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review 2014-05-19 16:36
All the stars and not enough time for the reviews.
Zero at the Bone - Jane Seville

I loved this book and wish I had the time to give it an amazing review or at least as amazing as I am capable of. I really enjoyed this book and the after stories that go with it. I will definitely be watching and hoping for more from this author in future.

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review 2014-04-20 15:56
I need more! More Cole, more Jae, more Bobby, more everything...
Dirty Deeds - Rhys Ford

In the wee hours of the night I quietly slid my glasses on and opened my e-reader because damned if Cole & Jae weren't just sitting there taunting me. So I finished this series at 5 a.m. and I sighed happy because my boys had survived and were together and happy.


I wish I had time to write a lengthy review espousing all the virtues of this series and explaining why I love it so much, but alas the real world demands to much of me these days so I will simply say I loved, loved, loved reading these books and anxiously look forward to more. Because OMG the ending on this book, there is no way with an ending like that there can't be more.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-04-04 19:06
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Veronica Mars: The First Book in an Original Mystery Series - Rob Thomas,Jennifer Graham

More than the Veronica Mars movie (which I gladly helped fund via Kickstarter), this book's mystery made me nostalgic for the TV show. Not because it was lacking but because it was so reminiscent of an episode of the show, with the space of a novel. The difference here is that Veronica is officially a P.I. and lead on the case, with Mac as her tech assistant. Since the book picks up not long after the events of the film, Keith is still recovering from that awful, intentional car collision that killed Sacks and almost killed him. He's not able to work yet at Mars Investigations where money is so tight rent hasn't been paid, nor has Mac lately.


Then a college girl in Neptune for Spring Break goes missing, and the local Chamber of Commerce hires Veronica to aid in the investigation (you know, since Dan Lamb is a dick and PR nightmare). The girl's disappearance is costing Neptune big Spring Breaker bucks, see, especially since a Nancy Grace-like figure is drawing attention to the case and Lamb's cavalier attitude about it. Yeah, Neptune is still a gem of a place. Veronica's not crazy about the motivation behind the decision to come to her, but she IS concerned about the girl.


The case has as many twists and turns as an episode of the show, with some red herrings. Just when you think you're ahead of the game, you're not. Or, if you're on track, Veronica's never lagging. In addition to Mac, Wallace, Weevil, Dick, and Cliff make appearances (Dick's is especially hilarious, as always). Logan is off on an aircraft carrier, and he and Veronica are only able to Skype once in a while. They clearly both feel the strain, but the scenes are lovely. An interesting surprise was the appearance of Norris Clayton, who was the kid from "Weapons of Class Destruction" initially suspected of being the bad guy. He's now a cop in Neptune, probably the only decent one.


And, of course, there's Keith, who is still uneasy with the idea of Veronica having scrapped her New York lawyer life to become a PI. There are some tense scenes, and he urges her to at least learn to use and to carry a gun to protect herself. Veronica is resistant but after a close call, listens.


The one aspect of the novel that was too contrived for me was the the appearance of Veronica's mom, Lianne. I love that she's brought back into Veronica's life and there's a sort of reconciliation (and half-brother!), but it's way too coincidental that Lianne would happen to be the stepmom to the second missing girl.


The idea of Veronica and her dad as partners is cool, and I loved how Veronica thinks about they really always have been. Personally, I envisioned Veronica and Mac as partners (and PIs are lone wolves, aren't they?) with Keith as sheriff, but I suppose it wouldn't do to have an actual reliable authority figure in that department. But I could see him struggling against the Chamber of Commerce and other corrupt interests in town.


I was totally engaged by and thrilled with the book overall (including overt discussions that victim-blaming and slut-shaming are not okay). Veronica is my hero, and I will always want more of her. I can't wait for the next book. More Weevil! ;)

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review 2014-04-04 14:08
Hey Santino & Ais, I'll give you 5 stars if you give me more ICoS, please...
1/27: An ICoS Anthology - Santino & Ais

I freely admit I am not above bribery if it'll possibly work.  I needed more...more about Jeffrey. His character has taken a dramatic change due to what he's been through and while he was never a favorite for me, I find there is more to him than meets the eye. He is maturing and changing and I think it could be a fascinating story.


Of course I want more Hsin & Boyd, more Emilio & Carhart and especially more Ryan. I'm not sure how I feel about Ryan now. He was cute and adorable, honestly he was the kicked puppy everybody wanted to protect, he's changed and I'm just not sure what all the changes are, I think I'm scared for him and I want him to be ok. I'm just not sure that he's going to be...so yeah, I want more.


It's been months since I read any of this and from the first page I was right there back in the world of this collection of characters who captured me mind, heart and soul for the weeks that I was reading ICoS and I still have too many questions, I need to go back, to have answers about what's happened to them and what will happen. This world fascinates me. It's scary and dangerous and I'm not sure I every want to totally leave it.

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review 2014-04-03 18:03
All the feels for this book...amazing, simply amazing
When All the World Sleeps - Lisa Henry, J.A. Rock

This was another Buddy Read and wow, just wow!!! This book, I'm not sure what I was expecting when we started this but what I got was simply one of the most amazing, incredible, heart wrenching, gut twisting reads ever. I loved every page, every word. I adored Daniel & Bel. Dav was wonderful.

If for some crazy, weird, bizarre reason I was not able to read another book this year. I am so happy that I didn't miss out on this one.


I just don't even know what else I can say there are already some incredible reviews so I won't try and retell what has already been said. Just read it, be good to yourself and read it this is what a book should be.

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