Tuesday, January 21, 2014

RE:View | Singularity by Steven James and No One to Trust by Lynette Eason

Singularity | Steven James

I finished Placebo Jevin Banks Experience by Steven James a few weeks ago. It was a wild ride with many twists and turns. A great book I'd definitely recommend. It was also my first introduction to Steven James as an author. It took me a little bit of time to get used to his writing style, but once I did, I was hooked.

Singularity is book number two in the Jevin Banks Experience.

Excerpt from Goodreads:
When his friend is murdered, illusionist Jevin Banks is determined to find out what really happened. Drawn into a web of conspiracy and top-secret research on human consciousness, Jevin won't stop digging until the truth is revealed. Soon he uncovers a dark secret--one that could change the very fabric of human life on the planet.
Immediately, when I dug into Singularity, I was once again drawn into Jevin Banks' story. For me, this second book began even more smoothly than Placebo. That could be due to the fact that I was already familiar with the characters though, but I enjoyed the fast paced and intriguing beginning.

The story itself was very entertaining. Often, I found myself literally holding my breath (sometimes with Jevin as he preformed an illusion) wondering what was going to happen next. James is a masterful story teller who knows the best way to weave suspense with a swift, flowing plot.

I would definitely recommend this to any readers who like suspense and are interested in a slightly sci-fi/technical feel. I would highly recommend reading the first book, Placebo, before hoping into this one though - just so the fullness of the story can take affect.

One cautionary thing though - the book is set in Las Vegas and James is not shy about openly explain what the "strip" is like in a very frank (and sometimes shocking) manner. To me, it's what makes the book real, but to some it could be slightly offensive.
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I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.  


No One To Trust | Lynette Eason

No One to Trust (#1 in the Hidden Identity series) is my first experience with Lynette Eason's writing. I have heard and read her name all over but hadn't yet had the chance to pick up one of her novels. I'm so glad I did though - and I can assure you it won't be my last!

Excerpt from Amazon:
Summer Abernathy wakes up one morning to find her husband missing, three men in her home intent on finding him, and the life she's been living based on a lie. Which Kyle Abernathy did she marry? The computer programmer she met in line at the bank? Or the one who was apparently using that image as a cover story?

The search for her husband--and answers--takes Summer ever deeper into a world of organized crime where people are used one moment and discarded the next. And with her deepest relationship of trust already shattered, Summer doesn't know who to believe.
From the moment you open No One to Trust you will be hooked! Eason does a fantastic job of keeping her readers on the edge of their seats trying to guess what's going to happen next. There aren't too many chances to relax because Eason has set up her plot with one suspenseful blow followed by another action packed sequence.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes romantic suspense or suspense in general. I did find that there was much less romance than I'd expected, but it didn't hinder the story in any way.

The only down side I saw was with the heroines chracter. I felt as if her heart transformation wasn't fully realized - she is definitely a difficult character to resonate with and you don't see much softness to her during most of the book. I found myself really having a hard time with who she said she was faith-wise and how she was acting. Then again, that can be said of many Christians, but I would have liked to see her realized why she was wrong, not just that she was.
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I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.