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text 2016-12-31 00:36
2016 in Review - Highest Rated/Top 12

I either really liked most of the books I read this year, or I rated things on the higher end of the scale.

 

Anyway, these are my favorite 12 books of the year that were rated four or more stars. I also decided to only go with one book from any series I am reading. Otherwise, this would have been a whole lot longer.

 

Black Rose - Nora Roberts 

 

Rating: 4.5 stars - Featuring a couple in their late 40's, which I found I appreciated a lot more now than when I did when I first read to book ten years ago. [x]

 

The Martian - Andy Weir,R.C. Bray 

 

Rating: 5 stars - I absolutely LOVED this book! I laughed to the point of tears many times, and R.C. Bray has become one of my favorite audiobook narrators. [x]

 

And Then There Were None (The Agatha Christie Collection) - Agatha Christie 

 

Rating: 4.5 stars - Classic Dame Agatha. I don't think anything more needs to be said. [x]

 

Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey 

 

Rating: 4 stars - Read because I watched The Expanse on SyFy and was curious about the source material. Ended up loving it. [x]

 

In Death: The First Cases (In Death Series) - 

 

Rating: 5 stars - And I'm still kicking myself for not starting this series sooner. [x]

 

Breakout (The Dred Chronicles) - Ann Aguirre 

 

Rating : 5 stars - A fitting end to a great trilogy. One I found my stepping outside my comfort zone. [x]

 

Dangerous - Amanda Quick 

 

Rating: 4 stars - Amanda Quick novels = my literary comfort food [x]

 

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery - Agatha Christie,HarperAudio,Dan Stevens 

 

Rating: 5 stars - Classic murder mystery made even better by Dan Stevens' excellent narration. [x]

 

Ravenwood - Margaux Gillis 

 

Rating: 4 stars - A rare 'hit' in the world of kindle freebies, and look at that cover! [x]

 

Spook Lights: Southern Gothic Horror - Eden Royce 

 

Rating: 4 stars - When I began, I'd intended to only read a couple stories. I instead read the whole thing in one sitting. [x]

 

Written in Red - Anne Bishop 

 

Rating: 4 stars - I should have hated this book, but I didn't. I still don't understand it. [x]

 

Dark Desires - Eve Silver 

 

Rating: 4 stars - Another rare 'hit' in the world of Kindle freebies, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. [x]

 

 

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text 2016-12-30 22:56
2016 in Review - Lowest Rated

These were books rated 2 stars or lower.

 

Captain America: The First Avenger #1: First Vengeance - Fred Van Lente,Luke Ross 

 

Rating: 2 stars - I felt it  was too short with too little dialogue.[x]

 

Orchids and Stone - Lisa Preston 

 

Rating: 2 stars - Didn't find any of the characters very likeable, though, it got a bit better towards the end. [x]

 

Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties - Renee Rosen 

 

Rating: 1 star - I reeeeeeally did not like this one. Flat, shallow, unlikeable characters and overly dramatic, I repeatedly cursed my inability to DNF a book while reading it. [x]

 

Nightmare House - Douglas Clegg 

 

Rating: 2 stars - Wasn't as scary as I thought it'd be, and I thought, more complicated than it needed to be at the end. [x]

 

Everything We Keep: A Novel - Kerry Lonsdale 

 

Rating: 2 stars - An uneven book that I'd probably have been a bit more generous with had it not had an epilogue that enraged me to the point of seeing red. [x]

 

Bad Kitty: Hot Halloween Romance - Cari Quinn 

 

Rating: 1.5 stars - In which I discover I need a story along with my erotica. This was too short for me to care for the characters. [x]

 

 

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review 2016-11-30 04:11
Review: My Friends are All Strange
My Friends Are All Strange - Margaret Lesh Much like the main character, this book is quirky and interesting. I haven't read Normalish but I did enjoy this companion novel fully. Becca is struggling to keep up with the demands of senior year and coping with the loss of her father. Add in some anxiety and a wizard and you end up at Brookside. I didn't know quite what to expect upon reading the first few chapters, but I found myself turning page after page until it was complete. Becca's perspective on her time in an institution is both intriguing and endearing. Her empathy for the other patients and her resolve to move forward with her own life are both a vital part of her story. If you've ever struggled with any kind of mental illness, I would recommend this book. It tackles some hard to discuss topics while remaining lighthearted. Not everyone gets a happy ending, but that's a part of life.
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review 2016-11-01 13:47
Review: A Raven's Heart
A Raven's Heart - K. C. Bateman

Ah, romance. There is so much to be said for that fiery passion that unrequited love can bring to a friendship. The phrase "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" comes to mind as you start this delectable novel. The sexual tension built up in just the first few chapters will have you turning pages at an alarming rate.

 

What could possibly be more tempting than your best friends little sister? To Ravenwood, or Raven, nothing apparently. But duty calls and he must follow orders while trying to resist the woman who simultaneously enrages and entices him. 

 

Heloise, oh Heloise. I'm still relatively new to the historical romance genre and I must say, I hope that there are other heroines like Hell-cat. She's smart, witty and dripping with sarcasm. Even in the most dire of circumstances she holds her own with a sharp tongue and a grin. Her intelligence and abdication of traditional society make her a hero of mine. Her attraction to Raven doesn't reduce her to a bumbling nobody and that, most of all is my favorite part of the book. 

 

If you're in the mood for some steamy romance and hilarious wit, you will definitely enjoy A Raven's Heart. It does not disappoint. 

 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

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review 2016-10-21 18:21
Review: Corporate America is crazy
B.S. Incorporated - Jennifer Rock,Michael Voss

Real talk, this book stressed me out. It took me a few extra days to read it because I just couldn't deal with the too real stresses of a job I basically lived through. For a moment I wanted to rate this book lower because of the stress, but I realized that the authors did a superb job bringing you into the story and characters and it's not really their fault that I worked for a similar company that went through a similar situation and ended up having to leave the company because of it. Call it corporate PTSD if you will, but I think the authors did a good job capturing the corporate world in this humorous book.

 

Will is my favorite type of character, sarcastic and pragmatic. He is navigating the system and chaos of things he basically has no control over, while simultaneously trying to keep his job. If you've ever worked in a corporate environment, or known someone who has, the banter and insight Will shares with his trusted friends/coworkers will make you laugh. Every office needs a Will.

 

Anna was a less likable character, but she grows on you as the story progresses. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to say I liked her character until the very end of the story, which can be a good thing. You're never quite sure where her loyalties lie and that brings about an interesting turn of events. I really enjoyed her "real" moments when she wasn't projecting Corporate Anna and actually acted like a normal human being.

 

All in all I would say this book is a funny read. If you've been through a corporate transition, there may be some stressful "too real" moments for you but hopefully the humorous take on everything will bring you through the story with a smile.

 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

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