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Just Read

Drawing Free by Elena Aitken

Why I picked it up: The premise of a mother running away from her life hooked me. After all, what mother hasn’t wished she could do that at one time or another? I know I’ve had those moments.

What I liked: This is a strong first person telling. The story flowed really well and nothing felt rushed, yet it didn’t drag either. I was pulled right into Becca’s overwhelmed life and enjoyed the journey to rediscover herself.

What I disliked: It was obvious that Becca and her mother both suffered from postpartum depression. I could believe it not being diagnosed in the mother but, in today’s world, it was less believable Becca hadn’t been diagnosed, or that those around her didn’t suspect it.

** Spoiler **

This may just be my own personal pet-peeve but I had a problem with the affair Becca has as part of her journey. I understand it helped her love herself but my knee-jerk reaction to cheating spouses is zero tolerance. The only thing saving this aspect of the story for me was Becca owned up to it and was willing to accept the fallout.

Reading

Starfire Angels (Starfire Angels: Dark Angel Chronicles Book 1) by Melanie Nilles

Why I picked it up: I saw it offered for free, liked the blurb, and the sample seemed to deliver. After a quick look at the author website, it looks like the next installment in the series is due out later this year so this is probably a promo.

What I like: I like the spin on the fallen angels idea. So far I’m enjoying the story premise.

What I dislike: Pacing seems off but I’m not far enough into this to accurately rate it. The MC isn’t consistent, sometimes coming off as younger than she is. Thus far, I’m not vested in any of the secondary characters who feel a bit flat.

So much promise but lacking execution and I doubt I’ll continue with this series. That being said, this appears to be one of Ms. Nilles’ early works so I’d be willing to give different series a try.

Will Read

Changelings (The Twins of Petaybee, Book 1) by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Why I picked this up: I adore Anne McCaffrey. I loved the Petaybee trilogy. And quite honestly have had this one sitting on the Nook for awhile.

What I expect to like: I enjoy the Petaybee world building and characters developed with Celtic and Native American/Canadian First Nations ancestry. I love the sentient planet that sings of Mother Earth mythos.

What I expect to dislike: I didn’t realize this was the start of a second trilogy until I looked up the link. Which isn’t a terrible thing just two more books to buy and collapse my TBR pile, LOL.

What are you reading and loving at the moment?

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