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review 2018-07-06 14:59
The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason
The Bleeding Dusk - Colleen Gleason

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I loved this book! This is the third book in The Gardella Vampire Hunters series and my favorite installment so far. This is a series that does need to be read in order since so much of the story builds on events from previous books. I have had this book sitting on my Kindle for several years and I do have to say that I am a little mad at myself for neglecting for so long because it was excellent. I didn't want to put it down for a single moment and was kind of mad that I had to do responsible things, like go to work, instead of read once I started with the book. I had a fantastic time with this story.

This book picks up right after the events of the previous book. Victoria has had a lot to deal with since becoming a vampire hunter. She is now Summa Gardella which means she is now the leader of the group of vampire hunters. Rome is very busy with Carnivale not to mention vampires and demons. Dead bodies are piling up and Victoria and the other vampire hunters are doing their best to keep the city safe.

I have really had a great time watching the characters in this series grow over the course of the series. Victoria is so much stronger than she was at the start of the series. She has been through a lot that has changed her outlook on the world. She cares less about what society thinks of her and feels responsible for the safety of others. When her mother and her mother's friends show up in Rome, she does conform to society's standards but only to make them happy. Max is not in a good place at this point and there are some pretty pivotal changes for him in this installment. Sebastian plays a very important role in this book and some pretty surprising developments with his character that I did not expect.

This was a very exciting book. There were a lot of different things going on and plenty of action to keep things interesting. I was really nervous for the characters several times and I wasn't quite sure how things would work out. I thought that there was a perfect balance between action filled scenes and scenes more focused on the characters.

I would highly recommend this series to others. I love that the series is set in the Victorian period and believe that adds an interesting element to the story. Everything seemed to come together in this book and some really important developments were revealed. I had such a good time with this book that I bought the next book in the series right away because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to Victoria and the other characters next!

I received a review copy of this book from Avid Press via Edelweiss.

Initial Thoughts
I loved this! Why I have neglected this series for so long? This is my favorite one in the series so far. I love how much Victoria, Max, and Sebastian have changed over the course of the series. The excitement level in this book was high. I can't wait to get started on the next book!

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review 2018-07-05 04:28
Lies by TM Logan -- no more netgalley for me
Lies: The Gripping Psychological Thriller That Will Take Your Breath Away - T. M. Logan

Thank you to St. Martin's Press and T.M. Logan for the chance to read LIES in exchange for this honest review.

Note to married people: if your spouse can't listen to you for the length of a meal without scrolling around and posting on Facebook/Goodreads/Twitter/etc constantly, you need a marriage counselor. If you don't heed this warning, you may find life increasingly unpleasant. 

Such is the life of our pal Joe Lynch, who stumbles his way through this book like a lost puppy, all snarls and grins, deciding to protect people who haven't asked for his protection, then getting angry when things don't go as he has decided life should go.

Unfortunately, I figured out by location 202 (4% into the book) who one of the culprits was and at 24%, I'd seen the entire plot without wanting or meaning to do so. The writing drops hefty clues that are actually spoilers. By the end I was irritated with our narrator and had the uncharitable thought that he deserved to be preyed on because he constantly did exactly the opposite of what any reasonable adult would do (and the opposite of what every authority figure -- his lawyer, police, random strangers...) tell him to do.

The second irritation (shown by constant notes that got less detailed as the book grinded on repetitively) were plot holes. I felt like the ending had been predetermined and the rest of the book was shunted in to make that ending fit, no matter how far from realistic we had to go to get there.

The payoff or "lesson" in all of this are gems like:

Trusting people is hard.

and

...it's not the photographing and sharing and broadcasting that makes something what it is. it's the doing. The being. The experience of it.



Needless to say, I found very little mystery and far fewer thrills. The mystery for me started to revolve around how long it would take for this fool to stumble into the guaranteed safe landing he was headed for -- because that's the kind of book this is. I wouldn't have finished it if I'd payed for a copy, and I would have probably returned it to the library none the poorer for having missed this one. 

Not my cuppa.

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review 2018-06-21 20:09
Cat Ellington's review of A Life Removed by Jason Parent
A Life Removed - Jason Parent

Please consult either one of the following links to view my analysis of A Life Removed by Jason Parent.

—Cat Ellington

 

• The Review Period with Cat Ellington: https://catellington.blogspot.com/p/my-reviews_27.html

 

• Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2007831466

 

Source: catellington.blogspot.com
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text 2018-05-28 16:28
Huge Overdue Book Haul

 

My last book-haul was in November so I'm like wayyyy behind on it and pretty much everything else. 

It seems it is taking a bit to get me back to the everyday and on top of everything blogging style if I ever back to the way it was. Because I like the more relaxed style a lot too lol.

Okay now to the books I received or bought in the last 6 months. I should note that it was December and I got a lot of books  or gift cards for my Birthday and then Christmas otherwise there is no way it be this many. 

I will add the picture first and then list the books :) 

 

 

 

The Wrath and the DawnThe Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh, Paper PrincessBroken Prince and Twisted Palace by Erin Watt and The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater all were bought with gift cards that I received, Thank you :) 

The first the books in the Raven Cycle Series by  Maggie Stiefvate , The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue were Christmas presents.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco I picked on sale in Target. 

 

 

 

This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab and Nevernight & Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff were also Christmas Presents. 

Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman  I got of Amazon when Thunderhead was released.

Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake were a Mother's Day gift, thank you :) 

 

 

I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski, Ain't She a Peach? by Molly Harper were send by the publishers. Thank you Bloomsbury and Simon and Schuster.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by  Becky Albertalli I bought so I can watch it before the movie. P.S. I read and loved the book. Movie....... I have yet to watch it lol.

Unravel Me & Ignite Me by  Tahereh Mafi  both were bought with a gift card. The same with Clean SweepSweep in Peace and One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrdews .

 

 

 

Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan was sent by Simon & Schuster.... Thank you :)  To complete my series I bought Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop and White Trash Zombie Unchained  by Diana Rowland.

Also if anyone knows if that was the last book in the series, please let me know. I didn't think it was but I can't find any info about it. 

 

 

Unraveled by Kate Jarvik Birch  and True Storm by  L.E. Sterling were sent by Entangled Teen. Thank you !! The Cruel Prince by Holly Black,  Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, The Empress by  S.J. Kincaid and A Court of Frost and Starlight  by Sarah J. Maas were all my purchases 

 

 

 

The next ten books are all e-copies..... I think I had more but to be honest I could have forgotten some.  But I know the books here, I had for sure and 8 out of the 10 were ARCs from publishers.I also had some library loans audio or otherwise but I'm not gonna list them since they are just loans and really the list would be never ending lol.

Forget You by Nina Crespo, Liflelike by Jay Kristoff, The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, True Born and True North by L.E. Sterling, This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter, Until You're Mine by Cindi Madsen and Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill were review copies from publishers through Netgalley. Thank you !!! Pestilence by Laura Thalassa and Warcross by Marie Lu were kindle purchases.

 

             

Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/?p=106&preview=true
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text 2018-05-03 15:16
This is me...
Island of the Mad - Laurie R. King

...Not-so-patiently waiting on my

print ARC of

Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King!

 

I'm soooo ecstatic!! : )

I absolutely LOVE this series!

 

Thanks Laurie and LibraryThing!  

 

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