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A 3rd Time To Die

A 3rd Time to Die - George Bernstein Favourite scene …. When Craig catches Toni with another man. It was shocking, revealing and funny. You take away so much from that one scene, you'll have to stop and catch your breath. You see the selfishness of one character and the determination of another. I really felt sorry for Craig in this scene.

How does the pacing feel? Some parts of the book dragged for me. The narration became a bit too long winded and some sentences were too long to hold my focus. Overall, these were minor sections that did not affect large parts of the story.

Favourite quote … "She was momentarily suspended in a surreal world, grasping for images she couldn’t quite see, something she didn’t understand. Something different. Something special. Something that made this more than just friendship." This is when you know for sure the book is going to be anything but your usual romance read.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

The Call of Agon: Book One of The Children of Telm

The Call of Agon: Book One of The Children of Telm - Dean F. Wilson Is the story plot or character driven? This reader felt that it was character driven. Readers are fully aware of the plot from beginning to end but the entry and exit of each character gives much meaning to each scene and you know the story won't be the same if a single character was excluded. One thing I do not understand is the role of Aralus. Until the end it wasn't very clear to me but maybe this is one of the loose ends for the second book in the series.

Favourite scene …. When Delin says, "Day is the Comforter." The sense of desperation is obvious and as they travelled during the night, the darkness that night brought was a depiction of how they felt. I loved the play of words.

Favourite quote … "Sometimes it is swayed before the swayer has any say." and I also liked "You watch me with uneasy eyes ." For many of us at the book club, it felt like a storyteller was narrating the story to us, it had its own tune and I applaud the author's efforts at pulling this off.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

For Gods and For Men (Lifeblood Saga, #1)

For Gods and For Men (Lifeblood Saga, #1) - James R.  Johnson What were the main themes of the book? Lies, politics, love and humanity. For the most part, these themes were carried out strongly throughout the book but at some sections the cohesiveness between theme and characters was much desired and I would have preferred a more straightforward approach. The author chooses long-winded sentences for what can be said directly and it makes the story drag.

Describe 2 different settings or locations. Drunkard in the bar. His head is laying down on the table. Thief reaches in his pocket to steal his money. He wakes up and hits the thief. Huge fight brakes out in the bar. Marcus's house is huge. Surrounded in marble and greenery. Rooms with gold trim and his own bath. I think the author made every attempt to draw readers into the world he had built for his characters. Sometimes it worked, and sometimes it didn't.

Were you able to connect with the main character and why? Castimus has many different layers to him and is not an easy character to understand. One on the one hand, you understand his complexities and on the other, you feel that you could have connected more with him if there weren't so many layers.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

Portals to the Vision Serpent

Portals to the Vision Serpent - Carla Woody Were there any other especially interesting characters? Mama Luna. She takes care of Preston when Sybilla is away. Although Sybilla is very clear in expressing that she is the mother and authority figure for Preston, he feels no connection to her and instead absorbs the lessons and teachings from Mama Luna.

Were the characters and their problems believable? Every human situation in this book was spot on. When the author describes Preston's childhood, you'll find yourself agreeing with so many of the situations. Then, there is the need for him to find out more about his past? Why not leave things be and move on? This too, is a common reaction most of us have, we cannot ignore the past.

Would you recommend this book. To anyone who wants to discover more about culture and history, then this book is definitely for you. Let's not forget the flawless writing, and a breathtaking scenery. I guarantee this book is one you will keep for a long time.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

Serving Time (Servants of Time)

Serving Time - Nadine Ducca Reviewer's Note - None of us at the Quality Reads UK Book Club has finished reading or discussing Serving Time by Nadine Ducca. We have been asked to post our reviews early. This review is based on the first 60% of the book and may change at a later date once we finish reading and discussing the book.

