Wednesday

Review: Convergence

Convergence Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have tried and tried to read this book that is written in present tense. I wish I'd know it was present tense before I ordered it, because I wouldn't have. It takes a special type of author to write in present tense well so that you don't notice that it's present tense. This one shouts, "Hey, I'm present tense. Pay attention to me and not the story."

So here's the warning, if you have a problem with present tense--don't read. If you don't mind present tense then you might have a problem with this book because the editor did not understand that all the verbs should not be present tense because of the nuances of dialogue and narrative. It takes lots of practice writing in present tense to make it unnoticed and part of the story structure. Present tense in this story isn't a foundation but a red flag waving in the breeze of the story. Therefore it makes getting into the story hard, and concentrating on the story harder.

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Monday

Review: An Unexpected Redemption: Book One of the Romalo Legacy Series

An Unexpected Redemption: Book One of the Romalo Legacy Series An Unexpected Redemption: Book One of the Romalo Legacy Series by Emily Hamsher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The premise of this book is as old as jealousy and the ache for love. Well developed characters with believable flaws.

It is a worthy read. There are some eyebrow-raising words that don't add anything to the storyline. I don't mind an author using foreign words, They just need explaining in the text, and some of these are not, so what good are they?

Hamsher does a very good job in helping the reader to feel Lucian's pain, and understand his need. There is a lot of reason given for why Lucian falls head over heels for his brother's betrothed, but no reasons for why she should return his love. I have a problem with that. Huge problem. Just because a man has great shoulders and a handsome face and a bad-boy attitude/lifestyle doesn't mean that a girl should fall in love with him. The spiritual gift of mercy usually confuses the compassion raised by another's hurting heart with love. I'm not sure Hamsher did a good enough job with that. It's troubling.

However, there is a lot of good to be said about how Adelina reacted to anger from another. It's a complicated issue and Hamsher did very well with that.

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Review: Plains of Exodus

Plains of Exodus Plains of Exodus by Robert J. Burnett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read sci-fi every time I can get my hands on one. This one was a nice surprise.

Fairly well written, some typos etc. I received and read an ARC from Netgalley so hopefully those were fixed before the pub date.

Jonah, the main character was very well developed. The supporting cast, not so well developed. But that is how the trends are going these days. I do hope if there is a sequel, the other characters are given a bit more body.

The premise of this story is great. Earth is gone, but gone for so long it is rather an afterthought. Then the chance for not just one planet home but several. There is a whole new galaxy to explore. Cool.

This is an exciting read because it isn't the general, usual fare for sci-fi. Nicely done. Looking forward to more from Burnettt.

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Review: The White City

The White City The White City by Grace Hitchcock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of those books it is really hard to rate. The story is very good, it is romance with some thriller/suspense with that old-fashioned detective work thrown in. However, the detective work is rather slapdash, and the back cover blurb gives a totally wrong impression. This is only based, or rather, inspired by true crime. Some writers and make true suspense and true romance work well together. This one fails on the suspense "promise" but delivers on the romance promise.

The serial murders were committed by the person depicted in this story, but I'm quite sure they were more heinous than depicted here. Frankly, if one wants to read Christian romance then that's what one picks up to read. If one wants to read true crime, then that is what one picks up to read. This was hyped as true crime and wound up being romance with a little mystery thrown in. There was no build up to the very real danger faced by our little heroine.

Winnefred is a fun leading lady... a rather plucky well-developed character. Jude, the police detective assigned to protect her is only slightly less well developed. However, I do believe the writer character, Percy, was well done. Percival is a defined character that has some excellent quirks, but on the whole, some of the situations in this story feel/read a bit contrived.

However, I did enjoy the story and because of that I give it four stars.

