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Dietz123

Joined December 2016

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Panpan

My mistake for picking up the last in the series without reading the rest. Even so, there was some clumsy writing and plotting going on. Props to the heroine for being imperfect, and assertive. Our hero is 12 years her senior, which was not my jam in fantasy land. He doesn‘t have so much as a grey hair, and he‘s very fit. Very mysterious as I don‘t recall him working out or having a profession.

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Crusades | Terry Jones
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A great, captivating introduction to an interesting period in history. If you‘ve never read about the Crusades before, start here.

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Mogul | Joanna Shupe
Bailedbailed

Props to the author for the gilded age setting, brought to life with historical details not usually included in romance. I wanted to love it. But instead of romantic tension and/or discovery, we get angst created by the heroine‘s father who decides they have to ‘work for it,‘ to be a couple. No thanks.

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The Duchess in His Bed | Lorraine Heath
Bailedbailed

Even stuck on an airplane, I couldn‘t finish. Don‘t bother.

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The Witcher #1 | Paul Tobin
Panpan

The graphic art is great, and I don‘t mind the open narrative typical of graphic novels. But, I‘ve enjoyed other fantasy tales more. This is very, very dark, my friends. Toxic masculinity reeks from every page like odor from a confined animal feeding operation. Like a car wreck, it‘s hard to look away, I did finish the book. But no more, I read for enjoyment and this is not it.

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Carve the Mark | Veronica Roth
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After the disappointing end to her Divergent series, I‘d forgotten all about this author. A snow day prompted me to pick up this one. The quality of the writing is perfect. The romantic elements are light (kissing). The plot is heavy with suffering and difficult choices. I liked it, but as with her other books, I found myself wishing for just a touch of comic relief. Alas, I knew up front there would be none forthcoming.

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Bailedbailed

I DNF‘d after about 6 chapters. I just could not wade through the confusing fantasy elements. There‘s so many different tribes, and they all have different gods, cultures, and rules. It‘s exhausting. This book is long, folks, and so much world building slows the plot down.

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This Earl of Mine | Kate Bateman
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An exciting read, with fun and well paced plot. Prepare to suspend disbelief in the name of fun...the scene at Newgate prison is both improbable and naive.

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Mehso-so

Gets off to a nice start, but the plot lags in the middle. Also, I‘ve read other books in this series, and earlier books had me convinced the gentlemen‘s club was beyond reform. Now the hero is trying to reform it, and I‘m a little uncertain about that.

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This is a thoughtful book. If you‘re a feminist and a Catholic like me, you might especially connect with Melinda‘s perspective. The best part about this book is hearing someone raised more conservatively than myself talk compassionately about birth control.

marleed I loved this book and I hadn‘t given that much consideration to Melinda Gates before. I was also raised Catholic but much more on the liberal side - which I know is not easy to find. 3mo
Dietz123 Liberal Catholics exist! They are just under appreciated.... 2mo
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Aurora Blazing: A Novel | Jessie Mihalik
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The 2nd installment in the series. Just as good as the first, but with the world-building already done. Now we just get more of the the action, adventure, and style we loved. Plus, the stakes go up, heroine‘s brother is in mortal danger. Heroine is more reserved than her sister (1st book) which makes each book a unique treasure rather than a rinse and repeat.

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This book is so interesting. The author shows us the disparity between conservative arguments and the reality she has personally witnessed as a philanthropist. The importance of the message outstrips her skill as a writer, and she doggedly forged ahead anyway. I think she succeeded in making her point. I recommend you judge for yourself.

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Good, but a bit of a slog. You have to be well rested and ready for a lot of historical detail. Nobody brings history to like with the great humor of Mr. Bryson.

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A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson
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This classic can‘t be missed. It‘s still fun, still relevant, still a great read. Even if you never intend to hike the AT, it‘s a thoughtful read about nature and the humans within.

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I loved learning more about the Mars rovers. It gets bogged down a bit in the middle with design alternative descriptions. But hey, that‘s science, baby!

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This book is fun, irreverent, and hilarious. I loved the heroine, she was joyous and passionate about her chosen life. One quibble, I would have liked to know more about the hero. He was nice, but just sort of there. Maybe that‘s what the author intended. Still, I‘d have liked to known more of his thoughts.

