Books Read in the Month of April 2019!

I can’t believe that April is already gone! This is a new segment of Jemsbooks – Books Read in each month. So far I have read almost half of my goal with eight more months to go. This year I may break my own record of books read on Goodreads of 120!

In April I read 14 books. Here they are with my reviews. There are so many wonderful books out there. Enjoy! I thank all these wonderful authors for creating such entertaining reads! Happy reading everyone!

One Heart – Marina Gioti

Jjspina5.0 out of 5 starsLovely!March 31, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThis is a lovely book with beautiful illustrations. The prose is from the author’s heart and shares what many mothers feel about the close and precious connection they have with their daughters.

I received a copy of this book without any compensation and chose to review it.

The Hit – David Baldacci

5.0 out of 5 starsA Mind-Boggling Thriller!March 31, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThe Hit, Book 2 of Will Robie Series is a mind-boggling thriller that will keep you on the end of your seat. For the faint of heart, take a deep breath and hold on tight for the ride of your life.

Baldacci does it again! Will Robie is a force to be reckoned with and in this story he teams up with another unbelievable force, Jessica Reel, killer with a vengeance.

These two indestructible forces go after suspect government heads when they discover a plan to destroy world leaders. They can only trust each other, or can they? There are suspects at every turn and the killings multiply and not just by them.

This is a remarkable series with a likable character in Will Robie even though he is a killer hired by his government. He has a soft side to him that he only shows to two people, a teenager who he has helped in the past and his sidekick, Reel.

The author is a consummate storyteller who creates strong characters that are intricate and creative and worthy of TV and movies. I look forward to more from this talented author

Jake, The Lucid Dreamer – David J. Naiman

4.0 out of 5 starsA Coming of Age Novel That Deals with a Tough Subject – Death of a Parent!April 3, 2019Format: Kindle EditionJake the Lucid Dreamer is a coming of age story about 12-year-old Jake. His mother died two years ago. Poor Jake has not come to terms about losing her and is tortured by his dreams of her death from cancer.

When Jake begins to control his dreams he becomes a lucid dreamer and feels empowered to face his fears head on. The author has created a story revolving around a tough issue, death of a parent. The characters are real and flawed which makes for a more realistic story.

This is an award-winning book for middle-graders and a quick read. But it will be enjoyed by young adults and adults too like me. It was a creative approach to this subject and easily relatable for young readers.

Unlucky in Love – Carmen DeSousa

Unfortunately, this book is out of print. Here’s my review anyway from Goodreads.

Unlucky in Love is a quick enjoyable read about a woman finding herself after her husband has an affair with another woman after their fifteen years of marriage. The worst part of this is the other woman is pregnant with her husband’s child.

When Jana realizes that her husband has been unfaithful she takes revenge and destroys his truck. She then proceeds to reinvent herself and do things she always wanted to do, things that he would not have approved of.

This is book 1 of a series about Jana and her life after divorce. I look forward to learning more about her and what she does with her new life.

The Thinnest Air – Minka Kent

5.0 out of 5 starsAn Enjoyable Mystery that will keep you on the end of your seat!April 7, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThe Thinnest Air is a fast-paced thriller with twists and turns that will keep you guessing. Meredith Price is a lucky woman married to a rich man who is crazy about her. She has everything she’s always wanted but is she really happy?

This story takes you on a wild ride through the eyes of both Meredith and her sister Greer. When Meredith disappears one day leaving her cell and purse behind in an opened car Greer goes on hunt the to find her sister. As Greer searches for her sister Greer realizes that she really doesn’t know her sister but will not stop until she finds her. There are things that cannot be explained. The only way to find answers is to find her sister.

An enjoyable read that kept me swiftly turning pages to find out what happened to Meredith. If she left on her own, why would she leave the perfect life? Was she unhappy or no longer in love with her husband and the life of luxury? Was there another man in her life? I guess you will have to read this intriguing book and find out.

Lady Justice and the Black Widow – Robert Thornhill

5.0 out of 5 starsLady Justice Series – Mysterious, Comical about Serious Issues!April 8, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseRobert Thornhill has a knack for telling stories that intertwine with life and serious issues. What he does with these issues is add his innate humor and spin on them to make them easier to digest.

This book dealt with the issues of serial killers, human trafficking and child molesters. The main character, Walt Williams, is once again on the side of justice but must cross over to put the perpetrators away with the help of a woman known as the Black Widow.

Walt with the help of his sidekicks, and his wife, Maggie, find themselves in all kinds of trouble. But where there is a will there is a way and Walt coming out on top with a few extra bruises for his trouble.

This was another enjoyable and quick read that I would recommend for all who enjoy mysteries with a twist and a dollop of humor thrown in.

Deadly Secrets (Mapleton Murder 1) – Terry Odell

5.0 out of 5 starsA Mysterious and Shocking Discovery with Deadly Secrets!April 10, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseDeadly Secrets is a suspenseful mystery with twists and turns and many suspects floating around to keep the reader engaged. I enjoyed this Mapleton Mystery and look forward to more books by this talented author.

I liked the way the author created this story with likable characters and others not so likable. She intertwined a love interest in two of the main characters, Justin and Megan, who had a not so pleasant past as young children. Their relationship grows much to their surprise. While this is happening Justin’s grandparents’ past is uncovered with shocking revelations that reverberate across the unsuspecting family.

This is a quick read that will grab you and not let go until you figure out who and what is behind the mysterious journal that many are looking for. Who will find it? What damage can it do to the family involved? Will the Police Chief Gordon be able to handle this case before more lives are taken? Find out for yourself in this fascinating read.

Cusp of Night – Mae Clair

5.0 out of 5 starsA Gripping Occult Mystery!April 13, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseCusp of Night is another gripping beginning of an occult mystery series that will keep you riveted. Mae Clair has created once again a memorable storyline in this new series.

