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review 2018-04-23 01:57
Pretty When She Dies
Pretty When She Dies - Rhiannon Frater

This had such a good beginning. This was brutal and dark. Amaliya is attacked and buried. She wakes up and digs herself out of her grave. Confused and starving, she kills. And she comes up with a plan to attempt to figure it all out.
It lost me with the cheating. Cian is engaged to Samantha. Amaliya shows up and quickly they are attracted to each other. It wouldn't have irritated me if Cian and Samantha broke up first. I'm not sure how old Samantha is, but all the petulant foot stooping got old fast and made me dislike her. Even though I didn't like her, I didn't like Cian's decision to sleep with Amaliya. I just couldn't get on board with Amaliya and Cian's relationship. No slow burn there.
Innocente, Amaliya's grandmother is the best thing about this book!

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text 2018-04-22 20:58
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente

Simply. Loved. It.


What is more, there are lots of references to Yoko Ono's musical work, in particular one track that I happen to have at home as a '45, so I took the opportunity to re-listen to some of these gems, which I have not done is quite a while. Such fun.


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review 2018-04-22 20:44
Running Blind
Running Blind - Venona Keyes,Kim Fielding

4 stars for the first half, 3 stars for the second half.


I was really enjoying this book and didn't even mind that the romance didn't kick in until near the halfway point. I liked Kyle and liked seeing how he adapted to his blindness and how he didn't let it slow him down for too long. He had moments of anger and self-pity, but they were just moments. This is very much a story of recovery. I do wish we'd been shown more of his time in rehab, but I liked what we did get.


Then Seth shows up and it was just too late in the book to really develop the romance in a satisfying way. There was no doubt that the two clicked right away, and that they both had their reasons for not wanting to jump into a relationship. But I didn't really feel like the "I love you"s were earned when they showed up. Maybe if the authors hadn't felt the need to give Seth some baggage (in the form of a previous relationship, not his aging mom, who is delightful) that took up time that could have been used to better establish Kyle and Seth as a couple, that might be different. Instead, time is spent on this side story that really could take up a whole book on its own but barely gets the attention it deserves. It felt like it was thrown in there to give the relationship some unneeded angst, or make Seth a little less perfect. Then milestones are jumped right over or referred to in passing.


What saved the second half was again Kyle's continued recovery and learning to not just live with being blind but also rediscovering his sense of adventure that he'd had when he was younger. And I like that the struggles he encounters with other, well-meaning people weren't over the top - except Derek. What a tool that guy was. Kyle had to figure out what he could still do in his job as a narrator and voice actor, and how to navigate the world and convention circuits on his own.


Oh, yeah, and the pushy, meddling sister is in full force in this book. *sigh* Can we please stop including this character in romance books? Don't get me wrong, I love how supportive Lily was for her baby bro and how much they clearly love each other. But there's a way to be supportive without being obnoxious.

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review 2018-04-22 20:33
Artemis by Andy Weir
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

This started out strong, then the main character, Jazz, started showing the reader why she was known for making poor life decisions and so it got kind of annoying for a while. At least Jazz was annoying. It did redeem itself a little in the end with the way she made up with her father but overall I'd describe the book as just okay. Not great, not terrible, but with a main character who makes bad decisions and shouldn't be trusted to pull off sabotage on the moon.


Actually, describing Jazz as a lifer in a small touristy town is probably fairly accurate. Artemis only has a couple thousand permanent residents, after all, and although it doesn't seem quite fair to describe a population of technicians and so on living on the moon to be stuck there, they kind of are. Although unlike some characters who might be desperate to leave a small town, Jazz is desperate to stay.


I did quite like Jazz's father.


Side note: I'm glad I got through this one so quickly because there are apparently 172 people waiting for it at the library (with 33 copies in circulation although ten of those are express copies).


Previous updates:

222 of 305 pages

184 of 305 pages

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text 2018-04-22 13:05
Reading progress update: I've read 65%.
Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente

Ok, this has slowed down a bit. Not sure if I needed all the background to the previous Grand Prix events. I get why they complete the picture but for me, they have been the least enjoyable parts of the books so far. 


At least, we are now at the event itself. 

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