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review 2018-06-07 15:45
Lightning Struck Heart
The Lightning-Struck Heart - T.J. Klune

Relisten was just as fabulous the second time. But my enjoyment and love will stop with this one book and not continue with the rest of the series. It is perfection just as it is and the HEA is strongly felt. <3

 

Original Review:

 

Here we go. First off, this book is…



and yes, since this audiobook ranks up there with Jim Dale’s narration of Harry Potter, I am going to proceed with using gifs from this amazing series as I continue to gush over the utterly talented TJ Klune. Not since JK Rowling's writing was paired with Dale's narration have I been transported into an book, like I was with this...thanks to Michael Lesley.



Bloody Brilliant!! This one landed in my top reads of 2015 and 2016…for a few reasons. First I thought I would finish it before the end of the year and secondly I fell in love with it almost immediately. As I said in my “Best of” selections for 2015…this is truly a match made in heaven between our dear TJ Klune and Michael Lesley. 

As for this story…



I love sass…



I love meddlesome characters with a heart…



I love awkwardness…



I love adorable best friends…



and ones that tell you like it is…



I love dragons…



and hilarious side kicks…



and even the assholes who kinda grow on you…



It’s wondrous…



And the love is fierce…



As for this review, yeah I told you nothing about this story, because I just can’t. There is absolutely no way to describe the brilliance that is this book and this narration. So do yourself a favor and just jump on board…you are in for one amazing ride and one you will want to revisit over and over again.



Thank you TJ, thank you! 



Now...I guess I will just sit and wait for more. 









Status Updates:
1% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “When were you tied up?” I demanded. “Unicorns aren’t allowed to be whorish. You’re supposed to be all virtuous and pristine!” 
“Oh please,” Gary said. “How do you think I was created?”


3% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: Oh. My. God. Michael Lesley was made to read this book. Brilliant!

9% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “Make sure you don’t sneeze or fart tonight, okay? Your pants are so tight, I’m pretty sure they would rip. Wouldn’t want Knight Delicious Face to get a sample of the goods along with everyone else.” 
I groaned. “If you look close enough, you can see everything. It’s like I’m an advertisement for circumcision.”



13% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart:


15% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “I can’t help it if people want to get all up on this.” 
He rolled his eyes. “That must be it. They just can’t stay away from all of that.” His eyes traveled up and down my body. 
“So much sass,” I said in awe. “You’re like a sass master. You and Gary should have a sass-off to see who would be crowned Queen Sass. Fair warning: he would win. But you could be Princess Sass.”

Love these two. ❤️❤️

20% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: I was going to open a shop where anyone got to come in and hug puppies for free and leave with a balloon, ice cream, and a compliment. “Here’s your pistachio cream. I made you a balloon animal in the shape of a walrus. You have very nice knuckles.”

25% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “It’s not your magic I’m worried about,” Morgan said. “It’s your heart.”

32% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: It showed the true depths of my talent that I was able to multitask in such a way to be running from certain imprisonment while also fantasizing about Ryan saying things like “I’ve always wanted to try and do the splits. On your cock.”
*belts out laughter at work*

42% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: I had to stop myself from running my fingers through his hair. 
I knew now why Morgan had said he feared for my heart. 
I did too.

Sweet Sam. <3

46% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “We all do what we have to.” I patted his shoulder and moved around him. Every step I took hurt more than the one before it.

50% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “I just thought it was fascinating,” Ryan said. “People pairing us up like that. I wonder what that was about?” 
“I don’t know,” I said. We belong together! "Must be something they see that we don’t.” Put your dick in me! “Absolutely no idea.” All the ideas! I have all the ideas!

LMAO ❤️❤️❤️

60% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “I jerked off to the thought of you the day I first saw you,” I said, cringing immediately. Not cool! Not cool!

65% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: Ryan looked hot as fuck with his sword and shield and hair flying in the wind, and I’m pretty sure I was on my way to a full erection by that point because that shit was fucking erotic. 
“This feels like a sex dream,” I breathed. 
“This feels like a what?” Justin asked. 
“Uhhhh. Nothing. I didn’t say anything. Oh, look. Fascinating things are happening. Let’s focus on those.”

Oh Sam...


68% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart:


72% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “That’s going to be a bitch to pass later.”

74% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “I’ve seen many things. Both good and evil. Majestic and destructive. Stars falling from the sky and a man whose tattoos moved across his skin as if they were alive before he tried to rip one of my hearts from my chest. I have seen many, many things. But I have never seen one look at another the way the knight looks at you.”


85% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “You knew,” I said as I watched him go. “You saw him coming and knew how my magic would react.” 
“Yes,” Randall said simply. 
“It won’t be the same,” I admitted. “With anyone else.” 
He looked sad at that. “I know. But it will be enough.”



87% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: “There’s someone out there for you,” he said. “Someone who will love your hair and your words and your eyes and the way you still scrunch up your nose when you’re thinking hard on something. He will love you for all of the things that you are and all of the things you aren’t. He’ll love you beyond all reason and will be convinced that you hung the sun and moon. He will see the stars and wish for only you. Someone will love every single part of who you are, and my gods, I can’t wait for the day to meet him to tell him thank you.”
❤️❤️❤️❤️

90% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart:


98% done with The Lightning-Struck Heart: "Your smile didn’t make my balls tingle at all.”

