‘Somewhere Out There’ by Amy Hatvany: A story of sisterhood and survival

Rating: 4 stars "Somewhere Out There" by Amy Hatvany is her sixth book, a polished piece with authentic dialogue and a plot that keeps the reader reading long past her bedtime. The pronoun "her" is because "Somewhere Out There" is book that will appeal to women, especially women who have a sister. It's about three … Continue reading ‘Somewhere Out There’ by Amy Hatvany: A story of sisterhood and survival

‘A Murder in Time’ by Julie McElwain: Mystery with scifi twist

Rating: 4 1/2 stars With her debut novel, "A Murder in Time," Julie McElwain establishes her place as a solid writer who can combine a mystery story with a time-travel twist and some romance thrown in. It's an unusual trio, but McElwain makes it work. Kendra Donovan, the protagonist, is a brilliant FBI agent. She … Continue reading ‘A Murder in Time’ by Julie McElwain: Mystery with scifi twist

‘What We Saw’ by Aaron Hartzler: Young adult social commentary

Rating: 4 stars What happens when a girl from the wrong side of the tracks gets blacked-out drunk at a party and is sexually violated by several of the jocks in attendance? And Kate, another girl who attended the party and got drunk, wonders what happened at that party after she left. Her boyfriend took … Continue reading ‘What We Saw’ by Aaron Hartzler: Young adult social commentary

‘Unidentified Suburban Object’ by Mike Jung: Middle grade fiction

Rating: 4 stars "Unidentified Suburban Object" by Mike Jung is the story of a girl of Korean descent who is frustrated by her white-bread town and the fact that most of its inhabitants don't know Korean people from Chinese or Japanese people. Chloe is frustrated by the stereotypes, which include calling her by the name … Continue reading ‘Unidentified Suburban Object’ by Mike Jung: Middle grade fiction

‘War Hawk: A Tucker Wayne Novel’ by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood

Rating: 4 stars The story of Tucker Wayne -- and, more importantly to some of us -- his incredible military dog Kane, continues in "War Hawk," cowritten by James Rollins¬†and Grant Blackwood. Their story was first told in "The Kill Switch." In this story, Tucker Wayne is on his way to a vacation with Kane … Continue reading ‘War Hawk: A Tucker Wayne Novel’ by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood

‘Some Kind of Courage’ by Dan Gemeinhart: wonderful middle grade story

Rating: 5 stars To say that "Some Kind of Courage" by Dan Gemeinhart is a wonderful story is like saying that Michael Jordan was a wonderful basketball player. On one level, this book is a historical fiction piece about a boy who has lost everything except his horse. Then, when he loses his horse -- … Continue reading ‘Some Kind of Courage’ by Dan Gemeinhart: wonderful middle grade story

‘Need’ by Joelle Charbonneau: Young adult fiction asks “what do you need?”

Rating: 4 stars Need versus want: that's what Joelle Charbonneau explores in this young adult thriller, "NEED," about a small town in Wisconsin and how the teens react when a social networking site, NEED, appears asking them what they need. At first, the "price" for the requests is easy -- just get five people to … Continue reading ‘Need’ by Joelle Charbonneau: Young adult fiction asks “what do you need?”

Convicted dog fighters can adopt dogs from county shelter with failed policies

  Convicted dogfighters able to adopt dogs? In Tampa, Florida, that's the reality. The county shelter in Hillsborough County, Florida, doesn't know who legally shouldn't be able to adopt animals. Steve Andrews of NewsChannel 8 in a story yesterday confirmed what animal rescuers have seen more and more under the current shelter management -- Pet … Continue reading Convicted dog fighters can adopt dogs from county shelter with failed policies