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review 2017-09-16 00:16
Review: The Stone Sky
The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth) - N.K. Jemisin

The concluding volume in a trilogy whose first 2 entries both won a Hugo, this will be on my ballot next year. This series is great. This conclusion is brilliant and has pay off for so many world building hooks I'm surprised it isn't 1000 pages long. 

 

My favorite minor reveal is the origin of Safe, a drink mentioned only a few times that has endlessly practical applications in a world periodically ravaged by apocalypses. 

 

Jemisin is brilliant and I look forward to seeing what she does next.

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review 2017-09-11 06:57
Broken Bow by Diane Carey
Broken Bow - Diane Carey

Broken Bow is an adequate, though bland, novelization of the Enterprise's pilot episode.  There is no deviation and very little additional material from the original episode.  This is a rather disappointing retelling of rather mediocre episode.

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review 2017-08-31 21:49
The Broken Duke (The 1797 Club) by Jess Michaels
The Broken Duke (The 1797 Club Book 3) - Jess Michaels

 

The appeal of a Jess Michaels novel lies in the presentation.  Beneath the scandalous lust, the intriguing adventures and the danger that follows in the wake of the main characters, lies a beautifully written work of art.   The Broken Duke thrives on staying one step ahead of the readers.  Adelaide is a temptress in hiding.  A woman caught between two worlds, longing to be noticed and willing to risk all for that chance of notoriety. Her quest brings her to the attention of the one man who could topple her entire masquerade. The heartbreak she never saw coming and the danger she never thought possible, lies in the hands of the greatest love of all.  (4.5 stars)

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review 2017-08-22 17:37
Book Review: Broken Dreams By Callie Anderson
Broken Dreams - Callie Anderson

 

Overall the story was a very nice read. The writing tugged at all my emotional heartstrings and made it impossible for me not to be sucked into the story. The whole story (with the exception of the ending) had a very somber tone to it and that made it all the more realistic.

 

Leslie was a great character. Though she had her dreams literally crushed when she was halfway to them she never let it get her down. She fought for a future regardless and, for the most part, came out on the other side. I can respect her actions and I was rooting for her to get a happy ending.

 

Ethan's past breaks my heart because, unfortunately, it's a harsh reality that quite a number of people go through. I can't imagine the guilt he must have for what happened to Leslie. Even though I liked him, the bar scene was such a turn off. I understand he was upset, but there was no need to come on that strong.

 

The ending felt way too rushed. I also didn't like how Leslie dealt with her loss and forgiving Ethan. She claimed to love it, but after he grovels for a few days he's forgiven? The look into the future didn't sit well with me. It was too perfect. I would have liked to have a continuation of Leslie and Ethan's story in the form of another novel or novella, but not a rushed epilogue.

 

My Favorite Quotes:


"I was wrong. Some wounds don't ever heal."


"Sometimes the universe makes choices for us because it sees the potential we still have."


"Sometimes you need to hit rock bottom, shatter your dreams in order to create new ones."

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review 2017-08-14 11:27
Keystone cops meets Twin Peaks!
Broken Promise: A Thriller - Linwood Barclay

This is an enjoyable, light, frivolous summer read, somewhere between the Keystone Cops and Twin Peaks. David Harwood is back in Promise Falls, a quirky little small town on the east coast of America somewhere south of Boston. There are some very odd inhabitants in PF as David encounters when he visits his cousin Marla. She is overjoyed to see him and takes great pleasure in introducing him to her new baby, little Mathew. Is Mathew really the child of a somewhat disturbed Marla? Is there a connection between her baby and the murder of Rosemary Gaynor together with the disappearance of Rosemary's  newborn child? This is all the reader really needs to know as the absurd story develops he will be introduced to a bizarre and motley crew of local residents each with their own hidden agenda.

 

Linwood Barclay writes books of great enjoyment and he is loved and read worldwide. Most of his output is idle entertainment and instantly forgettable and having said that I expected no more or less from "Broken Promise" and I was certainly not disappointed. The chapters in the book are short (thankfully!) very easy to read the 484 page count easily consumed in two sittings. There is the odd quirky throw away phrase...."Sturgess looked at the high-tech chair in its elevated position. On the small table next to it, a remote, a book of crossword puzzles, an open box of chocolates, a Denielle Steel novel. That was her whole world there, a command center, sitting in front of the television."... There are two further books in the Promise Falls trilogy and followers of this internationally renowned author will devour with elation, I shall not be amongst them as one visit to this odd little township is possibly one visit too many.

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