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A Merciful Death – Book Review

A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot

This A Merciful Deathbook is a mystery/romance by Kendra Elliot.

Mercy Kilpatrick was born into a “prepper” or survivalist family. They prepare for TEOTWAWKI or “the end of the world as we know it”. A secret drives her and her family apart and she’s moved away from her home of Eagle’s Nest Oregon and become an FBI Agent. Her job has brought her back to Eagle’s Nest to investigate murders of preppers. Local law enforcement Chief Truman Daly is helping Mercy investigate.

On some level I knew survivalists/preppers existed but it was interesting to read about how much they actually prep. From food to shelter to having communities of people with certain skill sets to ensure their survival was fascinating. I wish it had sparked some sense of prepping in me, but I’m afraid all it sparked up was anxiety. Though not enough anxiety for me to stop reading, of course.

Mercy is a great strong character. I loved that she was strong enough to move away and take care of herself after being shunned. Having her come back to her home despite that only made her more strong. Even though I didn’t enjoy Truman’s name (last name as first name is kind of a pet peeve of mine) I enjoyed his character, he was a great compliment to Mercy as he challenged her without being an ass about it and was lovable. His backstory made me like him even more.

You could see a tiny spark between Mercy and Truman from the start but it was not the main theme of the book. Finding the killer and Mercy’s relationships came first and I liked that a lot.

I have loved every book I’ve read by this author. Her writing draws me and and her characters are down to Earth and realistic. This book was no exception.

4 Stars. ∗∗∗∗

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A Thousand Boy Kisses – Book Review

A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

I have been staring at this blog post in my drafts box for almost a week. I thought I was going to be over the moon about this one and I wasn’t. I was disappointed however, the more I think on the story the more I didn’t hate it. I would say it’s more of a 3.5 star book rather than a 3 star book. ATBK

This story is about Poppy & Rune. At the age of 5 Rune moves in next door in the room opposite Poppy’s and they are best friends instantly. Poppy then receives a boy kiss jar from her Mamaw (thank goodness I watch Raising Hope or I’d have had no idea how to pronounce that) at the age of 8. The kiss jar is filled with paper hearts that she’s supposed to write down all the super special boy kisses in. The reasoning behind the jar is Mamaw’s fondest memories of Poppy’s Pawpaw are all his kisses they shared together and how much the ones where her “heart almost burst” meant to her. She wanted to share that with her granddaughter. I thought this was incredibly endearing and original.

Here’s where I start to get iffy. At the same young age of 8 Rune gives Poppy her first boy kiss. The kiss itself didn’t bother me, having an 9 year old boy, I know girls is something that he thinks about it, however, i know he doesn’t think “forever always” when he thinks about them. After that kiss and for the rest of the book they are so in love. They are kids and it seemed a little to unrealistic.

Poppy & Rune grow to age 15 and then Rune has to move back to Oslo, Norway. They are both heartbroken. Rune vows to hate his Pappa and Poppy throws herself into her schooling until she cuts of all contact with Rune for two years with no explanation as to why. Two years later Rune moves back with a whole new rebel without a cause attitude and is trying to unravel what went wrong. He’s definitely not my dream guy, long blonde hair, all black clothing, skinny jeans, boots, way to emo for me. And Poppy really seemed like she was stuck in her 8 year old self. She was constantly wearing giant bows in her hair. Maybe I’ve been in the 2000’s for too long but teenagers, especially seniors do not do that. It’s way too much innocence in this day and age. Unrealistic.

 

I very much enjoy descriptive writing. I like to know what colors, smells, and sounds the characters are seeing, smelling, and hearing. I like to know everything. It’s what attracts me to reading in the first place. I feel transported into that world for the time I’m reading. Ms. Cole’s descriptions of the world around them was wonderfully written. I wanted to be in that Blossom field. I could almost smell it and feel the sun and wind on my face. I loved the way she described Poppy playing the cello and the way Poppy felt while playing and what the music itself did to her.

(I actually looked up Bach’s Cello Suites to listen to while I read. Now it’s my go to music for when I’m at work and need to concentrate but would like music too.)

Overall I’d say it was a  good story, I just felt as if it was a little too much, “I love you so much forever and always” for me and I’m a sap. Like this quote

When you’re near, my heart doesn’t sigh, it soars.

What? I mean I just couldn’t get past it. It was lines like that over and over. It didn’t really seem believable.

I did cry but I didn’t cry those big fat ugly tears everyone keeps talking about. I also didn’t enjoy the epilogue. I love happily ever afters as much as the next reader but I don’t always feel the story has to go there. Sometimes stories end sad, it’s part of life. I felt this epilogue was a little to perfectly wrapped in a neat little bow. It annoyed me, a lot.

I’m definitely going to try another Tillie Cole book. I enjoyed her writing style and even though I wasn’t over the moon for Rune & Poppy and their journey, I did like them and I rooted for them. I feel like her writing is definitely worth another try.

 

 

 

 

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Requiem – Book Review

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Do not read this. If you don’t want to know what happens. SPOILER ALERT!! I’m serious. This will ruin the book for you. Do not click. And if you do… it’s on you. Just sayin’.
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**Spoilers start here. I hate to write down spoilers, but honestly I can’t get on with my day until I get this out.

I am extremely disappointed in this book. The only reason I’m not giving it less than 3 stars is because I truly enjoy Oliver’s beautiful writing. She has a way with descriptions and words to suck you right in and keep you reading until the last infuriating word.

That being said if I had not purchased the Kindle version I would have thrown this book right out the window when I was done. Or possibly mailed it back to Oliver shred in tiny little pieces.

My first issue (which I think is actually my own) I didn’t read Delirium and Pandemonium right before I read Requiem. I forgot a lot and was, at first, lost in the Wilds and the characters it held.

My second issue lies in the back and forth between Alex and Julian and the addition of Coral. As if a triangle wasn’t enough yes, please let’s make it a foursome and it was already clear that Coral wasn’t a threat but girls being girls Lena thought she was.

Issue number three, her mom. It was this huge shock in Pandemonium and wasn’t addressed until the last third of the book. WTF? Then all of a sudden they have a talk and all is good in mommy/daughter land? I call bull shit.

Issue four all the building and building for nothing. It was all for nothing. The ending fell so flat and short that I was left staring at my Kindle thinking someone had played a cruel joke on me.

She doesn’t choose Alex or Julian. The war is still going on. No resolution whatsoever.

While I can understand the point she was trying to make with her stating over and over again to “tear down the walls” it came too little too late. It wasn’t the main theme (in my humble opinion) in the trilogy. It seemed at this point in the book to be a cop out. Maybe she loved them both but in the end you have to choose. She chose freedom, she chose to love, even if that meant living in the Wilds but in the end she couldn’t pick a boy? She couldn’t say YOU (insert Alex or Julian) I choose YOU. Again. I’m calling bullshit.

I quite enjoyed Hana’s POV. Seeing the role she played in Lena’s & Alex’s getting caught and how she dealt with her guilt and how she actually helped the resistance despite being cured was a great addition to the book.

Also I think her maliciously killing Raven was so not needed.

This book ruined the series for me.

This book review also appears on my Goodreads page.