Breaking Creed by Alex Kava

Breaking CreedBreaking Creed by Alex Kava

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We recently had a very long trip in the car so I took this with us in the hopes it would be entertaining. It’s been a long time since I listened to books on CD, so long ago they were on cassette tapes. They weren’t very good then so I didn’t have high expectations for this one. Boy was I wrong. The only downfall is having to pull out the CD’s and find the next one to continue the book. The voice for reading the book was easy on the ears and he even changed his voice a bit for the various characters. I like that he didn’t build the tension with his voice but allowed Kava’s writing build it naturally. As for the actual book, Kava writes very well with excellent character building and story flow. Five stars for the CD, five stars for the book. I received a single copy of the audio version of the book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Outsider by Becca J. Campbell

Outsider (Flawed, #2)Outsider by Becca J. Campbell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My son (13) read and enjoyed the first book in this series. I would recommend reading Empath before this one, although you could start here – you’d just not have the background on the characters or the original plot thread. These opinions are my son’s: Josh and Alex are well conceived characters with authentic personalities and reactions. Alex feels like a solid villain, the type you love to hate. The story is interesting with a peak towards the end that makes you want to pick up the next book. We received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest opinion. This in no way influenced the opinion or swayed the review.

River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

River to RedemptionRiver to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an ok read for me. The progression from start to finish felt like it took ages, which for some readers is a quality they look for. The characters were nicely developed although Adria never seemed to develop into an adult as much as I felt she should have. There were a few minor inconsistencies related to her and decision making. The religious aspect is very noticeable although not preachy. I feel the historical aspect was well done and felt true to the setting and time period. There is some romance involved although it is clean and not rushed. Overall, this was a decent read that I feel will appeal to a lot of readers of Christian Fiction. 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 yours.

The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker

The Edge of Over ThereThe Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First and foremost, I recommend reading the first book in the series, The Day the Angels Fell, before reading this one. Skipping the first may leave the reader feeling a bit lost and confused. The first book wasn’t a five star read but it wasn’t a bad read either. This one is much better, especially for a Fantasy genre book that is also classified as Christian Fiction. The religious content wasn’t over-the-top or preachy in any way. I feel the expansion on the fantasy elements was well done and added to the overall enjoyment. The characters were well fleshed out and one especially added a creepy element without detracting from the overall story. The writing was well done. Smucker ends each chapter in a way that fuels the reader’s desire to continue reading, which I really enjoy in a well-written book. Overall, this is a good solid read and something I feel the Christian Fiction arena needs more of. 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 other views.

Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Minding the Light (Nantucket Legacy #2)Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This second installment of the Nantucket Legacy series is considerably better than the first. This is much more along the lines of what I’ve come to expect from Fisher’s writing style. The characters feel well fleshed out and are enjoyable to follow along through the story. I especially love how authentic the historical aspect feels and is backed by research. If readers can get through the first book I feel readers will be pleasantly surprised and enjoy the second installment much more. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I’m pleased that I was able to continue the story arc. 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 other opinions.