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.

My Game Card for Snakes and Ladders

Update for 3/17  

My Official Post for Snakes and Ladders

 

My Marker is the Palm Tree W/Coconuts

 



⇝1. Author is a woman~ 

 

Read:  The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose (finished 2/22/19) Which is not by a woman so I rolled only one dice or die...

 

You rolled 1 die:
5
Timestamp: 2019-02-22 22:42:39 UTC
 

this takes me to Number #6

 
 
2. Genre: mystery
3. Set in the twentieth century
4. Published in 2019
5. Published in 2018
⇝6. Title has a color word in it~ 
 

Read:  The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (finished 2/24/19) Which has Silver in the title so I can go up the ladder to  #27


7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D.
8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.
9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K
10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O
11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S
12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z
13. Author is a man
14. Author is dead
15. Genre: romance
16. Genre: fantasy 
17. Genre: horror
18. Set in a school
19. Set in the UK
20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence
21. Set in Europe
22. Set in Asia
23. Set in Australia/Oceania
24. Set in Africa
25. Snake - go back to 5
26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long
⇝27. Set during WWI or WWII
 

Read:  Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman  --I thought this was a book leading up to WWII, but it turns out its about 8 yrs. before it...so I'm only rolling one Die.

 

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 1 die:

4

 

Timestamp: 2019-03-01 20:50:43 UTC

 

Which takes me to #31


28. Written between 1900 and 1999
29. Someone travels by plane
30. Someone travels by train
⇝31. Road trip
 

 

Read:  Beartown by Fredrik Backman  --A road trip occurs when the Hockey Team travels to an away game (Finished 0304/19)

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:

4 6

Timestamp: 2019-03-05 00:11:31 UTC

 

Which takes me to #41 


32. Genre: thriller
33. Set in North America
34. Snake - go back to 1
35. Has been adapted as a movie
36. Set in Central or South America
37. Has won an award
38. Newest release by a favorite author
39. A reread
40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry
⇝41. Characters involved in politics
 

Read: The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes which has all sorts of political intrigue (Finished 03/08/19) This takes me to #45

 

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:
1 3
Timestamp: 2019-03-08 14:59:35 UTC

 

This takes me to #45

 


42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry
43. Characters involved in the law
44. Characters involved in cooking/baking
43. Characters involved in medicine
44. Characters involved in science/technology
⇝45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year
 

Reading:  If You Dare by Deanna Madden --This whole series has been on my TBR for more than a year (Finished 03/11/19)

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:

5 2

Timestamp: 2019-03-12 21:18:13 UTC

 

Which takes me to #52.

 

 


46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years
47. Snake - go back to 19
48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.
49. Recommended by a friend
50. Has a domestic animal on the cover
51. Has a wild animal on the cover
⇝52. Has a tree or flower on the cover~
 

Read The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch because it has a tree on the cover. (Finished 03/16/18) 

 

Dice Roller

You rolled 2 dice:

5 6

Timestamp: 2019-03-17 01:26:01 UTC

 

Which takes me to #63


53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover
54. Is more than 400 pages long
55. Is more than 500 pages long
56. Was published more than 100 years ago
57. Was published more than 50 years ago
58. Was published more than 25 years ago
59. Was published more than 10 years ago
60. Was published last year/
61. Cover is more than 50% red
62. Cover is more than 50% green
⇝63. Cover is more than 50% blue

 

Reading The Exes Revenge by Jo Jakeman for the blue cover.

 


64. Cover is more than 50% yellow
65. Snake - go back to 52
66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long
67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)
68. Something related to weddings on the cover
69. Something related to travel on the cover
70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover
71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake
72. Involves the mountains/forests
73. Categorized as YA
74. Categorized as Middle Grade
75. Set in a fantasy world
76. Set in a world with magic
77. Has a "food" word in the title
78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)
79. Main character is a woman
80. Main character is a man
81. Ghost story
82. Genre: urban fantasy
83. Genre: cozy mystery
84. Genre: police procedural
85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books
86. Author's debut book
87. Snake - go back to 57
88. Comic/graphic novel
89. Published between 2000 and 2017
90. A new-to-you author
91. Snake - go back to 61
92. Reread of a childhood favorite
93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)
94. Non-fiction
95. Memoir
96. From your favorite genre
97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE
98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS
99. Snake - go back to 69
100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

