Leah's Bookish Obsessions

Leah's Bookish Obsessions

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

 

The non-spoiler reviews I write are more concise or succinct, than most of the others you might find out there.  I also have an added feature in my reviews...I like to pick a song that embodies what the book represents to me.

Review
5 Stars
The Themis Files --Part 2
Waking Gods: Book 2 of The Themis Files - Sylvain Neuvel

Book Title:  Waking Gods

Author:  Sylvain Neuvel

Series:  The Themis Files #2

Genre:  Science Fiction, Fantasy

Publisher:  Del Ray

SourceI received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

It Has Begun by Starset  --If a book or series has anything to do with outer space, aliens, or just persevering…than Starset wrote the soundtrack for it.  This lyric video is awesome…like Themis herself is stomping around.♫

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5+/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5+

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5+/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  …you could say that.

 

Will I continue this series?  Umm…YEAH!  This is a must read series for anyone, at least I think so.

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I wished for this on Netgalley, right after I did that; I thought I really would rather listen to this on Audio.  Since I listened to the first book in the series, Sleeping Giants, on Audio and it was one of the best audiobooks ever.  I figured I wouldn't actually win the chance to read this one, and I was okay with that…guess what…I won.  I never win anything.

I missed the full cast of characters giving each person their own voice, but I still was freaking totally engaged in this story.  It Rocks!  I'm fairly certain I will still have to listen to this on Audio, maybe, right before the 3rd book comes out.  Overall, I'm not disappointed I won this and had the opportunity to read this before it releases in April 2017.

There is some buzz out there about Sony Pictures adapting this series to film.  I really hope it happens, because it will rock as a movie series.  I also fervently hope they make it everything that it can be…

 

 

 

If you click the pic above it will link to the source of the movie info.

 

Review
4 Stars
Another Series Complete...A Spoiler Free Review for the whole Series.
Calamity (The Reckoners) - Brandon Sanderson

Book Title:  Calamity

Author:  Brandon Sanderson

Series:  Reckoners #3

Genre:  Science Fiction, Dystopian, YA

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Hero by Foo Fighters  --I think the title says it all…and this came to me right after I finished reading this.   It's for David, of course...my fav character.♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  4/5

Characters:  4.3/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  No, not really…

 

Will I read more from this Author?  IDK…

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

This really is a satisfying ending to the Reckoners Series…I liked it, but…

 

 

 

I loved the first book in this series, it was inventive and clever.  The second book came out and I listened to it on audio, and I blamed the audio on why I couldn't fully connect.  I decided I would readCalamity because of that.  So…back to book format and I still couldn't fully connect.  I have to say, that sometimes, I just didn't know what was going on, like it was too complex for me.  I think this was a case of it's-not-you-it's-me.  I have to say though, that for me, David, is one of the best characters I have ever encountered.  It's by far the reason that I kept reading this series.

This third book introduced some intriguing elements to this world and it opened up opportunities for a spin-off series.  Will I read those when or if they come out?  Only time will tell…maybe if David is in them.

 

 
Review
5 Stars
The Summer Games --Book 1
Settling the Score - S.R. Grey

Book Title:  Settling the Score

Author:  R. S. Grey

Narration:  Amanda Dolan & Shaun Grindell

Series:  The Summer Games #1

Genre:  New Adult, Sports Romance

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Wonderwall by Oasis  --Actually the Author picked it, because It's mentioned in the book…sometimes they pick the perfect songs...♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5+/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Not at all

 

Will I continue this series?  Possibly…I'm torn…maybe I'll try a different book by her.

 

 

 

My Thoughts⇜ 

 

I would like to thank the Author for writing a story with the perfect blend of sexy stuff, angsty love, humor and some olympic inspired drama.  Everything about this clicked with me.  I loved it.  That's why I'm so bummed, that the second book in the series, has so many reviews that are two stars or less...

 

Narration is excellently done by Amanda Dolan, she has a great voice for this genre of book…and she did an excellent English accent as well (at least from this American girls pov).  Shaun Grindell did the male pov and he was good too, but I think I would of liked a more masculine voice for Freddie.

