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review 2018-07-15 05:41
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 2 - Gamei Hitsuji,Hikoki

DNF 20%

 

I am disappointed to say that this volume was a bit of a letdown. There were too much technobabble and unnecessary exposition in the passages I read. I had a difficult time to slog through the passages talking about Kabbalah and the different elements for example. It is a shame that I have to rate this book a low rating because I liked the first volume. I forgave the first volume for its wall of text because it was meant to be an introduction for the series. However, in this second volume, the info dumps became old fast. I wish information like that were in a guidebook or some side material so that the story would be read more smoothly without all the technobabble. 

 

However, I liked the illustrations in the book.

 

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review 2018-07-02 14:29
Fifty Shades New Zealand Style
Fierce (Not Quite a Billionaire) - Rosalind James

This ended up being a big old nope at 20 percent. I usually love Rosalind James's books. I recommend her Escape to New Zealand series to anyone that asks about a really good romance with some hot scenes.

 

Premise is that this book follows a New Zealand Mr. Grey (Hemi) coming along and deciding that he is going to (swear word) a woman (Hope) that he meets when he goes to see a photo shoot set up.

 

 

James can usually turn a phrase and make me see her characters, but I had a hard time even picturing this whole thing. She tried to turn her New Zealand characters into Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele and it did not work at all. 

 

The little we find out about Hope is that she is struggling to make things work for her and her teenage sister. They are sharing a tiny place in New York (I think it's a studio) and she's working for an insane photographer. When she meets Hemi she feels intrigued by him and he weirdly decides he is going to have to have her. Cause that's what doms do I guess (I have no idea). Hemi arranges things so that Hope gets a job at his company and from there he is going to make sure that she eventually gives into him (barf). 

 

Hemi is crude and sorry not sexy at all to me. I was done after he propositions Hope in his office and she rightfully slaps him. Of course James has Hope thinking to herself that she could not helped being turned on by the whole thing and I just quit this book at this point. I just got frustrated because a scene before this Hemi tries to force Hope into going out to dinner with him and she says no to that. He even tries to force her to go overseas on an assignment even after she explains why she can't (her sister being left alone is a huge problem). So he's not exactly blowing my socks off with empathy. 

 

I would recommend passing on this one. 

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text 2018-06-27 18:45
NIGHT GAUNTS AND OTHER TALES OF SUSPENSE by Joyce Carol Oates
Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense - Joyce Carol Oates

NIGHT GAUNTS sounded so promising to me when I requested it from Edelweiss months ago. (And just look at that alluring cover!) 

 

Since then, I've only managed to complete one story, and it's one that I already read in another collection. I've repeatedly attempted to read two other stories and I just couldn't get into them, so I'm calling it quits. No rating, no review.

 

Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for letting me take a shot at this for free. I'm sorry it didn't work out.

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text 2018-06-16 03:20
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness

I nagged the friend who gave this to me into admitting the dog dies, so I didn't finish the book.

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review 2018-06-08 14:06
DNF: These Violent Delights
These Violent Delights - Victoria Namkung

Another one for the DNF pile.

 

Just not interested in finishing this novel. It's certainly a very relevant novel, it's about a graduate from a very exclusive private girls school who starts a job with a local newspaper and decides to write an expose on a teacher she had a fling with. The teacher seduced her, made her feel special and then dropped her when she started realising what a mistake she'd made. Something she had been shamed into keeping silent for years. And once the bomb drops...she's not the only victim. Other students from past and present start coming forward and it looks like there's a giant cover up by the school.

 

Problem is while it's got the markings of an interesting plot, the characters are so flat and uninteresting. There's very little emotion involved, or at least for my tastes, for such a deep subject. I'm finding myself not wanting to pick it up and not really caring about how it ends anymore. 

 

So another one for the DNF pile it is. 

 

Thank you  Griffith Moon Publishing for approving my request to view the title. 

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