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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-12 04:40
"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

I love every part of this book. There's never a dull moment.

I love the characters (yes, I cry when Rue dies, the strategy aspect of the book (the outfits Cinna and Portia design, the way Haymitch and Katniss communicate during the Games, how Katniss performs for the cameras in order to encourage sponsors, etc.), and the resulting confusion and distrust that Katniss feels as to what is real and what is just part of the Games.

I also love how you can compare the society in the novel to ours today. It's definitely something to think about and discuss. 

A little thing that bugged me was when Katniss meets an Avox whose capture she witnessed and in remembering that moment, she thinks "The girl's scream. Had it been her last?" (I also read a similar quote recently in Glass Sword .) Why do people think you can't scream without a tongue? There's nothing wrong with her vocal chords. Actually, screaming is probably the only vocal sound that would not be affected at all by lack of a tongue and yet that's what authors like to tell us their tongue-less characters are unable to do...

Anyway, some more praise:

I remember the first time I read it, I thought Collins did a good job of answering my questions about that world just as I had them, without it seeming like an information dump.

Also, when I saw the movie for the first time, I was already expecting to cry during the previously mentioned moment, but I cried unexpectedly when Katniss volunteered for her sister. I think when I was first experiencing the story, knowing that Katniss is the protagonist, so obviously she has a fighting chance, It didn't really hit me that from her perspective, she was going to die for Prim. In that moment, she had no expectation that she might actually win the Games. I probably would have had that realization in my second reading of the book as well, but it just hit me for the first time when I saw the movie. And now, I fight tears reading both of those moments.

It's a powerful book. Definitely worth reading more than once.

2012 Audiobook Review: i liked the normal voice of the lady who read it, but her character voices annoyed me most of the time. her haymitch voice was the best.

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review 2017-06-10 18:51
Good Story and Characters
Enforcer (The Harrison Street Crew) - Katana Collins

Ryan is the Enforcer for the Harrison Street Crew and handles anything he has and needs to. Megan is a tough girl but has a big heart. She is the daughter of a former Street Crew member. Megan and Shannon were sisters and had a bad childhood with a drug addicted mother- Cindy who had a drug selling boyfriend Rodney who had no problems touching underage girls. Megan was the older sister and protected Shannon from Rodney’s unwanted advances. Megan and Shannon’s father was Donald “ Boots” Mahoney and Ryan at that time had a mission to monitor the girl’s daily activities. Boots was President of the Harrison Street Crew and Ryan at that time was a member. When Megan was sixteen Boots had finally learned enough to get his two daughters out of Cindy’s home. Ryan was there when they got out of the home. Ryan made a promise to Megan to help her get revenge. Ryan was now the Enforcer of The Harrison Street Crew. Ryan always put his crew brother first. Ten years later and Megan was back to have Ryan keep his promise to help her. Ryan had secretly loved Megan since she was a teen but out of respect for Boots did nothing about it and turned away from Mega. But now had to protect her because of his feelings for her. Megan had loved Ryan for a long time also.

This was one emotionally twisting story. I  liked this a lot but it was really dark at times when talking about Megan’s and Shannon’s childhood. I cringed as Megan’s and Shannon's past was told. I had never read about a car crew before but have read a lot of  MC stories and loved them. This was gritty and raw but had to be for the story being told. This had a good plot and a lot to it such as : child abuse, violence, addiction, murder,, street crews, a thirst for revenge. Love and so much more. I didn’t like it when Ryan was a butt to Megan. At times this story made me smile and at others it brought tears to my eyes. I liked the twists and turns of this book and I recommend.

