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review 2017-07-22 17:14
Run For Your Life by Andrea Kane
Run for Your Life - Andrea Kane

Victoria Kensington is jogging in Central Park one morning, when her sister, the sister who's supposed to be in Italy, collapses at her feet, wearing a yellow hospital gown, stammering a phone number, and warning her of danger. When Victoria returns to the site after summoning help (no one carried cell phones everywhere in the nineties), there is no trace of her sister anywhere.

Stubbornly determined to find Audrey, despite the obstacles in her path, one of them being her father, adamantly claiming her sisters is still in Italy, Victoria starts digging...But little does she know her investigation will put her life, and that of her sister, in peril, and put her back in the orbit of the only man she's ever loved.


I read a few of Ms Kane's historicals, and I was curious as to see how she manages in the romantic suspense department. She does a pretty good job. So good, in fact, I decided to re-read some of her RS I read a few years back, and dig into the others I haven't.

This book wasn't one of those in-your-face romantic suspenses you can find everywhere these days. It was very understated, both in the romance and suspense elements. Subtle, yet precise and very, very effective.

At first glance, it could appear wordy, every conversation seemed prolonged, the descriptions lentghy, and yes, wordy. I guess this is Ms Kane's narrative style, and while, in the hands of another author, the wordy-ness would kill the plot and the pacing, with this particular author, her style, and her voice, it worked perfectly, enhancing the subtleness of it all.

Unfortunately, I cannot think of another word by subtle to describe this book. Everything was so utterly elegant, everything seemed to move in a slow motion, the pacing being much slower than one would expect from a suspense book. But despite the leisurely pace, nothing seemed dull or boring. Quite the opposite, in fact.

The characters were nicely fleshed-out, the plot well-developed, the pacing spot-on throughout the entire book (slowly picking up pace the closer we got to the big finale). The romance was believable and hot with the two leads actually communicating; talking things through, never dwelling on a problem long enough for it to create unnecessary conflict or miscommunication, and they were actually equals. And the suspense was nicely layered, deceptively light at the beginning, but maintaining constant tension, with the intensity building and building the more layers of truth were revealed.

The main villain was a huge surprise (I guess I forgot a lot about this story since I first read it), and the resolution to the story, both investigation- and romance-wise very satisfactory.

Understated, subtle, elegant, well-written, well-paced...Loved it.

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review 2017-07-22 12:14
The Essential Carl Mahogany
The Essential Carl Mahogany - Zach Boddicker

Nashville Country star and award-winner Carl Mahogany is entering middle age, and his label is beginning to believe he's entering the end of his music career as well.  They are letting him know this by releasing an Essentials album and sending him on a tour.  Carl agrees to the tour on his own terms and will be driving his beat-up van, Percy along the way.  However, things quickly turn more interesting as Carl hooks up with Rhonda, the local mechanic right before the tour and then receives an interesting message from an ex-girlfriend who wants to join him on tour.  Things go from interesting to upside-down as Carl is forced to take a hard look at his life while trying to complete his tour.

 
From the very beginning, Carl felt like someone I would like to get to know.  Down to earth, approachable and realistic in every aspect of his life, Carl seems the antithesis of an award-winning musician.  I loved that he kept a side gig as an exterminator and held on to his old tour van, Carl shows a sentimentality, vulnerability and unique sense of humor that easily carried me through the pages.  It seemed that no matter what Carl did, that life quickly got in the way; he meets a nice woman and his boss is her crazy ex-boyfriend, releasing a CD and he receives a prank CD back, and a multi-layered request from an ex turns into more than he could imagine. The supporting cast of characters made Carl's life all the more interesting.  I loved Rhonda, the independent, takes no crap car mechanic and Sheila who was always hiding a separate agenda.  Most of all, I truly cared about Carl's story and how he ended up.  Overall, a unique story of a musician figuring out life like the rest of us.
 
This story was received for free in return for an honest review. 
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review 2017-07-21 22:09
Figuring out who you are
Roller Girl - Victoria Jamieson

The only exposure I've had to roller derby is through the film Whip It which admittedly is more than some people. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to read more about it especially when I saw the cover of today's book. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson follows a middle schooler named Astrid who (after going to a roller derby bout) decides that she will be an all-star roller derby girl. However, there are a few hiccups in this plan. (I was going to tell you what they are but I decided it would be better for you to discover them yourself especially since they make up the backbone of the book.) This is a story all about discovering what you're made of, adolescent friendship, and perseverance. It's pretty much middle school wrapped up in one volume + crazy rollerskating antics. I should also mention that it's a graphic novel with truly epic illustrations which were done by the author (I love when that's the case). Overall, I thought this was a fast paced, angsy book that captures what it's like to be a preteen girl who is obsessed with . It's a fun book, guys. If you have any middle grade readers in your life that love sports I think they'd really like this one. 8/10

 

And since I've done this with a few other author/illustrators I thought I'd include a blog post that Victoria Jamieson did with some sketches from the book. Here's a sample:

Source: Victoria Jamieson Illustration

 

And here's what you can expect from the finished product:

Source: books4yourkids

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2017-07-21 16:52
Review: Absolute Trust (True Heroes, #3) by Piper J. Drake (DNF)
Absolute Trust - Piper J. Drake

Review originally featured at Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

Absolute Trust

True Heroes, #3
Piper J. Drake
Romantic Suspense - Contemporary Romance
Forever
December 20th 2016
Paperback
320
Won a Copy

 

LOVE IS THE GREATEST RISK OF ALL


After multiple tours of duty, Brandon Forte returns to his hometown on a personal mission: to open a facility for military service dogs like Haydn, a German shepherd who's seen his share of combat and loss. It also brings him back to Sophie Kim, a beacon of light in his life . . . and the one woman he can't have. But Forte's success means he's made enemies in high places. Enemies who are now after Sophie . . .

