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review 2016-10-21 18:50
My Review of On Loan: A Reading Under Wraps Short Story
On Loan: A Reading Under Wraps Short Story - Marie Michelle Coleman

On Loan: A Reading Under Wraps Short Story by Marie Michelle Coleman is a short story about a librarian, Mira Shepard, who finds an untitled book on her desk. Along with her friend Maddie, they embark on a hunt to find out what this mysterious book holds. Along the way, they have countless mishaps. On Loan, for me, was not mysterious enough for the book in question to be so mysterious. It just didn't intrigue me as much as I had hoped. The writing was fairly good, but the characters lacked substance. I won this book in a blog giveaway, and all opinions are my own.

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text 2016-02-10 17:35
Skinny Dip - Carl Hiaasen

5 star

 

Found on hospital bookshelf and couldn't remember if I read it. Turns out I had, but I read it again and it was a great romp. Glad I borrowed it.

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text 2015-12-17 07:01
Blog Tour # 1 - LIFE ON LOAN
 
 
Title: Life On Loan
Author: Adrianne James
Genre: New Adult
Published: February 14, 2013
Publisher: Booktrope 
 
 
When seventeen year old Paige Daniels can no longer ignore the pangs of hunger, a dumpster is often her only source of nourishment. Paige has never had the opportunity to be a typical teenager. From the time she was thirteen, life has been lived on the streets. She steals what she needs to survive, but never without a silent apology and a promise to pay for whatever she took when she has the chance. Paige finds herself with a new partner, twenty year old Noah, and her life changes in more ways than she ever thought possible. After waking up to the first snow fall of the year, Paige and Noah attempt to steal a blanket but end up taking more than they ever had before. Will Paige and Noah just give up what they have come to know? Or will they do anything to keep the life they have begun to live? 
 
Author Bio: Growing up, Adrianne couldn’t get her hands on enough books to satisfy her need for the make believe. If she finished a novel and didn’t have a new one ready and waiting for her, she began to create her own tales of magic and wonder. Now, as an adult, books still make up majority of her free time, and now her tales get written down to be shared with the world. During the day, Adrianne uses her camera to capture life’s stories for clients of all ages and at night, after her two children are tucked in bed; she devotes herself to her written work. Adrianne is living the life she always wanted, surrounded by art and beauty, the written word and a loving family. As a New Adult Paranormal (and sometimes contemporary) author, Adrianne James writes strong women, powerful magic, and love that lasts a lifetime.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“I laughed, cried, worried and went on this emotional roller coaster with Paige. It was fantastic!”~⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Goodreads Reviewer
“Wow! I can't say enough about this fantastic novel that broke my heart more times than I can count. This is the first story I have read by Author Adrianne James and I was fascinated from page one.”⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Have You Heard Book Blog
“Paige's story is not for the faint of heart and her story can be difficult to read at times. But that is exactly what makes it so worth the read.”⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Author JC Emery
 
 
Growing up, Adrianne couldn’t get her hands on enough books to satisfy her need for the make believe. If she finished a novel and didn’t have a new one ready and waiting for her, she began to create her own tales of magic and wonder. Now, as an adult, books still make up majority of her free time, and now her tales get written down to be shared with the world.During the day, Adrianne uses her camera to capture life’s stories for clients of all ages and at night, after her two children are tucked in bed; she devotes herself to her written work. Adrianne is living the life she always wanted, surrounded by art and beauty, the written word and a loving family.As a New Adult Paranormal (and sometimes contemporary) author, Adrianne James writes strong women, powerful magic, and love that lasts a lifetime.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2015-09-28 17:53
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex - Nathaniel Philbrick

5 stars.

 

I understand there's a movie coming out about this book, the timing of my reading it is completely coincidental. I actually pulled it off my shelf to read it Sept 1, but didn't start in earnest until the 22nd. I hope the movie is as conscientious about historical accuracy as the book tries to be and isn't a Hollywood horror movie.

 

The book is extremely readable for non-fiction based almost exclusively on 19th century documents. He has done amazing amounts of research and the notes in the end were almost more interesting to me than the content of the book itself. There is also an extensive Bibliography and an Index.

 

This is the form of historical non-fiction I would aspire to write

 

 

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review 2015-09-28 17:24
Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel - Dean Koontz

#5 in a series. I (gasp) skipped number 4. I had this and couldn't wait any longer. Odd was calling to me...

 

4.5 stars rounded down.

 

Not my favorite of the series, but ultimately satisfying. Koontz threw in a little Steampunk (and Scifi), which was fun for me.

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