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review 2018-05-24 03:31
Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood #2)
Leah on the Offbeat - Becky Albertalli

Wow, I don't even know where to start with how awful this book is.

 

Terrible bi rep? Check.

Terrible girl rep? Check

Terrible fat girl rep? Check.

 

I loved Simon Vs The Homo-Sapiens Agenda and fell in love with all the characters (well, not Martin) and I felt especially drawn to Leah. So when I found out there was going to be another book, centered on Leah, I got excited. Then the blurb mentioned that she's suddenly bisexual, and I got concerned because there was zero indication or hint of that in the first book. But it couldn't be that bad, right?

 

Other reviewers have said it better: this story felt like fanfic. And not even good fanfic. It felt like the really bad fanfic that you don't admit to reading. The AU kind where everyone's gay and acts so out of character as to be unrecognizable in order to force together the writer's OTP that makes zero sense in canon but dammit they're going to make it work no matter what. 

 

On top of that, there's no plot. It's just a string of scenes that are connected only be the fact they happen chronologically (aside from a couple of flashbacks). Leah exists just to be awful and condescending and rude to everyone, yet for some reason everyone still loves her.

 

There's also no heart. We never learn why Leah acts the way she does because there's zero reflection on her actions or feelings, and so she never learns or develops. She's the exact same awful person at the end of the book as she is at the start of it, and she's taken everyone else down with her. This is just Leah referring to herself as a bitch for 300 pages because isn't it hilarious when girls call themselves slur words? There's no reason to care about Leah, so there's no reason to care about anything that's going on around her.

 

There's a really awkward attempt at addressing racism that feels more like it was written as an overhanded after-school special message than an actual examination of racism and all of its nuances. It's there solely to give Leah one shining moment of being not completely sucky. 

 

In a word, this book is superficial.

 

The first half dragged because nothing happened aside from Leah being rude, not knowing how to express herself, and constantly having brain freeze, stopped heart and flipping stomach, because that's what hormones do to seventeen-year old girls. And apparently being bisexual means you develop crushes on everyone. I couldn't take the plodding pace of non-action, so I did skim most of the second half starting around 60%. Thankfully, not much happened in that section beyond prom, Leah and her girlfriend being selfish and awful to everyone at prom, and the writer leaving a bunch of dangling threads.

 

This was a huge disappointment and read like the Ms. Albertalli just phoned it in.

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review 2018-05-11 02:36
Red Dirt Heart 2
Red Dirt Heart 2 (Red Dirt Heart Series) - N.R. Walker

This started off kind of rocky, to the point I even considered quitting at one point since the first book was only ok. I'm glad I stuck with it though since it ends much stronger than it started. All it took was Charlie to stop acting like a twelve-year old (jealousy and angry snits are really not appealing to me) and the guys to actually start talking to each other instead of just having sex as the basis of their relationship. Go figure. 

 

There's still too much of everyone thinking the gay couple is cute, and I wanted to (lightly) smack everyone who was smiling/laughing at Charlie's discomfort at various points throughout the book. Their reactions came from a place of love, but that still wasn't cool.

 

I felt that this ended with a stronger relationship between Charlie and Travis, which helped me to care about them as a couple and as individuals. Charlie's coming out process is maybe a bit too rushed considering his years of baggage, but it was too satisfying to bother me long. :)

 

I also got a (somewhat) better sense of some of the side characters. Greg is an even better friend to Charlie than originally thought.

 

Onto the next one.

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review 2018-05-08 02:08
The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) (Audiobook) - DNF
The Trials of Apollo, Book Two: The Dark Prophecy - Rick Riordan,Robbie Daymond

I think I've reached my saturation point with this author. As much as I enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, it was something of a struggle to get through it by the end since there's not a lot variation in the themes. I knew I needed to take a break from Riordan's writing before considering another series. I thought this would be that series, and I really enjoyed the first one.

