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review 2017-07-20 00:34
Liked it.
A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks

*3.5 STARS*

 

I liked this one.  I liked it more than I liked the movie I think except for one thing.  I felt like the main characters Jamie and Landon had more of a connection in the movie.  I just didn't see that as much in the book.   I did feel more hopeful at the end of the book than I did in the movie, however, I was still bawling my eyes out. 

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review 2017-07-11 14:35
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days - Kerrelyn Sparks

A pleasant surprise. I don't know what I expected but fantasy wasn't exactly it. And, an interesting fantasy. I liked that the world building occurred in the setting of the stage, and that new character introductions were kept to a minimum after a certain point - some authors scatter both throughout the story, causing disruption of the storyline.

 

Characters: the h, hidden twin, is pressed into service to fill in for her recently deceased sister. She sees dead people. Occasionally she sees the future...like once. Mostly she sees dead people. And converses with them, which makes everyone wonder about her. She doesn't even make an attempt to hide this, which is kinda dumb given that her country has laws about "gifts". Some of her oddities - and the other special snowflakes she grew up with - lead the H to figure out that something was off, and suspect what it was.

 

H, also gifted but in a way that makes him exceedingly dangerous and hard to kill, is nephew to the king. He's at some point, relieved he can actually touch her and well, that in and of itself means he's going to be exceedingly protective.

 

Various others - Brody, gifted shifter. Not sure whether he's just a shifter or another chameleon. He's not saying.
Nevis, friend. Not sure that he has any gifts
Nevis' dad. Practically raised H
Heroine's dad. hid h away because twins are outlawed too.
An assortment of ghosts including the h's twin, their mother, a kid... they acted to some extent as spies for the h

 

Villain - officially the H's uncle who coveted the h's family land and wanted an excuse to steal it *and* possibly get rid of the H in the process. Unofficially, turned out to be a non-issue as he, and his mostly harmless son, were done in by a chameleon who, though zapped by the H a couple of times, still got away.

 

Nits - that chameleon appearing out of nowhere, conveniently making the H king.
The H's choice of explicatives - holy shit - seemed incongruous in the context of the story. His first encounter with the h, he said several times "I like that". Made me think of Angel in Maverick. Found it distracting.

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review 2017-06-27 02:07
Great Book With Great Characters
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days - Kerrelyn Sparks

Luciana has grown up an orphan on the Isle of the Moon with her orphan sisters. They have figured out that they are all Embraced as they each have their own special power. When Luciana’s father shows up one day, Luciana decides to go back with him and marry the famed Beast to save her father from certain death by the king. Leofric of Benwick, Leo, is also Embraced. However, his power to harness lightning makes him a frightful and dangerous person. When he sees his betrothed from afar, he begins to wish she is the one person he is able to touch.

This was a really good book. I hadn’t read anything from this author in years so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was set basically in a fantasy world, making me a little weary. Luckily I gave it a chance. The more I read, the more the story and the many great characters drew me in. There were a couple of things that bugged me a little, hence four stars instead of five, but nothing that ruined the story. I really enjoyed it and I look forward to reading the next book. I highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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text 2017-06-23 16:21
Reading progress update: I've read 69%.
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days - Kerrelyn Sparks

 

I was a little unsure at the beginning with world, but the more I read the more I feel. Their are several wonderful characters and several laugh out loud moments, plus a little intrigue and romance. I'm actually liking this book more then I thought I would. 

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text 2017-06-15 03:46
Reading progress update: I've read 288 out of 288 pages.
The Sparks - Kyle Prue

Review to come on the 29th as part of a book tour I am Involved in.

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