⇝Sex Factor⇜  Just the right amount of well written sexy scenes…

 

 

 
Review
4 Stars
This has sharp shooters, hangings, gold digging and a saloon brawl...just to name a few...
Vengeance Road - Erin Bowman

Book Title:  Vengeance Road

Author:  Erin Bowman

Narration:  Amy Rubinate

Series:  Vengeance Road #1

Genre:  Western, YA, Romance

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

 

 Gold by Imagine Dragons  --Well gold is at the root of all evil…isn't it???  It's also the root of this story.

♫First comes the blessing of all that you've dreamed

But then comes the curses of diamonds and rings

Only at first did it have its appeal

But now you can't tell the false from the real

Who can you trust?♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I continue this series?  Yeah, I might.  I swear when I started reading this it was a stand-alone, and by the time I finished it, there was a second book added.

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I needed something different and this fit; since I really don't read a lot of westerns.  The audio was well done by Amy Rubinate complete with a western twang. 

I would of liked a little more character development, especially with Jesse, he came off as a douche most of the time, and I didn't really like him at first, he was only marginally better by the end.  He is definitely a man of few words.  Kate is a gutsy, take-no-crap kind of girl and I liked her.   There's a twist near the end, I didn't see coming at all.  Overall, I wish the ending…let's just say…went a little differently than it did.

 

 ⇝Sex Factor⇜  The romance is very subtle, and completely clean.

 

Review
4 Stars
I, Robot meets Beauty and the Beast…
Ensnared - Rita Stradling

Book Title: Ensnared

Author: Rita Stradling

Series: Stand-Alone

Genre: Modern Fairytale Retelling, Romance

Publisher: This is a Kindle Scout Book

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

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Alive by Adelitas Way  --This is for Alainn and Lorccan…I searched for awhile on the internet looking at all sorts of songs and then decided to listen to my own songs and found this one, I thought…this is perfect!!!  This song actually makes me like this story a little more than I already did.

 

♫And I'll be hanging on every word you say to me.

Hanging on a feeling that I get,

'Cause you make me

Laugh a little louder,

Love a little harder.♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5 Cliffhanger:  No

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I would

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I really liked this, is it without faults, no, but the faults did not take away from my overall enjoyment.

The writing starts out a little choppy, but evens itself out for the most part, about a 1/3 of the way through.  At least I think it did…or I could have just adjusted to the style.  I liked the futuristic aspect of this, it just doesn't always come off as believable.  There are elements that transpire that seem over-the-top and hard to fathom but, ultimately the sweet love story of Alainn and Lorccan is what kept me reading.  Plus, the oddly weird, but mostly likable assortment of supporting characters…especially the monkeys.  I loved the monkeys!

⇝Sex Factor⇜  This is a Beauty and the Beast spin for the adult crowd, while it is explicit at times it's not overdone at all.

 

Review
2.5 Stars
Wink, Poppy & Midnight...
Wink Poppy Midnight - Alicyn Packard, April Genevieve Tucholke, Caitlin Davies, Michael Crouch

Book Title:  Wink Poppy Midnight

Author:  April Genevieve Tucholke

Narration:  Michael Crouch, Alicyn Packard & Caitlin Davies

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  YA, Mystery, Magical Realism

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Foolin' by Def Leppard  --Since Poppy is my favorite character...this song is for her.  She is an evil bitch…but at least she admits it…

♫Lady luck never smiles

So lend your love to me awhile

Do with me what you will

Break the spell take your fill

On and on we rode the storm

The flame has died and the fire has gone

Oh, this empty bed is a night alone

I realized that long ago♫

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  2/5

Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  2/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme:  2/5

Flow:  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5 The best thing about this book!

Narration:   4/5

Ending:  2/5  Cliffhanger: No, but it feels like something is unresolved.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Maybe not...

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

Going into this, I knew it would be an odd story, but I thought what the hell…I figured at least, if nothing else, it's a short story.  At least the audio version is at just over 5 hours.

 

Poppy was by the far the most gratifying character, the sort you love to hate.  Like Regina George in Mean Girls.  Wink was a close second for reasons I'll not say…and Midnight…Well, I love his name, especially his answer to how he received the name.  So, he was the least memorable character and his pov is the prevailing one...enough said.  In the end, it was the shortness of this that killed it for me, and the fact, that overall it didn't surprise me with where it went. 

