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review 2017-11-19 01:38
You never know...but I probably should have...
You Never Know - Mary Calmes,Greg Tremblay

I probably should have skipped this one on audio...but it's Mary Calmes and the narrator was Greg Tremblay and well...willpower I has none.

I have to admit this one isn't my favorite Mary Calmes book...not even in the top 5 but that's life, right? We can love everything, every time and this it seems is no exception. 

While I once again loved Greg Tremblay's narration of this story and definitely had no issues there and if I'm rating just the narration I'd probably be giving this 4 stars at the very least...nope, once again my issues were the story itself and at the end of the audio book I found that when it came down to it my feelings haven't changed I still really like Hagen. He's an easy guy to like...kind, friendly, loyal and way, way more forgiving than most people deserve...as a matter of fact if there's one thing about Hagen that bothered me it was how forgiving he was but I'm always saying that everyone deserves a second chance so I guess I really can't fault him now, can I?

Unfortunately just like my feelings for Hagen...my feelings about Ash and Mitch didn't change either. Ash for me was still totally self-centered and self absorbed and in case I forgot to mention it the first time he's also manipulative as hell...nope, not liking Ash at all. 

Mitch was a little better for me but not a whole lot. He's suppose to be the love of Hagen's life and while I do understand that a lot of what happened really was very much related to age and circumstance. I still wanted to feel more like he regretted leaving Hagen but most of all I wanted to feel like he regretted how he did it...over the phone, ffs!!! That's just cold and somewhere in there maybe if I felt like Mitch truly realized how much he hurt Hagen...but I didn't get any of this when I read the book nor did I feel it when I listened to the audio book and I realize that other readers/listeners may feel very differently and that's cool I don't think they're wrong but neither am I this is a very subjective issue and there don't have to be rights and wrongs when it comes to this...things just are what they are.

So at the end of it all still just 3 stars from me for this one, but...

Mary Calmes + Greg Tremblay, still 'equals' a happy place for me.

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An audiobook of 'You Never Know' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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review 2017-11-18 19:17
Mary Kubica: Every Last Lie
Every Last Lie - Mary Kubica

Mary Kubica show how far a woman will go to prove that her husband's accident was anything but:

Clara's world was shattered when her husband, Nick, and their four year old daughter, Maisie, were involved in a deadly car crash. Maisie was unharmed in the crash but her Nick succumbed to his injuries. The crash is ruled as an accident, probably speed related, but Clara cannot believe that Nick would drive the winding road fast with their daughter in the back seat. When Maisie begins to have nightmares about the crash, Clara has determined that Nick's death was much more than an accident. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out and the truth is only the beginning of secrets and deceit she is going to uncover. 

This is the second book that I have read by Kubica and while it may follow a similar format to tell the story, it is nothing like The Good Girl, which I appreciated. The format that Kubica chooses to use is a before and after the main event, in this case a deadly accident that kills Nick. The voice of before and after is also not the same person, her husband Nick is the before voice and Clara is the after voice. This allows you to get to know and care about both characters even though you know that Nick's is going to end in tragedy.

Kubica puts real emotion in to this book and I can honestly say that I there are times within the book that I do not know if I would have acted differently from Clara. From not wanting to tell her daughter about her daddy's death, to trying to deal with what actually happened during the accident and setting out to find herself, Kubica puts a very real elemetn behind Clara's thoughts, choices, grief and actions. The need to know what actually happened and that your loved one would not be so reckless not just with their life but that of her child.

I enjoyed going along the journey with Clara as she tries to discover what truly happened that day and Kubica does a great job of introducing new facts and possible along the way that there are many factors and people to consider as to what caused the crash. I think that Kubica chose a bit of an unconventional ending to her book which I think you will either love or hate. I personally loved it.

Two books down by Kubica and I have enjoyed both of them. I think she has mastered the way that she likes to tell the story and uses it to her advantage. I'm off to find another book by her.

Enjoy!!!

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review 2017-11-18 16:14
Odd Velvet - Mary Whitcomb

 

I received an ARC of this book through The Reading Room/Bookstr.

Definitely a disturbing and macabre collection of stories, but that wasn't what I disliked about it. What I really didn't like was that most of the stories didn't really have a plot or resolution. They were more just a collection of creepy descriptions. These descriptions were beautifully gruesome, but they didn't make for a good story on their own. Creepy images were dumped into the stories without context. They were definitely creepy, but there was no explanation (a shelf full of fingernails, a pantry full of maggot-infested meat). Points for creep factor, but none of the stories seemed to go anywhere and ended in weird places.

Also, the majority of the stories feature marginalized characters (homeless people, addicts, poor people, abused children, children with deformities, abused women). I was hoping the stories would bring awareness to their struggles or call out the ways these people are abused by society (police brutality). Instead, Enriquez does these populations an injustice by turning them all into disgusting villains and creepy entities in her stories. I feel like she takes advantage of their place in society and brings them down even more, making them scary, dangerous, and almost inhuman.

Since this was a translation and Enriquez is based in Buenos Aires, I'm not sure if some of the stories were lost in translation or if there were cultural things I was missing being from the United States.

This was not the book for me. While Enriquez definitely had some interesting ideas, the stories just didn't seem to go anywhere. An interesting collection of images, but not much in the plot department.

 

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review 2017-11-18 16:09
Too much Jargon plus a rape plot.
Mars Girls - Mary A. Turzillo

I got this book from Apex via their Apex Minions program in trade for an honest review

Diversity: Kapera is black as is her parents. There are a few side character that are Asian? Maybe. It's hard to tell their true culture as the author seems to have mashed this culture with that culture.

The first thing that put me off to this book is the piles of jargon they dump on you. We have hab-rat, mears, cuys, kweez and a ton others. While there is some explanation for some of them, you forget it by the time the next one has come up.

Another thing that majorly put me off was the rape part later on in the book. It's basically "we have to rape you to repopulate stuff". This is due to the Facer religion who have "face bindis" on their heads. Not sure if it's cultural appropriation however it made me face palm. A face bindi is a tiny face on the head that usually shows the true emotions of the wearer.
So these Facers basically want to go back to Earth and start some colony or something, I was confused about where they were going but it was going to take 100 years to get there.

So of course Nanoannie, one of our heroes, has to be forcibly married to someone so he can rape her and she can get pregnant. Fortunately she's married to a guy that doesn't have an interest in her as she has no interest in him. However it implies both with the men leering at the unwilling women in the church and later with just mentioning the other women, that they are raped.
I should mention that Nanoannie is around 14 years old. Yeah.

Next is Kapera. She has leukemia so a good portion of the book she is unconscious. The only black character with a major speaking part is devoiced for a good portion of the book. I rally can't recall why she's important to the book other than having a micro disc and her relationship to her parents who are the research scientists.
She's also not "African" but the jargon term "Kiafrican" which is not explained how that came about.

Overall I'm not really sure what the major plot is as the duo is kidnapped and escapes capture many times.  It really isn't until the middle of the book the plot seems to appear. Given the many names and corporation name drops it's really hard to follow who is with who.

What really killed any final interest in this is when Nanoannie has Kapera wrist-com and types out in bad phoneticish words. It was hard to read, and with the "hic" when she has hiccups in the cuy ball every line,I just stopped caring.

It doesn't really strongly establish it's characters from the start so trying to remember what's going on is hard. It also like to borrow and mash up different cultures and has a good portion that is a rape plot.

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text 2017-11-18 05:53
Reading progress update: I've read 545 out of 735 pages.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling,Kazu Kibuishi,Mary GrandPré

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