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    The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches and Highways []  2020-2-2 19:59

    Emmylou Harris has been one of my favorite musicians since the mid 1970's and beyond. I had the privilege of seeing her in concert in an outdoor venue (Oklahoma City, Zoo Amphitheater, in the late 1970's or early 1980's) and I could surely go on listening to her sing and play her guitar forever. At one time, I had every one of her albums, but someone stole more than half of my record collection during a move and I was devastated by the loss. Emmylou is an American legend who continues to amaze. Her duets with Tag Knopfler are absolutely perfect. Her fairly latest ver of Steve Earle's song "Goodbye" - and "Boulder to Birmingham" from 1977 - have brought tears to my eyes repeatedly. What can I say? She's timeless, lovely and so very talented. Long may she hold making attractive music. What a classy lady.

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    The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches and Highways []  2020-2-2 19:59

    Loved the CD and customer service

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    The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches and Highways []  2020-2-2 19:59

    She is great. CD however arrived in cracked case.

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    The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches and Highways []  2020-2-2 19:59

    CD was as described. It arrived as promised and in A1 condition. Very happy with my purchase, very amazing value.

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    The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches and Highways []  2020-2-2 19:59

    I have watched Emmy Lou Harris from her earliest years. She has only gotten better and better as she has matured. Amazing Album - brings back so a lot of memories.

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    The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches and Highways []  2020-2-2 19:59

    Now this is a voice that I can really obtain into, and the songs, a southern tone of religious voicing. Praising the amazing and over coming the evil with love. I can listen to this lady sing over and over again. This is an album you should have and listen to in the vehicle when taking a trip.

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    The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches and Highways []  2020-2-2 19:59

    Nice, relaxing CD to listen to.

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    The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches and Highways []  2020-2-2 19:59

    Amazing CD by a talented singer.

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    The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches and Highways []  2020-2-2 19:59

    If you wish to introduce someone to Emmylou Harris, if you wish to remember all the reasons why she is your favorite female singer or if you just wish a capsule collection of one of the most accomplished country/folk singers in the history of American music, this is a unbelievable CD.I believe this pack represents every type/genre/mood of melody that Emmylou has recorded over her long and influential career. Due solely to private bias, I would like to have seen "Gone Again" included, but given the span of the career and the staggering number of truly memorable recordings, there were bound to be omissions. There are bone-raw folk tunes, a small bit of rockabilly, classic country cuts and the bluegrass selections for which she "risked" her career early on. Then, there are the latest three cuts, representing her best "alternative" compositions. Perhaps due to fate and perhaps due to beautiful dismal reviews for the album from which it came, "Michelangelo" had escaped me until this CD. It is THE most unique, most haunting song I have ever heard. And, it is simply beautiful. I wore out this track, replaying it a dozen times in a re than one of the tunes carry Emmylou's embracement of spirituality and in ways that bring satisfaction to believers without insulting skeptics. I've got a few CD's in my collection; this is the only one that I literally wore out and had to replace. It is worth ten times its price.

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    The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches and Highways []  2020-2-2 19:59

    If you have only room enough on your mp3 player for one Emmylou CD then it should be this a lot of amazing songs are included like her cover of Townes Van Zandt's country and western "Pancho and Lefty", her duet with Gram Parsons on "Love Hurts", "To Know Him Is To Love Him " with Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt, a unbelievable cover of Gillian Welch's "Orphan Girl" and my favorite track a live acapella performance of "Calling My Kids Home"

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    2 Retire In Panama: Adventures of a young Retired Couple []  2020-7-16 19:17

    Throughly enjoyable, and informative. This book is a "must read" to anyone planning to relocate to attractive Panama. This anecdotal and very honest piece of literature will take you to a tour from the amazing to the poor of living abroad in a developing country;beautifully seasoned with laughters, sunshine,ocean and a side of Panamanian culture. Amazing reading!

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    2 Retire In Panama?: Adventures of a young Retired Couple []  2020-7-17 20:34

    Throughly enjoyable, and informative. This book is a "must read" to anyone planning to relocate to attractive Panama. This anecdotal and very honest piece of literature will take you to a tour from the amazing to the poor of living abroad in a developing country;beautifully seasoned with laughters, sunshine,ocean and a side of Panamanian culture. Amazing reading!

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    Shadow of Night: A Novel []  2019-12-31 18:47

    FINAL DECISION: A fine continuation of the story of a witch, a vampire and their find which takes them back in time. I loved how this book developed their relationship and challenged their characters through resurrection of their E STORY: Diana Bi, a witch, and Matthew Clairmont, a vampire, have broken the law of monsters by having a romantic relationship. Jumping off from the happenings in book one, Diana and Matthew have traveled back in time to Elizabethan England in order to search a teacher to support Diana learn about and control her powers. Although the two seek safety in the past, they search that a whole fresh host of dangers threatens them and their relationship.OPINION: A long and meandering journey through Elizabeth's England where the fictional characters mix with true historical figures, this book develops both the mythology of the trilogy and also the relationship between Diana and Matthew.I enjoyed seeing these characters approach the challenges that face them. The book, which like the others in the series is over 550 pages, asks for a commitment from its readers. Everything is slow and deliberate -- not boring, not pointless -- and takes its time developing both the characters and the plot. At times during the book, I wondered whether the destination would be worth it. While the conclusion excited me about the finale book in the series, the entirety of the development of the relationship between Diana and Matthew and their own working out of their own challenges from their past snagged me for every e book doesn't always go in the method that I expected it to and it is certainly an epic read. It does suffer somewhat from being part of the trilogy and the middle book at that. At the end of the book there is no true conclusion -- because there is one more book. Thus, this book doesn't truly stand on its own and requires reading both the first and third books in the series.WORTH MENTIONING: The historical expertise of the author is place to amazing use here. The past feels authentic and I enjoyed using this book as a springboard to learn more about the true historical figures depicted in the NNECTED BOOKS: SHADOW OF NIGHT is the second book in the All Souls Trilogy. The book should be read as part of the RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.

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    Shadow of Night: A Novel []  2019-12-31 18:47

    The second book in the All Souls Trilogy picks up where the other left off with our heroes traveling back in time. Most of the story takes put around 1590 but the future (or present) is never too far away. I liked that most about this story; it never allow you forget that everything event in the past was connected to the current or show fore I dive in further, I will say that I was perplexed by the possible existence of werewolves after reading the first book, but the second book clarified it for me. Not a huge deal to some, this clarification helped me have fun this story much , we have Diana and Matthew taking on vampire guild relatives, the School of Night and other London societies, witch covens, and even creation. There’s a lot event in the story, but not a lot event for long periods of time. This story seems to focus on the universal theme of relationship drama, which usually boils down to communication issues. Diana with all her magic and Matthew with all his might, these two obtain caught up in a lot of drama that could have been avoided. But, that’s the story being told and if you love these characters, it all sucks you this book, I found that a lot of of the side and supporting characters were my favorite parts. Being the cultural and theological enthusiast I am, I loved the collaboration of like minds despite their faiths. Seeing the cooperation between Pagan, Christian, Jewish, and more was refreshing.Where the first book teased you with sensuality without leaving you wanting, the second book takes you into the bedroom of a deeply committed couple and holds nothing back. While not suitable for teens and below, this isn’t an explicit romp of ‘how much can the author obtain away with?’Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story, but there was still something, not quite tangible, that kept me from loving it. In any case, I must finish this series at some point. Just like the first, this is a amazing read for an adult couple as long as they are both into dark themes.

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    Shadow of Night: A Novel []  2019-12-31 18:47

    I was soooo looking forward to reading Shadow of Night because I LOVED Discovery of Witches . However, I did not love this one as much. :(Although I love the detail that makes me feel like I am right there in the book, living the life with Matthew and Diana - the sights, the smells, the textures and temperatures - I felt that this book was unnecessarily long and had too a lot of uneventful stretches. There were parts that I really did like, mostly near the beginning and of course toward the end, but if this had been a stand-alone novel, I'm not sure I would have continued on through some of the mundane middle is novel is mostly set in the past. The attention to detail is amazing! Attractive descriptions of the voluminous clothing, intricate hairstyles, unbelievable castles, markets and countrysides. I can't imagine how much research must have gone into writing this. If any of it happens to be incorrect, it's convincing enough that it would be difficult to dispute. I mean it's not as if any of us can time travel back to the 16th century in order to do a small fact checking.I will definitely read The Book of Life , but I am taking a break and reading a couple of fresh releases that I have been waiting for before I dive back into The All Souls Trilogy

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    Shadow of Night: A Novel []  2019-12-31 18:47

    After the set up that takes put at the end of Book One, I though that Book 2 dragged a bit. I felt that the plot we were awaiting was completely forgotten and that our beloved protagonists just chose to live lives in the past. It wasn't until the end of the novel that they woke up and said "oh yeah, I'm from the future. I should obtain back there." Reading this novel felt like watching the Two Turrets in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. A long stretch of happenings that were extraneous and took away from what we were waiting to happen: the war with the Congregation or the poor vampires/witches... Anything. On the upside it was interesting to see famed historical characters brought to life. That part created the novel tolerable.

