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review 2018-12-15 04:40
It's Christmas in the dessert...
The Night Sky Festival - S.A. Stovall

At only 24 pages ‘The Night Sky Festival’ is probably one of the shortest stories in this anthology but for me it was definitely one of the most adorably delightful. Zach has packed up his gear and headed to the Mojave Desert for the holidays. Ever since his husband file for a divorce the day before Christmas it’s become his least favorite time of year. So going on a photo assignment seems as good a way to spend the holiday as any.

 

What Zach begins to discover is that Baker isn’t just any small town it’s one that celebrates ‘The Night Sky Festival’ instead Christmas and it also seems to be a place where the locals are more than happy to take Zach in and make him a part of their celebration.

 

Seeing Zach’s encounter with each of the three men who touch his life during his visit to Baker and bring a fresh perspective to his life…from the cute, vivacious cashier to the burly, sexy single father and finally the sexy, fun-loving cop who loves his board games…is charming, amusing and just generally delightful.

 

The story moved at a really good pace and given the author made good use of every word used. With only 24 pages there wasn’t enough time for long drawn out descriptions or unnecessary window dressing and there wasn’t any.

 

While this one only got 3 stars from me, I have to admit I think it’s more a statement of how much I liked this story and how strongly I felt that the author could have…maybe should have given us more. I smiled and laughed with amusement from start to finish on this one but at the same time I also felt like I needed and just kept wanting more and I think what I especially needed was an epilogue one that wrapped things up a bit more for me than what was there.

 

There also wasn’t any sex but come on we’ve got our MC meeting 3 new guys and attending a local festival all in 24 pages…honestly having the Zach hook up with any of these men would have been stretching things for me…maybe, a follow-up story…one day soon could happen.

 

However, if you’re looking for a short, quick holiday story that’s fun and funny and will leave you smiling ‘The Night Sky Festival’ easily fills those requirements.

 

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A copy of ‘The Night Sky Festival’ was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-12-15 03:23
The Suffragette Scandal (Brother's Sinister #4)
The Suffragette Scandal - Courtney Milan

Frederica "Free" Marshall has been a delight from the first moment she graced a page in this series, and here we get to see the kind of woman she's grown up to be: an investigative reporter running her own newspaper, written by women for women. She takes her fierce spirit with her like a shield as she uncovers injustices and campaigns for women's right to vote.

 

Edward Clark is a scoundrel with a past he'd sooner forget and charm oozing out the wazoo. He's determined to save a friend from the machinations of his brother and is willing to use Free to do it. Only Free doesn't cooperate, even when he mansplains the futility of her goals - and he finds out he's no match for Free. 

 

Once again, Ms Milan finds a couple of protags who are evenly balanced for each other. They're both struggling with their paths in life, but while Edward has succumbed to the dark side of the force, Free embraces the light. She pulls Edward kicking and screaming into the light with her. Of course, he is a scoundrel and isn't telling her everything. Now, all of the books in this series involve a secret of one of MCs or the other, but the truth has always been spilled before anything physical happens. That's not the case here, so that kind of dampened the intimacy here for me. The resolution was also a little too neat and quick. I still really enjoyed this though and watching Edward falling hopefully for Free despite his efforts not to was a treat.

 

There was also a small f/f subplot with Amanda, who we met in The Countess Conspiracy, and an implication of a gay relationship between a couple of minor characters in a "squint and you'll miss it" or maybe even a "YMMV" kind of way.

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review 2018-12-15 02:25
So that took me a long time...
Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

I finally took this out of the library again and finished it.   And I  I still really, really hate Simon and even all the rest of the Others.   Look, commit to being vicious or don't, but this 'we kinda are, kinda aren't' bullshit is bothering me. 

 

And yes, I'm going to compare to Rocket again.   When Yondu asks him if he's a professional asshole or what, Rocket's like, yeah, pretty much a pro.   He's a d-hole, knows it, and owns it.   And so while he is completely an asshole, he's pretty much a consistent asshole, funny, and I love him.   Simon's so wishy washy and wishy washy to such a degree, I just wanted someone to slap some consistency into his character. 

 

Which is a shame: the actual storyline moves along at a nice pace, it goes into the truly dark territory that I think is a hallmark of Bishop's work, and I think her storytelling just gets better and better.   She does have a tendency to write vicious characters with hearts of gold, but they didn't feel as inconsistent in the Black Jewel world as in this one.

 

I got into the world and storyline, but the characters were, for the most part, so confusing due to their being written so inconsistently that I had a hard time connecting with any of them or finishing them. 

 

Please, please let the next book be better since I took out the next two...

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review 2018-12-15 00:40
Freakn' Out
Freakn' Out (Freakn' Shifters) - Eve Langlais

I have mixed feelings about this one. Of all the books in this series, this was the most serious in tone (and had the least amount of sexy times). I liked Derrick and thought he actions (attitude) was realistic for someone with PTSD and dealing with life changing events (his paralysis).
I was disappointed in Janine. She had some BIG daddy issues that she hadn't gotten over and (of course) this affected her relationship with Derrick. To a point I understood her, and then not. 
Not the best, not the worst (Jungle Freakn' Bride just pissed me off) in this series.

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review 2018-12-14 21:23
Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (reread/listen on Audio)
Obsidio - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

๏ ๏ ๏  Book Blurb ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Review ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

This series...I'm so sad that I'm completely done with it...bbbuuuttt...I'm happy I own all 3 books plus the audio versions so I can always read/listen to them again.  Because, Damn. 

 

Check out that stellar full-cast list of narrators, below...it's quite the collection of voices, and they all make this phenomenal on Audio.  I'm going to keep this short and sweet and end with a...THANK YOU, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for an amazing journey.

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

5+STARS - GRADE=A++

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5+/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5+/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5+/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5+/5
Ending⇝ 4.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ Love them all...
Narration⇝ Olivia Taylor Dudley, Carla Corvo, Johnathan McClain, Lincoln Hoppe, MacLeod Andrews, Erin Spencer, Andrew Eiden, Lisa Cordileone, Matthew Frow, Olivia Mackenzie-Smith, Ryan Gessel, Vikas Adam, Sile Bermingham, Mike Chamberlin, Feodor Chin, Charlotte Cole, Kimberly Farr, Kaleo Griffith, Hillary Huber, JD Jackson, David Jung, Greta Jung, Joshua Kane, Jolene Kim, David H Lawrence XVII, Nick, Martorelli, Donnabella Mortel, PJ Ochlan, Ray Porter, Ray Shappell, Emily Woo Zeller, Dan Zitt 
 
Series⇝ Illuminae #3
Setting⇝ Deep Space and Kerenza
Source⇝ I Own Audible Audiobook
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