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text 2018-04-01 03:07
Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (Round 11, 12 & 13-Finale)
The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman
The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman
The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman
The Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10) - Joseph Delaney,Christopher Evan Welch
Death in a White Tie - Benedict Cumberbatch,Ngaio Marsh

Round 11
>>Collected COD- Stabbed w/ a Sword- Read The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

(Silver on Cover)


>>Collected CS- Green Dragon Pub- Read The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

(Three Word Title)

 


Round 12
>>Collected Victim- Atticus Finch- Read The Lost Page by Genevieve Cogman

(Author Last Name Begins with C in Finch)


>>Collected COD- Bow & Arrow- Read Lure of the Dead by Joseph Delaney

(Teenage Hero)

 



Round 13
>>Collected COD- Dark Alley Beat Down- Read Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh

(Book written between 1925-1975)

 

 

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review 2018-03-29 21:55
The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney- Book #10
The Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10) - Joseph Delaney,Christopher Evan Welch

The Last Apprentice series is like my go-to audiobook series when I'm not sure what else I want to listen to next but I know the story will be good and the narrator will be good because it's always consistent. It also never has huge cliffhangers so I know I won't feel pressured to listen to the next book like "right now." I've been slowly making my way through the series for a long time now and I like it that way. 

 

In book 10, Tom is still trying to prepare to defeat the Fiend. They have his head, which has to be separate from his body or the Fiend can come back so Grimalkin has been trying to keep the head away from enemy hands until Tom can locate the third blade that he needs to defeat the Fiend once and for all. 

 

This wasn't one of my favorite books of the series just because it was more of a filler story I thought and I'm to the point where if they don't hurry up and kill the damn Fiend I'm going to find a way to do it myself.

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review 2018-03-07 04:50
Dear Evan Hansen by Scott Levenson, Justin Paul, and Benj Pasek
Dear Evan Hansen (TCG Edition) - Steven Levenson,Benj Pasek,Justin Paul

Whoops! I forgot to post about this when I read it. I wasn't sure if I was going to count it towards by goal or not, but I think it counts. 

 

I first listened to the (glorious) soundtrack of this musical and was so intrigued that I decided to read the script.

 

Having read this, it helped me understand the musical so much more and really served a gut-punch, even more so than the soundtrack. It's written beautifully. I'm not one to normally read plays, but I'm so glad I did this one, just in case I never get the chance to see it live. Perfection.

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review 2018-01-30 10:01
HellBent
Hellbent (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz

Series: Orphan X #3

By: Greg Hurwitz

ISBN: 1250119170

Publisher:  Minotaur Books

Publication Date: 1/30/2018 

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars  

 

Evan Smoak, an unstoppable government assassin gone rogue returns in Gregg Hurwitz #1 international bestselling Orphan X series, HELLBENT – from revenge, bullets, and vodka his most emotional and personal yet; a riveting non-stop action thriller. 

Picking up from The Nowhere Man #2.0 Smoak is more than a legend. He is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. 

A dangerous past. Well-equipped and trained. Taken from a group home at twelve, Evan was raised and prepared as part of the Orphan Program. Evan was Orphan X. An expendable assassin who went where the U.S. Government would not and did what they could not.

Jack had fought for Evan to stay human even while teaching him to be a killer. He broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man. Eight years ago he had gone rogue. 

He helped the desperate with no place to turn. People suffering at the hands of unrepentant and vicious abusers. Now every incoming call comes to 1.855.2-Nowhere. Then it emerged through the receiver of the RoamZone. 

He always answers: “Do you need my help?”

 

 

A post shared by Judith D. Collins (@judithdcollins) on Jan 29, 2018 at 4:20am PST




This time, the voice on the other end was familiar. Jack Johns. Jack was the one who had plucked Evan from foster home to the inside the Department of Defense. He was the only father he had ever know. If he was calling this line, he must be in mortal danger. Indicating he must be up against what other might consider world-destroying trouble. An emotional call. 

