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text 2018-05-02 17:51
Confessions The Murder of an Angel
Confessions: The Murder of an Angel - Maxine Paetro,James Patterson

Hi my names Kaylee, I am in eighth grade. So far I am really interested in the book Confessions the Murder of an Angel, book four, by James Patterson.

I have just finished reading the third book to the series, Confessions of a Paris Mysteries by James Patterson. I haven’t really liked books, or reading until I found James Patterson’s mystery books. I hope that he will end up coming out with some more interesting books to read.

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5/2/18

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review 2018-05-01 14:59
Die Schnäppchenjägerin // Confessions of a Shopaholic!!!
Shopaholic - Maria Koschny,Sophie Kinsella

german and english review

actual rating: 2.5 stars

 

Das war mein zweiter Versuch mit dem Buch. Diesmal habe ich es mir als Hörbuch angehört, was Gott sei Dank eine verkürzte Version war. Ich mochte die Sprecherin unheimlich gerne, was ein weiterer Vorteil war. Ansonsten, das Buch ist einfach absolut nichts für mich.

 

Inhalt: Rebecca Bloomwood hat eine gefährliche Leidenschaft: Die erfolgreiche Finanzexpertin, die anderen Menschen in Geldfragen kompetent zur Seite steht, kann keinem Schnäppchen widerstehen. Nun steckt sie in einer schweren finanziellen Krise und droht in ihrem selbst geschaffenen Chaos unterzugehen, da sie sich gleichzeitig die Bank vom Leib halten, den attraktiven Luke Brandon beeindrucken und ihrer täglichen Arbeit nachgehen muss...

 

Rebecca hat eindeutig ihre Momente, in denen ich denke, dass sie endlich zur Vernunft kommt, doch dann macht sie es gleich wieder kaputt und geht mir einfach nur auf die Nerven. Ich dachte zum Ende hin, dass es echt besser mit ihr wird, dass sie wirklich was ändert und vernünftiger wird, aber so richtig überzeugt war ich dann doch nicht. Ich weiß nicht wie sich das im Verlaufe der Reihe entwickelt, es gibt ja noch genug weitere Bücher. Aber ich glaube nicht, dass ich mir ein weiteres davon antun werde.

 

Ich muss ehrlich gestehen, dass ich mir da lieber den Film wieder und wieder angucken werde, statt das Buch zu lesen und das sage ich wirklich sehr sehr selten.

 

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This is my second try with this book. This time I listened to it as an audiobook, thankfully it was a shortened version. I also really liked the girl who read it, which is always a plus. Other than that, I came to the conclusion that this book just isn't for me.

 

Summary: Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank—letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something . . . just a little something.

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.

 

Rebecca has her moments when I think she finally comes to her senses but a minute later she's already over it and back to getting on my nerves. Towards the end, I really thought she would change some and would maybe, just maybe, be a bit more reasonable but I'm really not very convinced. I don't know how this will develope throughout the series, there are so many more books to the series but I'm sure as hell not gonna go back there ever again.

 

 

To be completely honest, I'd rather watch the movie over and over again, since I loved that one much more than this, something that I rarely ever say.

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text 2018-04-26 13:01
Cover Reveal - Julien

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Confessions: Julien, book two in the steamy contemporary MMM Confessions Series from Ella Frank, is coming June 4th!

 

 

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Confessions: Julien by Ella Frank

New Release Date: June 4th, 2018

Genre: Contemporary MMM Romance

Cover Design: Hang Le

Cover Photographer: Jules Godfrey Photography

Cover Model: Jack Dutton

 

Synopsis:

 

People are complex.

Love a double-edged sword.

And when it comes to a broken heart, there are no rules, only time…

 

For the past eight years, Julien Thornton has been living with a secret. One that only a handful of people know about.

 

To the outside world, he has it all.

A thriving career. A loving husband. And a face that the American public fell for by the millions, on a reality show that inadvertently saved his life.

 

But behind the shine of celebrity, behind the easygoing nature, a crippling truth fills Julien with pain and self-loathing. It’s a truth that he fights to overcome daily with the help of his husband, Joel Priestley, and now their boyfriend, Robbie Bianchi.

 

But unlike Priest, Robbie doesn’t know what he’s helping Julien to fight. He doesn’t know what Julien did all those years ago. And with the anniversary of his sister’s death fast approaching, the time for explanations is running out.

