Follow the Leader by Mel Sherratt

Follow The LeaderFollow The Leader by Mel Sherratt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Prepare to be pulled by the heartstrings as you follow this story. Amazing details and writing style far above the general crowd will keep you turning pages. I love the various points of view as they really helped drive the story and give the reader insights not otherwise available. The characters feel alive and real, well layered and fleshed out with quirks and flaws. The plot is easy to follow without being too simple, with elements that bring it alive for the reader. Very well done. I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s rare I feel a book is worth all five stars. Hannah writes not just intelligently but with emotion that envelopes the reader and tugs at the heart as well as the mind. The Nightingale is a moving story you won’t soon forget. With a certain eloquence the stories are told that will have you reaching for the tissue box more than once. The characters are rich, layered and well developed, as if they are family you know so well. Hannah hooks the reader on page one and never lets go. Be prepared to spend the better part of day reading. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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The Keeper by Dalia Roddy

The KeeperThe Keeper by Dalia Roddy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well written with an attention grabbing start that keeps the reader hooked and turning pages. I like the world building and the descriptions about what the characters are seeing. The characters feel well fleshed out and have good development. The plot is intriguing and has a good flow from start to finish. Overall this is an entertaining fun read that is difficult to put down once you start reading. I received an e-ARC through Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh

Near Enemy (Spademan, #2)Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sternbergh displays a nice set of skills in writing an exciting thriller set in a dystopian world. The first pages draw the reader in quickly and set the stage for an amazing read through the entire book. The characters are well fleshed out, especially the main voice in the book. Although this is the second novel with the same main character, I didn’t feel lost having not read the first novel. I would however, recommend you pick up the first one as I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as this one. This has been a fun read, one I won’t soon forget. I received an ARC through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger by Jon Scieszka

Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger (Frank Einstein, #2)Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger by Jon Scieszka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent book for those youngsters who have a budding interest in all things science. My son (10) and I sat down together for hours reading this book and talking about tons of facts. He loves science and math but usually sticks with non-fiction books on the subjects. This book he said was funny and full of all sorts of things he wanted to learn more about. He was a touch reluctant letting it go but he says he wants lots of other kids to be able to read about science and enjoy it, so off the book goes to our library. I received an ARC through a GoodReads Giveaway. This has no influence on my opinions or reviews.

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Alicia’s Ghost by Nick Iuppa

Alicia's GhostAlicia’s Ghost by Nick Iuppa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall I feel this is a well written book with a unique feel to the story. There are a few sluggish points in the book but nothing too terribly slow that I wanted to put the book down. The plot feels fresh and has enough forwardness to keep the reader interested. I was provided with an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest reviews. This in no way influenced my opinion. All physical copies provided for review are subsequently donated to our local library where I am employed.

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The Witch Chronicles: The Red Dragon: Book 2 by A. B. Wolverton

The Witch Chronicles: The Red Dragon: Book 2The Witch Chronicles: The Red Dragon: Book 2 by A.B. Wolverton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My fellow reviewer found this book to be very much to her liking. So much so that even though this was to be reviewed by her while I read other books waiting for review, I had to pause and read it myself. It was not much of a job of convincing she had to do as I remember how much I enjoyed the first book and wanted to read the second. I will agree with her that this is a very well written book and very difficult to put down. The detail is vivid and the world-building is spot-on. The read is intriguing and enjoyable from start to finish. I like the development of the characters and how the plot threads are tended to. I would recommend you pick up and read the first book prior to this one however. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

From the publisher:

The Witch Chronicles
The Red Dragon: Book 2
by A. B. Wolverton

Coming-of-Age Fantasy Empowers Females
WITCHES, WEREDOGS, FAIRIES AND DRAGONS ENGAGE IN EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD

“Like most young girls, I struggled to find my identity,” shares author A. B. Wolverton. “I want to help other young people realize you can be strong and feminine without taking off your clothes!”

In the second installment of her series, The Witch Chronicles: The Red Dragon, Wolverton continues with her story of Freda Fryer who, like most teenagers, just wants to survive high school. However, the universe has other plans.

After surviving a near-death experience, Freda is overwhelmed by her newfound magical powers and uninterested in being “destined for great things.” Rather than face her apparent future, she wants to run away. Yet her plan is thwarted when her little brother is kidnapped, forcing Freda to come to terms with who she is, what she’s capable of, and what the future holds for her.

Traveling to Ireland in search of her bother, Freda meets her powerful extended family, encounters a dragon whose fate in intertwined with hers and discovers a horrific plot about to be unleashed in the shadowy netherworld.

Freda’s wit and sarcasm will appeal to young adult readers while the classic story of good vs. evil and a strong feminine hero will appeal to readers of all ages. Through the pages of The Red Dragon, Wolverton:

  • Shares a world of good witches, malicious weredogs, powerful dragons, knights, fairies and other fantastical creatures
  • Weaves entertaining fantasy with real life, coming-of-age struggles about identity, strength and understanding oneself
  • Demonstrates the value of family and supporting one another
  • Provides a strong female hero who shows that you can be feminine and strong by standing up to greed, power and corruption
  • Explores the spiritual side of witches and magic

“The Red Dragon provides strong male and female role models,” adds Wolverton. “I want teens to read about realistic problems they can relate to, through the realm of a fantasy world, and give them the courage to find their true identity and learn to love themselves.”

