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text 2018-04-19 19:34
Reading progress update: I've read 35%.
Head On - John Scalzi

Managed to get a good ways with this one. So good. Love the banter with Vann and now the title of "Head On" makes sense based on what this book is about. We have a sport that just Hadens play that has caused one of them to mysteriously die. Vann and Chris are looking into the case and it already has a lot of twists.

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url 2018-04-16 23:47
71 new releases in book series today and tomorrow
Head On - John Scalzi
Star Wars: Last Shot A Han & Lando Novel - Daniel José Older
Fairy Tail S Vol. 2 - Hiro Mashima

Per FictFact's Book Release Calendar.

 

Releasing today: Warrior World


Coltrain Diana Palmer #55 in Long Tall Texans
Everwylde Donna Grant #2 in Kindred
Long Shot Kennedy Ryan #1 in Hoops
Micah Rebecca Royce #2 in Warrior World
Moon Riders Tracy Tappan #4 in The Community Series
Rapunzel Untamed Erin Bedford #1 in Curse of the Fairy Tales
Through With Love Tymber Dalton #71 in The Suncoast Society

 

Releasing tomorrow:

 
A Match Made in Bed Cathy Maxwell #2 in Spinster Heiress
A Matter Of Justice Christy Reece #4 in Grey Justice
A Warriner To Seduce Her Virginia Heath #4 in Wild Warriners
Beauty in Lingerie Penelope Sky #2 in Lingerie
Before Mars Emma Newman #3 in Planetfall
Blind Betrayal Nancy Mehl #3 in Defenders of Justice
Chaser Kylie Scott #3 in Dive Bar
Claiming His Hidden Heir Carol Marinelli #13 in Secret Heirs of Billionaires
Collaring Brooke Becca Jameson #3 in Club Zodiac
Cowboy Blues Delores Fossen #12 in Wrangler's Creek
Cowboy Heartbreaker Delores Fossen #Novella in Wrangler's Creek
Cowboy's Redemption B J Daniels #4 in Cahill Ranch
Embracing Her Heart Melissa Foster #1 in Montgomerys
Fairy Tail S Vol. 2 - Hiro Mashima  #2 in Fairy Tail S
Fallen Ink Carrie Ann Ryan #1 in Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs
Fearless Mating Milly Taiden #4 in A.L.F.A. Novel
Finding the Edge Debra Webb #1 in Colby Agency: Sexi-ER
Flesh Into Fire J. A. Huss #3 in Original Sin
Flight Yoshiki Tanaka #6 in Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Friend Zone Nicole Blanchard #1 in Friend Zone
From Unseen Fire Cass Morris #1 in Aven Cycle
Head ON John Scalzi #2 in Lock In
Hell in a Handbasket Denise Grover Swank #3 in Rose Gardner Investigations
Her Wickham Falls SEAL Rochelle Alers #2 in Wickham Falls Weddings
Hopeless Realm A.K. Koonce #3 in The Hopeless
In Prior's Wood G M Malliet #7 in Max Tudor
Killing Town Max Allan Collins #23 in Mike Hammer
Lady Cecily And The Mysterious Mr Gray Janice Preston #3 in Beauchamp Betrothals
Star Wars: Last Shot A Han & Lando Novel - Daniel José Older #2 in Han and Lando (#27 in Star Wars: Disney Canon)
Lone Star Blues Delores Fossen #5 in Wrangler's Creek
Love & War Melissa de la Cruz #2 in Alex and Eliza
Morna's Vow Bethany Claire #7 in Magical Matchmaker's Legacy
Murder at the Mushroom Festival Janet Finsilver #4 in Kelly Jackson
One Intrepid SEAL Elle James #1 in Mission: Six
Pocalypse Road Lilith Saintcrow #3 in Roadtrip Z
Revelations of a Time Traveler Doug Molitor #3 in Time Amazon
Royal Heir Ruth Cardello #3 in Westerly Billionaire
Save Me Tiffany A. Snow #4 in Corrupted Hearts
Season of Storms Andrzej Sapkowski #8 in Witcher
Shadow Call AdriAnne Strickland #2 in Kaitan Chronicles
Shot in the Dark Cleo Coyle #17 in Coffeehouse Mysteries
Taking Vengeance Cynthia Sax #12 in Cyborg Sizzle
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Vol. 5 FUSE #5 in That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
The Battered Badge Robert Goldsborough #13 in Nero Wolfe
The Boardwalk Trust Avery Duff #2 in Beach Lawyer Series
The Courage of a Cowboy Kristin Vayden #2 in Elk Heights Ranch
The Duke Who Ravished Me Diana Quincy #4 in Regency Spymasters
The Fallen David Baldacci #4 in Amos Decker
The Family Gathering Robyn Carr #3 in Sullivan's Crossing
The Last of the Lost Boys N. D. Wilson #3 in Outlaws of Time
The Long Sunset Jack McDevitt #8 in Engines of God
The Nanny's Double Trouble Christine Rimmer #1 in Bravos of Valentine Bay
The Other Boys Sean Kennedy, Renae Kaye #7 in On A Night Like This
The Phoenixes Choice M A Abraham #5 in Tantalus
The Royal Tutor, Vol. 6 Higasa Akai #6 in The Royal Tutor
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh Carolyn Arnold #2 in Mathew Connor Adventure
The Storm Elizabeth Hunter #6 in Irin Chronicles
The Wedding Quilt Bride Marta Perry #2 in Brides of Lost Creek
Traitor Nicole Blanchard #1 in Last to Leave
Traitor Born Amy A. Bartol #2 in Secondborn
Turn Me On J. Kenner #7 in Man of the Month
Unmasked by the Marquess Cat Sebastian #1 in The Regency Imposters
Welcome to Moonlight Harbor Sheila Roberts #1 in Moonlight Harbor
Whispers of the Dead Spencer Kope

