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review 2018-04-07 22:35
Kinder Than Solitude
Kinder Than Solitude - Yiyun Li
I would have never read this book had it not been a book for club book and I know I wouldn’t have finished this novel had it not been for book club. This book was different. I couldn’t get a firm grip on what was happening in the novel as I read it and it frustrated me. I couldn’t follow the storyline as individuals flowed in and out, and situations arose and then quickly vanished. I saw individuals leaving behind their families for hopes and dreams. I saw individuals who were losing their friendships. These individuals were trying to fit in, yet something within them made them feel less than whole.
 
There was the past and the present, a twenty-year span, where times have changed but things in the past were never forgotten. Someone had poisoned Shaoai, the one who always spoke her mind, yet no one was charged for the crime. It had to be one of them, for the four of them lived together in the compound. She had laid in a coma, all of this time, the four young individuals are now adults and what are their feeling now about Shaoai? I felt I had a handle on Boyang, he was now a successful businessman, but perhaps his success influenced my opinion. The other two, I could never get a handle on.
 
The conversation that Boyang had with Sizhuo, I found this quite interesting. Interesting, as the two of them prodded and baited each other along through so many different topics, I wondered when it was ever going to end. It was crazy as they tried to get inside each another’s head yet they tried not to give too much of themselves away, in the process. Not a great novel for me, I found some parts that I was able to follow and enjoy but to solve the mystery, I didn't care.

 

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review 2017-12-31 00:00
Fighting Solitude
Fighting Solitude - Aly Martinez Fighting Solitude - Aly Martinez 2.75 on the account of I'm a sap. Quarry charmed me, I kind of do like this family, and the weak spot of the series was definitely the prior book. I remember really enjoying #1 (Fighting Silence) a lot.

I swear, Aly Martinez would write 4 and/or 5 star books for me if there was just a teensy bit of restraint in her typical set up. I find them at least mildly amusing (and in this one, I even found the hero charming) and some of the couple-type things she sets up are, frankly, adorable. (I had forgotten that the hero (Flint) in the prior book dug up weeds from his garden once Ash disappeared to take them with him to move. Lots of the romance here is equally adorable.

Liv and Quarry have been friends since they were 10. They didn't get to see each other all that often, but there was a connection, and it was a sweet set up. Unfortunately, most of this was in the style of a clinical explanation from one or the other character's POV. It felt shorted. And this was a long book.

Then there was the girlfriend-Mia. I get her place in this novel and in some ways I even like it. That said, it was awkward and caused all kinds of indefensible (IMO) angst. I do like it showed who Liv and Quarry are to each other - and to others - so in ways I really loved that. In the end, though, it was convenient and cheesy.

Then there's the "holy crap does anyone not have a bucketload of trauma?"? Okay, so everyone has trauma, but then they continue to have shit things happen to them constantly. Give the characters a break, Martinez, your books and couples actually don't need it. I felt that way about Quarry, anyway, who we already know quite well. And it just KEEPS coming. The couple is happy together and here we go again, an attack/kidnapping/otherwise traumatic event.

The language and the humor, while I typically enjoyed it did grate on me at times. Jokes about being feminine for crying, "midget porn", and bitch and pussy comments...we can do better.

But still, 2.75 cause I'm a sap. I love a friends-to-lovers that executes (this one does frankly only b/c Quarry is not an idiot, even when Liv is - she's not sure she trusts him b/c of when they were 13, like WTF? He's your best friend!). I love a series that connects you to the characters throughout in a decent and meaningful way, and I like charming and unapologetic heroes. And like I said, there are really lovely sentiments that are the cheesy, stupid reasons I love romance. And it was a lighter, more amusing read to balance out some nice angst....

Just...restraint, please.100 pages less would've been nice.
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text 2017-05-31 16:10
Books I Read This Month (May 2017)
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han
Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

Hope everyone had a great reading month!

At this point I am almost at the 59 percent mark for my reading goal for the year! At this point in time I have read 199 books/comics/graphic novels.


 

This month I read 46 books. Believe me that is all due to me going on vacation to Ecuador. 

 

My favorite book for the month of May was "The Hate U Give". Seriously, go read it. It's really good. A close runner up was "Always and Forever, Lara Jean." My least favorite book was "Solitude Creek." I am still mad I wasted my time on that series. 

