Leah's Bookish Obsession

Leah's Bookish Obsession

I'm a work in progress, I think I'll always be...

 

 Spoiler-free, and smaller, pocket-sized reviews.

All my ratings start at 5 Stars and go down from there.  Because every book deserves to start out at the top.

Review
4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 "The Pathway to X" STARS
X: A Novel - Kekla Magoon, Ilyasah Shabazz

 

 

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X

Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

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A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book 

Co-written by Malcolm X’s daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.

 

Malcolm Little’s parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that’s a pack of lies—after all, his father’s been murdered, his mother’s been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There’s no point in trying, he figures, and lured by the nightlife of Boston and New York, he escapes into a world of fancy suits, jazz, girls, and reefer. But Malcolm’s efforts to leave the past behind lead him into an increasingly dangerous territory. Deep down, he knows that the freedom he’s found is only an illusion—and that he can’t run forever.

follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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A somewhat harsh, albeit enlightening, fictionalized history about Malcolm X.  Centering on his informative childhood to young adult years.  I learned some things and had some things laid bare for me.  The audio by Dion Graham lends a very authentic voice and is well done.

 

At the end of the story, his daughter speaks about her dad and then there is a couple chapter's telling all about what they (Shabazz and Magoon) kept true to his story and what they embellished on.  Plus an additional timeline of his life.  I read this for a reading challenge (X title) and this is one of those instances where I'm content a reading challenge compelled me to choose something I wouldn't have normally had on my radar.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 3.8/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5

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Book Cover~ Awesome!

Narration~ ☆4.5☆ by Dion Graham with Ilyasah Shabazz

Setting~ Lansing, MI, Boston, MA, and Harlem, NY

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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Review
1.5 Stars
1.5 Out Of 5 "at least I was able to laugh at the absurdity of it" STARS
Shine Not Burn - Elle Casey

 

 

 

 

 

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Bogged down by used and abused tropes, mediocre writing, a silly heroine with a foolish "life-plan" …thank goodness, I listened to this on Audio.  It made it possible for me to roll my eyes and not lose my reading spot.  In fact, I played and got distracted by FreeCell all I wanted while listening to this.  It was the only reason I made it through the entire story.

 

 

 

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~MY RATING~

1.5STARS - GRADE=D

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Plot~ 2/5

Main Characters~ 1.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 2/5

The Feels~ 1.5/5

Pacing~ 2/5

Addictiveness~ 2/5

Theme or Tone~ 1/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 1/5

Originality~ 1/5

Ending~ 1/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's kind of cute…

Narration~3.7  -by Lauren Ezzo, wasn't horrible, but her male voices could use some work.

Series~ Shine Not Burn #1

Setting~ Las Vegas, Florida and Oregon

Source~ Audiobook (KU Read & Listen)

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Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 "she takes bad mommy to a whole new level" STARS
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent

 

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Lying In Wait

Liz Nugent

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My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.

 

On the surface, Lydia Fitzsimons has the perfect life—wife of a respected, successful judge, mother to a beloved son, mistress of a beautiful house in Dublin. That beautiful house, however, holds a secret. And when Lydia’s son, Laurence, discovers its secret, wheels are set in motion that lead to an increasingly claustrophobic and devastatingly dark climax.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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What do they say about that bond between Mothers and their Sons?  Well, whatever it is that they say…this mommy takes it way too far.  Kind of like Norma Bates in Psycho. 

 

The writing or the flow was superb and this was compelling readable even though there were a few things I found lacking in it.  I wanted a bigger reveal with what was really going on.  It was somewhat anti-climatic.  Plus the characters were so glum and the atmosphere and the era was a touch depressing.  The ending…I'm not even sure how I felt about that ending.  I guess it fits with the story…crazy.

 

My cover looks like this...I just didn't feel like changing it on here:

 

 

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~MY RATING~

4STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 3.8/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.3/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 3.8/5

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Book Cover~ It's Okay

Publisher~ Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books Gallery/Scout Press

Setting~ Ireland

Source~  I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Review
4.5 Stars
4.3 Out Of 5 "tension building" STARS
Every Single Secret - Clara Emily Carpenter

 

 

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Every Single Secret

Emily Carpenter

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Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees—even though the past is the last place she wants to go.

The retreat’s isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor’s rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they’re never to socialize with the other guests.

