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review 2018-07-07 15:15
Always Never Yours!!!
Always Never Yours - Austin Siegemund-Broka,Emily Wibberley

I'm just such a big fan of Emily Wibberley's The Last Oracle series, that I had to read her newest book, even though the genre was the complete opposite and she had a co author for this one.

 

And I loved it. I truly loved this book and Megan's story.

 

Summary: Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.

But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.

Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?

 

 

I loved Megan the main character. Most of the times, when it comes to contemporary, you always have the main character who is supposed to be that perfect little butterfly. Megan wasn't. And I loved that. It also made me love her even more. She was flawed, she made mistakes. But she grew. She seriously grew so much throughout the whole book.
We also had some really great side characters that I absolutely loved. Anthony, who is one of Megan's best friends. And Madeleine, her other best friend. And of course Owen. Owen, be still my heart. He was amazing and wonderful and just overall very dreamy.

 

I loved the relationships in this book. The friendships. Megan and Anthony. Megan and Madeleine. They also weren't perfect. They had quite some flaws. But I loved that. I loved to see characters in friendships that weren't perfect but that were worth fighting for.
The same goes for the family dynamics. Megan's family, with her parents being divorced, Megan living with her father and his pregnant wife and her little sister. Her mother living in a different state, having also a new man in her life. The struggles Megan had with that, with feeling out of place and feeling like she doesn't belong. And how all of this just grew throughout the story, how it developed. I loved it.
Romantic realionships. We had quite a few of those. I hated them all, except for Megan and Owen. And Anthony and Eric. I had all the feels about these idiots, who were so perfect for each other but had a tough time actually getting together.

 

The setting of this story was also amazing. It wasn't just centered around Highschool students, but there was also the theatre element, them working on a play and all the struggles with that.

 

Overall, I loved it. I loved the characters, the setting, the writing!!!

 
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review 2018-07-05 18:55
Quick Review
Unmasking Miss Appleby - Emily Larkin

This was a really good book.. I know not very descriptive but it captured me and sucked me in.. I am not normally a historical reader anymore but the inclusion of the Fairy Godmother in the story and the magic peaked my interest.. I kept feeling I got the plot line and story arc and then it went a direction I was not expecting... 

 

And can I say I loved the character development... the interactions between the two main characters was great.. some pretty funny one liners... 

 

Overall I enjoyed the book and I think I have found a new series and author...So yea me.. I have already bought and started reading the second in the series.. we will see.. (I have high hopes)

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text 2018-07-04 13:02
Reading progress update: I've read 184 out of 352 pages.
Always Never Yours - Austin Siegemund-Broka,Emily Wibberley

I just love how flawed and real these friendships are.

 
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text 2018-07-01 16:46
June Re-Cap
Gunslinger Girl - Lyndsay Ely,James Patterson
The Opposite of You - Rachel Higginson
Every Single Secret - Clara Emily Carpenter
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent
Shine Not Burn - Elle Casey
X: A Novel - Kekla Magoon,Ilyasah Shabazz
The Surviving Trace - Calia Read
Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen
Sometimes I Lie - Alice Feeney
Disturbed - Jennifer Minar-Jaynes

 

 

 

 

So many books this month, probably won't have as many next month, though. Unfortunately, I have to go back to work sometime this coming month.  June has been a fairly mediocre reading month for me.  I'm pretty sure my average is around 3 stars...maybe I'm just getting more discerning.  I did end the month with a couple 5 Star reads and added two books to my favorites.

 

 

 

 (Audiobook) Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

Finish Date:  06/05

 ☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Kindle eBook) The Opposite Of You by Rachel Higginson

Finish Date:  06/06

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter

Finish Date:  06/08

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Netgalley eArc) Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent

Finish Date:  06/10

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey

Finish Date:  06/11

☆1.5☆STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Audiobook) X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

Finish Date:  06/14

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) The Surviving Trace by Calia Read

Finish Date:  06/17

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) Wake Of Vultures by Lila Bowen

Finish Date:  06/19

☆2.7☆STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Finish Date:  06/20

3STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Novellas KU) by Laura Lam

Finish Date:  06/21

3STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) Disturbed by Jennifer Jaynes

Finish Date:  06/21

☆2☆STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Netgalley eARC) The Mermaid by Christina Henry (a new fav)

Finish Date:  06/24

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Finish Date:  06/25

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) In Her Skin by Kim Savage

Finish Date:  06/26

☆2.5☆STARS - GRADE=D+

 

(Audiobook) Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Finish Date:  06/28

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Netgalley eARC) The Simple Wild by KA Tucker (a new fav)

Finish Date:  06/29

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

10 Audiobooks, 2 Novellas, 2 Kindle eBooks, and 3 Netgalley eARC's, 17 books total.

4,910 pages (including Audio) 

 

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text 2018-06-24 22:44
A Baroness of Honor - a dishonorable compilation - DNF, no stars
A Baroness of Honor - Emily Meier

Disclosure: I obtained the Kindle edition of this book when it was offered free on Amazon.  I do not know the author nor have I had any communication with her about this book or any other matter.  I am an author of historical and contemporary romances and non-fiction.

 

The lead story, A Baroness of Honor, is but one of fifteen or so stories stuffed into this Kindle edition.  It ends at around 8% of the pages.

 

The rest of the book is recycled stories of similar or even shorter length, and none of those I sampled are Regencies.  Most, in fact, are Amish romances, which I have no interest at all in reading.  Many of these stories are set up as the featured lead title for other compilations by this author, and most are shuffled through the compilations as filler.

 

I have reported this book and several of the author's other titles to Amazon's "Content Quality" department as they appear to be in violation of Kindle Direct Publishing's Terms of Service regarding "Disappointing Content."

 

On top of all that, it's not even well written.  There's a summary provided that makes almost no sense at all.  Our baroness is the middle daughter of a earl -- so how did she get this baroness title?  The earl is killed in battle -- peers didn't usually join the military. So her widowed mother marries her off -- were there no sons to inherit the title? -- and then her new husband and HIS father are killed, leaving our baroness to handle a huge estate.  Um, where are all the male heirs???

 

The book is written in the form of a diary, and there are huge sections without paragraphs.  It's very difficult to get past the first few pages, which is about as far as I got.  It begins when Lavinia, the future(?) baroness is fourteen years old in 1809. On the day after her fourteenth birthday she is informed that she will be attending a ball in London.  Um, no.  That was the point at which I stopped reading completely.

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