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review 2017-08-09 21:51
Avalanche (A Stone Mountain Mystery Book 3) - Kristina Stanley

Avalanche (A Stone Mountain Mystery Book 3) by Kristina Stanley
Was looking forward to finding the easter egg so I'd have more books to read and I was able to find it when I read the book Aug 2017. Three more books from other series to read
Book starts out with Roy and he's on his way to the top of the mountain to go skiing. There is an avalanche and we hear his last thoughts...
Story also follows his sister and brother in law, Kalin and Ben who work at the ski resort. There are others in the company who come into play and it's easy to follow along as other major events occur that disrupt everything.
What I liked about this was not only the house Kalin and Bed had built for themselves but the people and lifestyle they surround themselves with.
Enjoy this as it's blazing hot outside in August and just reading about all the snow makes it bearable. Really like the series from just this one book. Lots of twists and turns...
Love the action, adventure, snow and operations of the resort.
Wish I read the other book sin sequence as some secrets are revealed from the earlier books and I hope to be able to read those for review at some point.
Received this review copy from Imajin Books and this is my honest review.

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review 2017-08-03 14:05
Interesting story but doesn't quite gel together.
Show Me A Mountain - Kerry Young Show Me A Mountain - Kerry Young

Fay Wong is a Chinese/Jamaican girl/woman in the Depression/World War II era living her life in Jamaica. Her father was an immigrant and now her mother lives in a mansion. But life is not easy and her mother is very unhappy. Fay grows up, hoping to escape but gets caught up in intrigue, an arranged marriage to a man with his own secrets and not quite the happiness she thought she might find.

 

I forgot what drew me to the book but it sounded like an interesting tale. I've learned a bit about the Chinese in Jamaica in the past few years so it seemed like reading a fiction book about this community would be an interesting read. And while I think author Young did a good job in putting the reader in that place and that era, something about the book felt very empty.

 

The story kept me going and I wanted to know what happened but it felt a bit like a cooked dish that wasn't quite done. Or it was done but it hasn't had a chance to "sit" for a bit and really bring out the flavors and tastes. In some ways it seemed like there was no "plot", just Fay growing up, trapped in an arranged marriage and made to spy for the British military on her own husband (Pao) and people she associates with. The characters were interesting but I couldn't fully bring myself to care about them. I did want to know more about background characters that ended up disappearing (Stanley, Freddie) partially due to the war and for other reasons. But I wasn't particularly driven or emotionally attached to any of them. 

 

I had not fully realized that this is actually the third of a trilogy but I felt that I could grasp the story just fine with just having read this book. That may have something to do with how I feel about it. 

 

It was an okay read overall. It might sit better with someone who's read the first two books but I'm not inclined to go and read the other two (which I understand covers the lives of Fay's husband Pao and his mistress, Gloria) unless I could get them for free and have nothing else to do. I thought this book did well as a binge read--I ended up reading it in about a day. So if you're say stuck in the airport and/or need to occupy your flight time then this wouldn't be a bad bet. I'm not sure it's the kind of book that would have kept me going if I was forced to put it down for more than a day. Borrow from the library or buy as a bargain book to leave behind at the end of your trip.

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review 2017-07-30 12:17
Mountain Trippin' by hellhoundsprey
Mountain Trippin' - hellhoundsprey Mountain Trippin' - hellhoundsprey
3.5 stars. Fifteen year old Sam is trying to pull away from Dean to lead a life of his own. It all comes to a head in a cabin with Dean and look-alike Thomas under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. Jumps rapidly from one pov to another. Consent issues.
Source: archiveofourown.org/works/2795333?view_full_work=true
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review 2017-07-23 21:02
The Gamble, Kristen Ashley
The Gamble (Colorado Mountain) by Kriste... The Gamble (Colorado Mountain) by Kristen Ashley (2014-05-27) - Kristen Ashley

I liked this romantic murder mystery. I was given this book for free and voluntarily chose to review it. I've given this a 4.2* rating.This story pulled me in pretty fast but at 629 pages it took me days to read. Because of large amounts of sexual content and foul language, this is not for the under 18 readers. Which brings me to what I didn't like about this. If you do not like detailed sexual content or foul language, this book is not for you because this book is full of it. I tend to skip over a lot of it and hopefully don't miss something important in the story. I did like the story content and it had a real nice ending. I didn't really care a lot for the bossy hero, but that's just my preference.

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review 2017-07-22 02:56
Great read!
Special Delivery (Mountain Meadow Homeco... Special Delivery (Mountain Meadow Homecomings) - Laura Browning

Special Delivery by Laura Browning is an entertaining read.  Ms Browning has delivered a well-written book and filled it with amazing characters.  Holly and Jake's story is full of drama, suspense, humor and spice.  I enjoyed this book from cover to cover and look forward to reading more from Laura Browning in the future.  Special Delivery is book 1 of the Mountain Meadow Homecomings Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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