Which did you find more appealing, the introduction or the conclusion? I can't really talk about the conclusion because we haven't got to that point yet and the introduction wasn't appealing to me. It didn't pull me in as much as other science fiction novels have done and it was long-winded. However, once you pass this point and start meeting the characters in the story, you will be blown away. The scenic setting, the character development and the plot which the author seems to twist and turn every chance she gets makes this my new favourite read. As long as I get to the end and there is no cliffhanger (wait for the next book gimmick) I'm thrilled about this book.

Why would you recommend or not recommend this book? Absolutely. This is the author's first book, I think, and her efforts at creating a world that is so unique must be applauded. If you are not a science fiction fan, you may find this book a little heavy but you won't have time to think about the technicalities because the characters will have you salivating for more.

Did the book description relate to the story? Yes. The description was accurate and provides readers with a clear overview about what they can expect from reading this book. Here's the bit that caught my attention, "Life and death have been industrialized. The Forge, the birthplace of every soul, is a rumbling factory owned by the goddess Time, managed by Lucifer."

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

Women's Obsession with Shoes

Women's Obsession with Shoes: Real Stories Straight from the Sole - River Maria Urke Has the book made you want to learn more about a specific topic? The author highlights an issue that many of us overlook. Multiple sclerosis and pretty shoes. So many of us take our health for granted and when she describes wearing heels as part of her past, it was a little heartbreaking and I am definitely making the time to read up on other people who have the same condition to see what they have to say about this topic.

What have you learnt by reading this book? All books need an editor. At the heart of this book, was a very touching story but it got buried underneath misplaced punctuation and bad formatting.

Will you do anything or think differently having read this book? Don't judge what you do not know. When we first got the book, we were wondering why anyone would write a book shoes but after reading about her multiple sclerosis, it's obvious that she misses wearing her fancy shoes.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

Secrets: Guardian Trilogy

Secrets: Guardian Trilogy - Liz Schulte Did the plot pull you in or did you feel you had to force yourself to read the book? The plot was lively and it pulled me right in .
How realistic was the characterization? The characters were realistic. Their actions made sense.
How does the setting figure into the book? The setting were mostly apartments. It fit what was going on and it was easy to envision the scenes .

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

Jack Canon's American Destiny

Jack Canon's American Destiny - Greg Sandora Favourite location / setting … The oval office. I wonder how much research actually went into this novel. A lot of the campaign details and even the bits inside the white house seem accurate … okay, real. Most times in the book, it always felt like you are there with the characters.
Favourite scene ….Sandy and Jack in his new car, talk about luxury.
Favourite quote … "This country is being run by elitists who could care less about ordinary people American's." This is an accurate idea of how the political situation is in many countries around the world.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

The Final Straw

The Final Straw - Ted Tayler Favourite scene …. When Colin and Karen make separate plans for the holiday season. This isn't really my favourite scene but of all the scenes, I think this one will stay with me for a long time.
Favourite quote … "Their grief had been genuine and heartfelt, but when that grief had faded, as it had in Karen’s case, there was certainly a distance between them, a coolness that hadn’t been there previously."
Would you recommend this book. Most certainly. There's something for everyone in this book so it definitely needs more attention that it is getting now.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

The Tortoise Shell Code

The Tortoise Shell Code - V. Frank Asaro Favourite location / setting … When Cheryl told Anthony, he had a daughter.
Favourite scene …. When the guards found Anthony back inside his cell. The author included many surprises like these and you quickly get sucked into Anthony's story.
Favourite quote … "Why are things so complicated?" - relates a lot to everyday life, and secondly, i liked "I know, but ... now he's saying you're dead meat ."

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

The Hunter's Son (JC Mather, #1)

The Hunter's Son (JC Mather, #1) - B.E. Jewell Favourite location / setting … In the forest, where JC was catching the harpies.
Favourite scene …. When JC found out the creature in the woods was Abby. For the most part, this book was predictable but it did offer some huge shockers which are definitely worth waiting for.
Favourite quote … "You know who I am and you know what he is, and you better start talking . I saw him come in here."

