Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Murder (Rhea Tennyson Mysteries) by Kate Clabough

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Welcome to the small town of Blaisdell, Nebraska where everyone knows you and nothing ever happens, until…library director Rhea Tennyson’s neighbor turns up dead!  This is Kate’s first work of fiction from her historical norm and boy, did she nail it on the head!  Now, to give you a little back story, twenty-five years ago a murder DID take place in a small town in Nebraska, not to far from where I actually live.  I think it is great when author’s can take a real life event and turn it into something completely their own!  Although to make things even better, these are actual memories that Kate has used.  Her neighbor WAS the man who was murdered and some parts of the book did occur such as scattering logos in front of the door as sort of an alarm system.  Now if you ask me, stories like this give me chills up and down.  Not only is this slightly based on actual events, but events that happened 30 miles away from me…….sweet!  I enjoy reading books by Alex Kava as well, she writes crime mysteries and most of them are based on actual events, some that even happened in NEBRASKA (my state).  Unlike Kate’s fictionalized version, the murder on which it is based remains unsolved.

The book is very well written and the twists and turns keep you reading, super fast too because you want to know what is going to happen next!  Even though main character Rhea is helping, the librarian becomes the murderer’s next intended victim.  Who is the murder, a serial killer or someone in the town?  Who are all these mysterious strangers who are starting to appear in town? And what does Rhea know that puts her in the path of the murderer?  You HAVE to find out, I highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed!

This book is only available as an e-book right now, you can snatch it up here: Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Murder (Rhea Tennyson Mysteries) by Kate Clabough

Want to learn more about this author?  Check out my post I wrote all about a visit from Kate Clabough!

 

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Mokie & Kade: Backyard Adventure by Shelley Wilson

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Here we go on another adventure with little Mokie and his owner, Kade!  Kade is having a camp-out with is friends and of course, Mokie!  As you can see from the cover photo, Mokie loves hotdogs!  While setting up for the camp-out, Kade and his friends learn how to work together.  After they get all set up, it’s time for fun and games, until some trouble stirs and Mokie is there to help save the day!

Another great story to add to the series.  My favorite part of this one was when Mokie tears up a pillow in the tent!  This is right up my alley of what my puppy Reuben has done, except he not only tore up the doggy bed of his furry sister, but he also tore up a bag that was full of wallpaper shreddings from our living room remodel!   No matter what they do, you just have to laugh and wonder, what in the world are they thinking?!  I look forward to reading more about the life and adventures of Mokie and Kade!!10559795_10152219917346479_3335415290908271406_n

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Mokie & Kade: Puppy Love by Shelley Wilson

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I love finding new local authors, meet Shelley Wilson author of the Mokie & Kade series for children.  Shelley lives in Omaha, NE and this is the first book in her series.

Who doesn’t love snugging puppies?  I sure do!  In fact, 6 months ago I added a new addition to my family, Reuben!

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He is a boxer, not a Labrador like little Mokie.   I love how Shelley invites this book into homes with children who hope someday to care for a dog, or any pet for that matter, on their own.  She explains, in a fun way, that pets are a lot of responsibility, but oh so much fun!  Being an adult and reading this story, my favorite part was when Kade’s mother tells the mother dog that they will love him just as much as she does before they leave the farm with little Mokie!

Not only is the story very sweet and great for children, but the illustrations are phenomenal!  Very fun read that your children will enjoy.  I am looking forward to sharing this story with my story time kids at the library, I’m sure they will love it just as much as I did (they are all dog lovers!).  Thank you Shelley for sharing your wonderful talent with me!

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Ellen Hopkins, known for her unique layout of writing, by that I mean if you just open to a page you might think you’re going to be reading poetry but the story reads like a book!  Hopkins uses sparse, clear prose, uses visual imagery through her poetry and tackles difficult issues.  Her books are directed toward young adults and teens.  The language is pretty strong, but we are dealing with real life/real world issues here.

In Rumble we follow the life of Matthew Turner, a teenager who doesn’t have faith in anything.  He is living his life without his brother who just recently committed suicide due to being bullied and Matthew cannot let go of his anger towards the people responsible.  When a horrific event plunges Matt into a dark, silent place, he hears a rumble…a rumble that wakes him up, calling everything he’s ever disbelieved into question.

There are several layers of story in this novel. Aside from suicide, religion, sexuality, and Matt’s depression, we also touch on PTSD and the effects of war in Matt’s uncle’s story. This was maybe not totally necessary to the overall story, but it gave us a poignant side-story with a character who seemed to actually understand Matt.

Overall, I loved where this book started and where it ended.  All of the characters came so far. This book really makes you think and it has such a good message to the readers.  Ellen Hopkins is a great author who likes to write about serious issues teens and even adults may face in their lives.

VISIONS: A Cainsville Novel by Kelley Armstrong

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Expected publication: August 19th 2014 by Dutton

Series: Cainsville Series #2

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Once again Kelley Armstrong wows me with her second book in the Cainsville Series!  I loved the first book Omens and if you have not started reading this series you are missing out!

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

In Visions, I wouldn’t blame Olivia if she started thinking she was going a bit crazy, because not only is she seeing omens but she’s seeing the dead body of a young girl dressed to look like her. Luckily she really isn’t going crazy and the mystery of this dead girl is the one that Olivia is out to solve in this story.  But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?  So her and Gabriel team up once again to solve a murder – in a very round about way.  Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the cross-hairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

I was glued to the pages as Olivia and Gabriel navigated through the secrets and mysteries they encountered and the new developments in plot lines. I like Armstrong’s writing, and I was already engaged with the main characters from the previous novel.  I think Visions was a great addition to the Cainsville series and I eagerly look forward to more!