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text 2018-03-18 18:28
Fan Cast: Surprise Endings by Robin Jones Gunn

Christy Miller: Mackenzie Foy
Katie Weldon: Joey King

Todd Spencer: Charles Vandervaart
Rick Doyle: Cameron Boyce
Renee: Kara Hayward

Teri Moreno: Victoria Vida

Alissa: Peyton List

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review 2018-03-18 18:13
Surprise Endings by Robin Jones Gunn


Series: Christy Miller #4


I think my biggest issue with this book is that Christy is a pleaser and fictional pleasers make me want to hit my head against a wall.


I understand that there has to be angst and drama to keep this series going, but as I said, Christian contemporary is either a hit and when angsty, whiny teenagers are involved it's usually a miss. I'll continue with the series so I can see what happens and read all of Robin Jones Gunn's other books, so I guess we'll see how this goes. 


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review 2018-03-18 16:08
"Dark Waters", by J.B. Turner
Dark Waters (A Deborah Jones Crime Thriller) - J.B. Turner

Book #2, in the Deborah Jones Crime Thriller

Loved this one, “Dark Water” is a gripping read that has kept me on the edge of my seat from page one. The plot is captivating and is weaved with dynamic characters.

This fast paced story covers many aspects at times somewhat predictable but is so entertaining that I had a hard time putting it aside in fact it took me only two settings to finish it. Deborah, the main character is an investigative reporter for the Miami Herald and is in a relationship with her managing editor. They get involved in the apparent suicide of a young man, who obtained top secrets government documents by hacking into a cell phone of a high ranking employee. The victim contacted the reporter for a meeting…..Deborah had agreed to meet and soon finds herself caught in a drama she never could have imagined…..and reading the ramifications is a hell of a story.

The story is filled with geeky stuff and high tech gadgetry and is fun to read. The narration is smooth and plenty of good dialogue to move things along. We find a lot of intrigue to go with the suspense and a trail of murders and damage left behind as this hard headed journalist gets closer to the truth.

Did I say I loved this one……

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review 2018-03-17 18:04
This First Book Was Awful
First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones

This book was awful. I can't even with it. The writing wasn't great. The main character Charley is just painful. The other characters were painful. There were too many things happening and at the end we get a ridiculous reveal about someone that Charley has become obsessed with.


You would think a story about the Grim Reaper would be exciting. You would be wrong. 


Charley Davidson is a Grim Reaper. She can see dead people (sorry had to do it). Working with her father and uncle they have a private investigations business. Charley and her family are looking into three people who were murdered and at the same time Charley is having dreams of someone named Reyes who she feels connected to. 


Charley is a mess. She's obsessed with a teen boy she saw years ago named Reyes. She has a terrible relationship with her stepmother and stepsister. Her father seems oblivious to their bad relationship. The only bright spot is her friendship with Cookie so she does have someone in her corner.


The secondary characters are not great though. I didn't like the stepmother or stepsister. Reyes is garbage. There's a character named Garrett that sucked. The three dead people were cool as was Charley's dead assistant Angel. Honestly if the Reyes stuff had been cut this book would have worked better. 


The writing was awful. The flow was awful. There was just information dumps all over the place. We get a scene where Charley is threatened by rape with her supposed love interest, and then he attempts to do so, while her sister is standing there. Yeah. And she still is obsessed with him through the whole book and I could not see it.


The world building was a mess. I can't even follow what was happening half the time because even though Charley was supposed to be investigating three murdersm she gets obsessed with Reyes and the whole book just flails.


The ending was a mess. I'm not going to read another book in this series. Way too many things for me to overlook. 


I was also told Reyes is in all the books in this series and nah. I mean I wasn't going to read this series anyway, but I'm over romance novels where the hero acts like this and the heroine swoons.


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text 2018-03-17 15:50
Reading progress update: I've read 70%.
First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones

I just need this book to be over soon. Thank goodness I'm almost at the end. The information dumps that Charley gave her best friend Cookie were just ridiculous. This book is all over the place, it doesn't make any sense, and it's just I'll have to see when I'll be in the mood to read book number two. That won't be happening anytime soon.


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