Alora by Megan Linski

AloraAlora by Megan Linski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very fun read from the start even though the middle lagged a bit, which I can see the reasoning behind. I love the characters and how well they are fleshed out and developed. The plot is interesting and the twists make perfect sense and are handled quite well. The writing is very well done and well edited. Linski clearly has a great grasp of language and its usage. About the only drawback is there isn’t a lot of fear to be had with the protagonist for a good portion of the book. Granted, there is reason for this as well and it doesn’t take too much away from the book as a whole. Overall this is a very enjoyable read and well worth the time. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Kiatana’s Journey by Natalie Erin

Kiatana's Journey (Creatures of the Lands #1)Kiatana’s Journey by Natalie Erin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very well crafted and written intelligently. I love the way each character has been developed with layers and love, it shows when you read about them. The plot is intriguing and has very good flow. While not perfect (What book really is?) it is well worth the read. The plot threads are handled very well, none of them being dropped or forgotten. The read is an easy and timely one. I had a hard time pulling away from the book. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #1) by Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #1)Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one is full of promise and potential but falls short on several aspects. First, the target audience mark seems to be missed. Either this is for younger readers and the main character is too old, or this is for YA readers and the writing is aimed too low. That in itself won’t fail a book but coupled with other issues it may have a difficult time gaining a following. Some of the background and information dumps felt out of place and a bit long, again this depends on the target audience. Kitty is difficult to connect with and could use a bit of polish. Overall it’s interesting enough to continue reading and if you make it past the half-way mark it picks up quite a bit. 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.

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Kickin’ Lenny Saves The Day (Kickin’ Lenny #1) by Michael Stubben

Kickin' Lenny Saves The Day (Kickin' Lenny #1)Kickin’ Lenny Saves The Day by Michael Stubben
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

A few things need to be worked on for this book to earn a better rating. While I can understand and dismiss the lack of artwork inside, this can be a real turn off for younger readers. My youngest son, 10, said it was boring and didn’t have any pictures. We agreed that many of the phrasings were awkward for the intended age of both speaker and reader. Some of the style used for speech felt out of place as did the choice of some wording. After reading this together we agreed that the intended message missed the mark. My son is a very outspoken advocate against bullying and didn’t think this book would help at all. We received an ARC in exchange for our honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion which may or may not mirror your own.

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Connected to Goodness: Manifest Everything You Desire in Business and Life by David Meltzer

Connected to Goodness: Manifest Everything You Desire in Business and LifeConnected to Goodness: Manifest Everything You Desire in Business and Life by David Meltzer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reviewed by Terry: “I found this book to be inspirational and full of wonderful advice but a bit dry to read. Some will find everything they are looking for inside while others will wonder why they tried to read it. I admit I felt better after reading this book and would offer it to my friends.” An Arc was provided by Strategies in exchange for an honest review.

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Blood Jungle Ballet (Jungle Beat Mystery #4) by John Enright

Blood Jungle BalletBlood Jungle Ballet by John Enright
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First and foremost, this is a fourth book in a series but can be read without reading the first three. I’d still recommend starting with the first however. There are good points and not so good points with this book. The characters seem fairly well fleshed out and unique in their own rights. The writing is ok although a few times it feels as though a thesaurus was used to find a different word instead of letting the flow just happen. The plot overall is intriguing but the smaller plot threads were neglected, some to the point of vanishing altogether. The entire book moves along at a much slower pace than others of the same genre, which can be fine for some but a huge turn off for others. Overall it’s not a bad book and I would read another by this author. An ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion which may or may not mirror your own.

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To Laugh Once More by Sherri Wilson Johnson

To Laugh Once MoreTo Laugh Once More by Sherri Wilson Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a well written and well rounded historical fiction romance. I really enjoy the way the characters are easy to connect with and feel well fleshed out. The historical aspect feels well researched and authentic. The flow of the story is smooth with no sluggishness. Word choice is important and well handled in this book. This is the second book and I would recommend reading the first prior to this one. Every aspect of this book is top notch and well worth the read. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice

A Density of SoulsA Density of Souls by Christopher Rice
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I suppose there will be readers out there who love this book. Personally I really did not enjoy reading it. I ended up giving up after the umpteenth mistake sealed the deal. There is potential for a good story here, just not with all the extra *stuff* thrown in. A good story flows and draws the reader in. This did the opposite. I couldn’t finish it. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion which is my own and may not mirror your own.

