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review 2020-06-04 14:34
Review ~ Awesome!
Dragon Walk - Melissa Bowersock

4.5

 

Book source ~ Kindle Unlimited

 

After an attempt to bridge their business relationship to a personal one and failing, Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud aren’t doing much of anything together. Until the police have a missing persons case they haven’t been able to solve in four months. As a last resort they call in Lacey and Sam to see if Sam can sense the woman who the police are fairly certain is dead. Lacey gets on her part of the research and Sam does his walk, but things aren’t as easy as they once were. But there’s a girl out there that needs their special skills so they forge ahead to a satisfactory conclusion.

 

I’ll admit I’m bummed about the relationship failing, but I can’t say I’m surprised. Lacey has some serious baggage. I am glad they sucked it up and got straight to work on finding that poor missing girl. The writing is crisp and flows quickly. Before I knew it I was done. The mystery is great and I love the characters. The ending is satisfying. Two thumbs up.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2020/06/dragon-walk.html
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text 2020-06-03 23:32
Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
Scarlet Odyssey - D. RWIZI

'Scarlet Odyssey' was my pick from Amazon's First Reads offer this month.

 

It's a debut novel from a young writer, born in Zimbabwe and educated in Costa Rica and the US and now living in South Africa. I was attracted to it because I've seen some great things coming from African Science Fiction writers in the past few years. This one takes the classic fantasy quest framework and weaves in new-to-me mythologies and has some novel gender-based divisions of labour - woman are the quick-witted ones who learn and wield magic, men are the ones who attack big beasts with their bare hands.

 

It's off to an excellent start with two interesting characters (who haven't met yet) some startling magic and a lot of action.

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review 2020-06-03 12:56
I'm sorry, I struggled!
 Forever (Always & Forever Book 2) Kindle Edition - Kindle Alexander
*verified purchase April 2020* I loved Always, and I waited for so long for this, the followup, so very long. And I struggled. It took me 2 months to read this, I had to read a little bit at a time, because I found it such hard work and I have no flipping idea WHY! It is a lovely story, I did love the feathers thing. Both Robert and Landon have their say. I just . . . don't know! I did finish it though, so . . 3 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2020-06-03 12:50
'The Gaslight Dogs' by Karin Lowachee
The Gaslight Dogs - Karin Lowachee

In 'The Gaslight Dogs', Karin Lowachee has built a powerful, convincing vision of a world in the throes of a familiar colonial conflict, has populated it with real people who have very little in common except their enforced servitude and then added an original, credible supernatural twist that gives the story its edge.

 

 

The first thing that hit me about 'The Gaslight Dogs' was the quality of the writing. Language here isn't a thin skin stretched over the bones of a clever plot, it's an invitation really to see the world that Karin Lowachee has created, to take in its sights and scents, its beauty and its ugliness with the fresh eyes and nose of a stranger. It's not language designed to get you to the next piece of dialogue or the next action scene as competently as possible. Nor is it purple prose of the over-long self-indulgent guitar solo kind. Its language that says: take the time to take in the place or you will not understand the journey.

 

This story is really two linked journeys, neither of which is voluntary and both of which are shaped by the obsession of a ruthless powerful old man with an insatiable hunger for conquest. We start with Sjennonirk, a young Aniwi spirit walker who is taken in chains from her home in the Arctic and brought south to a city built of brick and lit by gas, where high walls block off the view of the horizon in every direction. Then we meet a Captain Jarrett Fawle, a young man who, uncomfortable and unloved at home, only feels free when leading his men to hunt and kill the aboriginal tribes as part of the push to expand his country's territory. He is sent home on leave and kept there until he complies with his father's will. His father, General Fawle, is the man whose plan for power effectively enslaves both Sjennonirk and Captain Fawle. He sees them both as commodities to be exploited and makes their freedom conditional on meeting his goals.

 

It's easy to see 'The Gaslight Dogs' as a story about the ruthless use of technology by colonial powers to gain territory, to paint a picture of genocide and environmental destruction but I see it as more than that. This isn't a 'good guys stand up to bad guys' kind of story. Nor is it the Star Wars fantasy of brave rebels opposing an evil empire. The power of this story comes from its refusal to move to that Big Picture, Sweep Of History perspective. It stays focused on Sjennonirk and Captain Fawle and the choices that they make. Neither is a hero. Neither wants to be on the journey that General Fawle has sent them on. In their different ways, each just wants to go home. Each of them both representative of and outsiders to their own cultures. Their struggle is not primarily a clash of cultures but of two individuals pushing against their fate.

