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A favorite book, belatedly reviewed

Strawberries for Dessert - Marie Sexton

15 October 2013 I just noticed that my review of this was missing from Goodreads, so of course it didn't get imported here. Here's what it said:

Original review in 2011 Like with A to Z, I couldn't imagine how I'd find this book or these characters appealing. Also like A to Z, I fell completely in love with them and can't wait to see more of them.

25Feb2012 I swear I love this book and these characters more each time I reread it!

10Dec2012 This remains one of my top comfort reads. I always feel better after I finish it than I did when I started. I think I end up loving it more every time I read it. I love Cole and Jonathan, and love the way we get dollops of Cole's POV scattered throughout Jon's narrative. It never ceases to amaze me how reluctant I was to read this the first time. A good reminder that joy may be found in unexpected places.


I Married a Tentacle Monster (Tentacle Sex Erotica)

I Married a Tentacle Monster (Tentacle Sex Erotica) - Charlotte Mistry Surprisingly cute story, considering it's erotica. Definitely left me wanting to read more by this author.

Warning: DO NOT use as a Web Proxy, despite its claims, doesn't work. I have been playing with an IP tracker tool on my new blog, and I experimented this morning by hitting my site using a few popular web proxies to see how well they hid my information.


I was shocked to find out that doesn't even work! However, and worked as advertised.

worked perfectly. It displayed as if I was a visitor from France. I recommend it.

worked perfectly. It displayed as if I was a visitor from Florida. I recommend it.

did not hide my information at all. In fact, it announced that I was using '' as a web proxy. A complete fail.

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Wind Shadow

Wind Shadow - Renee Roszel I found the extreme oafishness of Silky's ex and the extreme perfection of the new guy to be too OTT to be believable. It read very much like a classic Harlequin from the early 1980s, but without the timelessness some of them have to make them still enjoyable. I got tired of rolling my eyes, so I stopped reading it.

4.5 stars

When will I learn not to start Kendall McKenna books at bedtime? I even had the thought, as I picked it up, that perhaps I ought to read something else. Did I let that stop me? Of course not! And then I proceeded to read through the night. I kept pausing at natural breaking points, telling myself it was a reasonable place to stop and surely I must be tired... And then I dove back in and kept reading.

This book was as good as Strength of the Pack, in similar and different ways. The Marine and war worlds she creates are so similar, a couple of times I had to remind myself that Corey wouldn't have been serving with werewolves.

I noticed a disconcerting number of editing issues. Nothing too egregious, just frequent. Things like Kathryn's name suddenly changing to Kathering, or 'Corey' where it should have been the possessive 'Corey's', etc.

DIY Spoilertags!

*Previous post had a little problem. This one will work (I'm talking about method 2)



If you're a goodreads transplant, and, like me, depended heavily on those handy little spoilertags, then don't worry.  Booklikes is flexible enough that you can make your own!


Here are two ways, for different levels of effort/html-savvyness.  And since I actually am quite rusty and haven't used javascript or html for years, I'll bet my life there are even better ways.


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[REBLOG] How To: avoid loosing the original source of a post

Currently it is a bit hard to figure out who posted something originally (unless you click on 'reblogged from' often enough to get there and then reblog it from there which can get a bit tiresome if the post has been reblogged very often).

There is a way to include the original source in your post so that everybody can see that this is your post. It's a bit fiddly (and you still won't get any notifications if somebody reblogs your post from somebody else obviously) but if you like to know people that this is your post it's the only way (at least currently) and it takes only a few more clicks.


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Testing an Anti-Spoiler Method To See If I Can Get It To Work...

You can't discuss books and NOT have spoilers. It's almost impossible. Booklikes is new enough not to have an automated way to hide specific text yet, but there are ways to code that in. This method makes your spoilered text invisible. So that you have to highlight the blank area to see the post.


Credit to Carly, who shared this bit of code in the thread Tips and Things About Booklikes (and helped me figure out where the heck that HTML option was on the toolbar):


< span style="color:transparent"> lots of spoilery stuff here that won't be visible until you highlight it < /span>


And the trick is to remove those spaces added after the <.


