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review 2016-05-07 18:20
Mystery & Mayhem: Twelve Deliciously Intriguing Mysteries - The Crime Club

This will just be a general review, I decided to just read and enjoy the book opposed to keep tracking of each story and their ratings. That keeping track just distracts from reading, and I also don't always have stuff ready to write down the rating + short description.

This book is 12 stories full of mystery, murder, mayhem, poison, and much much more. The stories are all short (20~ pages), and the stories range from told in the modern time to Victorian age (or thereabouts). The MCs in each story are either male or female.
The book is also separated in 4 parts. Like a part in which poisons play a big role in the mystery/murder, but we also have dogs, and 2 others. I think out of all of them the impossible rooms and the poison were my favourites.

There were only 2 stories that I didn't like. 1 was because it was just so obvious how the murder happened, and who did it, but the characters were all so stupid about it and couldn't figure it out until the last pages. So frustrating! I don't mind if it is slightly obvious what the murder weapon, or whodunnit is, but this was beyond that, and I just want to scream at the characters all the time.
The other one was one with very old English (or street Old English) which was terribly hard to read so I kind of gave up on that one because my head just started hurting too much.

A few stories were shorts from other series, especially one was a delight. I just love Lil (from the Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow) and I was happy to see a story from her POV! I wouldn't mind another one of that one.

I had great fun trying to find out the whodunnit, and the weapon of choice (since it isn't always obvious from the start).

All in all, I really enjoyed this book, and I hope that these authors will be writing another Mystery & Mayhem book, I would buy it in a heartbeat. :D

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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review 2014-11-19 03:31
Emotional if not Earth shattering
How We Fall - Kate Brauning

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

I’d like to start off by saying that if you’re interested in this book because you loved Forbidden you might want to give it a pass. I don’t actually say this with any authority since I haven’t actually read the book but from the reviews I’ve read, I’d imagine that this book is nowhere near the same level as Forbidden. 

That said, I adored the book. It wasn’t mind blowing, it wasn’t AMAHZING but at the same time, it was an emotional read and it kept me up for a couple minutes. You might imagine that is not a lot but I am usually someone who’d rather daydream before going to bed so the fact that I kept on coming back to this book was a big deal for me.

The characters are what take the cake in this book. The author makes them realistically flawed but at the same time they aren’t horrible people. They are lovable even if you want to shake them from time to time.

There is a good chance Jackie will bother you but she didn’t bother me. I loved that she wasn’t all, ‘we love each other, let’s do this’. She had doubts. She knows her relationship with her cousin isn’t going to be viewed the way she wished it could be viewed. The way society feels affects her. She doesn’t want to be the one that sticks out like a sore thumb because of who she loves. As a result, she ends up not realizing the extent of her feelings for Marcus and ends up pushing him away. I love that she actually realizes how silly she is being in a lot of the cases. That’s what makes her a likeable character. This is a self-discovery process and it takes her a while to realize what it is she wants and it takes her even longer to actually do something about it but then again, no one said that change would happen in a day.

Marcus is just as wonderful. He is a perpetually sweet guy but at the same time, he is tired of not being sure how Jackie feels about him and when they call the quits, he is a jerk. We know that he loves her but at the same time; he does immature things because he is heartbroken. Maybe subconsciously, he does want to hurt her, the same way she hurt him. It did make me want to shake him but considering the kind of guy he is, it made sense that he would lash out this way.

My favorite secondary character was hands down Will.The author could have easily made him into the douchy guy that would make the female lead realize how much she loved Marcus but the author didn’t do that. Instead she let Will be a genuinely nice guy, appearances aside. She let the two be friends and she let Will be the friend she really needed at that point of time.

All these wonderful things said; I am not so sure how I feel about the romance. It’s emotional and angsty and amazing but at the same time, I was discomforted by it. It was that odd mix of where I was cheering for them but at the same time, I wasn’t entirely comfortable with their relationship. In this case though, I don’t think it would entirely be possible to write a romance that would be a 100% comfortable.

The mystery was definitely a nice addition to the story but don’t go into this book thinking it’s going to be a mystery. It’s not. It’s still primarily a contemporary romance.

That isn’t to say that the mystery wasn’t good, the little there was. It just wasn’t as well developed as it could have been considering how well the author lay the foundations.

I wish I could talk about the ending but me saying anything would give away what happens and I think it’s for you to find out what becomes of the two and whether they get the HEA they want or if they end up going their separate ways.

I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an intense, emotional, contemporary romance to read.

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review 2014-06-16 01:39
Fab short novel, highly recommended
X - Jack Croxall

This was such a terrific read, got stuck into it straight away and it's such a page turner. Very unusual, but Jack has done this in such a way, it sounds as tho X is actually talking to you, whilst your reading her journal and because I don't always get to read the book description, it's always a pleasant surprise not knowing quite what to expect.

 

 

I found this to be extremely gripping and I just want more of this, wish it was longer Jack. Writing is excellent, real smooth, just like I have already mentioned to you, making it such a quick and easy read.

 

 

Thanks so much for inviting me to your event. Hope to read more stories from you in the near future. Well done my sweetheart.

 

marked 4.5 stars

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text 2013-10-19 17:42
Rejecting college
An Off Year - Claire Zulkey

If I had done with Cecily did in the beginning of this book and basically said "Nah" to college on the day I was supposed to move into my dorm, my mom's head would have exploded. But ultimately, it's what I should have done rather than drag through about two years of college with serious mental problems before dropping out.

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review 2009-05-27 00:00
Bet You Didn't Know: Hundreds of Intriguing Facts About Living in the USA
Bet You Didn't Know: Hundreds of Intriguing Facts About Living in the USA - Cheryl Russell I did not rank this book higher because Russell at times does get a little preachy on some of the fact and stats she is presenting. She does provide some pretty good analysis of the numbers she presents, but in the few instances where she decides to interject with her morality or biases, it does get a little annoying. However, if the reader can put that little issue aside, then the reader will find this book to be pretty interesting. Russell takes a figure or a statistic (from various sources), and then she writes a short essay on it that explains it as well as places in a larger social context. So not only do you get the significance of a particular number, but you get an answer to why the number is significant, or as my old professor used to say to me, it answers the "so what" question. Russell covers a broad range of issues from work to sex to leisure to economics. If you are interested in trivia, this is a book for you. If you want a book you can pick up, drop, then pick up again, this is for you. If you want a book to browse, this is for you. And if you like reading about factoids and statistics, this is for you as well. Overall, if you want to get a pretty good picture of what life is like in the U.S., this is a good book. This book is also excellent in dispelling some common myths. For example, gun control seems to be a big issue, but in reality the majority of Americans actually favor some form of gun control. Read the book and find out why then politicians do not act on this. And also find out why it is that fundamentalist Christians tend to be the ones who get pregnant before marriage the most (in spite of their self-righteousness). It's all in there if you are willing to read it. This is definitely one I recommend, and it could be a book some people might consult over and over.
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