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review 2018-04-17 01:40
The Thief by JR Ward
The Thief - J.R. Ward

Finally, a book to redeem this series.  I enjoyed this book much more than the two or three previous reads. Plenty of action, intrigue and new directions for this series. There is always steam involved in these stories, however I require a less melodrama and steam, more action and mystery. Good read. 

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url 2018-04-09 21:04
55 New Releases tomorrow in series
The Thief - J.R. Ward
Her Guardian Angel - Larissa Ione
Twenty-One Days - Anne Perry
Close Cover - Lexi Blake
A Reaper at the Gates - Sabaa Tahir
Ace of Shades - Amanda Foody

Per FictFact.com's Book Release Calendar:

 

A Baby for the Viking Wolf - Gwen Knight  #42 in Howls Romance
A Reaper at the Gates - Sabaa Tahir   #3 in An Ember in the Ashes
Ace of Shades - Amanda Foody  #1 in The Shadow Game
Angels Fall - J.A. Huss, Johnathon McClain #2 in Original Sin
At the Table of Wolves Kay Kenyon #1 in Dark Talents
Bad Neighbors Maia Chance #2 in Agnes & Effie Mystery
Bull of the Woods Ainsley Booth, Sadie Haller #5 in Frisky Beavers
Close Cover - Lexi Blake  #16 in Masters and Mercenaries
Corey Dale Mayer #16 in Seals of Honor
Cyborg Fever Grace Goodwin #5 in Interstellar Brides: The Colony
Dead Weight Pandora Pine #4 in Cold Case Psychic
Edge of Insanity S E Smith #6 in Alliance
Farewell, My Cuckoo Marty Wingate #4 in Birds of a Feather Mystery
For Love of Distant Shores Adrian Tchaikovsky #3 in Tales of the Apt
Her Guardian Angel - Larissa Ione  #14 in Demonica #15.5 in Masters and Mercenaries
His to Claim Shelly Bell #2 in Forbidden Lovers
His to Protect Carly Phillips #3 in Bodyguard Bad Boys
Homecoming By The Sea Kathi Daley #1 in Haunting By The Sea
Inquisition David Gibbins #10 in Jack Howard
Isle of Blood and Stone Makiia Lucier #1 in Isle of Blood and Stone
Justify Me J. Kenner #4.5 in Stark International
Lord of the Pies Nell Hampton #2 in Kensington Palace Chef
Mafioso 3 Nisa Santiago #2 in Mafioso
Magi, Vol. 29: The Labyrinth of Magic Shinobu Ohtaka #29 in Magi
Masked Desire Alana Delacroix #2 in The Masked Arcana
Misadventures of a Rookie Toni Aleo #12 in Misadventures
Natural Mage K. F. Breene #2 in Magical Mayhem
Nightblade's Honor Ryan Kirk #2 in Blades of the Fallen
Nothing to Gain Claire Boston #2 in The Blackbridge Series
Rafe Maryann Jordan #2 in Heroes At Heart
Rebellion's Fury Jay Allan #2 in Flames of Rebellion
Rescuing Sadie Susan Stoker #6.5 in Delta Force Heroes
River of Fire Erin Hunter #5 in Warriors: A Vision of Shadows
Say You Won't Let Go Corinne Michaels #3.5 in Return to Me
Shoot First Stuart Woods #45 in Stone Barrington
Skyjack K. J. Howe #2 in Thea Paris
Sunny Jason Reynolds #3 in Track
Taste of Wrath Matt Wallace #7 in Sin Du Jour
The Cowboy's Outlaw Bride Cora Seton #2 in Turners Vs Coopers
The Crooked Castle Sarah Jean Horwitz #2 in Carmer and Grit
The Cutting Edge Jeffery Deaver #14 in Lincoln Rhyme
The Dark Clouds Shining David Downing #4 in Jack McColl
The Fairies of Sadieville Alex Bledsoe #6 in Tufa
The Fates Divide Veronica Roth #2 in Carve the Mark
The Gate House Secret Debra Burroughs #4 in Jenessa Jones Mysteries
The Heroic Legend of Arslan Vol. 8 Hiromu Arakawa #8 in The Heroic Legend of Arslan
The Neon Boneyard Craig Schaefer #8 in Daniel Faust
The Shadow of Death Jane Willan #1 in A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery
The Thief - J.R. Ward   #16 in Black Dagger Brotherhood
The Third Brother Andrew Welsh-Huggins #5 in Andy Hayes
The Year of Us Jessica Sorensen #4 in Sunnyvale
Twenty-One Days - Anne Perry  #1 in Daniel Pitt
Twenty-One Days Anne Perry #33 in Thomas Pitt
Who Gives a Hoot? Jacqueline Kelly #3 in Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet
Winter Glass Lexa Hillyer #2 in Spindle Fire

