2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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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

Book Review: 29 Seconds by T.M. Logan

T. M. Logan writes some very cool thrillers… They tend to be family-based, and involve impossible decisions and choices. The situations that these otherwise average people find themselves thrown into are just plausible enough to suck you right into the drama and make you wonder what you would do if you found yourself in a similar circumstance. The result is a heady mixture of entertainment, engagement, and surprisingly deep thinking about morality and choices and what we are willing to do to protect those around us, and it makes for a great read! (If you’re curious, I reviewed Lies on GoodReads.) Continue reading Book Review: 29 Seconds by T.M. Logan

Book Review: The Trusted by Michelle Medhat

I really wanted to like this one, but just never felt like I connected enough with any of the characters to care what was happening to them… (I feel like I’ve been starting a lot of reviews this way lately, and it’s starting to get depressing.) The promise of MI6, secret lives, and a supernatural threat drew me in, but the delivery lacked something significant for me… Continue reading Book Review: The Trusted by Michelle Medhat




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