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text 2018-02-03 19:13
My January 2018
Elias & Laia - Eine Fackel im Dunkel der Nacht: Teil 2. - Sabaa Tahir,Barbara Imgrund,Felder Rushing,Gabrielle Pietermann
Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo
The Demon in the Wood - Leigh Bardugo
Where I found You - Heidi R. Kling
The Punisher Vol. 1: Black and White - Mitchell Thomas Gerads,Nathan Edmondson
Die Fährte: Harry Holes vierter Fall - Jo Nesbø
Elias & Laia - Eine Fackel im Dunkel der Nacht - 5 stars
Ruin and Rising - 4 stars
The Demon in the Wood - 4 stars
Where I found You - 4.5 stars
The Punisher Vol. 1: Black and White - 4 stars
Die Fährte - 4 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Where I Found You

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Mörderische Hingabe, Renegade Red

 

How is january already over? How does time work?
No but seriously, I had so many appointments this last month and if you know me, I'm not one for leaving the house, having appointments always throws me off and my mind makes everything a bigger deal than it has to be. But anyways, I'm actually surprised how many books I have read this month. I mean there is a short story in there and a comic, also an audio book but still...I'm happy with myself!!! I'm also very happy with the quality of the books I have read, I wanted to put them all as my favorite books but there is actually only one book, that I'm still thinking about a lot, so I just wrote that one down.

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text 2018-02-01 21:11
Well, not all real people do
Like Real People Do - D. Heidi Barnes

Disclosure:  I downloaded the free sample of this Kindle book from Amazon.  I encountered the author in a Twitter thread but I do not know her nor have I ever communicated with her about this book or any other matter outside that Twitter exchange.  I am an author of historical romances and contemporary romantic suspense novels.

 

I have to say that the description of the book on Amazon wasn't exactly enticing.  I personally am turned off by misused semi-colons.

 

 

Putting aside the punctuation errors, I still wasn't enticed by this outline.  Guy who has everything except the woman of his dreams finally meets her but then might have to give up something to keep her.  Ooh, wow, isn't that a new, unique, never-before-used plot line!  Not.

 

And when this kind of ho-hum story comes from someone who has already voiced her disdain for the romance genre, well, my enthusiasm isn't exactly enhanced.

 

The book opens with a poem, which is fine.  It was kinda weird, and gave no real hint as to how it tied to the story, but again, that's fine.

 

The first chapter, however, utterly failed to pull me in.  By about the fourth or fifth sentence, I was already bored.

 

Now, let me back up a bit.  The cover was meh.  I can be grabbed by a super cover and ignore a whole lot of opening weaknesses if the cover gives me a fantastic sense that something fabulous is going to happen.  I'll wade through extra pages of blather just on the strength of a great cover.  This book didn't have a great cover to draw me in.

 

The description didn't hold much promise either, so the reading pump hasn't been primed.  I'm not excited about this book at that point.

 

The poem didn't do anything positive in terms of whetting my appetite for this book. It didn't promise any great drama or threat or adventure or passion that might have stirred my interest.  By the time I reached the first actual page of text, nothing had roped me in, but three things had kind of pushed me away.  That meant the opening was going to have to be pretty damn fantastic.

 

It wasn't.

 

The opening scene is of the hero, Chris, sitting in an airplane and waiting to take off. The two-page-long first paragraph is little more than an expansion of the listing description.  The oh woe is me, I have everything in life except the one thing I want, and I wish I had a drink.  All telling, no showing, and no drama or tension.  I think the first five sentences began with "He," so there wasn't even the distraction of great writing.

 

Very shortly thereafter, before the plane has even taken off, the heroine, who is seated next to Chris, touches his arm and asks if he's okay.  He pretty much falls in love with her right then.

 

Punctuation errors stopped me again.

 

"My name is Jenna, by the way. Jenna Lindsay," she extended her hand to shake his, but he took her hand and pressed his lips to it, never taking his eyes off hers.

Barnes, D. H. (2017-02-18T22:58:59). Like Real People Do (Kindle Locations 70-71). D H Barnes. Kindle Edition.

 

". . .[E]xtended her hand" isn't a speech tag.  There should be a period and closed quotation marks after "Lindsay," followed by a capital S for "She" at the beginning of the action sentence.  Does this matter?  It does to me.  If you're a reader who doesn't mind this sort of thing, that's fine.  For me, however, I'm now wondering just exactly how strong are the author's writing mechanics, because those are the tools she has to use to tell her story, to build drama and tension, to pull the reader into the world of the novel.

