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
2.5 Stars
Please tell me if this gets better as the series goes on???
All Systems Red - Martha Wells

 

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In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

 

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

 

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

 

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I've seen this series all over my feeds and I thought, I might as well try it, people seem to like it.  Well...I'm afraid that I didn't love and I'm not sure I even liked it.  Maybe it was due to the overly bland voice for the narration...I just couldn't stay focused on the story for anything.  It was too easy to tune it out, unfortunately.  I did have some moments where I almost kind of liked Murderbot, though...he was developing a sense of humor at least.  I just need to know, does it get better with the next book?

 

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2.5STARS - GRADE=D+

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Plot⇝ 2.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 2/5
The Feels⇝ 2.5/5
Pacing⇝ 2/5
Addictiveness⇝2/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 2.7/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 2.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 2.5/5
Originality⇝ 2/5
Ending⇝ 2.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝
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Book Cover⇝ Meh...it's fine, I guess.
Narration⇝ ☆2☆ for Kevin R. Free
Series⇝ The Murderbot Diaries #1
Setting⇝ Deep Space ???
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
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Review
4 Stars
The wonderful characters more than make up for the implausible elements of the plot.
Unloved, a love story - Katy Regnery

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My name is Cassidy Porter...

 

My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.

 

Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware - every day of my life - that I am his child, his only son.

 

To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.

 

I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.

 

It's a promise I would have kept...if Brynn Cadogan hadn't stumbled into my life.

 

Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain...

 

Unloved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At first, the narration took some getting used to, especially for Cassidy's voice, with his Maine accent.  Eventually, I did get used to it, which is probably due to the insane amount of love that I had for this guy.  The feels, OMG!  (Maybe, I was partial to Cassidy because I really love that name, after all, I named my daughter Cassidy.)

 

Seriously, I loved these characters, both Cassidy and Brynn pull at the heartstrings, and I was totally rooting for them...and then the twist at the end comes about and I kind of felt like it was a little too much to believe.  But all in all, I couldn't let it take my love for this story away.  

 

 

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5 
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4.3/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.7/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's a bleeding heart...for crying out loud.
Narration⇝ ☆4☆ for Maxine Mitchell & Joe Arden, I definitely liked the female voice more than the male voice.
Setting⇝ Mount Katahdin, Maine
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
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Review
4 Stars
The South American setting is just one of the elements that make this so unique...
Not Even Bones (Market of Monsters) - Rebecca Schaeffer

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Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed.
Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” Then her mom brings home a living specimen, and Nita decides she wants out. But there’s a problem: Nita herself is a supernatural being and a prime target for the black market if anyone ever found out. When Nita decides to help her mother's latest victim escape, she ends up taking his place instead. Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she needs to escape and make sure no one can ever sell her again. And to do that, there’s no line Nita won’t cross.  

 

 

 

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Not Even Bones is unlike any other paranormal book.  Nita is unlike any other heroine I've ever read, too.  It's kind of in a league of its own.  Some would classify this as YA, but I'm not one of them.

 

Sometimes paranormal or supernatural will read sort of like fantasy...but not this, it feels like a more realistic world where supernatural beings just exist, anywhere from a Unicorn to a Dolphin Girl.  It's super wild and freaky strange.  Then there this seedy underbelly where some will sell body parts of the supernatural beings...all I can say is this is one hell of a freaky AF ride.  Oh yeah, I almost forgot...this has a cliffhanger that will have you thinking...seriously, WTF!  

 

 

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4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.2/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Yes!
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Book Cover⇝ I like it.
Series⇝ Market of Monsters #1
Setting⇝ South America
Source⇝ Kindle eBook (Library)
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Review
5 Stars
The broken girls of Idlewild...
The Broken Girls - Simone St. James

 

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Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants--the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming--until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . . 
 
Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister's boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can't shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.
 
When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past--and a voice that won't be silenced. . . .
 
 
 
 

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A well deserved 5 stars.  The jump between two different time periods can be exceptionally difficult to follow, especially in audio format, but this book pulled it off flawlessly, despite having one narrator.  She had a different cadence to her voice for each of the MC's, and I was always able to know just whose timeline I was in throughout the entire story.  With a very intricately woven plotline, and dynamic characters, The Broken Girls is a must listen.  I found the way she worked the ghost into the story made this more of a realistic story with a splash of paranormal instead of a paranormal story with some realistic aspects added to it.  For me, this worked perfectly.
 
