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review 2019-01-22 18:02
Review: The Afterward by E.K. Johnston
The Afterward - E.K. Johnston

It has been a year since the mysterious godsgem cured Cadrium’s king and ushered in what promised to be a new golden age. The heroes who brought the gem home are renowned in story and song, but for two fellows on the quest, peace and prosperity do not come easily.

Apprentice Knight Kalanthe Ironheart wasn't meant for heroism this early in life, and while she has no intention of giving up the notoriety she has earned, her reputation does not pay her bills. With time running out, Kalanthe may be forced to betray not her kingdom or her friends, but her own heart as she seeks a stable future for herself and those she loves.

Olsa Rhetsdaughter was never meant for heroism at all. Beggar, pick pocket, thief, she lived hand to mouth on the city streets until fortune--or fate--pulled her into Kalanthe's orbit. And now she's quite reluctant to leave it. Even more alarmingly, her fame has made her recognizable, which makes her profession difficult, and a choice between poverty and the noose isn't much of a choice at all.

Both girls think their paths are laid out, but the godsgem isn't quite done with them and that new golden age isn’t a sure thing yet.

In a tale both sweepingly epic and intensely personal, Kalanthe and Olsa fight to maintain their newfound independence and to find their way back to each other.

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

3.5★

 

 

When I saw this on Bookish First and read the excerpt, I just knew it was something I would enjoy. Ans I was right... for the most part. Don't get me wrong I really liked this book and there was only one thing i disliked about it.

But we get to that in a minute, first the things I really enjoyed...... The world building was great and I really enjoyed it, it was well written and not over or underdone. It was a nice balance. 

The cast of characters, judging from the cover I thought we would have gotten more than we did. But that was okay. We get the main couple and a few side characters but that are equally important to the story.

The romance was also something I enjoyed. They balanced each other out so nicely and it was so, so much fun to read. It did say a romantic high fantasy but I would say it is more romance novel set in a fantasy world. As we definitely get more romance/relationship than other fantasy stuff. But that was A OKAY with me. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

That all being said, the one part I did not enjoy as much was eh layout/ structure of the book. It was all over a before and after alternating chapters , One before next after and that made it a bit hard to follow at times and timeline a bit wacky for me . But overall, I enjoyed this book.

I rate it 3.5★ and would have rated it higher if not for the back and forth with the before and after and it be easier to follow.

 

 

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Will be available February 19th 2019

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-01-18 20:57
A Whispered Wish is Not What Romance Readers Wish For

Genre: Fantasy

Word Count: 78,230 words

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Zoe hates camping. She loves air conditioning and staying indoors and cozy, but when her friends and boyfriend drag her out into the middle of the woods, she comes along. But things get even more complicated when she wakes up far away from her tent– as a pixie.

Can she become human again with the help of Prince Crispin, a handsome pixie? Or as feelings grow between them, will she even want to go back to her human life?

I decided to give A Whispered Wish a shot thanks to a ridiculous one-star review on Smashwords, written by someone who hadn’t read past the first two lines. But the novel was so cringeworthy, I almost sympathized with that asshole reviewer.

Just reading the novel was a toilsome task, thanks to the obvious typos and grammatical errors infecting the text, not to mention the random tense changes that yanked me out of the story every other page.

But even if I’d been able to be absorbed into the story, there wouldn’t have been anything to be absorbed into. Nothing freaking happens for two thirds of the book!

The beginning involves flimsy world-building and back story and preaching about how humans are horrible and they “can learn a thing or two from the pixies.” That line appears not once, but twice in a book meant to be read by adults, not five-year-olds.

This would be more tolerable if it was the pixies saying this to Zoe, who, as a human, defended herself and humankind. But instead, it was Zoe who instantly accepted that she and all other humans, including her friends and boyfriend, was hellspawn.

She accepts that humans are monsters about two minutes after realizing she turned into a pixie when she asks the other pixies if she can tell her human friends what’s happening.

 “is there a way that we can let them know? Please? I can’t let them keep looking for me. They will be so worried,” tears still flowing. Only now, she can’t stop them.

Fionna pops up beside them, “I’m sorry Zoë, but we just can’t. To let them know that we exist is very dangerous for us.”

“You have to understand,” Brigid said, “they will exterminate us just to find out what makes us what we are.” Zoë knows they are right about this, anything new or something they didn’t understand as humans they dissected or destroyed.

A Whispered Wish, page 30

Are her friends effing Nazis? I can’t think of another reason for why she would have so little faith in them. I’m not saying they should tell the press, but maybe Zoe’s best friends and her motherfreaking boyfriend won’t kill her just because she sprouted wings and shrank to two inches.

Conflict doesn’t flare up until two thirds into the book, and even then, the conflict is more like brief sparks instead of a raging fire. There are a few action scenes, but the action was over so fast, I had to reread them to actually process them happening.

