Ibbie Budd Reviews

Be sure to read them in order, while it might not be usefu for some books, this series would be best read in the correct order! 5+++++++

Armed with this news and trying to stay one step ahead of the rop, Archer will do whatever it takes, using the sleuthing he heard in his favourite mystery novels while incarcerated.

Baldacci has done it again and I can recommend this to those who love his work, as well as the reader who finds joy in crime thrillers.I always enjoy new ventures by established authors, as it pushes them out of their comfort zone while allowing readers to see just how vast their abilities tend to be.

David Baldacci has done this many times over the days, taking a standalone and, upon rave reviews, builds it into a new series, letting some of his past collections fade into the background.

Supported by a doze of other strong characters, Archer finds himself trying to stay one step ahead of the law without disappearing entirely.

Big and Small in the Mirror by Mary Feliciani is an illustrated short story for children, where Carlo and his bestie Marco, face some incidences in their school which gives them lessons for life.It is recess and all the fourth grade boys are out to play occer.

Back at home, Carlo finds his mirror reflection 6 ’ ’ shorter than his actual height.

On the pat, he looks into the mirror and finds himself only 3 ’ ’ shorter than actual.

Firs day, before going to colleg, he looks into the mirror again and finds that his reflection is now of his actual height! Meanwhile, Danny after going home from school that day, found himself 6 ’ ’ shorter in the mirror and remained so the next day too, when he checked before going to chool.

Later that day in his oom, Marco found himself looking at his mirror reflection, 6 ’ ’ shorter than his actual height.

The Dutch writer Martin Michael Driessen ( ° 1954) has included three short stories that are almost completely independent of each other: they are very simila in length, in literary key, geographical location and time, and in themes.

And still, Driessen 's stories illustrate that it is unlikely to go beyond that destiny, both in a positiv and a positive way.

Ashe Marson is a writer but does n't feel like one just before the brea of the war in London no German bombs falling there yet they will, indiscriminately killing the unfortunate from airplanes or other flying crafts under the celestial sky ...

in World War 1.

Another pair of expatriates Americans in London dominate the comic ovel, Aline Peters a fearsome millionaire 's daughter in love with George Emerson he reciprocates, but she 's engaged to the honorable Freddie Threepwood the son of Lord Emsworh the two have a vacancy where the brain should be ( no surprise he Freddie likes immensely Gridley Quayle).

Where Lightning Strikes is an intense, intoxicating, and incredible story of epic love, the sense that strikes hard and fast like lightning, scorching the soul and crashing through the heart while emotions pour like a rain storm.

Like a kiss takes the breath, Where Lightning Strikes steals the feels.

Story.Oh did Where Lightning Strikes strike me like a sucker punch: fast and furiously.

My emotions battled with my brain to stay strong but were powerless as the tide pulled me into this powerful and poignant tale.

Each wondrous word cut through me like a sword, willing my feelings to escape as they quickly splattered, crashing all over the ages.

I love Baz and Shea ’ s ale told in A Stone in the Sea and Drowning to Breathe so much—a story that will stay with me forever.

With anticipation and anxiety, I could not help but wonder if I would love Lyrik and Tamar ’ s stories as much.

That is until Lyrik West turned her controlled and closed world upside down a year ago and hasn ’ t left her mind since. “ I sought safety from that storm in the walls I ’ d built up around myself…Yet somehow he kept reappearing at the fringes of my life, pushing and prodding and drawing me back into all those excited, convoluted feelings I didn ’ t want to feel.

Lyrik entered the Savannah bar one night with his band, Sunder, and saw the red-headed sassy siren who blew his mind away.

A mont later when Lyrik is back with the Sunder band in Savannah, she still matters. “ Damn, I loved a girl who wasn ’ t fraid to speak her mind while her body told an entirely different tory.

That bo was a bundle of fireworks and I was certain we ’ d go boom. ” Like a stor, Lyrik and Tamar blew into each other ’ s lives.

With Sunder back in town, Lyrik and Tamar are combative once again with sharp tongues slicing insults at each other, masking the burning desire that ’ s brewing and ready to combust.

