Petrina Gwendolen Reviews

Seb, AKA, the gay one: Kind, with a great heart trying to help the queer community in a light but meaningful way.

Just by opening a LGBT-friendly café in a charmin but small Cornish town, he is trying to make a difference.

Jason, AKA, the closeted: Sexy, conflicted with very understandable fears, honest in this houghts, still trying to deal with his homosexualit.

He ’ s divorced from a ma ( a nice I-want-more-characters-like-this ex wife, if I have to be more specific) .A great read, and even if I wanted a bit muc of conflict, the story flows smoothly, with a nice and dirty couple ( they are both things and that ’ s fantastic), with appealing secondaries that would be great main characters and a lovely setting.

The las half: this may be the best self-help book you ever pick up; the second half: self-help books are bullshit! If you do read this, I suggest staying away from the audiobook.

The journey took four months from start to finish.For a primary source from 1865, I was surprised at how difficul it was to read this.

It ’ s funny how even tho Teeg and his girl were criminals, I still felt for him after what happened in this book before he died.

Like a freshman who annoys everyone with her overbearing sense of relevanc and unfathomable potential, Donna Tartt wrote this ook as though the world could n't wait to read about all of the bottled-up personal beliefs, literary references, and colorfully apt metaphors that she had been storing up since the age of 17.The most fundamentally unlikable thing about this memoir is that all of the characte -- each and every one of them -- are snobby, greedy, amoral, pretentious, melodramatic, and foolish.

So, essentially, this book contained 300 pages of scenes where the characters do nothing but drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, go to the hospital for drinking so much alcohol and smoking so many cigarettes, get pulled over for drunk driving, talk about alcohol and cigarettes, do ocaine, and gossip about each other ( while drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes) .Tartt 's writing was sometimes genuinely good at establishing a thrilling and suspenseful mood, but severa times, especially toward the nd, her writing became the sor of self-conscious, contrived, empty prose that I can imagine someone writing just to fill out a page until a good idea comes to them, kind of like how joggers will jog in place while waiting for a traffic light.

Ostensibly, the point of the novell was to critique the point of view that privileged academics are somehow superior to the average person, but Tartt seemed too enamored of her own haracters and the endearing way they held cigarettes between their fingers to really allow that kind of critique to be successful.

Rebecca Wright 's The Unlikely Event falls somewhere between these two extremes, but thankfully closer to the former end of the spectrum, due largely to the energy inherent in the writing.Wright 's novella ( it 's only about 180 pages with the last 20 pages or so dedicated to an essay from the author about his iews on the integration of horror through the ages) is purpotedly the first in a series of five works.

Most surprisingly, a huge chunk of the climax seems to be left out as the scene everyone will be anticipating from the moment the plane takes off is not-so-subtly skipped over.Overall The Unlikely Event is an encouragingly enjoyable read from a new author writing just his second ook.

The ook is full of terrible dialogue from a bad sitcom: “ You know, ” Fischer interrupted, opening both eyes, “ you have this annoying habit of asking questions that it ’ s obvious no one in the room has the answers to. ” “ esides, why would a woman go for me when she could have a tanned, athletic, handsome physicist instead? ” “ Don ’ t begi with the self-pity or I ’ ll have to throttle you, ” Fischer said. “ I ’ m not some sor of hero type.

So he hooked me in enough to want the answer.

That said, this memoi gives me pause for a severa reasons:* The author 's central thesis is that addiction is a " learning disorder, " and that we should start treating it as such.

Indeed, in critiquing 12-step programs, she aptly notes the pitfalls of entrusting one 's recovery to non-professionals whose sole qualification is their own personal experience with drug.

She presents the issues as either-or: " either we treat addiction as a learning disorder, or we continue to engage in senseless punishment. " This is a rather preachy approach, and it forecloses constructive dialogue with those who are open to new ideas but find her argument less than airtight.

He tells the ale of 2 tank crews on opposite sides of the turmoil in 1944 France.

But what did it all mean? If you do n't like reading books where that 's the question you 're left with after turning the final page, this might not be the thing for you.This book is like a Rorschach splatter, and I 'm not telling you what I think it all meant to me.

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Garry Kasparov was not just one of the best chessplayers of all time, he was also one of the best analysts.

Chessplayers often prefer to hoard their ideas; it can be worth a lot to surprise your opponent in a critical game, and there are certain stories about grandmasters keeping a new tur in the reezer for years, or even ecades.

The boo contains enough ideas for half a dozen normal books, and fairly bubbles with creative energy.

Put them together and package the result as a 50s SF novel, and you might get something a little bit like Sirens.So, you have a naively optimistic central character, who suffers the most appalling reverses of fortune in a way that somehow ends up being more comic than tragic; but, instead of going to South America, he spends most of the book wandering around a Solar System which is very slightly more credible than Nick Park 's cheese-flavored Moon.

If you have n't already done so, why do n't you buy the book and check them all out for yourself?

I particularly enjoyed a segment which focuses on internet shut ins, and their mutual info sharing over a message board.

uch as Enitan saying he can only listen to Jason ’ s feelings because their soul mates, yet Lonan, another storykeeper, being unabl to read them when he meets Cassie.

