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review 2018-04-05 18:03
4.5 Out of 5 "you can love a monster" Stars
Crushed - Eliza Crewe

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Crushed

Eliza Crewe

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Meda Melange has officially hung up her monstrous mantle and planted her feet firmly on the holy and righteous path of a Crusader-in-training. Or, at least, she’s willing to give it a shot. It helps that the Crusaders are the only thing standing between her and the demon hordes who want her dead.

 

The problem is, the only people less convinced than Meda of her new-found role as Good Girl are the very Crusaders she’s trying to join. So when a devilishly handsome half-demon boy offers escape, how’s a girl supposed to say “no?”

 

After all, everyone knows a good girl’s greatest weakness is a bad boy.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Hmmm…I have no idea why I waited so long to get back into this series, it may have had something to do with my not getting into paranormal lately, actually, that is exactly why.  I should have known that Meda would make the experience of reading this second book a blast.  Meda rocks. 

 

"You can love a monster, it can even love you back, but that doesn't change its nature."

 

If you like a bad-ass half-demon heroine, who makes you laugh out loud and root for her to be bad.  What, she only kills the bad guys. The child molesters and serial killers.  Seriously, I love it when she's bad and is it wrong if I like Armand?  But I digress…if you like all this in a supernatural setting then you should totally give this series a go.

 

"Like most things, fun is better when it's stolen."

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.2/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4.2/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Sorta…

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Book Cover~ Excellent

Series~ Soul Eaters #2

Setting~ Mountains of Virginia

Source~ I Own Kindle eBook

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review 2018-02-10 00:00
Eliza, The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow
Eliza, The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow - Karen Lynn Davidson,Jill Mulvay Derr A lovely read. I looked over other reviews and I wanted to know more as well. Delve more deeply into who Eliza Snow really was. I think the problem is that Eliza didn't give us much to go on. She only kept a diary for a few short years following her sealing to Joseph Smith. How I wish there was so much more!

I enjoyed the book, not only from the way it was written and included some of her poetry, but photos of her possessions were an added bonus. What I didn't like was the lace print on every single page - it made the book feel less like a piece of literature and more like a doily visual aid in a Relief Society lesson.

I've been on an LDS history kick lately, and this has been my favorite so far. I didn't expect to like it much, and I did. There was an attempt to discover who Eliza really was from the clues she left behind.
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review 2018-01-23 16:05
R.I.P. Eliza Hart - Alyssa B. Sheinmel

This will be a short review, because I don’t want to give anything away, and this is a slowly-unfolding mystery that is best experienced through reading it. I don’t want to spoil anything! So… I requested to join this blog tour because (1) I’d read Second Star by Alyssa a few years ago and really enjoyed it, and (2) I love mysteries and boarding school stories, and since this one had both I figured I couldn’t go wrong. I hadn’t expected the book to be so heavily focused on mental health issues, but I’m so glad I was able to have this reading experience. Although I say it is “heavily focused” on mental illness, I don’t mean to imply that it’s a heavy or super sad book, because amazingly enough it’s not. It’s a very well done portrait of mental illness in several forms, while also giving us a mystery you’re eager to see solved, a struggling-at-boarding-school experience, and even budding romance!

 

For several reasons, I really connected with the characters in this book, both Ellie and Eliza. I am claustrophobic myself, though I’ve never had such a severe form as Ellie does. I have, however, had a few panic attacks in small spaces, especially times when I’ve had to have MRIs (ugh I hate those). So I understood what Ellie was going through, even though my issue is not as severe as hers. I have also had experience with someone very similar to Eliza’s father (my brother-in-law), and I can say without a doubt that Alyssa’s portrayal of him and the effect on those around him was spot on. I was writing in the margins of my ARC very early on when he was on the page as to what I thought the issue was, and I turned out to be right. I know that’s very vague, but I really don’t want to give anything away. 

 

Overall, I just want to get across that Alyssa’s portrayal of people struggling with, surviving with, and living fully with mental health issues is carefully drawn, sympathetic, and never maudlin. I’d recommend reading the author’s note at the end, in which Alyssa explains her thinking behind the book and some of the work she did to ensure accurate portrayals of various mental health issues. She also does a wonderful job showing how mental illness affects not only the person afflicted but also those around them, be they family or friends, co-workers or classmates. I highly recommend reading this book, even if you’re not one who normally enjoys “issue books.” It’s really not maudlin or overly heavy, nor is it preachy when dealing with a tough subject. The balancing act Alyssa strikes in this book with Eliza’s story is darn near perfect; I truly don’t think I’ve seen such a straightforward, unflinching, and sympathetic look at this issue in any book I’ve read before. 

 

Again, I know this is rather vague, but I don’t want to give anything away and ruin the reading experience. I would just encourage you to check it out for yourself. It’s a relatively short, easy read, and I think you’ll find yourself quickly turning the pages just as I did. If you read R.I.P. Eliza Hart, I’d love to know what you think of it!

 

Rating: 4 stars!

 

Thank you to Scholastic Press for the ARC copy of this book for purposes of review. This is my honest and voluntary rating and review. Thanks also to Rockstar Book Tours for including me on the blog tour!

 
 
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review 2018-01-23 00:00
Dear Dwayne, With Love
Dear Dwayne, With Love - Eliza Gordon I loved this book. I never laughed, cried or just fully enjoyed a book like this
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review 2018-01-11 00:08
It took my five days to read a hundred and forty pages of this.
Swallowing Mercury - Wioletta Greg,Wioletta Grzegorzewska,Eliza Marciniak

Which is probably another case of "it's not you, litfic; it's me." I just... don't get it? Maybe it's more meaningful if you grew up or had family in eastern Europe? My investment was super low throughout, and I was left not really knowing what the book was either about or trying to say.

 

The format was a series of unconnected but chronologically ordered events in the life of a school girl in a very small Polish town from when she was about six through high school and the death of her father. Each event or image would take up two to six pages, and then we'd be off to the next thing. There was rarely if ever any follow up to what happened with the previous incidents

 

The descriptions were often pretty and insightful, and there was a fair bit of humour mostly found in communist bureaucracy v. reality incidents, but mostly I felt as though I were missing something.

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