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review 2016-11-04 20:20
Prohibition and Ghosts
Bitter Spirits (Roaring Twenties) - Jenn Bennett

3.5 stars

This was a really cool, fresh, and different romance story. Set in 1920s during Prohibition our hero is a bootlegger and our heroine is a medium who can call forth ghosts, talk to them, and send them back to the veil. The details with world building and making me feel the time period and atmosphere were so good, it was the star of the show for me. (I may have a slight crush on Winter's wardrobe; suspenders, undershirts, and vests) It's set in San Francisco with Chinatown getting a lot of mentions because of the warring Tongs (different groups of Chinese criminals running the alcohol or other criminal activities) and how that connects to Winter's storyline of someone siccing ghosts on him to disrupt his bootlegging. The spiritualism/mysticism with spells and descriptions of ghosts was so cool and entertaining.

The first half felt more like insta-lust between Winter and Aida for me; a lot of lusting about freckles and height. They had a fun a back and forth, I give a lot of credit here to the author for the way she wrote Aida. Aida was a strong independent woman but her past involving her family had clearly made her emotional vulnerable and the author did a great job showcasing both sides. The first half was more three stars for me while the second half was fours stars with an immensely improved Winter and Aida's emotional connection; was able to see and believe in their connection.
The part where

Winter tracks down Aida's brother's belongings and takes down her evil uncle-in-law almost had me in tears.

(spoiler show)

How Winter acted on knowing how important this was to Aida is what makes heroes.

I'm so on board with this series and will definitely be reading the next. If you're looking for a fun, cool, slightly spooky, and hot couple historical set in the 1920s you definitely want to pick this one up!

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text 2016-11-02 05:20
Reading Update: 30%
Bitter Spirits (Roaring Twenties) - Jenn Bennett

He stuffed his hands into his pockets as he lowered his head and spoke to her conspiratorially in a teasing voice. “Let’s just pretend that you needed my help. It will make me feel useful.”

A thrill flowed through her like an electrical current. “Would you have actually hurt him?”

“In a heartbeat.”

"How foolish of me to find that exciting.” His mouth parted and he grinned, big and genuine. She couldn’t stop herself from grinning in return.


This is so different and fresh (ghost and bootleggers), very into this story. 

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review 2016-06-11 12:57
Paris, Ein Fest Fürs Leben - Ernest Hemingway,Werner Schmitz

Actually pretty cool, considering it's ole Hemingway. I especially enjoyed the chapters about the Fitzgerald's, although Hem tears Zelda to pieces and presents the Fitzgerald's marriage very one-sided. Of course he'd do it, being Scott's friend and all.


There were funny episodes and thoughtful ones and overall sharp observations on Parisian life through the seasons. So even if you've had problems with Hemingway before (like me!), I recommend you try this.

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review 2016-05-15 23:08
Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties - Renee Rosen

Once again, I let a pretty cover sucker me in.


This book just didn't work for me on any level. It somewhat reminded me of a chocolate Easter bunny: it looks delicious and filling on the outside, but once you bite into it, you find out it's hollow.


The characterization was flat and relied on cliches and tropes, and the writing went from flat to melodramatic and back again. It never really felt like I was reading a book set in 1920's Prohibition Era Chicago, despite the presence of flappers, gangsters, and bootleggers.


I found the main character to be extremely insufferable. I couldn't bring myself to care about what happened to her or any of the other characters, because I could not connect to any of the characters. The main character made bad choice after bad choice and never really seemed to learn much from her mistakes.


I could go on, but I'm not going to.

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text 2016-05-15 20:39
Reading progress update: I've read 311 out of 396 pages.
Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties - Renee Rosen

She's torn between two lovers, and I'm feeling like a fool for continuing to read this.

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