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    Shadow of Night: A Novel []  2019-12-31 18:47

    Shadow of Night follows on the heels of A Discovery of Witches. In some ways Shadow of Night is the better book–the text flows more smoothly, not every single hero is cranky all the time, and the pacing has improved. However, it has a few flaws of its rst, the time-walking; I have a few issues with how this was carried out. For instance, the historical Matthew conveniently vanishes with future Matthew visiting. I can see how this was the only method Harkness could have the story she wanted, but it’s such a bald-faced deus ex machina. Matthew of course knows the popular historical figures of the time, including queens and emperors, which seems awfully stupid for a monster whose very existence relies on everyone else not noticing that he isn’t aging. Matthew and Diana also seem to have picked a very unstable and risky time to visit; I never really figured out why they thought that was a amazing idea. They’re supposed to not create changes to the past, but how could they possibly not when they’re dealing with such strong people? And yet of course they don’t end up changing too much despite everything they’re doing that the time-appropriate Matthew wouldn’t have. There’s also the inevitable historical trope of the headstrong woman vs. the overprotective man in her life.Diana is still a Mary Sue, right down to taking in a road urchin on a whim who then becomes a treasured member of the family. The special familiar. The need for a highly unusual set of teachers. The jealousy or adoration that everyone feels for her. (Yes, even the relevant emperor becomes besotted with Diana. Don’t tell me you’re surprised.) She’s also still ridiculously simple for people to manipulate; she does a lot of stupid stuff–but of course since she’s a Mary Sue, these things don’t come back to haunt her.What I really wish to know is how on earth Matthew-from-the-future and Diana could possibly expect historical Matthew to not message (after modern Matthew goes back to the future) that he’s been out of commission for ages. I don’t care how much his mates are determined to shield him from that knowledge, it’s going to be really hard to avoid people, say, asking him where his wife is, given that they got to know everyone. It just doesn’t add up. Again, it’s a hand-waved deus ex machina.

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    Shadow of Night: A Novel []  2019-12-31 18:47

    Just as with the first book of the series Deborah Harkness makes the story interesting without having a lot of action and excitement. They are a few intense scenes but for the most part the story precedes at a steady pace of Discovery and progression. The characters of Diana and Matthew developed quite nicely in the second book as do the relationships and they have with mates and family in the is easier to relate to the hero of Diana in this book then in the previous one. The hero has a lot of roles and challenges to face and the author uses this to maintain interest in ways that does not involve constant action and unique effects. There is a lot more magic in this book than the previous one but still surprisingly sparse considering the length of the books and the fact that the main protagonist is it borah Harkness is it amazing writer and I am interested in how she maintained a sense of progression even while a lot of nothing happened. By this I mean there was no major antagonist other than the little challenges that Diana had to face regards to her marriage, her abilities, and the constant danger of Discovery and betrayal. With these small obstacles that had to be constantly overcome the lack of CGI worthy scenes were less noticeable but still sorely ere was several emotional moments within the story that created this story into a 4-star one. The ability to manipulate the reader's emotions is a sign of a talented writer. I can appreciate the story for what it is once I place aside my love and dependence for lots of action and humor in my fantasy.I don't think the stories are quite worth as much as I had to paybut that may be partially due to the fact that Kindle unlimited has spoiled me with some quality books that are relatively ere is some scenes within the story that while not explicit are not appropriate for kids. Too a lot of more of them within the book and I would have given the book a rated the end there's a lot of promise and potential for action and a satisfying emotional conclusion in the third book in the trilogy.I do hope that you Nextbook rather than being slow and steady is a small bit more of a thriller. Any case I enjoyed it as a method to broaden my reading palate.

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    Shadow of Night: A Novel []  2019-12-31 18:47

    After reading the first book 7 years ago I eagerly looked forward to the continuation of Diana and Matthew’s love story. I bought the second book paying the hardcover price as soon as it was available. Over the years I tried twice to read Shadow of Night. I am satisfied to report that I finally accomplished my goal. My overall impression is mixed. There were some interesting elements that I liked about the ambiance of the Elizabethan era but I felt the plot got lost in the minutiae. I felt that the author must have rushed the second book to obtain it published. The plot wasn’t as well thought out and some of the twists were very confusing. I am going to take a break from this series before deciding if I will read the third book. All in all I’m very satisfied that I finally completed my mission of finishing this book. I only want that it had been a better investment.

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    A Night of Philosophy & Ideas [App]  2020-2-2 13:29

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    Shadow of Night: A Novel []  2019-12-31 18:47

    I thought it was going to be as amazing as the first one but I was wrong. This book is very boring and confusing. I really struggled to [email protected]#$%! because nothing interesting happens, well maybe a couple things but for the most part it’s all the same. Too much description, excessively in my opinion. Half method through it and they’re still stuck on the same conflicts without any solutions.I usually have no problems on reading long books but this one felt more like a “have to finish it” because I’d already spent the t recommend it at all!

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    Shadow of Night: A Novel []  2019-12-31 18:47

    A few days after finishing A Discovery of Witches I was both anxious and hesitant to dive into the second book in the trilogy. The reviews for book two had not been as for book one, with the sense that the author lost her way, but I persisted and was pleasantly surprised. The second book sends the two main characters traveling back in time to Elizabethan England in an effort to give them a leg up in their find for the mysterious manuscript that started everything and witches who can support Diana figure out her magic. As an English history nerd I found it fascinating and really enjoyed the historical details. I think second books must be the most difficult to write. The globe of the story, characters, and plot arc already established as are reader’s expectations. If the first book is a success, it is difficult to top. While Shadow of Night doesn’t top the first book, it was much better than I expected and as a effect I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

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    Shadow of Night: A Novel []  2019-12-31 18:47

    Latest week I was mostly MIA... Well that's thanks to the fact I had started this book. It's a hefty read just like its predecessor was, and just like the final installment will be I'm sure. Once again I was transported into a globe of humans, witches, vampires, daemons and more... And once again I LOVED is book picks up right where book one left off. We search Diana and Matthew at the destination of their time walking... the year 1590. Elizabethan England. I am someone who has a lot of love for anything to do with history. I love reading about past eras, whether in fact or fiction. So I was excited to follow this story and devour every single detail I could, not just about the characters but also about the setting...There is a lot of detail packed into these pages. For me I love a book with a massive dose of detail as long as it adds to the story being told and in this case it was certainly warranted. There is no method the author would've been able to paint such a vivid picture of the Elizabethan era if she didn't spend the page zone on building up every small detail from the clothing, the food, the buildings, the etiquette right down to the smells and strange small quirks of the period. I LOVED the detail that Deborah Harkness went into. I didn't begrudge one single sentence of her globe building. It was beautifully done. I really enjoyed that the same level of care that Harkness took in the first book with describing the scientific aspects of the story was also paid to the historical aspects in this installment. For me I think what really highlighted the almost unimaginable alien feel of the time period was that we were seeing it through Diana's eyes. Through her very modern, current day eyes. For as much as she is a history buff, she is still from our method of life. Having her deposited into 1590 highlighted just how much the globe has changed.Time traveling can be a very tricky plot to both write and follow as a reader. I really enjoyed the authors take on this subject... that said, there is always going to be some threads of the story that do raise question marks and it's certainly no various here. I do wonder about the 'old' Matthew who reappears with apparently no knowledge of the happenings his future self participated in after Diana and 'current' Matthew return back to the current day. Think about it too hard and there are a lot of 'what if's' there. Also the monsters that are allow in on the secret of the time traveling have their future completely re-written, just by the fact they know what they know. But the implications of all of this can't ever possibly be fully covered and explained.On the other hand, the fact that the characters need to be careful about altering history is brought up quite a few times and this is actually one of the parts of the time traveling storyline I really enjoyed. How the author focused on the seemingly smallest things (the set of miniatures for example) and linked through them to chapters set in the current day was the excellent method to tie the story together and hold the pace and story going in the here and now as well as in the past. I loved that we got to check in with characters such as Marcus, Em, Sarah, Ysabeau and Sophie as well as some characters that weren't familiar from the first book but I'm sure will be by the end of the last. This latest point also goes for the characters introduced in the past. I loved getting to meet the people from Matthews past that I had heard of, I loved following Matthew and watching him be able to see people that he had lost long ago. There were some very poignant reunions; the chapters spent on their visit to Sept-Tours were my absolute favorites of the whole e plot-lines covering the manuscript and Diana's powers all progressed at least in part. As far as Diana's learning of her craft, even though I felt like it was a bit stop/start on the whole, I still really loved the direction this storyline ended up taking. There were some unexpected surprises and reveals about Diana and her powers and it was so satisfying that by the end of this book she had actually moved forward in learning about and managing her powers. The manuscript had a lot of writing time spent on the hunting of it. The actual acquiring of it...Not so much. But that doesn't at all reduce the shocking discovery about its nature and I'm very interested to see where this particular storyline heads next, it's gotten steadily creepier and creepier and I'm sure there's much more of that to ly...The love story. As much as this is a story about creatures, magic and time travel, it's just as much a story of a romance. The relationship between Matthew and Diana is the crux of this series. Everything comes back to them and their connection and in this book everything is taken up a few notches and we begin to see exactly what is riding on this love story. Both characters develop and grow along with their relationship and I love that there is progress in this respect. Nothing drives me crazier than a love story that's stagnant. Probably my largest hope for Diana and Matthew is that they obtain some form of HEA once all is said and done. I'm still unsure what that HEA will look like, but I am staying optimistic!So yes, this is a long read. Yes, this has A LOT of detail, historical and otherwise and yes it is based on a romance. I feel that all of these aspects create it work as a brilliant second installment in this trilogy. It feels like we are hurtling towards all of these threads of stories being tied into finality and I literally cannot wait until July 15th when the final book is released... I can guarantee I won’t be sleeping much that week... I have huge hopes.... large hopes!

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    A Shade of Vampire 6: A Gate of Night []  2020-2-4 14:56

    The end of this book will leave you reeling! Not to say the rest of the book isn't absolutely mind blowing. I dont even know where to begin. Sophia and Derek dont even obtain their month before things turn for the worse. Trapped at the blood hold Sofia will do anything to escape even allow the darkness in. The elders having taken control of the portals have now invaded the shade completely and are taking over loved ones. Derek left with no options makes a deal with the guardians in order to save everyone. Aiden makes a life altering decision that will once again take him away from his family.

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    A Shade of Vampire 6: A Gate of Night []  2020-2-4 14:56

    This is getting a small over the top. This book has I produced too much evil and not enough good. It's hard to grasp so much wrong and not enough right. I realize that there is a.lot of evil in this story, but you need to present more light also. I really wish to see more light. Sofia and Derek need .pre time together and have the whole family together.

