Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wide as the Wind by Eward Stanton

We've all heard of Easter Island, right?  How about Vaitea?  They are the same Island.

At the request of PRBy the Book, the author graciously sent me a copy of his book to read for review.  I'm very glad he did.  This was an an excellent mix of the history of the time with well-thought-out-characters.  They marry who they must for their tribes, not who they love.  They have conflicts in their own tribes; warriors and and farmers don't agree on policy.  You can pick up a copy now.

This island is vacant.  Maybe if we read this story it might help us see where we are going now...

Even the peaceful are strong people who follow traditions.  The warriors would rather kill and take than farm.  It finally breaks out into civil war and young and old and fight and die.

Let history show you war is not a good thing and even winning isn't a victory.  This is well written and young readers won't realize they are getting a history lesson on the way.  I highly recommend it.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Inside a Dog'a Mind (Jacob's Journey) by Michelle Holland

Jacob is a new puppy going to a new home.  He loves his owner, his mother, and his siblings.  He can't wait to meet his new owners.  He's going to regret this wish.

The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  The book has been published and you can buy it now.

I was expecting a story of sweetness and kindness but Jacob's male owner is abusive.  He sounds a lot like dog owners in this area.  It's never the person's fault for lack of food, water or exercise.  It's the dog's fault.  I'm almost crying by the time the poor dog is taken in by the pound.  At least they have have room and time for him.

The most heart warming part of the story is watching the two women who have adopted him retrain him.  He's a sweet pup who meant no harm and he loves them but is afraid of him.  They take the training slowly, comfort and encourage and never yell at him.  It takes time but he gets well.

Do you have a puppy or kitten you're trying to rehome?  Get some hints here!  How could you not love Jacob?
 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Trial on Mount Koya (A hiro Hattori mystery) by Susan Spann

Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo travel to a Buddhist temple at the summit of Mount Koya.  They are carrying a secret message but have no idea they are entering a murder plot and will not be able to leave right away...

This Kindle edition was shared with me for a review (thank you).  It will be published July 3rd.  

This story is set back in the 1600's and shares the many historical interests of those days.  Ninjas, priets, buddahists and more, who all have their own interests and beliefs don't mix well.  Fights are not fights in a temple.  They lose their tempers but hold them well until night time.  Then they find the abbot knifed to death.  Who and why?

Since Hattori and Mateo are new, they are suspected.  So are those who disagreed with the victim.  There are plenty of suspects but he was praying alone.

I found the whole story a bit confusing.  With no Japanese background and no historical knowledge to depend on, it got a bit hard to follow.  At the end, justice prevails and almost everyone is dead.  Ninja are dangerous!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Lulu Is A Rhinoceros Jason Flom, Allison Flom

I love dogs.  They have a great sense of humor, refuse to change their minds about things they believe in and sometimes what they believe in comes true.  Just follow LuLu for a while.

Wicked Cow Studios LLC and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 26th.

Lulu is a bull dog but she can tell by looking in a mirror she's a rhinoceros.  She tells everyone this but only one little bird listens.  That little bird listens and then decides to take her to the zoo to meet the others.  They go by all the "NO" signs into the rhino pen.  And Lulu finally feels at home...

The illustrators do an excellent job of showing the dog sneaking about, the animals sniffing each other offer and a great new meeting between big friends and little.  This is a sweet little book showing off bulldogs.  Do you have a secret weapon at your house?  Just tell them to watch out for your dinosaur!  (Could you make him a dinasour horn?)

Give him a big hug from me!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Girl with a Gun by Kari Bovee



She's fifteen, an excellent shooter from hunting for family food and someone is trying to kill her.  She doesn't know why and she can't stay where she is.  So she escapes by joining Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show...

Spark Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be be published June 19th.

Annie Oakley is young and pretty.  She finds she shares her tent with an Indian girl and her baby and she enjoys that.  She also enjoys the attention of Frank Butler.  But the other two women on the circuit don't like her.  She's competition for the acts and for the men.  All Annie wants to do is feed her family.  And her older brother is stealing that money!

As she learns how the Indians are treated, what the women will do for money, and about the world, the less Annie feels she knows.  She can't even trust her feelings any more.  Will there be any happiness for Annie?

This is almost an autobiographical of Annie Oakley's life and she's someone I admire.  You have to stand up for yourself and do what you have to do to get along in life and Annie does.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Language of Spells Garret Weyr, Katie Harnett (Illustrated by)

Maggie is an unusual girl who can see dragons.  It takes her a while to figure out that the others don't.  That enabled a wizard to hide the bad ones away.  But no one knows how to get them loose.  They don't want them to die there.  Can Grishna help her?

Chronicle Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will published June 26th.

When other people don't understand you and don't see what you do, how do you communicate with them?  Even the languages are different.  But Grishna wants to help her, she loves Grishna as a friend, and her father who loves her is willing to help.  Will that be enough?

I love dragons, friendship and well thought out plots.  I hated her loss (what she had to trade for the magic), but I have hope for the future.  This story isn't done yet...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What Happened That Night by Sandra Block


She doesn't remember.  She doesn't want to remember.  And when things start popping into her mind, she's horrified!  That can't be true, her classmates wouldn't be that mean, would they?

Sourcebooks and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.

This school's high school party for seniors is a put down on women in the worst possible way.  Those that don't say yes are roofied and raped.  Even as she tries to deny this happened to her, she remembers others from the past who looked like they just got of a war zone.  Many didn't complete school.  

She's different though, she has proof.  But she'll hurt so many.  What, her hurts don't count?  Especially this many years later?

This is a very unpleasant subject of power, money, getting even and winning in an ugly way.  At least many of these go to jail.  Too many get away with it.  I hate sad stories, even if it's true.  Let's all live happy every after in a fairy tale...