Highland Redemption

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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

*** (3 out of 5)

Highland Redemption by Lori Ann Bailey

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Before I get into my review I just want to say how stoked I was to get an advanced reader copy (ARC) of a book! I used Net Galley and this was one of the suggested books to request.  I got a kindle version and I am pretty sure I was auto accepted, but I don’t care.  This was super exciting for me. Yay!

The usual issue I have with romance novels is that they focus too much on the romance and not enough on the plot line.  This book had the opposite problem.  A good romance has a nice balance between a steamy romance and an engaging story.

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I really liked the two main characters and loved the romance between them.  The issue that I had was with how the intimate scenes were written.  The writing style changed completely during these sections.  It was almost as if they were written by a different person.  The intimate scenes were boring to read and I kept getting distracted by the change in language.  The words became flowery and all of a sudden there were a shit ton of unnecessary descriptive words.  Here are a couple examples:

“His lips covered hers, scattering the wayward thoughts like swirling leaves on a brisk fall day.”

“Her fingers wove in and out of his thick hair, the silky strands tickling the place where her fingers met.”

Usually I look forward to the intimate scenes but this time I couldn’t get through them fast enough to get back to the main plot.

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I really liked the main story line.  It has a strong plot that is fairly believable.  Its got action, adventure, and love.  I also have a soft spot for romances set in the highlands.  I don’t know what it is, but it just makes such a great location.  Plus the men are always so amazing!

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P.S. I really wanted a GIF of a Scottish man in a kilt with his hair blowing in the wind but I couldn’t find one 😦

Overall I liked the book, despite the overdone intimate scenes.  I would recommend it if you like Scottish romances.

 

No One Else Like You

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* (1 out of 5)

No One Else Like You by Siska Goeminne and Merel Eyckerman

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I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.  Winning this book did not influence my review in any way.

This is the 2nd children’s book I have won in a Goodreads giveaway.  I had some issues with the first book, Big Hid, but now that I have read this book, I realize Big Hid wasn’t that bad.  In fact I liked it about 100 times better than this book.

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This book is hard to read.  Its not that long, it only took me about three and a half minutes to read, (not looking at the pictures at all)  but it felt like it took forever to get through.  A lot of the pages don’t flow.  It feels like the lines should rhyme, and some of them do, but most of them don’t.  It throws off the rhythm of reading.  The formatting makes each page look like it is a poem, so maybe that is why it feels like it should rhyme more.

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The concept is great, talking about differences between people, but it ended up being just a jumbled long list.  Stuff like, what you look like, what you believe in, where you live, what food you like, etc.  I think it would have been better if they would have concentrated more on why its okay to be different, and not just how people can be different.

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Finally, I wasn’t a huge fan of the artwork.  Its weird.  Just look at the cover.  There is a girl with a bear head and another with a pumpkin head.  I don’t think it will keep a little kid’s attention.  They like bright colors and fun pictures.  The pictures in this book are muted and busy.  There is too much to look at.

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Overall I didn’t like this book at all.  I will give it to my sister for my niece, because I don’t have a use for a children’t book.  If she disagrees with me and likes it I will edit my post to be less harsh.  I do feel bad rating a Children’s book this badly, but I really didn’t like it.

 

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Book Scavenger Hunt

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I saw this scavenger hunt done by Bookworm Book Club and it was really cool, so I decided to do it too!  I tried to find the original poster and as far as I can figure out it was originally created by The Library of Sarah, but her video post has been deleted.

If you read my last Lit Cube Reveal I said I was going to start trying to take “cool” pictures (often refered to as “Bookstagram” pictures)  So this post is also my first attempt at that.  I didn’t try that hard, it was more just a quick dip to see high level what works and what doesn’t.

1. Find an author name or title with a Z in it.

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Maze Runner

I ran out of room using my bookshelf traditionally, so some of my stacking gets a little creative

2. Find a classic.

There are at least two classics in my picture for #1.  Can you find them?  Here is another classic I have:

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Great Expectations

3. Find a book with a key on it.

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Skeleton Key

I cheated a little with this one.  The closest I could find was the word “Key” but no picture.  I added my Pirates of the Caribbean key so technically it has a key on it.

