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review 2017-09-20 07:27
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Finding You by Lydia Albano
Finding You - Lydia Albano
Finding You is set in a world similar, yet different, to our own, with a possible historical/steampunk type setting. Isla and Tam have been best friends for years, yet Isla can't help but hope for more. Those hopes are dashed when Tam announces that he is signing on to the army, as it means his family will have food for the coming winter. She goes to the station to say goodbye to him, and is literally snatched off the streets. Horror and degradation follow, with her constantly hoping that Tam will rescue her. Once she realises that she has to do this own her own, the pace picks up slightly and the story quickly evolves.
 
This is a very good debut, with action and story aplenty. Isla is forced to do things that she would never have dreamed possible; that she never thought she would be strong enough for; simply because of the circumstances she found herself in.
 
With plenty of characters to keep your attention, this is very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow. The pace was smooth, and the scenes flowed from one to the next.
 
A thoroughly entertaining read (some of it quite dark) that I have no hesitation in recommending.
 
* 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: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/09/blog-tour-review-giveaway-finding-you.html
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text 2017-09-20 06:27
Reading progress update: I've read 53 out of 336 pages.
I Think I Love You - Allison Pearson
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review 2017-09-19 23:01
P.S. I Spook You - S.E. Harmon

I really enjoyed this. I'll admit in the beginning, I was a wee bit unsure, I found a few things kind of odd, but I did really end up liking it. I wish that a few parts had gotten more attention, but I liked the characters. There was hotness. There was frustration. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

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review 2017-09-17 21:01
Good As You
Good As You: From Prejudice to Pride – 30 Years of Gay Britain - Paul Flynn

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

This was a really interesting insight into gay culture in the UK, from the seventies to nowadays: how it shaped itself, the hurdles gay people had to go through, how other people’s views gradually changed...

The book’s chapters follow specific themes, such as TV, AIDS, politics, football or pop music, rather than going in a purely chronological order. This makes for a rather comprehensive view of various areas of British culture, in the light of what being gay more specifically entails. The chapters are also well-segmented, and it’s fairly easy to pick up the book again if for some reason you had to leave it (to go do those pesky things called ‘work’ or ‘sleep’, for instance).

I learnt plenty here: how the introduction of explicitly gay characters in shows like East Enders or Coronation Street was perceived, how their actors were perceived at the time, how it changed with more recent series. Or how specific bands and singers were seen, who became a ‘gay idol’, who remained in the closet, who openly announced it. Or the many people who lost their lives to AIDS—and may not have, if they hadn’t had to remain closeted and more information had been available. Or Clause 28, which I had never heard about until now (not being from the UK probably didn’t help in that regard), and the journey from there to legalising same-sex marriages.

Paul Flynn interviewed quite a few interesting figures within the scope of this book, including Alison (who worked at the Lighthouse, offering end of life comfort to patients dying of AIDS), David Furnish (Elton John’s partner), or football player Robbie Rogers—not being particularly interested in football in general, I admit I somewhat knew that the latter is still a difficult area when it comes to being gay, but I wasn’t sure to which extent.

If anything, I would’ve liked to see more about the AIDS period, and somewhat less about the Kylie Minogue parts, so I guess I’ll have to pick other books for this.

Conclusion: Probably better as an introduction that will give you pointers to what to research in depth, so if you’re already very familiar with the country and period, the book might seem a little simplistic. Otherwise, go ahead.

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review 2017-09-17 16:38
Then Came You (Compass Cove) by Jeannie Moon
Then Came You (Compass Cove Book 1) - Jeannie Moon

 

Jeannie Moon is a treasure.  Far beyond the new beginnings and second chances lies not just a romance but a family.  Mia, Ben and Adam are the key players, but it's the secondary characters that steal the show.   Mia's mother is a piece of work. Self -centered, cold, cruel and needy.  Her grandmother on the other hand sealed the deal for me.  Fiesty, funny and unforgettable are just a few adjectives to describe the firecracker of an old lady.  How can you not fall in love with such realistic people and such great writing?  Then Came You is an enticing beginning to what I think will be an unforgettable series.

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