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review 2017-02-26 12:58
Putting on my "Mom Hat" here...
My Heart and Other Black Holes - Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes - Jasmine Warga 

 

Fair warning, I'm putting on my "Mom Hat" here for this "young adult" book.  

 

I thought that this book was very good, VERY good for the first 95% of the book then it shifted on it's head.  I was so impressed by the author's ability to really describe the depth of depression that some people feel.  That all consuming blackness that they can't see their way out of.  

 

It was hard seeing two teens experience something like that.  Especially when they had family and they just seemed either oblivious or impotent to help them.  But they found each other and that was great.  I felt like was something positive even though their relationship wasn't healthy at all.

 

But then, at the end of the book, I felt like where the author could do some tremendous good with her message, she just really punked out!  She went into such detail about the depression and the willingness to want to end it all, but didn't go into what could be on the other side with work and commitment to recovery.  That was more like a "fade to black" sex scene.  You figure it out.

 

I thought that was irresponsible.  I thought that she could have really done something good here.  Really helped someone going through something like this.  But, you can't fall in love and just think everything will be fixed.  Like everything else, recovery is work.  You are just fixed overnight or maybe not even in six weeks like in this book.

 

I wish that had been handled better.  I would want someone to explain that to my teen.  I was glad that Aysel found something to live for, but we take that and build on it.  That's not everything.  What if it doesn't work out?  Will she go right back to wanting to kill herself?

 

So, that's why I could only give this *3 STARS*.  I think the beginning was *5 STARS* material but the end just totally screwed it up for me.

 

***In all fairness, I have to say that the author does say exactly what I'm saying about the long road to recovery in her author's note, but I felt like it would have done more good in the actual story.***

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review 2017-02-26 07:47
Double Love (Sweet Valley High, #1)
Double Love - Francine Pascal

Hoo boy! did teenage me have some bad taste in books.

 

I saw this yesterday in a Free Little Library and couldn't resist finding out how it would read now.  

 

It's pretty awful; what was teenage me thinking??  The characters were so cardboard: Jessica is the vain, selfish, shallow, 'evil' twin; Elizabeth is everything good and shiny.  Jessica steals Liz's love interest and Liz is all brave and noble.  Liz's love interest is an absolute jackass of an 80's teen with a 50's mentality.  And I don't even know what the hell was supposed to be going on with their parents...

 

Dumb book.  I'd probably be less harsh with it if I didn't know there were authors out there like Blume who were doing exponentially better books for teens long before this was written, but thankfully there were, and thankfully I read them.

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text 2017-02-26 07:03
Book Blitz - Worth Any Cost

Worth Any Cost
Brenna Aubrey
(Gaming the System #6)
Publication date: February 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

You are cordially invited to the wedding of the decade.

Adam Drake and Emilia Kimberly Strong have chosen a date to solidify their love in the bonds of matrimony.

Join them on their exotic destination wedding. Visit with their friends and loved ones. But hold the champagne toast. Fate has a few last tests for our couple on their way to the altar.

Natural 20 or natural disaster?

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EXCERPT:

 

Satisfied with my results, I settled on the bed, all snug and dry in my robe. Pressing a stack of clean washcloths to my mouth to muffle the laughter, I heard the water turn off. After a few seconds’ hesitation, he called from inside the bathroom.

 

“Hey. Where are all the towels?”

 

I didn’t answer, just laughed some more and smothered my giggles.

 

The slap of his wet feet on the bare floor sounded as he crossed the bathroom toward the door. He poked his dripping head out of the doorway. “What did you do?” His dark eyebrow arched, hair soaked and plastered to his forehead. A puddle quickly formed around his feet.

 

I held up one of the tiny washcloths. “You want this, don’t you? The hate is swelling in you now.”

 

His mouth quirked. “Something’s swelling, but it isn’t hate.” He pushed the hair away from his forehead and cleared the water that had dripped into his eyes. “Somehow I thought getting away with that was too easy.”

 

I smirked. “You should know me better by now. As for drying off…you could always use your dirty underpants.”

