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review 2017-05-22 15:41
Await Your Reply, by Dan Chaon
Await Your Reply - Dan Chaon

Await Your Reply is ultimately a tragic story featuring characters who are lost or mentally ill and either want a new start or can't let go of the past. However, I found it hard to sympathize with the three characters whose perspectives the novel shifts between in alternating chapters. As a result I rushed through my reading mostly to finish the book and see how these seemingly unconnected characters were, in fact, connected. It's a story of identity, how it is mutable but perhaps can become its own trap, even when that identity is traded in for a new one.


I'm surprised I purchased this book since it features one of my greatest squicks (as we say in fandom): a teacher-student romantic relationship. The recently graduated student, Lucy, is one of the characters whose point of view is narrated. Though she's lost her parents, at first it seems this is not a great loss to her. She also disparages her older, less ambitious sister. This made Lucy and her rash decision to run off with her AP History teacher unsympathetic for me. She's bright academically, but stupid and naive when it comes to everything else. She almost immediately begins to feel uneasy about the promises her older boyfriend made once they arrive at their temporary destination, but she sticks around.


Similarly, Ryan, a college student, leaves school and his family behind once he learns the truth about his parentage. He hadn't been doing well in school and wasted the money meant for tuition. He takes off with a guy he's just met and becomes involved in illegal money-moving and identity fraud schemes, though he barely understands what he's doing and why. He doesn't seem that troubled knowing that his family is looking for him. So, he's another character I found I couldn't care about.


The third character, Miles, I found the most sympathetic. He's been on the trail of his schizophrenic twin brother, Hayden, ever since the latter disappeared years before. Miles disrupts his own life (or barely develops one) to chase his twin and feeds on occasional communications from him. He gives Hayden the benefit of the doubt, despite the warnings of others and evidence to the contrary. Is he big-hearted or a fool?


I won't spoil how the three characters' stories connect, but despite some surprises, the mystery of that connection wasn't enough for me to overcome my issues with the characters.

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text 2017-05-17 13:01
Cover Reveal - Bi Your Side
Bi Your Side by Nikki - Michelle 
Series: No Ordinary Love Series #1
Release Date: September 1, 2017
Cover Design: Colorful Harmony Design
Genre: Erotic Romance 
Goodreads Link: Coming Soon!
Book Blurb:

He belongs to someone else. So does she, but the passion they once shared can’t be contained.
Ten years ago Marshawn Cruz and Della Sway decided to leave the three nights they spent together in their rear-view. Marshawn is now married and Della in a long term relationship. Who knew they’d run into one another again after all these years? And just like before, the burning passion between them is undeniable.
Will they risk it all just for one more night or are the people they love more important than one night of pleasure?


Nikki - Michelle resides in Metro- Atlanta, Georgia by way of Lexington, Mississippi. Inspired by her love of reading, she began writing at the early age of twelve and has been on a journey of "trying" to pen the perfect novel ever since (she's still working on that). Her love of writing and wanting to create stories with true to life situations are what inspire her to continue to write stories readers will enjoy with characters they can relate to. 
Author Links: 


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review 2017-05-15 17:50
The Other Side of Horse Racing - Philip Nork

The Other Side of Horse Racing by Philip Nork
Enjoy learning about horses and have yet to ride one but want to learn more about them.
Enjoy the Derby and other races in May but more about finding out about the people who train them and ride them.
Gambling is an escape and ends up being an addiction.  Bobby Tucker grew up with no father, those he loved had died. It's best to just go on by himself he thinks.
Love that it explains all the terms about betting and place the horse comes up at the end of the race.
Strikes up friendships with some ladies and pops. Different track where the horses run got him unnerved and things just aren't right...
Loved hearing all the stats, percentage wise about the different tracks and horses.  Wind and drafting totally makes sense!
Word gets around among the teens and they use him for his winning bets.
Time goes on and things go horribly wrong on all counts. After graduation he goes with his father to live in FL. He hopes to remake himself and be more outgoing.
He gets a job and once again you wonder if he's done with gambling.
Tough love sets in and you hope he will wake up from his nightmare....Love the opportunity that is offered.
Lots of twists throughout this book, left you guessing what could happen next.
Received this copy from the author and this is my honest review.

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photo 2017-05-15 01:29
The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbo,Jo Nesbø
Hector and the Search for Happiness - François Lelord
The Leopard: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 6) - Jo Nesbø,Don Bartlett
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill (6-Nov-2014) Paperback - Joe Hill
How to Catch a Star (10th Anniversary edition) - Oliver Jeffers
Die Trying - Lee Child
The Wrong Side of Goodbye (A Harry Bosch Novel) - Michael Connelly
1st roll : ?8
2nd roll - Main street 14
Paradise Pier 30
Tomorrow land 36
Main Street 10
Cars Land 16

Started on 15 April already. So I am a few days late. 

See details here. 




Rolled dice 1st on 17 April and got 8 .  Landed at Question 8 on the board. 

So a mystery novel. Started with Jo Nesbo "The Devil's Stars" 


Collected $20 at Start. 


See how it goes. 


Update: 24 April.  Finished reading The Devil's Star. 522 pages. Collected $5.


New Total = $25


2nd roll dice of 7.



Get me to Main Street 14. Read a book that involves oversea travel or has a suitcase on the cover. 


Hector and the Search for Happiness 192 pages. 


30 April 2017. Read the book. Collected $2. 


New Total = $27. 


3rd roll of dice. A 10. 


Landed me at Water Works. "Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event." 




