Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Book Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is “Favorite Book Quotes”.

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_After all this time___Always,_ said Snape-

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_After all this time___Always,_ said Snape- (2)

_After all this time___Always,_ said Snape- (3)

I have realized that I don’t read a lot of series and I really want to get into another series but what series though? Any good recommendations?

 

Crazy Little Thing Called (more like psychopathic to me) Love… A review

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Title: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Author: Charlotte Butterfield

Published: 7 September 2017

Publisher: HarperImpulse

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 2/5

 

 

Goodreads summary

A wonderfully warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny romantic comedy for fans of Just Haven’t Met You Yet and Mhairi McFarlane.

When Leila finds herself on the painful end of yet another disastrous break-up, no amount of Ben & Jerry’s and trashy rom-coms can cheer her up. And so – to the amusement of her friends and family – Leila takes a more drastic approach to dealing with heartbreak: she swears off sex for an entire year.

Luckily, she has plenty to keep her mind off men. Between starting a business with ice queen Lucy, straightening out her sister Tasha’s tangled love life, and running a blog read by thousands of single ladies, Leila is soon snowed under. But she can’t help finding a little time for irresistible architect Nick – Lucy’s funny and infuriatingly sexy brother.

After an unplanned encounter under the mistletoe, the Man Ban looks like it might be skidding to a halt. Has Leila found love when she least expected it?

Review

Okay… I chose this book because I went into it thinking it will be ala a romcom book. I mean how can I not think that was the case when on its Netgalley title page the description was and I quote;

“A wonderfully warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny romantic comedy for fans of Just Haven’t Met You Yet and Mhairi Mc Farlane”

I did not read no “warm hearted and LOL funny romantic comedy” Ma’am. All I read and received from this book was stress pure unadulterated stress!

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My biggest sore spot was all the GOD DAMNED LIES! I do not like liars. If you did it for a very good reason for example you were blackmailed, you are a super spy, the lies is important to achieve the end goal and it is just IMPERATIVE THAT YOU LIE then fine. Fine, I can understand that but if you lie so people or more like your followers don’t need to know that you are not on a man ban anymore and there was no reason to lie in the first place that I absolutely cannot condone.

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In my perspective, Leila didn’t need nor have a reason to lie or cover up the truth. So what during a man ban you found a guy who you liked and clicked with. She is in her thirties if I am not mistaken and she can’t even own up that she fell in love with a man that she didn’t plan on falling in love with. Yeah, okay, maybe her lying was integral to the whole plot but seriously nobody is going to judge you man. Nobody plans to fall in love.

This leads me to the overall plot of the book which I felt were haywire at best. The first half of the book even while I did not agree with Leila lying through her teeth for her stupid man ban I still loosely enjoyed the book. It still gave a romcom feel but the last half of the book was a WTF did I just read AT BEST.

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Should I spoil the book? Oh, fuck it you guys know I spoil books anyway for ya’ll. So, if you plan to read the book and do not want to be spoiled DO NOT READ THE SEGMENT BELOW. I REPEAT DO NOT READ!

Okay, out of fucking nowhere Lucy (Leila’s sister-in-law and wife to Marcus, Leila’s brother) plans to have an affair with Alex (Leila’s brother-in-law and husband to Leila’s sister Tasha) because she wants a baby SOOOOO BADDDD and I am here like what in the name of Sweet Baby Jesus IS GOING ON? I am desperate for a male companion but you don’t see me kidnapping the male species do you? Like, how do you even get to that end point of where you want a baby so much you are willing to commit adultery????!! AND WITH YOUR BROTHER-IN-LAW AT THAT? What happend to just talking it out with your husband? Mind you these two just got married for 9 – 10 months essentially less than a year.

Which brings me to the whole dysfunctional relationship that is present in this book. Can’t anybody just talk it out with their spouses and significant other? Everybody is just assuming what the other is thinking. That is never good in a relationship. If my friends ordered small sized pizza because they ASSUMED that it was what I wanted I will hit them on the head with a frying pan because that is just BS.

