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Mini Reviews: The Ocean at the End of the Lane and A Good-Lookin’ Man

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Age Range: Adult

Series: None

Genre: Fantasy

Hardcover: 192 pages

Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (June 18, 2013)

Source: Library

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real…

My Thoughts:

This was an interesting story and it was much different than I had expected. I really liked parts of it, but I wasn’t crazy about everything. I liked the concept of a pond that contained the universe inside.  It kept a nice pace and interesting plot. Neil Gaiman is obviously a master of his craft. I like the way he looks at the world.  It’s about a child, but it’s not a book for kids.  It’s an adult sized fairy tale with a small boy as the protagonist.

Content: violence/scary scenes

4 STARS

A Good-Lookin’ Man by Marcia Lynn McClure

Age Range: Adult

Series: None

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Genre: Contemporary romance/clean romance

Paperback: 194 pages
 
Publisher: Distractions Ink (August 6, 2013)

Source: Bought

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

However, in an instant—in less than a breath or the bat of an eyelid—the
elusive pepper spray hiding somewhere in her purse was all but
forgotten. For standing before her—right there before her, not three
feet away—was the best-looking, most gorgeous, handsomest man she had
ever seen in all her life!

“No, seriously,” she thought out loud
with lingering bewilderment at how perfectly stunning the man standing
before her was, wearing a worn pair of Levi’s, dusty cowboy boots, and a
short-sleeved, plaid-print, snap-up shirt that hung open, revealing a
bronzed, perfectly sculpted torso that was simply a mass of muscles. She
was so unsettled by the man’s appearance that she wasn’t sure whether
she was whispering aloud to herself or her car.

Either way, the man asked, “Beg your pardon, ma’am?”

“Oh…oh,
nothing,” Fairlee said as she began rummaging in her purse again. But
the man’s presence and appearance had entirely rattled her. As her
awe-inspired brain obviously quit sending out instructions to the rest
of her body, Fairlee felt her purse slip from her hands—watched in
humiliated dismay as its contents tumbled out and scattered over the
shoulder of the road.

My Thoughts:

This is a light, fluffy, sweet romance. It’s very short and can easily be
fit into one evening. The romance happens fast. The characters are cute
together and they have an instant chemistry. This is not the kind of
book to read if you want a slow build up or deeper insights. It is
simply boy meets girl and all is right with the world.  It’s perfect for
an hour or two of escaping reality.

Content: kissing

4 STARS

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