Rain is water. Picked "The Leopard" by Jo Nesbo. 740 pages. 


Finished the book on 4 May. Collected $5. 


4th Roll the dice on 4 May.: 8


Landed in Paradise 30 Suspense book over 555 pages.  


Picked NOS4R2 by Joe Hill. Supernatural suspense story 692 pages. 


New total: $32


Read the book on 9 May. Collected $5.


New total: $37


5th roll on 10 May: 6 


Get me to Tomorrow land 36 


Read a book with space in the cover. 


Picked How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. 32 pages. 


Read this book. Collected $1. Roll again. 


New Total: $38. 


6th roll 12: Landed Main street 10. Collect $20 at Start. 


Select Die Trying by Lee Child happened in small town USA. 557 pages. 


New Total: $58


15 May. Finished Die Trying. Collect $5.


New total:$63. 


7th roll: 6

Land at Cars Land 16 


Picked Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly, story happened in LA California. 400 pages. 








Started with $20


1st roll 17 April -8
Landed at ?8
Read "The Devil's Stars" by Jo Nesbo 522 pages.
Finished on 24 April and collected $5.
New total $25


2nd roll 24 April - 7
Landed on Main street 14.
Read "Hector and the Search for Happiness" 192 pages.
Finished 30 April. Collected $2.
New total $27


3rd roll 30 April - 10
Landed at Water Work.
Read "The Leopard" by Jo Nesbo 740 pages.
Finshed on 4 May. Collected $5.
New total $32


4th roll 4 May -8
Landed at Paradise 30.
Read "NOS4R2" by Jo Hill 692 pages.
Finished 9 May. Collected $5.
New Total $37


5th roll 10 May -6
Landed at Tomorrow Land 36.
Read "How to Catch a Star" by Oliver Jeffers. 32 pages.
Read it and collected "$1".
New total $38


6th roll 11 May - 12
Landed Main street 10.

Collect $20 at Start. 
Read "Die Trying" by Lee Child 557 pages.
Read on 14 May. Collected $5.

New total $63


7th roll 15 May -6
Landed at Cars Land 16.
Read "Wrong Side of Goodbye" by Michael Connelly 400 pages.




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review 2017-05-04 19:49
Best Bosch Ever
The Wrong Side of Goodbye (A Harry Bosch Novel) - Michael Connelly

Wow. I thought this one was really good. Everything clicked. Since I was meh to oh heck no on the last couple of books, it was nice to finally read a really great Bosch book.


In "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" we have Bosch now working as a volunteer for the San Fernando Police Department. Bosch threw a lawsuit at the LAPD when the forcibly retired him and prevented him from getting his full benefits when he came back under DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan). Due to the lawsuit (and the subsequent win) Bosch more than ever is not seen as a favorable person by his former LAPD colleagues. However, he is content more than he has been in years (or like all the books I have read to date) since he is focusing on cold cases, rapes, and murders.  When Bosch is approached by a former member of the LAPD to meet with a dying billionaire (yeah that's a thing now), Bosch is intrigued enough to go due to the $10,000 he is paid just for going to say hello.


The book focuses on Bosch juggling a serial rapist case for Sen Fernando and then working out if the dying billionaire has left a heir behind. Thankfully Connelly does not tie to the two cases together. That would have been a bridge too far for me. Instead, we get to see Bosch's leg work (and old fashioned at that) and why it still works. He has a new sort of partner that he likes though once again, Bosch doesn't have a clue about her personal life until almost the very end of the book. I was more intrigued with the serial rapist case than the missing heir case since we find out pretty soon the results of the heir case. It turns into something else that really had me thinking though which is why I enjoyed both cases.

We have Bosch being Bosch. He still tries to buck authority. But thank goodness for once we didn't have Bosch trying to square off against a supervisor. I hate it when Connelly tries to justify Bosch's attitude. He was being a petty ass toward someone in this book and it was great that for once that Connelly showed Bosch being in the wrong, and yeah no consequences though Bosch deserved them.

We get appearances by Bosch's half-brother, Mickey Haller. It always cracks me up that he seems way more sleazy in the books than he did in the movie (The Lincoln Lawyer). But in this appearance, he is not wandering around half drunk. He is sharp, on point, and really really savvy. I loved seeing him and Bosch team up again. 


We also have Bosch's college age daughter in this one. Still annoying in places, but not out and out aggravating.

I also laughed a bit because Bosch's current age is kind of a joke at this point. He remarks at one point he is the same age of a woman in her 60s he is meeting and I had to wonder what age we had for him in the last book and then just gave up trying to figure it out.


No love interest at all for Bosch in this one and now that I think on it, I don't think he has had a serious one in the last few books.


We just have Bosch, his house in the hills, and his love for his daughter and for the job.


The writing was much crisper in this one too. There is a bit of then Bosch read this and thought that and read this again, but Connelly cut on that way back. I remember the one book where we are reading about how Bosch reads murder books and what certain words mean to him as he reads it. I still want to go and bang my head about that.


There are a few comments here and there that makes me think that Connelly had a crystal ball into the current state of our political affairs and has Bosch make a comment about how terrible it is that this serial rapist seems to be targeting Hispanic women, since many of them are scared to go to the police to report their rapes since they are scared of being deported. Yeah. I maybe took a deep breath and pinched my nose at that point. There is another comment about people building walls that are not going to do a blessed thing too. 


The flow was really good and the pressure doesn't let up until the end when you get a resolution about both cases that Bosch is working. 

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