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review 2018-01-23 14:32
Wrapped Up In You
Wrapped Up In You - Ella Frank,Brooke Blaine
A Valentine’s Day Lovely! This is sweet and utterly romantic and while short was a perfect Valentine’s Day story. 

While I loved these characters and their magical day, I personally had a hard time connecting with them and wish I had gotten a few more flashbacks of their early relationship moments. It is hard for me to connect to an established couple, especially in such few pages. Too bad for me. :-(

In addition to the story, you are also given the first chapters of both Brooke and Ella’s upcoming books…and I have to say, while I am eager to read Robbie’s book, the snippet we get of Ollie and Reid totally did it for me. I am so eager to read more of these men, who immediately grabbed hold of me.

Cannot wait for February and March to arrive!

*An ARC was received from the Author in exchange for an honest review.*
 
 

 

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review 2018-01-22 17:29
Rebel
Rebel - Rhys Ford

*This might be slightly spoilery so proceed at your own risk.*

 

 

This was certainly the case with this book.  There was a lot that just didn't work for me on this but at the same time, there were some positives...mainly the Brothers.

 

While this, I guess, is a romance, I would probably equate this more about the brothers than about the relationship.  And saying that, makes a lot of my issues easier to deal with.

 

Because, for me the issues were in how Rey was handled.  He wasn't.  This is a character who at a young age woke up to his house burning because his father attempted to kill he and his mother. After being saved, there is no explaination on how this character dealt with this and ultimately became a fire firefighter.  Would there not have been any PTSD?  Maybe not, and yet nothing is explained.  

 

We were given Rey's POV but it was no where close to 50% of the book...my guess would be maybe 25%.  This made the balance off for me, as I never really felt a connection to him or this relationship, again reiterating that this is a series about the brothers and not the couples.

 

While I loved Jules, the situation that occured after Rey and Gus broke up seemed not to bother Rey at all.  And at some point it seemed that in the 3 years following this, neither man slept with anyone else?  Maybe I read this wrong, but this seemed off to me.  Rey's 180 degree switch in how he viewed Gus also seemed rather abrupt.

 

I have no concept of a time line, the age of all parties and when certain situations happened in relation to others.  These boys came to live with each other at varying points but how this relates to certain moments in their lives was difficult to follow.  I am hoping maybe more of this is explained as the series progresses.

 

The writing overall did not gel with me at all.  I found myself having to reread paragraphs and lines multiple times to understand what was being said.  After a while, this became quite annoying, and not how I understand this author's other books to be.

 

All that said, the brothers are intriguing and I find each of them very unique and worthy of their own book, which I will most definitely read.  

 

 

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review 2018-01-21 21:39
The X-Files: Cold Cases
The X-Files: Cold Cases - Dean Haglund,Tom Braidwood,Willliam B. Davis,Dirk Maggs - adaptation,David Duchovny,Audible Studios,Mitch Pileggi,Joe Harris,Chris Carter,Bruce Harwood,Gillian Anderson

This series of full-cast radio plays was entertaining in a campy way but otherwise pretty mediocre. It was fun to revisit the X-Files world but the story lines were just...out there. Like, really, really out there, even for a radio play. I wouldn't really recommend it but it was fun anyway.

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review 2018-01-21 15:12
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Reading this book felt a little bit like eavesdropping on a personal conversation but it was still interesting and would probably be more relevant to actual parents and those who interact with children, both girls and boys (hey, part of the problem is that we treat boys differently so we should be conscious of how we're treating both).

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review 2018-01-21 00:13
The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley (reread)
The Stars Are Legion - Kameron Hurley

Still a pretty awesome book, although not quite as great the second time around. I think I was just in the perfect head space to read it initially. The reread did help in picking up explanations about the world that weren't as obvious the first time around. And I felt like things picked up once we encountered Casamir, the tinker/engineer who thinks Zan is mad because she believes there's an outside.

 

Original review here.

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