 

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☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 
 
 
 

 

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Plot⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's amazing actually
Narration⇝ ☆5☆ for Rebecca Lowman
Setting⇝ Barrons, Vermont
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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November Re-Cap

 

While I only read a total of 10 books plus 1 novella this month, which is lower than what I've been reading lately, I've had some really good reads/listens this month. With the exception of one DNF, I only had 2 ratings under 4 and a half stars....so November has totally been a quality reading month over quantity.  I'll take that!  I also started a blog...again.  What can I say, I cannot make up my mind whether or not I want a blog or not.  So...we will see how this goes for me. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Uncanny by Sarah Fine

Finish Date:  11/01

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

(eBook on Riveted) These Precious Scars by Emily Suvada

Finish Date:  11/02

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

(Kindle eBook) Beyond What Is Given by Rebecca Yarros

Finish Date:  11/05

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

(Audiobook) This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

Finish Date:  11/08

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

(Audiobook) Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young

Finish Date:  11/10

☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

(Kindle eBook) This Is Love by Caroline Nolan

Finish Date:  11/12

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

(Audiobook) The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Finish Date:  11/16

☆3.2☆STARS - GRADE=C+

 

 

(Netgalley eARC) You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn

Finish Date:  11/19

☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Into The Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner

Finish Date:  11/20

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

(Audiobook) The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

Finish Date:  11/26

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

(Audiobook) Kill The Queen by Jennifer Estep (Review Pending)

Finish Date:  11/30

☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A


11 books total, 7 of which were Audiobooks, 3 were eBooks and 1 Netgalley eARC. 

Plus 1 DNF (I dnf'd this early on, it just wasn't for me)

 

 

For a grand total (including Audiobooks) of 3,682 Pages!

 

My Choice for Best Cover for the Month of November is

 

 

 

Review
5 Stars
A magically delicious start to a new adult fantasy series...
Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep

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In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

 

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

 

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

 

But as the bloodthirsty Vasilia exerts her power, pushing Bellona to the brink of war, Evie’s fate becomes clear: she must become a fearsome gladiator herself . . . and kill the queen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This first entry in the Crown of Shards Series opens up with this magically fantastical and intriguing world that feels part medieval mixed with some modern flourishes.  The cover encompasses this medieval-modern-ness that it has going on, perfectly. This is billed as Gladiator meets Game of Thrones (albeit it's a whole lot cleaner than GOT) and from what I know of those works...it's a fairly apt description. 

 

This book doesn't burden you with a whole lot of info dumping, it cuts right to the action and doesn't let up until the end.  This fast-pace is paired with a 28-year-old heroine that isn't the typical teenager heroine that you get with Fantasy.  There is also only a splash of romance and it's kept fairly tame, but for me personally, I hope that the romance heats up a bit in the second book.  Overall this was exquisitely bad-ass and I couldn't stop listening and I totally can't wait to listen to the sequel.

 

 

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☆5STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Plot⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ "to be continued"
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Book Cover⇝ Love it!  It is rather badass...
Narration⇝ ☆4.5☆ for Lauren Fortgang, I liked her better in this than I did in the Grisha Trilogy.
Series⇝ Crown of Shards #1
Setting⇝ Bellona
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
4.5 Stars
A realistic portrayal of rape culture and so much more...
The Nowhere Girls - Amy Reed

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Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.
Who are the Nowhere Girls?
They’re every girl. But they start with just three:
Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.
Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.
Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may, in fact, be an android.
When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at the school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.
Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

 

 

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The Nowhere girls started off feeling very YA with emphasis on the Y.  It also had its instances that felt very preachy with its WWJD (what would Jesus do) moments...and I don't do religion all that well.  But it quickly became more than that, it takes the very serious subject matter of rape and gives you an uplifting tale of what you can do to make a difference...to make a stand...when you set your mind and heart on doing so.  It takes the feeling of hopelessness that Asking For It gave me and turned it into something hopeful.  With an exceptionally diverse cast of characters, that totally rocked, this book crept up on me and made me love it.