 

“Underpants? What am I, five?” He clenched his jaw and then grinned. “Don’t underestimate the power of the dark side, young Jedi.”

 

I rolled my eyes. “So you’re going to try to one-up me? So predictable. I’m shaking in my boots.”

 

His dark eyes gleamed as he came closer. Rivulets of water had collected on his tasty abs. It was fascinating to behold.

 

“And you should know me better, too.” He grinned evilly. “I don’t one-up. I one-hundred-up.” Then he shook his head inches from my face. Droplets of water sprayed everywhere. I let out a screech and pulled back. “You are looking too dry over there, little girl. Let me help you with that.”

 

And he promptly pinned me, dripping wet, to the bed and started rubbing his drenched face in mine. “You’re gonna soak the bed!” I screeched.

 

“Collateral damage,” he replied. He reached down and pulled the belt on my robe, opening it. Then he shifted, sandwiching me between his wet body and the bed.

I squirmed and wiggled, and he only seemed to like it more. He shook his head again.

 

My hand smacked his hard chest. “You’re such a boy.”

 

He grinned. “I’m all boy,” he said, pressing his erection against me.

 

“I won’t take this lying down,” I muttered.

 

“You don’t have to take it lying down.” He laughed. “There’s always up against the door or the shower wall. Or you can take it bent over the back of the couch or a dozen other different ways. Whatever way you take it…you are taking it.”

 

 

 

Author Bio:

 

Brenna Aubrey is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture.

She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lover's heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. She's also a mom, teacher, geek girl, Francophile, unabashed video-game addict & eBook hoarder.

She currently resides on the west coast of the US with her husband, two children, and two adorable golden retriever pups.

 

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review 2017-02-25 20:54
In Search of the Golden Rainbow
In Search of the Golden Rainbow: A Once in a Lifetime Adventure - Charles Armistead

The allure of lost treasure fascinates everyone, yet no many try to actually find it.  Charles Armistead retells his time looking for such In Search of the Golden Rainbow with his father, great-uncle, and several business partners.  Yet while searching for gold, Armistead learns lessons about life and death.

 

Covering a period of nine months, Armistead describes his time while searching for a lost Mexican mine in the Oregon Mountains of New Mexico.  Over the course of 96 pages, Armistead relates many adventures and mishaps throughout in a smooth transition from one to another.  Yet because of nearly 40 years between the events and the writing only the incidents that made the biggest impression and the details both Armistead and his father could agree on were included in the book.  Although the book is clearly written for a teenage audience, its short length is a major downside and something I didn’t realize way back when my mother read me this book when I was a child.  While the book does have a religious message as well, Armistead doesn’t “preach” throughout it instead only bring in a religious message into the book at an appropriate connection to the events he is retelling.

 

In Search of the Golden Rainbow is over 35 years old, yet it is still an enjoyable read.  Armistead’s writing style provides a quick and easy read of his time looking for lost gold while also finding some spiritual truths.  If I had decided when I was a teen to read this book for myself instead of relying on my faulty childhood memories, I would have enjoyed it not only for the adventure but also that Armistead relayed spiritual lessons in a conversational way and not highhandedly.

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review 2017-02-25 18:28
I may be in the minority here but...
Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles 

 

I amy be in the minority here, but I thought this was sweet and engrossing YA novel. I didn't mean to read it in a few hours, but once Brittany almost ran Alex over with her car, I just couldn't seem to put it down.

It was cheesy at times and very predictable, but it still didn't stop me from enjoying every minute of it. I really loved the Fuentes family and Brittany's sister, Shelley. I'm not sure how accurate the portrayal of gang life was since I've never been in a gang or known anyone in a gang, but it certainly seemed to have a grain of truth in it to me. Especially, when dealing with burying the people you care about due to gang violence. 

I thought that the intimacy between Brittany and Alex was handled well overall, nothing too detailed but it wasn't overly innocent either. And I was happy to see that epilogue. Very cute way to give us a glimpse into their future. 

I'm definitely going to pick up the next book in the series. I'd love to see more of the characters from this story. 

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