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review 2022-04-03 21:01
The Eyes Of The Dragon - Stephen King
The Eyes of the Dragon - Stephen King

 

I never thought I'd see the day that I would be reading a fantasy novel from a horror master, but here we are!
It wasn't a masterpiece, but I still really enjoyed it. It was easy-to-read, had adventure and cunning things happen. There was dragons, royalty and magicians. It had so many great elements of fantasy that I look for.
The story itself was around the two princes. I liked the story, but felt it took forever to get to where it ended. Then the ending felt rushed. 
I'm hoping the next book, Fairy Tale, is better. We will see though.
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2022/04/the-eyes-of-dragon-stephen-king-14.html
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review 2022-01-22 03:25
Double Negative - Susan Marshall

 

When I read the the author's bio and saw she was from my hometown, I was on board to read her book. I then read the description to see what I was getting myself into, and was pleasantly surprised.
What a great story! It helps the author drew inspiration from her own life. When you were reading about Reese, it felt authentic. I really enjoyed the hint of romance too. I swooned a little over Zain myself. He is dark, mysterious and sweet if you get inside. Great character development, I really felt connected to them.
I look forward to reading more from the author, and not just for hometown sake! She has a real talent and kept my attention throughout!
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2022/01/double-negative-susan-marshall-3.html
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review 2021-08-18 06:48
Shame
Robb Starr - J.A. Howard

Mia had a crazy crush on Rob, just like everyone at her school.  Their mom's are best friends so they basically grew up together.  When tragedy strikes and he notices her, she feels like it is the time to make the most of it.

 

Rob, to his credit spends a lot of time with her.  She has no idea why and worries about it a lot.  Mia does not feel worthy of him - but still he comes back around again and again.  Is it even possible to wish a future into happening?

 

This story was quite wordy.  I felt the pace went fast and I felt lost several times while reading.  This was more of a coming of age book to me than young adult.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2021-04-27 09:19
Hard Land von Benedict Wells
Hard Land - Benedict Wells

Wenn ein Autor ein Meisterwerk wie "Vom Ende der Einsamkeit" geschrieben hat, sind die Erwartungen an einen neuen Roman natürlich unermesslich hoch, vor allem, wenn er wieder viele Jahre an diesem Buch geschrieben hat. Daher war ich bei Hard Land anfangs ein wenig skeptisch. Die Geschichte spielt Anfang der Achtziger in einer Kleinstadt im amerikanischen Süden. Sam, ein Fünfzehnjähriger, schmächtiger Junge ohne Freunde, dafür mit einer todkranken Mutter, nimmt einen Ferienjob in einem alten Kino an. Schnell freundet er sich dort mit einer Gruppe Jugendlicher und erlebt den Sommer seines Lebens.
Das alles war mir zu Beginn der Buches ein wenig zu klischeehaft, erinnerte mich zu sehr an die Bücher von John Green (den Benedict Wells interessanterweise bei der Danksagung erwähnt), auch wenn ich diese sehr gerne lese. Erst ab der Mitte des Buches fand ich richtig Zugang zu den Charakteren und zur Geschichte.
Das Buch hatte es bei mir auch deswegen etwas schwer, da ich gleich im Anschluss "Der große Sommer" von Ewald Arenz gelesen habe, bei dem die Handlung teilweise sehr ähnlich ist, bei dem aber genau mein größter Kritikpunkt an Hard Land nicht vorhanden war: Warum konnte die Handlung von Hard Land nicht in Deutschland spielen? Ich bin mir nicht sicher, warum mich dieser Punkt so sehr stört, er hätte das Buch für mich aber vermutlich noch zugänglicher gemacht.
Ich kann Hard Land aber dennoch wärmstens empfehlen, es ist meiner Ansicht nach Wells' zweitbestes Buch. 4,5 Sterne, aufgerundet auf 5, da es mir noch besser gefällt als sein übriges Werk.

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review 2021-01-06 03:41
Cute
In the Penalty Box - Lynn Rush,Kelly Anne Blount

Willow just wants to work on her skating, what she has left of it.  The career adjusting injury has made her life something she never thought she would see.  Now she has been given a chance for something different. Does she have the guts?

 

Brodie is attracted to the amazing girl he does not want to like.  It seems mutual, but teenage attraction is never that simple.  When his teammates taunt him into hanging out with the good looking skater, he may get more than he bargained for.

 

This story was cute and charming, in a teen snarky kind of way.  I am not sure if I liked it at first, but I loved the honesty between the characters.  I was fully vested by the third chapter and I couldn't wait to read the end.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review by its publishers and Netgalley.

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