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review 2017-06-06 20:23
Enjoyed the first half.
Life After Death - Damien Echols

I won't lie, I skimmed a good deal of the second half of the book. I found the author's discussion of his childhood and his experiences during his pre-prison life interesting but once that part was over, there was just too much rambling on about baseball and other things that didn't feel relevant.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review. Yes, this has been in my pile for a few years.

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review 2017-05-20 05:46
Infected: Life After Death (Infected #3)
Infected: Life After Death - Andrea Speed

Aw, poor Roan. :(


There were a lot of heartfelt and bittersweet moments in this installment, which again gives us two books in one. Roan's mourning has been significant, and while he's now back in the land of the living, he's still not yet finished mourning. His depression has also hit an all-time low, even with friends and a possible new love interest making sure he doesn't retreat back into himself. 


The characters continue to be the strong point of this series. Paris still has a presence here, especially in Book 1, and his wish to see Roan looked after is very much fulfilled. We get to meet a couple of new characters also, including the hilarious dominatrix Fiona and the complex hustler Holden. And of course, there's Dylan, who understands Roan in a way few others can. He's also loved and lost, and he offers an ear and friendship when Roan needs it most. 



The cases in Book 1 aren't as involved, and one even gets dropped, though there's a note at the very end briefly explaining it's outcome. Book 2 brings back the political unrest of the first book, along with Eli, and the new cases here are a bit more involved. It's suiting to Roan's moods as the book progresses that the cases get more complex, but they're still not quite at the level I'm used to expecting.


I still wish Ms. Speed would delve more into the hows and whys of the virus. We get a teensy bit more here, but not much. It's still unknown how the virus started (but come on, there have to be conspiracy theories) or how it really works, or why Roan's case is so vastly different from every other infected. I'm getting a little better at rolling with all this shifter business, though I am worried Roan's going to give himself throat cancer or something if he keeps tearing up his larynx like that. The shifter stuff is interesting, I suppose, though I'll never respond in a "ooh-la-la" way to it. I mean, I love my cats. I just don't loooove my cats. ;)


The ending of Book 2 was rather rushed. The final chapter was definitely epiloguey in the way it wrapped everything up. I'm greedy when I'm enjoying the world I'm in. Don't sum up; show me everything! The big talk between Roan and Dylan is completely skipped and barely even glossed over. I wanted to see that. That's a very important step not just for Roan moving on with his life but for Roan and Dylan figuring out their fledgling relationship. Why would you skip that?


There were a few continuity errors - such as Book 2 being noted as being "one month later" after Book 1, but then it's said Roan hasn't seen Matt in a year. No, it's been a month. There are also several mentions of Roan's funky bedsheets in Book 1, which even get bloodied at one point, and Roan keeps thinking about washing them, but who knows when he ever does. They're little things, but they bugged me. A good content editor should've pointed those things out. (And since we find out later Roan had just gone through a transition cycle four days before the start of this book, there's no reason for his sheets to be funky at all - at least not until Roan gets into bed all bloody and gross. He was in a cage every night for at least three nights in a row. No one thought to do some laundry? Epic fail, guys. At least spritz some Fabreeze, geez.)


I don't recall if I already mentioned Ms. Speed's used of parentheticals. I love parentheses, so that doesn't bother me. What did start to annoy me was the use of (?) and (!) throughout the text. It started to feel like the author wanted to nudge the reader toward certain emotional responses. And in one case, the transexual prostitute, who we learn a great deal about but never actually meet, the use of (?) after her name was ... I'm not sure what it was. At first I thought it was supposed to indicate that Roan wasn't sure it was actually her, even though he identified her immediately in the previous paragraph. But as I read on and she was mentioned again later, I started to feel a transphobic vibe from the text. It was very odd. I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt, at least for now, and assume clumsy exposition. 

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review 2017-03-25 05:05
Life After: A Novel - Katie Ganshert

Wow, you get on a train with 22 other people sit down, open your book or whatever you do on the train. Next thing you know your waking up in a hospital. It's weeks later and you find out that there was a bomb detonated on your train car and you survived. The only one out of 23 people.

A year later and you still haven't got over the guilt. Why me? Why did I survive?

