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"Dove Arising" an intriguing futuristic science-fiction thrill-ride is set on Lunar Base IV one of the moon bases humanity fled to after the ice cap melted flooding the Earth, resources including oil depleted, and civil battles broke out. In Greenhouse 22 fifteen year old Phaet Theta works as Gardener Assistant dreaming of becoming a bioengineer until disaster strikes and her mother is arrested for "Disruptive Print" an offence that could mean a death sentence if proven guilty.Rather than live with her two younger siblings in the disease and degradation of the "Shelter" Phaet enlists in the Militia struggling to be first in the brutal training program; a placement that could provide the to her mother and save her sister and brother from starvation. But the tournament is fierce, her only support from an unlikely alliance with the inscrutable Wezn (Wes) novative and imaginative Karen Bao creates a policed society on the moon that's intolerant, oppressive and governed by an autocratic Council who will say anything to stay in power. In this bleak and dark atmosphere Phaet joins the Militia, an organization whose high-ranked officers are heartless and cruel, putting down any kind of disturbance or perceived insurrection with the Electrostun, a weapon that can electrocute a fast-paced, action-packed story reminiscent of Ender's Android game and Divergent, Phaet and Wes struggle to be first in a training regime that makes them targets for a bully and his girlfriend, a knife slashing, friendly fire and failed ambushes. The tension and suspense escalate as the plot heats up when Phaet not only faces her final try and placement, but her mother's is slated to be heard. As happenings unfold they progress quickly and smoothly to a confrontation at the end that begs for a this story there's an undercurrent of deep affection in the devotion between Phaet and her best mate Umbriel whose friendship is comfortable and trusting, although promises have not been spoken nor their future planned. Yet it is the emotional connection between Phaet and Wes that arouses interest as they test to deny the powerful feelings that have begun to stir. It will be interesting to see how this all amazing stories it's the personalities of its characters who create it a page-turner by infusing energy, realism and passion into the drama. "Dove Arising" is no exception with forgettable characters like Phaet (Stripes) Theta the young teen with gray hair and a smooth face whose dutiful, competitive and solitary as she grapples with a grueling training regime. Highly intelligent, but struggling with the loss of her father and questioning her mother's arrest she demonstrates leadership and bravery as she faces each fresh challenge. In contrast Umbriel Phi is intense, loyal and protective, caring for Phaet's siblings while she's away but is not as powerful a personality as Wes Kappa a mysterious loner who's level-headed, daring, resourceful and perceptive. Yet it's the sinister, saccharine tone of the ambitious, backstabbing Callisto Chi and the reckless vindictiveness of the "Giant", the bully Jupiter along with the callousness of the Militia hierarchy that adds a menacing chill to the story."Dove Arising" is an exciting and intoxicating first novel by Karen Bao. I rate it highly and can't wait to see where she takes the story next.
Dove Arising is about a girl named Phaet (pronounced fate) who lives on the moon. When her mother is taken away, she must do what she can to protect her family. This leads her on an adventure to join the military to obtain her mother VE ARISING was great; it was enjoyable and fun. It initially seems to have a bland plotline, but as the story progresses, readers realize there is a larger plotline at work. It starts slow and it took a long time before the novel actually started going anywhere. However, once it did, it definitely didn’t disappoint. Once readers reach the climactic chaos, they’ll be begging for a sequel! I also thought it was interesting that there wasn’t any romance --- that’s quite special for young adult e characters were great, and Karen Bao did an perfect job making all of the characters seem like full humans. I especially enjoyed Phaet. She was not a kick-butt girl like in most YA novels; instead, she felt like a normal human that was thrust into an intense situation. It was very convincing and relatable. She was a soft-spoken girl with a lot of thoughts in her mind, so I was glad the novel was in first person point of view. I’m really excited to see the how Phaet develops in the future.I also thought that the globe building in DOVE ARISING was beautiful good. I really loved the military training scenes; they were vivid, clear and really well executed. I wanted to know more about the civilization on the moon, though. Readers only had Phaet’s town to compare it to, and I wanted to know what else there was. The society in DOVE ARISING moved to the moon for a better opportunity, but the book never mentions how not good Earth really is or what it is like --- it’s all speculation. I hope future installments in the series expand on the world, because it could be very promising…this potential makes me wish to obtain a keep of the next book really ter reading this book, I had a lot of questions and not enough answers, so I can’t call it “outstanding.” However, I still felt like it was really enjoyable, and I appreciated all of the twists. I’m definitely going to continue on with the series --- I’m really intrigued by what is going to happen to Phaet!Reviewed by Christa O.
