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review 2018-01-16 21:48
Need a Laugh? Check out My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding by Angie Fox @AngieFoxauthor
My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding - Angie Fox

I was looking for something easy to read and all I had to do is sit back and enjoy.   Well, My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding by Angie Fox was just the ticket.

 

My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding (Demon Slayer, #5)

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MY ONE SENTENCE REVIEW

 

Outrageously funny band of biker bitches witches help Lizzie battle the evil Earl and plan her wedding kept me laughing, because of its cast of quirky characters with magical spells that don’t always work the way they should and creatures that cover the supernatural world.

 

I picked this up on an Amazon free day and I’m glad it didn’t get buried in my Kindle.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  3 Stars

 

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review 2018-01-09 18:39
A light and fun read, recommended if you need an injection of sun and romance
A Wedding At Two Love Lane - Kieran Kramer

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and to NetGalley for offering me an ARC copy of this novel that I freely chose to review.

Although this is book two in The Two Love Lane series (a series about the owners of a matchmaking agency), I have not read the first one and can confirm it can be enjoyed as a standalone read, although I’m sure that knowing the set-up and the characters would add to the reading experience.

I don’t want to discuss in too much detail the plot, as the description introduces the main characters and some of the main themes. There is  a contest for a wedding dress, that ends up becoming a reality show, an English baron (quite a few of the reviewers have commented that considering his father and his older brother are alive and well, that does not make sense), a nasty store owner and his side-kick who become the villains of the piece (well, perhaps), several side-plots (a designer with an interesting idea and a hidden love story, the background stories of both protagonists and their families, the stories of the other couples involved in the contest, and  a big win at the TV quiz show The Price Is Right), and Charleston. The Charleston of the book is a genteel and lovely place, full of great restaurants, fascinating shops, and lively characters. It is also a welcoming place where people from all over are made to feel at home, and where everybody feels inspired.

Many of the usual tropes and themes of romantic novels are at play here, and also quite a few typical of chick-lit. Greer is alone and very good at finding love for others but not so good at getting finding her own. She is obsessed with creating the perfect wedding, not only for her clients but for herself, and has been collecting wedding scrapbooks since she was a child. Although she is supposed to be the logical one in charge of the technical side of things at the agency and the ever important algorithms, she plunges head first into crazy situations and keeps denying what is plain to see. We have an English nobleman, who is, of course, very attractive and also a talented painter, but needs a muse to find his true art. He’s been jilted at the altar but still offers to play Greer’s fake partner. We have pretend relationships, secrets, will they won’t they, not quite love-at-first-sight, but close enough, and a good cast of secondary characters that all sound interesting enough in their own right (Personally, I’d love to hear more about Miss Thing). Ah, and donuts, cakes, wonderful wedding dresses, intrigue, and misunderstandings galore. There are plenty of fun moments, some sad ones, and some inspiring ones (I was particularly interested in Ford’s struggle to connect with his art), and the book is an easy and light read, although I agree with some reviewers that it tries to pack so many things in that at times it feels too busy, and some of the side-stories deserve more time and development than what they get.

The characters are likable enough (I’ve never been obsessed about weddings, but quite liked Greer’s idea of entering the contest as a single participant), and although the novel stretches our suspension of disbelief on occasions, I don’t think it goes beyond genre expectations. The writing is fluid, with nice local touches and British expressions, and includes descriptions that put readers right in the middle of the action, without overdoing it.

After spending a fair amount of time with the characters, the ending felt a bit rushed, and I agree with reviewers that felt there should have been another chapter to clarify matters (I think we all felt as if they had banged the door on our faces), although perhaps the author has something up her sleeve and it has something to do with the next book. (Let me clarify. It does not end up on a cliff-hanger, but we miss the big event, perhaps because after talking about it so much, it could never have lived up to everyone’s expectations).

A light and fun read, recommended if you need an injection of sun and romance, in a great setting, with many secondary stories to keep you occupied if you easily get bored.

 

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review 2018-01-09 05:02
good book and characters
A Wedding At Two Love Lane - Kieran Kramer

Greer is a partner in a  matchmaking business r and always loved weddings and everything to do with them. She also,loved having people find their true love but she if yet has found hers. Greer even has  scrapbooks of her favorite wedding things for when she gets married.  Greer had a ex that had proposed to her but she had said no and ended the relationship. Now her 3ex was engaged to be married. Greer was at a charity auction and saw a wedding gown called “ Royal Bliss” which is said to bring luck to the owner. Greer felt she had to have that gown and did something she didn’t normally do - got into a bidding war with Pierre who is a failed matchmaker person. Pierre has a vendetta against Greer for the failure of not matching him with someone and Pierre wins the gown. But pierre is having a contest- for publicity and the prize will be the wedding gown. Greer enters the contest even though she isn’t romantically involved with someone. Her ex and his fiance are also entered. Ford is a Baron who is disillusioned about love as he had been engaged about to marry and his fiance was found with a groomsman so Ford was left at the aisle. But Ford is also an artist looking for a muse then he sees greer at the auction and feels he must paint her. Greer and ford make a dead ford be her fake fiance and he could paint her. Greer thinks Ford is a destitute artist.

I enjoyed this book for the most part. I did love Greer and ford together. This was a lighthearted fun romance. I didn’t like that Ford kept his identity a secret but understood. This also made me chuckle at times. This book really does have a little of everything: a charity auction , a bidding war, a disgruntled unmatchable man, a vendetta, a magical wedding gown, a fake engagement, an artist, adeal, drunk frat boys, going to the Price Is right tv show, drama, humor, seeing the ex, and so much more. But this was a little too busy at times for me. I also felt the ending was rushed. But that wasn't enough for me not to like this book and i loved the characters and the ins and outs and I recommend.

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text 2018-01-08 19:10
Reading progress update: I've read 186 out of 263 pages.
Blood Wedding - Pierre Lemaitre

well, after reading 186 pages of this Thriller in a rush, I really feel I'm already experiencing one of the best books I'll read in 2018! that was fast. what is it with these brilliant French Crime writers--last year it was Michel Bussi, and now this--and how are they so brilliant? I guess they just are--something in the croissants.

 

now this book is an intense, painful read, as a character's mental anguish and instability grows exponentially with each section, but the stuff that I don't want to give away--the plot that goes with Sophie's, um, "condition", which I I'm now more inclined to call Sophie's dilemma, her chief reason for living in a nightmare--has really got me hooked on this novel. and then there's Frantz...whom I loathe...

 

oddly, this book reminds me a bit of a book I did not like, which I read last year, called Perfect Days, by Montes. state of anguish, needs to come to a halt some way so the reader can finally relax and walk away, and then I hated the ending (and disliked some other things about the book). this book, I hope, will have a strong ending--not necessarily the one that coddles to me and what I would wish would happen--and just in general, no matter how unsettling, this is a somewhat more palatable scenario, considering it's designed to cause shock and suspense. 

 

this book also reminds me of a huge favorite of mine--The Sleep Police, by Jay Bonansinga--and we'll see if it can also get a 5 star rating from me. I may finish it later today, because it's hard not to want to get back to it and find out what happens next, and next, and then the finale. just a magnificent Crime/Thriller read. I can see what impressed Hol.

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text 2018-01-07 16:33
Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 263 pages.
Blood Wedding - Pierre Lemaitre

starting to feel like a horrible shirker, but still not quite ready for that big Dumas brick of a book. I'm thinking "right after this"...but it's certainly not definite. anyway, this Lemaitre book is just too tempting--I think it was Hol who liked it--and I'm going with that!

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