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text 2019-03-19 22:09
Zombie apocalypse team

I don't have a Twitter account, but I saw this and thought it sounded fun. I have a genius doctor with occasional debilitating headaches and tinnitus (from a Korean show called Quiz from God), a con man (from Terry Pratchett's Going Postal), and a coffeehouse manager (from Cleo Coyle's On What Grounds). If the con man and doctor can help us talk our way into a safe place before we get overrun by zombies, we might be fine. Unfortunately, the coffeehouse manager and I would be utterly useless.

 

What about the rest of you?

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review 2019-03-19 19:55
Review: While You Sleep
While You Sleep - Stephanie Merritt

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

This one came to me in one of those “read it now for the first 200 members” emails. I love gothic thrillers when they’re movies, particularly ones with a Scottish setting. So why not give it a go? I really liked what I read enough to buy a finished hardback.

 

Not my usual type of read, but this one caught my interest right away. I was intrigued with the mystery surrounding the main character, Zoe. She seemed quite cold and standoffish. She comes to a remote Scottish island to rent a manor with a foreboding location and gloomy history looking to get away from a tragedy and a failing marriage. The writing is delicious and the whole thing has a delightfully creepy and murky atmosphere to it.

 

Like with any small town, I would imagine, a community where people have known each other forever, Zoe is an anomaly and the subject of curiosity. The locals obviously know a lot more about the manor she is renting than they do. A strange history and the sight of recent traumatic event as well. Nosy neighbours galore, and unwanted attention from creepy men, Zoe does her best to keep to herself and deal with her own drama.

 

Doesn’t happen, of course. She finds herself drawn into the mysteries of the manor, the history and starts to get to know some of the locals pretty well. There was a surprising and well written erotic element to the mystery side of things as well. The characters were well fleshed out and believable,  even the unlikeable ones.

 

There were quite a few surprising twists, one or two of them I worked out, but some of them managed to surprise me. The tension was exceptionally well built throughout. The imagery was really vivid and the writing made it very easy to picture what was going on. I would love to see this book made into a movie.

 

Highly recommended and really, really good.

 

Definitely an author I will read again.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for the review copy.

 

 

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text 2019-03-19 04:48
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? | 3/18/2019
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself.  It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile!  So welcome in everyone.  This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey.  Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  And here we are!



I skipped last week's 'It's Monday!' if only because my progress had much to be desired... and I had also just posted my most recent BL Snakes and Ladders dice roll update, which had a lot of the same information I would have shared in this weekly meme.  Meanwhile, since I'm not slated to roll another set of dice yet, we resume our regularly scheduled programming of 'It's Monday!'  Yay!

In other news, my brother and I took my parents shopping for formal wear over the weekend.  Mom ended up with two dresses she loves that she can wear for my elder brother's wedding in a few months--one of the dresses has sequined sparkles!  Meanwhile, Dad had a custom suit fitting for the first time ever, exclaiming that he'd never bought clothing like that before.  My parents rarely ever get themselves anything nice, so it was a sweet treat for them and they were both quite happy!  Double yay!

 

 

What I Read Last Week

 

 

 

What I'm Currently Reading

 

 

 

What I'm Planning to Read Next

 

 

 

Other Plans On the Blog


I'm hoping to finish reading The Dragon and the Pearl soon since it's such a bite-sized book.  And now that friends have gone home and the weekend is over, and life is quieting down for a little while, I think that we'll manage.  Meanwhile, I've got three more books to finish reading for Reading Assignment Challenge, and I'm dearly hoping that my next Snakes and Ladders roll will indulge me... though it's hard to say since we're now getting into prompts that don't seem agreeable with the books I'd like to read.

I may spend some time doing some searching for other possible books for all the possible square prompts I've yet to get to.  Otherwise, just some reviews being planned once I finish reading some books.

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/03/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-3182019.html
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review 2019-03-18 23:14
Prank Craigslist ads, and this subsequent book of responding emails, reveal there are a lot of people out there willing to do just about anything
Race Me in a Lobster Suit - Kelly Mahon

This is a crazy book, just no other way to put it.
If you saw ‘Pranked’ which was on TV or ‘Crank Yankers’ which was a puppet TV show based on prank-calling, you will get the idea of this, which is based on the author posting prank ads on Craigslist. The resulting email ‘conversations’ from those ads are contained within this book, and if you hate the idea of unsuspecting people being strung along on fall pretenses, this isn’t for you.
If you can put all seriousness aside and maybe have a few minutes at a time to read it (in the guest room? the loo?), you will probably read this with eyes widened and emit a chuckle or two.

