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review 2021-07-17 01:17
The Arrangement 1 - Abby Weeks

Walter has received a promotion and life as he and April know it will change. First they move, get new furniture, look at boarding school, then April realizes more will change. As she meets the partners and their wives, she knows there is much she has not been told.


I liked April. I dislike Walter. The partners are on the periphery now. I suspect I'll learn more of them and their wives in the next episodes of this series. I think I know what will be going on. Something tells me I will never like Walter but I do not know if I will like any of the others.


This book is the set up for the series. The world building is good. I feel like April. I'm confused and at a loss as to what to expect and what is expected of April. I hope to find out soon what happens.

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review 2019-11-10 00:00
The Burning White
The Burning White - Brent Weeks I think this series has just risen to the top of my list of epic fantasy!
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-08-31 16:21
Circe by Madeline Miller
Circe - Madeline Miller,Perdita Weeks

This is a retelling of all the Greek Myths that involve Circe, from her perspective.  There are some beautiful and poignant passages, some entertaining interpretations or inclusions of other myths (like Daedalus) but also a lot of bland sections.  I'm not particularly convinced by the author's interpretation of Circe as a naive, ignorant and stigmatized goddess.  The author also seems to cast almost every beautiful woman as a vapid or cruel slut.  However, I did enjoy this book despite my few gripes.

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review 2019-03-26 01:06
Circe Review
Circe - Madeline Miller,Perdita Weeks

DNF: 26%


I'm not fond of writing negative reviews, but I'm sorry to say that this story didn't sweep me off my feet.

Before I started the audiobook, I read the synopsis and bits of the positive reviews. I thought that this story was for me because the story sounded so exciting. I was going to experience a thrilling adventure filled with high stakes and larger than life characters similar to the epics from yesteryears.

Instead of an adventure, what I've got was some boring high school teen drama in Ancient Greece. The main character, Circe is an outcast in the Ancient Greek pantheon due to not inheriting some god-like physical looks. She explains how the other gods and other members make fun of her appearance and voice like calling her a "freak." I find that reason not making any sense because there are other gods and creatures with unusual features. All of the name-calling and such makes sense if it takes place in an American high school. However, this story takes place in Ancient Greece. I wanted to listen to a story that made me feel like I'm in Ancient Greece, not skimming over an entry from a teenager's diary. The story's pacing was slow, and it didn't grab my attention most of the times I listened. No matter how I tried to engage myself with the story, my mind wanders off somewhere else.

As a woman, I don't understand how this book is female empowering. The main character, Circe, doesn't have a lot of agency and personality. For example, when Helios punishes Circe, she doesn't stand up to him or do anything to fight back. Instead, Circe begs him to stop hurting her and pleads for his forgiveness. The other female characters besides Circe were treated just as bad or worse. Circe has no positive relationships with the other goddesses and nymphs. Her relationships with them are always antagonistic. She sees the other female characters as vain, gossipy, and heartless among other names. The reason for Circe's banishment was that she turned her rival into a monster. The reason was Circe wasn't happy when her rival got together with her crush. Hearing how Circe talks about the other women made me wince due to the whole "not like other girls" vibe.

I liked the narrator's voice and the poetic feel of the writing. Those two were the reason I kept on listening until I chose to drop this audiobook. I have The Song of Achilles which is by the same author. I'm going to try reading that book during Spring Break if I have the time. I hope I enjoy that one.


(spoiler show)


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review 2018-06-24 03:32
3 Kiss Review
Tainted Rose: Motorcycle Dark Romance 2 - Abby Weeks

Rose's father was in the motorcycle club, The Sioux Rangers who were all but wiped out by their rivals, the DRMC. But it seems there were some survivors of the Rangers, some of the members' children. 


But things seem bleak when the survivors start getting targeted, so it's no surprise they come after Rose. After luring her to a desolate place under false pretenses, Rose is forced to strip dance for her father's rivals the DRMC and is subjected to all sorts of depravaties. 


But then Josh, the lost and hidden survivor of the Rangers hears about her capture and is dead set on rescuing her. Can one man alone make a difference in a war that never seems to end? 


Tainted Rose features: 



oral sex

backdoor play

nonconsensual sex




motorcycle club




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