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text 2017-08-25 02:54
Reading progress update: I've read 54%. DNF
The Orphans and the Passage Through Time... The Orphans and the Passage Through Time - Michael Beilke

That's it, done.


I hope everyone gets captured and eaten by the Garunga (or whoever the hell they are).

Or caught and squashed in a massive backlash from the wormhole (or whatever it is).

Or maybe all the suns in the area will go supernova at the same time and put them all out of my misery.


If it was tightened up a bit it might make a nice middle grade science fiction space adventure, but even then I think it might just be way too simplistic.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-10 00:55
Safe Passage
Safe Passage - Carla Kelly

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

A full review of Carla Kelly’s Safe Passage would be kinda difficult to do for me, not because it’s a badly written book (I finished it in 2 days, a record for me TBH!) but because the historical facts integrated in this story. It’s very difficult to comment on war or revolution or whatever and the loss of the absurd amount of human lives in the process, to justify the horrifying affects it has on humanity. I’ll do neither in my review.

Carla Kelly has done amazing books where she included tales of war and its aftermath. But she’s always careful to be as subtle as possible while incorporating it with the storyline. Safe Passage is no different, yet there were moments where I felt like putting down the book and take a deep breath. This has a little different setting and background—Mexican Revolution of 1910 (setting here is 1912). The prologue introduces our h, Addie, who has been reminiscing about her past, and her marriage, which seems to be a done thing at this point. Addie lives in Mexico and was married to Ammon for 2 yrs. One sad incident, which led Addie to say some horrible things, had led to their break up. Ammon returned home from his freighting business where injured himself, only to find his wife enraged. He already had a broken leg to deal with, a broken heart now added to the mix. Addie, though, had a reason behind it, and I could try to understand her mental state, still the whole incident was really heartbreaking. Ammon left, heartbroken and in tears, not knowing what he’d done wrong. He had tried to communicate with Addie the first year but she was determined to keep her silence. I have no idea why she treated him so badly, but in the year since then she’d come to regret her action. So much so that she often thinks of Ammon but she doesn’t know how she can do anything to change their circumstances.

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text 2017-05-28 07:53
Reading progress update: I've read 83%.
Passage West - Ruth Ryan Langan


That was unexpected. Very Stand move. Brass balls.

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text 2017-05-28 01:45
Reading progress update: I've read 36%.
Passage West - Ruth Ryan Langan

Wow. First, and unrelated to what I was about to post: That. Cover. Talk about unapologetic.


Onto the moment of idiocy that has me ranting: Bad Guy pretended to go hunting alone to catch heroine unaware. Ruggedly good guy finds angry bad drunkard about to rape heroine after knocking her about. It's the second time he catches him in the act, the first on a different girl. He has a gun on his temple again. Does Good guy pull the trigger on the rabid beast and let the dessert take care of the carcass? Of course not. That would be just reasonable and smart. What would we read about if the heroes weren't too stupid to live (can you feel the massive eye-roll?)


"Start running, Barrows." His commanding tone sent a shiver of fear along Flint’s spine. "And don’t ever stop. If you cross my path, you’re a dead man."
Without waiting for Flint’s reply, Rourke holstered his gun and dropped to his knees beside Abby. Behind him he could hear Barrows scrambling over rocks in his eagerness to put as much distance between himself and them as possible.


Forget any future risk. Right now, the guy could have a gun! *throws arms up* 

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text 2017-05-22 20:12
May's Kindle Firsts
The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) - Emily R. King
Dead Certain: A Novel - Adam Mitzner
The First Word - Isley Robson
The Lioness of Morocco - Julia Drosten,Christiane Galvani
North Haven - Sarah Moriarty
The Great Passage - Shion Miura,Juliet Winters Carpenter

The program is still devolved/restricted to just Amazon published titles apparently.  But, a review of one of last month's selections by Obisidan Blue reminded me I hadn't looked at May's offerings.


(Kindle Firsts is for Prime members and let's them get one of the selections free one month ahead of their release date.  Current month's selections will be at https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/kindlefirst )


Because it's labeled "Fantasy," I chose to get this first in series:


The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) - Emily R. King   The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King 

Source: www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/kindlefirst
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