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text 2018-12-15 20:24
24 Festive Tasks - The Points...So Far
The Soldier's Secrets - Naomi Rawlings
Princess Elizabeth's Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal
A Gentleman's Game (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain
Love's Unfading Light: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 1) - Melissa Jagears,Naomi Rawlings,Roseanna White
A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America - Michael Eric Dyson
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore
Amelia: An Autumn Bride - Hildie McQueen
Star Dust (Fly Me to the Moon, Book One) - Genevieve Turner,Emma Barry

This is my collection of points for the game. Links back to tasks, will update with links to book reviews once they are written.

 

Current Points Collected: 40

 

Door 1: 3 tasks (3 pts) + read The Soldier's Secrets (1 pt) = 4pts

Door 2: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Princess Elizabeth's Spy (1pt) = 3pts

Door 3: 3 tasks (3pts) + read The Gentleman's Game (1pt) = 4pts

Door 4: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Love's Unfading Light (1pt) = 3pts

Door 5: 1 task (1pt) + read A Moveable Feast (1pt) = 2 pts

Door 6: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Tears We Cannot Stop (1pt) = 3pts

Door 7: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Radium Girls (1pt) = 3pts

Door 8: 2 tasks (2pts) +

Door 9: 4 tasks (4pts) + read Amelia: An Autumn Bride (1pt) = 5 pts

Door 10: 2 tasks (2pts) +

Door 11: 1 task (1pt) + currently reading Star Dust

Door 12: 1 task (1pt) +

Door 13: 2 tasks (2pts) + 

Door 14: 0 tasks (0pt) +

Door 15: 2 tasks (2pts) +

Door 16: 3 tasks (3pts) +

Door 17: 1 task (1pt) +

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review 2018-12-14 21:23
Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (reread/listen on Audio)
Obsidio - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Review ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

This series...I'm so sad that I'm completely done with it...bbbuuuttt...I'm happy I own all 3 books plus the audio versions so I can always read/listen to them again.  Because, Damn. 

 

Check out that stellar full-cast list of narrators, below...it's quite the collection of voices, and they all make this phenomenal on Audio.  I'm going to keep this short and sweet and end with a...THANK YOU, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for an amazing journey.

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

5+STARS - GRADE=A++

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

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⇝ 4.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ Love them all...
Narration⇝ Olivia Taylor Dudley, Carla Corvo, Johnathan McClain, Lincoln Hoppe, MacLeod Andrews, Erin Spencer, Andrew Eiden, Lisa Cordileone, Matthew Frow, Olivia Mackenzie-Smith, Ryan Gessel, Vikas Adam, Sile Bermingham, Mike Chamberlin, Feodor Chin, Charlotte Cole, Kimberly Farr, Kaleo Griffith, Hillary Huber, JD Jackson, David Jung, Greta Jung, Joshua Kane, Jolene Kim, David H Lawrence XVII, Nick, Martorelli, Donnabella Mortel, PJ Ochlan, Ray Porter, Ray Shappell, Emily Woo Zeller, Dan Zitt 
 
Series⇝ Illuminae #3
Setting⇝ Deep Space and Kerenza
Source⇝ I Own Audible Audiobook
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review 2018-12-14 18:07
Meh
Star Trek vs. Transformers #1 (of 5) - John Barber,Mike Johnson,Philip Murphy

I basically bought this to heal my heart because the TF universe has been imploded.   But at least you'll have this, I told myself, but I'm not sure it's worth it.  Oh, I'm invested, and I'll finish up this five issue mini-series, but I'm not sure that it was worth it.   It's animated in the ST animated style, but has Windblade.   My guess is IDW TF, mashed up with ST Animated TOS.   

 

Confused?   Yup. 

 

It's an okay story, but nothing that's super impressing me yet.   I hope this steps up its game in the next couple of issues!

