ARC: I Love My Love by Reyna Mays

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I received a copy of I Love My Love from Netgalley for review. This had no impact on my review/rating of this book.

Poetry isn’t really my thing. As a matter of fact, I believe the last time I read a poetry book was a collection of Emily Dickenson’s poems in high school. Which was very long ago. Keep that in mind when you go to judge my rating (aka, I don’t know anything about poetry.)

With that being said, this collection of poems/letters/thoughts/etc hit me hard. It felt like I could feel her pain, her despair, her confusion, and then her acceptance and happiness. More than once when reading this at work I had to put it down because of these emotions that were evoked. This could be a by product of some personal issues/struggles I have been going through (not like hers) and these honest words just ripped the feelings out. I may re-read at a later/happier(?) time and see if I still have the strong reactions.

Regardless, these pages of brutally honest questions and reflections were hard to stop reading, and my thoughts are even harder to put into words. The only real negative point I can come up with some of the content may be triggering (I’m not 100% sure on this,) some of the darker prose may need warning. Read with discretion if you do have triggers.

4.5 stars

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Between the Panels

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In the interest of full disclosure, I feel I should state that I received a copy of this book from my friend who knows the author. Neither asked for a review, but I offered anyway.

Between the Panels is a contemporary romance the takes place over some months between Emma, and Scott. Scott happens to work at the local comic store, and the majority of their interactions happen there, and seem to involve Scott trying to get Emma to buy certain titles/trades.

Other than being short, Emma is how I would love to come off to people, especially guys I’m interested in. She is sassy, sarcastic, and comes off as confidant-even when she is feeling unsure or uncertain. Sadly, that is not me.

Scott seems like a honest to goodness nice guy. He seems content to let Emma control the relationship, but he doesn’t hold back with his witty/snarky comments either. Where is a single guy like Scott for me?

Sadly, this about sums up the book. Throw in nasty commentary about working retail (numerous times), some not-quite conflict (more of a disagreement/disgruntlement) with a roommate and you have the book. It is basically their interactions over time that turn into a relationship.

There is not real conflict they have to overcome, no real misunderstanding (if you squint, one with the roommate, but there wasn’t any real meat to it), nothing. Which (while I have it with the negatives), isn’t that bad of a thing. I have a stack of books I read when I’m feeling down/off/blah. They are the books I don’t have to think to hard about that give me a good feeling. Between the Panels has been added to that pile.

To sum it up: Between the Panels is a book about a snarky girl & the guy who give as good as he gets. Fluff. Not for everyone, but I liked it.

3.75 stars.

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Overdue Update

A friend of mine, Jamie, just started making her blog and mentioned it to me (when finished, it will also be a book review blog-but our tastes in books differ so there shouldn’t be much duplication between us in books posted). When I went to show her how I was organizing my posts, I was shocked to see my last post was in April. I still can’t believe how fast time has flown!
I’m going to go back and get the past promised reviews done (some day, hopefully sooner than later) in addition to a few others. Especially now that Jamie will help keep me on track. As you can see, so far for January I’m right on track for too many books, not enough time.

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(Right now I’m on a Yasmine Galenorn kick, who I have read before and I’ve decided to give her new books a try)
Thanks to everyone who has stuck with me through my (many) bouts of flightiness. This is a new year, and a time to start fresh!

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ARC : Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess

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I received a copy of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess from GoodReads First Reads giveaway for review. This in no way influenced my review and/or rating.

Let me start off by saying I’m not Wiccan, I am a firm Christian believer.  So be forewarned that I skipped over the spells/meditations/rituals, so no part of my review will deal with these.

Brigid has fascinated me for most my life.  I’m completely serious here.  My Junior year of high school was when I ‘discovered’ her, and it was at that same time a friend had asked a couple of us to design characters for a book she was writing.  Mine were triplets.  Any guess why?  In designing these characters around the three aspects of St. Brigid, I ran into her history as a Celtic Goddess.  So much of what is here (myth-wise) I have already come across in one form or another.  But there had never been anything I found on Maman Brigitte.  So I was very interested to learn about her Voudon lore.

Sadly, Maman Brigitte gets such a brief mention in this book that I had to go back to the index to verify she had been mentioned (I do have to confess I didn’t remember her name, so when I looked the sections back up, i took down the name).  Now, right off the bat Ms. Weber does mention that there are arguments over whether or not Brigid & Maman Brigitte are the same, so I understand why there wouldn’t be as much as the saint vs. goddess information.  But I had hoped for more than a couple paragraphs and a brief one sentence mention later.

