Middle Grade

[ARC Review] The Math Kids: An Unusual Pattern

by David Cole
Published on: October 7, 2019

I have a young nephew who doesn’t like to read. In fact, he runs away from me when I say the word ‘book.’ The other day I had the Netgalley site open when he peered over and saw this book. He quickly looked at what it was about and said it looked interesting and told me I needed to read it and tell him if it was good. So, I did and I am very thankful that I can tell him that it was good.

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Steampunk/Fantasy

Black Recluse – Book Review

Roanoke Desperados Book 1 by Anna Bowman
Published on: July 17, 2019

I feel like I’ve been pretty lucky on my recent steampunk finds. Black Recluse by Anna Bowman offers adventure and danger in multiple locations, a bit of mystery, and an air ship crew you feel at home with, but who also all seem all have their own secrets to keep.

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Fantasy - General

[ARC Review] – The Blacksmith Queen

The Scarred Earth Saga Book 1 by G.A. Aiken
Published on: August 27, 2019

In this new fantasy book series, we get to see the rise of a new queen, who happens to be a blacksmith. However, the rise to the throne isn’t always easy, and along the way we get to meet centaurs, dwarves, elves, barbarians, dragons, and more.

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Picture Books

Meet Me at the Farmers Market – Picture Book Review

by Lisa Pelto
Illustrated by: Paula Wallace
Published on: July 10, 2019 (2nd edition)

Meet Me at the Farmers Market is a delightful picture book about a little girl named Sophia who loves going to the Farmers Market every week. While there we meet her 3 friends who all love coming too. She tells us about all the people she sees and musicians as well as all the vendors and what they sell at their tables. We even get to hear Sophia’s mom make an egg joke that the leads to the vendor replying himself with his own egg joke. After telling us about the vegetables, Sophia also tells us about other things that are at the farmers market too, such as honey, lemonade, and popsicles.

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Fantasy - General

[ARC Review] Lies of Descent

Fallen God’s War Book 1 by Troy Carrol Bucher
Published on: August 20, 2019

In this new epic fantasy series a world has been created full of enemies that have opposed each other for hundreds of years. The Draegora and Esharii drew sides against each other long ago, but even amongst themselves they have competing factions vying for power.

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Middle Grade

The Heath Cousins and the Kingsgate Bridge – Book Review

Book 2 in the Heath Cousins Series by Eileen Hobbs
Published on: March 3, 2019

My middle-grade age nephew and I read and reviewed this book together. We had recently reviewed book 1 in the series, The Heath Cousins and the Moonstone Cave, which he enjoyed. After finishing this 2nd book in the series, I asked him if he liked it and with a big smile on his face said “Yes.”

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Cozy Mystery

[ARC Review] Death Comes to Dartmoor – Book Review

A Merriweather and Royston Mystery by Vivian Conroy
Published on:  August 13, 2019
4-stars-1

Death Dartmoor

Death Comes to Dartmoor is the 2nd book in the Merriweather and Royston Mystery Series by Vivian Conroy. The story centers around the mysterious murder of a girl, whom the villagers immediately believe was killed by Merula’s and Raven’s current host, Oaks. Oaks is known for his house full of zoological specimens and its existence stirs fears, gossip, and rumors in the nearby village. Merula and Raven wish to help their host out and find the real culprit, so they use their knowledge, power and deduction to help find clues and whittle down the list of suspects.

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