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Surprising Lord Jack (Duchess of Love, Bk 2)
Surprising Lord Jack (Duchess of Love, Bk 2)
Author: Sally MacKenzie
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Another fun book in the Duchess of Love series. Now that his brother Ned (Bedding Lord Ned) is engaged to be married, Jack's mother has set her sights on finding a wife for him. Desperate to escape the young ladies at his mother's Valentine's ball, Jack sets off for London. Caught in a storm, he stops at an inn where he ends up sharing the bed with a youth who has his own reasons to run.

Frances and her twin brother have been raised mostly by their aunt. Their father is a known rake who abandoned their mother. Frances's brother Frederick left the estate several years earlier and hasn't been back, preferring to live his life in London. Frances has had enough of people telling her what to do. The latest is finding out that her aunt has been scheming with a man to force Frances into marriage with him. So she is going to go to London to see her brother, get the money from her dowry and find a place of her own where she can live as she wants. She knows she can't travel alone as she is, so she cuts her hair and dresses as a boy to make the journey. Trouble comes when her horse goes lame and she ends up having to stay at an inn overnight. She wakes up the next morning with a strange man in bed with her.

This is when the fun begins. Frances actually keeps her head and doesn't panic when she wakes to find Jack there with her. An overzealous innkeeper's wife talks Jack into taking Frances with him on his way to London, despite her objections, meaning that Frances has to find a way to keep up the masquerade. Even worse, she runs into a man who knows her brother, and appears to see through her disguise. Arriving in London, there is more bad news. Her brother is no longer at his last known address, Jack finds an abandoned baby, and there is an encounter with another unpleasant man in a whorehouse. Taking the baby to a place of refuge shows Frances an unexpected side to Jack. Another encounter with the obnoxious Pettigrew opens Jack's eyes to the fact that his traveling companion is not what he thought.

Though Jack has carefully cultivated the reputation of a rake, he is actually a very honorable man. Being caught in a compromising situation with a young woman is not something he wants, as that could force a marriage he doesn't want. At twenty-six, he feels he's still too young and has too much else going on. Besides, the argumentative young woman next to him is nothing like the type of woman he has in mind. As soon as he gets to his house, he'll write to his mother, who he's sure will find a way to fix the dilemma.

Frances is equally horrified at the idea of being forced into marriage. She has no intention of ever getting married. Thanks to the influence of her aunt, and the knowledge of her father's failings, she has a very poor opinion of all men, and she has no problem saying so. Knowing Jack's reputation gives her even more of a reason to resist the idea of marrying him.

Once his mother, the Duchess of Love, arrives, she takes over management of the scandal. There aren't too many people who will go against a Duchess when it comes to social conventions. She also investigates Frances's background and finds that she has more family who would be thrilled to get to know her. Their combined efforts mitigate the scandal somewhat, and suddenly Frances is thrust into an entirely different life.

I loved seeing the way that Jack and Frances's opinions of each other began to change. Jack became more sensitive to the reasons why Frances has the opinions she does. It was rather sweet to see the way that he tried to comfort her when she was upset. It was also funny to see how he went from looking at her as the girl who tried to look like a boy to a desirable woman. He wasn't quite sure how to deal with his changing feelings. Frances was a bit obnoxious at the beginning with her all men are evil attitude. Discovering who Jack was and being aware of his reputation set her against him at once, but almost immediately she saw things that contradicted that reputation. I loved seeing her slowly begin to realize that she wants more from life and that Jack is a big part of that.

Throughout the book is the mystery of who is behind the killings of prostitutes and noblewomen of tarnished reputation. Jack is determined to find out who it is and stop him. When he gets involved with Frances he fears that the scandal will make her a target of this killer. There are several possible suspects and each one is shown to have the capability. When the final confrontation comes, Frances is in the middle of it, thanks to a stupid move on her part. I really liked the way it was resolved by something a little different than the man riding to the rescue. It also served as the final push needed to get Jack and Frances together.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the Duchess and the emphasis she placed on the importance of family. I loved seeing her bring Frances and her mother's family together and the change it made in Frances's life. I also liked the Duchess's protectiveness toward Jack and her realistic withholding of approval of Frances until she was sure that Jack wouldn't be hurt. I loved seeing her loving relationship with her husband, and the final scene with them had me laughing out loud.


