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review 2018-03-28 15:29
Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning
Into the Dreaming: With Bonus Material - Karen Marie Moning

He's endured five centuries in an icy hell, now he has a month to know love and be loved...But he doesn't know it.

The Unseelie king had tricked him into servitude, torturing him to turn him into his perfect soldier, Vengeance. Their bargain was for one month to find love and the king has to keep his end of it. But that doesn't mean he has to make it easy.

Enter Jane Sillee, who, thanks to the Seelie queen, has spent her life dreaming of Aedan MacKinnon, falling in love with him in the Dreaming. It's the Waking that's the problem, since she's suddenly (inexplicably) in the fifteenth century and the man doesn't know who she is.

Well, she won't go down without a fight. She has a month? She's planning on using every single day of it.


This was a rather sweet story, but unfortunately it lacked necessary length to really let the plot develop. Also, the absence of any sort of suspense or dangerous situations (once the assault on the heart and memories of Aedan/Vengeance began) were conspicuously absent, firmly putting this story into the middle-ground range.

The characters lacked any serious depths with the hero spending most of the story as the stoic, icy right hand of the Unseelie king, while the heroine, despite the author's obvious efforts, failed to appear humorous and quirky.


Bonus material:
⇾ I wouldn't mind reading Ghost of a Chance.
⇾ The two deleted (changed) chapters from Kiss of the Highlander were 'not-here-not-there'. An interesting glimpse into what could've been, nothing more.
⇾ And lastly: yes, the Lite version was off. Too neat, too tidy, too tame. There's nothing tame about Dageus MacKeltar.

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review 2018-03-14 00:00
Dreaming of You (Magnolia Valley, #1)
Dreaming of You (Magnolia Valley, #1) - Cora Reed Dreaming of You is a tale of false starts, lost love and second chances. Cora Reed guides readers through the trials and tribulations of falling in love. The heartache and angst proves even greater when the keeper of your heart turns out to be your best friend. Josie and Calvin are soulmates, yet can never get the timing right. She loves him. He loves her not. He wants her. She fears risking her heart. The drama is real. The emotion is exquisite and the characters relatable. Dreaming of You is an empathetic voice that speaks to the romantic in us all.
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text 2018-01-31 18:45
January 2018 Reading Recap
On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life - John O'Leary
Searcher of the Dead: A Bess Ellyott Mystery - Nancy Herriman
Murder in Bloomsbury: An Atlas Catesby Mystery - D. M. Quincy
How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life - Catherine Price
A Study in Death - Anna Lee Huber
A Death in Norfolk - Ashley Gardner
Dreaming of the Bones - Deborah Crombie
Where Serpents Sleep - C.S. Harris
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living - Shauna Niequist,Brené Brown

I read 9 books this month. Yay!

 

My reading goal this year is low because I want to be able to read with little pressure.

 

This month my favorite read was On Fire: The Seven Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.  I loved this book and highly recommend it.

 

I also enjoyed How To Break up With your Phone.  Great suggestions.

 

My mystery reads were all entertaining. I plan to catch up on these series in the months to come.

 

I am happy that three of my reads were nonfiction/self-help. 

 

My short-term goals are to read more classics, dive into the British Crime Mystery series and catch up on series I loved but have not gotten around to finishing.

 

Happy Reading!

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text 2018-01-21 15:36
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson

This is astonishingly good. It’s  unlike anything else I’ve ever read. A poem that reads like a novel with all the unimportant bits left out.

 

its already made me cry even though, or perhaps because, it’s full of love and hope and courage.

 

Wonderful.

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review 2018-01-12 15:29
Dreaming of the Bones
Dreaming of the Bones - Deborah Crombie

Author: Deborah Crombie

Series:  Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James #5

 

Using poetry to solve a murder? Yes, please.

 

This book had off-the-hook character development.  Excellent. To have that much happening and to not let the mystery fade into the background... Bravo!

 

This installment starts with Kincaid receiving a call from his ex-wife who wants him to look into the apparent suicide of a poet. Simple. Gemma and Kincaid begin to look into things and the story takes a startling, shocking turn. I did not expect it- and the subsequent reveals after were just as good. 

 

This is not a series you can just pick up and read out of order. Each mystery builds on the previous ones. I will definitely be continuing with this series.

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