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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-04 23:00
Fangirl
Fangirl by Rowell, Rainbow (2014) Paperback - Rainbow Rowell

Spoiler Alert: Fanfics are more important than living her life, boys aren't her strongest point and she misses her sister Wren too much.

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a book about a girl named Cath, she has a twin sister named Wren. They both have just started their first year at university (college). Their dad isn't stable while he's alone. Cath struggles when it comes to being social, she would rather spend her time writing up her fanfic which she is known for online. Her dream of getting her twin sister as a roommate gets flushed down the toilet. Her roommate introduces her to Levi which she ends up having an awkward romance with. 

 

This book was like any other YA Contemporary book. It involved a main character that was possibly alone, not enjoying their life that much and need someone they could turn to. With Cathy missing her sister Wren, the person she turned to was her love interest Levi which by the way he was described sounded amazing. Maybe one day I'll have my own Levi. 

 

I really enjoyed this book because I felt like I could relate to this character, being awkward when it comes to the opposite gender, wanting to put all of my effort into the fictional world. This ended up being an easy read for me! 

 

-Sarah 

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review 2018-04-07 16:15
A well-rounded introduction to the great architect
Christopher Wren - Kerry Downes

Much as his most famous building does over the skyline of central London today, Christopher Wren towers over the history of British architecture. Yet as Kerry Downes reminds us, he was so much more than that.  Born to a High Anglican minister, he demonstrated a scientific aptitude that led to appointments to a chair of astronomy at first Gresham College, then to the Savilian chair at Oxford.  He came to architecture almost incidentally, yet his genius led to his appointment as surveyor of the king’s works at the age of 36, a position he would hold for nearly four decades. Coming in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London, the disaster not only paved the way for the reconstruction of St, Paul’s Cathedral but work on churches in dozens of parishes throughout the city, all of which bore the hallmark of his genius.

 

In assessing Wren’s architectural achievements, there are few better guides than Downes, a longtime architectural historian and the author of several books on the architect.  Taken from the entry he wrote on Wren for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, it is a good overview of his life and achievements.  While it suffers from the absence of images of the buildings Downes describes, it offers a well rounded assessment of Wren’s accomplishments, one that does not overlook his scientific work as all too many other studies tend to do.  For anyone seeking an introduction to the man and his achievements, this is the book to read.

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review 2017-11-01 15:05
HE is a Stalker and he is Waiting for Wren by Cate Beauman @CateBeauman
Waiting For Wren - Cate Beauman

Oh yeah, I am back for more Cate Beauman in Waiting for Wren. I am so loving these ladies that come to Ethan Security for protection and eagerly anticipateeach new story I receive. A million thanks to you, Cate Beauman.

 

Each book will stand alone, and if you are into Romantic Suspense, this is a series you will want on your reading list.

 

I love the covers for the series. The subject matter pertains to the stories and the colors are so bright and vivid, I know I would never be able to pass by them on a bookshelf.

 

Cover: Streetlight Graphics

 

Waiting For Wren (The Bodyguards Of L.A. County, #5)

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MY REVIEW

 

As soon as Tucker heard the rustles in the woods, I knew what was coming and I am so POed. The mystery has begun and I wonder where Ethan Security comes in.

 

Right from the getgo, we have plenty of danger, sexual  tension, and verbal foreplay. My anticipation is at a foot tapping, sitting on the edge of my seat level.

 

Wren is independent. No wonder, her parents might as well have been nonexistent for the attention they paid her. She wasn’t used to being afraid, having a babysitter, and she could do a lot worse than Tucker.

 

Wren only has one suspect, but I have several. I think I’ve figured it out and if I have, he is truly evil, watching and reveling in her suffering. I wonder if he steps away and laughs. At least Tucker and Ethan, her brother, have not ruled out anyone, but I don’t think they see him…or do they?

 

Lots of stuff going on and it is torture as I wait for HIM to make his move on her and Wren to let Tucker in.

 

HE is jealous, determined, on the attack. I hope she doesn’t do the usual and go off without Tucker. She does get the hell out of Dodge, but it is with Tucker, as he takes her to the only safe place he can think of, Park City and the bad memories from his past.

