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review 2019-12-03 02:46
Dachshund Through the Snow (The Dogmothers #2.5) by: Roxanne St. Claire
Dachshund Through the Snow (The Dogmothers #2.5) - Roxanne St. Claire




The great thing about The Dogmothers series is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. The irony of that statement is that both the Dogfather and Dogmothers series manage to stay light-hearted while at times dealing with some series subjects. At heart St. Claire delivers a little food for the soul wrapped inside a cuddly, heartwarming package. Dachshund continues that legacy with a hint of teen angst, more furry cutie pies and a couple of busybody grannies that prove a force onto themselves. Life lessons with a dose of heart tingles on the side. Irresistible.

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text 2019-11-13 11:17
Release Blitz - Last Light

Last Light by Claire Kent is available now!


Enjoy this apocalyptic road trip romance story.



Book info:

Title: Last Light

Author: Claire Kent

Publishing date: November 13th,, 2019

Genre: Romance, Apocalyptic



Book Summary:


It only took four years for the world to fall apart.


Now the last member of my family has died, and I'm forced to travel across what's left of three states to find the only people I know left alive. To survive, I'll have to salvage food and supplies and try to avoid violent men who've learned they can take what they want by force. The only way I'm going to make it is by trusting Travis.


Travis used to fix my car, and now he's all I have left in the world. He's gruff and stoic and unfriendly, and I don't really know or like him. But he's all I have left. He'll keep me safe. We'll take care of each other. Until we reach what's left of our town and can finally let go of one another.


Last Light is a standalone post-apocalyptic romance set in the near future after a global catastrophe.



Enjoy this fragment:

“You mad?” Travis asks after a couple of minutes.
“Thought it best to just scare folks like that away so they don’t get ideas.”
“I understand. I’m not mad.”
“So what’s wrong?”
If I’m getting to know Travis better, then he’s obviously getting to know me too.
“Nothing.” I shake my head as I try to find words for it. “It just makes me feel weird.”
“What does?”
“The idea that I need a man.”
I risk a glance over at him and see he’s studying me with a thoughtful frown.
I try to explain. “You know, it wasn’t very long ago when it never would have occurred to me. I was raised to believe a woman could do anything a man could. To know I could be independent. Live alone if I wanted. Or live however I wanted with whoever I wanted. The idea that I’d be somehow unsafe without a man to take care of me…” I clear my throat. “So it just… still sometimes feels weird.”
“Lots changed since then.”
“I know. Usually I don’t even think about it, but sometimes it hits me. And… I don’t know… I wish I could feel independent again. I wish I didn’t feel so small and helpless in this new world.”
“You are small.”
I make a face at him. “I know that.”
“No. I mean that’s what it’s about. A few years ago, life wasn’t about physical size. You could take care of yourself without a man because life wasn’t about fightin’ for survival. But we’re back to survival now. Like it was way back in history. Men are stronger. Not every single one, but in general. And that makes a difference when you’re fightin’ for your life. It’s not ’cause there’s anything lackin’ in you, Layne. You’re just not as big as a man.”
I’m not sure why, but the words actually make me feel better. I give him a little smile.
Travis adds, “Men might be stronger, but we’re not independent anymore either.”
“What do you mean?”
“I mean what I say. Men can’t make it now without women any more than women can make it without men. We need each other.” He clears his throat and avoids my eyes. “I need you. Like you need me.”
“You do?”
“You think I’d’ve done nearly as good this week without you? You think of things I don’t. You’re better at finding houses with food and gas. You… you make things nice. I might not have even kept going if not for you, especially if we didn’t have that message. You make me…”
I’m staring at him in astonishment. “I make you what?”
Travis’s face twists like he’s regretting what he said. “Nothin’.”
I open my mouth, but his suddenly shuttered expression makes me bite back my words. He’s said more just now than he’s ever said to me before, and I don’t want to push too far and have him retreat again.
I like it better when he’s talking to me for real.
I think about everything we’ve said. “Just because I’m small doesn’t mean I’m helpless.”
He glances at me with raised eyebrows. “I never said you were.”
“I can shoot a gun and use my knife.”
“I know it.”
“I did okay with you. That first day. Getting you away from my motorcycle. I did okay.”
“You did good.” His voice sounds sincere, but he’s not meeting my eyes.
I frown. “What? What aren’t you saying?”
He opens his mouth and then closes it again the way I had earlier.
“Tell me.” My voice isn’t pushy. It’s almost pleading. “What did I do wrong?”
“You didn’t do anythin’ wrong. You did good.” He tightens his lips and then says, “You would’ve kept most people away. I mean it. But I coulda got your gun away if I wanted.”
“What? No, you couldn’t have!”
He doesn’t argue, but the look he shoots me is skeptical.
“Seriously? You could have taken it from me?” Not for a minute do I doubt his word. This man wouldn’t lie to me about something like that. “I thought I did okay. You backed off.”
“You did do okay. Like I said, you would’ve kept most people away from you.”
“But not you? If you’d wanted to get me, you could have.” I sigh and slump slightly. “What did I do wrong?”
“You relied on the gun. If your faith is in a gun, then you’re never gonna be able to always defend yourself.”
The words ring true, and I think about them for a long time. Eventually I ask, “Will you teach me? To do better? I know I’m small, but I don’t want to feel helpless. Will you show me?”
Travis turns his head, and both his gaze and his jaw soften. “Yeah. Yeah, I’ll help you.”

