Posted 3 days ago

Review: Be with Me (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn

Review: Be with Me (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn


Initial reaction: Dude, I have some complaints about this. The audio reading is fine, but there are moments of cheese and underdevelopment. Review to come.

Full review:

Have you ever picked up a book where you appreciate the story being told for what it offers, but find you hate the way it’s told? That pretty much sums up my reaction to J. Lynn’s second book in the “Wait for You” series – “Be…

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Posted 1 week ago

Review: Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West

Review: Pieces of Olivia by Melissa West


Initial reaction: It was a decently written narrative, and the strength of the characters apart from some of the cliches were what made this stand out to me. But it still had issues to me that I didn’t really care that much for.


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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


Initial reaction: I think the experience of reading this for what occurs is very different from actually knowing what happens in a play by play, but I’m going to sit on my hands a while before I write the full review because I could talk a lot about what happened in this book, the way it was presented, and how in some ways it worked well for the style it took on versus turns where it didn’t.


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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: Flying by Megan Hart

Review: Flying by Megan Hart


Usually in any experience with reading one of Megan Hart’s novels, she always manages to surprise or immerse me in the tales she narrates. I didn’t think I’d end up connecting to Stella’s character in “Flying” and the whole scenario from the blurb, but I was pleasantly surprised. That’s not to say that there weren’t moments I disconnected from the narrative, but I was impressed with the…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: Scratch by Rhonda Helms

Review: Scratch by Rhonda Helms


Quick review for a fairly quick read. I think the only thing I can say that was good about “Scratch” was that it was a mercifully quick read. Oddly enough, that was also the major problem with it. This first read I’ve perused by Rhonda Helms has an ironic name attached to it, because reading this felt like the narrative only barely skimmed the surface of all the themes it chose to touch upon for…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: Bullying in Different Contexts

Review: Bullying in Different Contexts


This is a decent, albeit brief academic read in the context of defining bullying in a variety of different environments. Some of the topics this book covers include relationship violence, elderly abuse and bullying, bullying in prisons, workplaces, and schools, as well as cyberbullying.

Several different authors examine the causes and effects of bullying, with several citations from research…

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Review: Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age

Review: Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age


Note: the review for this narrative is based on the 2nd edition of this book. I had a much longer review to write (unfortunately the power going out during a storm took the review before it could be saved), but I think the best reaction I could sum up this read – for me – was “Ye Gods, this book was very well done.”

I picked up “Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age” by chance as a library…

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Review: Breaking Nova (Nova #1) by Jessica Sorensen

Review: Breaking Nova (Nova #1) by Jessica Sorensen


Initial reaction: One of the few times I picked up a book where it started off terrible and cliche, but the progression really grew from where it started. I liked it, but I have some bones to pick with the narrative. This review might run a little long, for constructive and personal feedback.

Full review:

This is the last time you say,
After the last line you break,
It’s not even a holiday,

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna #3) by Stephanie Perkins

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna #3) by Stephanie Perkins


Quick review for not so much of a quick read. Don’t look at me like that – I blame the rabbits, you hear? I BLAME THEM.

No, on a serious note – “Isla and the Happily Ever After” should have grabbed me more than it did for the anticipation of this last book in the “Anna” series. I can’t complain too much because it is a fluffy read and quite a few times I chuckled at the interactions of the…

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Blog Maintenance 8-25-2014 through 8-29-2014

Hey guys.  Just a heads up that I’m going to be doing maintenance on the blog through this week.