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review 2017-09-22 17:57
Select/Marit Weisenberg
Select - Marit Weisenberg

Coming from a race of highly-evolved humans, Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. The perfect family. The perfect destiny. But there’s something rotten beneath the surface—dangerous secrets her father is keeping; abilities she was never meant to have; and an elite society of people determined to keep their talents hidden and who care nothing for the rest of humanity. So when Julia accidentally disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school.

Julia’s goal is to lay low and blend in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good guy. When Julia discovers a knack for reading his mind, and also manipulating his life, school suddenly becomes a temporary escape from the cold grip of her manipulative father. But as Julia’s powers over John grow, so do her feelings. For the first time in her life, Julia begins to develop a sense of self, to question her restrictive upbringing and her family prejudices. She must decide: can a perfect love be worth more than a perfect life?

 


What a strange and convoluted book this was!

 

I suppose I expected it to be a bit more fantastical, a bit more whimsical, a bit more sci-fi, and a lot more exciting, but... it wasn't. I started and stopped it many times because I kept getting bored.

 

I really just failed to understand a conflict early on between Julia and her father that ends up with her going to public school. I could not buy that premise and had a lot of negative feelings and questions as to why this was happening.

 

None of these characters felt particularly well developed to me. There was potential, but from a strange sibling relationship to a forced family dynamic to an almost suicidal friendgroup, all of the connections in this seemed very artificial and unreal. And don't get me started on the John/Julia thing--there was zero substance there. I couldn't get involved.

 

I like the idea of highly-evolved humans, but again, the backstory wasn't developed here and the future story wasn't really either. I think I'd be far more interested in reading about a character set in the future of these people. There was potential for a lot of commentary on the environment and on society, but these were all overlooked. It ultimately came off as having a cult-like feel and I couldn't really root for anyone.

 

There are far more exciting and engaging YA books upcoming that deal with important themes, and I'm not too fond of this one as a stand in for those.

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-08-26 21:11
The Duke of Snow and Apples
The Duke of Snow and Apples (Entangled Select) - Elizabeth Vail

Frederick is a duke in hiding. As a servant. Charlotte wants to land a husband. I picked this up because it sounded interesting, a gender-swapped Cinderella/Snow White, and I happen to really like fairy tale retellings. Plus, I bought this when it came out a few years ago.....and forgot all about it. Then I needed a book for one of the Bingo games/challenges I'm in (debut author shelf).
This really didn't work for me. There wasn't anything that I really liked. The characters, mainly Charlotte got better as the book progressed. (Okay, that's *1* thing). This read more like a historical romance with fantasy (magic/fey) elements thrown in. I couldn't decide what it wanted to be: a historical romance or a romantic fantasy. While there are overly descriptive moments (oh very many, my eyes crossed), I thought the world building could have been more. It was slowly paced. 
Frederick was okay. He finely got some assertiveness towards the end. Charlotte, my first thought was: Spoiled brat. I. Did. Not. Like. Her. It took all of the book to somewhat like her. Or I should say, dislike her a little less. I can be quite forgiving when I adore the main characters. 
When I'm on the fence about a rating, I really should write out what I want to say first and then star rate. A 2 is too high. Changing this to a 1. This would have been DNF'd but for the Bingo challenge.

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review 2017-08-05 18:33
Decisions and readings of the Supreme Court
Landmark Decisions of the Supreme Court: Select Cases Pertaining to Abortion, Birth Control, and Reproductive Rights - Open Book Audio,Christopher Lee Philips,Kim Tuvin,Open Book Audio

I listened to the audio book and while it is interesting it is at times hard to follow because the actual briefs and dissenting opinions or confirming opinions of the Justices themselves are being read and use some legal jargon.

 

I will not comment or offer any opinions about the subject matter due to the subject matter itself and that all three subjects are lightning rods.

 

I will say this was a very interesting listen and I highly recommend everyone listen to or read this and other works from the Supreme Court.  

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review 2017-07-02 19:11
Back to you
Only Tyler - Jess Dee

Tyler comes home with just one goal: get his girl back.  Kate is all that he has thought about in the two years he has been gone.  Now, she is engaged to marry another man.

 

Kate thought she had put her life back together.  Tyler had been gone a long time.  Moving on seemed logical, and it was time.  With him home, the memories of being with him are changing her priorities.  

 

Such an intense and emotional story.  Right from the start I found myself rooting for the main characters.  I felt every ounce of pain they did.  I eagerly turned each page.  I cannot wait to read the next novel in the Circle Of Friends series.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

 

 

Reborn with a new cover, this story is an exceptional read.  

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review 2017-06-30 07:33
Hot
The Boss - Melissa Schroeder

Vic is just sick of his job and needs some time off.  His ex needs his help.  Should he help her out of the goodness and the memories?  The chemistry between them is explosive and just seeing her again stirs it all back up.

 

Mac knows that being around Vic could kiss her.  Without his help she would die anyway.  She has to solve this latest case without getting them all killed.  If only she could solve this case without feeling Vic in her heart again.

 

This book was blessedly fast pace.  Right from the start it is heart pounding, and the case leaping off the page.  I was pleased that the characters truly belong to together.  Their story is such a sexy and intense heat with a great mystery woven in.  I eagerly turned each page.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange of an honest review.

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