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review 2018-08-15 05:39
Damaged Saints
Bitter Angels - C.L. Anderson,Sarah Zettel

Bitter Angels opens when a woman suffering from severe PTSD after being tortured as a prisoner of war is called back to active service to investigate the death of her mentor by a sort of interplanetary secret service called the Guardians. The story is set in a future where medical science has achieved human immortality, but access to it is heavily restricted. It is also possible to have an AI chip implanted in your brain that provides you with lifelong companion that only you can see and hear. It is a future where colony world populations exist as indentured slaves working to pay off debts for water and air that can never be paid off.


The plot of Bitter Angels involves a series of extremely byzantine plots and the main characters' attempts to unravel them while be continuously manipulated by the powers trying to keep their secrets. I cannot attempt to describe the plot without spoiling it, but suffice to say it is genuinely interesting and kept me guessing right up to the last chapters.

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review 2018-07-28 13:36
The Academy - Quinn Anderson

Nick moves to a new town to attend college with a gull ride scholarship.  Sebastian hits on him right away.  The mutual attraction sets off sparks right away.


Sebastian is used to getting what he wants.  What he wants now is Nick.  Nick, however, is a serious student who wants to do well and not let anything get in his way.


This book was a serious slow burn, and was almost too slow.  I liked the characters interaction itself but wish the pace had been a little bit faster.  I loved the ending and was thrilled this author once again gave me an HEA.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



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

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text 2018-07-25 03:33
Sampled after seeing in bookstore today
Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All - Jennifer Donnelly,M.T. Anderson,Deborah Hopkinson,Candace Fleming,Stephanie Hemphill,Lisa Ann Sandell,Linda Sue Park

An anthology by YA authors (although much of the subject matter is adult or at best New Adult), each covering one wife.  Sounded a possibly interesting take.


I was curious so downloaded a sample and not sure I'll want to read.  I like novels about Tudor times and Henry VIII's wives.  The sample went into Katharine of Aragon and was rather bland if a pious character.  The other chapters by other authors could be better ...


But, with barely 50 pages devoted to each wife interspersed with Henry chapters, doubt I'll pursue this one.  I tend to prefer longer tales and something to like about main characters.  If becomes a free library borrow, maybe someday.

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review 2018-07-21 16:09
"No Return Address", by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
No Return Address - Gail Anderson-Dargatz

I received this Rapid Reads from Orca Book Publishers via the Early Reviewers Program for my thoughts.

Short and sweet, this large print paper book which also includes a preview of the author’s next book is just under 130 pages long. “”No Return Address” is a hearth warming story about how a family grows apart and what is necessary to bring them back together. 

Rhonda receives mysterious package in the mail from her mom who passed away the previous year. Curious she turns to people around her and along the way she makes new friends and reconnects with her brother.

I love those little books perfect to squeeze in when time is not on our side. Ms. Dargatz knows how in simple words make an impact that will make us think. Wouldn’t you also be curious? Although not very long the storyline is captivating and suspenseful and is said in a prose that is warm and down to heart. Well-done.

Rapprochement is a bigger gift that one can ever imagine….

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review 2018-07-08 12:11
It's a Question of Space
 It's a Question of Space: An Ordinary Astronaut's Answers to Sometimes Extraordinary Questions - Clayton C. Anderson

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

I’m going to admit I had no idea who Clayton Anderson was when I requested this book, but it sounded interesting, and interesting it turned to be, indeed. There were plenty of little things I never suspected regarding life on the ISS, and in space in general, and I feel like I’ve learnt a lot. Which I’m sure is absolutely not going to be useful if I write a sci-fi story someday. Never.

It’s a fast read, in Q&A format, which is ideal when, like me, you read a lot during breaks at work, or while commuting. No long chapters that make it difficult to stop (almost) any time. These cover a lot of various things, from how the human body reacts in space to the kind of operations astronauts have to be trained in, from the former space shuttle program to little things like ‘how to you wash yourself in micro-gravity’.

While I felt that Anderson might have misinterpreted a couple of questions (I’m thinking more specifically about the one regarding ‘what do you think of people who say the moon landing is a conspiracy’), overall his answers were simple and often full of humour. The man doesn’t hesitate to make fun of himself, and admits when he goofed on the station. He doesn’t always get into details, and he doesn’t hide it when he doesn’t know something, so perhaps some of the answers were a little lackluster; still, in general, this was fairly informative for me.

Conclusion: 3.5 stars. And I wouldn’t mind reading his other book, for sure.

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