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review 2018-06-03 22:53
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors - Drew Daywalt,Adam Rex

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I normally don't do half stars, but I really am between 2 and 3 stars on this one. 

Overall, this is an interesting read about the fictional origins of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Those origins are basically epic battles between household items. Why are the household items fighting all the time? We will never know. But it's a silly and fun read. 

The book is written with a knight-like mentality, i.e. "I must be the best warrior, but I also want a challenge.", so pretty much fighting for the sake of fighting. Good message for kids? Probably not. But it is entertaining enough if you don't take it too seriously (which you are obviously not meant to do). 

The pictures are interesting, although some of the battle scenes were a little cringe-y. The smooshed apricot and pile of decapitated dinosaur nuggets were a bit much. 

This is a weird, but interesting book. Kind of creepy, kind of fun. I like the idea behind it.

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review 2018-05-19 14:44
4.3 Out Of 5 "musing and mending" STARS
Atheists Who Kneel and Pray - Tarryn Fisher

 

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Atheists Who Kneel and Pray

Tarryn Fisher

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Yara Phillips is a wandering muse. 

 

She dates men who need her but always moves on to something new, never staying in one place for very long. 

 

David Lisey is in need of a muse. 

 

A talented musician lacking lyrical inspiration. When he first sees her, he knows he's found what he's been looking for. 

 

Yara believes she can give David exactly what he needs to reach his full potential: 

A broken heart. 

 

David’s religion is love. 

 

Yara’s religion is heartache. 

 

Neither is willing to surrender, but religion always requires sacrifice.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I really like Tarryn Fisher, l like how she makes her stories unlike any others out there.  Atheists Who Kneel and Pray is a story about a musician and his muse…a story about breaking hearts and finding a way to mend them…an unflinching look into jealousy and commitment issues…and, how just one life-changing event can shape us into who we are…until we break free.  Yara has issues, and I found her difficult to like as a character, yet she ultimately found her way under my skin and I needed to see her broken heart mended...

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's cool…it fits the story.

Setting~ Seattle, London and Paris

Source~ Own Kindle eBook

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review 2018-05-09 20:12
Beyond the Sea by Keira Andrews 4 Star Review!
Beyond the Sea - Keira Andrews

Even if it means quitting their boy band mid-tour, Troy Tanner isn’t going to watch his little brother snort his future away after addiction destroyed their father. On a private jet taking him home from Australia, he and pilot Brian Sinclair soar above the vast South Pacific. Brian lost his passion for flying—and joy in life—after a traumatic crash, but now he and Troy must fight to survive when a cyclone strikes without warning.

Marooned a thousand miles from civilization, the turquoise water and white sand beach look like paradise. But although they can fish and make fire, the smallest infection or bacteria could be deadly. When the days turn into weeks with no sign of rescue, Troy and Brian grow closer, and friendship deepens into desire.

As they learn sexuality is about more than straight or gay and discover their true selves, the world they've built together is thrown into chaos. If Troy and Brian make it off the island, can their love endure?

 

Review

 

I love an island survival story. I grew up reading everyone you can think of and my addiction to Blue Lagoon was off the hook so it figures I love the grown up versions (not that Blue Lagoon wasn't but I was a kid) too.

I almost didn't pick this one up because I am not a fan of two straight guys falling in love but Will from The Big Gay Fiction Podcast loved this book and I have never read a bad Kiera Andrews book so I bought it. 

It was so good. Its a slow burn as it should be and love is strong and grand. Both heroes are complex and making their lives work as a couple both on the island (extrovert/introvert problems) and off the island (fame and oh hello discovered bisexuality is realistically done. 

It is a great story and romance. Woo hoo!

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review 2018-05-04 14:17
1.5 Out Of 5 "eye-rolling" STARS
Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin - Mariana Zapata

 

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Rhythm, Chord and Malykhin

Mariana Zapata

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Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys and a pain in the butt depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn’t one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band’s merch girl, she isn’t exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy. 

 

With no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents’ house in Dallas… it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime. Two bands, three continents, one tour. Spending the next ninety-plus days with three beloved idiots and eight complete strangers shouldn’t be a big deal, right? 

 

If only the singer of the headlining band didn’t have tattoos... a great personality… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny…. 

 

Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.

 

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Let's be real:  My review in bullet points…

 

  • The heroine's inner dialogue was annoying AF. 
  • So, inevitably I could not stand her. 
  • This story is about being on tour with rock stars and they're the most prudish rock stars I've ever read about.
  • That and they act like 5-year-olds most of the time. (There's a lot of references to farting and such.)
  • Apparently, this is supposed to be funny, but I found the humor to be eye-rollingly dumb.
  • The Hero was the least annoying of all the characters, but he was so bland.
  • I read a review that stated that this should not be your first book by this Author, I guess I should've heeded that.  So, if anyone out there can tell me that Kulti (because I already own it on audio) is better than this…please do so.

 

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~MY RATING~

1.5STARS - GRADE=D

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Plot~ 1.5/5

Main Characters~ 1.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 2/5

The Feels~ 1/5

Pacing~ 2/5

Addictiveness~ 1/5

Theme or Tone~ 2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Originality~ 1/5

Ending~ 2/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It goes with the story well

Narration~ Carly Robins

Setting~ On Tour

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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text 2018-04-30 16:10
April Re-cap
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook - Christina Henry,Samuel Roukin
Asking for it - Louise T. O'Neill
Crushed - Eliza Crewe
Sorta Like a Rock Star - Matthew Quick
Unraveled (Perfected) - Kate Jarvik Birch
Retribution Rails - Erin Bowman
Obsidio - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman
End of Days - Susan Ee
Jar of Hearts - Jennifer Hillier
Pines - Blake Crouch

 

 

I usually can finish about nine to ten books a month, but this month I've read/listened to fourteen. It's amazing how many books I can get through when I'm not working.  I'm currently on medical leave due to the foot surgery that I had on March 20th.  I should be off until the middle of June...so hopefully, I'll have at least a couple more good reading months.

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Lost Boy: The True Story of Captian Hook by Christina Henry

Finish Date:  04/02

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Asking For It by Louise O'Neill

Finish Date:  04/04

4.3STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Kindle eBook) Crushed by Eliza Crewe

Finish Date:  04/04

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Sorta Like A Rock Star by Matthew Quick

Finish Date:  04/07

3.7STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Netgalley eARC) Unraveled by Kate Jarvik Birch

Finish Date:  04/08

3.8STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

Finish Date:  04/11

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Hardcover/Kindle eBook) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Finish Date:  04/14

5+STARS - GRADE=A++

 

(Re-read Audiobook) End Of Days by Susan Ee

Finish Date:  04/17

4.8STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Netgalley eARC) Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Finish Date:  04/17

2STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Audiobook) Pines by Blake Crouch

Finish Date:  04/20

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Lost Girls by Heather Young

Finish Date:  04/24

3.2STARS - GRADE=C+

 

(Audiobook) Running Barefoot by Amy Harmon

Finish Date:  04/26

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

Finish Date:  04/28

☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(eBook) Odd & Tru by Cat Winters

Finish Date:  04/29

☆3.8☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

14 Books Total, 9 of those are Audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Netgalley eARC's & 1 combo hardcover/eBook.

For a total of 4,907 Pages (including Audio).

 

 

 

 

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