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text 2019-08-05 20:03
Halloween Bingo Pre-Party: Favorite Series With Supernatural Elements
Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
Guilty Pleasures - Laurell K. Hamilton
The Passion - Donna Boyd
The Silver Wolf (Legends of the Wolf #1) - Alice Borchardt

I apologize for my lack of participation here. I've been on staycation and fell into lazy slug mode and life has been . . . eventful and there are never enough hours to do all of the things I plan to do. Anyhow, these are my picks for the favorite series with supernatural elements. I've been steering clear of series for awhile now because I never finish them so these are all oldies and I never did finish the Harris or Hamilton end books (they lost me) but the earlier one's were good stuff.

 

 

 

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review 2019-01-12 03:21
Paperback Crush
Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History Of 80’s and 90’s Teen Fiction - Gabrielle Moss

Pop Sugar 2019 Challenge prompts:

Book that makes you nostalgic 

Book without chapters or unusual chapters (advanced prompt)

 

What an amazing romp through nostalgia! This book was incredibly well researched and full of details. It mentioned series I didn't even know existed, as well as the huge hits. Full color. Dozens of book covers. Interviews with some of the authors. Even a piece on the person that painted all the Baby-sitters Club covers. If you want to remember your youth, check this out.

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review 2018-11-18 23:33
The Meg
Meg - Steve Alten

This was going to be a 5 star rating, but the book needed editing. There were a few grammatical errors that were easy to spot. Also took half a star for the misogyny. It didn't bother me too much because it was military guys being that way, and that's just the nature of them. My husband tells me stories of his buddies that would make my skin crawl if I knew it wasn't a joke.

 

Anyway, the plot was fast paced, the characters varied, and the settings well described. My recommendation is to not read Meg: Origins first, even though it's in the front of the book. Read the actual novel then go back and read the prequel. It gives things more suspense. 

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review 2018-09-29 01:16
Magnus Chase and the Sarcastic, Casually Racist Sword
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan's Norse Mythology) - Christopher Guetig,Rick Riordan

I enjoy these books. They're mindless reads that can actually inform you about history and mythology you wouldn't normally learn about.

 

But Magnus seems to be a blonde Percy Jackson. And nobody can be Percy but Percy. Them's just the facts. 

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review 2018-08-07 21:50
Purr M for Muuuuuuuurder
Purr M for Murder: A Cat Rescue Mystery - T.C. Lotempio

Well, my dad means well when he sends me stuff. And usually he gets me. He sent me a Golden Girls collectors magazine once, and a cat shirt, and a book about a cat saving Christmas. But this book is just...wow. 

 

I don't read mysteries, for one. And I really don't do cozy mysteries because I find them campy and easy to figure out. But the 52 pages I read of this was like a bad Lifetime movie. Or maybe Hallmark. 

 

I mean, we start out with a conflict with the cat rescue and Baddy McBadguy.

 

 

Rich white Southern man in a 3-piece suit, Italian loafers, and a pit of money for all I know. Beak of a nose, beady eyes, weaselly fellow. Hates do-gooders and only worries about money. Wants to shut down the rescue. It was so straight out of a cookie-cutter Disney Channel movie I couldn't believe it. 

 

The McCall sisters are more of the same stereotypes. One is a jilted former New York exec. The other is the hometown bomb shell who stayed behind to run the family businesses. 

 

All we needed was a motorcycle riding Michael Shanks to show up and we would have a made-for-TV movie there, but I digress. 

 

 

Mmmm.

 

Wait, what? Oh, the book.

 

Anyway, the writing was stilted and stiff. The author didn't have a grasp of modern technology, and the dialogue was forced. The McCall sisters made immature decisions for grown business women, and that's what made me hang it up. When a book places characters in unrealistic positions and has the characters do unbelievable things just to move the story in a certain direction, it shows poor writing. People act a certain way and have certain natural reactions to things, and I am finding more and more that authors do not get that. And I am an author. Like this story: these ladies go to confront  Baddy at his business, they can't find him, it's way early in the morning and dark in the building. Normal people would effing leave. Not these brilliant ladies. They wander inside, using their cellphone as a flashlight, and proceed to just snoop. I closed the book when they had found the office, turned on the lights, saw nobody was there and decided to OPEN A LN ARMOIRE FOR NO REASON. They were there to see a person, not spy. There was no reason to spy, yet the author thought it was a great way to make the women end up caught in the murder web of the book. But do grown women really act this way? I certainly don't. 

 

Two stars, but subtract half a star for the cellphone flashlight stupidity.

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