Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Books In For Review

Check out the newest books to arrive for review!





Something's Bound to Happen by Michael Kasenow Michael Kasenow’s collection of poems examines the wounds of abuse, materialism, love lost, alienation, and the need for purpose—and celebrates the beauty of endurance, survival, and the miracle of each breath. “Kasenow knows that it takes complexity to create his art and art is what he creates. His poetry touches each subject with the respect it is entitled. Choices we make as people control who and what we become.” —Rebecca’s Reads. This collection is a passage through the webs we weave—the obvious—the yin and yang of existence—the inevitable—and the long search for purpose.

Impala by Andrew Diamond Russell Fitzpatrick has a problem. After four years on the straight and narrow, he's got a boring job, the wrong girlfriend, and an itch for something more. When he receives a cryptic email from a legendary and slightly deranged fellow hacker--his old friend, Charlie, whom he knows to be dead--he tries to tell himself it's none of his concern. But the guy who stalks him across town at night, the two thugs waiting in the alley, and a ruthless FBI agent let him know his days are numbered if he doesn't turn over the money Charlie stole. The problem is, Russ doesn't have it. No... The problem is, Russ is smarter than his enemies. The problem is, that girl Charlie left behind is worth more to Russ than the money. Russell Fitzpatrick is a man on the edge, and he doesn't like being pushed around. Russ' enemies have a problem.

The Stone of Mercy: Book 1 of the Centaur Chronicles by M.J. Evans By tradition, the ruler of Crystonia will be the one in possession of the Silver Breastplate. Yet the rightful heir has not appeared and the throne that sits atop Mount Heilodius has stood empty for a century and a half. The kingdom is being torn apart as the biggest and strongest races battle for control. Even the herd of peace-loving Centaurs has splintered into two factions, one awaiting the promised bearer of the breastplate, the other seeking power and control over the land. Unbeknownst to all but a very few, the Silver Breastplate has been created. In due course, it is presented to a sixteen-year-old Duende girl named Carling, one of the tiny descendants of the fairies that once filled the land. But the silver breastplate is not complete. In order for its wearer to have the skills to rule the land righteously, the young Duende needs to find the four stones of light that are needed to finish this magical source of power and authority.

One for the Ark by Mary Hutchings Reed Small-town politics . . . Big life issues. For a small-town conservative mayor and his liberal activist wife, politics, principles and personalities collide when the Blessed Virgin Mary appears on an underpass, a long-standing citizen decides to build an “exact replica” of Noah’s Ark across from the State Forest, and their daughter makes a life-altering decision.

Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Crooked Critters by Jenn Dlugos and Charlie Hatton Nature doesn't always play nice, and Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Crooked Critters showcases some of the worst offenders in the plant and animal kingdoms. You'll meet trespassing toads, insects in disguise, brood-borrowing cuckoos, and many more. It's a rogue's gallery of some of nature's roughest, meanest species. Whether it's nature's slimiest organisms or the weirdest mutations, Things That Make You Go Yuck! celebrates survival of the fittest, grossest, craziest, and creepiest things in nature, proving once and for all that life in the wild is anything but ordinary.

After A While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary by Dr. Brady Barr Alexa and the other children at her escuela in Costa Rica have a special project: they are raising American Crocodiles. She names her croc Jefe, which means "boss," because he seems to be in charge of all the other babies. Alexa brings him chicken and frogs to eat, and writes about his progress in her diary. Soon, her little hatchling is as big as a loaf of bread. He has grown into a juvenile and it is time for Alexa to say goodbye and for Jefe to return to the wild.

Animal Legs by Mary Holland Can you smell with your feet? Do you dig your claws into a river s muddy bank to climb up and bask in the sun? Animals legs are different from humans in so many ways! Find out why strong talons suit a raptor, or webbing is perfect for water dwellers as author Mary Holland continues her photographic Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series by exploring the ways insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals make their way in the world.

Saving Kate's Flowers by Cindy Sommer Fall is here and Kate is determined to save her flowers from the winter cold. Mom shows her how to scoop the flowers out of the ground, transplant them into pots, and give them water. Kate pots a couple flowers . . . and then some more...and a few more. With Mom distracted on the phone, Kate has filled the house with flowers, but Dad s sneezes mean the flowers have to go! Kate realizes she needs to find a new place for her flowers to spend the winter, but where?

Tuktuk: Tundra Tale by Robin Currie As the sun begins to set, arctic animals scurry to prepare for six months of darkness and cold. Tuktuk the collared lemming is almost ready for the long winter night all he needs is warm fur to line his nest. When one furry kamik (boot) slips off an Inuit driver s sled, Tuktuk is in luck! But as he drags it home, Putak the polar bear, Aput the arctic fox, and Masak the caribou eye this little lemming s prize and want it for their own. Can Tuktuk outwit the other animals and convince them that one furry kamik is no good for anyone bigger than a lemming?