I was so excited and looking forward to reading this book, and was beyond excited when I was approved through the Penguin First to Read program. Ultimately there were a few too a lot of problems for me to have fun this book.I really should begin re-reading the summary blurbs before starting the book - it might save me a lot of concerns and issues. Instead, I spent the first 15% irritated that the main character, Phaet, hadn't said a single word or responded in any sort of method to anyone that spoke to her. Even so, I'll the selective-mute aspect of her personality, especially in a society where the likelihood of someone listening is always high, but there could have been some sort of response. Instead she just internally mused, endlessly. Someone asks a question, she thinks about it. Someone states something, she considers it. Someone requests, she contemplates. Then she randomly starts speaking, still sparsely, but it was already beyond irritating to me. I'm not a large fan of always being in someone's head, hearing about what things are event and not feeling like we're participating in the scenes as they're happening. There's also the fact that Phaet prickly personality reminded me a lot of Katniss (The Hunger Games) and it's not the first similarity I noted to other e world-building felt patched together. There's a globe where people have given up their essential freedoms in to be kept "safe" on this Lunar colony. But the liberties that have been supplanted are random and don't create sense for a society that is truly concerned with the number of population. There's no regulation on the number of children, or mating ages/rules. There's rent and Committee fees, meal costs, and low paying jobs. There are ridiculous laws versus any number of things, and there's Huge Brother watching all the time through their handscreens - which also provide convenient info about other h characters and world, if not done well, are enough to create it so I don't have fun a book. However, this book also had the problem of not having an actual plot. Phaet ends up at a Militia training facility, trying to earn enough to help her family and save her mother, but there's no true inducement to any of her actions. She's kind of just going along, doing the bare minimum that she has to do - until she has to do more. Even so, it never feels really necessary. It's just one girl's struggle, and honestly I kept waiting for the moment when "Phaet's logically ordered globe begins to crumble..." But by 41% into the book there was just...ck to those similarities that I was mentioning - Phaet's personality reminds me a lot of Katniss, the training reminds me a lot of Tris' in Divergent, the unrequited love interest (as her oldest friend) reminds me a lot of Gale and Katniss' dynamic. Then there's the fresh boy, who's quiet and mysterious and trying to support Phaet out....and he just might have feelings for her that are a bit more, which - of course - reminds me of Peeta. I could draw comparisons to scenes that I've seen in Ender's Android game about the simulations of ship ere's just nothing there to hold me wanting to read on. I do want I knew what happened, or if there was something worth continuing for, but not enough to hold pushing myself through a book that's doing nothing to hook me.
Reading this book let’s you know it can be done in 6 years. But remember this child had a lot of support, had sailed to Hawaii twice before en famille, and spoiler-alert: lived in Hawaii during most of his day- and weeklong- trips out to ~ yes, still intrepid ~ polynesian islands. It still has incredibly valuable info to the sailor and circumnavigator. Thank you Robin Graham. Salut !
I will admit that I am only part method through the book but I am enjoying it. I wasn't expecting such a amazing story from a 16 year old fellow but the book is done very well. It is refreshing to see how well people treated him on his journey. I do search myself feeling sorry for his mother because there is so much that could happen and infrequent opportunity for communication, unlike these days.
