On the Night Table [37]: July Reads

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A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink | My Lady Jane by Hand, Ashton, & Meadows | Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare | The Beast by J.R. Ward


Hello. Me again.

Every month, I have a hard time planning what books I desperately need to get to above all the other poor books on my TBR pile currently collecting dust on my bedroom floor. I decided to give priority to the heavy-weights to give my floor joists a bit of a break. Lady Midnight is definitely a contender, along with The Beast by JR Ward. I would probably end up downloading these books on audio just because my arms wouldn’t be able to handle that kind of weight training while reading them.

I’ve started A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink last night and was pleasantly surprised that I’m enjoying it even if the story is very stereotypical farmer romance. Heh. And because practically everyone I knew has been singing My Lady Jane’s high praises, I decided to find out what the dealio was.

In July, I hope to keep up my reading streak. I think 20 books a month is realistic. I’m just going to keep doing what I do best and read books that don’t require much thinking on my part. Ha.

Books I’m Looking Forward to in July

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And now, an obligatory Justin Trudeau picture because it’s Canada Day.

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INBOX / OUTBOX: June Rewind

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Hello.

July! My gosh. June just came and went like a flash. I swear it was just yesterday that I was ruminating about May and how pathetic I did for the month. June was definitely a change of pace – reading and blogging wise. As of this writing, I’m at 20 books for the month and I’ve managed to do some advance postings right up to the second week of July. I could keep going if I want to participate in some weekly features but I got sidelined by a case of summer flu. It sucks. I missed a couple of days of work and I’m hacking like a crackwhore who smokes about 2 packs a day. Anyway, I only have three more books to review then I’m caught up. But even with the great reading streak I’ve been having, the health of my TBR is not getting any better, I’m afraid.

INBOX

  1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  2. Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
  3. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  4. Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  5. Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  6. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  7. Summer Skin by Kristi Eagar
  8. I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
  9. The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker
  10. The Fireman by Joe Hill
  11. Smoke by Dan Vyleta
  12. We Were Never Here by Jennifer Gilmore
  13. My Lady Jane by Hand, Brodi, and Ashton
  14. You Knew Me Well by Nina Lacour and David Leviathan
  15. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
  16. What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle
  17. Hear by Robin Epstein
  18. A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink
  19. Wanderlost by Jen Malone
  20. The Summer Before War by Helen Simonson
  21. The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish
  22. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  23. Sing by Vivi Greene
  24. This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer
  25. Assassin’s Heart by Sara Ahiers
  26. Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
  27. Appealed by Emma Chase
  28. Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
  29. Sometimes It Lasts by Abbi Glines
  30. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
  31. Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James
  32. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
  33. Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid
  34. Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
  35. Everything I Left Unsaid by Molly O’Keefe
  36. The Truth About Him by Molly O’Keefe
  37. Radiance by Grace Draven
  38. The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon
  39. Boy Meets Boy by David Leviathan
  40. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
  41. Burn Down the Night by Molly O’Keefe
  42. The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

OUTBOX

  1. Eligible by Curtis  Sittenfeld
  2. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
  3. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
  4. The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
  5. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
  6. The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
  7. Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid
  8. Truth or Beard It by Penny Reid
  9. Burn by Paula Weston
  10. The Truth About Him by Molly O’Keefe
  11. Everything I  Left Unsaid by Molly O’Keefe
  12. Radiance by Grace Draven
  13. The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon
  14. Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James
  15. This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer
  16. Opportunity Knocks by Alison Sweeney
  17. The Bourbon Kings by JR Ward
  18. Appealed by Emma Chase
  19. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  20. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

TBR DIFFERENTIAL: +22

Yikes. Anyway, I’ve also managed to write reviews for most of these books aside from the last four (go me).

If you notice that the blog has been suffering from a case of an identity crisis lately, well, it’s not all in your head. I tried to change the look of my blog but it turns out I’m as useless as ever when it comes to that kind of stuff. Twice, I lost my commenting platform – both WordPress and Disqus. So I had to upload another design and kind of tweak it. I’m so sorry for the cringe-worthy look at times. I’m hoping that I can find someone kind enough to help me fix it. I’ll pay in kind words and promise you my fealty till the end of times. In short, I’m too broke to pay. So you know, I can like, tell everyone how awesome you are. *winks*

So I hope you’re all enjoying your summer so far. I know a few of you have taken breaks from blogging and I’m kinda hating you for it (kidding. I don’t really hate you. Mostly, I’m jealous). I have no life so blogging is the only thing I look forward to. I don’t have to yell at you to pick up the dirty laundry or put the toilet seat down. Or tell you for the fucking last time that our garbage day is Wednesday so you bring it out then so we don’t have two-weeks’ worth of filth reeking in our garage. Wait. Where was I?