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Okay, rants aside. Not all of the book is bad. There were some comedic parts that did make me laugh and I can empathize with Tasha’s dysfunctional marriage where she knows her husband is cheating and she is numb to it; I see this happening in real life but as for the other I truly cannot empathize nor understand especially when the solution to the problem is just for both parties to talk it out and if the other person cannot accept it then they are not worth your time nor affections.

If the book was marketed properly to me where they didn’t market it as a romcom, I would have definitely enjoyed this book more and the intricacies that come with relationships especially relationships that are bound by marriage and family but because I was duped into believing this book was a fun romcom when in my mind it definitely wasn’t was a huge obstacle that my mind just could not wrap around especially what with all the lies and the out of nowhere change of tone in the last half of the book.

Mind you I wanted to give up reading this book when I hit 21% in my Kindle when I realized that Leila was defo lying about her man ban. Truly, I wanted to give up but I also wanted to know how the plot pans out so I persevered and I regret it because the plot just left me dissatisfied, upset and confused.

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Me whenever I remember why I didn’t like this book

*The book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review

**Seriously, seriously read the synopsis tell me if it’s not misleading… I thought it was going to be a fun light read not about crazy dysfunctional people who cannot use their brains to save their relationship.

Review: New York Actually by Sarah Morgan

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Title: New York, Actually

Author: Sarah Morgan

Published: 30 May 2017

Publisher: Harlequin Books

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads summary

Meet Molly

New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.

Meet Daniel

A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…

Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…

Review

Today, we are back again to analyze a work done by a certain Ms. Sarah Morgan. Now, this isn’t the first book that I have read from her. The first book that introduced me to her works was Miracle on 5th Avenue.

Okay, to start off our little discussion of the book at hand I must be frank and say that whilst I found the book to be sweet, relatively easy to digest with a dash of predictability I was not drawn into the plot. It didn’t engage me as much as Miracle on 5th Avenue did and I am not to sure as to what is the root cause for this.

Maybe… just maybe it was due to our lead female character, Molly. I was not feeling this character and you know I tend to lean towards the female characters rather than the male ones regardless of how handsome they are described in the book.

Molly is supposed to be a very intelligent woman (the woman had a PhD for Christ sake) yet she believes this crackpot notion that she can’t fall in love because of her DNA (like what?? she could have just been aromantic for all we know) and trust me girl, I have had my share of relationships and now that I am older I definitely do not characterize them as love. So, all in all Molly needs cool it.

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There were other instances as well where I really question if Molly really is intelligent because sometimes her logic isn’t as sound as I assumed it would be.

The male character, Daniel, is okay I suppose. Very typical knight in shining armor and AHA! I have just realized why this book was a so-so book for me.

IT’S THE CHARACTERS!

They are just not memorable and when reading you are just like okay… whatever.

The sex scenes in this book wasn’t so great either BUT… this one scene where Daniel and Molly were kissing under the tree under the rain was just pure… FUYOOOOH!!!

The one thing that I was excited for when reading this book was them introducing the main characters for the next book Holiday in The Hamptons and I logged on and requested it on Netgalley so fast and lemme just say I was not disappointed.

Be sure you guys tune in to my next review because that will be the next review.

Overall, this book was okay. A bit on the meh side for me with forgettable lead characters and a weak plot.

*I received this book from the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

Review: Stalker on The Fens by Joy Ellis

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Title: Stalker on The Fens

Author: Joy Ellis

Published: 18 October 2016

Publisher: Joffe Books

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

 

Goodreads blurb

DETECTIVE NIKKI GALENA’S FRIEND THINKS SHE HAS A DEADLY STALKER

DI Nikki Galena’s friend Helen Brook is involved in a serious accident where she is trapped in a collapsed cellar. After her hard-won recovery, Helen is still getting flashbacks to a man she says was down there with her and who confessed to a murder. But no trace of this man can be found.

