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review 2018-01-16 07:35
How to Speak Chicken
How to Speak Chicken: Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say - Melissa Caughey

This arrived today and I couldn't wait; I've been curious to read it since I first read about it pre-publication.

 

Sadly, it was not quite what I expected. 

 

Almost though.  The author does discuss what chickens are trying to communicate, and she covers a fair amount of anatomical/behavioural information about chooks (Aussie slang), but she's coming from an enthusiast's perspective, not a scientist's.  This is totally ok, but I was hoping for something a tad more in-depth and research based; this is more a 'chickens are wonderful and grossly underestimated' tome.  (She's right - they're hilarious individualists, and anyone who keeps one for more than 10 minutes will never underestimate them again.)

 

In spite of it not measuring up to my expectations, it's a lovely book overall and I did learn quite a bit more about chickens.  Turns out, I have 3 of the closest living relatives to T. Rex living in my back garden.  How cool is that?

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review 2018-01-07 22:26
Sea of Wind finished! First book of 2018
The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind - Fuyumi Ono,小野 不由美,Akihiro Yamada,山田 章博,Elye J. Alexander,Alexander O. Smith

I'm not going to write a full review for this, since I've already done that a couple times and don't have much new to say. Instead, here's this quick thing:

 

Just finished my most recent reread of this book. It's both one of my top favorite books in this series and one of my favorite books period. I consider it a comfort read, even though the "comfort" is a little muffled by the knowledge that the book's happy ending turns sour really quickly in the series' timeline. During this reread, I realized that I really connect with Taiki's feelings of self-doubt. I also found myself more angry at Gyoso than I was during past readings of this book.

Not long after admitting to the oracles that he was worried about Taiki's future since Taiki was so riddled with self-doubt and couldn't consciously access his tremendous power, he decided he'd give up his sagehood, leave Tai, and become a mercenary. He was too ashamed of the fact that he hadn't been declared the new king to stick around, even though he'd have been a great help to Taiki and his future king.

(spoiler show)

  Taiki had some serious weaknesses, but I'd argue that Gyoso did too, even though they weren't as obvious.

 

What my reading dates look like for this book so far:

 

 

Lol. I haven't checked, but I suspect that 2015 might have been the year I reread my hardcover copy rather than this one, my paperback copy, so it's pretty much been a reread a year for a while. (As usual with these Tokyopop editions, I highly recommend reading the paperback versions if you can, because there are fewer errors. If I remember right, this is the book where they accidentally used the wrong pronouns for one of the kirin.)

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review 2018-01-05 17:35
Review: Ride Wild (Raven Riders #3) by Laura Kaye
Ride Wild: A Raven Riders Novel - Laura Kaye
Ride Wild

Raven Riders #3
Laura Kaye
Contemporary Romance
Avon
October 31st 2017
Paperback
384
Bought

 

Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders...

 

Wild with grief over the death of his wife, Sam “Slider” Evans merely lives for his two sons. Nothing holds his interest anymore—not even riding his bike or his membership in the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. But that all changes when he hires a new babysitter.

 

Recently freed from a bad situation by the Ravens, Cora Campbell is determined to bury the past. When Slider offers her a nanny position, she accepts, needing the security and time to figure out what she wants from life. Cora adores his sweet boys, but never expected the red-hot attraction to their brooding, sexy father. If only he would notice her...

 

Slider does see the beautiful, fun-loving woman he invited into his home. She makes him feel too much, and he both hates it and yearns for it. But when Cora witnesses something she shouldn’t have, the new lives they’ve only just discovered are threatened. Now Slider must claim—and protect—what’s his before it’s too late.

 

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Emotional, Sweet, Raunchy, with a bit of Suspense.

 

The Raven Riders series has fast; become a favorite with me. I like how the Raven Riders MC band together to help those in need, but just not those outside the brotherhood, but those inside as well. It’s an emotional heartfelt series.

 

Ride Wild gives us a man whose life was torn apart by his wife’s death and he’s barley keeping it together for his boys and a young women who is determined to find happiness in her life. These two have secrets that have affect them deeply, but maybe they can find what they need in each other.

 

I’ve waited not so patiently since book one, Ride Hard, for Cora’s story and also Slider. We’ve gained glimpse of Sam “Slider” Evans throughout the books. So when I heard that Cora and Slider where finally getting a story. I couldn’t have been more ecstatic. Ms. Kaye did not disappoint. I loved Ride Wild.

 

These two people where broken, afraid to need anyone, and trust so their relationship did have some mistakes along the way; especially early on when both don’t know the others past and secrets. One thing that was undeniable was their love for the boys, Sam and Ben. Even with Sider’s issues you could tell that he truly loved his boys. Cora was determined to bring joy into their lives and some joy back into Slider’s life as well. I loved these two together and felt they complemented each other well.

 

Great characters and a sweet and sensual love story.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

Was this review helpful? If so, please consider liking it on Goodreads (Angela)!

 

 

Challenge(s) (2017): Pick Your Genre (CR) New Release 

 


 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2018/01/review-ride-wild-raven-riders-3-by-laura-kaye
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photo 2018-01-02 22:06
Book Mail

Happy Release Day!

 

This beauty arrived today.
Heart on Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles Book 3) by Amanda Bouchet. My collection is complete. Now to read it!

 

Amazon - http://amzn.to/2Ct0sCR

 

GODS. I'M AN IDIOT.


Without Griffin—and apparently a few meddling Gods—to push me along, I'd still be telling fortunes at the circus, lying about my past, ignoring my future, and living as far away from my tyrant mother as humanly possible.

 

True understanding thuds into place. Hope isn't just an abstract concept; it's me. Flesh and blood me. Griffin knew it all along. Probably everyone did. I'm an idea in human form.

I have the power of the Gods at my fingertips.


The only thing ever stopping me has been me.

 

The Kingmaker Chronicles:
A Promise of Fire (Book 1)
Breath of Fire (Book 2)
Heart on Fire (Book 3)

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text 2017-12-08 22:47
Reading progress update: I've listened 3 out of 13 minutes.
Mine to Possess - Nalini Singh

 

Love this series. Mine to Possess is an emotional intense story. I'm loving the audiobook so far. It's bringing out more of the passion, emotions, and grit of the story. 

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