The fact that I actually finished chapter 3 the day before yesterday and it took BT's first status update for me to remember to also comment on my own progress probably tells you all you need to know about the priority this book has in my reading.
Well, the good news, I guess, is that chapters 2 and 3 are actually readable. I don't think I'll retain from them much more than I already knew (and chapter 2 is another example of Kean getting stuck on two elements, amplified on by way of numerous details, after setting out to make a more general point), but at least he held my attention for the duration of those two chapters, and chapter 3 also contains a historical positioning of the periodic table. Since this is the final chapter of the introductory section of the book, I'll retract my criticism that he didn't give any sort of historical introduction at all. Which however doesn't excuse the amount of condescension and outright innuendo going on in the description of the key biographical details of the scientists whose works he is describing in chapters 2 and 3.
That said, two days have gone by and I still haven't been able to bring myself to move on to chapter 4. As I mentioned in my comments on BT's status update, somehow the combination of atoms as a topic and this author's fractured approach to narrative and explanations doesn't portend much encouragement. Nor does his approach to the presentation of scientific theories (psst, Mr. Kean -- that's where footnotes just might be put to good use) ... or his dealings with the biographies of several eminent scientists of the past, who can actually count genuine, important discoveries among their achievements. I'll be on a full-day trip tomorrow, and although it will include some train travel, I don't see myself actually taking this book. I also don't think I'll be in much of a mood to touch it tomorrow night when I get back. I guess what I'm saying is I'm still on the fence whether or not to finish this.
Andie has always wished that her life was like a movie...but this wasn't what she had in mind.
The summer before Andie's senior year of high school, her family moved to Punxsutawney, PA. Andie's mother has raised her to be a movie buff, mostly by watching her favorite movies from the 1980's. Andie naturally gravitates towards the town's movie theatre where she meets Colton. Colton seems like the perfect candidate for Andie's first kiss. However, the evening before Andie's first day she falls asleep on the couch watching Pretty in Pink in a pink polk-a-dot dress. After a not-so-stellar first day where Andie loses Colton's interests to classmate, Kaia, Andie wishes she could have a do-over. Her wish might just come true.
Combining some of my favorite movies from the 80's and early 90's, Pretty in Punxsutawney is a fun and heartwarming journey. At this point in my life I identified more better with Andie's mom, but easily found myself immersed in Andie's story. I could feel myself cringe along with Andie as her first day of school was less than ideal, especially with Colton. I loved when the Groundhog's Day aspect came in and Andie repeated her first day over and over with different variations while desiring to make Colton her boyfriend. Many of the variations picked up on other movies such as Breakfast Club and Ferris Buehler's Day Off. I especially enjoyed when Andie began to try out a different clique each first day and begins to realize what her purpose might really be. I do wish that my favorite first day with the dance party was how Andie was able to stop the cycle; however, I'm still glad that things were able to wrap up the way they did. Overall, a very endearing and lighthearted Young Adult read with plenty of nostalgia for older readers.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Good Moring Readers! To start off the weekend, I have Chiquita Dennie here to answer a few questions for us while we explore her romance series - Struck in Love! Enjoy and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
ABOUT THE BOOKS
Antonio and Sabrina Struck in Love 1
by Chiquita Dennie
Genre: Contemporary Mafia Romance
One moment is all it took to ignite a love affair neither would soon forget.
Nothing and no one could tear Antonio and Sabrina apart, no matter how hard they tried. Ex-lovers, angry family members, jealous rivals tried and failed. But they're not the only threats to this match made in passion. Antonio has secrets - secrets that could force them to sever ties forever. When the danger hits too close to home, he's forced to face his demons and keep her safe from harm.
With more obstacles against them than they can count, will they ever have their happily-ever-after?
Antonio and Sabrina Struck in Love 2
Sabrina Washington has worked hard to get what she wants in life. The last thing the sassy, headstrong VP executive wants is an Alpha male who breaks all the rules, but when she meets Antonio De Luca, her steely façade starts to crumble under his gaze. He's exactly the kind of man who can unravel her straight-shooting reputation and she's not so convinced that's a bad thing. As they grow closer, her ability to resist her desires begins to waver. Soon, she finds herself immersed in his sexy and dangerous world and she's not sure she wants to go back to her old life...
