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Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Bird and the Sword

The Bird and the Sword - Amy Harmon

This story has throwback to so many fairytales, but it's definitely original. It has a poetic feel. The leads are likable. It's very easy to root for them. No one is overly perfect, and no problem is easily solved. I like how the characters question the morality of a situation. The storyline is well-weaved. For sure check it out if you're interested in romantic fantasy that falls somewhere in between Children's and Household Tales (Grimms') and Disney or maybe off to another side.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Wolfsong

Wolfsong - T.J. Klune

I LOVE this book. I put off reading it for awhile even though I usually love this author because I knew it was a shifter book. For some time, I haven't found a shifter book that really did it for me. I've been thinking maybe that isn't my genre or my tastes have just changed, but this story is amazing. It has so much inside it. It is so original with the main couple, but them hooking up isn't the be all end all. There's a whole world of major issues going on around everyone. The love is deep and easy to feel, but the action and mythology grabbed me also. This story pulled the emotions from me. I was angry, sad, happy and all over the place with feelings. ♥︎ I can't recommend this book enough.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

This was engrossing. I recommend not reading any spoilers before you finish it. It switches between all of these different parents in this one class at a school. They're all helicopter parents of young children. There are so many politics, personal issues and dramas. A certain huge occurrence has happened at a school event. The storyline switches between before and after without saying exactly what happened until the end. The reader slowly learns everyone's backgrounds and problems. It's being made into a miniseries, and I'm looking forward to watching it.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > Killing Stalking

Killing Stalking - Koogi

Just finished part 1 of season 1. I can see that this is definitely going to be dark and not for those who can't handle nudity, blood and torture. I don't recommend this to everyone for sure.
Update— finished all the parts of Season 1. Wow, that was intense. Some parts were difficult to get through because of the horror in much detail, but I was too hooked to stop. It has loads of mind fuckery and very adult content.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Midwife's Revolt

The Midwife's Revolt - Jodi Daynard

This book did a really good job of drawing me in. It uses actually figures from the history of America. In my far from expert opinion, the author does a good job of making the settings realistic. I felt an emotional connection with the story. I was interested in what would happen in situations and figuring out the mysteries.

Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Cutaway

The Cutaway: A Novel - Christina Kovac
Knightly is a producer for a news network. She also has a troubled history with her family and basically a photographic memory. Those traits cause her to focus more on aspects that others might overlook. She sees a piece on a missing woman and can't let it go. Most everyone in her life seems to be trying to hinder her digging deeper into the woman's story. Murder, mystery, politics, detectives, witnesses and more come into play. She isn't a cop, but she is an investigative journalist out to connect the answers and expose the coverups. She's a likable lead, and the storyline is great at keeping the reader hooked and guessing. Anyone could be guilty. The Cutaway was a win for me, and I'm definitely going to be following this author's future works.
 
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An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur Review
An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur Review
I am so thankful that this book was brought to my attention. It is definitely my favorite read of 2016 and the best I've read in a long time (that's saying something because I read a lot). I loved everything about it. I had many smiles and tears along the way. My heart squeezed and soared.
The story follows main characters and the people in their lives for several decades, from childhood to middle age. It's a tale of connected families. Death, love, tragedy, war, hope, lust, friendship, parenthood, PTSD, prejudice, pain, culture, family, loss, happiness, sexuality, marriage...basically every human emotion and state of being are covered. The story is told from several points of view, two being an American refugee from Chile who lost most of his family and a Dominican American who was disowned by his family. The cast is from all walks of life, ages, races, etc. The storyline was completely original for me. It's a novel about living and all the ups and downs and snapshot moments and bigger pictures. Issues don't always tie up neatly or quickly. Just like reality sometimes the tone is heartbreaking, bittersweet, beautiful or magnificent.
I'm still so deep in the feels that I can't get it out of my head. This author truly has a gift. There are a lot of good books out there, but finding something that touches me on this level is a rare unicorn. Bravo!
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Concourse

Concourse - Santino Hassell

 

I like how this series embraces the diversity of New York. It has those coming from poor and rich backgrounds, the ones that don't have to work and the ones struggling with several jobs, entrepreneurs, teachers, dock workers, philanthropists and so on. The main couples have been a mix of ethnicities also. In Concourse, Valdrin is from Albanian descent and working multiple jobs to stay afloat. Ashton is from old money and became famous for a bit of 'acting out' and social media.

Honestly, I do not like reality tv or the rich and famous celebrity gossip type stuff. I don't keep up with them in real life and usually don't like to read books with these types of characters. Because of how I am, it seems certain that I would not like Ashton, but I adored him. The author does an excellent job of showing how human he is. He's not just the diva he shows his fans. I've always had a thing for book boyfriends who are fighters, boxers or MMA so my love of Valdrin isn't a surprise. These guys are just perfect compliments to each other. They are almost opposites in many areas but similar in heart.