Have a great summer!

[649]: This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

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Balzer + Bray | May 10th, 2016 | 4 out of 5 Stars


Socially awkward brainiacs has a special place in my heart.  I feel a certain inexplicable kinship towards them that is in protective almost. I admire the way they see life without the emotional hang-ups that muddle it all. It’s in the way they can compartmentalize and explain their feelings with utter practicality. They’re walking encyclopedias full of knowledge about anything and everything, but completely useless when it comes to relationships and social interactions. I knew I had to read this book in part because it had undertones of Jane Austen’s Emma. And with a character who thinks and speaks like The Rosie Project’s Don Tillman, I was more than willing to clear my nightstand of other books in favor of This is My Brain on Boys.

Does…Not…Compute…

Addie has a scientific answer for everything. All human emotions and reactions can be rationalized through the body’s biological and chemical make-ups. She has a tendency to sound like a robot, but her sensible view on life is what makes her unintentionally funny.  If Don Tillman had a daughter, Addie would’ve been it. She is infinitely fascinated with the human brain and the way it functions. She’s able to quantify falling in and out of love as a result of a chemical being produced and expelled through one of life’s irrational experience. In some ways, she’s a teen but she’s only able to slowly embrace it through daily interactions with her little circle of friends.  She has no illusions regarding her physical attributes and sees herself as the world sees her. I couldn’t help but feel protective of her in as much as Tess, her best friend, likes to make sure no one can mess with her.  She’s like a daughter I want to coddle all the time because she’s kind of vulnerable. But given the time to think things through, she finds her way out of bad situations. She’s funny but she doesn’t aim to be. She just is.

Trauma = Love

People have been known to develop a closeness through a shared traumatic experience. But what if Science can prove that two subjects can fall in love with another if they were involved in a dangerous situation? This is what she aimed to prove in her entry for an award that will grant her a scholarship. The Emma twist in this story is that she falls in love with her subject. However, she didn’t know that he was partly responsible for the vandalism that happened in her lab.

Kris is a boy about the world, animal rights activist and an all around good guy. He’s about to serve his sentence for vandalizing Addie’s lab. Besides helping out as a groundskeeper, Kris’ punishment was to enlist in a Science experiment. I love that we see both Kris’ and Addie’s perspective. We see their motivations and their own insecurities. Kris is a conscientious boy whose heart was in the right place. Unfortunately, he got involved with the wrong crowd. Their quasi-romance was sweet; almost non-existent but you see how much they like each other through musings and observations.

In Retrospect

Most have bemoaned the fact that Addie talks like Sheldon. But come on, who doesn’t adore Sheldon? She’s very serious in her conviction which I find wholly admirable. This book is funny and sweet; smart and heartfelt. I couldn’t ask for a more awkward brainiac than in Addie.

[648]: Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James


Double Day Canada | May 3rd, 2016 | 3 out of 5 Stars


 DISCLAIMER:

All right, then. Just so you know, this might be a bit ranty. I’m going to try my best to be objective and try to stick to the point of the book. Also, if you’re a fan of this orange dimwit, you might want to skip reading this rant review. Because I can’t promise you that my feelings will not get in the way of delivering you a fair review.

“We are not asking whether Trump is, in fact, an asshole. On this much, there seems to be a broad consensus.”

In this essay, Aaron James aims to classify just how big of an asshole Donald Trump is. You can say that he is a bit of an expert. He studied assholes of different sorts in his previous work, after all. Mostly, he wanted to study how he is still managing to gain the votes of the right-wing America regardless of the foul garbage that comes out of his pie hole.

“Indeed, to many of his supporters, this may be his primary selling point.”

If there is such a thing as a charming asshole, Donald Trump is it – at least, to his supporters. They take his blatant disregard for TRUTH and pass them off of courage to speak what they are thinking. As if a racist bigot would be the answer to the  political reform America so badly needed. To his supporters, the truth doesn’t matter. You can cite facts, statistics, and educated findings till the cows come home; you can tell them that Trump doesn’t have any concrete policies – domestic or foreign –  to speak of but instead uses words that paint himself in egotistical grandeur, and still you will not be able to convince them otherwise. There is something about him that calls to their inner racist – which makes America a very scary place at the moment, to be honest.

“Can you trust an asshole?”

