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text 2018-08-14 06:06
Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 188 pages.
Black Klansman - Anne Nall Stallworth

I don't know if I'll see the movie (I wouldn't be surprised if it never makes it into my local movie theater), but I figured I'd give the book a shot. It has several things going for it: it sounds like a fascinating story, it's short, and it's set in Colorado Springs, where I lived for several years.

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review 2018-08-13 10:00
Recent Release Review! Their Bride (The Marriage Lottery # 2.5) Stasia Black & A.S. Green!
Their Bride - A.S. Green,Stasia Black

 

 

All Vanessa ever wanted was to be loved.
Okay, strike that—all she wanted was not to die at the hands of the homicidal maniac who was obsessed with hunting her down—AND to be loved.
Was that too much to ask?

 

Going to Jacob’s Well and becoming a Lottery Bride sounded like it would make all Vanessa’s dreams come true.


For the first time in her life, she’d have a family. For the first time in her life, she’d have not just one person to love her, but FIVE.


And she’d be safe from the notorious female slave trader, Lorenzo Bernal.

There’s just one teeny, tiny problem.

 

When the lottery husbands are announced, it turns out none of them intentionally entered. And they want out of the bargain.

 

*Events of this novel occur at the same time as events in Book 2 in the series but Their Bride is a full-length, standalone novel in the series.

 


“Their Bride” is full of emotions, passion and excitement that keeps readers glued to the pages.

 

These strong, appealing characters capture the hearts of readers as each has vulnerabilities and issues that hinder their relationship which provides lots of emotional turmoil during all the sizzling chemistry and heated passions of this captivating romance. Vanessa is a strong courageous woman with a challenging past that has kept her on the run but she remains strong and strives to make her own dreams come true which readers can certainly relate to and all the men easily ensure that readers want to help them overcome their problems and reach for happiness. Each of the men are different with unique issues so this adds variety and ensures that readers are never bored throughout this romance.

 

The fast paced and smooth flowing plot is not full of blazing hot passion and steamy sex scenes but it is also full of excitement, danger and a few surprising twists involving each of the characters which keep readers glued to the pages. This story references some of the events that take place in “Theirs to Protect” and continues a bit further in the future than where it ended, so while the story is standalone and can be read before the second book, for readers to get the most enjoyment out of the books, the series should be read in order due to the overall events that take place throughout the series.

 

I found that reading “Their Bride" actually made “Theirs to Protect” even better because this one made things more complete having read both books and I really can’t wait to find out what happens next in the series.

 

 

Their Bride

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41009255-their-bride

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/their-bride-marriage-lottery-series-standalone-by-a-s-green-and-stasia-black

 

 

 

is #2.5 in TheMarriage Lottery series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/234111-the-marriage-lottery

 

Stasia Black - https://www.stasiablack.com/marriage-lottery-series

 

 

which includes:
1 Theirs to Protect
2 Theirs to Pleasure
3 Their Bride

 

 

Their Bride is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G7H77PF/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

 

 

Stasia was born in Georgia, grew up in Texas, recently spent a freezing five-year stint in Minnesota, and now is happily planted in sunny California, which she will never, ever leave.

 

She loves writing, reading, listening to podcasts, and has recently taken up biking after a twenty-year sabbatical (and has the bumps and bruises to prove it). She lives with her own personal cheerleader, aka, her handsome husband, and their teenage son. Wow. Typing that makes her feel old. And writing about herself in the third person makes her feel a little like a nutjob, but ahem! Where were we?

Stasia’s drawn to romantic stories that don’t take the easy way out. She wants to see beneath people’s veneer and poke into their dark places, their twisted motives, and their deepest desires. Basically, she wants to create characters that make readers alternately laugh, cry ugly tears, want to toss their kindles across the room, and then declare they have a new FBB (forever book boyfriend).

 

 

Website - http://www.stasiablack.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16283005.Stasia_Black

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/stasia-black

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/StasiaBlackAuthor

 

InstaGram - http://www.instagram.com/stasiablackauthor

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/stasiawritesmut

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Stasia-Black/e/B01MY5PIUH/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 



I live in the cold, upper Midwest with my husband and three kids. I spend summers on Lake Superior, which is the muse for my contemporary romance, Summer Girl, and I’m a sucker for down-to-earth men who work with their hands (if they play guitar, that’s an added bonus). I love all things Irish—particularly music, dancing, and Jameson. When I’m not writing or reading romance, I’m traveling, camping, visiting book clubs, blogging for Writer Unboxed, and writing paranormal and contemporary young adult novels (under my real name).


