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review 2017-05-18 00:40
A Creepy Worthy Read!
172 Hours on the Moon - Tara F. Chace,Johan Harstad

I only grabbed this book because I thought cover looked interesting. I didn’t put two and two together until I finished the book. Creepy and at the same time a good horror sci fi in the YA section.

 

To be fair, the pace of the book starts off a little slow at first. Think of it as a very slow introduction to the characters and establishing the setting, and where they’re going to be headed to on their space journey.

 

Then hell breaks loose when they’re on the moon

 

And wow, the pace picks up considerably and it instantly becomes a page turner. Now I understand there needs to be a mystery aspect to the novel - whether that’s necessary to establish the plot or not, that I’m not too sure. I welcomed it regardless because everything starting coming together and you find yourself racing through the novel to find out what’s going to happen next.

 

Considering this is a YA sci fi novel, you’re not going to come across anything astronomically complicated when it comes to the science aspect of it all. No physics lessons or rocket science (literally.) It’s not meant to be a complex read so it’s ideal when one doesn’t want to bother with NASA lingo.

 

Be prepared for a twist at the end. I was completely floored and it made the read incredibly enjoyable.

 

Greatly recommended and well worth the read. We need more like this in the YA section! (and if you do find one, please let me know! I’m open to reading more of this!)

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review 2017-05-01 19:03
Outstanding, as always!
The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean ... The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War - Jeff Shaara
Shaara has created another masterpiece. This time it's a stand-alone novel of the Korean War. Well written and superbly researched.
As in all of his novels, Shaara explores the conflict through the eyes of a variety of people. In this book, he shows the war through three main characters, an American General, a Chinese General, and an American PFC soldier. In the beginning, I was hoping for more main characters, perhaps a Chinese soldier or someone closer to MacArthur. But, as the novel progresses, I came to realize the reasoning. First, the "average" Chinese soldier was really a non-factor, as they, sadly, were thought of by their "superiors" as just a piece of meat to be thrown into the maelstrom. They did not last long enough to flesh out an individual character. And as far as MacArthur goes, Shaara shows that the sycophants surrounding him were basically as mindless as the Chinese soldiers, blindly throwing themselves into whatever the "superior" wanted, to curry favor for their own careers.
In this novel, there is none of the "glory" found in his earlier novels. No feelings of a job well done, or of giddy patriotism. Shaara expresses the drabness, the drudgery, the feeling of "why are we here" and "what is the endgame" of the Korean conflict. His descriptions of the weather, the cold, the misery, make you want to sit in front of a fire and warm up yourself. You're left with a bleak feeling of "why". Why were we there? What were we trying to achieve? Why was there no oversight over MacArthur?
And talk about timely! I couldn't help but wonder if history might be repeating itself. Today we again find ourselves with a crisis in Korea. We find ourselves again with a leader who seems to bend the facts to what he wants to see, all in the interest of satisfying his outlandish ego. My hope is that this time, someone steps in and prevents another disaster. That we don't back down to the ego, that we think things through. Because this time, if China intervenes again, the stakes are much much higher than they were in the last Korean War!
Bravo, Mr. Shaara!
 
 

 

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review 2017-02-21 02:55
Are You on the Fringe of Glory?
The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You - Jessica N. Turner

Hello, ladies and gentlemen! Tell me, honestly, how do you feel your days go? Because when I was little, I had the idea that being a grown woman would be like this:

Uhhh...how do I put this lightly? Being a grown woman is hard. Between two part-time jobs, part-time graduate studies, nurturing a long-distance relationship, trying (and failing) to help my mother around the house, attempting to spend time with four siblings, and telling myself that this week will be the week I start growing my spiritual life, being a grown woman looks more like this:

Yeah. Luckily for Anna, for me, and for all you other ladies who don't have Rapunzel's pep, there's a book. The Fringe Hours is all about making time for yourself...so that you can be more like Rapunzel and less like Anna.

 

Excuse me??! Did I not just tell you about the jobs and the relationships and the siblings and the faith and the--

 

Yes. I did.

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review 2017-02-16 13:39
The Failing Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #2) by Sara Ney
How to Date a Douchebag: The Failing Hours - Sara Hassinger Ney,C. Marie Mosley

Zeke is a major douchebag, he's rude, mean, and just doesn't give a crap about anything really other than his sport. And when the couch threatens him he has to get a tutor, and he has to be a "big" to a little kid in a program that will make his couch happy. 

 

The problem is the tutor Violet also happens to be baby sitting a kid, and these two can't seem to stay away from each other. But, Violet knows how he has, and how he acts, and he keeps hurting her, but for some reason she sees something in him that no one else does, and keeps continuing to be his friend. 

 

However, this quickly turns into more, and neither one of them are sure what's going to happen next. 

 

This book was a lot better than the first one. I thought this one was really good! I enjoyed the whole plot line, and I loved how Zeke was nice to Violet, but he also kept turning back into his jerk self. And Violet, may have had issues, but she wasn't afraid to take a chance on Zeke, and she also wasn't afraid to let him have it when he deserved it. 

 

Overall this book was good. It had a great story line, good characters, and some very funny, and romantic times in it. 

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text 2017-01-31 17:00
Release Day Blitz: The Failing Hours by Sara Ney

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Are you ready to meet Zeke? Sara Ney's HOW TO DATE A DOUCHEBAG: THE FAILING HOURS is available now, and trust us - you do not want to miss this one!

 

 

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About THE FAILING HOURS

Zeke Daniels isn't just a douchebag; he's an asshole.
A total and complete jerk, Zeke keeps people at a distance. He has no interest in relationships--most assholes don't.
Dating? Being part of a couple? Nope. Not for him.
He's never given any thought to what he wants in a girlfriend, because he's never had any intention of having one.Shit, he barely has a relationship with his family, and they're related; his own friends don't even like him.
So why does he keep thinking about Violet DeLuca?
Sweet, quiet Violet--his opposite in every sense of the word. The light to his dark, even her damn name sounds like rays of sunshine and happiness and shit.
And that pisses him off, too.
Get your hands on THE FAILING HOURS:
 

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About Sara Ney

Purveyor of all things witty & romantic, I love: iced latte's, traveling, and bright, bold colors. On any given day, you can find me in my office, lovingly gazing at my bookshelf or shuffling my Bic felt-tip pen collection. I love hand writing letters, and sarcasm.
I live in the midwest, but "Will Write for Travel," and believe everyone should follow their dreams, no matter how big or small. My favorite authors include Cindy Miles, S Walden, Suzanne Enoch - and am a glutton for Historical, RomCom, Sports and MC romance.
One husband. Two daughters. Plenty of chaos.
 
 
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