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text 2015-08-18 02:32
eBook Purge 8/17
Married By Midnight - Julianne MacLean
Marrying the Master - Chloe Cox
Beach House No. 9 - Christie Ridgway
Darkhouse - Karina Halle
The Truth About Faking - Leigh Talbert Moore

Here's the next round of the eBook Purge. I haven't been doing a lot of reading....or anything really. I have been a bit under the weather, so I've been sleeping a lot. And I have been dealing with a kindergartener going back to school, so there's that. On the plus side, my physical therapy has helped me so much I can get around and bend at the waist without crying. I had a pivoted lower lumbar disk and my left leg is shorter than my right. All that adds up to lower back problems.


I'm starting to get back to normal now. PT ends in a week, and that should help. Although I hate the exercises, I will miss the people. We end up watching Rachel Ray and laughing about the stupid food creations she makes.


But back to reading, I'm hoping to get going again. I'm so out of practice. Right now, I'm going to sleep. Later.

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review 2015-01-30 17:44
another reason why I love serials - fresh and exciting story!
Behind the Stars - Leigh Talbert Moore,Steven Novak

I received a copy of this book for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

Just a couple days ago I said I'm a fan of serials, and Behind the Stars is another reason why. Well written, intelligent, and mysterious, this series is the kind that keeps you in a constant state of holding your breath either hoping for or against the next thing to happen. And while you don't know what will happen, you do know there's enough tension to cut with a knife and keep you on the edge of your seat.

I really liked trying to figure out the mystery behind Prentiss's kidnapping. One day she's on her way to work but never makes it there. Instead, she wakes up in a strange place with kids she knows from school - male and female. I couldn't tell who had kidnapped all of these kids and why. Was there a war? An invasion? What do the kidnappers want with these kids?

In the meantime, Prentiss takes us back in her memories to her relationship with her boyfriend Jackson, the turmoil at home between her brother and their father, and losing her mom at an early age. I was able to get to know what Prentiss was like before she was taken as well as afterward. It's clear from the start she isn't going to go down without a fight. While everyone else seems resigned to their fate, she's thinking of ways to escape and bring help to get everyone else out, too.

With so many people in their small town unaccounted for, no one knows if they've been taken, too, and whether they're dead or alive. I couldn't put this book down...I had to find out what was going on! What I wanted to know the most, almost more than if Prentiss could make a break for it, was who had kidnapped them and why. What were they planning on doing with those they had abducted and how were they able to get away with it? Neither the military nor the police comes to save the day, so why is that?

The answers will surprise you, even shock you. There were so many moments where I really think I did hold my breath! I would have rated this five stars, but after the first episode, the story slowed down a bit; however, I realize this was to build up relationships between characters for what would happen later down the road. Not long after, the story picks back up again with speed.

Behind the Stars is definitely the kind of series I look for when wanting something fresh and original to read. I loved losing myself in the pages and playing Sherlock as I tried to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Definitely recommend this!

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review 2014-12-31 17:45
Review: Behind the Stars
Behind the Stars - Leigh Talbert Moore,Steven Novak

If you haven't picked up the first installment of this serial release, I highly recommend you pick up the full series which released today! I've been a fan of Leigh Talbert Moore for a while now, and when I heard her next series would be adventurous and sci-fi based I knew I had to get my hands on it. I was not disappointed.


Prentiss was a character that grew on me. I loved her constant questioning and her unfailing determination to save her friends. I thought I knew where the story was headed but there were several unexpected twists that I enjoyed a lot. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but needless to say, Prentiss definitely found her voice.


I really enjoyed the world building, having only briefly driven through Mississippi as a child I don't have much familiarity with the area. Moore does a wonderful job not only creating the scenery but also the feel of a summer in south Mississippi. I could feel the sweat on my brow as she describes the kids working on the farm in the humid and hot summer air.


This book was not what I expected at all and I think that's what I enjoyed most about it. I haven't read anything like it. The plot was always moving forward, even throughout the flashbacks, I could tell there was something coming. I enjoyed the bits of backstory that the flashbacks provided and it gave a real sense of Prentiss and what her life was like prior to being kidnapped. I do want to mention that while there is some action and sci-fi elements, most of the story revolves around relationships and how they can change and develop even in the most dire circumstances. 


If you're looking for an interesting story with some well built characters and a bit of action, this is the book for you. Leight Talbert Moore has done it again!


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.*

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review 2014-06-26 00:00
Mosaic - Leigh Talbert Moore It is sad that this series has come to an end. I love the way things turned out though. Anna has come a long way since Dragonfly #1, all of her friends have. This is the best book of the series, because everything FINALLY falls together the way it is supposed to be. Everyone is where they should be, and WITH who they should be. If that makes sense, I am not supposed to give away any spoilers. ;) You will have to read the book to find out what I am trying to say.
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review 2014-05-05 11:08
As the Sands Through the Hourglass . . .
Dragonfly - Leigh Talbert Moore

. . . These are the (really boring) days of Anna Sanders's life.


This type of romance is not my cup of tea. The person who recommended it to me knew that. Said person is no longer allowed to recommend books to me. This wasn't their first offense, but they won't believe I can't be converted into an angsty teenage romance fan. It's not that I hated Dragonfly. I didn't. I couldn't muster enough emotion for that. I just plain didn't care. I didn't care about Anna, I didn't care about Jack, I didn't care about Julian, I didn't care about anybody. My star rating reflects my total apathy coupled with the complete lack of anything interesting happening for 90% of the book.


This is not a complete book. It's a lengthy soap opera episode with no resolution and a "to be continued" in place of an ending. Soap operas just aren't my thing. The closest I ever got to enjoying them was in Jr. High when Swan's Crossing had it's brief single-season run. I was strangely attracted to that show. (It's the reason it took me a whole season and a half to warm up to Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I kept looking at Buffy and seeing Sydney Rutledge, the mean little cow.) If Swan's Crossing had continued beyond one season, I probably wouldn't have watched it for much longer, because that was around the time that sci-fi and fantasy were replacing The Baby-Sitters Club on my bookshelves. My tastes were changing, my interests shifting, and I was starting to want more than angst-ridden romances driving my entertainment. In other words, if I had read this book when I was 13, I probably would have liked it. Especially the horny bits.


The first 90% consists primarily of miserable, horny teenagers doing miserable things to themselves and each other and generally making themselves more miserable. That's just not my brand of entertainment. The plot, when it finally limps in, is semi-interesting, but it's primarily set-up for book two and it isn't resolved, and I don't care enough to chase it in the sequels. Sorry, Anna. You'll have to hate yourself through your angsty love triangle without me. *huggles*

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