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doodlesink · 21 minutes ago
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The Heart Knows the Way Home by Christy Distler--Book Review
Happy Saturday!  The Heart Knows the Way Home by Christy Distler has Janna Carpenter going back to roots.  Check out my review of this sweet Plain story.  Happy Reading!
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mandyloves2read · 27 minutes ago
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✞❣︎Book Review ❣︎✞
Her Soul To Take by Harley Laroux
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
THIS BOOK !!! OMG it’s hot it’s kinky it’s wicked the depravity and debauchery of it all was just everything that I love about dark paranormal romance ! This story is in a league all of its own and you have to experience it firsthand for yourself don’t read any spoilers go in blind that’s what I did and I so wasn’t prepared for this epic ride of one kinky demon, ancient gods and monsters and their underworld and one badass female character! The character development is just amazing the plot the storyline the twists and turns this book I could go on and on about how amazing it is and I feel like I’m repeating myself so just trust me and READ THIS BOOK ! I’ve never read a paranormal quite like this before it’s unique storyline the epic characters it’s dark it’s dirty and is by far the best paranormal romance read that I’ve read of 2021 !!!
*Arc kindly given for my honest opinion *
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fandom-imagination-ss · an hour ago
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Bridget Jones edge of reason Book review!!!
I know!! you been waiting for this!! so many spellers that I'll save you the time of acturally reading the book!! plus its over 15 years old so.. I dont feel bad
-Bridget gets "causally sexual harassed and it's barely mentioned andhonerlty that would NOT fly now a days ( thank god)
Bridget mom is planning too go on a holiday and is planning too cheat on her husband AGAIN!! (honestly the mom is awful)
So Many references too self help books!! its painful
Mark Darcys Banquest at the beginning.. Started at midnight and that's Strange who starts a fancy event at midnight?
I kid you NOT ! their is a mention of a self help book on EVery Page it feels like! its awful
So Rebecca In the second movie who is a co worker is actually Bridget friend enemy...
Daniel weaver isn’t mentioned / In it until 230 pages in! He only makes a cameo appearance on the book.
BRIDGETS FUCKIN MOTHER! FUCK. Basically she goes on her trip with her friend and brings home a man and he basically lives with her and her husband and he is t a bad guy. But he’s a world traveler but goes home with a new business and plans too build a school [ those knowing this series he probably just conned the mom lol 😂)
All of bridgets friends are trash.
The ski trip was a few pages long, basically Mark missed Valentine’s Day due too work and Rebecca suggested too go to the ski resort. Where she shows up, with friends . Which shocked me was that there’s was no pregnancy scare
Rebecca is basically trying too steal Mark away from Bridget. And for half the book she successfully did.. Rebecca is a AWFUL friend.. ( she has been friends with Bridget for 4 years)
The book is 200 pages too long. Dear lord!
Bridget hires someone too build a shelf in her place. (Gray) and he did a shitty job. But she hires him too make a outdoor terrace and a second bedroom and is shocked when he doesn’t do it... (cause he’s. A con. And then Bridget threaten to sue him and he then sends her a bullet and threatens too kill he
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I in the movie it’s a HUGE event in the movie. In the movie Daniel and Bridget are on a assignment for work and blah blah blah she ends up being arrested cause her friends lover puts drugs in her bag.
In the book Bridget and her friends go there for holidays.and they meet Jelp and Bridget gets arrested...
Now in the book this doesn’t happen until way pass 200 pages in! And it’s mainly just a chapter.
The worst part . She called her parents telling them about the arrest and bridgets mom confesses she is co dependent on relationships... not with being with her husband but other relationships and she is in rehab and so is her father who the doctors figure he’s been drinking so much because his wife cheated and scammed them with her last lover and with this guy she allowed too move in. Bridget doesn’t even mention she was in prison ..🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️
There is a scene where Bridget interviews Colin flirth ( Mr Mark Darcy himself!) and that was soo awkward it was funny
By the time mark and Bridget get back together I was bagging the book too end! But I still had 30 pages too go!
The strange thing about this book Mark Darcy is a huge football fan. I didn’t see him as a sports guy in the movies
MARK DOES POUCH DANIEL AND IT WAS HILARIOUS 😆
then shortly after scene Bridget and Mark do the devil tango in her bed. But she has a panic button in case her killer shows up and Bridget puts the button on the bed frame... and accidentally pressed it.. ALOT and Mark gets arrested 😂 honestly that Scene is GOLD!
