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review 2017-07-22 14:04
Thor, Vol. 1 !!!
Thor, Vol. 1 - Coipel Olivier,J. Michael Straczynski

In the movies, Thor is one of my favorite people. So when I saw this volume on Prime Reading. I HAD TO HAVE IT.

 

I loved this way more than I expected. Seriously, it was so good. I loved the stories, every one of them, I just love the characters. I wanted some Sif. I LOVE SIF. But even though she wasn't around, she got mentioned lots and that gave me all the feels. Ooops.

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review 2017-07-21 15:38
Never Underestimate Your Dumbness - Jim Benton

This is the first Dear Dumb Diary I have read. I found it in the Lending Library and thought I'd give it a read.

This book took me a bit to get into. I didn't really like the beginning. Jamie's hatred of Angeline (for no reason other than her prettiness) and weird, dysfunctional friendship with Isabella (trying to push her down the stairs???) had me grimacing.

I hated how Jamie's character was so jealous and shallow all of the time. It's another middle grade book about insecure girls tearing down other girls to make themselves feel better. I think we can do better than that. I prefer books with meaningful female relationships.

However, I did like the ending. The book wraps up nicely and there is a teeny tiny glimmer of a message by the end, that (doesn't redeem the whole book, but) negates some of the awfulness in the beginning.

There were some funny bits, but I wouldn't say the whole thing was funny, mostly because there were so many times Jamie was mean out of jealousy. I did like the silly illustrations and some of the lists.

A solid two-star book for me, but the ending bumped it up to three-stars.

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review 2017-07-18 00:37
Well this one was aptly named because it seems "You Never Know"...
You Never Know - Mary Calmes

I freely admit with me when it comes to Mary Calmes they all start as 5 star reads and often stay that way or they may slide down to 4.5 or 4 stars. It's not very often that things slide below that. 

 

I was pretty conflicted on this one. I liked the overall concept of the story but for me the devil was in some of the details.

 

Now for the best part of the story...Hagen. I loved Hagen...as did everyone else. But Hagen is that person that you just can't help but love. He's good and kind, gentle, loyal and way, way more forgiving than most people but at the same time he really wasn't a pushover. He stood up for himself when he truly needed to and did it without using threats, intimidation or humiliation. 

 

The first problem I had was Ash. I did not like this man. He was not nice. He was self-centered, self-absorbed and just totally selfish. He wanted Hagen on his terms with no consideration to what Hagen really wanted or for the life that Hagen had made for himself. He got himself caught in more than one lie. He was manipulative and try as I might I could not see him as someone who was nice, so the fact that he was such a strong presence in the story truthfully irritated me. I honestly just wanted Hagen to tell him to go away. 

 

I definitely liked Mitch more than Ash. While I got why things happened the way they did between Mitch and Hagen. There were glimpses of Mitch being sorry and regretting what happened but I just felt like there needed to be more than a glimpse of regret from Mitch. I think he missed Hagen, but it felt more like Mitch did what he did because he had to and he thought Hagen should understand and be willing to move forward from there and I have to admit if I was Hagen it would have been a big 'Oh hell no!' no matter how much I loved or wanted to be with the other person.

 

I honestly can't say what would have made this part better for me. I believe in second chances and that's one of the things that really appealed to me about this story so of course, I was cheering for Hagen and Mitch from the start and I loved the ending of the story it was awesome, but the middle where Mitch's "I'm sorry" just didn't feel as epic as his "mistake" was where I needed more, I needed the "I'm sorry" to be at least as grand as his "mistake" and it just didn't happen.

 

I enjoyed this one but for me it definitely wasn't another 'Frog' or 'Acrobat' or my personal favorite 'Mine'. But then if they were all 5 stars how would anything ever be special for us and at the end of the day, I'm still waiting for my next Mary Calmes story because even the good ones leave me happy.

 

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An ARC of 'You Never Know' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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review 2017-07-17 16:38
Never Ever - Gita V. Reddy

Never Ever by Gita V. Reddy
This book starts out with Raj talking to his wife Divya. They don't talk like regular people as she is deaf. He sometime speaks into her palm, sometimes sign language.
he's not sure why he said divorce but she misunderstands and everything goes wrong from then on. She ignores him and he's been coming home late at nights, hardly playing with the children or helping with the house.
She feels trapped and jsut wants the kids and she'll head back on India. They've seen their other friends divorce and nobody is together any more.
Misunderstandings and each thinking they know what the other is thinking and you wonder if they will stay together at all. This is part of a larger novel: A Tapestry of Tears dealing with subjects relating to those born in India and the struggles they have.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

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review 2017-07-08 18:19
This book is not quite what the title says it is.
Never Out of Season: How Having the Food... Never Out of Season: How Having the Food We Want When We Want It Threatens Our Food Supply and Our Future - Robert Dunn

When I first heard about the book it seemed like it would be an interesting read. How we can have food that is basically the same all the time, with less concern regarding seasonal changes, lack of water/fertilizer, geographic concerns, etc. At least, that's what I thought the book was about.

 

Instead it's a really dry book about how delicate the food chain is in regards to pests, pathogens, etc. To be fair, that is a very important topic but that's not what I thought this book was going to be about. It's not hard to understand why there'a lot of fear (and misinformation) about what goes into creating, maintaining and working our food supply and how our food supply came to be. 

 

It's not a surprise that the author urges people to buy local, try to buy foods that in-season, grow your own food if possible, etc. But the point could have been much better communicated if the author had actually stuck to the title and quite frankly didn't jump around so much at times. 

 

Skip this one.

 

 

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