One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room…and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems—and that whatever’s crying out from Heath’s past isn’t meant to be heard. It’s meant to be silenced.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I have read one other book by this Author, The Weight of Lies and I really liked it.  Every Single Secret is a fairly intense read throughout, it did lag a little in the middle.  The tension builds nicely and the ending had it's good and bad points…but the one thing this did do was pull me out of my reading listening slump that I was in with most of the audiobooks that I've listened too lately.  I haven't been able to stay in the story, my mind would wander elsewhere.  But I didn't have that issue here, I was hooked and I had no problems staying "in" the story.  So thank you, Emily Carpenter

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.2/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Mostly no…

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Book Cover~ Awesome!

Narration~ 4.5 by Kate Orsini was very well done.

Setting~ Georgia

Source~ Audiobook (KU Read & Listen)

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Review
4.5 Stars
4.3 Out Of 5 "if you can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen" STARS
The Opposite of You - Rachel Higginson

 

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The Opposite of You

Rachel Higginson

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I’ve sworn off men. 

 

All men. 

 

Famous last words, right? You’re expecting some epic tale of reluctant love and my dramatic change of heart? Well, you’re not going to get it. 

 

I’m stubborn. And headstrong. And I’ve just survived the worst three years of my life. After escaping an abusive boyfriend to live in hostels and cheap hotels while I worked my way across Europe, I’ve come to two conclusions. 

 

The first? Now that I’m back home, I’m going to squander my expensive culinary degree on a food truck that caters to the late night drunk crowd. 

 

The second? I’m going to prove to the bastard across the plaza that my street food is better than his fussy five-course monstrosities.

 

Killian Quinn might be Food and Wine’s Chef to Watch Out For. He might have a Michelin Star. He might have every food critic in the city wrapped around his too-large fingers. But he’s also pretentious and unbearably arrogant and the very opposite of me. 

 

So he can keep his unsolicited advice and his late night visits and his cocky smiles. I want none of it. Or him. 

 

I want the opposite.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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An excellent contemporary romance that's actually not bogged down by unnecessary drama.  The beginning 1/3 of the book felt like it could have been going in a cheesy direction and felt repetitively tedious at times…but the last 2/3's were compelling readable.  In fact, I read that portion of the book in one sitting.  I liked the characters so much that I do believe I want to read the second book soon.  The witty banter between the H and h was well written and their chemistry was quite hot.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's okay

Series~ Opposites Attract #1

Setting~ Durham, North Carolina

Source~ Own Kindle eBook

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Review
3.5 Stars
3.5 Out Of 5 "sharp-shooting" STARS
Gunslinger Girl - Lyndsay Ely, James Patterson

 

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Gunslinger Girl

Lyndsay Ely

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Seventeen-year-old Serendipity "Pity" Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six-shooters and perfect aim. She's been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great...

 

In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity's struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Gunslinger Girl is more Dystopian than Western…it's really a somewhat near-future USA devastated by wars and such, with a western feel or flair to it.  Think Annie Oakley (Pity does a sharp-shooter show) in a Revolution (the TV show) type of setting.  With plenty of intrigue and action, it sounds like this could be super cool.  

 

Which is exactly how I felt...but, I don't know what it was exactly, because I didn't connect with the story or the characters all that much.  Basically, it was okay, but it didn't blow me away.  It could be a case of "it's not you, it's me, though.  I have been feeling sorta reading-slump-ish lately.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

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Plot~ 3.7/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 3.3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4.3/5

Ending~ 3.8/5  Cliffhanger~ not really…

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Book Cover~ It's cool…

Narration~ 4 -Christie Moreau, she wasn't bad…

Setting~ Cessation, Future USA

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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Review
4 Stars
4.2 Out Of 5 "don't look into my eyes" STARS
The Deep End of the Sea - Heather Lyons

 

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The Deep End of the Sea

Heather Lyons

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What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

 

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

 

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Heather Lyons is one of my favorite Authors, because of her series The Collectors Society.  If you haven't tried this series yet then you should.

