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text 2018-01-11 22:57
Reading progress: 31%.
No One Lives Twice No One Lives Twice - Julie Moffett

Hmmm…nothing seems to faze her.Not sure I like that (I mean you are held at gun point several times, your home is broken into several times including when you are home, stuff tossed about ... and you go to bed without even changing sheets?).


On the other hand, I wouldn't want to be reading endless whining about it.


I certainly don't like that a co-worker she is definitely not interested in (and has told him so) only gives her a safe ride after she promises a tongue kiss ... WTF?  


Lots of potential romantic interests have been tossed in (not a love triangle or anything yet).  


I want the more collected chick from the beginning of book back.  Not this unfazed one potentially letting the dudes walk all over her; one confident in her own skills instead of self-deprecating them in comparison with all the new guys that have shown up in the story.


Reading for a booklikes book club -- YA Book Club. 


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text 2016-09-15 18:29
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

reading this one for my teens.  not really enjoying it (some of that is made worse by having watching the movie and being aware of the love pentacle).


but seriously, her best friend simon (aka "nice guy love interest") is a jerk.  he's kind of 'nice guying' her... when he's just not flat out being a dick.


can i count this as YA Horror?  it's not a horror book, but it's kind of horrifying to me.

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text 2016-08-20 15:19
Beauty Queens - Libba Bray

Ladybird Hope is like someone smooshed Trump and Palin into a single person.


Satire often hurts my brain.

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review 2016-03-01 00:12
feels derivative and uninspired
The Iron King - Julie Kagawa

Ok, I know this book has seriously devoted followers, but for me it fell flat.  Of course, Twilight also has seriously devoted followers, so following isn't always a good judge of if I'll like it.


The Iron King feels to me as if someone who adores fairy tales went "you know what The Labyrinth needs?  A love triangle.  And Sarah is not nearly enough of a special snowflake, I totally need to fix that."


The feel honestly comes across as almost middle reader to me, except for the bits which are written to showcase the decadence and debasement of the fae.  The groping and sexuality is aimed at tween and teens, but the writing reminds me of the sorts of descriptions I used to come up with when I was a tween and trying to write like an adult (this scene is totally sexy and dangerous... really!).


Had I discovered this when I was a tween, I might have been a believer.  As an adult, I'll go back to Seanan McGuire, or even reread Elizabeth Bear's Promethean Age novels.

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text 2016-02-27 22:13
not bowled over
The Iron King - Julie Kagawa

I feel like the author went "you know what the Labrynth needs?  for the heroine to be even more of a special flower and a love triangle."


not hating on it, just not loving it.  probably a 2.5 star.


wouldn't mind a little more subtly in plot hinting.  i mean, "robbie goodfell"?  though considering the fact that iron makes fey feel poorly is apparently a surprise perhaps the target audience is not those familiar with fey lore?

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