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review 2017-07-13 15:23
Short Review: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (Claire North)
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Claire North

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Publisher: Redblock (2014)

Genre(s): Mystery, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction

 

I really liked this book and YAY for Claire North for making non-linear narrative work! 

However, I didn't really like that the story was so narrow in scope (although it is grandiose, or it seems so): I wanted to know all the secrets of people like Harry, I wanted to know all the whys. I was more like Vincent than like Harry, I guess.

Still, a very good book!

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review 2017-07-12 00:00
The Sheikh's Surprise Triplets (Azhar Sheikhs Book 3)
The Sheikh's Surprise Triplets (Azhar Sheikhs Book 3) - Leslie North Ms. North knows her way around a love story. The Azhars Sheikhs series delivers sweet, heat and romance that will sweep a woman off her feet. The Sheikh's Surprise Triplets puts Basri in the hot seat. The adventurous brother meets his match in workaholic Juliette. He's a main of action. She knows hot to get the job done. The issues arise when these two strong personalities refuse to compromise. Can this dualing duo let go of ego and allow the heart to decide? No matter what the outcome is, readers are in for a bumpy ride.
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review 2017-07-10 06:05
Burned
Artificial Sweethearts (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle

Tinka & Sam are neighbors with a common cause.  They are sick of others trying to set them up with people completely unfit for them.  They mean well, but really, who can choose but you for a significant other?

 

Sam is interested right away.  Only he has virtually no experience with which to entice Tinka to be his.  So he goes along with the scheme he unwittingly started out of desperation.  Along the way, they start to feel more real.  If only they could both be on the same page.....

 

This book was seriously what we call a slow burn.  I was really turned off by how shallow and petty most of the characters were.  I was about to put the book down - when, would you believe, it started back the other way.  I felt every feel with this story and at the end was never so happy to get my HEA.  At least I think I got one.  Anyway, I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.

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text 2017-07-05 18:45
June 2017 Round up!
The Changeling - Victor LaValle
Ascent - Luke Walker
Empire Falls - Richard Russo
The Memory of Running - Recorded Books LLC,Ron McLarty,Ron McLarty
The North Water: A Novel - Ian McGuire
Gwendy's Button Box - Stephen King,Richard Chizmar
Criminal: The Deluxe Edition - Volume 1 - Ed Brubaker,Sean Phillips
The Fever: A Novel - Megan Abbott
Hoodoo Harry (Bibliomysteries) - Joe R. Lansdale
DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense - Joyce Carol Oates

I read 18 books in June!

 

 

Graphic Novels

 

Criminal Deluxe Edition 5*

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-Last Shots 4*

American Vampire 5 4.5*

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger- The Man in Black-3*

Total: 4

 

Audio Books

 

Empire Falls by Richard Russo 5*

The Fever by Megan Abbott 3.5*

The Memory of Running by Ron McClarty 5*

Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo 4*

The North Water by Ian McGuire 4*

Total: 5

 

E-ARCS

 

Ascent by Luke Walker 4*

The Halloween Children by Norman Prentiss and Brian Freeman 4.5*

Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones 5*

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 3.5*

The Changeling by Victor LaValle 4.5*

Hoodoo Harry by Joe R. Lansdale 4.5*

Dis MeM ber by Joyce Carol Oates 4*

Total: 7

 

Random Books

 

Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar 4*

The Summer Job by Adam Cesare 3*

Total: 2

 

Total books read in June: 18

 

 

 

Reading Challenges

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017

January Count: 1

February Count: 2

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June: 0

Running Count: 5

 

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

 

Running count: 24

 

I'm ditching the Coolthulhu Crew 2017 challenge. It just seems to be too much work for me right now!

 

Keep Calm and Read On!

 

 

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review 2017-07-05 03:18
Murder Out of Turn by Frances and Richard Lockridge
Murder Out of Turn (The Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries) - Richard Lockridge,Frances Lockridge

Series: Mr. & Mrs. North #2

 

Mr. and Mrs. North are vacationing in a cabin outside New York when Inspector Weigand comes to visit them on vacation and two murders tumble into their laps. Pete, the Norths’ cat, has some cute appearances although he doesn’t really help solve the murder this time around. I liked it but I found the prose somewhat vague at times. Oh, and I finally found somewhere else that uses the phrase “How’s tricks?” to ask what’s up. So I can claim that my friend is from the 1940s instead of possibly just being British.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square Cars Land 16 “Read a book…where the page count ends in 1, 9, 2, or 6”. My copy has 249 pages, so I’m going with that and adding $6 to my bank, bringing my balance to $178.

 

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