Hurwitz cranks up the intensity, with Van Sciver, using all the assets to take out both Evan (Orphan X) and the target he is trying to protect. 

His top priority is to stamp out wayward Orphans. Anyone who has retired. Anyone who had not made the cut. Anyone who had tested questionable for compliance. The only Orphan who had ever gone rogue. The best way is to go after his handler. 

Jack gives Evan a final mission. 

Would a long-buried secret from Jack’s past lead him to Van Sciver? Hurting Jack Johns would hurt Orphan X. The Commandments. A girl. Joey. The package. Can she help? A sixteen- year-old?

Evan is determined to put a bullet through Van Sciver’s skull after his beloved father figure dies. Their history stretched back to three decades to a boys’ home in East Baltimore. Van Sciver held the keys to the kingdom and Evan was the fugitive. 

“Jack had taught Evan that the hard part wasn’t being a killer. It was staying human. He was superb at the former. And growing proficient at the latter. “

A superbly created series. Highly entertaining! Fans will delight. Will there be another upcoming book in the series? We can only hope. 

Read My Reviews:
Orphan X #1 
Buy a Bullet #1.5
Nowhere Man #2.0

A special thank you to St. Martins Press and #NetGalley for an early reading copy. 

JDCMustReadBooks

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/08/29/Hellbent
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review 2018-01-23 02:34
Evan Smoak's middle name might as well be Adrenaline
Orphan X: A Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz

Wow. Just wow.

 

I firmly believe, and have said so repeatedly here, that it's not the novelty of an idea that makes a book worth reading, it's the execution. But for some reason, because I've seen/read this story (at least what one can tell from the blurb) so many times, I put off reading it. That was stupid. There's a reason some stories, some ideas are told so many times: when done well, they are great.

 

That's what we've got here. Evan Smoak is an Orphan (he's also an orphan, but that's not all that important). From a pretty young age, he's been trained as an off-the-books special operative for the US government, with a tie to only his handler. No other connection whatsoever to any covert agency, budget, oversight. Nothing can possibly go wrong with that, right? At some point he runs into another Orphan and is struck by the differences between the two -- clearly, Evan's training involved the cultivation of a conscience and a modicum of ethics. This splash of humanity gets this human weapon into trouble and he leaves the program.

 

But it's not like he's got a backup plan for his life, he's trained for only one thing, so he becomes The Nowhere Man. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him...maybe you can hire, well, the A-Team. Because The Nowhere Man can't be hired. If he helps you, all he asks is that you find someone else in trouble and give them his phone number. Evan goes on for some time like this, helping people who can't help themselves, getting some justice for those who are let down by the system, etc.

Until one day, things go pear-shaped when meeting a new client, and suddenly Evan finds himself (for the first time in his life) the hunted.

 

About the same time that his professional career is blowing up (almost literally), he finds himself having a personal life. Until now, Evan's lived a pretty monkish life -- free from personal ties, anyway. A lonely existence to be sure. and he starts to have friends? Not surprisingly, at all, this adds some complications to his already pretty complicated week.

 

This is an exciting read, fast-paced, energetic, incredibly violent -- the fight scenes are great. This is essentially a Jason Statham movie in text form (although Statham always looks like someone who could star in an action flick and Evan doesn't). It's fun, it's impossible to take seriously, (but I can't imagine that Hurwitz expects anyone to). Evan's The Punisher without the anger, The Equalizer without the age, Jason Bourne without the memory issues, James Bond without the government backing/British accent, John Wick without the dog or criminal record.

 

Okay, it's clear I don't know what to say about Orphan X at this point . . . this is a fun read, I'm glad I finally got around to it, and I'm looking forward to the sequels. If you like action flicks, give it a shot.

 

2018 Library Love Challenge

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/01/22/orphan-x-by-gregg-hurwitz
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