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review 2019-03-26 07:23
DNF: Red Harvest
Red Harvest (Haunted Hollow Chronicles) - Patrick C. Greene

Calling it quits on this one.

 

I really wanted to like it as it had everything I like in small town horror. Characters from the normal to the weird, a sense of community in a place where there's history, everyone's known each other a local Halloween tradition, a family with a creepy secret. It's clear something is going to go very wrong very quickly.

 

I'm losing patience with the story, there's too many characters to keep track of and it seems like too much going on. My other major problem with this book is how poorly it's edited. Random words are missing from sentences or in some instances entire sentences are missing and while with most you can get the idea of what's going on, it's annoying and jars you out of the narrative. I've had enough, DNF. Not for me.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for the review copy.

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review 2019-03-26 06:57
Lock 'N' Load
Lock 'N'load - Jennifer Fallon

Title: Lock "N"Load

Series:Federal K-9 #1 Note : Thank you can read them as stand alones

Author: Tee O'Fallon

https://twitter.com/TeeOFallon

Genre: Romance

Pages:403

book synopsis Crack CIA analyst Trista Gold is a whiz with the computer, but not so much with people. She hides behind her job, analyzing Top Secret code and making recommendations on national security. She doesn’t need a man in her life. But she will, very soon... CIA K-9 officer Sgt. Matt Connors suspects that beneath Trista’s uptight appearance, there’s a sexy woman itching to cut loose. But he doesn’t dare act on his attraction. He’s a loner and always will be. Keeping away from Trista is a must-do directive. Until he doesn’t have a choice... During a routine assignment, Trista stumbles across a cryptic exchange. She doesn’t think much of it...until someone tries to murder her—twice. Both times, Matt had been there to save her. But now she has to hide. And her new bodyguard, Matt, and his K-9 are the only hope she has against the powerful forces that want her dead.

My thoughts Would I recommend this series? yes Would I read more by her? yes Its funny and an easy read to get lost in , and the I just loved the two main characters , there was times I was just laughing my head off at what Trista was saying , and how she acted around Matt. I loved the slow romance that happened between the two of them , and how Matt's friends could see it but he couldn't . With that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

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review 2019-03-25 17:47
That's Not How Social Anxiety Works
Suddenly Single - Carol E. Wyer

Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

 

So this book ended up being a disappointment. I was all ready to read about a woman that is dealing with a separation and finding herself single after many years as part of a couple. Instead there were a whole host of other things happening in this book that in the end didn't work together for me. Most was the fact that the main character, Chloe Piper, has a social anxiety disorder that the author uses for plot purposes. Sometimes Chloe is okay around a group of people and other times she says no to things because of how she will react. We even get a scene of her "twerking" (DEAR WHITE PEOPLE STOP DOING THIS) and her friend and his daughter upload it via Instagram so that she can get used to people watching her. I was hiding my eyes in shame and I wasn't even the one doing things depicted in this book. The romance was lukewarm and the ending was meh.

 

"Suddenly Single" follows Chloe Piper as she settles herself and her dog into their new home. Chloe is dealing with the breakup of her marriage and how that has impacted her ability to write. Chloe is secretly a best selling author of one book that everyone has gone crazy for in the U.K. Now that her husband has left her for another woman, she feels like her creativity is gone. That is until Chloe starts to "have feelings" for her next door neighbor Alex and meets some new people in a singles meet up group. 

 

So. Chloe. She was written inconsistently. We hear that Chloe didn't get over the death of her sister and parents so her shyness turned into something else which eventually led to her social anxiety disorder. But she ends up meeting her husband (after his persistence) and they managed to marry. Eventually her inability to be out among people drove a wedge and finally he leaves her. I was hoping the book would focus on this disorder and how hard it is for people out there with this. Instead Wyer decides to randomly have Chloe go out at one point, get drunk, and meet two people she has never laid eyes on before who end up talking her into going out with their group they created and has her start to meet people. Another reviewer mentioned she has social anxiety and she didn't like how this was written and I feel badly for her since she was hoping the book would touch upon the condition. 

 

Chloe also decides she likes someone for reasons and then rejects other suitors because of reasons. It was all so wishy-washy I was over it. I actually liked another male character for Chloe because he knew about the disorder because his own mother had it. But nope, just go for the chemistry free zone character. It didn't help though when Chloe tries to use this as a reason to not date him. I maybe went, you were literally twerking on a freaking Instagram post! Why is going to a ball a freaking issue?

