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review 2018-01-12 06:10
Worth it
Frosh: Second Chances - Mónica B. Wagner

This is book #2, in the Frosh series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and have a better understanding of the series, I recommend reading this in order.

 

Following the couples of Grant & Ellie, Devon & Charlie, this story continues as we head into further mayhem at school with these adorkable peeps.  Grant is through with football and trying to adjust to classes.  Charlie is finding he can be more than the nerd.

 

All the characters must decide if the relationships are worth all the trial and error, to get to the triumph of a solid relationship.  Will it be worth it in the end?  I was impressed with the pace, the writing, and the solid conflicts.  I was excited to turn each page to get to the next parts of the story.  I look forward to the next installment in the Frosh series.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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text 2018-01-11 19:08
Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 240 pages.
American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land - Monica Hesse

I am super picky about my non-fiction reads. I read memoirs of my favorite celebrities or people I admire (Ron Perlman's Easy Street the Hard Way or any Betty White book). I will read books about people escaping religious cults because, I, as a Christian Wiccan (bet most people didn' know THAT existed) find organized religion very difficult. It can become damn near brainwashing. I enjoy seeing people get to where they can finally think for themselves.

 

And then I love love love books about crimes in the South/Mid-West. Because that's where I live. Killers of the Flower Moon took place only 2 hours from my home. While this book is in Virginia, it's still a very familiar habitat for me. Warm, humid, hardworking Southerners. I can't wait to get into the meat of this tale.

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review 2018-01-02 16:13
Going Dark (The Lost Platoon) - Monica McCarty

Monica McCarty is well known for her historical Scottish romances, especially her Highland Guard series, so when I heard she was going to start a new series set in modern times in Scotland focusing on Navy SEALS, I had my doubts. I was pleasantly surprised. She writes just as good modern romances as she does historical (though the Highland Guard will be really hard to beat).  I loved it. I liked the premise; a group of Navy SEALS that are betrayed and have to go dark in order to unearth who betrayed them. Dean is set up as a charter boat captain in a small village in the Hebrides of Scotland. He goes by the name Dan and he is very blunt and a bit rude to Annie who is there to protest oil drilling with her boyfriend. She is naïve and soon finds herself in a whole lot of trouble and it is up to Dan to rescue her, though he fights tooth-and-nail their attraction while they try and discover the real murderer, real plot that the ecotourists have planned, and get Annie to safety and Dan back into hiding. Dan finds it harder to leave Annie then he expects and when her life is threatened again he knows that he will never let her go again. It was passionate, adventurous, thrilling, suspenseful, and fun to watch Annie and Dean grow close together and fall in love. Loved their chemistry and their partnership. Great start to a new series by one of my absolute favorite authors.

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review 2018-01-01 16:22
While writing up this post…I realized I had to lower my rating because it just didn't deserve what I originally gave it…this happens to me quite often.
Pretty Dead Girls - Monica Murphy

 

 

 

Book TitlePretty Dead Girls

Author:  Monica Murphy

Genre:  YA | Mystery

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Setting:  Cape Bonita

SourceI received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  2/5

Main Characters:  2/5

Secondary Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  1/5

Pacing:  2/5

Addictiveness: 2/5

Theme or Tone:  2.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  2.5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  2.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  2.5

Total:  2/5 STARS - GRADE=D

 

 

 

This might appeal to a younger audience, especially if they like to read about sexually promiscuous teenagers being total bitches.  Right from the beginning, I was skeptical of the mystery, the pacing felt off.  The characters are completely unlikable, basically, all of them.  The conversations between them are just over-the-top bizarre and contradictory. These girls are just so flipping mean and I kind feel like they got what they deserved, well sort of... 

 

I was compelled to read this until the end, although I'm not sure why, just to see who it was, maybe.  Which I more or less guessed. 

 

Will I read more from this Author?  No, I will not.  Her writing is just not for me.

 

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text 2017-12-31 23:46
2018 Book Challenge/ January TBR
The Power - Naomi Alderman
Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker
Little & Lion - Brandy Colbert
American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land - Monica Hesse
Dolores Claiborne - Stephen King
Justice League/Power Rangers (Jla (Justice League of America)) - Barbara Taylor Bradford
Between - Jessica Warman

Where does the time go? Man....

 

For 2018 I am going to change things up a little. Instead of reading only ebooks or only hardcopies, I have decided I will read one ebook and  one mass market paperback at the beginning of the month then move on to the rest of my books. This will help me knock down the hoards of both types of books I seem to be collecting without ever reading. I have fewer mm paperbacks that Kindle books by far, but still, I tend to buy them and then never read them. Hopefully this will help me get things in order better around here.

 

What's your 2018 challenge? Mine is 100 books. 

 

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