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review 2017-05-07 21:43
Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Good Earth
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck

Oh man, this story. It's a doozy. Some parts are just so very sad. The family just keeps trying and trying and trying. Their life is such a struggle. The woman, OMG, her entire life is heartbreaking. Thinking of her makes me feel overwhelmed. The Good Earth is about a family trying to live off the land and better themselves. Each decision affects their entire future. It's a humbling story for sure. This is a hard book for me to rate. I love a book that makes me emotional, and this did that very much. Some parts made me upset in a bad way though, but I guess it really was just staying true to how life was. If you're looking for a story to take you away, this did that for me. It totally took over my mind while I was reading it. If you're looking for a upbeat tale, this probably isn't it. It's not all sad like my review is making it sound though. I do recommend it very much.
4+ stars

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review 2017-03-21 02:49
Ink and Shadows (Ink and Shadows #1) by Rhys Ford
Ink and Shadows - Rhys Ford

While reading the length of this book, one star. <----- That pretty much sums up the state of editing in this book. Hence the rating.


I was sooooo looking froward to this book! This is pre-Kai Gracen universe, I was told. But the moment I dug in.... *sigh* I expected horror elements, of course, but not like this :/

This is a horror, alright. This. Is. Frigging terrible. Who "edited" this book? They really need to be fired. Like 3 years ago. Before this mess came out :/

Warning: Misplaced modifiers, POV ping-pong, adjectives (ab)used as nouns.

I lost the story behind this terror! :/ Sure, horror was never my poison, but it's on me, not the author. I still love Kai Gracen, but he certainly received much more attention from people who somewhat know how to apply English grammar to a written text. It wasn't perfect, but it was readable. Lack of editing in its entirety, however, I cannot forgive. Not where it comes to a published book. Not when that book costs you 7 bucks :/

I am beyond disappointed and this.... this close to DNF.

66% After acquiring a massive headache that not even sake can heal, I am DNF-ing. My brains says No. More!

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review 2017-03-10 00:00
Rich Asian Lovers: Spicy After Dark (6 Hot and Fun Asian American Romance Boxed Set)
Rich Asian Lovers: Spicy After Dark (6 Hot and Fun Asian American Romance Boxed Set) - Rachelle Ayala Reading Ms. Ayala is always a treat. Her stories have always been full of a sweetness that makes the heart rejoice and leaves the day a little bit lighter. With Rich Asian Lovers, she spices it up, while delivering the heart I've come to expect and just the right amount of naughty. She stirs the imagination, tickles the funny bone and heats up the hormones all while delivering great stories. With this Anthology Rachel Ayala proves loves power. The ability to unite. We may look different, talk different and live worlds apart but love is the language meant to bond not diversify.
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review 2017-02-07 16:54
Softer Than Steel (Love & Steel, #2) by Jessica Topper Review
Softer Than Steel (A Love & Steel Novel) - Jessica Topper

As rock star "Riff Rotten", Rick Rottenberg has enjoyed all the perks that fame can offer, especially now that he's reunited with his former band mate, Adrian "Digger" Graves. But despite his success, Rick is a mess. Still reeling from the death of his wife years ago and terrified his demons will end his career, he agrees to seek help for his anxiety.
Burned by a musician in the past, Sidra Sullivan has closed her heart to love. So when Rick walks into her yoga studio, she wants nothing to do with him--until the bad boy shows an unexpected soft side.
As Sidra and Rick work through their painful pasts, they realize just how strongly opposites can attract. But when a crisis threatens the delicate balance they've forged, they'll discover if their love is strong enough to weather another storm or just too broken to survive...




I liked so much about this book.


Topper's writing is perfectly pitched with detail, nuance, and insight. Her characters are flawed and lovable just the same.


The main characters here are like to stones striking a spark and that spark is this unexpected love story.


He is much older than her and changing his life. She is so much herself and yet settling into herself.


All the little moments and facets of the characters are what make this a great romance so I don't want to give those things away.


What held the book back for me, were little things, we never really address the hero's past before he reformed in any real way. We don't get to meet his kids with any depth. I would like more time in the HEA but this is a goooood book worth your time and money.

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text 2017-02-05 10:39
Short review of Asian Monsters
Asian Monsters (Fox Spirit Books of Mons... Asian Monsters (Fox Spirit Books of Monsters) (Volume 3) - CY Yan,Benjamin Chee,Eliza Chan,Sunil Patel,Margret Helgadottir, Fran Terminiello,Vajra Chandrasekera,Eeleen Lee,Eve Shi,Xia Jia,Usman T. Malik,Isabel Yap,Yukimi Ogawa,Aliette de Bodard,Ken Liu

A fantastic first step into Asian mythology and folklore (I say as someone with no clue about the stories of the various cultures under the "Asian" umbrella). All the stories have a certain surreal, dream-like quality in common and one or two require time to digest and absorb before moving on to the next one but I enjoyed every single one.

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