I first read "Dove" when it first arrived in our local library. I was thirteen years old and entranced by what I'd read. This special "coming of age" non-fiction account, inspired me along with hordes of others to pursue the kind of adventure that Robin Lee Graham wrote of in "Dove". For both blue water sailors and those dreaming of such experiences, this story and the film that followed is to sailing, what "A River Runs Through It" and its film was to fly fishing.I have no doubt that global blue water cruising had increased in popularity as a effect of Graham's voyage and his subsequent book that reads like a classic coming of age novel. After all these years, and having read nearly all the other books written by world trotting sailors, a spark of nostalgia for those days in the early '70s inspired me to read it again. I'm really glad I did, because this one stands out among all the others. Not because it was one of the first of its kind, but because Graham created it personal. His acc was of a boy coming of age during an extraordinary adventure in both idyllic and life threatening situations - all before the age of GPS and true time communications.If you're a fan of coming of age literature or have an itch for armchair travel, this story will do more for you than satisfy the itch. It will inspire you to obtain out there and try yourself and perhaps explore real happiness.
I found this book in the back of my 6th grade classroom and read it instead of paying any attention to math class. His story, along with the accompanying National Geographic images stand with me for years and I dreamed of following in his wake. AT this point I guess I'll never sail around the world, but I did plan some vacations a lot of years later largely because my first exposure to DOVE - including my trip to South ve this book to any boy ( or girl) on your bonus list and allow them start to dream of a journey around the globe - who knows where it will take them?
Perfect story not over cluttered with going of age nonsense. Told the story in an interesting straightforward manner. Amazing balance of sailing and land experience. Would have enjoyed some illustrations / maps inline of areas visited but google maps backfilled side by side. Amazing read if you are interested in sailing.
Having sailed in high school, now that I'm approaching retirement the thought of an adventure sailing is only further sparked by latest charter of a sailboat around the is book fanned the flame.I enjoyed it from the perspective of a young person who, initially discarded God, but found Him in the people, the islands, the wildlife and even in a lonely sea. Yes, the haters say it's sappy, but they are likely jealous of the love and attachment he found in Patti and Robins deeper connection to ey just didn't talk the talk, but walked it and came back to embrace a lifestyle that embodies all they learned. That life is bigger than the things we collect, that the land and the sea are to be cared for and appreciated as the bonuses they are. Amazing on them!
I first read this book when I was around 15, but one of the earlier editions with colour pictures, I think perhaps the periodicals from the National Geographic created into a book? It was beautifully written and has the kind of potential to be life impacting. Like someone else said. Better to read after college then before.Anyway this ver is quite various and talks a lot about his g/f and then wife, Patti. In fact almost as much or more then the voyage.I think I preferred the first ver and would recommend that over this for a first time reader, but this was interesting as well. Almost another book.Looking foward to reading the sequal about their life in Montana afterwards - Home Is The Sailor.
Look at the cover. It says it all. Before satnav or GPS or chartplotters this child sailed around the globe with a freakin' compass! There were no marinas. There were anchorages, maybe, if you were lucky. This was just a child on a boat 1000 miles from nowhere and finding his method somewhere. Sorry, this isn't created up "reality" like you see on TV. This is as true as it gets.
Got it for my dad. He loved it. I can tell he also has the soul of a man who wishes he could sail away from everyone he knows and live on a little boat for five years or more in solitude. He felt a deep admiration for the author and wrote me a letter about how moving the book was for him.
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This books story line you can search in thousands of horrible fanfictions. This entire story revolves around 2 characters who are mortal opponents being forced to obtain married and then inevitably fall as love and the author inserts a scene. The issue is the entire reason they have to obtain married is one of the most stupidest reasons I have ever read outside of fanfiction. Its like she didn't even test and I feel poor for the main hero being dumbed down so much that she never even attempted to run away. The entire book from then on just crumbles and falls apart. The stage doesn't even feel naughty because the two characters have absolutely zero chemistry.but to each their own.