4. Find something on your bookshelf that is not a book.

I have lots of things on my bookshelves that are not books, but here are all my funko pop figurines:

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5. Find the oldest book on your shelf.

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Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra

Silver Doll

I am not sure which one is actually older.  Egypt’s Queen was published in 1963, but my copy is a third printing from 1964.  (I got it from my Great Grandma)  Silver Doll was published in 1952, but my copy is a re-print.  I couldn’t figure out what year it was printed in. (I got it at a garage sale)

6. Find a book with a girl on it.

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The Selection

The Crown

Happily Ever After

I thought these looked cool with the girls on the spines, so I chose all three of them.

7. Find a book that has an animal in it.

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The Golden Compass

There are lots of animals in this one!  Also I like using my Funko Pops in the pictures.  I like how it turned out.

8. Find a book with a male protagonist.

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Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones is awesome! I even dressed up as him for Halloween once:

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9. Find a book with only words on the cover.

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Webster’s Dictionary

This was my Mom’s dictionary in college.  It is the 9th edition, I believe the newest edition is the 11th.

10. Find a book with illustrations in it.

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Saga

This is one of my favorite graphic novels.  Its got really cool illustrations.

11. Find a book with gold lettering.

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True Believer

I tried to add all the gold things I could find into the picture.  All I could find is Gold $1 coins and Dr. Strange.

12. Find a diary, true or fictional.

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American Diaries: Janey G. Blue

American Diaries: Nell Dunne

I really liked how this picture turned out even though it was super simple.

13. Find a book written by and author with a common name (like Smith).

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Twilight

New Moon

Eclipse

Breaking Dawn

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Both “Stephanie” and “Meyer” are common names.

14. Find a book with a close up of something on it.

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Eragon

Eldest

Inheritance

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The Chronicles of Narnia

These were all next to each other and I couldn’t decide which one to use so I used them all.

15. Find a hardcover book without a jacket.

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The Tale of Despereaux 

I think this was my Sister’s book.  I have no idea what happened to the jacket.

16. Find a teal/turquoise colored book.

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The Tin Princess

Funny story about this book.  I have no idea where this book came from.  I don’t remember ever having seen it before.  But when I pulled it out because of the color I got really excited because it is the same author that wrote The Golden Compass.  I guess it was super silly of me, but I didn’t realize he had written anything else.

17. Find a book with stars on it.

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Disney On Ice Coloring Book

I love to color and I love Disney so I love this book! Also coloring books totally count as books.

18. Find a non YA book.

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I bet everyone else does boring old adult books for this one, but I went the opposite way and picked a children’s book.  Also the book has nothing to do with trains, but it was a toy that I had handy for the pic and I didn’t have a train book.


In case you guys were curious, here are pictures of my “Library” where I took all the pictures:

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And yes, that is a giant bean bag that is great for reading on!

Let me know if you do this tag! It was a lot of fun, and I discovered some books on my bookshelves that I didn’t even know I had.

 

6 Degrees of Separation – Less Than Zero

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For those of you that don’t know: “6 Degrees of Separation” is a monthly post hosted by Books are my Favorite and Best.  They pick a book to start you off, and then you list the next book that comes to mind, then you go from that book to another book, creating a chain. You do this 6 times (so you have 7 books including the one you started with).

If you missed my past “6 Degrees of Separation” posts here they are:

This month’s starter is Less Than Zero:

1. Less Than Zero

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I have never read this book, and probably never will.  Its about the crazy drug filled night life in LA, or something, and its just not my style.  Being a math major the number Zero catches my eye. Which reminds me of a documentary I saw once:

2. The Story of 1

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I know this is cheating a little bit because this is a documentary, not a book, but documentaries are like recorded books. (shhhh … if you don’t think about it too much, it makes sense) I actually really liked this documentary and it wasn’t nearly as boring as you would think. While I have “1” on the brain:

3. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

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Yay! I love Dr. Seuss.  Speaking of fish.  The first book I saw my boyfriend ever buy was:

4. Colorado Fishing

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He isn’t a big reader.  Actually he pretty much never reads.  He did buy one other book that he thought he would like and he reads it when he is in the bathroom and forgets his phone (so very rarely):

5. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

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Needless to say, he hasn’t read very much.  This book is broken down into different stories of this guy’s life and I think my boyfriend has read 2 or 3 of them.  The same Barnes & Noble trip where he bought this book I was looking for the sequel to:

6. The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen

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They didn’t have the sequel in stock and I never ended up getting it, but I did buy one of her other books:

7. The Importance of Being Wicked

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Unfortunately I never finished reading this one.  I started it a couple times but it just wasn’t the right time.  It is still in the TBR section of my bookshelf and I do plan on reading it eventually.


 

This month’s #6Degrees started and finished with books I have not read.  That was sort of a theme for me this month since I have actually read only two of the books in my chain (# 2 is not a book, so I didn’t count it).

As always, I love this post and had so much fun making it! Let me know what you think and what books your chain included!

Fangirl

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***** (5 out of 5)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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This book was awesome.  I loved it.

I don’t normally do synopsis’s but I want to write one for this book.  In my own words, here is a brief description:

Twins Wren and Cather (pronounced Cath) are going off to college.  Until now they have always been inseparable, but Wren wants to meet new people and experience college life.  They don’t room together and Cath is thrust into a scary new world.  As Wren goes out partying, Cath struggles with crippling anxiety.  One of her coping mechanisms is to write fanfic.  Unlike in her real life, online, Cath is wildly popular.  Her fanfic has won awards and has tons of followers.  Cath finds new friends in unexpected places, as she learns a lot about herself.  This coming of age story follows Cath through the twists and turns of going to college.

Cath and Wren go to University of Nebraska which is home to my BF’s favorite college football team.  I have actually been to a couple games there so that was cool.  Another random awesome thing was that there was a Suite Life of Zach and Cody reference.  I loved that show as a kid so its always fun to see it referenced.

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I loved Cath so much.  I could totally relate to her.  Her anxiety is a lot worse than mine, but its so realistic.  You don’t read a lot of books where the main character has anxiety like that.  She is strong in her own way and its awesome.  She is also awkward around boys and I was super awkward my freshman year.

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My favorite part of the whole story was her first kiss with <boy’s name> (I’m not gonna spoil who it is!).  It was so awkward and cute and the way it described was absolutely perfect.  When reading romance novels the first kiss is always so strong, but not so realistic.  First kisses with someone new are always a little different, you are still learning how to work together.  First kisses are special.  I don’t know how to describe it but there is something wonderfully innocent in an actual first kiss.  I thought Rowell did such a good job writing that scene.

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In the book Cath writes a lot of gay fanfic.  Rowell actually published a book that is the fanfic that Cath is writing throughout Fangirl.  Its called Carry On.  I think that is really cool, but I am not sure I am going to read it.  I have absolutely no problem with gay people but I don’t really have any desire to read about a gay relationship.  I like to imagine myself into the story and it helps if I can relate to the main character and I just don’t see myself relating to a gay male.  (I’m a straight female.)  Then again, I might read it because I liked Fangirl so much that I want more.  Also its about mages and dragons which are always cool.

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Coincidentally this book related back to the last book I read (The Simplicity of Cider).  In both books the mom left suddenly when the girls were very young.  Then they had no contact until suddenly, in college the mom makes an attempt to re-unite.  I thought this was kind of funny that both books had this exact same scenario.

The relationships in Fangirl are so realistic.  Cath and her Sister, Cath and her roommate, Cath and her dad, Cath and her crush.  Every single one is believable and unique.  There are no generic players.  Everyone has a role and it comes together beautifully.

The only issue I had with the book was that the ending left a decently major loose end.  I got the feeling it was done on purpose, to let the reader decide, but I hate that, I want straight answers.  Other than that one loose end the book was perfect. I laughed and I cried and I couldn’t put it down.  I’m sad that its over but I am super glad I read it.  Its a really good book.