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text 2017-07-12 21:01
Exciting July Releases That Are On My TBR
A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light - Eleanor Brown
A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England) - Roseanna M. White
The Diplomat's Daughter: A Novel - Karin Tanabe
Where the Light Falls: A Novel of the French Revolution - Owen Pataki,Allison Pataki
Seducing Abby Rhodes - J.D. Mason
Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved - Catharine Arnold
The One I've Waited For (The Crystal Series) - Mary B. Morrison
The Cartel 7: Illuminati: Roundtable of Bosses - Ashley and JaQuavis,JaQuavis Coleman
The Truth We Bury: A Novel - Barbara Taylor Sissel

I finished only one book in June. I was quite shocked. I've started many and am hopeful that July will be a better month for reading. I've been out of sorts personally and physically. However, this list of books are right up my street and I'm sure are going to be awesome reads. I'm revisiting favorite authors and genres.

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text 2017-07-08 23:53
Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 288 pages.
Injustice: Gods Among Us Year One: The Complete Collection - Tom Taylor

I am starving for a graphic novel with some big-name superheroes, and lots of action.

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review 2017-06-27 12:53
Cemetery Girl Book One: the Pretenders
Cemetery Girl: Book One: The Pretenders - Charlaine; Golden, Christopher Harris

The title of the novel is what caught my eye so I picked it up the other day at the library. I thought the bright colorful glossy illustrations were a plus but after reading this novel, there wasn’t anything special about this graphic novel that pulled me in. I was hoping for something different. I felt like everything was revealed in the end and there was no suspense, no mystery to carry me through the novel. It felt like one of those novels where this happened, then this happened and then this happened and then this all because of this (big reveal). Couldn’t the author give us readers a bit of the big reveal in the writing, I really needed something to drag me through this novel.

 

The novel began with a girl, bloody and bruised, inside a cemetery. Who she is and how she got there is a mystery. She decides to stay inside there since that is where someone put her and she’s afraid of what lies outside the cemetery walls. She takes the names of the dead as her own, finding names from the burial sites surrounding her, as her own name is lost to her. Celexa feels safe inside her new fortress yet she realizes that the spirits of the dead can see her as she makes her way around the graveyard. Celexa finds food from various individuals nearby and she ponders what her next steps will be. Graveyards are an attraction for individuals and this one is no acceptation. One evening, Celexa comes upon a group of teens out for a night of fun and she watches them from a distance. Their fun turns deadly and Celexa cannot believe what she is seeing. Memories flood her mind, but there is something off about these memories.


I really enjoyed the facial images in the illustrations. I liked the bright illustrations that were set against the black outline of this novel, as I thought they added to the peculiar setting of this novel. My final thoughts, as she is living in the graveyard what is she really doing every day? As she is looking for food every day, who allows someone to break into their house, eat their food and is not all concerned about who it is? I just couldn’t grasp this. I’m not sure if I will continue to read this series or not, I am wondering if it will be same concept as this first novel.

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text 2017-06-26 15:29
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Lucky One (Carolina Connections # 3) by Sylvie Stewart
The Lucky One - Sylvie Stewart
When your luck runs out, do you run away—or do you stay and fight?

Bailey:
Let’s get one thing straight. I am not your typical girl. Sure I’ve got all the parts, but I’ve been a stubborn, irreverent tomboy since the womb, as my Irish father would proudly attest. Despite my Irish blood, I’ve had a bit of bad luck here and there—I recently trusted the wrong guy and got derailed in my professional pursuits. But I’ve bounced back. With my shields firmly in place, I thought nothing, or no one, could touch me again. Until he did. And he just might make this tomboy do the girliest thing in the world—fall head over heels in love. Of all the damn luck…
 
Jake:
I’m a pretty lucky guy. I have a phenomenal family, a career I love, and I’m building a brand-new life back in my hometown. And, not to be a jerk about it, but I do more than all right with the ladies. Everything’s been going according to plan—like I said, I’m a lucky guy.
 
That was, until my luck ran out.
 
Until I met the girl I call “Irish.”
 
Irony can go kiss my a$$.

 

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/06/blog-tour-review-giveaway-lucky-one.html
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text 2017-06-22 21:33
DNF: The One Memory of FLora Banks
The One Memory of Flora Banks - Emily Barr

I received a copy from Netgalley.
Not for me, read about 30 pages and I hated it. It's an interesting concept about a girl who can't remember anything until she kisses her best friends boyfriend which she actually remembers. The best friends boyfriend is a dick who is clearly taking advantage of FLora because he KNOWS she won't remember, yet says some bullshit about her being different from all the other girls, so she's convinces herself she loves him. That alone is eye rolling enough to make me want to throw things. The narrative is also very repetitive I'm guessing because of the uniqueness of Flora's illness she can't remember things so she writes the down and says it to herself over and over, dry annoying very quickly. Not for me. Marking as did not finish.

Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House UK Children's books for approving my request to view the title.

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