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.

Journey to Death by Leigh Russell

Journey to DeathJourney to Death by Leigh Russell

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There are aspects of this read that I like, and aspects that I do not like. I like the descriptions of the locations, the vivid imagery and ability of Russell to paint such a colorful picture in my mind. I don’t like the characters. They felt lacking in consistency, reason, maturity at times, and were difficult to connect with. The plot felt a bit thin for me with things happening that felt like they were only happening because the plot needed something like that to happen in order to drive it forward. I didn’t like the reactions most of the characters had to the events. This made it difficult to stay interested in the book and eventually I had to set it aside as a DNF. I feel that there are readers out there that prefer this type of read and they will enjoy it. I don’t believe the author is terrible by any stretch, just that the style is not for everyone. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may or may not mirror your own.

The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi

The Beauty Queen of JerusalemThe Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This was a DNF for me and my fellow bookworms. It started out very dry and bounced around, never improving. The characters felt dry and flat with nothing to make them stand out or connect with the reader. The curse didn’t feel like it fit. Overall it read like a very rough draft. We each gave this a try but we all ended up not wanting to read it. We received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Ladies’ Man by Susan Mallery & Some Kind of Wonderful by Sarah Morgan

The Ladies' Man & Some Kind of Wonderful (Bestselling Author Collection)The Ladies’ Man by Susan Mallery& Some Kind of Wonderful by Sarah Morgan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review by Sarah “I enjoyed The Ladies’ Man enough to finish it but it is a story that is easy to forget once you are done reading it. Parts of the story happened too quickly without there seeming to be any reason for the rush. The rest of it seemed mashed together in order to complete the story in time for publishing. Still, it was good enough to keep reading since I wanted to know how it all ended. Some Kind of Wonderful was much better to read and seemed like there was more thought put into the people and the story. I would rather read another story by Sarah Morgan over Susan Mallery if I had to choose.” We received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.

Merchant of Alyss (Legends of the Realm, #2) by Thomas Locke

Merchant of Alyss (Legends of the Realm, #2)Merchant of Alyss by Thomas Locke (Legends of the Realm, #2)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Locke has an excellent grasp of the English language and how to bring to life not just a scene, but an entire world with depth and layers. The writing is top-notch with nearly perfect pacing throughout the entire novel. The characters are so well fleshed out that they feel real. I’m a huge fantasy genre fan so I was excited to read the first book and thrilled to read the second. I admit I was a bit hesitant since the first book was so good, but Locke more than came through with this one. This is a real gem of a find. The plot is very well constructed and the fantasy elements are authentic to the genre. The read is smooth and open to a wide range of readers. This comes highly recommended from our household. I received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler

Hannah's Choice (Journey to Pleasant Prairie, #1)Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by Sarah: “I am a huge reader of Amish stories. One of my friends is Amish and we share a love of these types of stories. I loved reading Hannah’s Choice. The way Jan Drexler describes the land and scenery is so beautiful I can picture it in my mind. The title is perfect for the story inside. Hannah really has to struggle with her choice and I could feel the tugs in both directions. I like the historical parts as well, especially the different ways the slaves where viewed. Sometimes it felt like I was really there and seeing it all happen. I was able to read this book thanks to Revell Reads. My review is my own and is provided of my own free will.”

Those We Fear by Victoria Griffith

Those We FearThose We Fear by Victoria Griffith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoy books that pull you into the plot from the start and fill in the other bits of the story as you read. The characters were unique and interesting to learn about. I like the various threads that were woven into the book along with the primary plot thread. The suspicion and other-worldly elements added to the feel of the read. There seems to be a bit too much effort into keeping the guessers from predicting anything which makes for a bit of a winding type of read. A few less switches and twisting turns and the book would easily earn another star. There is rarely a moment where there isn’t something going on. Overall this is a good read and certainly something many readers will enjoy. I received an ARC through library thing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.