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[ARC Review] The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle

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09 January
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2014 ended with massive book ennui for me. With surgery, recovery, holidays and more, not only did I have little time for reading, I also have little incentive or desire to do so. This was only made worse with the fact that I just couldn’t find a book to spark my interest. So, when I finally hopped back on NetGalley, I noticed several titles close to archive, and this book was the nearest to archival, so it got picked up. I can say with certainty this book succeeded in breaking the book ennui, but it didn’t succeed with a whole… Read more »

[ARC Review] Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards

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08 January
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  I liked this book because it was an okay read. It was an easy read even though I didn’t really care who the mysterious vigilante was. It was just one those books that quick and I liked but I didn’t think it was the best thing since sliced bread. It was a bit predictable at times and I think I was expecting more of a thriller when I went into this book. The book is about Piper who finds a notebook full of scandals about her fellow students. Then one day she over hears some popular jock guys hassling… Read more »

[ARC Review] All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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04 January
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When I first started reading this book it didn’t take long to figure out Finch’s mental health issues reminded me of someone I know. I didn’t think I would like this book because I usually don’t like reading books with characters that hit a little too to home to be comfortable. This is not something I always discuss with strangers but I have a parent that was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Growing up we didn’t know what it was so the extreme mood swings were normal just like they are for Finch’s family. It is not the family’s fault… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Quick and the Undead by Kimberly Raye

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03 January
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I grabbed this one from Netgalley because I wanted something different, and fluffy. Something akin to potato chips or popcorn. I didn’t want to have to commit to anything too much. I just wanted it to be, and to fluff about being ridiculous. This book hit the mark in some aspects of that, and then fell flat in others. I was looking for vampire cowboys, and I got vampire cowboys, but the execution of said vampire cowboys was lacking. Honestly, the first chunk of the book was a lot of fun. We met the main characters, and learned plenty about… Read more »

[ARC Review] This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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01 January
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I LOVED the first book in this series, These Broken Stars. It was full of heart stopping action and swoon worthy romance. While the second book, This Shattered World, was full of action. For me, the romance part fell a little flat. I just didn’t connect with Jubilee and Flynn. I felt that it was realistic to have the two characters that are caught up in a revolution and conspiracies not to be declaring undying love after only a week. I also didn’t really care if they hooked up or not. I felt the story moved a little slower and… Read more »

DNF #3- Of Bone and Thunder by Chris Evans

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24 December
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Oh hey, I’m back with another DNF. This time it was a fantasy novel with an interesting premise that never really got off the ground, despite having lots of flying creatures involved. Once again, I stole this questionnaire from the lovely Nikki. Did you really give Of Bone and Thunder  a chance? I did! I got to 29%. I kept waiting for something to happen and although there were a few things here and there that made the plot seem like it might go somewhere, it continued to plod on for me. Have you enjoyed other books of the same genre?… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Prey by Tom Isbell

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20 December
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This book is bad and it should feel bad. No really, there was nothing worthwhile in this novel, and while I stuck through it for the wtfuckery, I probably should have given it up a long time ago. There’s a dual point of view that I could only distinguish between because one was in third person and the other was in first person. The characters are stupid, they’re given names like Flush (because he doesn’t), Book and Cat. Despite being handicapped and lacking street smarts, our one point of view, Book, somehow does all the things ever. And when he… Read more »

[ARC Review] Brood by Chase Novak

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12 December
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Meh.  After this book, I have officially given up anything that promises creepy horror style children. They always seem like they have such great ideas and promise, and they never deliver. This is my third such disappointment this year, after The Uninvited which was horrendous, and The Three.  Brood is the story of Alice and Adam Twisden, whose wealthy parents had undergone fertility treatments that eventually turned them into feral cannibals. They, like all the other children who were the offspring of these types of fertility treatments, aren’t exactly normal children. When the offspring of these fertility treatments reach puberty, some of them grow… Read more »

[ARC Review] Strands of Sorrow by John Ringo

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11 December
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I was both excited and regretful to read this book. Excited because I have loved this series from the beginning. Regretful because this is the final installment of the Black Tide Rising Series. Over the series I have come to enjoy following the adventures of Steven “Wolf” Smith and his family as they lead the effort to restore civilization after a “zombie” apocalypse. And the family hi-jinx continue in this latest book, complete with dealing with idiots who think the rules of the pre-plague world still exist. I won’t give away any spoilers here, but I will say John Ringo… Read more »

[ARC Reveiw] Suspicion by Alexandra Monir

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07 December
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I had hard time finishing this book because it was just down right boring in parts. I powered through and I finished the book. In the end, I didn’t hat but I didn’t love it either. I am giving an indifferent shrug and three stars because it is just an okay book, nothing special. Seven years ago Imogen’s life was torn apart when her parents died in a fire.   She cut off ties with her extended family in England and lived for years in New York with her guardians. Then one day she finds out the last of her living… Read more »