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My plan before I started Small Dove was to not overthink it. That plan… was very unsuccessful and I over-analysed EVERYTHING. I can’t support analysing their (the characters) thoughts and feelings, my thoughts and feelings and what I perceived other’s thoughts and feelings would be. Because, after all, I was reading a book that is considered TABOO . The shock … The horror!I’m not afraid to admit that I absolutely LOVED Small Dove. I found parts of this story unnerving, uncomfortable, and a wee bit wrong. Juliet was underage at the begin of Small Dove. But… she had lived through some of the worst experiences already and had to grow up method too young, so she was quite mature for her age. Small Dove definitely had a bit of a Stockholm Syndrome feel to it. But… who wouldn’t appreciate someone who gave her the first put she ever felt safe in? And the elephant in the room… *Daddy* kink. Well, that one is a small harder for me to analyse. On one hand, the word *Daddy* does absolutely NOTHING for me sexually. BUT… I obtain the appeal of a girl wanting to be adored and taken care of by an older guy, who wants to give her everything and the , while I struggled to stop my mind from over-analysing initially, it doesn’t take long for Layla Frost to distract me from my concerns and I was completely sucked into this very sexy romance.HOLY SHAMOLY!! This story was HOT!! It’s one thing to have fun a character that is amazing looking, bossy, and completely devoted to his partner’s happiness. It takes it to the next level of enjoyment, when the heroine is happy, content, and completely devoted to her partner’s happiness. I completely believed that this was a mutually beneficial relationship. Sure, at first Juliet is a small unsure and needs help and reassurance. Juliet is struggling with feelings of guilt and is worried that others will judge her for enjoying being Maximo’s, Small Dove. Layla Frost does a remarkable job convincing me that Juliet and Maximo are on the same page and looking for a mutually satisfying relationship.I can 100% say that I enjoyed every min of this story. There were some gruesome scenes where Maximo out punishments to those who dared to damage his Small Dove. Even when there were scenes where Juliet is being ‘punished’, I was OK. At first, I was berating myself for condoning Maximo’s punishments, as Juliet, after all, had broken his very clear rules. Then I realised that some of those punishments Juliet was instigating for her enjoyment. She bates, cajoles, and niggles him because Juliet loves the connection and release she gets from their ‘play’ time. Another part of the story that left me happy is that those around Juliet and Maximo didn’t judge them for their relationship choices. Well, not the people that mattered. I’m kind of liking authors writing stories where taboo, unusual, and various is accepted as normal and people just minded their own business.While some of the things in this story are not my idea of fun and frivolity, I can appreciate that the characters in Small Dove were in their satisfied place. I am ALL about *each to their own and all that jazz* because we are all individuals and have individual likes and dislikes. I admit to enjoying a wee bit of book-related voyeurism. 😉 I’m fascinated with observing something that I wouldn’t do myself and I love trying to understand the appeal, dynamics, and acceptance.If you are the type of reader who isn’t afraid of stepping away from the normal or may even be looking for a story to convince you that unusual can be good, I highly recommend giving Layla Frost’s, Small Dove a try. I’m a fan and I will definitely be back for more from this acey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be topic to edits and changes.
I love Maximo and Juliet! I am exhausted. This book wrung every emotion out of me. I couldn’t obtain enough. I know that I’m going to come back to read this book time and again. Layla Frost knocked it out of the park with this dark and steamy, yet satisfied and sweet story. ❤️
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I didn't create it through the first chapter, so I'm not going to be rude and give it 1 star simply because it isn't to my taste. I don't trust reviewers who do ever, seasoned readers should probably beware.I was immediately drawn to this book based on numerous targeted e plot sounded fantastic. Amazing cover art. Hero names that weren't otherworldly levels of obnoxious (I'm looking at you, Clary).So, I gave it a shot. Instantly purchased, even though I already have oh-so-many books sitting at home unread.I cracked this begin less than an hour ago, and decided that I can't bring myself to continue.I don't consider myself an ABSOLUTE snob. I understand no book is perfect. I just wish to be transported!Why did I stop reading this quickly, I hear all two of you asking?Simple:The editor on this book riously, worst editor are the references to a smile/mouth/laughter in the first few pages alone as a descriptor:Page 4 (the equivalent of the second page, as it begins on page 3):"I couldn't support but grin.""Smirked.""I cackled."Page 5:"She pouted.""Grinning."Page 6:"Chuckling.""Whose lips twitched in an effort not to grin.""Saccharine smile.""Forcing a grin.""Lips curling upward."