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review 2017-09-05 12:26
Wish by Joseph Monninger

I would like to point out that I got this book on a whim because it cost .79 cents used. I am so glad I got it.

 

This book was fast paced. I did like it, though the mother annoyed me. I get why she is that way, but still!

They are on vacation for their son's wish (similar to the make a wish foundation for cancer patients. He has cystic fibrosis) and the mother is flirting around and leaving them alone to go on dates. That just seemed unusual and cruel to the kids.

I know she is craving attention from men, but the book made it sound like she was always doing things like that. A vacation should be family time, but that is my personal opinion. Making friends are fine and dandy, but don't go off leaving your kids alone all night, leaving them to wonder where they heck you are and if you're coming back.

I can understand why the kids did what they did; the mom had every right to be worried..etc, but to me it seemed like they were copying something she often did. They had no idea when she would be back and a limited time to do things. I probably would have left, too and had a mini adventure.

I do think the sister should have put her foot down about letting her brother surf. I know it was a once in a lifetime thing for him, but he really could have died. I might have let my heart win too and let him surf as well, but if I am ever faced with a similar situation, I hope I am thinking rationally. However, I can understand the brothers feelings of wanting something so bad, but your body not able to do or enjoy it.

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There are some moments that made me tear up. I love when books can give me strong emotional feelings and this one delivered.

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review 2017-04-23 05:15
Hit me
Grinder (Seattle Sharks Book 1) - Samantha Whiskey

Bailey has known Gage pretty much her whole life.  Their mothers are best friends.  It seemed inevitable they would become close as well.  He does not seem to know that she is seriously attracted to him.  The problem is she knows he is a player.

 

Gage has a hard time trusting anyone close.  His past has held a lot of pain.  A life that he does not want his daughter to have to have.  He is choosing who to trust and keep close.  Who he allows around his child.  

 

Very endearing story with some sports thrown in.  I loved these characters and hope to see them again in upcoming books in the Seattle Sharks series.  There was sexy times, silly times, and more.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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review 2017-04-12 15:11
Enforcer (Seattle Sharks #2) by Samantha Whiskey
Enforcer (Seattle Sharks Book 2) - Samantha Whiskey

Seattle Sharks Enforcer, Rory Jackson, strikes a deal with future CEO, Paige Turner.  They enter an exclusive three-month relationship to help clean up his reputation, while she checks off some items on her dirty-girl bucket list.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.

 

ENFORCER is a fun and entertaining story.  The plot was interesting and expertly laid out.  The characters are very different from one another but compatible.  I love that they both were interested in the other, but that it took this deal for them to do something about getting together. 

 

I like Rory. He is a bad-boy hockey player.  He had a difficult childhood that contributed to his bad temper that is always getting him in trouble. Despite being one of the best hockey players in the league he feels he is unworthy of Paige.  I love that he treats her differently than every other woman he has been with.

 

Paige is a noble heroine.  She truly cares about the well-being of others, contribution to charitable efforts.  She is smart and innovating.  She has a big heart.  I appreciate that she stands up to her father.

 

Rory and Paige have some interesting conflicts to overcome in this story.  Since they are both high profile individuals, they need to worry about media attention.  They both grow and evolve into better people. They bring the best out in each other. 

 

ENFORCER was skillfully written and felt well concluded.  This is the first novel that I have read by  Samantha Whiskey.  I plan on backtracking and reading book one in the series, GRINDER.  I liked Gage and Baily in this book, so I’m interested in reading their story.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

 

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review 2016-08-26 16:14
For the shark lovers in your life
Everything Is Teeth - Joe Sumner,Evie Wyld

Thanks to a newly discovered YouTuber, Mercedes, I was made aware of what promised to be a very beautiful and interesting graphic novel by the name of Everything Is Teeth. Written by Evie Wyld and illustrated by Joe Sumner, this is the story of Evie's childhood obsession with sharks. It was the artwork that drew me in. Both cartoonish and realistic, the characters (most especially the sharks) seem to come to life with every turn of the page. The story follows her as she travels with her family to Australia to visit relatives and there her fascination with sharks truly blossoms. It's a rather surreal portrayal of a little girl who seems to live in a world which is invisible to all others. As she walks down the sidewalk to school what follows along in her wake? A shark. As she lounges on the couch why must she keep her legs from touching the floor? A shark. It's bizarre and at times slightly disjointed. I'm still not entirely sure I understood her relationship with her family or what exactly was going on with her brother. Maybe that's the point? I'd say this book is worth looking into for the artwork (not the cartoonish bits which I didn't really like as much) alone. However, I must caution that there are some rather gory bits if that's not your cup of tea.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2016-08-19 21:05
If this was Shark Week I'd be super relevant
The Fin: Fate, is only waist deep... - Adam Horeth,Konrad Miekina,Matthew Danza

The following book was kindly sent to me by the author, Matthew Danza, who requested a review.

 

I'm going to come right out and say that I didn't care for The Fin. I can see why some people would enjoy it but this just wasn't the book for me. There's a lot of teenage angst combined with gore which sounds like a good time but I felt like it didn't really go anywhere. The story follows Lee, an annoying and obnoxious teenager, living on a small island with her twin brother James and her father. (There's a secondary storyline about her estrangement with her mother which was awkwardly included but ultimately went nowhere.) Her good friend (who obviously likes her and who she likes back) is named Adam and he rounds out the main cast of characters. Based on the title of this book and the cover art, it's obvious that this is a story about a shark attack. Firstly, I felt the storyline was excruciatingly slow especially for a novella. Also, totally predictable. (And I think the author was going for a Jaws homage but it felt super forced and corny to me.) The only good thing about this book was that it was mercifully short. I think that the author was trying to do too much for the length of a novella. This was a 1/10 for me.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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