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    A Shade of Vampire 6: A Gate of Night []  2020-2-4 14:56

    Book 6 is a unbelievable suspense filled continuation of Sophie and Derek’s story. Bella Forrest is definitely one of today’s top paranormal romance writers. The shade series thus far has been full of interesting twists and has not followed the usual predictable format of this is series has gifted us with a stories filled with powerful memorable charters for which I have come to love and care about. It is rare that an author can write interesting help charters that I feel invested in. Often help charters dilute the story but in the shades case I could actually see a lot of of these charters having their own t sure but hope that book 7 will be the latest in the series. Not sure I can see the story wrapped up in one more book. But I really feel that the series needs to come to a conclusion. In some series each book includes a full story. This is not real for this series and as such I think the cliff hangers and heart break are becoming a bit much and hard to take due to the length of time between books.SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERTSPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERTSPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERTSPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERTPlease do not take Sophie into the dark or if you do please do not hold her there for too long. We have seen what the dark did to Derek, what it did to Sophie and what it did when it possessed our beloved shade vampires. Additionally I found this book very sad and dark compared to the previous one. So small happiness for any of the charters in this addition and the continuation of another cliff hanger prevent me from giving 5 ank you for another unbelievable book.

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    A Shade of Vampire 6: A Gate of Night []  2020-2-4 14:56

    GAAAHHH!!! I think my exact words as I read the latest line in this book were “What the f^*k?!” This book was by far the most heart breaking of the series so far, I cannot believe all of the loss that occurred throughout, both loss of life and loss of much of The Shade. There were some beautiful well known characters that met their demise in this book, I was shocked. I knew The Elder was going to be problem but I had no idea just what all of the elders were capable of. There was not one life that was unaffected by what took put here. There were also several other factions, for lack of a better word, that were introduced in this book and we realize that this “world” consists of more than just vampires, humans, and witches. I feel like this book set us up for an epic conclusion in the next book. And that twist at the end, GAAAHHHH! I can’t believe it and I have no idea what it’s going to mean for Sofia and Derek in the final book. After all that they’ve had to go through up to this point, and everything that happened in this book, they’ve sure earned a HEA! I want I could say more but I don’t wish to spoil anything, you really need to experience all of the twists and turns for thing I will say is that I really like the light/dark, good/evil allegory that has been show throughout the series. It was especially prevalent in this book with the presence of The Elder who is essentially the epitome of darkness. I search it interesting, through all of the various viewpoints that we get, to see each person’s individual struggle with overcoming their inner darkness and trying to search their light. I think that at one point or another in this book everyone who we got a view from had to deal with this and while it could have easily become repetitive, each person’s struggle was quite different. That’s one thing I’ve really liked about this whole series.“You are who you choose to be. No matter how much light is shed upon you, if you still choose to remain in darkness, that’s your doing, not anyone else’s.”Now I’d better go begin A Break of Day because I need to know what happens after that cliffhanger from this book!

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    A Shade of Vampire 6: A Gate of Night []  2020-2-4 14:56

    I am giving this 5 stars because I have enjoyed this series from the beginning. I am enjoying the story unfold of Derek and Sofia, there seems to be a twist around every corner. I am bit disappointed how short it was, now possibly Im just saying this because I devoured the book quickly. Bella Forrest is doing a amazing job of explaining all that is event both on and off the Shade, and it may just be my thoughts running wild, but I really would like to know how all this is going to come together...I will be waiting for the 7th installment. I reallly hate waiting for a fresh book to come out, If I know theres a series I may be interested in I usually wait until the author is finished with the series, or at least a long method into it this method I don't have to wait long at all... all in all the shade series was a fast read, but not boring to me by any means....

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    Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live []  2020-11-25 19:54

    I'm not necessarily an SNL aficionado, though I came of age in the Eddie Murphy era, when I distinctly remember falling off to sleep unless Eddie was on the screen. Other than that, I would catch the present in reruns or, these days, on YouTube. But I'm interested in the dynamics of Hollywood (though this was NYC, it's still Hollywood). The book is well researched and incredibly objective - so much so that I was surprised to read in the liner notes that Hill had interviewed tons of insiders, including most of the cast as well as Lorne Michaels. Normally when that happens, favorites develop, some people become angelicized, some demonized, but I always felt Hill was being as objective as possible with everyone, and showed their amazing sides and their not so amazing sides. Considering that SNL was a creative frenzy, a cornucopia of ideas from high strung, highly emotional, highly talented people, it's not surprising that there were a lot of arguments, and a lot of fists through walls, and a lot of crying sessions. I felt Hill was fair to everyone - delineating their temper tantrums as well as where they may have been genuinely treated unfairly.If anything, I think it's a amazing reminder to anyone in a creative field (or even a corporate field) who has a passion and is trying to obtain the globe to give that passion the props he/she thinks it deserves - there are always those who just flat-out won't obtain you, or who won't give you a possibility for whatever reason. John Belushi and Dan Akroyd had to watch while the less talented Chevy Chase became a star before they did. Eddie Murphy, electrifying as he was, got sidelined for two years before he was able to break out. Lorne went through mountains of problem with thick-brained executives who simply did not obtain his vision. Don't allow the bas***s obtain you down.

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    Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live []  2020-11-25 19:54

    The authors did their homework, obviously having spent a large amount of time and energy getting to their sources, creating a balanced accounting wrapped in a wonderfully readable style. I was stunned to learn how much pressure there was on everyone (from actors and writers to set builders), how small everyone was paid at first, and thrilled to read about Lorne Michaels' gallant wars to stay real to his concept, regardless of the obstacles repeatedly brought by "the man" (corporate NBC). Lorne's doggedness in pushing the censors' comfort zones was a thrill to read about, not just because of his ultimate triumphs, but because those triumphs came at the price of hours of protracted and continual phone calls with "Standards" officers, and called for intriguing strategy, as well as for stamina. By turns, I admired the actors and writers, felt sorry for their landing in a globe that at once feeds and preys on the vulnerability among those in their profession, disdained that part of their insecurity that led some of the most successful to insufferable self-aggrandizement, and -- once I learned how high the stakes were for each of them to succeed every week -- ultimately pulled back from my own self- indulgence of passing arm-chair judgment. There are a lot of factoids and anecdotes that give the book the underpinning of its fine texture, which are then taken to the next level by a writing style that has its own personalty, as well as an apparently even hand.

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    Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live []  2020-11-25 19:54

    It was written in the mid-80's, but still feels new today. It's got lots of behind-the-scenes stories, some I'd heard, some I was very surprised by.But besides the stories of how hard it was to sell this show, how broke and hungry the writers and players were, the egos, the excesses etc, there was another undercurrent that I found fascinating: How success changes people. It changed literally everyone involved in the book, but some were able to pull themselves together and, well, deal with their success with some modi of humility, relatability, compassion. Some were definitely not able to do created me think a lot about people I know (myself included) and how we all deal with success and failure, how simple it can be to "believe your own hype", and how very necessary it is to not take ourselves too seriously. To be grateful. To be humble. To remember where you came from. To have fun the hard times on the method to success, and recognize those satisfied small nuggets along the way. For those reasons, this book was well worth reading.

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    Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live []  2020-11-25 19:54

    If, like me, you love SNL and especially if you were part of the generation the present was initially aimed it, you will love this book. I thought I knew everything about the show, especially the early cast. I did not. Who knew that Dan Ackroyd , e. g., got really @#$%ed and spray painted (and chiseled) obscenities on an NBC wall? Or that the pot and cocaine usage was even more prevalent than was reported?This is not only a terrific SNL history, it is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at some of the vicious battles that go on in present biz and how sudden fame affects people. (Not well). It's also very much about the generational and culture clash between the counterculture and the "establishment." Lorne Michaels in particular deserves credit for having a vision of what the present could be and for having the stones to war (and wear down) the censors. Having read about the Letterman/Leno fiasco extensively, this seemed to fit neatly into that genre. Note - this book ends in 1985. So I think there may be other books if you're interested in what transpired since then.

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    A Shade of Vampire 6: A Gate of Night []  2020-2-4 14:56

    This is a amazing continuation of the novel series and this is not a stand alone novel. So far, the series is at 7 with Kiev's story, he is in 6 and 7 in this series and his story comes out in late Sept 2014. Prepare to spend some hours getting through the series. It is a well written paranormal romance tale with very small that is not creative and innovative in its uniqueness of setting, characters and lifestyle. No carbon copies here and for this reason I enjoyed the is is clean , only mentioned not described; safe for teens to phia is kidnapped from her Honeymoon with Derek & pregnant with twins, being held by the ultimate of evil at the Blood Keep. Derek is battling all the problems of ruling and not being able to leave The Guardians as a human without his vampire powers. The Shade and obtain his wife back to her home in The Shade and the protection of their family there.

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    Neferet's Curse: A House of Night Novella []  2020-1-11 19:17

    This was neither more, nor less, than I expected. Bits and pieces of Neferet's past are provided in the House of Night series, so there was not much to build upon other than the cirtances around which those key happenings took place. If you are a huge House of Night fan, I would recommend this novella simply because you will likely search the extra info on Neferet interesting, plus it is a short, simple read. If you are not an avid fan, however, then you could do without this book since it doesn't build upon the basic series, and the novella as a standalone work was only mildly entertaining. I was not siting on the edge of my seat to see what happened next when reading this, and the diary-style writing of the book was a bit of a turn off for me.

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    Neferet's Curse: A House of Night Novella []  2020-1-11 19:17

    For just a moment I totally forgot this sad mistreated small girl, Emily was Neferet. I fell in love with Emily, I felt for her, I wanted to save her myself. No person should be created to feel as she did. Especially in those day, a mere girl of 16 was utterly helpless. In swoops her knight in shining armor to ride her off into the sunset, only to befall the neglect and abuse all over again. Then swoops in Neferet, and we are back to the truely evil woman we all love to hate. While I understand and feel for her pain, Neferet remains my most hated hero in The House Of Night. Don't worry, every story needs a poor guy well woman, evil insane sociopath to create the story worth reading. As with every HON book, I loved every word. Well done P.C. Cast!

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    Children of the Night: A Novel []  2020-1-28 20:20

    A story about the one kid rule in China and it’s effects on the citizens. Well written historical novel that I would recommend for anyone interested in Chinese history.

