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text 2019-04-25 03:45
The Flat Book Society: May's Read
Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History - Penny Le Couteur,Jay Burreson

Voting for the May Flat Book Society Read has closed and those that have voted have spoken.  Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny Le Couteur, and Jay Burreson  has won the day/month.

 

Napoleon’s Buttons is the fascinating account of seventeen groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration, and made possible the voyages of discovery that ensued. The molecules resulted in grand feats of engineering and spurred advances in medicine and law; they determined what we now eat, drink, and wear. A change as small as the position of an atom can lead to enormous alterations in the properties of a substance-which, in turn, can result in great historical shifts.

With lively prose and an eye for colorful and unusual details, Le Couteur and Burreson offer a novel way to understand the shaping of civilization and the workings of our contemporary world.

 

This is an older book, but it is still in print both in paperback and ebook and I've just looked: even my library system has it available, so hopefully everyone who would like to participate should be able to source a copy without too much effort.

 

I've moved the start date back to May 10th to give everyone a little extra time to find a copy.

 

Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in - Huggins loves a good party.

 

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review 2019-04-24 17:03
Deadly Obsession by April Hunt
Deadly Obsession (Steele Ops Book 1) - April Hunt

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Starting off a new series, Deadly Obsession, introduces us to the Steele family. A group of four brothers, their cousin Grace, and their lifelong friends, siblings Cade and Zoey. After her fifth heart surgery, Zoey decides that she is going to take life by storm. This includes getting out of the Dungeon and taking her crime scene investigating skills top level, investigating crime scenes as soon as they are found. It also includes going for it with the eldest Steele brother, Knox.

 

Knox has stayed away from D.C. for two years, but his brothers are starting to pressure him to make a decision on joining their new security start up Steele Ops and his best friend's little sister had a set back with her heart, the little sister he has found himself caring more for than big brother Cade would like.

 

When the Beltway Cupid Killer brings everyone together to work on catching them, Knox finds himself unable to keep resisting Zoey and thinking maybe home really is where the heart is.

 

 

If you're fan of romantic suspense, you're going to like this. Deadly Obsession is trope heavy, group of former military men, best friend's little sister, no-strings sex agreement that goes sideways, a teased second chance romance, and a serial killer haunting the edges. Hunt's themes and characters are well traveled but her ease of writing and dash of charm will still have people well read in the sub-genre enjoying the ride and newbies captured.

 

This was clearly a start to a series book, the focus was heavier on showing and developing relationships around characters rather than more on the outside story. The serial killer gets povs that I thought created a great creepy factor and helped add to the story but in the second half they kind of disappear and we lose this story thread for awhile. I thought the author did a great job with giving clues to who the killer was, it becomes kind of clear about halfway through, then the reader gets to enjoy being in the know and feeling anxiety whenever they appear on the page.

 

The storyline of Knox staying away for two years was probably the weakest, I'm not sure I fully understood the reasoning. His mess up that endangered other Rangers and then abandoning his brother Roman when he was in a hospital in Germany, was mish mashed together and we never got a clear concise story of how Knox messed up. The tension between the brothers and Knox as they work to set-up their Steele Ops security firm, under the cover of a brewery named Iron Bars, was a little mish mashy too, it is just something you have to go with as the security firm is obviously what will be the hub for the series.

 

This could never get old. That heat. That excitement every time he touched her. Instead of claiming a new piece of her every time they were together, Zoey Wright, without a doubt, claimed a small piece of him.

 

I really enjoyed Zoey's character, she has unrequited childhood love for Knox and lusts after him but she never lets him get away with anything, she calls him on his b.s.. It was a sweet additive to have Knox making a secret hospital visit to Zoey too, helps add foundation to him liking her as there is a lot happening in this book and Knox and Zoey's relationship doesn't always get the spotlight it deserves. Their no-strings sex pact felt thrown in, because it doesn't seem to completely fit in with Zoey's feelings, yes she is taking more chances but she seems to completely forget about all those deep feelings for Knox that were fed to the reader earlier. They have some cute back and forth and I believed in their connectivity as a couple. I do wish we could have gotten a bit more of a focus on their developing relationship, they go from pseudo lying to themselves about having sex to just sliding into being together; not a lot of struggle or heartfelt moments.

