Breaking Creed by Alex Kava

Breaking CreedBreaking Creed by Alex Kava

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We recently had a very long trip in the car so I took this with us in the hopes it would be entertaining. It’s been a long time since I listened to books on CD, so long ago they were on cassette tapes. They weren’t very good then so I didn’t have high expectations for this one. Boy was I wrong. The only downfall is having to pull out the CD’s and find the next one to continue the book. The voice for reading the book was easy on the ears and he even changed his voice a bit for the various characters. I like that he didn’t build the tension with his voice but allowed Kava’s writing build it naturally. As for the actual book, Kava writes very well with excellent character building and story flow. Five stars for the CD, five stars for the book. I received a single copy of the audio version of the book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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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.

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.

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.

Pinnacle Event by Richard A. Clarke

Pinnacle EventPinnacle Event by Richard A. Clarke
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received an ARC through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. I admit I was excited to be able to read this book. It should have been thrilling and full of excitement. Instead, it took me ages to slog through it. The fact side of things clearly has been researched and is well understood by Clarke. I felt he had a complete grasp of how things work and what each position is responsible for. The writing is ok; it’s free of grammatical issues and is easy enough to read and understand. The plot, while containing a couple bits that were a touch over the top, was intriguing and should have been exciting to read. Where this book falls apart is the execution of the characters. For me they felt more like cardboard cutouts and lacked any true fleshing out. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to connect with the characters or to care anything about them. When there is no connection there is very little enjoyment in the read. This in my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own.

The Reason: It’s about More Than Just the Money by Quentin Brent

The Reason: It's about More Than Just the MoneyThe Reason: It’s about More Than Just the Money by Quentin Brent

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is definitely well classified as a thriller. Although a touch muddled at the very start and a less than stellar finish at the very end, it still manages to hang on to that fourth star. I rarely mention covers but this one really fits the feel of the book. Every character had their own angle and dark threads. They were well crafted and fleshed out and kept true to who they were throughout the book. The plot threads were nicely weaved with none left unfinished or hanging out. I like that things weren’t brought together and tied up in a nice neat bow in a perfect pattern. There’s potential here for a solid thriller author. I’d keep an eye out for future releases. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity 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.