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review 2018-10-23 17:29
Master of None (Millcastle #2) by Kate Pearce
Master of None (Millcastle #2) - Kate Pearce

Master of None (Millcastle #2) - Kate Pearce 

 

Forced marriage & marriage of convenience are two of my favorite tropes and this story hit all the high marks in what I think these tropes should be. The narrative/voice of this author made the story tangible and the characters jump out of the page. 

Emily has always been a dutiful, obedient daughter so when her father tells her she must marry the manager of one of his mills she reluctantly acquiesces to her father’s wishes. I liked her character a whole lot. She gave the illusion of being a meek woman however she was never afraid to speak up when in disagreement or when someone pushed her limits. 
Adam had this quiet confidence that made him both endearing and appealing, and I think his greatest flaw was his pride because he always thought to be right. On the other hand there were times I felt bad for the poor guy, what with him having to deal with an expanding empire, his new bride, family disputes, and old flames trying to destroy his marriage. But even with all the burdens that were suddenly thrown their way, Emily and Adam managed to create a joyous if not perfect marriage. The chemistry between the two was not exactly “explosive” but it was believable and real, what a real marriage should be like, especially when it started the way it did. 

The suspense, real-life hardships, emotional scenes, and well-defined characters, not to mention a true historical setting feeling, made this story a highly enjoyable read. Oh, and that man on the cover of the book, so-very Adam! 

*I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.*

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review 2018-10-22 13:49
Review: “Dead in the Garden” (Grasmere Cottage Mystery, #1) by Dahlia Donovan
Dead in the Garden - Dahlia Donovan

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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text 2018-10-22 02:04
The Return of the King - 70%
The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien,Rob Inglis

     But as they came to the east end of the village, they met a barrier with a large board saying, NO ROAD; and behind it stood a large band of Shirriffs with staves in their hands and feathers in their caps, looking both important and rather scared.

 

     "What's all this?" said Frodo, feeling inclined to laugh. 

 

     "This is what it is, Mr. Baggins," said the leader of the Shirriffs, a two-feather hobbit. "You're arrested for Gate-breaking, and Tearing Up of Rules, and Assaulting Gate-keepers, and Tresspassing, and Sleeping in Shire-buildings Without Leave, and Bribing Guards with Food."

 

     "And what else?" said Frodo. 

 

     "That'll do to go on with," said the Shirriff leader. 

 

     "I can add some more if you like it," said Sam. "Calling Your Chief Names, Wishing to Punch His Pimply Face, and Thinking you Shirriffs look a lot of Tom-fools." 

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review 2018-10-21 21:21
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban - Malala Yousafzai

I knew very little about Pakistan outside of news clips before reading this book, and I knew even less about Malala. She's a passionate young woman who loves her family, her country and Islam, and she's dedicated her life to seeing that every child receives an education. Coming from a country where over five million children never receive an education and where girls are encouraged to leave their educations unfinished, and where the Taliban target schools for bombings and shootings, she came to appreciate the importance of education early in her life. She was able to go to the school her father ran, but even that was not always easy after the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, but she didn't back down and neither did her father. 

 

The writing flows here, whether she's talking about her classmates, her life at home, Pushtan customs or about growing up in the Swat Valley. Her detailing of the various events in Pakistan history, from its founding after being broken off from India to its current state of affairs, is concise and enlightening without getting bogged down. It's clear that her early years of writing and orating has made her confident in speaking her mind and she chronicles the events of her life openly and frankly. 

 

Most of the book takes place before the shooting that changed her life, with the last third or so talking about the shooting and the events afterward, including how it came about that she was removed from Pakistan and her recovery to date. She is an incredibly lucky young woman to have survived, and many people were responsible for that, and she continues to campaign for education for all children. 

 

She truly is an inspiration. 

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review 2018-10-21 15:43
Kill Creek ★★★★☆
Kill Creek - Scott Thomas,Bernard Setaro Clark

How many ghost stories have I read where a group of people are invited to spend the night in a supposedly haunted house? Well, I don’t know, but it seems like about a gazillion. This one, though, was just different enough to thoroughly enjoy the modern twist where the guests are all horror authors – although each of very different and distinct styles – and the host is a celebrity producer of viral internet marketing schemes. While each character is a Type, they are not caricatures, and even the most dislikeable ones are still sympathetic in some way. The story is a bit of a slow burn, where there are merely hints of the unexplainable through the first half, but there will be plenty of graphic blood and gore by the end, with a final twist that took me by surprise.

 

I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Modern Masters of Horror: horror published in or after 2000. Kill Creek was published in 2017.

Audiobook, via Audible. I really enjoyed the narration by  Bernard Setaro Clark.

 

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