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review 2018-04-10 09:05
Reasonably good story about a hobo in the USA
Rock Candy Mountain #1 - Kyle Starks,Kyle Starks

 This first volume introduces us to Jackson, a hobo, in search of the Rock Candy Mountain of the title and various characters that he encounters along the way. These include the Devil and the FBI. The story is pretty straight-forward and includes a fair amount of fighting and some bloodshed. The illustrations are very simple but reasonably effective. Ending on a bit of a cliffhanger, it will be followed by another volume at some point.

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review 2018-03-31 18:00
Assaulted Caramel - Amish Candy Mystery
Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) - Amanda Flower

This is set in Holmes County, OH. My husband's family is from that area and I have family up that way, so we spend a lot of time in that area. I love going to that area so much that my husband gets a hotel room for three days around my daughter's and my birthday to celebrate up there. 


Bailey has rushed to her grandparents home and shop because her grandfather is ill and she knows that she needs to be with them. But she is getting calls from New York where she is up for a prestigious job offer...head chocolatier for a well-known chocolate company. Soon as she arrives, she sees her grandfather threatened by a man who is trying to buy up the whole neighborhood of Amish Businesses. That night, she goes to the kitchen and finds that man dead. She is considered the suspect in this crime and feels that to protect her grandparents she must work to find the true murderer. 


There were things that I had problems with, that had more to do with what I know about Amish in Holmes County, but it just spurred me to do some research of my own. It also had to do with the fact that when a child leaves the Amish, they are shunned and the family has to shun the child and their family, so I had problems with the idea that they had such a close relationship with their "Englisch" grandchild and yet are not shunned by the community, too, for keeping the relationship. I didn't like the sheriff in the story and hope that he is removed in future stories and I do hope that this storyline continues. It was a fun read and I did enjoy the story on the whole. 

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review 2018-03-01 23:19
Deceptively charming illustrations belie the foul mouthed characters
Rock Candy Mountain #1 - Kyle Starks,Kyle Starks

It looks all sweet, and it's based on a children's story.   So imagine my delighted surprised when it turned out to be more violent and swear-filled than the illustrations promised; the way the illustrations keep that charming quality while the story gets more messed up just added to my delight. 


Love, love, love.   It's a story about a possibly crazy hobo looking for Rock Candy Mountain and his new down-on-his luck friend who gets roped into the search.   

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review 2018-02-09 01:40
La lotería
Duma Key - Stephen King

Had an interesting time listening to this in audio format. I mean, I was sketching and coloring like demon-possessed by the last third in.


Characterization-wise, creepy dolls are creepy (though it's a nice zig-zagging there), cool old ladies are awesome, and the friendship aspects were beautiful.


That arm-bursting scene! My God *shudder*


And it was sad and tragic as all hell. La lotería indeed. But who wants such balls to align as these

(spoiler show)






(couple of examples)

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review 2018-02-08 21:46
Good holiday read
Christmas Candy - Samantha Jacobey Christmas Candy - Samantha Jacobey

Christmas Candy by Samantha Jacobey is an entertaining Christmas story.  Ms. Jacobey has delivered a book that is full of realistic characters.  Some you love right away, some you don't like but they kind of grow on you.  Gary and Candy's story is packed with drama, bits of humor and spice.  I enjoyed reading Christmas Candy.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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