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review 2018-03-08 14:24
Level Me Up (Gamer Boy) by Lauren Helms, Lacey Gilleran
Level Me Up - Lauren Helms,Lacey Gilleran


Lauren Helms hit on the perfect metaphor for Morgan's life. Level Me Up is one woman's struggle to navigate life, love, loss and insecurities. There is always an awkward stage before a person comes into their own. The fact that she stumbles into a relationship with a sexy gamer helps her let go of the past and start rebuilding her future. Lacey Gilleran brings an old school angst to a modern tale with her brand of girl power that borders on clueless, but ends up being adorable. Whether ebook or audio book the humor and heart shine through.

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review 2018-02-26 11:35
#BookoftheMonth - The Trouble with Spells (Of Witches and Warlocks #1) by Lacey Weatherford
The Trouble With Spells - Lacey Weatherford

The Trouble with Spells is the first book in the Of Witches and Warlocksseries, and we start with a prologue of two years ago, when Vance first set eyes on Portia. He finds out she is the daughter he has been warned to stay away from, and so he does.

Skip forward two years, and Portia is near her 16th birthday. On her birthday, she gets more than she bargained for, and finds out she is from a long line of witches and warlocks. Not only that, but she already has an amazing amount of control over her powers. Throw in a soul mate, a big bad, and you're on the way.

Now, this story has an amazing amount of Insta-Love, which I usually don't like too much. I prefer the slow burners. However, it seems to work in this story. Perhaps because Portia deals amazingly well with what is thrown at her. I was worried she would be a whiny character, but she isn't. Her and Vance do make an exceedingly cute couple.

I thought this story was well written, and a delight to read. If you like insta-love, and young-adult paranormal, then I would definitely recommend this one. Plus you can get book 2 free if you sign up for her newsletter!

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text 2017-12-11 13:22
Unleashed - Rachel Lacey
When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon

I have been having the worst luck with books for the 16 Tasks challenge.


1. Unleashed (Love to the Rescue #1) by Rachel Lacey

     It took me a while to hit the 35% mark but I just couldn't push myself to read any further. The book suffers from a plot with no sense urgency even though the hero is set to move away in two weeks. The heroine is stuck in her life, waiting for the magical number 10 to finally start living fully (10 years from the time of her cancer going into remission). There wasn't anything bad about the characters, it was the plot that just spun its wheels. DNF at 35%.


2. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

     I read the first chapter and wasn't engaged. The reviews on GR mention several times the heroine hitting the hero and her temper tantrums and overall "not like other girls" nonsense. I'm quitting this early.




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review 2017-12-04 18:18
Dream Woods by Patrick Lacey
Dream Woods - Patrick Lacey,Joe Hempel

Vince remembers Dream Woods through a pleasant veil of childhood memory. Even though bad things (murder, murder and more murder!) were rumored to have happened there and it was shut down years ago, Vince learns that the bloods been cleaned up and it’s been re-opened. He decides that it will be a most excellent vacation destination even if his wife would much rather head to a resort and lounge around a beach all day (I’m with her). He feels it will help bring his family closer together.


He is quite mistaken.


Right away things seem a little off. The people staffing the place aren’t quite right. They don’t seem completely . . . human? But Vince, the eternal optimist, holds out hope that this magical place will make his wife love him again.


Awwww. You can’t but help but root for the sap, right? His wife, who has already left her family once, seems to resent her husband for abandoning his anarchist roots and settling down into a real job after she becomes pregnant with twins, one who has diabetes. She reminded me a bit of that teacher in the 90’s named Pam Smart who fell out of love with her husband when he cut his 80’s rocker locks to become an insurance salesman and I had zero sympathy for her. I kept reading on hoping she’d be the first victim of Dream Woods. So yay for keeping me interested during my reading slump ;)


This story was decent, not earth shattering but a solid little horror story that kept me hooked and that bloody bear mascot will haunt my dreams. Dream Woods has some gore and loads of decent characterization and narrator Joe Hempel does an excellent job with the voices.


*I received a copy of this audiobook via Audiobookboom. Thanks!

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text 2017-12-01 17:31
Friday Reads - December 1, 2017
Let Us Dream - Alyssa Cole
Unleashed - Rachel Lacey
Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Love Stories - Jennifer Gracen,KK Hendin,Stacey Agdern,Megan Hart
Roller Girl - Vanessa North
Saga Volume 4 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples

We are heading to our first holiday party of the year (base libraries hold a joint party for staff and volunteers) tonight. Our white elephant/dirty Santa gift is the two books I bought from a local author and had signed by the author plus a cross stitched bookmark from a charity shop in town. I love playing WE/DS because you never know what you will walk away with (last year's gift was a color me calendar that the kids colored in completely on day one of their winter break from school).


I read American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang today, my first book of December. It's for a square later in the game; highly recommend to middle grade and younger young adults.


On tap for this weekend, my reading will be lots of shorts - my mind can take only so much and I want to keep my reading to relaxing levels.


1. Saga Volumes 1-4  by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples - volume 4 is for another square in the game, but I want to refresh my memory so I will just start with volume 1. That will kill an afternoon.


2. Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole - originally published in last year's Daughters of the Revolution anthology, I picked this up when it was published as an individual novella and on sale. Romance between a suffragette (and business woman) and her new chef. It's from Alyssa Cole, so expectations are high. Reading this for a game square.


3. Unleashed (Love to the Rescue #1) by Rachel Lacey - contemporary romance with a dog rescue foster mom (and almost completely in remission cancer survivor) and a PI. Not knocking my socks off, not annoying me to the point of DNF, so I am just plodding along for now. Reading for a game square.


4. Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Stories by Various Authors - a non-Christmas holiday romance!!! Also for a game square.


5. Roller Girl (Lake Lovelace #3) by Vanessa North - I spun the dreidel and landed on this book. F/F contemporary romance. Reading as a result of the game.


Happy reading weekend everyone!

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