 

But man, Apollo is an annoying self-centered brat! :P If that character type appeals to you, you'll love this series, but I just couldn't take it anymore. I didn't like Apollo, I couldn't remember any of the other characters, themes and conflicts are again getting repetitive. I was struggling to pay attention or care about anything. I even went back to the point where my attention first started wandering and tried to listen again, but it just wasn't working for me.

 

This is no fault of the narrator - or maybe in an ironic way it is. He performed wonderfully and he really got the Apollo character down pat, in all his conceited glory. :D

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review 2018-05-03 21:32
[REVIEW] Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain, Kathe Mazur

So incredibly and painfully boring. I didn't feel I learned anything new or interesting about introverts. It gave me the feeling that it was geared towards business people more than anyone else. Also, I felt this book was composed of many case studies and not that many self-help tips. It's my fault, really. I was warned that this was going to be boring and that I should stick to the Ted Talk the author gave instead. However, I needed something to listen to as I commute, something that wouldn't make me feel guilty while I ignored my many other responsibilities. The narrator spoke softly, and I did enjoy listening to her.

 

Was the book worth it? Meh. Hard to say.

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text 2018-05-01 15:49
Angel’s Monthly Wrap Up – April 2018

 

 

April was a nice month. I got to spend more time outside. Which I truly love. My flower garden is doing spectacular this year too. I bought a bunch of new flowers to try out. My son helped me pick out the flowers. The blue flower plant is the one he really wanted, since blue is his favorite color. As you can see I got them planted and they are doing spectacular in the garden. My rose bush is also coming back to life thanks to the Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed All Purpose Plant Food I got to spray on my plants.

 

    

 

I also bought some set cushions for my plastic chairs outside. Now everyone has a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the backyard and garden.

 

 


April Surprise Email Subscriber Giveaway – Jerry M won a $5 Amazon GC
April Book of Choice Hop – Gaby N. picked eCopy of Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Raining Romance Book Hop – Nikki picked paperback copy of Midnight Heat by Sarah Grimm

 

 

April is National Library Week. I do so love my library. Their where several great posts this month featuring libraries, apps, and more. I did a post over at Bea’s Book Nook for her Libraries Around The World feature! This Month, Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Millbrae, CA, stop on by and check it out.  

 

Their where also several great April Discussion Topics linked up and featured this month hosted by Feed your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight. My favorite ones are all the different Library posts. I hope you will hop on over and check out all the great discussions!

 

 

  • Win one of two complete sets of Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock novels! Click Here
  • Enter to win a Piper J Drake Gift Basket (print copies of Extreme Honor and Hidden Impact, sports bag, fun Piper J Drake and Corbin swag) Click Here
  • Paperback of Blood Heart by Lexi C. Foss Click Here
  • $10 Amazon GC, ECopy of Murder, She Knit Click Here
  • $10 Amazon, an ecopy of both the books Click Here

 

 

           

 

 

 

            

 

 

 

April Library Love

 

 

Discussion ChallengeGOAL: My level will be 11-20 – Creative Conversationalist

 

Completed 19 out of 20

 

Try Something New: My Goal: Level 3: 21-40 books

  1. Pure Heat ~ Author/Series
  2. The One You Want ~ Series
  3. Carrots ~ Author/Series
  4. Cowboy SEAL Homecoming ~ Author/Series
  5. Kiss of Pride ~ Author/Series
  6. A Charming Crime ~ Author/Series
  7. How to Date a Dragon ~ Series
  8. A Taste for a Mate ~ Author/Series
  9. You’ve Got Tail ~ Author/Series
  10. Vampire’s Kiss ~ Author/Series
  11. One Wilde Night ~ Author/Series
  12. Memory Zero ~ Series
  13. The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum ~ Author/Series
  14. Blades of Magic ~ Author/Series
  15. Reckless in Texas – Author/Series
  16. Hot and Badgered – Series
  17. Soul Thing – Author/Series
  18. Dragons Among Them – Series/Author

 

Audiobook Challenge: My Goal: Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30

