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review 2018-11-11 13:38
Initiates, The: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs - Étienne Davodeau 
Initiates, The: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs - Étienne Davodeau

No surprises: two friends who know nothing about one another's fields spend a year learning and then appreciating their two fields, and the reader learns alongside. There's no drama,  just a slowly developing knowledge and discernment. Because it is a story about middle-aged white French men primarily, it can be hard to grasp the references. It was good, but I remained at a distance and never really felt any emotional attachment.

 

Library copy 

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text 2018-11-04 09:16
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Initiates, The: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs - Étienne Davodeau

Love this book! 

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review 2015-11-19 14:46
ARC Review: Bottoms Away by Etienne
Bottoms Away - Etienne

The final book in this trilogy is much like the first two. First of all, this is not a romance, so if that's what you're expecting, you'd be disappointed. It's more gay fiction (which is fine with me), with two men living and loving, raising a young boy (Chris' much younger brother Ted), and figuring out how to help him move on after years of abuse.

I read this because after books 1 and 2, I wanted to find out how Chris and Mickey put the old man in jail for what he's done, and move on with their lives, and how Chris' upcoming operation was going to go. His struggle with cancer, the colostomy bag, and finding out about a possible procedure to restore his rectum was what kept me most interested in this series.

The writing is just as dry and unimaginative as before, and I'm probably not going to pick up another book by this author. His writing style is not for me. It's superficial, for the most part, telling the characters story without evoking any real emotion, and also not letting the characters emote a whole lot. The characters feel detached from their own story, which then also makes the reader feel detached from the characters. While I didn't care that any intimate situations took place off page, this may deter others. I had no issue with the MC's relationship - they were an open, honest couple who loved each other, and that much came across. Very supportive of each other, and fully invested in the relationship, but the lack of actual emotions in the writing made me struggle with all three books.

I may be more stubborn than most in wanting to complete this trilogy, so I did. And now I'm done.


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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text 2015-05-19 01:39
Book Boyfriends
Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen,Anna Quindlen
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes
Shadows on the Moon - Zoë Marriott

Hey Guys!

 Sorry I haven't updated recently. I have been really busy with school. Right about this time finals start and I don't even have time to think about anything else! So, here is a quick update: My Top 7 Book Boyfriends.

 

1. Rowan (Heir of Fire-Sarah J Maas) (I don't know why I love him so much. It is probably because even though is seems harsh and cold, he has a soft heart)

 

2. Etienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss-Stephanie Perkins) (His name....his accent...everything about him is amazing!)

 

3. Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen) (He is just perfection)

 

4. Chaol (Throne of Glass-Sarah J Maas) (I loved him at first, but I like Rowan a lot more...hence his place at number one)

 

5. Eland Venture (Mistborn- Brandon Sanderson) (His bookish-ness makes me melt!)

 

6. Peter Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis) (I love William Moseley, but the character on its own is so adorbs!)

 

7. Otieno (Shadows on the Moon-Zoe Marriot) (He is just so attractive and special and I love him!)

 

Thanks so much for reading! Hopefully I will update again soon! Only 2 weeks until school is out!

 

Have a fabulous day lovelies!

 

Yours truly, signing off!

 

Kenzie

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text 2015-04-30 17:01
April Wrap-Up
Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
A Home in the Valley - Dianna Crawford
Elsie's Impossible Choice (Life of Faith, A: Elsie Dinsmore Series) - Mission City Press Inc.,Martha Finley
Elsie's New Life - Martha Finley
Elsie's True Love - Martha Finley
Elsie's Troubled Times, Book 6 - Martha Finley,Martha Finley/Mission City Press
The Breeders - Katie French
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins
Jackaby - William Ritter

This month was a very productive reading month for me. Which i find kind of funny considering I literally have no time on my hands! So without further ado lets dive into my April reads!

 

Mistborn: The Final Empire by: Brandon Sanderson(Aldiko eBook)-What a book! This is an epic high fantasy novel that kept me on my toes! This was originally supposed to be a buddy read with my sister, but life is crazy and I ended up reading on my own. The magic system in this book is really intriguing as well! Brandon Sanderson's writing style is fabulous! Every character has depth and you can relate to almost all of them. 5/5 stars

 

A Home in the Valley by: Dianna Crawford(Physical copy)- This is a historical christian fiction novel. This was cute, but there was really no originality. A Simple plot line and the one big plot twist was easily figured out before it happened. On a positive note, the characters were very well written. 3/5 stars

 

The Elsie Dinsmore Series by: Martha Finley(Physical copy)- These are forever favorites of mine! These books were originally written in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Mission City Press has updated the text and directed this series at a younger demographic. I first read these books around the age of 11 and have re-read at least once every year since. I don't currently own the full series, I own books 2-3 and books 5-6. I do plan to purchase the rest of the series in the future. 5/5 stars every time

 

Raoul by: C David Stevens(Kindle)-This is a modernized prequel to the Phantom of the Opera. (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA IS THEREEEEE...inside my mind!) I have also heard of this book being considered fan-fiction. This is about Christine's childhood in the U.S. and traveling with her dad. In this book she meets Raoul and they have many adventures together. 4/5 stars

 

The Breeders by: Katie French(Kindle)- This is a YA dystopian story set in a post apocalyptic United States. Through some scientific experiment the drinking water is contaminated causing women to give birth mainly to males. In this story girls are taken to a hospital and they are forced to become pregnant. Doctors try to genetically alter fetuses so there will be a higher percentage of females. This was a very intriguing book and the characters were well done. 4/5 stars

 

Jackaby by: William Ritter(Overdrive Library)- This book reminded me so much of the Sherlock television show. The main character, Jackaby has the same personality as Sherlock. In fact, the only difference in Jackaby and Sherlock Holmes is that Jackaby deals with supernatural creatures and crimes. Great read. 3/5 stars

 

Anna and the French Kiss by: Stephanie Perkins(Aldiko eBook)- I desperately needed to read this book. I haven't read a contemporary romance in a very long time and I forgot what I was missing. Don't worry, I rectified it by reading this lovely book. This was a well written, character relating, feels inducing masterpiece! Anna doesn't want to go to school in France, but her father forces her. She soon finds it's not all bad since Paris is abounding with Cinema's and one Etienne St. Clair, a British/American hottie who instantly grabs her attention. 5/5 stars (P.s. where can I find myself an Etienne St. Clair? I want one!)

 

Isla and the Happily Ever After by: Stephanie Perkins(Aldiko eBook)-It would seem as though I am on a Stephanie Perkins marathon. (The only type of marathon you will every find me doing! Am I right?) This is so cute! I love how characters from Anna and the French Kiss tie in to this books.  Isla has been crushing on Josh since freshman year. Sparks fly when Josh and Isla start hanging out. This book isn't nearly as good as Anna and the French Kiss. Definitely not loving the insta-love. I think this story was really over-hyped and I was left feeling really let down. Sorry Stephanie Perkins...3/5 stars

 

 

11 books this month! Patting myself on the back over here!! Thanks for reading this!

 

Have a fabulous day lovelies!

 

Kenzie

 

 

 

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