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review 2017-11-15 14:48
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Courtney Milan,Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner 
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Courtney Milan,Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner

I picked up the book for Milan, but also, Hamilton! Three charming stories that explore three different couples with different connections to the the war. All three of these do what I love most in an historic setting: create a realistic scenario, but focus on characters who are traditionally overlooked: Jews in the Revolutionary war, slaves and freedmen of color, and the ways in which women serve both in uniform and not during wartime. And also, three different but concordant pictures of Eliza Hamilton and her great work.

 

Personal copy

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review 2017-11-15 04:24
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

 

"The Jubilee Express" by Maureen Johnson - 3/5 Stars
I liked the story, thought it was cute-ish, but did not like how the main character stereotyped cheerleaders. It was another one of those "I'm not like those girls" type of thing. I really hate when people do that. Just because someone is pretty, wears make up and likes to be perky and do cheers, doesn't make them a bad person or make them less than you. That goes for any person/group who is different from you. Don't be so quick to judge. It was also annoying how the author basically said all cheerleaders are named Amber and Madison. Of course, I know nothing about cheerleaders, so...

I was really cringing throughout the story, because I was expecting her to cheat on her boyfriend; the story just gave that vibe.

Luckily there was no cheating

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I liked Stuart as a character. He seemed genuinely like a good person.

The whole thing with the Christmas village was different.

I like the writing style and think it would be fun to expand it to a full length novel and really expand on the character developments, and have it not be so instalove.

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"A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle" by John Green - 1/5 stars.
Did John Green really write this? It was horrible and gross. Are boys really like that about cheerleaders? Anyways, it just made me feel a little disgusted how the girls are being treated/are viewed because they happen to be cheerleaders. Also saying "that's so gay"... ugh, and it was used more than once. I also did not appreciate the dig at Lindsay Lohan. Sure the likelihood, Lindsay will ever read this is slim, but it's a pretty crappy thing to do. She's still a person and the story basically called her a slut. "Legs always open." So John Green lost a little of my respect.

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"The Patron Saint of Pigs" by Lauren Myracle - 2.5/5 stars.
The main character was really painful to read. I mean, I guess she learned her lesson in the end, at least I hope so. I didn't really care much for it, but I did like the ending somewhat with everyone coming together.

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text 2017-10-20 16:39
#Dewey Readathon, Fall 2017: The Prep
Saga, Volume 2 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Saga, Volume 3 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Saga Volume 4 - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan
March: Book Three - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Lewis Gaddis
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Courtney Milan,Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner
Frostbite: The Graphic Novel - Richelle Mead,Leigh Dragoon,Emma Vieceli
Shadow Kiss: A Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy) - Richelle Mead
Final Crisis - Grant Morrison,J.G. Jones,Carlos Pacheco,Jesús Merino,Marco Rudy,Doug Mahnke,Christian Alamy
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1 - Marguerite Bennett
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 2: Allies - Marguerite Bennett,Marguerite Sauvage

So Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-thon is tomorrow! My start time is 1pm, so I have time to run errands and do some household chores prior to reading.

 

Goals:

1. Participate in the social aspect here and on my IG account.

2. Read for 12-15 hours (tracked via the stop watch app on my phone).

 

TBR:

1. Sleight of Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #2) (Amateur Sleuth square)

2. Saga Volumes 2-4

3. March, Volume 3

4. Hamilton's Battalion

5. Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Chilling children square)

6. Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Vampires square)

7. Final Crisis (Supernatural square)

8. DC Bombshells, Volume 1 and 2

 

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text 2017-10-18 21:36
It's Here!!!!
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Courtney Milan,Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner

I don't pre-order books normally and especially don't pre-order ebooks (they tend to go on sale pretty quickly after release date). I made a big exception for this gem. Came home yesterday after another long day to find it sitting on my Kindle. I may end up reading it during Dewey because I can't hold out until after Halloween bingo.

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review 2017-10-18 18:06
Lover's Lane: 10 Christmas Romances by Regina Duke, Sandra Edwards and Colleen Ladd
Lovers Lane: 10 Christmas Romances - Sandra Edwards,Regina Duke,Colleen Ladd

 

 

Love wears many faces, encompasses generations and guides us to different places, but it's the lessons we learn on the journey that shape the person we become.  No matter how many trips I take to Lover's Lane, it always feels like the first time.  Lessons to be learned, new people to meet and the sweetest, most emotional tales to behold. 

 

Sandra Edwards gives a nod to Charles Dickens with her holiday themed trilogy. 

Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future, break out the memories and sentiment.  Through the eyes of strong women and enduring love, Ms. Edwards sets the stage for a tale that spans generations.  From broken hearts to second chances and new beginnings, Ms. Edwards is magic.

 

 

Regina Duke brings a touch of whimsy and dash of faith with her sugar coated, heartwarming, cuddle worthy group of temptation.  From wannabe playboys, to recipes of love and tales of keeping true to the heart, Ms. Duke is the whip cream on top of the hot chocolate of the season.

 

Colleen Ladd adds the cherry on top, with The Christmas Carnival.  Two lost souls searching for a place to belong, may just have found their safe haven within each other.  If pride and fear doesn't keep them apart.

 

 

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