(There was also a "winked conspiratorially" which implies a smile yet again.)Page 8:"A wide smile.""She grinned like a cat with cream."Page 9:"An alluring smile."Page 10:"An evil smile split his face.""Andre bared his teeth."(This is where I tapped out, but I'll continue through the first chapter just for your benefit.)Page 11:"Babette cast the two a little smile.""Their grins vanished."Page 12:"Licking his lips nervously.""With gleeful smirks."Page 13:"Her smile grew little and cruel.""Smothering a snort.""Shook with silent laughter."Page 14:"His mouth twisted."Page 16:"I could almost see her smile. It matched my own."Phew!Now, maybe I'm just too sensitive and that's really not that bad. But, hold in mind that 1) I probably missed some and 2) this is a fairly simple read, so the repetitiveness of descriptors feels fairly unrelenting.If this were the only issue, I probably wouldn't have said anything. But not good editing becomes even more clear through other r instance:"Babette glared at us." And then, just a couple short sentences later on the same page: "He glared at her for several long seconds." I don't think it was intended repetition to mirror Babette, but rather, they didn't realize that "glared" was already used above. And if it was an intentional glare, it should have been more obvious like "he matched her glare" or something, to create the two pointedly milarly, the word "however" is used at least a few times within the first ferences to "stupid" or idiot/idiocy, also several times in the first may very well be a book with a unbelievable plot and full, developed characters - it certainly seemed like it had the potential to be interesting. However, I was so thoroughly taken out of it by the method certain phrasings and descriptors were overused that I decided it wasn't worth it. It felt rough, unpolished, and amateurish in this regard.If you are not sensitive to cliches in word choices and repetition, you may love this book! I'm not saying don't give it a test - it may just be a "me" issue.But, to the editor...and author, for that matter...please enter future novels into one of those "overused words" analysis www services online before beginning one needs to read the word "grin" six times in one chapter alone.
I loved Serpent & Dove! this is one of those books you want would never end. This book is full of magic, love, fun and brutal death. Such a amazing story, Lou and Reid are such opposites, their interactions are so much fun I busted out laughing. A battle between witches and the church has been accelerated and the action doesn't stop. I can't wait to read book #2. I enjoyed this Authors writing and the setting of this lush fantasy read.I give Serpent & Dove 5 stars for its masterfully written novel.I would recommend this book to Fantasy Fans.
I have owned the 2 disc DVD set released by Genius Entertainment for a lot of years and wanted to make batter to a Blu-Ray copy. I first bought the 2 disc set released by Mill Creek Entertainment (ASIN: B013FDBH46). I found the picture quality is a slight step up from my DVD ver but fairly grainy in scenes. Other negatives are sound is only 2.0 Dolby and no subtitles. So I ordered the Genius Entertainment (2008) Blu-Ray version. Glad I did as it has a better picture than the Mill Creek Blu-Ray release and is a solid improvement from the DVD version. Has Dolby 5.1 sound, AND FINALLY closed captioning. This is the first ver to have closed captioning of the 4 sets I have bought - 2 dvd & 2 blu-ray. The Genius Entertainment Blu-Ray discs also more "bonus" material and each episode is divided up into more chapters. For example: Episode 1 is setup with 21 chapters versus the Mill Creek ver is only setup with 5!So I strongly suggest buying the Genius Entertainment 2008 ver (ASIN: B0018RWMNM) even it cost a small more $. Hope this helps you search what would work best for you.
this product was advertised as CC. This is a symbol for Closed captioning. It requires that you turn on captions on your TV to work. This product is not closed captioned. It is a misuse of the CC symbol. It does not even have subtitles which is built into the DVD and can be activated through a menu option called "setup". Most DVD's have subtitles. I still hope to see lonesome dove in its entirety in my my life time. So far I have only seen parts that we closed captioned on one of our premium cable move channels.
