DNF Mini Reviews: Collision by J.S. Breukelaar and Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

Welcome to another installment of DNF Mini Reviews! As a reader I value negative reviews just as much as positive ones in determining what books to pick up, so I thought I’d include the occasional mini review post to round up my thoughts.

Please remember that these reviews are based on my own personal reading experience! No two readers read the same book: just because a book wasn’t for me doesn’t mean that you will not enjoy it. I’ve actually picked up and enjoyed books that received negative reviews because we all have different reading tastes.

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Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack

While this review is spoiler-free for Rage, tread lightly if you haven’t read Roar yet as this review has spoilers for the first book.

Anticipation is a tricky thing, friends. I loved Roar so much that I had incredibly high expectations for this sequel, and unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, this is a solid sequel, one that I enjoyed and would recommend, but some elements of the story didn’t work well for me.

“I wanted to choose my own life, rather than having it chosen for me.”

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I’m on an ARC Ban

Hi, my name is Kal and I have an ARC Problem. *Hi, Kal.* About two weeks ago, I put myself on an ARC Ban after I went a little download crazy on Edelweiss and added nine more ARCs to my already enormous pile. Because I have no self-control whatsoever. Literally, I think my words five minutes prior to the downloading spree were: “I am not going to accept any more 2019 ARCs.”

Last year, I implemented a rule that I would only request four ARCs per month to help balance my reading with my owned TBR (gotta give those backlist books some love!). This worked out really well for me for almost a year… until Slump of 2019. My reading this year is down, but that didn’t stop me from requesting/accepting/downloading ARCs. (This is the epitome of my aforementioned lack of self-control.) For my own mental well-being, I need to conquer ARC Mountain.

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American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by Maureen Callahan

Incredibly well written and haunting, this account of the hunt for Israel Keynes is a must-read for true crime fans.

I devoured this book in one disturbing sitting. The writing is gripping and captivating, drawing me in from the author’s note at the beginning of the book. I don’t read a lot of true crime, but I grew up watching Unsolved Mysteries, CSI, and Criminal Minds, so when my friend Jess @ Fiction No Chaser screamed to me about this one, I had to read it myself!

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