The Nature of Grace Box Set by S.R. Johannes

The Nature of Grace Box SetThe Nature of Grace Box Set by S.R. Johannes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Nature of Grace starts out in book one with characters that feel authentic and a plot line that has that exciting thread woven through the book. Each book has a stand-alone read although I’d recommend reading all three. The third book felt less developed and a bit rushed with some elements that had me rolling my eyes or shaking my head although I feel that most YA readers won’t be bothered by these. Overall this is a decent read with important themes. I received an e-ARC through Mother Daughter Book Reviews in exchange for my honest opinion. This in no way influenced my thoughts on this book.

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The Thorn of Dentonhill: A Novel of Maradaine by Marshall Ryan Maresca

The Thorn of Dentonhill: A Novel of MaradaineThe Thorn of Dentonhill: A Novel of Maradaine by Marshall Ryan Maresca

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here is a most enjoyable read full of rich detail and very well written lines. The overall feel of the book is exciting from the first look at the cover to the last pages. I love the way Maresca brings the world to life, from the locations to the people who live there. The dialogue feels natural. The characters feel well fleshed out and layered with considerable attention given to them long before the book was written. The plot is well threaded throughout the book with care given to every aspect. Overall this is an excellent read and one I can easily recommend. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale

Clash of EaglesClash of Eagles by Alan Smale

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is by no stretch of the imagination, a light read. Be prepared to utilize the entirety of your faculties to the point of feeling a bit worn out as you read through this book. From the word choices to the descriptions and situations you’ll need to be fully awake to digest everything. The overall writing and plot are good, just a bit on the heavy side to say the least. I did not connect with the characters even by the end of the read although I did want to know how everything turned out. I believe the word choices and lack of depth and fleshing out hurts the feel of the read but don’t turn away just yet. For many, this is just the sort of read they are searching for and will absolutely love this book. I received an e-ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Secrets of the Lost Caves (Potluck Yarn Trilogy Book #2)


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by Cheryl Potter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Potter continues her well woven tale in this second installment of the trilogy. I advise you to read the first book in the series prior to starting this one although it’s not completely impossible to start with the second and enjoy the read. I like the way knitting is incorporated into the tale and how the magic elements are described. The writing is solid and well composed. The plot is intriguing with several threads to keep track of. Potter handles these threads nicely from start to finish. Clean reading adds to the enjoyment. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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.

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.

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.

The Mace of Souls by Bruce Fergusson

The Mace of SoulsThe Mace of Souls by Bruce Fergusson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another very well written book in the Six Kingdoms series, this being book two. Attention to detail with a well written and edited style make this a very difficult book to put down once you begin to read it. The characters are well fleshed out with flaws becoming to their personality. I especially like this sort of fantasy without all the frills and lace thrown in. The plot is intriguing and has great flow, pulling in the reader and keeping the pages turning. This has potential to be a five star read with just a few small additions such as a map and context or key for several words used in both books. I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Shadow of his Wings by Bruce Fergusson

Shadow of His WingsShadow of His Wings by Bruce Fergusson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off let me warn you, there are a few scenes that are very descriptive and may be too much for more sensitive readers. Aside from that this is a very well written book. I can’t believe I never read it before. The story is engaging with well handled flow and well kept threads of plot. The characters are well fleshed out with great flaws and depth. With a nicely drawn map and a key for some of the words this would earn a 5th star easily. I especially enjoy the level of detail in scenes such as battles. I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Night of Pan by Gail Strickland

Night of PanNight of Pan by Gail Strickland

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a mixed bag of a read. I really like the writing and the sheer amount of research that goes into this book is stunning. I love the whole premiss for the story line and I like how everything moves along with the plot through to the end. This is an easy to read book and enjoyable except for a few minor things that dragged down the whole experience for me. I did not feel like every character was thought through, fleshed out or layered which made it difficult to feel anything towards them. The pacing was a bit slow at times, to the point I really wanted to skim through pages. Overall though, this is a good read and one to enjoy. I received an ARC through Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.