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quote 2017-06-03 15:39
“There you are, my dear,” said the Earl of Forsyth with a beaming smile that didn’t quite reach his eyes.
Maitland saw at once that Daphne favored him. Her green eyes were the same shade as his, though there were lines of dissipation bracketing the earl’s. And though his expertly cropped blond hair was shot through with silver, what remained of its original color was the same shade as hers. But whereas Daphne’s gaze was focused off to the left of whomever she conversed with, like a bird hovering just over a branch, Forsyth’s speared one with cold calculation. As he did to Daphne now.
“You are looking well, Daphne,” the earl continued, stepping forward to embrace his daughter, who looked as uncomfortable with the contact as Maitland had ever seen her. “The sea air agrees with you. As I knew it would.”
“The sea is very beautiful,” Daphne replied woodenly. “Why are you here, Father?”
“Is that any way to greet your Papa?” the earl chided, stepping back from her and wandering farther into the room, standing to stare out at the gardens below through the window. “I’ve traveled all the way from London to see you. And this lovely estate. I must admit that when I first learned of your inheritance, I thought it was all some sort of trick. But you would have your own way and leave the loving bosom of your family no matter what I said. Now that I’m here, though, and see it in person, I must admit that it’s a lovely spot. And your chaperone, Lady Serena, is quite beautiful, isn’t she? A widow, I take it?”
His jaw clenched at the man’s mention of Serena, and Maitland thought perhaps it was time to announce himself. Daphne seemed not to realize he’d followed her in, and the earl was too busy waxing rhapsodic over the beauties of Beauchamp House.
“I don’t believe we’ve met, Forsyth,” he said forcefully, stepping up to stand side by side with Daphne. He gave a slight bow, perhaps not quite as deep as was warranted, but not caring. “The Duke of Maitland. I am a friend of your daughter’s, you might say.”
What he meant by that last, he could not say, but the man made every bit of protective instinct within him go on the alert. He was her father, but all the same Maitland knew that Daphne was no safer with him than she would have been with Sommersby if he still lived.
At the sound of the duke’s voice, Lord Forsyth turned with almost comical haste from the window and stared. For the barest flicker, he looked angry. Well, if he were upset at the knowledge that his daughter was not without friends, then he would simply have to swallow it. Because Maitland was damned if he’d leave her alone with the fellow.
“Duke,” Lord Forsyth said with a tilt of his head, “I am pleased to make your acquaintance. I was a friend of your father’s, and had little notion I’d be meeting you here. He was a good man, your father.”
His father had been nothing of the sort, but Maitland was hardly going to discuss it with Forsyth.
“I am here visiting my sister, Lady Serena,” Maitland said coolly, letting the other man know in tone rather than words that he had not appreciated the older man’s speculative words about her earlier. “And of course my cousin, Kerr. He only recently married another of the heiresses here, and resides here with her.”
Forsyth’s eyes narrowed at the implication that Daphne was well protected should her father wish to cause trouble. At least that was the message Maitland was endeavoring to send. And by the looks of it, Forsyth read him loud and clear.
“Capital, capital,” the earl said with false cheer. “A merry party you must all make here. I had no idea you were in such fine company here, Daphne. No notion at all.”
“Because we have not spoken since I left,” Daphne said, looking from her father to Maitland then back again, as if wondering what went on between them. “And now, father, I really must ask you to leave. I have a great deal of work to do and . . .”
“Don’t be absurd, Daphne,” her father said with a shake of his head. “I only just arrived. And there is something very important I must speak to you about.” He turned to Maitland with a raised brow. “I’m sure you’ll excuse us, Duke. I’m afraid what I need to tell my daughter is private family business.”
Maitland was opening his mouth to tell the man he would leave Daphne alone with him when hell froze over, when Daphne did it for him.
“Maitland stays,” she said, reaching out to grasp him by the arm. It was as much of a cry for help as he’d ever thought he’d see from her. Wordlessly, he slipped her arm into his, as if they were about to promenade round the room. He covered her hand with his, keenly aware of the thread of tension in her.
Once more, the earl’s eyes narrowed, and he turned an assessing gaze on Maitland, perhaps realizing for the first time the threat coming at him from that direction.
His jaw clenched, Forsyth said grimly, “Very well. If you wish your friend to witness our dirty linen, so be it.” As if needing to be in motion in order to speak, the earl began to pace the area between the window and the fireplace. “You know, Daphne, you left me without any obvious means of recouping what I lost from years of paying that tutor of yours, old man Sommersby.”
“You agreed to pay him,” Daphne said tightly. “After I threatened to expose . . .”
Hastily, Forsyth continued, “And I am currently in need of funds. As such, I must insist you return to London with me for the time being and meet a particular gentleman who has expressed interest in marrying you. Though his birth is not as high as yours, he’s quite wealthy and will make you a good husband, I trust. He’s assured me he has no concern about your odd ways, if you’re as beautiful as your portrait.”
Before Maitland could burst out with the string of invectives the other man’s pronouncement inspired in him, Daphne said, “I cannot marry this person. I’ve never even met him. You promised me that I would not have to marry someone for money as long as I won enough at the tables. I did so. You promised me, father.”
“I never actually promised, Daphne.” Forsyth said with a shake of his head. “If you chose to interpret it as such, that is not my fault. Now, go pack your things.”
Daphne’s hand on Maitland’s arm gripped him tightly. And before he even knew what he was doing, he said, “I’m afraid that’s impossible, Forsyth. Daphne is staying here.”
“I don’t know who you think you are, Maitland,” said the earl through clenched teeth, “but I am her father, and I am well within my rights to take her back to London. Now, kindly take your hands off of her and let her go pack.”
“It might once have been your right, Forsyth,” Maitland said coldly, “but Lady Daphne is my betrothed now and as such, she will remain here. With me.”
Copyright © 2017 by Manda Collins and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press.

Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal) - Manda Collins

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url 2017-05-23 17:30
48 Books in Series Release Today
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I highlighted a few; see https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar for full list.

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review 2017-05-17 00:00
Hunks to the Rescue: 15 Hot Contemporary Romance Novellas
Hunks to the Rescue: 15 Hot Contemporary Romance Novellas - Margo Bond Collins,Trish McCallan,Krista Ames,Raine English,Tamara Ferguson,Aileen Harkwood,Lynda Haviland,Jody A. Kessler,Katie O'Sullivan,Constance Phillips,Stephanie Queen,Emily Wilder
Even bad boys need love too. Hunks to the Rescue steps from the fire into the frying pan. Six degrees of separation leads to various degrees of hotness. All worthy of a five star fire alarm.


Destiny's Secret - Raine English takes a walk on the supernatural side. Her hottie investigator and not so nice resident lead to some hauntingly tempting activities. (3 stars)

Coaching the Sub by Debbie White - Tame enough not to offend, yet saucy enough to bring on a secret grin. Coaching the Sub teeters spicy and mild. Shannon and Brock deliver a shocking performance that titillates, aggravates and stimulates the senses. Ms. White has a hidden naughty side after all. (4.5 stars)

Path to Grace by Wilder and Quinn - Matteo is tall, dark and dangerous. Three traits Carina can do without, but will she be able to survive the burning attraction that is calling her name or the danger of the target on her back? (3 stars)

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