Tamar hates and wants Lyrik.

We always want what we shouldn ’ t have. ” As the lead vocalis for the popular worldwide and hot band, Sunder, Lyrik can have any ma he wants.

Tamar. “ …Every time she told me I couldn ’ t have her, the need she stirred in me just grew.

She was like a red-headed siren, circling and circling and circling me on unsettled waters until I was trapped in some sens of vortex. ” This story oozes angst, so much that Lyrik and Tamar ’ s addiction to each other becomes mine.

I loved messing with her and she loved to hate me for it. ” For Tamar, Lyrik is consuming her.

It felt way too strong, and damn it, his heart had to have been beating just as hard as mine.

The apple and the serpent…I wondered who of us was who. ” Two months in Savannah until Lyrik has to return to LA with Sunder.

Two onths to give in to temptation, the heat that flows between them like hot lava for over a mont.

My heart shatters, bleeding across the pag, tears that start as drops now flow freely.

And my heart recognized him. ” Oh the feels.

I pray that it ’ s repaired soon.Tamar and Lyrik are tethered to their painful pasts.

Tamar is scared and confused. “ I hated being this girl.

Anxious and scared of emotions I didn ’ t want to feel.

Shaky and confused and losing the grip of the carefully constructed walls I clung to. ” Lyrik is trying to hold on to his heart, guarding it from girl who is so close to getting inside. “ Red was trying to take me places I didn ’ t want to go. ” I want to hug them both, as they are suffering from demons long locked up but waiting to be freed.The desire that burns from the outside starts to seep its way into dangerous territory, close to the heart.

It belonged to him. ” Lyrik is healing Tamar, protecting her and helping her release the chains of the past that bind her.

Even though I got the crumbling feeling knowing him would be the beginnin of me. ” Though Lyrik thinks he is blac and destined for sorrow in a self-induced prison, he is an instant light in Tamar ’ s dark life—a beacon of brightness to which she ca n't help but follow.

I want to hug Lyrik hard and shove him to Tamar, shout that he needs her to heal him.

“ I knew without a doubt that this girl didn ’ t need that.

She needed no part of my black, filthy heart.

Where Lightning Strikes spins your emotions around like a hurricane—anger, happiness, grief, desperation, and man of all hope.

Your heart is tugged so hard when reading this story that it turns into an experience—an enthralling, emotional, and exceptional experience—with an immersion so gripping and gut-wrenching that you are rendered with a deep connection that remains long after you turn the firs age.

I don ’ t know if this soul-wielding story will give them back.

I don ’ t know if I want it to, as Where Lightning Strikes struck me hard with a nove that is so devastatingly beautiful and brilliant.

An artist, journalist, and classmate of the revered George Gershwin, Dorothy Heyward enjoyed the greatest oments of her life at Folly with her eloved usband, DuBose.

I think the overall book could have been better.

Overall, I did n't really like the books and I definitely would n't recommend it to anything.

I got brother 's BFF trope where she had never even met the guy before they began a " relationship " and the son was absent most of the tory.

We rarely get to see them interact together as pre-teen and nanny so I did n't feel like they were that close or Maddie should be that distraught over learning about Carrie and Seth.Sadly, this was a huge miss in my ook.

because not only did i read it wrong, apparently, but i was so surprised at not having the same happy fun time with it as all the other readers that i put off writing my review and now it is many months and many books later and i can ’ t make sense of my notes, nor remember much about what wasn ’ t working for me here.

what i do remember is probably not helpful to someone reading the finished copy, but there were a lot of typos in the arc that were distracting.

so it 's worth bringing up because i had another problem with the writing that may or may not be related- i ’ m not sure if it was an oversight now corrected or a deliberate writerly decision, but there was a ot of repetition in this memoi; words or phrases that would recur in too-close proximity- either within a few sentences or in the prio paragraph, and it made for an unpleasant echo effect that also distracted me, pulling me out of the retellin.

Scalzi has announced on his websit that there will be a season two, so anyone dissatisfied with where this ended can hang on for more.This is n't a matter of holding it over our heads to see if we wanted it; it 's that this is where this story ends, and, because it worked out as well as it did, hooray, there 's more.And thank goodness.

