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Old 04-20-2013, 03:33 PM   #1336
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43. Divergent by Veronica Roth
I didnt like this one as much as most of the YA dystopia novels I have read. I will read Insurgent but I'm not in a rush to start it.
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:00 PM   #1337
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#28 Creep by Jennifer Hillier

Psychology professor Sheila has affair with Ethan, one of her teaching assistants, but breaks it off when she becomes engaged to her Morris, her true love. Ethan doesn't like that one bit......
A thriller of deadly attraction. Bit too much sex for me but considering one of the main characters is a sex addict....
It was a good book, didn't figure the ending out before hand and would recommend it.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:11 AM   #1338
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Book #33 When she said I do by Celeste Bradley

Review: So after reading my last book I needed something lighter and so I turned to the lurid romance book section. Oh boy did I choose one. So basically When She Said I Do is a weird mix of 50 Shades of Grey, Pride and Prejudice and Beauty and The Beast. Of course there is romance but there is also some suspense to the story and some mystery.

So, our heroine Callie Worthington and her family are stranded in this abandoned looking manor. She goes to explore the place and finds jewelry and puts on a pearl necklace. The hero, Ren Porter who fits the role as a brooding and mysterious hooded stranger. Of course they are in a compromising situation and now are stuck in this quickie marriage.
Of course the couple has their own personal issues, Ren is haunted by his past and thinks he is going to die whereas Callie has been the sole caretaker to her family (the parents are alive but they are basically useless) and feels she has nothing to show for it. Add to that some crazy person is trying to kill Callie.

Without giving so much of the story away, there are a few problems I have with it. One is with Callie's family. Ok, so the heroine is 30 and is a "spinster" (remember this is 1810s), she is the one who takes care of her parents AND her numerous siblings. Yeah she loves them but is burdened by them. When the Worthingtons show up, honestly I was annoyed with their selfishness and impulsiveness. Her parents have never took responsibility for their children and I feel that Callie has some resentment towards them. There are also some issues that I feel are not resolved in the end and kind of ticked me off.

OK, so I did warn you that there is some 50 Shades of Grey influence and sometimes it gets a bit much.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:24 AM   #1339
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Book #48 A World Without Darcy by C Rafe Carlson-more Austen fanfic. Good quick read.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:18 PM   #1340
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Just beware that you will feel the same way at the end of Insurgent, and the next one is not out until the fall. I still can't wait to read it, and I read both last Sept/Oct.
Ugh, I do feel the same way and I'm frustrated. At least the book title has been released!

Finished quite a few because I was on vacation =D

Number 7: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Number 8: The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Number 9: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Number 10: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Number 11: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

I didn't think I'd get through both of the Mortal Instruments books, so I didn't bring the third one with me. I picked Safe Haven up from my wife's pile given that she hadn't read it.

Up next: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:31 PM   #1341
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Book #21
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(OP, since I am more than halfway to my original goal of 40, I am updating my goal to 50! Can you please make the change for me? Thanks!)

Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor (http://www.amazon.com/Signs-Life-Mem...=signs+of+life)
Natalie Taylor was 24 years old and 5 months pregnant when her husband died unexpectedly. This is her moving, heartbreaking, and yet at times funny account of her first year as a widow.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:05 PM   #1342
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OK, I can't remember when I last updated...I've been terribly irresponsible about it, sorry!

I just finished book #12 (I'm behind...maybe now that my busy time at school and mom & dad are back in their own home, I'll be able to read a bit more).

#12 - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet - was pretty good. I gave it a 4/5 on Goodreads, but probably would have gone more 3.5, if I could. It's about a Chinese-American man who grew up in Seattle during WWII and became friends with and then fell in love with a Japanese-American girl, much to the displeasure of his father. Years later, after he has married a Chinese girl, he is encouraged to find his first love by his son and his fiance.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:37 PM   #1343
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I've been slack about posting, but I'm actually up to 5 books read (goal 15).

