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text 2018-11-16 12:50
BOOK BLAST, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - House of Ashes by Loretta Marion
House of Ashes - Loretta Marion

~ EXCERPT ~

 

Present day ~ Whale Rock, Massachusetts ~ Cape Cod

 
September ~ three days since the disappearance
 
Back at home, I took a good look at my beloved Battersea Bluffs, with its towering widow’s walk, double chimneys, and impressive wrap-around porch. It had become part of Whale Rock’s lore that the majestic Victorian sitting high above the cliffs on the craggy northern end of town was possessed by the spirits of my great- grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell, its original owners. The legend evolved from a rumor initiated by my father when he was trying to take back his rightful home. It had been a successful strategy, but he could never have guessed how prophetic his fable would become—or maybe he’d already sensed the mysterious aspects of the old house. To be fair, Papa and I had never discussed the lurking scents and sounds presented by the spirits sharing our home.
 
I unlatched the gate, to a warm greeting of soft whimpers and an exuberant tail.
 
“You’re missing them too, aren’t ya, buddy?” I reached down to stroke the German shepherd’s glossy black fur, those usually erect ears momentarily relaxed. I widened the gate.
 
I followed the dog to the ledge of Percy’s Bluffs, so named after my great-grandfather’s dramatic leap from the cliffs overlooking Cape Cod Bay. I stared down to where the waves were crashing against the rocks below. Through the years, this spot had become my refuge, where I’d come to contemplate decisions or brood over troubles. Exhausted and numb, I sank to the ground and idly fingered an abandoned champagne cork, probably left here the night Vince and Ashley moved in with me. We’d brought a bottle down to the cliffs to toast our new alliance and the home they were going to help me save. I closed my eyes to bring to memory the feel of the fizzy liquid against my tongue, the first I’d tasted in years. There’d not been much to celebrate in recent times. But that night, a sense of hope had returned to me.
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review 2018-11-15 03:21
A mysterious disappearance, a family curse, a tad confusing but worth the read.
House of Ashes - Loretta Marion

Ghosts, suicide, curse, disappearances, unanswered questions. This story had it all. Cassie loved where she lived, ghosts and family history included. It was great watching her grow stronger through the story. There were moments of confusion as the mystery unraveled, but I loved how Cassie stuck to her beliefs. I enjoy a good ghost story, and this kept me interested.

I heard about this book through Goddess Fish Promotions, and received an ARC of this story through Netgalley. This is my unsolicited review.

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review 2018-09-21 03:44
Review: The Blackstone Chronicles, Part 3: Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon's Flame
Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon's Flame - John Saul

Re-read.

 

The dark figure has chosen the Ward family as their next victim.  Martha Ward is a religious fanatic.  She drove her husband away and then her only daughter, and when her sister died in a car accident, she took in her niece Rebecca and tried to teach her the path of righteousness.  Everyone in town refers to her as "Poor Rebecca" as they all believe the accident has left her mentally deficient, but really, it just removed her filter.  

 

Years later, dumped, fired and pregnant, Rebecca's cousin, Andrea, has no choice but to return to the home she fled from the day she turned 18.  Rebecca is thrilled and decides to buy a welcome home gift for her cousin.  The dark figure makes sure that the gift Rebecca finds in a dragon-head lighter with ruby eyes.  Andrea is only home for a few days before everything goes horribly wrong.

 

Needless to say, the dragon lighter is a bad, bad idea.  Looks like tragedy is only getting started in this town.

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review 2018-07-30 20:27
An Ember In The Ashes- DNF at 102 pages
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

You know, I used to feel really, really guilty about putting a book down before I had finished it. Like I owed the author something. But after suffering through way too many terrible books with one-dimensional characters and cliche plots, I learned I only owe MYSELF the respect of actually enjoying what I read.

 

This book, what I was able to read of it, was boring as crap. At first, I was okay with the characters, but the more you read, the more you realized they were absolutely lacking in any depth. Elias is just the straight-A, rich jock type with mommy issues, Laia is the pretty-not-pretty girl with no spine but a world of talents and no brain.

 

The world, which was billed as Rome-like, didn't feel Roman at all. In fact, I didn't feel much world building at all. 

 

The names of the people in this book were like something from a children's book. The Martials, the military types. And the Scholars, the smart ones. Really?

 

The Resistance uses Laia as a spy to bring down the Empire. That's the point I quit because Laia, despite her parents supposedly being huge Resistance leaders, is an idiot. What well-oiled revolution is going to use a stray they just found in the sewers as their spy? It reeks of stupidity on all parts. The girl couldn't even say a sentence without stammering and she's being sent into the Commandant's quarters.

 

Oh, and there's lots of mention of rape. The Masks, the really "good" assassins, really like rape. 

 

 

Is this what passes as literature? This book was so fucking hyped it's all I saw on my Instagram feed for months. God, I have got to learn to trust you guys here over pretty pictures on Insta. Those people take great pics of trash writing.

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text 2018-07-26 20:10
Reading progress update: I've read 79 out of 464 pages.
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

I like the way this audiobook is using 2 different people. A guy for Elias and a girl for Laia. And the story is engaging enough as it is. I'm afraid at this point in my life I have become a major book snob and I'm overly picky about whether I like plots or not. Love triangles, instalove, the pretty girl who doesn't know she's pretty and so many other YA tropes have become my enemies. When I find a YA novel that is actually sort of entertaining it's a relief. Nobody this far in is dumb as mud, and the main characters have pretty straight forward motivations. I appreciate this so much.

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