My quick summary of the book
Bridget and Mark are happy in love, go on a ski trip mark accuses Bridget of cheating on her, they break up he ends up dating Rebecca (unknown too him? ) Bridget spends Majoirty of the book complaining about being dumped, her friend gets engaged and. She ends up going on a girl trip and gets arrested. Marks helps and then she gets a death threat and then they find the dude and they go too a wedding ( AND THE GIRL TRIP / DEATH THREAT IS LAST 100 ISH PAGES OF THE BOOK!FOR A SOILD 100 ITS JUST GIBBERISH ABOUT HER FAILED RELATIONSHIP AND SHITTY JOB )
There was a part at the wedding where her friend was confronted by her husband’s lover, but honestly at that point I didn’t care.. this book is so Painfully bad..
My final thoughts
BUT I LOVE THE MOVIES! The mere thought this series has movies stuns me.
At least with the first book.. I was invested about mark Darcy, and her mom was so ducked up I had to figure out wtf was wrong with her.
But this book.. it was just painful 😣
Bridget is a idiot she puts a second mortgage on her appartment.. because a guy convinced her,. After he did a SHITTY job at building a shelf.. is stupid!
Mark not realizing he’s in a relationship with Rebecca was dumb..
Her friends are trash and awful people.
Too many references too self helps book that I want too burn the next self help book I see!
Again different form the movie.l but the movie is better? Which doesn’t happen often.
If you think I will suffer thru the last book! Bridget Jones baby! You are wrong!
I will only read that book if I get it gifted / for free and if I get paid too read it! I have no intention too read that book.(. I know what happens!) and I cannot suffer thru this series again .
My rating
3/10
........... not enough mark Darcy in this book
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This has been my "read before bed" book as of late. It's a relatively quick read, even given it's size, because of all the photographs, which are beautiful. If you like Winnie the Pooh, and you also want to learn a bit about AA Milne and EH Shepard, and a bit about English "forests" (apparently Ashdown Forest is mostly open heathland and not so many trees....), this is the book for you.
Also, as a bonus, Ashdown Forest and Cotchford Farm are close to the village of Hartfield. One of the roots in that word is "heorot", the Old English word meaning 'hart, stag'. This is mentioned toward the end of this book, and it gave me such joy, since just before this I read two versions of Beowulf, where Heorot/Herot Hall is prominently featured!
Final rating: 4/5 I was hoping for more technical nature information but otherwise found this super enjoyable. And very soothing for before bed.
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brucedinsman · an hour ago
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Book Review: the Daydream Cabin by Carolyn Brown
Book Review: the Daydream Cabin by Carolyn Brown
Young Love The Yard Rose by Carolyn BrownMy rating: 5 of 5 starsKindle UnlimitedDon’t mess with the rose, you’ll get the thornsHow appropriate that Glory Freedom Flowers is characterized by the yard roses she is so enamored of. Not a hot house rose stripped of its defenses, but a hardy rose, beautiful, fragrant and spicy! This was a good story with the right happy ending.View all my…
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mandyloves2read · 3 hours ago
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☆☆☆BOOK RECOMMENDATION FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL ☆☆☆
✰✰✰Book Review ✰✰✰
The Revenge You Seek by Tracy Lorraine
Maddison Kings University series Book 1
5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Wow Kane Legend is EVERYTHING!!! This man is dirty angry and sexy AF and I’m obsessed with him !!! I read this book in one sitting it was so good this is not my first read by this author but it is my favorite! Kane and Letty’s chemistry was off the charts . Their love hate relationship was so damn angsty and scorching hot the twists and turns the drama the side characters just everything about this story was amazing and I can’t wait to read what happens next ! This is a definite must read and one I highly recommend to all bully romance lovers ! The hate love in this one is real and when these two come together or are around each other sparks fly it’s dirty it’s nasty and it’s sexy ! Omg I want my own Kane Legend please !!!
POV - dual
Hero -☆☆☆☆☆
Heroine -☆☆☆☆☆
Chemistry -☆☆☆☆☆
Angst -☆☆☆☆☆
Steam -☆☆☆☆☆
Story -☆☆☆☆☆
Cliffy -☆☆☆☆☆
Overall rating -☆☆☆☆☆
Series Blurb:
Kane Legend.
Gorgeous. Ruthless. The devil.