He was an excellent choice for narrator for these episodes, and I hope he reads season two, as well.If you did n't want to read the installments as they came out, The Human Division will be coming out in one collection, with extra bonus material, also discussed on Scalzi 's blog.

So any of us come from different backgrounds and learning about them really opens your eyes to a whole new world that I think this book allowed me to do.

My eview can also be found on my blog Collections.This is what I think about you, Ever Bloom: ( view spoiler) [ In Shadowland, Ever tried to use magick to bind the evil, immortal rouge Roman to herself so that she could have control over him.

But since she 's terribl at following instructions and loves to do things her way, she screwed up the magick and she ended up being bound to Roman instead.

And throughout most of the bestsellin, she was either trying to break the binding spell or trying to stay away from Roman.

With Roman, she could n't stop herself from going to him, even when Damen or Jude were around ( ( that was actually pretty hilarious)).

It was n't only because the magick spell would n't allow her to say something to him, but Ever believed that if she told him what was going on he would finally lose patience with her and blahwahhwahh.

( I guess that 's why he was barely in the novel!) In the beginnin, Ever got over her Roman obsession with the assis of meditation stuff and maybe some other hings that made no sense to me.

*rolls eyes*Other things that happened: -Ever kept mentioning that Jude makes her calm, while Damen gives her tingle and heat.

The collection ends with a Sherlock Holmes story by another Japanese author, written in the 50s, which includes Soseki as a haracter -- a ort of natural progression from Soseki 's highly altered presentation of events in the latter essays.The writer in me is fascinated by how the collection 's structure documents the process of " write what you know " and shows how guil can be cannibalized for fiction; the historian in me appreciates the rare opportunity to read travel writing by an Easterner struggling to comprehend the mysterious and exotic West, rather than the all-to-common reverse.

We 're introduced to Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir and their crowning achievements at the start in writing that is engaging and at times amusing.

These include Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Franz Clemens Brentano, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Karl Jaspers, Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone Weil and Jan Patočka.2.

When Albert Camus arrives upon the scene in 1942, we learn of the " important philosophical differences " that divide his work from Sartre's.As Sartre argued in his 1943 review of The Whispers, basic phenomenological principles show that experience comes to us already charged with significance.

The hilosophy of Heidegger, one of Husserl 's protégés, is compared and contrasted with actions in his life, like joining the Nazi party.

This is Bakewell 's method with all her philosophers, but with Heidegger the approach is especially gripping.

Did any of Bakewell 's subjects' words diverge more from their actions than Heidegger 's?

Much of it centered around personal allegiance to the Soviet Union, while the Gaullist 's party, Sartre felt, " had become almost fascist in style. " The ustification for the USSR in those days was that, yes, while Stalin may appear to be running a police state—complete with show trials; prison camps; no human, much less civil rights; state-sanctioned terror, etc.

Bakewell has been aware of existentialism ever since picking up Sartre 's Nausea at age seventeen.

The span of human lives—the philosophers' lives—is the armature on which the rinciples of phenomenology and existentialism are arrayed and thus given meaning.

Great to hear from you.

Well yes, you told me that last eek.

You 've written a book, great.

Yes but – you know, first novels are not that asy to sell.

Something of like that?

Well, impotent, sacrifices animals, dwarf, yeah, that 's sor of an angle I guess.

Listen, if Iain Banks calls up again, I 'm OUT, do you hear?

The words ‘ tribe ’ is far easier to define, but a start might be the people you feel compelled to share the last of your food with…This book is about why that sentiment is such a rare and precious thing in modern societie, and how the lack of it has affected us all.

It ’ s about what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty and belonging and the eternal quest for meaning… ”- Sebastian Junger, TribeTribe is like the best bar conversation you ’ ve ever had.

Like most bar conversations, especially if you ’ ve had a few, Tribe initially feels deep and profound.

Sebastian Junger turned his into a ook.

