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Art of 4 Elements Poetry Free this weekend
Art of 4 Elements - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Art of 4 Elements Poem Spiritual Evolution by Nataša Pantović Nuit

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review 2018-01-17 02:33
A Literary Thriller that's sure to impress
Where Night Stops - Douglas Light

She smells of lemons and warm cinnamon and isn't very pretty. Sliding onto the barstool next to me, she says, "Can I sit here?"

 

The bartender, the woman, and me -- we're the only people in the bar. She can sit anywhere. It's not just a seat she wants.

 

I study her a moment then catch the bartender's eye, the order is placed without a word. Whatever the woman wants. Alcohol, like long marriages, has a language of its own, one not composed of speech.

 

Now, that's how you start a novel.

 

So, our narrator is orphaned the night after his high school graduation -- however odd it may feel to call someone on the cusp of adulthood an orphan, he is one (and the back of the book says so). Suddenly his college dreams, plans for the future are gone, as is his past (other than memories). He finds his way from Iowa to Seattle and takes up residence in a homeless shelter. The closest thing he has to a friend there sets him up with a way to make some money -- more than he'd been able to scrape together from an under-the-table gig at a gas station.

 

It's obviously not above-board, but it's good money. What else is a kid with no ties to society, no dreams, no means and nothing better to do? We bounce back and forth between the opening scene (and what follows) in the bar and his burgeoning criminal career. He bounces all of the globe playing small roles in what are likely significant crimes. The resulting story is a combination of tragedy, comedy of errors and Bildungsroman. All of which leads up to a concluding scene that is at once unexpected and the only appropriate thing that could've happened.

 

As a reader. you're never impressed with our narrator's choices. You may understand them, but it's hard to be behind them. Especially because after a certain point, our young man makes a giant mistake. The reader knows this -- and has to hope that whatever he does, he figures out his mistake or gets out of this life soon.

 

The plot's decent and will carry you along well enough. But it's not why you will stick with this book (at least not primarily), it's Light's writing. In the middle of all this, there are sentences like, "Walking the empty night street, my kidneys rattled with anxiety." I'm pretty sure this is biologically nonsensical (I haven't bothered to check with my son's nephrologist, but I was tempted to), but that doesn't stop it from being incredibly effective -- you know precisely what Light's going for there, and in the moment, your kidneys felts a little weird. There's something to his writing that made me stop every so often to re-read a sentence or paragraph or passage -- not because I missed something or didn't understand what was happening, but because Light captured a moment, an idea, or phrase in such an engaging way that I didn't want to move on.

 

I'm not sure if this is a very literary thriller, or a literary novel playing with thriller tropes. Nor am I sure that I care, but this is the kind of book that can appeal to both target audiences. It's a good example of either genre, and a better example of why the distinctions are specious. There's an interesting crime story here; a character study; a look at what happens to someone who has no connection to his future, society, or his past -- oh, and it's a good read, too.

 

Disclaimer: I received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion about the novel, I appreciate the opportunity, but it didn't influence the above.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/01/16/where-night-stops-by-douglas-light
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review 2018-01-15 23:10
Light It Up by Nick Petrie
Light It Up (A Peter Ash Novel) - Nick Petrie

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I enjoyed this book! This book reads like an action movie in a lot of ways. It was exciting and there are so many adrenaline filled scenes that keep the excitement level high. This is the third book in the Peter Ash series but I do think that it could be read as a stand alone since it tells its own story. I had such a good time reading this book and found it to be quite the page turner.

Peter is such a great character. I almost think that he can do anything after reading this book. He is smart. resourceful, and incredibly tough. I am not sure that a real man could do all the things that Peter was able to accomplish in this book but I don't care since it was such a fun read. Peter must deal PTSD as a result of some of the things he has seen and done as a Marine. For Peter, this manifests as claustrophobia and he cannot stand to be inside for long which adds an interesting twist to things. Most of this book happens outside so it didn't come up quite as much in this installment but there were a few scenes where it did come up.

The mystery in this book was interesting and fairly complex. I can tell you that I had no idea how things would work out. There were some people that I didn't trust as much as others but I had no idea how they might be involved. This was a multiple layered mystery and as soon as one puzzle was closer to being solved another would begin. The legal cannabis industry was a big part of the story which thought provoking. It was really nice to read such an original and unique story.

I enjoyed seeing a couple of characters from previous books play a role in this story. Lewis has been around since the first book and he is back for some action again in this story. I really enjoy seeing Lewis and Peter work together and think that they make a really great team. June played a big role in the last book and plays a key role once again. I really liked seeing the development in their relationship in this installment. There were some new characters in this book as well. The chapters that were from told from the point of view of the culprits were my least favorite parts of the book simply because I didn't enjoy spending time in their heads.

I would recommend this book to others. This is a great installment to an exciting and action packed series. Once I got started reading, I didn't want to set the book aside because I had to know how Peter would save the day. I can't wait to read more from Nick Petrie!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group - Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
This was a pretty exciting read. Lots of action and great characters. Peter proves himself to be very resourceful and tough in this story. The mystery was pretty complex and kept me guessing. The fact that the mystery is connected to the business of selling cannabis legally made everything a little more interesting since it is a topic that I have really given no thought to before.

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review 2018-01-14 04:48
Blessing and Light (The Order) by Kasia Bacon
Blessing and Light: An Order Universe Holiday Short - Kasia Bacon

Out of all three, this is by far my favorite. Hope there is more of this couple in the future.

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review 2018-01-11 23:37
The Blinding Light (The Tav #1) by Renae Kaye 4 Star Romance
The Blinding Light - Renae Kaye

Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it's prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude… and blind man. 

Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he’s met his match with Jake, who doesn’t take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves. 

Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: the girls are starting their own lives and his mum’s sobriety might stick this time. He’s sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it’s time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he’s not alone anymore.

 

Review

 

Oh this is so much fun! Nothing like a grumpy hero paired with a sunny one. Love the banter in this one. 

Jake is a great character. Dedicated to his family, hard working, with strong boundaries. 

Patrick is less charming but the slow burn chemistry and notes between the heroes in not to be missed in this Australian set romance. 

We get a full love story and as Patrick opens up and Jake learns to let some one take care of him, we get a great Happily Ever After. 

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