  1. The Hotter You Burn
  2. Branded by Fire
  3. Hostage to Pleasure
  4. Carrots
  5. The Closer You Come
  6. The One You Want
  7. Magic Breaks
  8. Magic Stars
  9. Magic Binds
  10. The Harder You Fall
  11. Kiss of Pride
  12. Can’t Hardly Breathe
  13. How to Date Your Dragon
  14. A Taste for a Mate
  15. Can’t Let Go
  16. Clean Sweep
  17. Bonds of Justice
  18. Dead Heat
  19. Blaze of Memory
  20. Magic Shifts
  21. Fire Touched
  22. Play of Passion
  23. Night Broken
  24. Dead Heat
  25. Kiss of Snow
  26. Heart of Obsidian
  27. Wild Embrace
  28. Wild Invitation 

 

Library Love Challenge: My Goal: Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books

  1. Midnight Marked
  2. Pure Heat
  3. Hostage to Pleasure – Audio
  4. Banded by Fire – Audio
  5. Can’t Let Go – Audio
  6. Can’t Hardly Breath – Audio
  7. Fuel For Fire
  8. Blood Bound
  9. Bonds of Justice – Audio
  10. Blaze of Memory – Audio
  11. Memory Zone
  12. Play of Passion – Audio
  13. The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum
  14. Blades Of Illusion
  15. Runaway Vampire
  16. Kiss of Snow – Audio
  17. Reckless in Texas 
  18. Heart of Obsidian – Audio
  19. Silence Fallen
  20. Hot and Badgered
  21. Generation 18
  22. Shield of Winter – Audio

 

The Series That Never… Ends Challenge: My Goal: Level One – 5-9 books – Surviving the Book Tsunami

I picked the Charley Davidson Series (13 books/9 to read) for this challenge. I haven’t read or listen to any of the books I have left in the series, yet!

 

Goodreads Challenge

GOAL: 150 – Read 65 Books

 

March Take Control of Your TBR Pile

GOAL: 10 books – Read 12 

 

 

 

Make sure to double check $ pricing. Some books are still free while others are back to their original or sale price. All links lead to Amazon. When you do purchases a book or product through our posts it helps the blog with no added cost to you. All proceeds from the affiliate links support this blog and are used to fund the giveaway’s. It’s all completely anonymous. All support is approached. Thank you!
 

 

My Nook, Books, and More I won the March New Release Giveaway Hop and I picked Born of Darkness in paperback. I also won a $20 Amazon GC from Caffeinated Reviewer during the Diversity Hop & $30 Amazon GC from Author Dixie Lee Brown during the Blurb Blitz Tour for Heart of a SEAL, check out her book.

 

 

Review

Thank you to the publishers, tour hosts, and authors.

 

Author ARC’s: Sevan by Mandy M. Roth, Wyvern’s Mate by Deborah Cooke, Wicked Witchcraft by Ella Summers (Newsletter Novella), Twelve Dancing Angels by Ella Summers (Newsletter Novella), Fighting for Everyone by Laura Kay

 

 

 

Bought

 

Amazon Free – Rebel Cowboy, Sinful Intent, The Montana Bride, Witched At Birth, Serious Leigh, Accidental Leigh

 

 

 

Amazon Bought – Desert Roots ($.99c deal), Psychic’s Spell, Untitled Hidden Legacy Novella #1 (Pre-Order), Chocolate With A Side of Murder ($.99c deal), How to Break an Undead Heart, How to Claim an Undead Soul, How to Save an Undead Life, Rome’s Chance

 


 

Nook –  Planet Dragos (Pre-Order)

 

 

 

Audiobook – Silence Fallen (1 Credit), Magic Bleeds (1 Credit)

 

 

 

Movies – Thor: Dark World, Doctor Strange, Strictly Ballroom

 

 

 


Wild Invitation, Generation 18, Wild Embrace, Hot and Badgered, Silence Fallen, Soul Thing, How to Break an Undead Heart, Dragons Among Them, Newsletter Exclusives: Volume 1 by Nalini Singh, Heart of Obsidian, Reckless in Texas, Shield of Winter

 

 

 

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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