Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Murder at the Mikado book review

Murder at the Mikado Julianna Deering is a great murder mystery book that kept me guessing til the very end. It was the third in a series, I believe, and I have not read the 2 books that came before this one.  I could tell there was probably a back story that I had missed out on, but I did not feel lost at all when I read this book.  I think she filled in enough of the details so that you do not have to have read the previous 2 books in order to understand what is going on in this one (although after reading this book, I would like to go back and read the others).  This mystery kept me guessing right up until she revealed who the murderer was.  I normally figure out whodunit way before it is revealed in the book, so this was a pleasant surprise.  I really enjoyed the characters and writing style of this author.  This is the first book I have read by Julianna Deering and I look forward to reading more.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Undetected Book Review

I used to LOVE Dee Henderson books.  I haven't been as pleased with her new books as I was with her older series.  I got bogged down in the details in this book.  While I am sure some of the information about how submarines work was essential to the story, it seemed there were WAY too many details and technical terms and I found it very boring at times.  Because of that, it took me awhile to get through the book.  I liked the characters and the storyline other than that though.  Undetected is basically the second book to her Unspoken book, although it isn't necessary to read Unspoken in order to understand Undetected, they are separate stories.  Overall the book was ok, not up to the standard of her older series though.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Truth Be Told Book Review

I really enjoyed Truth Be Told by Carol Cox as much as I enjoyed the other 2 books I have read by her.  She always has fun characters and a good mix of romance and mystery in her books.  I really enjoyed this book and got through it pretty quickly.  The mystery part was interesting, although I am still not sure I understood exactly what Owen and Thaddeus were up to and I would have liked to have found out what ultimately happened with Amelia's mother and between Amelia and Ben.  There could have been a bit more added to the end of the story to tie things up a bit better.  Overall though, it was a very fun, entertaining, attention-keeping story.

I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tide and Tempest Book Review

Tide and Tempest is the 3rd book in the Edge of Freedom Series by Elizabeth Ludwig.  I do think it is helpful to have read both of the other books in the series as many of the characters and the storylines carry over from the other books.  I enjoyed this book just as I have the others.  It was interesting and kept my attention.  I did get frustrated at times with the lack of communication between Tillie and Captain Morgan and the fact that they fall in love so easily with very little communication.  I also found the end somewhat confusing with the author switching between first and last names for the characters.  Overall though it was an interesting story with likeable characters and enough twists in the storyline to keep me interested.  I would recommend the entire series for those of you who enjoy historical fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher is exchange for an honest review.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Minding Molly Book Review

Minding Molly by Leslie Gould was a good book.  I enjoyed the characters and the setting.  I really liked Molly, though was frustrated with her at times.  The book was interesting and I got through it fairly quickly.  What I didn't like was the lack of a deeper relationship between Molly and Leon.  There was not much dialogue between them in the book and their relationship seemed rather shallow.  I wasn't sure whether to cheer for Mervin or Leon.  The ending seemed rather abrupt as well and left me somewhat dissatisfied.  I had read the first book in this series, and enjoyed that one as well, but did not read the second book.  I did not feel it necessary to have read the other 2 books in order to read this one.  The book stands alone just fine without leaving the reader confused about the storyline.  Overall this was a good book, but was lacking in some areas.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

All Things Hidden Book Review

All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse, a historical fiction book, was an interesting read.  I enjoyed learning a bit about the Matanuska Project through this story.  I liked the historical facts interwoven into the story since I knew nothing about the Matanuska Project before.  The story for me was slow-starting but it did pick up a bit further in.  I liked Gwyn, the main character, partly because I can identify with her inclination to worry.  I appreciated Nasnana's words of wisdom about that topic and other issues that came up within the story.  There was a twist in this book that I did not expect and did not like but I can see how it may have been necessary to the storyline.  Overall I felt it was a pretty good book.  Because of the twist I am not sure if I would ever want to re-read it or not.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Unspoken Book Review

While I enjoyed Unspoken by Dee Henderson, I was a bit disappointed.  I normally LOVE Dee's books, but this one was not as intense/suspenseful as I had been expecting.  It's a long book and it held my attention throughout the book, but it did disappoint in some ways.  I wish we could have learned more about Charlotte, gotten inside her head a bit.  She was somewhat of a mystery throughout the whole book.  It would have been nice to learn more about all of the characters in general. I feel this book is worth the read, but, again, it's not one of my favorites of Dee's.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.