Review
4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Long Game - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 

 
 

Fixer #2

 

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Political Intrigue
Scandals & Terrorists
Twisty
Young Adult
Mystery-Suspense-Thriller
Book #1 Rating: ☆3.8☆
 
 
 

With Audio Performed by Cassandra Morris

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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I love JLB's Naturals Series so much, she can really pull off a story that has both teens and mystery unlike anyone else I've read before.  Her writing is not only engaging and smart but feels completely conceivable...she writes in a way that just feels, believable.
 
While I liked the first book in the Fixer series, it just didn't have the pull that the Naturals Series did for me, but this second book was chocked full of non-stop action, plus intensely gripping political intrigue, I flew through this Audio in no time at all.  The narrators sound is a tad on the annoying side, but overall not too bad.  At least she didn't ruin the book for me...although I'm not sure that could happen...it was just too badass.
 

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3.7/5
Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really, but I am wondering if there will be a third book...
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Book Cover⇝ Awesome
Setting⇝ Washington DC
Source⇝ Own Audible Audiobook
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Review
5 Stars
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS for Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Beartown: A Novel - Fredrik Backman

 

 

BJÖRSTAD #1

 

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Realistic Fiction
Hockey, Hockey & More Hockey
Small Town Ways
Rape
Rape Culture
 



With Narration Performed by Marin Ireland

 
 
 
 

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I'm not gonna lie, this book is chocked full of Hockey, everything in this town centers around Hockey.  Despite that...this book has some of the best character development ever.  The people of Beartown feel as familiar to me as the Doctor's on Greys Anatomy do, and I've seen every episode.  I felt their laughter, their pain, their indecision and sadly, even their prejudice.  It all felt so real and believable, kind of just like a television show that's been on for fifteen seasons, can.  I highly recommend.  If you feel like maybe you can deal with all the hockey-ness going on, you should give this a try because ultimately, there is a deeply affecting story within.

Marin Ireland's narration is wonderfully done.  Being inside the head of so many different characters isn't usually done very well by one person, but she pulled it off.  She also makes all that hockey-ness easier to get through.

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4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ A Bookish Obsession Favorite ๏ ๏ ๏

 

 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5+/5
Pacing⇝ 4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Mostly not...but there is a second book.
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Book Cover⇝  It's quite pretty...and fits the story perfectly.
Setting⇝ Beartown
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
4.5 Stars
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blankman

 

Prisoner of Night and Fog #1

 

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Historical Fiction Based in Truth
Germany Pre-WWII Times
Mystery
Family Secrets
Ravings of a Madman--Adolf Hitler
Splash of Romance
 


With Narration Performed by Heather Wilds

 
 
 
 

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This was a little different from my usual kind of read, but sometimes different is just what you need.   While my knowledge of Germany and Hitler is limited, I learned about it in school, but I only remember the basics, I still believe that this feels very well researched...and I soaked all the history up like a sponge.  That added to the interesting characters and the side-mystery makes this a worthwhile read/listen.  There is a bit of romance, but it feels so natural that it only enhances the story.  
 
The narrator's accent was just right...giving Gretchen's voice just the right amount of German, without making it difficult to understand.  
 

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really...but there is a second book.
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Book Cover⇝ Gorgeous...love the cover model, she seems perfect for the story.
Setting⇝ Munich, Germany
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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February Reading Re-Cap

February is always the slowest reading month for me, and this month was no exception.  I had some good ones, some bad ones, and a few mediocre ones.  My stand-out reads include Gambit, All Is Not Forgotten and Into the Drowning Deep.  I also really like the Deanna Madden Series, I hope to finish the third and final book this coming month.

