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text 2018-02-24 18:17
Bookstagram Saturday

 

Books I got from the library today. 

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review 2018-02-24 03:09
Twice Shy (Shelter #3)
Twice Shy: Book Three in the Shelter Series - Kate Sherwood

Since Micah has spent most of the previous two books in a constant drug haze, it was nice to get to know him once he's free of the drugs. He's smart and philosophical, and he's realistic about his situation and the people he hurt with his drug habit. He knows he's got to keep working the program, even the parts that seem silly to him, and he doesn't get defensive when he's called out for veering off the rules. He knows he's got a lot of bridges to rebuild and relationships to mention, especially with his found family who he betrayed in the previous book. So getting know the real him was great.

 

I also liked that he was just miraculously clean after a stint in rehab. He's still tempted, and he's aware of his triggers and his pitfalls. Being idle is bad for him, so when his fellow rehab friend Austin gets his brother to offer Micah a job, he jumps at it.

 

Jake, Austin's brother, is a down-to-earth guy trying to grow his landscaping business, but he also has to take care of his younger brother, whose recovery is not going as well as Micah's. And with all his issues with Austin, I really couldn't buy it that he'd jump so quickly into a relationship with Micah. Yes, he questions the wisdom of it several times, and this is one of the few times the mid-book breakup actually makes sense. And even though this relationship develops over a few weeks, as opposed to the first two books which were both over a handful of days, this felt more rushed somehow. Maybe because I didn't really feel the connection, because I kept wondering why Jake, or even Micah, would risk a relationship at this point in their lives, and Austin's just another complication.

Really, this is a massive spoiler. You've been warned.

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And I kind of felt that killing Austin off was just a little too "easy" for getting rid of that complication. Obviously, not easy emotionally for the characters, but easy narratively for the author.

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I'm not sure what to make of the gentrification plot that's introduced here and which will be resolved somehow in the next book, which makes this kind of a cliffhanger. I guess I'll wait and see that resolution before deciding on it - though reading the blurb for the next book, I can already guess where that's going to go.

 

The three little snippets or interludes at the end were more like teasers for the next book than anything else, fun to read but not necessary.

 

Oh, and no way is that African violet surviving. They're way too picky and finicky to grow under the best of circumstances.

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url 2018-02-17 18:35
New in book series this weekend and Monday (aka my weekly finding of books likely initially missing from or missing covers on booklikes)
Fifty Fifty (Harriet Blue) - James Patterson,Candice Fox
Bound in Ashes: Paranormal BBW Shapeshifter Dragon Romance (Drachen Mates Book 4) - Milly Taiden
Earthbound (Dragons and Druids) (Volume 2) - Leia Stone
A Shade of Vampire 56: A League of Exiles (Volume 56) - Bella Forrest
Dark Strength (Refuge Book 3) - Cynthia Sax,Amanda Kelsey
PACO: Night Rebels Motorcycle Club (Night Rebels MC Romance Book 5) - Chiah Wilder,Hot Tree Editing,Lisa Cullinan
Up In Smoke - T.M. Frazier
Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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text 2018-02-15 17:15
TBR Thursday: Bringing it Back

I decided to start doing TBR Thursday again. With things going on right now I want to immerse myself in positive things. Wishing you all peace in your hearts and minds right now.

Bought (2):

 

Read, Write, Love at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 1) by [Cole, Addison]The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by [King, Stephen]

Total cost was $0.00 since the first book I bought it for free via Amazon Kindle. The second book I bought a while ago and have no idea how much I paid for it via Barnes and Noble.  

 

Borrow (5):

 

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Holds (14):

 

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[More detail about this title is available][More detail about this title is available]Cover image for The Three-Body ProblemCover image for First Grave on the Right

Cover image for Broken HarborCover image for The Darkest MindsCover image for Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely FineCover image for Renegades

Cover image for The Drawing of the ThreeCover image for Men Explain Things to Me

 

Total TBR: 21 books.

 

Not great, but not as bad as it could be. If I had not finished a ton of books I bought this past week I would be in worse shape. 

 

Do you all have some books you are looking forward to read in the next few days/week?

 

TBR Thursday is the brainchild of my partner in crime, Moonlight Reader. 

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text 2018-02-14 22:00
Happy Valentine's Day Boolikers!

Happy days to you all and I wish you good reading times ahead.

 

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