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text 2018-08-17 18:03
Point Shot Trilogy Box Set Free! 5 Star Read!
Point Shot Trilogy Box Set - V. L. Locey

Now, you can have the books that introduced Victor Kalinski to the world in one reasonably priced boxed set! With over 350 Goodreads reviews and ratings combined, the romance of Vic Kalinski and Dan Arou is one that once read, will never be forgotten. In this three-book set, you’ll get to experience all the passion, sarcasm, hockey action, and romance that reviewers have called “Beautifully Written”, “Surprisingly Heartfelt”, and “Hot! Hot! Hot!”

“The writing in this is snappy and awesome, the story moves at a great pace and oh it's HOT AS EVER-LOVING HELL. There's romance that never veers into a too-sappy place, it's FUNNY and full of great lines right and left, and so engaging that I couldn't stop reading it. The ending is satisfying, with our characters not becoming perfect people but becoming better together than they are apart, and that's just about as romantic as it gets.” Avon Gale – Author of the Scoring Chances series

Readers should be over 18 due to mature language and gay sexual situations. The set includes:
Two Man Advantage (Point Shot Trilogy #1)
Game Misconduct (Point Shot Trilogy #2)
Full Strength (Point Shot Trilogy #3)

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review 2018-08-10 19:20
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan - My Thoughts
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

What a fun read!  Lots of buzz about the movie and then the book went on sale, so how could I resist, even though it's not my usual fare. 

I will admit that I spent a lot of my reading time with a recurring thought of "Really?  Is this for real?" going on in my mind because the book seemed to me that it might be reinforcing stereotypes of Asians. But I haven't seen any kind of kickback about it or the movie online and with some of the people I follow, believe me, there'd have been outcry.  

Also, it was funny, but some of the scenes and characterisations harkened back to James Clavell's Noble House (which I also thoroughly enjoyed when I read it years and years ago.), mostly those having to do with family heirarchy, the clubs and businesses etc...  It was really weird because Clavell is one of the last authors you'd think of when reading a rom-com, right? 

Anyway, the characters were fun and seemed very real, despite the over the top setting.  I especially loved Astrid, the hero's cousin.  She was deliciously over the top yet very vulnerable when you got beneath the surface.  I also liked Rachel, the heroine's, friend Piek Lin a whole lot too.  Indeed her whole family! 

My only problem with the book, really, was that it seemed to end so abruptly.  I even checked to make sure I wasn't missing a chapter or an epilogue or something.  It doesn't end badly at all, it just felt sudden and quick. 

And the story's not done!  (It IS a trilogy. *LOL*)  So I'll be looking to pick up book 2 and looking forward to watching the movie whenever it hits Netflix or The Movie Network or whichever.  (I don't do theatres anymore).

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review 2018-08-06 22:19
The Culling by Ramona Finn
The Culling (The Culling Trilogy Book 1) - Ramona Finn

It took me a while to get into this book but I’m glad I stuck with it. I really enjoyed the characters and the main struggle. Glade Io is a pretty standard main character. She’s likable but a bit flawed in her absolute belief in the Authority. Still, I felt it was true to her character that she wouldn’t immediately believe those that oppose the Authority. It’s that struggle (Glade’s ability to parse the truth) that really drew me in.

The Ferrymen of Charon are your standard rebels or resistance. They just want to protect their families and have enough to live a decent life. Coopier inherited the leadership of the Ferrymen when his brother Loose died. The Ferrymen have come up with a plan to take out the Authority, but they need a Data Point and set about kidnapping a few (Glade and Sulia). This is where things finally got interesting for me. Glade’s 16 years of believing in the Authority are challenged by the Ferrymen (how they act & what they show her) and her world begins to crumble a bit.

Back at the Authority, Glade continues to train under Don, her long-term mentor. The story has set up a love triangle and love triangles are not my thing. It rarely works for me and it doesn’t work here. Despite that, I like Don and his own inner struggle – to trust Glade, hold true to the Authority, hate the Ferrymen.

The main premise of the tale is that specially trained people with a very specific personality (a little sociopathy, still maleable, highly intelligent, etc.) can work with specialized tech to read another person’s brainwaves and then snuff them out. Yep. Snuff out hundreds to thousands of people from afar. Planetwide but sometimes from other planets. I couldn’t help but shake my head at this. The writing could have made this a bit more believable but it was real loose and ridiculous.

Also there were small things that just didn’t ring true. The Authority monitors the Data Points during training… yet not during an actual culling? Some of the Data Points take up communicating silently through their tech and yet it’s not a common practice and is apparently unmonitored? Unlikely. Also, Glade is considered rather important and yet they don’t monitor all her movements all the time through her tech? It would be so simple to do…. So because of all these small things like this, I often felt the writing was lazy instead of giving us a story with solid, realistic rules.