Old London Bridge: The Story of the Longest Inhabited Bridge in Europe
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London Bridge has had almost as many iterations as the Great Wall of China. The famous one appears to be the "Old London Bridge" 1176-1832 (the Lake Havasu version is the later one). Many old diagrams, but it could use a good map for those of us who don't know early London geography.


Mechanica
Mechanica
Author: Betsy Cornwell
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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Previous to reading this book I had read Cornwell's book Tides, which I thought was okay. What really grabbed my attention on this book was the blending of steampunk and fairy tale elements; two things I absolutely adore. This ended up being a very cute and fun read; it's not a complex story but there were a lot of elements to the story I really enjoyed.

If you know the story of Cinderella then you know the basis for this story because it follows the Cinderella outline fairly closely. Nicolette's mother was a genius inventor but after her death, Nicolette's father remarried. Nicolette's new stepmother and stepsisters are not at all inviting. After the death of Nicolette's father Nicolette ends up as a servant.

On her sixteenth birthday Nicolette finds a mysterious letter with some clues leading her to her mother's old workshop. From there Nicolette is determined to make her own path and starts to invite things of her own. She hopes to invent something spectacular for the Expo and hook herself an investor to help fund her inventions...eventually she hopes to buy back her family home from the stepmother and stepsisters who despise her.

This was a very cute and fun read and is basically a steampunk Cinderella retelling. The story is pretty straight-forward and predictable; however I did like some of the twists the author added in.

There are some neat steampunk inventions in here. I also liked the interesting politics between the fae realm and the human realm. I enjoyed Nicolette's do for herself attitude and loved that she had a plan and wasn't waiting for anyone to save her. This also isn't your typical romancy YA book; Nicolette (aka Mechanica) does have a crush of sorts throughout the story but it's not really much of a romance. She is way too busy trying to plan for her future and will not put that aside for some silly boy.

My main complaint is that the main plot was very simple. There were some very interesting aspects to the story and some of the surrounding world-building was very intriguing. However, none of this was expanded on much and I wanted so badly to explore this world more. I think this book actually would have been better as a duology or trilogy; then the reader could have explored this interesting world of fae magic and technology in more depth and the story could have been more complex.

Overall I enjoyed this book and thought it was a fun read. The story was engaging, the characters were likable, and the world was intriguing. My main complaint is that a lot of the interesting aspects to this world weren't expanded on enough and this made the story somewhat simple. I really felt like the author could have dug a bit deeper into this intriguing world and would love to see future books set in this world. I would recommend to those who enjoy fairy tale retellings and/or books full of steampunky goodness.


The Wood Queen: An Iron Witch Novel
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This is the second book in The Iron Witch trilogy. I really enjoyed the first one and was excited to read the second book after some of the interesting hints and glimpses we got in the first book. This book ended up being fairly disappointing.

In this book Donna is under trial by the Order of the Dragon and awaiting her punishment for stealing the Elixir of Life. Donna is also dealing with her ailing mother and ends up striking a deal with the Wood Queen; if Donna opens a door to Faerie and lets the Wood Queen and her Wood Elves back home then the Wood Queen will release Donna's mother from the elven curse that has taken away her sanity and consciousness.

Mostly this story was just plain boring; all the parts about the trial and the Order of the Dragon were just boring boring boring. The portions of the story dealing with Donna's failing mother are more interesting. I was disappointed that we don't really get to visit the other realms and that none of that was really expanded on until right at the end of the book.

I didn't like the characters nearly as much as in the first book; they are all so jealous and secretive. Donna is kept in the dark about a number of things and this makes her easy to manipulate and trick. I also didn't like how snotty and combative Donna was all the time, even with characters that were trying to help her. I don't remember her being quite this bad in the first book and am not sure what happened here. Navin is also very jealous throughout and Xan is just plain absent most of the story (both literally and emotionally).

In the first book I really enjoyed how elements of alchemy were combined with the fey; this book doesn't expand on any of that really. Donna is acquiring new powers, but aside from the fact that she is getting them we don't really learn how that ties into alchemy.

