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review 2017-04-27 16:56
A Find Yourself on Your Dreams Romance
The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World: A Novel - Kristin Rockaway

Travel, love, happiness, dreams and real life.
Sophie did everything right, college, career, savings, her plan set and followed. She works at one of the top businesses in NY and gets to travel, her dream. She take a semi vacation with a childhood friend where everything starts crumbling in her oh so ordered and controlled life. She is dumped, found and released for some deep soul searching and adventures that will lead her to a HEA ? yes there is one, this is not a downer read.
I enjoy my wanderlust and I love reading about other's travels nearly as much as my own. This novel was so well written it read almost like a travel memoir in parts it was so vivid and alive in the descriptions. I was surprised to find it held a message, a lesson for living a wonderful life. The romance was toe curling, the jerks were class A jerks, the side characters all well developed. I admit to be a bit disappointed int he beginning by some choices being made, but, well read it for the but, you'll see. Overall a really enjoyable read, a great summer vacation book

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text 2017-04-26 15:38
Reading progress update: I've read 52%.
The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World: A Novel - Kristin Rockaway

Oh gods how many of us are stuck in this trap ? The job the career the relationship-Told how we should be so we strive for that, somebody else's expectations ? I see myself here, and wish I'd been more free

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text 2017-04-25 15:42
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World: A Novel - Kristin Rockaway

I'm not liking the amount of her life she is throwing out just because he's hot and sexy. I' really sick of this story line where the woman goes nuts giving up all she worked for just for "love" I hope this story changes tune

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review 2016-07-05 23:55
Urban Fantasy With Norse Gods YES !
Arctic Dawn - Karissa Laurel

Book Two in the Norse Chronicles series

Spoiler free review

 

I loved book one, it was the perfect mix of fantasy, action, suspense, with a tease of romance and great writing. Book two, took all that was generated in the first book and intensified it. I did not want it to stop, I dreaded the ending which came too soon. My mind carried the story into my dreams, working out some of the problems for the characters.

The story is written with such beautiful imagery, it's poetic at times. The words twisted to squeeze every emotion out of the scenes. I found myself re-reading lines just to hear them again.

 

Solina, she is a woman I can admire. She is faced with two or more hot hunky male gods and she doesn't jump on them ripping their clothes off. How she can hold back is a wonder to me. This is a character that thinks things through. It irritated the crunch off my toast a few times but I enjoyed the story more without the typical romantic tangle in the middle of a life or death brawl. This girl takes her saving the world job seriously. She'll think about the body slamming mojo after the job is done. Thank the gods for a thinking female main character.

There is so much happening in this book, when it rains it pours even for Norse gods.

Thorin, son of Thor, ancient and yet young in this human world develops into a more relatable god man. His history, his beliefs and his choices. He is a god, powerful, ancient, and sometimes an idiot. Solina, after a long time away must come out of hiding to search for her friend Skyla and track down a very dangerous weapon. her powers are still in the learning phase but she tries and never gives up. Skyla, the tough as nails Marine finds herself at a well of information, Val does a lot of disappearing, and touching. Helen, well her wicked ways continue.  There are emotional distractions on top of the world saving must do know actions that churn and drive this reader and the characters nuts. We all needed a spa day after that ending.

 

Let's talk about the ending. Naughty Ms. Laurel, you tease ! Yes, there was a terrific cliffhanger. Now I must hang and swing over the sharp edge till book three is released. That was brutal of you and I thank you for it. 

 

I was lucky enough to be given an advanced reading copy for my reading pleasure and review.

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url 2016-07-05 14:00
Huffington's Books to Read This Summer

 

The Original Article

 

The ones that caught my eye:

 

 

Because of all the delicious controversy surrounding its genre-bending yet fantasy-bashing properties!

 

 

 

 

Because its description sounds yummy and I may use it to satisfy my own rule of reading non-fiction every now and then AND get away with it! 

 

"The Farallon Islands — a dangerous and unwelcoming little cluster of isles off the coast of California — is populated only by its wildlife and a small clique of scientists. That is, until Miranda, an emotionally adrift photographer, manages to secure permission to spend a year documenting the natural wonders of the archipelago. To the trained biologists, long accustomed to wearing protective gear against vicious bird attacks whenever they leave shelter, Miranda seems naive to the life-threatening realities of their environment — especially with real medical help so far away. Then, Miranda is assaulted by one of the scientists; not long after, he’s found dead. Is this a karmic revenge enacted by the ruthless forces of the island, or a very human revenge? It’s hard to stop turning pages as Geni leaves us wondering whether Miranda’s honesty and even her memory can be trusted, and as the natural perils of the Farallon Islands loom so ominous that getting out safe seems impossible."

 

 

 

 

Because, look: "In an interview with HuffPost, Ball explained that he likes writing quick reads — that books have to compete with other forms of entertainment, and in order to do so they should be like firecrackers with a short fuse." and again, because I can use it to claim I read YA!

 

 

 

 

Because of all the sci-fi-ey goodness!

 

 

 

That says it all:

 

"...a classic Austenian social set-up, but in Stillman’s hands it’s injected with more scandalous drama, more malice, an anti-heroine, and a bumbling, oblivious Mr. Collins type as the unctuous narrator. Love and Friendship offers a darker brand of comedy than Austen, and a thriller-esque narrative that entices readers to find out who will come out on top and whose social stratagems will be foiled. And then, well, you can Netflix and chill with the movie."

 

 

 

Because there is something about the way Novik writes that attracts me even if I cannot get into the Temeraire series.

 

 

 

 

Because I have wanted to read the first book forever but it looks like this can be read as a stand-alone. What fun!

 

 

That was my list. Which ones would you have picked? None or all?

 

 

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