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review 2018-02-16 04:24
Control Freakz - Michael Evans


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

 

So first off this book was written by a sophomore in high school which is pretty impressive. His command of the English language is remarkable for a person his age.

When I was in high school, I could barely write a 4 page paper, let alone a full length book so I just want to say kudos to him.

 

This was definitely an interesting book. It started off a bit slow. It wasn’t until I was a hundred pages in that I got more invested in the story. There was also this weird 3 year time jump that was a bit jarring. However, by the time I reached two hundred pages, I was hooked. The book ended on a cliffhanger and it made me really want to know what happens next.

 

As for the characters, I didn’t particularly care much for any of them. Natalie was kind of annoying for most of the book. Her talk of dying got on my nerves because that was all she ever talked about. Ethan was a bit interesting, but Hunter was kind of bland. I did like Danielle because there was more to her than meets the eye.

 

What I really loved about this book was the sly political commentary that rings true today. There was one passage in particular that I loved. The book states, “what they didn’t realize, was that the one thing they were told would protect them, with their tariffs, immigration bans, and walls that separated them from the horrible outside world, was really the most dangerous thing of all. It wasn’t immigrants who came from less-developed countries who were destroying America, it was the ignorance of America itself. It wasn’t labor outsourced to other countries that caused America’s middle class to dwindle. It was the rich, corporate tyrants like President Ash himself, who owned one of the largest investment firms in the nation, that sucked the wealth away from most Americans” (41). I was not expecting to get such deep commentary from a high schooler. That was a really pleasant surprise.

 

Overall, this was a solid debut book considering the author’s age. I cannot wait to see what else he puts out in the coming years.

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text 2018-02-15 06:06
Reading progress update: I've read 127 out of 280 pages.
Control Freakz - Michael Evans
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review 2017-12-19 20:32
A Must Read
Collision Control (Crossing Forces Book 4) - C.A. Szarek

Collision Control by C.A. Szarek is an outstanding read.  This is book 4 of the Crossing Forces Series and every book of this series I read leaves me wanting more, Collision Control is no exception to the rule.  Ms. Szarek has once again delivered a book for lovers of action and suspense in a well-written, smooth read.  Jared is a detective with the Antioch Police Department. His brother is a criminal and word is he's hiding out in Jared's town.  Renee is a school teacher and gives Jared her middle name when they meet, then sneaks out of his apartment after a one night stand.  Their story is packed with action, suspense, humor and HEAT.  Ms. Szarek has nailed the characters in this story, they are amazing.  As usual, this story hooked me on the first page and held me hostage till the end.  I loved this book and can't wait to read more from C.A. Szarek in the future.  This book can be read as a standalone, but I suggest reading the whole series in order...because you won't want any spoilers when you fall in love with this series and go back to read the books you skipped.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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review 2017-12-11 01:06
good book and characters
Chaos and Control - Season Vining Wren returns to Crowley and she goes to her sister’s Bennie’s record store and goes to her sister. Bennie was the bright spot in Wren’s life. Wren throws herself into Bennie’s wren throws herself into Bennie’s arms. Wren had been gone for three years when Bennie asks Wren how long she would be there she answered she didn’t know why she just felt she should be there. The only communication between Bennie and Wren had been random postcards from Wren and Bennie had no way to get a hold of Wren.It was so strange and familiar being back. Wren thought she would never step foot back in Crowley again. Wren thought she could handle anything but all it took was one possessive abusive boyfriend- Dylan- to show her just how little she was. Bennie’s employee is Preston who is gorgeous in Wren’s opinion but he took over Wren’s job and apartment but he was odd. When emptying her bag her bag Wren finds a gps tracker. Wren tries to not think of Dylan knowing where she is or him coming there. Preston is such a mystery to Wren. Wren does get Preston to take her to Franklin with him as she needed some essentials to add to her wardrobe. Wren thought she saw Dylan but when she looked again he wasn’t there. Preston needs order and control as he has a severe case of OCD and struggles with life everyday. Even though Wren is more of a tornado then the order and control Preston needs to get through the day yet somehow she brought some peace to Preston. But Preston did like Wren and did like being around her and slowly grew feelings for her. Wren was attracted to Preston yet she accepted the way he was and didn’t try to change him. I enjoyed this book, At times it dragged some for me. It was definitely a different type of book. I did like the plot. I also thought this was well written. I really liked how the romance built slowly and built especially with Preston and wren being such opposites I also really liked how Wren grew as the book went on. I loved Preston’s poems at the end of the chapters it gave us insight to what he was thinking and feeling. I also loved how Wren didn’t try to change Preston just accepted him. I love the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.
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review 2017-12-03 22:15
eARC: Chaos & Control
Chaos and Control - Season Vining

At 18, Wren left her small town behind in her search for adventure and to see this world. She opts to come back 3 years later after getting involved with the wrong guy. Preston works works at her sister's music store. He happens to grab her attention. 
I really liked Preston and I thought he was portrayed very well (from his mannerisms to how he get through each day). Preston has OCD. What kept me reading was Preston. I liked his poetry at the end of each chapter (I think there was 1 that didn't have any). 
Wren, on the other hand, was immature. Yes, I did like her by the end of the book, but it took me the whole book to get there. I didn't like how she treated her sister Bennie. She's gone for 3 years, arrives (not having told Bennie) and acted surprised when she didn't have her job/apartment any more. While she on "on the road," her sister had no way to contact her. Wren shrugs it off because she sent post cards! Well, that's just ducky! Wren's expectation of honestly was also annoying because she wasn't honest either. Pot. Calling. Kettle. Black.
Wren *did* get better as the book went on and I did like how she would try to protect Bennie from their toxic parents. 

eARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing and NetGalley.
Publishes on Dec 11th

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