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The Highlander's Touch | Karen Marie Moning
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I knew I was in iffy territory with a time-travel romance. This was better than any time-travel romance I have read previously. Still pretty terrible.

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This is a great book! When paired with a free phone app like Starchart, you and your kid will have tons of fun with your small telescope. Great STEM activity!

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
Mehso-so

This is a rich fantasy novel with very light, chaste romantic elements. I felt like the love triangle was not fully explored. Also, plot points are too easily resolved, robbing the book of literary tension.

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Bailedbailed

Bland, meandering plot. Barely adequate writing.

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Pickpick

Fans of the series will appreciate this latest release. As always, I found the characters entertaining and the plot light, predictable, and fun.

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Bailedbailed

I‘d have to be terminally bored to read this unimaginative drivel.

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Roar | Cora Carmack
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This YA was fun and original. The story improves after the first few chapters. Good chemistry between the main characters makes up for the tame romantic parts. I intend to read the next in the series, as there were many loose ends.

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Slightly Wicked | Mary Balogh
Mehso-so

The beginning was exciting, the middle was interesting and fleshed out the cast of characters. I felt the ending was rushed. I also expected more backlash from her family when the heroine returns home.

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I enjoyed this light reading, it has all the charm of a typical regency romance. This is a quiet romance, with the primary conflict being the ups and downs of a new relationship. Fans of the series will enjoy reconnecting with previous characters.

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This is another good one from this author. I nearly put it down about halfway, because there is a lot going on in this plot. Suffrage, murder, domestic violence, corruption, class strife. The author handled it well, even placing the story later in time than most Victorian historicals. This time adjustment does help explain the modern thought injected into the story.

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Storm and Fury | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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I never expected a return to this series, but I really enjoyed it. It expands and enriches the previous world-building. I do wish I‘d re-read the preceding book to remind myself of previous plot points. This book brings back all my favorite characters, but never detracts from the main.
Throughout this series, I‘ve had some doubts about how purity/souls/auras are presented. But I think there might be a more satisfying reveal coming in future books.

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Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
Mehso-so

Pros: This re-written fairytale gives a role to everyone, not just the heroine. Also, friendship is valued as much as romantic love.
Cons: I almost DNF‘d early on, because it‘s not an enjoyable tale at the beginning. I almost quit again, because the author hits you over the head repeatedly with the moral of the story. I kept going because the feminist themes warmed the cockles of my heart.

LibrarianRyan I soooooo agree. If I had been reading it I would have never finished, but since it was on audio...I had to speed it up to 1.75X because the reader was putting me to sleep. I like the idea, and some scenes, like the play. The ending was great, but the journey to there.....UGHHHHHHHHHH 8mo
Dietz123 True. Granted, I wasn‘t the target audience. 7mo
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Elect | Rachel Van Dyken
Bailedbailed

I DNF‘d this so hard. The opening chapters are violent an confusing, the author is driving the plot so hard, she forgets to set the scene. No thanks.

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Mehso-so

I didn‘t quite buy the romance, the hero wasn‘t very compelling. The mystery/intrigue parts got dull towards the climax rather than building up. I imagine a kid between 12-15 would like this a lot better than I did.

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When You Dare | Lori Foster
Bailedbailed

I DNF‘d midway. Stereotypes abound in this one. I maybe could have lived with that. But the heroine‘s dad is a jerk, and the hero stuck his nose into that. Not cool. Also, as soon as they get to the hero‘s house, all plot excitement just putters out. That‘s premature death to an action/romance.

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The Harlot Countess | Joanna Shupe
Bailedbailed

Who is more interesting than the lead couple? Almost everyone else in this insipid tale. The debutante heroine‘s reputation is ruined by a lie. The hero slut-shames her for almost the entire book. He was a prize jackass for so long, no amount of apology could redeem him.

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Dreaming of You | Lisa Kleypas
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This book is an excellent example of everything a regency romance should be. A self made hero and an enterprising heroine. This book is older, but you‘d never know it wasn‘t written last year. Kleypas does a great job.

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This is a surprisingly thoughtful tale masquerading as ‘just another cheap romance.‘ I loved how thoughtful our characters are, and how they interact with the world around them. The book felt authentic in a way that Victorian era historicals seldom do. One small quibble: the Yellow House plot line was resolved too quickly, and I suspect this is just to move the plot along. Still, I will likely read other books by this author.

