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review 2017-03-29 04:53
The Fill-in Boyfriend (Review)
The Fill-In Boyfriend - Kasie West

When I first read this in 2015, it was the only book I gave five stars that year. Admittedly, I wasn’t reading as much as I would have liked, and I’ve been in a hardcore reading slump since then, but still—one five star book is a little disappointing. I never wrote the review because things got in the way and I didn’t make time, but as I started looking back on my experience with this book, I started to worry that maybe I didn’t like it as much as I’d remembered. Maybe it was just the kind of book I needed at the time. Maybe it wasn’t all that great after all, and I was looking at it through rose-colored lenses.


That worry resulted in me picking it up again today to see how I really felt about it. And guess what? I loved it just as much as I did the first time! I read it (again) in one sitting, and I fell in love (again) with the characters and their stories. This is my first encounter with Kasie West, and I’d always been meaning to read so many of her books, but The Fill-in Boyfriend really sold me on absolutely everything. It is the perfect summer read—heck, it’s the perfect it’s-still-winter-even-though-it-should-be-spring-now read, too. It is the perfect chick-lit romance without shoving insta-love or cheesiness down your throat. I highly, highly, highly recommend it, and I’m so grateful that it will always be on my shelf for those days when I just need to escape reality and dive into something satisfying.


What I Liked: Spoilers!

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text 2016-11-02 02:00
2016 Reading Challenge- End of October Update
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ - Joseph Smith Jr.
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas, Robin Buss
The Truth (Discworld, #25) - Terry Pratchett
Warriors 1 -

On October 6, I completed my 40th book of the year thus achieving my reading goal for the year.  However unlike last year, I really didn't feel like celebrating as my achievement book was The Book of Mormon which lets just say wasn't something I wanted to remember fondly.  However I was surprised I even finished four books in October since I thought The Count of Monte Cristo was going to take me nearly the entire month, however I finished it on the 19th and then read three, admittedly short at between 300-400 pages, books over the course of the last eleven days.


My basic plan for the rest of the year is to get through as much of my original 2016 list as possible, finished Waiting to Die Longing to Love since I'm reading it for a neighbor (his brother is the author), and write some articles for my WordPress blog that I'll post here as well.


1) Revolutionary Heart by Diane Eickoff [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
2) The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
3) The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
4) A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich
5) Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
6) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
7) The Separation of Church and State edited by Forrest Church
8) The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
9) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
10) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
11) Before the Storm by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
12) We the People by Juan Williams [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
13) Nixonland by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
14) Blood Stain (Volume One) by Linda Sejic
15) The Invisible Bridge by Rick Perlstein
16) Oddly Normal Book 3 by Otis Frampton
17) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
18) Jingo by Terry Pratchett
19) Jefferson's America by Julie M. Fenster [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
20) The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel by George R.R. Martin, Mike S. Miller, & Ben Avery
21) Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King edited by Robert Silverberg- REREAD of The Sworn Sword
22) Marlborough: His Life and Times Book One by Winston Churchill
23) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
24) The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
25) How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
26) Marlborough: His Life and Times Book Two by Winston Churchill
27) The Poetry of Robert Frost
28) Seventh-day Adventists Believe by General Conference of SDA
29) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
30) Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
31) A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
32) A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
33) The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
34) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
35) Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
36) Patriarchs and Prophets by Ellen G. White
37) The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
38) The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
39) Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
40) The Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith Jr.
41) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
42) The Truth by Terry Pratchett
43) Warriors I edited by George R.R. Martin- REREAD of The Mystery Knight
--> Who Travels with the Doctor? edited by Gillian I. Leitch & Sherry Ginn [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
The Black Count by Tom Reiss
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
Desire of the Everlasting Hills by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 by Edward Gibbon
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavendra
The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett
Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin (The Princess and the Queen)
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Also reading:
Prophets and Kings (77%)
The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot (38%)
Waiting to Die Longing to Love (22%)
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text 2015-12-31 21:05
Fires of Invention - J. Scott Savage

Okay, I pushed through the last hundred pages so I could finish today. I only had one more real complaint about this whole book, and that's that Trenton is so quick to believe he's been found out. There were probably at least four or five times that someone alluded to perhaps knowing what he was up to, and he practically breaks down and tells them everything. For instance, his parents are like, "You've been sneaking around with a girl." OMG, they know about Kallista! "*smiling broadly* Let's have her over for dinner!" OMG, they're going to grill Kallista about our secret plans! "Don't you have a girlfriend?" Oh... they don't know anything.


Same thing happens with Angus a few times. "I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING." HOW??!!!! "DON'T THINK YOU'LL GET HER TO LIKE YOU." Why would I be trying to get Kallista to like me?? Maybe I should ask him that out loud. "WTF, who's Kallista, I'm talking about Simoni, wait, who IS Kallista, should I be concerned about this?" SHOOT I MISUNDERSTOOD EVERYTHING, REWIND, REWIND.


Anyway. Sometimes it was frustrating to watch Trenton almost give himself away so many times because he constantly jumped to conclusions. If I were him and doing a bunch of illegal crap, I would probably respond to accusations like these with something like, "What did you find out?" instead of "HOW IN THE WORLD DID YOU FIGURE OUT MY SECRET PLANS?!?!?" You know. It's better sneaking.


All in all, pretty solid and enjoyable, all things considered. It sets up the series pretty nicely (although the ending seemed a little too nicely packaged). 

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text 2015-12-31 16:46
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Fires of Invention - J. Scott Savage

Was that supposed to be climactic?


Trenton and Kallista just got into a fight because she was being an idiot (like usual). Trenton threatens to quit working with her on the project, and even throws some serious shade, which is all resolved in a few sentences. 


I don't know, I figure we've just had a time skip of several months, they've been friends for quite awhile now--is this really the first time she's gotten so frustrated? Is this the first time Trenton has said he'll quit if she doesn't stop acting like such a brat? I know it seems like I'm nitpicking, but I feel like a little more drama in either of the characters' reactions here could have made the situation more believable. 

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text 2015-12-28 04:55
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Fires of Invention - J. Scott Savage

So far, so good. I mean, it's not groundbreaking or exceptional in any way, but it's fairly well written, and I'm interested in seeing where the story goes. Sometimes it's a little frustrating because I can't picture the mechanics of things very clearly (for instance, the tool Trenton and Kallista are trying to put together), but I don't know how much to blame on the writing or myself. Oh well. Right now I'm feeling three stars because I don't feel anything one way or the other. 

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