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review 2018-04-29 15:29
"The Cat Bagger's Apprentice", by C.J. West
The Cat Bagger's Apprentice (Marking Time) - CJ West

Making Time book #2

Mr. West is great at tricking his readers’ imagination by leading us in one direction knowing full well that it was a ruse all along. Mid-way some of us will surely think we have figured out where the story was leading but hold tight you are in for a surprise, at the last moment he always pulls a curve and the results are far from what we may have presumed…..

Since it is a recurring theme that follows “The End of Making Time” although preferable, I really do not think it is a must to read it first. Re-education of the criminal justice system has revolutionized America: where once caught, you are arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced all in one day. In book #2 we have the story of computer hacker, Jordan Voss and what happens to him once he is moved to a special apartment where everything he does is monitored.

Change perspective and you will enjoy this story. The premise has its own merits, is quite original and gripping most of the time. It is one drama that does not reveal itself until the very last chapter, great twist. The best part in this story is how we are pulled into the characters psyche, bad and evil they will make you think….

Of course this book has a weird concept of the justice system but seen through the eyes of an author with great imagination is something to think about although I really do not think it would ever happen….well I hope so.

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text 2017-10-16 21:50
Self-Pubs That Shine
The Book of Kindly Deaths - Eldritch Black
Rewinder - Brett Battles
Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper - J.L. Bryan
Paladin - Sally Slater
Haven - A.R. Ivanovich,Michelle Ivanovich
Nightfall Gardens - Allen Houston
Marking Time - April White
Slumber - Samantha Young
Timebound - Rysa Walker
Nefertiti's Heart - A.W. Exley

Most of us these days are aware of the flood of self-pubbed books and how difficult it can be to find a gem in the sea of mediocrity.  We often see reviews of the sub-par and/or reports of unethical marketing schemes or unprofessional behavior on the part of some authors.

But some of us who have stuck a toe or two into those waters have come across a few gems.  I thought it'd be good to share a few self-pubbed & small press books I really enjoyed and that I feel stand well among their trade-pubbed counterparts. 

So here are a few I've discovered that I am proud to recommend.

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review 2016-08-08 06:28
Marking Time (C.J. Anthony)
Marking Time - C. J. Anthony

2.75 stars rounded up

The pace felt uneven and the novella seemed more like Adam's story rather than Adam and Chase's; and while I liked the early part with Adam realizing his sexuality for the first time, as well as the talk with his Dad, but I wasn't happy with him later on.

Him breaking up with Chase because of a homophobic team mate who was already despised by others just didn't make sense. Not like Chase was part of the troop. He was all the way in the U.S. for God's sake, and Chase already said that it was okay if Adam wanted to tell everyone that Chase was just a friend with wife and kids.

I rounded up the story because of Chase's Dad (loved that guy), plus this was free as well as it seemed to be Anthony's first dip into writing for Don't Read in the Closet event back in 2012.

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review 2015-08-01 06:20
Marking Time - Marie Force

A great story about the ex-wife of the hero in previous book.  I was totally in sympathy with her dilemma. Everything was good about this story, plot, action, romance and even secondary (I must read Coming Home now where reviews say author makes this work.)  Claire must rebuild her life that fell apart during her three years in a coma.

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text 2015-05-11 22:05
Series I Plan on Reading/Finishing This Summer
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
Across the Universe - Beth Revis
Ruby Red - Kerstin Gier
Marking Time - April White
Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
Doon - Lorie Langdon,Carey Corp
The Kiss of Deception - Mary E. Pearson
Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige
The 100 - Kass Morgan

The summer break is upon us and as I finish up this years course work I am already trying to discern which series' I need to consume over break. I have decided on the following...so far:

 

The Lunar Chronicles Series (Not Started)     Marissa Meyer

Across the Universe Series (Not Started)        Beth Revis

The Ruby Red Trilogy  (Not Started)               Kerstin Gier

The Marking Time Trilogy (Started)                 April White

The Mistborn Trilogy (Started)                        Brandon Sanderson

The Throne of Glass Series (Started)            Sarah J. Maas

The Doon Series (Not Started)                       Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

The Remnant Chronicles (Not Started)          Mary E. Pearson

The Dorothy Must Dies Series (Not Started)  Danielle Paige

The 100 Series (Not Started)                         Kass Morgan

The Gone Series (Not Started)                      Michael Grant

The Unwind Series (Not Started)                   Neal Shusterman

The Divergent Trilogy (Started)                     Veronica Roth

The Winner's Curse Series (Not Started)      Marie Rutkoski

The Champion Series (Started)                    Marie Lu

The Raven Cycle Series (Not Started)          Maggie Stiefvater

The Chaos Walking Series (Not Started)      Patrick Ness

The Forensic Mysteries Series (Not Started)Alane Ferguson

The Infernal Devices (Not Started)               Cassandra Clare

 

Looks like I have a lot to read this summer! This isn't even half of the books I would like to read this summer. I would also like to read the Outlander Series by: Diana Gabaldon. I don't know how much of this I will accomplish, but I am excited to find out! There are also a couple of standalone novels I want to read and a couple of non-fiction books. I will probably hold off on The Book Thief until summer starts as well. I'm finding it a little slow. I would love to participate in a Read-a-thon this summer, as well! Thanks so much for reading!

 

Have a fabulous day lovelies!

 

Yours truly, signing off!

 

Kenzie

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