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Wednesday

Review: Earth Quarantined: Book 1 of Earth Quarantined series

Earth Quarantined: Book 1 of Earth Quarantined series Earth Quarantined: Book 1 of Earth Quarantined series by D.L. Richardson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was a very well-written book with believable characters and some great twists to keep the pages turning. It wasn't edge-of-your-seat, but close. The way Richardson developed the alien characters was masterful and frightening. I'm really surprised, though that after being with humans for so long, not more of being human rubbed off on them.

Character development is a hot-button with me and these characters are a gaggle of very humanized, 3-D characters. They all have motives, and each is set to achieve the goal. When these goals clash, a lot of tension prevails.

Really nice touches with technology, scenery, and different settings really come alive.

I highly recommend it. because of all of the above and because the premise is very different from the norm. Good reading experience.

Five of Five stars

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Review: The Driver

The Driver The Driver by David Nuckles
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I am not a fan of flashbacks at all. This storyline has all the qualities of flashbacks when the main character flips from one storyline to another--what actually happened and what the Driver might imagine is blurred. The premise is rather fantastical and hard to set aside disbelief.

The author tries to answer the question: "Can a person be in two places at once."

Actually, halfway through the book, the author had proven only that the Driver was on auto-pilot or had zoned out. Then the other half of the book the Driver is trying to dissect his movements to see if he actually saw what he saw or not. That was kinda interesting.

However, the whole thing was spoiled by the several pages of regurgitated research the author does that leads the reader to think this book is going to be about THIS and it is actually about THAT. And, to me, THAT was a bit disappointing.

Two of Five Stars.

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Friday

Review: The Liberty Bride

The Liberty Bride The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

MaryLu Tyndall writes a fairly good story. The premise is very good, the characters are well-developed. The love is not forced or rushed. Motivations in this story are well done for the most part. However, once again, like others in this series, it is too modernistic. Why are authors running away from historical facts and historical realisms. It is so sad that we have to water down history so much in order for "younger" readers or rather "modern" readers to get into the stories. If you don't mind reading a modern romance set in historical Revolutionary War time, then this one is for you.

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Review: As the Tide Comes In

As the Tide Comes In As the Tide Comes In by Cindy Woodsmall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was immediately intrigued by the premise of this book. It was quite a different sort of read. Slowly, the plot opens up and you finally understand this young woman -- I really hate flashbacks, I mean really hate them -- finds her kin and accepts the challenge of raising them. Flash forward and we have a multi-generational cast of characters that, in my opinion, are too many to keep track of comfortably. However, the story is quite intricate, and if you are serious about it, you discover an unusual premise that is a bit refreshing even with flashbacks.

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Review: Haddie's Guild : Prairie Mystery

Haddie's Guild : Prairie Mystery Haddie's Guild : Prairie Mystery by Peggy Ryan Hembree
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a refreshing and quite extraordinary read and premise. So different than most murder mysteries and faith is interwoven. Nicely done. I'll be looking for more by Hembree.

The characters were very well done--each with his/her own voice, and no stepping on each other. Great editing job, too. Loved the characters--even the villains. Not overdone and very well done whodunit. Kept me guessing.

The love story is sort of different, too. We're in the middle of this one where Joe got scared of commitment then thought better of it. Sometimes it is nice not to have to go through the on again off again junk that most romances follow. Usually, I dislike the way most authors try to weave romance into mysteries or thrillers. This one is very well done. Great job, Peggy! I'll be reading more :)

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Review: The Patriot Bride

The Patriot Bride The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was okay. While I like most of what I've read by Kimberley Woodhouse, this one didn't impress me that much. I am a stickler for history and when an author takes liberties with real history it is off-putting to me. The characters seemed a bit too modern for me to have actually taken place back in 1776. It just isn't a true historical fiction book in the real sense of the genre. The romance is disjointed and rushed.

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Review: Rattles, the Barn Cat Misfit

Rattles, the Barn Cat Misfit Rattles, the Barn Cat Misfit by Arlene White
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My granddaughter, 4, liked the story well enough, but it didn't have enough pictures for her. It is a sweet story.

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