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review 2018-12-18 17:55
Not For Me
Turned to Stone (Jaime Azcárate Series) - Jorge Magano,Simon Bruni

Jaime doesn’t know when he walked into a rustic restaurant at Calle Manor that he was about to get himself into another one of his frequent scrapes. Jaime was in the category of people who ever intend to act as magnets for conflicts, mysteries, and trouble. This was more or less a vacation. The trip was planned for pleasure to see the exhibit . But he knew Laura Rodriguez. Editor of Areadia would ask him to write a few lines for the magazine’s next issue. For several weeks jaime felt an inexplicable inner turmoil . A man came to see Jaime at his table  and asked if he was Jaime Azcarate and that he was with EHU- The European Heritage unit in the European Police Office. EHU was set up six months before. He added it was like the Narcotics or Homicide Department and operates throughout europe. Than he told Jaime he needed to to talk to him about a case they were investigating. Than Jaime was asked if he knew this work of art and showed him a picture of it. Jaime identified the picture a bust of medusa. Jaime than lied about an article he had written and the man called him out on a lie. Than jaome said he heard the bust of Medusa had disappeared last month from a museum.

This book just wasn’t for me. It dragged for me and just didn’t keep my attention. I am sure others will like this it just wasn’t for me as I said.

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text 2018-12-14 01:28
DNF of Odd One Out
Odd One Out - Nic Stone

I'm quitting this one at a little over 40 pages in. It's supposed to have 3 different perspectives, but I've only had one character's POV (Coop) so far. I do not like him. He has a best friend, Jupiter, a lesbian he's in love with and not-so-secretly hoping will decide she likes guys and get with him. He's creepy and possessive toward her, getting jealous whenever she pays attention to someone other than him.

 

I read some spoiler reviews to see if things would get better since I really enjoyed this author's previous book and was hoping things would get better if I pushed through to the two girls' sections. I did not like what I read. At all. The book was not going to be going in a direction I liked. And I apparently had multiple moments of unchecked biphobia to look forward to as well. I'm just not in the mood for that, so I'm calling it quits. I appreciate the idea behind this one, but the book just isn't working for me.

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review 2018-12-03 16:10
Audio Book Review: Stone Cold Touch (Dark Elements #2) By Jennifer Armentrout
Stone Cold Touch - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

This novel was TOO long-winded and was not worth 15 hours of my time. The basic concept is interesting but the way this was written doesn't do the story justice. The only way I finished this novel was by speeding up the audio book because things weren't moving and I was too far into the novel to justify not finishing it.

 

Layla makes SO many bad decisions and it always goes bad but she has yet to learn any lessons from the things she goes through. She's too naive and predictable. It's only gotten worse in this novel. All the rash and dumb decisions she makes has reached its quota for me. She's become more and more unlikable with every chapter.

 

This may or may not be an unpopular opinion with this trilogy, but how in the world is this love triangle even worth it at this point? Both "teams" are so bad in different ways and for different reasons. All the lying, making things up and secrets piling up only serve to make everything more dramatic and long-winded. Zayn seems to have a death wish in the form of trusting someone that can't even control her abilities (and those abilities can actually get him killed). Roth with all his lies and his noble justifications can't make everything that happened as a consequence to that all go away just by saying sorry.

 

The demons the author includes in this series (which was emphasized with the dance club scene with Roth) makes it seem like the demon world is a whole other complex universe, but it doesn't come across in the story. The wardens, especially, have an archaic system and think of themselves as "saviors" of some kind. Truthfully, they just keep getting worse and worse as a group. The other demons aren't even explored. They're just declared monsters to be killed or creatures to be run off. The story would have been more interesting had there been more of a focus on them instead of all the drama and "danger" surrounding Layla.

 

What the heck was that ending? I saw that coming from miles away (just like the twists in the first book). I'm starting to think that maybe it's what the author was going for. There weren't enough "twists" to this story to make this novel keep my attention.

 

My Consensus: This story only happened because everyone lied to someone about some important thing at one point in time. I wish it went deeper than that because the world the author created could have made for a really good story.

 

A Note: I'd like to mention how glad I was to see that the girl on girl hate has lessened (compared to the first novel), but the slut-shaming is at an all-time high (especially in the beginning).

 

The Audio Book:

 

This narrator isn't for me. There was barely any distinction between male and female voices this time around. There was also a few parts where I couldn't tell what was story narration and what was a character speaking.

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text 2018-11-30 17:54
24 Festive Tasks, Door 12: St Andrews Day
Highland Fire: Guardians of the Stone - Tanya Anne Crosby

St. Andrew's Day

 

Book: I will be reading Highland Fire (Guardians of the Stone #1) by Tanya Anne Crosby.

 

Task #1

I would like to nominate author Beverley Jenkins for sainthood. She was accused today on Twitter for (I KID YOU NOT) "hiding behind her [Jenkins] white privilege" by a stan/follower of a YA who is in deep shit for her thirsty slam on Nora Roberts. 

 

Holy shit. YA Twitter going wild, yet can't go to Google and do a search on who Ms. Jenkins is and what she has brought to the romance genre.

 

I have Irish and Italian heritage, so my temper can be shorter than Tom Cruise without shoe lifts. Ms. Jenkins must have patience of a saint for not dragging this Twitter user to hell. I am in awe of her restraint and her mocking of this idea of her having white privilege without giving any attention to the Twitter user or using anyone's name/handle.

 

Honorable mention for sainthood would be Nora Roberts. 

 

Task #2

Not trying to sound like a snob, but golf bores me to no end, so I would actively avoid books with golf in the storylines. But if you are wondering if golf and romance mix, here is a list of golf romances (including a few set in Scotland, in case you need a book for this door).

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review 2018-11-19 14:57
Second Time Around is Even Better!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

Read this series 7 years ago.  This time I'm listening on Audible.  The whole fam loves this story, and it was really fun listening to the last couple hours of the first book while in the car yesterday.  I thought my teenagers were busying themselves with something else in the back seat when my 13-year-old said, "Please turn that up, Mom."  Love HP!  

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