Book Review Challenge – Book Review by TJ Therien

Today we have a book review from TJ Therien

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He reviewed “My GRL” my John W Howell


“My GRL” by John W. Howell: A Review for Rosie’s Book Review Challenge

For me, there are books that beg to be dissected and there are books that beg the reader to strap in, sit back and enjoy the ride. “My GRL” by John W. Howell is one of those second books. The problems I had with the book were with my own pet peeves and do not reflect the author, story, or the writing itself, so they do not bare mentioning other than to say I would have found the same faults in almost any book that is written in the first person. I should mention I am also not a particular fan of mysteries to begin with. My pet peeves and personal preferences aside, I believe the author did a masterful job weaving his story. The story flowed easily and the characters were well rounded. I did not have to go back to reference certain parts to clarify, as is often the case when I read books. This is a credit to the author. If I were to give this book a star rating then I would pluck four of the biggest, brightest stars from the heavens. The author allowed me to overcome my pet peeves to thoroughly enjoy his story. If you enjoy mysteries and intrigue (even if you don’t) then I recommend you pick up “My GRL” by John Howell, strap yourself in and enjoy the ride. Who knows, if the author continues to pump out books of this quality I may yet become a fan of the genre. I will be anxiously waiting to see what is in store for John Cannon in the future.


Here is where you can find “My GRL”

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Smashwords for Mobi and most e-formats

Barnes and Noble

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10 thoughts on “Book Review Challenge – Book Review by TJ Therien

  1. I know difficult it is to review a book for a genre that you don’t prefer. Since I do love mystery, I think this is a book I should check out. Thanks!! 🙂


  2. Thank you for this review John … when a book you review is unlike any you usually read, this can be a difficulty, but you wrote a masterly review. Typo’s maybe – ‘bare’ instead of ‘bear’ (5th line); and John ‘Cannon’ i.o John Howell (last line).


  3. Next review I would leave out your ‘pet peeves’ since in the end I’m not sure what they had to do with this review. You gave it a great rating etc. and recommended the book. As a reader, I am more interested in that than the reviewers problems. Since this is a learning experience for those of us who are going to review, I hope you don’t mind this kind of feedback. Not sure I would buy this book because I still don’t know what it is about. An idea: what about a second chance, Rosie, after our reviews are critiqued?


  4. Thank you Rosie for publishing Tim’s review. I appreciated Tim actually taking the time to read and review a book he would not normally read. The fact that he may be hooked is delightful.


  5. Great review. You have a nice way of pointing out the positives and things that didn’t grab you. The more books and genres I read, the more I realize that if I don’t like a book, it’s often because of my own tastes, not because of the writing.


  6. I like the fact you pointed out your own issues with this type of book, it’s just a matter of personal taste and nothing as you say against the ‘author, story or the writing’ and it made it an honest review in my mind. It didn’t take away from the fact it came across as a positive review, if you say those things about it when it is not your cup of tea I would certainly check out it out.


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