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text 2015-02-09 21:00
Seven in a row!
Fog Warning - Edward Lorn
Always Emily - Michaela MacColl
The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town - Gregory Miller,John York

on Saturday, I listed four (in a row) books with a four (or better) star reading, and said I couldn't remember the last time that happened.  And now, I've finished three more, (Pictured above.)  In a row.  

 

Someone, I think it was SusannaG, challenged me to go for eleven.  So That's what I'm doing.

 

i have Speaks the Night Bird by Robert McCammon, and The Duchess War by Courtney Milan.

 

then I'll need two more and I'm up for suggestions..  What's your favorite read?

 

ps. Only one of the seven came from book browsing.  The rest of the reads came from recommendations from readers like you.  So, Thanks.

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review 2014-11-16 14:34
Fantastic, Nostalgic Star Trek Read!
Star Trek: Year Four - The Enterprise Experiment (Star Trek - D.C. Fontana,Gordon Purcell

This brings back specific characters - the Romulan Spock seduced for information and Kor most notably - and uses two story arcs which are tied together at the end.   The Enterprise is fit with a clocking device, although it's trial run is a bit bumpy.   See, everyone is getting phased out of this phase, from what I gather, and sort of seem to appear as ghosts.   

 

In the first arc - the first two books - Kirk has to bring his people back to the existence they're used to, while also fighting off the Romulans.   

 

In the second arc - the third to fifth book - the Klingons come into play as the Organian treaty no longer seems to be in play.  

 

And it's the fifth book that ties everything together, really, while mostly tied to the Klingon story.   It's the last couple of pages that wraps everything up with a nice, neat bow.   Quite frankly, I wasn't expecting the story lines to tie together until about then. 

 

The art is dynamic, and very realistic - the characters look like the actors who played them.   Brilliant stuff!

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review 2014-04-10 02:31
WE ARE THE GOLDENS by Dana Reinhardt

 

Two sisters meet at a crossroads in life. One stays left, the other goes right.

 

Nell and Layla Golden have always been close, but a distance is growing between them, and the younger of the two, Nell, feels powerless to stop it.

 

Feeling confused and hurt by Layla's ever-growing absence, Nell finds herself trying to navigate the choppy waters of high school alone. She seeks solace in her best friend (but not boyfriend) Felix, and finds distraction in her new found crush, Sam Fitzpayne, who seems to be into her too.

 

Always an undercurrent throughout the book, the catalyst for Layla’s unusual behavior is revealed. Nell finds herself torn between doing the right thing, and protecting her sister from heartache.

 

Written mostly in second person, I interpreted this book to be Nell’s ongoing letter to Layla, or to the Layla that she once knew anyways. She pours her heart and soul out, and holds no punches. She is honest and raw. In the end, her sister may not understand her reasoning. She may hate her for what she chooses to do, but one day she will read and know, Nell’s choice was made with only the best of intentions.

 

Poignant and heartfelt, I truly enjoyed WE ARE THE GOLDENS by Dana Reinhardt. The dialogue was realistic, the plot was not contrived, the interactions between characters- believable. I would definitely recommend reading this book.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/18189424-we-are-the-goldens
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review 2014-01-22 00:55
Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

Her Dark Curiosity

Author: Megan Shepherd
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publication Date: January 28, 2014
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Review:
The Madman’s Daughter was the creepiest debut I read in 2013. I mean, the opening scene is the vivisection of a rabbit. It doesn’t get much creepier then that! I had high hopes for the sequel especially when I heard that it would be loosely based on The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.

Her Dark Curiosity begins a year or so after Juliet returned from the island her father was living and experimenting on. The events changed her in a lot of ways and I loved seeing how her character handled all of the things she saw now and how that has affected her returned to London. I really liked Juliet in The Madman’s Daughter and I came to like her even more in Her Dark Curiosity. In this novel she must come to terms with both sides of her personality her animal side and her human logical mind. It was a fun dichotomy.

One thing I wasn’t too keen on was the resurrection of the love triangle from book one. I thought with the death of Edward, then Montgomery pushing her off in a boat, that Juliet would get some time to herself. Unfortunately, that isn’t how things pan out and I think the back and forth took away from the interesting bits of the story.

I did love the Jekyll and Hyde aspect to the story though. Any problems I had with the love triangle were completely overshadowed by how much I enjoyed this exploration of character. It wasn’t just Edward either Juliet also has a huge Jekyll and Hyde complex.

Overall, I enjoyed Her Dark Curiosity. I thought it was a great continuation of The Madman’s Daughter and the ending set the story up for an epic finale which will deal with Frankenstein!
Source: www.fallingforya.com/2014/01/her-dark-curiosity-by-megan-shepherd.html
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