 

 

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 


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Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's okay...
Narration⇝ ☆4☆ for Rebekkah Ross, she wasn't too bad, she did have slightly different voices for each of the three main characters, but I still think it would have been better with three narrators.
Setting⇝ Prescott, Oregon
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
4 Stars
This series is compellingly told in Audio format
Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel - Meg Gardiner, Hillary Huber

 

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Inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, an exhilarating thriller in which FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer
 
In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.
 
Caitlin and the FBI's serial crime unit discover the first victim's body in the woods. She's laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest's darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style--posed like Snow White awaiting her prince's kiss. 
 
To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology--that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy--dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin's profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people's trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims. 
 
 
 

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If I rated for the intensity of the last third of the book, this would be an easy 5 Stars...but I deducted a little for not only the somewhat meandering pace at the beginning of the book but also for the awkward sections of the story where they delved into Caitlin's personal life...they didn't feel relatable to me.  Although, in the first book it worked just fine for me, maybe, it's due to the different locale???  
 
I love a good profiling case, I find it very intriguing.  I didn't know or remember any of the details of Ted Bundy's actual case, so I went into this basically blind.  I did, however, google it after I finished the book, and I can say there are similarities to that case, but lots of differences too.  Overall, I found the first book the best of the two, but I' m looking forward to the next book in the series.
 

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☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 3.8/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Intensity⇝ 4.2/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.7/5
Originality⇝ 4.2/5
Ending⇝ 4.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ ...yeah.
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Book Cover⇝ Okayish
Narration⇝ ☆4.5☆ for Hilary Huber, she totally works for Caitlin Hendrix.
Series⇝ UNSUB #2
Setting⇝ Mostly Austin, TX
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
 
 
 
Review
5 Stars
A Sweet and Sassy Country Music Story that's sure to please...
You'd Be Mine: A Novel - Erin Hahn

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Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.


Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

 

 

 

 

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I really thought this was going to come off as overly heavy with the Young of Young Adult, but it surprised me, it deals with some heavy issues and does it surprisingly well.  With a feel that reminds me of Open Road Summer, this story did not disappoint and I think I liked this even more than that book.  The romance has all the feels, even for YA...and I loved every one of the characters so much.  I was also blown away by the songwriting, especially "you'd be mine" and how it embodies the whole story. I would love to hear it put to music.  Since I'm from Michigan, I loved that Annie and even the Author is too.  There was even a shout-out to Grand Rapids, which I live only a little north of.


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4.8STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

 

 Breakdown of Ratings  

 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5

Main Characters⇝ 5/5

Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5

The Feels⇝ 5/5

Pacing⇝ 4.5/5

Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5

Originality⇝ 5/5

Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.

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Book Cover⇝ It's okay...

Setting⇝ Michigan/Indiana and all over the United States

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

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Review
3 Stars
Full disclosure: I don't necessarily know Mary Shelly's story of Frankenstein, I only know of movies and such depicting it. Also, I'm not a fan of the Classics...
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White

 

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Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the year's pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
 
 
 
 

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This is not a terrible story, or badly written...I just don't think it was my kind of story.  I couldn't connect with the characters or the story itself...but I know that others have.  It felt overwhelmingly depressing and it switched timelines constantly and I never knew where or what time we were in.  The latter could have been due to listening on audio, with not enough quiet space between each time period to differentiate between them.  Overall, I couldn't keep myself engaged in the story.  The only part I actually liked was the last 45 minutes of the story.

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☆3.2☆STARS - GRADE=C

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 2.8/5
Main Charactes⇝3.2/5
Secondary Characters⇝3/5
The Feels⇝ 2.5/5
Pacing⇝ 2.8/5
Addictiveness⇝2.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝3/5 
Backdrop (World Building)⇝3.8/5
Originality⇝4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope. 
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Book Cover⇝I love it! I wish I loved the story as much...
Narration⇝ Katherine McEwan, not too bad...
Setting⇝ Somewhere gloomy...or England
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
5 Stars
This is Love by Caroline Nolan
This Is Love - Caroline O'Nolan

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Rachel Miller had love, life, and happiness...until she didn't.

