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So, QUICK NOTE...blog is pretty much shut down at the moment. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. So, reading and blogging (as much as I adore it) have to take a back burner. My apologies to any tours or promised review dates through the end of the year. As of Nov. 30, 2018, I've finally reached a stage in all this chaos that I feel that I can try to take a few baby steps back into the blogging world. A post here, a post there, and next year...who knows. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Filthy Scrooge by Taryn Quinn

Filthy ScroogeFilthy Scrooge by Taryn Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alright judgy mc-judgy...I know, it's not the sort of book I generally read/review, but hear me out. I clicked on this freebie download because I couldn't believe the title...I mean, A Christmas Carol is one of my FAVORITE books so how could one possibly turn it into "something else"? Then there's the cover...*ahem*...let's just say it was a tiny little thumbnail pic on my phone, but um, yeah, was rather "surprising" when viewed full size. Moving forward...it wasn't either of these things that really made me want to read it though, it was partially the description, but also the reviews. That's right, the reviews. I usually avoid reading multiple reviews of a book I'm considering, so again, it wasn't on MY list at first glance, but although people kept mentioning how "hot" it was, they also made note that the STORY behind the jingle-jangling was not to be missed. Well, now that I've read it, I have to say I strongly....AGREE!

I'm not going to sugar coat it, it's NOT for anyone less than a mature ADULT audience because yeah, there's a lot of "that", but Kandy and Linc are definitely characters I won't be forgetting anytime soon, and not simply for their ability to get down in a hurry. Kandy is an independent woman who runs her own business and really wants to succeed, but for herself and her staff. She puts her whole heart and soul into the business and when something goes off course, she takes a personal interest in correcting the situation. In this case, a missing Santa, his helper, and nary a jolly-old-saint-anything in sight...at least without the right motivation. Lincoln (aka Linc) is a successful businessman who puts up with the monkey suit when necessary, but prefers jeans and a button down. He's got the look, he's made the money, and though he truly gets grinchy this time of year, deep down he really cares....just don't tell him that or you may get the wrong end of the peppermint stick. He's got a past that's weighing him down, and no inclination to crack the shell he's created for himself...too bad he's set his own trap that's about to shake more than the balls on the tree, but oh what a beautiful sight they'll make if they can get through this holiday!

All in all, I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed the STORY...but um yeah, just not one for sharing around the Christmas tree with the family. *wink wink*

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Secret of the Realms by Walt Disney Company

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Secret of the Realms: An Extended NovelizationThe Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Secret of the Realms: An Extended Novelization by Walt Disney Company
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of the few books that I had requested prior to Hurricane Michael that actually made it to me well after the fact...and boy was I glad!

Think you know the story of The Nutcracker? THINK AGAIN! The tale takes us both into the past and along the trail of present day as we follow Marie and Clara through a magical world that reminds us that while all things that glitter may not shine, we have, in and of ourselves, all we need inside. This enchanting story starts out with heartbreak in both timelines. For Marie, it was the passing of her parents leaving her orphaned and in the hands of the state...if not for her newly named "Uncle" Drosselmeyer; for Clara, it's the passing of her mother (the formerly mentioned Marie) leaving her family in an unsettled state of mourning. Both have much to learn about themselves and about the world, and while mother teaches daughter from a distance, daughter inherits much more than grace, or beauty, but the power to BE HERSELF, TRUST HERSELF, and the strength of heart to not only carry on, but to help her family do the same. The dazzling worlds they each occupy, the magic that is unleashed, and the darkness that is battled, all add to the initial splendor of the novel while giving long time fans of the classic that bit of something MORE.

Highly recommended for fans and new inductees. It has all the timelessness of the original with just the right amount of MAGIC to increase the enchantment tenfold.

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