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The Snow Garden by Christopher Rice

The Snow GardenThe Snow Garden by Christopher Rice
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I almost didn’t finish this one, but I have a policy to not post reviews of books I don’t finish. I’m starting to rethink that policy because some books that don’t get finished don’t deserve to be in print. Granted, this book will find a niche of readers who think it’s fantastic and can’t wait to get a hold of the next one. I’m not one of those readers. I prefer solid plot threads that makes sense and don’t get left somewhere in the dark corner only to be suddenly wrapped up just because. I don’t mind a character being flawed, in fact I prefer my characters to have flaws, but this book was just way over the top in everything. I lost count how many times I rolled my eyes. I also broke one of my own rules: Never read other reviews until you write your own. I had to know if I was the only one who just didn’t like this book. It’s actually comforting to know I’m not alone. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may not reflect how you feel and that’s ok.

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Emissary (Legends of the Realm, #1) by Thomas Locke

Emissary (Legends of the Realm, #1)Emissary by Thomas Locke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Don’t turn away from this one because it is published by Revell, a Christian Fiction publisher! Emissary is a fantastic fantasy well worth the read without any distracting insta-love or worse. It has every element a top fantasy needs to be a great read. The characters are very well developed and fleshed out, easy to connect with and root for. Locke handles each scene eloquently, giving a sense of forward flow even during dialogue. Just the right amount of information is provided just when it’s needed. This one is one to read if you even think you like fantasy. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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The Case of the Cursed Dodo (The Endangered Files, #1) by Jake G. Panda

The Case of the Cursed Dodo (The Endangered Files, #1)The Case of the Cursed Dodo by Jake G. Panda
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My son (10) and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. We read parts of it aloud and other parts to ourselves. He asked if I could get the next book and if we could get it for the library so he could share with his friends. I feel this book is very well written and perfectly targeted for the intended audience. Nothing feels watered down or left out. The characters, all endangered animals, are wonderfully done with a perfect narrative voice. The style is reminiscent of much older films, long before my son’s time but done so well we both enjoyed it. This book works well for hesitant readers as well. We received an e-ARC in exchange for our honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.

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Shadow Boys by Harry Hunsicker

Shadow BoysShadow Boys by Harry Hunsicker

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

And along comes the irrational decisions making you scratch your head and ask out loud, “Why?” so many times. Granted, this book started out really interesting and I was eager to read it and find out everything. By the time I was about half way through I was questioning if it would be worth finishing. I did finish it, hence this review. What started out intriguing became a jumbled conglomeration of ideas, tense, plot and even the writing took a turn the wrong way. Maybe I missed something? I don’t want to re-read it to find out. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and my not mirror yours and that’s perfectly fine.

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J :A Novel by Howard Jacobson

JJ by Howard Jacobson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At first and through the first three quarters of this book I wasn’t sure about liking it just a little or just liking it enough to finish reading the rest. I’m not a fan of lack of details but I think I understand the authors reasoning behind that for this particular book. The setting isn’t important to the plot and could serve as a distraction from the point of the book. That said, I would have rated this a fourth star had the world development been implemented. The characters are nicely fleshed out and have their own quirks but a lot of what they do and say, and how they say or don’t say it, doesn’t make much sense until later in the book. I don’t feel this book is worthy of the high praise and comparison, especially to nineteen eighty four, but I do feel it is a decent read that many will enjoy and take something from the experience. I received an ARC through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may or may not match your own.

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Jex Malone by C.L. Gaber

Jex MaloneJex Malone by C.L. Gaber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally there’s something for younger readers who like a bit of sleuthing or detective angles but feel the tried and true books to be too “old”. This one has a fresh feel to it and offers an easy enjoyable read for the YA audience. The catchphrases and references are current and the writing is well done. As typical of YA novels some things happen easier than an older reader might expect but don’t let this deter you from reading and enjoying this book. I received an ARC through Strategies in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Reconquest: Mother Earth by Carl Alves

Reconquest: Mother EarthReconquest: Mother Earth by Carl Alves
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alves provides a lighter side to the story of man taking back the planet from the aliens. At times though, it’s too much and almost ruins the enjoyment of the read. Add that to the telling instead of showing when it comes to any sort of emotion or dialogue. Thankfully Alves does a fine job when it comes to the fighting scenes without going over the top or getting to detailed. For those who prefer to avoid the grisly stuff, feel free to enjoy this book without any worries. I received a copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion. All copies are donated to our local library.

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