My Townie Heart by Diana Sperrazza

My Townie HeartMy Townie Heart by Diana Sperrazza

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The writing is ok, nothing really to complain about as far as format and grammar. The main character seems thought through and authentic. The plot is nothing to get excited about, but some readers really like calm unexciting stories and that’s fine. If that’s you, you’ll likely love this book. For me it was just too flat, too linear. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Moonkind: Survivors of Ebola by Bruce Merchant

Moonkind: Survivors of EbolaMoonkind: Survivors of Ebola by Bruce Merchant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall this is an engaging and entertaining read. The scientific aspects feel very well researched and is presented in a believable and understandable manner. The first parts of the book deal with background and details that provide the setting and knowledge needed to understand and enjoy the rest of the book. It’s a bit of a sluggish start but once you get past that it moves along at a very good pace with well fleshed out characters who develop along the way. No part is predictable or feels familiar. The plot is original and well thought out with good presentation and flow, once you get past the introductory parts. I enjoyed the read and can easily recommend this book for all readers who enjoy dystopian, post-apocalyptic, science fiction or just generally enjoy a good read. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for and honest review. This in NO way influenced my opinion.

The Blessings by Elise Juska

The BlessingsThe Blessings by Elise Juska

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The writing is very well crafted, the story is very well told, the characters are all life-like. Feel that ‘but’ coming? Well, it’s all good if you love your stories a touch on the depressing side without any distractions and you love to read about what is likely a large slice of the population and all their issues. You’d likely love it so much you’d give it 5 stars. If you prefer your stories with equal amounts of joy and tears, something exciting or at least distracting or humorous, you’ll likely give it 2 or 3 stars (or not finish it at all). Me, well, I liked the writing a lot. I just wish it had something besides the sadness and depressing stories of a family. Something I could sink my teeth into. It’s not a bad book by any means, it’s just not something I can get excited about. Hence, 3 stars. I received an ARC through Hachette Book Group in exchange for an honest review.

Odin’s Child: Book One of the Odd Tangle-Hair Saga by Bruce MacBain

Odin's Child: Book One of the Odd Tangle-Hair SagaOdin’s Child: Book One of the Odd Tangle-Hair Saga by Bruce MacBain

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The writing is good but goes into entirely too much detail on a rather frequent basis. I had a difficult time finishing this one. I love Viking history and that aspect of the book I found intriguing and interesting. The rest could really use some polish, especially with the characters and the flow during the first 1/3 of the book. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

What Lies Within by James Morris

What Lies WithinWhat Lies Within by James Morris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand it has an interesting plot that could really lead somewhere with a bit more development but on the other hand it has terrible (and somewhat cliché) characters that I just want to reach out and slap some sense into. Perhaps it’s the age the author was trying to aim for but I feel was missed by a long shot. The science aspect just made me groan. Again, a bit more development and this part would have been really good. Overall it’s just an OK book but with potential so I wouldn’t discount the author just yet. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski

SapientSapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by Logan. “I loved reading this book! It was gripping from the first pages and I ended up having a sleepless night because I just had to keep reading. I love the element of suspense blended in with the action and really felt for the mother who just wanted to protect her child. I like the way it ends as well.”
Good for Science Fiction readers as well as those who enjoy a good suspense novel. We received an ARC in exchange for our honest review.

The New World: A Novel by Andrew Motion

The New World: A NovelThe New World: A Novel by Andrew Motion

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This would have easily made that fifth star rating had the male lead been a touch more masculine and the setting more fitting the style of the author’s writing. That said, it’s easily a four star book with exceptional handling of the English language and how to best utilize wording. The descriptions are very well developed without going overboard. The plot is a touch cliche but it is still interesting enough with good pacing to keep the pages turning. I received an ARC through Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Mask: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel by Taylor Stevens

The Mask: A Vanessa Michael Munroe NovelThe Mask: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel by Taylor Stevens

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I found out after the fact that this is actually part of a series. It’s supposed to also be able to be read as a stand-alone but I would not recommend it. I felt like I missed huge chunks of details about the characters and how their relationships have developed. There was no explanation for why they acted the way they did towards each other. This is vital for being able to connect with a character and without it I just felt lost the entire read. That said, the writing is very good and the pace is fierce. I love the descriptions and the way the plot threads weave through to the end. I received an ARC through BloggingForBooks in exchange for an honest review.

