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review 2018-04-23 14:18
Rocky Mountain Refuge
Rocky Mountain Refuge - Nicky James

Once again Nicky James tackles a very serious mental condition and does so with such thoughtfulness, such care and with love.

 

Not everything in life is easy, you know. It’s the people who risk facing the hard stuff and the scary stuff every day who come out stronger in the end.

 

And while this is a quote from the book, this could certainly apply to the author as well.  She does not shy away from difficult stories.  From stories of loss, mental health and death.  She tackles these head on and with such love. And it is these stories which grab hold of your heart and soul and that ultimately become some of the most memorable reads for me.  

 

This is one of those stories.  The ability to get into the head of our sweet Huxley could not have been easy to write but my heavens...I felt it all.  Every fear, every doubt.  And to not only write about this character's condition but to develop an equally complex character in Aspen whose patience, love and understanding leads this character home could not have been easy.  And where they ultimately found home was just perfection.

 

This is quite a long book and one that builds quite beautifully.  Trust is not something that comes easily and therefore it takes time.  

 

Not all people are out to get you, Huxley. Some people just want to be nice. 

 

How do you build trust with someone who doubts your every move? Who reads things into statements differently and has fears you cannot begin to understand?  

 

That definitely takes patience and time.

 

This book is that exploration. It is that journey of trust which is told here.  And while your heart breaks, you understand the journey is not an easy one. Mental health is not easy.  You cannot simply take a pill and make things better.  Mental health affects the person and those around them in such a special way.  And living with this falls on both parties. 

 

Trust. Love. Understanding. Patience.

 

I cannot recommend this book and others by Nicky James enough.  Open your heart to some feels you will not soon forget.

 

 

 

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review 2018-04-19 13:19
2 Out Of 5 "for the levels of ick" STARS
Jar of Hearts - Jennifer Hillier

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Jar of Hearts

Jennifer Hillier

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A compelling story of murder, betrayal, and the secrets of the past…

Georgina, known as Geo, is a 30-year-old rising executive when her world comes crashing down. Her high school boyfriend has been identified and arrested for a series of serial murders, including Angela, Geo's best friend in high school. Angela disappeared without a trace at 16 and her body has just been found. Now Geo is under arrest for helping her then-boyfriend cover it up. And it's one of her other close friends from high school, Kaiser Brody, who arrests her.

While Geo is sent to prison for her part, Calvin escapes from custody and is on the run. Geo, now thirty-five, is about to be released from prison to try and start over. But someone has started killing people and dumping their bodies in her old neighborhood, with some of the markers of the missing Sweetbay Strangler—her old boyfriend Calvin. Is these killings some kind of message from Calvin? Are they some of revenge? Is she herself now in danger?

Everything turns on what really happened that tragic night back when Geo and Angela were high schoolers. Everyone thinks they know the truth, but there are dark secrets buried deep within other secrets, and it may be too late for anyone to survive the truth.

 

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In the beginning, I was enjoying this well enough, despite the many, and I mean many, typo's. I really hope they clean this up before they publish it because at times I was so frustrated with just how many extra words/missing words there were, that I thought about not finishing.  Add to that, the unlikable characters, and the not unforeseen twist at the end…and this was shaping up to be a very mediocre read.

 

I felt some elements of the story only bogged it down, like most of the prison chapters and I also felt like many scenarios would have never played out the way they did.  I don't know, ultimately…this just didn't sit well with me.  

 

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~MY RATING~

2STARS - GRADE=D

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Plot~ 2.5/5

Main Characters~ 2/5

Secondary Characters~ 3/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 2/5

Addictiveness~ 2.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 1/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 1.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3/5

Originality~ 2/5

Ending~ 1.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ The only pretty thing about this book is its cover.

Publisher~ St. Martins Press -Minotaur Books

Setting~ Sweetbay, Washington

Source~ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-04-19 00:10
4.8 Out Of 5 a$$-kicking STARS
End of Days - Susan Ee,Caitlin Davies

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

End of Days

Susan Ee

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End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

 

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Re/read on Audio:

 

I gave this 5+ stars back when I read this in 2015, with my reread on Audio, I'm lowering that rating, but only slightly.  I realized with this re-listen that maybe I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I thought.  I think it was due to the slight awkwardness of the romance-y content.  Maybe, that kind of smexy stuff isn't something Ms. Ee excels at...I still adore that ending, though.  "Penryn and the End of Days" is still, and always will be, one of my all-time fav series!!!

 

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~MY RATING~

4.8STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 4.7/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4.7/5

Addictiveness~ 4.8/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5+/5 Cliffhanger~ Not really…

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Book Cover~ Love it!

Narration~ Excellently done by Caitlin Davies

Series~ Penryn and the End of Days #3

Setting~ San Francisco

Source~ Own on Audible

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review 2018-04-15 18:54
ALL THE STARS...
Obsidio - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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~MY SUPER QUICKIE REVIEW~

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If you haven't started this series yet, then you should.  Easily, one of my favorites of all time.  Fantastic ending to a fantastic series!!! I cannot wait for their next collaboration,  The Andromeda Cycle.

 

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~MY RATING~

5+STARS - GRADE=A++

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Plot~  5/5

Main Characters~ 5+/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5+/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ All the covers are awesomely done.

Series~ Illuminae Files #3

Setting~ Kerenza IV and the Mao

Source~ Own a Hardcover edition (but also read on a Kindle eBook from the Library)

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review 2018-04-13 15:50
4 Out of 5 "Redemptive" STARS
Retribution Rails - Erin Bowman

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Retribution Rails

Erin Bowman

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REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREE

 

When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece's path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

 

In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I think it has to be tricky to write a YA/Western.  The Old West is rather violent, and difficult to pull off in a YA scope.  You can't help but feel that scenes in Retribution Rails would have gone slightly differently in these infamous days of old, had they been true to them.  So, yeah, this is a lightly (somewhat) watered-down version of the old west.  Despite that, it is an engaging tale, with characters who have their own hopes and dreams that are inspirational in a time with little inspiration. 

 

While not necessary, I would suggest reading Vengeance Road beforehand, because the main characters in that book are present for a large chunk of the story in this book.  It will enhance your reading experience to know all about Kate and Jesse's story too.

 

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~MY RATING~

4STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.7/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Very Awesome!

Narration~☆4.5☆ Amy Melissa Bentley & Michael Summerer both did excellently.

Series~ Companion to Vengeance Road

Setting~ Old West, Arizona

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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