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review 2017-06-04 19:13
Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce
Pull Me Under: A Novel - Kelly Luce

I heard about this book from Book of the Month. The premise sounded so intriguing to me. I love any book that has to do with Japan and Japanese culture so when I saw that this book dealt with what it's like being half-Japanese and what happens when a murder takes place within the country, I was intrigued. Unfortunately, the execution was poorly done.

 

I thought Kelly Luce had a beautiful writing style. I did like that her depictions of the area in Japan sounded beautiful. However, that's where my admiration ends. I has a problem with how she described Japanese people. Yes, I know that Japan is not some holy land with kind people all around. But Luce made it sound like the majority of people in Japan treated foreigners as less than human with maybe three people being the exception. Where as America treated Asians a lot more kindly. Which, if you know anything about history, you know that isn't the case. I just didn't like how Luce painted this picture of how America was somehow better than Japan. It left a disgusting taste in my mouth. No country is better than another. We have different ways of life and that's it. 

 

Another problem I had with the book was the main character. The story was promising enough when it focused on Chizuru Akitani, but when she moved to the States and changed her name to Rio Silvestri, the story took a dip. I found "Chizuru" and her struggles a lot more interesting than "Rio." Rio was a self-absorbed, dimwitted, exercised-obsessed woman. She forced what she wanted onto people and made so many stupid mistakes that a forty-year-old woman should know better about. Plus, I felt like a lot of the problems she faced in Japan as an adult happened because she wanted it to happen... then she has the nerve to complain about it the entire time. 

 

If the book had focused more on Chizuru and her past, I think I would have enjoyed this book more. If Luce didn't let her biases into the story about Japan being a certain way, I definitely would have enjoyed the book more. If the main character wasn't so self-absorbed and didn't make such stupid decisions, this book would have been amazing. But no. This book was one of the biggest disappointments I've read this year because I was so excited to read it. I really thought I was going to love this book.

 

If you're still curious about it, go ahead and give it a read. You may like it more than I did. There's sexual assault, bullying, murder, suicide, and child negligence so keep that in mind with picking up this book. Hopefully, you end enjoying it.

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review 2017-05-10 19:32
Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova
Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull Up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Let's Talk Tarot - Melissa Cynova

I am fascinated with Tarot and have been for years.  I own several tarot decks and have reads tons of books. Some of the books I have read have been more like a text book, others were written so hard no one could actually understand them. This book on the other hand was very simple to read and understand.  I love the easy to follow directions. I love how this book is also to the point while adding some life experience and even a little humor.  I love that this book was written by a person who has actually used tarot cards and has come up with the simple to follow ways of the book. A lot of books just seem to be written by someone who has never picked up a card much less used them.  

 

This is one of those books you want to keep around as well. A refresher is always a good thing when working with tarot cards since most of us do not use them on a daily basis. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2016-12-12 00:00
Push and Pull
Push and Pull - Emily Cyr Push and Pull - Emily Cyr Wow what a book. The book involves, drugs, vampires and a humans with super powers called Pushers.
Addison is a drug addicted pusher. Her super power is super speed. She is in deep with her dealer at the beginning of the book. A vampire named Canon in a way buys her from her dealer in exchange for not only cleaning herself up but she also owes him 3 favors. He will not tell her what the favors are or when he will collect. So basically she is at his beck and call until he is ready to cash in.
Addison does clean herself up and gets straight. Seven years later still owing Cannon she gets a call, not on the phone but mentally. She rushes to him to be told he was collecting on one of the favors.
He turns her over to his brother Lachlan, who is also a vampire and also in debt to Cannon. The favor is to help clear the streets or a deadly drug to other Pushers. This is when the book takes flight.
I really enjoyed this book. Hated the ending only because I do not have the 2nd book laying here ready to pick up. The last couple of sentences in the book is basically the beginning of book 2.
I really enjoyed the way Emily Cry trapped me into the story. The characters were all well defined. There was not an over abundance of description. There was just enough to let your minds eye have a picnic on what was going on around the characters. There is also just a touch of romance, and 1 sex scene.
I cannot wait for book 2.
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review 2016-10-30 02:23
Great start to a new series
Pull Me Close: The Panic Series - Sidney Halston

It was hard to see how this story could have a happy ending. Katherine's PTSD was so extreme, and I know this does not go away fast, if at all. Because of the time that passed through this story, I grew to love the grumpy but loving Nico who did what he could to help Katherine. I had to keep turning pages to see how they made it to the other side of this disorder. As the story progressed, I enjoyed it more. I recommend this story highly.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

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