 

5 stars

 

Anansi Boys by Neil GaimanThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael ConnellyBlack Rose by Nora Roberts

American Gods by Neil GaimanCome Home by Lisa ScottolineAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanCrimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman

Burn Marks by Sara ParetskyAngels Fall by Nora RobertsGwendy's Button Box by Stephen KingThe Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Desire by Amanda QuickGuardian Angel by Sara ParetskyThe Hollow House by Janis Patterson

 

 

4 stars

 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickThe Ghost Brigades by John ScalziMy Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott KingSomeone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Moon Called by Patricia BriggsNo Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthyWho Do You Love by Jennifer WeinerStill Life by Louise Penny

Total Recall by Sara ParetskyEnchanted, Inc. by Shanna SwendsonHouse of Reckoning by John SaulWindy City Blues by Sara Paretsky

The Mother by Pearl S. Buck

 

3 stars

 

Blood Shot by Sara ParetskyHercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha ChristieThe Witches by Stacy SchiffOnce Upon Stilettos by Shanna Swendson

The Mistletoe Murder by P.D. JamesJust Wait Till You Have Children Of Your Own! by Erma BombeckTrouble in Mudbug by Jana DeleonPoirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

 

2 stars

 

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad RiccaTrigger Warning by Neil GaimanMuch Ado About Magic by Shanna SwendsonDon't Hex with Texas by Shanna Swendson

Damsel Under Stress by Shanna Swendson

 

1 star

 

This Lullaby by Sarah DessenSolitude Creek by Jeffery DeaverMr. Maybe by Jane GreenNo Quest For The Wicked by Shanna Swendson

 

DNF

 

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

 

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review 2017-05-15 14:43
Read This Book if You Hate Yourself
Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

Once again, if not for Booklikes-opoly I would have DNFed this thing. I wanted the page count though so I put up with it. FYI, this book is awful. 

 

I gave this book half a star since it doesn't even deserve a full star. The entire book from start to finish was nonsensical and just insulting to anyone that has been reading this series. I honestly am  baffled at how Deaver writes Kathryn Dance since he manages to write Amelia Sachs (The Lincoln Rhyme series) as a well developed character. Dance is written so terribly in this book, one wonders how the heck she even has a job. I also don't get why she has one man, let alone two wanting to be with her. You never get to see what is so great about her.

 

Dance is busted down in this one due to the fact that due to her reading a suspect wrong, he manages to get away. That segues over into Dance being asked to go over the insurance/documentation at at place called Solitude Creek. There was a recent incident at Solitude Creek that left several people injured and dead. That doesn't really matter though, the big issue is that Dance is not supposed to be investigating due to her new status, but does so anyway and you keep reading Dance having asides to herself about the fact she's not supposed to be investigating. When Dance's colleague Michael O'Neill is called in to help, she feels annoyed because she doesn't get why he's mad at her (probably because she's not supposed to be investigating a thing and is also not carrying a gun and that could lead to other people being hurt).

 

Between Dance trying to force herself back into the investigation that has a suspect on the run and trying to figure out what is going on at Solitude Creek the book already felt full. But nope, Deaver throws in some issues with Dance's two kids who still read like robots come to life. Then there's the question of Dance and her relationship with her boyfriend that she has been seeing for maybe a year book timeline wise. 

 

The POVs were Dance, the bad guy in this one and then for some odd reason we go into a POV of a friend of Dance's as well as Dance's boyfriend. At that point I wanted to scream that just because the guy works with computers does not mean that he speaks to himself in freaking programming language.

 

And what's sad is that the most important part about Dance's character, ie her skills with kinesiology are not displayed at all. For some weird reason Deaver does some freaking cut aways and then you have other character remark at how awesome Dance was and how she was able to get information from a witness/suspect. Um are you serious? Why in the world wouldn't you show that?

 

The writing was really poor as was the flow. Deaver tries to throw some red herrings in here and there and I was actively rooting for her or her kids to end up dead in this one since that meant the series may be coming to a close. That's not a good thing to admit, but I was just sick of reading about Dance and her whole family by the time the final page was turned. 

 

The ending was a joke and a half. We had someone propose to Dance (whatever man) and someone else saying goodbye to her romantically. 

 

Bank:
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4:   $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00
May 8:   $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00.
May 8:   $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.

May 13: $50. Read "Solitude Creek" 434 pages electronic; $5.00. 

 

 

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text 2017-05-12 23:14
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance) - Jeffery Deaver

I need a new word for terrible.

 

There are so many plot points none of them hung together while we still had the ridiculous triangle between Katherine Dance, Michael O'Neill, and Dance's longtime boyfriend Jon and the resolution to that was freaking stupid I just I don't know. I don't have any more words the whole book was just a waste of time and it took me two days to finish because that's how much I did not want to finish this book. Bah. 

 

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