 

When Forte enlisted and left without saying goodbye, Sophie did her best to move on. But with her first love back in town, looking sexier than ever, she's constantly reminded of what they could have had. Then after he risks himself for her, Sophie realizes she'll have to put her life in the hands of the man who broke her heart, knowing the danger -and the sparks between them- could consume them both.

 

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I ended up stopping at pg. 124 around 38% in.

 

This is the first time I’ve read Ms. Drake and a book in the True Heroes series. Their are previous characters around, ones that are couples now and friends to our leads, and so I’m missing out on the connections. I don’t feel the camaraderie or friendships like I might if I read the books in order.

 

As for Absolute Trust everything feels slow. The plot is slow and the romance is nonexistent. Even with them both having torches for each other since high school. I’m just not feeling the the chemistry and romance.

 

Up to this point no action has happened. We’ve had a car booming and an attempted apartment burglary/try to kill our heroine, but it wasn’t action associated, just things that happened to our leads, then we move on.

 

I’m not sure if I’ll try reading this again. I do have book one on request at my library and maybe I’ll pick up Absolute Trust again after I try out the previous books published.

 

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review 2017-07-21 14:36
Tried to Finish, Just Got Irritated (DNF at 38 Percent Mark)
Alex, Approximately - Jenn Bennett

Sorry, I tried and I don't have the patience to sit through any books I am not enjoying right now. My tolerance is at an all time low. This book should have been a pleaser with me. It takes on "You've Got Mail" and "The Shop Around the Corner". I love "You've Got Mail" it has Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan who I wish were in more things.


And then there's this book. I don't know. Maybe it was the Young Adult setting and I just didn't have patience anymore for the lead character's constant inner monologue about how she hated the male lead but still found him attractive. And the male lead was a jerk and I just didn't have the energy to read about how she gets swept away by him. I quit around the 39 percent mark. I just could not keep reading this. I promptly sent it back to the library (e-book hold) and went about the rest of my day.

 

 

"Alex, Approximately" is about a teenager Bailey (called Mink) Rydell who goes to live with her father in California. We get enough bare bones about Bailey's life with her mother and her mother's new husband to know that living with her father was probably the best thing for her. But as I will go into further down below we don't get a real sense of either of Bailey's parents at all. Since I quit this at the 39 percent mark though, maybe she finally has a real conversation with her parents and doesn't do the Artful Dodger mess the author kept repeating ad nauseam as a quirky characteristic of Bailey.

 

Bailey's besides being excited to be with her dad, is happy that she is now in the same state and city as a guy named Alex who she has been talking to online for several months. They both love movies and though Alex keeps asking her to come and visit him she's reluctant. There's a whole thing about why she hasn't told Alex she's now living in the same city as him but I don't have the energy for it besides it's dumb and it's the only way that the plot the author set up even makes sense down the road, so just go with it. 

 

Bailey's father gets her a job at the world's worst sounding museum and she runs into a guy named Porter Roth who I am just going to flat out call a jerk. Sorry, but he is. I really wish that YA authors took the time with their male leads in these type of books as they did the girls. I just want to ask them. So if you met a guy like Porter in real life, would you think he's charming? Cause up until about the 35 percent mark Porter was an ass. Sorry. There was enough run-ins with him to that point that just showed that besides him judging Bailey and pressuring her to tell him her business (I hate people that do that) he just acts entitled. And once the book went the way of Bailey starting to crush on him I had to tap out. I just don't care. There was even some whole scene about her not being able to eat because she was thinking about Porter and I maybe rolled my eyes and hurt myself. 


There are a few other characters in this book that looked interesting, but we don't spend much time with them (Bailey's parents, her new friend Grace, and some of the other characters that she works with) and when we do spend time with them there's not much there, there. The book seems to be setting up some sort of confrontation with Bailey and Porter's friend Davy and I just don't care. Sorry. I can just see the story-line from a million miles away and I don't have the patience for it.  

 

The writing is serviceable. In between chapters, Bennett, jumps to showing texts between Alex and Bailey and it was okay. I will say one thing though, that unless you are a huge film buff, the quotes at the top of each chapter are not going to mean much to you. Luckily for me I watch a lot of classic films and just movies in general so I definitely got the quotes. I will say one thing though, I at least agreed with Bailey and Porter about how terrible "Breakfast At Tiffany's" the movie was when you look at how offensive that mess was with Mickey Rooney. I definitely enjoyed the book much more.

 

The flow was jagged throughout. I think that's because we keep hearing about something mysterious that happened to Bailey that I am going to just take a wild guess about. I skipped to the end to see if was correct and I was. 

 

I do still enjoy reading young adult books because when you read a really good one, you just want to keep re-reading it again and again. I just may take a little break cause I have been reading a lot of duds lately. 

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