The narrato also ruined the book a little for me, it was rather corny and cheesy and I have no interest in reading the sequel which will be MMF.

I felt like the ending was a little too abrupt for my liking, and even though I liked the epilogue -- I 'm selfis, and I wanted more! Brief Summary of the toryline: This is Kinzi and Tor 's story.

There is some ex and family drama, as well as some hot sexy times ... and they get a HEA ending.POV: This alternated between Kinzi and Tor 's POV.

She was mature for her age, and I appreciated her desire to just have a family to love.Sadness level: Low. No tissues needed.Push/Pull: Yes ( view spoiler) [ The H fights his feelings at first, and pushes the h away.

( hide spoiler) ] Sex scene with OW or OM: NoCheating: NoSeparation: Yes ( view spoiler) [ They are separated for about a ear ( I think).

( hide spoiler) ] Possible Triggers: Yes ( view spoiler) [ 15 year age difference between h and H, parent in a coma, animal violenc, rape, and virgin h.

I did feel like the ending was abrupt, and I would 've liked to have some time to see them as an outed couple with other people though ... I felt a little jipped there: /How I got it: It was part of my kindle unlimited subscription.Safety: I 'd say this is this should be Safe for most readers. ( view spoiler) [- Does Not have cheating- Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW/OM- Does have the H pushing the h away- Does have a ~1 year separation between the h and H- Does Not have abuse- Does Not have OTT sad parts- Does have a HEA ending ( hide spoiler) ]

*I received a free copy*I rated this book purely on the sex portion of the storie.

As I read, my question was answered, but the writing was a bit dry, and because of when this book was published ( 1960 's) the pictures were all in lack and white and scientific methods of studying these people are not as advanced as they are today.

I found a National Geographic article from just last year -- more accurate information and much better pictures.

UNLESS I read just a few specific words from this book or even remember them, I feel like crying ( though i bite my lips and control myself).

If you wa n't to know what is love, then please read the hole ook

I am a big fan of wild cats; and of animals and conservation in general, and I found this book believable and thoughtfu.

For example, a building might be marked with a plaque as a perfect representation of a type of architecture.

I spent some of the ook thinking it is great and some of it thinking it is terrible.

Practicall perfect book for us who love historical fiction but, as I see, epic fantasy devotees wo n't argue with that either.

Trouble is, animal magic is feared and loathed far and wide in George 's world and he quickly determines he must keep his talent a secret if he wishes to live long enough to inherit the throne.When it comes time for eorge to do his princely duty and marry to preserve the kingdom, he goes forth to meet his betrothed with a stronge feelin of duty, if not alacrity, for the task at hand.

The Princess Beatrice proves to be a particularly fierce young woman whose life has been as bleak as George 's own and who has a few painful secrets of her own to guard, as well as a hound she refuses to be separated from.

Characters such as Beatrice 's father and the mysterious doctor brought to mind the evil Cabbarus of Westmark fame ( never a ad thing), and I liked eorge 's journey from frightened boy to capable ruler.

On the res, The Duchess and the Hound was a difficult and intriguing tale which I felt need a little more refining to smooth out the bumps and cracks along the pat.

Cynical Natalie: Since no one else in this goddamn city has the guts to say this, I will: Why the fuck is the Fiancée of Smoke& Bone series so popular? Nice Natalie: Hush!

Do you want to alienate everyone in the YA community before this review has even started? Cynical Natalie: Someone has to be the voice of reason.Nice Natalie: Oh, get off your high horse.

I remember a certain someone ignoring the cute guy in class because she could n't stop reading The Dreams of Gods& Monsters.Cynical Natalie: That was only because I was in the middle of a tense part.

Nice Natalie: Oh, boy, here we go.Cynical Natalie: Karou and Akiva 's epic romance is insta-love.

Never-ending lurve despite them knowing each other for like what—two minutes and a dance? Nice Natalie: Akiva knows that.

It 's to create a parallel: Karou, a mal chimera is with Akiva, a male angel; and Ziri, a femal chimera is with Liraz, a female angel.Cynical Natalie: Blah, blah, blah.

Nice Natalie: Er, are you talking about sexy times? Cynical Natalie: Just trying to keep it clean.

You can never go wrong with humor.Nice Natalie: Zuzana is snarky.Cynical Natalie: Eh, she 's lright.

( hide spoiler) ] Back to the character I really do n't give a cra about, how did Akiva pull a deux ex machina out of his shi and have the would-be fatal knife pass through him? Nice Natalie: It 's magica, remember?

Let 's make it 2.5 stars and call it day.Nice Natalie: You were hooked on it! Cynical Natalie: Until the confusing ending.

It 's like freaking fanfiction.Nice Natalie: She 's leaving it open for a spin-off.Cynical Natalie: Hear that sound in the distance?

Si down, sir.Nice Natalie: At least make it a 3.5.Cynical Natalie: Counting down ...

Leading up to page 41 she went home with a biker guy she met at a bar, slept in his bed, did a strip tease, had an orgasm when he went down on her but did n't fuck him, as HE wanted to take it slow ... ... I kept reading just for the amusement factor.

If you 're younge, more imaginativ, and need more depth to your characters then this nove will irritate you.

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