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review 2018-04-29 16:22
Desperate (Lipstick and Lead #1) by Sylvia McDaniel
Desperate - Sylvia McDaniel

I debated about rating this book 2 or 2.5 stars. It was an okay read, but not something I want to continue reading about due to one character. Meg, Annabelle, and Ruby are sisters living with their father and working on their farm in East Texas. Ruby is being expelled from school one month before graduation because she is an oversexed dumbass and decided to sell her "kisses" for nickels. Meg and Annabelle are just so done with Ruby, and by the end of the story I was too. Ruby sucked as a character.


Their father takes the odd bounty hunter job to pay for their mortgage, but he ends up badly injured and dies at home after one such job. It is up to the sisters to finish paying the mortgage, but each gets a job she sucks at or gets screwed over on. So in the end, they continue their dad's business, with Annabelle staying on the farm to do the books and take care of the animals and crops. 


I can't continue this series because Ruby sucks so much. 

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review 2018-04-22 23:06
Eine Liebeserklärung an Bücher und ihre Leser
Das Mädchen, das in der Metro las: Roman - Sylvia Spatz,Christine Féret-Fleury

Bei gerade einmal 172 Seiten ist die Handlung überschaubar: Juliette führt ein unauffälliges, wenig aufregendes Leben und mag ihren Job als Immobilienmaklerin nicht besonders. Eines Tages trifft sie den Exil-Iraner Soliman, der sie als Bücherkurierin engagiert. Er ist davon überzeugt, dass jedes Buch das Leben eines Menschen verändern kann – wenn es den richtigen Leser findet. Juliette soll nun geeignete Empfänger für ihre Bücher finden.


Christine Féret-Fleury ist ein charmanter Roman über die Magie der Bücher gelungen. Sie ist eine Meisterin der leisen Töne und kommt ohne großes Drama aus. Dabei legt der Roman einen starken Fokus auf das Innenleben der Protagonistin. Hier gefielen mir besonders die Gedankensprünge von Juliette, die viel über sie offenbaren und die ganz natürlich aus der Feder der Autorin zu fließen scheinen. „Das Mädchen, das in der Metro las“ ist im Endeffekt Juliettes Coming-of-Age-Story, denn natürlich hilft sie nicht nur anderen mit Büchergeschenken, sondern findet vor allem ihren eigenen Platz im Leben. Ich fand es sehr angenehm, dass Juliettes eigenen Ambitionen und Wünsche dabei im Vordergrund stehen und das Buch ganz ohne kitschige Liebesgeschichte auskommt.

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review 2018-02-12 03:26
These characters, every single one, needed an intervention.
The Wednesday Group - Sylvia True

A good reminder of why I don't like "chick lit" so much. While not offensively bad, I had much higher hopes for this book. The concept was a good one, then entered the characters... None of the depth one would hope to find in a group of this type was found on these pages. In fact, having both led groups and been a group member through the years, this was wildly unrealistic. The women did stupid things, all presented false fronts not only to the world but also to their therapy group, yet they all seemed able to create genuine friendships. How exactly is that possible? These characters, every single one, needed an intervention.


This is one I even resented using my time to read. I'm glad it was a library book.

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review 2018-01-01 23:45
Mennyms Alone, Mennyms #4 by Sylvia Waugh
Mennyms Alone - Sylvia Waugh

After the shocking end to the previous book, the Mennyms cautiously begin to go about their lives again. That is until Sir Magnus has a premonition. The end is nigh!

Waugh, as the series goes on, continually reached for a deeper meaning in her story about a rag-doll family that could have simply skimmed on the surface of cute whimsy. Sometimes she's reaching beyond her grasp, but with the early book and with this one she's hit a mark here. Time is passing outside even if the Mennyms advance only slowly. The outside world was going to figure out the Mennyms sooner or later and there would be questions that couldn't be avoided with a low-brimmed hat or an attitude.

Whatever their personal feelings about the premonition, the dolls prepare - especially Tulip - in their own way. As the day and the hour come nearer we can only wonder along with them about what will happen.

Previous: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2172012888">Mennyms Under Siege</a>

Next: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2172016578">Mennyms Alive</a>

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review 2018-01-01 23:42
Mennyms Alive, Mennyms #5 by Sylvia Waugh
Mennyms Alive - Sylvia Waugh

The previous two books varied in quality, but shared a general "bummer" feeling. The Mennyms had faced the prospect of annihilation and had taken it with dignity, if incredulously.  

What happened next was their discovery by humans, but only as some beautifully crafted rag-dolls. The heirs to the house the Mennyms had lived in for so many decades were a little put-out by inheriting a house fully furnished and packed to the rafters with things.

As a side-note I would have been thrilled, but most people are not me.

Anyway, a kind-hearted antiques dealer and doll-lover adopts the Mennyms and creates a space for them in the unused apartment above her shop. Then without even the help of an old silk hat, the Mennyms come back to life and must plan out their next move.

A logical end to the series, but somehow unsatisfying.

Previous: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2172014186">Mennyms Alone</a>

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