Posted 1 week ago

Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

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Quick review for a quick read. Goodness, what a disappointment. This so called “epic romantic thriller” was surprisingly emotionless, tedious, and unimaginative. It saddens me to say that I expected so much more from Ann Brashares. I’m not going to say that there weren’t great ideas in this story and some moments of clarity, but just as soon as they were built, they were subsequently dropped. Not…

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Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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I think “Dorothy Must Die” was one of the titles I initially thought had the most potential among some of the newer releases in YA for this year. I find the quirk in the title rather humorous and have seen variations of it before (a.k.a. “Hello Kitty Must Die,” etc.) But sadly, Danielle Paige’s debut really didn’t impress me all that much.

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Review: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Review: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

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Initial reaction: There aren’t a lot of books that make me cry. This one made me teary eyed in places.

It’s a book that covers many difficult subjects and emotions, and there are definitely a lot of times where Valerie was a difficult character to follow, but man – her emotions, experiences – all felt very genuine and real to me.

Val’s parents were horrible.

Listened to this via audiobook,…

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Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

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I don’t give Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” praise lightly. This was a book I first read many years ago in junior high, back when I used to take some of my lunch breaks and spend reading in the library. The librarian never bothered me, and I read as many books as I could fit into a lunch period (which was maybe one or two books depending on the length of each book). It took me…

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Posted 1 week ago

Review: Frenzy by Robert Lettrick

Review: Frenzy by Robert Lettrick

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Initial reaction:A solid 5-star read from my first experience with Robert Lettrick. “Frenzy” is equal parts enthralling for adventure, survival and horror after an outbreak at a camp turns the animals wild, and equal parts humor and engaging for the characters presented and how they take it upon themselves to survive. I was really impressed with this middle-grade work and would highly recommend…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: Vital Face: Facial Exercises and Massage for Health and Beauty

Review: Vital Face: Facial Exercises and Massage for Health and Beauty

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Quick review for a quick read. This is an excellent, detailed guide to exercising the head muscles, complete with descriptions of the anatomical structure, function, and motions that one can arrange in a personal program to improve function, relieve aches, and improve appearance among other benefits.

I personally liked the full color illustrations, photographs, and detailed diagrams provided in…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

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Pre-read: The cover colors…they are pretty. =)

Looking forward to this one just the same. Hard to believe this is the last of the three.

Post-read:Review to come. Nice ending to an interesting series, probably one of the more interesting vampire series I’ve read in this genre. There were just as many moments that were fun in this book as there were harrowing (and maybe on the angst ridden side),…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance

Review: Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance

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Initial reaction: I’m actually surprised at how good this was as an expansion on what to do when writers get “writer’s block” or otherwise stuck in a variety of different modes. Some of these things I already put into practice, but I never had a name for them until now. Bane explains everything in an easy to understand and logical format. I really enjoyed reading this.

Full review:

I wasn’t…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: The Everything Songwriting Book: All You Need to Create and Market Hit Songs

Review: The Everything Songwriting Book: All You Need to Create and Market Hit Songs

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I read quite many a book on songwriting/lyricism, so it makes sense that I’ve had this for a while on my Kindle backlog, but I’m trying to understand how I haven’t read this in full before now. It’s immensely helpful on a basic level for understand each of the components of songwriting, how to break into the business and opportunities, and even understanding its history. Much of the information…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Review: Fall into Forever by Beth Hyland

Review: Fall into Forever by Beth Hyland

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Initial reaction:I need a little bit of time to reflect on this because I’m not sure what to rate it. The story had a really hard time hooking me because it’s full of cliche after cliche and I really didn’t identify with the leads to start. It gets a little more tolerable as the story moves along, but I don’t think that makes up for how difficult it was to get into. Somewhere between 1 and 2…

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