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    Children of the Night: A Novel []  2020-1-28 20:20

    I sat and read this story with my heart aching for every kid who suffers at the hands of cruel government policy kidnapping decisions. This story so clearly describes the unending damaged caused by such stupidity!

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    Children of the Night: A Novel []  2020-1-28 20:20

    I thought it should have had some of the view from the parents throughout. I never knew if they were looking for her or not till the end.

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    Betrayed: A House of Night Novel []  2020-1-21 23:51

    There are certain things i love about this book. First I love that it takes put in my hometown Tulsa, Oklahoma. I also like the plot about a vampire finishing school. Things I don't like however is that the characters are not well developed, it seems like they added additional characters just because. Zoey the main hero is the excellent teenager. She never drinks, does , and just wants to belong. Some of the dialogue used is something a teenager wouldn't say. Also I feel like this book takes put several years away (being marked is something that happens) but then the locations described in Tulsa are their in show day. That is somewhat confusing, and because Zoey is so excellent I kinda wish her to fail. She doesn't have any flaws, she doesn't question authority she doesn't even cuss. Its like she is immune to peer pressure. Sometimes it also really hard to follow because the description in the storyline are not very descriptive. I am familiar with Cascia Hall so I can picture it but for those who have no idea what it looks like it has to be awkward. The only method I have been able to obtain through this and the first book is it helps to know that your basically reading a 14yr olds diary. I think if the author took the time to develop the characters the book would be phenomenal. I think the only reason I will follow the rest of the series is because I didnt buy the books (my sister gave them to me) and i can't not finish a series once i begin it.

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    Betrayed: A House of Night Novel []  2020-1-21 23:51

    My issue with the first book in this series was that I liked it, but I could place it down for a few days and not be in agony that I couldn't obtain back and finish reading it. I love vampire stories, and have been known to not sleep and eat very small when I have a amazing book in my hand that I wish to know the ending to. After reading the first book, I was like "okay this isn't going to be a set of books I spend the entire weekend just sitting down and reading." This book, just got more and more cliche and more of the writing just became so unrealistic (usually not a poor thing in a vampire story) that I just cannot even think of starting the third book anytime e lead character, Zoey, is the most unique vampire that has ever been marked. Okay, fine with that in the first book. She took down her arch opponent at her fresh vampire high school. Okay, fine with that. She starts to feel sorry for her enemy, cliche, but still okay. Now her mates are all becoming unique because they are mates with her, started to become too cliche. The head of the school has an evil side and Zoey starts to question if this High Priestess is amazing or not, have we hit too a lot of cliches? Best mate 'dies' and Zoey gains even more unique powers, I really begin thinking there are too a lot of cliches and this is just not even about vampires anymore. Her fresh opponent is now the head of the school, who she feels she can take down because the Godess has choosen her and believes in her. You lost me, you hit one to a lot of cliches and without developing the vampire side of the story at the same time I have lost interest.I have read the reviews about not good writing, grammatical errors, shallow characters, not really being a teen book. I figured I'll over look it, because when I first read the Vampire Diaries when they came out, they got the same types of reviews. I thought it might just be a few people who don't obtain that vampire stories are usually not 100% ground in our reality, which to me makes them fun to read. Like I said earlier, I love to read vampire stories and had hopes that this would be a amazing enough vampire story to create me over look a few things. I can't tell if they marketed it wrong and should be about witches, or the supernatural, or if it is just a boring read. The various method people become vampires in this series was the only interesting thing in it, but that happened in the beginning of book 1 and hasn't really been touched upon since.

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    Shades of Wicked: A Night Rebel Novel []  2019-12-17 21:4

    If you love Jeaniene Frost's books as much as I do, then nothing any reviewer says will deter you from buying this book. That being said, I would suggest you rein in your expectations a small for this novel.Ian has always been the wild card in the previous novels. Now we learn that he has really been misunderstood by his lifelong friends. Veritas, too quickly like their relationship, sees through his personna. To be fair there are some amazing steamy scenes, but with so much strife and gore, there is small time for hero development. It's definitely a case of being told, not is is a fast read with two or three interesting tidbits thrown in. Unlike most of Frost's other books, this is not a story I would reread. If you haven't read all the Cat and Bones books as well as Vlad's novels, you will be in for some spoilers that will decrease your enjoyment of those more captivating stories when you obtain round to them.

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    Shades of Wicked: A Night Rebel Novel []  2019-12-17 21:4

    I have always been a fan of Jeaniene Frost. Cat and Bones were my all time favorite, with Vlad and Leila close behind. I have reread each of those series multiple times. That being said, Ian's story is very disappointing. In the fourth book in the Vlad and Leila series, I was not thrilled with the storyline either, and Ian was a huge part of that. It almost seems like someone else wrote these two books. Ian went from being a hot (hot headed, hot body) to just being strange. The addition of the bi theme for both Ian and Veritas also doesn't rry, but I couldn't even finish this book. My usual for a JF book is to read it in one sitting. I usually cannot place it down. I am not even going to test the next Ian book.What happened Jeaniene?

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    The Last Days of Night: A Novel []  2020-1-15 22:16

    I don’t read a lot of historical fiction – probably because I read a fair amount of non-fiction -- including history books and biographies. Perhaps some people like historical fiction because some history books can be dry and historical fiction can “kick it up a notch”. And historical fiction can just imagine what historical characters might have said – thus eliminating the effort that history books and biographies have to do by extracting text from memoirs and other historical records. I’m just not used to authors shuffling the timeline and imagining conversations to create a work of fiction with pieces of history that a lot of or may not have actually r this book, the historical happenings appear to drive the story, and yet those happenings just seem to be a background for this fictionalized effort. But as a work of fiction, the story is just not that exciting. And though the historical aspects are real in a general sense, the majority of the info are simply e best historical fiction I’ve read: “The Assassin Angels” by Michael e best biography I’ve read: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernov

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    The Last Days of Night: A Novel []  2020-1-15 22:16

    The Electric Wars, the titanic struggle to light up America, lasted more than a decade, but by compressing the key happenings into a few short years, the author turns a potentially dull history lesson into a quick paced adventure. At the end of the book, the author distinguishes fact from supposition. There were several incidents I Was prepared to dismiss as pure invention for dramatic result that turned out to be true. By placing Paul Cravath, attorney, at the center of the story, the author is able to explain technology in lay terms to both Paul and the reader. The book reminds me of Erik Larson's books (I loved Isaac's Storm). This is the best book I have read this year, and I look forward to reading more by Mr. Moore. Amazing job sir. I only want I had the skill to do your unbelievable book justice.

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    The Last Days of Night: A Novel []  2020-1-15 22:16

    A masterpiece of true history woven in a fictional setting. I haven’t enjoyed a book as much as this one in quite a while. This is a story about scientific invention and industrial application, all revolving around electricity. The inventors, Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla really were central characters in the so-called “Current War” which took put from 1888-1896. This battle was the labor pains involved in deciding whether electricity should be direct current or alternating current, and how to distribute either one became a scientific focal point. The matter of how electricity was harnessed and utilized was largely a business decision that needed capital, and lots of it. This is where the JP Morgan’s of the early American stage come into the story. The young lawyer, Paul Cravath, really did represent Westinghouse in defending the 312 lawsuits brought about by Thomas Edison. He eventually married Agnes Huntington, who was a society opera singer in Fresh York at the time. They went on to become philanthropists and community leaders in the globe of artistic expression and culture. This book has intrigue as its’ underlying theme, and it mixes love, greed, and reality into a very satisfying and educational read. I loved this book.

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    Kalona's Fall: A House of Night Novella []  2020-8-13 18:57

    May Include Spoilers: I liked Kalona's Fall because Kalona was one of the most well developed characters in the series. My only concern with this book is that it seemed to skip over the most necessary parts of the story. The beginning where Kalona and Erebus were made and won over Nyx was good, but I really wanted to be more involved with the struggle Kalona had with darkness. His "fall" was only really contained in one chapter of an already short novella. I just feel like this part could have been a small more detailed. Otherwise, this book gives far more info on all of the immortals than we had previously seen in the regular House of Night Series.

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    Kalona's Fall: A House of Night Novella []  2020-8-13 18:57

    Another amazing book to read. This one really gives you a better understand of Kalona and how he came to fall. I loved it.

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    The Shape of Night: A Novel []  2020-8-31 18:19

    The spooky started early and hung around till the end, and it was just the right amount of spooky for d suspense and mystery throughout, again in just the right doses, and you've got a book that had me gasping, and kept me on the edge of my seat from begin to finish.While I may not have liked all the characters, I loved this story and the method it was told.I'm a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen and have read all her other books; this one skyrocketed to the top of the list as my favorite.

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    Chosen: A House of Night Novel []  2020-9-23 20:7

    Okay, I have been reading this series for about a month and I just got the fourth book. But, I'm here to review the third book, ChosenThe flaws:1) A lot of themes. It talks about things that are ly explicit. Not too bad, though.2) There were a lot of grammar issues. It really looked like it was edited by a teenager.3) The language. There were langauge like b******t, b**ch, a**, a****le, f**k, and other e amazing things:1) The story was great. I liked what happened, and the plot really stayed together.2) It tied up loose ends and things like that.3) Its not got a, what I call a 'Twilight' story. Its not got a part where they all whine and all cry because they don't obtain what they want. Twilight did tom line:This book was created for readers, ages 16+. I'm 14 and still read it. Its okay for a 13 or 14 year old. Go pick up the first two books, before this one. Its really good, though!

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    Chosen: A House of Night Novel []  2020-9-23 20:7

    Rereading this series, I felt NO pity for Z this time around. A LOT of her problems would have been resolved if she just stuck to her values and not be a hoe, oh and just come clean to the right people. There was two too a lot of love interests and she really treated Erik like trash, all in her quest to obtain her rocks off. If she focused more on her mates and less on her love life, the situation we leave her in at the end of this book wouldn't be NEARLY as bad. I can't remember how the next book went but I'm hoping she makes smarter decisions.

