The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

The Feathered BoneThe Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The overall theme of this book is a bit on the dark side of humanity but it is written well. I admit there were times I skimmed past the descriptive pages in order to continue with the story. I like that faith was involved in certain aspects of the characters. A few moments were more difficult to process than others as they touched home a bit too close for comfort due to recent events. The overall story is nicely presented although I feel there is room for improvement in the lengthy areas. This gives parts more of a told than shown feel but not enough to ruin the book. A few characters didn’t feel quite as fleshed out as the rest making it difficult to connect with them on any level. I don’t feel that the religious content is thick or overdone and shouldn’t be a put-off for those who are not religious. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a warm and cozy read with a nice romance tucked in between an endearing story. Great for those days where you just want something nice to read with no complicated plot lines to keep track of. The story was nicely presented with a good cast of characters. I’m not so sure how believable the initial story line is, but once you get past that the rest is enjoyable. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Every Little Thing: A Flat Vernacular Coloring Book by Payton Cosell

Every Little Thing: A Flat Vernacular Coloring BookEvery Little Thing: A Flat Vernacular Coloring Book by Payton Cosell Turner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I saw the chance to review an adult aimed coloring book I took the opportunity. I like that it has hand drawn images as opposed to something computer generated. If I wanted computer generated pages I could print them out myself. I like that it isn’t entirely images to color in, that there’s some white space so the colored images pop out more. I love that you can remove the cover and color in the inner (now the outer?) cover so it’s entirely your color scheme. I love that there’s no words to distract you. I love that it’s unique and admittedly odd in some respect on certain pages. That adds to the uniqueness of the book. It also lends to the title of being or containing every little thing. Overall I enjoyed flipping through the pages and can’t wait to get a set of colored pencils, although I might steal a few from my son’s art drawer. Also, even though this is aimed at adults, my son (11) says he would much prefer to color these pages over the ones he has to color at school. I received an ARC through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Pinnacle Event by Richard A. Clarke

Pinnacle EventPinnacle Event by Richard A. Clarke
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received an ARC through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. I admit I was excited to be able to read this book. It should have been thrilling and full of excitement. Instead, it took me ages to slog through it. The fact side of things clearly has been researched and is well understood by Clarke. I felt he had a complete grasp of how things work and what each position is responsible for. The writing is ok; it’s free of grammatical issues and is easy enough to read and understand. The plot, while containing a couple bits that were a touch over the top, was intriguing and should have been exciting to read. Where this book falls apart is the execution of the characters. For me they felt more like cardboard cutouts and lacked any true fleshing out. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to connect with the characters or to care anything about them. When there is no connection there is very little enjoyment in the read. This in my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own.

We Had a Job to Do: A Basic History of World War II Through the Eyes of Those Who Served by Theresa Anzaldua

We Had a Job to Do: A Basic History of World War II Through the Eyes of Those Who ServedWe Had a Job to Do: A Basic History of World War II Through the Eyes of Those Who Served by Theresa Anzaldua
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a collection of stories told by those who lived during World War II. Each story is unique and offers a unique view of those days. I felt a closeness to the stories and the people who were telling them as I have worked with veterans from WWII and my grandfather was active duty military during WWII. This is an easy to read and understand collection of viewpoints that offers information in a personal way. I like the way the book is written and feel the layout and conclusion is very well done. For anyone interested in this era of our history I can easily recommend this book. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

Blue Eel by Lorne Dixon

Blue EelBlue Eel by Lorne Dixon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not for the faint of heart or those who love those gentle reads. Dixon holds nothing back in this tale. I enjoyed the entire read and loved the twists and shake-downs, or ups as the case may be. The writing is well crafted and delivered in such a way that the reader is pulled into the tale on a deeper level. The plot is clearly well conceived and intelligently engineered. I liked the way the characters were presented and feel they are very well fleshed out and designed. They may surprise the reader a few times, but they always remain true to their design. It’s rare I give a book five stars but I feel this one is deserving of them. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own.

Othernaturals Book Two: Lucid by Christina Harlin

Othernaturals Book Two: LucidOthernaturals Book Two: Lucid by Christina Harlin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I struggled with my interest in the book. Granted it is written well and isn’t a difficult read to process. I found issue with the characters in that I don’t feel they were given the attention they needed to shine as individuals. While they had a few layers, it doesn’t feel as though as much thought went into who they were and how they should be portrayed. I feel that with some work on the characters this book would easily earn three or four stars. Overall it is an easy, fun read. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way has influenced my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own.

