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Marvelous Monday

Monday, July 31, 2017

Last week was a tough week to read for me. The book I was reading for Readers' Favorite was difficult to read and I had to take several long breaks from it.

I'm feeling a lot better than I did last Monday. I pulled my left flank muscle during a housekeeping gig the previous Sunday and I was still in pain when I visited my doctor on Tuesday of last week. She prescribed some Naproxen, which didn't help since it's a beefed-up version of Aleve. However, she did prescribe a muscle relaxant for nighttime leg cramps and it really helped unknot that muscle. I also discovered that my vitamin D levels are low, so she wrote a prescription for a once-a-week supplement. Between that and the muscle relaxant, I'm feeling a lot better this week!

In other book review news, I did complete two reviews for Readers' Favorite and am now considered a "vetted" reviewer! I'm super-stoked because the feedback I got from the support team was glowing. Just so you know, I will mention that I'm reading a book for Readers' Favorite; however, I won't review them on the blog because Readers' Favorite doesn't allow bloggers to share reviews that are less than 4-stars. If I review some of the books from there but not others, it's going to be pretty evident which books I ranked poorly.

I'm not trying to keep y'all in the dark, I'm just considering the spirit of the rule, rather than the rule as it's written.

Currently Reading

Mask of Shadows, Linsey Miller, Up Next, Currently Reading, On My Kindle Book Reviews
"I love every aspect of this amazing book―a gender fluid hero, a deadly contest, and vicious courtly intrigue. Get! Read! Now!" ―Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action. Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

Up Next 

Court Out, Deb McEwan, Up Next, TBR, On My Kindle Book Reviews
UNITED BY NETBALL, DIVIDED BY LIFE

Marsha Lawson has no idea what her team-mates get up to when they’re not playing netball - that’s her first mistake. Taking her eye off the ball is her second.

Using netball as an escape from her miserable home life, she’s desperate to keep the past buried and to forge a brighter future.

But she’s not the only one with secrets.

When two players want revenge, a Tsunami of emotions is released at a tournament, leaving destruction in its wake. As the wave starts spreading throughout the team, can Marsha and the others escape its deadly grasp, or will their emotional baggage pull them under, with devastating consequences for their families and team-mates?

Discover if it’s game on or game over, in this story off court story of friendship, lust, greed, and betrayal.
Like I said before, I didn't get much reading done. I thought I'd be well into Mask of Shadows by now; however, I just started reading it today.

My friend and I have noticed a growing trend amongst many in the indie author community of books with lengthy dialogue and sharing mundane activities that don't seem relevant to the plot. Honestly, this annoys us both because it really slows down the plot. What do you think of this writing style? Does it annoy you, not phase you, or do you enjoy it as a reader? Let me know in the comments.

Have a marvelous Monday and a wonderful week!