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review 2018-12-02 00:11
Across the Horizon by Aly Martinez
Across the Horizon - Aly Martinez

 

 

My favorite stories are the identifiers. Stories that carry a sense of truth that is relatable and raw. Characters that inspire by example and authors who are not afraid to expose their heart even at the worst moments. Across the Horizon is a compilation of fate, love and heartbreak. Martinez peers into a aching heart and a second chance at a surprising time. Emotion leaps off the page and pulls at your heart. Rita and Tanner are a match made in heartache, but healed by love.

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review 2018-08-27 22:21
Audio Book Review: Among The Echoes (Wrecked And Ruined #2.5) By Aly Martinez
Among the Echoes - Aly Martinez

 

This was one of the first few books this author released. I can definitely see the potential that would continue to evolve and become the romance author she is today. As beautiful as this story was the emotional potency she tends to evoke in me in her later novels weren't all that strong in this one. It was still a very well written story.

 

The heroine (Erica) is introduced in a very graphic and stomach-churning first scene. I usually don't mind most situations but this was one of the few books that almost had me tapping out because of it. Erica was traumatized and was almost broken because of it all. The seconds of "clarity" (AKA being herself) she would exhibit with Slate was amazing. Her journey of learning to live with her trauma and love again was beautiful.

 

Slate was amazing! I loved how understanding and respectful he was towards Erica. At the same time, he also pushed her just enough out of her comfort zone for her to try and have normal experiences due to her circumstances and secrets.

 

The ending was sweet! Though the "big bad" Erica and Leo were running from throughout the story was defeated way too easily, but I never saw it coming. I loved seeing her back in her element and living life to its fullest with Slate in the end.

 

The Audio Book:

 

Both narrations were great! I'm not usually a fan of male narrators, but the story sucked me in so well that I wouldn't even realize the narrator switched until the almost end of the chapter. I would have liked for both narrators to have more range in different female and male voices because there were a few times when I lost track of who was saying what.

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review 2018-08-23 02:55
Connie Verity is trying to have it all -- a personal life while saving the world on a regular basis
Constance Verity Saves the World - A. Lee Martinez

“It’s a problem I have. When you’re ten years old and dangling from a cliff while rabid hyenas circle below, you learn to be stubborn. You can’t quit, because quitting isn’t an option. You dig your fingernails and pray that root doesn’t come loose. And if it does, you plan how best to fend off hyenas when all you have is a Pez dispenser and a priceless diamond in your pocket. I fight. It’s what I do. It’s how I survive. When people turn and run, I go forward. It’s kept me alive so far, but it’s skewed how I look at things.

 

“Somebody tells me I can’t do something, I want to do it more. Want isn’t a strong enough word. I need to do it. Give me that big red button labeled DO NOT PUSH in bright neon letters, and I’ll push it every time."

 

Having fought for the ability to have a normal life in The Last Adventure of Constance Verity Connie's out to try to have one. Which is harder than saving the world a few times a week. She's still saving the world regularly, as well as having all sorts of adventures. She's trying to settle down with her boyfriend Byron the accountant, while relying on her best friend/sidekick Tia some more (all the while, Tia is trying to strengthen her relationship with her ninja-thief boyfriend, Hiro). There are evil geniuses, aliens, robots, and vampires living in her condo -- all of them behaving themselves, thank you very much.

 

One of the activities that takes most of Connie's time right now is trying to help out an old friend cleanup the supercriminal organization that he's in charge of now that his mother has apparently died. There's a lot of rogue agents, assassins and experiments that need cleaning up if the organization is going to be come a legitimate force for good -- or at least not a force for evil and chaos in the world. Connie's tempted to spend more time doing that than she should, to the detriment of her relationship with Byron. Thankfully, Tia's there to help keep her priorities in order. Hopefully, that'll be enough.

