Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon

Sea Rose Lane (Hope Harbor #2)Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a gentle slow moving story with an abundance of repeating retrospective thought. At times it was interesting while several times through the read I just wanted to skip several pages. This is an excellent choice for those looking for a calm summer read, keeping the blood pressure from spiking, while escaping from any sort of excitement. While the writing is excellent, the story and constant reminders of what the primary characters are thinking take away from the enjoyment. That’s not to say this is a terrible book. There are readers who can’t get enough of this type of read, and for them I highly recommend this book. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

To Follow Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles #3)To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I would recommend reading the first two installments prior to this one so you get the whole picture and why these characters make the choices they did, and why those choices held so much weight. That said, it is entirely possible to read this one without reading the first two and still having an enjoyable read. DeMarino’s writing style is elegant and flows nicely throughout the book. For me, it feels authentic and well researched. I like the way everything comes together towards the end, leaving a satisfying feeling. Overall this is a very good read, entertaining and enlightening without anything too thick or over the top. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

The Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn

The Emperor of the Eight Islands (Tale of Shikanoko, #1)The Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As with many first installments of a multiple book series, this one starts out a little sluggish but quickly reaches a decent pace. I found the various plot threads intriguing while feeling well researched. I have only a minor knowledge of Japanese folklore so I’m far from qualified to speak on that aspect. That said, I enjoyed the way it was presented and how it makes sense for the novel. The world-building is nicely done and the foundation for what drives the main characters is in place. The read is easy enough for all readers although I don’t feel this is aimed at younger readers. Overall this is an entertaining enjoyable read that reminds me of how old tales were once told. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Maestro by R.A. Salvatore

Maestro (Homecoming #2; The Legend of Drizzt #29)Maestro by R.A. Salvatore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For fans of Drizzt, there’s no need to read on, just pick up the book and enjoy. Salvatore has perfected the tales of Drizzt and this one is just as entertaining and enjoying to read. My only complaint is the addition of the relationships on a sexual level. To me it just seems so pointless and takes away a great deal from the overall quality and enjoyment of this installment. To say anything else is to give away plot and give spoilers. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, although my love for fantasy may have influenced my enjoyment of this read.

The Prelapsarians by John Gaiserich

The PrelapsariansThe Prelapsarians by John Gaiserich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a brutal read, in a good way. Nothing is held back and everything is shared, sometimes in almost painful to read detail. It took me a while to get through this book. Not because it was difficult to read or poorly written, for it is neither of those. Life gets in the way and sometimes other bookworms steal your reads! My son (23) loves dystopian, post-apocalyptic, survivalist type novels. When I set down the book in the living room, and ended up leaving it rest there while I handled life for a few days, he picked it up and kept it until he read it in full. From what I read, it was an intense story with gripping passages and situations, hard-core and no holds barred. When he returned it he said it was one of the best books he’s read in a long time; high praise coming from him. A man of few words, he simply said it was very detailed with a few gruesome parts, difficult to put down. So why not five stars? While the book is well-written and an excellent read, I feel it goes a bit too far with the depressing, brutal, violence and can be a bit overwhelming with the wealth of information. I may go as far as giving it 4.5 stars but in my opinion it’s not a 5-star read. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Servalius Window by Claudia White

Servalius WindowServalius Window by Claudia White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a beautiful read bound by a beautifully crafted cover. While it may seem to be a quick read, White does a great job of pulling in the reader and taking them on a great ride. The writing is solid and enjoyable. I enjoyed reading this one, even though I found out later it was the third in a series. I didn’t feel lost or like I was missing out on important information although I would recommend reading all three books. Each part of the book, while clearly separate, are well linked without losing any of the flow. Young and old readers can enjoy this book equally, and that in itself is quite a feat. My son (11) also enjoyed reading this book and sharing moments with me. It’s a special moment when you can curl up with your child and share a book you both enjoyed reading. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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.