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anti-book-snob

For some reason I find fantasy books much more believable than mainstream fiction. I mostly read fantasy and all sub-genres but if overwhelmed with curiosity I'll occasionally read a 'norm' book.

 

I am an author also but I am mostly on this site to connect as a reader.

Wild Magic

Wild Magic - Tamora Pierce Really good.

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line - Jennifer Graham, Rob Thomas Being a huge Veronica Mars fan, it's hard to gage whether this book would appeal to anyone one but a huge Veronica Mars fan. That said, I loved it!!!

Mortal

A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas 4.5 stars.

Actually I'm not completely sure on how i feel on this one. I think I'll have to reread this one asap to be sure ;)

The Devil's Metal

The Devil's Metal - Karina Halle an exact mix of Almost Famous ...

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and Drag Me into Hell ...

An Ember in the Ashes

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This better have a sequel.

Fair Game

Fair Game - Patricia Briggs I forgot how wonderful reading a Patricia Briggs novel is. It's like I was perfectly happy taking showers for months then got a chance to take a nice long bubble bath while drinking a glass of really good Cabernet.

The Polar Express

The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg For some reason Goodreads suggested this to me... It's my son's favorite book. I read it enough to get credit for it I think ;)

Blood Domination

Blood Domination - Connie Suttle oh my goodness...

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Like, seriously. how many men does Lissa need? This is starting to read like a Meredith Gentry novel. Quality over quantity people!!!

I love the idea of a 49 year old in a 25 year olds body, finally a mature heroine who still gets a lot of action (so I'm a little shallow). But...These books are getting a little silly, romantically I mean.

There are something about these books though, they're not all that "edge of your seat" but for some reason I enjoy them and always come back for more.

Alienated

Alienated - Melissa Landers 3.5 stars

Warning: a lot of Britney Spears gifs on this review (don't hate)

So aliens and humans made contact, and are sorta, kinda, a little bit trying to make a alliance. Cara Sweeney is picked to be the human to host one of the first alien exchange students, Aelyx. Even though her friends are declaring they'll hate her for it, Cara basically decides to host an alien in her home because of the blog potential...

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--seriously?

But when I thought about it this is soo believable about humans today that it's scary. I mean who needs friends when you have followers, right? But I still like Cara, she's a little know-it-all-ish and a bit preachy, but she's supposed to be smart and actually seems smart which a lot of times doesn't happen in novels.

Aelyx is like this emotionally sterile, cold complete know it all.

Not my favorite kind of love interest, personally. He just seems so bland, which I guess is the point but... doesn't really interest me.

But thankfully the scenes where Cara and Aelyx are together usually end up hilarious. Like, laugh out loud, embarrass yourself in public hilarious. I was not too into the premise until the scene where Aelyx and Cara meet which was fantastic.

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This book basically alternated between great embarrassingly hilarious moments...

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and boring stretches.

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But more than anything the romance was great. It deserves a round of applause.

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Thank you Britney.

So, obviously this book was very mixed for me. I mean yes, I like the idea but think it's a little -- hard to believe that aliens would be just like gorgeous, ultra-modern, psychic, communists. Aelyx just seems like any other superior-feeling exchange student (jerk) to me, which I guess is the point but isn't all that much of a risk if you know what I mean. That said, I do think that Cara and her friends had realistic personalities and reactions to events. Aelyx, not as much, his only redeeming quality seemed like that he started being passionate around and for Cara... but I enjoyed his interactions with Cara so that's something. Probably not going to continue with this series though, in the next book Aelyx and Cara are going to be separated (for most of it...supposedly) and that just doesn't really appeal to me.

Northern Bites

Northern Bites - Nikki Jefford This series is so...

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The Faerie Prince

The Faerie Prince - Rachel  Morgan How I feel at the end of this book:

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NEED THE NEXT BOOK!! NOW!

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Uninvited

Uninvited - Sophie Jordan Wow.

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Just wow. Wow.

I become 'fans' of authors on goodreads very rarely, just because I love many of the books that an author writes doesn't necessarily tempt me to be their fan. But after reading [b:Foreplay|17254035|Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles, #1)|Sophie Jordan|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1367338814s/17254035.jpg|23845708] which is by far my favorite NA Romance book in a long time (if not ever) and then getting halfway through this book, I decided I am a big time, full blown fan of Sophie Jordan. I guess what makes her so amazing, in my humble opinion, is that even though these books each fit in very well with their genre, each are so much more believable to me than others of their kind.

I love Dystopian novels, but unfortunately I just don't believe the world concepts of pretty much any of them. They're entertaining, exciting, enjoyable...but not believable to me. Even the great Hunger Games and Divergent, even though they're some of my favorite books the world concept just doesn't seem plausible to me.

This book is terrifyingly believable. Like, this very well could happen soon. I LOVED how terrifying it was. I started this book yesterday and had to force myself to stop at midnight last night, I had to start reading another book knowing I'd never fall asleep with this book still on my mind.

As it says in the blurb the main character is told she has the "killer gene" that she's genetically basically a sociopath. She's then basically treated as a sub human, and all the "normal" people mistreat her while basically believing that they themselves are her future victims and justified in their mistreatment of her. Sounds really depressing doesn't it? well there is a big fat silver lining named Sean ;). Also the book just digs really, really deep. It made me think about a lot of real life applications, the system treating some one as 'going to turn out' bad and then that becoming a self fulfilling prophecy.

Also Sophie Jordan writes in this honest and compelling way, she just doesn't bullshit you, if you know what I mean. Like you can see why the character's in her books act a certain way and it's never to force the plot along.

The only this I didn't like about this book was the ending was abrupt and incomplete feeling. But thankfully the next book is already out.

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Thicker Than Blood

Thicker Than Blood - Claire C. Riley, Madeline Sheehan I really like this book. For first time ever, I dnf'd a book for scaring me. I'm planning on finishing it but the part I stopped at was so scary and disturbing I kept feeling to freaked out to pick it up again. It kind of reminded me of a darker adult version of [b:Endless Knight|16175040|Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2)|Kresley Cole|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1400456239s/16175040.jpg|22024655] in how evil the post-apocalyptic world-building was.

Foreplay

Foreplay - Sophie Jordan I loved this book.

Empire of Night

Empire of Night - Kelley Armstrong Wonderful.

The School for Good and Evil

The School for Good and Evil - Soman Chainani wow. just wow.