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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-21 17:04
Skim Blood and Savage Verse - Offbeat Crimes #3 Book Review
Skim Blood and Savage Verse (Offbeat Crimes, #3)Skim Blood and Savage Verse by Angel Martinez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really do like this series. It's just so gosh-darned wonderful and fluffy; like being wrapped in your favorite blanket on a snowy day with your fav hot chocolate spiked with something creamy and boozy.

Angel's 3rd book in the Offbeat Crimes focuses on Carrington Loveless III, the 77th's very own skim-blood drinking vampire as the leading man and the the lead officer for the investigation. And what an unusual crime. Feral books that literally fling words as weapons. But where did they come from, who set them on the loose, and just who is the mysterious Ms. Hunter Green Pea Coat, other than LJ's (Leather Jacket's) love on the lamb. Angel's characters simply come to life with wit, humor, and heart.

We meet Erasmus, shy unassuming library expert on all things Beatrix Potter from fluffy rabbits to dapper ducks. He starts off as Carr's literary consultant on the case and then his friend but Carr has a type, a hot, studly, absolute train-wreck of a type. Enter Heath... the train-wreck waiting to happen. Will Carr be sucked into yet another train-wreck or will he realize that there's something much much better hiding in the shy, literary wings? And how will they catch the feral books and contain them? Who unleashed them on the city? Will LJ and Hunter Pea Coat reunite?

Sooo many questions - read the book to find the answers!

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review 2018-03-21 16:36
The Listener by Robert McCammon
The Listener - Robert R. McCammon

Everything good that can be said about this book, has already been said in all the great reviews. The 5 star ratings are well deserved. You won't be disappointed.


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Facts About Me: Life With Cancer

I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2002, one week before my 16th birthday. I underwent extreme chemotherapy treatment and a stem cell transplant in a trial research program. Now, due to side effects that weren’t known at the time, I have quite a few different disabilities and illnesses that creep up from time to time. I have to use some fancy gadgets at home, and I’ve got a boring old, regular wheelchair to get me where I want to go.

I get by as best as I can and don’t particularly consider myself ‘disabled’, though there are things I can’t do that really irritate me, because I used to be able to do them. I’m just happy for what I’ve got and try to get on with it.

The only real blessing it's given me is the freedom to spend all day, every day, following my passion - writing. Other than family and my reviewing hobby, there are no other commitments to take up my time, as I'm considered unfit to work. Which means that I get to write all. the. time.


After my treatment, I actually wrote a book about my experience as a teenager with cancer. It was posted on Wattpad after I completed it, then published with Write More Publications, but has since been unpublished due to Write More closing down. The book is still available to review, in its original (unedited) format, on Wattpad. I've been lucky enough to have some amazing readers, who comment to let me know how much my experiences help them cope with similar life struggles, and how my survival gives them hope, even for family members who are going through similar things.

You can read the book, An Unpredictable Life, for free on Wattpad right here: https://www.wattpad.com/story/9749942-an-unpredictable-life



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review 2018-03-21 00:00
Chasing Dreams (Harper Family, Book 1)
Chasing Dreams (Harper Family, Book 1) - Nancy Stopper Nancy Stopper speaks to the dreamers of the world. Chasing Dreams is a voice of hope in a world that can often feel hopeless. Tanner and Isabella are the perfect example of how one person can make a difference. She's lost her way. Injury has sidelined Isabella's promising career as a ballet dancer. He's lost his faith. One broken heart is one too many. Tanner wants to be happy and he wants his daughter to be happy, yet despite his penchant for encourages others to never lose heart in navigating the maze of life, love is not in the cards for him. Or is it? Using realistic circumstances, Chasing Dreams inspires and teaches. At the heart of Isabella and Tanner's story is the circle of life. It seldom turns out the way we want it to, but somehow despite the twists, we end up in the right place.
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url 2018-03-20 20:31
Humble Jumbo Bundle (not books, but good)

I've played a couple games in this bundle and consider both of them to be good, if you're into puzzle-solving.


Rusty Lake: Roots - A point-and-click adventure game with lots of weird little puzzles. I think it started life as a phone or tablet game. It's a family saga that takes you from the family's beginnings, through a few generations, and up to what is almost the series' present. It's one of my top favorite entries in the Rusty Lake/Cube Escape series and works perfectly fine as a standalone. If you'd like a taste of the gameplay style, most of the games in the series are available for free - search "Cube Escape" in whatever app store you use. My favorite of the free ones is probably Cube Escape: Birthday (although, be warned, there's some sudden violence, a moment when

a shooter comes and kills the main character's whole family

(spoiler show)

). All the games have varying degrees of gross or violent moments, but the characters involved are generally pretty emotionally detached from those moments, if that helps.


Obduction - If you have the same Myst nostalgia that I have, you might already own this. I haven't finished it yet - I've gotten through two of what I think are probably three total connected worlds. It has some of the same issues as the Myst games - times when it's difficult to tell what you should be doing next or whether you're even on the right track - but it also has many of the elements that made the Myst games so good. My favorite thing so far has been the moment when I learned that the world of Obduction is actually much, much larger than it at first appears to be.

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