Uncertain of how to cope and move on without him, Rachel's life comes to halt as she mourns the loss of her fiance Ben. Then one night she discovers it doesn't have to.

By way of dreams, Rachel and Ben continue to live the life they had planned together. It's unconventional, it's not even real, but it's enough for Rachel. For the first time since Ben's death, she's happy...whole. That is until she runs into someone she barely knew from years ago and suddenly real life is just as great as her dream one.

Now Rachel doesn't know what to do. Will letting someone new in threaten what she has with Ben? Or will their love story threaten her new happiness? Is it crazy to chase after a ghost while being caught up by someone very real?
 
 
 
 
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Another win for me in the romance genre...yay...sometimes I feel like I'm losing all my interest in this genre, but books like this one are helping to restore it.

The blurb only tells you about the fiancé who Rachel loses, it only hints at the new man she meets...and he (Jax) is at the center of this story and Jax is one who had a hand in making this story so memorable for me.  This story at its core is about grieving and learning to move on from that grief.  With characters who not only feel real but are also relatable, and a sorrowful but ultimately uplifting storyline to go with them, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
 
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☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 
 
 
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Plot⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝  It's kind of gray, but it goes with the story well.
Setting⇝ Maybe, Chicago...it doesn't really specify.
Source⇝ I own Kindle eBook
 

Review
5 Stars
Sometimes the simplest of messages can mean so much...to me this story is all about its message...
Sky in the Deep - Adrienne  Young

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Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.
 
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
 
Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
 
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
 
 
 
 

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While this story's message is a well-known one but, it's still an important one.  The reviews for this are all over the place, some loved and some did not even like.  I obviously really liked it, maybe possibly loved it, even.  Some said it was cliché, and not true to the Viking heritage...I didn't feel that way at all (not that I'm super knowledgeable about Viking heritage).  I believe if you go into this thinking that is Viking-inspired and not true Viking, you won't set yourself up for disappointment. 

Maybe, it was the narration that made me so invested in this story...the narration is excellently done, after all.  Maybe it's the fact that it is a stand-alone...I do love stand-alone's.  I think it's both of these things actually...plus the vivid writing and I seriously loved Fiske, and truly loved Eelyn and Fiske together.   éé

 

 

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4.8STARS - GRADE=A

 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.7/5 
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.5/5
Originality⇝ 4.2/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.  It's a stand-alone!
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Book Cover⇝  Amazing
Narration⇝ ☆5☆ for Khristine Hvam...I've always liked her.  She always does a powerful female character justice.
Setting⇝ Between the Aska and Riki Villages...The Mountains and the Fjord.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
4.5 Stars
This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada...Book #2 in This Mortal Coil Series.
This Cruel Design - Emily Suvada

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*Do Not Read if you haven't read This Mortal Coil (Book 1) **My review is safe to read, though.

 

The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.

Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing—Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.

When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of gene-hackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for.

But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.

 

 
 
 
 

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I seriously loved the first book in this series...and I almost, but not quite, loved the second book, too.  When I wrote about This Mortal Coil, I said this was completely comprehensible and seriously compelling story, especially for a book involving gene hacking, splicing, decoding and lots of technical terms and such.  I wish I could say that this book was the same for me...and it almost was, I just got a little lost in the beginning (and maybe, a little throughout)...but, eventually things started clicking for me.  The storyline goes in a direction that I didn't see coming at all and the end is kind of mind-blowing.  Almost literally, so.  All I can say is, I'm not looking forward to the wait for the third book. 

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☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.3/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.5/5 
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.2/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Most definitely...
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Book Cover⇝ Explosive...
Narration⇝ ☆4.5☆ for Skye Bennett, her voice feels right for Cat.
Series⇝ This Mortal Coil #2
Setting⇝ A Futuristic United States
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
4.5 Stars
Kudos for a well-written series, Rebecca Yarros.
Beyond What is Given - Rebecca Yarros

 

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Lt. Grayson Masters is focused on graduating the Apache helicopter course, and the last thing he needs is his gorgeous new roommate Samantha Fitzgerald distracting him. While her smart mouth and free spirit are irresistibly irritating, he can’t deny their off-the-charts chemistry, no matter how hard he tries.

