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review 2017-04-20 21:24
Hard Wired - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell

I loved this book so much.

 

This series has been perfection so far. I fell in love with this writing duo with book one and by book three, I know I want them to co-write books forever. I'll take anything they give us and beg for more if I have to.

 

There were times I was a little frustrated and times I was pissed as hell (I'm looking at one character when I say that) and those emotions just made this more enjoyable.

 

Jesse and Ian were cute together and sweet and made me feel all mushy inside. It was nice to see them get it together with their relationship. But I also liked that it took effort and compromise and love. It wasn't all fixed after they had sex and love didn't fix anyone. But there was growth and development.

 

And Ian. Ian was... I related to him in so many ways and I felt his struggles. It was so nice to read a character I could see a bit of myself in and is one of the reasons I love this book as much as I did.

 

Now I'm going to wait impatiently patiently for the next book. 

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review 2017-04-19 23:45
Finders Keepers ★★★★☆
Finders Keepers: A Novel - Stephen King

This was a much slower moving story than Mr. Mercedes, with the setup and history to the main action taking up the bulk of the book. But the author is so good at breathing life into the characters and sprinkling action and excitement into seemingly mundane scenes, that I was carried along without really even noticing it. And I was pleased that his awkward and unconvincing attempts at romance in the first book was mercifully absent in this one.

 

And does anyone do murder scenes better than Mr. King? NOPE.

 

Okay, I’m ready to dive into the last book!

 

Audio version, via Audible. Will Patton’s performance was masterful. He does much more than just allow the listener to distinguish between the voices of different characters. He uses a different voice for each scene, depending on the central character for that scene. He creates a unique voice, with breath, speech patterns, and pacing, for each character, that fully embodies the its characteristics. I especially loved his voice for Holly. His voice for Morris was absolutely menacing, it gave me chills.

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review 2017-04-19 10:54
The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal - K.J. Charles

It has taken me forever, but I finally read The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal. It's been a long time coming. I wanted to read this so bad since it came out, yet I never got around to it, despite promising myself several times. Well now, I can finally move it from my TBR to my read list. And it was more than worth the wait.

 

I feel like I need to kick myself when I put off reading a book I really want to read. It happens from time to time and 99% of the time, I end up adoring it. Like with this one.

 

As with all other KJ Charles books I've read, I loved both plot and characters. She is my go to for historical books and she does paranormal in a way that I enjoy, too, despite being more of a contemporary girl. 

 

This book spans over twenty years, with each chapter telling the story of a different case. It isn't just about the cases, though. It's about the toll it took on both Simon and Robert and the ups and downs of their lives. Certain cases impacted their lives, both as a couple and individually.

 

It wasn't smooth sailing for these guys. They had bumps along the road. Robert learned that fairly early on and saw what getting into this life would bring, but it only brought him and Simon closer together. And then there was a chapter near the end that brought one of the biggest bumps in the road. But they overcame it together and I like how it was handled by them. I understood Simon's anger at what Robert had done, but I also understood Robert and why he did what they did. It made sense for him to do it in my mind and I liked how he brought up something Simon had said in an earlier chapter of the book.

 

A few cases were more intriguing than others and after reading the acknowledgements at the end of the book, I think I understand why. One chapter in particular made me a little more wary of butterflies.

 

The ending was ugly and sad, but also beautiful in a way that was befitting this story and these characters. It felt so very final, which is why I was able to find closure when I finished, because even though it was not your traditional happy ending, I was able to find the happy in it.

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review 2017-04-17 12:44
Maskerade ★★★★★
Maskerade - Terry Pratchett

How I empathized with Agnes, cursed with a good personality and nice hair, instead of a trim figure and a pretty face. Knowing that she was always expected to be calm and sensible and capable, resenting it, and yet unable to help herself in always being the calm and sensible and capable one in a crisis. What young woman wouldn’t be horrified to see her own future in Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax? And yet, there is certainly power in embracing your true self.

 

I’m a little sad that there’s only one more book in the Witches series from the Discworld books. So far, this one is my favorite.

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review 2017-04-16 16:55
Marrying Winterborne ★★★★☆
Marrying Winterborne - Lisa Kleypas

I picked this one up because I had enjoyed the first in the series very much. I had low expectations, though, because the male love interest seemed more the stereotypical Romance genre alpha-male, on the rapey-side, based on his appearance in Cold-Hearted Rake. Much to my surprise, though, the author gave him a more nuanced character in this book, and although he was certainly a bit manipulative, the heroine had full agency. Most of what I like about this series of books is the rediscovery of Romance as an enjoyable, escapist read.

 

Audiobook borrowed from my local library via Overdrive. Excellence performance by Mary Jane Wells.

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