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review 2017-11-13 20:10
Jupiter Storm - Marti Dumas,Stephanie Parcus
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

This was a very fun book to read. I really enjoyed the story and found Jackie's character easy to relate to. There is a lot of build up in the beginning, but it is so well-told that it is still interesting to read. Once Jackie figures out what is inside the chrysalegg, things really pick up and the real adventure begins. 

I love how Dumas incorporated so many serious and mature themes into such a fun story (importance of honest, family, and freedom). This is a great book for a variety of age groups because of this. 

I really liked this book.
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review 2017-11-02 22:23
Stress & the City - Stephanie Rowe

Well...I didn't HATE it...


Not really a romance although there is a HEA. Also, in spite of the whole "falling in love, one laugh at a time" bit promised by the book line, not really funny.


The h, stress therapist whatever that is, discovers her fiance is cheating on her just before the wedding so bails and goes on her honeymoon alone. The book starts at the New Years eve party her friend has insisted she attend days after getting back (yep; one of those interfering best friends. Ever notice they're all commitmentphobes? Yet they have all sorts of relationship advice...). Friend drags her to meet two hot guys (one is the H), then abandons her with one. While she's attempting to have an awkward conversation, douchebag ex shows up, wanting her back, so she lays one on the poor guy who gallantly plays along, or is that takes over. Not sure. Great. Wonderful.


She finds out a few days later that he's her new client. The next 2 months are seemingly filled with her harassing him into...unpacking (he's lived in the house for 6 months, everything is still in boxes), thinking about what he'd originally wanted to do with his life (we never actually find out what he DOES do though)...and reminding herself that...he's engaged. All the while, the friend is offering advice.


The H...is engaged. I'd guess he's afflicted with white knight syndrome. His best friend's parents died 2 years previous so he told her he'd marry her to protect her. She was in college - I'm not entirely sure how old either of them are as we aren't told, but I'd guess late 20s and her parents supported her. In any case, he shied away from thinking about how their friendship would be affected by any of this, or the possibility of having a physical relationship with her. He was going to remain faithful (apparently it crossed no-one's mind that maybe she wouldn't if stuck in such a situation).


So...the friend comes in, and has the talk with him, since he was obviously too dense to take her hints.


At the same time, the best friend drags her out on a double date and well, double date assumed she was like her friend apparently. He takes her home, she shuts the door in his face, and smells oregano. Oh noes - an intruder. Our H had broken in and was making a pizza for her. Guess it's a good thing she wasn't armed.


The epilogue starts minutes before she goes into labor with twins. And there are hints that his brother and her best friend are trying hard to ignore each other by sniping.

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review 2017-10-31 11:48
Review: There's Someone Inside Your House
There's Someone Inside Your House - Stephanie Perkins


I received a copy from Netgalley.


I was so excited for this book. It was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I had pre ordered months in advance. I did a happy dance when my e arc request was approved early. Only to find this is one of my biggest disappointments of the year.


I really just didn’t like it much at all. Didn’t particularly care about the characters, wasn’t really that invested in the plot and the big reveal for the why of the whole thing was dull and anticlimactic.


It tells the story of Hawaiian teen Makani who has moved in with her Grandmother in a small town in Ohio. She has made some new friends, has a potential new relationship. She’s dealing with difficult parents who are in the middle of a bitter divorce, and is clearly hiding something bad that happened in Hawaii, the main reason she’s moved in with her grandmother.


A girl from the drama club has been viciously murdered, the small town is in shock and everyone’s gossiping about what could have happened and why. Before long another teen is murdered, a boy from the football team. So it continues. Random kids are dropping like flies in increasingly gory and violent murders. But there’s seemingly no connection between the victims. The novel focuses on Makani and her friends and her new love interest trying to figure out what’s going on, suspicions abound.


I just didn’t care. About any of it. I was bored. Teen slasher movies are one of my favourite things. Maybe I’m just jaded from having seen so many slasher movies raging from good to bad to what the fuck was that? It’s hard to compare not to compare this novel to a movie. That’s the feeling it gives.


Unfortunately, this book just didn’t work for me. Which sucks because this is one of my favourite authors.  


Thank you to Netgalley and Pan MacMillian for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2017-10-31 06:35
Unidentified Funny Objects
Unidentified Funny Objects - Alex Shvartsman,Scott Almes,Jake Kerr,Stephanie Burgis,James Beamon,Jennifer Pelland,K.G. Jewel,Lavie Tidhar,Chuck Rothman,Ken Liu,Leah Cypess,Sergei Lukyanenko,Zach Shephard,Michael Kurland,Stephen D. Rogers,Marko Kloos,Jeff Stehman,Don Sakers,Bruce Gold

This book is a collection of 29 humorous science fiction and fantasy stories by a variety of authors.  There were about 3 stories I didn't much like, but the rest were amusing or took a different perspective on old tropes.  This book is perfect for those between book moments or when you just want something short, amusing and frivolous to read before going to bed.

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text 2017-10-25 22:09
Reading progress update: I've read 14 out of 246 pages.
The Annie Year: A Novel - Stephanie Wilbur Ash

The oath of the Order of the Pessimists:


This is the meeting of the Pessimists, founded in 1992 in response to the unjustified optimism that runs rampant in this town. We believe in Schadenfreude, we uphold Murphy´s Law, and we embrace the slow, sad, inevitable decay of things. The only things we can be sure of are death and taxes.


Seriously, I want to become a member of the order. And since they I have only four members, they could use some fresh faces in their midst.

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