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review 2019-04-08 20:42
The Engineer
The Engineer (Irons #1) - Luc Brahy,Tristan Roulot

It's been a while since I finished a book, had sort of a reading slump with work being so busy. I hope to pick up the normal pace soon though.

 

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The beginning of this graphic novel was really strong, so much so that I had high hopes for the rest. While it was definitely entertaining it was basically a not so nice guy investigating a bridge collapse. Which was nice but only so much exciting.

The main character has a tragic back story but it was difficult to really like him. I'm curious however to see where it is going from here. The art was not superb but nice enough. I would like to read the next volume.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2018-07-02 09:59
Steam Generator Irons Sales Global Market Analysis, Segments, Key Players, Trends and Forecast 2018

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review 2017-07-16 00:00
Beautiful Beast
Beautiful Beast - Aubrey Irons Beautiful Beast - Aubrey Irons I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Beautiful Beast is a gorgeous hot mess. That's a compliment. I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. I'm not going to give any spoilers, but I want to say up front, that the story goes between POVs, and switches between time periods. So if that's an issue for you, know before you go in that the entire book is written this way. It's a selling point for me, because seeing the story unfold from two different sides and going back to the beginning to see where things began... well, that's delicious.

Bastion is just the worst. As the book begins, nobody likes him. Mostly because he's a huge ass, and he's fresh off a major incident that alienated him from his friends. The feeling is new to him, because he's used to being one of the community's "Crown Princes" (pun intended)



Anastasia has never been impressed with Bastian's wealth or standing, and as soon as she could, she left and didn't look back. When she gets called back because her father is injured, Bastion is quick to tell her that he considers the damage to the property her father's fault, and if she doesn't stay, her father's job is in jeopardy. Of course, this doesn't endear him to Ana - it makes things much, much worse.

He takes every opportunity to be hateful towards her, and Ana responds with spite that she's built up over the years of their sniping. Bastion clearly doesn't have the best motives in asking her back, but Ana can't figure out what they are.

The picture unravels slowly as the other characters reveal bits and pieces, and Ana sees many different sides to Bastion. Not all good, and not all bad. He's definitely done some SUPER shady things over the years, but that doesn't negate the fact that they have a connection that can't be ignored.

I gather my wits as I look up into those eyes, and I know I could stop this.
…But we both know I won’t.
Because I’m weak with him. Because Bastian Crown makes me lose all sense of my sensibilities.
Because I’m addicted to the way he can break me so sweetly, apparently.
My hands tighten on his forearm, and instead of pushing him away, I pull.


I was MESMERIZED by this story, and I cannot recommend it enough. If you're intrigued by anything you read here, please pick it up and give it a shot. It deserves all five of the stars I give.
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review 2017-04-29 00:00
Lolita
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov,Jeremy Irons I loved it. I had always assumed that I would hate it, knowing that it was about an older man taking advantage of a very young girl. What I hadn't realized was that it is a book knowingly written from the villain's point of view. I had thought it would be all excuses and romanticism. That stuff is there, sure, but thinly veiled so that the read may hear HH's excuses to himself and still see right through them.

Unfortunately, I do also recognize how parts could easily be represented as Lolita's complicity in her situation, but these would fail to take into consideration either her initial naivete (which many girls that young have had about older men), her recognition of a situation that is quite hopeless, or the significant possibility of Stockholm's syndrome. Of course, there is also the fact that HH is writing in the first person and everything about her is therefore subject to his interpretation.

The challenge of the book, and part of its genius perhaps, is seeing Lolita herself outside of his interpretation. It makes me want to see the movie and how the actress interprets Lolita's actions. I've read other books by men that are associated more with the way women are perceived by them then women actually are (Great Expectations and The Great Gatsby for starters) that should do the same thing but I had unfortunately not gone into those prepared for their intentional misrepresentation of my gender and hated them on the first read. (I do owe both a reread since I was told the opinion on it that the women were intentionally written the way they were to point out some men's lack of realization that we are in fact fully three dimensional beings)

I do hate the definition and use of the word "nymphet" in practical use but I get why the author included it. I thought it really helped deliver the delusional nature of Humbert's vision of Lolita and the way he romanticized and lusted after girls that were far too young. I did, however, appreciate the inclusion of Humbert's background and some notable things within it. Specifically, those things are the lapses in mental health, his attempts at staying within decency, and his prior love, Annabel. I don't know enough about psychology to have an informed opinion on whether her death really contributed to his affinity for young girls but it made an interesting hypothesis on the part of the afflicted.

It was interesting, and super creepy, to see the way his ability to control Lolita's life played into both his hunger for her and many of her responses to him. The progression of their "relationship" was again mostly creepy but interesting in that way we only can be in fiction when it's not real people that are being hurt. His power over her made him increasingly tyrannical as power has been historically shown to do.

The whole story climaxes in such a way that is so consistent with the character's personalities and strangely satisfying in it's own way. I'd rather not spoil it, though anyone could easily look up the whole synopsis on Wikipedia if interested, it's linked about anyway. I listened to a copy from the library that was read by Jeremy Irons who also played the protagonist in the 1997 film.

I had finally picked it up to listen to as my hold on Reading Lolita in Tehran finally came through, which is also proving to be a great book and gave me some necessary insight into Nabokov's writing style and Humbert's character.
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text 2017-03-21 07:48
Aubrey Irons "Saint" New Book Announcement

 

Title: Saint 
Author; Aubrey Irons
Genre; Romance 


 
 

 
I'm supposed to take her life. I'm going to take her body instead.
 
They call me a Saint, but I’m a f*cking sinner.
 
Ruthless. Coldhearted. Killer. I was young when my parents took off and left me alone to fend for my two younger brothers. I learned to survive. I learned to fix problems, by any means necessary.
 
Which is exactly what I do for the Dark Saints - the Irish crime family that raised me as their own. I make the secrets stay in the shadows. I make the bodies disappear. I make the problems go away. I owe them that much.  
 
That is, until she walks in and sees me with a smoking gun in my fist and blood on my hands.
 
Sierra Hammond - the kind of good girl who wants to pretend she’s bad by hanging out in the rough parts of town. But this time, she stepped into the wrong bar and ran into the wrong man.
 
I know the rules, and I know letting her walk out of there alive breaks every single one of them. But one look into those big brown eyes, and one touch of those sweet curves writhing and fighting against me, and I know I’m done.
 
I’ll start a war.
 
I’ll break every vow.
 
I’ll move heaven and hell to make her mine.
 
F*ck the rules, I’m taking her instead.
**Saint is a standalone novel with a HEA and NO CLIFFHANGER!**
 
 


 
 
 


Aubrey Irons enjoys writing about bold, sassy, and intelligent women and the dominant, cocky, and quite typically forbidden bad boys who love and lust for them. Gripping stories, happy endings, and plenty of heat to keep things extra steamy!
In the real world, Aubrey is kept plenty entertained by her wonderful husband, their two adorable children, and the world’s most ill-behaved puppy.
 
 
 
 
 
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