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review 2018-06-17 20:06
The Coincidence Makers
The Coincidence Makers: A Novel - Yoav Blum

For most of this book, I don't see where The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum is going. I mean that in the best way possible. At times, the story is a set of distinct threads. I know that they are coming together. I have hypotheses as to how, but it is not until almost the end that everything does come together. It does so in a way I do not see coming. So, clearly, I concentrate on the wrong thing, and for that reason have a great reading experience.

 

Reviewed for NetGalley

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2018/06/the-coincidence-makers.html
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review 2018-03-28 17:58
The Coincidence Makers: A Novel - Yoav Blum
This was certainly a strange book. The main characters are coincidence makers. They are given a project and it's up to them how they will arrange the "coincidence" to take place. They all major in different aspects and levels of achieving these "coincidences".

While certainly a new and strange idea for a book, it really sounded strange to me and interesting as well. Unfortunately, I could not really relate to the characters. And, I got lost in all explaining of their jobs other aspects. 

I was only able to get through about a third of this book before I decided that I really wasn't that into it and why should I continue. The last part I read was really putting me to sleep, so that's when I said enough.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
 
 

 

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review 2018-03-05 04:20
The Coincidence Makers
The Coincidence Makers: A Novel - Yoav Blum

After reading the blurb for this one, I was excited to start reading it, so I loaded it up on my Kindle immediately and dove in. More than a month later, after laying it aside numerous times, I was still trying to finish. I did finally make it to the end, but for such an intriguing premise, the delivery fell quite short. The book is a bit of a hodge-podge of genres ranging from Sci-fi to romance and even some mystery. The reader is treated to some rather boring, textbook-like 'excerpts' from the Coincidence Makers... Umm... Manual? But, that wasn't the worst of it for me. No, that came when I finally hit about 50% and was still waiting for something to happen to show me where this convoluted tale with its lackluster characters was heading. At that point, I started skimming, but that didn't work either because then things made even less sense. Maybe this one just wasn't for me, but I came away sorely disappointed with the end result of what started as such an interesting concept.

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review 2016-10-02 14:37
Reivew for Seth & Greyson
Seth & Greyson (The Coincidence Series Book 8) - Jessica Sorensen

This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Seth has been betrayed by everyone he cares about and he can’t hang around after such an event. Early summer semester at college is his best option and so off he goes to college he goes. It really was a great decision for him because he meets Callie and they become fast friends. Bonding over the shitty ways of the world. The fall semester starts and he meets Greyson. Greyson is everything he could want, but after all the betrayal, Seth hesitates to really be with Greyson. With Callie’s encouragement, Seth knows he is going to have to get over his fears and make the commitment leap, if he can just leave his fears behind.

I think I speak for everyone when I say that this is novel I have been waiting for. I love Callie, Kayden, Violet, and Luke a lot, but Seth was a favorite character of mine from the very start. Seth’s character is just what we expect. He’s smart and sweet and so concerned about Callie that it melts my heart even more. He is so scared of the past repeating itself that he has trouble moving on. The decision to be open about his life choices in public is a hard one when he knows it’s not all going to be rainbows and sunshine. There are many stupid and close-minded people in the world, something Seth knows first hand. It’s an infuriating thing because the world has come so far in accepting homosexuality and yet there are so many out there who think they have the right to judge and call it wrong. What’s so hard to understand about love being love? Beyond that, it’s nobody’s business who anyone else decides to be with! Sorry, mini-rant over. It’s just a touchy subject for me.

I loved Greyson already, but it was interesting to get more of him. I loved being about to see inside his head. He’s smart and strong and comes from an incredible family. Greyson has more or less lived the dream for a boy coming out. He’s parents were very supportive and his hometown wasn’t as closed-minded about it. He has no horrors in his past like Seth does. Even so, he is incredibly understanding of Seth’s fears and goes out of his way to try to help assuage them. He’s exactly the type of guy Seth deserves.

What I loved about this was not only finally getting to see through Seth’s eyes, but also getting to see more of the rest of The Coincidence cast. I’m very character driven and Sorensen excels at creating an entire cast of people that I love and want to see more of. I don’t know how she does it, but she never fails to make me care about her perfectly flawed characters…even the ones I despise, like Delilah from the Nova series.

Seth and Greyson’s relationship progresses at a reasonable pace, but was a bit hot and cold. Seth has every right and reason to be cautious, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t want to shake him a time or two for being so stupid. Even though Greyson wasn’t happy about it, he was understanding and would have been happy to keep things quiet if that was what Seth needed. I know that Seth’s reasons for avoiding a relationship were deeper than normal fear, but it still bugged me…a lot. I’ve never been a fan of that on again off again thing, so it always bugs me even if there is a logical reason for it.

I was a little worried when I started this that it would spoil me for some of the rest of the series. I’ve only read the first three and I was apprehensive about skipping three books to read this one, but I’m happy to report that it spoils nothing. I do recommend that you at least read The Coincidence Of Callie & Kayden before this or it will spoil that storyline, but I don’t think it will have an impact the rest of the series.

This novel is exactly what I was hoping for when I heard about the possibility of a storyline for my favorite side character. It’s smart and sweet and not overly dramatic. It has the romantic moments we were all imagining as we read The Coincidence, but with enough conflict to really feel like a well-rounded story.

****Thank you to Jessica Sorensen for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review****

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review 2016-08-25 20:22
THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE by Amy E. Reichert
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake - Amy E. Reichert
  Lou discovers her fiancé with another woman. She's upset and off her game as she cooks that night for a restaurant critic. He gives it to her with both barrels and her restaurant slowly goes down the drain. The same day she meets a man in a bar who cannot wait to brush the dust of Milwaukee off his shows. She challenges him that she will introduce him to the real Milwaukee and he will change his attitude. Neither knows how life changing that meeting will be as he is the reason she is losing her Lou discovers her fiancé with another woman. She's upset and off her game as she cooks that night for a restaurant critic. He gives it to her with both barrels and her restaurant slowly goes down the drain. The same day she meets a man in a bar who cannot wait to brush the dust of Milwaukee off his shoes. She challenges him that she will introduce him to the real Milwaukee and he will change his attitude. Neither knows how life changing that meeting will be as he is the reason she is losing her restaurant.

What a delightful story! I loved it. The characters were wonderful. I fell in love with them especially Otto and Gertrude. Lou meets Al at the bar. Both decide they do not want to talk about work when together. For Lou she just wants to get away from the downward spiral of her life. For Al he figures he won't be in town long so why spoil their time together. Lou's co-workers and friends, Sue and Harley, are interesting and a little light diversion along the way. Al's co-worker John becomes his friend and confidant as he learns his role in Lou's loss. There is even a hiss-worthy villain in Devlin and not just because he seemingly cheated on Lou.

I could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting it was so good. I laughed. I cried. I fell in love. This is a keeper.
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