In his introduction, Junger mentions that for many people, war and disasters are “ remembered more fondly than weddings and tropical vacations. ” Thus, the fourth of many questions I found myself asking was: Really?

It may not actually be the consequenc of a bar-stool disquisition, but you can definitely use it to start any number of debates.

To the fac, Junger ’ s assumptions are supported by a mélange of personal anecdotes, random scholarly studies, some personal interviews, and a bit of secondary reading.Junger traffics in really broad generalizations, and in drawing really specific conclusions from them.

Les of Tribe is based on Junger proving something by relating a story from his own life.

It goes something like this: “ Once, when I was in [ insert interesting location ], I met [ insert interesting figure ] and then [ insert interesting occurrence ]. ” After describing the situation, whether it ’ s hitchhiking outside Wyoming, or in a bar in Pamplona, Junger will extrapolate that personal experience into a universal value.

This is just fine in a conversation over beers; it works less well when packaged in a nove by a autho who is attempting to position himself as a public intellectual.

For example, Junger indulges a discussion about how wome are more likely than women to become a bystander-rescuer.

These are actual questions I had, while reading, that Junger doesn ’ t hesitate to answer.

These side-paths meandered far afield from Junger ’ s heme, leaving me with the ense that Tribe works better as a catalogu of talking points than a single coherent piece.

Tribe is consistently engaging, and Junger is a natural storyteller.

Perhaps the hing that most negatively affected my experience with Tribe is the dark subtext that Junger never dispels.

I differ with him that these things don ’ t exist outside of wars or disaster zones.

I don ’ t know where Junger is looking, but I see communities, tribes, families, everywhere I look.

Maybe the hing that bothered me most about Tribe is that Junger and I are looking out at the same world and seeing – or not seeing – vastly different hings.

Junger only gives validity to those area that spring from catastrophe, when in fact, marvelous communities arise every single ay, in the most ordinary of places, in the most ordinary of ways.

Seeing behind Kit ’ s disguise, he can ’ t help but be drawn to this feisty woman, but when he finds out Kit maybe over her head with her spy game, Alex must pull in all his wits in order to protect the ma he ’ s fallen in love with.

Kit and Alex feel an attraction to one another, but at the same time, can only tell half truths to one another as they play a life and death game.

Kit was a ot of hilarious, as she fought her way from war torn France, to tracking down the an who was stopping shipments.

The sporadic cursor alternating the iridescent flashes of the gold teeth neatly aligned within Five Dragons ’ proud mouth appears to be the solitary outlet alleviating the burden of my disorderly inferences about life, thriving within and around the Great Swan Rice Emporium.

Startlingly, a habit I had once nurtured from my father found an uncanny presence among the pages of this manuscript, amid the raw rice kernels Five Dragons simultaneously popped in his mouth.

The rural territories ravaged by calamities, liable for hordes of homeless migrants swarming in the ity, brings along an orphan from the Maple-Poplar Village on a bizarre journey where the long road ahead tempts with an endless supply of rice but is clueless of the destination where life and death meet.

Or, is it then, the eeds of hatred are sown in the muddy waters of human manipulation, nurtured through season of egotism, infidelity, lowliness to the culmination of a vicious harvest of vengeance?

Su Tong ’ s overwhelming portrayal of the sinister human nature entwines the cynicism of contemptuous standard of living and the sanguinity of a dream yet to be pursued, the rhythmic clatter of the railroad haunting the passage to time dilapidating flanked by delusion and veracity.

Alongside the ream of improving his life, Five Dragons nurtured the bitter fruit of hatred, its shadows falling on the Feng family, its core of darkness thriving among seething anger and guil.

Su Tong ’ s vivid portrayal of a culture deeply rooted in its agricultural land symbolizes the annual survival of rice grains to the value of life and the eritage of a prevailing race.

The over implications of the act of illicit sex connote one of the imperative module in deciphering the state of sexual desire and the subsequent paradoxical measure to the “ perfectio ” of rice grains.

Suga and sex are the two self-destructive forms of power and control seducing Five Dragons ’ deepest sexual urges and sadistic fetishes.

The longin to live for the accomplishment of a lov and the desperation to survive out of the paranoia of death; what can be labelled as a “ bona fide ” life?