But if there’s anything I’ve learned from the current electoral race, is that America should be pleased for doing you a solid. For this, I agree with James. Because ever since he came out of his hole, a legion of hateful citizens has come out of the woodwork. Nowadays, social media sites have become the battleground for the ignorant Populi who supports him,  the lucid right who thinks GOP can do better, and the liberal. Since the spread of the orange disease, I’ve had to unfriend a few people on Facebook. I cannot believe I’ve been interacting with people who carry that much hate against whoever Trump was targeting on any given day. Some would disagree with me for unfriending people just because they support Trump. But my stance is, I cannot have you spewing that garbage on my timeline. So yes, in some ways, I’m pleased that he exposed the ugliness that most of us have hidden over the years. And I live in Canada! I can only imagine how fraught things have been for you in America.

I’ve been reading books practically all my life. I’ve loved more than I despised. I find that the deciding factor for my reading experience is how fondly I enjoy reading about the character. And it was tough to write an unbiased opinion if you have the satan incarnate himself as the topic. As I was writing this drivel, the Senate rejected the gun reform that will prevent suspected terrorists from buying high-powered weapons.  And I’m livid. Therefore, my thoughts are all over the place. But mostly, I want to shake every single one of his supporters and yell at them in the face: for the love of your country, wake the fuck up. This blatant hatred is not what you need right now. Vote out those that are in the NRA’s pockets. I know I shouldn’t care. I know I’m not an American. But I’m a citizen of the world. I can’t help but feel for the victims of these senseless killings.

In retrospect, I think you should read another person’s review of this book. Because while Aaron James may have reached a conclusion to the kind of asshole Trump is, my opinion remains unchanged. Trump is, and always will be an asshole who do not belong in the White House.

[647]: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

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Series: Winston Brothers, #1
Caped Publishing | July 21st, 2015
Adult Fiction | Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate, and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore, she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?


I know, I know. I’m reading this series out of order. But the beauty of  The Winston Brothers is that the order doesn’t matter. Just read them lest you’ll miss out on this breed of bearded hotness. Also, have I mentioned how much I hate facial hair? Like, I make my husband shave as soon as I feel the prickles of his stubble. But for some reason, I can’t get enough of bearded men in my fictional world. Weird, huh?

This is the first book to The Winston Brothers series. It’s the story of  Duane, the other half of the twins in the family. While Beau can charm the habit off a nun, Duane, on the other hand, can exact the same results but with him being all broody and surly. Jessica James has been in love with Beau all her life. But in a case of mistaken identity, she found herself sexually molesting the wrong brother. To her horror, she’d mistaken Duane for Beau. She’d hated Duane for as long as she’s been in love with Beau. But after the shock wore off, Duane and Jessica acknowledged that there was something there no matter how firmly resolved Jess was to denying it.

What Jess doesn’t know was that Duane has been in love her from afar. He thought it was time for him to man up. But when he did, Jess was skittish at best for reasons other than that she in want with the wrong brother. See, Jess has grand plans of getting out of their Tennesse town and seeing the world. That’s why she doesn’t get involved in relationships. She doesn’t want to be tied down. So they make a deal. One year then they cut ties. Just like that. Snorts. As if that agreement ever works in the history of relationships. The world has other plans. Jessica slowly falls in love with Duane. Or maybe she’s always been. Maybe her resentment all these years belies the fact that she was obsessing over Beau because he was the safe one. They have other problems, though. Duane got himself tangled with the Skulls, the motorcycle club his dad was the president of years ago. Thanks to Jethro, he might have no choice but to break up with Jessica just to keep her safe. Other than the fact that the Skulls have threatened everyone that he loves, Duane also refused to be the reason for the death of Jessica’s dream.

You know, the plot may sound simple and something that’s been recycled into something else, but Penny has a way of giving life to her stories and characters that make them fresh to the readers’ eyes once again. Her novels have an immersive quality to it that’s a number one requirement in romance novels.  What I enjoy best about these novels is the family dynamics between siblings. They all have each other’s backs no matter what. I especially love Cletus and the way he watches out for all his siblings. He’s hilarious and slightly obsessed with his sausage (don’t ask). This series is so much fun. If you haven’t read any of Ms. Reid’s books, then you’re missing out on fantastic stories you’d want to keep going back to when you’re in need of a feel-good, laugh-out-loud reads. Highly recommended!

 

 

[646]: The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

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Stand Alone | Createspace Independent Pub
May 11th, 2016
Adult Fiction | Fantasy | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, Daughter. Stay alive.

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.

My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?