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    The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel []  2020-12-1 20:32

    3.5 stars, rounded upIt’s hard to describe this book. As others have said, there’s a lot going on here. A closeted trans Syrian American boy in America discovers the journal of a Syrian American artist and discovers a link with his dead is is a lush, beautifully written book. We hear from two various narrators. The trans young man, whose chapters initially have the name crossed out, is haunted by his dead mother. His mother, who was an ornithologist, was trying to search a bird others swore didn’t exist. Laila Z, the artist whose journal he finds, is the second narrator. A painter of birds, a female Syrian Audubon. She’s been missing for 60 years. We learn of her time during the depression and into the 50s. We also learn of the histories of trans and queer people in the Syrian community through the years. And binding it all together are the birds. The birds - observed, raised, dreamed of and painted. Birds that are now showing up in droves in NYC. There’s an element of surrealism here and at times I wasn’t sure what was true or imagined or ong other mysteries in the book, the unnamed young man is searching for a missing aquatint created by Laila of the same birds his mother sought.I appreciated the method Joukhardar captures how he views his female body and wants to be seen as a body of light. Given that Joukhardar has also recently identified as male rather than female, it seems especially honest and almost is is a book to be savored not rushed through. More than once, I had to re-read sections. I will admit to being confused more than once as I thanks to netgalley and Atria Books for an advance copy of this book.

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    Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live []  2020-11-25 19:54

    I'm about 500 pages in, and it's a thoroughly enjoyable read for any SNL fan or a person interested in NBC/television production history. That being said, this is the updated 2014 edition and holy cow could this text have benefited from an extra round of editing. I first noticed every italicized "Saturday night" when not referring to the present itself, as if the authors set a doent rule to automatically change every instance of "Saturday night" to Saturday Night. That was a small annoying and mildly confusing at first, but the book is also riddled with grammatical errors. However, what inspired me to finally write this review was the occurrence on pages 511 & 512 where an entire paragraph is repeated. I'm all for supporting independent authors/publishers, but when it's a preeminent text on its topic and a major reference for media historians, a book like this deserves to be proofed by an astute editor. As is, this book is not worth $25. I'd recommend buying the ebook if you're able -- it's $7 through Untreed Reads.

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    Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live []  2020-11-25 19:54

    I really enjoyed this book. It's packed with amazing info about what went on behind the scenes - especially in regards to Lorne Michaels & his on-again/off-again relationship with the show. There are some serious times too, with the cast and those who got along & those who loathed each other, which was interesting, but not surprising for fans, as rumors spread throughout the years in different doentaries about those who didn't obtain along so well. There are a lot of positives about the book and I was surprised to search out ***SPOILER ALERT COMING UP**** that Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin, and Laraine Newman didn't obtain along. I can't say I was surprised about Curtin, but Newman seemed to portray a sweeter side to her that came out in her sketches. But I'm sure in 1975 it was rough being a woman on this present & competing with men, allow along more talented women. Another tidbit that I thought was amazing was that Radner and Bill Murray dated while on the show. And, I wasn't surprised that after Lorne left the present sucked; although, I don't know what his excuse is today. (LOL)Although I liked his book very much, I thought it was a bit un-balanced & a small biased towards some of the cast members. The book focused heavily on Chevy Chase (I really didn't think - and still don't - that he's that funny.) And it mentioned nothing of Garrett Morris & what it must have been like to be the 1st African-American on such a popular, sketch present in the 1970s. Rumors for a long time state that Chase wasn't thrilled with Morris (for racial reasons) and I wondered them to be true. (Hence, why I think Chase is a jerk.) I also thought that the book could've spoken more to the bond between Belushi & Aykroyd. The book also focused a lot on Jean Doumanian and the train-wreck that she created of the present (which totally explained why it sucked during 80-81), but I didn't think that it required to focus on that much detail of her. (She was a jerk, we obtain it!)Overall, it's a amazing book that helps you to remember the sketches of old - and when the present was actually funny. (Sorry, Lorne!) It also provides valuable info about the 1975 cast members & how they created it through rough times of the network producers & their corporate antics!

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    Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live []  2020-11-25 19:54

    I like this book. I am a fan of Saturday night live and this gave a amazing history of it from its inception through the 80s. I only [email protected]#$%! chronicled further. Very insightful into all of the characters we know and love such as Gilda Radnor, Chevy Chase and especially about Lorne Michael the genius behind the present And the reason is exist as it is today. A amazing read and amazing find!

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    Shades of Wicked: A Night Rebel Novel []  2019-12-17 21:4

    Oh snap! I am so satisfied with this book. I, like a lot of other people, have waited for Ian’s book for so long and I am so satisfied to have it. I devoured it. I loved it just like Cat & Bones story, maybe more. I will say I feel ill knowing the next book isn’t out til summer 2019. My mind is still spinning. I literally just place the book down and had to run to fangirl about the book. Where to start? Jeaniene Frost has a sweet part in her acknowledgments to her husband that created me tear up because I just love her and it was so sweet. Chapter One I almost starting DMing her on twitter because I was so amused by the whole start. It felt excellent for Ian. It was everything that I would hope from his amusingly wicked (pun intended) character. Here’s the thing, I don’t even use twitter, really. I feel stupidly awkward using it, but I wanted to shout and scream my help out to her. I wanted to express how satisfied I was, and that was just chapter one. It continued to amaze me as I went and I read 70% of the book in the first half a day of having the book. Ian was the multidimensional hero that you have been getting tips about through all the books. He was amusing like a kid, dastardly with his schemes, downright dirty and you will love every bit. I think by the end of the Night Rebel series, He will be very strong. Like on scaled with Bones and Mencheres. He knows how to wield magic even though it is versus the law. He is extremely intelligent which she found out when she was using a lot of languages and he knew them all. He is impulsive, but it's amazing. I really liked Veritas. With Jeaniene Frost, you always expect a strong, capable female able to take care of herself. Same goes for Veritas. She couldn’t be thousands of years old and not be able to. She’s got the dual lineage thing going for her too. Honestly, I was really concerned that she would be too tough. I didn’t wish to read a predictably tough chick. Which is what I feel like Leila in the Night Prince series has become. Veritas has had a various life since she isn’t just a vampire. She has had to live always being guarded so people wouldn’t explore her mix breed. She also is a Law Guardian, so living to the law and being distant from people has created her have this guarded, boring personality. But like Ian says in the book, when she was drunk (which is my absolute favorite part of the book) and wearing her real form, that’s when she is most herself. When she and Ian were being playful with each other, it was such a fangirl moment for me. I can totally see them being an awesome duo for the rest of the book (s). It does leave on a major cliffhanger about a demon battle that will be coming. I don't wish to reveal too much about the ending, or the major happenings that unfolded during Shades of Wicked. But I will say with the latest few lines of the book, it completely reminded me of a stage in one of Cat & Bones books. It felt like coming home to a warm hug. I don't know, I can't explain that well enough. I just felt right. I need to unpack and reread ALL of the books again. Soon. I will soon. I would absolutely pimp this book out to anyone I know to read. I just love these books. I love Jeaniene Frost. Whatever lacking I may have felt in any previous books, its gone. I am so happy.

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    Shades of Wicked: A Night Rebel Novel []  2019-12-17 21:4

    I truly hated Veritas! Veritas happens to be the heroine of the book and the book is written from her point of view so giving this four stars is kind of grudgingly. Veritas did actually create me like her in the end, but it took three quarters of the book to obtain there.I adore horn dog Ian but despite not really liking Veritas, I think she should have created him work harder before the two bumped uglys. This was one of the reasons I hated the girl. Plus her springing a pretended marriage on her sometimes lover was just crass. For a four thousand year old being she sure was too emo for me.Urgh I really like The Night Huntress extended universe, but at some point the book grated and I wanted to give it two stars. Can you tell I’m torn and all over the put with trying to pin down my feelings about this book. I finished it almost a week ago and am still torn. The reason I settled on four is that Ian is a bright star plus Cat and Bones are in the book.

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    Neferet's Curse: A House of Night Novella []  2020-1-11 19:17

    Another shining star in the House of Night series. I’m telling you, these novellas are better than the actual books in the main series! Getting to learn about Neferet’s past was extremely eye-opening. I was surprised at her hero in the beginning, but seeing how she developed, and the choices she created in reaction to the things that happened to her, I can see exactly why she is the method that she is later on. I was kind of disappointed at first, to see that this was going to be another story about a girl who is taunted by a menacing older man, but as the story progressed I was able to forgive that. It just makes so much sense for Neferet’s overall character. I hope they write more of these novellas, because they’re very enjoyable (but also kind of creepy) to read.

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    Neferet's Curse: A House of Night Novella []  2020-1-11 19:17

    I like P.C. and Kristen and the House of night series. I waited a long time to go ahead and shell out the cash for this book. I'm glad I did. Neferet' s back story was interesting although her hard life still does not excuse her ridiculous amount of evil, at least not in my opinion. She was kinda starting to turn evil even before the most Horrible of all the horrible happenings happened. This book is good. Like I said, I really have fun all things House of Night. The one down side is since I have read eleven novels and three novellas keeping all the characters straight and remembering all the info is starting to become difficult.

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    Children of the Night: A Novel []  2020-1-28 20:20

    I had to stay up late to [email protected]#$%!! It was a amazing story. Such a cruel time. For a government to treat their people, especially kids like that is disgusting. It was well written and loved the characters.

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    Children of the Night: A Novel []  2020-1-28 20:20

    One of the best I've read in a while - beautifully written and I could imagine almost everything the main hero was feeling, albeit it was set during the china Mao revolution so quite sad at times. A bit of an abrupt ending though.

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    The Last Days of Night: A Novel []  2020-1-15 22:16

    Happenings are compressed, some interior conversations are made by the author, but the story itself is largely true.And what a story it is! A lot of giants of the American Industrial Revolution knocked heads and pocketbooks in the development and diffusion of electricity - and the most significant device that electricity created possible: the light bulb.Edison, Westinghouse, J. P. Morgan, Nicola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell and young attorney named Paul Cravath all played a role in this fascinating story.Take a break from binge-watching TV or internet content. Instead, pick a weekend and read the whole book between Friday night and Monday morning. You'll feel unbelievable having been so thoroughly engaged and entertained.

