Books Read in the Month of July of 2021!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of July of 2021. Here are the 7 books I read and reviewed for July. I might have read even more if I didn’t have another WIP. But, I always seemed to have a WIP! I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.

I love sharing my reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon. Thank you for your kind support of my work and my fellow authors.

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I have heard so much about this book and had to read it. Unfortunately I was disappointed the way the author did not distinguish between the characters and the narrator. She never used quotes! Being a copy editor I can’t help but evaluate writing in this way.

The story is of a futuristic society of a Puritanical nature. Life is taken over by the Few with control over the Many. The Few prohibit all feelings, love, family, passion, and friendship. Women are put into categories, Wives, Handmaidens (for incubation of babies), Workers/cooks, Unwanteds, while others disappear.

The story is told through the eyes of one handmaiden, Offred, who jumps between present time and her past life. We are shown how she feels, thinks and survives in this new Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy where life is unbearable and frightening to all.

It is a story that will stay with you and make you wonder, could something like this ever come to pass? I give this 3 1/2 stars because of the writing style but have to rate at 4 since there are no halves.

I enjoyed this book but would like to see less foul language. The author does have a good sense of humor throughout the story even when things get a little tense. He lightens the atmosphere with his comic lines.

The characters, Kenzie and Gennaro, are well defined and enjoyable (besides the language). They bounce off of one another and always have each other’s back. With everything they had to endure it was a wonder that they survived intact.

The story line was intriguing full of drugs, money, evil and powerful men and women. I kept turning pages more quickly as the action ratcheted up and found the ending to be a nice twist.

All in all this was an enjoyable read and I would read more of this series because of the rich and interesting characters.

I love this Book!!

When We Believed in Mermaids is a wonderful book filled with love, loss, tragedy, heartache, abuse, neglect and more. It fills one’s heart with all its passion.

I couldn’t stop reading this book. It was mesmerizing in its tale of two sisters and their lives full of mystery, sadness, neglect, but also love and spirit.

The author lets the two characters, Josie and Kit, tell their stories as they intertwine, separate and connect again, their tragedies, heartaches that they had to endure and how they somehow survive it all.

This was a story that I will never forget for I felt the passion and spirit of these sisters as they go through tough lives and learn to survive believing in mermaids. I highly recommend as one of the best books I have read this year!

I couldn’t put this book down. It was gripping and frightening in its intensity dealing with mental illness. The main character, Anna, is mentally ill and must face her past demons that keep surfacing to destroy her.

The author moves back and forth between multiple characters and their past and present lives and how they intertwine within the story. There are so many twists and turns that my head was spinning. The suspense was fierce as the story unfolded with new revelations that were surprising. It was a gripping and unputdownable read.

This story was so intense that I found myself feeling empathy for the suffering that Anna and her family had to endure. I highly recommend this book if you can deal with this difficult subject of mental illness.

Rules of Prey is a fast-paced thrillers that was frightening but also engrossing! I couldn’t put it down. I did not like all the vulgar language but tried to overlook it as I wanted to see the killer put to justice.

This is book 1 of The Prey Series. I don’t know if I will read any more of these books due to the language and the main character, Lucas Davenport. He is a narcissist and womanizer who works outside the law even though he is a detective. He lives by his own rules and uses woman for his own pleasure without so much as a thought about their feelings.

I did finish reading it just to find out if the serial killer was caught and justice was served before he killed his last victim. My suggestion to the author – if you want to encourage women to read your series you must give Lucas at least one redeeming character trait. Sigh!

From the first page of this frightening story I felt I was holding my breath. This was an unforgettable tale of how one young woman somehow survived a kidnapping and rape and torture to finally be free.

Claire Fletcher was kidnapped and held for ten years. She finally is freed and tries to get her life back to normal. The police detective, Connor, who was involved in her case loves her and wants to be part of her life. He is patient and caring and will wait for as long as necessary for her to feel comfortable in a relationship with him.

When Claire witnesses a car crash involving a mother and five children In front of her while she and her sister are fishing she goes to the rescue and pulls the children out of the car before they drown but not the mother. Claire is thrust along with Det. Parks into this woman’s life and how and why this accident happened.

The author tells a tale of unspeakable things that no one wants to hear or read about. When women are being murdered I kept reading even when it was difficult to read but had to know who was destroying lives and killing these women.

This is an unforgettable story but quite difficult to read at times.

I am not usually a fan of Lee Child because of the all the violence but in spite of the violent nature of this book I did enjoy it. It was full of Reacher’s usual tough guy attitude with a little softness hidden deep inside.

Reacher is a loner and a drifter moving from one place to another but never staying long. In this book we find Reacher in Florida working for three months digging pools. He is just getting comfortable when he finds himself embroiled into a strange situation. A man comes looking for him but somehow ends up dead because of it. Reacher must now find out who did it and why. Is he in danger too?

The story progresses and becomes more convoluted as it ratchets up a few degrees with violence and mystery. The dead man leads Reacher to an elderly couple who have been searching for their son who was in the Army but never returned. No explanation was ever given by the Army whether their son, Victor Hobie, was alive, MIA or dead. Reacher feels for this couple and takes the case.

There is mystery, bloodshed, gore, and a love interest to boot that will keep most involved to learn the outcome. Will Reacher solve the case? At what expense will it be? Can he keep his love safe too when she is thrust into the fray?

An enjoyable though violent with descriptive passages of the gore involved. Look beyond that and keep reading. It is worth it! I never thought I would say that!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of me and my books and all the reviews that I receive. Please keep them coming! I hope you will keep coming back for more entertaining reading and events about new works, daily news, birds, fish and other things that pop into my already overcrowded head.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








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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