 

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-05 21:45
The Unlikable Character in a Bad Place
Girl in a Bad Place - Kaitlin Ward

Girl in a Bad Place is another one of those April Henry-esque type books, where it's a suspense/horror written for young, teen girls. A spice of romance, a suspected plot twist. But this one is not as good as April Henry's books. Really, it isn't. April Henry is, for what she writes, a pretty good author. One or two of the books I've read by her have been just bearable, but the rest have been quality enough I could read it again, and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die is probably my favorite so far.  But anyway, this novel by Kaitlin Ward does not live up to Henry's standards. 

 

I first bought this book figuring it was by April Henry. I had just read one of her books, and was willing to spend more money to get another by her, because why not? The novel had been good enough to read again, so trying out another wouldn't be a bad idea. The story of Girl in a Bad Place sounded up my ally, being about a teen and her friends encountering - and communicating regularly with - a cult, and there being something fishy about it. A common horror movie trope, of a supposedly-good-guy-gone-bad and some mysterious things lying around a remote place. It didn't seem too bad. Boy was I wrong.

 

I read this for a project in school, because the theme was horror, or spooky, or something like that. But anyway, I had to read it in about a week's time. This was such a short read, so it wasn't worth spending a week trying to make a half-decent project out of it. During that time I was able to spend a while thinking over and analyzing the novel itself. One subject that I kept going over was the characters and their development, if there even was any. The characters are dreadful. There is one main character, Mailee, who seems like the perfectly unperfect popular girl, similar to every 90s/00s teen diva. She's lazy, unkempt, controlling, and self-centered. She makes her best-fried, Cara, clean up her room and help her plan things out, doesn't think to at least tidy up when her boyfriend comes over, gets possessive of Cara to the point of fighting with her, and always wastes time and other's patience by putting looks over ability, safety, or sensibility. But, she's pretty, has plans for the future with good grades, and the perfect boyfriend and best-friend. That totally makes up for her negative qualities, right? Then there's Cara, the book's play-thing, who does actually seem perfect. She's clean, sweet, patient, and forgiving. She puts her mind to something and does it, and looks after her friends. She's the victim of the book, truly, as much as the author tries to portray Mailee as the one getting the bad end of the stick. Cara is the one who is blamed for fighting with Mailee over her irresponsibility, and the one who gets dumped by her boyfriend. She is the one who intiates the story by urging Mailee to bring her, her boyfriend, and Mailee's boyfriend to the cult site. She battles with depression and uncertainty of the future throughout the novel, and the author makes it seem like this is a bad thing that isn't appropriate. Cara's true struggles are pushed aside for the story, and it's unfortunate, because her character barely develops. She goes from okay, to joining the cult and feeling better about herself, then pulled back into Mailee's world where she's just okay again. Granted, the cult was somewhat dangerous. Next we have Gavin and Brigit, the two that are obviously meant to be token characters, which is super unfortunate because they are two of the most sensible and well-developed characters, while being super minor. Brigit is a cult member who somewhat knows something is wrong. She helps Mailee, too. Gavin is Mailee's boyfriend, and obviously is annoyed by her. He is the most sensible,telling Mailee and Cara that, the nature is nice and all, but the cult is dangerous and they barely know the people there. He's even one of the first to realize something is wrong with Cara, even though his girlfriend annoys him. 