Overall this was a quick read, but boring and kind of a drag. I won't be reading the final book because by the time I got to the end of this book I just didn't care anymore...about any of it. It was very disappointing, I thought the first book showed a lot of promise but everything was pretty much taken in the wrong direction in the second book. There are so many other excellent YA fey books out there that would recommend skipping this one.


Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
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I got a copy of this book to review through Librarything's Early Reviewer program. This is Gaiman's third short story collection and it was a good one that covered a wide breadth of genres. I honestly don't have a ton to say about it, if you enjoy Gaiman's writing style you will most likely enjoy this collection. I am a huge fan and enjoyed it, although I had read some of the stories previously.

There are a broad range of stories in here as well as some poems. Some stories are very short and some reach nearly novella length. They cover a very broad variety of topics, although the majority of the stories have some sort of eerie or disconcerting thread through them.

For those who are huge Gaiman fans (like myself) you should be aware that many of these stories have been published elsewhere, so you may have already read them. I own the individual books for both The Sleeper and the Spindle (incredibly well done fairy tale retelling) and The Truth is a Black Cave in the Mountains (another well done story). I had also already listened to Click Clack the Rattlebag on Audible (this was a well done creepy Halloween story).

I think my favorite of the bunch was the one where Gaiman did a story for each month of the year; each stories was inspired by tweets from his fans. I also really enjoyed "And Weep, Like Alexander" which was a funny little story about a man who un-invents annoying things. "Nothing O'Clock" was another fun story that was set in the Doctor Who universe (I am a huge Doctor Who fan and Gaiman's writing style works very well for a Doctor Who story).

I enjoyed many of the stories and believe Gaiman is exceptional at crafting short stories. This is another of those books where I think the stories would have made a bigger and more long lasting impression on me if I had read one or two of them a night. Since I was reading this for review I instead read many stories each night and it was a lot to digest. There weren't really any that stood out as being spectacular, but they were all well done.

Overall a very solid collection of short stories by Gaiman. They are all very well written and cover a wide breadth of topics. Definitely pick this up if you are a Neil Gaiman fan; I would also recommend to fans of quirky and eerie short story collections.


Vinland Saga 7
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This is the 7th volume in the Vinland Saga series. I have been absolutely loving this series and this book was another spectacular one in the series. The illustration, the plot, and the characters are absolutely phenomenal and so well done.

King Canute is on his way to confiscate Ketil's farm for his own use. Ahnheid gets caught in the middle of it all when Ketil finds out about her betrayal as well. Ketil is beset on all sides by betrayal and seems to be trapped. However, one man's despair is another man's fortune...and Thorfinn finds himself in the position to suddenly be free of all the politics. Even with the opportunity to finally be free Thorfinn struggles with leaving Ketil behind when he has some personal sway with King Canute...

The illustration in these mangas remains top notch and amazingly detailed...I love looking at the illustration in here. Characters are always easy to distinguish from each other, the story is easy to follow, and the backgrounds are amazing.

The story has been epic and very well done. I enjoy the comments between books on the actual history of the region and also enjoy the maps showing Thorfinn's journeys.

This is a pretty emotional installment. What happens with Ahnheid is devastating (women really seem to have it rough in this series). The good thing though is that there is hope for the future too; I especially enjoyed the end of the book and where Thorfinn is going. I won't go into detail because of spoilers, but it was wonderful to see Thorfinn have some happiness.

Overall this is one of my absolutely favorite manga series. This is the one manga I immediately buy when a new one releases. Everything about this manga is perfect. Highly recommended to fans of historical manga; or just manga in general. Heck, I would recommend this series to everyone...it's just so well done.


The Novice (Summoner Trilogy)
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I was first drawn to this book by the awesome cover and then hooked when I read the synopsis. This was a fun middle grade/YA fantasy book with a lot of adventure and magic.

Fletcher is a blacksmith in a small town until he acquires a special scroll from a traveler. Fletcher finds that upon reading the scroll he is able to summon a demon and circumstances surrounding the summoning force him to flee town. He ends up at the Adept Military Academy and after a startling set of circumstances finds himself enrolled as a student there. However the Academy is a pretty grueling place because of the endless war the Hominum Empire is fighting with the orcs. The Hominum Empire needs Battlemages on the frontlines ASAP, so Fletcher's training is incredibly short and incredibly competitive.

