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Emotional Reader

Lost in a book somewhere. Experiencing emotions.

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On the Road
Jack Kerouac
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Dave Eggers
Jane Eyre
Michael Mason, Charlotte Brontë
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
George R.R. Martin, Roy Dotrice
Lover Avenged
J.R. Ward
This is Shyness
Leanne Hall
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
April Genevieve Tucholke
Cruel Beauty
Rosamund Hodge
Emma Trevayne
Robison Wells
Death Sworn - Leah Cypess Ahhhhh! This doesn't even come out until NEXT YEAR! How will I ever survive the wait for the sequels? This was a surprisingly good read. It's a 4-4.5 star read for me. The TWISTS, you guys! They were everything. I didn't see those things coming. Ice cold, man. ICE. COLD.
Night Film - Marisha Pessl 3.5 stars. I've some questions. It could just be my brain is slow and sludge-- which given the mental strain I've been suffering the last 3 weeks, I'm not surprised--but I'm not sure I "got" that ending entirely. I am happy that think that looked like it was happening for Scott didn't. I hated him after that one scene and the book was almost ruined entirely, for me.

The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us - Kasie West meh.

Office Toy (Office Toy, #1)

Office Toy (Office Toy, #1) - Cleo Peitsche Well...that was some dirty dirty stuff. Like, maybe I need some church right now.
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater Um. This was not what I expected.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette - I would have given this book ALL the stars, but that ending, for a person like me, was not cool, so 4 stars it is. Flaws and all, Bernadette, is my bitch! So is little, Bee, her daughter. Her husband however, is sniveling, weak, asshole that can go f-ck himself. I don't give a crap how he's been redeemed in the eyes of his daughter and wife. HE CAN (and should!) DIAFF!This book was a very funny and delightful read for me. There were parts where I raged, but it had more to do with what was going on in the lives of the characters more so than anything else. Lots to enjoy!The satirical element gave me so much life, OMG! **Full Review to come.** For now, I leave you with my favorite quote from the book: "My heart started racing, not the bad kind of heart racing, like I'm going to die. But the good kind of heart racing, like, Hello, can I help you with something? If not, please step aside because I'm about to kick the shit out of life.”
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas ShiiiiiiiiT!That ending was f-cking spectacular! And unexpected. Wow, wow, wow!I've gotta say, I'm happy Sarah J. Maas was able to reel me back in, because for a large chunk of this book (slightly more than half), I was stewing with anger, resentment, unbridled hostility, and hatred toward a lot of things. Some senseless, but a lot justifiable in my case. Not really Sarah's fault, it's just...her characters, boy...they wanted me to punch them. In the face. Because the various betrayals and slights were...ugh! Basically, if you are on the same team I'm on, this book will elicit some rage-y feelings for you. Oh, and trust me, I'm still angry. Bloody f-cking angry and hurt about so much! But, so many crazy, ridiculously action packed things went down, so my overall enjoyment of the book turned out to be more so favorable than not. And at the end of the day, Ms. Maas made me feel. This book, the future, and these characters have constantly been on my mind since finishing. When it's good, Crown of Midnight, is awesome. Fun-awesome. And "OMG!!! WTF just happened, and are you serious?!" awesome. And I’m sure a lot of you will find that things were swooning over-awesome (although it depends on where your heart is when you go into this. If you are like me, you will see red and hurt and rage).Anyway, I have so much to say, but I ended up loving this at some point. Simultaneously polarizing gamut of emotions and all. More than anything, my heart just hurts, and I'm now more anxious and impatient than ever to read the book three. AND there are four more books to go. FOUR! *sobs in a corner*Stay tuned for a more complete review.

