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review 2018-06-18 03:31
Review: Before Mars
Before Mars - Emma Newman

Third book in the series, and each is great in a totally different way. This one takes place concurrent to After Atlas, but instead of detective story, this is a psychological thriller where a protagonist fears her paranoia, but keeps finding reasons to mistrust the world around her. 

 

Once again, having not read the previous books wouldn't be an issue. There's some stuff at the end that would be quite obvious if you've read After Atlas, but the tension works either way. 

 

This is just such a great series. 

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review 2018-06-17 04:57
The Ark Plan - audiobook
The Ark Plan: Edge of Extinction #1 - HarperAudio,Emma Galvin,Laura Martin

 

I needed two minutes.

- first sentence

 

Imagine a world where dinosaurs freely roam the surface and people are forced to live underground. This is Jurassic Park gone wild - dinosaurs were cloned 150 years ago and kept in zoos and on farms. Needless to say, things got out of hand. Sky Mundy lived underground her entire life and now that she found a clue to her father's disappearance, she must venture to the topside world to find answers.

 

The story follows Sky's journey and is filled with thrilling action, life threatening situations, and heroic characters. The plot moves quickly with twists and a cliff-hanger ending. Make sure you have the second book ready for your young reader.

 

The narrator did an excellent job - I highly recommend the audio version. I borrowed it using the Hoopla app through my public library.

 

Recommended to: Grades 4 and up - fans of sci-fi, adventure, strong female characters, and of course, dinosaurs.

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review 2018-06-15 06:35
Moan: Anonymous Essays on Female Orgasm
Moan: Anonymous Essays on Female Orgasm - Emma Koenig

Was this book occasionally repetitive? Sure. Did I find it fascinating anyway? Absolutely.

 

As with any essay collection there are going to be some pieces that are better than others (and this is no exception), but what makes this collection so interesting to me is the sheer volume and the way the voices both echo and contradict one another. With each essay around two to three pages in length (a few are longer, but this was pretty consistent average) there are a lot of perspectives in here. I find it interesting getting to hear women speak anonymously, and thus totally honestly, about their sexual experiences. There are plenty of pieces in here that are basically just women relating what works for them in the bedroom, but there are plenty more about what *doesn't* work, first experiences, ruminations on femininity, how things have changed for them, how they feel different, or just how they feel in general. These aren't stories you often get to hear, and even when I couldn't relate (although there were a few where I very much could) I was interested.

 

My biggest critique would be the apparent lack of variety in the essayists. Its hard to be sure, since it is anonymous, but the contributors did seem to come from fairly uniform backgrounds, which could have been improved. I'd have liked to have read more essays from queer women, assault survivors, and various age groups. There are essays from all of those groups, but not nearly as many as there are from 20-something college educated women. I suspect this is because many essays were collected online.

 

The foreword talks about how sexuality is part of what makes us human, and by denying women their sexuality we deny them the ability to be fully human. I truly believe this, and this book put a very human voice to the varied world of women's sexual experiences. A great book for anyone interested in sexuality, regardless of gender.

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text 2018-06-06 12:35
Blog Tour: Seduction of Wealth by Emma Calin with Giveaway

 

Today’s stop is for Emma Calin’s Seduction of Wealth. We will have info about the book and author, and a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 


 

 

What would you do if your bosses told you to break the law? How far would you go before you questioned them? What if you're a cop and your bosses are the law?

London traffic cop Kaitlyn Thorn narrowly escapes a Mafia attack on the world-dominating banker Randolph Quinn, a key witness under her protection. Someone on the inside has gone bad and betrayed her location. With orders to keep him alive at all costs, she has to run from her own team and gamble on nothing but her own instincts.

Alone with this sexy and powerful man, her desire to know him in every way begins to dictate her actions. They want her to stay close to him, but just how far can she go before her passion clouds her judgement? If she loves him will she be able to betray and turn him in, as she surely must?

United with Randolph in all-or-nothing danger, she abandons herself to moments of pleasure, knowing every delicious second could be her last. Can she really trust their love? As risks escalate she must demonstrate her courage and skill but will it be enough to save them both from destruction?

'Seduction of Wealth', another stand-alone story in Emma Calin's 'Seduction Series', combining thrilling crime mystery with steamy suspense romance.

 

 

If you enjoy James Patterson, Catherine Coulter, Nora Roberts and Kendra Elliot you'll love a story that combines all of their best traits in a fast-paced, pulse-pounding roller-coaster adventure full of romance, deception, danger and love.

A juicy mix of cops, crime and passion with a HEA ending.