⇝Sex Factor⇜  There is a ton of sex going on…it's not really explicit (thank goodness) minor sex that's explicit is just uncomfortable…I mean…eww.  This got some points knocked off for it's blatant promiscuity and no mention of birth control or anything.  

 

Final Update: Romance Bingo 2017

Romance Bingo 

 

A Reading Challenge:  I'm a little late in updating because I needed to post my review for my final book in this challenge (Moonglow, which, I finished reading on 2/25). It wasn't going to count towards a bingo or anything so I wasn't in a hurry to get it posted...

 

 

 

Urban Fantasy Square

 

How it fits:  Moonglow is like a Victorian London Urban Fantasy...

 

***I only managed to get two Bingo's total but I feel I didn't do too bad, especially considering, I had the flu in February.

 

My squares I finished:

♡ Twins-  Rule by Jay Crownover

♡ Virgin Best First Time-An English Bride in Scotland by Lindsay Sands

♡ Love (free space)-Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

♡ Blown Away- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

♡ Key To My Heart- Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

♡ New Adult- Boomerang by Noelle August

♡ Fairytale Retelling-  Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

♡ Secret Billionaire- All The Pretty Lies by M. Leighton

♡ Second Chances- Making Faces by Amy Harmon

♡ Wedding Bells- Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

♡ Love is Murder- Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

♡ Young Adult- Raging Star by Moira Young

♡ Urban Fantasy- Moonglow by Kristen Callihan

 

***13/25 SQUARES***

Review
4 Stars
Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
Moonglow - Kristen Callihan

 

Book Title:  Moonglow

Author:  Kristen Callihan

Series:  Darkest London #2

Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 

Source:  Kindle E-book (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Wolf Bite by Owl City --It's for Ian, he's just a Lycan trying to find his way…♫

 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5 

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  The last couple of lines of the book more or less set up the next book in the series.

 

Will I continue this series?  That's a good question…I'm not sure of the answer.  Time will tell.

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

If you find a paranormal/victorian era London with some uniquely interesting twists on the supernatural; your kind of jam, then the Darkest London series is probably perfect for you.

For me, I'm having a difficult time pinpointing what it is about this series that makes me struggle with connecting with the story.  I've thought about it, and the best I can come up with; is it's tendency to be too accurate for the time period.  Which, actually shouldn't really be a bad thing…I know.  And yet still, I struggle with getting through this, same as the first book in the series.  Anyway, eventually, about half-way, the action and the plot thickens and I was easily more engaged.

Overall, I wanted to like this more than I did…and I tried like hell to do so.  I will say, this 2nd book was better than the first, much more paranormal-ish than Firelight, was.  The ending is very unique, also.  I'm thinking, maybe, I should just stick with her more contemporary books.

⇝Sex Factor⇜  The sex is explicit, but good.  Other than this author's tendency to call certain body parts by a particular word that just annoys me…but, maybe, that's just me.  At least she doesn't have overly long drawn out sex scenes as plot filler.

 

Review
4 Stars
She's Fighting For Her Country
Front Lines - Michael Grant

Book Title:  Front Lines

Author:  Michael Grant

Narration:  Therese Plummer & Erin Mallon

Series:  Soldier Girl #1

Genre:  WW II, Alternate History, Older YA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

♫I researched many songs of the 40's that were popular during WWII and I felt my theme song should be by a women and also have the right sound for the times and I narrowed it down to this song…I'll Be Seeing You by Billie Holiday --It has the right tone and even if I couldn't find just the right lyric video (for some reason I prefer those, I really wish I was capable of making my own) it fits the best.♫

 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  4.3/5

Flow:  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration: 3.5 /5

Ending:  3.5/5  Cliffhanger:  sort of…

 

Will I continue this series?  Ummm…maybe.

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

An interesting, albeit long, (a little too long and slow at times) sometimes poignant, sometimes sad, and at other times triumphant look on what it would have been like if females were allowed in combat situations in World War II.  As fair warning; there are some graphic depictions in this…it is A war, afterall.

 

Told in three different pov's throughout the book, with the possibility of a fourth, (I think that's the role of the second female narrator, whose identity is never actually revealed).  Each girl is unique and compelling in her own way, and would have been more outstanding if each girl had her own narrator.  Otherwise, the narration was mostly well done. 

