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review 2019-03-25 15:22
Murder in Paradise by Francine Pascal
Murder in Paradise - Francine Pascal,Kate William

Title: Murder in Paradise
Author: Francine Pascal, Kate William
Series: Sweet Valley High Thriller, 6
Format: mass market paperback
Length: 229 pages
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Jessica and Elizabeth are living it up on a mother-daughter retreat at Paradise Spa--until a dead body is discovered in the steam bath! The manager insists the death is the result of a freak accident, but when their mother disappears, the twins are terrified that there's a murderer on the loose.

 

Favourite character: Lila
Least favourite character: Tatiana

 

Mini-review: For SVH, this wasn't bad. It wasn't my favourite, it felt a bit weird (hypnosis and stuff), but it was good. Still confused about how Katya died though...

 

Fan-cast:

Elizabeth/Jessica Wakefield - Lili Reinhart

Alice Wakefield - Laura Dern

Lila Fowler - Laura Harrier

Grace Fowler - Audra McDonald

Enid Rollins - Cailee Spaeny

Tatiana Mueller - Miranda Otto

Katya - Haley Lu Richardson

Chris - John Boyega

Alex - Brandon Flynn

Randall - Jacob Batalon 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-03-08 08:41
Review: The Sweet Far Thing — Long-Winded but Life-Like!
The Sweet Far Thing - Libba Bray

 

Hmmm… I came across an article that mentioned the magic in this series was actually a metaphor for girls coming into their own powers. Whether the author intended it to be taken that way or not, I found the book less random when I read with that in mind. Although, whenever the thought slipped my mind, I kept asking why after each scene! There is a certain randomness to it all that I didn’t like.

It might be that I was never able to connect with the characters that made me feel this way. The fact is that the protagonists were written to act their age and not as noble versions of themselves. So, they didn’t just use their powers for the greater good. They were selfish and materialistic, which is how we are most of the time. They shirked their responsibilities and delayed taking difficult decisions for as long as they could. Again, a very human thing to do. 

Or, it could be because the main character was a headstrong girl who didn’t want to believe what was right in front of her eyes. We all do that, so why did it bother me so much to read about it?

What I did love were the parts when the MC decided to set things right and gave her stuffy brother a piece of her mind. 

To sum up, I didn’t like this book because it felt too real. Lol

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text 2019-03-06 17:09
February wrap-up 2019
Sweet revenge - River Laurent
The Deal - Elle Kennedy
Book Love - Debbie Tung

 

 

2 four star

3 ebooks

1  re-read

2 graphic novels 

 

Favorite  : fence vol 1

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review 2019-02-26 05:28
Some Thoughts: Sweet Release
Sweet Release - Pamela Clare

Sweet Release

by Pamela Clare
Book 1 of Blakewell/Kenleigh Family trilogy

 

 

For five pounds in cash, the convict was hers. Though Cassie hated the slave trade, her Virginia plantation demanded the labor, and she knew this fevered man would surely die if she left him.  But as his wounds healed and his muscled chest bronzed in the sun, Cassie realized Cole Braden was far more dangerous than his papers had indicated—for he could steal her breath with a glance and lay siege to her senses with a touch.

Abducted, beaten, and given a new name, Alec went from master of an English shipbuilding empire to fourteen years of indentured servitude in the American colonies.  There, he was known as Cole Braden, a convicted ravisher and defiler of women.  And while he longed to ravish the auburn-haired beauty who owned him, he knew his one hope of earning her love—and his freedom—was to prove his true identity.  Only then could he turn the tables and attain his ... Sweet Release.



Pamela Clare books never cease to be addictive for me because of the fact that they're often well-written and contain a lot of heart.  I'm more familiar with Pamela's contemporary series, and will usually devour them in one read through.

Sweet Release was no exception, although there were some parts where I wished the book would either get on with it, or stop creating so much added drama towards the end--a lot of the ending felt a bit deliberate in creating more suspense than necessary.  I feel like, maybe a whole lot more went on in this book than was actually necessary.  And while I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading this book and got hooked, I really didn't have any strong feelings towards the two main characters, one way or another.

I DID feel like Cassie was more shrill than I liked, and was inconsistent in her behavior.  Some moments she would show some backbone and stand up for what she believed in, other times she would back down and let others walk all over her.  It got frustrating, and it's not like I expected her to HAVE too much of a backbone and stand up to the men in the book--this is a historical taking place in the 1700s after all where women were treated no better than chattel, and any kind of attempt at back talk or expressing opinions either got belittled or reprimanded.  But I still wish she could have been a bit more consistent.

Alec had his moments, but came off a bit of an ass.

In contrast, I loved all the background characters much more than the main characters.

This is probably the first time I've read a historical taking place during this time frame, set in the Americas when slavery was so prominent.  I can't say one way or another whether the historical aspects were handled properly or accurately (history was never my best subject), but it certainly managed to bring to surface how terrible people were treated, based on class, gender, and race.

Story wise, I was truly only interested in finding out how Alec would reclaim his real identity, though it didn't take a lot of sleuthing to know who was behind his abduction in the first place.  The rest of the story got super angsty, and even the main villain of the story felt kind of comic.

Overall, this could have been a better book, even if I DID get hooked into it and finished it in pretty much one sitting.

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/02/some-thoughts-sweet-release.html
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review 2019-02-25 21:36
Book review: sweet Revenge river Laurent
Sweet revenge - River Laurent

 Feb 2-3

Dawn 
Great! Just Great! 
My boyfriend of two years dumps me for another woman on the eve of New Year’s Eve. 
And the reason? She weighs less than me. 
Thanks, James. Really. Thanks. 
But, I’m not sitting at home crying for your sorry ass. 
No, I’m going to re-build the confidence you systematically destroyed. 
And then I go and meet Ace, the hottest, sexiest man alive. 
Whoa! And it is sweet revenge all the way


Review : Dawn gets dumped by her dick of an ex boyfriend because of her weight with that she ends up going to the gym and meets ace .And they end up hooking up and Dawn thinks it's a one time thing but they end up spending more time together. And ace invites her to a party where dawn was actually having fun until she heard ace's ex girlfriend insulting her and she was hurt and tries to leave but ace talks to her . They end up officially dating and Dawn runs into her ex who tries to get her back lol what a dick but ace was there for her .

QUOTES: Ice cream and sex? A man after my own heart. And various other parts of me, too.

We owe a lot to the people who teach us what we do not want from life.

Only small people try to make other people feel small, to drag them down to their level

 

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