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review 2017-03-31 01:18
Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

I remember my brother reading this book when he was in middle school but I never got to read it when I was younger. I finally got the chance to this year and I am so happy I did! This book describes a young orphaned boy on a journey to find his father and husband to his widowed mother. The book follows his quest and introduces us to the people he meets along the way, who become somewhat like family to him. This book would be great for 6-8th grades and the lexile level for this book is 950L. For an activity, I think it would be fun to look deeper into the characters by having students relate important quotes in the book to the character who said this. You could use sticky notes to write the quote and page number and discuss as a class which character the quote is said by or who it describes. 

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review 2015-02-11 00:00
Artistic Endeavor
Artistic Endeavor - Whitley Gray cute
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review 2015-02-05 00:00
Artistic Endeavor
Artistic Endeavor - Whitley Gray

A BR with Momo??  Hell yes!!  We were pretty pumped about this one…but yes…we were the guinea pigs here so bear with us.





Her review is pretty spot on…so be sure to check it out  here.

And I am totally with her that this kind of book is a guilty pleasure of mine.  It seems we have heard it time and time again, and yet…I was pleasantly surprised.  The attraction between these two…the sweetness…the patience…I found myself totally wrapped up in them…
 





Then throw in some of the best kissing scenes I have read and some hot sex between these two…





We get both POV’s here which I love.  We see how each of them changes and how they view this relationship.  How this “arrangement” becomes more.


Michael couldn’t pinpoint the moment it had changed from fucking to making love, but it had.

It had changed to love.


So sounds pretty amazing right…well Momo got a bit ahead of me…she posted her feelings…I felt the frustration building…my mind went crazy…no it can’t be it can’t…will I be throwing things???





Well…I never used this gif but dammit Whitley Gray…you fucked this book up badly!! I hated what happened here.  There is NO CHEATING…let me make this clear.  But when an author pulls a reader into believing there could be…NO NO NO NO NO!!! I was a mess and left questioning my beautiful boys, and I do not like that at all!!! I wanted to just pull my hair out!!!


The first 78% of this book is wonderful and a real surprise of a read...and yes Momo and I may just have to write our own ending….with more lovin…




So many missed opportunities and honestly just teasing the reader in so many ways…

Pineapple Flavored Body Paint???  FFS…this is the third book I have read with a painter in which no paint is used on the body???  What is up with this? And why tease us??  *pouts*

 





A pool table??




(Thanks for finding these Momo)

And a shower scene??? I mean come on…don’t get me wrong the scenes we did get were good…but throw us girls a wet bone, would ya??

 




Yeah…I kinda just cracked myself up there.

So yeah…that ending could have been just amazing…just a beautiful expression of love between these two…them coming to terms with their own personal issues and I would have easily given this 4.5 stars.  Such a shame.

Momo, honey, it was a pleasure throwing panties and pulling hair with you!  Happy to do this again, anytime!

 

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review 2015-02-05 00:00
Artistic Endeavor
Artistic Endeavor - Whitley Gray

A BR with Momo??  Hell yes!!  We were pretty pumped about this one…but yes…we were the guinea pigs here so bear with us.





Her review is pretty spot on…so be sure to check it out  here.

And I am totally with her that this kind of book is a guilty pleasure of mine.  It seems we have heard it time and time again, and yet…I was pleasantly surprised.  The attraction between these two…the sweetness…the patience…I found myself totally wrapped up in them…
 





Then throw in some of the best kissing scenes I have read and some hot sex between these two…





We get both POV’s here which I love.  We see how each of them changes and how they view this relationship.  How this “arrangement” becomes more.


Michael couldn’t pinpoint the moment it had changed from fucking to making love, but it had.

It had changed to love.


So sounds pretty amazing right…well Momo got a bit ahead of me…she posted her feelings…I felt the frustration building…my mind went crazy…no it can’t be it can’t…will I be throwing things???





Well…I never used this gif but dammit Whitley Gray…you fucked this book up badly!! I hated what happened here.  There is NO CHEATING…let me make this clear.  But when an author pulls a reader into believing there could be…NO NO NO NO NO!!! I was a mess and left questioning my beautiful boys, and I do not like that at all!!! I wanted to just pull my hair out!!!


The first 78% of this book is wonderful and a real surprise of a read...and yes Momo and I may just have to write our own ending….with more lovin…




So many missed opportunities and honestly just teasing the reader in so many ways…

Pineapple Flavored Body Paint???  FFS…this is the third book I have read with a painter in which no paint is used on the body???  What is up with this? And why tease us??  *pouts*

 





A pool table??




(Thanks for finding these Momo)

And a shower scene??? I mean come on…don’t get me wrong the scenes we did get were good…but throw us girls a wet bone, would ya??