Here's another key thing in getting this to work. To add the code you have to go into your review and choose the HTML option. It's on the toolbar above the space you type your reviews/posts. HTML is on the far right of the toolbar, in blue text.


So first scope out the area of your review you want hidden. Copy the span code above, then click that html option on the toolbar. Add your code in the window that will pop up. (Depending on how new you are to messing with code this may take some getting used to. Remember you can always hit the cancel button.)



So here, I'll give it a try - EXAMPLE:


One of the primary plot points any reviewer knows to avoid in a review is any discussion about (spoiler:)a major character dying. Seriously, you never should give that part away.


So if I've managed that correctly all the reader has to do is to highlight the area after the word (spoiler) and there you have it, your hidden spoiler.


[REBLOG] - [Masterpost] Customizing BookLikes

There are quite a few tutorials on how to change the layout of your BookLikes blog. I figured it's good to have them all in one post, and I'd like to thank all who put a lot of work into making them so others can enjoy BookLikes. 


Let's start with the customization blogs posted by BookLikes: 




Tutorials made by BookLikers for BookLikers: 




Note: All links open in a new window and take you to the original posts and their creators. Leave comments, likes and reblog the hell out of them so others can see it too :) 


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Goodreads refugee

Like many others, I find the latest changes at Goodreads disturbing. I'm not closing my account there, but I am actively exploring other options.


I saw someone raise the question of a Kickstarter campaign to start an alternate site, one that would incorporate what we all love(d) about Goodreads. I don't have money to donate, but I do have time and a graduate degree that presumably qualifies me for UX-HCI design, and I'd love to help make a site like that happen.

Fire For Effect (Recon Diaries #2)

Fire For Effect (Recon Diaries #2) - Kendall McKenna I enjoyed this but it would have been a better book with more story and less sex. It was great to get to spend some time in Kellan's POV.

I remember having read this before, but apparently I forgot to mark that in any way. I guess because even on a second read I can't think of much to say about it? I enjoyed it. It left me wanting to read more by this author.

Strength of the Wolf (The Tameness of the Wolf, #2) - Kendall McKenna 2.5 stars rounded up because of the halo effect from the first bookInsta-love is one of my least favorite tropes, especially when I can't figure out what the guys see in each other. And insta-love with no real plot and very little action (aside from lots - and lots and lots and lots - of sex)? No thanks.Other than a pretty face, what did Tim find remotely appealing about Jeremy at first? Seriously. It made no sense to me that Tim would want to spend any time at all with Jeremy as we saw him through the first 2/3 of the book. I certainly didn't find Jeremy particularly appealing, but I've loved books with characters I wouldn't want to date - just make a clear case for why they're the right person for someone else.I had only slightly more idea why Jeremy was with Tim. I loved Tim in the last book, but he didn't seem nearly as awesome in this one. And Jeremy didn't even have that context, he just saw a guy who was telling him how to behave better. So maybe it was some sort of daddy thing?At any rate, it was a sad contrast to the first book where the guys had common interests and goals, and it made sense to me that they'd want to be together. The first book also had exciting action, which this one lacked, with a few exceptions (those were my favorite parts of the book). Lack of action doesn't have to be boring. This could have been a great character-growth story, but although there was some, that wasn't the focus. Actually, I'm not sure what the focus was. Was there one? Other than lots and lots of sex?The first book had had some odd word choices (like calling an asshole a 'fissure') but this one not only had that, it also had missing words, wrong words, and entire sentences that I struggled to parse. For example:Tim was as happy being the young barista’s guinea pig, as she enjoyed experimenting on him. She constantly developed new recipes and never once scalded the espresso.Humor filled Tim with enough power that he had the urge to laugh out loud.(Emphasis mine) What does that mean? Where did the humor come from, how did it fill Tim with power, and since when is power a prerequisite to laughing out loud?Also, why were all the "bad" wolves beige or brown, the True Alphas white or black, and everyone else shades of gray? I figured the desert wolves were beige because, y'know, camouflage. But when the only other baddies we met were brown, it made me wonder.There were also a number of seemingly-significant things that never seemed to go anywhere. There was one in the first book I wondered about, that I found myself still wondering here: what the heck is the big deal about sniffing the small of the back? That was a fairly trivial one, but I did wonder. In addition to that, there were a few rather major things brought up or tossed out, and then apparently forgotten about. All the more frustrating when they might have made the story so much more interesting, like why was Jeremy Transitioning so late?I enjoyed the book enough to keep picking it back up, but barely. I like spending time in this world. I find it fascinating, particularly when they're in theater, and I'd love to spend more time there. But by the end of the book, I was eager for it to finish. I just wanted to be done with the darn thing. That's a very disappointing contrast to the end of the first book, which left me eager for more.