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

Tainted Waters

Tainted Waters - Maggie Thom Favourite scene …. When Keegan introduced himself and used his appearance on Oprah as a "selling point". I found it a little funny that even fictional characters liked Oprah.
Favourite quote … My first favourite quotes was "Without pissing people off" and the second was "The truth shall be told ... by us." The language of this book is straightforward throughout. No fancy words although readers must not that the book doesn't use American spelling.
Did the plot pull you in or did you feel you had to force yourself to read the book? The plot grabbed me from beginning to end so it definitely was not a forced read. Between the dead bodies, corruption and the beginning of something with Keegan and Sam, I was hooked.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

The Druid legacy

The Druid legacy - Mark Miller What kind of book is this? This is a fantasy read suitable for young adults. Language is simple and although there are some mildly violent fight scenes, the book is suitable for anyone aged 10 and above. Readers are treated to a fantasy world of druids, orcs, goblins and the like. In some ways, this book was also educational for children because it shows how a unique person like Wesslayn makes new friends.
What was the author's purpose or purposes in writing this book? Entertainment, fantasy and education for young adults. The author has made every effort to create an imaginative plot, which is packed with action and strong character development. One thing I did not understand, alhough the characters were well described, very little description was given about settings or location of where a scene was taking place.
If you could continue the story, what events would you include? Now that Wessalyn has accepted his powers, I would love to see how he uses these powers as he grows older. I am assuming this is what will be shown in the other books in the series. Other than that, the story ended exactly where it should and the author even included an epilogue so there was closure to all the questions raised in this book.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book from the author via Orangeberry Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

City of the Fallen (Dark Tides, #1)

City of the Fallen - Diana Bocco What are some of the book's themes? Loyalty, passion and individuality. Isabelle is a human who 'surrenders' herself to a vampire but does so as part of a bigger quest. Marcus and Isabelle become embroiled in an almost forbidden relationship, or rather she feels guilty about it as they each try to defend their own kind. I guess the next book might focus on how these two races actually live together or how one outlives the other. We'll see.
Did the book end the way you expected? How I wish I was given a different question for this book. None of us expected an ending like this and for this reason alone, we're having second thoughts about going anywhere near Book 2. The ending was abrupt, jerky and ended on a cliffhanger worse than who killed JR Ewing.
Top 3 things I liked about the whole book. Simple reactions that will stay with this reader. For instance, the author uses phrases like "his heart thumped against his ribs" or "the silence of the tunnels were too terrifying to ignore". Secondly, I liked how Marcus and Isabelle were significantly different and that their second thoughts about each other were so obvious to the reader and yet hidden from each other. Lastly, the pacing for each scene was fantastic. Everything the characters felt, this reader felt.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

The Forth Conspiracy

The Forth Conspiracy - Thomas Thorpe Which did you find more appealing, the introduction or the conclusion? The conclusion. This was the most nail-biting part of the story and this was reader was kept in suspense right till the last minute. Was William really dead? Will he survive? Did he leave Elizabeth?

Why would you recommend or not recommend this book? Honestly, when we first got the book, we thought it would be filled with technical jargon and a dreary plot. Well, never judge a book by its cover because this book knocked my socks off.

Did the book description relate to the story? It did. Once you start reading, you realise that the description was but a mere introduction to the challenges the characters will face later on in the book.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

Emma's Secret: A Novel

Emma's Secret: A Novel - Steena Holmes Is the story plot or character driven? Tough one. We discussed this quite a bit at the book club and each of us had a different opinion. I am going to go with plot. The entire story, and characters escalate from one particular incident which was Emma's 'kidnapping'.
Is the plot well-developed? Extremely. This is one best books I've read in a long time. Holmes takes a mother's worst nightmare and brings it to life in ways that captures (and breaks) your heart.
Who in this book would you most like to meet? Megan. How do you keep yourself together when so much around you is falling apart? I can only imagine what it would be like to be her.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.