On the other hand, the emotions of the characters and how some of them grow throughout the story kept me engaged. Even Sulia, who is a jerk, might have something more going on than just what we see on the surface. Because of the characters, I look forward to Book 2. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Stacey Glemboski did a great job with this book. She had distinct voices for all the characters and her male voices were believable. I really liked her voice for Coopier’s little brother and for Sulia when she’s being nasty. There’s plenty of tense emotions in this story and Glemboski did a great job portraying them. There were no technical issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ramona Finn. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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review 2018-08-01 13:05
Review: A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

 

 

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

 

 

   

 

 

   

This book was more or less an impulse buy. I saw the trailer for the movie or TV show and thought it sounded interesting so I went on Amazon and ordered me, luckily ,a cheap used copy. Did I regret buying and reading it, no not really but maybe next time just get the book from the library.

Overall it was okay, not the worse but defiantly not the best.

The beginning was slow and sooo much info dumping that I was close to giving up. We were just thrown a whole ton of background information after the next load, it was way too much. I mean after 80 pages I knew all of her history, her parents history, both sites, the witches history and how they and other creatures exists, that was just the first 80 pages and it’s not like she was short on pages we do get over 500 some pages.

After that it did get a little better and I could enjoy the book a bit more.

I did like the overall story line, the different creatures, and also how she used a Bishop witch to be the main character, which was rather clever. I liked the magic system and how vampire and demons were endangered in a way. But sometimes I had the feeling I’m reading the NA version of Twilight.

Diana was okay but often annoying, not only her personality but also her choices, she seemed to go one way or the other, no in between. Like she either trusted no one or she trusted everyone way to fast, which of course got her in trouble. She also seemed to think with other parts of her body more than her brain ,that is for sure.

Oh their relationship. It just seemed to jump too. I actually had to track back a couple chapters to see if I missed something because it was from one peck to test a reaction to a full blown relationship the next minute. That just felt odd I thought I missed something. Also once they were a together the romance defiantly took over the story and book, which is sad because you could have both nicely balanced.

Matthew, I had a hate-love relationship with. On the one hand I really liked him and on the other I really didn’t and never could fully trust him, not even sure why. He reminded me of Vampire Bill from True Blood, the TV version, maybe that is why lol.

Overall it was an okay read and I might continue on to see what will happen but I’m not in a hurry. I need to recover from the eye rolling that this book made me do so many times.

I really have a hard time rating this book, because some aspects I really liked but others I really didn’t so I will just go with 2 ½★ - 3★ on this book .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/08/01/review-a-discovery-of-witches-all-souls-trilogy-1-by-deborah-harkness
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review 2018-08-01 09:29
Zeit, erwachsen zu werden
The Kingdom of Gods - N.K. Jemisin

Eines der ersten Bilder, das N.K. Jemisin veranlasste, die „Inheritance Trilogy“ zu schreiben, war das eines Kindes, das mit Planeten spielt. Angesichts dieser frühen Inspiration ist es wohl nicht verwunderlich, dass sich Sieh zu einem ihrer Lieblingscharaktere entwickelte. In einem Interview erklärte sie, sie liebe es, dass er tausende von Jahren alt und trotzdem entschlossen sei, das Leben aus der Perspektive eines Kindes anzugehen. Mit „The Kingdom of Gods“ schenkte sie Sieh ein ganzes Buch. Sie beschreibt das Finale der Trilogie als einen „verdrehten Bildungsroman“, der das Heranwachsen eines uralten Jungen thematisiert, der stirbt, wenn er erwachsen wird. Klingt verrückt und paradox? Dank Sieh in der Hauptrolle keine Überraschung. 

 

Seit Itempas‘ Ketten gesprengt wurden, ist Sieh langweilig. Ihn erfüllt eine Ziellosigkeit, die ihn verunsichert. Wieder und wieder kehrt er zurück in die Himmelsfestung Sky. Er ertappt sich dabei, die Arameri zu beobachten. Er empfindet eine unerklärliche Faszination für die königliche Familie, die ihn jahrhundertelang quälte und misshandelte. Seine Aufmerksamkeit gebührt den Kindern, jenen unvollendeten Seelen, die der seinen so ähnlich sind. Tief in den Eingeweiden der Festung begegnet er dem 6-jährigen Geschwisterpaar Shahar und Deka. Nach einigen Jahren der Besuche äußern sie den unschuldigen Wunsch, gemeinsam einen Eid auf ihre Freundschaft zu schwören. Ihre verbundenen Hände lösen eine gewaltige Energiewelle aus, die Sieh ins Nichts schleudert. Als er erwacht, sind acht Jahre vergangen. Etwas… hat sich verändert. Seine Magie schwindet. Er altert. Sieh muss herausfinden, was damals geschehen ist und wie er es aufhalten kann. Ihm läuft die Zeit davon. Denn für den Gott der Kindheit bedeutet erwachsen zu werden den Tod.