Antonio and Sabrina Struck in Love 3
Antonio and Sabrina think they’ve put the worst behind them. They’re ready to begin the next chapter of their lives, but forces beyond their control have other plans for them. Before either can settle into their new roles of parent and newly-minted Don of the De Luca Cartel, people from their sordid pasts take their vengeance a step further.
Distinguishing friend from foe, acquaintances from hired guns is only the beginning of the trouble they’ll face. If Antonio can’t bring this madness to an end, he may very well lose not only his new title, but lose the family he fought so hard for.
Will their unimaginable love story end in tragedy or will their shared will to survive see them through?
Janice and Carlo- Captivated by His Love
Spinoff of Antonio and Sabrina Struck in Love Series
Janice is on a new path after graduating college and living her dreams in the corporate world. She’s managed to handle the dating world with no commitments. After her last relationship in college ended abruptly, she wants to focus on herself and build a solid foundation. Unfortunately for her, the return of her ex-boyfriend isn’t getting her any closer to that goal.
When she meets Carlo, a mob boss who’s as sexy as he is deadly, she can’t help but be intrigued. But his lifestyle is at direct odds with what she wants in life and love. Carlo, however, isn’t making things easy for her.
She could choose to walk away, but will her decision lead to heartache or to a happily-ever-after?
Warning: Adult Content, steamy sex scenes, violence, sensitive subjects for some readers cause trigger, Spinoff from Antonio and Sabrina series. Recommended to read the Antonio and Sabrina series first for context. Can be read as a standalone.
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~ Antonio and Sabrina Struck in Love 1~
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~ Antonio and Sabrina Struck in Love 2~
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~ Antonio and Sabrina Struck in Love 3~
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~Janice and Carlo- Captivated by His Love~
Welcome, Chiquita! Thank you for joining us today and taking the time to answer a few questions!
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born and raised in Memphis TN, went to college in AZ and currently live in California
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
I won an award for a short film that I wrote and directed. Also, have my own production company.
What are you passionate about these days?
I'm Passionate about creating stories that are different from the norm of what your use to dealing with a variety of characters that get themselves in situations and I have to find a way to pull them together again.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
First series “Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love an amazon best selling series
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I write film and tv screenplays on top of romance novels.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I enjoyed the back and forth fight that Sabrina put up with Antonio. She wasn’t falling for the flowers and sweet talk that men tend to do to get the girl.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
A fun fact is that my book is based off my first screenplay I wrote ten years ago.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I would like Tika Sumpter to play the lead because she plays many diverse roles and can go from comedy, to drama in a second.
Describe your writing style.
My writing style is Drama, raw, spicy, real.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
Favorite parts are the scenes with Sabrina and her girlfriends. We all have that friend that will call us out on our shit and get us into situations that sometimes benefit us or we end up in trouble and Sabrina is often in situations because of Janice, but she means well and will fight anybody that hurts her friend.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would spend time with Janice and we’d go to Happy Hour and gossip about what’s happening in her life and mines. She has a way to make you laugh, cry, and build you back up to be strong and love yourself.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
My book scent would be cotton candy. Sweet with a little kick to leave a lasting taste in the air
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Chiquita Dennie is an author and entrepreneur. Born in Memphis, TN, and currently a Los Angeles CA native. Her background in film/tv has taught and shaped her passion for writing with her debut romance novel Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love. Since its debut, fans have embraced the unconventional love story of Sabrina Washington and Antonio De Luca making Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love an Amazon Best Seller #5 for Book 1 and #4 for Book 2 on Kindle charts.
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I was confused for a lot of this, it felt like chunks of story were missing. Reading other reviews it seems like a novella and the Men of Mercy series should be read before this, as characters and instances pertaining to this story are covered.
Sweet innocent heroine who's blood can act like a cure all serum (????) for the hero and his team's altered DNA issues. Hero and heroine fell in love fast and I'm not sure why. A lot of super soldier stories out there and this didn't really distance itself in any way from the pack, but again, I haven't read the previous books, so I was lost.
I have a couple other books from this author as Kindle Freebies, the writing was technically good enough that I'll see if I can find the start to all of this and get the pertinent facts.