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I try to view each book as a potential friend that is willing to take me on a journey.

Review: Ameera Unveiled

Ameera Unveiled - Kathleen Varn

This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Kat decided she wanted to do something new after retirement and decided to try belly dancing. By the description given of the book I expected a personal growth story. It almost felt as if it was one of that aims the author was going for, but she didn't quite get there.

 

The conflict of the story was Kat's stage fright. She talked about it to excess. At one point I was wondering if she was that stressed about dancing and preforming why she didn't just quit. Kat started belly dancing as a hobby. Something she wanted to do for herself. Then she became unhinged at the idea of preforming in front of people.

 

Kat's teacher was Sybil. Throughout the book she would finish teaching her class and then hurry off to some nameless place. It felt like her lines in a play were no longer on the page and she needed to get off the stage as quickly as possible. I wondered why and it was never answered.

 

The author kept hinting at back story, but then wouldn't complete it. For every five hints at background information she would give us one story. She kept describing things with vague words and it felt like she could see the things she was describing so well she would use vague words that left the picture incomplete. One example was the description of a stage. It was described as unusual, I don't know what made it unusual, was it made out of marble, or was it amoeba shaped, maybe there were spikes on the outer edge. I have no idea what made it unusual.

 

I wondered what Kat's family thought about her dancing. They were mentioned and said to be supportive, but she did not practice in front of them and they only went to one of her performances. For the most part we didn't actually talk to them about it and I wondered.

 

The other dancers were just names until near the end of the book. There was very little background information given. I had no feelings about them positive or negative. After awhile I stopped trying to keep them straight.

 

Halfway through there was a sudden location change. The characters went to a place where the people they encountered were behaving differently than what is considered the social norm, there were swingers, cross dressers, roll playing, etc. It felt like she was trying to be shocking and the more she went on about it the more her delivery fell short.

 

By the end of the story I did enjoy the friendships which had formed between Kat and the other characters.

Review: The King of Attolia

The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #3) - Megan Whalen Turner

After marrying the Queen of Attolia in the last book Eugenides had become King, not something he wanted. This book he must come to terms with that.

 

Within the series I like this book the best. I thought Costis, the narrator, was an interesting voice. I was half way through the book before it occurred to me each story had a different narrator. I am not entirely positive why I found that interesting, but there it is.

 

I enjoyed how almost everyone completely dismissed the knowledge they gained throughout the story. They had a preconceived notion of who the king was and he was able to fool them about his true nature and abilities.

Review: The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair Thursday Next Novels Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) - Jasper Fforde

I find it difficult to describe this book let alone my feelings and thoughts about it. Characters from well known fiction were being abducted. Thursday next was the person to try and stop it.

 

The villain of the book had no real motivation. He talked about how he just wanted to be evil for the sake of being evil. His motivation did not feel realistic.

 

I did trip a little with the first mention of how the book Jane Eyre ended. Then I got into the swing of things and enjoyed myself.

Review: Blue is for Nightmares

Blue is for Nightmares - Laurie Faria Stolarz

Stacey has premonitions or nightmares where one of her friends is murdered. She spends the book trying to prevent it.

I liked the premise. She tried everything she could to change what she had seen despite what other people thought and despite what problems she encountered along the way.

The book was a lot of waiting. Stacey had a nightmare, then she meditated, thought about talking to someone, she would then have a nightmare, then she would meditate, then talk with someone. This continued to go around and around until the last twenty pages where all the action happens.

Review: Mind Games

Mind Games - Kiersten White

This book is about sisters Fia and Annie who try to do everything they can to protect each other.

The first thing I want to say is the cover is gorgeous.

I liked how the sisters had always looked out for each other. I did find myself annoyed with Annie because she never listened to Fia. It made their relationship one sided. guess it was true to real life where so many relationships favor one person over another.

This was a very fast read. I am curious to see what will happen in the next book.

Review: Reforming the Rogue

Reforming the Rogue - Donna Lea Simpson

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

Nic wanted to stop his brother Cairngrove from marrying Jessica. Jessica's sister Linnet decided to do everything in her power to make sure the wedding happened.

I don't care if you dislike someone, but if a family member loves them and wants them to be a part of their lives then that is their decision and you should support them. Even if you believe it is a mistake it is their mistake to make.

The sudden turn around of Nic was unrealistic and was very sudden. There was no build up towards it.  By the end everything was sweet enough to make a person go into sugar shock.

Review: Freefall (Saint Squad #1)

Freefall - Traci Hunter Abramson

Amy Whitmore was one of seven people taken hostage in a foreign country. Lieutenant Brent Miller was one of five Navy Seals sent in to save them. Things went awry, Amy and Brent had to make their own way back to safety.

I kept thinking I shouldn't like these people. Amy was athletic, supermodel gorgeous, artistic and incredibly smart. Brent was the male version. Despite the fact that these two characters were entirely too perfect I still liked them.

The pace of the book was fast and fun. I am currently sick and this book did not take a lot of brain power to be able to follow along. Exactly what I need.

Review: Princess of the Silver Woods

Princess of the Silver Woods - Jessica Day George

This is the third book in the series. The King Under Stone is back and threatening the sisters.

 

I liked Oliver. I almost expected the Robin Hood aspect of the story to be more prevalent. Instead it felt like a passing fancy.

 

Petunia went on and on about how all of her siblings viewed her as if she were still six years old. I think that was mostly her perception of things. In the end they all let her stand up and take charge of the situation.

