LUNA AND THE LIE BY MARIANA ZAPATA (incomplete)

Reviewed by Debz

This is my third Mariana Zapata book, so I feel like I’m kind of an expert. I’ve read Kulti and The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, and I’ll gladly say I enjoyed them immensely. When I heard a new book was out, I very eagerly picked it up and these are some of my thoughts.

As we’ve previously discussed, I consider myself an expert in her work, with this book, I’ve begun to notice a pattern with her male main characters. They’re big. I mean, very large men and that in an of itself is not a problem. When it becomes a tad disconcerting is in the way she describes them. They have ‘ham’ sized fists, their legs are like tree trunks, their clothes are always about to burst due to their size and it honestly just feels a little uncomfortable.

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Review: My Life With the Movie Star by Meaghan Hoffmann

Reviewed by Debz

After taking about a month to read this, the one word I can use to summarize this story is juvenile. I feel like the author was confused; she couldn’t figure out whether the characters were full grown adults or teenagers, and I could just feel that confusion throughout the book. The characters were in their early twenties but acted like teenagers, or even preteens.

The books follows the life of Abby Smith (very hard to remember by the way, it just blends into the pages), a young 20 something career woman living in Midwest America when she meets and falls in love with Grayson Edwards, the current heartthrob and star of Texas High

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Review: His Rock by Ashlee Price

Reviewed by Debz

I made myself a New Year’s resolution to be more selective with the books I pick up and spend my hard earned money on. So I don’t know how this hot mess happened. The first month of this year was a very hard one for me, if you look closely, you will see that I have not posted many reviews since December. I went into a depression and anxiety fueled spiral and I just hated the world. You need to see the review I wrote on this book during that time. It was filled with words like shit, nitwit, dumbass, idiot…..I just went to town cursing the characters and the author that wrote them. After reading it, I decided that this author shouldn’t bear the brunt of my depression and decided to delete the review and re-read the book when I got better.

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Review: Queen Alpha by Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone

Reviewed by Debz

These books are so seamless, I swear you could just read them as one book. There’s virtually no time lapse between the end of the first book and the beginning of the second. 

Arianna as the new Queen of the wolves has to delve deeper into the death of the Red Queen because it seems like their new foe, the fae, have plans to take over the earth in order to gain and control the powers of the Mecca used by the shifters.

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Review: Queen Heir by Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone

Reviewed by Debz

Finding this book happened organically and serendipitously. I was bored on New Year’s day (there’s only so much food and drinks you can consume during the Christmas period before you’re over it) and I decided to glance through my recommended books and I found it. The blurb was interesting so I bought the first book to test the waters and I cannot say I regret it. I’ve got amazing judgment skills guys.

The story is like a mix between Harry Potter type fantasy and Hunger Games and all that paranormal fantasy loveliness.  The world building here is fantastic (although sparse at times.) The authors decided to look into shifter mythology through the eyes of the fae. Here, the shifters are distant children from the marriage of a specific species of the fae and humans. Add into this, the source of their power called “Mecca” and it just bring about a lovely and fresh new idea into this genre.

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Review: Marriage Mistake by RS Lively

Reviewed by Debz

I’m always fascinated when I see books set in small town America. It’s has always been interesting to see the difference between them and how they always strive to keep the small town vibe going whilst still growing the economy. Also, the last couple years, it has been doubly fascinating to realize that most of these cutesy, nosy, southern charm small town people would have voted for Donald Trump….I digress guys.

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Review: Fatal Invasion by Marie Force

Reviewed by Debz

I had to give myself a week to calm down after reading this book. Otherwise, all you would have gotten was the delusional ravings to an avid fan girl. After a week of introspection and rereading, I have to say I still love it. 

This might be the best Fatal book yet. It had everything I wanted; action, police procedural, witty banter, stable family life and it just felt very well rounded. You can tell the author is very comfortable in the story now. That does not mean that the story has become boring and repetitive, but on the other hand, the characters have become more well rounded and lovely. 

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Review: The Player Gets Coached by Janet Nissenson

Reviewed by Debz

I like Janet Nissenson’s work. I’ve read two or three other pieces of her work and I really liked them so I picked this book up without doing too much research. So, I place myself firmly in the wrong for that. 

There is nothing weirder than a middle aged man who refuses to act his age and just relieves his glory days over and over to anyone who would care to listen. It’s weird in real life and comes off weird in prose too. The hero is a glorified manchild. Honestly, if you didn’t calculate his age from clues and timelines the author gave, I would not be surprised if you thought he was in his 20s. This is a 40 year old man. WOW. 

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Review: Resisting the Boss by Whitney G

Reviewed by Debz

There’s nothing more gross than your spouse cheating on you with your best friend. I always wonder, don’t the cheaters feel like common clichés cheating??? There are more than 7 billion people in the world and you decide to cheat with your spouse’s best friend?? LAME

Anyway, our heroine, Claire, is forced into a seniors single cruise on New Years Eve, and she’s obviously hating it. One, she is too young to be a senior, so all the men at the cruise are super older than her and it’s weird, while the men closer to her age would all prefer a younger woman with no children. After a frustrating couple disastrous introductions, she decides to leave.

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Joint Review: How to Live an Undead Lie by Hailey Edwards

Reviewed by Debz & Jen

Debz: Normally Jen would have reviewed this book, but I just saw her tweet that she didn’t even know it was coming out so I’m going to shoot my shot and write one anyway. I came out of my friend’s wedding rehearsal for this so it better get published lol.

Jen: Yes. Imagine my surprise when I came here to write my own review and Debz had already done it. You’ve got stones, lady. Let it be known I am squatting on this author’s stuff from here to eternity.

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