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review 2017-12-09 02:40
Immortal Billionaire - Jane Godman Immortal Billionaire - Jane Godman
Initially, I had difficulty getting in to the story.  At one point, I thought of giving up on it, but I placed it aside for a while and read other books in the process. Eventually I picked it back up, and realised it was not all bad.
 
When I took up this book, I thought I would be reading about vampires, oh boy was I wrong. The story explored the concept of reincarnation, immortality, curses and time travel.
 
What I liked
 
Fascinating Premise
 
I found the story unique  It is my first time reading a romance where reincarnation combined with time travel and immortality was a major theme.  I thought the author handled the concept well.
 
Supense/Mystery
 
The suspense/mystery thread kept me on my toes. Honestly, I never expected that much intensity, but I found myself on edge as I tried figuring out who was behind the attacks on the island. As the story progressed so did my suspicions about the stalker’s identity. The author tried to throw me off the scent, however another attack happened, which led me to I was correct in my initial assessment.
 
The Story
 
I loved how the story played out for the most part. The writing is exquisite. I was fascinated by the vivid descriptions of the island and the detailed history of the protagonists’ past lives.
 
The Romance
 
At first I thought this would be another insta-love romance, but as the story developed, I realised it was not the case.  Instead their love spanned several centuries, so when Connie came to the island, his soul instantly recognised her.  It was easy to buying into Sylvester’s the instant connection with Connie
 
 
What I did not like
 
The slow start to the story is a challenge. It took me a while to warm up to it.
 
Characters
I did not connect with the characters. They lacked depth, which is surprising given all they went through.  Since her attack, Connie had been looking over shoulder and living in fear.  However, I did not get the feeling she was scared. Her actions were contrary to her experiences.  Sylvester did not fare any better for me. For someone who has lived many lives I did not expect him to get caught off guard by the events on the island.
 
Conclusion/Recommendation
 
This was not a favourite read. There were some enjoyable moments, but it was not enough to wow me. This is my first time reading the author’s work, but I am not averse to giving her another shot.
 
The purpose of this review is not to deter you from picking up this title. It is my perspective and it is possible your experience will be different from mine. That being said if you enjoy suspense, romance, time travel and reincarnation then you may enjoy Immortal Billionaire.
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review 2017-12-02 13:00
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

I've got a little review for you today, though the review is small, I have a large love of this book! There are just some books where I can't exactly put my thoughts properly on paper.

 

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I am forever changed from reading this book. It is beyond a doubt one of the most fascinating book I have ever read. I found this to be heartbreaking, I cried during several parts.

 

This is something that I never knew about before I read this and I am so shocked I did not even have vague knowledge of Henrietta Lacks and what her cells (HeLa) have done.

 

I believe this book should be required reading in schools and for anyone who is even remotely connected to the science or medical field. Even if you are not connected to those fields, this is a must read book.

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review 2017-10-07 03:25
The Immortal Live of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

Henrietta Lacks was an amazing woman who was unknown. Because of her, life saving changes happened. And, yes, lots of money was made too. This highlighted issues with medical ethics and consent. I'm so glad this book exists. It tells an important story. I liked how it was laid out. Not dry, boring like it could have been. Sad that her daughter, Deborah, didn't live to see it's publication. 
On a personal note, in 2016, I had to have part of my liver removed because of a large tumor (not cancer). I did sign a consent form saying it was okay for the University of Washington hospital to do research on that tumor and tissue. I do think it's, in part, due to people like Henrietta, that I was able to give consent and not have them just take it and not know that they did.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-05 16:35
Time travel has issues
IMMORTAL BILLIONAIRE- PB - Jane Godman

Not a bad read, it did keep me reading and wondering what was going on but the time travel aspect didn't work for me.

 

Spoilers abound and I will try to keep them under wraps to a degree but I can't talk about the problems without them.

 

Connie Lacey copes with the trauma of being cut up and watching her mother being killed in front of her and being stalked and taunted by her stalker by running. Now she's offered an opportunity to go to to the Island Corazon to a family gathering, a family she knows very little about, and to have a month away from her cares, she hopes.  When she gets there she starts to feel like the place is familiar, is very attracted to the island's owner, Sylvester, but things start to go wrong and suddenly the past is catching up with the present.  She knows some of the people here but some of the others are strangers.

 

They all get trapped and then bodies start to accumulate. 

 

It's the lovechild of Ten little Niggers /Ten little Indians /Then there were none and The Time Traveller's Wife and/or Outlander, with bonus reincarnation, and ghosts!  If it was me I'd be inclined to be a little less passive, but she's not me.  

 

The spoilery stuff:

Basically he has been immortal in order to send himself back in time to found his own dynasty and the people who were on the island, but she travels back too, and if she does that he ages and she disappears from continuity, so she could never have been born if he wasn't immortal and he stops being immortal when she returns to him and my brain almost exploded from how messed up it all was.

 And again with people who are vaguely immortal or long-lived he doesn't show the smarts he should from a long life, it's one of my bugbears with long-lived characters where stupid will probably get you killed.

(spoiler show)

 

 

Falls into ghosts, supernatural, Country House Mystery, murder most foul, romantic suspense, serial/spree killer, probably gothic, haunted houses (basically the island is haunted); monsters, terrifying women.  I'm going to use Haunted Houses, edited because I discovered I'd used ghosts.

 

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review 2017-10-04 00:00
Immortal Resistance
Immortal Resistance - Lisa Carlisle Immortal Resistance - Lisa Carlisle Book Reviewed: Immortal Resistance
Author: Lisa Carlisle
Publication Date: 9/25/2017
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars


REVIEW
Nalia is an anomally. She has been raised by humans who train for the fight to come. She was abandoned by her parents and never really knew why exactly until she has to visit the coven the one who rejected her.

Vikas is a vampire who is nothing like the ones who are killing humans. He finds Nalia in the woods after a horrible thing has happened to Nalia and her companion.
War is a must, and it must be all hands on deck, so it's surprising when a few vampires lend their strength to Nalia and her village.
Nalia also learns exactly what she is. What a shock she gets.
I really enjoyed this story. It gives just enough romance and a whole lot of action.

“I read this book via Kindle Unlimited.”

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