best books month

Best Reviewed Books for July

 

FISHERMEN’S COURT by Andrew Wolfendon

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: FISHERMEN’S COURT is a well-plotted, tightly organized mystery that will successfully keep readers guessing until the very end.

Read the full review here.

 

 

THEY ARE ONLY MEN By Zachary R. Cormier*

Genre: Paranormal

IR Verdict: THEY ARE ONLY MEN is a thriller so packed with atmosphere that readers are likely to feel alone, baked by the desert sun, and pursued by their own ghosts as much as the characters themselves. Before reading, put on sunscreen, good hiking boots, and burrow into a secure nook.

Read the full review here.

*IRDA Winner

 

AMSTERDAM EXPOSED By David Wienir*

Genres: Memoir, Travel

IR Verdict: David Wienir’s AMSTERDAM EXPOSED is not only a dictionary definition of meta-literature, it is also a warm, humorous and heartfelt tribute to the city of Amsterdam.

Read the full review here.

*IRDA Winner

 

 

LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT? By Jacquelyn Middleton*

Genres: Romance, Women’s Fiction

IR Verdict: Enthralling from the very first page, LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT? brims with originality and is a delightfully engaging, modern romance that sparkles with wit and charm.

Read the full review here.

*IRDA Winner

 

 

AFTER THE FALL By Brad Graber*

Genre: LGBTQ

IR Verdict: AFTER THE FALL by Brad Graber is a fast-paced and moving novel about family, memory, and love that will appeal to all readers who appreciate good storytelling and, especially, well-drawn characters.

Read the full review here.

*IRDA Winner

 

 

 

CITY IN A FOREST By Ginger Pinholster

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: Ginger Pinholster, a master of significant detail, weaves her struggling character’s pasts, present, and futures into a breathtaking, beautiful novel in CITY IN A FOREST.

Read the full review here.

 

 

THE PURPLE WORLD By Joseph Q. Jarvis

Genre: Healthcare/Medicine

IR Verdict: In THE PURPLE WORLD, Dr. Joseph Q. Jarvis gives readers a factual, comprehensive and well-written look at this very serious issue, not only telling what’s wrong with US healthcare, but giving information on how to make the system work.  A worthwhile read for every US citizen.

Read the full review here.

 

 

HOW TO WASH A CHICKEN: Mastering the Business Presentation By Tim Calkins*

Genre: Business

IR Verdict: A needed book on an important topic, HOW TO WASH A CHICKEN: Mastering the Business Presentation, is sure to give even seasoned presenters some ideas to sharpen their next performance.

Read the full review here.

*IRDA Winner

 

 

WHEN THE HABOOB SINGS By Nejoud Al-Yagout

Genre: Literary Fiction

IR Verdict: Told with dark humor and wit, WHEN THE HABOOB SINGS is a timely literary tale about gender inequality and the power of singing your truth aloud.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

FROST HEAVES By T. Stores*

Genre: Short Stories

IR Verdict: The whole is greater than the parts in T Stores’ FROST HEAVES. Each finely constructed tale is a well-pieced block, fit together cleverly with the others to form a big picture of a small place, more than worthy of visiting.

Read the full review here.

*IRDA Winner

 

 

BREAKING BONDS: How to Divorce an Abuser and Heal By Rosemary Lombardy*

Genres: Self-Help, Women’s Studies

IR Verdict: Transforming the pain of her own abusive marriage into a guide to help others do the same, Rosemary Lombardy has crafted in BREAKING BONDS a must-read for any woman suffering through and longing to escape from that abuse.

Read the full review here.