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The Duke | Kerrigan Byrne
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I liked the heroine, but the hero was such a jerk. I believe the author was trying to keep the suspense going and show us a resourceful heroine. I enjoyed cameos from other characters in this highly enjoyable series. Actually, this is the only book in the series I would pass on.

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Caught! | Lori Foster
Bailedbailed

I didn‘t make it past the first few pages...it was a hard no for me.

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The Duchess of Love | Sally MacKenzie
Mehso-so

The plot is rushed like all novellas, indeed this one is shockingly short. I found the quality of the writing to be acceptable if you‘re in the mood for something predictable and sweet. There is very little drama or angst. If you like historical accuracy and detail in regency novels, look elsewhere.

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This book is an interesting treatise on healthy eating. It‘s a classic, I may consider re-reading. Sad times we live in when it takes a journalist and not a dietician to show us how to eat healthy.

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Readers with an interest in architecture will enjoy this relatable tale crafted for the layman. It‘s shorter and not as pedantic as Bryant‘s “Home.” Readers of modest origins may find the final cost per square foot off-putting, but please don‘t dismiss this as a rich man‘s idle project.

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Mehso-so

This is well written, and it shows how narrow our margin of victory was. Still, this is history as we‘ve all been taught it. Over. And over. And over. If you did well in 4th grade, spend your time elsewhere.

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This is the second book, and they should be read in order. This book makes a lot of clarifications on the first book, including folding illustrations and a few more tips. Both books are excellent.

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Prisoner of Night | J.R. Ward
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Insta-love, the romantic bits weren‘t convincing. The plot feels kind of thin and predictable. I was on an airplane, otherwise I never would‘ve finished. The book references a lot of wider plot points I assume were covered in previous books. The writing is okay, so if you‘re determined to read the series, make sure you get the first book.

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Empire of Sand | Tasha Suri
Mehso-so

The writing is excellent, if you like fantasy elements you won‘t be disappointed. The tale is well embellished with imaginative world building. The characters really seem to come alive, well described and with believable motivations.
Still, I can only give a 7/10. The plot slows to a crawl in the middle of the book. In the last half, I got tired of the interaction of the heroine and the spirits/gods. The heroine does very little else.

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The Marriage Contract | Katee Robert
Bailedbailed

I DNF‘d after six chapters. I found the writing to be poor, the characters unrelateable, and the plot to be improbable.

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Slightly Married | Mary Balogh
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I barely managed to finish this slow-moving and predictable romantic tale. The overstated source of conflict is the characters‘ own reservations about the nature of the relationship. This drags on to the second to last chapter, relieved only by information about characters to be featured in future novels.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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Excellence in writing and plot. This beauty and beast retelling is fresh and original. The heroine treads a thin line between heroism and foolishness. The plot is really well executed. But the hero‘s characterization suffers because the author is setting us up for the next book. The hero‘s guard friend Grey was a much more compelling character, and many other readers preferred him to the hero. Still, a highly recommended book.

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Pros: Can‘t miss! This is excellent writing. Our heroine is a talented female doctor for a heroine. The hero is equally talented. I enjoyed cameos from other characters in the series. I even enjoyed a rather shameless few chapters devoted to setting up the next book. Cons: I‘m not sure what Hamlet has to do with anything. It‘s either a moral lesson I missed, or a plot point yet to be revealed. Pokie wasn‘t impressed.

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Water Bound | Christine Feehan
Mehso-so

The plot was exciting, it had fantasy elements. The heroine has a mental health condition, which I felt was handled well. The hero was likeable, almost too few flaws. Both main characters came with tragic backstory.
Cons include some slow spots in the plot. Also, some convenient money and circumstances. It felt like instant love rather than chemistry and build-up of sexual tension.

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Polaris Rising: A Novel | Jessie Mihalik
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I‘m still basking in the afterglow of this terrific book. So is my reading buddy. This is her, “Whaddya mean it‘s over?” look.

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Polaris Rising: A Novel | Jessie Mihalik
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Home run! This romantic space adventure is so my catnip. I can barely express how much I loved the plot and characters. Well written by an author with a computer background. Looking forward to the sequel.