Why does time move so fast?

Seriously…let’s back this up just a bit because the year is going by way too fast. How is it almost JUNE!?

What. The. Fuck.

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On the upside, I am alive. Mostly. In the breathing way that matters.

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I finished my first of three big races this year and then promptly got incredibly sick, as one does after accomplishing a large goal. Why not celebrate praying for death laying flat on your back without even the ability to play video games for solace. *cue violins* It was tragic, painful and fucking awful. But hey it’s done and back to training.

Actually being sick was 100x worse than the race. My ironman coming up is not really scary anymore when I consider I went through -days- of pain. Days. Now we’re talking 13 hrs? Easy! Bring it on Louisville. I got this. (she says 4 months out from the race…oh the idiocy)

Because why not choose the 4th hardest. WHY NOT!

Because why not choose the 4th hardest. WHY NOT!

It’s been amusing to check out the latest clusterfucks about the inter webs, because those never end. Cheerio to the fun drama because I can’t seem to care about any of it. Wait a few months no one will remember.

Anyway! I have been reading. Not as much as I’d like sadly but still any is better than none. If I can get it in audiobook it usually gets read pretty quickly. So I’m happily not as behind as I usually am. I actually have read some of the books people are talking about.

Impressive, I know. You’re astonished.

Anyone have any recommendations on the must read books of the year so far? Since most of my sources have stopped blogging (why you people, why!) – I’m drawing blanks on who to turn to.

Help me! Please?

Oh and time –

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Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver .. why must authors be so inconsistent?

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My rating: 1 of 5 stars

— warning this post contains spoilers —

This definitely goes into the category of “I suffered so you don’t have to” books. I usually like Lauren Oliver’s books but not always. I think Rooms was boring and pointless, although I really liked Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy. I thought Panic was “eh” with moments of greatness. Unfortunately Vanishing Girls is closer to Rooms in the pointless and ridiculously loquacious writing than it was to the books I actually like of Oliver’s. I’m frustrated by the change in her writing to awkward and unpleasing analogies and the over use of cliché plot points that other books have done better and more successfully. I can’t say I loathed Vanishing Girls but I did hate on it pretty hard. I wanted to quit so many times but I also wanted to see if I was right about everything (sadly I was. STOP BEING PREDICTABLE!). Even die-hard fans should avoid this one. Continue reading

Review: Tigerland by Sean Kennedy – great narrator and good sequel!

Tigerland (Tigers and Devils, #2)Tigerland by Sean Kennedy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although I struggled with T&D on the re-read (or re-listen on audiobook?), I really liked Tigerland. I had to get over a few niggles (channeling Jenre with that word) but I actually liked it more than T&D this time around. This definitely was helped by the change in narrator. This time around the narrator was Aussie and helped add that quintessential flavor to the story. Plus he got Simon’s melodramatic voice so spot on. There were even tiny quavers and hiccups. I can’t really praise this narrator enough, he did a fantastic job with Tigerland. That said, I also felt as if I could envision Simon and Declan’s relationship much better. I saw more of their banter and how they reacted to each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I could finally appreciate what Declan saw in Simon that was worth putting up with his very difficult and overwrought personality. Continue reading

Review: Relief Valve by J.L. Merrow – good sequel but meh mystery

Relief Valve (The Plumber's Mate #2)Relief Valve by J.L. Merrow

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting sequel that sets up a good series but the mystery is complicated and not well developed. The characters carry the story with their charm so if their near constant manly bickering isn’t your thing, the book may not be as engaging. It’s well written with Merrow’s classic British taste and slang but it lacks a good deal of the humor I usually associate with JLM. I found the couple lackluster and more like friends with benefits than a madly in love relationship. What got me through the story the most were Merrow’s writing, British background, and narrator. I liked Tom but I just didn’t feel his romance with Phil. I’m still going to continue with the series and maybe Relief Valve is just the typical middle book slump. Continue reading

Review: Noble by Jet Mykles – finally all the rocker stories are done. Ended well but it’s definitely tapped out.

Noble (Indigo Knights, #4)Noble by Jet Mykles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was kind of surprised by this book. I liked the previous books in the series but it hasn’t lived up to the greatness that is the Heaven Sent series. I was hoping for a mildly bland book to round out the Indigo Knights without anything really objectionable. I definitely got that with Noble but I also found the book more entertaining and interesting than the two previous books. It was an easy couple to end on with no real drama and only a half hearted attempt to throw some tension in so the story didn’t end halfway through. Ultimately though I liked the story and couple and was glad to have the series end on a relatively high note. I actually read this entire story extremely quickly and found it engaging enough to want to finish fast. That rarely happens anymore. For fans of the series and Mykles, they won’t want to miss this one but it’s probably not the best one to start out with. Although it can be read as a stand alone, tons of names are thrown around from the previous books that will be confusing unless readers have a flow chart about each character, their band position, and relationship. Continue reading

Review: ZA: And the Dead Shall Rise by I.D. Locke .. Hopefully the dead will eat the living

ZA: And the Dead Shall RiseZA: And the Dead Shall Rise by I.D. Locke

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I love a good apocalypse story and zombies can add a great humorous element. I haven’t read any other books in this series but I really struggled with this one. Some of time the story would be entertaining and pages would fly by but then I’d get annoyed by the same issues and I’d not read for several days. It’s not a bad book, it’s just too coincidental and repetitive. I read somewhere a coincidence that lands the characters in a problem is good but a coincidence that gets them out of the problem is lazy. I feel as if that quote typifies exactly what went wrong with ZA: And the Dead Shall Rise, there are so many lazy coincidences that keep life extremely easy for the main characters. Continue reading

Throwback review: Secrets by Jordan Castillo Price audiobook version – SO GOOD!

Secrets (PsyCop, #4)Secrets by Jordan Castillo Price
My old rating: 4 of 5 stars
My new rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

As long as Gomez Pugh reads the Psycop series I will listen to them. After each one I beg for more so I’ll continue the same trend – please do the whole series! This has definitely become one of my favorite audiobook series up there with Harry Potter, Iron Druid, Adrian English, Mercy Thompson, and Jane Yellowrock series. So so good. I keep raving about the narrator but it’s not that often you come across a truly spectacular narrator that elevates the book themselves. Just like the other narrators, I’ll read anything Pugh narrates.

But enough about Pugh, if there can ever be enough good things said. Secrets is a fun book with a nicely plotted mystery and good relationship development. Lisa is back, yay!, to team up with Vic and help solve a rape case Jacob and Carolyn are working on. The mystery this time allows all four characters to be present for the majority of the book in a nicely paced way that keeps the book focused and interesting. Additionally Jacob and Vic’s relationship has some good developments and the heat is definitely turned up when Jacob’s considerable focus centers on Vic. I found the story delightful and fun to read. I’m appreciating how the books get longer as the series progresses. I’m pretty impatient to get the entire series so I can listen to it often. Secrets has the strong writing, witty dialogue, and hot sex scenes that showoff JCP’s excellent writing and timing. It’s as good as the first book and definitely has the series hitting its stride. Read it!

Old review…still relevant.
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