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review 2017-04-27 20:43
Hold Me (Cyclone) (Volume 2) - Courtney Milan 
Hold Me (Cyclone) (Volume 2) - Courtney Milan

Courtney Milan is a hell of an overachiever. She isn't content to write charming romances in which, as in Austen, the primary barriers to love are the uncontrolled aspects of multifaceted personalities. Milan also strives to remind the reader of how many different kinds of love there are, and that loving thy neighbor is hard, but worthwhile. She is Dickensian in her examination of class, but so much broader in scope. But also fun. They flirt with math. How adorably geeky and STEMy is that?

If they weren't so much fun, I might be tempted to call them uplifting. They are, often, deeply moving, because her characters have sometimes horrible, albeit too believable, backstories. Her happy endings are hard-earned.

personal copy.

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review 2017-04-27 20:18
Unraveled - Courtney Milan 
Unraveled - Courtney Milan

Social justice, a Pretty Woman plotline, so much win.

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review 2017-04-27 03:46
American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex ... American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus - Lisa Wade
Overall, a good book. I didn't necessarily learn anything new having graduated from college a few years ago and seen hookup culture firsthand. However, I think that this is an important book that brings the idea of hookup culture into the eye of academia.

The book is composed a of a lot of quotes from students, which felt a little dry and repetitive to me at times, but Wade does also provide previous research and insight into the things that the students discuss.

Wade did well incorporating intersectionality and how various people experience hookup culture differently and how it favors white, heterosexual men.

I also think that Wade did a good job of differentiating that hookups are not the problem, it's the culture that is often racist, homophobia, sexist, ableist, etc.

I would have liked for Wade to go a little more in depth as to how she set up her research. Little things like "other details have been changed and sometimes dramatized" is a bit concerning to me. Also, the fact that she used students in her class seems to push the ethical boundaries. As she writes about the students she talked to and interviewed, it is clear that she developed a close relationship to some them. While the students' stories wouldn't change, I think it just makes the whole project seem a little iffy on her part.
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review 2017-04-26 22:09
Ten Thousand Words - Kelli Jean

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

All In by Lifehouse  --These lyrics describe Oliver and how he feels after he screws things up in New York.   

♫All night staring at the ceiling

counting for minutes I've been feeling this way

So far away and so alone

But you know it's alright

I came to my senses

Letting go of my defenses

There's no way I'm giving up this time

Yeah, you know I'm right here

I'm not losing you this time♫

 

Book Title:  Ten Thousand Words

Author:  Kellie Jean

Series:  Ten Thousand #1

Genre:  New Adult

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

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OVERALL RATING:  3.8/5 STARS

 

My Thoughts

 

Overall, a stimulating story, that just suffered from one substantial issue; and one tiny issue.  My bigger issue was TOO MANY SEX SCENES…this is a pet peeve of mine, lately, with the New Adult Genre.  This story had so much going for it, an interesting premise with her being a writer and Ollie as the new cover model of her series.  I loved that…and the sub-plots are also very intriguing too.  I just don't get why she felt the need to add so many full on descriptive sex scenes, sometimes it's ok to leave some of the scenes details to our imaginations.  I'm not sure if I'll keep reading this series…I might…I'll just have to do a lot of skimming through the sexy stuff if need be.  My other issue is the excessive amounts of sappiness, especially from Oliver...actually, entirely from Oliver.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.5/5

Main Characters:  4.2/5

Secondary Characters: 4.8/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building): 5/5

Originality:  4.8/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  Not for Xanthe and Oliver.  The next stories are about different characters.

 

Will I continue this series?  Maybe so.  Like I mentioned there is some interesting subplots going on that I'm sure will get delved into more in future editions.

 

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review 2017-04-26 20:46
Closing the circle.
Feversong: A Fever Novel - Karen Marie Moning

Heh. I'd wondered in the 5th volume, but we were turned around so many times, I'd dropped it. Nice mind-screw.

 

Like this whole saga, the book rating will be very subjective. I had a lot of fun, and enjoyed the twist and turns and ridiculous fits of mightiness; rolled my eyes at some of the drama (though I got itchy eyes at some points) and in-depth search inside the characters brain-process (get on with it! Ohhh, that's why!), and loved how it fucks with your suspicions and it's own worlds-building. The shifty morality of most the cast (a point that would stick to most readers craw) bothers me none at all

 

Lots fertile ground for off-shot stories, but mostly neatly tied.

 

I so have to re-read all nine books now I know.

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