 

Jonquil was whiny and annoying throughout the entire book. I don't remember her or any of the characters from the first two being that bad. Yes, she was in a bad situation, but then again so were all of her sisters. She was the only one constantly bemoaning her fate and making herself ill.

 

I liked this book better than the second one and feel it was a good conclusion to the trilogy.

Review: Reboot

Reboot - Amy Tintera

Wren had died five years earlier and then awoken 178 minutes later. She was now a Reboot, a soldier and training a new Reboot, Callum. He managed to show her that her emotions were not as buried as she had always believed.

 

I am finding this review difficult to write.

 

I liked how Wren's emotional growth happened slowly throughout the first half of the book. She had no way to express herself at the beginning but by the end she had learned at least to a point.

 

I liked Callum and that he questioned everything he was told and everything he was told to do. He also refused to fit into the expectations of what a Reboot should be.

 

The book was a fast paced read. Plenty of action and emotional turmoil. I look forward to the second in the series.

Review: American Assassin

American Assassin (Mitch Rapp Series #11) - Vince Flynn

This book explains why and how Mitch Rapp became a CIA assassin.

 

I have read other reviews of this book and a lot of people were upset because of the many typos. Since this book could be categorized as pulp fiction I do not believe the grammatical errors were that big a deal.

 

The characters were engaging and the plot moved fast. The book was an enjoyable experience and I look forward to reading other books by this author.

Review: Paradigm

Paradigm - Helen Stringer

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

This book takes place in a distopian future. Most of society had broken down and what was left was run by corrupt corporations and an artificial life form known and MUTHA. The main character's name was Sam. He was traveling around the country trying to stay alive and away from any large city. MUTHA spent the book looking for Sam and Sam spent the book trying to avoid MUTHA.

 

There were some plot problems with in the book. One of them I had a problem with was how the characters acquired food and water. If they were as scarce as the author said there should have been less scenes centered around food.

 

The characters were interesting. Some of them were Alma who could do anything physical and still be likable. Bast who was creatively unlikable. Vincent who was neither and Bethany the child were was so stupid she couldn't help but be sweet.

 

There was enough actions and fast paced movement which made the book interesting. This was a fun fast read.

Review: The Nazi Hunters

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi - Neal Bascomb

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

This is the story of how Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi leader, was captured years after he escaped Germany post WWII.

As I started reading I was expecting a textbook like experience. Instead it read more like a novel and I really enjoyed that. It made reading it a lot easier and harder to put down.

I liked the intake team. They did everything they could to make sure Eichmann made it through the experience unhurt and comfortable, or at least as comfortable as a prisoner could be. I really liked the girl Sylvia and everything her family did to insure Eichmann would be captured.

I thought the psychological ramifications the intake team had after they managed to get Eichmann was interesting. They each had personal experience with the Holocaust and struggled coming to terms with those experiences. The idea that they weren't expecting that along with how hard it was for them was fascinating.

My favorite part was the epilogue. I enjoyed learning what had happened to each of the people in the book after the trial. I like hearing about how peoples lives continue past what is arguably one of the biggest events in their lives.

Review: The Queen of Attolia

The Queen of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner

Eugenides was known as the man who could steal anything. In this book he was caught and paid the price. Then in recovering he was required to steal a man, a navy and a queen.

 

I enjoyed the beginning, but for awhile I was unsure where she was going. Then the middle came where she had the war and the strategies of the war. Country A fought country B and won some islands. Country B fought and won back some islands. Country C was stuck in the middle. It dragged a little.

 

I really liked the end. I felt as though it could have been developed a little more. We could have gotten more detail about what each character was doing and thinking, but I did enjoy it. I liked the characters. I cared what would happen to Eugenides Eddis, and Attolia. I liked how everyone underestimated each other.

 

I am curious how the author will continue the story with the next book.

Review: Fortunately, the Milk

Fortunately, the Milk - Neil Gaiman, Skottie Young

A father goes to the corner store to buy his children some milk and the improbable journey he ended up on.

 

This book reminded me of reading Shel Silverstien when I was a child. The humor and flow were similar. I had fun reading this and it went really quickly.

 

I also want to say I believe the father's story just because I think someone should and his children clearly didn't.

Review: The Perfect Hope

The Perfect Hope - MacLeod Andrews, Nora Roberts

This book is the third in the trilogy. It deals with the final brother Ryder and the innkeeper Hope.

 

This book doesn't have many differences from the first two books or from her Wedding Quartet, but since I really liked them as well I can't hold that against her.

 

I did like the side story about the ghost Lizzy and her lost love.

 

Review of Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall - Cris Dukehart, Rachel Hawkins

After a spell went wrong sixteen year old Sophie was sent to Hex Hall, an isolated school for witches, faeries and shapeshifters, until she was eighteen. Sophie's classmates started to get hurt and her new roommate, a vampire, was being blamed for it.

 

I liked the characters. Jenna the best friend, a vampire who liked pink. Archer, the guy, who teased Sophie. Elodie, the clique leader, even though she was the antithesis of the main character she wasn't that bad.

 

Sophie didn't dwell on why she was sent to the school, this I appreciated. There was teenager angst, but it the main character was supposed to be sixteen so I figure that is okay.

 

I read it very fast and I didn't get bogged down at any point. For some reason I expected to and since I wasn't I was pleasantly surprised.

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