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text 2018-04-23 02:35
Erotica authors Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick writing New adult
Paper Princess - Erin Watt,Elle Kennedy,Jen Frederick

I hate when this happens. When everyone loves a book that I don't. I hate being minority. I signed up to goodreads to fangirl over books with other people, to like the five star reviews and ignore the haters.


I love when all my friends read the same book and love it as much as I did.

I hate to rate this book. A lot of my goodreads friends have LOVED IT! And I can see why. For the most part of the book I loved it, too. Then the twist happens and everyone still loves the book, but I don't. I'm left outside. So, yeah it sucks to be minority.


I hate giving bad ratings. I'd rather not finish a book than give a bad rating. However if in other occassions I prefer not to post a review or even a rating because
a) I don't want to waste more time than the book deserves

b)I can't pinpoint what I didn't like,

In this case I think I have to warn other readers who might have the same problem than I have. If you are warned, you might enjoy the book more than I did. In addition, I can tell when the book was ruined FOR ME. If you are warned of what you will find you might even give a 5 star rating, that I think the authors deserve because for the most part their book is not bad.

I think everyone will love this book way more than I do. People should give it a try. The authors have a way with words and for the majority of the book I THOUGHT THIS WAS FANTASTICLY compelling and AWESOME, I never considered not finishing it because the emotions, the characters, the journey were so good that I just couldn't put the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who isn't a freak like me: A freak who has a high sensibility on other woman drama.


Why? Oh Why? Can't authors think of another way to create drama? Everything was going so well, then that twist. IIt ruins the sequels for me. I asked a refund from amazon and I'm not continuing with the series. Again that's me. I'm extremely sensitive to cheating, Other woman drama and rape culture
I wish there had been a warning for that twist. I hate hate hate hate when the authors  make their heros look at other woman naked after H and h get together.

This is also a NA book marketed as YA. I'm okay with sex scenes, actually I get bored if a NA book doesn't have at least a bit of sexual tension and I prefer self-published authors because they cross the YA/NA boundaries more often than traditional published books. I just think the ethical thing to do is to warn the readers that there's sex in the book so people who like sex will buy it, and people who prefer "clean" reads stay away. Readers under 18 should stay clear from this book as it contains drugs, dubious consent and date rape attempt scenes.

This book reminded me of Tijan's fallen crest series, except the twist I mentioned. I think that I wouldn't have hated the ending as much as I did if I haven't been so involved with Ella and Reed. If you don't mind disloyal heroes and you like Tiijan give this book a try. If you hate when NA is labeled as YA then this book might not be for you.

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review 2018-04-12 21:03
Nice Novella
The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince - Robin Hobb

I honestly had no idea what to expect with this particular novella. I liked the irony of the name Princess Caution, considering she largely threw all caution to the wind in many respects. 


The relationship between Felicity, the narrator, and her mother was interesting. I found it interesting that her mother found Felicity stupid because of how pure of heart she was and how largely innocent she was. Her mother was ridiculously ambitious, and, while it thrust Felicity into a most interesting position later on in the book, it seemed like she largely resented her mother after a few really negative events. 


The description was quite good throughout the book, and the characters were quite likeable. I really found myself upset when characters were hurt or discriminated against. I would have liked to have seen a bit more dynamism with some of the characters, but this was a really short book, so that would have required the book to have been longer.

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review 2018-04-03 21:41
She Loved Him. He Knew.
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher

[Grrrrrr.  Another edition I "had to" create--yes, knowing full well I could just shelve one that wasn't "my" edition, but OCD.]


Note that the two stars I am assigning to this book are a "Goodreads" ** and not an Amazon **.  It's more like an Amazon ***.  This book is fair...  There are parts of it that are quite good, but there are parts that are more like filler and some that make me either cringe or feel impatient.


And yes, I miss Carrie Fisher.  Just hearing her voice doing the narration--it was like, "Awww.  Carrie Fisher."  She died such a short time after this book was released, it is eerie hearing her mention her obituary, her legacy, and other related ideas.


The impetus for writing the book was the discovery of journals Fisher wrote during the filming of the original Star Wars film back in 1976, when the actress cast to play Princess Leia was only 19 years old and had been in just one film (Shampoo, with Warren Beatty).   The focus of the journals was not so much the experience of filming the soon-to-be iconic film, so much as it was a three-month affair with the much older, married Harrison Ford.