 ⇝Sex Factor⇜ No actual explicit sex, this is kept fairly clean in that respect.  There's actually not a lot of romance in this, but there is a little.

 

Romance Bingo 2017 Post #10, #11 & #12

Romance Bingo 

 

A Reading Challenge

 

 

 

Wedding Bells, Love is Murder & Young Adult Squares

 

!!!Another Bingo!!!

 

How it fits:  Wedding Bells with Kiss An Angel because they get married as part of an arranged marriage at the very beginning of the book.  Love is Murder with Killer Instinct because...well the title sorta says it killer, so yeah...and Young Adult with Raging Star because it's considered a YA series & there's some kind of romance there.

My squares so far:

Twins-  Rule by Jay Crownover

Virgin Best First Time-An English Bride in Scotland by Lindsay Sands

Love (free space)-Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Blown Away- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Key To My Heart- Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

New Adult- Boomerang by Noelle August

Fairytale Retelling-  Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Secret Billionaire- All The Pretty Lies by M. Leighton

Second Chances- Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Wedding Bells- Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Love is Murder- Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Young Adult- Raging Star by Moira Young

Review
2.5 Stars
Raging Star and Dust Lands Trilogy
Raging Star (Dust Lands, #3) - Moira Young

Book Title:  Raging Star

Author:  Moira Young

Narration:  Heather Lind

Series:  Dust Lands #3

Genre:  Dystopian, Love & Stuff, YA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Flares by The Script  --The words are for Saba…Did you regret nothing???

 

♫Did you lose what won't return?

Did you love but never learn?

The fire's out but still it burns

And no one cares, there's no one there

Did you find it hard to breathe?

Did you cry so much that you could barely see?

You're in the darkness all alone

And no one cares, there's no one there♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  2.5/5

Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  2/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme:  1/5

Flow:  2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  2/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  2.5/5  Cliffhanger:  no

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Idk????

 

 

Series Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

 (Blood Red Road -4.7 Rebel Heart -3.5 Raging Star -2.5)

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

This series has ultimately disappointed me…I've tried to figure out if I regret reading it at all, and to tell the truth…I'm just not sure…a part of me is, though.  I have loved the narration on this series by Heather Lind, but even that got on my nerves towards the end of this book.  Maybe, that's Saba's fault too. 

I'm just not happy with the decisions that Saba, Jack and Tommo have been making.  I was also seriously disappointed in the heart stone, (really, it is sort of a character) how could it light up for both of them?  I didn't like that at all.  After the debacle that was Rebel Heart, where everyone made some rash decisions, it was clear that Raging Heart had to have something epic happen to put it back on the 'loving this' train.  Clearly, that didn't happen for me.

⇝Sex Factor⇜ Yes, there is sex but not explicit.  It's not a clean read, for sure.

 

 

 
Review
5 Stars
Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Killer Instinct (The Naturals Book 2) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 

Book Title:  Killer Instinct

Author:  Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series:  The Naturals #2

Genre:  YA, Mystery, Splash of Romance

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Monster You Made by Pop Evil  --For Dean…the backstory between Dean and his father that we learn about in this installment is completely captivating.

♫Erase this monster I've become

Forgive me for all the damage done

It's not over

Say it's not over

I'm begging for mercy

I'm only the monster you made me♫

 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  no…more like a "to be continued"

 

Will I continue this series?  Most definitely…I'm hooked on this series.

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I'm loving this series so far.  A mash between Alias and Profiler, but with teens.  This series would make for a great TV show. 

With both the probability and the improbability of The Naturals program addressed in this book, it has me completely hooked.  A well thought out plot intertwined with a thought-provoking mystery and some very interesting characters.  The Naturals Series grabs you and doesn't let you go…not even when you get to the end of each installment.  I'm definitely ready for the next one.

⇝Sex Factor⇜ It's talked about, but this is actually quite clean.

