Review: Home (Binti #2) by Nnedi Okorafor

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Home picks up a year after the events of the previous novella. Binti and Okwu are attending to their studies at Oomza Uni, where they are both having difficulties adjusting to their new lives. Okwu, warlike and at odds with its instructor, is always a hair trigger away from a violent outburst. Binti, while more successful in her relationships with her professor, is hindered by bursts of blazing rage or moments of pure panic after her experiences with the Meduse on her journey to Oomza Uni. The rages make her feel unclean, because it is not the Himba way, and it’s not the way of a master harmonizer to cause discord. In distress, she decides she needs to return home, face her family, and go on a pilgrimage with other Himba women to cleanse herself. Her journey to find peace is not easy and does not go as planned.

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Review: Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

 

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Review by Poo Penny

This was delightful! Angelique is a strong female lead, who is intelligent, and the backbone of her family. Her brother is an idiot. Boy, if I were her, I would have slapped the shit out of him in the scene after she wakes up from bringing him home in his drunken stupor. The hero, Alex, is not overly domineering, which is a relief. He doesn’t act like just because he is interested in Angelique he gets to dictate much of anything, but he does try to be overly helpful in a lot of situations.

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Review: Baby on the Oregon Trail by Lynna Banning

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I love stories about traveling West on the Oregon Trail. I can’t imagine surviving the journey across thousands of miles in a covered wagon, battling the elements, hungry, thirst, disease, and the Native tribes. I am always drawn to these stories, and Baby on the Oregon Trail was mostly a successful read.
At first I couldn’t stand Jenna or her stepdaughters. They were all so mean and unpleasant. I could certainly understand Jenna’s frustration; she’s pregnant, she’s been forced on a journey she don’t want to be on, and her husband has just been shot dead for trying to steal a horse. Now in charge of her late husband’s bickering daughters, she’s at her wits end. She doesn’t even know how to hitch and drive the two old oxen that pull the wagon. And she’s terrified of large animals. She has no survival skills, and they have just started out on the long trip West. Ugh.

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Review: Devil’s Mark by Megan Crane

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Review by Poo Penny

Well, actually the story progressed quite nicely surrounding the MC in this book, and I enjoyed the back and forth between Uptown and Holly, I had planned on rating this book 3.5 stars, and rounding up, however, there was something that really pissed me off. In the scene where they have sex, good ole virginal Holly says the MOST ridiculous thing for someone to say in a contemporary setting.  Something along the lines of “you don’t have to wear the condom with me, I want to feel you.” And well, MAYBE, after dating for a while and sleeping together together for a while, in the heat of the moment, it’s something you forget, but not your first time. You barely know the guy, but you KNOW he has sex regularly, you want to find out about STD’s the hard way? Or get pregnant? Whatever, this really hits a nerve with me though. How stupid can you be. At least he left it on.

I am enjoying the DKMC drama, turns out Digger is up to something. I am curious to find out what since the club found out he was working with Sugar, supposedly a nemesis of theirs. and what will happen when Whale stops showing up to stuff?

Grade: 2.5 stars

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Review: Defying Her Billionaire Protector by Angela Bissell

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Another stalker story! There was never a confrontation with the stalker, and the suspense elements were almost non-existent, so I never felt that uncomfortable surge of anxiety that the heroine would be in deadly danger, so all was good. The stalker sub-plot was used as a convenient excuse to whisk Marietta away to Nico’s secluded island. While a touch too convenient, I could roll with it. Who doesn’t want to spend a week on a beautiful island with a devastatingly attractive man?

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Review: Devil’s Honor by Megan Crane

 

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Review by Poo Penny

This wasn’t my favorite biker romance I have read. Yes, it was dirty; Megan Crane sure can write some steamy sex scenes. But Greeley is SUCH an ass, I don’t think there was much of a relationship for him and Merritt to work with. Merritt says that there is more to a relationship than sex, and I must agree.

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist #3 by Hiromu Arakawa


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Edward, Al, and Armstrong are on their way to the boys’ hometown so Ed’s auto-mail can be repaired after his arm was destroyed in the fight with Scar. I enjoyed this lull in the tense drama of the series. Their hometown is isolated and idyllic. Pinako and Winry helped them after they dabbled into forbidden alchemy, and it’s obvious that there is a great deal of affection between all of them. These chapters are also a great opportunity to catch your breath, because the rest of the volume is one shocking revelation after another, followed by lengthy fight sequences.

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Review: Ultimate Courage by Piper J Drake

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I was really enjoying this until the end, when Alex ditches Elisa in her moment of need. He knows that a crazy stalker is after her, and he abandons her without a concern for her well-being, after losing his sh$t when he hears a rumor about her. I thought that there was more trust and substance to their relationship by that time, that he knew and understood all of the awful things she was forced to do until she could make a break for freedom after escaping from her cruel, controlling fiancé. But, nope, he didn’t even give her the benefit of that doubt.

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