This book was an interesting blend of fantasy tropes. Some of it reminds of Pokemon (the demons that are summoned) and some of it reminds a bit of Harry Potter (the academy and the quirky teachers that dwell there). There is also a bit of a Dungeons and Dragons feel to it all with the ongoing battle with the orcs and the treaty with the elves. Additionally you have the suppression of the dwarven race thrown in there as well.

There are some subjects in here that are a bit old for middle grade readers (discussion of courtesans as parents...which I wouldn't really want to explain to my 9 year old). However, the book is very middle grade in tone aside from that. So this one is kind of in a grey area as far as reading audience. Besides the courtesan discussion I think this is something my 9 year old would really love, but I am not comfortable with him reading about that topic quite yet. That being said I think the characters are a bit young and immature for most YA readers...of course I enjoyed the book as an adult so...

I really enjoyed Fletcher as a character; he has that whole noble and determined underdog thing going on. I also really enjoyed his "sidekicks" aka the friends he meets at the academy. The demons were also very entertaining and cute.

There is the smaller plot of Fletcher and his struggle to train as a Battlemage but there is also a much broader plot involving all the different races (elves, dwarves, orcs, humans). The world building was well done and I am very interested to see how this broader plot of war will develop over the next few books.

The book isn't completely original (it seems to pull from a variety of fantasy materials already out there) and it was fairly predictable...I could have probably recited what was going to happen from cover to cover after reading the first couple chapters. However, it was still a very fun and entertaining read and was very well written. There is some humor in here too which I loved and the writing flowed nicely.

Overall this was a fun fantasy read. I enjoyed the humor, the characters, the demons, and the world-building. I will most likely continue this series. Although the book wasn't completely original and was pretty predictable; it was still a fun read and I enjoyed it.


From Beachhead to Brittany: The 29th Infantry Division at Brest, August-September 1944
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Second volume in the trilogy history of the 29th U.S. Infantry Division in World War II. A fascinating read, well written of the efforts of the men who fought and died to regain Europe from Nazism.


The Making of Us. by Lisa Jewell
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A very nice story about finding things you are missing in your life and how life can change in knowing there are people out there just like you. I always enjoy Lisa Jewell's books and would put this one close to the top of my list. Read in two days:)


Twenty Wishes (Blossom Street, Bk 5)
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One of Debbie Macomber's sweetest stories. A very lonely widow who volunteers with a young girl,and they both find out how much they need each other. I love stories about families and small town folk who substitute as family!


Stiff Competition (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
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Stiff Competition by Annelise Ryan is the seventh book in the Mattie Winston Mysteries. Stiff Competition picks up eight weeks after the last book in the series. Mattie Winston has had her baby (named Matthew Hurley) and it is her first day back at work. She is called out to a crime scene in the woods. Lars Sanderson, the real estate developer, is the victim. There are many suspects because many people were not happy with Lars business practices (he was building strip malls and cheap condos) and his womanizing ways. Mattie will be busy trying to solve the case and adapt to being a single mother. Mattie and her boyfriend (and baby daddy) Steve Hurley have not been able to move into together because of Emily! Emily is the daughter Steve did not know he had until recently. Emily is fifteen and a handful. She resents Mattie and is making life as difficult as possible for Steve and Mattie. Then Emily disappears. Matt wonders if Emily went back to Milwaukee where she used to live with her mother. Mattie searches Sorenson (Wisconsin) for Emily. Mattie has a feeling that there is more to Emily's disappearance than an upset teenage girl. Will they be able to find Emily in time?

I enjoyed Stiff Competition much more than the previous book in the series (which I only gave 3 out of 5 stars). I thought I would give the series another chance, and I am glad that I did. The book starts out a little slow (with a lot of whining), but it gets much better. The murder mystery (as well as Emily's disappearance) are easy to solve, but there are some good clues to follow. I did feel that Emily's disappearance dominated the book. The murder of Lars Sanderson took a back seat in the novel. I really feel bad for Steve Hurley. Hurley, once again, played a small role. I hope he plays a bigger part in the next book (and that Mattie is less hormonal). Overall, Stiff Competition was a good cozy mystery. I give Stiff Competition 4 out of 5 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of Stiff Competition from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Away (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
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This story IS about Lillian Leib and how a young immigrant with very little knowledge of America goes on adventure of her life. I was glad to have met Lillian. I was glad she found love but sad for all her losses. Some scary stuff in this book and I am surprised that she even stayed alive through all her tribulations. I think if you like turn of the century stories with all the mores of that time, you should like this book. Narrator Barbara Rosenblatt brings the characters to life. 5 stars.