The Mistress

The Mistress - Tiffany Reisz WHAT was that ending, though? This pattern of cliff hanging is starting to get on my last nerve. Anyway to sum up The Mistress: it was glaringly obvious. 98%of the events were glaringly obvious plot developments. I also felt a big part of it was a message for the haters. There is a lot of dialogue given through the tool of storytelling within the story (rehashing the past), but I really just felt like I was being given a lecture on kink, consent, and Sadomasochism. It was like Ms. Reisz wanted to prove a point, and force people by telling them w/character dialogue to accept that the difficult and unconventional things happening between her characters, and within their world, are totally not scary, and is what they want/need. I'm not arguing that fact in relation to the characters and their choices regarding sex and their kinky lifestyle. I just feel like the book suffered because of the lack of subtlety in trying to deliver those messages of consent and how their kinky lifestyles work through revisiting the past by telling a story. In fact, that is one of my biggest criticisms across the board: The Mistress lacks any subtlety. So much so, it came across forced and often felt a bit contrived, to me. Besides being centered around the utter disappointment in what could have been an intriguing and disturbing, but turned out instead to be a flat and one-dimensional, villain, the book was also one giant orgy and a melting pot of love. I need a flow chart to keep a track of the polyamourous connections happening this round. I like poly love, I just appreciate mine in smaller doses. The world I'm being exposed to more and more as new books in the series come out is beginning to become a bit too much for me. There is no fidelity to be found in this world, it seems. Which is fine, it's just not really what I'm into when it's presented to me on this wide a scale.For me, this was better than The Prince, but not better than The Angel, nor The Siren. I have a lot of notes that should help me to write a more coherent review. The question, however, is whether or not I feel like exerting the effort to do so. I just feel like the writing has been going stale. Speaking of writing, I'm seeing a pattern in TR's for this series: each book has some sort of overused phrase or idea. In this effort, the most overused phrase is "My God!" Every character says it, and repeatedly, although they've never said it at all, or as much, in previous books. It also takes away, I think, from them having their own individuality as characters. I mean it's not like they are all from the same place. Why should they all sound the same? Second, the overused idea is Nora's bitterness and resentment at having to water a dead stick for months way back when Soren first started training her. I feel like I was beat over the head with this dead stick of an idea for as many times as it was bought up in the book. Jeebus, WHO CARES?!In the end, this is what my critique of the Mistress encompasses: poor and faulty plot structure, excessive obviousness and repetition, one-dimensional antagonists, lack of character identity, and the most offensive of all issues: character assassination. The out-of-character occurrences and behaviors for the main cast was ire inducing. A good friend reflected that TR turned just about everyone into Nora. I don't think she's wrong drawing that conclusion. While there were a few interesting moments of story development and humor (like three), it was far to few to make up for the poorly executed parts of the book. My opinion of course is not a popular one, so if you're willing to look beyond what I've said in this review, more power to you. This is exactly what you want to read.
The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater I was definitely crying all the tears there for a moment.Ms. Stiefvater, you remain one of my most trusted and favorite story tellers. I have never been disappointed in anything you've written. Let's keep with tradition, m'kay?I enjoyed this book so much. From the very beginning. Full review to come.
How to Love - Katie Cotugno Jesus Christ, that was...that ran the gamut of my emotions. So so good and so so human. It was hurt, and frustrating, and love, and swooning, and self loathing, and heart melting. Good grief. All my lady friends, please read this book. Full review to come.

Haze (The Rephaim, #2)

Haze - Paula Weston A possible rounding up may be on the horizon. BUT, THAT. ENDING. GUH!RAFA!I need book three RIGHT NOW!
The Light Between Oceans: A Novel - M.L. Stedman RAGE. That is all.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl - B.M. Mooyaart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Anne Frank Wow, wow, wow! This book was--IS--EVERYTHING! This young girl? Anne Frank? My goodness! What a tragedy we lost out on such a very bright soul. I can't stop mourning everything she was capable of that I will never get to experience, aside from this brilliantly introspective account of her two years spent hiding with her family, in a secret annex in Amsterdam... I have so much I want to say, but know that all the words I want to share are far too many to type here. I have at least five pages worth of things I want to say in my review. But alas, I must find a way to be give a more concise account. I will write everything I want to say for myself, and find a way to make another version to post here. Bear with me... let me let my thoughts marinate....Proper review to come.

On The Island

On the Island  - Tracey Garvis-Graves Two Stars.This book...this book is a very simple minded book. There is nothing compelling about it. For all its faults in certain areas, I expected that there would be at least ONE payoff in the context of the story and writing that would make up for it's simple mindedness. Sadly, that didn't happen.This book could have used either one one the following things to make it worthwhile (for me): some magical fantasy elements that could have improved/supported the absurdities of what transpired during the lost-on-an-Island section, subsequently adding a layer of mystery and enchantment; having more depth to the characters involved, their development, and their individual stories; and lastly, some adult level romance writing. I didn't swoon once. What the hell? Why were the love scenes glossed over like this book was written for a YA audience? In fact, there are some YA books that have hotter sex happening!In the end, this was a snooze-fest on all fronts of what I enjoy about reading. Filed under: this has left me wholly underwhelmed.
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey I have a ton of reservations about this. My rating should be more of a 3.

The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken For me this is a solid 2 star rating. Nothing more. It was okay, but I didn't really like it. Too many illogical and farfetched things happened, and the world is not different enough from our present one where their occurrences would be able to slide as legit probabilities. Though, points for the things that were really good and displayed heart. More on them later.