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text 2017-10-01 13:48
September Re-Cap
The Fixer - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito
The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
The Pact - Karina Halle
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson
The Orchard: A Memoir - Theresa Weir
Everything Under The Sun - Jessica Redmerski,J.A. Redmerski
World After - Susan Ee
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Tantor Audio,Becky Chambers,Rachel Dulude

 

A mediocre reading month...some good...some not so good, some good but long (everything under the sun).  I listened to more books than I physically read this month by far, including a re-listen/read for an old favorite.  I did not read a single arc...I think that's due to me feeling like I don't want to be a guinea pig for new books.  Essentially, that's what you are, after all, which is the price you pay for being able to read books before they come out.  I'm just not sure if I want to do it anymore.

 

 

 

(eBook) The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  09/02

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Mad by Chloe Esposito

Finish Date:  09/03

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Finish Date:  09/10

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Finish Date:  09/12

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

(eBook) The Pact by Karina Halle

Finish Date:  09/13

2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Finish Date:  09/16

4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) The Orchard: A Memoir by Theresa Weir

Finish Date:  09/20

3.5/5 - GRADE = B-

 

(eBook) Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski

Finish Date:  09/24

4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) World After by Susan Ee

Finish Date:  09/25

4.8/5 Stars - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (review pending)

Finish Date:  09/30

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

10 books Total for a total of 4,083 pages (including audio).

7 Audiobooks and 3 ebooks.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-16 15:48
Clueless in San Francisco...
The Pact - Karina Halle

 

 

Book Title:  The Pact

Author:  Karina Halle

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Friends to Lovers

Setting:  San Francisco, CA

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  2.5/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  2.7/5

Theme or Tone:  2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  2.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total:  2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

This book drove me insane…like, not right away, but about 1/3 of the way in and I was just…ugh.  I felt like this was just made up drama, that would never play out like this in real life, just for the purpose of the juicy story.  I don't believe anyone wants somebody that intensely and pushes them away with that same intensity.  And over a complete douchebag of a friend.  Seriously! 

 

Bbbuuttttt……I have to give Karina Halle some credit because she can write some sex scenes…like holy hotness, with just the right amount of sizzle and no lame-ass words for body parts here…so…I'm torn... (continued below)

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  …should I read more by her?  I mean, are her other books less over-the-top dramatic?  Please tell me?

 

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text 2017-09-04 15:15
Love, in English By Karina Halle Free!
Love, in English - Karina Halle

He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.

He speaks Spanish. I speak English.

He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.

I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.

Until now.Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the damn truth.

To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.

Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Spanish charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.

Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.

Something that can never, ever be.

Or so she thinks.

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review 2017-07-28 14:12
On Every Street by Karina Halle
On Every Street - Karina Halle

I picked this for my free Friday read last week and I was so looking forward it. It’s the prequel to the Sins and Needles trilogy, of which I reviewed the first book yesterday. This book takes us back to Ellie’s past where we get to know the infamous Javier, the antagonist in Sins and Needles. In that book we don’t see Javier, but we’re told about him through Ellie and we’re led to believe he’s a pretty wretched guy. Javier was a man Ellie previously had a relationship with that ended badly. He shows up at the end of Sins and Needles and becomes part of the love triangle that is Ellie, Camden and Javier.

 

It ended up that I pretty much hated most of this novella. The plot was okay at the beginning,  but then it became a love story between Ellie and Javier. I fell in love with the story of Sins and Needles, the romance element being tagged on to the end. But in On Every Street there was hardly any plot. It was too much of a change for me and not what I was expecting.

 

Then there were the characters. Ellie was completely different to what she was in Sins and Needles. I get that the events in the novella were supposed to be one of the reasons that she became what she did, but the difference was too stark. She wasn’t even vaguely similar to the Ellie from Sins and Needles. I felt like I was reading about someone else entirely.

 

Then there was Javier. Oh my God! What a world class prick! He was so smarmy it was ridiculous. Every time he opened his mouth I cringed. And we were supposed to believe he had women dropping at his feet!? Ugh, he was hideous. I loved Sins and Needles but now I’m not going to continue with the trilogy because I can’t bear to read another bit of smarmy drivel that comes out of his mouth.

 

Oh and I don’t want to forget to mention the cheese. It reeked! Just don’t do it to yourself, don’t read this!

 

I read this for my free Friday read and really wish I hadn’t.

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review 2017-07-27 13:57
Sins and Needles by Karina Halle
Sins & Needles - Karina Halle

As I’ve said in a few posts, I wasn’t well for a while and wanted to read something that was light and completely different to what I would normally read. When I landed on cars land 18 and found out this book was published in 2013, it seemed like the perfect time.

 

Sins and Needles is part of a new-adult trilogy. It concerns Ellie Watt, a twenty-something grifter. However, she’s ready to give the grifting life a rest and returns to her home town Palm Valley to spend time with her Uncle. When she arrives in Palm Valley she isn’t sure what she wants, to stay there for good or just visit with her uncle.

 

One day she bumps into Camden McQueen, a guy who was her best friend for a period in high school. When she knew him he was dorky, but now he’s matured into a very attractive man.

 

As she gets to know Camden and she sees how well he’s doing for himself, she can’t resist formulating a plan to steal his money and return to her grifting ways. But as you would guess, their mutual attraction gets in the way.

 

The reason I enjoyed this new-adult novel so much is that even though it contained some odvious troupes from the genre, it didn’t feel that way. Everything just seemed to fit together really well.

 

As much as it was hard to like Ellie, the author brought in a strain of backstory that meant that even though I didn’t like her much, I understood why she did some of the things she did. Camden on the other hand was someone I could route for the whole way through.

 

There are quite a few sex scenes, by the way and even though they were well done there were too many for me. One or two would have been enough

 

Above all, though, this was a fun read that was easy to get into and stay that way. The sexy storyline was punctuated with enough meat to make this a satisfying read.

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