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review 2017-10-15 19:47
Out Nov 7 2017
Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) - Stephen R. Bown
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley


For some reason, I like reading books about white men going into cold places and dying. Except Norwegians, for some reason my brain believes Norwegians should always make it out alive. I’m not sure why, but it does. I blame National Geographic Museum in Washington DC for all this because I saw an exhibit there about Scott and Amundsen. 

This book is about a Russian trek, led by a Dane Vitus Bering (yes, that Bering). Truthfully, when we read about those treks, at least in the Eastern part of American, we tend to focus solely on the British during crazy things. It was refreshing, therefore to read about Russians doing crazy things. It should be noted that I am not an expert on this topic.

Brown does a very good in keeping the reader engaged. First, he sets up the scene, allowing the read to understand the circumstances that the large group of men were dealing with. Unlike the British, the Kamchatka Expedition had to deal with official who had little desire to help the leaders, making food and supplies difficult. The failure of the expedition, it seems, was also that due to politics.

Brown doesn’t hesitate to illustrate the flaws of some of the members of the expedition, but he also shows the good points. In particular, is Stellar who is at once infuriating, yet he is vital to the survival of those who make it. 

Perhaps that is the greatest strength of this history – unlike many such book it doesn’t play favorites but presents humanity struggling in a dangerous situation of its own making.
 
 

 

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review 2017-09-30 21:01
Why The Titanic Really Sank – Infected Waters by Alathia Paris Morgan @alathiamg
Infected Waters: A Titanic Disaster - Alathia Paris Morgan,Nicki Paris

Think you know the tale of the Titanic, think again.

 

Infected Waters: A Titanic Disaster

 

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This original and unique version of the sinking of the Titanic brings together a group of lovable characters who look danger in the face as the dead rise, scratching, biting, eating and being far more dangerous than any iceberg, and they took me on one hellacious voyage.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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review 2017-08-15 13:43
Spell Disaster (Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series) (Volume 2) - Leighann Dobbs

This book was pretty good. I will start by saying that I did not read the first book. I found this as a free ebook, not knowing it was a series, and gave it a shot. After reading it, it was almost like I didn't have to read the first one, because so much of the text was dedicated to recap of the first one. This got really repetitive and was not necessary to understand the story.

The writing was pretty good. Very descriptive (maybe a little too descriptive at times). I think it got a little too detailed as the book went on, especially once the narration split between following Issy and following Dex. The narrator often repeated what each person was feeling and it really wasn't necessary.

My big critique of this book was that OH MY GOODNESS THESE CHARACTERS ARE SO DENSE! The narrator pretty much gave all of the plot twists away in the beginning by giving too much detail. And the characters couldn't figure it out until the end. So the reader is stuck knowing what is going on while the characters bop around, following dead end after dead end. Not only that, but when they finally figure it out, the narrator gave to a recap of the whole situation, detailing events that the reader was able to pick up on from the start. The writing was overly simplistic and a little insulting to the reader.

Despite this, it was still an interesting read. I liked the whole demon aspect of it. I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of romance stuff, but I was able to speed-read through those sections to get back to the main story.

A quick and simple read for when you don't want to think too much.

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text 2017-06-15 16:22
Sweet Disaster by Sierra Hill Reveal


Sweet Disaster 

Sierra Hill

Publication date: TBA
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Kady:
My life is a complete and utter disaster.
One major screw up after another.
In other words – I’m trouble.
I attempted college, but made a mess of that scene, too. Chalk it up to yet another disappointment in my parents’ ever-growing list of Kady failures.
Deciding I needed an escape from reality, my best friend and I flew off to Europe, where we were going to have the time of our lives.
The only problem with that plan is that I ran out of money after two weeks, and now I’m stuck in Florence, Italy with no means of getting home.
See? Trouble finds me wherever I go.

Gavin:
All I ever wanted to do was play basketball.

It’s all I’m good at.

I bypassed college and went straight to the pros. I’ve been playing overseas in Italy for six months, gaining fame, fans and having fun.
There’s only one problem. I miss home. I’m not too big to admit I’m homesick for my family and friends.
But that all changed when I heard from Cade Griffin, a former college hoops star. He called and asked me to rescue his sister, Kadence, who’s stranded and alone here in Florence.


Seems easy enough, right?
Except for the fact that Kady Griffin is gorgeous, completely off-limits and a sweet disaster waiting to happen all over my life.
Previous books in the series:
 

Author Bio:
Since writing and publishing her first book in 2014, Sierra Hill has found her creative passion in writing about the fictional characters that live in her brain, who are constantly shouting for their own love stories to be told.
Sierra frequently indulges in what some might consider to be an unhealthy dose of reading, dark chocolate candy, and way too much coffee. She hates cold weather, and frequently finds herself traveling around the country to see her favorite live musicians in concert.
Sierra resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of twenty years and her long-haired, German Shepherd. She is currently working on her next book.
 
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text 2017-05-22 03:23
A Delightful Disaster
Perfect Mayhem: The Perfect Disaster Ser... Perfect Mayhem: The Perfect Disaster Series - Aimee Horton
Perfect Mayhem: The Perfect Disaster Series by, Aimee Horton
This is a laugh-out-loud quick read for those who are in their first few years of motherhood or those that can distinctly recall those first few years. It is written for the now generation who is used to the social media formatting. It is a different type of print writing style, but it seems to be catching on. I found the book to be very truthful and very relatable, which is why I found it so humorous. The author was wise in not making the book any longer using this style. However, I would have like to see a break between the years with perhaps a paragraph or two of text to give it a little more substance and clarity. Overall, it was a fun read.
 
 

 

Source: www.amazon.com/Perfect-Mayhem-Disaster-Aimee-Horton-ebook/dp/B00X15M2IY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495417788&sr=8-1&keywords=perfect+mayhem
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