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    The Last Days of Night: A Novel []  2020-1-15 22:16

    I knew and thought small about the origins of the modern electrical system. While obviously aware of the names Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla, the competition, intrigue, and early wars about creating a nationwide electrical system & standard has always been obscure to me. Truth be told, I always took this for granted and didn't much at is, until I read the remarkable historical fiction "The Latest Days of Night". With a very easy-to-read style, Moore brings to life the issues, the personalities, and the importance of the debates in this most necessary chapter of history. While much of the dialog and timeline is fictionalized, the primary facts, problems, flow, and outcomes are very accurate. As a bonus, the book contains insight into the development of the now-modern system of legal practice.I can see this book becoming a motion picture in the near future.Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in these over-sized personalities.

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    Betrayed: A House of Night Novel []  2020-1-21 23:51

    WOW! I've purposely kept myself from reading any reviews of these books until I finished reading them to hold the story a surprise and it definitely was!Truth be told, the book started out kind of slow. Actually, I was a small allow down with the first 2/3 of it. Zoey is finding her put at HON and has surrounded herself with a amazing group of friends. But then people she knows from her former life begin disappearing and it all points to a vampyre. Quite honestly, I felt at first like this was being dragged out and nothing was really event to search out why people were disappearing and who was behind it. But once the action started, things were finally starting to shape up and we learn of what's really going ere wasn't a whole lot of hero development for me. The only people we really learned more about was Aphrodite and Nephret. In the first book I just knew that I wasn't going to like Aphrodite's hero at all but after this book I think I'm changing my mind. We learn why she acts the method she does and does some of the things that she does. We also learn a bit about her family and that explains A LOT! Nephret's part in this book is very telling as well. I can't really say more than that without giving anything away but I can't wait to see what happens next with her.Zoey is discovering more about her powers and her connection with the goddess Nix and that's a huge part of her story in this book. I've read in some reviews that her love triangle (or maybe quandrangle?) was bothersome to some readers. For me, it really didn't even phase me. She's a 16 yo. I think that was down perfectly and I remember times like l in all, a beautiful amazing book. The latest 1/3 more than makes up for the first 2/3 and I will for sure continue reading the series.

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    Betrayed: A House of Night Novel []  2020-1-21 23:51

    I recently became interested in the Vampire novel genre after reading Twilight. Since reading it i have read several other vampire series, including this one. Sadly this one is at the bottom of my recommendation list for other to read. The first few books from this series were very promising, which created me read all of them that are released but i was very disappointed afterward. I did not feel as close to the characters as i wanted to, or become attached, at all. They definitely lacked personality, the authors were annoyingly repetitive and i felt as though there were a lot of loose ends in the novels. I found myself asking questions about the story and characters that were given no answers. If you wish to read a amazing story based on vampires, i would look elsewhere before reading House of Night.

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    Kalona's Fall: A House of Night Novella []  2020-8-13 18:57

    Kalona was one of my favorite characters. I’m so glad the authors gave us a history on Kalona and Nyx’s history and how he fell to earth. I do want there was more of after his fall, however I thoroughly enjoyed his story.

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    Chosen: A House of Night Novel []  2020-9-23 20:7

    Addicted to the series. Always a amazing read. I love me some supernatural. I do like the author's style of writing, which feels natural and compatible to the method we talk and think. Amazing hero development. Love the fact that the author references modern icons, films and events. Story lines are interesting and filled with drama and edge of your seat excitement and anticipation. I do love to hate the villain and this one is evil. Only negatives are ones that waste amazing story zone and time, such as, the repetitive descriptions of past happenings and characteristics of people and then the romantic happenings or inner insecurity problems can definitely use some editing as it can, in places, be blah blah blah....tedious and over descriptive for what is needed. I usually just skip over these sections and obtain back to what's really event with the story. There are also some typos here and there that bug me on rare occasion because I want I could just fix them myself! Oh, and though the length of these books are typical, I would love if some authors would just create books that are seriously think again, like 500 pages or more! Other than that. I highly recommend this series. You won't regret it.

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    Chosen: A House of Night Novel []  2020-9-23 20:7

    This series of books is one of my favorite... The book came in amazing shape couldn't even tell it was used it even smelled like a fresh book. No tares no creases no stains or any kind of marks

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    The Shape of Night: A Novel []  2020-8-31 18:19

    First of all, I am a large Tess Gerritsen fan, having read nearly every book she has published. I will not fully describe the characters or plot, as I’m sure a lot of would like give this book a whirl. I’m giving this book five stars because it is enticing, thrilling, really. I just wanted to hold going and search out what happened next. I didn’t obtain it until latest night, but it was a “one day read.” I will say it isn’t what I would normally read. I’m a fan of mystery/thrillers- but paranormal was a small out of my usual genre. It worked, although I did search it to be a small odd. Spooky, even, but still odd, especially when adding BDSM and paranormal together. Not my private cup of tea, but the writing was great. I could picture each stage vividly because it was well-written. Gerritsen’s writing does not disappoint. I liked that the ending turned out to be “less-paranormal” than I was expecting about halfway through.I don’t know that I’d read it AGAIN, but it was worth the amount of time it took to read.Oh, you know how some people search the one misspelled word or little error in the entire newspaper? Did anyone else search the missing period? It was toward the end. Those small things just jump out at l in all, this was a amazing book. I’ll preorder Gerritsen’s next book before it comes out, too!

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    The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel []  2020-12-1 20:32

    Trying to summarize this novel would be futile because any attempt wouldn't capture the lyrical nature of Joukhadar's writing, or his seemingly effortless ability, as in his first novel, A Map of Salt and Stars to search connections or mirrors between past and present, but I'll give it a shot.With The Thirty Names of Night Zeyn Joukhadar confirms his standing as a strong Arab American writer. In a layered and luminous novel, Joukhadar gives voice to multiple generations living the Arab immigrant experience, to queer voices, and the power of names. Equal parts historical fiction, ghost story, and an acc of the obsessive find for rare birds that only birders can fully appreciate, The Thirty Names of Night gives us a protagonist on the cusp of transformation. Five years after the untimely death of his ornithologist mother, a closeted transboy, an artist who is visited nightly by his mother's ghost, follows an owl and comes across the diary of Laila Z., a painter whose photos of birds were his mother's favorite. The treasured diary sends him on a journey that ultimately helps him express his authentic self, and pursue the mystery of Laila Z., a woman who lived a secret life as is is a rich and multi-faceted story woven with a thread of folklore. The rare bird that is central to this story is linked by its name Geronticus simurghus to the Simurgh, a mythical bird mentioned in Sufi poetry. The Simurgh is used as a metaphor for God in Sufi writings and is also akin to a phoenix in Iranian folklore. Here signified by an ibis-like bird, both the protagonist's mother and Laila Z. saw the same rare creatures. As a metaphor for seeing God, seeing the truth, this is a attractive method of bringing about one's own truth, of Nadir's choosing his is novel is just filled with lyricism, life, and the undying nature of love.

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    The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel []  2020-12-1 20:32

    The Thirty Names of Nights is one of those books that leaves you in tears (the amazing kind) and makes you hold saying to those around you (if they're the patient type) "thank G-d THIS writer was born to write THIS book NOW." It's peopled with the kind of complex, diverse individuals that present up far too rarely in contemporary fiction. The cast is multi-generational, mostly Syrian-American, living in post-9/11 Fresh York Town when immigrant hopes of being embraced as part of society-at-large have been flattened, particularly so for those of Arab e characters in The Thirty Names of Night are primarily Syrian-American, but each is uncomfortably conscious of a method they don't fit in: not just in society-at-large, but also within their traditional, tightly knit immigrant community. Social expectations fall particularly heavily on women—older, first generation immigrant women; the first women born in the U.S.; and the kids of these e novel's three themes—the power of art, the nature of love, and gender identity— weave together in a braid both attractive and complex. A leitmotif of birds runs throughout, adding a layer of magical l I can say is "Buy this novel! Read it slowly and savor it. Become a part of the characters' lives and journey with them." This is reading of a rare richness. Don't miss it.I received a free electronic review copy of this book from the publisher via Nat Galley. The opinions are my own.

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    The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel []  2020-12-1 20:32

    3.5 avian starsI picked this one up because I really enjoyed the author’s first book “The Map of Salt and Tears.” This book has the same lyrical quality but otherwise is difficult to describe. I did have fun learning more about Syrian is book is set in Fresh York and features a trans boy who is uncomfortable in his body and identity. His mother died five years before and he still sees her ghost everywhere. There are so a lot of birds in this book! I’m not sure if they were all true birds or if some were mythical. There are a multitude of characters as well and several subplots that got to be a bit complicated to follow. There are themes of hate crimes, gentrification, and identity in this ere’s a side story of the journal of Laila, a Syrian American artist who has disappeared. We read along with Laila’s journal and wonder what might have happened to her and all her art. There’s a connection to the other storyline in the book and I thought it wrapped up well at the end. This was definitely a various ank you to Atria Books for my gifted copy. All opinions are my own.

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    A Shade of Vampire 6: A Gate of Night []  2020-2-4 14:56

    As with book 5, the quality of writing is just not there anymore. These books are in need of an editor who can support tighten sentences and flush out unneeded and overused words. I love that her books come out fast, but I am willing to wait for a powerful and finished book. Again, I hate giving any book in this series less than 5 stars, but I have to do it because of the e characters stay real to form and evolve nicely throughout the book. Kiev is the kind of guy you feel the need to hate, but can't support wondering what is going on in his head. I'm very interested to jump into his series and see where his story takes me. Although I understand the cirtances concerning Sofia's loss of light, I am a small disappointed in her decision to allow go and unknowingly allow in the darkness. I may dislike it, but it also shows that she isn't infallible, which is refreshing. I just hope that with how the book ends, things will work out for her and her family.

