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text 2017-05-01 03:49
Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 496 pages.
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

When you only read a single chapter and you cry. What have I gotten into?

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review 2017-04-30 18:24
What a way to finish!
Devour - Jocelynn Drake,Rinda Elliott

'Shiver' gave us Lucas and Andrei

'Shatter' gave us Snow and Jude

'Torch' gave us Rowe and Noah

and now with release of 'Devour' finally we get 'Ian and Hollis' the final pairing and the final story in this unique group of men.

 

I started this adventure with my BR besties, Christelle and Josy and along the way we've happily had Ariana and Simone join in whenever they could. It's been a blast ladies and I honestly wouldn't have wanted to do this without you all. I know we still have the side stories and the spin-off series, Ward Investigations. But for these four men, the original group it's the end and what a hella' amazing ending it was.

 

Throughout this series we've spend time with all of these men. We've seen them at their best and their worst. We've laughed, cried and raged with them. We mourned when Rowe's beautiful wife, Mel was taken from him. We've all shared a solid hatred of the man known as Jagger. Many faces have been put to the eight men in this series but, and I admit I may have missed it, no one has put a face to the man we all hate...until now. It was during this final story that I was totally slapped in the face with who this man's physical description brought to my mind and I cast Armande Asante into the role for our buddy read...

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I just felt it was only fair that we have a visual representation of someone who was so universally despised...RIP Jagger...we will miss you...NOT!!!

 

I could give a really long list of things I liked about this book or I could just be short, concise and to the point...EVERYTHING! I loved it all from start to finish this book just did it for me. We got to spend time with all 8 of these amazing men and it made sense they're family. They take care of each other and when one of them is in danger the others are there to protect him and in this case the threat was towards the group. 

 

While everyone was in this story, 'Devour' was Ian's time to shine. It was the story that allowed Ian and Hollis to become a couple and equally as important it was Ian's chance to face his demons and put his past to rest. A past that left him troubled and filled with very real fears for his future and whether or not he would have one because his past was still out there stalking him and his friends in the form of Boris Jagger.

 

As this group of men continue their cat and mouse game with Jagger, Ian and Hollis get to know each other better and yes, I do mean this in every sense of the word including biblical and can I just add here...damn, these men are hot...smokin', sexy, fan myself hot!!! But best of all is the love and respect that Hollis has for Ian as he slowly discovers all that he has endured. I loved that he saw the strength in Ian. Not because he was a fighter but because he was a survivor. What Ian endured would have easily taken down a lesser man. 

 

And on a closing note the ending of this book was superb...yeah, lets go with that one. I loved it. It was happy and I may have had a tear or two in my eye at one point but they were equal parts happy and sad. 

 

I can't wait for the spin-off series. Hopefully there will be more of these amazing men and a whole bunch of new ones for us to get to know and enjoy...let the buddy reads live on.

 

 

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review 2017-04-30 16:42
That cover! The Blurb! The book :/
Witches for Hire (Odd Jobs) - Sam Argent

I was really excited to say the least when I stumbled across this story the blurb sounded awesome and the cover...I mean seriously? Who doesn't want to read this book once they've read the blurb and seen that cover so on a promotional level this book nailed it because really that's what the blurb and the cover are...they're promotional materials meant to draw the reader in and gain their interest in the book and if I was giving stars for that this book would probably get at least 4 out of 5. But that's not what I'm giving stars for...nope, those two stars are for what comes after the cover and the blurb.

 

Sadly what came after the blurb for me was a bit confusing. 'Witches for Hire' is the first book in Sam Argent's series 'Odd Jobs' unfortunately for most of this book I felt like I'd been plunked into the middle of a series without the background info that often helps things make sense. As the story progressed I was given a fair bit of background that did help sort out much of my confusion but I would have really liked some of this info to have come sooner than it did. 

 

'Witches for Hire' was a bit of a mixed bag for me because while there were things that I liked about it, there were also things that just didn't work for me and as much as I would like to go into more detail about what I didn't like, I don't feel that I can do this without divulging some pretty pertinent information in regards to the story's plot. So, I'm going to focus a little more on some of what worked for me.

 

One of the things that worked the best for me were the characters. I liked Jeremy. He was interesting and far more complex than he initially seemed. Many of the secondary characters were also rather interesting and what we were given of their background hinted at strong potential for their own stories...Simone, Witches for Hire's receptionist, a witch who is married to a werewolf and has no coven and also seems to be far more powerful than she lets on, Clive a knight from another realm who is the new owner of 'Witches for Hire' who is extremely powerful running out of realms he can go to. Clive's friends Mia and her husband, Raj, who run their own magical detective agency, also knights and seem to show up when they're least expected. The Amazon, Edarra, who works at 'Witches for Hire' and has some heroic deeds she needs to accomplish. Senator Ragsdale, Jeremy's father. Desmond the Great, Atlanta's star magician and someone with much stronger ties to Jeremy than most realize, council member Salvatore someone who wants much stronger ties to Jeremy. 