 

Ich stimme N.K. Jemisin vollkommen zu. Ich liebe Sieh ebenfalls. Wie könnte ich den Gott der Kindheit und des Schabernacks nicht lieben? Er ist Peter Pan. Er ist das Kind, das niemals erwachsen wird. Oder doch? „The Kingdom of Gods“ ist ein fabelhaft facettenreiches Buch, dessen theologische, philosophische Reife überwältigt und das die Botschaft der „Inheritance Trilogy“ mühelos transportiert: es gibt keinen Dualismus. Eine Einteilung in Schwarz und Weiß verkennt die Realität. Niemand könnte diesen Gedanken besser verkörpern als Sieh, weshalb ich Jemisins Entscheidung, ihn in den Mittelpunkt des letzten Bandes zu stellen, Beifall zolle. Durch seine Rolle als Ich-Erzähler untersucht sie neugierig die Grenzen des Konzepts der Kindheit und konfrontiert ihn unnachgiebig mit seiner größten Angst – der Angst, erwachsen zu werden, die in seinem Fall mit der Angst vor dem Tod, der Sterblichkeit gleichzusetzen ist. Sieh ist eine haarsträubend paradoxe Hauptfigur; er vereint zahllose widersprüchliche Eigenschaften, sodass seine Existenz einem Drahtseilakt gleicht. Er perfektionierte seine Identität als Schutzpatron der Kinder, aus der er Macht bezieht. Sieh tritt als Kind auf, ist aber definitiv kein Kind. Ihn zu unterschätzen, wäre ein Fehler. Die Spannung zwischen der Rolle, die er verkörpert und seiner wahren Persönlichkeit stellt einen wichtigen Aspekt der Geschichte dar. Es gelang ihm, sich selbst zu täuschen. Er wollte nicht einsehen, dass er längst erwachsen ist. Er konnte nicht so lange leben, Krieg, Verlust und Schmerz erfahren und die Unschuld eines Kindes bewahren. In seinem Bestreben, seine Lebenslüge aufrechtzuerhalten, distanzierte er sich vom Leben selbst und verlor den Kontakt zu seinem Ich. Diese Entwicklung erinnert an eine andere Figur in Jemisins Universum: Itempas. Die Parallelen zwischen Sieh und seinem Vater sind sicherlich kein Zufall, da sie ihre schwierige Beziehung untermalen. Das Finale betont noch einmal, dass sich Götter und Sterbliche viel ähnlicher sind, als es den Anschein hat. Göttliche lieben, hassen, trauern und leiden ebenso wie Menschen, ihre Beziehungen untereinander sind in ihrer Komplexität durch und durch menschlich, was die Frage aufwirft, wer eigentlich nach wessen Abbild geschaffen wurde. „The Kingdom of Gods“ zwingt Sieh in die menschliche Perspektive von Sterblichkeit, wodurch er erneut Kontakt mit dem Leben aufnimmt und sich endlich seinen Erinnerungen und Gefühlen stellt. Daher ist dieser finale Band meiner Meinung nach der emotionalste der Trilogie. Jemisin schildert Siehs Aufarbeitungsprozess einfühlsam, ohne sentimental zu werden, was nicht zu ihrem Protagonisten gepasst hätte. „The Kingdom of Gods“ überzeugt jedoch nicht nur auf der emotionalen Ebene, sondern auch inhaltlich. Die Leser_innen verlassen dieses hinreißende Universum, das stets nach Balance strebt, an der Schwelle bedeutender Veränderungen, die im ersten Band nicht möglich schienen. Alles fließt. Das Leben ist zyklisch: es wiederholt dieselben Muster ohne Unterlass. Dieses Finale ist nicht nur ein Ende, es ist auch ein Anfang.

 

Ich halte „The Kingdom of Gods“ für den besten Band der „Inheritance Trilogy“. Die Thematik harmoniert und schwingt mit einer Saite meiner Persönlichkeit. Das Finale ist ein wundervolles Buch und der perfekte Abschluss einer Trilogie, die mehr als ein schnöder Dreiteiler ist. N.K. Jemisin holte das Maximum aus der Struktur heraus und kreierte eine echte Dreieinigkeit, deren feminine, nachdenkliche Ausstrahlung und poetische, ästhetische Ausgestaltung bezauberte. Die „Inheritance Trilogy“ ist weniger Hammer auf Amboss, als ich es aus der High Fantasy gewohnt bin und enthält keinerlei Schlachten, aber ich habe während der Lektüre nichts vermisst. Ich empfehle euch die drei Bände ohne Vorbehalte. Besucht Jemisins Universum und lernt sie kennen: die wiedergeborene Göttin, deren Schöpfungskraft einen gigantischen Baum aus einer Festung im Himmel wachsen lässt; die blinde Künstlerin, in deren Geist Magie verschlungene Muster bildet und das uralte Kind, das mit Planeten spielt, um nicht erwachsen zu werden.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/01/n-k-jemisin-the-kingdom-of-gods
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