Audio Book Reviews, Thriller

Raven Black

Shetland Island #1 by Ann Cleeves
First published in 2006
4-stars-1

Raven Black

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves is the first in the Shetland Island series and is what the Shetland TV series is based on, although I haven’t watch it yet.  It also won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger award for best crime novel of the year in 2006.  I listened to this book on audio and my review is based on my listening experience.

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Picture Books

Argyle Fox

by Marie Letourneau
Published on:  March 14, 2017
4-stars-1

Argyle Fox

Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau is a story of a young fox who wants to play outside on a windy day. Over and over and over again he tries to find different ways to play, but the wind keeps winning and Argyle’s playtime keeps getting interrupted and disturbed, forcing him to find ‘yet another’ way to play outside. He finally gets frustrated enough that decides to quit playing outside on windy days forever. However, with a gentle push from his mother he thinks up a way that he can play outside ‘with’ the wind.

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Picture Books

The Artist Who Loved Cats: The Inspiring Tale of Theophile Alexandre Steinlen

by Susan Schaefer Bernardo
Published on:  June 6, 2019
5-stars

Cat Artist

A picture book about such a famous artist deserves a book that is as perfectly illustrated as this one is. Each page is lush with details and style.  With this book, children will not only enjoy learning about the history of Steinlen, what he created, and his love for cats, but they will also get a taste and feel for France.  At the end of the book, there is additional biographical information on the artist.

Thanks to Inner Flower Child Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

Middle Grade

The Map to Everywhere

The Map to Everywhere #1 by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis
Published on:  November 4, 2014
5-stars

Map to Everywhere

My nephew recommended this book. He liked it so much that he found my Fire tablet and proceeded to mark the entire series with 5 stars on GoodReads, even though I hadn’t read any of them yet. So, now that I’ve finished listening to it on audio, which was excellent, and with each character having his or her own voice. I am interviewing my nephew for his review.

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Audio Book Reviews, Cozy Mystery

Among the Mad

Maisie Dobbs #6 by Jacqueline Winspear
Published on:  April 1, 2010
5-stars

Among the Mad

In Among the Mad, Maisie Dobbs is out on a busy street with her employee on Christmas Eve when she witnesses a WWI veteran commit suicide. The next day a letter is received addressed to the Prime Minister indicating there will be more loss of life unless something is done to help these veterans; however, the letter goes on to mention Maisie by name. Scotland Yard’s Special Branch calls Maisie and the detective work begins.

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Middle Grade

The Forbidden Library

The Forbidden Library #1 by Django Wexler
Published on:  April 15, 2014
3 stars

Forbidden Library

The Forbidden Library is about a girl named Alice who goes to live with her uncle Geryon, who then forbids her to enter a library, until of course, she does. Once that occurs, Alice’s world changes where she learns about magic, books, and the complexities of human (and not-human) motives.

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Fantasy - General

Six Sacred Swords

Weapons and Wielders Book 1 by Andrew Rowe
Published on: February 8, 2019

Six Sacred Swords

This fantasy novel is a light-hearted read, so if you are a fan of fantasy and have just read a chain of several books that contain plots related to the prophesying of an end of the world collapse, then this book may just be for you as a change of pace type book. As a light-hearted read and there are a lot of jokes and quips within it to give you a feel-good feeling when you close the book each night.

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