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review 2017-07-24 16:14
The Blue Castle
The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery

Rating: 5 stars

 

Book Blurb: Valancy lives a drab life with her overbearing mother and prying aunt. Then a shocking diagnosis from Dr. Trent prompts her to make a fresh start. For the first time, she does and says exactly what she feels. As she expands her limited horizons, Valancy undergoes a transformation, discovering a new world of love and happiness. One of Lucy Maud Montgomery's only novels intended for an adult audience, The Blue Castle is filled with humour and romance.

 

What a gem!

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A great commentary on the bitterness that comes with never standing up for yourself and living your life in fear of displeasing everyone. Not that any of this novel wasn't predictable,  but the story and it's lessons are worth thinking about.  The humor is solid, making me laugh out loud on more than one occasion.  I want to reread the book to fully appreciate the craziness that is Valancy's colorful family. And frankly just to appreciate Montgomery's wit. 

 

Highly recommend. 

 

 

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text 2017-07-24 12:17
Reading progress update: I've read 56%.
Axios: A Spartan Tale - Jaclyn Osborn

"You and I will never part, my warrior. In this life and the next, we will be just as we have forever been: side by side. There is not a thing that can take me from you, neither the slashing of a sword nor the impalement from a spear, for I will always find you.”

 

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review 2017-07-24 09:04
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Oversight (The Community #2) by Santino Hassell
Oversight - Santino Hassell
Oversight is the second book in The Community series, and you do have to read book one to fully understand what is going on as events that happened in Insight are constantly referenced. The story this time focuses on Holden. He is the owner/manager of Evolution, the LGBT club that featured in book one. The fall out from those events are still going on, but Holden is doing his best with what he has. His father turns up (and caring and emotional are NOT words I would use to describe him!) and basically gives Holden to a babysitter. Six is someone Holden remembers from his youth, but it is hard to equate the two as Six has changed - or been changed - so much.
 
Once again, the story is full of mystery and suspense. I think I know who one of the mystery characters is, and now I just need to wait to see if I am correct! We also reacquainted ourselves with Trent and Nate, who continue to be favourites of mine. This story is excellently written, with major character development, especially in Holden. I didn't much like him in the first book, but saw a different side to him in this one. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, so I would not hesitate to recommend this book. 
 
One difference to book one though is no epilogue for our main characters Instead, it ends with things very much in the air, which will definitely leave you wanting more!
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

#M_M, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Suspense, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/thecommunity12bysantinohassell
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review 2017-07-24 09:02
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Insight (The Community #1) by Santino Hassell
Insight - Santino Hassell
Insight is the first book in The Community series, and we start off with Nate. He lives in a dead-end town, works a dead-end job, comes from a dead-beat family, and is going nowhere fast. However, his life changes when his twin dies. Now, don't get me wrong, there is no big lovefest with these twins - far from it. Theo is a drama queen of the nth degree and isn't above 'playing' for what he wants, no matter the cost to anyone, not even his brother. However, when Theo's death is ruled a suicide, Nate knows something is wrong. How does he know? Because he keeps getting visions in which he IS Theo and even shares his death. That's how he knows. With family drama nipping at his heels, he packs up and heads out to New York. Trent has already spoken with Nate, although Nate can't remember. When he drives past Nate hitchhiking, he can't just leave him, so he doesn't. This leads on to the romance part of the story, although it doesn't over run it. Once they get to NYC, it's full on and fast paced as the story progresses and Nate finds himself in the same danger as Theo.
 
This is the first book by Santino Hassell that I have read and I was thoroughly engrossed from the very beginning. I really felt for Nate and everything he was, and had been, going through. Trent is the perfect foil for him, and provides back up and sanity as and when Nate needs it. This isn't a romance book, although it has elements of romance within it. Primarily I would say this is a Paranormal Suspense. Either way, the story is gripping, the characters are well rounded (even those you don't particularly like), and you will keep turning those pages. I loved the epilogue that we got, right up until the major cliffhanger that you are left with. For something that is definitely different, I would have no hesitation in recommending this.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

#M_M, #Paranormal, #Romance, #Suspense, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/thecommunity12bysantinohassell
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text 2017-07-24 03:29
#24in48 Wrap-up
Kim - Rudyard Kipling,A.L. Rowse
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf
Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling
I haven't been online or read as much as yesterday, but wanted to post a final tally for #24in48 July 2017 Edition
 

Hours reading print: 0.75 in The Invention of Nature and 1 hour in Kim

Hours listened to: 8.75 of Dies the Fire 

Book Reactions written: 2.  All American Boys will post Monday, The Fallen Angel will post Tuesday.

Other household tasks:  Farm Market, Grocery store, started a batch of sauerkraut, made bread, scaled Mount Washmore and Mount Foldmore, cooked stuffed grape leaves for dinner, and took care of the sick cat.

In other news: Younger son is home from a great 2 weeks at sleep-away camp and taller than ever. Ozzie has another vet appointment tomorrow.

 

That's a wrap. Good night all.

 

 

 

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