The Reason: It’s about More Than Just the Money by Quentin Brent

The Reason: It's about More Than Just the MoneyThe Reason: It’s about More Than Just the Money by Quentin Brent

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is definitely well classified as a thriller. Although a touch muddled at the very start and a less than stellar finish at the very end, it still manages to hang on to that fourth star. I rarely mention covers but this one really fits the feel of the book. Every character had their own angle and dark threads. They were well crafted and fleshed out and kept true to who they were throughout the book. The plot threads were nicely weaved with none left unfinished or hanging out. I like that things weren’t brought together and tied up in a nice neat bow in a perfect pattern. There’s potential here for a solid thriller author. I’d keep an eye out for future releases. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own.

Proverbs Prayers by John Mason

Proverbs PrayersProverbs Prayers by John Mason
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. No other type of payment has been provided. Review by Sarah: “I have often turned to Proverbs to find inspiration or refueling for my soul. This book has been such a wonderful blessing to have. I’ve worn the edges of the pages from all the reading I’ve done. This is a beautiful collection of soul inspiring messages to be cherished for ages.”

The Babylon Code: Solving the Bible’s Greatest End-Times Mystery by Paul McGuire

The Babylon Code: Solving the Bible's Greatest End-Times MysteryThe Babylon Code: Solving the Bible’s Greatest End-Times Mystery by Paul McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was provided in exchange for an honest review with no other type of payment provided. Review by Sarah: “This is an exciting insight into the prophecy of the Bible and the end of times we are all headed towards. You’ll want to have your Bible along side you as you go through this book to reference the various verses. I kept coming back to this book and highlighting the parts I found to resonate the deepest. I can’t help but talk about what I’ve discovered in reading this book with everyone I meet. I feel more at peace with everything that is happening around us knowing that soon we will find ourselves with God in his Kingdom.” Sarah often assists me in reading and reviewing books. Her specialty is non-fiction religious books. I owe her many thanks for being such a generous assistant.

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

The Gap of TimeThe Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review by Samantha: “I knew going into this read that it was supposed to be a retelling of A Winter’s Tale. This was reiterated in the first section of the book in case the reader somehow missed that fact. The first 1/3 of the book was quite good and kept my attention. As the book went on it became more forced and less of an immersion into the tale. The last 1/3 of the book felt like it was a major struggle to complete while an ongoing struggle was taking place between the author and the original tale. Overall it was just ok and I think it needs more work to be a stunning book. I received a copy of the book through Crown Publishing in exchange for my review.” Personally I love the cover of this book. I wasn’t able to read it however Sam generously offered to read and review it for my blog.

Dreamthief by Tamara Grantham

DreamthiefDreamthief by Tamara Grantham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My son (22) read this book and enjoyed it. He isn’t a man of many words until he gets to talking about something he is passionate about. At first it was difficult to get much out of him but over time he would bring up scenes and dialogue from the book. He thought some of the scenes were a bit over the top but not enough to knock stars from the rating. He says it’s well worth four stars and he really enjoyed reading about the primary characters and their adventures. He wasn’t so sure about the whole forgetting issue but it wasn’t a major issue. We received an ARC through Masquerade Mob in exchange for an honest review.

Blood Axe by Leigh Russell

Blood Axe (DS Ian Peterson Murder Investigation)Blood Axe by Leigh Russell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very well conceived and executed investigative/crime/ PI/detective type novel. From the very start it is able to pull in the reader. All through the book there are hooks and hints that keep you wanting to turn the pages. I really enjoyed this type of detective theme although I think part of that can be attributed to interesting murderer. A small wrinkle on my enjoyment comes from an improper use of a verb. Other than that I feel this is an intriguing read and well worth picking up. I received an ARC through Oldcastle Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Boy and the Bottle by Kendra Vallone Matthews

The Boy and the BottleThe Boy and the Bottle by Kendra Vallone Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My son (11) and I sat down to read and review this book together. Although he pointed out that it was for much younger reading levels we still enjoyed the story together. That is how this book should be read; together with a younger reader. There are so many curiosities that can be explored in a safe and secure plot theme. Who knows what amazing things can come from a child’s mind when it is opened with imagination. We liked the simple yet colorful illustrations and the overall story. We received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.

Acapulco Nights by K.J. Gillenwater

Acapulco NightsAcapulco Nights by K.J. Gillenwater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by Samantha: “I enjoyed reading this book so much I didn’t want the experience to end. I found myself laughing so many times I ended up needing a tissue. I felt for Suzie and really wanted to be there for her. I love a book that can do that to me. Her narrative flows naturally and her reasoning for her decisions and for what she shares with the reader make perfect sense to me. Thank you for sharing your story with us.” We received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinions.