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review 2017-01-23 17:30
Review: "Finding the Sky" by A.M. Burns
Finding the Sky - A.M. Burns

"If there was any lingering doubt in my mind about being gay, it's gone. I've never felt so incredible. Nothing felt wrong or even majorly awkward. Yeah, it hurt a little bit. Even with Scott taking it slow for my first time, but after I relaxed, it felt amazing. Scott is so awesome. I don't think things can get any better."

 

That quote above is a prime example for how awkward the writing was in this book (it's also everything that we got from Dillon and Scott's first time). The first-person POV was artificial and jarring and read like a 13-year-old writing a diary.

 

The rest of the dialogues weren't any better. They were stilted and unnatural and painful to read at times.

 

 

Judging from the language and the naivety of the main character (who doesn't read like a 16-year-old at all), the target for this book could have been young readers at the age of 12+. But then people got shot and killed left and right at several points during the story, so some YA this is.

 

The weirdest thing though was that there have been several hints that Dillon's uncle and Scott's (married) dads were fooling around. Even Dillon noticed that awkward sexual tension and had to ask Scott at one point if there was anything going on between them.

 

AWKWARD, AWKWARD, AWKWARD.

 

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text 2016-12-12 21:09
Henery Press Year End Sale - $5 Paperbacks
Board Stiff - Kendel Lynn
Swan Dive (An Elliott Lisbon Mystery) (Volume 3) - Kendel Lynn
The Semester of Our Discontent - Cynthia Kuhn
Finding Sky - Susan O'Brien
Writes of Passage - Margaret Maron,Laurie R. King,Hank Phillippi Ryan
Deadly Assets (An Allison Campbell Mystery Book 2) - Wendy Tyson
Dying Brand - Wendy Tyson
Guaranteed to Bleed - Julie Mulhern
From The Sideline (The Wake-Up Series) (Volume 2) - Amy Avanzino
Scheduled to Die (A Carter Mays Mystery #2) - Alan Cupp

This came through my email yesterday and I thought I'd pass it along to my USA friends who might be interested.  Henery Press produces some great cozy mysteries.  Of this batch I can recommend highly Board Stiff - Kendel LynnSwan Dive - Kendel Lynn    and The Semester of Our Discontent - Cynthia Kuhn.  

 

From the email:

Pick up these eleven titles in trade paperback for only $5 each on Club Hen House. Use promo code YEAR END from now until December 31. Hurry before time runs out! Click HERE to shop.
 
Hope your holidays are merry and bright!
 
 
(The 11th book is:) 
When Lies Crumble (A Carter Mays Mystery Book 1) - Alan Cupp 
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review 2015-07-31 08:16
Finding Sky (Nicki Valentine Mystery, #1)
Finding Sky - Susan O'Brien

A Henery Press mystery I hadn't tried yet, Finding Sky was mostly good.  It's well-written, well-plotted and has great characters.

 

She’s a parent. She’s (almost) a P.I. No one gets on your case like mom.

Suburban widow and P.I. in training Nicki Valentine can barely keep track of her two kids, but when her best friend’s adoption plan is jeopardized by the young birth mother’s disappearance, Nicki is persuaded to help. Nearly everyone else believes the teenager ran away, but Nicki trusts her BFF’s judgment, and the feeling is mutual.

 

 

It's right there in the summary, but I didn't expect quite so much evangelising about parenting and all the things she does to be a good parent.  There was a lot.  I was way more interested in what she was doing to solve the mystery than I was in hearing a detailed account of how she spent quality time with her kids.

 

Otherwise, I enjoyed it; Ms. O'Brien created complex and likeable characters.  I like that Nicki believes in and prays to God, without practicing any specific religion and talks about the possibility of visiting psychics (she doesn't).  I enjoy the perceived dichotomy and the inherent non-judginess.  This is not a Christian read and unless you're a militant atheist who hates any mention of faith, it shouldn't interrupt anyone's enjoyment.

 

The mystery itself was interesting too; no murder, but a missing pregnant teen that may or may not have run away on the eve of delivery.  

 

I'm not going to run out to buy the next one (the helicopter-mommy thing was annoying) but I'll definitely pick it up one of these days to see what happens next.

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text 2015-07-28 07:55
Today is a very good day indeed...
At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries - Estelle Ellis,Caroline Seebohm,Christopher Simon Sykes
Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide - Rosemary Gladstar
The Herbal Home Remedy Book - Deborah Balmuth,Joyce A. Wardwell
Finding Sky - Susan O'Brien

I had two boxes waiting for me when I got home today.  One of them was the overflow from my trip to The Netherlands - all the stuff that threw me over the luggage weight limit.

 

The second box is the one that's more important to this post. Moonlight Reader ran a contest to help out Bella a few weeks ago, and I was the very lucky winner of a $50 Amazon gift card.

 

My goodies arrived today:

 

 

 

2 of these, At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries, and Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide, have been books I've been wanting for quite some time.  I especially can't wait to dive into At Home with Books, although my husband is probably going to groan when he sees it.

 

The other two, The Herbal Home Remedy Book: Simple Recipes for Tinctures, Teas, Salves, Tonics, and Syrups  and Finding Sky were two I picked out on-the-fly; the Herbal Home Remedy seemed to go nicely with Rosemary Gladstar's book and I love the Henery Press mysteries I've read so far, so I wanted to try out this one.

 

Thanks again to Moonlight Reader for putting this donation inspiration together.  The books arrived with particular timeliness as Big Beardy Bloke Buried By Books just posted that Bella has had her surgery and is recovery nicely.  Yay!

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review 2015-02-01 14:31
Misty Falls by Joss Stirling

Hey my lovelies, I have just finished reading Misty Falls by Joss Stirling and decided to write my first review of 2015 on it.

 

 

 

 

 

I have been a big fan of Joss Stirling for a awhile now. It has beeen a sort of tradition for the last four Christmases  that I receive one of her books. I got hooked on Finding Sky, when I read a excerpt in some sort of magazine, I instantly begged my parents for it and received it for Christmas possibly in 2010 or 2011. Since then Finding Sky, Stealing Phoenix and Seeking Crystal have been a part of my favorites, they have now been joined by Misty Falls. Even though the previous novels in the series have been predominately about the Benedict brothers finding their soulfinders. This fourth one could be classed as a side novel, as it is not directly linked to a Benedict brother finding love, (Even though it is in there) They are put on the back

burner for Misty's story.

 

 

 

Goodreads synopsis: Misty is a one-girl disaster zone. Born with a Savant ‘gift’ that means she can never tell a lie, her compulsive truth-telling gets her into trouble wherever she goes.

So when she meets Alex: gorgeous, confident, and impossibly charming, Misty instantly resolves to keep her distance … Someone so perfect could never be hers, surely?

But a dark shadow has fallen across the Savant community. A serial killer is stalking young people who have these special mental powers. Soon one of them will be taken to the edge of death … and beyond

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the first couple of chapters I was waiting for the umpff that really kicks a story into gear and from then on. I enjoyed myself, finding myself not wanting to put it down for the final chapters. I enjoyed the small twist, although it did seem fairly obvious who it was after I found out (hope that makes sense). I enjoyed the (new and old) characters, especially the ones that have returned, which were mainly Zed and Sky, but I enjoyed the book immensely and I am rating 4.5 out of 5 stars. I have to admit I did not like the way Alex forgave his parents I mean really? Your parents abandon you for 13years, nut now they’re here, and there would be no bitterness at all? Maybe that’s just me, but who knows? What do you think of Misty Falls? Send me a comment in my askbox (x). See you next time my lovelies, when I am going to review Before I fall by Lauren Oliver, which will come out on the 9thJanuary 2015.

xoxo

Emma 

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