The main conflict between two pixie kingdoms feels more like an afterthought than an actual plotline.

All of a sudden, the pixies stop being this shining beacon of superiority and start being savage and warlike. Prince Crispin and his friends, who have never seen battle before, become expert fighters the second war is declared. It’s contrived and borderline absurd, but that’s fine because the final battle is over in like two pages.

Perhaps A Whispered Wish could have snatched a third star from me with the skin of its teeth if the characters had good chemistry, funny dialogue, or even an ounce of personality, but no.

All the men are strong, athletic, and ready to save the females while making sexist jokes about how women take forever shopping. The women are all kind, girly, and able to manipulate the men with their puppy eyes.

The two most interesting characters are the Queen of Devonshire, and Jaxxon, a defect from Pembrokeshire, and they only have a couple of scenes. Everyone else absurdly boring. 

So,  A Whispered Wish is a solid two-star read. With some heavy editing and revising, it could have been good, but as is, it’s less interesting than the average hospital waiting room. A Whispered Wish is free on Smashwords.

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url 2019-01-17 20:31
This month's free ebook from publisher TOR
The Only Harmless Great Thing - Brooke Bolander

In order to download free, you do need to subscribe your email address.  They don't flood you with other marketing emails.  You do have to act lightning fast when you get the email because these stay available free almost no time.

 

This one I'd consider a novella or short story at only 96 pages.  Usually it's a full length novel, often the first of an ongoing series with an upcoming new release.

 

There's a bookclub on booklikes for these at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy   (TOR publishes mainly science fiction and fantasy genre books).  

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text 2019-01-17 11:47
Global Needle-free IV Connectors Market: Analysis of Rising Business Opportunities with Prominent Investment Ratio by 2026

Needle-Free IV Connectors are needleless devices for connecting administration sets, syringes, and IV catheters. Depending on internal characteristic and functioning of the parts, connectors are classified as simple and complex. Simple connectors consist of stationary internal parts, whereas, complex connectors function according to the movement of internal parts. Simple connector’s category holds the majority of the products used in the healthcare delivery. The fluid displacement and fluid pathway are determined by the motion of the internal parts namely mechanical valve, which controls the movement and direction of the fluid in complex connectors. External characteristics such as housing, shape, and color for both the type may or may not be similar. The purpose of using needle-free IV connectors apart from the ease in infusion for both care providers and patients is to reduce the risk of needle-stick injuries among the health care providers and reducing the risk of bacterial and microbial contamination.

 

Some major players operating in the needle-free IV connectors market are Baxter International Inc., B. Braun Melsungen AG, Becton, Dickinson and Company, CareFusion Corporation, ICU Medical, Inc., Nexus Medical LLC, RyMed Technologies, LLC, and Vygon SA.

 

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), annually around 1 million deaths are associated with the improper use of syringes and needles, which can be prevented by using needle-free IV connectors. Harmful diseases namely hepatitis and HIV can spread through improper and reuse of needles and syringes. Unsafe use of injections accounts for 5% of HIV, 40% of Hepatitis C and 32% of Hepatitis B virus infections globally. Although needle stick injuries are uncommon they are a potential problem, which can prove to be serious and are also responsible for causing above mentioned diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), needle stick injuries account for around 385,000 among healthcare workers in the U.S annually. The most important goal while employing IV administration sets and needle-free connectors is to reduce the manipulation factor as much as possible. Some of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved needle-free IV connectors include One-Link, CARESITE, MaxPlus, and Kendall.

 

The global needle-free IV connectors market was valued at US$ 621.1 million in 2016 and is expected to reach a robust CAGR of 10.3% over the forecast period (2017-2025).

 

Needle free iv connector market

Rising incidence and prevalence of various chronic diseases and need for treatment is expected to boost the needle-free connectors market

 

North America accounts for the largest share in the global needle-free connectors market, followed by Europe. This is mainly attributed to the rise in the geriatric population and chronic diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2016, about half of American adults, that is around 117 million people had one or more chronic health conditions and one in four adults had two or more chronic health conditions. The factors driving the growth of the needle-free IV connectors market includes government investments and funding to improve healthcare infrastructure, awareness in people, and healthcare practitioners. For instance, in 2013, the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) carried out surveillance methods to identify and track device-associated infections by setting the guidelines for the prevention of central-line associated bloodstream infections. Furthermore, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2014, chronic diseases were the leading cause of mortality in Europe with over one-third of the European population above the age of 15 suffering with a chronic disease and two out of three people near 60 age had at least two chronic conditions.

 

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url 2019-01-16 22:27
DRM-free Bookshops

An annotated list of sources of DRM-free e-books. I wish there was a way to sort by genre (for the ones that are genre-specific), or alphabetically, or something, but it's still very nice. The one thing I've stuck to since buying my first e-book is only buying DRM-free ones, and it seems like the online store options keep shrinking.

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