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text 2016-11-27 11:13
November wrap-up
The Feast of All Souls - Simon Bestwick
Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars: A Novel - Miranda Emmerson
Caramel, Caramel & More Caramel!: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Creative Caramel Cuisine - Ivana Nitzan,Michal Moses
Don't Fear the Reaper - Michelle Muto
The Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart
Bats - William W. Johnstone
The Spy: A novel - Paulo Coelho
The Other Einstein: A Novel - Marie Benedict

A little early, but I've finished all the books I'll be finishing for the month and all my current reads are in early stages.

 

I finished all my Netgalley books, Yay! Now all I have to do is resist perusing the site for a while and get some books read from my Kindle!

 

I started two buddy reads and finished one, The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. The other one is Don Quixote, which is likely to go on beyond December as it's a long one and I'm reading a chapter or two at a time.

 

So, wow, that's 7 Netgalley books and one buddy read finished in November. A lot for me!

 

I may not get as many done in December as I plan to relax and read randomly as mood takes me, enjoying some of the books I've been wanting to get to and maybe some Christmas books to get in the holiday mood. I've also downloaded all the backlog of samples from my cloud and hope to eliminate a substantial amount of those over time. I did get some read in November, but I didn't keep up the two a day plan. If I can read more than I collect, I'll be making progress!

 

 

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review 2016-11-19 11:13
Don't Fear the Reaper
Don't Fear the Reaper - Michelle Muto

by Michelle Muto

 

I was warned. The story starts out with a girl attempting to commit suicide, to join her twin sister in death. The writing is very good and takes the reader into the character's mindset in a way that someone who hasn't been depressed normally wouldn't experience. The transition when she begins to realize she doesn't really want to do this is remarkable and I think would serve as a good warning for anyone who has ever contemplated suicide. Most people do change their minds when it gets too real, though for some it's too late by then.

 

The one thing I couldn't reconcile was disincarnate spirits having tears, letting out breath and bleeding when they don't eat or have other physical characteristics. Feeling pain might have worked on its own but too many living attributes hampered the believability.

 

Despite this, there was some real originality in the events and I found the story an enjoyable read. I did guess the twist at the end by halfway through, but I tend to pick up easily on the slightest hint of foreshadowing. Towards the end some of the fast action lost me a little, but overall I thought it was a good story and a well-written, enjoyable read.

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text 2016-11-02 12:37
November reading plans
The Other Einstein: A Novel - Marie Benedict
Bats - William W. Johnstone
The Spy: A novel - Paulo Coelho
Don't Fear the Reaper - Michelle Muto

In the aftermath of Halloween Bingo, I have a few Netgalley books to catch up.

 

I'm close to the end of The Other Einstein and just halfway through Bats, but haven't started the other two yet.

 

I also acquired 62 new samples over these past two months, mostly from other people's Bingo choices! Starting last night, I'm reading two a day (possibly not all the way through) to clear those by the end of November, then I'll tackle the old backlog again.

 

I've also acquired loads of new free books, but my reading, outside of the above, is going back to my random patterns. I'll read what I feel like reading and try not to lose control at Netgalley. They've had some better stuff recently so a few choices could creep in.

 

Quite a few books I wanted to read before are still waiting their turn.

 

Meanwhile, two buddy reads of interest are happening in November. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart and Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes. Having got through half a dozen Classics during Bingo, Don Quixote is top of my mental list of Classics so how could I resist? Mary Stewart's Merlin series is an old favourite so I sort of have to, don't I? It's been a while anyway.

 

So, half a dozen intended reads and 60 samples should keep me busy, but allow time to do some of the things I've been neglecting to give myself more reading time. Like commenting on posts! I also have a couple of courses at FutureLearn I'm falling behind on, so time to catch up.

 

Time to catch up with myself, phew!

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review 2016-10-25 14:32
Don't Fear the Reaper (Netherworld #1) by Michelle Muto
Don't Fear the Reaper - Michelle Muto

 

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Grief-stricken by the murder of her twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her ticket to eternal peace and a chance to reunite with her sister. When Keely succeeds in taking her own life, she discovers death isn’t at all what she expected.

Instead, she’s trapped in a netherworld on Earth and her only hope for reconnecting with her sister and navigating the afterlife is a bounty-hunting reaper and a sardonic, possibly unscrupulous, demon. But when the demon offers Keely her greatest temptation—revenge on her sister’s murderer—she must uncover his motives and determine who she can trust.

Because, as Keely soon learns, both reaper and demon are keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true—that her every decision will change how, and with whom, she spends eternity.

 

 

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3 ½ ★

 

This is one of the harder books to review for me. I’m not really sure what to say without really spoiling it but I try and I make it short . I also should warn, that this book might not be for everyone. It deals with the rather sad and dark subject of suicide, teen suicide to be exact as Keely commits a pretty graphic suicide in the first chapter. When she wakes up in purgatory she finds the reaper and a demon there to escort her to hell. But it is clear very early on that there is much more going on. Keely has to be remain with Daniel and Banning until her fate for her afterlife is revealed for sure. Purgatory is not such a nice place to be and not very safe and even with Manning and Daniel by her site things start to get out of hand. Plus, both of them are keeping things from her and she does her best to figure it out and what is the truth. She also encounters some to her familiar faces, on her journey in purgatory. It is rather sad following her around and her journey as she sees firsthand how her loved ones deal with her death. She sees them grieve but also has to grieve her own death. She also meets other departed on her way. Plus Keeley wants revenge on her sister’s murderer, but as much else in the afterlife and her story it is does not go the way she may have thought. While I saw the end coming, it was still bittersweet. There were some plot holes I thought but otherwise even with the dark subject matter it was a good read and I enjoyed it and the characters .

 

I rate it 3 ½ ★

 

 

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“Despondency and death. A place worse than hell. There’s no Garden of Eden. God acts like he’s hands off, Lucifer has more of a say in things than I thought, angels aren’t what I’d expected, and demons….” I glanced around nervously for Daniel. “Where’s perfect peace? It’s not fair! When we die, isn’t it all supposed to be fair?"

 

 

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*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!

 

 

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text 2016-10-06 13:26
Reading progress update: I've read 11%.
Don't Fear the Reaper - Michelle Muto

This might take me a while, so far the book is really dark and depressing. 

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