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Workman’s Complication by Rich Leder – REVIEW

Workman’s Complication is the first book of the McCall & Company series, published by Laugh Riot Press. I was kindly sent this book to read and give an honest review. 

bookcoverworkersfinal2Kate McCall is an off-off-off-off Broadway actress in her mid forties. When her father is found brutally murdered in a company elevator, Kate inherits her fathers private investigation business. Kate has helped her father through the years but feels nowhere close to wanting to change profession from actress to PI, but going through the case files in the company she stumbles upon something that might be connected to her fathers murder.

A new case also lands in her lap. A possible insurance scam. She was ready to burry the business with her father, but she could really use the money and decides to do this one final job.

Kate assembles the extremely unique, quirky and eccentric tenants of her building complex and her acting colleagues and gets herself and them in a whole lot of trouble along the way to solve both cases.

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The Writing

The writing was so witty and hilarious. I went into this not really knowing what I was going to get, but this book had me giggling at the third page already. Leder writes in a way that really captivates, entertain and holds your attention throughout the whole story.

The Characters

I’ve been reading a lot of YA lately and I was in dire need of something more adult now and it was so refreshing to read a book with such a strong and funny female protagonist. I loved Kate from the very beginning. She is smart, hilarious, sexy, doesn’t take crap from anyone and she is confident. I think the real female confidence is what I’ve been really missing in a lot of other books that I’ve been reading lately, but Kate definitely brought that to the table. That combined with the human flaws that made her so relatable made her an amazing character.

When it came to the side characters, I have two personal favorites.

Ray was a phenomenal character. Every time he came around I knew that I would laugh out loud from the words coming from that old man.

And Fu is my absolute favorite. He’s a mystery and just lovely and all kinds of quirky in a lovely way!

The Plot

I really did fly through this book and it had me curious and at times at the edge of my seat. The book’s plot was consistent and good.

The only thing I missed here was that I would have loved for the “edge of my seat” moments would have a lasted a bit longer. It just felt like some of the problems were resolved a little bit too fast.

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This was such a fun and interesting read! Highly recommend if you want a funny and different kind of mystery read!

I can’t wait to read more of this series and to see what happens next with Kate.

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Thank you so much to Shannon and Rich for sending this my way!! 

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The Coffee Book Tag

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jennifer Han – REVIEW

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a young-adult contemporary, published by Simon & Schuster. I read this one on my Kindle Paperwhite. 

51GdayQh-uL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_This is the story of Lara Jean. Lara Jean never told any of the boys she had feelings for, just how she felt. She wrote it down. She wrote letters and put them away in her hatbox. This way she got the feelings out of her system and could move on.

One day one of the boys she wrote a letter to walks up to her in school and starts to talk about a letter. Lara Jean panics when she realizes that all of her letters are missing. One of the letters were to her sisters Margot’s ex-boyfriend: Josh.  They’ve been together for quite sometime, but recently broke up right before Margot went to college in Scotland.

To avoid having to face this with Josh she pretends that she’s dating one of the most popular guys in school (who also got a letter) but how long can she hold on to this lie? How far will she go to avoid talking about her feelings?

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The Writing

Jenny Han’s writing style is absolutely lovely. She had me all giggling and remembering what it was like to be in love for the very first time. She has this wonderful way of writing about emotions without it becoming cheesy. It was just very relatable.

The dialogues felt very natural and real. It was written in a very light hearted, but captivating way.

The Characters

Lara Jean was such a funny character to follow through this story. She felt very real and relatable. There were a few of her choices of action that frustrated me, but which teen doesn’t make wrong and too rash decisions? That might even be one of the things that made me love her so much.

I also loved the love between the sisters Lara Jean, Margot and Kitty.

Kitty was my absolute favorite in this book! At the age of ten she is all kinds of sassy in such a wonderful way!

Josh and Peter made for great characters as well and throughout the story I was going back and forth between the two, not really knowing who I liked the most.

The Plot

I went into this, not really knowing what the story was about except for some letters and past loves. The thought of her writing these letters was so amazing. I think that’s a thing that so many does at one time or another, writing something just to get it out of ones system.

The story grabbed me and held tight throughout the whole story. The plot was very consistent, but with some twists here and there that I didn’t see coming. Parts of the ending I did kind of see coming, but it was the journey to the ending that made this book so beautiful!

I have mixed feelings about there being a second book because I felt that the ending was just perfect, but I will definitely read the next book!

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An absolute treat and one I highly recommend if you want a quick read that’s light hearted, warm and fuzzy!

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Why I Think This World Should End by Prince Ea

I’ve shared some of Prince Ea’s videos before and as long as he keeps on making them with the same strong messages that applies to all, I will keep sharing!

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Reading Tag

Thank you to The Happy Typewriter for tagging me! So let’s get started!

 

Greed

Defined as: An intense and selfish desire for something.

What is your most expensive book?

Had to take a long and hard look at my bookshelf before I could answer this one. I think my most expensive book is a leather bound Norwegian edition of The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Wrath

Defined as: Extreme anger.

 What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

For this one I would have to go for Haruki Murakami. He writes beautifully, but there are some of his books that I really don’t like and there are others that I love to bits.

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Gluttony

Defined as: Intense over-indulgence.

What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

I’m not much of a re-reader I’m afraid, but I’m about to read The Dark Tower series again soon and I doubt that it will be the last time.

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Sloth

Defined as: a reluctance to work or make an effort.

What book have you neglected to read due to laziness?

The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. and Harry Potter books 3-7 by J.K. Rowling (I know!! I’m so ashamed!!)  I’m going to.. Soon.. I promise!

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Pride

Defined as: satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

I came up blank here! Sorry! Can’t remember ever talking about a book to sound like more of an intellectual reader.