 

The other characters in this book were not developed at all. And it didn't help when Chloe's ex comes back at on the scene. I don't get at all what Wyer was doing with that.


The writing was okay and just meh in parts in my opinion. The flow was terrible throughout. Usually I like chapter headings to set the mood so to speak for the book, but I thought that too much was happening back to back every day. 


The setting of Sunny Meadow Farm sounded interesting, but we really don't meet anyone but two other neighbors. 

 

The ending shows an epilogue and I was just glad to put this book behind me.  

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review 2019-03-25 14:46
The Boy from Tomorrow: Featuring a Ouija Board as the New Telephone
The Boy from Tomorrow - Camille DeAngelis

The Boy from Tomorrow tells about a girl, Josie, and a boy, Alec, who both happen to live or lived at the house on 444 Sparrow Street. They never happened to met because she’s from the past and he’s from the future. Their only means of communication is through a talking board. Both Josie and Alec experience hardships and challenges with their own lives, during different centuries. But setting those aside, their friendship strengthens and they get through life little by little with the company of the other.

 

The book involves themes of friendship and family which captured my interest because of its representation in the book. It tackles family issues like abuse and divorce. The friendship of the two kids can be clearly seen, especially in their willingness to talk to the other (even if it means getting caught) and to offer advice and support the other needs. Even if you’re centuries apart and you still want to help your friend, now, that’s called real friendship.

 

There were some chapters and characters which I think were kind of unnecessary. But I understood that maybe it was for clearer context. At first, I found the pace of the book slow but as the chapters dragged on, the pace became better. I knew from the first line of the book that there was something, something that had piqued my interest which could make me attached to the book somehow.

 

The writing was nice, not because it was for middle graders, but in all seriousness, the writing was really good. That’s one thing I enjoyed about it. The writing was just simple, clear, and easy to comprehend. I felt like a young girl once again when reading this book. I felt like I was reading the kinds of books I read during my childhood. It was good to reminisce and this book made me did that. The books had a sense of lightness but also, a sense of deepness at the same time and I liked that it wasn’t just at surface level.

 

I actually had plenty of chances to  read this once I’ve started but I just seem to be always in a book slump whenever I try to read it. I finally had the courage to continue where I left and ended up actually liking the book.

 

The Boy from Tomorrow is actually quick and heartwarming read that can be for everyone, not just middle-graders. When reading this book, you could feel a whirlwind of emotions for the characters, sympathy, anger, sadness, joy. We could even learn a thing or two from Josie or Alec, to value our past, the present, and future.

 

Just a lil’ trigger warning and semi-spoiler. There is a chapter involving child abuse. When I read about it, my heart just went soft for Josie and her sister. They don’t deserve to be treated the way they did. No child does.

 

Note: Thanks a lot to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book that I enjoyed reading. :>

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review 2019-03-25 12:58
ARC REVIEW Forever Wolf by Maria Vale


Forever Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves, #3)Legend of all Wolves #3, Oh My Gosh this book! There is so much I love about this book and this series. The narration, seeing the pack through Varya's eyes and seeing the transition of her feelings about them at the beginning of the book to the end of the book. How in depth the wolf's history goes especially with the norse mythology. Each of the characters past and present it was easy to connect with them, with it being in the first person POV you get to hear all the internal conflict. Varya despite her devotion to the pack and her Alpha still feels like she's not part of it, referring to the pack as "them" not "us" because of what happened in her past she's not letting herself get emotionally attached she doesn't feel she deserves it. She follows the pack laws and enforces them, she doesn't care that the other wolves are afraid of her she uses that fear to her advantage but when she discovers a lone wolf on their territory a white wolf who knows nothing of the pack and their laws she finds herself bending the rules for him. She feels a deep connection to him not just because he's an arctic wolf like her it goes beyond that, but the fact that he has two different colored eyes has her keep him hidden from the pack. But he's not the one the pack is worried about the shifters are at it again, this time bringing in the threat of human hunters. But Varya steps up to the plate and helps protect the coveted pups among other things. I really hope this isn't the end of the series but it did have definite closure elements in the epilogue.

Overall, I loved this book. It has the kind of ending that really made me cry. This whole series is something to behold.



 

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