Ashes of the Tyrant by Erin M. Evans

Ashes of the TyrantAshes of the Tyrant by Erin M. Evans

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I may be a tad bit biased when it comes to fantasy set in FR, or I may be a bit too harsh in my critique. In any case, I enjoyed the read and loved the setting. The pace was quick without feeling rushed. I enjoyed the characters and look forward to the next installment. That said, I did find the ending a bit of a quick tying up of threads instead of feeling well developed, but not enough to drop a second star. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Realms of the Dead: Crossfades and Bleedovers by William Todd Rose

The Realms of the Dead: Crossfades and BleedoversThe Realms of the Dead: Crossfades and Bleedovers by William Todd Rose

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Parts were really good, but just as many other parts were not good at all. I liked the characters enough to enjoy reading about them, but there were way too many conveniences to be believable. I liked the writing style but I didn’t like how much information was repeated. If you cut out all the duplications you barely have a full length story. As the story goes on it gets more and more far fetched until I finally said enough is enough and stopped reading. There’s potential here, just not enough to consider it worthy enough to recommend. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Teagan of Tomorrow by Jaime Lee Mann

Teagan of Tomorrow (Legend of Rhyme, #3)Teagan of Tomorrow by Jaime Lee Mann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My son (11) finished up this book with a huge smile on his face. He spent the next two days talking about the series and the characters, how much he enjoyed reading about their adventure, and how much he wanted another book like this one. The writing is done quite well for all ages and levels of readers to be able to enjoy the adventures, from the young of age to the young at heart. I was pleasantly surprised that he showed so much interest in the books. There is no questionable content for younger readers. My son’s only request is for this book to be added to the school’s accelerated reader program. We received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

The Things We KeepThe Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s not often that I choose to read a story that sounds sad from the excerpt. I decided this one was worth the chance to be enjoyable. I was very pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the read immensely. The writing is of high quality with an amazing story that is so very worth reading. Even if you need a box of tissues at hand, this is well worth curling up in your favorite chair to read. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Marked by Sarah Fine

Marked (Servants of Fate, #1)Marked by Sarah Fine

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My son (23) enjoys this genre, a blend of YA and Adult supernatural, fantasy, paranormal, apocalyptic story with a strong female heroine. The primary female is both confident and comes across authentic, knowing when to speak up and when to act. None of this whiney insta love that detracts from other novels. The writing is solid and the characters are well-developed. The plot feels original and has a good flow throughout the read. The romance feels as though it developed along logical pathways, and the dialogue feels like actual dialogue. He received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. These are his opinions, which may or may not mirror your own.

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had some reservations when this book came up for review. Fantasy is my preferred genre and I tend to be a bit picky with fantasy reads. Thankfully, this one ended up being both intriguing and well-written. While a tad bit slow on the start the read gradually develops into an enjoyable experience. The fantasy elements are well developed. The characters are nicely fleshed out. I enjoyed the plot and felt the flow, once it got going, continued on at a good pace. Overall this was an enjoyable read and one I am thrilled to have been able to enjoy. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Archmage by R.A. Salvatore

Archmage (Homecoming #1; The Legend of Drizzt #28)Archmage by R.A. Salvatore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve read a few Drizzt books, but I’ve not read all of them. Even so, I found this one enjoyable without feeling as though I were missing something. I enjoyed the familiar setting and characters that felt like they belonged. For me, it felt as though there were just enough plot threads to keep things interesting without becoming a bear to keep track of. The flow was good and the writing, as is with the majority of Salvatore books I’ve read, is solid. I enjoy a good fantasy that remains true to the roots of characters and races. Overall I found this to be a solid fantasy novel that requires no knowledge of the previous books, only a fondness for the fantasy genre. I receive an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Heroika 1: Dragon Eaters Edited by Janet E. Morris

