Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Library of EverThe Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Trapped in Genghis Khan’s tomb with a killer robot..." That's one of Lenora's many adventures in the special library she finds while getting away from her nanny. At the start of the book, Lenora behaves like a spoiled brat, but soon she gets to help out the librarian and proves to be really talented. I hope there are more adventures.
PS. I am a librarian, so my review could be somewhat biased.
I received a copy of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Egg Drop Dead (Crackleberry Club, #7)Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Halloween is approaching and Suzanne, Petra and Toni are planning a special event at the diner. When Suzanne goes to get her locally sourced cheese, she finds the farmer dead. She sees what looks like a moving scarecrow in the distance. Spooky happenings and mistreated horses set the three Cackleberry Club ladies to search for answers.
This mystery kept me second guessing myself as to who the killer was. The horses side-story was very sad, but Suzanne and Sam (view spoiler).
I'm looking forward to the next one.


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Hair Brained (Bad Hair Day Mystery, #14)Hair Brained by Nancy J. Cohen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great Marla adventure. Her BFF Tally and her husband are in a bad car crash. He dies and she's in a comma. Marla is the designated caretaker for their baby, Luke. Between taking care of the baby, giving Brianna driving lessons, taking care of all of Tally's responsibilities and of course, investigating the crime, Marla barely has time to absorb what taking care of Luke means to her repressed maternal feelings. I had the killer in my suspect list, but there were twists to the story I didn't see coming. I love this series!


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A Crime of Poison (Silver Six Crafting Mystery #3)A Crime of Poison by Nancy Haddock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had a hard time when I started the book, because this is the first one I've read in the series, and the Silver Six confused me. Once I got to know them (I had to write down their names and something about them), then the plot began to make sense. I liked the character of Nixy, her pets, and bf Eric and the small town setting.

The killer was on my suspect list, but I could not figure out why they killed until close to the reveal. I will be going back and reading the first books.


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Wonky: A Robotics Club StoryWonky: A Robotics Club Story by Darcy Pattison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the colors in this sweet friendship story picture book. Henry (a tortoise) meets Lincoln (an ostrich) on the first day of school at the Robotics club. Despite some misunderstandings, they have fun designing robots and soon find a common goal. I would strongly recommend this book for children interested in robotics and worried about going to a new school.


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The Last Chance Olive Ranch (China Bayles #25)The Last Chance Olive Ranch by Susan Wittig Albert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story features a nail-biting, edge of your seat situation for most of the book. China is at a ranch preparing to give a workshop on olive oil, while McQuaid stays at home trying to trap an escaped convict that he put in jail. The story shifts POV from China to McQuaid as they are not able to be in touch. Very suspenseful.

This is one of my favorite series, even though is not as light as I usually read. I really like the interaction between China and Ruby, and I love the information she gives about plants. I'm going to have to start reading olive oil labels now!


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Mind Over Murder (Raven's Nest, #1)Mind Over Murder by Allison Kingsley


Read this for a challenge (read a new series/author). Clara leaves New York to go back to her small Maine town and starts working at her cousin's book store. When she walks into the backroom one day, she finds the owner of the store next door dead. With many enemies in town, the suspects in Ana's death are countless.

This book was a little simple, but it's the first of a new series, and a lot of time was spent meeting the locals. There are a lot of comments to things that happened to Clara in New York, and only partially explained. I hope that they expand on this in other books.

I will try to read the next one in the series.


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