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review 2017-11-09 22:37
Square 4! Penance Day Read
Dead Man's Ransom - Ellis Peters

This is my first filled square for the 16 Tasks game. I decided to do:

 

Book themes for Penance Day: Read a book that has a monk, nun, pastor / preacher, priest or other representative of the organized church as a protagonist, or where someone is struggling with feelings of guilt or with their conscience (regardless over what).

 

This is 9th in the Brother Cadfael series, and our erstwhile detective/medieval monk and herbalist, must determine who murdered Sheriff Gilbert Prestcote once he is returned from Wales as part of a prisoner exchange. The prisoner, the young, brash Welsh noble Elis, has managed to fall in love with Prestcote's daughter, Melicent, who returns his affections. Once Prestcote is murdered, suspicion falls on Elis.

 

This is very standard fare for a Brother Cadfael mystery. Cadfael must determine who killed the Sheriff using the tools at his disposal in the 12th century (which is to say, some cloth fibers and the strong compulsion based upon religious norms to unburden oneself before dying). It isn't the strongest entry in the series, but Melicent and Elis were likeable, although their instalove made me eyeroll a bit.

 

The end of the book was so abrupt that I wondered if something had gone wrong with my download, however. The story just . . . ends. And then a preview of the next book in the series begins. For that, I give it 3 1/2 stars.

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review 2017-10-22 20:55
Review of High Moon
High Moon Vol. 1 - David Gallaher,Steve Ellis

This was a strange one and it also had me a bit confused at times but then I think it was suppose to as there was kind of a reveal close to the end but then it kept going and also there was a lot of men called Macgregor and that was confusing me...lol. I actually had to go back to the beginning and check some things out.

 

A town seems to be infested with some creatures and a mysterious man comes there looking for someone and lots of things happen and I can't say cause..um spoiler. :)

 

Overall, it was not a bad graphic novel but at the same time I felt I entered into the middle of something though it says vol. 1. Had some really cool graphic though! :) 

 

Using this one for:

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review 2017-10-02 22:35
Book Review of The Blue Diary by Shannon Allen
The Blue Diary - Shannon Allen

*PLEASE NOTE: THE AUTHOR DETAILS ARE WRONG FOR THIS BOOK ON THIS SITE. IT SHOULD READ SHANNON ALLEN AND NOT SHANNON WATTERS, NOELLE STEVENSON, GRACE ELLIS AND BROOK A ALLEN. *

 

Sometimes the most simple, but most endearing, moments are treasured in unexpected ways and methods.

 

Review 4*

 

I must admit that I am not a huge reader of memoirs. However, I was asked if I would be willing to read this one. I agreed and received a complimentary copy of this book from the author with no expectation of a positive review. This is a short memoir based on the memories of the author at a young age and is dedicated to her grandmother.

 

At the age of eleven Shannon (the author) kept a diary to record events she wanted to remember. This story gives us a glimpse into her thoughts and feelings of her younger self as she re-reads her entries now that she is older. As the story was short, I found it interesting to read, but it is more of a reminiscence than anything else. It only took me roughly ten minutes (if that) to read and didn't engage me emotionally. However, this is probably because I am used to reading novels rather than short stories.

 

After I finished this tale, I remembered that I tried to keep a diary as a child, but I never got the whole idea of writing down the events of the day. Most of the time I forgot to write in my diary and so it remained empty for the most part. I am envious of people being able to write their thoughts and feelings down every day. I'm generally too exhausted or have nothing of interest to say about the day's events now that I'm older to even consider keeping a diary. I'm sure reading back your diary's entries would bring back memories, but it would be the readers in the future who would probably be intrigued by the social aspects, or scratching their heads at some of the entries that wouldn't make sense to anyone but the writer of the diary.

 

Diaries are a snapshot into the social (mostly), as well as economic and political aspects of our lives. Today's diaries are now available in the virtual world as online blogs and vlogs. However, I feel there are some things that should never be made public. Diaries, blogs and vlogs can have both positive and negative aspects to their use. Future scholars may or may not find your diary, blog or vlog of great significance due to the contents. For the most part, it is still the best way to record your thoughts and feelings about the events (or non-events) that happen in your life. I wouldn't consider keeping one now, but I would encourage others to keep one if they feel the need to express their thoughts and feelings, either on paper or on a computer. It can be a useful tool for therapy or just to unload the detritus of everyday life. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-09-28 22:16
Chemistry
Taking Control: Six Nights Of Sins (Book 2): A La Petite Morte Club Series - Ellis O. Day

This second book in the series heats up with Sarah and Nick's first night together, but Nick wants more than she's willing or able to give. Day is quite talented with showing the fiery chemistry between this pair, especially with a book this short. The story is erotic and it is very well done. This isn't steam just for the sake of steam - there's a story here and this second installment is just touching on the surface of it. The writing is compelling and draws the reader in, holding you there until the very last page, which leaves you wanting more. 

If you enjoy Erotic Romance, this is a must read. 

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review 2017-09-28 21:13
Erotic and Compelling
Interviewing For Her Lover: Six Nights Of Sin Series (Book 1): A La Petite Morte Club Series - Hot, steamy, BDSM with love - Ellis O. Day

I'm not usually one for short bursts of a continuing story, but this one had me hooked from the first page. Wonderfully written, it's a completely compelling read and the only thing I wanted when I reached the end was more. The author only begins to touch on these terrific characters and the world of the La Petite Morte Club, but there is so much packed into these pages. Nick and Sarah's story is erotic and engaging from the start, but that's not all it is. Sarah has a sadness about her that stems from a loss and Nick just knows that he must have her. They're both in this for their own reasons, but they just may get more than they bargained for. 

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