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text 2017-04-28 05:58
Hot but very short
Bad Boy - Anna Collins

This is a quick hot read. Morgan is looking for excitement and finds a female fighter. Lotus is good at what she does. She accepts an invite by Morgan and finds more than she expected, including a shared past.

I received this story as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2017-04-28 04:54
Interesting beginning to a series
Slade, Book 1 in Team Greywolf Series - Eva Gordon

Cricket is a runt who has had to prove herself all her life. She is good at her job but wants out of her next assignment, calming Slade. Slade is working through grief and is a bit out of control. They spend time together and work together, until they cross a line. Danger pulls them apart and they realize they need to be together despite rules. I enjoyed the story although I found the narrator a little off, distracting.

I received this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2017-04-28 04:33
Interesting mystery and sleuth
By P.B. Ryan Still Life With Murder (Nell Sweeney Mystery Series) (Volume 1) (3rd Edition) [Paperback] - P.E. Ryan

I enjoyed listening to this story which is the first I have read by Ms. Ryan. The historical aspect kept me interested. Nell Sweeney has survived a rough start to life and found herself in a better situation. Faced an unusual request, Nell finds herself using her smarts and past to find out who the murder was. I liked how strong she was and how committed to the truth as well. I look forward to reading or listening to more by this author.

I received a copy of the audiobook, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2017-04-27 17:14
REVIEW BY MERISSA - The Gift (Transitions #1) by Nikki Landis
The Gift - Nikki Landis
The Gift is the first book in the Transitions series, which delves into the world of the Clairvoyant, the medium who helps souls move on. Gemma is 29-years-old, and single. She has had relationships in the past, but doesn't 'crave' them. She even says that some of her relationships failed because she was "too independent, too secure." She meets the soul of a young girl and recognises that she had died a traumatic death, and has to help her. She goes to the police station where she finds out that the Lieutenant is none other than the man who tried to pick her up at the supermarket the night before. Victor and Gemma quickly become entwined, and the plot thickens.
 
There were parts about this story that I loved, and parts that just didn't seem to sit well with me (sorry!). Gemma is so independent, and yet she finds herself in bed with Victor (platonically) incredibly quickly! Not only in bed, but every aspect of her life. So why, when they are heading to somewhere that they both know is trouble, is Victor okay with Gemma's story that she felt sick and left to go home by herself? And yes, I know it wouldn't have helped his side of the story to move forwards, but it just seemed a tad strange. Also, Ryan! So independent, and yet clinging onto complete strangers? Sorry, but that didn't work for me. Why was the whole police station smirking at Gemma as she went forward to help the very first time? As for Victor himself, the question I was left with was Why? Cody - why? Yes, they are involved, but why? How? When? Like I said, some questions definitely left unanswered for me.
 
On the whole, I enjoyed this book for the new and refreshing take on the paranormal and suspense side of things. I just couldn't gel with the romance! However, this is just the first book in the series, so maybe things will become clearer as the story progresses. If you want something a bit different with your paranormal suspense, then I definitely recommend you give this one a try.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

@landisnikkiauth, @TheIndiaRAdams, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/thegifttransitions1bynikkilandis
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review 2017-04-27 04:54
Visual novel review - Robo-Tea: Misten Minicups

 

Robo-Tea: Misten Minicups is a free/pay-what-you-want visual novel, available here. I don't know that it really matters much, but I'd probably recommend playing Robo-Tea: 1 Cup first, just to get a bit more information about the setting and a brief glimpse of Cors (who, in that game, is a minor character who briefly appears at the end of one of the routes).



I decided I could use a bit of cute robot time, so I debated between my remaining Robo-Tea games and decided on Robo-Tea: Misten Minicups. According to the description, its events happen at the same time as Robo-Tea: 2ndServing (which is currently only available in demo form, although the full game is supposed to be out sometime soon).

In Robo-Tea: Misten Minicups, you are Mitra (the blue robot). You’re in a band called Misten, which is going to be performing at MusiFest 59 soon. You’re in a happy polyamorous relationship with your two other bandmates, Alren (the red robot, pronouns: he/him) and Twinst (the green robot, pronouns: she/her). One thing the three of you would really like to do while you’re visiting the planet Verdande is see your crush, Cors (pronouns: xe/xir), for the first time in a little over a century and give xir a gift.

I’ll start this off with a warning: Robo-Tea: Misten Minicups is even less like a game than Robo-Tea: 1 Cup. There’s only one point where you’re asked to make a choice, and your decision has no real effect on the game (although I prefer the “accessory store” choice to the “latest tech” choice). There is only one possible ending. Also, the story ends before Mitra, Alren, and Twinst get a chance to meet Cors and give xir their gift. That last bit probably bugged me more than the lack of choices - I really wanted to see the meeting and how Cors would react. I suppose that will have to wait for Robo-Tea: 2ndServing.

This felt like a sweet and simple picture book in software form. It had the same bright colors and appealing artwork and music as Robo-Tea: 1 Cup, although it somehow managed to feel even fluffier than that game. There were no mentions of anything even vaguely distressing - the worst the characters had to worry about was whether they’d all wake up in time to go shopping, and whether they’d be able to find something suitable.

Mitra, Alren, and Twinst seemed to have a fairly solid relationship. All three had a crush on Cors, and jealousy did not play a part in the story. Unfortunately, there wasn't much time for character development. Although Mitra was the POV character, I felt like I knew more about Alren by the end. He was a book lover and also seemed to be the most assertive one of the three.

The storytelling could have been a little clearer. It took me a bit longer than I liked to match the names up to the characters, and I noticed one small typo. I also felt that Robo-Tea: 1 Cup was more interesting overall. Still, this entry in the series was nice, and I'm looking forward to Robo-Tea: 2ndServing.

If you enjoyed Robo-Tea: 1 Cup’s gentleness and sweetness, you’ll probably like this entry in the series. Just be aware that it’s shorter and simpler, like getting one part of a larger story (which I think is probably what it is).

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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