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review 2017-11-04 01:39
The Good Girl
The Good Girl (The Kya Chronicles Book Book 3) - Deep

Author: The Good Girl

Publisher: Deep N Wet Publishing 

Series: The Kya Chronicles Book  3

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"The Good Girl" by Deep

 

My Thoughts.....

 

This author has given us once again another good 'Kya Chronicle' reads. Iiked how this main character Kya seems to grow up and be able to except what is right there in front of her.  It was quite interesting seeing Kya and Myles beginning to have true feelings for each other.  I was especially glad to see her leave that Ray guy alone.  Surely now Kya was not longer a 'Lil Girl' that she had once been now more mature, graduated, working woman and having Myles in her life definitely brought her many 'adventurous and sensual' moments that were simply off the chart.  Is Kya now beginning how important it is to have someone to care for her?  Well, we may not get a HEAFN but one can hope it is in the work for Kya.

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review 2017-10-19 01:19
Definitely not what I thought it was going to be.
Life is Good: The Book - Bert Jacobs,Joh... Life is Good: The Book - Bert Jacobs,John Jacobs

I'm somewhat familiar with the "Life Is Good" brand, having seeing their products somewhere and once visiting their Boston store. Never purchased anything from them but enjoy seeing their stuff and so it seemed like a good way to support a brand that was so positive and upbeat.

 

Sadly it was not what I thought it was going to be. I had hoped for a story and history behind the brand. And while yes, there is certainly that I also felt it was trying to be too much at once: a biography of the founders, details behind the philosophy of LIG, some self-help tips, etc. All packed in a very slick looking hardcover book with lots of pictures.

 

And that's about it. It actually really reminded me of the same book by the person behind the KIND bars/products. A brand history, a biography of the founder, business tips, etc. Too many things going on at once all published in a very nice looking book that costs quite a bit of money (vs. other books in similar veins). And for the right person such as a die-hard fan or maybe someone who might really want or need advice from this angle it could really work.

 

But a lot of the negative criticisms for this review is on target. It's not exactly a well-researched book and more of a feel-good rah-rah self-help guide. I didn't really need to know the songs the founders like and quite frankly I didn't care about their family history. It is a beautiful book to have on your coffee table but otherwise there's not much here unless you adore the brand.

 

So, obviously it wasn't for me. Glad I bought it as a bargain book to read on my own time. Skim it at the library, bookstore or at an actual LIG store if you get the chance. Unless you're part of a very specific audience of fans or want to model your brand/business after LIG I'm not sure who the target readers are for this one.

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review 2017-08-29 01:46
Fun Read!
When You Got A Good Thing (The Misfit Inn Book 1) - Kait Nolan,The Forge Book Finishing

When You Got A Good Thing by Kait Nolan is a fairly short read, perfect for those with limited time for reading.  Ms Nolan has delivered a well-written book.  The characters are realistic and lovable.  Kennedy and Xander's story is full of drama, suspense, humor and spice.  I enjoyed reading When You Got A Good Thing and look forward to reading more from Kait Nolan in the future.  When You Got A Good Thing is book 1 of The Misfit Inn Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2017-08-12 23:20
Forever in Good Hope (Good Hope) by Cindy Kirk
Forever in Good Hope (A Good Hope Novel Book 4) - Cindy Kirk

 

The best way to sum up Forever in Good Hope is simple. The best thing I never knew I needed. Small town living, lovable characters and a hard to resist love story. Let's not forget Xander, the clueless slug and the beauty of second chance romance. From beginning to end, Ms. Kirk delights and satisfies with her sentimental walk down memory lane.

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review 2017-08-09 02:14
Charlie and Rose are back to float the mean streets of LA
Dead Is Good (Charlie & Rose Investigate Book 3) - Jo Perry

Oh, and after all this time I learned something else about being dead.

Death is failure.

Death is loss.

Everything—who you are, what you know—goes.

Whoever you thought you were, you weren’t and you’re not.

When he was alive, Charlie Stone was married multiple times to pretty horrible women (if we're to believe him -- and we might as well, he seems pretty upfront and honest about this kind of thing), not that he was any catch, either. But he really only loved one person, Grace Morgan. Grace broke things off with Charlie and moved on with her life, but apparently after hearing about his murder, she was moved to change her approach to art -- deciding to challenge the audience, forcing them to realize how close to death they are.

 

Yeah, it sounds pretty silly and pretentious to me, but hey...that's not the important part of the story. Maybe if we got more examples of her art, I'd care more and maybe even understand. What is important about Grace, for our purposes, is that her life is in danger, it's because of this danger that Charlie and Rose have been brought from their afterlife-limbo back to Earth.

 

The book opens with one of the more blatant suicide-by-cop scenes you've ever read, which is intended to serve as protection for Grace. It doesn't work out, or the book would be really short. Powerless to do anything but watch and hope things turn out okay, Charlie and Rose travel around L.A. discovering for themselves what it was that endangered Grace in the first place -- which brings them into a world of drugs, sweatshop workers, deceptive piñatas, and smuggled birds.

 

This is a very tangled story, it takes Charlie quite a while to put the pieces together -- Rose has her own priorities in this mess and spends some time away from Charlie, unwilling to turn her focus on his behalf. The way that this criminal enterprise is eventually revealed to work not only seems like something that really exists, but is revealed in a way that is narratively satisfying.

 

Charlie will tell his readers over and over that there's no character growth in death -- that's nonsense. Post-mortem Charlie is a much more emotionally mature and self-sacrificing kind of guy than pre-mortem Charlie was. In this book we see him come to -- or at least acknowledge -- a greater and deeper understanding of what love is, and what he allowed his previous relationship to become. It may not do him any good in the afterlife, but Charlie is better for it, and in someway we can hope that Grace is better off having gone through all this, so that whatever life has in store for her can be tackled face-on.

 

I love these characters -- even while we readers don't fully understand their circumstances, how they know where to go, what brings them to this world at certain times. Even while they don't have much better of an idea than we do (at least Charlie doesn't). I love how while they can't interact with their environment, the people they see and events they watch unfold, they are driven to find answers, driven to care about what's happening. There's something about that compulsion -- and success they have in figuring things out -- that matters more than when Bosch or Spenser or Chin and Smith put all the pieces together to thwart someone.

 

This wasn't as amusing as previous installments, but it was just as satisfying -- maybe more so. For a good mystery with oddly compelling characters, once again, look no further than Jo Perry.

 

The L.A. County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has a gift shop?? Why isn't anyone investigating this? It may be real, it may be popular and legal. But surely that's a crime against tact, right?

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/08/08/dead-is-good-by-jo-perry
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