 

๏ ๏ ๏ A Bookish Obsession Monthly Reading Re-Cap ๏ ๏ ๏

 


 
{Audio} All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
 
Highlights Include:
Unreliable Narrator
A Story w/Layers
Mystery Thriller
Rape/Dark Themes
Betrayals

Finish Date:  02/04
☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 





{Audio} Freefall by Jessica Barry

Highlights Include:
Survivor Story
Airplane Crash
Mystery Suspense
Flashbacks
Dual POV's

Finish Date:  02/28
☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 
 
 
 




{Audio} No Exit by Taylor Adams

Highlights Include:
Unrelenting Suspense
Nail-Biting Thriller
Stranded in a Snow Storm
Colorado Rockies
Totally Twisted
 
Finish Date:  02/09
☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 



{Audio} The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

Highlights Include:
Psychological Suspense Thriller
Darkish Mystery
Homicidal Tendencies
Splash of Romance
Erotic Cyber Sex
Will Give You Insight Into the Life of A Cam-Girl 
 
Finish Date:  02/12
☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
{Audio} Do Not Disturb by A.R. Torre
 
Highlights Include:
Psychological Thriller
Romantic Suspense
Erotic Cyber Sex
Darkish
Homicidal Tendencies
 
Finish Date:  02/14
☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 
  
 
 
{Audio} Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
 
Highlights Include:
Killer Mermaids
Mariana Trench - Deepest Part of the Ocean
Scientific Research
Survival
Splash of Romance
Semi-Futuristic Setting
 
Finish Date:  02/18
☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 
 
  
 
{Audio} The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose
 
Highlights Include:
Urbex Exploring
Stand-Alone
Young-ish Adult
Davinci Code Feel
Weird AF
 
Finish Date:  02/22
☆2☆STARS - GRADE=D

 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
{Audio} Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
 
I Couldn't get into this one...so I stopped trying.
 
Finish Date (or give-up date):  02/24
 
DNF - No Rating
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
{Audio} Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
 
Highlights Include:
Mental Health
Contemporary Adult Fiction
Dysfunctional Family
Love & Other Stuff
Lots of Football
 
Finish Date:  02/24
☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
{Kindle eBook} Gambit by C.L. Denault
 
Highlights Include:
Dystopian
Fantastical Elements
Futuristic Techy
Super-Humans
A Doomed Yet Feels So Right Romance

Finish Date:  02/26
☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+






 
 
10 Books total, broke down to 1 Kindle eBook, and 8 Audiobooks and 1 DNF.  
3,320 Pages Read, including Audiobooks.
 
I really liked a few covers this month...including The Girl in 6EDo Not Disturb and Gambit but I'm giving it to Into the Drowning Deep because sometimes when you look at it, it actually looks like the title words are moving. 
 

Best Cover goes to:

 
Review
5 Stars
5 Out of 5 STARS for Gambit by C.L. Denault
Gambit (The Prodigy Chronicles Book 1) - C.L. Denault

 

 

 

 

Book #1 in The Prodigy Chronicles

 

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Dystopian
Fantastical Elements
Futuristic Techy
Super-Humans
A Doomed, Yet Feels So Right Romance
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In anticipation of Book #2 in The Prodigy Chronicles coming out in March, titled MIMIC, I reread this to refresh my memory of the story because all I really remembered was how much I loved it.  Seriously though, I first read this book three years ago.  I've been waiting, impatiently I might add, for this series to have a follow-up for a long while. 

In my original review of Gambit, I said a couple of things like...

This is dystopian/paranormal-ish/romance/splash of historical/futuristic kind of read, yeah, it has all that and lots of well-written action too. Amazing! You would think with so much going on that it might be hard to follow, but it's not. 

Plus...

This book blew me away, I really just loved it. The world in this book is phenomenal, it has me hooked. It literally has a little of everything; from half invisible guardians to crazy ex-girlfriends, and everything in between.  

And...I only thing I want to add is this...

A fantastical ride that left me reeling.  Willow, headstrong and completely out of her element is the perfect match for Reece, an arrogant asshole, with a tender side and together they are perfectly imperfect.  Last but not least, please don't make us wait three more years for the next book?!?
 