 

I'm not mythology junkie, so I went into this knowing what the average person knows about Greek Mythology.  Which are only the basics.  With that being said…I thought this a deftly done and modern take on Medusa and the Greek Gods, one that I rather enjoyed reading.  The romance was sometimes on the bland side, but for those haters of insta-love, this could be just what they are looking for.  My only qualm was I really wanted more intensity throughout the story instead of only at the very end.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's okay

Setting~ Island of Gorgona, Olympus, Jackson (Wyoming), and Paris

Source~ KU Kindle eBook

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Review
4 Stars
3.8 Out Of 5 "conspiracy theory" STARS
Zeroes: A Novel - Chuck Wendig

 

 

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Zer0es

Chuck Wendig

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When five hackers — an Anonymous-style rabble-rouser, an Arab Spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cypherpunk, and an online troll — are scooped up by the U.S. government and told they face prison sentences or worse, they take the deal that’s offered them: working as white-hat hackers in service to their nation. Forced into an uneasy alliance, threatened by their warring personalities and sabotaged by rival hackers, the five begin to fear for their lives as their orders grow increasingly dark and strange. But it’s only when they discover the truth behind the sinister NSA program that they realize the stakes go well beyond anything they could have imagined . . .

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Full Disclosure:  I was little confused while listening to this…because I'm not hacker proficient.  Did I enjoy the story despite that…yeah…for the most part, I did.  The characters more-so than the plot.  There is plenty of humor in this, albeit profane and lots of techno-action, and actual action, considering it’s a book about hacking and such. 

 

The narration is surprisingly good, considering how many main characters there is in this.  Ray Chase manages to bring these characters to life.  Each of them having their own distinctive voice, including the two females, and even better, neither came off sounding like a whiny bitch.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.8STARS - GRADE=B

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5

The Feels~ 3.5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 3.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.7/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3.7/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ Very Good

Narration~ ☆4.7☆ -Ray Chase

Series~ 1 #1

Setting~ USA (different locations throughout)

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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May Re-Cap
LIFEL1K3 - Jay Kristoff Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin  - Mariana Zapata Honor Among Thieves - Ann Aguirre, Rachel Caine With Malice - Eileen Cook To Kill a Kingdom - Alexandra Christo Midnight at the Electric - Jodi Lynn Anderson Atheists Who Kneel and Pray - Tarryn Fisher White Trash Zombie Unchained - Diana Rowland Just A Little Junk - Stylo Fantome Red Rising - Pierce Brown

 

Another good reading month for me...13 books total.  I could have probably finished a couple more, except I've been doing some major cleaning because we're having another Open House this year for my youngest Daughter.  Thank goodness, I don't have worry about another Graduation until 2021, that sounds so futuristic, but it's only like 3 years away.  This one for my Step-Son.  

 

I had a quite a few books with three-ish to four-ish star ratings and one book that is definitely a favorite of 2018.  I loved Lifel1k3.  I'm obsessively stalking Jay Kristoff on Instagram, so I know when the second book is coming out.  Plus 1 dud...Rhythm, Chord and Malykhin, that one had me rolling my eyes way too much.  I also finished a much-loved Series (White Trash Zombie)...at least I think it's the last one.

 

 

 

(Netgalley e-ARC) Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

Finish Date:  05/02

☆5+☆STARS - GRADE=A++

 

(Audiobook) Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

Finish Date:  05/2/03

☆1.5☆STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Audiobook) Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

Finish Date:  05/07

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) With Malice by Eileen Cook

Finish Date:  05/09

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Finish Date:  05/12

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Finish Date:  05/14

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(eBook) Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  05/15

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland

Finish Date:  05/18

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(eBook) Just A Little Junk by Stylo Fantome

Finish Date:  05/20

☆3.3☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook/eBook) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Finish Date:  05/22

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Finish Date:  05/23

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) Zer0es by Chuck Wendig

Finish Date:  05/28

☆3.8☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(eBook) The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

Finish Date:  05/29

☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

I also had one DNF, which unfortunately was a Netgalley eARC with

 

 

May's Reading consisted of 13 books. 

Broken down to 9 Audiobooks, 2 Netgalley eARC's, and 3 eBooks.

For a total of 4,747 pages (including Audio).