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review 2018-12-13 19:49
Subspace tunnel sounds like a euphemism
Mere Mortals - David Mack

Star Trek Destiny #2: Mere Mortals by David Mack continues the trilogy that I began discussing on Monday. We find our crews separated across not only vast distances but also by time itself. Hernandez and 3 members of her crew are stranded with the Caeliar in the 1500s trying to find a suitable planet to inhabit without any hope of returning to their lives back on Earth in their time. Riker and the crew of Titan have reached the homeworld of the Caeliar in the present day and things do not go according to plan...in fact events quickly snowball out of Riker's control. Meanwhile, Picard and Dax are going through subspace tunnels in the style of eeny, meeney, miney, moe trying to find the one which will lead them to the Borg's point of origin and hopefully onto a path of defeating them. 

 

The best parts of this installment were those which followed Hernandez's struggles to adjust to her new existence and the glimpses of the Federation President scrabbling to put together a formidable force to defeat the approaching Borg Armada. There are two reasons I think that I preferred these two storylines: I still haven't watched Nemesis and still feel confused by this reality and Mack's depiction of familiar faces did not sit right with me particularly in regards to Picard. Sometimes I find that the best Star Trek novelizations are the ones where the author focuses more on the storyline element and less on the characters which the audience typically knows really well. In this case, Mack's description of the Caeliar race and their culture coupled with the (unknown to me at least) Captain Hernandez and her never-ending quest to escape/understand her captors was exactly what I wanted in a great sci-fi novel. Conversely, the dramatic characterization of Riker's faltering marriage and Picard's inner struggles against the Borg felt stilted and forced. 

 

By this point, I was way too invested not to continue so if you're wondering how I felt about the conclusion you can check back next week for that (although hopefully you're checking every day (-:). 7/10 for book 2 in this trilogy.

 

What's Up Next: The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity by Byron Reese

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond and The Science of Supervillains by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-12-13 18:14
Prepare To Be Outraged – Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown @sandrabrown_NYT
Breath of Scandal - Sandra Brown

 

 

Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown is my latest addition of her work to my read shelf. She is an author that appeals to me on every level and I am happy to share this (late) review. I finished reading the book on 3.30.15 and, as much as I loved it, it’s hard to believe I have waited this long to share my review.

 

I would like to thank Net Galley and Grand Central Publishing.

 

Breath of Scandal

Amazon  /  Goodreads

 

MY REVIEW

 

We have some young, hormonal boys out drinking, bored and looking for something to do. I see nothing good coming from it..and I hated to be right.

 

Noel is the sheriff’s kid and is a spoiled pig, a creep, and I think he will grow up to be a very bad man. He had the best of everything and thought Jade would fit right in. She sure didn’t and snubbed him. Jade’s mom thinks it’s a great idea,  but Jade has her eyes set on Gary.

 

I quickly figured out what is to come, but there was lots of anticipation and tension created while I waited for it. That is why I love Sandra Brown. Just because I know what’s coming, her writing makes for  page turning, white knuckled reading. The writing is so good, I smell the beer on his breath, feel the slime of the mud as we crawl through the car ruts and the cold swampy water as we huddle in the ditch, terrified.

 

I felt the fear before Jade did, because, as a reader, I know what is coming before she does. LOL I cringe as I think of it. I feel it is going to be so much worse than she can imagine….and I’m right. I am horrified!

 

I am so pissed off!!!! Breath of Scandal reads like a true story. I want to throw my Kindle at the wall I am so ticked off. I had to stop reading for a moment and catch my breath, get my emotions under control. AND, I am only at 15%. It is so hard to describe the emotions bubbling through my veins, racing through my mind, aghast at the abuse and misuse of power and the nonchalance of the characters involved, from the bad guy, the cop, her friend, and her own mother, probably the biggest betrayal of all.

 

Crowd mentality can cause people to take on newer and darker personality traits. The wealthy and powerful rule and think that laws were made for other people, not them. Is the one aiding and abetting as despicable as the actual villain?

 

I’m beginning to plot Jade’s revenge for her. I love her ability to pick herself up and go on.  I love her grit and determination.

 

The only downside was when Sandra Brown veered off topic to tell Dillon and Debra’s story, but there must be a reason????

 

Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown had all my emotions raging. Dying would be too good for the evil characters, and believe me, they are evil. A death sentence would be too good for them.

 

I could rant on and on, but I think I have said enough. If you love your emotions running the gamut, disgusting villains, and a protagonist that will have their day, then you need to grab a copy now!

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown.

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