Missing by Lisa Harris

Missing (The Nikki Boyd Files #2)Missing by Lisa Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is going to become one of my favorite investigative characters. Nikki Boyd comes across as intelligent, resourceful, wise, and determined. I love the way Harris describes her and her surroundings, making everything feel realistic and authentic. The writing is strong and well-edited with no dips across the moral avenues. It’s refreshing to read something without worrying about what the characters are going to do behind closed doors, or out in the open as some novels present them. The plot has good flow and the strings are well thought through. This is one I can easily recommend to other readers. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Those We Fear by Victoria Griffith

Those We FearThose We Fear by Victoria Griffith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoy books that pull you into the plot from the start and fill in the other bits of the story as you read. The characters were unique and interesting to learn about. I like the various threads that were woven into the book along with the primary plot thread. The suspicion and other-worldly elements added to the feel of the read. There seems to be a bit too much effort into keeping the guessers from predicting anything which makes for a bit of a winding type of read. A few less switches and twisting turns and the book would easily earn another star. There is rarely a moment where there isn’t something going on. Overall this is a good read and certainly something many readers will enjoy. 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.

Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa

Annabel Lee (Coffey & Hill, #1)Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Nappa definitely has a skill with words. From the first page I was intrigued and wanted to find out more. It was very difficult to put down from the start. While this is a Christian Fiction genre book it’s not the least bit preachy or heavy, which makes it enjoyable by a much broader range of readers. I was pleasantly surprised by just how well-written this book is. I love the characters and feel they are very well fleshed out with interesting quirks to boot. The plot is very well threaded through the book and one that is fresh, unique, and well-paced. Overall I feel this is an excellent book and one I can easily recommend. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Mistaken Enemy by Dennis A. Nehamen

Mistaken EnemyMistaken Enemy by Dennis A. Nehamen

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As the rating reads “It was ok”. I never felt like things were tense or felt a buildup of suspense. The read was ok but it felt like I was wadding through muddy waters instead of sailing across the sea. While the writing is good from an English Language standpoint, it lacks a good flow with logical choices in what to include and what to exclude. The characters were ok, basic fleshing out and such but they didn’t reach out to me or make me want to care about the situation. I’m fairly sure this is due to the style of writing and not a lack of development in the characters. I would’t count this author out and I would read another book he publishes later on. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. No other forms of payment have been or will be accepted. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own.

The Coalition by Samuel Marquis

The CoalitionThe Coalition by Samuel Marquis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by Sarah: “Wow, this book was nearly impossible to put down once I started reading it. I almost didn’t want to donate the book, it was that good. I don’t usually enjoy political suspense type books but this one was such a fast paced exciting read that I was able to ignore any character comments that don’t quite align with my beliefs. It’s that whole enjoyment of reading a book that sounds like it came from the headlines with wonderful characters that makes it such fun. I can hardly wait for the next book!” We received an ARC through the publicists in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinions.

Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County: A Novel by Derek Berry

Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County: A NovelHeathens and Liars of Lickskillet County: A Novel by Derek Berry

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book took a bit of effort to stick with through the first half. That’s not to say it’s badly written, in fact I feel that the book is quite well written. For me the first half felt jerky and lacked that smooth flow that makes the read enjoyable. About half-way through, maybe a touch further, the story and characters started to feel more like they were part of a story with a solid plot. The style makes it feel a bit disjointed to me although I suspect this won’t be an issue for many readers. It’s more of a personal preference thing than any fault of the author. The topics covered, while vast, each receive proper attention and help drive the overall story. 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 reflect your own.

Always Watching by Lynette Eason

Always Watching (Elite Guardians, #1)Always Watching by Lynette Eason

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read previous books by Eason I expected this one to deliver a top notch read. Thankfully I was not left disappointed by any means. The story starts out with a good pace and easily draws the reader in and manages to keep the hooks throughout the book. The characters come across as real people, fleshed out with quirks and flaws. For a suspense book there is a requirement of enough forward movement and action that is both believable and fits the plot and the characters. Eason is able to deliver a near perfect blend of suspense while drawing out the result with great timing and flow. Whether you figure out who it is, or you guess incorrectly, you’ll enjoy the reveal. I received an ARC through the publisher, Revell, in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

The Feathered BoneThe Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The overall theme of this book is a bit on the dark side of humanity but it is written well. I admit there were times I skimmed past the descriptive pages in order to continue with the story. I like that faith was involved in certain aspects of the characters. A few moments were more difficult to process than others as they touched home a bit too close for comfort due to recent events. The overall story is nicely presented although I feel there is room for improvement in the lengthy areas. This gives parts more of a told than shown feel but not enough to ruin the book. A few characters didn’t feel quite as fleshed out as the rest making it difficult to connect with them on any level. I don’t feel that the religious content is thick or overdone and shouldn’t be a put-off for those who are not religious. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Blue Eel by Lorne Dixon

Blue EelBlue Eel by Lorne Dixon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not for the faint of heart or those who love those gentle reads. Dixon holds nothing back in this tale. I enjoyed the entire read and loved the twists and shake-downs, or ups as the case may be. The writing is well crafted and delivered in such a way that the reader is pulled into the tale on a deeper level. The plot is clearly well conceived and intelligently engineered. I liked the way the characters were presented and feel they are very well fleshed out and designed. They may surprise the reader a few times, but they always remain true to their design. It’s rare I give a book five stars but I feel this one is deserving of them. 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.

2222 by Ken Kroes

22222222 by Ken Kroes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First, read the first book in this series, 2022, before starting this one. It’ll make a lot more sense and you’ll enjoy it more. Secondly, although there are some grammatical and formating issues, with a bit more of tell than show, this is a good book. I like the plot idea and how it is handled throughout the series. I like the characters enough to want to read about them. I feel there is considerable potential in Kroes and this series; enough to want to read all three books. Overall this is an intriguing story with the right literary elements that make it an enjoyable read. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

2022 by Ken Kroes

2022 (Percipience Book 1)2022 by Ken Kroes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall I feel this book is a worthwhile read. The characters are fairly well developed, at least enough that they don’t feel like cardboard cutouts and each feels like their own mind. The plot is unique and well crafted. The story is intriguing which adds to the worthwhile-ness of the read. I don’t like the format as it gives the book a rough draft feel. The book could use an editor to fix the minor mistakes in grammar and punctuation. Otherwise this is a fresh view on an important issue wrapped up in a mystery suspense thriller with a dash of sci-fi. Kroes has a good grasp of what makes a good story. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Things In Ditches by Jimmy Olsen

Things In DitchesThings In Ditches by Jimmy Olsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this book to be an enjoyable read with a nice blend of humor and suspense. I like the way the plot weaves through the book until the reveal, which in itself is handled so well I was surprised. I feel the writing is very well done with a good handle on how to present emotions and landscape descriptions. The characters come across as though they are real people. Overall this is a fun read with just the right amount of suspense with a good flow throughout the book. There’s a lot of introductions and information during the first part of the book but Olsen does it in a way that does not feel overwhelming at all. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Vendetta by Lisa Harris

Vendetta (The Nikki Boyd Files #1)Vendetta by Lisa Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Harris delivers an exciting read with Vendetta. I found it very difficult to put the book down once I started reading. The pace is spot-on for this type of novel. I admit there were a few times that my heart rate increased. This is a very well written suspense with excellent pacing and very well fleshed out characters that feel believable and remain true to who they are. The plot feels well thought out and believable. I love that I can read this anywhere without worrying about the content. I have only wonderful things to say about Harris and this book. A thrill ride from the start. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.