My biggest mistake.
From bestselling author of the Rosewood High series comes a new spin-off dark bully college romance series.
Secrets.
Lies.
Betrayal.
FREE in KU!
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3fqyytM
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2PgdOtX
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/3rz5ORY
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2PD0j7B
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mandyloves2read · 3 hours ago
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★✞ Book Review ✞★
Tarnished Vow by R.Holmes
5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Tarnished Vow was everything I anticipated and more! It captivated me right from the start and enthralled me from beginning till end . This student teacher romance is raw angsty emotional intense heartbreaking just all the feels I love these characters and this world this author has created I’m so invested in each character I love the brotherhood the sense of family loyalty compassion these boys each hold to each other they might not be blood but they are brothers in every way that matters . We finally got to see Ezra and get a little insight into what’s going on with him I think his story is going to be dark and Alec my heart bleeds for him I’m obsessed with these characters when they bleed I bleed . (See what I did there IYKYK)😉 I was not expecting it to end the way it did I’m absolutely gutted by some of the revelations in this book my heart is still beating fast I cried I laughed I swooned this book is definitely R.Holmes at her best and if you haven’t started this series yet what are you waiting for go right now and start this epic journey! I can’t wait for what’s next in this series because that ending has left me on pins and needles!
POV -Dual
Hero - ★★★★★
Heroine -★★★★★
Steam -★★★★★
Story-★★★★★
Chemistry-★★★★★
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breakingtheepigraph · 4 hours ago
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Book review | My thoughts—Falling Out
Book two in the Falling In series by Andrea Hopkins is about people finding each other when they need it the most. Cole Adams is sulking and drowning his sorrow in whiskey and sex. The woman he has loved for most of his life has left him for another man, and he is not taking it well. One day he accidentally bumps into Angeleigh; they both feel the attraction from one touch. Angeleigh hasn’t had…
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Vino & Veritas (book 13): Heartsong by AE Wasp
"It just figures that the first guy I’m bringing back to my place is cute, single, and totally off-limits..."
Sean Anderson has spent his life waiting to get the hell out of West Virginia. His plans got derailed when his dad shipped him off to “pray the gay away,” but he’s over it, ready to prove that he’s a grown-ass man who can take care of himself. Of course, he’d have a better chance convincing himself if he could stop lusting after his grumpy roommate.
Army veteran Cooper Hill returned to Vermont minus one leg and one career, but determined to build a new life. When an army buddy asks Cooper to keep an eye on his nephew, a junior at the local college, Cooper can’t say no. He’s expecting a sheltered kid. What he gets is a gorgeous young man whose brilliant poetry gives voice to everything Cooper’s been trying to express. He wants Sean more than he’s ever wanted anything. And somehow, miraculously, Sean wants him too.
But wanting each other isn’t the same as being good for each other . . . especially when past pain threatens to write its own verse in their song.
A stand-alone novel in Sarina Bowen’s True North world, Heartsong contains first love, found family, kisses around the campfire, and two caring men who discover they make beautiful music together.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57501196-heartsong
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April 16, 2021
My Review: 5/5 Stars
Definitely another favorite of mine from this series. Sean is ready to leave West Virginia. He heads to Burlington to stay with a friend of his uncle's to take some classes from Moo U and just learn to be himself. Something we learn he never really had a chance to do. The moment he arrives in Burlington, everything changes. His first day starts off with a bang when the car in front of him hits a dog and takes off. Sean can't leave the poor puppy alone, so he picks her up and heads into the diner where he is supposed to be Cooper. The moment Cooper and Sean lay eyes on one another though, sparks are flying. There is no denying the chemistry between them and for them they feel like they have known one another their entire lives. Cooper thought Sean was going to be a kid he was going to basically babysit when he was asked if Sean could stay with him. And though Sean is younger than him, there is nothing kid like about him. His innocence and naiveté may show his age a bit, but when he is confident he is a lot older than he looks. Cooper immediately realizes that he is in trouble when it comes to Sean. And for Sean, he is new to it all. Dating, relationships, just being himself as a gay man. But he wants to learn and he wants to learn it all with Cooper. But they both carry their own baggage. For Cooper, it's his continual learning of living without a leg after an accident when he was in the army. And as for Sean, it turns out his past is a lot darker than anyone truly knows. His hurt and anger was pushed down so deep after some trauma caused by his father a few years earlier and now, bit by bit, it is starting to resurface. Lucky for Sean, Cooper is there to catch him when he falls. As long as Sean will give him the chance. I really did love this book. It had such a deep and emotional pull. Some parts were heartbreaking to read when you realize some of the horrible things Sean has been through. But it was so sweet to see him fall for Cooper anyway and how Cooper was there to help Sean through it. Really another great addition to this series.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I love my grandfather so much. Who needs YouTube reviews when you can ask a 69 year old man his opinion on his latest solitary quarantine (yes this man hasn’t left the house in over a year) novel find. Here is my new favorite quote:
“It’s so boring! It’s just rich English white people being rich English white people! They took seven pages to describe the meadow on the property the daughter was walking though… AND THE PRINT IS SMALL” *turns book to show me the indeed, tiny print* “the story hasn’t moved forward at all, and look how far in I am” *marks his place with a bookmark, shuts the book, and shows me side revealing he only has a tenth of the book left before he’s done. 💀
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shadowwingtronix · 6 hours ago
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Examining The Banned Seuss
BW Media Spotlight was delayed by illness but time to start Examining The Banned Seuss to find out why they were canceled by the estate.
