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review 2018-01-19 21:49
Emma in the Night (needs a flashlight)
Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker

...to find her way thru this complicated mess.

 

I was tempted to lower my rating to 2 stars, but I decided I would leave it at 3. I did enjoy it...mostly. It only had 1 grammatical error. And I finished it within 3 days. So, 3 stars.

 

Now, for the negatives: poorly written. Convoluted. Couldn't follow some of the characters' trains of thought. The switching between 1st and 3rd person. And even at the end I couldn't fully tell what had really happened to some of the story. 

 

Emma was a nightmare sister. Cass became one herself, so I couldn't relate to her or feel sympathy. And she was written to be far too intelligent for a teenager. The side characters were extremes: polarizingly blind and stupid or too involved and conveniently similar to Cass. 

 

I only finished this because I genuinely wanted to know what happened to Emma, the Pratts, and Rick. The curveball at the end was ridiculous. 

 

The book wasn't all bad. It was just juvenile and not original. It was more like an average episode of SVU. 

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review 2018-01-19 01:05
Hell or High Water
Hell or High Water (The Deep Six) - Julie Ann Walker

First in a series, this focuses on a group of ex-military men. What makes this different is they are a marine salvage company. This is Leo and Olivia's story. 
I didn't like this as much as I thought I would. With so many characters and personalities, I was a little lost. Decent action. I would think having a beard would make it hard to get a seal on a scuba mask. But, since I've never done that, I really don't know. It just struck me as weird. Not invested enough to read next.

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text 2018-01-16 03:56
Reading progress update: I've read 85 out of 300 pages.
Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker

Seriously, this book is only being told from 2 perspectives. Why did the author choose one to be first person and one to be third? Why not just have both people telling from the same point of view? It breaks the flow when you go from "I" to "she". 

 

So far, I'm intrigued by the story, just annoyed by the writing choice. 

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text 2018-01-15 22:06
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 300 pages.
Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker

I really dislike when books switch from first person to third person perspective between chapters. Why can't they stick with a single style?

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text 2018-01-04 21:33
TBR Thursday
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams - Matthew Walker
The Great Hunt - Robert Jordan
It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree - W.W. Jacobs
Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders

Happy New Year, my Booklikes friends!

 

I have to finish The House on Mango Street tonight so that I can discuss it at book club on Friday evening!  No sweat, I should be able to do that and still have time to work on the next book.

 

The rest of the roster is necessitated by library due dates!  I'm almost done Why We Sleep, so I should be able to wrap it up quickly (without staying up late, this author has me scared to miss my sleep!).  Due in 7 days.

 

The Great Hunt is part of my Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project--its a big, thick book and due in 8 days time.  I know how part of my weekend will be spent!

 

It's All Relative is a book that I heard about on CBC radio--the author was being interviewed and since I'm a genealogist, I couldn't resist.  A lot of people in my city seem to listen to the same station and the books mentioned are always popular.  There are 34 people waiting to read this after me!

 

I had a long wait for Lincoln in the Bardo and now I have to get busy and read it.  It's due in 14 days and there are 168 people waiting for it.  No renewals.

 

Starting the New Year off with some interesting stuff!  Hope your January is going well too.

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