Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sunrise Canyon by Janet Dailey

Kira is caring for her cousin's little girl and running a horse therapy ranch.  Her grandfather helps and she's been mostly successful in her attempts to teach responsibility, team work, and chores.  She still feel badly about the traffic accident that killed her cousin but she's trying to move on.  Then her grandfather comes home with the father of the child.  Is her world going to fall apart?

Zebra and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 28th. 

Ms. Daily has been writing romances for years and it's been a while since I've read one.  She hasn't lost her touch.  She's incorporated current events and realistic situations.  That makes her stories more believable than most.

Kira is surprised by how Jake looks.  Her grandfather found him in jail and bailed him out.  Jake didn't want to come back to the ranch because his memories almost destroy him.  But grandpa isn't taking no, and he owes him.  He plans to go back and earn enough money to pay him back and leave.  It's a good idea but he had no idea how much he would love his young daughter.

Jake has PTSD.  He gets out of control and he doesn't like being around other people.  When he's recruited to help with the young adults and the horses, he's not happy about it.  The fact that his daughter takes him around and shows him how to feed the horses doesn't help any.  

Jake's answer to everything has been to run.  When things get too bad, he moves on.  Kira knows about his problems and wants to help him.  He doesn't want help.  He doesn't want love and he doesn't want to burdened with a daughter.  At least that's what he thinks.

This is a light romance with a bit of therapy for everyone.  I enjoyed watching the kids develop as well as Jake.  It ends well for almost all and I enjoyed that.  Your life is what you make of it so make it good!

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Henrietta is an orphan girl teaching students at the orphanage.  She's nothing special but there is something strange about her.  When her emotions come into play, she can produce fire.  She can use it as a weapon.  She can set herself on fire but it doesn't burn her or hurt her.  But she can't let anybody know that.  It's dangerous to have the skill and dangerous to show it.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It has been published.

This is a fascinating fantasy with sorcerers and magicians, the Ancients who are otherworldly monsters, and a sorcerer's school.  When a sorcerer discovers she's the one behind all the small fires at the school, he takes her away.  She's going to sorcerer's school.  She won't go without her friend, so the sorcerer takes him, too, even if he is unclean.

They think she fulfills a prophecy.  She's not even sure what her skills are.  As she learns she finds out the outer world has its share of problems, too.  Not all the sorcerers are nice.  Even her classmates are against her because she's a girl and because she has power.  She meets a magician who tells her she's partly magician, too, because her father was.  They'll kill her if they find out.  And find out, they do.

There is a magnificent battle with an ancient one and she and her unclean friend fight together with the sorcerers to stop him.  This one is stopped but not without other deaths.  And there are six more so it's not over yet.  Henrietta also has found out her father isn't dead.  I don't even want to imagine what he's turned into.

This is the first book in the Kingdom of Fire Series.  It's exciting, eventful and keeps your attention to the end.  I'm sure the others will be new stories at the same pace.  Read this one and see what you think.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Itsy Bitsy Spider: Classic Nursery Rhymes Retold by Joe Rhatigan, Carolina Farias

The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a classic rhyme that I learned in grade school and learned how to mimic a teapot (the nun's idea of a water spout) and the fallen spider while saying the short rhyme.  When I saw this book, I had to read it again and see how they handled it.  This is a lovely book.

Moondance Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 13th.

The illustrations in this book are outstanding!  So very bright and colorful with whimsical characters.  It was almost more fun to look over the illustrations than to read the simple rhymes.  This would be the perfect gift for any young child to enjoy.  

The rhymes are short and sweet and, if you're not reading it as a bedtime story, you might show your little one how much fun it is to fly.  The worm in this book loves it when the bees carry him along in flight.  

This is a special little book and not just because it held a rhyme from my childhood.  Each page made me smile and there are insects galore shown off here.  They're all cute and fun to look at it.  Just look at that cover.  Who wouldn't like this book?

Meeting of the Mustangs by Cathy Kennedy

He's young black foal born into a herd of mustangs.  His mother feeds and protects him but he still manages to get in trouble.

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

The black colt sees a cougar take down his father so he knows those are dangerous.  He's even seen another colt fall to a bear.  He knows it's a dangerous world out there but he hasn't yet met up with the most dangerous animal of all:  humans.

He and his friend get separated from the herd.  The younger horse dies from starvation (still needed his mother's milk) and it takes a while for the black colt to find the herd again but he does.  Then the humans come down and snag him from the herd.