You can see that the author has done her share of research in the field of the occult in the past and present in order to make this book more believable. The characters are fascinating, a blue woman, a fiend, a family with secrets more horrendous than they could ever imagine, a woman who is trying to put her life back together after a horrible car accident and many other minor characters who add to the mystery.

There is a haunted house with a room that was used in seances in the past, a possessed rocky chair, and an unsuspecting librarian who inhabits this house. There are a variety of personalities who live in this town fearful of a fiend that has been spotted and suspected of murder.

This story will keep you catching your breath as you learn the horrific secrets involving the blue woman and the fiend. Once you finish this book you will be looking for more. I avidly look forward to the other books in this series.

Lady Justice and Dr. Death – Robert Thornhill

Another entertaining Lady Justice story in this series!

I have read many of the Lady Justice series and have found them to be entertaining. The author deals with tough subjects in this series.

With a bit of human Robert Thornhill winds his stories around difficult issues. In this book the sensitive issue is euthanasia. Officer Walt Williams and his fellow officer/partner Ox deal with murderers, serial killers and danger at every corner.

Walk finds himself in some difficult and dangerous situations which nearly take his life. Somehow Walk comes out with his life intact, just barely.

Another enjoyable read with humor, action, and mystery that will keep the reader engaged. I look forward to the next book in the series.

Past & Present: A Marketville Mystery – Judy Pena Sheluk

An intriguing read with a mixture of secrets from the past that come to surface in the present for protagonist, Calamity (Callie) Barnstable. Digging into the past sometimes can bring about surprising revelations.

This book was an enjoyable read with plenty of surprises as Callie ventures into a new business that involves helping others solve mysteries in their families’ history. Sometimes things don’t appear as they seem until Callie and her partner Chantelle dig deeper and find things they wished they hadn’t uncovered.

The author did a commendable job of creating.intriguing characters and background making for a worthwhile read. I will be looking at more of this author’s work.

Trespassing – Brandi Reeds

Trespassing is a suspenseful mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat and turning pages from morning until dawn. I couldn’t put this book down. When I had to, in order to do daily chores or prepare and eat meals, I couldn’t stop thinking about the main character, Veronica, and what she is going through.

There are so many plot changes and surprises that I found myself having trouble catching my breath. Veronica is a tormented wife, mother who has trouble with reality due to having a mentally insane mother. She was mentally and physically abused as a child by her mother and finds herself in a marriage that is not what she expected to a man who suddenly disappears without any word. Add to that many problems with conception after which she manages to have one child. But she and her husband want many more. She endures the pain and suffering of trying to conceive with artificial means. These painful treatments only cause her to feel as if she is losing her mind.

The author does a commendable job of keeping the reader in suspense until the satisfying ending. I highly recommend this book to all who love suspenseful mysteries and enjoy being surprised by the plot and ending.

Atonement Tennessee – Teagan Geneviene

Atonement Tennessee is an imaginative romp told through the eyes of the main protagonist, Esmeralda (Ralda), and her cat, Lilith. The author jumps back and forth between them as she takes the reader along on this magical fantasy.

The richly developed characters are fascinating and carry the story along in a creative way enabling the reader to become invested in their outcome. There is a large old house Esmeralda purchases that harbors a ghost from the past, a florist who has a magical way with flowers, a neighbor who is not just a man but also a bird with powers, and other characters who add color to this enjoyable story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the manner in which the author created the easy flowing prose as the story is told through Ralda and Lilith. 

Skeletons in the Attic – JudyPenz Sheluk

A well-written cozy mystery that has plenty of suspects and intriguing characters. The main protagonist, Calamity (Callie) Barnstable inherits a house she didn’t know her father had. But there is a codicil in his will that she must live there for a year and find out what happened to her mother who went missing when Callie was a young child.

The author has created an interesting mystery chock full of clues and suspects that keep the reader turning pages to learn the how, what, when and why of Callies’ mother’s disappearance.

I read book two before book 1 but it didn’t make a different I followed the plot without any problems. This was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone who loves a mystery that you will not be able to figure out who done it.

A fast-moving thriller with plenty of technology which is believable and not too futuristic in design, strong characters, and plenty of antagonists to fill the storyline and keep the reader engaged.

The storyline is excellently woven. But there was so much technology and scientific terminology that my head Is still spinning. I do not have any background in quantum physics or extensive knowledge of any technological advances to understand any of this language. I still enjoyed the story and made sense of what was happening and the horror of it all if anything like this comes to fruition. God help us all!

Dan Grant is an author who is someone to watch as he climbs to heights as other great authors do with superb writing skills and background to create enjoyable reads. I can see this book becoming the next blockbuster on the big screen. I will be following this talented author for more incredible books.

Thank you for stopping by. Please come back again soon! I hope you will check out all these wonderful books when you are looking for a good read.


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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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11 Responses to Books Read in the Month of April 2019!

  1. Mae Clair says:

    Wow! 14 books in one month is amazing. I usually average 6, sometimes a few more, and I thought that was a lot, LOL.
    Thank you for the wonderful review of Cusp of Night. I’m delighted you enjoyed the story. The research for the book was utterly fascinating, a rabbit hole I could easily disappear into again, LOL.
    Happy May!

  2. Great reviews of fourteen books, Janice. Shared the post. 🙂

  3. Andrew Joyce says:

    Great reviews. Your review of “The Hit” prompted me to buy the book.

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  5. Hi Janice. What a wonderful thing! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed Atonement, Tennessee. I’ve been scarce in the blog world while I relocated. I’m still trying to get settled into my new home in the southwest, but I do love it here. Who knows — maybe there’s an Atonement, New Mexico in the future. LOL. Hugs.

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