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review 2019-01-16 03:22
A little lost, a little choppy, but something catchy
Hard to Protect (Black Ops Heroes Book 3) - Incy Black

I should have started with the first in the series, I felt pretty lost with the secret OPs world building.

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review 2019-01-14 20:26
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku 1 - Maki Fujita

Un manga divertentissimo, ricco di riferimenti al mondo gamer, otaku e fujoshi, perfetto per staccare la spina e farsi un sacco di risate. I personaggi sono simpatici ed irresistibili, Narumi e Hirotaka sono i classici dork in amore, i dolcettini innamorati pazzi l'uno dell'altra ma ovviamente... troppo tonti per diventare una coppia "ufficiale" limitandosi ai gesti più che alle parole. Mi ha divertito un sacco vedere il povero otaku Hirotaka innamorato cotto della collega e disposto a tutto pur di sostenere la sua "follia" da Fujoshi/Gamer/Otaku, un ragazzo dolcissimo e un fidanzato adorabile che con i suoi gesti riesce ad esprimere tutto il suo amore e i suoi sentimenti più profondi per la ragazza. Le interazioni tra i due colleghi/piccioncini mi hanno strappato non poche risate, ho adorato il modo in cui la mangaka è riuscita ad inserire elementi e omaggi che solo i più nerd potranno cogliere. La storia non è ben definita ed è un po' una pecca dell'opera, il manga è più un insieme di frammenti di vita dei ragazzi, delle loro avventure e disavventure fuori e dentro l'ufficio, una scelta nata probabilmente per venire incontro alla prima versione dell'opera, pensata inizialmente come pubblicazione di Pixiv e solo successivamente portata su carta, un'unica pecca che toglie un po' la continuità della storia non portando avanti una trama vera e propria da seguire e a cui aggrapparsi ma che riesce comunque vista la follia è comicità a non far perdere la magia. Tutto è curato alla perfezione e ho amato l'atmosfera così semplice eppure geniale che si respira in ogni pagina e i personaggi, non solo i protagonisti ma anche i secondari, presenti e importanti più che mai! In questo primo volume conosciamo i due pazzi colleghi otaku che non esitano a dare manforte agli amici intromettendosi nelle loro questioni e rischiando spesso di portare più casini che mai. Kabakura e Hanako sono i due migliori amici dei protagonisti e anche... due pazzi scatenati, una coppietta che si conosce fin dai tempi delle scuole e pronta a battibeccare su tutto, persino su chi dei due si sia dichiarato per primo al partner, due adorabili tsundere nell'anima che con i loro siparietti comici e discussioni da pazzi ti fanno innamorare e ridere a crepapelle, nonostante i litigi è chiarissimo come i due dork si amano davvero ed è dolcissima la scena in cui Kaba cerca di consolare goffamente la sua bella dopo aver elogiato le sue tette, considerate uno dei motivi principali per cui i due escono assieme. Una storia adorabile e simpatica che non vedo l'ora di poter vedere sotto forma di anime ad aprile. Consigliato a chi è alla ricerca di una storia senza troppi pensieri, divertente e spumeggiante e a chi è appassionato di videogame, anime e manga, in tal caso rimarrete sorpresi da tutti i riferimenti e omaggi presenti alla cultura più nerd e la cura con cui è stata realizzata questa dolce storiella 

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text 2019-01-10 02:24

Two books done. Yay! Now, two book reviews to write.

*lays down the boogie and plays that funky music til I die*

Because avoidance.

 

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review 2019-01-08 18:36
Good Story and Good Characters
Hard Play - Sheryl Nantus Hard Play - Sheryl Nantus

