Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Afar OGN byLeila Del Duca

She falls from a tree and knocks herself out.  When she awakens, she goes home like usual.  But when she sleeps at night, she finds herself traveling to other planets...

Image Comics let me read this story for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

Bortema is the oldest child in the family and she's not happy with her life.  She longs for adventure, for independence, and to get away from her parents.  All they do is let her work for them, she has no fun.  But she has a brother she doesn't want to leave behind.

Her dreams take her to different worlds.  She's a different character in each world and she speaks different languages.  She was in one where someone she was with got hurt.  She wants to go back and see if she can fix that.  But she doesn't know how to go back.

Meanwhile, her brother gets caught by bullies and is made to climb a tall wall.  When he gets there, he overhears a plot.  He's caught and jailed.  It's a good thing his monkey can help save him.  Then her parents agree to go along with a salt train and leave them home alone.  The money runs out and Bortema tells her brother they need to go to the bigger city where there are more opportunities.  They almost die on the way and while it seemed perfect at first, that changed.  

The artwork is gorgeous and the story intriguing.  I'll be watching for future installments in this story.

The Fallen Star (The Nocturnals #3) by Tracey Hecht

As they watch the falling stars and admire the beautiful light show, they notice that one is coming down towards them.  When it hits the earth, they don't believe what happens!

Fabled Films sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 5th.

They meet an aye-aye named Iris who spouts off about danger and how they need to know her secrets.  They're not even sure if she's friendly and maintain their distance.  When they don't respond like she wants them to, she takes off.

As usual, Bismark is being important.  Dawn is really the brains of the group.  Tobin is just along for the ride.  When they notice mounds of dirt everywhere, they wonder what's going on.  As they attempt to find it, it gets more dangerous along the way.

The fruit they eat has been poisoned.  The only thing that will offset the poison is a blue flower that only grows in certain locations.  As they try to find the flowers, which are rapidly disappearing as someone steals them, they run into evil lemurs and scorpions that want to hurt them.  It soon becomes apparent that Iris is behind this.

While Iris has her own plans, Tobin ate a bit of the fruit and he has gas, bad gas.  This is best thing that could have happened.  Tobin is their secret weapon...

I have to say that at times the main characters remind me of the The Three Stooges, but they manage to save the day despite that.  Here's a fun, way-out adventure for young readers that will make them laugh.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Land of Nod by Robert Hunter

Mr. Hunter's illustrations of this classic tale by Robert Louis Stevenson is lovely.  As the poem moves along, the graphics take you on the journey this young one takes in his mind...

Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

The boy in the story has broken his leg and uses crutches to get around.  When he goes to bed at night, he's well in his dream and travels about the land.  Children's dreams can be great fantasy and this boy is really good at it.  Mr. Hunter's illustrations help you visualize the journey the text takes you on.

This would be a good bedtime story or a good gift for those who are sick and bored with staying still.  It might inspire them to travel in their dreams also.  Robert Lewis Stevenson always writes good poems, so you can't go wrong there.  The artwork might inspire some drawing, too.  I was impressed with this edition of this work.

Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations by Simon Brett

Mrs. Pargeter's husband has been dead for a number of years now but she will let no one say anything bad about him.  He was a wonderful provider, left her plenty of money and a little black book that has all his old contacts on it.  She uses them to help her through life now.  One drives her, one is detective and there are all kinds of other skills within the black book.  She even got one to make her safe secure.  But evil doesn't go away just because you're prepared...

Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.

It's when Mrs. Pargeter goes to a charity event for cats that she meets a woman who says she's her dead husband's sister.  She'd never heard of her before, doesn't like her much, and avoids her at the event.  However, she calls again.  She thinks she's owed something from the estate.  Mrs. Pargeter tells her to put it in writing and she'll discuss it with her attorney.  She thinks she's taken care of that but then she finds her failsafe safe that only opens with her fingerprint ID has been opened and her black book is missing.  She calls the detective and they go off on the hunt.

The trail goes to Greece and so do they.  But it's a dangerous place to be.  Everyone is related and they're all part of a conspiracy.  The facts get muddled the further they go.  And Mrs. Pargeter's husband was not the most honest and perfect gentleman in the world but she won't hear of it.  She's going to protect his reputation and work with his friends to do so.

This story is a bit tongue-in-cheek but I really enjoyed it.  Mrs. Pargeter is not as dense as she appears because she comes up with a way to nip the trouble in the bud.  You need to be careful around old ladies.  They may not be what they seem to be...

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait

Sarah is an antique dealer here in town and Angie is friends with her.  When Sarah admits she's found relatives in town and is to meet the rest of her cousins, she asks Angie to come to the event with her and help.  She wants her mostly for moral support.  She's going to need it...

Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.

Ted runs an art gallery and has some very expensive paintings from his father's work.  What he didn't know was that he had an Aussie relative from war days.  He embraces Sarah, though, and is changing his will.  That's why he invited his family home his for 75th birthday.  However, things don't work out as planned.  Ted dies at the lobster bake.  Then his son-in-law dies during a swim the next day.  Who's the murderer?

Angie works on trying to find the truth.  It's hard for her and Sarah to believe a family member killed them but that's all they had with them that day except for Angie and Patrick.  They weren't killers.

The further they dig, the worse it gets.  No one in this family is a sparkling rose; there are too many thorns.

I was surprised by the ending because there were two different motives.  This is the second book in this series and I'm enjoying it. 

Dream Eater by K. Bird Lincoln

This is fantasy filled with mythological creatures, gods, and a war between good and evil.  Koi has always known if she touches someone and makes contact with them, she sees more than she wants to.  She picks up fragments that make her dream about their wishes and hopes.  Some of the things she sees are real, real bad.  So she stays away from people.  But not everyone wants her to kept her skills hidden; they want her to use them.

World Weaver Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 4th.

Her father was Japanese but her mother wasn't.  What she doesn't know is that she has inherited an ability from her father that's been hidden from her.  What's worse is that the enemy knows she has this skill and he wants to use it.  All she knows is that this professor is a bad man and has killed two people she can see in her dreams.  She doesn't want more dreams like that.  But he's on her trail.

Then she meets a Japanese man who is very nice and willing to help her with her father but she's not sure why she trusts him.  Should she?

She meets more than one monster in this story.  She also finds that the gods have a funny sense of humor and certain rules to follow if you want to not lose something important to you, like her father.

By the end of the story, she's no longer innocent about her power.  She's also concerned about it makes her feel when she uses it.  It will be interesting to see where Koi's story goes next.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Man From Tucson by Mason Macrae

Sam didn't get the letter until almost a year had passed.  He packed up and headed out to help Tom but he was too late.  He'd been shot and was bed bound and didn't speak much.  But Sam could tell something wasn't quite right.  Especially since he caught some Indians picking on a young woman.  They were going to scalp her.  He stopped them, then he found out they weren't Indian, they were white.

Pioneering Press allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.

When the woman Sam was in love with years ago (who's Tom's wife now) expresses an interest in him, it makes his ego proud.  She's still a beautiful woman.  And she's also still Tom's wife.

What he discovers is that someone is making a land grab and Tom is in the way.  He knows he's dying so he does a new will and leaves the ranch to original owner's granddaughter.  The judge took the will home with him.  The judge ends up being stabbed, Sam finds the will and hides it, and then he tries to stay away from those who are trying to kill him.  It's hard when most everyone is against you.

Despite the odds, he fights well and comes out ahead.  He's a bit disillusioned about some of the people he thought well of but he has someone else to comfort him.

This is another rip-snorting western with lots of action and a true taste of the old west.