I don't want this to end. *pouts*

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review 2018-06-04 17:46
Anthropomorphic leisurewear
Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It - Grace Helbig

So I had the bug to try reading more audiobooks and I only got as far as 2...for now. After thoroughly loving Yes Please by Amy Poehler I was all set for some more hilarity. To that end I picked up Grace Helbig's Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It. This is part memoir (a very small part) and part irreverent fashion and beauty guide. If you're unfamiliar with Grace she's a comedian with a super funny YouTube channel (as well as a YouTube series with fellow comedian Mamrie Hart) and this is actually her second book. The book starts off with Grace relating some very personal stories about her struggles with body image but lest you get the idea this is a very serious book it's more about trying to take things less seriously and accepting yourself flaws and all. I really enjoyed the personal anecdotes and how they related to her changing opinions and tastes when it comes to mainstream fashion and beauty standards. She also discusses how differently she views herself now that she has increased visibility due to her career. I think this would be especially good for a young woman in high school or just starting college as that's when we're most vulnerable to the pressures from media. (Note: I don't ever think we're completely immune to it but I do think there are times in our development when it's an especially powerful influence.) Because I consumed this book via audiobook format I felt I was at a bit of a disadvantage when she talked at length about specific beauty products, tips, and how-to's because I'm fairly sure the physical book had a plethora of visual aids. I do want to point out that there was a large portion of the book dedicated to a 'sweatpants diary' which I suppose was meant to be a metaphor for the pressures of the media effecting how we perceive fashion but I found it exceedingly odd. (Also, I found myself nodding off more than once during it.) For those that need reminding that fashion and beauty in general are completely subjective this is a great resource. For someone looking for a hilarious pick-me-up it's a bit short of the mark. 5/10

 

The back. [Source: Simon & Schuster]

 

What's Up Next: Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2018-05-30 13:38
Reading progress update: I've read 72%.
The Lightning-Struck Heart - T.J. Klune

“I’ve seen many things. Both good and evil. Majestic and destructive. Stars falling from the sky and a man whose tattoos moved across his skin as if they were alive before he tried to rip one of my hearts from my chest. I have seen many, many things. But I have never seen one look at another the way the knight looks at you.”

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review 2018-04-20 05:25
Skinny Pants (Happy Pants Cafe #3) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Skinny Pants - Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

 

Being true to yourself is not easy when there are others seeking to tear you down. Jack and Macie are learning to work through personal issues ranging from infidelity to body image as they tumble into love. Neither gives their heart easily, but with the risk, comes a grand reward. Happiness. Skinny Pants stamps out negativity with humorous dialogue, emotion packed wisdom and positive storytelling.

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review 2018-03-23 03:39
Personally, not for me
Fancy Pants - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

I had the flu while reading this so my notes/thoughts were mired in me feeling like I was experiencing a slow death. Because of the homophobic comments and misogyny, I just couldn't get into this. If I had read it when it was first published (I gave This Heart of Mine 5 stars and that has a huge problematic scene) maybe I would feel differently but as Sam(AMNReader) says, "when you know better, you do better" in her Review, I read it at age 35 in 2018 and I personally felt there were a lot of Not ok things being done and being said. 

This was almost more of a contemporary with some romance as the main couple didn't spend a lot of time together. The heroine goes through one heck of a journey and I would have gave the book 2 stars for her alone but she makes a decision 

doesn't tell hero she had his kid, even when original reason not to, wanted to stand on her own feet, becomes mute

(spoiler show)

; I just couldn't side with her. Romance books have to make me like the hero and heroine and I had no love for them here. 

This was supposed to be a buddy read, Quotes/comments here but yeah, the whole flu thing kept me from being too talkative. 

Anyway, a spoiled rich girl who travels to America, has one heck of a personal growth journey, and an abused runaway boy who plays golf, never feels good enough, and a handful of secondary characters that make the story better (Skeet and Miss Sybil) and worse (Holly Grace, not because of who she is married to but her comments). 

Here are a couple of quotes I first started to highlight before the tone and flu took me over:

"Running musses your hair and makes your face all red. People won't love you if you're not pretty." She clasped Francesca tightly in her arms while she uttered this most terrible threat, using it the way other mothers might offer up the horrors of the boogey man.
The author did an amazing job, you'll get complete backstory on the heroine's mother, of showing why our heroine was the way she was. You'll think it is hard to sympathize with a spoiled rich girl but she never really had a chance to be anything else and she works her way out of it.

He threw the toothbrush at her, hitting her in the arm. "Take it! Take the fucking thing!

She drew back her arm and slapped his face as hard as she could. He slapped her back. Although he was mad enough to hit her, he wasn't mad enough to hurt her, so he struck her with only a small portion of his strength. Still, she was so small that she lost her balance and bumped into the side of a car. She grabbed the sideview mirror with one hand and pressed the other to her cheek. "Jesus, Francie, I hardly touched you." He rushed over and reached out for her arm.
There are some very touchy, cringing moments between the hero and heroine. At the point of these two quotes, the hero and heroine and only spent about a week together. The vibe of a guy throwing anything at the heroine in anger, screaming at her, or even slapping her "with only a small portion of his strength" in any context is take a good hard look at worthy but without personal relationship for knowing personalities, it feels abusive for the heroine. Men screaming at women just isn't the back and forth I look for; I don't know it felt super uncomfortable for me here. 

"I want to do it! I know it's wrong. I know I shouldn't let you, but I just can't stand it anymore. I feel like I'm on fire." She tried to make him understand. "All those months, Billy T made me do it. All those months he hurt me. Don't I have the right, just once, to choose for myself?"
The younger issues involving the hero and Holly Grace was deep, dark, and I thought very emotional, it touches on issues no one likes to talk about but can be therapeutic for people to read and see discussed. 

There were numerous comments about the heroine raising her son wrong and he might grow up "strange" or queer with the hero also early on making a comment about how he didn't want to be in a f****t calendar. Not my cup of tea views. 

This was written well because Phillips is a good writer but well written homophobia is still homophobia. I didn't like a lot of the characters' actions and comments, it was stuff the romance community has seemed to want to clear out, which I definitely think to the betterment.

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