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review 2017-11-18 10:16
Lucy's Book Club For The Lost and Found by Emma Davies

 

I really want to do this review proper justice. This book was everything. I'm not even kidding one bit. My heart is in my throat right now, there are tears pooling in my eyes and running down my cheeks. This story is about all sorts of love, friendship, family and love between romantic couples, but also about so much more.

The writing style was so easy to read, it flowed so well. It was beautiful. I read the book in one sitting. There were several parts where I had to stop and collect myself because it really evoked strong emotions. There was sadness, there was laughter, bittersweet moments between Lia and her mom. Those scenes really broke me. Utterly heartbreaking.

The relationships were so authentic. The friendships, found families and romantic relationships all came together so naturally. It felt so real. The friendship among the whole group was a breath of fresh air, but I especially loved the female friendship. So many books these days have girls hating on girls for no good reason, but this book had the exact opposite. The friendship had the kind of found family feel to it that I really love to find in some books. They might not be related by blood, but they loved each other regardless.

All the characters were extremely likeable and had distinct personalities.

This book really touched my heart.

I like the title of this story, so my only wish is that there was more of a book club aspect that the title hints at.

The ending is bittersweet, with a touch of hope.

*I got a netgally copy to review*

 

I talked about this book in a Booktube video here.

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review 2017-11-15 13:00
Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman (audiobook)
Between Two Thorns - Emma Newman

I reread this because I thought a rereading might be good before continuing on with the series since I have a tendency to forget things. Also, I was curious what it would be like to have Emma Newman narrate her own book. Her narration was good but not quite as...enthusiastic? as I was expecting after listening to her podcast, Tea & Jeopardy. I still really enjoyed it though.

 

You can read my original review here. Basically, fae exist and there's an in-between world called the nether where the people who serve the fae live. These people are definitely stuck in the past, partly because people don't age while they live in the nether, so many of the people of power were actually born hundreds of years ago. Our main character, Cathy, was born into this society but escaped into the real world to try to live a less restricted life. Of course, her past catches up to her, and she's forced back into her family's world, completed with a forced engagement.

 

There's also these people called arbiters, who are supposed to police magic and the fae-touched people in the real world. They're impervious to magic because they've had their souls dislocated from their bodies and stored in jars. This apparently makes them very ugly and almost completely emotionless and through a series of events, one of them has his soul transferred to a gargoyle, which is just great.

 

Anyway, I was reading this just for fun, but then I noticed that there was a poppy on the cover so I could count it as the book for Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day "read a book with poppies on the cover". Of course, as it turns out, I'm planning to read a book about WWII after all, but I figure I might as well count this one now and if I finish the other one on time it'll just count as bonus stars.

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review 2017-11-07 03:43
Quick glimpse into a woman's guilt and forgiveness
Freya: The Confession: An Amish Short Story of Hope and Forgiveness (The Freya Series Book 2) - Ashley Emma

This is a very short story, a quick glimpse into a woman coming to terms with something she had done that affected greatly the lives of others. It tugged at my heart and had me wanting to know more about Freya and Adam to see if there is a story there. I enjoyed this, and will look for more from this author.

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review 2017-11-06 17:17
#Audiobook Review: Shooting for the Stars by Sarina Bowen
Shooting for the Stars: Gravity, Book 3 - Blunder Woman Productions,Emma Wilder,Sarina Bowen,Noel Garraux Harrison

Stella Lazarus has loved her big brother’s best friend ever since she can remember. Stella tried to show Bear how she felt years ago, but he brushed her off. So she has to be satisfied with just being good friends. Bear thinks Stella is the sexiest woman alive, but she’s his best friend’s little sister, which means she’s off limits, and it has taken every ounce of will power to keep her at arms length. But when the pair find themselves alone in an upscale hotel room after a few drinks and good food, neither Stella nor Bear can say no to the years of denied attraction. Stella and Bear share an amazing, fantasy-fulfilling night together, but it all comes to a quick end when Bear freaks out about breaking the bro-code and not being good enough for Stella, coupled with Stella’s brother’s career-ending accident. 

 

Shooting for the Stars opens just before the start of the second Gravity book, Falling From the Sky and Hank’s horrific accident. The book then jumps ten months, keeping it on pace with the timing of Falling from the Sky. Although there is a lot of overlap in the timing of books #2 and #3, the story is completely different, with Hank playing a minor roll in this title.

