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text 2017-09-18 21:57
Review: Chaser by Rick R. Reed
Chaser - Rick R. Reed

 

*no rating*

OMG I have never read about such shallow characters.... I'm astonished.

I'm not a person to DNF but honestly I can't do this knowing what's coming my way...

 

 

I'll just skim the last chapter to get closure and won't be rating this furthermore.

P.S. Bobby, I hate you!!! You're despicable.

"Are you really so stupid? Bobby is all about being the best: the best looking, the best lover, the best cocksucker, the best power bottom, the most wanted.

He would take Kevin - or any man - away from you in a heartbeat if he thought he had the chance, if he thought it gave him some kind of crazy edge, boosted his self-esteem a little more.

 

 

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text 2017-09-16 01:28
A Lot Like Love By Julie James $1.99
A Lot like Love - Julie James

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fund-raiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more...

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review 2017-09-13 16:15
Book Review Banzai: The Unknown Author's Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews - Jason Ladd,Julie Gwinn,Tom Morkes

Book Review Banzai: The Unknown Author's Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews
Useful information about how authors should approach book bloggers to get their books read and reviewed online.
As a reviewer I'm happy when an author solicits their book for me to read. Hate when they just assume I will read it because they sent it to me. I read a ton, over 700 books this year, some are child, cookbooks, gardening, real 400 page books, wide variety of subjects.
I want to know a bit about the book then I'll decide if I want to read it and post reviews to about 15 different social media sites. Don't push it down my throat, ask me first. Always like a more personal letter, about something we have in common, even weather or geographical location.
The author knows what a blogger is and what an author is and how to match them together.

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review 2017-09-09 14:39
Marlena!!!
Marlena: A Novel - Julie Buntin

German and english review
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Das ist eins der Bücher, dass ich wirklich unglaublich toll finde und ab jetzt auch irgendwie zu meinen Favoriten gehört und das obwohl ich mit den Charakteren absolut nicht warm geworden bin.

 

Inhalt: Die fünfzehnjährige Cat ist neu in der Stadt, einsam und unglücklich - bis sie ihre Nachbarin kennenlernt, die wunderschöne und unberechenbare Marlena. Eine Freundschaft beginnt, voller Versprechungen, intensiv und gefährlich wie die Jugend selbst: erste Drinks, erste Zigaretten, erste Küsse. Marlena aber wird immer riskanter - und Cat wird ein Versprechen brechen, das sie jetzt, Jahrzehnte später, einholen wird.

Die atemberaubende Geschichte zweier Mädchen und einem Jahr im ländlichen Michigan, das die eine ihr Leben kosten wird und die andere für immer verändern.

 

Ich liebe diese Art von Geschichten. Sie sind meist frustrierend und richtig heftig. Wie sehr dein Leben beeinflusst wird, dadurch wo und wie du aufwächst, wer sich um dich kümmert oder eben nicht. Das Buch war unheimlich realistisch beschrieben und obwohl es herzzerreißend war, war es trotz allem wunderschön.

 

Ich muss ganz ehrlich gestehen, dass ich am Anfang des Buches ewig gebraucht hatte wirklich reinzufinden und dass ich mich mit den Charakteren wirklich schwer getan habe. Es wurde mit der Zeit um einiges besser und obwohl die Charaktere nicht zu meinem Lieblingscharakteren gehören, hat mich ihre Geschichte wirklich richtig sehr interessiert und hat mich auch mitfühlen lassen, wenn ihnen schlimme Dinge passiert sind und von schlimmen Dingen gab es in dem Buch ja wirklich genug.

 

Ich finde, es ist garnicht so wichtig ob man die Charaktere in dem Buch mag oder nicht, sondern geht es eher um die Geschichte die über sie erzählt wird, deswegen hat es mich garnicht so gestört ob ich sie nun mochte oder nicht.

 

***

 

This is one of the books, that I truly enjoyed and that I'm gonna count as one of my favorites, even though I never really felt the characters.

 

Summary: Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena’s orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss—while Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her tangled in the past.

 

I love this type of story. Most of the time it's really frustrating and really intense. It's insane how much your life is influenced by how and where you grow up, who takes care of you or well, doesn't. The book is so realistic and even though it's heartbreaking, it's so beautifully written.

 

To be completely honest, it took me a long time to get really into the book and I really had a hard time with the characters. It got better with time, and even though the characters will never be my favorites, their story was really interesting and made me feel really bad for them whenever something bad happens to them, and there is a lot of bad things happening.

 

I just really think, that it doesn't matter if you like the characters or not, for me, it was more about the story that was told about them, so I didn't really care that much if I loved them or not.

 

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review 2017-09-03 17:37
Review: Letting Go (Love By Design #1) by Morningstar Ashley
Letting Go (Love By Design) (Volume 1) - Ashley Morningstar

 

Very nice debut novel. The health issues were handled pretty good. So much that it came close to my own experience. I would've probably rated it higher had I enjoyed reading about that. I didn't particulary enjoy it. So not the book's fault but my own.

The sex scenes felt very intimate and I really loved Kelley's patience with Alex. Alex wasn't ready for a lot of things and he needed to make his own choice for happiness. Kelley was there to support him.

 

 

Hope Peter will be the next story. He seems like a troubled man. Would be nice to see him find a piece of happiness too.

 

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