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review 2017-08-26 08:00
The Circle
The Circle Vol. 1 - Damon Clark,Alyzia Zherno,Ivan Shavrin,David Murdoch

I fell for The Circle because of the nice cover. The art inside is slightly different, but still the strongest point of the graphic novel.

Christian has just moved to a rather boring small town and has some troubles adjusting and finding new friends. That is, until he’s tricked by a couple of teenagers with sinister plans to be a part of their circle. Things go wrong quickly from there.

It was a very quick read, but the story was not that interesting. It has all been done before and especially Christian is so very naïve. Also, it was as if a lot of the story was missing still because a lot happens in such a small number of pages that the events (and the ‘why’s behind it) stayed un(der)developed.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-07-24 18:51
Catherine Dickens: Outside the Magic Circle - Heera Datta

Catherine Dickens, Outside the Magic Circle by Heera Datta
1850s Story of Charles Dickens wife, Catherine. Lots of drama surrounding the separation.
Married 21 years and they have 9 kids. The oldest is over the age and the others are given to Charles to raise-Catherine is cast off because everybody believes the story Charles has told.
Catherine's sister, Georgie has lived with them since she was 16 and Charles has taken a fancy to her....
Story goes back in time to when she was just meeting Charles. Love how the older child is able to visit with his mother and his other siblings so he can share information to them all from the other.
Can't imagine this happening in today's society, the pain she suffers and abuse.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

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text 2017-07-09 18:39
Went down the freebie rabbithole browsing over on Amazon again
Superfoods Cookbook: Book One: Over 75 Recipes of Quick & Easy, Low Fat, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Low Cholesterol, Whole Foods Superfoods for Weight Loss ... cookbook - weight loss plan for women 29) - Don Orwell
The Burning Point (Circle of Friends Trilogy Book 1) - Mary Jo Putney
Spellbound (The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor Book 4) - Claire Delacroix,Jane Charles,Claudia Dain
An Affair to Dismember (Matchmaker Mysteries Book 1) - Elise Sax
Champions of the Dragon: Humorous Fantasy (Epic Fallacy Book 1) - Michael James Ploof,Holly M. Kothe
Instant Pot Cookbook: Quick and Easy Recipes For You and Your Family (Vegetables, Poultry, Pork, Beef, Fish & Seafood, Vegan, Beans & Grains, Desserts) - Karen Benett
Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Book 1) - Laura Durham,Laura Durham
Ketogenic Diet: The Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: 75+ Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Rapid Weight Loss and Amazing Energy (Ketogenic Diet, Intermittent Fasting, Paleo Diet, Ketogenic Recipes Book 1) - John T. Smith

Well, these were free today so despite my trying not to download so many freebies ...

 

I did avoid the ones with book descriptions not readable without a lot of "read more" scrolling so — you know the ones that the synopsis says things like the actual screenshot below:

 

 

 

 

 

Five chapters a week for July bookclub read of Old Man's War.

 

Breath of Heaven (Well of Sorrows) (Volume 3) - Joshua Palmatier,Benjamin Tate  Breath of Heaven (Well of Sorrows)    

 

Plus whatever library ebooks I borrow (lots on waitlist plus binge-ing some series) will interrupt regular reading schedule.

 

Another bookclub read of whatever TOR offers free (mid-month?) plus 24in48 readathon July 22-23 will also disrupt or remake plans.

 

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review 2017-05-13 15:02
It's a slippery slope
The Circle - Dave Eggers

The Circle - Dave Eggers 

 

*2.5 STARS*

 

It's a slippery slope with transparency isn't it?  Where do you draw the line?  Where do the individual rights come in when you are trying to do better by society?

 

Those are all the things that were going through my mind as I was reading this book.  And I love the fact that it got me thinking.

 

But, I think the execution and the writing were lacking here and the book itself fell short for me. The characters never got past the superficial layers especially Mae and I think that her character could have been a lot more complex as she was going through this process of transparency.

 

I loved what the author was trying to do but just didn't think he was successful in doing it.

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text 2017-05-04 05:15
Reading progress update: 100%.
The Ruby Circle - Richelle Mead

Hmmm...not sure if I will rate or review this one.

 

As the series finale, it works.  Not sure I buy everything that happened.  I still feel like some personalities wound up muted (the "voices" of Adrian and Sydney stayed way too similar).

 

 I enjoyed the read at any rate outside of some road trip boredom and ridiculously TSTL moments.

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