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review 2017-07-28 22:46
Saint Death
Saint Death: A Novel - Marcus Sedgwick

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

This is not a happy book, and to be fair, I’m a little unsure why I requested it in the first place, since I’m usually not too keen on reading ‘realistic’ stories (the world is depressing enough as it is). Well, no: I guess I requested it because I like Marcus Sedgwick’s stories, also I met him briefly at a book festival and he was definitely a cool guy. So, yes, I guess there’s that.

And, anyway, I enjoyed the story. Though I should’ve guessed it wouldn’t be a bed of roses for the characters (pay attention to the very first character we meet, too). It is both realistic and haunting—haunted as it is by the presence of Santa Muerte, who may or may not be present, and who can tell, and does it really matter? For the characters believe in her and in her powers, and quickly learn that you must be crazy to try and trick the White Girl.

The story is told in third person point of view, present tense, which I typically enjoy less than past tense for a simple reason: it’s difficult to use, and too many people fail at it. Here, it works, and lends itself to that haunting atmosphere I mentioned previously, making the story somewhat surreal... which, in turn, strengthens its gritty aspects even more.

This isn’t a happy world, and there isn’t much light at the end of the tunnel. Yet this is also a world where one can learn to retain their human dignity, and not give in to the darkness. A world where there are still good people in spite of all the bad ones. It is both hope and sadness—and death, who unites everybody in the end.

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url 2017-07-28 17:53
Jane Yellowrock Coloring Pages

There may be something wrong with me because what I started noticing was the shoes.

 

No fashionista am I, but these were ...

Source: www.faithhunter.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ColoringBook.pdf
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text 2017-07-28 17:33
Last Free Friday Selection
Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling

Reading progress update: As of 12:01 am on Friday, July 28, 2017 I've listened to 888 out of 1380 minutes, or just under 2/3 of the audiobook of Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling 

 

The paperback clocks in at a whopping 573 pages, so I am declaring the last 1/3 (the equivalent of approximately 200 pages) as my last Free Friday selection.  

 

I doubt I'll have time to listen to 8+ hours of audiobook between now and Monday night, but do anticipate listening to it for much of my 3 hour trip to pick up elder son from camp on Sunday.  

 

Good reading all during the final sprint to the end.

 

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text 2017-07-28 10:22
REVIEW BY AMY - Fated Desires (Fated...) by Becky Flade
Fated Desires - Becky Flade

Jenna Gavin is searching for a fresh start but, more importantly, for balance. Her heart and perhaps the hands of fate have led her and her young son to Trappers' Cove, Minnesota. Settling in the small, quirky town, she's not in the market for a casual relationship but finds herself in one with the young widower next store.

Former shortstop, Gabriel Foxx, is drawn to his difficult new neighbor. The more the prickly divorcee attempts to keep him at arm's length, the more determined he is to break down her walls. He can't avoid the passion she inspires but won't allow himself to feel more.

When friendship grows complicated by stronger emotions and mutual desire just isn't enough, will love be worth the risk?

 

@BeckyFlade, @Mommy_Amers, #Young_Adult, #Contemporary, #Romance, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/amy/fateddesiresfatedbybeckyflade
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review 2017-07-27 23:09
Fearless
Fearless: a Sports Romance - Amarie Avant

Title:  Fearless

Author:  Amarie Avant

Publisher:  Jessica Watkins Presents

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"Fearless" by Amarie Avant

 

My Thoughts.....

 

This author has done it again and that is giving the readers another good read.  This story was of Zariah [educated, strong & intelligent] and Vassili [Russian MMA fighter, Alpha] that was off the chain being a well written story that will keep ones attention to see what was going on next between these two. How will these two survive from this instant attraction be able to fit into each others lifestyle? These two characters will keep you on a emotional ride due to the fact that both of these two were so very 'strong will and determined' and let's not leave out the hot chemistry that flowed heavily between them.  I will say at times I did question Zariah's reactions toward her father in regard to what all had happened to her mother and brother.  Be ready for lots of drama, humor,  mystery and oh my that romance!  Will Zariah and Vassili be able to whether the storms that seems to always be around them with some deep family issues along with some their racial backgrounds?  I was so happy to see this story ended with a HEAFN leaving the reader to know there will be 'more curveballs to come' along with some unanswered questions to be answered.  Thank you to the author for another good read!

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