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text 2018-03-17 04:33
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen

I am so glad this has a western flare to it- I just love stories like that. I had no idea until I started listening to the audio. That was a pleasant surprise! : )

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review 2018-03-16 23:43
Where 21st century women fear to tread
Perfect - Judith McNaught

For quotes/comments as I read and others commentary:  Buddy Read Perfect


700pgs. 700 PAGES 

The first 30% was good, with amazing development and laying foundation down for our characters. In newer published books, that first 30% would have been edited down to around 10%. I miss layers like that. Having said that, oh my god, could a lot have been edited out. I think. Secondary characters that seemed to add depth to the story, characters, and setting, started to become skim worthy as they didn't seem to add to the main arc. There's twin sisters that add flavor and a thinking commentary storyline but towards the end, I was wondering what the point was. Adding to a lesser degree, the heroine's boyfriend Greg(?) and the storyline of a FBI agent falling in love with heroine. They add to the layers of the story but they also meander the reader from the main arc and end up disappearing with no real conclusion; I was left with "what's the point?” 


This would not only satisfy your old tv show Dynasty cravings, this would fulfill 3 seasons worth. I feel like I lived three lifetimes reading this. Season One is the childhood of our heroine and hero and the development of how they came to be as adults, Season Two is the November sweeps lust, murder, kidnapping, and D-rama, and Season Three is the lies, betrayal, revelations, and happily ever after. 


All this D-rama of secondary character stories, lusting, murder, and life living is told through an early '90s romance view point. I ended up not liking the hero because of his overly aggressive, I know you love me/want me so I'm going to sexually man handle you until your body forces you to admit it, a heroine who could be read Mary Sue-ish with some innocent, too sweet to be real, 26yr old virgin, wishy washy, and "Perfect", a puritanical vibe, and a overhanging view that good wives are cooking and doing laundry. 


The murder mystery got a bit washed out as it was pushed to the background by the D-rama and not for my 21st century woman self, views. After I read the last sentence, I started to think about the ranting review I was going to type up, until I saw the Author's Note. Due to our heroine's childhood, she grew up illiterate until the 5th grade. As a result, she becomes a middle school teacher and after hours teaches adult women to learn how to read. Then in the note, the author talks about how harshly illiteracy affects women, which is also shown through secondary characters (heroine's grown women students) she weaves in how women are trapped in abusive relationships and poverty because of their illiteracy. She brings up a program called "Literacy. Pass. It. On.", a program funded by Coors Light and how it is working to help women gain literacy. I looked the program up and through my weak, quick research it went five years and earned 5 million dollars (looks like they were shooting for 40mil). Was this whole book, a story rife with sexism and clearly a prevailing view of its time, showing and relating to women, a cloak for a message of how women are held back and a way to help prevent that? Maybe, maybe not. It is why I love the romance genre, because there is a message here, even if its veiled, because maybe it had to be. Social commentary and women reaching out to women, hearing, acknowledging, and addressing our issues, that is what is commonly hidden behind those bare chest men covers. 


Did I like the story as a whole? No, too much editing needed, main couple's relationship was not built on a believable, solid foundation, and the whole Dynasty-like D-rama. However, the sub-plot of illiteracy and its harmful effects on women and how we can help them? Sign me up every time. (Secret: The romance genre is chalk full of this and why I'm signed up a lot for these books)


The Literacy. Pass. It. On. Program is not around anymore but please considering donating whatever you can at any literacy non-profit/charity. Share the love of reading

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review 2018-03-16 18:38
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Tainted Rose (Starlight Gods #2) by Yumoyori Wilson
Tainted Rose (The Starlight Gods Series #2) - Yumoyori Wilson,Rachael Kunz
Tainted Rose is the second book in the Starlight Gods series, and I'm so excited for the third book already! I can't wait!!!
We start where Dark Wish ended - Mako/Midnight are recovering from the attack. However, we learn that her Knights survived the attack, and it was all part of a 'big plan'. The trouble is, Mako is in a coma, and shows no signs of waking up, which puts a HUGE strain on all the guys, with Ryder bearing the brunt of it all. Through faith, luck, and pixie dust - sorry, I meant FAIRY dust, Mako does wake up, but things are quite as normal as she, and the guys, wanted.
There is so much I could say about this story, but I really don't want to give away any spoilers. Once again, this is an amazing story that completely gripped from the first word to the last. Mako is just as quirky as she was in the first book, and she now has her ginger Knight too, which she is VERY happy about. I love how we see the different spirits to each of them, plus how the Knights all have their own very individual characters, and their own histories too. Poor Daniel, that's all I'll say on that one!
With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, this story flowed very nicely indeed. Once again ending on a cliffhanger, I am left waiting and wanting for the third book in this series. Absolutely loving it, and definitely recommended by me.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!



Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/03/blog-tour-review-giveaway-tainted-rose.html
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text 2018-03-16 06:36
Reading progress update: I've read 320 out of 320 pages.
Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker

This book was weird  twisted and crazy and i loved it

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text 2018-03-16 01:03
Reading progress update: I've read 175 out of 320 pages.
Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker

This book is crazy

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