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text 2018-10-07 17:20
One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron 99 cents and on KU!
One Good Dragon Deserves Another - Rachel Aaron

After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all-knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one. Now that he's got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker's gamble to put her clan on top. 

Refusal to play along with his mother's plans means death, but there's more going on than even Bethesda knows. Heartstriker futures are disappearing, and Algonquin's dragon hunter is closing in. Now, with his most powerful family members dropping like flies, it's up to Julius to save the family that never respected him and prove once and for all that the world's worst dragon is the very best one to have on your side.

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review 2018-03-31 00:50
Advanced Reader Review: The Punishment She Deserves
The Punishment She Deserves - Elizabeth George

Summary: Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are forced to confront the past as they try to solve a crime that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of a quiet, historic medieval town in England

The cozy, bucolic town of Ludlow is stunned when one of its most revered and respected citizens--Ian Druitt, the local deacon--is accused of a serious crime. Then, while in police custody, Ian is found dead. Did he kill himself? Or was he murdered?

When Barbara Havers is sent to Ludlow to investigate the chain of events that led to Ian's death, all the evidence points to suicide. But Barbara can't shake the feeling that she's missing something. She decides to take a closer look at the seemingly ordinary inhabitants of Ludlow--mainly elderly retirees and college students--and discovers that almost everyone in town has something to hide.

A masterful work of suspense, The Punishment She Deserves sets Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Inspector Thomas Lynley against one of their most intricate cases. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from Elizabeth George's previous novels who join Lynley and Havers, and readers new to the series will quickly see why she is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time. Both a page-turner and a deeply complex story about the lies we tell, the lies we believe, and the redemption we need, this novel will be remembered as one of George's best.

 

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review 2018-03-31 00:00
The Punishment She Deserves
The Punishment She Deserves - Elizabeth George Poor Barbara Havers! Followers of the Lynley mysteries by Elizabeth George will recognize a familiar predicament faced by one of George’s most beloved characters in The Punishment She Deserves, the twentieth entry of the series. Detective Sargeant Havers always seems to be making poor decisions and annoying those in power who don’t care for her manners, comportment or tendency to venture beyond her authority. Not only is Havers being set up by her superiors who wish to transfer her, she also is suffering the indignity of being drafted into a tap dance performance by her co-worker Dorothea. The book opens on a fateful night in a small college town, where events converge to result in the apparent suicide of a local clergyman. The deceased’s father believes that the arrest and investigation into the death of his son requires further scrutiny, and he demands a review of the internal affairs file. DCS Isabelle Ardery is called in to travel to the town of Ludlow to examine the matter. She drafts Barbara Havers into accompanying her, hoping that Havers will slip up again and thereby justify her banishment from the department. Ardery has her own personal reasons for wanting this trip to be quickly concluded, and she is very willing to accept the existing findings at face value. The problem is, Havers is bothered by the many inconsistencies and unanswered questions in the case. She wants to probe further, but is conflicted because she knows she has to remain in Ardery’s good graces. Thomas Lynley, Barbara’s direct supervisor and mentor, supports her assertion that more scrutiny is needed. The second part of the novel reunites these two characters as they return for a more thorough (and illuminating) look at the tragic events. There is no question that George is a fantastic writer who knows how to slowly build tension in plot and between characters. Lynley and Havers are extremely well drawn, and their unlikely friendship has become so comfortable to George’s fans that they will be able to maintain interest through this long work. First time readers of the series might find it more difficult to stick with the book, however, especially if they are looking for a faster pace and constant action. There are many layers within themes of personal failings, obligations to others, and atonement. Each of the many characters are fully developed, and much of the novel is spent creating a deep portrayal of their individuality and inter-relationships. A patient reader will be rewarded at the satisfying conclusion of this solid entry in the famous series.
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review 2018-03-15 17:29
Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

It took me almost four months to read Pachinko. As I read, I began wondering about my slow pace. My fall semesters are busier, yes, but I still manage to finish most books in what's a timely manner for me. It certainly wasn't because I found the book hard to read in terms of comprehension or engagement. As I got closer to the end, I realized: it was because I was so invested in the characters and storytelling I had to take time to process the intense feelings the novel evoked. There are also regular gaps in time that take place between chapters where characters' situations change significantly; I needed mental space before diving into the story again. I can't think of another novel that required this sort of reading from me.

 

In addition to Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh, Pachinko has served to establish that "family sagas" can engage me, or at least when another culture is involved. Through the family portrayed here, I learned more about Korea, but it never feels like a history lesson. Everything comes from the characters. The novel also provokes thought about national and racial identity.

 

There were moments I dreaded, as with the return of a less sympathetic character, though not in a way that made me dislike the novel or its author. There were moments that shocked me to the point of gasping. There are many scenes that easily and vividly come to mind when I recall my reading, which I finished more than a month ago.

 

I would love to teach this novel. I have the feeling I may reread it some day, regardless. For me, that's a rarity, a compliment, and a sign of deep gratitude. 

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review 2017-01-29 22:12
She Deserves a Rich Thug
She Deserves A Rich Thug: An Urban Love Story - Laquita Cameron


Title: She Deserves a Rich Thug
Author: LaQuita Cameron
Publisher: Cole Hart Presents
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
Review:

"She Deserves a Rich Thug" by LaQuita Cameron

My Thoughts....

For me that wasn't a read that I could fully understand where this author was going with her script. I was not sure of who I felt sorry for more with some of these characters [Akacia & Heavenly] seemed to be over the top in quite a weird sort of way. It was hard to see what some of these women would do for love being so 'sneaky, conniving, scandalous and simply ratchet! I didn't care for how they that those men treat them. And then I don't want to leave out that Cherry Red...only leaving me to say wow being that she was definitely one who didn't allow herself to be played with her being such a schemer and liar. Will she finally get what she deserves? Now for the men characters...Money K, Niko, Jamie, Travis, Trigger and Dean well all I can say is well I will stop here and just say you will have to pick up this read to find out for yourself how things go with each of them. This was indeed like several stories in one...Heavenly's, Cherry Red, and Akacia's. Hopefully in the next series we will find out more of the story because there is a lots more to be said about this story. Definitely money plays into the story and gives you that feeling that money can be the root of all evil. In the end who will be rescued out of all of this craziness? Well, again we will get more in the next series that I am sure will answer many questions like...who will finally get smarter and let some things go before its too late. So, if you like a story full of drama, betrayal and lies then you have come to the right place for "She Deserves A Rich Thug" will give it to you and more.

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