 

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2018-02-18 00:00
Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944
Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 - Aranka Siegal I've been putting off writing this review because I've been debating on whether to rate it a 2 or a 3. I had thought I had settled on a 3 until I wrote my review and realized that a 2 more accurately portrays my feelings.

I honestly was disappointed in, first, the execution of the story. I felt like it was bogged down with sooo many extraneous, and very unnecessary details (i.e. we learn all about when one of the characters start their period) yet its missing a lot of, what I thought, are the more important parts of their story (i.e. we aren't told anything about their time in Auschwitz?)

It left me wishing that the book had a good editor and wondering if it was dumbed down because it's meant to be a kids story or because certain periods of time were too difficult for the author to rehash??

I also felt like this story was very flat. Even though I do have sympathy for what they went through and endured, I felt like this book did nothing to envoke those emotions from me.

My son and I read this book together as one of his required 6th grade, Newberry Award and Honor reading books and he didn't enjoy it very much either. It's a difficult book to read, especially for kids, with the Hungarian names and the way the story is written. It's really not a good book to introduce your children to the German occupation and Holocaust. I want my son to really understand what happened and feel something when he learns about the Holocaust and this book just didn't do that for either of us.
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review 2018-02-17 19:15
Nevernight (but still puts to sleep)- DNF at 50%
Nevernight - Jay Kristoff

So many people in Bookstagram love this series. Me, not so much. I found it hard to slog thru the first 25 pages. The reading was tedious, so I checked out the audiobook thru the Libby app. Even at 1.25x the speed, it was still a slow mountain to climb. At 5 hours we were only at 103 pages. The pages are littered with asterisks and crosses denoting references at the bottom of the text, and the audiobook read them all...

 

Plus, Mia, our main character was lacking in anything that really made me feel for her. She causes the death of 2 people in a caravan with her own stupidity and almost causes a third, but the third managed to live so swears a blood oath to Mia for...her survival? It made no sense to me at all. She pretty much got your friends killed, you owe her nothing.

 

The language, while not bothering me, should be noted is not appropriate for teens, in my opinion. One character accuses another of being a child of rape and says his father probably "didn't wipe his mother's stink off his cock". That just doesn't seem okay for a book a 13-year-old might pick up. Call me a prude. Plus Mia loves the word "c*nt". And sells her virginity to a boy prostitute and tells him to "fuck" her. Way strong for what I was expecting.

