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review 2018-09-23 21:12
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Hyacinths - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

This is a rather interesting dystopia novel. The characters are not likable, and they are not really meant to be. It is more of a character study about what sexism and out of control capitalism can make people be as well as how it can affect creatively. 

Despite its age, the themes of the book can still be applied to today, especially with the use of social media and the entertainment industry.

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text 2018-09-17 02:42
Worth the Fall (Brew Ha Ha #2) Bria Quinlan Free!
Worth the Fall (Brew Ha Ha #2) - Caitie Quinn,Bria Quinlan

Kasey Lane is having a bad week.

Understatement.

Her idea of success never involved losing her job, man, and apartment in 24-hours. Now, with nowhere to go and no way to pay for it anyway, Kasey decides it’s time for a fresh start, which means a new apartment, a new career, and…no men.

But as a magnet for ridiculousness and absurd brushes with the law, her start goes from fresh to stale in record time. It doesn’t help that Mr. Wrong keeps showing up during her adventures gone awry and taking over. Now, as Kasey plans her way to independence she has to decide if the only path to success is going it alone...or if maybe a partner in crime can make the journey sweeter.

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review 2018-09-12 03:24
Belong To The Night (The Long Island Coven #2) - Shelly Laurenston,Cynthia Eden,Sherrill Quinn

The Long Island Coven is an outlier of the various shifter books Ms Laurenston has out. You don't actually run into anyone you know, so it's not obvious it's part of the series. I like this one better than the first one in that the H isn't a creep. Was kinda frustrating that it took so long to take care of The Problem. And, I must admit, I don't generally care for her wolves (Dee Ann and the Van Holtz bunch being an exception) because they tend to play up that hillbilly angle a bit much...while being assholes half the time. Tully - the H - is a member of the Smith Pack...and the resident alpha...and mayor...and well-known architect who may be ivy league. He plays dumb a lot. He's not an ass either, though admittedly it's usually the females who take on that unpleasant nature.

 

Cynthia Eden's entry is yet another random pairing in her world. I did like this one but the end made me flinch a bit.

 

Sherrill Quinn's entry is a PWP really. Oh there's a plot in there but for such a short story (80 pages or so), most of it seemed to be overly descriptive and crudely written sex.

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review 2018-08-23 09:59
"Our Friends In Berlin" by Anthony Quinn
Our Friends In Berlin - Anthony Quinn

"Our Friends In Berlin", set in London in 1941, is a well-written atmospheric novel with a unique point of view that captures the period well and has a couple of original plot twists but which I found a little too bloodless to be satisfying. 

 

The story focuses on three main characters: Jack Hoste, an Englishman running a network of "Fifth Columnists", English Nazi sympathisers and ex-members of the British Union of Fascists, to gather intelligence for Berlin; Marita Pardoe, wife of an interned leader of the British Fascist Union, now in hiding but still plotting against the British state and Amy Strallen a young English woman, partner in an at-the-time-innovative marriage bureau and former friend of Marita Pardo. 

 

At the start of the novel, I found myself quite disoriented (in a good way) by the idea of a spy novel set in London during the Blitz where the German spies are the heroes. I didn't know where it was going but I enjoyed the way the ever-so-English almost "Mrs Minerva" atmosphere was made oxymoronic when applied to descriptions of "Little England" fifth columnists meeting discuss how to accelerate Hitler's liberation of Europe.

 

There's a strong plot here, some genuinely tense action scenes and an authentic (for an age I have no direct experience of) period feel. I rather liked the way in which Jack's colleagues were brought to life and I loved the descriptions of the workings of the Marriage Bureau.

 

So why aren't I gushing with enthusiasm?

 

Partly it's because Jack Hoste shows so much sang-froid he eventually comes across as either emotionally crippled or so fatalistic that he's just going through the motions of living. This may be authentic but I found it hard to engage with.

 

I also struggled with the way the novel told Amy Strallen's story. The episodes describing her pre-war relationship with Marita were important to the plot and to character exposition but they felt dumped into the narrative, disrupting the flow rather than adding to the momentum. Focusing the final chapter on Amy felt like a last-ditch attempt for broader significance that didn't quite make it.

 

 

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review 2018-08-20 16:59
The Left Side of Perfect by Meghan Quinn
The Left Side of Perfect - Meghan Quinn

 

Whether you laugh, cry or scream, you will never forget a Meghan Quinn novel. She looks at life from ever angle and finds the bright side in the darkest moments. The Left Side of Perfect is the beginning. Flying blind has never been such a treat. I love kooky characters like Ryan. She was an ice breaker for the drama that lies ahead. Colby needed his feathers ruffled a bit. A great starter to the main course.

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