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text 2018-07-31 16:02
Monthly Run Down - July 2018
Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life - Bill Engvall,Alan Eisenstock
Kevin Kwan A Novel Crazy Rich Asians (Paperback) - Common - by Kevin Kwan
Harry Potter: The Prequel - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
When It's Real - Erin Watt
Killman Creek - Rachel Caine
Improper English - Katie MacAlister

 



Books I Read:

 

Crazy Rich Asians - 3.5 Stars - The first half bordered on boring but the second half made it worth the wait.

 

Harry Potter: The Prequel - 3 Stars - Super short and did not add or take anything away from the series.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - 4 Stars - This series is really holding up to the test of time. I can see more re-reads in my future as the world still manages to surprise me.

 

When It’s Real  - 4 Stars - I liked watching Oakley and Vaughn’s relationship blossom.  

 

Killman Creek   - 3.5 Stars - Rachel Caine does a great thriller.

 

Improper English  - 3 Stars - Alix and Alex entertained me, made me chuckle and made me want more.

 

Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life  - 4 Stars - Bill is the most “all american” guy there is and he makes it entertaining.




DNF:

 

None for July - Nobody - No explanation



Currently Reading:



Creative Quest - Questlove - a class on creativity I think is an accurate way to describe this

 

Too Late  - Colleen Hoover- Intense





Year to Date Totals:



January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

 

2018: 57 books

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review 2018-07-28 01:01
Like a sugar addiction
Paper Princess: A Novel (The Royals) - Erin Watt

Thank you to Hilda for the recommendation!

 

This is listed as YA and NA, which made me a little nervous along with our characters being in high school. LOL, is all I have to say to that.  Granted, I did not got to an uber rich school but this story and characters did not read like a YA, more NA. I constantly had to keep reminding myself that they weren't even in college yet, I think they read like 26ish or so. 

 

Very angst-y (she strips to pay her mother's doctor bills at age 15), very sexy times (heavy petting all over the place), and very drama (suicide mother, secret parking lot fighting, surprise inheritance, I want you but can't have you). Basically, this was soap opera cracktastic drama that I inhaled. When it was all over, a cliffhanger!, had me running to get the second in the series but giving some time and distance, I feel a little empty from it but it did entertain while I was in the moment. 

 

Some soap opera, some Cruel Intentions, and some brewing under the surface mystery. Get yourself a bowl of popcorn and wine and give yourself over to the moment. Just be prepared for a cliffhanger.

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review 2018-07-27 19:29
When It’s Real
When It's Real - Erin Watt

 

I Picked Up This Book Because: Random selection from Hoopla Digital

The Characters:

Vaughn Bennett: devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal."
Oakley Ford: Teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker
Paisley, Ty, Big D, W

The Story:

Following a PR plot from his management company Oakley Ford agrees to date a “normal” girl that has been selected for him to rehab his image. Though Oakley and Vaughn get off to a very rocky start it was obvious they were going to end up together. Vaughn balances Oakley out. She helps him see life a bit differently. Yin and Yang and all that.

I greatly enjoyed listening to Vaughn and Oak fall in love. There is humor and heartache. There is pain and joy. I would love to read a follow up.

The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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4 Stars

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-25 00:48
Erotic@ Authors Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick write date rape
Paper Princess - Erin Watt,Elle Kennedy,Jen Frederick

TRIGGER FOR DATE RAPE VICTIMS
I hate when this happens. When everyone loves a book that I don't. I hate being minority. I signed up to goodreads to fangirl over books with other people, to like the five star reviews and ignore the haters. 

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I love when all my friends read the same book and love it as much as I did.

I hate to rate this book. A lot of my goodreads friends have LOVED IT! And I can see why. For the most part of the book I loved it, too. Then the twist happens and everyone still loves the book, but I don't. I'm left outside. So, yeah it sucks to be minority.

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I hate giving bad ratings. I'd rather not finish a book than give a bad rating. However if in other occassions I prefer not to post a review or even a rating because 
a) I don't want to waste more time than the book deserves
or

b)I can't pinpoint what I didn't like,

In this case I think I have to warn other readers who might have the same problem than I have. If you are warned, you might enjoy the book more than I did. In addition, I can tell when the book was ruined FOR ME. If you are warned of what you will find you might even give a 5 star rating, that I think the authors deserve because for the most part their book is not bad.