Then Helen tells Nikki that someone is watching her. But is all this in her friend’s imagination and part of her post-traumatic stress?

And why is Stephen Cox back in town? He’s the villain who tore Nikki’s life apart and he seems to have returned for revenge.

Before long the whole town is on the verge of hysteria and her friend’s fear will lead Nikki and Joseph on a very dangerous trail.

Review

And I am back again with another riveting (really?) review! Today, I’ll be talking about Stalker on The Fens by Joy Ellis. This isn’t the first book I read by her, I read another book in the same series but I can’t remember the name.

To be honest my feelings for this book was okay. Okay as in, it didn’t really hook me in and make me want to invest more than just my time with the characters and the blame doesn’t even go to book. I lack any interest in any of the characters because I don’t know their full background story for me to fully appreciate their quirks, strength and weaknesses and the blame for me not knowing their full background story is unfortunately Netgalley.

They post these books up on their website but they don’t tell you it’s a series and worse they don’t tell you which book it is WITHIN a series and for me who is the type of reader that requests books because they look fun to read AND DON’T do any type of cross-checking on Goodreads will end up being fucked because then you are left in this weird limbo of knowing just enough for your interest to be piqued but not nearly enough for you to be wholly invested in the books or the overall plot.

So, back to the review, this is why I cannot fully immerse myself in the story because there are some aspects of the plot within this book that I don’t know. For example, in this book Nikki has to take another cop in her team because of something I can’t recall and this dude, Eric, has attitude problems and in the team the person who absolutely cannot tolerate him is Cat (everybody else also hates him btw) and it happened because of a previous case they worked together for of which I obviously didn’t read about. This is not the only example too. There is another one, another cop in the book recently suffered from some personal issues where her fiancée went missing and again it was in the previous book OF WHICH I DID NOT READ. So, do you feel me when I say that I cannot fully immerse myself because of these small holes of knowledge that I do not possess.

That aside, I must say the book is still enjoyable to read as a stand-alone. The plot is independent enough that you don’t need to read any of the previous books but it definitely helps to make you feel more for the characters. Additional depth if you know what I mean because then you know how each character correlates to another and stuff like that.

Another issue that I have with this book that isn’t due to external factors is the ending. I felt it was a bit too rushed. I mean I was REALLY liking the gruesome scenes in the earlier parts of the book where Nikki’s friend was murdered and a mandala was carved INTO her flesh and stones were put within the folds of the carved skin and I was really amped up for the pay out to be PHENOMENAL but when I read the reveal I was disappointed. The reasoning behind the perpetrators actions felt a bit off and out of nowhere. Had the motive behind the murder been fleshed out more, the ending would have been even better and I definitely would have enjoyed the book more than I did.

*I received the book from the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

Review: Ensnared by Rita Stradling

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Title: Ensnared

Author: Rita Stradling

Publisher: Kindle Press

Published: 23 May 2017

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads summary

A Near-Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

Review

Like I said in my May Wrap Up & June TBR video, I chose Ensnared because it is a Beauty & the Beast retelling and I already requested and was approved for Geekerella so I thought hey why not. I assumed the book was going to be YA because when I first requested it the book cover was this…

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But upon delving further and further into the book, it DEFINITELY WAS NOT.

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So, before I get ahead of myself let’s start with what I liked about the book shall we? God, I have to do this review in bullet points because I cannot explain well due to the confusion that is this book.

Abysmal plot flow

There was an instance in the book where Alainn was giving Lorccan a blowjob and I kid you not the next sentence was:

“She fell asleep halfway on top of him-“

and I am here like WTF?!!Image result for wtf gif How? How???? How can you fall asleep??? Where is the action? The explanation? The sensation that Lorccan might be feeling? I read historical romance like there is no tomorrow (who reads TWO historical romance books in a day? That’s not normal!) and occasionally I also read erotica and damn straight they explain or write down what happens in bed! You don’t just fall asleep!?! I am affronted!

