Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Hello Stranger by Katherine Center

Hello StrangerHello Stranger by Katherine Center
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was super cute and I loved that I learned something new around face blindness. I had not previous heard or known anything about this.

This was a little too slow for me at times. I also wanted more romance and more of Joe and Sadie.

I figured out pretty early on what was happening within the love triangle, but I still enjoyed it.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Under Currents by Nora Roberts

Under CurrentsUnder Currents by Nora Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Make sure you check triggers before reading this one as it can be a very hard read in some places.

This is told in 3 parts. Part 1 focuses around domestic violence and abuse towards children. It was so good though and nothing that I was expecting. Part 2 slows down a lot though. You do get some more around one character from part 1, but it was really short. Part 3 also brings a little bit around someones past but it also moved fast. Sadly, part 2 and 3 were just not for me and focused more on things that just lost that initial engagement for me.

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Monday, May 15, 2023

Darling Venom by Parker S. Huntington

Darling VenomDarling Venom by Parker S. Huntington
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I tried picking this one up a while back and I just could not get into it. I decided to give it one more try on audio.

I love an emotional story and I love when a book can make me cry. I saw people sobbing over this one, but it just did not get me there. Yes, this has some sad moments but they never went over that edge for me. I wanted them to pull at my heart strings even more. The ending left me in a moment of "is this it" but it just again did not go deep enough. I did get the frown face/choke up moment, but I wanted tears running down my face moment.

Overall, this was ok.

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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Kagen the Damned by Jonathan Maberry

Kagen the Damned (Kagen the Damned, #1)Kagen the Damned by Jonathan Maberry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am not one to usually grab for Fantasy, but I had this one on my shelf and decided to give it a try. When this started I thought it would be an instant DNF. However; I was done with Part 1 pretty quickly and was wanting to keep going.

This does have several triggers for death and murder of innocent people, women, and children. It also deals with rape and other horrible things to these same groups.

I really enjoyed part 1, but then this started to slow down for me. I was not loving part 2 or 3 as it was very repetitive with nothing new really happening. However; I also could not put it down. I ended up skimming some of these sections though to move along.

Overall, I did enjoy this more than I thought. It is more a 2 star overall, but since I am not a fantasy person and it kept me wanting to read I am bumping it up a star.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023

The Long March Home: A World War II Novel of the Pacific by Marcus Brotherton

The Long March Home: A World War II Novel of the PacificThe Long March Home: A World War II Novel of the Pacific by Marcus Brotherton

I was sent a copy of this book from a publisher/publicity team/giveaway. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

This is much more it is me than you kind of thing. Historical fiction is very hit or miss for me. It really depends on what information they are covering and how. I was excited around this one, but I just could not get into it.

I actually tried both physically reading and the audio for this one. I just could not get into it. I needed more to hook me in the beginning.

Sadly, I did not finish this one.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Fourth Wing (The Empyrean, #1)Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I will start off by saying that I am not really a fantasy person, but I love Rebecca Yarros and wanted to give this one a try.

This started off pretty strong, but then it kind of lost me. This read really young adult for almost 70% of the story. I kept pushing through since I liked the dragon selection scenes as well as the scenes that involved Violet and Xaden.

Speaking of the romance though, there really was not much at all. This is where I am a little confused based on reviews I was seeing. I read mostly romance and I found few scenes with the two together. I will say I was loving the two together, but I just kept waiting for more of them. It really did not come until almost 70/80% of the story.

I did like Xaden and liked his story and background.

The middle just dragged though and I found myself a little bored at times. I would normally DNF how I was feeling, but I did want to see when everything came together since I know how well RY can do that. I just never really got it in the end.

I predicted the ending before it happened. I may or may not pick up book two as I did enjoy this more than a normal fantasy but do hope for more romance in the next one.

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Saturday, May 6, 2023

One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak

One Perfect SummerOne Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was completely in love with this story when it started and was enjoying learning more around all three of the sisters. Each brought a different story and I was excited to see how everything would unfold.

The middle was just too dragged out and the ending was too rushed for me. I did not like how everything unfolded and wanted more to how the sisters find out how they are related. Even if the ending was not as rushed and we got more around that part of the story where they find everything out it would have wrapped up better. It all felt too unfinished in the end.

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Mile High by Liz Tomforde

Mile High (Windy City #1)Mile High by Liz Tomforde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When this first started and the characters meet within the first page or so, I was thinking that this was not going to be for me. However; I kept pushing through and I am glad that I did.

This was super cute! I loved Zanders and how far he came within the story. He brought so many emotional impacts with his family life as well. Stevie was great as well. I was over the reason they could not be together though.

I love the side characters just as much as I loved Zanders and Stevie.

Overall, I enjoyed this one and cannot wait to see where the series goes next.

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