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text 2018-04-25 11:00
Facts About Me: Reviews

I read reviews. *ducks for cover* Some break your heart and others mend it. One of the first things an author has to do after publishing their first book is to decide if they're going to read reviews. It's hard not to be curious, but it's even harder if you end up reading something that hurts you. The best lesson I ever learned in publishing was never to reply to a review. It can only lead to disaster. Now, I just sit back, sneak a peek at them as they roll in after release and then I don't read any more, after that. I like to see the initial reaction, but try not to obsess about it, too much.

 

 

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text 2018-04-25 00:51
Still More Books

Yeah I totally didn’t finish posting reviews today, but I got really busy at work and didn’t have the time. I’m at home right now and I’m totally not in the mood for it. Just to give you an idea I have three more books to post reviews on.

 

They will be the following:

 

The Thirteenth Tale, Distant Hours, and The Awesome Girl’s Guide To Dating Extraordinary Men, and I did a re-read of A Caribbean Mystery. But for the A Caribbean Mystery I think I’ll just re-blog my review or something. So lazy right now.

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review 2018-04-24 20:30
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell - Robert Dugoni

I have read many books in the Tracy Crosswhite series and loved them all. Naturally, when I saw Robert Dugoni's name on this book, I didn't even read the description, I just pressed request. Hello, it's Robert Dugoni, has he ever written a bad one? (Not that I know of or have read.)

I remember sitting down to read this book, knowing it would be an excellent mystery, suspense. Boy, was I wrong. As I started reading it, however, I was emphatically absorbed in this life of Sam Hill, the boy with red eyes who everyone called "Devil Boy". I was about 77% through (Chapter 27) when I looked up and thought to myself "Robert Dugoni wrote this?". Amazing!! I did not even miss the mystery or suspense I was expecting. I was too busy shedding happy and sad tears and loving reading about Sam Hill's journey. And what a journey it was!

Because I always like to know myself, I will say that there were some religious connotations which can sometimes bother me if it's on and on. However, in this instance, I didn't have a problem with any of them. Sam Hill went to a Catholic school and his mother was a very devout Catholic. Of course, there are going to be some religious parts in the story. However, it wasn't hellfire and brimstone with lots of pages of the gospel. Their religion did play a big part in the story, the mother was always reaching for her rosary, it was just a part of her like anything else, like a tic, a habit.

There were also a few sex scenes that were said and done. There was nothing lasting for pages and pages at a time. The scenes were written to help the reader understand just how awkward and behind this very smart boy and then man, was with all this "love stuff". So, nothing fifty shades of anything going on.

An excellent read that I tore through and absolutely loved.

The author did a tremendous job with the characters and the portrayal of this boy with the red eyes who was born with an unfortunate, predestined future of ridicule and scorn. One which also included changing his name from Sam Hill to Sam Hell in order to mock him. A boy who grew up to be better than everyone else in the book. A true, honest human with lots of empathy and compassion.

Giant kudos to the author and thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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text 2018-04-24 00:21
I Read A Lot of Books

Apologies in advance fellow booklikers. I read a ton of books and I didn’t have a chance to keep up with everything on my dashboard. I’m too tired to even think about posting updates, so tomorrow it’s just gonna be a review wave from me.

 

 

Here’s some pics from my trip:

 

Seattle

 

Seattle

 

 Seattle

 

Portland 

 

Portland

 

Saturday Market in Portland 

 

Bibliophiles dream

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