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Lust

Defined as: a strong sexual desire.

What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?

Humor, intelligence, quirkiness and charm!

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Envy

Defined as: a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.

What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

I’d have to say the Harry Potter box set in hardback!

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2015 February Wrap Up

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Blood Soaked Ashes by Frankie Ash – Blog Tour – Review + Giveaway!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

BLOOD SOAKED ASHES
Eramane #2
Author: Frankie Ash
Release Date: January 21st, 2015

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                                        A legion from across the sea wants her dead.

final-cover (1)The man she loves would die a thousand deaths to keep her alive.

The demon she fears would cover the lands in blood-soaked ashes to have her again.

Eramane is learning to accept her new life, a life that demands much from her. She is a Breather, and she has no idea how to be one. But when Eramane learns that a passage she opened between her world and the Reach cannot be closed, she will find herself on a treacherous journey searching for dangerous allies.

In the north are the Cloud Walkers; across the South Sea is a kingdom with a massive army. Both could end up destroying her and all that she loves, if the demon she thought was dead doesn’t do it first.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Frankie Ash lives in Northern Virginia. She is pursuing a master’s in English and wrote ERAMANE (Archway Publishing) and BLOOD SOAKED ASHES (both available online wherever books are sold.)

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REVIEW

First off, I would like to thank Frankie and Amber for letting be join in on this fantastic ride and be a part of this book blog tour!

You can also check out my review of Eramane (the first book in the series) by clicking HERE 🙂

Now, over to the review!

The Writing

As I wrote in my review of Eramane, the way that Frankie Ash shifts between first person and third person perspective is very different from other books that usually just have one or the other. In the first book this caught me a little off guard but I did get used to it and felt like it gave Eramane’s chapters a more recognizable feel to them. The only time I got confused in this book was when it shifted between the perspectives in the same chapter.

Ash has created a very interesting and complex world and I loved that we got to know it so much better in this book.

Even though there were some minor flaws in the writing (could just be in the copy that were sent out) I thought it was beautifully written with an original and good voice.

The Characters

As this series progresses we really get to know Eramane and I find her to be a very intriguing character. There is so much depth to her and I really like the choices she makes throughout the story. She grows as a character and I look forward to see more of her development.

I must say that I do have a little crush on Limearsy! He is an amazing character with so much love and a bit of mystery. The perfect gentleman and also the perfect beast!

When talking about perfect gentlemen, we can’t not mention Eramane’s brother Samiah! The most perfect and protective older brother. Such a lovable character!

And then we have Adikhia. His anger and his thirst for Eramane’s love and for revenge is so strong throughout this book and I love that. No sugarcoating when it comes to Adikhia! I would have loved to know more about him though. I think there is so much more to him than what we got to see.

The book has many other characters as well and I enjoyed every one of them.

The Plot

I flew through this book and was never bored! It is an amazing and exciting story.

The love between Eramane and Limearsy was portrayed beautifully and I could really connect to them.

Kudos to Frankie for writing a story that is not sugarcoated. It is as brutal at times as it is beautiful.

It never felt cliché, which I appreciate a whole lot (cause let’s face it, a lot of fantasy books are very much so these days) and I was intrigued and captivated by this story from beginning to end.

Oh, and the ending really did surprise me!

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I can’t wait to read the next book and I highly recommend the Eramane Saga!

4star

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I hope you all enjoyed this stop of the tour!

All of my best wishes to Frankie Ash!

Until next time: Toodles!

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The Perfect Gift by Christina de Vries – POEM

I got a lot of positive response when I posted this poem a while back, so I decided to upload it to my YouTube channel as well.

I hope you enjoy it!

Until next time: Toodles!

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer – REVIEW

Cinder is a YA fantasy/science fiction novel, and the first book in The Lunar Chronicles. A retelling of Cinder_CoverCinderella, set in a New Beijing. In this story we meet Cinder, a gifted mechanic who also turns out to be a cyborg. She lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters (Cinderella.. You know..) and has little knowledge about her past before she became a cyborg.

Her life get intertwined with it of the handsome prince Kai when he suddenly shows up to her mechanic stand to get his droid fixed and I guess you can all guess that somewhat of a love interest comes up.

The one stepsister that Cinder is friends with suddenly gets the plague and is rushed away. Cinder then wonders why she does not have it since she touched her sister and the plague is highly contagious.

In this story there is also the Lunar people and their Queen Levana who is clearly up to no good with a wish to join forces and to marry Kai.

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The Writing

I found the writing to be very well done. The way that we get to see the inner voice and information of a cyborg was very different and nice. Also really enjoyed the way that it was written from different perspectives that gave us a lot more insight.

It was fast paced and I really liked the world that she built and portraits beautifully throughout this book.

The Characters

Cinder was a refreshing and different character that I really enjoyed, but I think my absolute favorite character in this book has to be Iko. Iko is the house robot and she is all kinds of sassy and brutally honest.

Prince Kai had a pretty big part in this book and I really liked that we got to know the prince and not just as a person, but his job and his political views in this world that they are living in. There aren’t that many times that we get to really know the “oh so handsome prince” in the story, so that was definitely a big plus.

The stepmother was every bit as terrible as I expected her to be, but the main villain and straight up creepy character has to be Queen Levana. Her past and her actions are just horrible. And she’s also draped in somewhat of a mystery that I look forward to unveiling in the next books.

The Plot

This story is very well made and it was consistent and interesting all the way through the book. I was never bored. But even though I really enjoyed the story, I did find the plot twist to be somewhat too obvious. I wasn’t really surprised by it. And I think I had a little too high expectations for this book since everyone has been raving about it for ages.

That said, I really did enjoy the book even though it did not live up to my expectations and I will be continuing with The Lunar Chronicles.

4star

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