 

Again, it may not matter to you.

 

Several pages in the small talk begins, and I've lost interest. He's English; she's from North Dakota but headed to Houston.  She's a waitress.  Flying first class from London to Houston. Yeah, right.  My eyes are starting to roll.

 

Then the focus shifts to Chris's physical description, and my eyes are rolling even more.  He's on the short side, slim of build, with brown eyes and curly brown hair, and an under-sized penis.

 

Rationally, he was aware that his dick was probably about average in size, and all the better that he was slight of build, pornography was just too all pervasive these days. And he'd seen too many too much bigger. He also had a few experiences with women who had ridiculed him and it had become an insecurity that he just couldn't shake.

Barnes, D. H. (2017-02-18T22:58:59). Like Real People Do (Kindle Locations 114-117). D H Barnes. Kindle Edition.

 

Chapter Two opens with another two-page long paragraph of telling, not showing, and I gave up.  Life is too short.

 

 

P.S.  I have a few other suspicions about this book and author, but I'll save them for later.

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text 2018-01-24 19:10
Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 208 pages.
Legends of the Dark Crystal, Vol. 2: Trial by Fire - Heidi Arnhold,Barbara Kesel

Have I ever told you I can do a perfect impression of The Chamberlain?

 

Hmmmm?

 

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review 2018-01-21 13:32
Where I Found You!!!
Where I found You - Heidi R. Kling

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Where, oh where, do I start. I wasn't prepared for all the emotions that I would go through while reading this story. But I loved it. I truly loved the story and I loved that I got to feel all the feels.

 

Summary: After her mother's plane went missing over the Indian Ocean, seventeen-year-old Sienna Jones gave up everything she loved about living in California. No more surfing. No more swimming. No more ocean, period. Playing it safe, hiding from the world, is the best call.

Until her dad throws down the challenge of a lifetime: spend the summer with his humanitarian team in Indonesia, working with orphans who lost everything in a massive tsunami.

The day they arrive, Sienna meets a mysterious boy named Deni, whose dark, intense eyes make her heart race. Their stolen nights force her to open up and live in a way she thought she couldn't anymore. When she’s with Deni, she remembers the girl she used to be… and starts to feel like the woman he sees in her.

A woman he wants for his own.

Gulp.

But when Deni’s past comes looking for him, Sienna’s faced with losing another person she loves. She can’t do it. Not again.

Fortunately, this time, she has a plan.

 

I mean, the summary of the book pretty much tells you, that this won't be a cute read full of rainbows and unicorns. So I should have known. I didn't.

 

First of all, I loved the setting. This is the first time I ever read a story that is st around the work of a humanitarian team and the work they do for a country after a natural disaster hit. I loved the writing, it was real and didn't sugar coat anything, whilst also really bringing us (well, at least me) closer to a different culture. I loved that element of the book so much.

 

I loved the characters. Sienna, the main character. She's one of those characters, that I read a few lines about and that I love right away. Not saying, I was okay with all her decisions and okay with everything she was doing. Her backstory with her mother, the effects all of this still had on her, gave me all the feels right away. I pretty much loved everyone in this book, there wasn't one character that I just felt meh about whenever they showed up. I even really liked Vera, who maybe didn't seem as likeable from Sienna's point of view.
But let me tell you, the other character besides Sienna, that I loved the most, was Elli. Little Elli stole my heart in a matter of a few seconds. I loved her relationship with Sienna. I just loved that little girl so much. She deserves the world and all the happiness in it.

 

Of course there was this whole thing with Deni and Sienna and their relationship. I didn't care much for that and at the same time, I loved it. I love the non romantic part of their relationship, them talking to each other and getting to say things that they can't tell anyone else. Them, helping each other out, getting over things and moving on, even if it's tough as hell. I liked that part. I'm a bitter old lady at this point in my life, I don't get excited anymore about people getting together and being head over heels in love in the span of such a short period of time. I'm not saying it's not possible but you know, I don't feel it. I don't connect with that.

 

But I loved, LOVED, the story and would totally read it again, which is a feeling that I love. There is also going to be a second book coming out this year and I'm really excited for that.

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text 2018-01-07 20:47
Reading progress update: I've read 36%.
Where I found You - Heidi R. Kling

Sienna and Elli. Sienna and the girls overall. I just have lots of feels about this.

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