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review 2019-01-12 06:55
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How to Seduce a Bad Boy - Traci Douglass

Melody has always been in love with her brother's best friend.  When he finally comes home, she has the chance to set her plan in motion.  She is determined to have her chance with him.

 

Adam has seen too much to believe in happily ever after.  He also has a healthy fear of what his best friend will do to him if he touches his sister.  Denying his feelings for her at this point would be foolish, however.

 

Such a cute story with a lot of heat.  I found the couple just charming.  Reading about their story was easy.  Each page turned faster than I remembered and before I knew it - I was done.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-11-05 19:21
The Reader / Traci Chee
The Reader - Traci Chee

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

 

Librarians, pirates, and assassins, oh my! Once again, I am charmed by a young-adult author.

I loved the magic of reading & literature—quite literally in this story. Sefia, our young female main character, has inherited a Book, her only legacy from her beloved parents. Somehow, Chee makes it seem not only likely, but inevitable, that Sefia would teach herself to read this book and then use it to see the past and explore the present. Her pursuit of the truth about the Book and the loss of her parents & her aunt, lead her to follow a criminal outfit and she eventually rescues a young man who they have been forcing to fight other youngsters to the death for some obscure purpose. He is so traumatized that he is unable to speak, but his fighting prowess leads Sefia to name him Archer.

Chee writes a very egalitarian world without making a big deal about it. For those of us who grew up with fantasy where we had to have a sex change to identify with most of the characters because they were almost all male, this is a very disorientating experience! To read about an assassin, and suddenly realize, wait this is a woman! Same on board the pirate ship—there’s a ship’s boy, but also a ship’s girl, not to mention numerous female crew members. It’s all written matter of factly, and I found myself running face first into my own assumptions on a regular basis. What a pleasant change!

There is the inevitable romance between Sefia and her rescuee, Archer, but it didn’t overwhelm the main plot and was gently developed. I will be pleased to follow their story further in The Speaker.

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text 2018-11-01 17:48
TBR Thursday
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes
The Reader - Traci Chee
The Witch Elm - Tana French
Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean - Morten A. Strøksnes
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World - Stephen Brusatte

 

How many times have The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Reader appeared on my weekly TBR post?  But now I have added incentive for TVofDT, as it is part of a completed series and therefore qualifies for my First Festive Task.  Yay!

 

And of course, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is part of the Flat Book Society, which I am finally participating in for the first time. 

 

I'm also going to have to pay attention to Tana French's The Witch Elm, as there are 147 people on the library waiting list!!! 

 

Plus, who can resist the tale of two nutty Norwegians who decide to fish for Greenland sharks from a tiny rubber dingy?  Shark Drunk should be entertaining.

 

My book club meets on Friday, when we will be discussing Grave Mercy.  I am planning to bake this evening and I'm seriously considering making Orange Gingerbread.  Photos on Monday.  I also have Mexican food on the brain because of the Festive Tasks, so that will be factored into this week's grocery list.

 

I'm meeting a group of women friends for brunch on Sunday at a little bistro within walking distance of my home.  That may be worth a photo too.

 

Have a fun & festive weekend, folks!

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text 2018-10-25 15:03
TBR Thursday
Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean - Morten A. Strøksnes
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes
The Reader - Traci Chee
The Waste Lands - Stephen King,Ned Dameron

 

I continue to poke along at The Mysteries of Udolpho, my last remaining Halloween selection.  I keep getting side-tracked, reading things that are due at the library before it.  As a result, I started Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince last night--there are 12 people in line behind me waiting for it.

 

Then I can settle down and read as the spirit moves me.  Both The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Reader have appeared in a TBR Thursday post before, but I actually hope to have time to get to them this week.

 

I'm also looking forward to getting back to my Science Fiction & Fantasy project, as I finish Black Sun Rising and then move on to Stephen King's The Waste Lands.

 

In other news, I have Friday off work and I'm headed out to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology tomorrow for a lecture by a visiting Australian paleontologist.  One of my friends is coming along--we're going to attend the lecture, go out for lunch, and perhaps look for birds along the route to Drumheller.

 

Have an excellent weekend of reading and adventures, friends!

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review 2018-10-19 10:07
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Scion's Redemption (Seven Seals #4) by Traci Douglass
Scion's Redemption (Seven Seals #4) - Traci Douglass

Scion's Redemption is the fourth book in the Seven Seals series, and this time we focus on Luther, and his Seal, Thana.

Luther is completely against having a relationship with his Seal, even though he knows others have. He wishes them well, but he doesn't want that for himself. However, this latest incarnation of the Seal is giving him trouble. Keeping a distance is no longer as easy as it once was. Thana is intrigued by Luther, even more so when she has to face up to what he is. She is drawn into a world far beyond her understanding, and yet manages to find her feet.

This was a wonderful addition to the series, and in my opinion, better than book 3. I don't know if this book was longer than the others, but the pacing was perfect, building up to the climax with ease. We get cameo appearances from the other Scions, and find out more about what is happening, or has happened!

I am loving this series, and am looking forward to the next book. Absolutely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/09/24/Scions-Redemption-Seven-Seals-4-by-Traci-Douglass
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