Having just been expelled from college, Sam has no business digging for Grayson’s secrets while she’s hiding her own, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to tear down his walls. Each barrier she busts through drops one of her own, though, and she’s not prepared for the truth: another woman laid claim to Grayson’s heart long ago.

Falling in love is something neither Grayson nor Sam can afford, and when that line is crossed and secrets are exposed, they’ll learn that sometimes it’s the answered prayers that will put you through hell.
 
 
 
 

 

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I don't read a lot of NA lately, because it's really difficult to find something original that doesn't seem like contrived BS.  This is one of the good ones, in fact, I've liked the whole series so far.  Great characters, with real-life issues finding a way to be with one another.  Plus bonus points for integrating the characters from previous books in the series so well, I loved seeing how Josh, Ember, Paisley, and Jagger are doing, also. There were even some twists at the end that I didn't see coming.  

 

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☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-
 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 4.7/5
Pacing⇝ 4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.2/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope. 
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Book Cover⇝ Typical NA cover
Series⇝ Fight & Glory #3
Setting⇝ Ft. Rucker, Alabama and Nags Head, North Carolina
Source⇝ Kindle eBook (Library)
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4 Stars
Uncanny by Sarah Fine
Uncanny - Sarah Fine

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Two sisters. One death. No memories.

Cora should remember every detail about the night her stepsister, Hannah, fell down a flight of stairs to her death, especially since her Cerepin—a sophisticated brain-computer interface—may have recorded each horrifying moment. But when she awakens after that night, her memories gone, Cora is left with only questions—and dread of what the answers might mean.

When a downward spiral of self-destruction forces Cora to work with an AI counselor, she finds an unexpected ally, even as others around her grow increasingly convinced that Hannah’s death was no accident. As Cora’s dark past swirls chaotically with the versions of Hannah’s life and death that her family and friends want to believe, Cora discovers the disturbing depths of what some people may do—including herself.

With her very sanity in question, Cora is forced to face her greatest fear. She will live or die by what she discovers.

 

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Uncanny's setting is a frightening future that doesn't seem too far off...with integrated AI controlling almost every aspect of our lives.  Always watching...always learning.  Despite having some eww moments with some AI/human love, I ended up really liking this.  This story is infinitely thought-provoking and deals with a lot of existential type principals.   The narration was mostly well done, despite the annoying level of screechyness that Bailey Carr's voice could reach.
 

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☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.2/5 
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.7/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4.2/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It sort of creeps me out.
Narration⇝ Bailey Carr (3.5☆) & Scott Merriman (5☆) his voice was perfect for the AI
Setting⇝ Year 2069
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
 

October Re-Cap
Alice - Christina Henry Evertrue - Brodi Ashton An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen Winterblaze - Kristen Callihan Archangel's Consort - Nalini Singh Wayward - Blake Crouch Pack - Mike Bockoven The Last Town - Blake Crouch When We Caught Fire - Anna Godbersen I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga

 

Happy Halloween, sitting here...and not getting a single trick or treater, we never have since I lived here (busy road). 

 

I finished fewer books this month than I have with previous months, but I didn't too bad with 13.  I also managed to pull off a black-out on Halloween Bingo.  So yay me.  Again, most of my read books are technically Audiobooks, so hey, what can I say?  I really like them.  I had some decent books for the month, but I'm still feeling disappointed by The Darkest Star...I was really excited about it when I got approved for it on Netgalley.

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Alice by Christina Henry

Finish Date:  10/01/18

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Finish Date:  10/04

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Netgalley eARC) An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Finish Date:  10/08

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Finish Date:  10/09

4STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Finish Date:  10/11

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Wayward by Blake Crouch

Finish Date:  10/13

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Pack by Mike Bockoven

Finish Date:  10/15

3.3STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) The Last Town by Blake Crouch

Finish Date:  10/16

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

Finish Date:  10/19

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Finish Date:  10/22

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Seeds of Iniquity by JA Redmerski

Finish Date:  10/23

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Netgalley eARC) The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  10/27

2.7STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

Finish Date:  10/29

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

 

11 Audiobooks and 2 eARC's and I also, unfortunately, had one DNF...

 

 

 

My choice for the best cover of the month is...a tie between these two covers:

 

 

and...

 

 

 

 

 

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