I had high hopes for this book. After all the great things I’ve been reading about it, I was sure I was going to love it. I mean, I should’ve known better, you know? There is something about fantasy novels that just do not appeal to my reading sensibilities. But I didn’t let that stop me because most of you have given this book such a high rating. Y’all know how easy it is to persuade me.

The first thing that appealed to me was the cover; it just doesn’t look like a fantasy novel, in my opinion. So because of that, I decided to give it a go. The second thing is that Lark cannot speak. And I’m the kind of reader who’s eternally intrigued by characters with disabilities. There is something about them that’s even more admirable than a character with their full capacities. They’re inherently stronger because of the things they had to overcome day in and day out. So yes, even though that cover is gorgeous, Lark was the major draw. Though, I should mention that her being mute is not a birth defect or as a result of an injury.

Fantasy is so tricky for me. My attention span can’t deal with the legends, the curses, the myths that I have to keep track of. Moreover, the seemingly archaic narration just doesn’t suit me. The last fantasy series that I’ve devoured and loved was The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta. I’ve grown to appreciate it more over the years because I’ve re-read the books at least a thousand times.

So in this book, the story was propelled by a curse (as fantasy novels often do) inflicted by a witch that was about to be slaughtered by Tiras’ father. She ordered her daughter (Lark) to keep her words because her words are powerful. Lark’s ability is a variation of the power of persuasion. She can order animals and some people to do her will. In this land, anybody who has powers is found and killed. People are afraid of those with abilities. But she made sure that her curse was woven tightly that it would affect her husband (who didn’t do anything to protect her) and the, then King’s son (Tiras).

Years later, when the King died, Tiras took over. The kingdom is constantly under threat. Because the many years of injustice directed towards those with powers, a group of shifters wanted the royal blood and their people. In short, this book has the right recipe for some good old-fashioned fantasy. The kind that fans of the genre can easily like. As much as this book didn’t tickle my fancy, I’d like to say that it’s something fans of romance novels could like. It is heavy on the romance. I like Tiras and Lark. They were perfectly matched in temper and as much as couples ought to be well-suited.

Tiras was a little off-putting sometimes, though. He more often throws it in Lark’s face that she is “of use” to him in his war. And no matter how indignant Lark was with her role as a sword to be wielded, she doesn’t say no – not that she couldn’t (she was a way of speaking to Tiras telepathically).

I really wish I’d loved it more, but it just wasn’t in the cards. The pacing was inconsistent, impeded by Tiras’ constant disappearing acts. I do love the smooth prose, though. It wasn’t overly prettified but it had enough gorgeousness to be purple.

 

Life Lately

Today, I thought I’d give you guys a break from my usual book reviews. I’m sure you’re tired of reading my nonsense, so what’s a better way than to chronicle my life outside of blogging by showing you pictures from my iPhone? I mean, I know I’m not going to be able to avoid posting pictures without any books in the background because it’s virtually impossible. There are books on every surface of my house, especially in my bedroom. Case in point: this stack of books beside my bedside table. I like that I can go to any random rooms and pick up a random book to read. Unless of course, I’m in the midst of a very good book, in which case, that book will be attached to me like an extra limb. What about you? Are books taking over your house?

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Last Sunday was Father’s Day. I posted this picture on my Instagram account wishing every dad and single moms out there who are doing their thing day in and day out. My husband is a goofy dad. He hangs out with my kids any chance he gets. He’s hilarious and fun, but he’s also a disciplinarian. The kids know when it’s time to get serious.  Now that my boy is involved in baseball, they’ve been spending more time together. I like that they have this thing together so I try not to encroach. I don’t even watch his games and go to his practice. Is that bad? This picture was taken when we went to Hawaii 6 years ago. I can’t believe my boy is 9 now and my daughter is turning 15 on Saturday. Time sure is getting away from me.

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I don’t know why we did this at the end of the school year. But we got his eye checked a couple of weeks ago and found that he really needs glasses. His eyes are worse than his dad’s. I asked the optometrist if it was because of the hand-held devices he’s into but apparently, bad eyesight is hereditary.  My daughter wears glasses, too. And she’s at -5.00 grade. So they blame me. *sobs*Continue reading →

[645]: Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid

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Series: Winston Brothers, #2
Self Published | May 31st, 2016
Adult Romance | Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?


