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review 2018-01-23 02:40
The Bad Daughter
The Bad Daughter: A Novel - Joy Fielding The Bad Daughter: A Novel - Joy Fielding

This book follow Robin as she is forced to go back to a place she never thought she'd go back to, home. After her father and his wife (who just happens to be her former best friend) and his stepdaughter are shot in what appears to be a home invasion Robin must come home to help her dysfunctional family. It doesn't help that she hasn't spoken to many of them in years.

 

This book had my attention from start to finish. I really liked Robin and felt bad that she had to go back home to her family. Her sister Melanie has such a hatred for Robin and spends the book being an absolute bitch. While in the beginning I wasn't a big fan of Melanie she definitely grew on me throughout the book. The rest of Robin's family tended to baffle me with their behavior.

 

There is a mystery that is running throughout the book, who shot Robin's dad and his family. I have to say that while I didn't figure out who was behind it for a while I did eventually get it. There are definitely little clues that I felt were left throughout the book that can lead you to who did it.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

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review 2018-01-22 22:30
Magical Realism – Blood and Ashes by Marilyn Peake @marilynpeake
Blood and Ashes: A Paranormal Romance Novel - Marilyn Peake

Marilyn Peake’s latest release, Blood and Ashes, is a fabulous paranormal/supernatural, fantasy novel with a touch of realism, except for the magical part…

 

I love the colorful color and the red makes it pop off the pages. Very pretty and spills some of the secrets inside.

 

Cover by Phatpuppy.com

 

Blood and Ashes: A Paranormal Romance Novel

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MY REVIEW

 

Miracles and magic are happening from the opening pages, and Kaelin’s acting like it’s an every day occurrence in these desperate times.

 

The financial situation the characters find themselves in, makes me think of current events, with businesses closing, people being deported, people losing everything, and those with hope struggling to survive.

 

When Kaelin found the baby, I really woke up, became hooked and knew I would have trouble putting the book down, even long enough for a bathroom break.

 

Her mother has a heart so big, so open and giving, I wish more for her. No one deserves a break more than she does. Some characters…and people…amaze me with their ability to give, and the depths of love that is freely given.

 

First an abandoned baby, then a kitty with itty bitty legs, Kaelin takes them home and makes them her own.

 

And Devin, the new guy across the hall. What’s up with him? Why doesn’t she question his sudden appearances? Almost as if he knows something. I know he’s going to be special.

 

Kaelin has friends, people looking out for her and her family, like Mrs Santiago, who owns the grocery store and Gwendolyn Griffin, a healer who offers to work with her to develop her healing abilities. If you everwant candy, be sure and visit Mrs Santiago’s store.

 

Kaelin is very resourceful, and even though she dumpster dives for additional food for the family, you would never know it by her attitude. She knows where to find apples and blueberries, ripe for the picking. She has a green thumb, and her touch can be like Miracle Gro.

 

She does everything she can to make it to college, wanting a better life for them all. But, even though she is accepted, due to cutbacks of the governmental kind, there is no money available to help her. She chooses an alternative, Gwendolyn Griffin’s traditional healing of the witchy kind.

 

I can see the kids with bags of Halloween costumes, as they are tossed willy nilly, while they each choose the perfect costume. Kaelin goes to the thrift store and creates a mish mash costume that makes her beauty bloom.

 

The book is divided into three parts.

 

Part I is Kaelin’s story that takes place in the human world.

 

Part II is Liliana’s Story that takes place in the fairie world. Liliana is a fairy that crosses into the human world. A romance goes wrong. But the world is not what it appears to be.

 

Part III brings them all together, exposing secrets and Kaelin’s true calling.

 

Human, Seelie, Unseelie, good fairies, bad fairies…Magic, danger, romance, love and loss.

 

Blood and Ashes is written for the young at heart, with easy reading and a quick pace. I love the imaginative world and characters Marilyn Peake has created. Such a great story. I found myself smiling at the simplest things. Her ability to spin a tale keeps her high on my reading list…no matter what genre she writes in.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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review 2018-01-22 17:29
Rebel
Rebel - Rhys Ford

*This might be slightly spoilery so proceed at your own risk.*

 

 

This was certainly the case with this book.  There was a lot that just didn't work for me on this but at the same time, there were some positives...mainly the Brothers.

 

While this, I guess, is a romance, I would probably equate this more about the brothers than about the relationship.  And saying that, makes a lot of my issues easier to deal with.

 

Because, for me the issues were in how Rey was handled.  He wasn't.  This is a character who at a young age woke up to his house burning because his father attempted to kill he and his mother. After being saved, there is no explaination on how this character dealt with this and ultimately became a fire firefighter.  Would there not have been any PTSD?  Maybe not, and yet nothing is explained.  

 

We were given Rey's POV but it was no where close to 50% of the book...my guess would be maybe 25%.  This made the balance off for me, as I never really felt a connection to him or this relationship, again reiterating that this is a series about the brothers and not the couples.

 

While I loved Jules, the situation that occured after Rey and Gus broke up seemed not to bother Rey at all.  And at some point it seemed that in the 3 years following this, neither man slept with anyone else?  Maybe I read this wrong, but this seemed off to me.  Rey's 180 degree switch in how he viewed Gus also seemed rather abrupt.

 

I have no concept of a time line, the age of all parties and when certain situations happened in relation to others.  These boys came to live with each other at varying points but how this relates to certain moments in their lives was difficult to follow.  I am hoping maybe more of this is explained as the series progresses.

 

The writing overall did not gel with me at all.  I found myself having to reread paragraphs and lines multiple times to understand what was being said.  After a while, this became quite annoying, and not how I understand this author's other books to be.

 

All that said, the brothers are intriguing and I find each of them very unique and worthy of their own book, which I will most definitely read.  

 

 

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text 2018-01-22 02:48
Reading progress update: I've read 65 out of 432 pages.
The Escape - David Baldacci

John Puller has a brother who was in jailed for treason. 

 

In the first chapter, it described how his brother was in jailed and later gone.

 

John got the news and was ordered to stay off the case. Which is something that not really possible. 

 

But then, he didn't fully believe his brother is guilty. He just don't know why an innocence man would run. 

 

 

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review 2018-01-21 21:39
The X-Files: Cold Cases
The X-Files: Cold Cases - Dean Haglund,Tom Braidwood,Willliam B. Davis,Dirk Maggs - adaptation,David Duchovny,Audible Studios,Mitch Pileggi,Joe Harris,Chris Carter,Bruce Harwood,Gillian Anderson

This series of full-cast radio plays was entertaining in a campy way but otherwise pretty mediocre. It was fun to revisit the X-Files world but the story lines were just...out there. Like, really, really out there, even for a radio play. I wouldn't really recommend it but it was fun anyway.

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