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review 2020-05-23 04:24
Audio Review: Outmatched by: Samantha Young, Kristen Callihan, Narrated by Alex Kydd, Elizabeth Hart
Outmatched - Elizabeth Hart,Samantha Young,Kristen Callihan




Outmatched by Kristen Callihan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Parker Brown and Rhys Morgan are the stuff that romantic comedies are made off. Outmatched goes from from heartbreaker to heartwarming rather quickly in my book. Far from being perfect, Young and Callihan keep the laugh track going and emotions overflowing in a delightful sort of way. Despite a few bumps in the road, Outmatched came together to induce a heartgasm that never quite goes away.

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text 2020-05-05 14:02
Reading progress update: I've read 848 out of 848 pages.
The Priory of the Orange Tree - Samantha Shannon

I finished this a while ago, I really struggled with this book.
Full review to come
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review 2020-04-30 20:57
Wrong Turn (RoadTripping #2) by Samantha Chase
Wrong Turn (RoadTripping #2) - Samantha Chase




If wishes were rainbows and heartache was sunshine, the world we be a much better place. However, we live in the real world and life just doesn't work out that way. So it's nice to take a step away for a while when reality tends to get a bit too real. Wrong Turn gives emotions a chance to take a breather and bask in the sun. Chase has dreamt up a trip worth taking in Chelsea and Drew. Whether they are the duo you love to hate or the sweetest kind of charm, this couple is one you'll never regret having taken a chance on.

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text 2020-04-29 20:47
Reading progress update: I've read 169 out of 304 pages.
The Western Wind - Samantha Harvey

In my thirteen Oakham winters I'd never known such rain, nor seen this place so churned and soaked and listless in its mood and colour. I put my hand out and a dewy vapour settled on the back of it. My own chest and lungs had begun to labour from taking in too much damp and windless fug. For years on end nothing happened in Oakham out of the ordinary cycle of birth, strength, illness, death - there were no particular comings or goings, not things to surprise us. Then in September, Newman went on a pilgrimage to Rome. In November, we finished the bridge. In December, Newman came back from Rome. In January, Sarah Spenser went on a pilgrimage to see a rotten tooth. At the end of January she came back, feverish, and while away I'd been feverish, too. In early February, the bridge fell down. A week later Newman drowned. What curse was this?

Now here we were, besieged by a rural dean who, I'd come slowly to realise, was too intent on saving us wholly to care for the fate of any of us singly.

As much as I have issues with the book, there are some fine passages in this. It's just that this is not historical fiction. I've come to the conclusion that this seems to be contemporary fiction dressed up as a historical mystery (there's even a weird and completely anachronistic reference to Brexit in this). I'm strangely ok with that.


It's still no excuse for all the purple prose, tho.

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text 2020-04-29 15:05
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 304 pages.
The Western Wind - Samantha Harvey

"I was famished, the brief famishment I always had when I woke up. As if, each dawn, my body was petulant about rising again and threw a newborn's rage - feed me! It was a feeling that was always eased quickly with a mouthful or two of bread."

He's hungry for some breakfast. I get it. 


As mentioned earlier, the prose in this is of the purple persuasion. It's testing my patience, even tho it is quite successful in creating a gloomy atmosphere of a plague-ridded village that seems to be obsessed with cheese-making, candle-hoarding, and confessing to crimes they haven't committed.


We still have a character that wants someone to blame for the alleged death of the alleged victim - unless I have missed it, we still have no body, and the only time we "saw" the body was in the middle of a dark and wet night, and even then the person who saw it isn't sure. 


No, all we have still, is a missing man and a green shirt.


This is not going to be a favourite book. At this point, I am mostly interested in seeing what the author is trying to achieve with the symmetric chapters and the inversed timeline.

Oh, have I mentioned, yet, that this story is told backwards? 

We start on Day 4 after, I presume, the main event, and then get to visit the days that preceded Day 4. It's all very experimental.


And to be fair, that part is keeping me reading. I only wish it were executed by an author who is less prone to wordy celebrations of the inane, and who paid more attention to detail when it comes to historical facts and settings. 

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