Category: Books Reviewed

Getting Back to Reading #amreading #blog #bookreviews

It’s been some time since I picked up a book to read and I must say I am going through withdrawals. I miss it, so I’ve decided to get back to it, no matter what distractions come my way. Writing is its own pleasure, but reading feeds my soul.


For someone who usually consumes upwards of four books a week, having not read a word for over a month is out of character. I could blame it on my adorable, seven month old granddaughter, who visits me everyday, but I can’t. I see her for maybe two hours a day. That should leave me ample time to immerse myself in a new story.

Starting today, I resolved to start a new book. That idea went out the window when my Kobo alerted me to my battery being dead. Now I sit here waiting for it to charge.  The list of books on it, waiting for me, is long. I have accumulated twenty-three books that sit unread.

I will start them in the order of when I downloaded them. The first review should be out sometime next week. In the meantime, let me know what you are reading. Maybe I can add it to my list.

Review of the Bound Series by Stormy Smith – Four Stars

Bound Series

I was exceptionally lucky that I discovered Stormy Smith’s books when the series was complete. If not, I would have been impatiently waiting for the next book in the series. I fell in love with both the characters and the plot. Stormy pulled me into the action, twisting the narrative enough to keep me invested.

The only reason I gave it a four-star rating is that my heart ached for Micah at the end. I so would love to have a happy ending for him as well. He turned out to be one of my favorite characters in the books.

#RRBC Review of Jem by Michelle Abbott 4 Star

Jem by [Abbott, Michelle]


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I didn’t really know what to expect from this book but found it a truly enjoyable read.

The story begins with Jem and Devon as children. Young Jem is bullied at school and is treated even worse at home by his father and brother. Devon is his angel, protector, and friend. Wanting to protect Jem, Devon divulges to her mother that Jem is abused. That action separates the two, as his father leaves town, with Jem, to avoid being prosecuted.

Years later, Devon is escaping her own abusive relationship. Jem has grown up to be a tortured soul, fighting his demons and prone to losing his temper. Even though Devon is attracted to Devon, she also finds him dangerous.

When they meet, she doesn’t recognize him, but he has no problem identifying her. Even when he calls her Angel, his pet name for her when they were young, she doesn’t react. Wanting her to remember him on her own, he gives her a fake name when she eventually gets around to asking for it.

There were parts of the story that frustrated me, as with her not recognizing him, or his pet name from their youth, but it hooked me in at the same time. I couldn’t wait for her to finally recognize Jem.

For anyone who likes tortured alpha males, flawed characters who redeem themselves, or an enjoyable sexy, romantic story, I would highly recommend this book.


#RRBC Review of Bess’s Magical Garden by M. E. Hembroff 4 Star

Bess's MAgical Garden

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Bess’s life has been upturned by the death of her father, her slow recovery from polio and the recent move to Pineview. Being away from her best friend, Megan, who lived next door and was her companion, is also painful for her.

Soon after arriving at their new home, Bess starts hearing whispering voices and sees the ghostly appearance of a young girl in the garden, where she spends her days working on weeding and planting.

Throughout the summer months, the time spent in the garden hastens her recovery. She makes friends with a neighbor girl, Josie, and a cat that follows her around.  As they discover hidden items in the garden, the mystery of who the ghost girl is, draws them further into the mystery.

This book is a short read with only 74 pages. It is a great read for children between the ages of 7-14. The lessons of overcoming loss, the importance of friendships, are but a few of the things the author touches upon. Also, for me, it might just motivate younger readers to go outside, enjoy nature and forget about social media for a while.



Review of The Shadow Rises by K.S. Marsden 4 Stars

The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter Book 1) by [Marsden, K.S.]

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The author provided great twists to keep my interest.

Our main character, aptly named Hunter, is a 7th generation witch-hunter who works with the Malleus Maleficarum Council (MMC) in stopping witches. Witches, as described by the author in the book, are not your usual Wiccan rendition, but evil, using their powers in nefarious plots.

During a forced upon vacation, Hunter finds himself in Venice, where he saves Sophie from a group of witches who were readying to sacrifice her. Sophie is a cold, calculating character, which I found little to like about. She manages to worm her way into joining the MMC, and through an attack on her mentor, who ends up dead, Hunter takes her under his wing.

Why Hunter ends up falling in love with her when she does nothing but irritate him and me, the reader, can only be put down to needing it for what is coming up next in the book. Suffice to say, it comes back to bite him.

Hunter is a strong, arrogant character, with enough endearing characteristics, such as his friendship with James, his partner, to make us root for him. The world the author portrays, the coming of the Shadow Witch, and his personal discovery of holding his own magic, makes me want to read more. I will be purchasing the rest of the series to see how it all unfolds.

RRBC Review of Ancient Evil (The First Genocide Book 1) by Brent J. Griffiths 4 Star



Loved the interwoven time periods of this book. From past, present, and future, I couldn’t wait to see how the characters were related to the storyline. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series to see what happens to Finn, Rebecca, and Hael.

With vivid settings, the author weaves together Scotland of 1994 and 2015, with a frightening future world set in 7875. We follow Finn, both in the past and present, through a harrowing experience, where his life is transformed from an unknown evil. The presence of Hael, in the future, going through his own trials, ties the storylines together.

The author brilliantly, and carefully, reveals the layers linking his characters. The evil in the story feels terrifyingly real. This is a book I would wholeheartedly recommend.

It is fair to say that there are philosophical questions raised in this book that we all contemplate over. Is evil inherent in us or can our humanity win over its presence.

RRBC Review of The Stranger by Joan Hall 4 Star

The sad story about a daughter who never felt loved or appreciated by her mother. The story begins with her mother’s funeral. Longing to find her roots, the daughter begins to search her ancestry. Enter the stranger in the story. The ending is heartwarming and gives closure to all the characters. I truly enjoyed reading this book. It kept me hooked in trying to figure out who the stranger was, and how he fits into the daughter’s life.

The Stranger by [Hall, Joan]

RRBC Review of Hunters: Hunters (The Demon Series Book 1)              3 Star Rated

I am trying to find the right words for this review. I can’t say it was excellent, but also that it was not entertaining. The story jumped right in and it took a while before I could identify with the characters and what they were doing. The editing needs some work. There were punctuation errors etc. By the middle of the book though, I was hooked enough to finish it. My interest was mostly on the main male character, Zee. The ending also leaves me with wanting to see where the story is going.

I would recommend it for someone looking for an easy read.

Hunters: Hunters (The Demon Series Book 1) by [Sheridan, Aoife Marie]

RRBC Review of Vampire Island (Hunter Series Book 1) by Sandra Cox               4 Star Rated

Fun light reading. YA readers will enjoy the main character.


Vampire Island (Hunter Series Book 1) by [Cox, Sandra]

RRBC Review of The Computer Heist by Michael P King            4 Star Rated

I enjoyed reading this book. The twists and turns kept me engaged. There were one or two issues with the story line but it did not detract from my liking it. Companies have back up upon backup of their programming. It is hard to imagine one copy being the only one in existence. The characters were all in it for the money, and I found none to really root for. Even with all this, I had to keep reading to find out what happens.


The Computer Heist (The Travelers Book 2): Fast paced hack novel of partners in crime: Computer Heist, Computer Crime, Con Artist. by [King, Michael P.]