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    A Shade of Vampire 6: A Gate of Night []  2020-2-4 14:56

    I started reading these books because they were listed as Amazon's #1 vampire sellers and they were cheap. At first I was very skeptical because the heroine was 17 years old--when I started I thought oh no another Twilight mess--BUT--I was WRONG! These books tell a amazing story and they are action-packed ,bloody and beautiful much anything you would expect a amazing vampire book to be. There are so a lot of twists and turns in the story-line and action that you are never bored. It took me a few mins to obtain into the first book in the series but then I finished it and call the rest in one sitting and I am anxiously awaiting the next installment. I am hard to please when it comes to my paranormal books--but I enjoyed these books

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    A Shade of Vampire 6: A Gate of Night []  2020-2-4 14:56

    I have enjoyed reading about Derek's struggle to overcome the darkness within and everything has changed now he is a mortal. Their fairytale ending seems to be just that - a fairytale as The Elders versus them and Sophia is in their sights. The uneasy alliance between the Hunters and the Vampires has its limits and these fresh friendships will be tested in the trying times ahead. I was surprised by Corinne's choice and therefore the consequences of her decision which I thought was unjust but hey that is just my opinion. The Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde personality of Kiev had my head spinning with his contradictory behaviour yet there were glimmers of humanity however short was interesting to read about Sophia struggling to cope with the hand that fate has dealt her and I was a bit surprised by the ending. It is not something I would have envisioned but time will tell if their fate is set in stone or not. I am not a large fan of cliffhangers so the latest line of this book frustrated me beyond belief but I am sure it will hold us all guessing till the next book is released.

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    A Shade of Vampire 6: A Gate of Night []  2020-2-4 14:56

    If you thought it was gonna be a long and romantic honeymoon for our character and heroine, then you guessed WRONG! A Gate of Night brings us to exploding moments of panic and fear. Once again these love birds are pulled apart and having to deal with extraordinary cirtances. This book is an intense page turner. It will pull you in as you search yourself lost to the story and characters within The Shade. But, don't worry... The story doesn't end here. The author once again leaves us hanging with her exciting cliffhangers. Will evil victory this battle? Or will this couple obtain their "Happily Ever After?"

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    Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live []  2020-11-25 19:54

    If you wish the most detailed acc imaginable of the first 5 years of SNL (and the disastrous 1980 season), this is DEFINITELY the book to get. I found it incredibly compelling and entertaining, and provides a much greater appreciation of the present itself. I actually have fun reading about the backstage goings on more than the present itself!If you aren't into minutiae and backstage information specifically about the producers and writers, you might be better off getting "Live from Fresh York", an equally fun book that tends more towards fluff.

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    Neferet's Curse: A House of Night Novella []  2020-1-11 19:17

    May include spoilers: This book is both sad and interesting. By reading the House of Night novels, you know a small of Neferet's backstory, but this novella sheds light on what actually happened to create Neferet the creature that you see later in the series. Adult themes are introduced and treated with the respect and sensitivity they deserve. Issues, such as rape, are not walked around, but are plunged through and time period appropriate responses are used. This novella should be read after the book Hidden in the House of Night series.

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    The Last Days of Night: A Novel []  2020-1-15 22:16

    If you care about historical accuracy at all you will not be a fan of this book. Too often American history is used as fodder for entertainment without cause. Tesla is turned into a caricature of himself and drama is made where it wasn't needed. This book created a mockery of a turning point in history by implementing a love story that was unnecessary. It and read more like a simplistic film script. My book club members liked it. I did not.If you're going to write a book of 'historical fiction' then do not use the name of individuals who actually lived at that time. Otherwise it's not only untrue, but it will confuse those who aren't familiar with that specific time and place. If you wish to know something of Tesla as he truly lived watch the awesome PBS series about him. This book just annoyed me. I like historical fiction in terms of learning about a time and put you wouldn't know otherwise, but why the author didn't just change the name instead of choosing to be inaccurate I do not understand.

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    Shades of Wicked: A Night Rebel Novel []  2019-12-17 21:4

    I usually give books with a cliffhanger ending 1 star because I hate that SO MUCH!!!I won't obtain on my soapbox about cliffhanger endings now, but suffice it to say that this book was so amazing - Ian and Veritas such richly developed characters - that instead of giving the book 1 star, I'm just taking 1 star away.I really hope that Ian and Veritas obtain lots and lots and lots of books.

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    Shades of Wicked: A Night Rebel Novel []  2019-12-17 21:4

    IAN .... IAN .... IAN! My goodness, I forgot how much I loved Ian and was completely overjoyed when I heard he was finally getting his own series. Ian & Veritas had me hooked on their story, line for line. And I simply couldn't obtain enough of it. But with every series that Jeaniene puts out, the ending will be a bit of a cliffy and leaving you absolutely hungry for ritas was definitely a heroine that you have to obtain used to, it wasn't instant for me. But once you understand a bit more of who she is and what her life is like, you can't really blame her for the type of person she is. When it comes to Veritas, there's still so much we don't know about her. But by the end, I was completely in awe of her and she's quickly becoming one of my favorite heroines that Jeaniene has written.Ian was the exact same, but well a bit more once we see him develop feelings for Veritas. And I was loving every moment of it and just wanted so much more. I don't think I could ever obtain enough of this vampire. Vlad is still probably one of my favorites, but Ian easily comes in second.I never realized how much I missed this globe until reading this one and it looks like I'll be going back to do a major re-read. I am so looking forward to Book 2 in this series and hopefully, it'll be summer in no time. Love, love, loved this book!**I VOLUNTARILY REVIEWED AN ADVANCED READER'S COPY **

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    Shades of Wicked: A Night Rebel Novel []  2019-12-17 21:4

    I'm not sure how to rate this book. I was enjoying it until two characters (you could guess who I'm talking about) revealed they were raped as part of their backstory, one over an extended period of time while they were very young. Oftentimes it feels like rape is part of a character's backstory as a cheap plot device to give them a trauma to overcome or as a method for authors to signal depth in a character. I did not think the trauma was adequately addressed. Perhaps it's just a feature of this genre in that paranormal beings have a various sense of time and emotions? It's possible the issue I have with paranormal books in general is that the trauma, violence, and punishments have become more creative and elaborate. I have fun this writer and am not attacking her, I just wanted to write this for the reader that has an problem reading violence in fiction.

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    Betrayed: A House of Night Novel []  2020-1-21 23:51

    I am going to take and assume if you are reading this you have some idea of what happened in the first novel. So I am making my method through this high school House of Night series. I am just not sure how much more of the whining and complaining I can take before I send the book through the shredder. Zoey is just always in over her head. and it just happens to always be the notorious Neferet that is on the other end. I was expecting a better betrayal in this book, and while it is more of a somber tone, it just fell method short in my expectations. The book was just so mediocre I couldn't give it much higher. Zoey in this novel is reeling from the loss of her friend, Stevie Ray. Her other mates are trying to fill in the gap and create sure that Zoey is okay. However, what bothered me the most is high the other mates are around, they don't seem to feel the loss at all. It's like they all just immediately felt the loss than when Zoey collapsed they seemed to move on and fill the gap. I just found it tasteless and almost insulting. I mean mates tend to obtain together and talk and comfort each other, not test to fill a hole and whatnot. However the whole whiny Zoey continues and with the loss it only gets worse. In the beginning it's near Christmas and Zoey's birthday, they come close and she hates the Birth-mas gifts, but doesn't tell anyone other than Stevie Ray. Now when the other mates give their bonuses they have that Birth-mas theme and it upsets her. I'm sorry don't keep them accountable if you never mentioned your feelings on the topic. It's not their fault entirely, and the more the novel goes on it's a wonder why her mates even stick around. Aphrodite is back with a vengeance. I thought she would be more of an annoyance or just a straight up @#$%!. However, there is more than meets the eye to Aphrodite, and that's the part of her hero that I found more realistic. It gives her hero depth and personality. She was one of the few characters that grew on me as the novel went on, while the others seemed to hover and dance around the pampered annoying Zoey. Now the Betrayal, gives a lot of story away, and I'm going to test to explain it without trying to obtain give it away. You would think it'd be Neferet or Aphorodite, because they are the obvious picks and with Aphrodite getting so close to Zoey. I was rather shocked at the whole revelation and the plot twist that surrounded the Betrayal. However, after it was revealed the rest of the story seemed to follow a straight line to the end. I don't understand the story writing, it's beginning to twist to end. There is small room left for imagination and letting the story simmer and grow, or twisting to allow the reader obtain more immersed in the story. This is a rather huge review for such a mediocre to not good book. I wanted to see more world-building or a better hero growth, but that came at the cost of the plot. I like Aphrodite more so than Zoey in this novel and it makes her more realistic and believable in this novel. However Aphrodite just seemed to steal the spotlight from Zoey and it was well deserved. If you created it past the first book, I would be weary about diving into this novel. Take some time, and read some more reviews, I already had it on my shelf so I went on, but I would think twice.

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    Betrayed: A House of Night Novel []  2020-1-21 23:51

    I just finished reading Betrayed. The second book in the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast. This book is about Zoey trying to figure out why she keeps seeing fledglings who have died around the school. There are also human teenagers who hold disappearing. The method their bodies are found create it look like vamypres are killing them. It's up to Zoey and her mates to support search out the truth before more human teenagers die.I really love this series. I'm not ashamed to say it's my favorite series of all times. I know that not everybody agrees with my opinion of this book. That's okay with me, but I fully encourage everybody to give this series a chance. I believe a lot of people will adore it as much as I do. Zoey couldn't be a better main character. The personality the authors have given her is just endearing. She's so simple to relate to.

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    Children of the Night: A Novel []  2020-1-28 20:20

    I'm familiar with that story, and I have to say that this book really chop me! Full of tension. It is also sad and touching, rough and emotional, mixed with innocence. Very amazing storyline.

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    Children of the Night: A Novel []  2020-1-28 20:20

    This book held my attention and I read it in a few hours. Was not aware of the situation in China before reading this. Her story was one odd courage and perseverance . Enjoyed reading this.

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    The Shape of Night: A Novel []  2020-8-31 18:19

    I love this author, but this book was a disappoint. Not her usual style of murder and suspension mysteries. The main characters involvement with a ghost was just not what I wish from this ticed that most of 4-5 stars were reviews from people that got the book for free.

