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review 2019-09-12 00:12
Dusk ★☆☆☆☆ (DNF)
Dusk - Ron Dee

Truly the most awful book I've attempted to read in years. The characters are awful, the language is awful, and the premise is awful. DNF after the absolute minimum 50 pages.


Paperback. I don't even know how this book came to be on my shelf, but I'm tossing it rather than inflicting it on someone else by putting it in the donation box. 



I was attempting to read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square American Horror Story: Horror set in the United States, but will pick a different book instead. 

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review 2019-07-07 14:53
Mouthful of Birds ★☆☆☆☆
Mouthful of Birds - Samanta Schweblin

Again, I guess I'm in the minority on this one, but these stories are simply too abstract for me to enjoy. I'm too busy trying to figure wtf is going on to appreciate anything else about the writing, etc. 


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. DNF at 27%, after the fourth incomprehensible short story. 

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review 2019-06-11 23:00
Sugar Daddy ★☆☆☆☆
Sugar Daddy (Travis's, #1) - Lisa Kleypas

I'm not really much of a Romance reader anymore, but I did really enjoy several Kleypas' historical romances. This book did not have the charm of those, nor did I find any of the characters especially compelling enough to keep on after I met my minimum 20 minutes of audio.

Audiobook on CD, borrowed from my public library. The performance (and Texan accent) by Jeannie Stith was uneven, and the audio quality was poor, although tbf that might reflect the age of the recording and the quality of the CDs.


DNF after 20 minutes.

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review 2019-06-09 15:57
Thornwood House ★☆☆☆☆
Thornwood House - Anna Romer

This just couldn't catch my interest, but I'm not sure why. Perhaps because I was so annoyed by the initial first person present tense style in the prologue. I thought I could get past it, but for the entirety of the 20 minutes I gave this audio, my mind kept wandering and I found myself both unmoved and uninterested in the story.


Audiobook via Audible. DNF after 20 minutes.

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review 2019-06-05 18:53
Brownies and Broomsticks ★☆☆☆☆
[ Brownies and Broomsticks (Magical Bakery Mysteries) by Cates, Bailey ( Author ) Mar-2013 Compact Disc ] - Bailey Cates

I picked this up on a whim, thinking it might be a fun new cozy mystery series, but was dismayed to find that it's really more Romance than mystery, and not the good kind, either. 

For example: The MC is busy trying to get her new business off the ground and dealing with her first big customers, but the moment she locks eyes with some random guy in the shop, she's thinking about long term relationships and admiring how straight and white his teeth are. Later, the MC has just seen the strangled body of a woman she was just interacting with and hears that her uncle has been arrested for the murder, but that's not nearly as important to her as checking a stranger's hand for a wedding ring. 

Audiobook, purchased from Audible. I gave it a full 45 minutes before DNF'ing at just over 10%. This was after absolutely nothing happened for the first 30 minutes except the introduction of a bunch of characters and gobs of exposition, unless the reader is interested in hearing about the color scheme of the MC's apron and how it matches her melon balls. 

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