 




Yeah…I kinda just cracked myself up there.

So yeah…that ending could have been just amazing…just a beautiful expression of love between these two…them coming to terms with their own personal issues and I would have easily given this 4.5 stars.  Such a shame.

Momo, honey, it was a pleasure throwing panties and pulling hair with you!  Happy to do this again, anytime!

 

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review 2013-11-08 00:00
Operation: Endeavor
Operation: Endeavor - Christi Snow Operation: Endeavor is the second book in Christi Snow’s When the Mission Ends series about the Robertson siblings and the men and women who love ‘em. After giving the first book in this series, Operation: Endgame, a very enthusiastic 4-smooch rating, I couldn't wait to read the second installment. 

This book centred around Colton (Cassie and Chris’ older brother), a retired Air Force captain, and Penelope Pruitt, a local bookstore owner and erotica author. A sexy alpha male falling in love with a fellow bibliophile?! That's not even fighting fair! I'm already rubbing my hands together in glee and chanting "oh please, oh please, oh pleeeeeease let this be good!"

And it was.

I have to say that I really liked Penelope. All her life she’s been described by others as a flighty party girl, but I think the author did a great job of creating a character that was less flighty party girl and more free-spirited, yet savvy, businesswoman determined to live life on her own terms. 

Colton, on the other hand, is your typical alpha male – strong, smart, a little pushy and a lot gruff. All of that is enough to push my humina humina buttons, but it was Colton's utter dedication to his family that made me melt into a giant puddle of "awwwww" at his feet. It's at the very core of his being and informs everything he says and does in the novel (and it is sexy as fuck). The flashbacks of Colton at the funeral just about broke my heart, and his willingness to quit a job he loved in order to support his family through a difficult time was beyond endearing. *big, dreamy sigh* I need a Colton of my very own!

And let's talk about the chemistry between these two for a second, okay? It was off the freakin' charts! Snow gave it an exciting new twist and totally delivered on the heat factor hinted at by the many mentions of BDSM/erotic literature early in the book. And that scene - you’ll know the one I’m talking about after you read the book – was hot enough to melt the bed sheets. Good Lord, was it ever! Still, as explosive as the love scenes are, the book had enough true romance to make my heart flutter as well. 

One of my favourite things about Snow's writing is her ability to make the snappy inner voices of her characters come across feeling incredibly natural. For example:
When Penelope said yes to riding Colton’s motorcycle, she hadn’t taken into account how arousing it would be to have him in between her thighs with her arms wrapped around his muscular torso. This. Was. Torture. But oh, what an incredible way to die.

As women, we all think (or say!) these pithy, off-hand kind of comments in our daily lives, but to write them in a way that comes across as funny and effortless rather than overworked, is difficult. And while it may seem to some readers like a small thing, I find that it's exactly these small details that breathes life into the characters and has a big effect on my overall enjoyment of a book. So, kudos to Snow for pulling this off.

Unfortunately, I can't help but think that an otherwise great book was let down a little by its climax. Thirty pages to go, and what had been building nicely to a dramatic - yet believable - conclusion took a sharp left turn into the ridiculous with the introduction of "fluffy yellow ducks". (I'm clearly using the term "fluffy yellow ducks" as a stand-in for a significant plot twist.) Up until that point, I'd been totally buying in to the villains' nefarious actions. They made sense given the context. But messing around with "fluffy yellow ducks" seemed way above their pay grade and I just couldn't suspend my disbelief as a reader that far.

Don't get me wrong, 
the climax itself wasn’t bad - it was both interesting and well-written - but I felt like it was an unnecessary plot twist and seemed to belong as the ending to an entirely different book.

Further, just as in Operation: Endgame, the climax of the novel had practically everyone outside of the main character’s inner circle utterly betraying her. I thought the fact that there was more than one villain was a really refreshing twist, but the sheer number and diversity of those involved was a lot to take in. Between that and the multiple abusive ex-boyfriends (Really?! The poor woman had to suffer through more than one Grade A asshole ex?!), I was left wondering seriously about the soundness of Penelope's judgement.

I think that a lot of readers will just roll with the ending and really enjoy its over-the-top nature (it's super FUN, after all!). Personally, however, I usually prefer the less is more approach. I feel that a few small edits could have gone a long way to to making this ending truly stellar. But that's just my opinion. *shrugs*

Overall, I thought that Operation: Endeavor had an original premise (I love the concept behind the When the Mission Ends series!), well-crafted protagonists, tonnes of sweet romance, rich descriptions, and an almost perfectly plotted story arc. It was entertaining and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who loves romantic suspense as much as I do.

Now on to Operation: Endurance! It's time for Chris and Julie's HEA, dammit!
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