Countryside: The Book of the Wise

J.T. Cope IV

Published August 14th, 2014 by Tiner Publishers

Countryside #1

23058600It is interesting that when I was young enough to be classified as a middle-grade reader, I hardly ever read anything at that age level.  Now as an adult, I have been reading less adult fiction than ever before, and instead exploring the young adult and middle grade genres more and more.

When J.T. Cope IV, the author of the Countryside series, contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in reviewing his books, I jumped at the chance.  You all know how much of a sucker I am for good covers, and after seeing pictures of the series floating around on #bookstagram, my interest was piqued.  Props to your cover designers Mr. Cope, they did their job well! Continue reading “Countryside: The Book of the Wise”

The Paladin

J.M. Storin

Published April 2016

The Paladin #1

the paladinI want to start by saying congrats to JM Storin for publishing a book.  I cannot imagine the hardship and trials that she must have endured and pushed through in order to make an idea from her mind, put into existence.  I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Storin this year at BookCon, which was great since we have been Instagram friends since I had joined the bookstagram community.

With that being said, I have thought about writing/not writing this review for several days.  The truth of the matter is: I didn’t like The Paladin.  And I didn’t want to write a review on it because I really, really liked the author.  I tossed this idea around in my head of finishing the book, putting it back on my shelf, and that being the end of the experience.  But, I finally came to the conclusion that it wasn’t fair to me to not express an opinion just because I wanted to protect someone else’s feelings.  I cannot imagine the tough skin it takes to write a book and read critical reviews about your brain child, but, at the end of the day, you are inviting both good and bad reviews by writing a book.  It is the circle of publishing, and at times, it is going to be rough.  I am not going to be mean; I just want to express why this book didn’t work for ME.

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