 

It seemed to me that a lot of this story was about the power of belief. Sjennonirk believes in the power of her ancestral spirits. She feels the little wolf inside her and knows its hunger. Her world view is one of respecting the spirits who, through her and spirit walker like her, protect her people. She is hungry for nothing more than to live at home in peace. She is passive, stoic and pragmatic, except when her wolf wakes.

Captain Fawle is not a believer. He does not believe in the Seven Deities of his people, nor in the destiny of his country, nor in the possibility of being loved by his father. He fills the hole where his belief should be by winning the respect of his men when on the frontier and with alcohol when at home in the city.

 

When 'The Gaslight Dogs' was published in 2010, it was billed as the beginning of the 'Middle Light' series. It works well as a standalone book but I still holding out hope that Karin Lowachee will find the time to come back to this world.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2020-06-01 04:11
Book Review: Can't text this teagan hunter
Can't text this - Teagan Hunter

May 28-31

Hi Monty. Wanna see my python?"

That's how I ended up in the bathroom of some dive bar with a stranger.

Me, Monty Andrews, the quintessential virgin girl next door.

I was so out of my element, but there was no denying our explosive attraction, even via text.

Commence Operation Bang Each Other Out of Our Systems, because that was all it was⁠—unfinished business.

I had no intention of falling back into the sheets with the tattooed, muscly, dirty-in-the-best-kind-of-way single dad over and over again...but I did.

Everything was going great—until we discovered I was his son's teacher

Review: Loved Robbie's book . Robbie is Zach best friend. Robbie ends up making out with a girl named monty at the bar and she leaves him but leaves her number . Robbie can't stop thinking about her so Zach tells him to text her so he does and they text for awhile and they both want to have sex but monty has been making him wait . The agreement was to sleep together and then go their separate ways but once they had sex they couldn't and monty was a virgin and didn't tell Robbie at first . They end up fooling around a lot more and then make it official and then they find out something big . Monty is Robbie son teacher and there isn't any rule against it but the creep teacher catches Robbie and Monty together at a photo booth and saved the photo for blackmail and they broke up . Monty goes to her boss and explains the situation and the boss says he going to talk with creep teacher. Robbie and monty get back together and a year later they move in together so cute .

QuotesHey, I’m Monty.” “Hi Monty. Wanna see my python?


Is Uncle Zach a creeper?” The kid’s voice is full of excitement because he is in love with my best friend. In a weird turn of events, I met Zach the same night I got my ex-girlfriend pregnant.




The biggest one I know. Don’t let him in.” “I’m not a creep. I’m awesome,” Zach says


I stare at my best friend, mouth hanging open in shock. “You’ve turned my own spawn against me? That’s messed up, man.”


Laughter bursts out of Zach and water covers the counter. “What in the hell are you teaching your child?” I shrug, grabbing a new towel and cleaning up the mess. “I don’t know where he gets that shit.” “Uh huh.”


Ah, ah, ah—a live-in girlfriend.” I briefly squeeze my eyes shut and try not to laugh at his enthusiasm. “Right. My bad.” “It’s because of my ass. That’s what sealed the deal, really.”


Hey!” she calls when I step out. “I heard you finger-banged some girl in the bathroom of a bar.” “I fucking hate your boyfriend.”

Ah, ah, ah—a live-in girlfriend.” I briefly squeeze my eyes shut and try not to laugh at his enthusiasm. “Right. My bad.” “It’s because of my ass. That’s what sealed the deal, really.”

Checking out my fridge too? Damn.” “I had to check for severed heads.” “I keep those in the basement.

Thank you for trusting me with your body, Monty. Thank you for choosing me, for allowing me to be the one who will always have that part of you

You love me so damn much that you went out and bought a bunny so I’d stop making unannounced visits to your place, right?” “First, who in their right mind is actually afraid of bunnies? Bunnies! The most innocent creatures ever.” “Hey, Marshy resents that remark!” I roll my eyes. “Second, you leave Thumbelina Bruce Wayne out of this. She’s done nothing wrong.”

“I know this was supposed to be light and fluffy and fun or whatever, but it’s evolved. I want more than that. I want stability. I want real. I want you.”


He’s named after your goat-loving bestie?” I chuckle at her description. “The one and only.” “That must really go to his head.” “You have no idea.”

 

Because I love you, you dumbass

 

 

 

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