Small Dove by Layla Frost𝘐𝘧 𝘐 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘨𝘪𝘳𝘭 𝘸𝘩𝘰’𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦, 𝘐 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘯. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘯 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥’𝘷𝘦 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘐 𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳. 𝘏𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵.*~*~*~*𝕊𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕪𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕖: Juliet’s father has always had dealings with seedy underbelly of society, so when a man comes to their home on her 17th birthday demanding repayment, she’s not surprised. However, she is thrown for a loop when the man murders her father and kidnaps her—yet, instead of killing the only witness to his crime, he begins to help her in every way: school, clothes, ximo knew the moment that he saw Juliet that she was more than just a beautiful girl with not good luck, but at 17yo she shouldn’t have even been on his radar—so he relegated himself to the role of her year later and Juliet has finished school and turned 18. Will Maximo take a possibility on a taboo relationship or has their luck already run out?*~*~*~*𝕊𝕖𝕩 𝕊𝕔𝕖𝕟𝕖𝕤: You will search some age gap/daddy kink in this book, so hold that in mind! But, if you’re looking to tip-toe into the daddy kink genre this is the excellent book! We obtain an OTT alpha male who knows what he wants and he loooves to take care of his lady—in all ways 😏😏.I’m giving this a 🔥🔥🔥🔥.5/5 for frequency, variety, and talking that talk!*~*~*~*【$】: FREE on KU! This is a relatively low angst read that introduces a well rounded cast of characters. I loved the darkish vibes the storyline entailed, yet also appreciated the laugh-out-loud banter and one-liners! It’s definitely a fresh direction for this author, but it still holds all the hallmarks of a classic Layla tale. If you’re willing to test an entry-level age gap/daddy romance read, this is the book for you!
I read about 80 percent but could not finish. Characters behaved foolishly and annoyingly and out of character, rapidly changing their minds dramatically in just one line of writing. Also, (spoiler alert) some weird items like making passionate love while still wearing clothes that are sopping with the blood of your enemies? It seemed like that was just a gross oversite in the writing not a weird fettish, but either way, not enjoyable to read. Also I dislike romance that is so dramatically on again, off again. Also it seemed beautiful wonderful at so a lot of points, like the blood witch hiding in plain website working in a convent by day and having publically obvious trysts at night and threatening to exsanguinate people whenever she got riled, seriously, the people at the convent didn't notice??? And other items like that.
I bought this because Sarah J. Maas reviewed it so well. I now know to never a book based off of her recommendation alone. After I read her review, I gave it a test and forced myself to [email protected]#$%!, thinking it must obtain amazing at some point. No. It did not. It was awful. I read a lot of books, especially in this genre. It was staggeringly riddled plot holes and unanswered questions, a magic system that was under-explained and underwhelming, but the worst thing about it was the lack of hero development. You learn almost nothing about anyone but the two main characters, and even those two were so lacking in personality that I found myself uncaring of their success or their romance.I hate to be so negative, especially of a fresh author, but I can't believe this was published in its current form. It isn't a poor overall storyline other than there being no resolution whatsoever in the end (even as an intended series, it was lacking in any conclusion that mattered), but it could have been so much better. It felt like she created a fan fiction ver of Leigh Bardugo's Nina and Matthias storyline from "Six of Crows" and added unoriginal elements from other YA authors in this genre, including Sarah J. Maas (i.e. a witch named Manon, an irreverent princess who is full of herself, the main hero is a thief, a love develops between two opposite people who are forced together- or even more cliche- one is tasked with killing the other, etc.). Even the romance wasn't exciting. It was one scene, and the lead up to it didn't much anticipation. From [email protected]#$%! review, I was at least expecting some amazing scenes. Nope.Everything just felt so random. Nothing tied together in the method you expect. Oh, "I had with a prostitute once." Ok... I like to eat chocolate. What's the point? There was no point. The main hero was trying to say she wasn't an innocent person, but her innocence didn't matter at all to the storyline. It didn't develop her character. Now, if she (the main character) told an interesting story about said with a prostitute that showed her hero or humor or morals, or literally anything else, it would have been relevant to the plot. It was completely random.And the cursing. Let's just preface this with me saying I use the F word liberally. I have no problems with cursing or the F word in general, but it's not the only curse word I use. And I use it in more creative ways than just saying it nearly every time I begin my mouth or speak passionately about anything. It was like the author thought the more she used that word, the more personality it gave her character. It didn't work.I think I'm going to ask for my back. I bought both the Audible and the Kindle ver (I do with nearly all the books I buy), and this is the first time I've considered returning ease. If you don't read the synopsis and think, "OMG, this book sounds amazing, and I can't live without reading it!" then don't waste your on it. Pretend SJM didn't review it.I (generously) gave it two stars because she's a debut author, and it's a tough industry.
