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review 2017-12-15 09:19
#82 - Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (re-read)
Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi

I first read this book in 2015 and decided to re-read the entire series in anticipation of the fourth book (Restore Me is coming out in March).

 

I did not especially enjoy my first reading of this book; I had troubles with Juliette, the main character. However, my second read was so much better, I really enjoyed getting back into this amazing world. Knowing what is going to happen next, I was more interested in some characters that I did not pay too much attention during my first read. The different relationships were much more interesting now that I know… It is still not my favourite book of the series, but it was great.

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review 2017-12-04 02:51
Shatter by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott - My Thoughts
Shatter - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

This is my m/m romance catnip.  There's action, there's a mystery of some sort, there's a band of brothers, there's humour and there's some hot sexytimes. 

This is Snow's story.  Snow, or Dr. Ashton Frost, is, as his name implies, somewhat cold and standoffish - walls up for everyone except maybe his three closest friends.  He's a brilliant surgeon and sexy as hell.  Well, right up my alley, anyway.  A ghost from his past is haunting him and he's framed for a murder and his found family is under attack and of course he's trying to deal with it on his own.

Enter Jude Torres, paramedic whose had his eye on the good doctor for a while.  He's a big, handsome, smart caregiver and he's determined not to let Snow handle this unravelling situation on his own.  He's had a sort of crush on the good doctor for a while, but tragedy brings them together and the attraction catches fire in all the best ways. 

I like Snow and Jude together.  They are good for each other.   They have great banter, which is another of my catnips.  And they just naturally have great physical chemistry too.  Sometimes that doesn't come across in these romances, but here it's loud and clear and I love it! 

So if like me, you're a fan of Abi Roux's Cut and Run series, or any of S.E. Jakes' series or Rhys Ford's series, I think you'd like this.  I did.  :)

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review 2017-11-05 00:00
The Spontaneous Healing of Belief 4-CD set: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits
The Spontaneous Healing of Belief 4-CD s... The Spontaneous Healing of Belief 4-CD set: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits - Gregg Braden Interesting ideas, presented in an entertain way. This book is worth re-reading and contemplating, regardless of your state of agreement or disagreement. At the last track/chapter you'll find a very convenient list of what the author refers to as rules, which are essentially the main points of this book.
I would suggest a printed or electronic copy rather than an audio book. In this way you can easily return to parts that interest you and skip what you probably have heard and read ten thousand times like: Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile record.
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review 2017-11-04 20:00
Shatter The Bones
Shatter the Bones - Stuart MacBride

I won this book at Ezzulia and I was very pleased to win it, because I had heard such positive stories about the books bij Stuart MacBride. I couldn't wait to start with it. But, while reading, my enthusiasm got tempered.

Now, I've been thinking what to think about 'Shatter The Bones', but actually all I can say about is: average. Everything about it was in my opinion average. Story, setting, writing style, nothing was really remarkable... Yes, it was a detective story and it was nice and easy to read, but if you would ask me next year what the book was about, I probably couldn't give you an answer. I don't like that. I want to read stories I'll never forget after reading. But this isn't one of those. Unfortunately.

It's just average...

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review 2017-11-03 16:53
Dark, disturbing, and finally, hopeful
Shatter Me (The Jaded Series Book 1) - Alex Grayson,TOJ Publishing,Hot Tree Editing

Shatter Me is dark, disturbing, and hopeful. That sounds like a strange combination, but those most accurately describe the overall feel of the story for me. Bailey's story starts when she's on the run from a truly vile man, one who is also her husband. Throughout the book, we get flashbacks, mostly in the form of nightmares, of the horrendous abuse and torture that she suffered at Steven's hand. Add to that the abuse she endured during her childhood, and many parts of this one are absolutely heart-wrenching. The hope comes in when she lands in Jaded Hollow, Ohio and quickly becomes enmeshed in the lives of the people there.

There were a few things that require a certain suspension of belief, like how she so easily trusts Jaxon and how no one ever questioned Steven's actions, but this is fiction, after all, and some liberties can be allowed to keep a story moving along. 

Shatter Me is very emotional and those emotions do come across vividly. The characters are interesting and well-written, stirring feelings that make you want to root for them or see them get their just desserts, depending on the character. 

Overall, the author has painted a picture of small-town, America, with people that are willing to help others. Jaxon and his friends and family give Bailey that hope that she so desperately needs in her life and I will be checking out the next book in the series - I'm dying to know what's up with Mia and Mack. 

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