I stay out of the drama as best I can, especially the political drama. However, when it forces itself into my area of discussion (and there are those shoving politics into as many aspects of our lives–especially our entertainment choices–as possible) I’m dragged kicking into the discussion. Dr. Seuss is one such example. The pen name of Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss is a huge part of our culture.…
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dkafterdark · 6 hours ago
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*I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Cover image from Goodreads*
High school student Ryuu is trans but he's not out to anyone. Each day is a struggle, trying to find a balance between being himself and not standing out too much at school. When Jin, a tough-looking guy, transfers into his class, Ryuu immediately assumes they have nothing in common. But a chance meeting while out shopping for clothes proves that they do have one thing in common: similar taste in fashion. Jin asks Ryuu to help him start a clothing brand, and it's the start of not only a business partnership, but a true friendship.
I absolutely love this manga! As someone who is nonbinary, I'm always on the lookout for manga and graphic novels with trans characters, especially if they're created by someone who is trans, and Boys Run the Riot is everything I've been searching for. From page one, the manga is very clear that Ryuu is trans, and his struggles and victories are wonderfully portrayed. Ryuu tries to not draw attention to himself but once he and Jin become friends, he gains confidence and starts pursuing what he wants in life. One of my favorite parts of the manga is when he comes out to Jin and the two of them talk. Jin's a great ally and friend, supporting Ryuu and backing him up. Besides Jin, there are other supporting characters who, while they don't know everything about Ryuu, are there to help him and offer friendship. I also enjoyed the process that Jin and Ryuu go through as they start their brand: research, designing, photography, setting up an online shop, making their shirt design, etc. I'm excited to see what happens next as Jin and Ryuu build their brand and start their business!
The art style is really nice, sharp and realistic. I love the character designs! Some other features of the manga include an interview with the creator, Keito Gaku, as well as translation notes at the end. Highly recommend to fans of realistic manga and manga focusing on LGBTQ+ characters and stories!
Pub date: May 25, 2021
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kkecreads · 7 hours ago
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Screw Flirting by Lola West
Screw Flirting by Lola West
Published: April 30, 2021 Lola West I received a copy of this book for free. I leave my review voluntarily. Lola West writes short, sweet, intelligent, silly, sexy romance. With a Ph.D. in women’s studies and a flair for the dramatic, Lola likes to keep it real. Her loves are cotton candy, astronomy, kitten heels, and small-town hunks. Lola’s heroes make you swoon and her heroines that talk…
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Review: Recon (The Fringe #1) by Tarah Benner
Review: Recon (The Fringe #1) by Tarah Benner
5/5 Stars 296 pagesPublished October 9th 2014 If you know me, or just follow my blog, you should know by now. But if you don’t, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I love post apocalypse and dystopia books. I can’t get enough of them. And this book is no exception. A unique mix of a dystopia built into an apartment complex filled with everything you could ever need, this is a world where your…
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vreugd-madelon · 7 hours ago
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The Martian Review
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The Martian by Andy Weir is a 333 page Adult Science Fiction Adventure story set on Mars. I read along with the Dutch paperback along with an unabridged audiobook on Youtube with a full cast.
After a dust storm nearly kills Mark Watney and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
The Ultimate question remains, will he make it back to earth?