I completely fell into the life these guys were leading and couldn't put the book down. I love when I have a reading experience like that. Concourse is sweet, sexy, romantic and entertaining. I recommend it for sure.



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Middlesex

Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides I love the style of writing this author uses. It's a little bit humorous and touching both without being too much of either. The entire story kept my attention. I didn't want to put it down to do real life things. So much of it was unexpected to me. It follows a family from Greece to America. The main character is intersex. She was thought to be a girl until puberty when her male side started showing more. There's so much knowledge here and so much made up story too. About everything not just about Cal. I really, really enjoyed it. Some subject matter may be off putting to some readers. It isn't supper graphic or obscene at all, but I don't think it's for everyone.

Wizard and Glass

Wizard and Glass - Stephen King, Dave McKean I'm in love with this series and these characters. This one has such a huge chunk about Roland's past that I started to feel a little drifty. It seemed like it was getting off topic, but I should have known better. The author connected it all and showed why it was important. Also, it made me feel more deeply for Roland, knowing everything he's been through. I hope Eddie and Susannah do not have to make sacrifices like that. Also I'm so worried for Jake and Oy. This author has made such an elaborate world and hooked me so hard. I'm emotionally connected to everyone, and I never have any idea which direction the story is going.

Before I Ever Met You

Before I Ever Met You - Karina Halle Jackie left her posh home young and wild. She lost touch with her family and made some bad decisions. Now she's returned as a twenty-something single mom trying to get her life back on track. She's a pretty good person and tries to be a great mom for her son.

Will is Jackie's father's business partner. His life had some bumps not too far in the past so he's settling also. He hires Jackie to be his assistant. Will is a wonderful man. He doesn't trash talk his ex even if he might have a reason to do so. He's 100% behind Jackie in every step she makes. He encourages and stands up for her. He loves her son and steps right into the perfect father-figure role before even making any moves toward mom. Will is the dreamboat every woman wants inside and out.

If you're in the mood for something sweet, Before I Ever Met You may be right up your alley.


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The Whitechapel Fiend

The Whitechapel Fiend - Maureen Johnson, Cassandra Clare Tess, Will and Jem play a part in this book. Yay! I love them. It's wonderful seeing more the past with bits of their lives. Simon is moving along in his learning also, and Jace brings more fun to the story.

If I Run

If I Run - Terri Blackstock This book is good with the suspense and mystery. My interest didn't waver with wanting to find out what was really happening. The puzzle of Casey's past and why she is hiding unwound at an appropriate pace. Dylan's background is interesting also. I liked the two main characters (the book alternates between their two voices). Casey did seem too good to be true often. She was on the run for her life but took the time to clean a public restroom and be the bastion of morality in every situation. Also, I like Christian fiction, but I did find some of the times when witnessing or preaching was added to be odd and ill-timed. The police procedures didn't seem realistic, but, overall, the story was a good experience for me. I was interested in finding out what eventually happens, and I had planned on getting the next book until I read the author's note at the end. I would have probably given this book a 3 star rating, but for the author's note. It ruined my entire experience. If it was written elsewhere, I wouldn't include it in my rating, but since the author added it to the end of the story, it is including in my rating of this book.
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THE SOUND OF THE WORLD BY HEART

THE SOUND OF THE WORLD BY HEART - Giacomo Bevilacqua I'm not an expert, but I think the artwork is very good in this graphic novel. A+ The story is sort of wistful and a bit spiritual. It talks about deep things like the heart of a city and it's people. I don't believe that I understood the message it's trying to give, but I did find it uplifting. The premise is that the main character is doing an experiment in New York City. He's trying to not have actual interaction with anyone. He's getting over a break up and sort of finding himself while doing this social experiment article. Things get a little mystical when he and someone connect by their thoughts. I recommend it for the graphics, and if you're into new age thinking the storyline is something worth checking out.


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Disney Beauty and the Beast: The Beast's Tale

Disney Beauty and the Beast: The Beast's Tale - Mallory Reaves This story shows parts about the Beast/Prince that I didn't know before (issues with his parents and such). The reader is able to know what he's thinking in different situations. Getting inside his head gives him so much more personality than in all of the B&TB tales I've seen before. I liked witnessing his interactions with the enchanted help. The action sequences really caught my attention, and I loved the cute little chapter break drawings. I've been wanting to watch the new movie, and knowing this manga comics are based upon it makes more excited to see it.


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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do... But You Could've Done Better

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do... But You Could've Done Better - Hilary Campbell This book is full of short true break up stories and simple corresponding cartoons. At first glance, I didn't think much of it, but after reading for a few minutes, I couldn't stop. I was almost late for work because I kept wanting to read just one more. Many are ridiculous and most are funny. I continued to feel relieved that I did not have these experiences. It was definitely worth my time and gave me a few laughs which made my day better.


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