Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone ~ #Fiction #Book #Review



This book had promise. It promised to be psychological suspense. It failed.

There was never any mystery, except when the suspense would begin. What it ended up being was a woman’s midlife crisis, journey of self-discovery, and romance. I don’t do romance, so to be fair, because I had no issues with the writing itself, I’ll rate it a 3.5-4. If this is your type of book, you’ll probably like it.

Z-Minus by Perrin Briar ~ #Fiction #Book #Review



This one was surprisingly fun! It’s not a book I would have normally picked up, but I needed a title that started with Z for my #LitsyAtoZ challenge, and this one was a free Kindle download, so I figured, what the heck?

A bit of a spoof, the character has a wry humor and strong pinch of the absurd, but it works. I laughed aloud several times. I actually thoroughly enjoyed the story, and it’s so short, I almost wanted more. Good thing this is the first in a series. I might even check out the second novella. 4.5 stars.

The Killing Lessons by Saul Black ~ #Fiction #Book #Review

23848102I have mixed feelings about this one. It was dark and gritty and brutal, the characters were deep and intense, but I feel like it should have been about 100 pages shorter. This is what I’ve come to term a ‘literary thriller’, where the author bogs down the pacing with all the wonderfully crafted words he wants you to read. The problem is that it slows the suspense. I find it irritating.

I would have liked the characters better if the author spent less time in their heads. I have no desire to read another in the series to get to know them better. However, despite all the parts I could have lived without, I got through it and enjoyed the plot. 4.5 stars.

Malevolent by Jana DeLeon ~ #Fiction #Book #Review



This was a good book. Not excellent, but there was nothing about it that I found lacking. The main character, Shaye Archer, is just damaged enough, and in an interesting enough way, to provide the author with ample room to explore her character in future books in the series. The plot was fast paced and intricate. There was plenty of suspense. The writing was good. The dialogue was witty.

I liked the character enough to pick up another in this series should I stumble across it, but not enough to eagerly seek the next book out. 4.5 stars.