Book Review #142 – Ace of Shades

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Rating: 3 Stars
Series: The Shadow Game, #1
Length: 416 Pages
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Synopsis:
Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

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Graphic Novel Review #18 – Belle: Beast Hunter #1-4

Belle: Beast Hunter #1-4 by Dave Franchini, Bong Dazo (Illustrator), Juan Rodriguez (Illustrator)
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Belle: Beast Hunter, Issues #1-4
Length: 24 Pages Each
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Issues provided by the publisher. Thank You!

Synopsis:
NEW SERIES! NEW HERO! The Grimm Universe is filled with heroes far and wide dealing with threats from vampires, werewolves, corrupt governmental organizations, to ancient orders battling for control of the realms of power. But what lies in the deepest corners of our world could give the evilest creature nightmares. A threat since the beginning of time is rising and only one person will be there to stop it from destroying everything! Working from the shadows a long lineage of warriors have been defending life from the darkness that exists and from that family of soldiers comes the newest ally in the war of monsters, Belle the Beast Hunter! Don’t miss this new series as a new hero is introduced into the Grimm Universe!

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Book Review #141 – What to Say Next

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
Rating: 3 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 306 Pages
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Synopsis:
Two struggling teenagers find an unexpected connection just when they need it most.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

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Graphic Novel Review #17 – Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quinterro
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 96 Pages
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Synopsis:
Graciela Iturbide was born in México City in 1942, the oldest of 13 children. When tragedy struck Iturbide as a young mother, she turned to photography for solace and understanding. From then on Iturbide embarked on a photographic journey that has taken her throughout her native México, from the Sonora Desert to Juchitán to Frida Kahlo’s bathroom, to the United States, India, and beyond. Photographic is a symbolic, poetic, and deeply personal graphic biography of this iconic photographer. Iturbide’s journey will excite readers of all ages as well as budding photographers, who will be inspired by her resolve, talent, and curiosity.

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Book Review #140 – Nyxia

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Series: The Nyxia Triad, #1
Length: 384 Pages
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Synopsis:
Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

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KRF’s Blogging Statistics Recap – 2018

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This is the final installment of my End of the Year post series for 2018. I decided to do something new and compare blog statistics between 2017 and 2018. I really do want to see how much the blog has progressed over the duration of this year. Let’s see how the blog did this year.

Year 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
2017 171 188 1.1 655 3.8 74,731 437
2018 220 872 4.0 2,740 12.5 95,493

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Key:
2 = Total Posts | 3 = Total Comments
4 = Average Comments Per Posts | 5 = Total Likes
6 = Average Likes Per Posts | 7 = Total Words
8 = Average Words Per Posts

Note: All statistics were taken on 24 December 2018 and may not include statistics from any posts after the date.

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KRF’s Goals Recap – 2018

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One of many things I like to do at the end of each year is look at my reading statistics and my goals to see how well I did and compare them from previous years.

Last year, I set a goal to read at least 50 books and 23,000 pages. If I were to beat those goals, then I would try a “Match and Beat” goal, which was 74 Books and 28,445 pages. During the year, I did change my goal from 50 to 51 because there was a book I read but I didn’t want to have it included in the original 50 books goal. Let’s take a closer look to see how I did.

Last year, I have read 74 books and 28,445 pages.
This year, I have read a total of 77 books and 24,075 Pages.

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KRF’s Best Author of 2018

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As I did the previous year, I am continuing the “Best Author of the Year” post one more time for this year. This is going to be a yearly thing for me as well. The Best Author can be only selected based on books that I have read this year and have made reading worth while and extremely fun for me. The author would also make me want to keep reading as well.

KRF’s 2018 Best Author is…

ADAM SILVERA

2018’s Honorable Mentions:

Becky Albertalli & Tomi Adeyemi

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