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text 2017-03-31 15:04
March wrap-up
Sweet Child of Time: Episode Seven of The Chronicles of the Harekaiian - Shanna Lauffey
EMP: Heading Home - Wilson Harp
The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
A Spark of Justice - J.D. Hawkins

I'm surprised I actually finished one more this month than last. I've been out a lot and struggling for reading time. But, I finished these 4! All good, although the EMP sequel was a little slow in parts. Best read is either The Goblin Emperor or Sweet Child of Time, hard to choose between a goblin Fantasy and time travel, especially when I've invested so much of myself into this series.

 

I've plowed through my samples! Down to 84 now, despite constantly adding more. I'm hoping to have them cleared in the next couple of months.

 

It's been a good month for pure enjoyment of reading, when I've had the opportunity!

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review 2017-03-22 15:35
It was just ok
Blues Harp Green - Nicole Schubert

I recieved a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Big thanks to author Nicole Schubert.

This was an okay read. I have to admit - it did take me a while to get myself into the story and I had my doubts about rating this book, but I decided to give it 2*

There are two things I really liked about this book. First of all, our MC had a goal she wanted to achieve and realistic obstacle she had to overcome, something many people can relate to. Francie wants to be a tennis player, but the problem is that she's injured her knee.

Another topic that this book touches is alcoholism. Francie's dad's alcoholism in this particular story. I think it added some depth to the plot and another perspective to our MC.


This in a way leads us to my main problem with this book: Francie and Chet. Maybe it's just me, but their relationship seemed very forced and I didn't really like them as characters. They were both annoying in different ways and, even though they were bearable, I had to put the book down couple of times.

What really slowed the book down and made book difficult to read was the writing style. Sentences were really short, breaking the natural flow of the text and making it hard to put yourself in the story. This would have been less of the problem had the story been told in first person, but third person point of view just made it stand out more.

 

On a side note: it made me smile when author mentioned one band in her Acknowledgements called Plavi orkestar. I grew up on some of their songs and to see them mentioned in a book that is in a different language was such a nice detail.

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review 2017-03-21 13:14
EMP: Heading Home
EMP: Heading Home - Wilson Harp

by Wilson Harp

 

This second book in a series starts not too long after the first book ends. David still thinks about his wife and daughter in Chicago, sure in his heart that they must have survived, and after his mother dies, there is nothing to hold him in his home town. Things are running as smoothly as can be expected in the little town and he wants to come back, but he resolves to find his family and bring them back too.

 

His developing relationship with his old girlfriend, Anne, is a complication. He thinks she understands that he can't very well bring her along to help find his wife, but she doesn't want him to travel alone when there are dangers along the way from survivors who haven't been as organized as their town. Without giving away too many details, David begins his journey well supplied and with companions who can watch his back.

 

At first things seem far too easy, and it isn't until the last quarter of the book that their journey runs into serious hazards. It was at this point that I began to think that this book was going to be all about the journey and leave me having to buy a third book if I wanted to see how it would all come out. However, the story did come to an end with most things resolved, though one loose end could become a new story. In a way it seemed a little rushed at the end and it did start to lose me when a reaction to something didn't feel realistic, but over all I did enjoy the story, if not quite as much as the first book.

 

As a contribution to the Dystopian genre, I think the series has a lot to offer in dealing with details of how people might react and deal with surviving in a collapsed world.

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text 2017-03-10 11:47
Reading progress update: I've read 70%.
EMP: Heading Home - Wilson Harp

It's getting late in the book for this one, so I'm assuming it's all about the journey and there's going to be a third book. Sigh.

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text 2017-03-01 13:40
Reading progress update: I've read 37%.
EMP: Heading Home - Wilson Harp

Yay, something finally happened. Second book in a series. The main character is on a quest to find his family through unknown hazards across the country and it was beginning to look too much like a travel log. Hopefully some riveting crises will liven it up soon.

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