Dylan Mccourt was in his office high above the dance floor of the Las vegas nightclub- The Devil’s Playground. The club was filled to capacity. The one way glass and the scenic view gave him a chance to catch trouble before the men of the floor could see it. Than he saw a businessman grab one of the servers butt. Dylan calls down to Ace and tells him to get the men out of the club. Dylan also said there was a woman at the door and to check her card and bring her to his office. Dylan was seldom wrong when it came to someone looking for help from the Brotherhood. Than there was a tap on Dylan’s door and Ace introduced the young woman as Lisa. The Devil’s Playground was a solid entertainment spot with a good reputation and a decent set of DJs who kept up with the latest music trends. Security was tight and polite and anyone trying to cause trouble would be shown to the door quickly and efficiently. Dylan said to Lisa you talked to Peter she said yes and he gave her the business card Dylan  now has and sent her to talk to them. Talk to Dylan specifically. Lisa said yes her was her last chance. Than Dylas asked her about her problem. Dylan already had a briefing from Peter but he wanted it straight from Lisa. Lisa said she had a best friend Jessie and lisa gave dylan a picture of Jessie. Jessie and Lisa had met in HS and became best friends. After they graduated they promised to look out for each other. Lisa got a job working for one of the hotels. Jessie joined the Las Vegas PD. She had quit about a year ago and became a private investigator. Jessie has been missing for a week. No phone call, no contact at all. Jessie had went undercover before. When Jessie had started working as a P I they set up a system for when she goes undercover and needs a safety net. Once a day she was suppose to text lisa some random letters. It looks like a wrong number. Maximum going three days without contact. Than Lisa was to raise the alarm. It’s been longer than that and no one will listen to Lisa. jessie was in trouble. On the fourth day she went to Jessie’s apartment with her key and found it had been searched and everything was a mess, clothes everywhere and whoever it was used Jessie’s own keys. Jessie didn’t tell Lisa anything about her client as she respected their privacy. Jessie had been going out at odd hours the last few months. Jessie doesn’t have any family left. Lisa gives Dylan the spare keys to Jessie’s office she had been there once but said she didn’t know what to look for. Dylan and asked if Lisa had went to the cops and she said she had but she could tell they weren’t taking her seriously. The cops didn’t act interested at all. Lisa thinks it had something to do with Jessie leaving the force and  not on he best terms. Dylan told Lisa he felt they could find jessie. Dylan represented a group of people who take on cases that are outside the norm. Lisa said she would pay whatever their fee was and Dylan said they would discuss payment after they brought Jessie home. Lisa gave Dylan a folder with everything she could think of concerning Jessie that may somehow help. Dylan than stressed lisa couldn’t say anything about this meeting no matter what. To keep helping people they needed total secrecy. There was something about Jessie in that picture that drew Dylon. Jessie was seeking evidence to convict mobster Edward Moloclavi who had a lot of police on his payroll. Keeping his image clean. Even though Jessie knew Moloclavi had shot her father. Jessie had been working undercover in Moloclavi’s casino. But than Moloclavi believes Jessie stole some information form his office and kidnaps her. Dylan and his team rescue Jessie and they are ready to help her bring down Moloclavi.

I liked this book a lot. I really enjoyed the action and suspense. Also the plot and pace of this book.  There was very hot chemistry between Dylan and Jessie. I loved Dylan and Jessie together and how they interacted together. I also liked how they worked as a team. I loved how Jessie used her training to help Dylan and his team rescue her. I liked the closeness Devon and his team had. I loved the characters and the twists and turns of this book and I recommend it.

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review 2019-01-03 13:25
Hard Facts by Howard Spring
Hard Facts - Howard Spring
Hard Facts is about several characters and how their lives become involved with each other. The main character Theodore Chrystal is sent to be a curate to help a vicar in Manchester, England. He was the only character in the book I really didn't care for. He seemed ill- suited to his chosen profession, lacking compassion, judgmental, and selfish. He meets the Dunkersly family, who own a struggling printing company. Mr. Dunkersly has a good heart, hiring a young boy, Alec Dillworth, who is growing up in deplorable conditions with his sister Elsie, as a means to get them out of the slum and better their lives. Theodore Chrystal watches the birth of 'Hard Fact' paper the Mr. Dunkersly creates and ends up making the Dunkersly family immensely wealthy. Through the course of this, Theo believes he has fallen in love with Elsie Dillworth, not knowing the circumstances of her past, and once he does learn the facts-- cannot except Elsie. I thought it was a good book and enjoyed reading it, with good character development and about these people with intertwining lives through the passage of time.

Howard Spring was a popular author, with his first book being published in 1932, and his popularity increased until his death in the '60's. Many of his books later were made into movies or t.v. series. In his early career as a journalist for the Guardian, editor C. P. Scott ' apparently regarded Spring's reporting skills highly; he wrote of Spring that: "Nobody does a better 'descriptive' or a better condensation of a difficult address." ' Wikipedia cites " he combined a wide understanding of human character with technical skill as a novelist. His method of composition was painstaking and professional. Each morning he would shut himself in his room and write one thousand words, steadily building up to novels of around 150,000 words. He rarely made major alterations to his writings." I look forward to reading more by him.

I read this book for #Club1944 and twogalsandabook.com
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