Weekly Book Reviews: March 12th

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Greetings From Tucson

Author: Cherie L. Genua

Release Date: December 11th, 2021

Page Count: 330

Start Date: March 7th, 2022

Finish Date: March 12th, 2022

Review:

Story: This story was just so beautiful and emotionally raw. It hit me in my feels. I cried. I’m not a person that cries really easy. So I hope this tells you something! The fact that it’s based on a real person and her sisters just makes it all that much more better. I’m so blessed that I was given a chance to read this book. It’s really touched me in ways I can’t explain. It will stick with me for a long time.

Characters: We follow four sisters through their life after a tragic event. Two in Connecticut (Cookie and Frankie) and two in Arizona (Connie and Dottie). In a way, I connected with all four of them. More Dottie than any of them. that doesn’t take place until later in the story though.

Critiques: Nothing. I mean I could be cheeky and say that this should come with a warning that tissues are needed. I’m still kind of teary eyed!

Narration: N/A

Final Thoughts: I really do think that this book will stick with me for a long time. I’m so tempted to go do research on the person that this book was based on. I’d love to see this turned into a movie. I was getting so many Little Women and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants vibes from this. I fully recommend it. As long as you are prepared to be hit in the feels by such an amazingly beautiful story. I’d give it a thousand stars if I could.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Evan isn’t your normal man. He’s more commonly known as nowhere man. If somebody is in trouble, all they have to do is call a number that they are given by somebody else who was in trouble in the past. He comes in and saves the day, so to speak. Everything is going smoothly for him until somebody starts hunting him. They use his need to protect people against him to lure him out. Soon he discovers he’s not the only Orphan left.

I enjoyed this story a lot more than I thought I would. I knew I’d enjoy it. It kind of gave off a Dean Koontz kind of vibe. It’s not really as dark as I would picture a Dean Koontz book. It’s very well written. I wound up getting a credit to it to listen to it on audio as well. Thank goodness for doing that. I had a headache so I couldn’t read, so I wound up listening to audio most of today.

I’m not really sure if I can give an accurate description of all of the characters. With the exception of Evan himself. He’s like Agent 47 from the Hitman series. That’s the parallels I was drawing through the book. I can’t wait to see more of him through the rest of the series. To see what he gets into as the series progresses.

This book was narrated by Scott Brick. He did a pretty amazing job with it. I’m almost sure that my cat was listening to the audiobook as well. I’d shout out names of people I thought were about to die and he’d have an alarmed look on his face. I mean I could be wrong, but who knows?

I wouldn’t say I had high expectations of this book. I also wouldn’t say that my expectations were low either. I thought I’d enjoy it. I didn’t know that I would LOVE it and crave more. I’m glad I did. I can’t wait to proceed with the rest of the series. I know that book five will be coming out later this month. Maybe I’ll have the first four done before then so I’m ready for it!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Evan was taken from the orphanage he grew up in at a young age. He was trained to do horrible and unspeakable things for the government. Once his handler died, he left the project and went his own way. His mission was to protect those in trouble from dangerous situations they wanted out of. Everything is fine until he’s tracked down. Now he’s on the run for his life. He’s a loose end that needs to be taken care of.

I’m seriously impressed with this book. I was kind of hesitant when I read the description of the first book, Orphan X. I gave it a chance anyway. In honor of the fifth book coming out this year (January 28th). I’m very glad I did quite frankly. It kind of reads like the Hitman. I also find it similar to the Jane Hawk series. I’m not sure if anybody has heard of that series, but it’s good as well.

I still feel a disconnect with all the characters in the novel. I think that’s kind of the point. Evan was raised as an assassin. He had no human interaction from anybody from a very young age with the exception of those who used him as a weapon. I realize that his handler tried to keep humanity in him, but one can only hold so much after they’ve killed many people. I really loved the neighbor chick and her son. She’s very intelligent and down to earth. He has a connection with them as well. It’s so obvious.

Like the first book, this book is narrated by Scott Brick. I picked up the first book because of time constraints, but I loved his narration so much that I got the second and third books in the series in audiobook as well. I plan to get the last two in the series in audio when I can get my hands on some credits. I also noticed there are some shot novellas that are reasonably priced that I plan to pick up as well. It’s amazing how somebody can narrate normally and still add an intense thrill to a book.

I’ve really enjoyed this series so far. I believe that I will enjoy the rest of the series just as much. I may even enjoy it more. I can’t wait to find out. I’m sure there are many things I can compare it to. Not that I like comparing. But it’s screamed Hitman at me since I first started reading it. I can’t ignore those vibes. It’s an amazing read. I will reread it again in the future.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Identicals

Author: William Bennan Knight

Release Date: March 17th, 2022

Page Count: 322

Start Date: March 5th, 2022

Finish Date: March 6th, 2022

Review:

Story: I didn’t really connect with this story right away. It took me a couple of chapters. Once I was into it, I was absorbed. It’s dark and full of so many moments that just leave you at the edge of your seat. I have to be honest, there are parts that are just a little too bleh. I ask the potential reader to consider their limitations before trying it. It’s full of strong language, violence, and some shaming topics (such as fat and special needs). It also contains some sexual content.

Characters: None of these characters are really relatable. I didn’t connect to them in any way. I think that’s how it’s supposed to be in all honesty. I think you’re supposed to be so freaked out by the story and the characters that none of it makes sense.

Critiques: The main character is unreliable and there are time jumps that just kind of confused me. I’m sure it’s done on purpose. I just got confused and had to reread things.

Narration: N/A

Final Thoughts: I really did enjoy this book very much. I found that this author has also written a series. I definitely plan to read that series now. This author has a way to suck you into a story. I can’t say I loved the main character, but I did love the story. I recommend anybody who loves darker stories to read it.

I’d love to see your reviews!

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