Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.
Boy, I was almost whimpering while booklikes was down.
My New Year's resolutions aren't big at all. Just to make sure I do something everyday to get my new home in order. To get some sunshine each day. Pay more attention to my own health. Work in more of what I enjoy like reading and some crafts.
This month's freebie from publisher TOR (Macmillan) is Wild Cards I - George R.R. Martin.
To download, go to https://ebookclub.tor.com/ .
Publisher's info on book is here .
There's a book club for these freebies at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/book/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy .
“Is there a reason I’m not being asked anything?” Dick asked, raising his hand. “Usually I’m the one that gets questioned in these situations.”
"...as if Dick had done something to personally offend him (which, honestly, was a possibility with Dick. He’d been around for a while, and he was… Dick)."
"Jane smelled of old paper and creamy chocolate and kindness, the sort of scent that meant safety and home."
"...had mutually friend-zoned each other within minutes of meeting, because it just seemed like crossing too many streams to date your neighbor who also happened to be your coworker."
Oooh...been waiting on a new Half-Moon Hollow book for what seems forever!
"...remember to pursue progress, not perfection. At first, just try to kill fewer people."
LOL, I can usually figure out how to shorten amazon links but this one flummoxed me so here it is in full:
This reader's personal opinion, ©2019, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers*
Outright boring. Surprisingly disappointing. Surprising because I usually like this author and because the disappointment wasn't with some of my usual YA objections.
This just was not a paranormal series. Maybe if I hadn't been expecting a YA paranormal ...? Maybe if had just been billed as alternate history?
Pretty much take a 1970s historical romance about colonizing the Americas with an uneven heroine (sort of mail order bride-ish) mostly self-involved ... oh heck, it was so utterly boring and trope-y I'm not even going to waste more time on reviewing it. Prejudice and racism -- well yeah but even that was so utterly typical (male assholes wanting women in their place and assholes, mostly male, degrading a side character of color and all the women brought over to be brides treated like pieces of meat -- and even that was bland).
100% failed to live up to the hype and even the drama about whether or not was racist.
Drama? What drama, everything was so bland and forced and didn't flow. Even the sudden about face towards end chapters with our shallow heroine now becoming super pioneer hardworking wife-y was just boring and a weird twist on the character that already was uneven.
Doesn't sound like rest of series is exactly "series" although follows some of the characters. I am certainly not interested enough to try the next book.
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Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:
★★★★★ = All Time Favorite
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average. Okay.
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking. (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews. Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)
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I keep trying to preorder this already preordered book.
It's a new trilogy with crossover characters from their Hidden Legacy series.
I've loved the books but not the covers which seem pretty bland and for a different genre of books.
...hurry to download the new monthly freebie from TOR (Macmillan) before
before 11:59 PM ET, August 16th, 2019.
There's also a discussion group (book club) for the TOR freebies at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy if interested.
Publisher page for more detail is https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781429959575 .
More Valdemar, more Mags ... the only reason I waited so long to start was the hold at the library was so very long. At any rate, back into Valdemar with #43 of the series, #1 of a new spinoff series Valdemar Family Spies.
"Prince Trey had been Chosen, but in a startlingly rare occurrence, his Companion was little more than a foal."
"It would be nice to be a cat, he thought. Everything is so simple for them. Food or not-food. Thing to play with or thing to ignore. Favored human or not-favored human. Now, in particular, this cat’s world was perfect. She had just been fed, the sun was exactly the right warmth, on exactly the right place. The cushion was perfectly soft. No one was disturbing her. She was one unit of contentment, from her whiskers to her tail."