 

“At some point during the drive from Salt Lake City, Rico Suave  vanished and, Broody Bummer Man appeared. She wanted Rico back.”

 

It’s Cate Beauman’s writing that keeps me coming back for more. I love some humor with my suspense…and romance. We all know it’s coming, but…so far…it’s hands off for both of them, though the dance has begun. How long can she hold out, because one move from her and he’ll be putty in her hands. She can deny the pull as much as she wants, but I know it will win out.

 

Tucker has his own problems…I love multiple plots and wonder…are they related? Will they come together in the end? Will the mystery that’s haunted Tucker finally be solved and Wren set  free at the same time? When’s it coming? I’m waiting…

 

I love that Cate Beauman makes me wait…Dragging out the suspense on every page. I think doom is coming. This ominous feeling hangs on every word, on every page and I am at 50%, on pins and needles…I can only imagine what evil Cate is bringing my way.

 

I loved when Wren finally ‘manned up’ and told Laura off. I could picture Wren stomping around the room, cussing her out in Italian…Is she a spitfire or a fireball?

 

It’s too soon to make life changing plans. Wren needs to stay in Limbo, for now, and I didn’t like this part at 52%.

 

HE’s getting more and more angry. Stalking is no longer enough. It is time to up the ante.

 

I do hate, that at 77%, Wren is still running from Tucker, but that is the nature of the romantic suspense beast. Gotta keep that sense of anticipation and fear for the characters at a high level, and Cate Beauman does that in a superb fashion.

 

I wonder what she has on the table for me next. *rubbing my hands together in eager anticipation* 

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Waiting For Wren by Cate Beauman.

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review 2016-11-07 00:00
Bits and Pieces: Cat Daddies Mysteries Series
Bits and Pieces: Cat Daddies Mysteries S... Bits and Pieces: Cat Daddies Mysteries Series - Wren Cavanagh I like cats. I especially like cats in books. Characters that have cats win bonus points in my opinion. And, in Bits and Pieces, we have a very large and unusual cat called Jericho who doesn't like that his cat daddy, the town's new vet, is being questioned for murder. So, he decides to help solve the murder, with some help from humans and animals along the way.

I found Bits and Pieces to be a very entertaining novella. Quite far from the horror book Arachnohazard, my first introduction to Wren Cavanagh. Although Bits and Pieces have a bit of gore as well, not as graphic and horrifying as in Arachnohazard perhaps, but they do have to pick up a murder victim in pieces...

Bits and Pieces is a perfect novella for when you want a mystery, with a cat, and some very interesting characters (both human and animals). The especially liked how the story ended, and I'm curious to see what will happen next.

I liked Bits and Pieces very much and I look forward to reading the rest four novellas!

I want to thank the author for proving me with a free copy for an honest review!

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review 2016-10-15 16:56
Mirror Image Seduction (Feline Shifters of Down Under Book 1) by Tamsin Baker & Khloe Wren
Mirror Image Seduction (Feline Shifters of Down Under Book 1) - Tamsin Baker,Khloe Wren
Mirror Image Seduction is about a reporter and a set of mirror image twins, who also happen to be cheetah shifters. The story starts with a four-year-old boy who has gone missing. Whilst the lion shifters talk about what needs to be done, Dylan and Ryan get the job done first, and deal with the consequences later! Lacey gets involved when the little boy, Cameron, won't change his story from being rescued by two cheetahs. She goes to find out the truth and definitely gets more than she bargained for.
 
This is extremely well-written, without any visible "join-lines" between the two authors. There are no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed to disrupt the reading flow, and it all moved along steadily before building up to the ending. 
 
This was not a rushed story. Instead, although it went against their instincts, Dylan and Ryan gave Lacey time to get used to the idea, and to get to know them. She is a perfect match for them, and the twins obviously are already matched to each other anyway.
 
If I had one grumble, it would be that I didn't get enough of Ryan. Yes, I loved Dylan, but Ryan just stole the show slightly for me. So for him to be the one unsure of Lacey's feelings, and for him to be best man, made me pout a little!
 
Other than that - which, let's face it, is just me being awkward! - I loved this story, with the conclusion to this part of the story whilst getting an introduction to the next. All I can say is if you like shifter romances, you will love this one. Highly recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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