I rated this book 5/5 Stars.
I’m not the biggest sci-fi reader, especially not sci-fi that is set close to Earth like this one is as it can often hit a little too close to home, but this book was something else. The audiobook really did it for me and the performance within it was amazing.
My enjoyment was through the roof with this one, and with only 10 hours of audiobook I read this book within 3 days, I couldn’t get enough of it.
This being a very man vs. nature plotline, the amount of times something goes wrong because he is on Mars and does something stupid is beyond counting, but never felt anything unreasonable. Everytime something exploded or ripped open, or toppled was always explained and in such a way that anybody could understand it.
While all the characters are scientists in their own field, and this very smart. The things they need to explain to one another at times need to be ‘dumbed down’ a bit (so the reader can understand as well), but never gave that any doubt to me that the characters were in any place they shouldn’t have been.
Mark Watney especially always has a positive attitude towards anything he does, and he is very pragmatic about anything he does. Like, he makes water out of rocketfuel. I don’t fully remember the details, but while it sounds insane it would actually make sense.
With all the log entries Mark makes while on Mars, this book is seperated in small easy to handle chucks when your reading. Got a little time? Read one entry. Got more time? Read a chapter.
Would definitly recommend.
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aconitecafe · 8 hours ago
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Book Review: Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne
Book Review: Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne
Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne Indie Author: No Kindle Unlimited: No Publication Date: 3.10.21 Genres:  Adventure Fantasy Men’s Adventure Fiction Page Count: 304 Pages Continue reading
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bookscoffeejesus · 8 hours ago
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4.16.2021
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is the April pick for my book club. I wasn't surprised that I loved this book as much as I did because, to be honest, I love all of Rowell's books that I've read in the past. It was a little weird to have a book character with the same name as me, and the lady who leads my book club kept apologizing all night on Tuesday when we were talking about the Jennifer in the book. 🙃
The only other thing that was weird for me was Lincoln's mother's reaction to him telling her that he was moving out of her house. The fact that she asked him why he was moving out was too close to home for me. My grandmother asked me why I was moving out of my parents' house and for the same reason that Lincoln's mother asked him about it and in the same tone. Too weird. I texted my mom to warn her about that part in case she hadn't read that far, yet, so she could brace herself.
Other than that, the book was absolutely fantastic! I found myself more in Lincoln's character - 28, just now moving out of our parents' homes, and single - than I did in Beth's or Jennifer's characters. I found that strange at first, but then I slowly got used to and figured if he can find love at the end of the story, then so will I.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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words-and-pages · 8 hours ago
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Psst. I’m writing reviews again. Maybe. I wrote one review. This is that review.
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The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud
This is one of my all-time favourite authors, although I ended up being a bit underwhelmed by this particular book. I'd urge anyone and everyone to read his other series though - The Bartimaeus Trilogy and Lockwood and Co, both of which have excellent narrators and supernatural shenanigans.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⛅
What's going on: Scarlett is an outlaw travelling across the dangerous wilderness of post-apocalyptic Britain. She is very good at surviving - although that comes to a test when she stumbles upon a hapless boy hiding in a wrecked bus who seems to attract an unreasonable amount of trouble.
What I liked:
What I like most about Stroud's books is the way he builds characters and their interactions, and this doesn't disappoint - Scarlett and Albert are both very solid protagonists
The setting is fun - it even has a nice map of post-apocalyptic Britain along the river Thames, running right through where I live, so it was a little bonus to follow the familiar towns in the narrative
What I didn't like:
At the end of the day, I just couldn't emotionally connect to the plot. The mishmash of genres (Western/post-apocalyptic/Stranger-Things-style telekinesis) created too many predictable elements; I couldn't get scared of the presumably most horrifying creatures in the book simply because they seemed too stereotypical. Which was a bit of a disappointment - I had no trouble feeling scared by the ghost-hunting creepiness in Lockwood and Co, so I'm blaiming this on the genre rather than on the writing itself
Speaking of writing, I did really miss Stroud's excellent first-person narration voice; third-person POV obviously gave him more freedom for description, which was done really well, but it was just not the same
Overall thoughts:
Although this book failed to get me invested and was at the end of the day a little too predictable, I'm still looking forward to what Stroud is going to write next, and will probably do the reviews of his previous series - I'm convinced that not nearly enough people have read those very hype-worthy books
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