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review 2017-10-20 21:56
Before We Were Yours ★☆☆☆☆
Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate

First Person Present Tense ought to come with a &!^@* warning label. I’m going to have to start checking the samples on every book I buy now. It’s spreading from YA into general adult fic like a plague of cockroaches that can’t be stamped out.

 

DNF after suffering through the first chapter and realizing it wasn’t going to go away. Audiobook, via Audible. No opinion on the narrator performance.

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review 2017-10-13 02:19
The Marriage Pact ★☆☆☆☆
The Marriage Pact: A Novel - Michelle Richmond

Original heading: The Marriage Pact - progress 0%

 

Noooooooooooooooooooo I hate first-person-present-tense!

 

I'm going to wait until after the this first scene to make sure the whole book isn't like this. If so I'm DNFing this and giving it the lowest possible rating.

 

UPDATE:

 

The good news is that the FP-present-tense only lasted for the 1st chapter, and the remainder that I was able to read was normal FP-past-tense. The bad news is that, after 6 chapters and 36 minutes of audio (yes I was checking my watch), it just wasn't very interesting. I didn't know anything about the characters except their occupations and their wedding, and frankly didn't give a rip what The Pact was, or why it matters, or what happened to the couple. 

 

DNF at 5%. 

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Tom Taylorson's performance was okay. 

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review 2017-10-02 18:28
Review: "Axios: A Spartan Tale" by Jaclyn Osborn
Axios: A Spartan Tale - Jaclyn Osborn

 

~ 1 star ~

 

 

This was a 3.5 star, maybe even a 4 star read for me, until the last chapter.

 

MASSIVE SPOILER!

 

Apart from the never-ending discussion about whether a love story that doesn’t have "an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending", or in other words: a happy ending (HEA or HFN) can be labelled as a "romance" or not (personally, I think: NOPE), I prefer my MCs at least to be ALIVE at the end of my books. I DON'T want to witness them being slaughtered on the battlefield, historically accurate wartime romance or not.

 

IF IT DOESN’T HAVE AN HEA (OR HFN), IT’S NOT ROMANCE!

 

 

You also might want to check out this blog post, which perfectly sums up my feelings regarding this issue.

 

Update: Just to clarify (because I feel awful to give such a low rating to such a nice author):

 

- as a "romance" novel: 1 star

- as a "(tragic) gay love story": 3.5 - 4 stars

 

The writing was good, the research was well-done, and the MCs and secondary characters were all very likable.

 

But I finished this book today with a heavy heart and it left me sad, and that's not what I am looking for when I choose to read a romance novel. 

 

(spoiler show)

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-26 13:38
On What Grounds ★☆☆☆☆
On What Grounds - Cleo Coyle

After a full hour of listening to this audiobook, and we've gotten almost nowhere with the actual mystery. Almost all of this time has been spent on exposition. It has given me zero reason to continue soldiering on.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Rebecca Gibel gives a good performance. DNF at 14%.

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review 2017-09-03 23:01
Better than Force Awakens
Star Wars: Poe Dameron, Vol. 1: Black Squadron - Charles Soule,Phil Noto

Poe Dameron was the only thing I liked about Force Awakens, outside of Leia. BB8 was nice, but (he's R2, right? Finn was interesting but confusing, and Rey was a Mary Sue (not surprising since Luke was a Marty). But Poe was fun.

There is not much back story about Poe, and there are some actions that make me question certain plot points. Look, I know all the myth points about SW, but honesty, there are so many plot holes in the movies that you ride a dragon carrying a train though them. And yes, I love SW, but I also can't turn off English lit brain. Sorry.

It's a fun series, not deep, but entertaining enough. Nice addition of two women in Squadron which made me happy.

 

Poe's sexuality isn't discussed here.  I understand the need for representation, but considering Quinn was crushing on Rey during the movie, I'm not entirely sure it's a love match for Poe and Quinn.  

 

Personally, I think Poe is husband to his droid.

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