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text 2017-09-20 16:12
Reading progress update: I've read 52%.
Summer of Night - Dan Simmons

Arggghhhhh I knew it!


*cries forever*


Why whenever I love a character, do they die? WHY???


Now I'm just pissed off.

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text 2017-09-07 18:13
Reading progress update: I've read 31%.
Summer of Night - Dan Simmons

Ugh, this book! I'm so attached to so many of these kids. So totally in awe of their bravery in the face of some terrifying occurrences that, let's be honest, would send me running for home and screaming my head off the whole time. I think I've said it before, but what's so powerful about books like this is the fact that all of this happens to kids. Parents are gone. Busy with their own lives. Unaware what madness their kids are currently facing. Or, worse yet, uncaring. It breaks my heart, but also makes me feel proud of these characters. They're made of stronger stuff then I would ever be.


Someone should have warned me though that a beloved pet dies in this book, rather unexpectedly, because this was me on the train this morning:



Don't worry, it's nothing gory. Just sad. And the scene later on in that chapter just made me want to sob more. I am nothing if not a sucker for good animal companions in stories. 


Also the relationship that one of these characters has with his bed-ridden grandmother has me equally feeling like this. Simmons is just tugging all the strings. Here making me feel dread. There making me feel pure terror. Then just making my eyes tear up.


I'm in love with this book. And also scared to finish it.

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text 2017-09-06 17:42
Reading progress update: I've read 16%.
Summer of Night - Dan Simmons

I had to renew this book, because it's really good but also a really slow read. Much like my favorite King books, the writing draws you in and makes you savor every word. I'm not going to lie, I skim read a lot of YA books. I'll get to a page where nonessential things are happening and kind of just glean what's happening before moving on. This book doesn't allow you to do that. It holds your attention, clamps down with an icy cold grip on your bones, and won't let go until something breaks you out of that spell. In my case, it was the train signaling that I was about to miss my stop hahaha. I ran through the doors at the last minute. Darn book.


I think it's safe to say that this book is definitely not one I'll be able to read before bed. The terror built here is REAL. It's through the eyes of children, so it's pure. I legitimately felt terror at part of this last night, and had to stop reading.


That being said, this book is also a tome. So it's going to take me a while to get through. I think I'm okay with that though!

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text 2017-08-31 19:16
Reading progress update: I've read 11%.
Summer of Night - Dan Simmons

I can already tell that this book and I are going to get along swimmingly! It's got that beautiful writing that builds up tension, and sets the story firmly in my mind. I can see The Bike Patrol out on their bikes, riding through the summer night, unaware that something terrible is headed their way. Yup, I'm already in love.


On another note, I have additionally established that this isn't going to be a book I can read at night. I've read IT 3 times now, and I still have to read it only in daylight. This book seems the same. It's got that dark undertone that is the stuff of nightmares.

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review 2017-03-31 14:46
Once Upon a Summer Night by Nancy Scanlon
Once Upon a Summer Night: Mists of Fate - Book Three - Nancy Scanlon

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was a fun book. I am kind of partial to time travel romances. I guess I like the idea of imagining what it would be like to suddenly be thrust into an entirely unknown situation and trying to figure out what to do. I was really in the mood to read a time travel romance so I decided to pick up this book and I am glad that I did.

This is the third book in the Mists of Fate series and it read just fine as a stand alone even though I think I would have liked it a bit more if I had been more familiar with some of the characters. I definitely want to go back and read the first two books in this series so that I can see how things worked out for the other couples.

This book features Colin and Eleanor, or Ellie, and starts out in the modern time period. Colin runs a matchmaking business, Celtic Connections, and Ellie's aunt wants Colin to personally find her a match. Ellie and Colin have already met and the chemistry between them was intense right from the start. I had a lot of fun watching this pair together. Colin tried to suppress his feelings and Ellie went on the dates that were set up for her but they always seemed to come alive when they were with each other.

It did take this book a long time to get to any time traveling. It was fun once it happened and a lot of exciting things occurred while they were in the past. This was definitely what I would call a sweet romance. If you are looking for a romance with a lot of heat, this one may not be the right choice because kissing is about as steamy as this one will get. I enjoy this kind of sweet romance that really makes you see the main characters get their happily ever after.

I would recommend this book to fans of time travel romance. This was really a heartwarming romance that had a lot going for it. This is the first book by Nancy Scanlon that I have read but I definitely hope to read more of her work in the near future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Diversion Books via NetGalley.

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