While certainly living up to its page turning claims, this book mostly fell flat for me. Until about half way through, the author hadn't really pickedWhile certainly living up to its page turning claims, this book mostly fell flat for me. Until about half way through, the author hadn't really picked a style or genre, and while I love genre-blending, I don't enjoy indecision in the writer's technique. The main characters didn't make me feel particularly one way or another and the romance between them was quite odd. I feel like the author would have been better off leaving it out and going with more of her psych thriller vibes from the beginning. The mystery and suspense carry the story, but it lacks much depth. There are certainly some interesting developments, but even the who dunnit isn't really all that difficult to discern if you pay any attention at all. I'd like to try out a different romsup from this author to see how her style has developed, as this may just be a miss for me, but I can see there is some strength in her writing. Volleyed between 2.5 and 3 stars but landed on 3 because of the fact that I did indeed stay glued to the pages. This is the beginning of a new series, and I'm assuming either the main characters will remain the same, or we will get a before/prequel for the next part. Not sure which would be better, though....more
This is a very promising start to a new MG Scifi series! It's not just compelling and suspenseful, but also rather philosophical and touches on a lotThis is a very promising start to a new MG Scifi series! It's not just compelling and suspenseful, but also rather philosophical and touches on a lot of topics that books in this age genre tend to steer away from, for fear of being chastised as "too deep." I enjoyed the pace, mostly steady and only at times when called for did it become frantic or tedious. There were not too many long winded explanations for some of the science behind the book, which lent to the overall fantastical atmosphere, but a bit more detail would definitely not have gone unappreciated by this reader. I can see myself continuing this series, especially after the ending!
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This is a difficult review to write. The book itself is not so difficult, but my feelings on it are so conflicted, especially compounded by this beinThis is a difficult review to write. The book itself is not so difficult, but my feelings on it are so conflicted, especially compounded by this being one of my favorite authors and series. Like many fans, I wasn’t one hundred percent thrilled with the way things ended, as far as who Porschia ended up with, but I was happy with the series ending as a book and that served as a new beginning. Now we have a big time jump, and this can be problematic in longer books, but especially so in a novella where I feel like I’m really missing out on some key details to get the characters where they are. So that’s the first thing that’s not my favorite. However, I did like that we are given glimpses of the lives the characters we love have had, and glimpses into what the world is now after all this time, I just wanted more. I wanted to have all the delicious detail we were given in the rest of the series. Furthermore, things started at a nice pace but the entire second half of the book was so fast that it was almost rushed, especially the ending. I realize it’s difficult to juggle these things in a novella, and I’m also a picky reader, so this may not be true for everyone. One of the things Bond is so good at is making you feel what the characters felt, and boy are we run through the emotional ringer in this one! I definitely cried. Again. Having read the entire series thus far and really enjoyed it, I couldn’t bloody well not read this super long epilogue, now could I? Because that’s essentially what you have here, longer than a chapter, shorter than a book, it’s an epilogue that changes some things, reasserts some others, and reminds us how fierce Porschia is and how loyal and protective she can be. She’s still one of my favorite characters, and if you have read the series I would say you gotta read this installment too, so that you can know how it really ends. 3.5 stars and my thanks to the author and tour host for the review opportunity!...more
This book starts out full of humor, with moments of pithy, and sometimes controversial, musings on life and status. Then it gets darker. And more coThis book starts out full of humor, with moments of pithy, and sometimes controversial, musings on life and status. Then it gets darker. And more complicated. Until it gets to a point where you think, I can't stand to find out more, yet I can't stop reading. In the end, there were numerous gasp-inducing surprises, and some less-than-surprising revelations. I felt the author really made an effort to give each woman, Miranda and Dawn, their own personality, their own view of the other person, and their own faults. Neither was right, but neither was wrong. You kept thinking one thing, along with one or the other of these characters, then second guessing yourself, and what you'd read. There was quite a bit more moral ambiguity than I expected, which worked rather well in the context of this particular story. It's about more than a house, or a refund, or a disagreement. It's about what we can stand to lose, what we can't fathom ever having to give up, and what we are willing to do to keep what we think we deserve. 4 stars and my thanks to Harper Collins and TLC Booktours for the review opportunity!...more
Wow. What. Did. I. Just. Read. Definitely not exactly what I expected, while not wholly surprising either. It's difficult to describe, but I so very mWow. What. Did. I. Just. Read. Definitely not exactly what I expected, while not wholly surprising either. It's difficult to describe, but I so very much enjoyed this series, and this conclusion was rather well suited. It isn't every tiny detail mapped out, it isn't every question answered, but it's possibility and hope for the future, amongst those who get to have a future. I'm so glad that I was able to avoid spoilers because the emotional journey was one I wouldn't trade for the world. ...more
This was a very unique book for a subject so widely covered. Often I forgot I was reading a self-help piece and felt more like it was a work of literaThis was a very unique book for a subject so widely covered. Often I forgot I was reading a self-help piece and felt more like it was a work of literary fiction. There were some truths which hit very close to home, and a great deal of advice on how to change what often seems insurmountable in our lives. Order can be restored, and you can achieve a feeling of wholeness while making time for what's important to you and what pays your bills. Recommended more for those working outside the home, though this works if you're an at home employee too.
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It's always a treat to see a newer author get stronger with each book, and even more so when you have fallen in love with the series. The Sphinx booksIt's always a treat to see a newer author get stronger with each book, and even more so when you have fallen in love with the series. The Sphinx books combine a few of my favorite myths, and there are plenty of monsters, demigods, immortals and even some humans to keep you entertained. Beyond that, there are themes of redemption and hope, coming of age and learning what it really means to be loyal. There's also some romance so no one will be left out. Well SOMEONE is, but I am not a spoil sport so I won't tell. I am happy to see this is not the end of the story, or at least with that ending it better not be (I'm glaring at you Ms. Wagner) If you're a fan of the Covenant books, but tired of people using the same old storyline, I think you'll be really impressed with this series. Or if you just enjoy mythology infused ya fiction in general. 4.5 stars...more
What a great concept! It's not a book, or a journal like you've seen before. It's a bit of both and a bit neither. It's something to keep in your bagWhat a great concept! It's not a book, or a journal like you've seen before. It's a bit of both and a bit neither. It's something to keep in your bag so that when you're having to wait you have something to make you smile. It's your companion for those dark days lacking creativity. It's your best friend and it's tough love and happiness all together. I'm so glad I was able to find this little gem and hope to spread some cheer by sharing my favorite pep talks throughout the year.