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review 2017-06-07 22:47
TRAIN WRECK BY: ELISE FABER
Train Wreck (Life Sucks Book 1) - Elise Faber

 

Train Wreck was like a breath of fresh air. It was so cute, light, sweet and funny and it was impossible to not be charmed by Pepper and all her adorkableness. She was honestly one of the most refreshing new characters that I have read in awhile. I think we have all felt like a train wreck of sorts at one time or another, and Pepper managed to make it feel okay to embrace that a little. Or at the very least accept it and still be able to face the day with a smile and a can-do attitude.

 

Pepper and Derek were really cute together. I liked the idea of these two both out trying to find their own way in life, free of the family expectations that don't quite fit them, and ultimately finding a new way together. Even if they were kind of fumbling through it at first, actually that might have been my favorite part.

 

This is the perfect little rom-com that pulls your right in from the beginning and has you rooting for these two to figure things out and make it work. It is a fun, quick read with laugh out loud moments. If you like contemporary romance with a side of comedy I suggest giving Train Wreck a try!

 

 

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-05-22 09:12
The Wonderful Weekend Book
The Wonderful Weekend Book: Reclaim Life's Simple Pleasures - Elspeth Thompson

One of my impulse buys from the library sale, I thought it would be a fun source of inspiration for new weekend activities.  

 

As it turns out, the author and I are apparently on the same page when it comes to ways of enjoying a weekend:  most of the things she recommends or suggests are things we already do, to some extent.  Except learning to play the ukulele - er, no thanks, I'll pass on that one.  Still, MT and I are guilty of the weekly Sunday shop; something both he and I dread, and even though we take advantage of farmer's markets, there's just always something on the list that can't be gotten without a supermarket trip.  (We're not quite ready to trust online grocery shopping yet, either.)

 

There are a lot of good ideas here, helpfully broken down by season and all-year-round activities.  While the ideas are universal to all, the main drawback is that the book is entirely UK-centric, providing liberal lists of UK sources and the author's anecdotes about great places to stay or things to do in the UK.  The debate about how worthwhile it is to go to France to stock up on alcohol seems a particularly moot one to someone living in Australia (or anywhere else that isn't Europe for that matter).

 

Frankly, it's not a book I'd say is worth buying in the shops, but if your library has it, or like me, you find it for a buck at the library sale, it's not a bad source for ways to mix your weekend up a bit.

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review 2017-04-06 14:12
Oliver (This is Our Life Book 3) - F.G. ... Oliver (This is Our Life Book 3) - F.G. Adams,Julia Goda

When deciding to read a book there are three things I take into consideration, the cover, the synopsis and the author. Now when this book came on my radar, the things that grabbed me was the cover and the synopsis as it would be my first time reading the author's work. At the time I made my decision I did not realise that it was a part of a series, I guess that happens when book covers are distracting. However, assurance provided by the provider of the book indicated that it was a stand-alone read. To be honest, it can be read in that manner, but, I felt like I was missing something, which probably would be revealed by reading the previous books.

This belief stemmed from my inability to connect with the main characters. Seeing that the story was told from both their POVs, I was expecting to connect with them on a deep level. This, however, was not the case. Oliver Bishop is in mourning and has been this way for six years until the photograph of a woman had him believing in second chances. He is determined to rescue her, even if it meant she felt she did not need rescuing. Fallyn Blackwood, the young woman in the photo has been on the run for the past fifteen years. She escaped an abusive relationship and her main concern was protecting her daughter, who was a product of that union. Therefore, a stranger coming to her rescue is not something she will entertain in spite of their sizzling chemistry. Sounds good right? Well from the perspective of the premise, I would say yes, but that is where it ends.

I could not wrap my head around several things. First, I found it strange that it took the photograph of a beautiful woman to make the Oliver cease mourning the loss of his fiancée. Second, he never knew her, yet he fell in love with her even before he met her in person. Third, I had issues with how Fallyn placed her trust in Oliver so soon after meeting him. Mind you, this was before she knew his agenda. Given her situation, I would expect her to be wary, especially as it relates to her daughter. Then what I found even more disturbing is the speed in which she fell in love. After her experience with her ex, I would have expected her to be cautious in the relationship department.

Another issue I had was that details about the demons that plagued them both were not mentioned until around 70% of the story. By that time it was too late for me to empathise with them. I felt that having this information earlier would have helped me to understand their pain and suffering allowing me to connect with them.

The writing style was good, and it played a role in my completing the story in spite of the noted issues. I found the dialogue between Oliver and his friend entertaining. The pacing was fine for the most part, however after the main aspect of the story was resolved it became painfully slow. I found the dialogue between Oliver and Fallyn cheesy at times. There were times when I could not help but roll my eyes at their interaction.

Verdict
This story had potential. A great storyline and characters who had the potential to make an impact. The romance lacked adequate development. The instant love connection did not work in this scenario and it played a part in the characters not making an impact. However, if you want to take a chance on this book, don’t let my views sway you from doing so. Who knows you may just find a gem.

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review 2017-03-05 16:19
"The Survivors" by Angela White
The Survivors: Book One (Life After War) - Angela White
Book 1, in the Life After War series

In “The Survivors” we follow a group of individuals struggling with different trials and tribulations after a nuclear war. Many of its subplots are an adventure journey, with a supernatural affair. This story is magic and reality blended into a post-apocalyptic fantasy….well I think……

When I saw this book I obviously didn’t pay full attention to the summary. I admit to have loved the idea behind the story but in hind sight I should have simply overlooked it knowing from the get-go that I am not strong on apocalyptic novel especially one with a fantasy twist to it ….but unfortunately I didn’t and I downloaded it without second thought.

As I plugged along trying to piece what I was reading and the efforts it took trying to make sense of what was going on soon became an ordeal. To top it all after a few hours with it I couldn’t even remember much of what I had read. The end of the World full of apocalyptic horrors is definitely not for me. It was by far time to give up on it, I had wasted enough time on this confused and incoherent story I couldn’t make much sense of….. I dropped it mid-way the first portion, something I rarely do. I leave this collage of mismatched stories for others to enjoy.

This is one tedious book better left on the shelf.
 
 
 

 

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text 2017-01-31 13:09
#SPOTLIGHT - Paranormal Detectives series by Lily Luchesi
Stake-Out - Lily Luchesi
Miranda's Rights (Book 2) - Lily Luchesi
Life Sentence (Book 3) - Lily Luchesi
Right to Silence - Lily Luchesi
Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things "dark". At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call "Gothic", she doesn't believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-love who will always associate vampires with love, blood, and rock and roll.

Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe's complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and was first published at twenty-one.

Her debut novel, Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book One), was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015. Book two, Miranda's Rights, was released on January 8th, 2016. Book three, Life Sentence, was released on August 2nd, 2016 by Vamptasy Publishing, and book four, Right To Silence, was also just accepted by the publisher and will be released on January 17th, 2017.

She had a short story, "Undead Ever After" in the CHBB Publishing anthology Love Sucks (released on June 13th, 2015). Her first erotic short story, "Have No Fears", was published in the Hot Ink Press anthology Naughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words on October 10th, 2015. She will also have a short erotic horror story, "The Devil's Dozen", in the Hot Ink Press anthology Death, Love, Lust, which was released on February 4th, 2016. Her horror short "Too Young To Kill" was released in the CHBB Publishing anthology Lurking In The Shadows on June 28th, 2016.

 

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/01/spotlight-paranormal-detectives-series.html
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