 

Review
3.5 Stars
Kiss An Angel...I don't think this title fits the book.
Kiss an Angel (Audio) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Anna Fields

Book Title:  Kiss An Angel

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Narration:  Anna Fields

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪ 

Leave the Pieces by the Wreckers  --For Daisy to Alex…

♫You're not sure that you love me

But you're not sure enough to let me go

Baby it ain't fair you know

To just keep me hangin' 'round

You say you don't wanna hurt me

Don't wanna to see my tears

So why are you still standing here

Just watching me drown♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Characters:  2.5/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  2.8/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  2/5

Ending:  3.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Not at all.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I don't know, who knows where the next reading challenge could lead me, Romance Bingo 2017 led me to this one…but...not likely.

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I'm fairly certain that this book made me realize that I don't really care for books with a circus setting…the weirdness , the uncouthness of it all just doesn't work for me.

 

 

I started this book out, not liking any of the characters in it.  Then somewhere along the way, I realized that I liked Daisy a lot.  She really grew on me, despite hating the narrator for this.  Her voice did not click with me at all.  Daisy is unfortunately, the only one who I came to like.  In summary, this is a very well written story, with an intricate plot that was held back by the lack of likable characters, and setting for me. 

⇝Sex Factor⇜ Yes, there is explicit sex but not too much.

 

Romance Bingo Post #7, #8 & #9

Romance Bingo 

 

A Reading Challenge

 

Fairytale Retelling, Secret Billionaire & Second Chances Squares

 

How it fits:  Fairytale Retelling with Tiger Lily...It's a retelling of Peter Pan and Secret Billionaire fits with All the Pretty Lies because the Hero in the book is the son of an oil tycoon and he keeps it a secret for most of the book.  The Second Chances fits with Making Faces because they the hero and heroine get a second chance at love after he comes home from overseas.

 

My squares so far:

Twins-  Rule by Jay Crownover

Virgin Best First Time-An English Bride in Scotland by Lindsay Sands

Love (free space)-Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Blown Away- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Key To My Heart- Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

New Adult- Boomerang by Noelle August

Fairytale Retelling-  Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Secret Billionaire- All The Pretty Lies by M. Leighton

Second Chances- Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Review
5 Stars
Why did it take me so long to read this...wow...so good!!!
Making Faces - Amy Harmon, Rob Shapiro

Book Title:  Making Faces

Author:  Amy Harmon

Narration: Rob Shapiro

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  Young Adult/New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Source:  Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

 

 Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara --A heartfelt song for a heartfelt story.

♫But there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark

You should know you're beautiful just the way you are

And you don't have to change a thing, the world could change its heart

No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful…♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5+/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme:  5+/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration: 5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Of course!

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

A beautiful story that's so much more than a romance…a story about all the different kinds of love and loyalty.  I don't know why I waited so long to read this book.  I ended up adding narration to this for a discounted price and I don't regret it one bit.  Rob Shapiro was amazing as a narrator.  He is a new fav for me. 

Yes, it made me cry, but most of it was the good kind of crying.  Everything about this book was amazing…as my ratings breakdown says.  I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

⇝Sex Factor⇜ No, there isn't any, really.

 

Review
4 Stars
All The Pretty Lies by M Leighton
All the Pretty Lies - M. Leighton

 

Book Title:  All The Pretty Lies

Author:  M. Leighton

Series:  Pretty #1

Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Source:  Own Kindle E-Book

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪  

 

 

Fly by Hilary Duff  --these words are a perfect motto for Sloan…Hilary Duff isn't quite the right feel but the words are..

Fly

Open up the part of you that wants to hide away

You can shine,

Forget about the reasons why you can't in life,

And start to try,

Fly

Forget about the reasons why you can't in life,

And start to try, cause it's your time,

Time to fly

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  3.7/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  4.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  3.5/5

Ending:  3.2/5  Cliffhanger:  No

 

Will I continue this series?  ??? I own them so maybe…

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

M Leighton can definitely write something that has feeling (at least between the hero and heroine)…and the words flowed with ease while reading this book.  I just feel like a lot of the New Adult Genre lately is getting boring and repetitive.  If I had read this when it first came out or even when I first purchased it, I probably would have rated it higher.  I did try not to let it influence my rating too much though.

 

While I felt the connection between the two main characters is amazing, I didn't really feel like that between them and any other character.  It seemed like the secondary characters just took second fiddle to them, almost as if we weren't suppose to like them.  It made the ending and everything to do with "all the pretty lies" come off as unconvincing.

 

⇝Sex Factor⇜ Yes, but it's not overdone though.

 

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