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text 2017-04-24 04:07
Reading progress update: I've read 194 out of 352 pages.
Against the Paw - Diane Kelly

I like that nothing ever seems to work out for the peeping tom, aside from the fact that he hasn't been caught yet. He's had his peeping ruined by a spray of water directly on his crotch, real women don't all wear sexy lingerie and nighties like the women in his fantasies, and even his attempt at phone sex failed miserably.

 

If this guy could get caught and the gross misogynistic cop could get fired, I'd be happy. I have a feeling I'm going to have to settle for just the first one of those two, though.

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review 2017-04-24 01:15
He said/she said - Erin Kelly
He Said/She Said - Erin Kelly

For month now I am reading book after book which stays behind my expectations. I am beginning to ask myself if it is my fault. Because this book is unfortunately one of those.

 

The blurb says enough about the story. A young couple travels to a festival in Cornwall in 1999 to watch an eclipse. There they become whitenesswa of a rape. After that the life of many people changes forever.

 

The story itself is very clever and complex. The problem is that every character is so very unlikable. Laura is extremely difficult. I found it hard to understand her in the past and in the present. I really did not get her anxious problems. And I could not understand Kit’s devotion for her. In the end I got it. But it is a long way to the end and the story drags and drags. The pace is extremely slow and sometimes the story gets lost. The thing about Kit’s father and his brother are not relevant for the story. As well is the background for Jamie, the rapist, not really necessary. It is just too much information. And Beth, a major character, is left in the dark. I really did not get why Kit and Laura lived in this total fear for 15 years.

 

At first I found this thing about the eclipse chasers very interesting. But the chapters following Kit to his trip to the current eclipse are quite boring and of no meaning to the story. It just got lost on sideshows. The pace is often slowed down by chapters like this. The whole story seemed artificial. All narrators are unreliable. They are not telling things just to reveal them in the end. They all lie. This is clever and interesting but it is told so slowly. It just got boring because it was told so slowly. There is just too much in this book. At the end there is another twist. And another one. It is almost predictable.

 

This book got a lot of ravenous reviews. Unfortunately I cannot comprehend. The idea is very good. But it is just too long, too dragging. The story gets lost. I had high expectations. But it is just too long, too tedious. The thing with the unreliable narrator is just overworked. There are one or two twists too much. I can see the brilliance of the idea, of the story itself. But it is somehow overworked. And the pace was so terrible slow. Maybe if I would not have received this book from NetGalley I would not have finished it. In hindsight it was a good and complex story, but the way to the end was quite a struggle.

 

<i>I reveived an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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text 2017-04-23 20:26
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 352 pages.
Against the Paw - Diane Kelly

Blast is Megan's boyfriend's bomb sniffing dog. Brigit is Megan's K-9 partner. Brigit is supposedly on a diet but has so far eaten more on-page in this one book than many human characters eat on-page in an entire series. And now we have this:

 

"Brigit and Blast polished off the box of crackers in two minutes flat. Remembering that she'd been chastised before for eating people food without permission, Brigit decided it would be best to eliminate the evidence, so she ate the cardboard box, too.

 

Not bad. Not bad at all."

 

Okay, so the dog POV bits have been mostly worthless in terms of what they contribute to the mystery (the one exception could easily have been handled by the peeping tom POV that came right after it), but this made me laugh. I'm glad the tone of the book has been pretty light though (other than the creeper POV), or I'd worry more about Brigit accidentally poisoning herself.

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review 2017-04-23 18:49
Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram Review
Cinder & Ella - Kelly Oram

What would you do if your anonymous Internet best friend turned out to be Hollywood’s hottest celebrity?


Cinder458: Your blogaversary is coming up, right?
EllaTheRealHero: Do all those Hollywood friends of yours know you use words like blogaversary?
Cinder458: Of course not. I need your address. Got you a blogaversary present.


Cinder got me a gift?
My heart flipped.
Not that I was in love with my Internet best friend or anything. That would be utterly ridiculous. The boy was cocky and stubborn and argued with everything I said just to be infuriating. He also had lots of money, dated models—which meant he had to be hot—and was a closet book nerd.
Funny, rich, hot, confident, book lover. Definitely not my type. Nope. Not at all.



I
t’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

 

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So, I love internet connection romances. I like romance that deal with fame. I like fairy tale retellings. This book sounded good to me.

 

It opened fine with the heroine. The hero ... not someone I would even like.

 

Then, every character gets oversimplified at first. This aspect of the book changes but I had to wait too long for the heroine to grow.

 

I never settled into this book and didn't enjoy being in the heads of the leads through the first person point of view.

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text 2017-04-22 18:04
Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 352 pages.
Against the Paw - Diane Kelly

I've been having a little trouble with Booklikes this morning. Crossing my fingers that it doesn't get worse.

 

Anyway, this book. I'm iffy about it so far, for a few reasons.

 

- I'm not sure I like Megan. She has some annoying blind spots. I raised an eyebrow at a bit about traffic tickets (I don't think it's a stretch to think that a traffic ticket that has typos and other errors might be incorrect in other respects, but Megan feels otherwise). Also, one of her fellow cops is a disgusting sexist pig who is protected by the fact that he happens to be friends with the chief of police. Rather than be angry that this connection is what's protecting the slimeball, she's just disgusted with the slimeball and relieved that she wasn't fired when she tased him (!!!) for making particularly disgusting suggestive comments when they were partners.

 

- The author uses 3 POVs. First person for Megan, third person for the dog, and third person for the peeping tom. I'm worried about the potential for the dog POV to be too cutesy, but so far there hasn't been enough dog POV for that to be a problem. I have issues with Megan's POV, like I said, but think it's probably a good thing that her sections are in first person - I'd be more annoyed with some of her blind spots if they were present in third person narration. As for the "killer peeping tom" POV, I was not expecting that in a cozy mystery. :-/

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