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review 2017-12-15 03:06
Book Review: Unbroken by Larry Benjamin
Unbroken - Larry Benjamin

No words. None.


If you read but one book this year - make it this one.


All the stars! Utterly breathtaking. 

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text 2017-12-05 15:22
December TBR
Cloudbound (Bone Universe) - Fran Wilde
A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books - Rob Kaplan,Harold Rabinowitz
Now That You Mention It: A Novel - Kristan Higgins
The Other Alcott: A Novel - Elise Hooper
Pride and Prometheus - John Kessel
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction - William Knowlton Zinsser
Red Rising - Pierce Brown
Surprise Me: A Novel - Sophie Kinsella
The Girls in the Picture: A Novel - Melanie Benjamin
How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets - Dana K. White

I like posting these and then comparing wrap-ups to TBRs at the end of the month. For me, most of the time they are very different.


"The best-laid plans of mice and men..."


Anywho,  these are some of the books I see on the horizon for this month. It's going to be a busy month, so we will see how I do. 


Some highlights:


I'm looking forward to Kristin Higgins new book - I always enjoy her chic-lit. And I'm really looking forward to Kinsella's latest, Surprise Me.


I am cautiously looking forward to Pride and Prometheus - the Pride and Prejudice/ Frankenstein mashup cuz... well... that sounds absolutely insane in a way that makes me want to read it sooner rather than later.  


Passion for Books - essays about books? How can that possibly be bad? 


On Writing Well is a re-read from years ago because I want to write better, more gooder, ummm... well. 


Happy reading everyone!





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review 2017-09-21 00:00
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz I loved this book. I think it's a story that either really connects for you or doesn't at all. I wasn't so sure about it for some, in the beginning, but not too far in I really loved the characters. They're such individuals. They don't really fit into any stereotypes for teens. It made them feel more realistic. I really liked being inside their heads and witnessing them growing up as issues happened. ♥︎

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review 2017-09-12 21:50
The Dark Net - Benjamin Percy

First thought when I finished early, early this morning - WOW!

I had such a hard time deciding on reading this book. I loved Benjamin Percy's book "Red Moon" and was so excited to see this one offered by him. However, I was concerned with there being a lot of "geek speak". Well, there was some, but not a lot. I do remember one time when my eyes were crossing but that feeling did not last long. There was a lot of "freak speak" which I was used to in the author's other book.

This suspenseful, action packed thriller had me mesmerized. I stayed up way too late to finish it. I kept putting it down to sleep. Then, I would pull it back out and read some more. I could not leave it even though my body was telling me "it will be there in the morning".

A great read which I truly enjoyed!

Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-07-14 04:53
Review of "Breath of Heaven" (Well of Sorrows, #3) by Benjamin Tate (aka Joshua Palmatier)
Breath of Heaven - Benjamin Tate,Joshua Palmatier

Well written and kept me reading.  Still, somehow I could not connect with this final entry in the series.


The characters seemed distant to me.  Maybe just because it took so long after second book for me to read this one.  Maybe because I so loved his other series, Throne of Amenkor that began with The Skewed Throne, that it suffers by comparison.


It didn't help that there was a lot of action and battles taking places with lots of different — even though familiar from earlier books — characters where it was hard to invest.  Pretty glum with lots of dire straits, bad things happening, and outnumbered armies.  The only respite quite a few exciting heroic moments.


I really loved the first two books (okay, the very beginning was a bit too much wagon-train-taking-settlers-west for me but once I got into it I was hooked).  


The ending of this one *sigh* — well, in a way, I guess it came full circle?  

So much destruction despite a bit of deus ex machina,  that all three races are now wagon-train-ho to start new settlements.

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