 

And yet, boring as hell. Nothing happened. 10 hours of listening and only one mildly interesting event took place. Sand kraken. Which, let's be honest. They're just the things from Tremors.

 

 

So, no. I've got much better things to do. Sorry, Mr. Kristoff.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-11 00:32
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
A Head Full of Ghosts - Paul G. Tremblay

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There's something wrong with fourteen-year-old Marjorie Barrett - her mental health seems to be declining, yet treatment from medical professionals isn't helping her one bit. Desperate to pull through the tough time where money is dwindling and Marjorie's sanity is failing, the Barretts decide to sign up for a reality TV show, where the "possession" of their daughter can be documented every minute of every day.

(WARNING: This review contains spoilers.)

This was Horror Aficionados' January group read! Once again, a book that wasn't even on my radar, and I never expected to like it as much as I did. What I assumed to be a story of a typical, run-of-the-mill possession, turned out to be a very thought provoking tale about the hardship (and destruction) of one family. It also touched upon several controversial subjects relating to religion and the patriarchy that dominates the Catholic faith. There certainly was a narrative here that presented itself in the form of blog posts that were periodically included amongst the chapters, and whilst the posts themselves were rather long-winded, they added a contextual dissection of events, often including an abundance of pop culture references. I found that my appreciation of these interruptions varied - one moment I enjoyed Karen's rambling, the next I felt disinterested.

Back to the story itself - Merry's account of her younger self instantly pulled me in; I found how her eight-year-old mind worked to be endearing, despite at times seeming to have a great deal of maturity for her age. What she, as a child, had to go through was nothing short of appalling, but rather than some evil force being the obvious villain, it was a lot more close to home, or should I say, close to Merry.

The plot heavily relied upon the interpretation of the reader, as it's essentially up to you to make your own conclusion as to whether Marjorie was indeed inhabited by some demonic entity. As for me - I leaned toward the non-supernatural explanation. There was just nothing concrete; she didn't display anything remotely inhuman. Sure, she appeared to be knowledgeable, but as stated in the book, she owned a laptop and spent most of her time on it, and we all know that literally anything can be found on the internet if you know where to look. I believe that she was a very sick girl that was exploited for money. A blunt way of putting it, but it's the ugly truth - in the face of serious financial struggle, her parents made a decision to forgo conventional medicine, and instead used their own daughter's aliment to save their nice house. What thus followed was the moronic reliance upon a priest and the accommodation of a TV crew. If you haven't already guessed, I one hundred percent believed the parents to be at fault. They were the villain.

Of course, I could be completely wrong in my thinking and theory. Perhaps Tremblay's intention was indeed to tell a tale of a devilish presence residing within a teenager. I'd just have to question the lack of paranormal activity if that were the case; unlike The Exorcist, there was nothing that couldn't be rationally explained. It also crossed my mind how unreliable Merry was as a protagonist. She admitted to making things up, to embellishing the truth, and it struck me that she probably had some mental issues of her own. The very last twist only proved how inaccurate her initial account turned out to be.

In itself, fellow reviewers tend to either love or hate this one. In no shape or form would I describe it as poor, quite the contrary. I couldn't wait to pick it up and continue reading, despite little happening in the grand scheme of things. It's not full of blatant scares and gore, but a slow burn of the foolishness of humankind.

Also, reality shows are stupid.

In conclusion: A different sort of horror; one that made me think and question everything. My first experience of this author, and it won't be the last!

Notable Quote:

"On the last day, their father left the house to go find food. He told Merry not to open the front door no matter what and to stay out of the basement. Hours passed and Merry didn't know what to do because Marjorie was coughing and moaning and speaking gibberish. She needed food, water, something. Merry went down into the basement to look for some secret stash of food that they'd forgotten. Instead she found tips of the growing things poking out of the basement's dirt floor. She watched them grow and grow, and as they grew, they pushed up a large shape out of the dirt, and it hung off the growing things like a broken puppet. It was the body of their mother."

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