A. B. Wolverton is a writer at heart and author of The Witch Chronicles: The Reluctant Witch and The Red Dragon. Her “daytime” job is working as a hospice nurse. She is a retired skydiver, has backpacked around the world and lives with her family and dog in Raleigh, NC where she enjoys running and spending time outdoors.

Learn more about Wolverton and The Witch Chronicles at annawolverton.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/witchchronicles?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnaWolverton

The Witch Chronicles: The Red Dragon: Book 2 is available throughAmazon.com and Net Galley.

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The Witch Chronicles: The Reluctant Witch: Book 1 by A. B. Wolverton

The Reluctant Witch (The Witch Chronicles, #1)The Reluctant Witch by A.B. Wolverton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine my surprise when I decided to read a book I thought for sure would be mediocre at best only to find out it is actually very well written! Yes, I am guilty of waking up on the wrong side of the bed now and then and judging a book by its cover before I put my glasses on or have my first cup of coffee. I did just that as I slumped down in my reading chair only to minutes later decide I needed the coffee to wake up the rest of my brain so I could fully enjoy this book. The writing is elegant, tasteful, intelligent and thought through. I like the characters and the interactions between them. I like the environment and the way Wolverton describes everything. I like the flow and the plot of the book and can’t wait to begin book 2! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Footsteps in the Sky by Greg Keyes

Footsteps in the SkyFootsteps in the Sky by Greg Keyes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really like fantasy and I really like science fiction, so I was really excited to read Keyes’ book. I can’t put my finger on it, but something just did not click. The writing is excellent and intelligently written. I love how the reader is not spoon-fed every little bit of information. The whole idea for the plot is interesting and is part of why I read the book in the first place, even though it’s not original or game changing. I like the way Keyes manipulates the story and uses characters we might not select originally. I believe most readers of this genre will enjoy this book so go ahead and pick up a copy. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega, #4)Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First, if you have not read the first three books stop right now and go get them and read them then get this book and sit down for a read-a-thon. I say that because once you start this series you’ll not want to do anything else. It was tempting to call in sick to work but since I absolutely love my job the temptation was minor and fleeting, although I was quite happy to get back to reading at the end of the day. The books are very well written with gripping passages that make you almost rush through the pages to find out what is going to happen. Each character feels like they belong in the story and are well fleshed out and layered. This is important as it makes the book that much better overall. The plot threads are very well threaded. I can easily recommend this book as Briggs has once again managed to create something intriguing and very enjoyable to read. I received an e-ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in NO way influenced my opinion.

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The Thorn of Dentonhill: A Novel of Maradaine by Marshall Ryan Maresca

The Thorn of Dentonhill: A Novel of MaradaineThe Thorn of Dentonhill: A Novel of Maradaine by Marshall Ryan Maresca

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here is a most enjoyable read full of rich detail and very well written lines. The overall feel of the book is exciting from the first look at the cover to the last pages. I love the way Maresca brings the world to life, from the locations to the people who live there. The dialogue feels natural. The characters feel well fleshed out and layered with considerable attention given to them long before the book was written. The plot is well threaded throughout the book with care given to every aspect. Overall this is an excellent read and one I can easily recommend. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale

Clash of EaglesClash of Eagles by Alan Smale

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is by no stretch of the imagination, a light read. Be prepared to utilize the entirety of your faculties to the point of feeling a bit worn out as you read through this book. From the word choices to the descriptions and situations you’ll need to be fully awake to digest everything. The overall writing and plot are good, just a bit on the heavy side to say the least. I did not connect with the characters even by the end of the read although I did want to know how everything turned out. I believe the word choices and lack of depth and fleshing out hurts the feel of the read but don’t turn away just yet. For many, this is just the sort of read they are searching for and will absolutely love this book. I received an e-ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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You’re Loved No Matter What: Freeing Your Heart from the Need to Be Perfect by Holley Gerth

You're Loved No Matter What: Freeing Your Heart from the Need to Be PerfectYou’re Loved No Matter What: Freeing Your Heart from the Need to Be Perfect by Holley Gerth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an excellent tool for those who need a bit of reassurance that they are worth something in this world of negativity. So many feel they need to adhere to some standard held high above them when in reality they are perfect just the way they are. All you need to be is the person you are, the way God made you. Gerth has provided a much needed book on a much needed topic, especially for the younger woman. We need to give our young girls a more realistic and appropriate image to strive for. I enjoyed reading through this book and can easily recommend it to others. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan

The Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent, #3)The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While I have not yet read the first two books in this series, I did not have much trouble following through the book. It’s written intelligently with a wealth of knowledge. While a fiction book it has a non-fiction feel through parts which adds to the authentic feel. I would love a physical copy for our library as we have nothing at all like this and I know our patrons will love it as much as I have. Brennan does a fantastic job bringing this book to life. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Secrets of the Lost Caves (Potluck Yarn Trilogy Book #2)


LostCavesSecrets of the Lost Caves
by Cheryl Potter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Potter continues her well woven tale in this second installment of the trilogy. I advise you to read the first book in the series prior to starting this one although it’s not completely impossible to start with the second and enjoy the read. I like the way knitting is incorporated into the tale and how the magic elements are described. The writing is solid and well composed. The plot is intriguing with several threads to keep track of. Potter handles these threads nicely from start to finish. Clean reading adds to the enjoyment. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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