 

Review
3 Stars
3 Out Of 5 "feeling meh..." STARS
Dread Nation - Justina Ireland

 

 

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Dread Nation

Justina Ireland

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Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

 

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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If wanting to like a book is enough, then I would have loved this…but, in reality, I just found it rather dull.  The zombies or "shamblers", were the dullest of them and the story just fell flat for me.  Although, if they had been more kill-y than I probably wouldn't have finished it due to the nightmares I would have had. {{{shrugs shoulders}}}

 

The plot didn't play out the way I envisioned it.  I thought it would center around the civil war and how the walking dead changed how it ended.  But after rereading the synopsis, I realized I shouldn't have thought that…but even knowing that it didn't change my disappointment. (This is why reading the synopsis doesn't spoil the book for me, I don't really pay attention to what it says...)  Overall the story wasn't all bad, but it's likely that I won't read the next book. 

 

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~MY RATING~

3STARS - GRADE=C

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 3/5

Secondary Characters~ 3/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 2/5

Addictiveness~ 2/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3/5 Cliffhanger~  sort of…

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Book Cover~ Awesome, it drew me in…I feel like the cover promised more than I was given…

Narration~ 3 -Bahni Turpin…it's not that she was bad, only that I think they were too many characters for her take on by herself.

Setting~ Alternate United States

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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Review
3 Stars
3 Out Of 5 "Colonized Mars" STARS
Red Rising - Pierce Brown, Tim Gerard Reynolds

 

 

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Red Rising

Pierce Brown

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Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

 

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

 

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

 

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

 

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I took forever to finish this, the audio was difficult to understand…and when I remembered that I had actually purchased this in eBook format, I started reading while listening.  Which helped, but still, it was really difficult for me to stay in the story.  For me Red Rising is plagued with too many characters, plot lines I couldn't always follow and a difficult to discern accent.

 

 This had the potential to be epic, and yet I only felt a smattering of that epic-ness.  The last two-thirds of the book involves some sort competition that I didn't really comprehend why they were doing it in the first place…like what was the point of it?  I believe, if I continue this series, I need to actually read the book and skip the audio.

 

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~MY RATING~

3STARS - GRADE=C

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Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5

The Feels~ 3.5/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 1.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3/5

Originality~ 3.5/5

Ending~ 3/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ Meh…

Narration~  2.5 -Gerard Reynolds…I really didn't like this narration.

Series~ Red Rising #1

Setting~ Mars

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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Review
3.5 Stars
3.3 Out Of 5 "who put that dead body in the trunk of my car" STARS
Just A Little Junk - Stylo Fantome

 

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Just A Little Junk

Stylo Fantome

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Jodi Morgan is having a bad weekend. 

 

After partying a little too hard, she wakes up with a monster hangover and almost no recollection of the night before. So imagine her surprise when she looks in her trunk and instead of finding a spare tire, she finds the last guy she'd danced with before blacking out. 

 

Who is he? How did he get in there? How did he die? And oh dear lord, did she kill him!? 

 

When her older brother's best friend offers to help, things start looking up. They've known each other since she was thirteen, and ten years later, he still treats her like a little kid - surely, committing felonies has to trigger some sort of spark. Together, they wind up going on an adventure that takes them all over Los Angeles. From raves to penthouses to strip clubs. All in the search for the answer to her question. 

 

Who is the dead guy in my trunk!?

 

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If you like a funny, albeit, over the top rom-com, reminiscent of The Hangover with a splash of Weekend at Bernie's, you should give this a try. (((The scene at the rave is my favorite of the whole book))). I thought this was a totally fun read, while not life-changing or anything quite like that, though.  And, other than the twist near the end and everything following after, this could have been a solid 4-stars.  That whole scene…it was just too over the top for me.  But hey, it could make for an entertaining movie, I'm sure.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.3STARS - GRADE=B-

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Plot~ 3.5/5

Main Characters~ 3.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 3/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 2/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's quite cute...

Setting~ Van Nuys & Malibu, California

Source~ I own Kindle eBook

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Review
4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 "Zombie Love" STARS
White Trash Zombie Unchained - Diana Rowland

 

 

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White Trash Zombie Unchained

Diana Rowland

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Angel Crawford has finally pulled herself together (literally!) after her disastrous dismemberment on Mardi Gras. She’s putting the pieces of her life back in order and is ready to tackle whatever the future holds.

 

Too bad the future is a nasty bitch. There’s a new kind of zombie in town: mindless shamblers, infectious and ravenous.

 

With the threat of a full-blown shambler pandemic looming, and a loved one stricken, Angel and the “real” zombies scramble to find a cure. Yet when Angel uncovers the true reason the plague is spreading so quickly, she adds “no-holds-barred revenge” to her to-do list. 

