Books Read in the Month of January of 2022!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? We are now into a new year! I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of January of 2022. Here are the 8 books I read and reviewed for January. 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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A thriller that will keep you glued to the pages written by the master of thrillers, Brad Thor. There is plenty of action, thrills, history, murder, crimes of the state and surprises at every turn.

This was an intense thriller that involves The Federal Reserve and all the members who are anything but dedicated to their government and its people. There are so many possible suspects when several people are killed who are supposedly future members of The Federal Reserve. Scot Harvath, the main protagonist, is pulled into the fray when the government doesn’t know where to turn. With his background in the service and on many other government cases of espionage and such he is the man to set things right. But even he is stumped until he gets some help from the FBI.

There are so many surprising items in this book about The Federal Reserve that it makes one think about how safe we are with them behind the helm of our capital.

An enjoyable and well-written thriller!

Jjspina5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartbreaking Struggle to Find Oneself!

Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2022 Verified Purchase His Ladyship is a story of a sad, lost and confused soul who is trapped inside a man’s body but has all the emotions of a woman. But what can he do? He can’t get a job because he is not interested in doing what men do. When he tried he was tormented for being different and not manly enough. He longs to take a job in an office with women which is what he truly thinks he is.

Norman Wicks struggled from childhood with mixed feelings. On the outside he was a male but, on the inside, he was a female. As a child he only wanted to play with his sisters’ dolls and push around their pram. No one can understand that he doesn’t want trucks, cars and toy soldiers to play with. He wants a doll to dress and change.

He wasted most of his life before he made a life-changing decision to become a woman. This story is a heartbreaking tale of how some poor souls in life have had to struggle to find themselves and be who they longed to be. It took great courage and stamina for Norman to finally have a life and find love and acceptance from his family.

The author has done a commendable joy getting inside the mindset of this tortured soul. Anyone who has struggled as Norman has will gain confidence from reading this story.

I was gifted this book and chose to review without compensation.

5.0 out of 5 stars Another intriguing adventure with Amanda! Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2022A fun adventure series for middle-graders/preteens that both girls and boys will enjoy! This book, Amanda in Malta, was like traveling to Malta with Amanda and her friend, Caleb and his parents.

The author described all the sights and fascinating places to visit if you ever get to travel there. I felt as if I was along for the trip and enjoying everything that was described in such deep detail from the birds that inhabit the island to the historical museums and plenty of great places to eat.

With the extensive traveling this author has done, it is clearly evident that she pays close attention to detail wherever she travels and incorporates her love of travel with an intriguing mystery for her Amanda series.

This was a quick and enjoyable read. I look forward to traveling along with Amanda to some more interesting places in this delightful series.

I was given a copy of this book and wrote this review without compensation.

The Fifth Witness is full of courtroom drama that kept me guessing throughout the story about lawyer’s latest client, Lisa Trammel, suspected of killing a banker trying to take away her home. Mickey Haller, the lawyer, works tirelessly to dig up all he can to exonerate his client from the murder charge.

The courtroom drama was intriguing as Mickey goes back and forth with the other lawyer and the tough judge. The characters that surround Mickey are colorful and kept the story moving along when the courtroom scenes were long.

The author creates suspense and doubt throughout the story about his emotional and bi-polar client. He keeps the action ratcheted up as many other possibilities are revealed about the murder. The main protagonist, Mickey Haller, is a strong, intelligent and resourceful character that makes for an enjoyable read. The surprise ending was perfect!

After Alice Fell is a tragic and haunting tale based in New Hampshire in the 1800’s of a troubled young woman who looses her life while incarcerated in an asylum for the mentally troubled. What happened is not clear and there are many unanswered questions about Alice’s demise.

Alice’s sister, Marion, claims her sister’s body but does not believe that her sister would commit suicide as the doctor of the asylum relates to her. She continues to prob and finds inconsistencies and an aid who was a witness to Alice’s jump to her death.

This is a sad and tragic tale that is hard to read. I found myself feeling the angst and frustration of the main protagonist as she searches for the truth. The author has created an intense story with few characters that are likable but fit well with the storyline.

Even though I did not like the characters I could not put this book down until the conclusion. It is difficult at times to read because it does slow down at times but hang in there – it is well worth the read if only to find out the resolution for Alice.

Run – Hold On! Is an incredible adventure series with thrilling action scenes fit for the big screen! I have read all of the books up to this point and look forward to reading the next one in the series.

The main protagonist, Brandon Drake, is a fascinating man who has had his memory erased and a new persona put in place. This new persona is a killing force like no other. Brandon’s original personality known as The Interceptor, is constantly conflicted by the violence of his new identity, Scorpion. Scorpion is determined to destroy all of The Interceptor and his family and friends in order to take over Brandon’s body completely.

Everyone is after Scorpion, the FBI, CIA, top government officials and even the President of the United States. Scorpion goes on a killing spree and is unstoppable. Only his family seem to be able to get through to him as The Interceptor.

The author has created an astoundingly fabulous series with richly detailed and strong characters that support his story and keep the reader glued to the pages. It had been a little time between reading the second and third book but I got quickly into it and the story came back to me in spurts as the author replayed some of the previous books within this one. I loved every minute of it! Can’t wait to read the next one!

I look forward to what this incredible author of action/thriller/adventures will do next! Keep them coming, Peter! I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves adventures and plenty of non-stop action!

The Brethren is a gripping, action-packed, tale of intrigue, government corruption, extortion and convict judges who will do anything to make money. There are two stories being played out – one a candidate for president is being groomed by a powerful person and three convicts who are former judges are scheming to extort money from gay men who are yet to come out of the closet.

John Grisham has created a fascinating story of corruption within the government of the US where someone with power is pulling strings to orchestrate the next Presidential election. He uses money to create scenarios that control others to do his bidding.

The three convict judges crossed paths with the candidate and are unaware of the danger they are in. Someone is watching them and does not take lightly what they are scheming to do.

This story kept me turning pages and guessing how the story would end for all characters. Grisham knows how to hook his readers without boring them with too much legal jargon. I never get tired of reading his books and highly recommend this one to everyone who loves a mystery with plenty of action and intriguing characters.

This is a yummy storybook that made my mouth water. Kids will love it and all the lovely fairies on each page. It is written in a delightful and musical rhyme.

The author wrote a creative and entertaining series for young children to enjoy. With her expertise in creating fondant art she has brought this story to life for all to see. At the end of the book there is a cookbook with wonderful confections to bake and enjoy. I will be definitely trying some of these soon.

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

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Please remember to review books you love wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you for any you do. I hope you will check out all these books soon. Thank you for supporting me and my fellow authors.

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 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 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 36 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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13 Responses to Books Read in the Month of January of 2022!

  1. Darlene says:

    Thank you so much for reviewing Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady. I’m pleased you enjoyed it. Malta is an amazing place and if you can’t visit, it’s good to read about it in a book. I also thought His Ladyship was an incredible book. I am impressed with the variety of books you read.

    • jjspina says:

      You are welcome, Darlene. I will never get there so I really enjoyed reading about it! Thank you for sharing your book with me. I like to read a variety of books each month. 💕

  2. Jan Sikes says:

    What an eclectic selection of books, Janice! Fun reading! Thanks for sharing!

  3. HI Janice, apologies for being late over. My son had an accident at school last been and was concussed so it was a difficult week. Thank you for your lovely review, it is appreciated. I am sharing this post. Hugs.

  4. Lots of fantastic reviews Janice. I thoroughly enjoyed Amanda in Malta by Darlene too. X

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