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review 2018-01-18 05:51
Grist Mill Road: A Novel - Christopher J. Yates

This book was crazy for me at times. When I first started reading it, the female character seemed like "Stepford Wives" and that's how I read them and how they sounded to me. I almost put the book down. Then, all of a sudden the voice I'm reading changes and she does have a mind of her own. I had the same thing happen to me with one of the male characters. I was reading it one way and then it changed. 

I think a lot of this was because of the fact the author would tell one side of the story, so I was seeing that character from that point of view. Then I would hear a different side of the story and my opinion and everything would change.

I'm not saying that's a bad thing. It was just different for me. I really enjoyed the book a lot though. That is until the end. I did not like the last chapter. Maybe I missed something along the way, but I did go back and read the next to the last chapter again. It seemed like the author sorted out two of the characters but not the third.

Overall, I thought it was a good read and I sped through this one pretty quickly.

Thanks to Macmillan-Picador and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2018-01-18 05:23
Hanna Who Fell from the Sky: A Novel - Christopher Meades

For me, this book had an interesting premise as the background was set in a polygamist colony and it wasn't a true story or anything like that. That's just how the author decided to write it. I felt for Hannah throughout the whole story. What a life - NOT!! There were several times when I became pretty creeped out. Especially, the first night Hannah's father told her she was to have a bedroom alone. That worried me. Thankfully, what I saw coming did not make it onto the pages. The men in this colony were bad enough without that going on.

However, I never really got into the "special effects" brought into the story to coincide with the title. I'm still shaking my head on that part. 

All in all, it was an interesting read which I mostly enjoyed. 

Thanks to Harlequin and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2018-01-18 03:15
A Single Man
A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood

I am just FLYING through books this year! I can't believe I've already finished my fourth book of the year. Granted, 3 of the 4 were pretty short so I have to take that into account, and should probably start reading some longer titles. Anyhow...


A Single Man was a stunning novel. Absolutely beautiful. I'm in love with the writing style and the way it almost reads like an inner monologue of George, despite being in 3rd person. 


The narrative is simple, following a typical day in the life of our protagonist, George, an English professor at a college in Los Angeles in the 1960s. His lover, Jim, has recently died and deals with the aftermath of that, as well as him interacting with his friend Charlotte and a student, Kenny. 


I vaguely remember watching the movie several years ago, but I don't remember enough of it to know how it compares to the novel. I'm certain the movie amped up the relationship between George and Kenny more than the book does, but I can't be certain. 


The ending is heartbreaking. The writing was subtle but beautiful, and Isherwood doesn't let a single word go to waste. I think this is probably my definition of the perfect novel. This is definitely being added to my list of favorites. HIGHLY recommend. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-11 04:28
The Inheritance Cycle Review
Brisingr - Christopher Paolini
Inheritance - Christopher Paolini
Eldest - Christopher Paolini
Eragon - Christopher Paolini


This is one of the best series I have read


brom is eragon dad

saphria and the othe dragon have sex

there are more dragons

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review 2018-01-09 02:49
Have you ever wondered what would happen if an angel, a demon and a witch became friends...
Familiar Angel - Christopher Lane

It's been a hundred and forty years since Harry, Edward and Francis found themselves in the wrong place at what turned out to be the right time for them.


Life in a brothel was neither safe nor good for the three boys and Harry and Edward were determined to keep Francis safe from the darker side of brothel life. When things became too dangerous Harry and Edward knew that the only way to keep Francis safe was to flee. Trapped in a grove and hiding among some bushes the boys are witness to a meeting of supernatural beings...an angel, a witch and a demon and his protege. As events unfold what the boys come to think might be their undoing turns out to be their salvation and they are swept away to begin a life that none of them had ever dared to hope they would be a part of.


This was also the first time that Harry would meet the angel, Suriel. Over the next 140 years as the boys learn magic and what it's like to truly have a family and they come to find what they believe to be their purpose in the world...to save those who have been enslaved. 


Throughout the intervening years Suriel remains a part of their lives and slowly he and Harry develop their own special bond and for the most part 'Familiar Angel' is their story, but it's also a lot more than that because there's so much more to this story than just a love story between Suriel and Harry. There's a lot of background in this story for all of the characters  this story covers the beginnings as a family for Harry, Edward, Francis, Emma (the witch), Leonard (the demon & Emma's lover) and  Bel (Emma & Leonard's son). As well we are given Suriel's background and a glimpse of Mullins (Leonard's protege).


My only real reservation with this one was that I truly would have liked more and not just because I was enjoying the story and...well, I am greedy that way...no this time I actually have a valid reason and it's because was well as being Harry and Suriel's story 'Familiar Angel' is also giving the background for this story and laying the groundwork for future stories and this is a story that feels like it's big and it just needs a little more than some other stories might need. I'm not talking about hundreds of pages here I just feel like a little more background and groundwork for future stories would have been nice and I acknowledge it could be that I'll get it in future stories and maybe, I'm just being a bit impatient since I have to admit that while I wanted more I also wasn't left feeling like I was missing anything...so maybe, I was just being greedy but you know angels, witches, demons...can you blame me?


'Familiar Angel' delivers a story that while based on a concept that we're all familiar with (no pun intended) that of a witches and their familiars, it delivers the relationship from a fresh perspective and in a new way. 


I loved the sense of family that grounds this story and while Suriel and Harry are the MCs in this story there's also a stronger sense of an ensemble cast contained within. While the story jumps back and forth between the past and the present it's well done and I didn't have a problem with following events and where they belonged on the timeline and as always Ms Lane has created not just one or two characters who caught my attention and left me wanting more along with the characters mentioned there was a trio that we got a glimpse of Tucker, Josh and Angel and would I love to know their story...oh, hell yeah! these guys totally piqued my curiosity and would I love a book about them...even a long story...well of course...please and thank  you.


I was enchanted with this one and have my fingers crossed that the wait for Edward and Francis's stories aren't too far away.



An ARC of 'Familiar Angel' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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