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5STARS - GRADE=A+



 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 5/5
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)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5+/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Yes.
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Book Cover⇝ Love it!
Setting⇝ McKaireth and London Core
Source⇝ I own Kindle eBook
Series Continuation⇝ Yes, No, Maybe or Probably
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Review
3.5 Stars
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel - Matthew Quick, Inc. Blackstone Audio,  Inc., Darwin Porter

 

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Mental Health
Contemporary Adult Fiction
Dysfunctional Family
Love & Other Stuff
Lots of Football
 
 

With Audio Performed by Ray Potter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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I wasn't going to read/listen to this, at least not until Audible offered it for free around Christmas.  Since I've already seen the movie (but found myself not remembering too much about it) I didn't really know if I wanted to even listen to this...but a reading challenge (Snakes & Ladders) gave me the push to finally do so.  It's wasn't too difficult to get into this, despite the numerous football references and shenanigans, I still liked the story overall.  I've never really gotten into reading any classic literature and the varied references to them in this were insightful and helped to reassure me that I probably not missing out.

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3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 3.7/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝ 3/5
Pacing⇝ 3.8/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.8/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ Movie Cover...
Setting⇝ Philadelphia, PA
Source⇝ Own Audible Audio
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Review
2 Stars
2 Out Of 5 STARS for The Ready-Made Thief by Augustus Rose
The Readymade Thief. - Augustus Rose

 

 

 

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Urbex Exploring

Stand-Alone

Young-ish Adult

Davinci Code Feel

Weird AF

 

 

With Audio Performed by Emily Rankin

 

 

 

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There are quite a few reviews that say this is like Davinci Code...and I didn't like that movie, or I didn't "get it" anyway, so I should have realized this wasn't going to work for me. Basically, it was too long and too weird for me...the only elements of the book I really liked was the urbex exploring. Search #urbex on Instagram, there are some really cool pics.

 

 

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2STARS - GRADE=D

  

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 


Plot⇝ 2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3/5
Main Characters⇝ 2.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 2/5
The Feels⇝ 1/5
Pacing⇝ 2/5
Addictiveness⇝ 1/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 1/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 2/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 1/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Seriously, I don't even care...
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Book Cover⇝  It's quite awesome...I think it went with the story well enough...
Setting⇝ Philadelphia, PA
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Into the Drowning Deep - Mira Grant, Christine Lakin

 

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Killer Mermaids
Mariana Trench - Deepest Part of the Ocean
Scientific Research
Survival
Splash of Romance
Semi-Futuristic Setting
 
 
 

With Audio Performed by Christine Lakin

 
 
 

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My review in one word:  Intense


From the intense character development to the intense action, and of course...the intense killer mermaids.   This could be an epic movie, in the right hands...

While it's debatable whether or not you should call them Mermaids...and I'm not going to say any more than that...these beings are insanely cool and super-scary.  The last half of this book is seriously good, and the first half sets up the second half, with character development that is very in-depth...maybe a little too much...maybe not.  It all depends on what you prefer.

I am really happy I listened to this, it makes the slow sections easier to bear.  I even used an Audible Credit to do so, and I don't regret it.  There is a prequel (Rolling in the Deep) to this and I wished I had known about it, beforehand, I would have read it first.

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really...
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Book Cover⇝  I love the way the title looks like it's moving in the water.
Setting⇝ The Mariana Trench & Monterey, CA
Source⇝ I Own Audible Audiobook
Series Continuation⇝ Yes, No, Maybe or Probably
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Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for Do Not Disturb by A.R. Torre
Do Not Disturb (A Deanna Madden Novel Book 2) - A.R. Torre

Deanna Madden Series #2

 

 

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Psychological Thriller

Romantic Suspense

Erotic Cyber Sex

Darkish

Homicidal Tendencies

 

 

With Audio Performed by Jorjeana Marie

 

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I didn't like this quite as much as the first book but it was still a solid follow-up to The Girl in 6E. Do Not Disturb has stepped up the romance a bit, between Deanna and the UPS guy, Jeremy. Also, we get to know the elusive hacker, Mike, somewhat. There is a new dilemma with a customer of Deanna's who just got out of jail for Rape and is hell-bent on meeting up her, despite telling him repeatedly that she doesn't do that sort of thing. Things escalate quickly, and she has to deal with the consequences of that. All of this is going on while Deanna tries to deal with her need to kill, plus her newfound need to escape her apartment.

