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text 2017-08-23 17:17
Deeper By Robin York 99 cents! 5 Star Read
By Robin York Deeper: A Novel (Caroline & West) - Robin Nagle

When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.
 
West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.
 
They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.
 
When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.

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text 2017-08-23 06:33
Reading progress update: I've read 99%.
A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin

 

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review 2017-08-23 01:44
Y is for Perfection
Y is for Yesterday (A Kinsey Millhone Novel) - Sue Grafton

Please note that there are spoilers for all previous events from prior books. Do not read if you have not read up to X by Sue Grafton. 

 

You may recall my review for X and how frustrated I was with that book. I thought that the majority of that book was just filler. Kinsey felt off and Henry drove me nuts. It also seemed to have two stories smashed into one and neither of them worked. But with "Y is for Yesterday" Sue Grafton hits everything on such a pitch perfect level I have no qualms about saying this book is a five star read.

 

This book is going to be the end of 1989 for the Kinsey Millhone series. Z is for whatever it's going to stand for is I hope going to take place in 1990, but we'll have to see what tricks Sue Grafton has for us long time readers. 

 

"Y is for Yesterday" has Kinsey taking a case that actually starts back in 1979. Kinsey is asked to find out who may be blackmailing a man just released from juvenile detention. Ten years ago, the man (Fritz) and his friends taped a gang rape. Though he was found guilty of murder as a juvenile, his family is afraid this tape may lead to him being incarcerated again. 

 

I have to say that I love the fact that even though this book takes place in 1989 there's definitely some similarities to what's going on in the world today in this book. There's the question of rape, there's the question of getting consent, there's the question of violence against women and what do women do in order to fight back against that. I feel like all of those are discussion topics that are very relevant in today's world.

 

We have an older and finally wiser Kinsey. After a run in that almost left her dead, Kinsey decides to start taking some self defense classes, you as well as doing more security measures. She's had to change her routine, but she's doing what she can to stay safe while hoping to track down a serial killer. Her newest case gives her something to sink her teeth into which is leading Kinsey down a path that many would like her to leave alone. My favorite Kinsey is her fighting for the truth no matter what.

 

We have the usual suspects in this one. We have Henry, Rosie, William (in small doses thank God) Cheney Phillips, Kinsey's cousin Anna, and Jonah. We even have references to a lot of characters we haven't read or even interacted with in years. Heck we have Kinsey on the phone and hanging out with Vera.

 

I've really hated how isolated Kinsey felt to me in the past few books was just her interacting with Henry and Rosie. But this one definitely showcases how many people are connected to Kinsey, and how many people just love her.

 

I was really glad to finally see it seem to laying to rest her whole relationship with the missing Robert Dietz. And I think I see a game plan coming with regards to Cheney Phillips. It was good to read what was going on with him and finally having me not wanting to kick the crap out of him based on what I thought was going on with this character.

 

I do have to say though that the gullibility of Henry is starting to just work my nerves. But in this volume it ends up wrapping things up perfectly though with regards to another plot so I can't complain.

 

I honestly could not stand Kinsey's  cousin Anna. I felt like she shoved her way into Kinsey's life and was trying to take over. But in this one we get some revelations about this character and I still don't understand how Kinsey didn't punch her in her face. But it definitely changes things for the good with the series so I'm kind of curious about where Grafton's going to go with this character next.

 

The writing was great and I cheered several times. Thank goodness Grafton makes a quick mention of the drought California is experiencing and moves on. No talk of water conservation.

 

"They were also committed to the notion of equality between the sexes, which spawned an unspoken competition to see who could force the other to knuckle under and pick up the slack."

 

"The odd but unremarkable truth about women is we’ve had the aggression bred right out of us."

 

“You’re denigrating my experience. Minimizing the impact. Guys are famous for putting women down. Why don’t you get over it? Why can’t you let it go?” she said mockingly. “What you really mean is, ‘Why make me eat shit for something that happened to you?’”

 

“I want to make sure you’re awake for this because I have one final word of advice. You don’t never want to mess with women, son. They will take you down.”

 

I thought that the flow in this book was really good. The books shifts perspective between Kinsey and her investigation and the events going on in her life, and then transitioning back to 1979 and focusing on different people who were involved in the events that led up to the murder of a young girl. You eventually can put two and two together and realize what happened with some of the key players but the final revelation I thought was great.

 

I always love visiting Santa Teresa and now in the 25th book this feels like such a real place to me with this town and this place that Kinsey calls home that I just would love to read about it for 25 more books.

 

I do have to say though I kind of wonder what is the end plan for Kinsey. At this point she has a ridiculous amount of money so she's just working and still living with Henry because she chooses to. She can move on anytime.  She's now 39 years old so one wonders if she wishing for something new. The epilogue of the book ends in 1990, and now I wonder what's going to happen to Kinsey in this new era. The 1990s was what, the beginning of the AIDS crisis in America, more women in the workplace fighting for equality, we had a lot of scandals going on in America and worldwide, and we are going to start to see the rise of the computer age.

 

So I wonder if whenever we do get to the final volume with Z, where is that going to leave Kinsey. I hope it ends on a good note, I feel kind of scared like many readers did when JK Rowling was finishing with the Harry Potter series and people were begging her to please not kill Harry. So I'm just going to put that out there, please Sue's Grafton don't kill off Kinsey, I want her to have a happy ending.

