2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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Book Review: Daughter of Ra by M. Sasinowski

I finished Book One and just happened to see that Book Two was available a few days later – much to my delight! This is a FANTASTIC series and I cannot say enough good things. Sasinowski has done a marvelous job creating a wholly original world that is compelling and engaging and full of energy, surprises, and enough secrets and lies to keep readers frantically turning pages to see what comes next.

In this second installment, we get a lot more of the background for the mythology that underpins the series, and I found that fascinating. There is a very original blend of Egyptian and Atlantean storytelling going on here, overlaid by a modern power-grab that is guaranteed to grab you by the throat and refuse to let go. Continue reading Book Review: Daughter of Ra by M. Sasinowski

Book Review: David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

I really really wanted to like this one but I just never felt like it hit its stride or found its rhythm… The cover is gorgeous and the blurb highly compelling. I love the referenced titles (hello Harry Dresden!) and have thoroughly enjoyed the Nigerian magic found in Nnedi Okorafor’s books, so was exceptionally eager to dive into this one. Unfortunately, it did not work for me. Continue reading Book Review: David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Book Review: Layover by David Bell

This one started out very promising, but about half way through things took a turn for the crazy and they never came back for me…

There are so many places in which the reader is asked to suspend disbelief here that it makes the story difficult to swallow. The decisions made by Joshua are a MAJOR part of the problem in that regard. Why oh why would a sane individual, even one facing a dark night of the soul because his life is not what he thought it would be (seriously – am I the only one who finds it tough to feel sympathy that he’s stuck in a great job that flies him all over the country working for his dad who basically sticks up for him at every opportunity no matter what he does?!), follow a woman he met for twenty minutes all the way to hell and back? Continue reading Book Review: Layover by David Bell

Book Review: Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly

This was a seriously twisted book – mostly in a good way – and I thoroughly enjoyed it, even when I was reading with one hand over my eyes as though to shield my brain from what I was seeing…

Dixie should be a difficult protagonist to relate to or like, but somehow I found myself doing both things almost from the get-go. She is broken. Indelibly broken. There’s a very good reason for it, but Vandelly does a very nice job of never letting you forget that this is a girl on the edge and that her motives and actions are therefore not entirely to be trusted… At least, I felt that way right up until the Big Reveal, when it felt as though all of that previous edgy brokenness was somehow swept under the carpet and she was the sanest person in the room. Continue reading Book Review: Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly

Book Review: The Devil and the Deep Blue Spy (Nora Baron #4) by Tom Savage

I’ve enjoyed this series since the beginning. I’ve read and reviewed Mrs. John Doe (#1) and The Spy Who Never Was (#3) on here. I read the second, The Woman Who Knew Too Much, and reviewed it on GoodReads and Amazon but not here – I’m not sure why, exactly, since I have a review that you can see here. The books are easy, quick reads with engaging mysteries and plots, and the characters are enjoyable. I like that there is not anything graphic about them – they are entertaining spy thrillers without all the blood and guts that accompany so many in this genre. Continue reading Book Review: The Devil and the Deep Blue Spy (Nora Baron #4) by Tom Savage




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