Website - http://asgreenbooks.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15481846.A_S_Green

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/asgreenbooks

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/asgreenbooks

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/asgreenbooks/

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/asgreenbooks/

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/A.S.-Green/e/B01JLZQ12A/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_2

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-09 14:28
Review: The Book of Kindly Deaths by Eldritch Black
The Book of Kindly Deaths - Eldritch Black

The Book of Kindly Deaths by Eldritch Black is a story about Eliza Winter and the mysterious hidden room in her grandfather's house. Desperate for clues, Eliza opens a book in hopes of finding her missing grandfather.

Plot 5/5: A very interesting plot that I hadn't come across in my reading before.

Characters 5/5: The characters are interesting and peculiar.

World building 5/5: An interesting world with vivid descriptions.

Pacing 4/5: This story has a steady pace.

Writing 4/5: The writing was good.

Overall 4.6

Purchased on Amazon.

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review 2018-08-08 18:39
Review (rating-4)
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

 

                                             

 


                                                   The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

 

                 


“You really do want me,” I say, close enough to  feel the warmth of his breath as it hitches.

“And you hate it.”

 

I actually regret that I didn't read this jewel of a book sooner. But I am equally sad about the wait for the second book in the series. I don't know how I'm going to read the second one after the long wait knowing that I'll have to do the same for the third. Uhh!

So now about the book-

It starts with the murder of Jude's parents and then focuses on her life with the Faerie and how she is a mortal who inwardly wishes to be a Fae. Jude is a headstrong, extremely brave and a wise character. Her personality may seem a bit uh uncaring, aloof but she's not. Apparently, with lots of wits she becomes the main player of the royal game. She has the upper hand to make somebody king from the two characters and she makes a decision. I knew whom it would be but I was still shocked by how it all unraveled. And I was amazed. Truly.

The cruel prince or Prince Cardan is like the parasite who sucks blood out of Jude everyday. He doesn't, actually. But that defines the relation he has with Jude.

And every evil has another story which nobody knows. Cardan has one too. I was shocked and filled with hate for the persons responsible for the evil surrounding his life. He hates mortals and that means he hates Jude and her twin too. Well, of course he hated Jude but heart knows different.  Cardan is a complex character whom I loved from the start. His mood swings, his cruelness, his wiseness were too much for my heart to hate him.

For her sisters- I hate Taryn with whole of my heart.

As for Vivi, I really liked her alot. And I loved Oak too.

Eagerly waiting for the next book!

 

 

 

I'd love to discuss books with y'all. And to connect with passionate readers like myself would be my pleasure. Feel free to suggest books so I can devour them and later review them too. Here are some of the genres that I love:

Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction, Romance, General Fiction, Fantasy and some more. I'll be posting some more of my reviews and opinions for other books.

 

For contact: diazcara25@gmail.com

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review 2018-08-07 11:11
How do these people call themselves teachers?
Magisterium: The Copper Gauntlet - Holly Black,Cassandra Clare

So, apart from the fact that I'm convinced that the only reason that the kids at these schools are literate is their education before they go to the fancy schmancy magic schools.  It's more College type teaching than ensuring that they have any education and most of it seems to consist of the students being left to their own devices to sink or swim, my father would be appalled.

 

My father was a building construction and carpentry teacher (I believe they call them Material Technology teachers now but he's retired...) and to me magic should be like this.  Magic isn't safe, like using chisels, it needs supervision, because even if you do supervise carefully some idiot will try to cut a finger off (like someone did in my brother's class) and now I'm starting to plot how a magic school would operate, in reality.

 

So Call discovers that his father has plans, that involve Havoc, his well demon dog, and they're not good, so he runs away from home to one of his friends houses and then to school where the year starts okay but things go downhill rapidly and he runs away from school too.

 

I'm getting too old for these books.  I'm seeing more plot hole than plot and weak worldbuilding rather than being drawn in but I'm not really  the market for this so I can't really tell if it would work for the market.

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