 

There were some missing pieces and some underdeveloped characters, Knox's reason for staying away for two years, Zoey's boss Mason seems to disappear, and a character connected to Zoey and Cade kind of just gets thrown in, but overall, romantic suspense readers will feel welcomed and comfortable in this series Hunt is setting up. Zoey lusts after Knox but she doesn't let him get away with anything and Knox is the protective trying not to fall for the best friend's little sister, all surrounded with a hint of danger. Zoey's brother Cade and Knox's cousin Grace look to be the next couple and the tension felt between them here, has me excited to dive into their story.

 

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review 2019-04-24 14:04
Review: Meridian Chronicles: Black Widow Curse The Coven (Meridian Chronicles #2) by M.D. Fryson
Meridian Chronicles Black Widow Curse & The Coven - MD Fryson

 

MERIDIAN’S curse has left her in a state all her own of amnesia. The once spirit guide can only recall her name and the two names of very important beings in her life. She is on Earth lost and afraid with only fragments to piece together her mysterious circumstance. Her realm’s leader, Warrick and his curse have taken the unimaginable from her and her hidden memory has the answers locked away from her. Her best friend Relic, the peacock of the realm flees for Earth to save Meridian only to find nearly a stranger.

Tallulah, the psychic who has taken Meridian in calls in her connections from Salem. The Fairies have the answer to breaking the curse and it lies in finding Meridian’s twin flame and only the universe knows who that is. From Relic, to Aiden the boy on Earth whose name is one she can recall or Kieren her love crush she knew before her curse, could all be the answer. The catch is, there are far darker souls in the high demon court and the dark witches who have their own agenda.

The good witches on Earth band together with the spirit guides, the fallen and the fairies to save Meridian against the ultimate rivals the dark witches, the demons and Meridian’s own leader of her realm, Warrick. Time is of the essence and with Meridian’s soul and fate in the crosshairs, it is only Meridian who can truly save herself by finding her twin flame. With failed attempts and fear, the one she truly loves may still linger out of reach.

 

 

 

 

*I received a free copy from the author and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

This book was soo much easier to get into, than the first now that I know the world and characters. I highly recommend you read book one first.

I really enjoyed this book, the story continues with a bunch of twist and turns and mega surprises and also some loses. But what I liked the most was the characters growth in this book.

 Meridian is now human and has no memory of her past life. Not only does she have to fight of evil, but also remember her past life and the curse all the while to learn to be human and what it means to be human. Of course there are some cringe worthy moments for her as a “new “ human ,but with help of friends, some new and some old she is adjusting and learning.  But there also some funny moment as Meridian has the same humor as she did before. She does adjust and learn rather quick some things other things take her a while to get used to or learn.

We learn more about the curse, and how to break it… is it even possible?!  …… We not only follow Meridian but also friends and Aiden and  most of everyone else we met, that must watch her stumble through a world she doesn’t know all the while she is danger.  They do what they can but there is only so much that they can do.  We also get some unlikely allies along the way.

One of the things I like, is that this world is rather unique and we get so many different type of supernaturals, one big world combined.

Overall I loved this book, the world building is huge but awesome and I love to learn along with my heroes, which is the case with this series.

The ending left us with a great cliff hanger and I can’t wait for next book in the series.

 I rate this book 5★

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available NOW 

 

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text 2019-04-24 12:33
Non-book post: My town is now a US healthcare stereotype

The university I work for is one of the top employers in town. News was recently released that our health insurance company has dropped several emergency rooms from its network...one of which is the only emergency room in my town. Now our "choice" is to either use the emergency room in town and likely drown in medical bills, or drive to the next closest emergency room, which I think is an hour and a half away, totally an option when you have a medical emergency.

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review 2019-04-24 12:21
Review: Welcome to New York by Luana Ferraz
Welcome to New York - Luana Ferraz

The cover is really attractive and eye-catching. Bright and colourful, filled with happy vibes, forcing the attention towards itself. After reading the book I loved the cover even more because of it's significance to the story.
The story takes place in a coffee shop, Green bean. Alana and Harry are the protagonists of the story. Both of their personalities are similar in several ways. They are both introverts, and both of them have dreams with no hopes of achieving them.
"Welcome to New York" tells about the lives of Harry and Alana. It tells about their regrets, fears, hopes and their dreams. It is a clean romance. Anyone interested in the concept of true love should read it. 
The character development was fantastic. I loved the plot. The book was a little long for me, but the story and the characters kept me hooked. The author maintained a sense of mystery around certain aspects of the character's lives which was revealed in due time and made the reading experience better.
I received an ARC from Booksirens and I'm voluntarily reviewing it.

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