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Monday, February 18, 2019

Book Review: Where We Began By Nora Flite

Where We Began
(Where We Began Duet #1)
By Nora Flite

From USA Today Bestselling Author Nora Flite comes a brand new sexy and thrilling second chance romance.

I'm a hostage.

The food is fancy, the carpets are lush, but this bed isn't mine. I don't belong here and my head and heart know it. I'm painfully alone.

And then I'm not.

The first time I meet Dominic Bradley, he saves me from a maid with a pair of scissors. This sweet boy is nothing like the rest of his family. He becomes the only sunlight in these smothering halls. The one person holding me together.

When he leaves for six years, it shreds my soul.

It's nothing compared to when he comes back.

Gone is my sweet boy. In his place is a hardened soldier ready to obey his father. He's gained new demons; and I've lost my only friend. Dominic acts like he's forgotten our past. But I can't. It's impossible to forget the moment I fell in love.

I know where we began.

I'm not sure where we'll end.
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My Review:

This was a good book, but the synopsis led me to believe this was going to be much much darker than it was. I would categorize this under suspense bordering on contemporary before anything resembling "dark" (which is how a lot of people were describing this for some reason).

I was expecting Laiken's situation to be worse than it ended up being. The way this story gets set up makes it so it's tame nature works against it. Getting the story from Laiken's perspective makes it so you don't know the real impact of her dad's situation with this family. There isn't a sense of urgency from her where her dad is concerned. She's just happy to wait him out until, for her, the unthinkable happens. That's where things start to move somewhere at a very slow pace.

Dominic needed more development as a character. The only thing that kept me interested in him was his "big secret". He barely had a personality in between all that. I would have liked more witty banter between him and Laiken so I could have the semblance of chemistry between them.

The writing style was good but the pacing as too slow for me. The overall story was okay. I had an inkling that this was going to end in a cliffhanger and I wasn't proven wrong. 

My Favorite Quotes:

"I know all too well what hope is good for: creating a happy glow that leaves a darker shadow in its wake when it's snuffed out."

"Being strong is all I have [...]. I have to trust that this is all going to pay off. If I don't what do I have left?"

"Your heart can't help you get home [...]."

My Rating:

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Book Look #244: False Idols By Alexis Grove

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False Idols By Alexis Grove
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Friday, February 15, 2019

My Ramblings: Audio Books On Fast Mode

Audio Books On Fast Mode

So speeding up audio books is now my middle name... Oops.

All that after having posted about how I initially thought those "types" of people were monsters. It was like I could officially scrunch up my aristocratic nose at anyone who dared do such a horrid (in my former opinion) thing.

I'm definitely eating my words with this one! It's like I'm rediscovering reading all over again if that makes any sort of sense. Especially with my unknown eye allergy, I have become one with audio books on bad days. Add that to my ever-growing need to always read more, read faster, read, read, read speeding up audio books even to *gasp* 2X is exhilarating.

I think we've all learned an important lesson here today: Don't knock it until you've tried it. I thought I had already learned this lesson a LONG time ago but hey! Here's to forever learning and growing as human beings!

Do you listen to audio books?
Do you *gasp* speed them up?
Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Five Of My Favorite Heroines

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A weekly feature created By The Broke And The Bookish
Currently featured on That Artsy Reader Girl

I did a Favorite Paranormal Couples a few months ago so I'll be switching up this weeks topic!
Five Of My Favorite Heroines

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1. Raven From The Crossbreed Series
By Dannika Dark

She's had so much thrown on her but she continues to get up and fight. I admire that quality in anyone and it's great to see it so well represented in her.

2. Cat From The Night Huntress Series
By Jeaniene Frost

Same thing for Cat! I love her fight and how she'll help anyone she considers family that's in need. Things also have a tendency to go array in her life but she always gets back up.

3. Muse From The Veil Series
By Pippa DaCosta

It's been a few years since I read this series but I like how powerful yet human Muse comes off even though she's a paranormal creature (or half of one technically). Her struggles are real and she deals with them in her own twisted up ways even if some don't agree with the actions she took.

4. Tori From The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series
By Annette Marie

Her lack of luck is comical at this point in the series (I'm currently awaiting book #3 to get released). She finds/puts herself in dangerous and sometimes belly-laugh-inducing situations! It's one of her quirks and I'm not mad about it!

5. Kaci From Wild Card
By Rachel Vincent

It's fascinating having read about her when she was a child and getting a book about her finding love however many years down the line. I love who she grew up to be. She's sassy and likes to stir the pot so-to-speak. If she sets her mind to something she'll do it regardless of what it takes.

What are your favorite qualities in a heroine?
Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Audio Book Review: I'm Fine...and Other Lies By Whitney Cummings

I'm Fine...and Other Lies
By Whitney Cummings

Narrated By: Whitney Cummings
Length: 9 hrs and 10 minutes

A hilarious and emotional personal account of the life, times, mistakes, and crippling codependence of comedian, producer, director, actress, and writer Whitney Cummings.

After getting her start as a stand-up comic and then breaking out with the wildly successful CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls (she's the cocreator, writer, and executive producer), Whitney Cummings has seen a few things and is turning to the written word to tell us all the stuff she's too scared to say onstage.

Full of intellect, pathos, and profundity, I'm Fine...and Other Lies is, in Whitney's words, her first book, which means her last date. With her signature incendiary edge and self-deprecation, Whitney comes clean about what has shaped her into the trailblazing comic that she is today. She recounts her struggles with codependence, love addiction, workaholism, eating disorders, and vagina steaming. This intimate, no-holds-barred look at Whitney's mistakes and subsequent life lessons makes for juicy schadenfreude, no doubt. However, it's also an astute, poignant, and, most importantly, honest tale of what it means to live in today's world and Twittersphere, with all the insecurities and anxieties that come with that territory. That said, at end of the day, no matter her situation, she's fine. And other lies.
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My Review:

I first found out about this book because it was nominated in the Goodreads 2017 awards in the Humor category. Before that, I had no idea who Whitney Cummings was or what she did for a living. What pulled me into wanting to read this book was the title. It reminded me of the type of humor I usually go for and like to read about. It's slightly dark and a little bit twisted.

The overarching theme to this book was mental health or more specifically how twisted someone's psyche can get due to how they were raised and society in general. 

Before this book, I didn't know very much about the stand-up comedy world. Seeing a glimpse of it through the eyes of a woman who has made a carrier as a stand-up comedian was interesting. The author also hit on the note of life speeding up and how the biological clock ticks away and eventually takes the choice of motherhood from a lot of women who eventually want kids of their own. 

This novel also made me realize how messed up life can get if you don't have the right support system in place at home and school. The damage those early years cause later in life in all departments is scary. I also had no idea there was a disease involving love.

Overall it was eye-opening to see how broken people are. It's also amazing to see them taking care of themselves and still making a point to live life to the fullest regardless. 

The Audio Book:

The narration was great! There were moments where she would crack up while reading what she had written, and there were moments where she would tear up and prove how deep what she was saying truly went. She also misread a few sentences throughout the narration and kept her ramblings in the audio book and made fun of herself because for it. 

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