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review 2017-03-24 18:32
Ashes to Ashes - Valerie Thomas

Book Title:  Ashes to Ashes

Author:  Valerie Thomas

Series:  I guess…it’s a series???

Genre:  YA, Mystery, Splash of Paranormal

Publisher:  Ebbing Neptune Publishing

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







⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜


Plot:  1/5

Main Characters:  1.5/5

Secondary Characters: 1/5

The Feels:  0/5

Addictiveness:  0/5

Theme or Tone:  1/5

Flow (Writing Style):  2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  1/5

Originality:  1/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  1.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Yes, and goodreads doesn't even say this is a series yet.


Will I continue this series?  NONONONO!!!  JUST NO…


Overall Rating:  1/5 Stars


⇝My Thoughts⇜


I've tried to write how I feel about this book and nothing comes out right…I just can't.  I can't recommend this, I can't even explain why…It's just not plausible or conceivable.  I tried to like it, even just a little...It became so tedious, that I skimmed quite a bit, once I was about a 1/3 of the way in. 


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review 2017-03-08 22:59
Loved this more than I thought I would!
Star-Lord (2016-) #1 - Chip Zdarsky,Kris Anka

I wasn't sure, but I was stockpiling issues so I could get codes before the code process changed - and before I had accepted that.   


That being said, I like Star-Lord, I just don't love Star-Lord.   Still, he was fun and funny, and the guest star in this made the issue.   I didn't expect Peter to get along so well with this other character, but they were similar and also a bit of a foil for each other, both in ways that worked quite well.   They understood each other, but they weren't exactly the same.   


Their situations were vastly different, but allowed the author to explore the similarities in a way that deepened their connection in a manner which not only paid off, but caused me to laugh out loud a couple times. 


The art was bright, clean, and also just fit the storyline perfectly.   A near flawless first issue, in fact.   I'll have to catch up when this comes on MU.   I'll do the same for Death of X, come to think of it, but I'll probably read sporadically when I need a break from the studying since they won't be up for another six months or so. 

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review 2017-03-06 00:50
The Theory of Opposites ★☆☆☆☆
The Theory of Opposites - Allison Winn Scotch

This was one of those rare books that, although I didn’t particularly hate anything about it, I just could not force myself to continue. I could not connect with any of the characters in any way, and none of them were interesting, except one fringe character, a 13 year old boy who exploits his father’s death in the 9/11 attack with a sort of cynical pragmatism. Even the plot was uninteresting, because who cares about developments in relationships between boring characters?


DNF at 40%. Audiobook, purchased via Audible, based on a recommendation from Books on the Nightstand, who seem to be hit and miss for me. Christina Traister does try to infuse some liveliness in the characters.

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review 2017-03-03 13:33
Hero at Large ★☆☆☆☆
Hero at Large - Janet Evanovich

This must rank in the top 5 most asinine stories I've ever had the misfortune to attempt to read. It doesn't even deserve the compliment of bothering to explain why I thought it was so bad.


Audiobook, borrowed from my library via overdrive, read by CJ Critt, who did a pretty good job, considering the material she had to work with. I gave it 7 minutes longer than my 20 minute minimum before DNFing.


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review 2017-03-03 12:47
Beyond the Highland Mist ★☆☆☆☆
Beyond the Highland Mist - Karen Marie Moning

The plot was nonsensical and full of holes. The characters’ motivations made no sense. The “romance” consisted of mindless possessive lust, with zero reasons for emotional connection. The main characters thought and behaved like sexually precocious toddlers. Him: My toy! Waahhh he's touching my toy! You can't have it! Mine! Her: You're a meanie! I hate you! I hate you forever and ever! Wait, that’s my toy! You can’t have it! Mine! Mine! I don’t want it! You can’t have it!


I tried to finish this, I really did. I tried swilling wine and powering through the pages, but found myself preferring to watch replays of old baseball games rather than reading. I found myself preferring to wash dishes rather than reading. I dreaded having to open this book and actually move my eyes across the page.


DNF at 57%. I was trying to read this for the Romance Bingo challenge. It was meant for the Man in a Kilt square for my first planned bingo, but  I’ve got 2 Jude Deveraux and a Diana Gabaldon on my TBR that I can substitute instead.  It would have also fit the squares for Rogue, Wedding Bells, and Historical Romance.  


EDIT: My sister highly recommended this to me, and I had bought the entire series before trying the first one. I'll never forgive her. 

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