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review 2018-10-06 14:17
Spill Zone - Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland 
Spill Zone - Scott Westerfeld,Alex Puvilland

I think I have already read this one, but I don't have a record of that, so leave it at maybe. Of course, this one didn't get logged last week when read, because they get knocked out in one quick sitting, then immediately on to the next thing. Volume 2 is out now, so a refresher was necessary. Like Paper Girls and Lumberjanes, strange things are afoot and it could be anything. It is so gratifying to read about girls having adventures just like they are real people. Kudos for Westerfeld who puts female and minority characters front and center, without making it the point. If I can get #2, I'm going to use it for my New Release.

 

Puvilland has different styles and palettes that set off the sheer strangeness of what Poughkeepsie has become. Approaching it from the woods in particular puts me in mind of footage from Chernobyl twenty years later.

 

Library copy 

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text 2018-10-04 04:30
My son's first book club!
Operation Robot Storm - Alex Milway

Today as I drove my son home form my parents' house he started talking about how he and his friends were reading Alex Milway's Operation Robot Storm together. It took a few questions and a conversation with my wife to piece together what had happened: he took his copy of the book (which I had read to him a couple of years ago) up to school, and he read it to two of his friends. So now they are reading it together!

When I had gotten the gist of what had happened, I made him an offer: I was willing to help him get two more copies of the book so he can give them to to give to his friends, then they can all read it at the same time and then talk about what they were reading. He took me up on the offer immediately, and the copies are on there way.

 

And just like that, my son is in his first book club!

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text 2018-10-01 16:55
Monthly Run Down - September 2018
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - Gabourey Sidibe
Sexsomnia - Sleepless in Manhattan - Anya Omah
The Monster: A Story of NeverNeath - Dar... The Monster: A Story of NeverNeath - Darynda Jones
Immortal Nights - Lynsay Sands
Alex and Eliza: A Love Story - Melissa de la Cruz,Cassandra Campbell
China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel - Kevin Kwan
Lies: The Gripping Psychological Thriller That Will Take Your Breath Away - T.M. Logan

 

 

Books I Read:

 

This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - 4 Stars - Interesting

 

Sexsomnia: Sleepless in Manhattan - 2.5 Stars - It had its moments.

 

The Monster: A Story of Neverneath - 4 Stars - I can’t wait for the next part to be published.

 

Immortal Nights - 4 Stars - It was so good to visit with the Argeneaus again.

 

Alex and Eliza - 4 Stars - Greatly enjoyed

 

China Rich Girlfriend - 4 Stars - Wow






DNF:

 

Lies - T.M. Logan - Lots of buildup but took too long to deliver. I lost interest.



Currently Reading:



Twilight - Stephenie Meyer - Re-reading...slowly

 

The Emerald Sea  - Richelle Mead - Finishing up the trilogy




Year to Date Totals:



January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

September: 7 books

 

2018: 76 books

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review 2018-10-01 01:22
ARC Review: Hard Truths by Alex Whitehall
Hard Truths - Alex Whitehall

On one hand, this book was less superficial than I expected, considering the blurb. I love the fake boyfriend trope, and I was looking forward to a fun book. While there was lots of humor, the depth within surprised me.

On the other hand, I would have liked to repeatedly smack Isaac over the head, not only for continuing to hide Logan being his boyfriend, but also for not realizing that family isn't always determined by blood, especially when your parents are homophobic racist jerks. 

I think what bothered me the most is that Isaac often sounded much younger than I was told he is, especially when he's around his parents, and that he was too blind to realize that he was hurting Logan, and his friends, with his ridiculous stance. While I could understand his fears, those fears blinded him to what he already has, and he only saw what he stood to lose. He lives a couple of hours away from his parents, and he's out to everyone in his life, except for them. But every time he goes home, it is very clear that not only does he not like his parents, especially his father, but he also mocks and ridicules them. And thus I couldn't for the life of me understand what was stopping him from telling them to shove it and tell them who he truly is. 

The romance is definitely whirlwind, much like the blurb promises, and there is hot sex and cheesy puns, and I believed that both Isaac and Logan had feelings for each other. They have a lot in common, and the growth in their relationship felt realistic to me given the timeframe of this book. 

I guess Isaac still needed to grow up. And I guess he does by book's end; he just leaves a whole lot of hurt in his wake that could have been avoided, had he been more emotionally mature. 

The entire book is written from Isaac's POV, so we don't get a whole lot of true insights to Logan, and Isaac's friends, since his view is somewhat skewered and distorted though his lens. The humor was fun (not cheesy, really), and outside of Isaac's behavior with his parents, I did like him as a person. He's kind and considerate to others - just emotionally stunted. Which is likely a result of his upbringing, but I didn't see the same in his sister, and she grew up in the same emotionally stunted home. 

I liked the writing style, and I'm definitely going to check out more books by this author. 


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher in exchange for an honest review. **

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review 2018-09-30 05:41
Hardest
Hard Truths - Alex Whitehall

Isaac meets Logan at Christmas, as his sister's boyfriend.  Talk about your forbidden choices.  He will just have to put what he wants aside.  He does not believe he is worthy of a great relationship.

 

Logan has no problem telling Isaac he wants him.  He is only doing a friend a favor.  Their attraction is obvious to anyone who looks at them together.  

 

The characters had an obvious connection.  The sparks definitely fly around them being together.  Very realistic, with a slower pace than I expected.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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