‘The Piper’s Apprentice’ Is the Last Novel in ‘The Secrets of the Pied Piper’ series by Matthew Cody

Matthew Cody's books are much beloved by middle grade readers and with good cause. Like his latest trilogy, "The Secrets of the Pied Piper," all his books feature fabulous characters, thrilling plots, and some really good writing. In "The Piper's Apprentice," the last book in the series, Cody does what is all-too-often missing from last … Continue reading ‘The Piper’s Apprentice’ Is the Last Novel in ‘The Secrets of the Pied Piper’ series by Matthew Cody

‘Truly Devious’ by Maureen Johnson Is a Thrilling Mystery

"Truly Devious" by much-loved young adult author Maureen Johnson is a fabulous novel. It begins as a mystery about a murder that took place over 80 years ago at an elite private school in Vermont. The novel is really two stories combined into one mystery. There is the decades-old mystery of Albert Ellingham's wife and … Continue reading ‘Truly Devious’ by Maureen Johnson Is a Thrilling Mystery

How Important is Customer Service? Chewy.com Knows; Diamondback Drugs Needs Some Lessons

See update from Diamondback Drugs below. It's rare to experience in one day both the pinnacle of excellent customer service and the opposite -- a customer service experience so bad that the consumer would rather spend more money elsewhere than to give a bad company good business. When you have many pets in your home, … Continue reading How Important is Customer Service? Chewy.com Knows; Diamondback Drugs Needs Some Lessons

‘Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow’ by Jessica Townsend Is a Fantasy Trip Through a Magical Country

"Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow" by Jessica Townsend is a middle grade fantasy about Morrigan Crow who, at the start of the novel, is fated to die before her eleventh birthday. She is a "cursed" child, whose very presence brings bad luck to those around her. Her mother is dead, and she lives with … Continue reading ‘Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow’ by Jessica Townsend Is a Fantasy Trip Through a Magical Country

‘Unearthed’ by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Is a Thrilling Young Adult SciFi Ride

It's being billed as a cross between Indiana Jones and Star Wars, and "Unearthed" by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner comes close. It's the story of a future Earth when climate change has destroyed much of our planet. Scientists on Earth find a message from an extinct alien race that explains how to build a … Continue reading ‘Unearthed’ by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Is a Thrilling Young Adult SciFi Ride

‘A Place in the Wind’ by Suzanne Chazin Is a Timely, Action-Packed Mystery

  With "A Place in the Wind," Suzanne Chazin writes a mystery that is disturbingly timely as well as engrossing and fascinating because of the crime(s), the characters, and the plot. Although this book is the fourth in the series about Detective Jimmy Vega, reading this one without having read the previous novels did not … Continue reading ‘A Place in the Wind’ by Suzanne Chazin Is a Timely, Action-Packed Mystery

Perfect for New Year’s Resolution to Eat Healthier AND Lose Weight: ‘The Little Book of BIG Weight Loss: 31 Rules to Live By’

"The Little Book of BIG Weight Loss: 31 Rules to Live By" by Bernadette Fisers is a little book, but the ideas -- the rules -- are simple, wise, and easy to follow. The rules will also lead to healthier eating on the whole. The rules are commonsense: Rule #1 is don't eat sugar, especially … Continue reading Perfect for New Year’s Resolution to Eat Healthier AND Lose Weight: ‘The Little Book of BIG Weight Loss: 31 Rules to Live By’

‘The Wife Between Us’ by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen Is a Solid Psychological Thriller

With "The Wife Between Us," authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen create a psychological thriller that includes twists and turns that will keep readers turning the pages until the final ending twist. There is Nellie, the young girl falling in love with successful, adoring Richard. There is Vanessa, bitter and divorced from Richard, and remembering … Continue reading ‘The Wife Between Us’ by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen Is a Solid Psychological Thriller

‘How to Disappear’ by Sharon Huss Roat Is a Beautifully Written Story of the Invisible, the Individual, and the Power of Social Media

"How to Disappear" by Sharon Huss Roat is a book that once begun, is difficult to put down. It starts innocuously enough with the story of a girl with severe anxiety. Vicky can't function at high school and must disappear into the stall of the bathroom when she just can't bear going to class and … Continue reading ‘How to Disappear’ by Sharon Huss Roat Is a Beautifully Written Story of the Invisible, the Individual, and the Power of Social Media

‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead’ by Rick Riordan is the Third Book in this Wild Fantasy Adventure Series

Rick Riordan knows his Greek gods, as has been proved with the "Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard" series. He also does an amazing job writing a series about Norse gods and Valhalla, the place where those related to the gods go if they die a noble death. Kind of like Camp Half Blood … Continue reading ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead’ by Rick Riordan is the Third Book in this Wild Fantasy Adventure Series