Ms. Weber was in her element in regards to the saint/goddess conversions/comparisons and her telling of the druid/Celtic history was more interesting to me.  She didn’t sugar coat the rituals and practices that are horrifying to think of in this day and age, yet back then was something that they felt HAD to be done their people to survive.  And I feel she wasn’t vilifying the early Christians when she discusses how they change the Goddess Brigid in St Brigid to spread our religion.  And I respect her for how she handled this.

Unfortunately, after my praise, I do feel the need to now say what I didn’t like.  The writing didn’t keep me hooked.  It has taken me almost a year to read this book, and I finally had to leave it at work and force myself NOT to bring other books in order to do so.  Once I started reading, it was way to easy for me to set the book down without coming back to it for long periods of time.

And once again I have to mention Maman Brigitte.  Having alluding to her on the back of the book and in the book description, she should have had a larger part in the book.  I feel like this was close to false advertising, except she was mentioned briefly.

Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess is a good book if you are just getting into who/what this intriguing woman is, and you want to learn more about her as a Celtic deity.  I do not think this book is for someone who has researched Brigid previously, and is looking for new information.  Actually, let me say I think this book should really only be for those people who really don’t know Brigid’s lore, and who are looking for information into the her Goddess aspect.  Otherwise it is nothing all that new or noteworthy.

Initial reaction was 2 stars, changed to 3 once I sat down and actually thought my review out.

Average 2.5 stars

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End of September Update

Well, I haven’t been as productive as I had hoped since quitting.  Which, if you know me, doesn’t surprise you at all.  LOL.  I decided that I was going to crack down and post the 3 reviews I have all planned and ready.  And right now, I can’t get anything to work/post.  *grr*  Here’s hoping this will post.  *fingers-crossed*  Until I can figure out what I’m doing wrong (I fully admit it has to be operator error) I will be posting these reviews on Goodreads.

Once everything is straightened out, I do have a couple series reviews to post along with the individual books, so there’s that to look forward to!

I hope everyone’s fall is good so far (don’t over do the pumpkin spice!)

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ARC: Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly

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I received a copy of Hopcross Jilly from Netgalley for review. This in no way influenced my review.

I love Patricia Brigg’s Mercedes Thompson books. They are almost always an insta-buy/read for me. I’m actually rereading them at the moment. So when I saw a copy was available for review, I jumped on it. When I finished it, I was a tad disappointed. I guess I had higher expectations for anything with Patricia Briggs on it.

Hopcross Jilly starts out with Mercy and the pack finding a burial site full of children, around an old house suspected of belonging to a fae. Wanna guess which one? Told between flash backs and current events, the at times confusing tale of how the Fae works, her prey, and her reappearance comes together.

But, for me, the main star was Jesse. I have always liked her as a side/sub/background character, and while I didn’t care all that much for this story, I like how it showed her different aspects. Her ‘public’ face where she has to be tough and act like the bullying from school doesn’t bother her. And her ‘private’ face, the one she shows to Mercy and around the wolves.

Even with Jesse taking a HUGE part of this story, it didn’t suck me in until the final confrontation. And I think that’s sad. Being a graphic novel, there’s not alot of time to hook and draw me in. The visuals should draw me in with the story & dialog. They failed. Some scenes where drawn beautifully, and others seemed haphazardly thrown together. And I’m not sure how ‘Jilly’ was defeated. I have a pretty good idea, but not confirmation.

I have recommended this to a friend (turns out she was reading it serialized), but I won’t recommend this to anyone who isn’t familiar with the worlds of Mercedes Thompson and Alpha and Omega. 3 Stars.

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Posting delay

I recently quit my job, went traveling, and started a new job.  Sadly, reading didn’t really factor in all that much.  BUT I do have a couple backlogged reviews I need to do for ARC’s I’ve read.  So while I have nothing typed up now, you can expect these in the next couple weeks:

Hopcross Jilly–POSTED
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These I am in the process (some further along than others) of reading for reviews:

The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism
Captain America, Masculinity, and Violence: The Evolution of a National Icon
Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess
The Heiress of Linn Hagh

And I have one more book to finish (I’m starting the audiobook tonight) and then I’m doing a series review:

Confederation series by Tonya Huff

I have quite the pile of reviews and TBR, as you can see. The main change about my new job is that I will only be posting on the weekends for the next couple of months. Once training is over and I have my set schedule, I can rework things to post more frequently.

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