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review 2018-04-03 00:00
Texas Secrets: The Gallaghers of Morning Star
Texas Secrets: The Gallaghers of Morning Star - Jean Brashear Runaway into the west with Maddie Collins and Boone Gallagher. In order to step into the future, both must come face to face with their parents heartbreaking past. Texas Secrets is a tale of long held secrets and shocking revelations. Maddie and Boone are caught in the middle of circumstances beyond their control. Maddie has the home she always wanted, if she can survive the prejudices of a cowboy who sees her presence as a betrayal of his family legacy. Ms. Brashear spins an emotional tale of legacies, redemption and a betrayal that spans generations. Out of the ashes of tragedy comes a rebirth of love. Brashear and Dove give this broken home a heart.
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text 2018-01-09 14:20
Books I have DNF'd recently....
Morning Star - Pierce Brown
Pride and Prometheus - John Kessel
How to Stop Time - Matt Haig

I put these books down recently.


Morning Star - This book had the characters eating a bucket of cockroaches and raw snakes and nonsense as some initiation.  No. Just No. My stomach never recovered. I just Wiki'd the ending and we're good. It's been real Pierce Brown.


Pride and Prometheus - I'm not going to discourage anyone from reading this - the Pride and Prejudice parts were good. The Frankenstein parts bored me. It could just be me.


How to Stop Time- Just a bad fit - it's smart sci-fi about a man who never ages and is part of some order who polices them and protects their secret. He is told never to fall in love. Of course, he does.  It will probably be a hit but I found it depressing and kept wishing it would get to the point. It rambled a lot.


I received Pride and Prometheus and How to Stop Time free in exchange for an honest review. 


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text 2018-01-05 16:30
Friday Reads 1.5.2017
When Christ and His Saints Slept - Sharon Kay Penman
Morning Star - Pierce Brown
The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica - Laurie Gwen Shapiro

It's supposed to be crazy cold this weekend which means ... TIME TO READ BOOKS! 


I started When Christ and His Saints Slept.  Very different feel from the other Penman books I have read, but enjoyable nonetheless.


My next choice is Morning Star. I have been trying to finish this series for a while now. The books are so emotional I feel like I have to pump myself up to read them. Hopefully this time it will stick. I do want to know what happens with Darrow and the rest of the Red Rising universe. 


My nonfiction choice is The Stowaway - true story about a teenager who sneaks on a boat to head to Antarctica. 


This weekend we will be headed out to see an orchestral performance of science fiction movie themes at a local theater hall. I got the hubby hooked on these when we went to see Star Wars: Return of the Jedi live in concert in NYC. The Philharmonic did an amaaaaaaaaaaazing job and the energy from the audience was just as enjoyable as the performance.


Happy reading! 


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review 2017-10-11 16:32
#66 - Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Morning Star - Pierce Brown

This is the third (and final) installment in the Red Rising saga. But a new book is coming out in January (Iron Gold), taking place ten years after the events of Morning Star. 

I don’t know why I did not pick this up earlier. I’ve read Golden Son in January 2016 and absolutely loved it and was so excited about Morning Star. But I have no idea why I did not buy it straight away and it took me a whole year to decide to buy it (then almost another year to decide to read it…). Anyway, I finally picked it up and this book was a hell of a ride. 


I have to admit that I was a bit confused at the beginning and had to read recaps of Red Rising and Golden Son. I still had difficulty with character’s names; I often read the book with the Red Rising Wiki open on my phone. But as soon as I was a bit more comfortable with all the names, I could not stop. So many things happened here and it gave me all the chills. 


This book is full of amazing complex characters; you cannot hate all the "villains", nor like all the "good people". They all have so many qualities and as many flaws, I just can’t pick one favourite. I love them all.  


I love how war is depicted, it not the utopist thing I’m used to in most (YA) books. War is cruel and it takes many sacrifices when you want to rebuild a society. I loved how the author handled this whole concept in the book. 


So many things surprised me, I cannot count the times I thought “I did not see that coming!”. Especially towards the end of the book, there is this ginormous plot twist when I almost banged my head on the wall (true story, I had to stop reading for at least 10minutes). 


I definitely recommend this series to anybody who loves science fiction and YA. It is a bit more complex than most YA books I’m used to, but not as complex as “non-YA” sci-fi books. It’s really an amazing series where friendship finds all its meanings. It is full of brutality and raw emotions that will leave you speechless.  


(THE ENDING!!! :o ) 

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review 2017-07-06 00:00
The Morning Star: Shadow of the Templar
The Morning Star: Shadow of the Templar - M. Chandler 4,75 stars. I used to have this as a three star read, because I read it back in the day when I still rated books on one big scale. Nowadays I realize that there's no point in comparing "fun" books with "serious" books because I read them for completely different reasons. It's like trying to use the same criteria for rating a cheesecake and a pizza, just madness.

What I love about The Morning Star are the characters, the world, and the writing. Even with all the ridiculous jamesbond-esque gadgets Shadow has, or the way team Templar seems to be able to bend the law to suit themselves, the writing is just so good that I don't really pay attention to any of that. The author can sell it to me, which is all that matters.

These books are so much fun, even when they take a turn for the serious, and I'm going to be continuing on to the next one right after I've finished reading all the extras between Morning Star and Double Down.
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