And it’s not just that, the plot flow was so jumpy that when the author does semi-explain the background of the main characters, you barely understand what is going on. The author gives you a vague story of what happens and then goes along and continues with another plot element leaving you to try and complete this puzzle of a plot to gain an understanding of the overall plot.

Plus, the pacing of the plot doesn’t match. In the beginning it was a (very) slow pace where you get the feel for the predicament that Alainn is in and how Lorccan is just a weird quirky guy that has agoraphobic and mysophobia but towards the end it goes on a break-neck speed what with saving Lorccan, battling deranged robots and whatnot and then the ending is back to semi-slow.

Elements of plot, character quirks & world building not fully explained

Aside from the plot flow, I also felt that the world building is really lacking and this is coming from a person who doesn’t really give a shit about any world building at all. It wasn’t explained how robots are used in this world; are they slaves? are they companions? what types of robot are there? The author assumes we know everything about the world before pushing us in it.

Another thing that wasn’t explained well was character quirks and some plot elements. Towards the end of the book we meet Shelly, Lorccan’s good friend and also ex-girlfriend and it is there that you read that she has anxiety issues but the thing is there was no indication anywhere in the earlier sections of the book that she has an anxiety disorder. So, it was quite a shock to me that she comes and meets Alainn at the end of the book and verbally assaults her. There were quirks regarding Lorccan what with his mysophobia, Alainn with her hero complex, Colby with his need to cheat in his PhD, Connor Murphy with his gambling addiction that was not explained in detail like why do they have these disorders and compulsion. The author like I said at the top gives very vague background stories to semi-explain them but it is not enough. At least not for me. Like seriously I really want to know what happened with Alainn and her best friend? I only get the jist of it but I don’t understand the bigger picture.

It was great that the author included these disorders in the plot but it would have been even better had she explained them properly so it doesn’t feel like she is using some cheap gimmick just to make the plot more interesting.

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Also, when they disabled Rose (the sentient AI) they didn’t say what happened to her after she was disabled. Mind you they disabled her when they were in court so aren’t the people shocked that this robot is seemingly malfunctioning? what happened to her robot body? What was the reaction in court? What was the verdict? So many questions so little answers.

Questionable romance

I am on the fence regarding this issue, on one hand I think their romance is cute but at the same time I find it disturbing because Alainn and Lorccan lived in isolation for awhile where it’s just the two of them and a bunch of AI. It makes you wonder whether their romance is based on actual love or just the need to be with any other human within the area and you have to realize that Lorccan has never been around another actual human being in awhile aside from his parents.

I also felt that the sex between them was too soon. Alainn lived with Lorccan for a month-ish and suddenly out of nowhere (again with the plot jump) she starts liking him (I don’t know if this is due to her need to be with another human or its actual love) and starts making out with him then later that night, Lorccan has a nightmare and Alainn comforts him and BAM! They are already getting it on and once they started, they were getting it on like rabbits!

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Now now, I know what you all must think why did I give this book a 3/5 if everything I wrote was practically bashing it? I in all honesty still enjoyed the book and found that it showed promise and I liked the banter and the relationship between Lorccan and Alainn, if I don’t think about it being really questionable, I thought it to be quite sweet and endearing. I also liked how Rosebud and the monkeys are good AI and they were kind to Alainn (at least the monkeys were, Rosebud was kinda mean sometimes). I also liked how Colby (Alainn’s brother) pulled through at the end and tried his best to help Alainn help Lorccan. Also, it was cool to see how Connor Murphy is a brilliant inventor and scientist yet has gambling addiction.

 

 

The Reading Habits Tag

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Hello and Assalamualaikum! Okay I read this book tag on Spines and Covers but the origin for The Reading Habits Tag was from The Book Jazz on Youtube (I can’t put the link to the video because my work computer can’t open Youtube… huh). So, without further ado let’s get started. Again, I have tagged myself 😉

*Mind you these book tags are fun to do* Continue reading →