Puckster’s Christmas Hockey Tournament by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Puckster's Christmas Hockey TournamentPuckster’s Christmas Hockey Tournament by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Adorable story with nicely done colorful drawings on each page. Reinforces positive messages with a short list in the back as a reminder. This is a solid choice for a children’s book and one I can easily recommend. Children need positive role models in everything, especially in the books they read. This book makes a great addition to a child’s library. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Play the Part: Master Body Signals to Connect and Communicate for Business Success by Gina Barnett

Play the Part: Master Body Signals to Connect and Communicate for Business SuccessPlay the Part: Master Body Signals to Connect and Communicate for Business Success by Gina Barnett

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book wasn’t for me so I handed it over to my fellow reviewer as I often do when I come across a book I just don’t like. Sometimes our opinions are very similar while other times we have drastically different opinions as was the case for this book. I could have taken a nap while someone read this to me but my reading cohort swears it’s chock full of valuable resources and information that could really make a difference when you strike out on your own. She swears that it is written in a way anyone can understand it and garner tidbits that will help in everything from an interview to running your own shop. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

@diegosdragon -Diego’s Dragon, Book Two: Dragons of the Dark Rift by Kevin Gerard

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Diego's Dragon, Book Two: Dragons of the Dark RiftDiego’s Dragon, Book Two: Dragons of the Dark Rift by Kevin Gerard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off, read Book One before you venture into this one or you’ll be a tad bit lost. That said, this is a very well written fantasy book for younger readers. The main character feels authentic and develops well throughout the book. My son (10) and I enjoyed reading it together with gasps and laughs to boot. He wants to see a copy in our library so he can talk about it with his friends, he likes it that much. Overall the story has a good flow and is able to keep the attention of younger minds while telling an interesting and fun tale. I received an ARC through MotherDaughterBookReviews in exchange for an honest review.

Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon

Hope HarborHope Harbor by Irene Hannon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Don’t expect any suspense or action or anything you’ve tasted from Hannon’s previous novels. You won’t find it here. This book is as flat and unexciting as they come. The writing is very well done as Hannon knows how to write without a doubt. It’s just slow and well, boring. While parts are interesting enough to read it just doesn’t do anything for the book as a whole. If that’s your cup of tea then you’ll love this book and swear it is worth five stars. If you like more substance in your reads and love Hannon’s other books you might want to find something else to tide you over until her next release. I received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. This in NO way influenced my opinion.

Smoke and Mirrors by Helene Opocensky

Smoke and MirrorsSmoke and Mirrors by Helene Opocensky

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest opinion. I started reading this book but set it aside after one too many eye-rolls. I have a strong dislike for grammatical issues, especially so when they are overly prevalent as they are in this book. This alone wasn’t enough to end the read for me but coupled with the rest of the issues that stood out for me I decided to move on to the next book. Please don’t read this if you enjoyed Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, The Crown Tower or any other original well written fantasy book.

A Rarer Gift Than Gold by Lucy Branch

A Rarer Gift Than GoldA Rarer Gift Than Gold by Lucy Branch

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I found this book to be a mixed bag of good and not-so-great aspects. The story is uniquely told although familiar. The writing is nicely done with a solid plot beginning. I found the characters to lack thorough development and fleshing out making them difficult to connect with or care about. I like the way Branch describes the magic and metallurgy. Overall it’s a quick easy read but not enough to make me excited about a new fantasy book. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Message?: A thinking thriller about change and choice. by Avam Hale

The Message?: A thinking thriller about change and choice.The Message?: A thinking thriller about change and choice. by Avam Hale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an easy read that won’t take days to finish. The writing is well thought through with no complex wording or ideas so it’s a good fit for all ages and levels of readers. It’s a straightforward idea and message fit into a plot that weaves a few threads of suspense and excitement, but only a hint of that genre. Overall it’s well written and enjoyable to read in a single sitting. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.