He's going up for auction and he passes through a series of owners after that.  My favorite part of the story is how a man who saved him from a trap and a fiery death is found by horse when he's had a car accident.  Karma exists.  The good you do can come back to you.

Anyone who likes horses will enjoy this tale.  It's hard to gain the trust of a wild animal.  It takes time.  But when you get it, you'll be glad you did. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jorie and the Magic Stones by A. H. Richardson

Jorie is brought to her aunt's house from the convent she was being raised in.  She doesn't know much about her aunt but she's smart, willing to learn and wants to please her.  She's very happy to find that a boy her age is living next door with his grandfather.  Now she'll have a playmate!

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

She's warned to stay away from the Tarn.  It's like a big pond but it doesn't have fish in it and nobody knows how deep it is.  It fascinates her, though.  It attracts Rufus, too.  What they don't know is how much it figures into the adventure they're going to have...

Jorie has a necklace from her mother.  It's unusual.  So is the book hidden under floorboards in her bedroom.  It's written in an old language she can hardly speak but when she utters the words she's sounded out, magic happens!  Her bedroom window has been painted shut and she can't open it.  When she says the words out loud, it opens for her.  When she says it again and wants the window shut, it happens.  Poor Rufus thinks she's off her rocker.  That can't be true.  So she shows him!

With shape-changers, dragons and odd beings, the story is busy and entertaining.  When Jorie explores and finds herself in another world by using the Tarn, she's both scared and exhilarated.  She visits a bit, finds out about a quest she needs to complete, and then goes back to get Rufus.

It's a death defying quest and it's only because she's the child with the hair of fire (red) that she can accomplish it.  She needs to find all three stones and keep them away from the bad dragon who wants to control the world.  It's no easy task.  Rupert gets bit by a poisonous butterfly while protecting her.

This is fast tale about a magical world that sounds like a lot of fun.  I wouldn't like to meet that oversized poisonous butterfly, but the baby dragon sounds like fun.  This is great for middle school children or for anyone who loves a good fantasy read.  (That's me.)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt

This is an odd tale.  It begins with two women telling the story of their lives.  They have separate chapters, their stories are piecemeal, and none of these families are normal.  It seems dysfunctional families breed more dysfunctional people.  However, the tale draws you in and makes you want to see where the author is going with her story.

Berkley Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 7th.

Quinn's story begins as a young girl.  She has a boyfriend she sneaks out to see and she finally makes love with him.  She doesn't regret that but she regrets running into hunters on the way home.  She barely survives her time with them and now she's infertile.  But she doesn't tell anyone that.  Her mother arranges her marriage with a young man who owns a farm.  But Quinn will never be the same.

You know something odd is going on when Dahlia's story talks about constantly being on the run.  They live a transient life, she gets almost no schooling, everything is cash paid under the table and her mother won't tell her why.

As the mother's history starts to come out, it's of a life lived hard with terrible consequences.  There's a lot to make you think about and wonder about how you would react given the awful circumstances.  After reading this one, I'm very thankful for my family and how I was brought up.  Quinn wasn't the nicest person but she did what she had to.  Thank goodness I didn't have to do anything like that.

After all, Dahlia's a good daughter but whose daughter is she?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Murder Go Round by Carol J. Perry

Lee's aunt is in her sixties but she hasn't slowed down a bit.  She wants to bid on the contents of a storage shed.  They decide to invest up to $500, half and half.  They've never done this before but they know that you can find treasures in the boxes you can't open.  You can also find a lot of junk.  What they find puts a murderer on their trail...

Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 31st.

This was a very interesting mystery.  There's old Russian history, a former KGB agent involved, a chef involved and more.  Lee becomes interesting in what's going on when she takes the horse from an old carousel to be repainted and brought back to glory.  That was her treasure from the storage unit.  But when someone takes her horse apart in the shop and a man gets killed right outside it, she knows she's just stepped into trouble.

They know where the goods in the storage locker where originally kept.  When they visit there, the find out about the old Russian that lived there and his daughter.  What secret were they keeping?

With Pete's help (and his advice to not get involved), she and her aunt start searching.  Lee has visions and can see the future or the past.  She'd really rather not see either but it helps during this case.  Even her cat helps.  There are crazy people, greedy people, and just plain misguided people involved in this adventure.  I'm happy to report they all live through it and it's a charming cozy mystery that is a joy to read.  I'm going to read more in this series.  It's a good one.