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.

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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 graspĀ of the English language.

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 Measure of Darkness by Liam Durcan

The Measure of DarknessThe Measure of Darkness by Liam Durcan

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I honestly did not enjoy reading this book. I gave it several attempts as I feel a book I struggle with might not present a struggle when read in a different frame of mind. For me it felt like there was a disconnection between the narrator and the reader which wasn’t fully recovered when the point of view was altered. It became a chore to work through the book which I simply do not have time for. For those who have endless hours to dissect and digest what they are reading, it may well be rather enjoyable. I received an ARC through library thing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Travelers by Chris Pavone

The TravelersThe Travelers by Chris Pavone

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The excerpt for this book had me hooked and interested in reading it. However, each time I attempted to curl up and read it I found it lacking any hooks to pull me in. Overall it just felt flat and without the suspense it was supposed to have. I didn’t find anything technically wrong with the writing as far as grammatical issues, it just didn’t flow or inspire interest. After making several attempts I decided to leave the book unfinished and thus a DNF. 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 Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

The Quality of SilenceThe Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book ended up being a DNF for me. I just couldn’t believe the characters or the choices some of them made. I am familiar with the Ice Road and I was married to a trucker for many years. I couldn’t suspend enough belief to enjoy the read and I felt it was basic and predictable. That said, the writing itself wasn’t terrible. 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.

Rules for Riders by Natalie Scott

Rules for RidersRules for Riders by Natalie Scott
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I feel disappointed in the experience of reading this book. Perhaps it’s because I have a long background in horses, including training and eventing younger ones and retraining those who were purchased for another focus. It was more than the shallow feel that the characters gave me. It wasn’t just the writing style that felt inexperienced or juvenile to me. A big part was the ridiculous decisions the characters were making and not staying true to their original makeup. After one too many eye-rolls at the things that happened I just had to put the book aside. I don’t believe everyone will have the same reaction, as our personal tastes vary – as they should. This was just not a good fit for me in any aspect. I stopped reading about 3/4 in and I don’t plan to pick it up again. I’m sure one of our library patrons will love the book though. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influence my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own.