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review 2014-02-16 12:20
ARC Review - Rare, by Garrett Leigh
Rare - Garrett Leigh

Pete and Ash continue to travel down the road together, and there are so many curve balls thrown at them that it’s almost silly. Almost. Because in between the incredible coincidences, there is also a truckload of bad things happening. Talk about sending your characters through the wringer. (And me with them). So, while I’m not all that happy with the coincidences, I’m kind of floored by their strength in adversity.

 

What really struck a note with me was the enormous growth that Ash went through in these books. He is quite a different person at the end here, and he has grown up to be a fantastic and steady man. Beautiful.

 

I am still not convinced that the switching of points-of-view is a good thing, but it grated less on me in this book, probably because the actual switching happened less often than in Slide.

 

I loved how Ash grows into his skin also professionally, into the artist-side of his story, and also how Pete got to a new place in his mind. Their lives developed, changed, got thrown under the proverbial bus, and then they phoenixed it out, bigger, stronger, steadier.

 

Really quite beautiful.

 

***

 

I was given an ARC of this book for free from the publisher, Dreamspinner Press.

A positive review was neither expected nor promised in return. 

Source: AnnaLund2011.booklikes.com/post/791971/arc-review-rare-by-garrett-leigh
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review 2014-02-12 08:40
ARC Review – Holding on to Hope, by Sid Love
Holding on to Hope - Sid Love

Ha! But this was really quite good, with a twist (I do not read blurbs, warnings, or tags, thankfully, so it was a surprise), in what is all in all a well-rounded novella. It has a great first-page hook, which then develops into something completely different around the half-way mark, to go on to the resolution, tying everything up in a beautiful little bow. I was quite impressed.

 

I especially liked the best friend character, Leslie, thank you for her. She is a kick-ass-stand-up-for-her-buddy kind of person—my favorite girl completely.

 

The story could have had one more run through the editing process, at times the language felt a little off and foreign, but not enough to put your finger on. This is a new writer for me, and I’m curious to see what else might be coming from this corner.

 

***

 

I was given an ARC of this book for free from the publisher, Dreamspinner Press.

A positive review was neither expected nor promised in return. 

 

Source: AnnaLund2011.booklikes.com/post/787535/arc-review-holding-on-to-hope-by-sid-love
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