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    The Shape of Night: A Novel []  2020-8-31 18:19

    The newest from one of my favorites, Tess Gerritsen, was just ok. I preordered the book expecting a mystery in the vein of the Rizzoli mysteries, and while I realized it was a standalone I was not really expecting the topic matter. The novel involves a meal writer, who drinks too much, and goes to an old Fresh England mansion to complete the book she is stalled on. We soon learn she harbors a guilty secret, thus the drinking. The twist -- she also encounters a ghost who is akin to Christian Grey, so some steamy scenes and suspense. It was, frankly, kind of annoying and did not create for much of a story. Add to this the murder of the former tenant of the mansion, and you have a mystery, although not an engrossing one. With this I am done preordering Gerritsen's books and will wait and read reviews next time before buying.

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    Kalona's Fall: A House of Night Novella []  2020-8-13 18:57

    Not simply written like the HON series. But, overall very intriguing. When I started reading the book I was uncertain if I could follow it thru to the end. After a few pages I was hooked. I kept reading and couldn't lay it down. I was sad to see "The End". Would recommend anyone who is a HON fan to read Kalona's Fall. I loved reading the info of why KALONA fell. And, I now have a fresh found love for Erebus. Created me want Nyx had chosen him in the beginning instead of Kalona. He's so sweet and so sincere. He truly exists to create Nyx satisfied even if it means helping her to obtain Kalona back.

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    Kalona's Fall: A House of Night Novella []  2020-8-13 18:57

    This novella is a truly rich addition to the H.O.N. series. While I have not yet read Neferet's curse, I have read the other 2 and this is thus far my favorite. I do not want to risk spoiling anything for those interested in the novella but you will definitely come to understand Kalona, Nyx, and Kalona's brother a lot more after reading this novella. This novella provides the context that allows readers to understand these 3 characters and the motivations behind the decisions they made- ultimately leading up to the happenings in the main H.O.N. series. I would definitely recommend this novella!

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    Kalona's Fall: A House of Night Novella []  2020-8-13 18:57

    I personally don’t read this type of book, but my bonus was much appreciated.

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    Chosen: A House of Night Novel []  2020-9-23 20:7

    Look, after reading a few reviews here, I actually felt people were a small too harsh. As an editor...no. They were all correct about that. Any book (s) published professionally, MUST be damn near excellent and so a lot of sentences were run together without any proper use of comma placement. I almost thought this author didn't know commas had been invented until I managed to spot one or two here and there.Anyways, got tired of repetitive "by and by' s" and "I'm such a ho" but what we're witnessing while reading, is a teens every single thought she ever has and boy is it exhausting.We all went through this. It IS kinda strange to read every private thought Zoey has, but a lot of other writers do this so I was used to Zoey my favorite character? Never in a million years. She's spacey, dorky, stupid, boy crazy and just plain annoying. Best hero in the series? Aphrodite by a landslide. She's the only one we've seen grow at all in the series so far. Every other girl speaks like they're 12, not older teens. I think the author created them too so, interesting take on the whole vampire thing. Not the best spin place on it.....just different. Why would ANY family accept their child could simply obtain marked, leave their homes and families NOW or obtain sick and die, only to turn into a vampire or obtain sick and die because several of them don't create it anyways? Kinda rolled my eyes at all that.Entertaining enough to read? Sure. For how long? Not the entire series. It would drive me crazy.

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    Chosen: A House of Night Novel []  2020-9-23 20:7

    The third book! A small , so if you don’t wish your kids to read it, than just skip the chapter.

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    The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel []  2020-12-1 20:32

    I place off starting this book for too long because I knew that once I started it I wouldn’t be able to stop, and I knew that all too soon it would be over, and I would be left craving more. I absolutely loved Zeyn Joukhadar’s first novel The Map of Salt and Stars, it still haunts me today, the parallel storylines, the epic descriptions, the words that created my heart hurt, and fly at the same time. So obviously I was overjoyed when I saw that his second novel would be released this year. And it is just as beautiful, just as heartbreaking, and just as epic as his first, all the while completely different. The Thirty Names of Night is going to be my number one favorite read this year, just like The Map of Salt and Stars was my favorite of 2018 (and 2019 because I read it again latest year).The Thirty Names of Night is ultimately a story of discovery and self-acceptance. I don’t wish to give it all away in my review, but it’s hard to describe the overall storyline without telling part of the plot. It is the story of Nadir, a young person of Syrian descent, whose mother’s death in a fire five years before still haunts him (so much that he constantly sees her ghost in his everyday life). Nadir’s mother was an ornithologist who doented rare Northern American birds, and who had been trying to convince others of her sighting of a bird so rare that barely anyone believed it existed. Woven into Nadir’s story is also the story of Laila Z, brilliant artist of birds, Syrian immigrant to the US in the early 20th century, who disappeared 40 years earlier never to be seen again. Nadir makes it his mission to uncover the mystery of the bird, thereby keeping his mother’s spirit close, and in doing so discovers the secrets of Laila Z’s life and disappearance. But the overall arch to this story is Nadir’s transformation and self-acceptance, at first hiding the body that doesn’t represent what he feels inside, and then finally ready to accept who he really ere is so much depth in each story, and every detail matters, right down to the names of each character: how names carry importance, whether they are our private choice or that of another. I love how the author describes the setting, each description reminds me of my own life in NYC, walking, smelling, hearing… Zeyn Joukhadar has this awesome ability to paint a moving picture with words, weaving past, show and various characters together, to make these beautifully deep and true stories that don’t leave you. Birds are such a huge, integral part of this book, and I love how they appear everywhere, porters of messages, of hope, of healing, of secrets. On a private level birds amaze me, and I have spent a lot of time over the past 8 months observing them from my balcony, so their symbolism in the novel added yet another depth to it for me. Just absolutely beautiful.I cannot recommend this story enough, it captured my ank you so much to Zeyn Joukhadar for writing such epic, beautiful, timeless, and timely stories.

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    The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel []  2020-12-1 20:32

    Thirty Names of Night is a heartfelt tale of two women. One is a modern NYC first-generation Syrian-American painter of birds, who feels her assigned gender is incorrect. The other, Laila, is telling the story of her life through her journal. Her story begins a century earlier in Syria. It ends in Small Syria in the two women are connected is the main puzzle in the book. However, the sumptuous prose and omnipresent bird imagery is what puts this book ahead of the usual immigrant finding him/herself tale. It is much more than that. It is really a mix of literary fiction, magical realism, LGBTQ+, and historical fiction with a fairytale.I think the mix of genres is what is causing the wide swing in reviews. If you have fun unconventional stories, you will be enchanted by Thirty Names of Night. It is filled with both genuine, and genuinely uncomfortable, scenes. 4 stars!Thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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    Night: A Philosophy of the After-Dark []  2020-10-10 18:20

    I can relate to the author’s presentation of philosophy as enlightenment or as a dark trek. By philosophy as enlightenment, the author means philosophy as a legitimate discipline in find of truth with the embrace of reason and order. By dark trek, the author means philosophy as an exercise in rogue speculation and rejection through the embrace of abandonment and ever, it is not a matter of ‘or’, it is a matter of ‘and’. I do not search there to be a “…violent conflict (of) two diametrically-opposed sides” as claimed by the author. I have found philosophy to be both enlightenment and a dark trek with the enlightenment coming from the darkness. The either-or choice is a fallacy that masks innumerable extra positions along a continuum of enlightenment and darkness. I was surprised to see the book begin with this easy and easily avoidable fallacy. There is no schism between the darkness and the light as the author presents it. It is the darkness that restores the awareness, allows us to see the void of our Being in clear light, to understand the colossal mistake that just is the existence of consciousness awareness, and the awareness of this awareness. We are cursed with the awareness of our misfortune and misfortune of our awareness.Mine is the path of finding the will to withdraw into the darkness. But still, a part of me is found searching in the gaps that divide the light from dark - lurching forward looking for a mate in this ambiguous put where the whole of me does reside. My own path is the method of feeling the pangs of paradox, a persistence in searching for the things only found in the cracks of existence. It is a quest for that which cannot be had even in a bright flash of darkness. When the crises of real enlightenment comes, its cast will be incomprehension and darkness. Reality will be found in contact with this apprehension crises, an incomprehensible incomprehension will be so earned. The dark is found within the amazing ambiguity of a lot of lights. Herein is the reality of my incompletion wherein my genuine autonomy is found. The darkness is the truest source of the light in the void. There is nothing to avoid and nothing to war for there is no fright in the light of Nothing.Having said this, the author has his own attractive epigrammatic prose style that borders on poetry and is a pleasure to read.

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    Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live []  2020-11-25 19:54

    Looking for something amusing and light I bought “Saturday Night” because I had been a fan of the program, especially the program of the original cast. I got more than I bargained for. On one level, the book tells you all about how Saturday Night Live came about- all the high pressure interworking of network TV. The narrative flows simple and quick. The author teaches you more about the “big business” of TV than you’ll ever need to know. The author makes it interesting and simple to understand.On another level we obtain a amazing long look the founding cast of Saturday Night Live. I, like a lot of Americans tend to idealize celebrities. We forget that in a lot of cases, especially in the entertainment business these people are often self centered, egotistical, selfish, petty and mean. Add in a super dose of to this mix and you have the original Saturday Night Live cast. The author names names, but always allows the accused a say in his/her own of the a lot of interesting things about the book is the detail it gives to the extensive use among the cast and writers of Saturday Night Live. I couldn’t support but wonder why, with all the use going on in the Saturday Night offices in NY, no arrests were ever made. Plenty of children all over America have been booked for infinitesimal amounts of marijuana, but these amazing maharajas of TV seemed untouchable. Who paid off whom?Ample time is given to some of the more popular skits done on Saturday Night Live, that the reader will remember with a smile or a chuckle. The book traces the rise and sometimes fall of the principal cast members, as well as those who came on board ing the nation of TV watchers that we are, this is an necessary book for all of us because it brings us beyond the TV screen to the reality. It might create us a small more critical of how we evaluate the TV shows we like, and the people who place them in our homes.

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