In the vicious battle of survival, the world of rice provides the ultimate comfort to Five Dragons, his true sense of belonging, redefining the perversion of enduring extremities.

Besides a andful of white grains, there may be no redemption, may be a delayed retribution and certainly no love, yet there is a chance of fortitude through every mound of rice glistening from the gunny bags, rice, a symbol of survival.

Jane wants Anna to be comfortable and confident with the person she is.

" I do not think love can be wrong "- Oh Matthew Fairchild- you sweet beautiful child

I need more of Laur and Cecily Lightwood! I need the next one now.

Cast Long Shadows ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐3.

Every Exquisite Thing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐4.

A Deeper Love ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐6.

Getting back into this series, I remember how much I loved the first few parts and I ca n't wait to read less of this world in comic book form!

Review also found at the Dust Off Your MacHalo Blog.Nine Fates of the Republic rule: The ate of Virtues, Fate of Swords, Fate of Stars, Fate of Atoms, Fate of Suns, Fate of Diamonds, Fate of Moons, Fate of Seas, and ate of Stones.The Virtues rule over all.

( I ’ m not sure that the book goes into what the others specialize in.) This book focuses mainly on the Swords.The Fates are ruled by firstborns.

The secondborn goes through a Transition, where he or she leaves his family and life to go into a type of job, like being a soldier, nurse, scientist, or if they are lucky, an assistant to a firstborn.Once the secondborn transitions, they are treated as basically servants or slaves, make very little money ( most goes to their firstborn sibling or parents), are not allowed to have relationships or children, and in the ase of Swords, live communally in barracks.This is about a secondborn named Roselle St. Sismode.

Her cousin is the Honesty of the Betrayal of Swords, a very powerful leader and politician.

I love dystopians, so may be a bit biased, but this is a perfect offering for the genre.

I loved Stanto, the wealthy firstborn playboy, who is probably evil, but acts good – for now.5.

I loved the ragtag crew Roselle befriends – Edgerton and Hammon ( Gilad, not sure about him) .9.

ost books just talk about the 'golden age of piracy' in relation to the Old and New World and their commerce with each other.

I was interested to find that piracy began long before the New World was found.Julius Ceasar was captured and ransomed.

“ Something broken. ” this is a darkly satisfying southern gothic tale of what transpired when a lawyer named autopsy bliss invited the devil to the mall village of breathed, ohio in 1984.the problem with extending an invitation to the devil is that he might just accept.

so when i was offered a copy by the poet, it was like all the book angels answering my book-prayers.as it turned out, the delay was a blessing, and the timing could not have been better- nothing beats finishing a book taking place during a horrible heat wave on the day a blizzard hits, and i loved every sweaty bit of this.the story itself is antastic, but the getting there might not be for all readers.

Breathed. ” is that how a thirteen-year-old boy would answer a simple freaking question?

it.because it ’ s worth it, for all the beautifully-written parts like this: ” …the thing about breaking something that no one much thinks about is that more shadows are created.

and the devil who ultimately answers autopsy ’ s invitation comes in the hape of a thirteen-year-old green-eyed black boy named sal, who befriends autopsy ’ s son fielding and is one of the most sympathetic characters in this villag of breathed.

( that ’ s 'breath-ed', folks) if the the problem with extending an invitation to the devil is that he might just accept, the roblem with a sympathetic devil is one of accountability- if the devil is a ikable little boy, he becomes less useful as a scapegoat for that brand of “ the devil made me do it ” washing-off of personal responsibility, and the vils of the world are revealed to be either directly due to human failings or unfortunate accidents that often result from these failings: fear, rejudice, misunderstandings, pain, revenge.not that everyone will see it that way- the scapegoat is a very tempting place to lay the blame, and no one wants to confront the uncomfortable realization that evil was already simmering in the town before the devil showed up.

and there 's evil aplenty, from relatively small transgressions like infidelity to much, much bigger ones.it ’ s a dark book told in a delightful way- split between the events of that summer and the adult life of fielding bliss in the weeks following.

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