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review 2019-10-28 17:12
Sawkill Girls - Claire Legrand

YA Feminist Horror with a wide range of sexual/racial/body type representation...can this please be a new fad because I LOVE IT.


This story was beautifully written. Every element of it. It was atmospheric, lyrical, thoughtful, edgy, bloody, and chillingly evocative. I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like it. Sawkill Girls covered so many things but I never once felt stretched thin by it. Legrand weaved this tale seamlessly together, much like a spider weaves a beautiful dew kissed web in the breaking light of day. It ensnares you and you can't help but admire the sheer beauty of it even as you're trapped in its sticky thrall awaiting inevitable doom.


I first found Legrand when I read Furyborn (book 1 of the Empirium trilogy) which I also loved. I had high hopes for this book when I picked it up, but I had no idea how vastly different they would ultimately be from one another, in the best possible way. There was an unexpected range to Legrand's storytelling I was not aware of before this. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! Whatever it may be will be an auto-buy for me right off the jump. I don't even need a description, I'm officially a super fan and can't wait to be wowed again and again.

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text 2019-10-13 20:52
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 400 pages.
After the End - Clare Mackintosh

Jumping into this one.


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review 2019-10-10 18:54
Sawkill Girls by Clare Legrand
Sawkill Girls - Claire Legrand



“Theirs was not a world that was often kind to women.”

I read the Sawkills Girls for the Goodreads Ladies of Horror Fiction discussion.

Sawkill Girls is the story of three teenage girls who come together to face an ancient evil. It’s also about friendships and families and duty and the daily aches and pains and confusion that teenagers face.

Marion, her sister and her mom have relocated to Sawkill to start a new life after the death of the girls’ father. Sawkill is an isolated place inhabited by mostly wealthy people but Marion seems ready to start anew but things go so terrible wrong.

Zoey’s best friend is one of many girls who have disappeared on Sawkill. Zoey isn’t towing the line spouted by the residents who aren’t terribly alarmed by the disappearance. They assume she fell off a cliff and leave it at that. Zoey won’t let things go even when her police officer father insists she must. She snoops and she sniffs out trouble!

Val is the town beauty. The high school Queen Bee whose “smile was made of diamonds and bee stings”. Everyone falls under Val’s spell except for Zoey. Zoey blames Val for the loss of her missing friend.

So those are the girls. How they interact and the things that are uncovered make up the rest of the story and I was hooked for the first 2/3’s. There were some truly creeptastic scenes here, especially those with the devilish little “boy”. The atmosphere is also fantastic. The island breathes dread, drips spiders (ahhh!) and the reader is kept off kilter for quite a bit. I loved that. The writing is engaging and the characters are multi-faceted and, best of all, no one person is terrible and no one person is perfect. I loved that too. The only thing that I didn’t love was the insta-love relationship between two of the characters that seemed to have no believable build-up beforehand. I get it. They’re teens and lust happens but this didn’t feel real. Give us a little build-up first! There wasn’t any attraction noted before the big kiss. That always bugs me and feels like a cheat.

Somewhere around the 2/3 mark things started to drag for me. I’m guessing it’s because the action took over and I’m not a huge action fan so this is on me and my personal preferences. I’d easily recommend it to someone looking for a young adult horror novel with well-drawn characters. 

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