Texas Loving (Cowboys, Bk 13)
Texas Loving (Cowboys, Bk 13)
Author: Leigh Greenwood
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Eden Maxwell is the only daughter of Texas rancher Jake and his wife Isabelle. Her parents adopted 11 orphans and what they called strays over the years so Eden was raised to be a rough and tumble Texan. One day a stranger rode into the ranch and informed Isabelle that he is her father and an English Earl. Jake, Isabelle and Eden go with the Earl to England for a visit. Eden is soon very taken with the Earl's heir Edward. When she learns a secret about him she tells him never thinking about the consequences of what she had done. Edward leaves without saying goodbye to anyone.

Eden and her parents go back to Texas and she worries that she has ruined Edward's life and that she will never see him again. Shortly after returning to Texas mysterious things start to happen at the various family ranches and the "boys" can't determine why it is happening or who is doing it. Eden is sent by her parents to stay with 2 of her sister in laws who are having difficult pregnancies. To her surprise she finds Edward is working for 2 of her brothers and has brought his thoroughbred horse Crusader with him from England and is preparing the horse to race in the same big annual race that Eden plans to participate in with her mare. Edward wants to win the money so he can buy a ranch and prove to Eden that he is worthy of marriage even though they have never spoken of love or marriage. When someone deliberately injures Eden's horse the family realizes that Eden is the target of what ever is happening at the various ranches. Lots of suspense as the family works together to determine who is behind the evil. At the same time Edward and Eden are falling in love even though he is hesitant to express his feelings. A happy ending does happen but it was an interesting journey for them to get there.


Thin Ice: A Novel (Men of Valor)
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Thin Ice by Irene Hannon is the second book in the Men of Valor series. Christy Reed lives in St. Louis, Missouri and she is the Director of Youth Programs for a municipal recreation program in St Louis County. Christy is going to visit her sister, Ginny (a wildlife biologist). Christy has not been able to reach her and is worried. As she approaches her sister's house she notices a police officer blocking the road. Her sister's house in on fire. The fire progresses quickly and no one escaped. Christy had lost her parents just eight months prior in a car accident. Christy no longer has any family left. Two months later Christy receives a letter in her sister's handwriting. Ginny states that she has been kidnapped. Christy is shocked. Christy calls the FBI and reaches Lance McGregor (a brand new FBI Agent). Christy and Lance will need to work together to locate Ginny.

Thin Ice is a good suspense novel, but it was not great. I felt that the author tried to put too much into one book (Lance's injured brother, another brother and his lady friend, Lance's guilty conscience over an incident that happened oversees). I only gave you a summary of the main part of the story. And why does every book have to have a romance? Is it really necessary. The one thing that really turned me off in this book was the killer torturing mice and animals. The descriptions were just awful (and upsetting for an animal lover). I give Thin Ice 4 out of 5 stars. Thin Ice is nicely written and it had a pretty good flow. Thin Ice, though, is a disturbing book (be prepared). I think with a little editing, Thin Ice would be a great book. Though Thin Ice is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone (I did not read the first book in the series).

I received a complimentary copy of Thin Ice from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


When Breath Becomes Air
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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi are the words of a physician taking a philosophical look at his own profession and the words of a young man brought face to face with his own mortality. What can I possibly say about a book that comprises the final words of a dying man? My recommendation - Read it, and then perhaps read it again. It will leave you changed.

Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2016/02/when-breath-becomes-air.html

Reviewed based on a publisher's galley received through NetGalley


Wedding the Highlander (Pine Creek Highlander, Bk 3)
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Really love this series; this one is especially interesting.