 

And thus the question: will the princess be able to forgive the prick as the priest once did?

 

Only time will tell.

 

Add to GoodReads: https://bit.ly/2HKj17D

 

 

Start the series with Confessions: Robbie today! Amazon US:http://amzn.to/2HdQ7IU

Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/confessionsrobbie

Add To Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2EWp3Aq

 

About Ella:

 

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite contemporary romance, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!” Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Phillips.

 

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Connect with Ella:

 

 

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Mailing List:  www.bit.ly/1hEYtgn

Website: https://www.ellafrank.com/portfolio

 

 

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text 2018-04-01 10:27
March marches out...
The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars - Anthony Boucher
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong
Burn Bright - Patricia Briggs
One Corpse Too Many - Ellis Peters
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
Miss Silver Comes to Stay - Patricia Wentworth
Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions - Amy Stewart
The Moving Toyshop - Edmund Crispin
The House of the Cats: And Other Traditional Tales from Europe - Maggie Pearson

Either I was feeling generous, or I had a great reading month.  Since my RL wasn't as nice as my reading month, we'll go with great reading!

 

My total for March was 26 books.  Moonlight Reader's inspired reading version of the game Clue! (Cluedo to those in the Commonwealth), Kill Your Darlings, certainly helped keep my reading pace up, and as always, worked particularly well at getting the veterans off my TBR stacks.  

 

Of the 25 books, 2 were 5-star reads:

The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars by Anthony Boucher 

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong 

 

I had 8 4.5 star reads too:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs 

One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters 

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett 

Miss Silver Comes to Stay by Patricia Wentworth 

Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart 

The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin 

The House of the Cats: And Other Traditional Tales from Europe by Maggie Pearson 

 

 

 

Some stats, gussied up:

 

My TBR project:

I've set a book buying budget for each month that = 50% of the total books I read the previous month.  Any books not bought carry over to the next month.  

 

Last month I bought 11 out of the 15 budgeted, leaving me with 4 to carry over to April.  My total books read in March being 25 leaves me with a budget of 12 (I always round down; I figure this way, if I go over one month, there's a small error of margin). 

 

total books I can buy in April:  16

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review 2018-03-22 03:54
Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions (Kopp Sisters Novel, #3)
Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions - Amy Stewart

This was my favorite of the three thus far, and oddly, it's because there really wasn't any single plot that stretched from beginning to end.  In fact, it's a stretch to call it a mystery.

 

Some background for those unfamiliar with the books:  This series is based on the life of Constance Kopp, one of the first female deputy sheriffs in the United States, and the first to be granted a shield, gun, authority to apprehend, and be paid the same wage as her male counterparts (likely the last one too, on that score).   Amy Stewart uses historically accurate events and characters, with as many details as she can find, then fictionalises the spaces in between.  At the end of each book, she includes a detailed accounting of what is factual and what is fictional, along with a detailed list of notes and sources.

 

While the first two books had, more or less, a single story line as the focus, ...Midnight Confessions is more a collection of smaller stories, each centered on a real person and event, that Stewart has woven together into a cohesive narrative.  

 

All of these smaller stories have a single theme: the very real vulnerabilities women had, and the rights they didn't.  We're all vaguely aware that society really frowned upon "loose morals" – a state unique to women, as men weren't expected to have any morals – and we've all made jokes about the "morality police", but when you read about a woman over 18 who is arrested because she left home to move into a strict, all-female boarding house to work in a powder factory so she could contribute to the war effort...well we've certainly come a long way in 100 years.  Waywardness this was called - and guess who brought the charges against her?  Her mother. 

 

Anyway, there are a few characters in this book that all have to face this lack of agency, whether they deserve the charges against them or not. (Deserve, as in guilty or innocent of the charges, not morally deserving.)  All of their stories play out over the course of the book, but there's no sense of tension or climax. Some might find that disappointing, but it worked really well for me; it kept the pace snappy, and I didn't feel like Stewart was manufacturing drama for the sake of drama.  I was able to enjoy and appreciate these women's stories on their own merit; if she'd tried to twist them and manipulate them to create some fictional plot, I doubt I'd have liked the book half as much.

 

She ends the book with an election year just beginning and an inevitable shake-up in the local politics.  I'm looking forward to the next book, scheduled for September, to see what happens to Constance and Sheriff Heath.

 

This book works for the Kill Your Darlings game card COD:  shot with an arrow.  It's written by an American woman.

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