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review 2017-08-22 23:56
Crystal Storm
Crystal Storm: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes

I figured I would leave one long review about the entire series since I've read all of the books that have currently been published as a whole so here we go.

First of all, I love this series, like despite everything that I'm going to complain about, I love this series to the point where I went in search of fanfiction for it. Like it makes me want to scream and cry and throw stuff in frustration, mostly because of Magnus and Cleo. That being said, I still have a couple of issues with it.

 

Concept of Time and Theon Ranus
I've come to realize that my biggest problem with this series is the concept of time. You know when you read a novel and it's like oh it's December, it's September, it's Monday or Friday etc. Okay well that doesn't exist here. Like I get that in Mytica they wouldn't have the same month names and stuff but like I need some form of indication that time is actually passing because everything felt like it was happening in a matter of weeks instead of months. And it's this reason that I've come to realize is why I was so irritated with the whole Cleo/Theon love line throughout the book.

I never got the sense that Theon and Cleo actually knew each other for a very long time so to me it seemed like insta love even if they did know each other over the course of a few months. And on top of that, Cleo kept going on and on about him and dangling him over Magnus's head like four books after Theon died, like hun, get over it. And it just frustrated me to no end, because Magnus literally did so many kind things for Cleo and again and again all she did was throw in his face that he killed Theon and like stomp all over his heart. But like props to Magnus for sticking by his guns.

Cleon and Magnus
Look I love Cleo and Magnus, I really do, I could spend hours reading fanfiction about the two of them being together, and I would if there was any for me to read. That being said, it drives me crazy when these two fight because the arguments that they have with each other stopped being valid like by book three or four because by that point you could tell that they were in love with each other. They literally get into fights over the dumbest shit like get over it and move on. Half the time I'm convinced that the two of them are literally just trying to start shit with each other just for the sake of it like there's literally no reason to fight at all.

And Cleo spends half her time being like "Thank you for reminding me of who you truly are Magnus" like bitch what? He saved your life like three times literally what the fuck are you talking about? Like sure he was a dick at the beginning of the book but he's literally kind to her and compliments her and basically gives her whatever she wants like all the time like Cleo what are you talking about? I mean sure he killed Theon but Theon had the personality of like a cardboard box and it wasn't even that deep to begin with like who cares?

Literally every time Cleo tried to start shit with Magnus and vice versa this was the only reaction I could come up with

Like why can't y'all just love each other like regular people. And then Cleo had to be all dramatic when that thing happened to Nic in this book and blamed it on Magnus. Like, Magnus didn't kill Nic, he was just holding him responsible for something that Nic did, he was being perfectly reasonable, I mean yeah, he threatened Nic but like Cleo knows perfectly well that Magnus wouldn't have laid a finger on her. Like she literally threw such a fit when Magnus didn't do anything wrong.

And honestly yeah, I'm bitter that Magnus and Cleo didn't bone as often as they should have, I'll fully admit that but I'm still holding out hope for Immortal Reign so fingers crossed y'all.


Jonas
Jonas is great and all but he's literally terrible at everything he does and I appreciate the fact that it's acknowledged throughout the books like honestly how is he not dead yet is a mystery but he's cool I guess.

Nic
I love Nic as well but he needs to loosen up on Magnus like Magnus tried to save Mira's life, there's literally nothing he could've done that would've saved her, let it go and hate on Gaius stop this nonsense.

Also not gonna lie, Lucia is interesting and all and her journey as she grows as a person is also interesting but like I also don't really care that much for some odd reason like I appreciate it, but it's like irrelevant to me. I'm very neutral towards her entire character.

Also the way that the book is written is in a kind of telling you instead of showing you kind of way which I know is a problem with like a lot of people and like I wasn't crazy about it but it didn't bother me or hinder my enjoyment of the book, it was just kind of glaring me in the face as I read through the books is all. Like I just couldn't help but notice it.

I can appreciate how cut-throat Amara and Gaius are though, like they drive me crazy but I can appreciate their schemes to take over the world using the Kindred.

Sometimes I felt like the books were going in circles or stalling for some reason, because quite a few of the scenes felt repetitive and like they just didn't need to be there, like some of the stuff definitely could've been cut out and either replaced with different scenes or allow for other scenes and like plot points to be expanded on even more.

I loved Felix which is no surprise because he has a very Sirius Black type of vibe to him if you know what I mean. Like I always look forward to his scenes because I just know that he's gone say something funny shit and I'm just so ready for it. He didn't deserve to be used by Amara like that.

I loved Magnus so much, I don't know why but I was just digging the whole tortured soul thing throughout this book and I usually don't but like it was hitting me in the feels this time around. And especially when he bares his heart to Cleo I'm honestly like a sobbing mess in the corner of the room it really isn't pretty. He's just so soft and mushy and smol on the inside and I just want to protect him from harm. And then I cry even harder when Cleo returns the feelings and it's like the sun is suddenly shining out of his ass and Magnus is like I can't believe this is real and I'm just here screaming

Magnus better not fucking die in the last book, I swear to God, I don't know how I'm gonna deal with his death if he does die like it'll be too much for me, save my son y'all. Please, save my son from death, he doesn't deserve this suffering.

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text 2017-08-22 23:07
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Y is for Yesterday (A Kinsey Millhone Novel) - Sue Grafton

Fuck yes. This book is perfection from beginning to end. OMG so good. I maybe cheered twice. Going to reread my fav parts. This is what I'm talking about. Grafton pivots back to just pure Kinsey and it's awesome. Let's forget about "X".

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