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text 2017-04-08 19:47
Reading progress update: I've read 422 out of 485 pages.
End of Days - Susan Ee

Yes, damn it. Art is passion, and it bonds you into community, makes you family.

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review 2017-04-06 15:32
Oh, look what you've done
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

20 min to read (ten extra than needed because I kept scratching my eyes and sniffing from the apples bit on), double that and the kettle on the stove to calm down.

 

I have too many mixed feelings about this, whether it should be so, how I feel about the boy, that end, whether it's enough, whether it's ok, and a million other things that I can't even believed were digged up by an itty-bitty book. I just know that it played hell on my emotions and I'm still blubbering.

 

I also know I might have put it under a taste's-like-diabetes tag if I'd read it on a cynical mood. That I might have been angry or ambivalent. It's weird. I have more words skittering around my brain than those written inside those pages. I have to toast a book that causes such an internal havoc.

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review 2016-09-08 02:31
The sinking and the after shakes
Hearts in Atlantis - Stephen King

Damned tearjerker. To paraphrase Bobby's mom "life is unfair". And boy, do I have mixed feelings about her character. Most of my screaming-at-the-page moments came thanks to her. Anyway, the first story ripped my heart out, and I loved it. 

 

The second was a mix. Kinda' like the characters, their age and the era. Jumbled and confused, almost angels and petty devils. Liked it. Not as much as the first.

 

The third was the puzzler. Interesting bridge, but wtf. Also, he has a good life, life isn't fair. Maybe.

 

The fourth took time to hit it's stride, but really got to me on the last two to five pages. Had my waterworks well primed and going. Ready for the last story.

 

The fifth was  the coda. Full circle. And maybe life is unfair, but sometimes is kinder than we expect.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-03-18 18:04
The Trouble With Misbehaving
The Trouble With Misbehaving - Victoria Hanlen

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book...

I simply love it when I discover a debut author gifted with enough wit and charm to make me fall in love with everything in a novel, be it the storyline or the characters. Victoria Hanlen’s The Trouble with Misbehaving falls right into that category. I’ll admit that I wanted to read this book for that gorgeous purple gown on the cover (LOL), however so glad I did since now I know the significance of that color in the story.

 

The Trouble with Misbehaving was everything I love in a romance novel; A strong, intelligent and independent minded h and a sexy, charming rogue of a H. An intriguing storyline with action and adventures alongside great chemistry between the H and the h, who were as wonderful together as they were on their own. Victoria Hanlen is not only an excellent storyteller, I also loved her writing style.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-10-24 04:05
Summer Campaign
Summer Campaign - Carla Kelly

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book...

I was reading something else, needed a distraction and found it in the sweet and beautiful Summer Campaign, one of Carla Kelly’s books that I’ve had for a while but haven’t had a chance to read. From the very first page I was hooked and kept thinking why didn’t I turn to this one before!

Summer Campaign is a traditional regency or what you call “clean” historical romance. It’s a reissue of Ms. Kelly’s 1989 release. I recently noticed that the book has been reissued once again this year, though until I read my 2012 edition and discussed with a friend who bought the latest edition, I hadn’t any notion of any changes. I’ll talk about that later... but first, into the review.

Major Jack Beresford, a veteran of the Peninsular War (of 1807–1814), is just returning to England. He’s bone weary and disillusioned and just wants to go home to his elder brother Adrian, the current Marquess of Sherbourn and SIL Emily. Jack has seen it all, done it all in the field of war. He has been touted as a hero many times but he doesn’t feel worthy of any of it. All he sees is death and destruction... blood and gore. Bloated dead bodies of young boys who fought under his command and died, trying to swallow him whole. Yes, Jack has PTSD as we find him telling Onyx that he “dreams in red”. He also stutters, something I assumed started happening after his traumatic experience in the war.

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