If you look at this too seriously you will see that lots of people wasted their time engaging in the banter necessary for this book:
People actually entertaining the idea of dressing up snakes for a fashion show. Seriously considering crocheting someone into a cocoon for the winter. Pretending to be someone’s made-up partner to be taken along to a work party. Sitting for a tea party dressed like a doll.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the fact that these people were strung along for the sake of author Kelly Mahon’s crazy idea for a book. BUT just like you can’t look away from a car crash on the highway, it’s hard not to read this and marvel WHY people are even considering doing these things. Some of them are so outlandish and ridiculous that I can’t even believe they would do them for money, let alone free. But it takes all sorts to make this world interesting, right?

I don’t think Mahon put this together with any malicious intent, but a laugh at others’ expense is hard to absorb. That said, if you answer an ad for racing in a lobster suit, you sound like you’re up for anything (or at least maybe a laugh)

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/38116996-the-past-and-other-things-that-should-stay-buried
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review 2019-03-18 22:57
Book Review for Vice by Dani René Sins of Seven - Book Seven
Vice (Sins of Seven #7) - Dani René
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Vice
Series: Sins of Seven - Book Seven
Author: Dani René
Genre: Romantic Suspense with MM/MMF/FFM scenes
Release Date: March 1, 2019
Reviewed by Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
Arc copy provided for honest review
5 star read
 
 
 
 
 
 
My life is perfect, but my story isn’t.
My tastes are frowned upon.
However, I don’t allow society to dictate my proclivities.
 
I’m cruel. I’m cold. I’m heartless.
The list of submissives wanting me to train them is endless.
But when two of my newest students walk in, I’m challenged in every way.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
We really are loving this on going series.This current story revolving around Oliver and Chance and Cayleigh was and intense one.
 
I have to say that we were instantly were drawn to Oliver and the darkness and rage he carries around with him.I will say that Oliver is a volatile character who most of the time keeps himself in check but,once he loses control we can be one mighty scary individual.
 
We love stories that are dark and intense as keeps your interest from the onset of the story but, they are also heart wrenching and emotional and its character's filled with layers that need to be peeled back in order to penetrate their armor. My heart broke for these character's for all they have suffered and how they have chosen to deal with their pain.For Cayleigh and Chance and Oliver have dealt with their demons by living the bdsm lifestyle it's their coping mechanism for them all but, for Oliver its a good possibility it saved his life.Oliver is called the Master and he is a Dom and a Sadist who teaches and guides men and women to explore their sexuality and for them to find their right path in order to take care of their wants and needs.
 
Cayleigh and Chance have become Olivers students and for a month he will train them to be his subs.For me and this usual pairing is just what Oliver needed to shake up his controlled and lonely life up just a bit.Oliver has been doing the Dom Master Sadist things for a lot of years and never has one of his students been able to make him feel anything until these two come along.Chance is already half in love with Oliver who can either be a Switch or a Submissive and Cayleigh just needs to explore her sexual desires in order to own what she needs sexually to be happy but, also be able to move on from her past and although hers are not as dark as Oliver's or Chance's and her tragedies have not kept her being unable to love those around her and is open to loving someone again and being loved in return.For me I believe Oliver needed these two to move on from his past as their is never a doubt that he has come to care for them but,he realizes early on that a poly relationship between the three would never work as Cayleigh needs more than he could ever give her but, Chance just might be the little bright light in his very dark world. I think Cayleigh is the buffer that Oliver needed to be able to explore more with Chance as she gave Oliver these little pushes in the right direction only in a way Cayleigh slyness can achieve but also come from true affection. lol
 
We really loved all the character's and we enjoyed the way the author brought the series to an ending.The story effected us emotionally and are heart went out time and time again for these character's each and every time another secret came to light for truly the hell both Chance and Oliver had been living in.The author also did an amazing job at showing us how these men suffered and how much in common they had without even knowing it but, for Chance he had the loving support of his sister Peyton to help deal with his demons where Oliver had nobody making them into completely different men and their outlook on life.
 
Overall the story was engaging and heart felt and was highly erotic and had some really intense bdsm scenes but, those scenes lead to healing oneself,learning to be able move on from ones past and letting yourself feel again also be able to love again as well as letting yourself be loved in return and about exploring your sexuality and taking those needs and wants and desires into consideration as they are a big part of the picture of you achieving your own happily ever after .
 
An awesome series not to be missed!
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Dani is an international bestselling author and proud member of the Romance Writer's Organization of South Africa (ROSA) and the Romance Writer's of America (RWA).
 
A fan of dark romance that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. It's from this passion that her writing has evolved from sweet and romantic, to dark and delicious. It's in this world she's found her calling, growing from strength to strength and hitting her stride.
 
On a daily basis, she has a few hundred characters, storylines, and ideas floating around in her head. From the feisty heroines she delivers to the dark, dominant alphas that grace the pages of her books, she promises light in a world filled with danger and darkness.
 
She has a healthy addiction to reading, TV series, music, tattoos, chocolate, and ice cream.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
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