Five Children and It by E Nesbit: Loved it 4.5 stars! Children's story that is reminiscent of CS Lewis' work. Five siblings find a fairy that will grant them 1 wish per day. But as often happens, the wishes don't turn out as they hoped!

A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane: I'd give this 3, I finished it and was somewhat interested in the story, but I wouldn't say I loved it. It's basically about a PI hired to obtain stolen goods and he gets in the middle of a gang war. The theme of racial tension and dealing with one's own ideas was huge, but to me it kind of dated the book. He wrote Mystic River too, I think I'll try that before making a decision on this author.

Ghosts in the Graveyard by Kim Bowman: I'd give this 3.5. It is pretty short and an easy read. The story is not particularly original, but it held my attention. Every Halloween 3 siblings believe that ghosts are coming into their house from the nearby graveyard. They set out to prevent it this year.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:44 PM   #1344
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44. Totlandia: the Onesies (Book One) by Josie Brown
I got this as a free Kindle book. It was cute and funny. The story revolves around different people who are all trying to get their one year olds into an exclusive playgroup and what they have to do and the friendships they make. The only problem was that it is a series and of course I want to read more! But I dont want to read it enough to pay for all the installments. Supposedly the series will continue throughout their playgroup years.

45. Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
#6 of the DD Warren series. An interesting mystery about a woman who believes she is next in line to be murdered so she goes to the police first try to get help. There are some really good twists and turns but it was pretty easy to see where it would end up. Nonetheless I enjoyed it and will read more of this series.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:51 AM   #1345
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Book #7 - Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson - I've read some Christian fiction and this felt a bit like that. It was a really good story but I sensed a bit of a religious agenda knitted through it. Here it's Islam rather than Christianity. The story is predictable at times. It takes so many turns that you have to be caught off guard by some of them even if you can see others coming from a mile away. It's the story of a computer hacker in a Middle Eastern nation who falls in love with a woman above his own social class, gets in trouble with the government and ends up in possession of an ancient manuscript that causes him to cross back and forth between our world and the unseen world of genies. I enjoyed it.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:25 AM   #1346
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(OP, since I am more than halfway to my original goal of 40, I am updating my goal to 50! Can you please make the change for me? Thanks!)
Off to update you now! Nice work on your reading so far!

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Hmmm... I'd say Mystic River only because I have that same book on my "to read" and I'm wondering if it's any good (because I'm selfish like that, lol!)

Other than that, I'll throw an additional book in there since I know you enjoy magicians - The Night Circus.

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Old 04-22-2013, 09:28 AM   #1347
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Other than that, I'll throw an additional book in there since I know you enjoy magicians - The Night Circus.
Are there any clowns in that circus book? Magicians are cool but I REALLY like clowns.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:01 AM   #1348
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Is The Host by Stephanie Meyer good?
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:53 AM   #1349
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I got on a New Adult kick for a little while there, so I read:

24/50: GOING UNDER by someone I can't remember
25/50: WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn

Okay, I think I am done with New Adult for the time being. They're all starting to run together. Girl gets with amazing and hot sexy guy who used to be a complete player and is now mysteriously obsessed with her, but she harbors some deep dark secret that is tearing them apart, so all she does is whine. Yet everyone still loves her, despite her whining, including the gay best friend whose main purpose is to provide comic relief.

Plus, so many typos!! Why do I keep going by the reviews on Amazon? Obviously all those reviewers don't mind derivative books with typos the way I do.

Now I am moving onto THE DEATH CURE by James Dashner but it's already driving me crazy because I read the first two books in the series too long ago and have absolutely NO CLUE what is going on!
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It's amazing. I seriously re-read half of the book after I finished because I enjoyed it that much. It takes a little bit to get into it, but you'll be glad that you did.

Finished number 12: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. I enjoyed it and was surprised at some of the twists and turns that were thrown in. Overall, I'd recommend.

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