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review 2019-01-13 02:42
Pisces
Pisces - Rachel Medhurst

Pop Sugar 2019 Challenge prompts:

Book with a Zodiac or astrological word in the title

 

Holy shit, this is bad. No world-building. No depth of time (characters just drive and park, or walk, places in seconds without details). Just a whole lot of white, hetero drama, sudden plot changes and lack of details. The story just starts, which is fine, except a lot happens with no explanation or fleshing out. Events keep happening with little reason. It's like this was written by a high schooler who only ever read Middle Grade books. Everyone is white and gorgeous. And very, very straight. How are there 12 people in a house and not a LGBTQ.

 

Man, I'm just striking out today. DNF at 16%

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review 2019-01-09 18:32
The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

I don't know how to feel about this book. It had a good message and the topic is super important. But there was something off-putting about Starr and her attitude. I have an attitude, too, but I don't go around bottling and exploding on others. If she would have just told her classmates what happened, a lot of drama could have been avoided. But she just bottled and overflowed. Not cool. I also feel like she had a touch of PTSD. 

 

Also, stop talking about Tumbler. Omg. 

 

A good book but I don't think it's as amazing as so many say it is. 

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text 2019-01-03 22:26
Second Chances
I'm ba-ack, sorta. In view of the whole Kathleen Hale debacle you might think this is about her but no, it is not. Yes, Virginias, there are other authors out there trying to come back with their previous outrageous behavior intact. And no, I'm not telling you who it is just yet. 
 
I'm trying to read 50% of the wretched book and it's a hard slog. So watch this space. I had so hoped for a better outcome but, well... 
 
 

I believe in second chances. I think almost everybody deserves one. Contrary to what some people believe I will give someone the benefit of the doubt almost every time and I struggle when it becomes apparent that the second chance looks to be in vain.

 

I wanted this one to work, I thought it would but it looks like the path traveled before will be the path traveled again. I guess if you can surround yourself with enough people that tell you you did nothing wrong and all those people who “attacked” you, who “harassed” you, who pointed out your missteps and mistakes were just being “mean” and “jealous” then you can move comfortably ahead down that same path towards the inevitable.

 

I admired your restart, your dedication to what you built, but maybe the red flags were there in the timeline. You have worked hard but for what end? 

 

No self-awareness, no professional growth, no fucking clue.  

Book review soon.

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review 2018-12-25 00:19
Ghosted
Ghosted - Rosie Walsh

What a hot mess. Don't bother with this.

 

Woman acting like a child. Man acting like a child. Nothing but tropes and cliche "plot twists". I wanted to slap and stomp everyone in this book. 

 

DNFed at 130 pages. Skimmed the rest. 

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review 2018-12-07 05:00
Guardian Spirits (Spirits #3) (Audiobook)
Guardian Spirits - Jordan L. Hawk

The final book in the Spirits trilogy is adequate. This hasn't been my favorite series by Ms. Hawk by a long shot. I never really felt the romance between Henry and Vincent, the ghost adventuring is pretty standard though she does bring a certain flair to it, and the narrator is listenable, but nothing to write home about.

 

The plot here was again predictable and I could see every twist and turn coming from a mile away. While it makes emotional sense that Vincent and Jo would make the incredibly stupid decisions they make, it still felt like all the characters were given a case of the dumb-dumbs in order for the plot to happen, which is why this got downgraded half a star.

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