Early Reviews For Seduction of Wealth: "Reading Seduction of Wealth is like sitting down to a gourmet meal when you are starving. You want to gobble it up while savouring every morsel." Anneli Purchase "One of the best books I have read in a long time! Lust, suspense, travel and extravagance... love it!" Bookdiva, USA "Emma has done it again and given us a book that is well written and well edited with characters that are enjoyable. The main characters, Kaitlyn and Randolph, have great chemistry and interactions and exploits that are amazing." Chris McKay, USA.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emma Calin writes steamy police action suspense romance novels with sassy female cops and sexy multi layered heroes. Her heroines have a courage and compassion honed on the streets but have the desires and vulnerability of all women both in and out of love. Emma has been writing since childhood and has won numerous local, national and international prizes for poetry, short stories and self-published novels, including the East Texas Writers Guild Award in 2017 and the New Apple Award for Ebook Literary Excellence in 2017. As a self-confessed Francophile, Emma spends her time between the UK and France. Her love of travel is reflected in her books which feature international locations and local flavour. Emma’s partner in life and also in crime, is an ex-Interpol and London Met Police Detective who is ever present as her deeper voiced consultant. Between them they have 7 adult children and 4 grandchildren and like to escape as often as possible on their tandem bicycle or in their kayak in the River Charente in south west France.

 

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review 2018-06-05 10:25
Laber, laber, sülz, sülz
Emma - Helga Schulz,Jane Austen

Bedauerlicherweise muss ich Euch gestehen, dass ich schon wieder eine total berühmte Person des Schreibhandwerks und eine Schriftstellerin, die man angeblich gelesen haben muss, für mich persönlich total abmontieren und bösartig verreißen muss. Dabei geht es nicht darum, dass das Werk schon sehr alt ist und um die Sitten, als der Roman entstanden ist, denn eine der Bronte-Schwestern, die ich auch erst vor zwei Jahren gelesen habe, hat mir durchaus nicht schlecht gefallen (Ok die Brontes sind um eine Nuance jünger, aber wirklich nur marginal), sondern tatsächlich um die massiven Schwächen, die dieses Werk aus meiner Sicht aufweist.

Ich möchte mal kurz zusammenfassen:

In der Fadesse des Lebens in den Häusern der britischen Upperclass: Laber, laber, Sülz, sülz, viel Stolz, viele Vorurteile, nichtiges höfliches Geschwätz, dumme kindische Manipulationen und versteckter Zickenkrieg von Gänsen, der so versteckt ist, dass es die Beteiligten gar nicht mitkriegen und der nicht mal anatzweise einen Funken von Spannung aufweist, ein Pygmalion Projekt aber nicht im Sinne der Bildung, sondern dem einzigen Zweck geschuldet, eine Frau nach oben zu verheiraten, gähnende Hirn- und Geistlosigkeit der Gentlemen. Ein Anti-Enwicklungsroman, dessen einzige Entwicklung der Figuren darstellt, sich möglichst zu verheiraten, was auch überhaupt nicht spannend ist, weil in dem Ringelpietz der Reise nach Jerusalem leider nicht mal ein Sessel fehlt und somit jeder langweilige Topf auch seinen faden, öden Deckel bekommt. Was noch? Außer Missverständnisse, weil die Leute im Andeuten und interpretieren von Andeutungen auch noch gar so schlecht sind, keine einzige Handlung. Die vom Verlag auf dem Buchrücken versprochene Ironie konnte ich nicht mal mit einem Elektronenmikroskop finden. Dafür nimmt Austen ihre Figuren viel zu ernst. Schon komisch, wenn etwas grottenschlecht erzählt ist, dann wird es oft als Ironie und Satire bezeichnet.

Auch wenn das Werk alt ist muss es nicht so altbacken in der Handlung und der Formulierungsstil der Dialoge nicht so massiv gehirnerweichend daherkommen. Extrem viele Werke von der Antike bis zu Austens Zeiten hatten weit mehr Inhalt, Geschichten zu erzählen und auch besseren Stil.

Bei solchen Büchern wünsche mir ständig sehnlichst diesen Satz: "Und plötzlich ein Erdbeben (Meteorit, Tsunami... was auch immer) ..." der alle diese Trotteln endlich hinwegmeuchelt - ich will sie leiden und sterben sehen diese nutzlosen fiktiven Kreaturen!".

Fazit: Wie mir schon einige auf meinem Leidensweg durch dieses Buch versichert haben, das mit mir und der Frau Austen wird ebenso sicher zu meiner Lebenszeit keine Freundschaft mehr - aber eine weitere Bronte-Schwester werde ich mir mit Vergnügen noch zu Gemüte führen, damit ich auch wirklich mitreden kann. Ach ja den 2. Stern gibt es weil es gar so leicht und seicht war, dass es mich nicht ganz so nerven konnte wie andere Bücher und weil ich auf Grund eines Krankenhausaufenthalts so derart unter opiathaltigen Schmerzmitteln gestanden bin, dass ich alles etwas zu locker und fluffig gesehen habe.

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