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review 2018-12-06 19:58
Take it or leave it? I'll leave it, thanks.
Tucker Grizzwell's Worst Week Ever - Bill Schorr,Ralph Smith

Tucker Grizzwell's Worst Week Ever by Bill Schorr and Ralph Smith was borne from a comic strip and is (supposedly) aimed at children. However, I found it to be so full of word play and puns that I think it would be better suited to an adult audience. In my opinion, it was a little too densely packed with jokes to the point of being somewhat annoying and obnoxious. This wasn't marketed as a collection of comic strips but it was lacking in a coherent plot beyond the bare bones 'lesson learned' tale of a cub realizing that adults may not necessarily have all of the answers to the world's questions. 

 

Apologies for the shortness of this review but some books don't lend themselves to a lengthy analysis especially when they're so middle of the road like this one. 2/10

 

 

Sorry this isn't clearer and easier to read. :-/ [The Phoenixed Forums]

 

What's Up Next: Peanuts Vol. 9 by Charles Schulz (and others)

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-10-25 14:40
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There - Catherynne M. Valente,S.J. Tucker
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I will start by saying that I enjoyed the audiobook of this one better than the first. The first audiobook was narrated by the author, a quality that I usually very much enjoy as the author has insight the reader doesn't and it comes across in the way they read, which is a real treat. However, I really disliked Valente's reading of the first book. It was rather dull and monotonous. This one was read by S. J. Tucker who gave a much more lively reading of the book, which made me engage with it more.

The story itself was similar to the first with lots of random encounters and weird adventures. Great descriptions and world building but very slow on the plot. I think one of the main things I don't like about Valente's stories is the amount of backstories she includes. Almost always within five minutes of encountering a new character, the reader is barraged with that character's life story. While this can be interesting, the fact that it happens every single time is a bit annoying. It would have been nice if Valente parsed through her ideas and included the really interesting ones or those pertinent to the plot. Reading the book, it seems the Valente wanted to build up a whole world and didn't care much about the actual story. 

Overall, a good read. The library has the third audiobook (read by the author- we'll see how that goes) so I will continue the series, but not sure if I will finish it. It is an interesting series, but I don't love it.
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review 2018-09-28 21:44
Deadlands Square
Into the Vampire City - Phil Tucker

This is one of those books that you wanted to be better.  The heroine is a poc, she is not in a love triangle, and she is pretty determined.  The vampires are bloodthirsty, and the alternate American states and the vampire work.

 

The thing is when Selah discovers her power - her acceptable of the strange thing occurs in less than a finger snap.  She becomes a somewhat different person.  It isn't a smooth transition and is somewhat jarring.

 

Yet, the book is fun.

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review 2018-09-04 17:55
Review: The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker
The Path of Flames - Phil Tucker

The Path of Flames by by Phil Tucker is the first installment in The Chronicles of the Black Gate Series. Sorcery is forbidden in the Ascendant Empire, but sorcery is used against the empire to close the ancient portals. Asho is a slave made squire by King Kyferin. Can Asho become more than a squire, or is he doomed to die on the field of battle?

Plot 5/5: Excellent plot with action and suspense.

Characters 5/5: Well fleshed out characters to love and some to hate.

World building 5/5: Great world building.

Pacing 5/5: Lots of action with a steady pace.

Writing 4/5: The writing was good, but at one point the main character's name was spelled wrong.

Overall 4.8

This book is a great start to an intriguing story. 

Purchased on Amazon.

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review 2018-08-03 03:55
K.A. Tucker gives new meaning to the word yeti.
The Simple Wild - K.A. Tucker

After Calla receives a call about her father, whom she hasn’t seen since she was two, she makes her way to the Alaskan wilderness to get to know him. What she doesn’t expect to find is an angry yeti bush pilot to butt heads with. Will the simple wild be to much for the city girl to handle?


The Simple Wild has got to be up there in my list of favorite romance novels and one of my favorite K.A. Tucker books. She managed to take two totally different characters and perfectly form it into a realistic romance. I love how the simple wild sticks out from the same repetitive themes. I rarely see romance novels about bush pilots and its great to see a different theme that stuck out. This novel really has everything. Humor, heartache and romance all put together in a hard to put down and irresistible story. It makes you question what is out there and what you could be missing.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

word yeti.

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