Strength of the Pack - Kendall McKenna I made the mistake of starting this before bed, not really expecting to get into it. Wow, was that a mistake! I got instantly engrossed and couldn't go to sleep until I'd finished it, despite not usually being a big fan of shifter books. Also despite frequently being startled by some odd word usages that pulled me briefly out of the story to ponder what better word might have been used there. And even with a military background, I found some of the acronyms and militaryisms took me a second to figure out; a little more explanation would have been nice.I also got annoyed by how clueless Lucas was about... oh, hell, I could just stop right there. Clueless Lucas was clueless. But what especially annoyed me was how clueless he was about what was really going on between him and Noah. Yeah, it made sense that an honorable man would be concerned about taking advantage of his rank. It's just that I thought Noah (and others) made it pretty clear how powerful Noah was and what a big deal it was for him to voluntarily submit to Lucas, and thus how that mitigated the usual concerns about rank. But still Lucas didn't get it, and I started wanting to hit him with a clue-stick.I got a little annoyed with Noah for not explaining more, too. I realize there's not a lot of time for talking in the middle of a war zone, but for something as important as that, seems like you might manage to make a little time before falling asleep after a hand job. Or something. Lack of communication, much as it's one of my pet peeves, actually made sense in this situation. But only so far.Despite all that, I loved this book and could only - barely - bring myself to put it down for bathroom breaks from the moment I started until I reached the last page. I even woke up thinking about it, eager to read the next in the series. It's very rare, particularly lately, for me to get so into a book.

Love You Like a Romance Novel (Missing Butterfly)

Love You Like a Romance Novel - Megan Derr I found the names Jason and Jet a little difficult to tell apart, and clearly the author and editor(s) did as well - I saw several instances where the wrong name was used. That was unfortunate, as it really was a good story that would have been better if the characters were more distinguishable.

Also, I found the resolution a bit obvious and convenient. Not sure how else it could've worked though. Except that I really didn't think the first-cousin thing was nearly as big a deal in nearly as many states as they made it out to be. I also couldn't figure out where they were, which might have made a big difference. Were they in one of the few states where it really is a big issue? But why wouldn't moving to another state be an option?

It reminded me how much I'd loved The Missing Butterfly, and how much I'd love to read more stories in this world. I hope we get to see Brit and Brice's story at some point, and Dai and Coop's.

Slightly Dangerous (Bedwyn Family Series)

Slightly Dangerous - Mary Balogh If possible, I think I loved this even more than I'd remembered, and I remembered really loving it. In fact, I stayed up way too late to finish it because I could not put it down, even knowing what was going to happen.I'd forgotten how Pride and Prejudice-like this story is, and how well done that aspect is. I appreciated that it was fascination-at-first-sight rather than "love" and that they grew to love each other as they got to know each other and bring out the best in each other.I'd also forgotten that this is one of the very few romance novels that mirrors my idea of romance and Happily Ever After: that the end of the book, when the couple finally gets together and/or gets married, that's the real beginning of the story. At one point, Christine said, “Oh, not happily-ever-after [...] That is such a static thing. I don’t want happily-ever-after. I want happiness and life and quarreling and making up and adventure and—” and I thought, "YES! That's it EXACTLY!"Most romance novels are based on the Disney and Hollywood ideal of riding off into the sunset, everything perfect forevermore. That simply doesn't ring true for me. I believe that real happily-ever-after includes dealing with bad days, dishes left too long unwashed, dirty socks on the floor, and all the other obnoxious minutiae of daily life. What makes it the real romantic story is loving each other and staying together even through those things, and it was a rare delight to see that expressed in a romance novel.Was this a perfect book? Of course not. Did I have niggles? Quite a few, actually. But none significant enough to detract from my overall delight in this book.