Operation Free Booga Update!

Hey! Remember when I said I was going to keep from buying or downloading so many books because I was down to 600 MB of space left on my Kindle?

Heh… Good times…

I’m down to about 300 with 20 pending downloads waiting for me to turn the wifi back on. I have a backlog of 40 books to review.

Well… I guess I should make more effort into trying to read on the treadmill but since I’m jogging, I can’t really focus properly. And I’ve already read books about speed reading. I still end up reading at my regular pace; which to be fair is pretty fast.

I just need to stop signing up for all these cool author newsletters… Cause then they send me free books…

It’s a terrible cycle…

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Operation Free Booga Update: Oops

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Yeah, I have a book problem…

Between some awesome free book offerings and some very interesting titles coming down the pipe, Booga is back to being too full.

But on the plus side, that means there are some kickass reviews on the way! I will have to read these pretty fast but expect them within the month, for sure.

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Operation Free Booga Update!

After organizing more of my ebooks, I found so many that either repeat their message or I don’t need to store on my kindle. I moved them to my Kindle Fire and deleted them but I also bought a few things…

Now I have 720 MB left on Booga. It’s functioning ok but I’ve turned my focus to the 16 ebooks I need to review for the blog. You can see my progress over on Goodreads and I hope to have these reviews up really soon.

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Lenni Reviews: “Relative Best” by Pat Henshaw

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*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

*This review is cross posted at Otakus and Geeks.

Zeke Bandy believes life’s too busy for love. He runs a historical hotel and sings two nights a week at a local saloon. Vic Longbow is in town involved in opening a branch of a brokerage firm and looking for some photos of his Native American ancestor. When they meet, Zeke and Vic discover they have a lot in common and friendship becomes more than they are prepared for.

I wanted to like this more but this was a pretty bland little story. Characters are tossed at you without enough detail so aside for out main beaus, you don’t get to know anyone. As a result, the drama in the book falls flat since they’re all strangers. Also, this is a pretty tame m/m romance. Other than hold each other and kiss, Zeke and Vic have a PG-13 relationship; so if that’s what you’re after with this book, you will be disappointed.

This is the 5th in a series of books from A Foothills Pride series and I don’t know if this story is better or worse than the others but it can be read as a standalone novella. At only 80 pages it’s wobbly on it’s own feet, but perhaps this premise would benefit from a longer book. As it is, the whole thing meanders to the conclusion without any real impact. I give it a 2.7 out of 5 for it’s competency as a written work even if it was flat.

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Lenni Reviews: “Dark Knight in Disguise, the Prequel (Earthbound Angels .5)” by Sandra Ross

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**I purchased this book for free from Barnes and Noble.

Erick Angell wakes up with no memories of he came to be alone in a room with a stranger who gives him this new name. After disobeying God, his wings are clipped and he’s now human. His punishment is meant to teach him compassion and learn his ‘special calling.’

Something is very basic about this. It’s like a fanfic romance. God banishes Erick Angell (with two l’s; GET IT!!!??) with all the perfect documents and enough money to buy a castle? Hire a decorator? Buy fancy furniture?

Aside for being human, how is this a punishment?

The writing and general story are so generic and boring I have zero interest in what happens to this guy. He gives me some serious Edward Cullen vibes: some rich, perfectly chiseled empty vessel for someone to drape themselves over. I’d hate his personality, but he didn’t have one. I really struggled to find a number for this tiny bit of fluffy nonsense (gods, I sound like a pretentious bitch) but I guess I’ll have to say a 2. Absolutely forgettable and uninspired.

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Operation Free Booga Update!

If you follow me over on Goodreads, you may have noticed a flurry of books moving over to my ‘read’ shelf. That’s because I went through my various collections and read then deleted a bunch of books. When I started to notice I’d gotten a bunch of books that all essentially say the same thing (or some ‘Writing 101 books?!’ I don’t think I need those…) so I just tossed them entirely. The result?