Hi my name is Cassy and I am quite often disappointed by a super-hyped up book but I can FINALLY SAY I READ A BOOK THAT LIVES UP TO THE HYPE.I was so nervous to read this book because usually I hate things that everyone else loves but NOT THIS TIME. I am already trash for witch magic and then you add in opponents to lovers slow burn and I am dead. The dynamic between the two MC's was so well done and created me unable to place the book down. Lou was one of my favorite protagonists I've read in a long time because I am also always here for sassy sarcastic funny females so more of that please. I loved seeing Reid as the more uptight one getting all flustered over a lady and Ansel is my kid who must always be protected. I do want there'd been more of a resolved ending but I can't even be fully angry like I usually am about it because I will 100% be preordering the sequel as soon as I'm able to can I do that yet or...I will say, I feel like this book was largely more NA than YA, based on the method the characters acted/spoke and the much more suggestive themes in the book. I really want that this age group would become a thing because this is the exact type of story I (and a lot of people I think) would love to see more of :) *nudge* But Shelby is an instant read for me and I can't wait to see what other stories she has hiding in that unbelievable brain.
Not enough diversity. Quality of Christian films has improved greatly over the latest 20 years. Diversity is one zone that is lacking. Pureflix seems to do a bit better as I check thw libraryof movoes they have available. It is hard to beat the price; Dove is only half the of Pureflix. However, diversity is very necessary to me and soo I will male the switch.
Customer service is not readily accessible when they have a promotion and you test and call customer service they will tell you that you have the wrong number and you have to call the number on the website. anytime you wish to resolve an problem you can email them because when you call them you can't obtain through. there should not be two separate numbers for dove customer service as a customer I don't wish to test and sort that out.
**Buyer Beware** This is a Mormon channel that comes across as Judeo-Christian. IT IS NOT. Check out the movies;, Ephraim and Passage to Zarehemla. Those are only two that really promote Mormonism, but there are more. they use other movies that have just enough christian theme to trap you. I know I'm one who was trapped. You have been warned.
For some reason, a lot of scenes have been removed from the original. I know the story by heart and the missing scenes seen to have something to do with offending the modern sensibilities. There is violence in life. Women have babies in true life. Removing them from this production does not create them go away. I feel like I'm in the nineteen 's still a five star magnificent Pulitzer champion but would not have been if told in this way. Mediocrity does not victory prizes. Unless you live in the modern world.
While I love this author, this was a struggle for me. I couldn’t obtain over the age issue. I fully acknowledge that this kind of extreme age gap isn’t my kink (not the # of years or the whole ‘Daddy’ play but the difference in maturity levels an 18 and 33 y/o would have). I knew that going in and was prepared to ignore it because I have fun the author’s work so much. But 18 is hard for me so under 18 is a line I struggled with whether he waited to act on it or not.On the other hand, I finished it and I don’t finish books I don’t enjoy, hence the 4 stars. LF knows how to write the kind of dominant, Alpha H I can’t obtain enough of so I’d recommend it as long as you know what you’re getting into.
Layla Frost is back! The first 30% of the story was slow, Maximo was building up Juliet into his "little Dove" the writing is very descriptive of the sights and sounds of Las Vegas like all of us in 2020 we are trapped in our house so really appreciated the descriptions although it might be slow for others. I loved how powerful the heroine was even though in her life she was beat down and had very low esteem and how alpha Maximo is, he took care of her and built her up never wavering. He was obsessed and he knew it and he was not going to give her up. He wanted to be her Daddy, although this is not my thing- it worked amazing for their dynamic and didn't feel grossed out. I love the innocent small girl with daddy play for this story. Amazing writing all around.