DNF Mini Book Reviews: Unite, The Park Bench Test, Heartbeat

DNF: Did-not-finish

I’m not really sure how to do a DNF review because this is the first time I’ve done this, but I will mostly talk about why I couldn’t finish these books. I’m sure others loved them, but they just couldn’t work for me. I included the percentage of what I read based on what my Kindle App told me so the percentages include covers, acknowledgments, etc.

Unite the park bench test heartbeat

Look at those gorgeous covers. It’s such a waste that the content didn’t deliver. Just thinking about them and writing the reviews put me in a sour mood, but I had to trudge through because they were all review copies and I needed to produce an output.

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Book Review: I Dream of Zombies by Charlotte Gerber

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Title: I Dream of Zombies
Author: Charlotte Gerber
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
Genre: Fiction: Humor and Mystery
Series: Rose Lee’s Zombie Adventures #1
Acquisition: Reach for the Stars Marketing

Purchase at: Amazon / Createspace

Being a zombie counselor was not Rose Lee’s dream job. However, there was a growing need for people who were willing to work with clients that smelled bad, were falling apart, and had a propensity for bad behavior. She decided to put her college degree to work, and try to help out her fellow man, or rather fellow zombies.
When Rose meets a soon-to-be zombie waitress at the Crispy Biscuit, things go from bad to worse. She tangles with zombie landlords, zombie hunters, undercover zombies and mercenaries, just to name a few.
Rose tackles all of her problems straight on, whether she is taking out a thug in the supermarket parking lot or saving a cop’s life at the playground. She battles the dark underbelly of post-apocalypse Hornellsville, and proves that she is more than just a pretty girl named after a famous stripper.

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Book Review: Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista

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favoriteTitle: Romancing the Bookworm
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Series: N/A
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Sometimes, even the best-laid plans can unravel.
It’s spring break, and Tamara Winters would rather stay on campus and read romance novels than flaunt her size-fourteen body on a beach. But her best friend, Ronni, has other ideas. Against her wishes, Tamara is whisked away to picturesque Maverick Bay, where she’s wrangled into waiting tables with Ronni at the Shore Shack for its busy week leading to Maverick’s Surf Invitational. There she meets fellow schoolmate Xavier Solomon, the Invitational’s organizer and campus womanizer by reputation. From the moment Tamara sees him emerging from the waves like a hero in of one of her romance novels, all she wants to do is run away from the feelings he inspires in her.
Little does she know Xavier has been watching her for weeks now. In fact, after failed attempts at asking her out on campus, he’s concocted a crazy plan: fabricating romantic situations straight out of her favorite books. Xavier quickly realizes that if Tamara gets a whiff of his designs, he might as well spell CREEPER across his forehead. Yet as they grow closer, he’s convinced it’s a risk worth taking. What he hasn’t planned on, of course, is his drug-addicted, alcoholic stepbrother, who decides to join the fun and put a wrench in Xavier’s scheme. 
Spring break is proving hotter than Tamara expected. Will her romance novels be able to compete?

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ARC Review: In His Command by Rie Warren

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Title: In His Command
Authors: Rie Warren
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Forever Yours
Series: Don’t Tell #1
Format: eARC
Acquisition: Netgalley

Purchase at: Amazon

In the dystopian future, two men discover attraction isn’t just dangerous, it’s deadly.
It is the year 2070. Generations ago, the world was annihilated by catastrophic environmental events. The survivors were driven to live in big city centers ruled by the Company. To rebuild the world’s population, the oppressive Company had one rule: all homosexuals must be exterminated.

Commander Caspar Cannon has a stellar military reputation—and a life-threatening secret. When a revolution rips through the territories, Cannon is ordered to escort Company executive Nathaniel Rice to a secure location. For months, the commander has harbored illicit desire for Rice, knowing he cannot act on his attraction. Privileged, polished, and groomed to one day take over the Company, Rice is drawn to the rugged, military man. Yet Rice has his own mysterious agenda, and he knows their love can be as dangerous as the wasteland they must traverse.
Now leaving the besieged city behind, the two men embark on a journey that becomes a minefield of sabotage, betrayal—and forbidden passion. But when danger catches up to them, can Cannon trust the secretive man who holds his heart—and his fate?

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ARC Review: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

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Title: The Edge of Never
Authors: J.A. Redmerski
Publication Date: November 15, 2012
Publisher: Createspace
Series: The Edge of Never #1
Format: eARC

Acquisition: Netgalley

Purchase at: Amazon ll The Book Depository

Sometimes life takes you off course . . .
THE EDGE OF NEVER
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she’s ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.
Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?
Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction

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Book Review: Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me?

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Title: Remember Me?
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Published: February 26, 2008
Publisher: Dell
ISBN13: 9780440242406
Format: Paperback
Series: N/A
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed. Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all. Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

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Book Review: Eileen Cook’s Unpredictable

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Title: Unpredictable
Author: Eileen Cook
Published: February 26, 2007
Publisher: Eileen Cook
ASIN: B00AUKCY4K
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: N/A
Acquisition: Free Download on Amazon

Purchase at: Amazon

From the author of Do or Di and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood, comes a new laugh out loud romantic comedy. Sophie Kintock isn’t crazy, she just wants her guy back. And posing as a psychic to give his new girlfriend a face reading designed to break them up isn’t going overboard, is it?
Faking psychic powers turns out to be easy and fun, especially after a few lessons from Nick, the cute (if a bit nerdy) skeptic, who knows all the tricks of the trade. But her readings do a lot more than she could have predicted, and soon Sophie needs to figure out whether the answers lie in the stars-or in herself.

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Book Review: Gregory Maguire’s Wicked

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recommendedTitle: Wicked
Author: Gregory Maguire
Published: September 29, 1995
Publisher: Harper
ISBN13: 9780061350962
Format: Paperback
Series: The Wicked Years
Acquisition: Gift from a friend

Purchase at: Amazon

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

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Tears-stained Treats

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Building with Books: Building my dream house of books one book (or more) at a time~

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Tear-stained Treats: These are tears of a touched person.

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