Fisher shares that she went into the filming with the intention of having an affair, though she never wanted to have one with a married man.  After all, her father Eddie Fisher had notoriously left her mother Debbie Reynolds to pursue his affair with Elizabeth Taylor.  Fisher had seen what it had been like for her mother to be the "left" spouse, and as one of two "left" children, she'd internalized the feeling that she was somehow responsible for her father leaving, because of her not being "enough."


The Carrie Fisher of 2016 prefaces the actual "diary" part with a brief overview of her pre-Star Wars life, leading up to the audition, the news she had been cast, and the time spent filming in London.  She shares the story of a surprise birthday party for George Lucas, where crew members pressured her to drink alcoholic beverages that she didn't actually want, before an odd attempted kidnapping that Harrison Ford intervened in.  The intervention leads to a ride home, which leads to a "sleepover," as Fisher calls it.  No, she provides no lurid details.  Just a fling that comes off rather sad, since Ford is apparently emotionally unavailable and ostensibly misjudges how "experienced" Fisher is at this point in her life (one real boyfriend).


This article sums things up pretty well:  "Carrie Fisher's last Harrison Ford story isn't romantic, it's tragic."


Fisher has another, younger narrator deliver the reading of the diary entries.   They read like what they are:  the journal of a nineteen-year-old.  They alternate between angsty poetry and oblique journals referring to her lover's reticence and possible contempt.  I had to cringe--but not with judgement.  I expect I sounded fairly similar when I was 19.


In the chapter following the journal, Fisher notes that "My affair with Harrison was a very long one-night stand.  I was relieved when it ended.  I didn't approve of myself."


Her answer to "why now" is "it's been 40 years."  For his part, Ford has merely commented that he was surprised when Fisher let him know she was writing about their fling 40 years later.  He has not commented, otherwise.


After the post-journal chapter, the narrative shifts.  At this point, there is another 25% left (according to the Kindle edition).  The last quarter is really about the experience of being associated with the Star Wars franchise, and especially its fans.  Fisher likens autograph signings to "celebrity lap dances," so you can see that she did not consider this a dignified way to earn money.  There are segments where she creates bizarre dialogues with [I expect] fictionalized fans, to the point where I feel she is mocking them.  And as if she heard me thinking that, she assured me:  "I need you to know that I'm not cynical about the fans.  (If you thought I was, you would quite properly not like me, which would defeat the purpose of this book and of so much else that I do.)  I'm moved by them."


Don't worry, Carrie.  I still like you.  Love you, even.  But there were other things I would rather have heard from you, instead of the space you fill not mocking your fans.  That whole section could have been about reuniting with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill for Episode VII, and I would have been all ears.  You share the odd experience of meeting people who seemingly wish you could have stayed the 19-year-old Leia forever.  But I am more than happy to remember you this way:





RIP, Carrie Fisher.

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review 2018-04-03 16:03
Book Three
The Star Princess - Susan Grant

Okay.. This one may have taken a minute for me to get into. It didn't start to really interest me until about the 30-40% mark. From there on it was a pretty awesome read. Although it has a simpleton, light quality to it, it was great watching how things unfold here. I loved the ending as well.

I may just have to tackle the other reads in the series. This is the 1st book I've read in this series. I was not lost or confused about previous characters and plots that are present here. Everything flowed really well without being overwhelming in the reveals.

I would say based on book 3, you don't need to read these in order, to enjoy the story.

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url 2018-04-01 20:20
April Amazon First Reads, Editor's Picks (formerly Kindle Firsts)
When Never Comes - Barbara Davis
It Ends With Her - Brianna Labuskes
Bandwidth - Eliot Peper
An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew - Annejet van der Zijl, ‎Michele Hutchison
The Air Raid Killer - Steve Anderson,Frank Goldammer
Monsoon Mansion - Cinelle Barnes

I like that they now say Editor's Picks because the program for years now has been just Amazon's own publishing imprints.


If unfamiliar with the program, it's a selection of ARCs available for Amazon prime members (who get to choose one free to keep a month ahead of publication date).


I am noticing that some have not been new books as have been previously self-published.


Durn if I can get any of these added to this post. (I have carefully added the editions to booklikes but it will not find it searching; even shelved to search on my shelves to no avail.) I'll try to edit and add later in case some cache lag with recently added works.


UPDATE: some now searchable in booklikes; some not but can now search on my shelves to add to post.  All added to post now.

Source: www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/firstreads
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