The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck

The Journeyman (The Commons, #1)The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This read is unlike anything I’ve read in a long time. It starts out like many stories but where those take a well worn path from the point of peril, this one takes its own path which for some readers may seem a touch too out there but if you stick with it you’ll enjoy the journey. This is a fun active read with little down time for distractions. Take a chance and try it for yourself. Who knows, you might just find your next favorite book. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review which in no way influenced my opinion.


The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne

The Girl in the Road: A NovelThe Girl in the Road: A Novel by Monica Byrne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off, this is not an easy one day read by any means. There are points where the reader thinks they have an idea of what’s going on or about to happen only to find out it’s very different, and yet intriguing. A few times I thought about putting down the book and moving on but I admit, I was hooked. I needed to find out how it all wraps up and ends. As you read this book allow your mind to delve deep into the world Byrne creates. Byrne does a fine job with this tale and I expect future releases to be as well crafted. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review through Blogging For Books. This in no way influenced my 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.

After the Cataclysm by Inge H. Borg

After the CataclysmAfter the Cataclysm by Inge H. Borg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well written intriguing continuation. I like the choices of words and turns of phrasing. The characters have depth and feel nicely fleshed out. The dialogue feels natural. It is obvious a lot of research has gone into this book and it shows in a very positive manner. The plot feels original and has a fairly good flow. Overall this is an interesting read to spend time with, not a quick easy sort of read. I can easily recommend this series to most readers of action, adventure, mystery, suspense and sci fy. I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Prince’s Man (The Five Kingdoms, #1) by Deborah Jay

The Prince's Man (The Five Kingdoms, #1)The Prince’s Man by Deborah Jay
My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

The writing is well done with few distractions. The plot is intriguing and certainly interesting once you get past the first 1/3 or so of the book. The characters feel fleshed out and develop a sort of connection with the reader. I like the idea for the book, I just did not enjoy the enormous wealth of information and set-up at the very start. There is so much to absorb and learn all at once it makes for a struggle to keep reading. Once past that point, the rest of the book is an enjoyable read and certainly has potential. I received an evaluation copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may differ from your own. No compensation beyond the single copy has been accepted.

Cloak of the Light (Wars of the Realm, #1) by Chuck Black

Cloak of the Light (Wars of the Realm, #1)Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My neighbor and I read through this book over a couple days; mostly her as I found the first 1/3 uninteresting enough for my mind to wander. She agrees the first few chapters could use trimming down or even removal. From there we agree the plot has potential but the book falls short. For me it is the preaching tones and lack of depth. I could only recommend this book to those who enjoy their Christian books this way. For her, it is more the way things are presented and the fact this is supposed to be a YA book. She feels this should be Adult reading. We do agree that certain scenes are well written and the book has potential. We received an evaluation copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These are our opinions and may not mirror your own. We received no compensation beyond the free copy.

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Hunter’s Quest by Kasper Beaumont

Hunters' QuestHunters’ Quest by Kasper Beaumont
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second book by Kasper turns out to be a better work compared to the first book. The writing was much better and consistent with a smoother plot line that moves along nicely. There isn’t much left to the imagination, which some readers prefer, and there’s plenty going on to keep the reader turning pages. My middle child spent the better part of a day reading this one with a few words of praise afterwards. We would both recommend this to the fans of sci-fi and fantasy. I received an evaluation copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased and unpaid review. I have not received any sort of compensation beyond the one free evaluation copy of this book. These are my opinions, yours may differ.

The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it. The attention to detail and the apparent knowledge of how these things work, the intricately written plot, a believable character; all combine for an enjoyable read for those with intellectual appetites. I could visualize each situation and found myself holding my breath as I turned pages. Not for those who prefer simplicity.

The Waves (The Island #2) by Jen Minkman

The Waves (The Island, #2)The Waves by Jen Minkman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was able to read the first book in this series thanks to the generosity of the author. I expected book two to pick up where book one left off but instead we get the alternate point of view through the majority of the book. This makes book two able to stand alone or even be read first. I enjoyed The Waves a lot more as it was much better written and the characters felt more fleshed out. The story is more thought through and the pace works out well. While there is faith mentioned by the characters it’s not overdone or preachy. Overall it’s an easy read and enjoyable. I would expect the next works by this author to be even better as she grows from this experience.

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Note to Self

Note To SelfNote To Self by Peter Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the cover right off. The writing is very clean and easy to follow with just the right amount of detail. It was easy to connect to Richard as he tells his story, giving the reader insight to his thoughts and way of processing information. He felt very real, fleshed out and layered. I enjoyed his development and interactions with Cassandra, who also felt fleshed out and strong. The plot was captivating and well paced most of the way through except for the last bit which seemed hurried or just too easily wrapped up.

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