*IRDA Winner

 

DAISY IN THE DOGHOUSE By Joe Barrett

Genre: Humor

IR Verdict: Joe Barrett’s DAISY IN THE DOGHOUSE is serious about America’s social ills, yet it wraps its message in a dark, yet witty send-up of the digital age.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

CHASING A FLAWED SUN By Daniel McGhee

Genre: Memoir

IR Verdict: Daniel McGhee captures his life of drug abuse, homelessness, violence and death in CHASING A FLAWED SUN, a no-holes barred memoir that is both raw and riveting.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

INCOMPATIBLE WITH NATURE By Tracie Frank Mayer*

Genre: Parenting

IR Verdict: Tracie Frank Mayer’s INCOMPATIBLE WITH NATURE is simultaneously a well-told tearjerker and heart warmer, full of poignancy and passion that will have readers crying, laughing, and celebrating all at the same time.

Read the full review here.

*IRDA Winner

 

 

LONE STAR ODYSSEY: First Steps By David Wilson

Genre: Action/Adventure

IR Verdict: LONE STAR ODYSSEY: First Steps is an absorbing epic that combines the best elements of a political thriller and survival story in a way that feels both fresh and exciting.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

NONDISCLOSURE: A Medical Thriller By Geoffrey M Cooper

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: NONDISCLOSURE: A Medical Thriller is an intriguing and meticulously plotted medical thriller that involves the inner workings at a top research university where scandal threatens to taint its important new discovery.

Read the full review here.

 

 

UNSEEN TERROR By Thorn Osgood

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: Thorn Osgood’s science fiction mystery is brought to life by detailed world-building and character development as realistic aliens and complex humans struggle with clashing cultures and blended families.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

WHAT WE DO FOR LOVE By Anne Pfeffer

Genres: Women’s Fiction, Popular Fiction, Chick-Lit

IR Verdict: WHAT WE DO FOR LOVE is a well-written and heartfelt story that will captivate readers with its compelling characters and jaw-dropping plot twist.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

AWAKENINGS By Shela Oaks Burdge

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: AWAKENINGS unleashes a taut thrill ride with a plausible plot brought to life with great writing by author Shela Oaks Burdge.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

JACK OF THORNS By AK Faulkner

Genre: Fantasy

IR Verdict: Author AK Faulkner thrusts together two deliciously flawed main characters (a former heroin addict and a mysterious member of British nobility), then weaves an empowering plot of destiny, inheritance, and self-improvement—all while letting the reader languor in the glow of a glorious slow burn romance.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

YES YOU CAN: It All Starts With You By Vivian Risi

Genre: Self Help

IR Verdict: Part autobiography, part personal growth/inspiration/self-help/business book, YES YOU CAN: It All Starts With You! reads like a friendly and instructional conversation over coffee with the author.

Read the full review here.

 

 

A THIN PLACE By David Weiskircher

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: David Weiskircher’s depiction of the complex relationships that make up a family and the process of a young man growing into adulthood makes A THIN PLACE an insightful read for a mature teenage reader or an adult looking to relive a slice of their formative teenage years .

Read the full review here.

 

THE DREAM DEFENDERS By Neal DenHartog

Genres: Action/Adventure, Young Adult

IR Verdict: A wild, imaginative adventure told with creativity and heart, THE DREAM DEFENDERS will captivate readers both young and old.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

THRESHOLD DELIVERY By Patty Seyburn

Genre: Poetry

IR Verdict: Patty Seyburn’s THRESHOLD DELIVERY poems engage, seduce, and invite, creating what feels like an experiential read that beckons all the senses. It’s a book that won’t stay on the shelf, but will be read, re-read, and re-experienced, with new discoveries each time.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

FATHER CARDOSO’S MANUSCRIPT By Samuel Miles Morley

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: Samuel Miles Morley’s second Lou Smithers mystery is an enjoyable, vintage detective story. While impacted by an awkward prose style, overall, this is a solid, steady, tale with memorable characters and well-visualized moments that seem to have dropped right out of a silent movie.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

JUST ANOTHER GIRL ON THE ROAD By S. Kensington

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: A deep, evocative read which examines perhaps the most commonly-explored area of modern history, JUST ANOTHER GIRL ON THE ROAD still manages to provide a fresh, colorful perspective, exploring the darkness and the, oddly, the light of World War II and its aftermath.

Read the full review here.

 

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