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review 2018-07-02 21:17
Changing the Game
Changing The Game - Jaci Burton
The Characters:

Elizabeth Darnell
Gavin Riley


The Story:

I really enjoyed this story and I’m glad I didn’t follow my first thoughts of quitting listening to it. I did not consider quitting because of the writing but because of the narrator. While she didn't do a bad job I sometimes she ran everything together and some of her pronunciations took me out of the story. I prefer to be able to lose myself in the characters. Anyhooo I enjoyed further getting to know the Riley family. I’m reading/listening to this very out of order so it’s been and it has experience going back to the “before” if you will for some characters.

Gavin and Elizabeth have rocking chemistry. I like how they are connected before starting a relationship. I still don’t know why Gavin was so moody blues in the beginning but it all worked out so we’ll just overlook that.

The Random Thoughts:



4 Stars
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review 2018-06-03 06:32
Social Creature
Social Creature - Tara Isabella Burton

With a cover that practically screams 'Look at me!' and a blurb that piques the interest, I expected a hard to put down, psychological thriller. Sadly, putting this one down is all I wanted to do almost from the very beginning.

For me, a good thriller should have that nail-biting, what's gonna happen next element that keeps a reader on the edge of their seat. I didn't find any of that here. What I did find was a somewhat frenetic writing style and an over the top storyline. The biggest drawback for me were the characters. I didn't find a single likable character in the book - not even among the secondary characters. There's not a redeeming quality in any of them. Maybe this was intentional and I just missed something, but I couldn't even drum up some sympathy for the dead girl. 

With all the hype and the number of four and five-star reviews, I'm clearly in the minority on this one, but it's clearly not the book for me. 

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review 2018-05-31 04:00
Social Creature...
Social Creature - Tara Isabella Burton

Whew this story was intoxicating! I got sucked in to Louise and Lavinia's lives and couldn't come up for air. The next thing I know it's 4:30 a.m. and I'm on the last chapter. The first 97% of the book was fantastic! The author nailed the characters personalities and their actions to a tee.

Then we come to the last 3% of the book... I didn't care for the direction the story went at the end with Rex at all and I also thought Louise's story could have been wrapped up a lot better. I felt like the author completely copped out on the end. It seriously felt like one of those 'got a meet a deadline endings,' so lets just throw a few words on the page and call it a wrap.

 

I still recommend reading it though. Just don't start it late at night or you'll be up all night long.

 

 

*I received this ARC from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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review 2018-05-24 07:33
Death in the Tunnel - Miles Burton

A classic mystery from days gone by. The body of Sir Wilfred Saxonby is discovered on a train, but the carriage was locked, so he must have killed himself, mustn't he? The days when legwork really was legwork, when every little detail had to be worked out with no help from computers or smartphones! I love these old fashioned stories, but perhaps this one was a bit too long winded and complicated. It was a fascinating step back in time but I was quite glad to step forward again to today!

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text 2018-05-23 12:49
Her Last Word - Mary Burton

Her Last Word is a book that has a face paced, intense storyline.   The police procedural part tells the story of a cold case that has the potential to tie into a current case.    It was interesting to me to see how Detective John Adler was able to take a case that had been all but forgotten for so many years and use the clues from that story to bring back to life, working to solve it, and working to use the clues to solve past and present murders.    

This is a romantic suspense book with twists and turns that I never saw coming.    I loved the different timelines between the present story and Kaitlin's interviews.   Sometimes the storylines didn't come together when going between the two of them as smoothly as I thought they should but that was part of what happen.   The fact that the notes that Kaitlin got did not always match what the police were finding out.   The romance part of the story was minimal and I liked that it was not at the front of the storyline.  That allowed me to focus on the murders and try to figure out who dun-it.    I will say I never guessed correctly.

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