I think everyone will love this book way more than I do. People should give it a try. The authors have a way with words and for the majority of the book I THOUGHT THIS WAS FANTASTICLY compelling and AWESOME, I never considered not finishing it because the emotions, the characters, the journey were so good that I just couldn't put the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who isn't a freak like me: A freak who has a high sensibility on hero having sexual activity of any kind with other women.


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Why? Oh Why? Can't authors think of another way to create drama? Everything was going so well, then that twist. IIt ruins the sequels for me. I asked a refund from amazon and I'm not continuing with the series. Again that's me. I'm extremely sensitive to disloyal heroes
I wish there had been a warning for that twist. I hate hate hate hate when the authors write sexual content, date rape and disloyal heroes without a warning.

This is also a NA book marketed as YA. I'm okay with sex scenes, actually I get bored if a NA book doesn't have at least a bit of sexual tension and I prefer self-published authors because they cross the YA/NA boundaries more often than traditional published books. I just think the ethical thing to do is to warn the readers that there's sex in the book so people who like sex will buy it, and people who prefer "clean" reads stay away. Readers under 18 should stay clear from this book as it contains sexual content, language, date rape and dubious consent.

This book reminded me of Tijan's fallen crest series, except the twist I mentioned. I think that I wouldn't have hated the ending as much as I did if I haven't been so involved with Ella and Reed. If you don't mind  edgy content and you like Tiijan give this book a try. If you hate dark contet in books labeled as YA then this book might not be for you.

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text 2018-04-23 02:35
Erotica authors Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick writing New adult
Paper Princess - Erin Watt,Elle Kennedy,Jen Frederick

TRIGGER FOR DATE RAPE VICTIMS
I hate when this happens. When everyone loves a book that I don't. I hate being minority. I signed up to goodreads to fangirl over books with other people, to like the five star reviews and ignore the haters.

description

I love when all my friends read the same book and love it as much as I did.

I hate to rate this book. A lot of my goodreads friends have LOVED IT! And I can see why. For the most part of the book I loved it, too. Then the twist happens and everyone still loves the book, but I don't. I'm left outside. So, yeah it sucks to be minority.

description


I hate giving bad ratings. I'd rather not finish a book than give a bad rating. However if in other occassions I prefer not to post a review or even a rating because
a) I don't want to waste more time than the book deserves
or

b)I can't pinpoint what I didn't like,

In this case I think I have to warn other readers who might have the same problem than I have. If you are warned, you might enjoy the book more than I did. In addition, I can tell when the book was ruined FOR ME. If you are warned of what you will find you might even give a 5 star rating, that I think the authors deserve because for the most part their book is not bad.


I think everyone will love this book way more than I do. People should give it a try. The authors have a way with words and for the majority of the book I THOUGHT THIS WAS FANTASTICLY compelling and AWESOME, I never considered not finishing it because the emotions, the characters, the journey were so good that I just couldn't put the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who isn't a freak like me: A freak who has a high sensibility on other woman drama.


description

Why? Oh Why? Can't authors think of another way to create drama? Everything was going so well, then that twist. IIt ruins the sequels for me. I asked a refund from amazon and I'm not continuing with the series. Again that's me. I'm extremely sensitive to cheating, Other woman drama and rape culture
I wish there had been a warning for that twist. I hate hate hate hate when the authors  make their heros look at other woman naked after H and h get together.

This is also a NA book marketed as YA. I'm okay with sex scenes, actually I get bored if a NA book doesn't have at least a bit of sexual tension and I prefer self-published authors because they cross the YA/NA boundaries more often than traditional published books. I just think the ethical thing to do is to warn the readers that there's sex in the book so people who like sex will buy it, and people who prefer "clean" reads stay away. Readers under 18 should stay clear from this book as it contains drugs, dubious consent and date rape attempt scenes.

This book reminded me of Tijan's fallen crest series, except the twist I mentioned. I think that I wouldn't have hated the ending as much as I did if I haven't been so involved with Ella and Reed. If you don't mind disloyal heroes and you like Tiijan give this book a try. If you hate when NA is labeled as YA then this book might not be for you.

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