This is a story of Autumn. She still visits the graves of those 22 people. She broke up with her fiancee right after she came out of her coma. She can't remember anything about the explosion. The last thing she remembers happened two weeks before. She spends most of her waking hours in her apartment watching TV, putting together jigsaw puzzles and assembling a scrapbook with articles and information about the people with her on the train. She never knew them or their names before. She does now.

I could not put this book down. Between all the secrets and everyone holding back, and wondering why they were acting like they were, it was killing me. I had to know. And, then the stories of the survivors talking about their missed loved ones. Those were killing me.

An absolutely poignant, beautiful, mesmerizing story that I am so glad that I got to read. This is one that will haunt me (in a good way) for a very long time.

Thanks you Blogging for Books for allowing me to read and review this book. I loved it!!!

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review 2017-03-05 16:19
"The Survivors" by Angela White
The Survivors: Book One (Life After War) - Angela White
Book 1, in the Life After War series

In “The Survivors” we follow a group of individuals struggling with different trials and tribulations after a nuclear war. Many of its subplots are an adventure journey, with a supernatural affair. This story is magic and reality blended into a post-apocalyptic fantasy….well I think……

When I saw this book I obviously didn’t pay full attention to the summary. I admit to have loved the idea behind the story but in hind sight I should have simply overlooked it knowing from the get-go that I am not strong on apocalyptic novel especially one with a fantasy twist to it ….but unfortunately I didn’t and I downloaded it without second thought.

As I plugged along trying to piece what I was reading and the efforts it took trying to make sense of what was going on soon became an ordeal. To top it all after a few hours with it I couldn’t even remember much of what I had read. The end of the World full of apocalyptic horrors is definitely not for me. It was by far time to give up on it, I had wasted enough time on this confused and incoherent story I couldn’t make much sense of….. I dropped it mid-way the first portion, something I rarely do. I leave this collage of mismatched stories for others to enjoy.

This is one tedious book better left on the shelf.


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review 2017-01-30 15:53
It's time...
Life After Joe - Harper Fox

That's right after having read this book at least 5 times, with the most recent being this past weekend when I was fortunate enough to share this reading experience in a buddy read with the awesomeness of Christelle, Josy, Lila and Natalie. It's high time that I attempted to review what is one of my absolute favorite books ever. 


I'm not really sure that I know how to explain this book but here goes...'Life After Joe' is the story of what happens when one man's relationship ends. For Matt his relationship with Joe was a forever thing. They grew up together, so not only was Joe the man he loved...Joe was Matt's best friend. They shared everything, their dreams and aspirations, their hopes and fears, a bed...a home and Matt thought their hearts...until they didn't. Until Joe sat him down on that rug in front of the fireplace where he liked to make love to Matt and told him 'This isn't what I want anymore.' and walked out. 


For any of us this would be heartbreaking so it's no surprise that Matt's devastated. He doesn't really know how to go on. His life becomes one continuous chain of drinks and one night stands, quick hook-ups and embarrassing moments. Until Aaron. 


Aaron's got his own heartbreak to deal with and he's gone in a totally opposite direction from Matt. Oh, he goes out to the bars and has a few drinks but no matter who approaches him and men do approach him because Aaron's gorgeous and he's got an air of intrigue about him that draws men to him like moths to a flame, but he turns them all down. Politely sending each one away even Matt. But there's something different about Matt and Aaron watches him until circumstances bring him to Matt's rescue. Matt's initially baffled as to why Aaron treats him with such kindness and respect, he doesn't understand it, doesn't think he deserves it. 


Their's is such a tenuous fragile beginning both men are so cautious. Drawing together only to pull away. Wanting and yet afraid to take. I have read this story as I said at the beginning at least 5 times and each time I'm drawn into it and at times it feels like my world has stopped so that I can be in theirs.


I love Harper Fox's writing style and the magic that she weaves with her stories, but for whatever reason 'Life After Joe' has endeared itself to me far more than any of her other stories that I have read. I loved 'Driftwood', 'Scrap Metal' is fabulous, 'The Salisbury Key' was awesome, I was pretty sure 'Half Moon Chambers' broke me forever and 'All Roads Lead to You' probably wrung more tears from me than just about any other book and yet, if you told me that I could only ever read one Harper Fox book I would pick 'Life After Joe'. it's one of those illogical things that doesn't really have a rhyme or reason for me it just is. We all connect with things for different reasons and sometimes for no other reason than 'we just do'. So if you ask me why I love 'Life After Joe' my honest answer is "I just do."

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