In this second installment of the Winston Brothers series, we find Jethro Winston about to get tangled with America’s Sweetheart, Sienna Diaz. An A-lister Hollywood actress who made a name for herself by being funny. She’s also one of those actresses who didn’t fit the starlet mold. She’s not skinny by Hollywood’s standards and what’s more, she’s Latina. She won an Oscar for best actress. She’s the It Girl of the moment and a brilliant writer in her own right. But Jethro has no clue who she was. So instantly, Sierra saw the novelty of meeting someone who has no preconceived notions about dating a celebrity. Besides the fact that the oldest Winston can match her flirtatious banter any day, Jethro is    a changed man who has seen the error of his bad boy ways. Continue reading →

[644]: The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

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Series: The Law of Moses, #1
November 27th, 2014 | Self-Published
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.


Part romance, part paranormal, The Law of Moses is one of those books that had a great start but slowly and eventually disintegrated as the story progresses. I’m  a sucker for stories of people who didn’t have a very good luck in life, and Moses’ beginnings were exactly that. I like seeing them overcome all the obstacles that life threw their way, and grow into a different (better?) versions of themselves.  Unfortunately, this book got too long for my taste.

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He was abandoned by his mother when he was an infant –  in a basket, no less. So his upbringing pretty much consisted of being passed around to relatives and foster homes. Amidst all that, there was at least one constant figure in his life that he could call home –  Gigi’s or his grandmother. And in that same neighborhood where she lives was Georgia.

Georgia has always held a strange fascination with Moses. But I don’t even know if you would call theirs a romance. It seemed one-sided from the very start. I’ve never been a fan of characters who treat another character horribly “for their own good”. It seems like a shitty excuse for treating them like crap. Ultimately, it’s one of the reasons that I was not a fan of Moses.

chasing Moses

One of the things I don’t like in romance novels is when girls chase after boys. But in some ways, I understand why Georgia refused to give up on him. She’s got a big heart; genetically programmed to care for someone who’s had a rough life. Georgia is just inherently good. She eventually grew a spine, but only after she’s learned her lessons the hard way.

he sees dead people

Moses is an artist whose work is inspired by restless ghosts with unfinished business. He sees them, but they don’t talk to him. They send messages to their loved ones through Moses’ art. I quite liked reading this aspect of the story even though it kinda spoiled the second half of the story for me. In a way, it’s precognitive of the reason for his reappearance in Georgia’s life several years later. So, yeah.  It was spoiler-y of sorts.

in retrospect

I listened to this in audio a week or so ago. Like I said, it started out good then the plot became sluggish and muddled. I felt like the crimes that had happened throughout the book were so sporadic that it didn’t make sense when it was eventually solved. It was like an addendum instead of being a part of a seamless story. The book went on too long as well. I grew bored midway and had to resist DNF’ing. I think there’s a lot of people who would enjoy this. The romance was good in some parts, but I didn’t like the characters.

Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 184

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Good Morning.

At some point, I will feel guilty for my weekly bookstore jaunts. Today is not that day, however.

Last week was another great week for reading. But in the spirit of honesty, I’ve only managed to finish books that are on my Kindle or in my Audible library. Which is really making me feel awful about the physical copies I’ve been hoarding in the last few weeks. I have to rethink about my reading habits and what I can do to alleviate the space issue in my house. I’ll get back to you on that.

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After I Do | Forever Interrupted | Maybe in Another Life | One True Loves

I know many of you are fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid. After a number of bloggers have sworn fealty to Ms. Reid, I knew it was only a matter of time. But it was the concerted effort of Nick and Nereyda that ultimately had me ordering all her books from Amazon. Though, in their defense, they didn’t have to work so hard to convince me.

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Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar | This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

After the overwhelming 5-star reviews for Summer Skin by Aussies and bloggers from other countries, I stopped resisting and ordered a copy through Book Depository. It took a while, but at least I didn’t have to pay a ridiculous amount for shipping and duties. Really excited to read this book! I also ordered This Savage Song from there. The North American release of this book is not until July so it gives me pleasure to read it ahead of time.

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Smoke by Dan Vyleta | The Fireman by Joe Hill | The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker | I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid | The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

And the rest of the books on this pile.

Last night, I started reading an old Joe Hill novel. The opening scene was seriously messed up that I didn’t manage to continue. I think you’re meant to read it in broad daylight. Lorna of Rabid Reads has recommended The Nightingale to me a couple of times already, but I keep forgetting it on my book order. So I finally picked it up. She said it’s a good historical fiction set in war and since I’m a huge fan, I knew I must have it.

I have another full week of blog posts again. I wrote like a mad woman on Saturday, so I managed to write a few reviews. I feel like I should break up the week with something other than a book review because I don’t want you guys to get bored. I’ll try to come up with something. I hope you’ll have a great week!