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review 2019-01-11 13:18
Another bit of a slog
Spare and Found Parts - Sarah Griffin Spare and Found Parts - Sarah Griffin

I'd been reading it for a while and kept putting it down, I was about half-way through.  Having just finished another book I decided to give it a go.  And it started to take off and I finished it in a fairly short amount of time.

 

This has got a fair amout of hype about being a retelling of Frankenstein, and it is.  Also a tale of betrayal and a complicated world where technology broke and some sort of epidemic means that most people have some part of them that's artificial.  Nell's the only one with an artificial heart.  Her father is the man who built a lot of people's spare parts.  Everyone is expected to prove why they should stay in the city (called Blackpool which is a literal translation of the Dublin or Dubh Linn name for the city) or be part of the rural support for the city.  She's pulled everywhere by different people and the knowledge that was.

 

I wasn't sure when I was, it seemed that people had a memory of the time before but others didn't and I felt like it wasn't clear enough.  There was world building but the foundations felt insecure and tenuous and honestly while I don't regret reading it it wasn't my favourite read so far this year.

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text 2019-01-09 13:12
Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 407 pages.
Spare and Found Parts - Sarah Griffin Spare and Found Parts - Sarah Griffin

I started this last year, I am finding it a bit not me and wondering if it's going to be better.  One more try before I give up.

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review 2018-11-22 16:20
Lost and Found (Dave&Carter) by Quin Perin
Lost and Found (Dave&Carter) - Quin Perin

Lost and Found is the first book by Quin and Perin I have read, but it definitely won't be the last.

Dave is the 'Daddy' in this relationship. He has feelings for Carter, and Carter needs him. For reasons I don't quite understand, he pulls back from Carter when Carter mentions feelings. Carter is the 'boy' and falls hard for Dave, but is mature enough to take a step back when he puts himself first.

This may only be classed as a novella, but there is one helluva story packed tightly between these pages. I was gripped from the very beginning, especially as Dave and Carter seemed to fall into their relationship so easily. Of course, it all had to go wrong somehow, and I'm not surprised with how it did. I understand that because of this, Dave might not be the most popular character, but I rather liked him. He is human, and makes mistakes. He has thoughts about what himself and what others might think, which for me, was completely understandable. I loved that once he got over being a jackass, he put Carter first, even though it broke his heart.

Did I get my happy ending? Well, I'll leave that for you to read and find out for yourself. What I will say is that I don't think I've had my fill of Dave and Carter, not at all. I loved this exceedingly well written story, that had no editing or grammatical errors to spoil my reading. With well-rounded out characters, and a storyline that intrigues, I have no hesitation in recommending this great story.

**same worded review will appear elsewhere**

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/11/22/Lost-and-Found-DaveCarter-by-Quin-Perin
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review 2018-11-14 17:54
"Lost and Found - September Day #1" by Amy Shojai
Lost And Found (The September Day Series Book 1) - Amy D. Shojai

"Lost and Found" wasn't what I'd expected from the publisher's summary. I thought I'd be reading a dog-centric cosy mystery with a kick-ass heroine and her save-the-day dog.

What I got was less clichéd than that but also less easy to settle into.

 

This is too hard-edged and has too much violence in it for a cosy mystery. I'd barely started the book and had seen one person shot in the face at close range and another stabbed to death. The body count keeps rising, making the bad guys into spree killers rather than devious villains.

 

There are also some very dubious portrayals of the behaviour of autistic children. Although the plot shows this behaviour to be abnormal it still felt to me like it was playing to all the wrong fears and stigma attached to autistic kids. 

 

Shadow, the dog, does indeed save the day and all the parts of the book that relate to him, especially when we get his canine view of the world, work very well. Amy Shojai knows her dogs and knows how to bring them alive for the rest of us.

 

The cop-with-a-past-and-currently-in-disgrace was well written and believable. The heroine was more difficult to get alongside. Her dialogue, such as it was, seemed awkward and inconsistent. She flips from being highly organised and brave to falling apart and ridden by guilt and doubt. This was explicable in terms of the plot and her backstory but it didn't feel authentic while it was happening.

 

I enjoyed the book well enough to read my way through it but not enough to read the next two books in the series.

 

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text 2018-11-05 23:24
Reading progress update: I've read 23%-
Lost And Found (The September Day Series Book 1) - Amy D. Shojai

I’d expected a feel-good book with a woman and a dog solving cosy crimes. Now I’ve got someone shot in the face and someone else stabbed to death and creepy things happening to children.

 

I'm not sure I’ll stick with this.

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