 

Angel is busting her ass dealing with shambling hordes, zombie gators, government jerks, and way too many mosquitos, but this white trash chick ain’t giving up.

 

Good thing, since the fate of the world is resting on her undead shoulders.

 

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I'm thinking this could be the conclusion of the series…if it is, I'm fine with that it tidied everything and everyone up well.  I will miss it, though.  Angel has really grown on me.  I do believe she is my favorite zombie. Her and Liv (iZombie) are running neck and neck. 

 

Somebody finally listened to me griping about the covers because this one is perfect.  This book (the whole series, actually) is a guilty pleasure at it's best…overtly cheesy at times, but sometimes cheesy is okay, at least when you really come to know and love the characters in a story, it can be.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.3/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope…

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Book Cover~ Hands down the best cover of the series.

Narration~ 4.5 -As always Allison McLemore is the voice of Angel Crawford

Series~ White Trash Zombie #6

Setting~ Louisiana

Source~ Own on Audible

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Review
4.5 Stars
4.3 Out Of 5 "musing and mending" STARS
Atheists Who Kneel and Pray - Tarryn Fisher

 

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Atheists Who Kneel and Pray

Tarryn Fisher

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Yara Phillips is a wandering muse. 

 

She dates men who need her but always moves on to something new, never staying in one place for very long. 

 

David Lisey is in need of a muse. 

 

A talented musician lacking lyrical inspiration. When he first sees her, he knows he's found what he's been looking for. 

 

Yara believes she can give David exactly what he needs to reach his full potential: 

A broken heart. 

 

David’s religion is love. 

 

Yara’s religion is heartache. 

 

Neither is willing to surrender, but religion always requires sacrifice.

 

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I really like Tarryn Fisher, l like how she makes her stories unlike any others out there.  Atheists Who Kneel and Pray is a story about a musician and his muse…a story about breaking hearts and finding a way to mend them…an unflinching look into jealousy and commitment issues…and, how just one life-changing event can shape us into who we are…until we break free.  Yara has issues, and I found her difficult to like as a character, yet she ultimately found her way under my skin and I needed to see her broken heart mended...

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Setting~ Seattle, London and Paris

Source~ Own Kindle eBook

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Review
4 Stars
4 Out of 5 "I needed more" STARS
Midnight at the Electric - Jodi Lynn Anderson

 

 

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Midnight at the Electric

Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Kansas, 2065 Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before Launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own. 

 

Oklahoma, 1934 Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called The Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire-- and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life -- Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most. 

 

England, 1919 In the recovery following World War One, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself? 

 

While their stories span thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful. In beloved author Jodi Lynn Anderson’s signature haunting, lyrical prose, human connections spark spellbindingly to life, and a bright light shines on the small but crucial moments that determine one’s fate.

 

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This book is not what the synopsis leads you to believe…It's a story about a turtle and how he has touched different lives through the passage of many years…its…mystifying yet enchanting…and nonetheless, it still needed something more. I think it could have been perfect if it was just a little bit longer.  Which is not how I usually feel about a book.  What I got from this was perfect…I just wanted a little more of that...

 

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~MY RATING~

4STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 3.8/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 3.8/5 Cliffhanger~ ???

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Narration~ 5 -Amazingly done by all three narrators… Jorjeana Marie, Bailey Carr & Fiona Hardingham.

Setting~ Kansas mostly…and England--past and future

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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Review
4.5 Stars
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
To Kill a Kingdom - Alexandra Christo

 

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most--a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens are more than an unsavory hobby--it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of the siren kind for good--But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

 

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A darkish Little Mermaid retelling…what more do you need to say? 

 

Narration for this was spot-on.  Stephanie Willis sultry voice was fantastic and she evoked the darkness that is Lira beautifully so.   I absolutely loved her POV.  Jacob York is satisfactory for the level-headed Elian.  My only issue is I wasn't always able to stay in this while listening.  I think it was mostly during Elian's POV…I easily forgot that I was supposed to be paying attention. (((This may have been influenced by my free-cell addiction)))

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 3.8/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Narration~ 5☆ -Stephanie Willis & Jacob York were both fantastic.

Setting~ Sea Kingdom of Keto

Source~ Own on Audible

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