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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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.

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.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount CharThe Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My son (22) read this and has been trying to get me to read it ever since. I’ve read parts of it he kept showing me while on our latest trip then he would place it on my TBR pile. While I have yet to read the entire book I can report that he loves it and weeks, and many books, later he will tell me things he remembers from the book. This is the same son that hated to read until just a few years ago and typically turns his nose up at books I offer. To say he is picky is an understatement. That said, I will confidently say this is a well written book that grips the reader from the beginning and holds on throughout the entire read. It has compelling characters that are fleshed out and a plot that feels well developed. Hawkins has a good grasp of what makes a great read. We received this book in exchange for an honest review however, this in no way has influenced our opinion.

Trial Run by Thomas Locke

Trial RunTrial Run by Thomas Locke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Trial Run is a very well written book. I like the way Locke weaves the various plot threads throughout the book, all the while stirring up thoughts and opinions. The read is stimulating and left me thinking about it long after I finished reading. This is a book I will pick up again to re-read in order to capture bits I may have missed the first time through. The characters feel well fleshed out and complete people, as though I could actually meet them someday. Overall this is one of those books that sticks with you and could quite possibly be made into an exciting movie. I received an ARC through Revell publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Ripper Gene: A Novel by Michael Ransom

The Ripper Gene: A NovelThe Ripper Gene: A Novel by Michael Ransom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When it comes to anything that falls within that crime genre I find that I either love the book or toss it into my DNF pile. Thankfully this particular book landed in the love-it area. I love how intelligently the whole thing is written and how intricate the various threads are that Ransom has expertly weaved throughout the novel and how layered the characters are. I rarely rate a book with all five stars as to me that means it’s a nearly-perfect book and I am very picky at to what qualifies as nearly-perfect and we all know that nothing is perfect. Ransom is as close to creating a perfect book as I’ve found in a long time. I loved the read so much I forgot about dinner, much to my youngest’s dismay. I didn’t want to put the book down even for a moment. I dreamed about reading the book! I am so very thankful that I received this book through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review, and no, that had no effect on my opinion.

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Black-Eyed SusansBlack-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the best book I’ve read in quite a while and the best psychological thriller I’ve read that I can recall. That’s rather high praise from me as I don’t give out five stars very often. I thoroughly enjoy the way this book is written and the flow is spot on. The story starts out from a point that draws in the reader in such way that you want to keep reading. I found this book to be very difficult to put down once I started reading. The story is intriguing and the characters, especially Tessie, to be very well developed. I can easily recommend this book to readers of mystery, suspense, psychological, thrillers, or who just want to read a very good book. I received an e-ARC through Ballantine Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

Speaking in Bones (Temperance Brennan, #18)Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first Reichs book I’ve read although I have seen several episodes of the show that is based on the book. Typically I avoid crossing between books and movies or shows based on books but my curiosity has been elevated about who Temperance was supposed to be so I dived in with an open mind. The writing is very well presented and edited with an air of intelligence and a deeper understanding of the content. The plot moved along at a steady pace with only a few small surprises or “ah-ha” moments. The characters are well developed and fleshed out, as though you were reading about people you knew instead of flat portrayals of humans which is refreshing. I didn’t feel like there were any gaps in the story from my lack of reading the first 17 books but I’m sure reading them would provide more information on things that were hinted at now and then. Overall I’d say this is an excellently written book great for those quiet afternoons by the pool or however you relax. I received an e-arc through Random House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion which may or may not mirror your own and that’s fine with me.