 

You ever find yourself eating something -- say, some cake -- and you're not sure if it's too rich, if the frosting is too sweet? And then you realize how stupid you sound? Wondering if the cake is too good? Well, that's the experience I had with this (and, I'm pretty sure with the previous Constance Verity book) -- where there too many quips? Too many (seemingly) random ideas, aliens, evil masterminds, robots, henchmen of a variety of stripes, strange occurrences? What a stupid thing to ask. Yeah, there's a lot going on, but it actually doesn't get to the overload status. It may come close, but it stays on the right side. It's like asking if there are too many animated personages in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, if there are too many Easter Eggs in whatever your Super-Hero movie of choice is. No, there's not -- there's a lot of good things that are fun. Shut up and enjoy.

 

Really, that's the worst thing I can say about the book -- occasionally, there are too many fun things happening. The pacing is great, the characters are rich, lively, and well-developed (including many of those only around for a page or so), you'll laugh, you'll be moved, you might even have a thought provoked. It's just a charming book set in a delightful world.

 

Do not make the mistake of thinking this is a romp, just a free-wheeling ball of fun, snark and self-referential humor. It's an A. Lee Martinez book, so yeah, there's a lot of that -- but laying underneath that is a good story, some interesting ideas about relationships, about trust, about fate. A whole lot of other things, too, I'm sure, but let's stick with those. Too many people will read this, focus on the "fun" stuff and will miss the very thoughtful portions -- it's Martinez' strength and weakness that it's so easy to do with his works. There's nothing wrong with a silly adventure story, and there's nothing wrong with a book that's about something. But when you have a novel that's both -- you should pay attention to both.

 

I knew Martinez could write a series if he wanted to -- I had no idea what it was going to look like when he did. I'm glad I got the chance to find out. Constance Verity Saves the World is equal to its predecessor in every way that it doesn't outdo The Last Adventure of Constance Verity -- which is no mean feat. It's fun, the characters are better defined and have grown some, and there's never a dull moment. Constance Verity, the caretaker of the universe, the Legendary Snurkab, possibly the only woman with more titles than Daenerys Targaryen, is a character you need to get to know. Her sidekick Tia is, too. I cannot wait to see what the two of them do next.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/08/21/constance-verity-saves-the-world-by-a-lee-martinez-connie-verity-is-trying-to-have-it-all-a-personal-life-while-saving-the-world-on-a-regular-basis
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review 2018-08-14 06:12
Too Many Curses by A. Lee Martinez
Too Many Curses - A. Lee Martinez

TITLE:  Too Many Curses

 

AUTHOR:  A. Lee Martinez

 

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"Margle the Horrendous takes special pride in never killing his enemies. Instead, the wizard transforms them into various accursed forms and locks them away in his castle. His halls are filled with his collection of fallen heroes and defeated villains.

It’s Nessy’s duty to tend this castle. It’s a lot of work, but she takes pride in housekeeping talents that keep the castle from collapsing into chaos. But when Margle suddenly dies, everything begins to unravel. Nessy finds herself surrounded by monsters, curses, a door that should never be opened, and one very deadly dark wizardess.

Nessy doesn’t have might or magic on her side; she’s just a kobold: short, furry, and sensible. It would be smarter to walk away, but taking care of the castle is Nessy’s job, and that’s just what she intends to do.

If only she could find time to polish the silver while beating back the forces of darkness.
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A light-hearted and amusing stand-alone fantasy novel, with a whole cast of fanciful and horrifying characters, and of course, loveable, sensible and responsible Nessy. 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-04-01 18:18
Review of Pedro by Pedro Martinez
Pedro - Pedro Martinez,Michael Silverman

Pedro Martinez is easily my favorite pitcher of all time.  He was must watch any time he took the mound.  This was a fun look into his career and to hear his strong opinions on his teammates and coaches throughout his playing years.  I wish there was a bit more on individual games, and I wish there was a bit more about his personal life, but overall if you are a baseball fan (especially a Red Sox fan), this will be a very enjoyable read.

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