Monday, January 23, 2017

Vicious Circle by C. J. Box

Joe Picket is is looking for a missing man.  He doesn't know why he left his camp site leaving all the food, beer and guns behind.  But he knows it must be serious.  Someone must be after him.  When he goes up in a plane with a heat sensor and other officials, they find the man a long ways from camp.  Unfortunately they lead his killers directly to his location...

Penguin Group let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published March 21st.

There's a family in town that Joe has had trouble with before.  The youngest one has just gotten out of jail and he's pretty sure the dead man overheard something in the bar they were in that got him killed.  If he didn't know for sure, the death of the bartender tends to confirm the fact that he and his friends were up to something.  That something is to get revenge on Joe.

This is like a family of rattlesnakes.  They feel unjustly accused, take everything as a slight and believe that Joe killed in cold blood even if it was self-defense.  Nothing will stop them from the vicious circle they travel in.

With a crooked cop, someone running the show from far away, a meth head killer and more, there's plenty of action.  It amazed me that more people didn't get killed before this story was over.  They attempted to kill Joe's daughters and wife, burned his house down, and were after Joe himself.

There's tension all through the story.  You aren't sure how it's going to turn out or who will be still be standing but you keep reading.  I hope the next book in this series is a bit calmer.  I hate holding my breath while reading.

The Big L Hotel by Sjoerd Kuyper

What do you do when you're winning your soccer championship and see your father collapse on the sidelines?  After he's in the hospital, you take over running the hotel, that's what.

Myrick Marketing and Media and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Kos is thirteen and he has two older sisters and one younger one.  His plans of the running the hotel don't pan out but neither do theirs.  It's especially bad when the debt collectors show up and they only have a number of days to make enough money to meet the debt.  It's hard to do that without paying guests.

This is written for middle grade students and it's a silly read.  The youngest girl puts a box on her skateboard and scoots up and down the bar serving drinks.  The older girls have just acquired boyfriends.  Their cook is an odd guy.  Everybody has quirks, that's what makes you laugh.

When the youngest girl comes back from beach, she brings up a soccer team who needs a place to stay.  They have no money but their coach will pay, so they let them stay.  His middle sister falls in love with one of them.

Kos is trying to let his own love know he cares but he doesn't know how to do it.  Everything he tries backfires.  He even gets all gussied to try to win a beauty contest with a prize of $5,000.  (They owe $7,000.)  That doesn't work either.

With all that's going wrong, it looks like they'll lose the hotel but when everyone comes together and works on saving it, they manage to come up with the money.  All's well that ends well but it's quite a trip getting there!

The Truth About Mud (Mangleblood Rose Series Book 1) by Christina L. Rozelle

I love reading fantasy and this one is about trolls.  Fane and Thistle are young, they are good friends and they do dangerous things together.  That makes for a good story!

The author and instaFreebies let me read this book for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy on Amazon.

Thistle wants to learn to fight like the boys but girls aren't allowed to.  Every time the King catches her, he flips her out of the arena.  It's a good thing trolls bounce.

They also wear mud.  It keeps the stink down.  (Seems like it would be just the opposite.  Maybe that's just a human trait.)  It seems there is a bit more to the mud then any of us know.  The crow said so.

The crow steals Thistle's medallion that was her grandmother's.  It's all she had left of her and she's determined to get it back.  The crow take it to the other side of the river.  It's forbidden territory over there.  How can they retrieve it?

They eavesdrop, find a secret passage and get on the other side but it's different over there.  Very, very different.

This is the beginning of a new series and it's a fun read.  I'd read the next book, too.  The story is just getting started and it's shaping up into an interesting tale. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Hill by Karen Bass

Jared awakens in a downed jet.  He was flying in his father's private jet for his annual visit.  Now he's in trouble.  The pilot is bleeding, they're down in a swamp and he can't get cellphone service.  He has no idea what to do...

Myrick Marketing and Media and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

Kyle is the first on the scene and helps Jared get the pilot out of the plane.  They cover him with a blanket and then go for help.  That's where the first problem crops up.  Kyle wants to go his camp where his grandmother and father are and Jared wants to go up a hill to get cell phone reception.  Jared is used to getting what he wants and he heads up the hill by himself.  Kyle tells him his grandmother has warned him about staying away from the hill but Jared doesn't listen.  Finally, Kyle follows him.  They should have listened to grandma.

This tale is set in Canada.  When you get out in the middle of nowhere in Canada, it really is.  Jared has no sense of direction, has never even been camping and hates being in the position he is now.  Kyle is angry that Jared won't listen and knows that he's being looked down on because he's an Indian.  They have plenty of time to discuss those issues and find each other's hot buttons on the trail.  The problem is that they are not alone.

From the top of the hill where there is still no cell phone service, they can no longer see the swamp, the plane, or his grandparents camping spot.  They didn't just go up a hill; they moved to another time.  The worst part?  The time they are in has a monster in it.

They have to figure out how to get back to the right spot in time and how to stay alive while doing it.  It turns even more critical when they find the wall between them and the current time is coming down and they have to find a way to capture the monster before he moves into the world they live in.

There's myth, legend, shapeshifting and coming of age all wrapped together in this story.  I have some Yakima Indian relatives, so the storyline drew me in.  I have camped in the woods and had closer contact than I wanted with a bear.  I sure wouldn't want to meet the monster in this story...

Cara's Kindness by Kristi Yamaguchi

You've heard of paying it forward, haven't you?  Where you do something nice and then ask the person you helped to pass it on to someone else who needs help.  Cara has this down.

Source Books/Jabberwocky sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

This is a sweet little picture book that John Lee illustrated.  You can tell by the cover the animals are whimsical and big-eyed.

Cara the cat helps Darby the dog.  He's not sure about skating but she helps him out onto the floor and he finds out skating is fun!  She tells Darby to pass it on.

Darby is having lunch when he hears a polar bear cub's stomach growling on the other bench.  He offers to share his lunch.  The polar bear cub retrieves the monkey's ball in turn.  And on on it goes with everyone much, much happier than they were before.

The especially nice part is when the last one helped writes some music for Cara's routine.  She just couldn't find the right music but he did.

Here's a nice read that helps children see that being kind is a good thing.

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.