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review 2019-01-14 14:27
ARC REVIEW Crucible by James Rollins
 

Crucible (Sigma Force #14) Sigma Force #14, Another hair raising, death defying, action packed, FANTASTIC read from James Rollins. If you haven't read the entire series yet I really recommend it, it's history, science, religion, and action adventure all rolled into one. Another nice thing, IMO, is I don't think you have to read the others to enjoy and follow this one. There are a few things references to a certain person in a past book but nothing to major, and the major characters are all established and there are quite a few characters to keep track of fortunately they are split into two groups, sometimes three, and with the third person POV you follow everyone, and in this books case you even follow the evolution of an AI.

Seichan and Monk's two daughters are missing, Kat is in the hospital barely hanging on, and now Monk, Gray, and their team have to track down a young woman and her AI before an overzealous group that goes back to the time of the Spanish Inquisition get their hands on it and unleash a new kind of hell on the world. Gray and Monk are torn between finding Seichan, who is pregnant with Gray's unborn baby,with Monk's two daughters and once again saving the world but the person who took them wants the AI too so in order to get them back they need the AI. It also helps that they know Seichan and what she's capable of, Monk's daughters couldn't be in better, safer hands even at eight months pregnant she's deadly.

I'm an emotional reader, I will laugh out loud in public at funny parts and I WILL bawl my eyes out if the situation calls for it. The beginning of this book and the end of the book had me in tears, big fat ugly tears. The rest of the time I was at the edge of my seat and holding my breath it was intense. It stands for reason that Rollins is one of my top five favorite authors he delivers, with every single book you get an action packed, emotional, educational, entertaining read. Each new book is my favorite and this is no exception this book wrecked me in all the best ways.   


 

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review 2019-01-09 16:45
The Lemon Sisters (Wildstone, #3) by Jill Shalvis
The Lemon Sisters - Jill Shalvis

 

 

How do you keep moving forward when life is determined to hold you back? The Lemon Sisters first and foremost is a tale of two sisters. Mindy and Brooke are pushing the boundaries of their relationship. Mindy is the sister that always has her world together. Brooke is the sister struggling not to drown in her shadow. That's the way it's always been, until one day it wasn't. Shalvis explores the ups and downs of sisterhood with an empathetic ear, an optimistic outlook and some painful moments. Sometimes the people we thought we knew, can turn out to be a strangely beautiful surprise.
 
 

 

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text 2019-01-02 01:14
My January TBR (New Releases)
Flights of Fancy - Jen Turano
The Paragon Hotel - Lyndsay Faye
An Orchestra of Minorities - Chigozie John Obioma
The Only Woman in the Room - Marie Benedict
The Winter of the Witch - Katherine Arden
Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother and Widow - Lucy Worsley
The last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who fled Mao's Revolution - Helen Zia
The Wartime Sisters - Lynda Cohen Loigman
We Cast a Shadow - Carlos Ruffin
House of Stone - Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

For the last year I've become very picky about what I choose to read. I believe I'm very sure about my likes and dislikes at this point. I'm a Literary Fiction and Historical Gal. I really want to read my own books, but have bitten off more than I can chew, in past years, in requests. 

 

Going forward, perusing book websites to acquire more books will be in my past. I want to concentrate on reading what I've already obtained. My concentration will be put on the social media sites that are more of my lane and those are Goodreads and Booklikes. I'm a recovering Instagram scroller and Youtube time waster. This year I will have more focus and drive for what inspires me and allows me to thrive.

 

 

January 1

 

Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano

 

January 8

 

The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

 

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozi Obioma

 

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benendict

 

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

 

Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother and Widow by Lucy Worsley

 

January 22

 

Last Boat Out of Shanghai by Helen Zia

 

The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman

 

The Orphan Sisters by Shirley Dickson

 

January 29

 

We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

 

House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

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review 2018-12-30 00:11
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
99 Percent Mine - Sally Thorne 99 Percent Mine - Sally Thorne

A special thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

Darcy Barrett has travelled the world and can safely say that there is no man that measures up to Tom Valeska.  Tom's only flaw is that Darcy's twin brother, Jamie, claimed him first and that he is 99% loyal to her brother.    

 

When the twins inherit a rundown cottage from their grandmother, they are tasked with restoring it and selling it.  Before Darcy can set sail on her next adventure, house-flipper Tom has arrived in a tight t-shirt with his power tools (and hot tool belt) and he's single.

 

Darcy decides to stick around for a while.  It's not because she's been in love with Tom since she was eight-years-old, or that his face has inspired her to pick up her camera after her failed stint as a wedding photographer left her doubting her talent, it's to make sure that Jamie doesn't ruin the cottage's aesthetic with his modern taste.  Right?  

 

Can Darcy's delicate heart take being this close to Tom?  And can she turn the tables and make Tom 99 percent hers?

 

I loved The Hating Game.  It was clever, sharp, and cheeky!  But this book...I only liked it.  Okay so here's what I think happened: Thorne fell down with her character development.  Take Darcy for example, she's honest, and raw, but uses sarcasm and snark to hide behind her perceived tough exterior.  But this felt a bit forced and clichéd, and she ends up just being difficult and unlikeable.  Tom is your classic 'boy next door' type and although endearing, he was almost too good and dare I say...flat?  It felt like he was written to be the polar opposite of Darcy to make their relationship more layered and complicated, but again, this seemed to be a tactic.  You never get a sense of who he really is and he seems to be constantly eclipsed by those closest to him (his mother, his best friend, and now Darcy).  And can we just talk about Jamie for a second?  What a jerk.  I have the sneaking suspicion that he was underdeveloped because he will be a main character in another book.  

 

The plot came off as formulaic and a bit basic.  I don't want to get into too much detail here as to not give anything away, but I'm sure you can guess what happens.  I wanted the goods—I wanted more of their childhood, more about Tom and his mother, about Darcy's travels and her "Felicity" moment of cutting her hair, and more about Jamie (maybe then I wouldn't think he was such a tosser).  These relationships are the framework of the character development but they were underdeveloped and therefore produce some underwhelming characters.           

 

Where Thorne excels is with the ability to completely draw the reader in and not let go until the end.  She is incredibly engaging and I completely devoured both of her books in one sitting.  It is for this reason that she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors and I will read anything she writes.  There is an ease to her writing and she has such an ear for conversation and banter which translates extremely well on the page.  

 

While this book might not have been everything I had hoped it would be, there are going to be those that love it.  I just didn't love it as much as The Hating Game.  I mean, Josh Templeman...  Enough said.  

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review 2018-12-23 01:27
Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay, #7) by Jill Shalvis
Playing for Keeps - Jill Shalvis

 

Forget the feels. I fell hopelessly in love. Shalvis has her target in sight and never misses her mark. Playing for Keeps turns heartbreak into a sweet temptation. The gentle giant and the closed off temptress finally meet their match. It comes in the form of an adorable dog searching for a place to call home. Caleb and Sadie have much to overcome. Past hurts, present pain and foolish pride keep rearing their ugly heads, but Lollipop is there to soften the blow in time. Playing for Keeps is a journey of hope. This wounded trio turn the sweetest heartache into an unforgettable fresh start.

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