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review 2018-01-16 02:19
Paris for One and Other Stories ★☆☆☆☆
Paris for One and Other Stories - Jojo Moyes

Et tu, Jojo?


I've found books by Moyes to be light escapist romance-ish fiction, always good for lifting my spirits. So imagine my sense of betrayal to find that she's jumped on the First Person Present Tense bandwagon. 


Just say "no", Jojo. Please. 

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review 2018-01-14 05:43
Coyote's Creed (Broken Mirrors #1) by Vaughn R. Demont
Coyote's Creed - Vaughn R. Demont

3.5-ish stars.


Non-romance. There are some smooches, sex, even attempts at "i love you", but - no, not a romance. 
Elements of horror.

One full star off for Present Tense. I find it generally awkward and unnatural, bordering creepy, unless it's tied to the story/characters, like The Silvers, where one of the MCs lives "in the present" and processes everything accordingly.

0.3 stars off for the urn shuffle. The whole business is rather fishy and springs an unhealthy amount of unanswered questions.


0.2 stars off for non-american feel. I kept thinking I am in Europe somewhere, no matter how much the author wanted me to believe otherwise.

Anyway, a very entertaining read. Rounding down to 3 (considering the rough beginning) and moving onto book 2.

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review 2018-01-14 05:11
Dive in Silence by Noah Harris
Dive in Silence - Noah Harris

A quick note: The writing is immature and the editing is simply not there. The plot is nothing new except for one bizarre twist in the middle, and that twist is so shocking that while you feel horrified and repulsed you can't stop reading. I personally was mesmerized @.@ (still is - lol).


This book is drenched in double-entendres, and the first thing that comes to mind is sex related, since our main character is Josh-the-Jock (NSFW-ish-ish, 18+):


- Two boys in the shower, Josh is checking Andrew's penis, while Andrew grabs "golden shower handle".

- "It’s the last swim session before the (frat) party. The last hard Saturday morning set that makes everyone stiff till Monday." Italics are mine. 


Several passages left me, not a shy person and not a prude, with my jaw hanging. The level of creativity in some descriptions stunned me. I can safely say I've never read anything like this before.The book is greatly entertaining and certainly memorable. I am adding a star for that.


Now, a few silly parts:


- Not sure what a werewolf was doing in the swimming pool. Turtle would have made much more sense, but you can't have a wild mind-blowing sex with a turtle. I get that. At least Josh wasn't a werecat, I mean can you imagine? lol


- Cream - CREAM - carpet in a fraternity house with 20+ boys. Kid you not! I had to read that paragraph twice.



- Sex with no lube and no preparation. Poor Andrew, OUCH!


- Twenty year old students are drinking beer - not shocking. What shocking is that the frat house is well stocked on wine, beer and food. Like real food, not pizza or ramen noodles. There is a wine and food cellar. How well off are these boy-students? Where is this University? O.o I want to know which country this is!




Bottom line: if you are into weird and bizarre things (like PL Nunn weird and bizarre), if you can put up with bad editing and if you are willing to laugh with the characters instead of at them, you might find this story not so horrible. Although even good humor might not save you from the shock of a mind blowing werewolf sex-scene ;)

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photo 2017-12-28 10:32
Christmas present

This is what I got for Christmas this year! For the first time in ages I've been able to focus enough to read a few books. It's wonderful. :) Reviews will follow.

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review 2017-11-21 17:34
The 13th Gift ★☆☆☆☆
The 13th Gift: A True Story About a Christmas Miracle - Joanne Smith


Ugh. Within about 5 minutes of listening to this audio, I could only wail Nooooooooooooooooooooo. I didn’t expect much from this one, so the bar was set pretty low. I expected a bit of light Christmas glurge, a memoir about a family dealing with the loss of a loved one, who found their Christmas spirit when their friends/neighbors/whatever got together to leave anonymous gifts to remind them of The Meaning of Christmas. Sounds like the perfect story to get you into the season, if you go into it without a cynical heart. I was even willing to overlook the amateur quality of the audio narration, because it’s a memoir read by the author. But I simply could not overlook its pushing my biggest button with respect to writing style, the dreaded First-Person-Present-Tense, further committing the egregious sin of mixing past tense inner monologue directly in with the present tense narration of story events. No. Nope. No way.


DNF at 5%. Ordinarily I wouldn’t rate a book after less than 20 minutes of audio time, but FPPT always gets a 1 star from me unless the writing and story are so fantastic that I don’t even notice it enough to be annoyed by it.  


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library, read by the author.


I was attempting to read this for The 16 Tasks of The Festive Season, square 4: Book themes for     Thanksgiving Day:  Books with a theme of coming together to help a community or family in need.  –OR– Books with a turkey or pumpkin on the cover. I don’t have any other books lined up for this task, so I might have to use my other Light Joker for it.

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