 

It all sounds so intriguing and has the potential be one hella' good read but somewhere along the line the waters got muddied and things were oftentimes confusing with POVs jumped around and scene changes happening in such a way that I was left wondering if I was missing pages or paragraphs, at least, because I'd find myself going back and re-reading to try and figure out when and how I suddenly went from point 'A' to point 'E' and what happened to the stuff in between.

 

So in summary this wasn't so much a bad story as one that simply didn't work for me. There was strong potential and I did find the last 20 to 30% far more cohesive and interesting. Most of all I really wish that this had felt more like the first novel in a series with stronger background and world building rather than leaving me feeling like I was reading the third or fourth book in a series that needed to be read in order.

 

The result for me was that rather than enjoying what should have been a fun and interesting story, I was often left frustrated and disappointed. However, in spite of the potential for future stories I'm not really sure whether or not I'll continue, I definitely need to give that a lot of thought...but in truth...I doubt it, the again one never knows... never say never, right?

 

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An ARC of 'Witches for Hire' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2017-04-30 16:04
Reading progress update: I've read 70%.
Enemy Within (Executive Office #3) (The Executive Office) - Tal Bauer

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text 2017-04-30 14:35
April Wrap Up
With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin
Polio: An American Story - David Oshinsky
Enchanted, Inc. - Shanna Swendson
Spying in High Heels - Gemma Halliday

My list looks longer than usual because I took a day to read some very short reads off my NOOK and the books I chose for Booklikes-opoly were relatively short. The spring edition of Dewey Read-a-thon just topped the month.

 

I won't be putting together a TBR for each month while Booklikes-opoly is going. I want to be able to start reading a book as soon as possible and not leave other books half-finished. My big projects for May are reading London by Edward Rutherfurd and Booklikes-opoly.

 

Highlights, Lowlights:

Best Books: With Every Letter, Polio

Worst Books: Totally Vegetarian, A Paris Affair

 

Challenges:

Library Love (Overdrive Junkie level - 36+): 5; 28/36 for the year (77% complete)

Pop Sugar: 10: 29/52 for the year (56% complete)

BL/GR: 59 /150 (39% complete)

 

 

1. We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese by Elizabeth M. Norman - DNF

 

2. With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin (Pop Sugar prompt - book of letters) - 5 stars

 

3. A Suitor for Jenny (A Rocky Creek Romance #2)  by Margaret Brownley (Pop Sugar prompt - Title with character's name) - 3 stars

 

4. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (Pop Sugar prompt - a book by someone I admire) - 3 stars

 

5. Weddings Under a Western Sky by Various Authors (Pop Sugar - a book with multiple authors) - 2.5 stars

 

6. Lowcountry Book Club (Liz Talbot #5) by Susan M. Boyer - 3 stars

 

7. All I Want (Dukes of War #8) by Erica Ridley - 2 stars

 

8. Totally Vegetarian by Toni Fiore (Library Love) - 1 star

 

9. Knead to Know (Knead to Know #1) by Liz Schulte - 2 stars

 

10. Cyberpunk Tales, Book One: Looking Death in the Eye by A.L. Hunt (Pop Sugar - book from a genre never heard of)- 3 stars

 

11. The Start of the Rainbow (Daughters of Erin #0.5) by Amanda McCabe - 1.5 stars

 

12. Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky (Pop Sugar prompt - On TBR long time) - 5 stars

 

13. The Obsession by Nora Roberts (Pop Sugar prompt - 2016 best seller) (Library Love) - 2.5 stars

 

14. Enchanted, Inc (Enchanted, Inc #1) by Shanna Swendson (Pop Sugar prompt - First book in a series never read before)  (Library Love) - 3.5 stars

 

15. Far From Home (Mangrove Island #2) by Neve Cottrell (Booklikes-opoly) - 2.5 stars

 

16. Spying in High Heels (High Heels #1) by Gemma Halliday (Booklikes-opoly) - 3.5 stars

 

17. The Nightingale Girls (The Nightingale #1) by Donna Douglas (Booklikes-opoly) - 3 stars

 

18. A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay (Pop Sugar prompt - unreliable narrator) (Library Love) - 0 stars

 

19. The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart - DNF

 

 

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