Heroika 1: Dragon Eaters (Heroika, #1)Heroika 1: Dragon Eaters by Janet E. Morris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not normally a huge fan of collections by different authors, but, having read this book I cannot say that any longer. This was an excellent collection, all with something to offer that was good quality and enjoyable to read. I can say that I am a fan of dragons, and as such I tend to be a little more picky when it comes to stories with dragons in them. This read left me with such a good feeling, it was as though I just finished a meal prepared by a Michelin Starred Chef. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace, #1)Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Typically I pass a lot of crime drama reads on to my fellow bookworm as she absolutely loves reading them. For some reason this one wasn’t passed on and I ended up reading it. I’m so very glad I did! I like how well developed the plot is, with excellent pacing as well. The characters came across as well-developed and nicely fleshed out. I have no complaints about the writing either, which can be a picky point with me. Overall, the read was enjoyable and has me looking forward to the next book by Arlidge. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Little Girls by Ronald Malfi

Little GirlsLittle Girls by Ronald Malfi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one is a bit of a mixed bag for me. The premise is one of promise but I felt that the book came up a bit short on delivery. I don’t mind a good ghost story not filling in all the blanks. I do require, however, that the characters feel authentic and fleshed out. For me, it just seemed that there was a lack of character development which gave the whole read a bit of a stale taste. The story itself was good, but it needs that feeling of life breathed into the characters. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Into Coraira by Jaime Lee Mann

Into Coraira (Legend of Rhyme #2)Into Coraira by Jaime Lee Mann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reviewed by my son (11): “This was a fun book to read. I liked the animals and the adventure. I didn’t find it too hard. It was a bit on the easy side to read. I really think kids my age and a little older would enjoy reading this book. I liked the first book too.” Granted he’s not all that talkative when it comes to his book reviews but he did have all positive things to say. He didn’t feel it was an amazing book, but he did enjoy reading it enough not to be distracted by electronics. It’s a clean, well-written, book without complicated relationships or word choices. Overall, it’s a solid choice for all ages. We received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Grudging: Birth of Saints Book One by Michelle Hauck

Grudging: Birth of Saints Book OneGrudging: Birth of Saints Book One by Michelle Hauck

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hauck has written a very well developed fantasy novel with this one. My son (11) and I took turns reading the book. Today he asked if we could get the audio-book so we could both listen to it on our trips. That tells me he really enjoys it and finds it intriguing and interesting. I like the world-building and character development a great deal. The plot is fascinating and quickly draws in the reader to a world they won’t want to leave any time soon. The pace is quick without skipping too fast ahead. Just enough information is provided in just the right places. I can easily recommend this to those who enjoy fantasy. While my son was able to read, understand, and enjoy this book I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for younger readers. I feel it’s best aimed at the YA audience. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Husband Wanted by Charlotte Hughes

Husband WantedHusband Wanted by Charlotte Hughes

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I read a wide variety of genres but one thing has to be part of any read: characters who are fleshed out and who develop across the plot. I was displeased with this read as I found the characters to feel fake, almost cardboard, with emotions that made no sense and reactions that made me quirk a brow more than once. There wasn’t anything else to pick it up enough for me to continue reading as it felt like I was being told instead of shown what was going on. Sadly, this is a DNF for me. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Beginning of a Bizarre Friendship by Bijhan Valibeigi

Beginning of a Bizarre Friendship (Time Wars Tales)Beginning of a Bizarre Friendship by Bijhan Valibeigi

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This was a DNF for me and my fellow bookworms. We each gave it a try and came to similar conclusions. I admire the effort that goes into creating a story and the bravery it takes to share it with strangers. Not everyone is destined to become a great author. To do so takes a great amount of effort and a willingness to accept defeat, criticism, and constructive feedback; and to apply those to your craft in order to improve. To all budding authors I offer this advice: Read, read, read, and read. The more you read the more you will be able to pick up on what works, what doesn’t, how to show instead of tell, and will improve your grasp of the English language.

Former by A.E. Stueve

FormerFormer by A.E. Stueve

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There were things I enjoyed about this read and a few things I wasn’t as pleased about. The overall writing is done quite well with no glaring mistakes or typos. I like the plot idea very much. I enjoy my zombie culture settings in books and shows. I like aspects of how this was handled, although certain questions kept resurfacing during the read. There were a lot of why’s and single eyebrow raises but nothing was ever explained in great depth. This may have been an oversight but I have a feeling it was cut during the editing process to help with the flow of the read and to prevent an overwhelming amount of information feeding taking away from the core plot. I don’t think this will be a huge issue for the majority of readers. It’s a good start to a much ignored aspect of the zombie genre. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.