Midwives
Midwives
Author: Chris Bohjalian
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Graphic detail of Births and complications, Family tragedy, well written, Legal Trial


Plain Perfect
Plain Perfect
Author: Beth Wiseman
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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This is from the Authors page:
While all of my books can be read as stand-alones, I think it's much more fun to read them in order. I have two seriesDaughters of the Promise and Land of Canaan. Some of the characters cross over, so here is the order I recommend:
Plain Perfect (Daughters of the Promise)
Plain Pursuit (Daughters of the Promise)
Plain Promise (Daughters of the Promise)
Plain Paradise (Daughters of the Promise)
Seek Me With All Your Heart (Land of Canaan)
Plain Proposal (Daughters of the Promise)
The Wonder of Your Love (Land of Canaan)
His Love Endures Forever (Land of Canaan)
Plain Peace (Daughters of the Promise)


Plain Pursuit (Daughters of the Promise, Bk 2)
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This is from the Authors page:
While all of my books can be read as stand-alones, I think it's much more fun to read them in order. I have two seriesDaughters of the Promise and Land of Canaan. Some of the characters cross over, so here is the order I recommend:
Plain Perfect (Daughters of the Promise)
Plain Pursuit (Daughters of the Promise)
Plain Promise (Daughters of the Promise)
Plain Paradise (Daughters of the Promise)
Seek Me With All Your Heart (Land of Canaan)
Plain Proposal (Daughters of the Promise)
The Wonder of Your Love (Land of Canaan)
His Love Endures Forever (Land of Canaan)
Plain Peace (Daughters of the Promise)


Pandora's Daughter
Pandora's Daughter
Author: Iris Johansen
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Megan Blair has heard "voices" since she was a little girl, but when her mother is murdered when Megan is 15, a family "uncle" takes her in and the voices seem to disappear. As an adult, she is now a physician in the ER, but has trouble blocking out her extreme emotions concerning her patients. After being run off the road and narrowly missing death, an old childhood friend, Neal Grady, comes into her life. Megan finds out she is a descendant of a family of psychics reaching back to the middle ages who are constantly being hunted (for the lack of a better word) by people who either think psychics are "freaks," or who want to use their psychic powers for their own devices/evil. Megan also finds out her mother was a "Pandora" psychic who killed a man that was beating and gang-raping her. Now she is in the fight for her life as the brother of the murdered man has been searching and found Megan for revenge.

While I like the premise of this book, with the psychic skills (it has potential to be refreshing and new), it falls seriously flat. A romance between Megan and Neal develops and really has no business being in the book, as it serves no purpose. The constant referring to psychics as "freaks" becomes redundant and frustrating to the reader. The psychic powers that are touched on and used could have been honed and featured more, yet they are only touched on, so what exactly is the point? All-in-all, a waste of time for me, but I could see how women who enjoy romance novels with a tinge of danger would find this an entertaining read.


Betrayal of Trust (J. P. Beaumont, Bk 21)
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Still whining about the reversible lanes on the floating bridges years after they have been changed.


Blood Orange Brewing (Tea Shop, Bk 7)
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Still working on this series. The benefit was that it helped me switch from a coffee to tea habit.


A Man of Honor
A Man of Honor
Author: Joseph Bonanno, Joe Bonanno
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction, Substores
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Having heard many stories about Mr. Bonanno in my lifetime I wanted to read what he had to say about himself in his autobiography. Mr. Bonanno's long standing reputation of one of the most powerful crime figures in American history was interesting. I'm not gullible enough to believe he didn't leave out some of the happenings he didn't want to talk about, but I will say I felt he was pretty honest about alot more than I expected. He is a good author. He had an interesting life. I have finished the book feeling glad I read it. In real life Joe Bonanno was a nice guy. His "business" was how he made his money. Because I knew this when I picked up this book, it made it that much more interesting to read.


Let Me Tell You a Story: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood
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Less "A memoir of a wartime childhood" and more "a childhood that happened to occur during wartime". While the war definitely frames Renata's life and dictates where she gets sent and how often, ultimately her recollection is that of a very young child that didn't understand what war was and therefore just ran about acting quite spoiled and constantly deciding she hated everyone that wouldn't give her everything she wanted.

I know that some people have a very good memory of their childhood, but the level of detail here is almost impossible to believe, which also made me side-eye the story the entire time.


The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life
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Obviously, proper use of apostrophes is not a prerequisite to joining.


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