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And that’s AFTER I put the WiFi back on and the 50 books pending downloaded!

Obviously I have a ways to go but now I’m focusing on the books on my list to review. That’s about 10 ebooks and you-don’t-wanna-know-how-many physical books. But I’m feeling pretty gosh darned accomplished! If this keeps up, I’ll have a nice clean kindle in a few months!

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Oh dear… My Nook has a problem, too.

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Geez, I have a serious book problem…

So ‘Operation Free Booga’ is also extended to freeing my nook; the poor dear. I did email B&N support to ask them if I could add my books to my SD card to free up some space but I’ve yet to hear back from them.

Even so, I shouldn’t be buying any more books. Has that stopped me? Of course not. These free deals don’t last forever and heck, even the books I purchase that aren’t free sometimes disappear if I add them to my wish list to get later.

I have been reading fast and I have a bunch of reviews to post so stay tuned!

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Lenni Reviews: “Bought: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story” by Raissa Phoenix

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**I purchased this book for free from Amazon and is rated 18+.**

Jace give himself up as a prisoner to protect his lover who is a spy for their werewolf pack. Expecting to be killed, he instead is purchased by a witch named Elias to be subject to his twisted sexual desires as his slave.

In this world, humans are mostly gone, witches are in charge, and vampires and werewolves serve the witches. This story is short and graphic; Elias is a sadistic and cruel man who enjoys humiliating Jace so there is no romance in this one. If coerced sex and master/slave couplings are your thing, you’ll be fine. If you’re hoping for love here, you will be disappointed.

Overall, it didn’t leave much of an impact or drop me in a world I care enough about to delve any further in the series. It didn’t particularly shock or disgust me, either. I give it a weak 3 out of 5 since there isn’t enough here to make an impression.

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Lenni Reviews: “No Dogs in Philly: A Lovecraftian Cyberpunk Noir” by Andy Futuro

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I purchased this book for free on Amazon.

Saru Solan, a private detective, is tasked with finding a blue eyed girl by the interdimensional beings called Gaespora. The fate of the world rests with this mysterious girl who is also being hunted by the elizi, who have been killing every blue eyed girl they find. With a creature that can eat their universe threatens, Saru has to find and protect this girl at any cost.

When I saw this titled as a “Lovecraftian, cyberpunk, noir” I bought it immediately and I was not disappointed. If you’ve ever read Jeff Somers’ Avery Cates series, this book has a similarly dark and rough feel. The world isn’t pretty, people get very dead very quickly, and life in general doesn’t seem worth all that much.

The blend of magic and tech is handled very well and Saru is a kick ass main character. The dystopian world she lives in is the same balls out, straight forward, cutthroat tone as the character herself. The writing is nearly perfect and I was hooked from start to finish. A solid 4.5 out of 5 and I can’t wait to read the next one.

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Lenni Reviews: Stormin’ Norman (Lyon Road Vets #4) by: Sue Brown

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I purchased this book for free from All Romance Ebooks and is intended for 18+.

Jesse is a covert agent who promised his boyfriend of seven years, Dan, tat he would retire without taking another assignment. When he breaks that promise, Jesse expects Dan to be waiting home as usual when he returns despite arguing before he leaves. This time Dan means business and when Jesse returns, Dan has moved on and has a new boyfriend. Now alone, Jesse adopts Norman at the convincing of his friends Evan and Peter (from the first book). Even with Norman for comfort, will Jesse be able to cope seeing Dan with another man when they share the same group of friends?

This book puts the series back on track. The last book felt so dull but Jesse, Dan, and the little bundle, Norman brought it right back to cute guys and cute dogs. I would love to have more detail on Jesse’s job but the focus really was on somehow getting Jesse and Dan to face their relationship. I give this one a 3 out of 5 for getting back to the tone of the series and telling a sweet – yet standard – love story.

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