 

Stella and Bear are best friends who are perfect for one another, but something always prevents it from happening. Mostly it’s on Bear - he’s afraid to open up and face his feelings head on. When they are together - whether as friends, potential lovers, or awkward and unsure companions - they capture my attention. Both carry around so much baggage and pain, love and hope; their interactions are emotionally fulfilling. However, much of the first half of the book is spent in lengthy flashbacks, and the dynamic of the budding romance stumbles during these interludes. I appreciate knowing more of their history, but at the same time, the author established their deep connection early (starting some in the second book), so jumping to the past pulled me out of the present. Additionally, during much of the middle of the book, the pair avoids each another. 

 

But then, Bear starts making his movie and the couple are forced to spend time together. Unlike most romances where we see characters working to come together, Bear and Stella spend time trying to stay apart. So, the story must rely on inner monologues to help readers understand that the feelings are still ever present, even if they both are trying hard to forget them. I really enjoyed listening as both Bear and Stella mature and come to terms with their feelings and needs. Toss in a close brush with death, and everything gets laid out on the table. And Hank’s reaction to his best friend and sister being together is priceless.

 

Shooting for the Stars brings listeners the third set of narrators for the Gravity series. While I can appreciate having different narrators because each book has a different set of main characters, it is also a bit discombobulating having different voices for characters I’ve known for two or three books. Right from the start I feel Ms. Wilder has a strong performance. With an almost breathless quality, she captures Stella’s desire and hopes. As the book goes on, I feel the female narrator does an excellent job of growing with her character. On the other hand, I had trouble with Mr. Harrison as soon as I heard him. At my usual 1.25x speed, his performance is riddled with dramatic pauses and unnecessary rests. It reminded me of the young Captain Kirk. Well, not that bad, but it’s start, stop, pause, start, stop, pause. I sped the playback up to 1.5x, and that helped, and overtime, I was able to get past the cadence issues. I did like the quality of his voice, which was deep and sexy, but the start/stop nature ruined much of that for me.

 

Overall, I liked Shooting for the Stars and getting Bear and Stella’s story. The early middle was a little slow, with a lot of flashbacks, followed by so much avoidance, that the story dragged at times. However, it all feels very genuine. The fear of losing a friend, the guilt, the longing, etc., and in the end, I liked how it all played out.

 

My Rating: B
Female narrator: B+

Male narrator: C+ 

 

Audiobook review copy provided by Blunder Woman Productions

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text 2017-11-01 02:00
October Re-cap
Bad Romance - Heather Demetrios
The Treatment - Suzanne Young
Wolf By Wolf - Ryan Graudin
Rumors of Savages - Carrie Regan
Sustained (The Legal Briefs Series) - Emma Chase
Gun Shy - Lili St. Germain
13 Minutes - Sarah Pinborough
Midnight Burning (Norse Chronicles) - LLC Red Adept Publishing,Jennifer Fournier,Karissa Laurel
If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands) - Alwyn Hamilton

It was a long, busy month, filled with remodeling my bedroom, starting some schooling for myself, and my oldest moved out of the house too...but I still managed to get quite a bit of reading and listening in.  It was a well rounded reading month with 2 DNF's and a couple books under 3 Stars and 2 new favorites.

 

 

 

(Kindle eBook) Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Finish Date:   10/02

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Treatment by Suzanne Young

Finish Date:  10/04

2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  10/08

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Kindle eBook) Rumors of Savages by Carrie Regan

Finish Date:  10/08

3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Sustained by Emma Chase

Finish Date:  10/10

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Kindle eBook) Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain

Finish Date:  10/12

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

Finish Date:  10/15

3.5/5 STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel

Finish Date:  10/20

2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+

 

(Kindle eBook) If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  10/21

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (review pending)

Finish Date:  10/29

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

2 DNF's both Netgalley ARC's

 

Down the Rabbit Hole by Julia Crane

 

 

 

Soulless by Jacinta Maree

 

 

12 books total (including DNF's) for a total of 3,983 pages read including Audio.

2 Netgalley ARC's, 6 Audiobooks and 4 eBooks. 

 

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