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Undressing Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos

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Undressing Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos is a fun read. The setting is a splash through various Jane Austen society festivals. The characters are entertaining, although the secondary characters sometimes come across a bit thin. In some cases this may be intentional. If you are a Jane Austen fan living in a social media world, then this book is for you.

The Wired Man by David Suski

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Note that I received a free copy from the author for an honest review.  David Suski’s The Wired Man is a very interesting look at the current trend of on-line social networking.  It is an action adventure science fiction work.

I did have a little trouble in the beginning keeping the different characters straight, possibly because of the way chapters are written with different characters points of view as a data log.  Eventually, I was able to keep track of the characters.  The main character, Aaron, is a little unlikeable to begin with, but I suspect that was intentional.  He works in a generic office with a cubical.  All aspect of individual lives are tied to their social networking status.

The plot was interesting and kept the book moving at a good pace.  Not wishing to drop any spoilers, I’ll just say at the end, some of the characters actions could have been supported more throughout the story.  Everything does begin to make more sense at the end.

Overall, The Wired Man was an enjoyable read that keeps you turning pages.

Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

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I received this book as a pre-view from Net Galley. Thanks for the read.

I enjoyed the book. It was pretty well written. The action was fast paced. I had not read the other books in this series, so there may be some relationship ties that I am missing. The book did a good job of filling in backstory without bashing the reader over the head with it.

I had a technical issue with the book. I am not sure if this is the case with the actual published book, but I read this preview copy on my Nook. Many words on each page had spaces in them where they should not be. Possibly because of this, words wrapped at the end of lines in odd places and without hyphens. Often those words were one syllable words. Also every few pages, one of the pages would show up with miniscule font. Both of these issues broke the continuity of the reading.

One of my pet peeves is where authors use dialogue from more than one character in the same paragraph. I hate it, because I can’t tell which character is supposed to be talking and I end up having to read those paragraphs over to try and figure it out. Elysian Fields does this in spades. For the most part there were not many typos in the books aside from the extra spaces between words.

I liked the character DJ. However, the relationship between her and Alex and Jake seemed odd and the romance was a bit rushed. Possibly this was built up in the other books in the series. The beginning of the book seemed like she had a thing for Jake, which immediately disappeared. I also, didn’t find Quince as repulsive as DJ kept saying he was. It felt a bit forced.

The Axeman scenes were action packed and seemed to flow well. No gory pun intended. All in all, it was a good story and a quick enjoyable read.

Reality Ends Here book review

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I received a review copy of Reality Ends Here by Alison Gaylin from Net Galley.  I have to say that I really enjoyed the book.  The main character, Estella, was spunky and charming. I’m not sure about the rest of the family dynamic.  There were too many brothers and sisters to focus on them much, but it didn’t distract from the story.

 

I loved the pop culture references, especially those from the past.  With the current and past pop culture references, this should appeal to both teens and their parents.  Estella’s new friends, Jake and the other kids in TMTS, are enjoyable characters.

 

The book overall was well written.  There were only a couple of typos and I didn’t notice any grammar issues.  I read this on my Nook and there were multiple places where there was no space between words.  It was probably some sort of issue with formatting, but otherwise it looked nice and was laid out well.

 

My only real issue with the book was the ending.  I felt that the motivation of the minor characters was not really well flushed out.  Without giving any spoilers, I would have liked to understand why some of the characters at the end behaved the way they did.  It felt a little unbelievable.

 

On the whole, this was a well written, enjoyable, action packed book.  It was a quick and easy read.  I would recommend this for teens or anyone that likes to read YA books and reality shows.

 

I received a review copy of Reality Ends Here by Alison Gaylin from Net Galley.  I have to say that I really enjoyed the book.  The main character, Estella, was spunky and charming. I’m not sure about the rest of the family dynamic.  There were too many brothers and sisters to focus on them much, but it didn’t distract from the story.

 

I loved the pop culture references, especially those from the past.  With the current and past pop culture references, this should appeal to both teens and their parents.  Estella’s new friends, Jake and the other kids in TMTS, are enjoyable characters.

 

The book overall was well written.  There were only a couple of typos and I didn’t notice any grammar issues.  I read this on my Nook and there were multiple places where there was no space between words.  It was probably some sort of issue with formatting, but otherwise it looked nice and was laid out well.

 

My only real issue with the book was the ending.  I felt that the motivation of the minor characters was not really well flushed out.  Without giving any spoilers, I would have liked to understand why some of the characters at the end behaved the way they did.  It felt a little unbelievable.

 

On the whole, this was a well written, enjoyable, action packed book.  It was a quick and easy read.  I would recommend this for teens or anyone that likes to read YA books and reality shows.

Unbored

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<em>Unbored</em>: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun [<em>Book</em>]

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Must Love Santas

Must Love Santa (a short romantic suspense holiday novella)

The story was cute.  However, the mystery part was rushed.  There were some grammatical errors and a lot of the sentences were a bit long and awkward.  I also thought the romance was a bit rushed and would have liked more flirtation between the main characters.  It probably would have been better to either skip the mystery or made it a little longer and given those scenes more detail and dialogue.  I was looking for a fun Christmas book and was a little disappointed.

Why do I do it?

I wanted to just throw out a quick blurb about why I am reviewing books.  I have written five novels to date and have yet to publish one of them.  I am close to finishing my second novel which I will probably self-publish.

In the course of the five years that I have written these novels I have gone to numerous workshops and book readings as well as reading and finding other author advice online.  One piece of advice that pops up often, is if you want to write you should read.   Some say, you should even read bad books, so you know what to avoid.  But something that really sticks with me is that someone said, you should help out other authors and one way to do this is to read and review their books.  Even if you don’t give them a good review, it helps to make them more legitimate on Amazon if they have more reviews.  A bad review means that people besides their good friends have read the book.

So it is my intention to try and read and review as many books as I can.  I will write reviews on books that I want to read and that I really enjoy.  I will also write reviews on books that I might not have liked so much,  but I am trying to give the author feedback.  I have been getting many books for free on Amazon as well as Net Galley, so you will see quite a few books from there being reviewed.   Many of these being romance novels.  While I don’t normally read a lot of romance novels, I do read them on occasion and I do enjoy a well written one.  Unfortunately, they are not all well written, which is probably why a lot of them are free.

So bear with me if you are reading my reviews.  Skip the ones you aren’t interested in, but I’ll let you know if I find a good one!

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