 

The story itself is fine. It's all fine. The plot, the development, the everything is fine. Overplayed by now, classic horror tropes that aren't even great ones. The writing is okay, basic and bland. The climax is probably the best part, and so is the beginning. The end is nothing special and really is lacking. The author, with this idea, could've written a book that was great. Something creative and a reminder of classic thriller ideals with a modern spin that made a remote cult something darker. But she didn't do that. That's why this book is only two stars. Maybe it would of been better if the main character was more likable or relate-able. Actually, scratch that, it would of been better. 

 

Maybe if you're a somewhat-immature and uncritical 5-8th grader, you'd enjoy it, but I'm in 8th grade and I did not. It's quick, so if you just want to see what it's like or experience a saltine-cracker type enjoyment, then go for it.

 

 

 

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review 2018-04-01 18:31
SING, UNBURIED, SING -- a graceful trip through harrowing territory
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel - Jesmyn Ward

A realistic book where ride-hopping ghosts feel as natural as a toddler vomiting on a long trip is a feat of nature. It simply should not be possible, but Jesmyn Ward achieves it with ease in SING, UNBURIED, SING.

 

And can we just talk about that title? Everything about this book is pitch perfect. I rarely read anything that doesn't stop me at some point to notice that I'm reading. It's one of the horrors of growing up. I used to read everything by just diving in and living in that world for the length of the book. Nowadays, I notice far too often that this is a book. It's either overly clever or overly wordy or overly cute or overly bad or something along the way. That didn't happen here. I didn't notice anything but a story I got sucked into and read voraciously from the first page to the end.

 

There are plenty of great reviews by people who know better than me why this is a good book. I am not going to pretend to know. I just know this is a book I felt intensely and lived inside while I read it.

 

Every scene is impeccable like a well-preserved antique: not in a bright shiny way - just in a refined way, sort of soft and easy, no matter the subject matter. (Maybe this is what "lyrical" means.) Given the subject matter of parental drug use, a son who has taken the world on his shoulders, race relations, the worst prison in the country, family dynamics, poverty, cancer... Those things are not usually written with agility. They are often "important," but not usually graceful. SING, UNBURIED, SING is. There's a light but purposeful touch.

 

This is a book -- and they seem to come along only rarely -- that reminds me exactly why it is so vital, life-affirming and essential to read.

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review 2018-03-27 21:40
Book Review of Don't Forget Dexter! (Dexter T. Rexter Series Book 1) by Lindsay Ward
Don't Forget Dexter - Lindsay Ward

Introducing Dexter T. Rexter, the toughest, coolest dinosaur ever. At least he likes to think so.

 

When his best friend, Jack, leaves him behind at the doctor’s office, Dexter T. Rexter panics. First he tries to find Jack. Then he sings their special song. Then he sings their special song even louder. But when Jack still doesn’t appear, Dexter starts to wonder. What if he’s being replaced by another toy? It can’t be—after all, he can STOMP, RAWR, and CHOMP! Right? Right?!

 

This hilariously neurotic dinosaur will do whatever it takes to get his friend back—even asking the reader’s advice—in this first book of a brand-new series.

 

Review 4*

 

This is a super little story for children aged 3-7 years old. I really enjoyed it!

 

Dexter is a toy dinosaur belonging to a young boy called Jack. He finds himself being left alone at a doctors office. Will he find Jack, who has been gone forever? Has Jack found another friend to play with?

 

This story is an interactive one that will entertain children, even those with a short attention span. However, I have reservations about a child's ability to read this book without help, especially the younger age range, due to the different font usage - from smaller to larger fonts, and the use of capitals. Having said that, depending on the reading ability, a child shouldn't have too much trouble in understanding the story due to the simple, concise, and engaging language the author uses. This story would make an entertaining bedtime story, but due to the interactive parts, not entirely a quiet read either. This could excite a child rather than settle them down for the night. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the story and the ending was rather sweet.

 

Lindsay Ward has written a wonderful children's book about a neurotic toy dinosaur. I love how she tells a story in part rhyme, which makes it engaging for children. I would consider reading more of her books in the future, even though I am not her target audience.

 

I highly recommend this children's book to children aged 3-7, and adults who are looking for an entertaining read for their youngsters. - Lynn Worton

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