suspend disbelief, you can have a good time reading this.

Court of Twilight by Mareth Griffith

She's found a great place to rent.  She has a roommate who loves plants and never goes out if she can help it.  It's in a good area of town, she doesn't mind doing her shopping and the rent is cheap.  So Demi is a bit weird.  Most people are.

Parvus Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

It's when Demi goes missing and she finds an odd man in the flower box that Ivy realizes Demi might be more than a little weird.  The police don't care she's missing.  If anyone is going to find her, it will need to be Ivy.  Where could she have gone?  She decides to check out her computer and cellphone and see what she can find out...

What she finds is that she can see people other people can't.  It's not that they are ghosts; it's that they are other worldly.  They are almost like the fae.  You can't eat their food, you can't touch them or you'll disappear, too, and they have some strange habits.  Each year, someone is chosen as King.  After their year of holding the position ends, someone from the ancient past comes forward and kills the King.  Only one person has ever avoided that responsibility and he won't tell how it happened.  I don't think he even knows how it happened.

Ivy is trying to save Demi.  Everyone says she can't.  Almost by accident, she does.  But at best, all that does is give them another year to try to find a way to keep Demi alive...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

This is a whimsical touch from the past.  It's a collection of comic strips about Wallace, who is a typical boy.  He gets in trouble a lot...

Andrews McMeel Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published tomorrow.

Wallace has a friend named Spud, a little brother, and he's friends with a tomboy.  She's really good at throwing things and is a bit of a smart mouth, too.  

My favorite part of the comics was Wallace's interaction with his dad.  His father is willing to discuss silly things and imagine things most adults wouldn't.  It was sweet to watch them together.

It doesn't take too long to read and made me laugh here and there.  I bet middle graders will love it.  What would you do with a muffin left in the room since school let out last?  Wallace gave it to his tomboy and she nailed a wasps nest.  You can guess what happened next...

Sleep No More by P. D. James, Peter Kemp

Here are six tales that look at murder from various angles.  Whether is from revenge, selfish greed, anger or even apathy, these people commit murder and expect to get away with it.  Some do, some don't.  But that doesn't help the victim...

Knopf and Edelweiss gave the me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.

They are all a fascinating look at morality, character, and desires.  No one in these stories is very kind or understanding.  P D James saw the world the way it was, there's no sugarcoating here.

The one that got my attention was the tale where Santa Claus got killed.  It's a provocative mystery with lots of players.  Justice was done but not in a court of law.  I like irony in my stories.

If you like P D James, you'll be glad to get this new compilation of some old and some stories.  Give it a read.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bear Hug by Susanna Isern, Betania Zacarias

This is a very sweet story about a young girl who found a baby polar bear...

NubeOcho and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.

He's a new baby and she can't find his mother anywhere so she takes him home with her.  He's cold, so she feeds him and then they sleep in her bed together.  She plays with him during the day and all is well until someone has raided the fish for the village.  They accuse her bear.  She knows he didn't do it but she also knows if she doesn't take him into the wild, they will kill him.  She takes him away and tells him he has to stay there and cries all the way home.

The illustrations are lovely and the story has a happy ending.  She gets reunited with her bear and the wolves are the thieves and the village wants the bear back home again.

Why not give your child a white bear to sleep with and read this story to him/her as a bedtime story.  It'd put me to sleep, especially with a bear hug at the end.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Seeds of Revenge: A Greenhouse Mystery by Wendy Tyson

Megan is working on farming all year.  If she can sell fresh greens to the various restaurants, she'll be busy all year and have a steady income.  On her way home after leaving samples at the restaurants, she finds a car in the ditch.  The snow is deadly and started late, so she drives carefully looking for the driver.  Sure enough, she finds her.  And that's where her troubles begin...

Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.

The driver is a woman who was invited to visit her aunt and set up a shop in town.  When she gets her to her destination, there's a man on the porch chatting with Merry.  Her passenger bolts out of the rig and accosts him.  She tells him to leave, she wants nothing to do with him.  Megan watches until Merry waves her off.  She's not sure what happened but it didn't look good.

It seems the man was the driver's father. She hates him and believes he killed her mother.  She's very vocal about it.  The death was ruled an accident.  No one knows enough about it to take one side or the other.  But someone kills the father and it appears they're going to have to figure out who.

This is the story of a very dysfunctional family.  There are emotional wounds everywhere.  No one in the family line was safe, they all suffered the impact.  There was a previous marriage, and there was also a lover.  The father was not a nice man but someone else in the family isn't either...

Friday, October 13, 2017

Canal Days Calamity: A Dog Days Mystery #2 by Jamie M. Blair

The last thing Cam wanted to was find another dead body.  Her husband won't like this at all...

Midnight Ink and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 8th.

Cam's sister is starting a new business, Cam is heading up the Canal Days celebration, and Cam has her stepdaughter living with her.  When they arrest Andy, her handyman, for the murder, the little mystery solving group she has forms again and they go after the real murderer.

This is a light cozy mystery that was a pleasure to read.  Cam and her husband are separated but they still love each other.  He wants her to stay out of murder cases because it's dangerous.  He's right, she almost gets killed herself.  Between playing politics, trying to keep her mother from running her life, and keeping Canal Days moving forward and getting her sister's business ready for opening, she really shouldn't have time to do much investigating.  It's a good thing she's a snoop...