 

The ending was definitely missing something for me, things tied up a little too quickly and I still wish this had a male narrator for the male parts of the book...but honestly, Jorjeana Marie does do a stellar job as the voice of Deanna Madden.

 

 

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4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4/5

Narration Performance⇝ 4/5

Characters⇝ 4.8/5

The Feels⇝ 3.8/5

Pacing⇝ 4/5

Addictiveness⇝4.3/5

Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5

Originality⇝ 5/5

Ending⇝ 3.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝ "to be continued"

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Book Cover⇝ It also goes perfectly with the series...

Setting⇝ Mostly Tulsa, OK

Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)

Series Continuation⇝ Yes, No, Maybe or Probably

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4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre
The Girl in 6E - A. R. Torre

 

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Psychological Suspense Thriller
Darkish Mystery
Homicidal Tendencies
Splash of Romance
Erotic Cyber Sex
Will Give You Insight Into the Life of A Cam-Girl 


 

With Audio Performed by Jorjeana Marie

 
 
 
 

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A very different kind of thriller about a twenty-something girl who believes she has homicidal tendencies just like her Mother had.  She also makes a living as a cam-girl on the internet.   Deanna Madden is unlike anyone I've ever read about, she is seriously disturbed, yet absolutely compelling.  The Author has not only researched her topics thoroughly she has also put in meticulous details, that make this story feel genuine.  From her tower of boxes that she has in her apartment from ordering everything she needs online, and having it delivered via UPS to the scandalous, yet oddly educational life of a cam-girl. 

There are two separate stories going on and eventually, they converge into one.  That convergence is when the story really gets interesting.  Jorjeana Marie is perfect for the voice of Deanna but they should have had a male narrator for the male voices, having Jorjeana voice the male parts also, just made this a bit hard to separate them from one another.  Overall, I actually really connected with this, and I wasn't sure that I would.  It is one of these most sexual books I ever read/listen without any actual sex.

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4.7/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Characters⇝ 4.3/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝4.7/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ "to be continued" 
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Book Cover⇝ Very fitting...
Setting⇝ Mostly Tulsa, OK
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
Series Continuation⇝ Yes, No, Maybe or Probably (already started on the 2nd book)
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4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for No Exit by Taylor Adams
No Exit - William Taylor Adams

 

 

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Unrelenting Suspense
Nail-Biting Thriller
Stranded in a Snow Storm
Colorado Rockies
Totally Twisted

 
 

With Narration Performed by Sarah Naughton

 
 
 
 
 

 

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Stranded at a Colorado rest stop with a would-be child kidnapper...in a hella snow storm.  Turns out this makes for a crazy suspenseful story.  With so many twists and turns, it made for an un-stoppable listen.  Sadly, though...for me...I felt like it just went on and on, and I started to lose interest in the MC's struggle to survive.  So much so that I had to rewind and re-listen to the last part of the story to see how it all played out.  I mean, ultimately, I was still invested in the overall story.  I do, however, believe that this could make for an excellent movie.

 

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4STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4/5 
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4.2/5
Pacing⇝ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝ Kind of overplayed...but it goes with the story, actually.
Setting⇝ Colorada
Source⇝ Audible Audiobook
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3.5 Stars
3 Out Of 5 STARS for Freefall by Jessica Barry
Freefall - Jessica Barry

 

 

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Survivor Story
Airplane Crash
Mystery Suspense
Flashbacks
Dual POV's


 

 

With Narration Performed by Hilary Huber, Karissa Vacker and Macleod Andrews

 
 
 
 

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I couldn't really connect with the characters and I believe it's totally due to the narration...I don't know why this happens in audiobooks, but when a lot of the story is told in flashbacks, you need a way to let the listener know when you're changing from present to past...I'm not sure what needs to be done, sometimes a narrator can change their voice subtly to let you know...or at the least, you could have a significant pause before you jump from one to the other.  Whether this is the fault of the producer, the Author or the Narrator, something has to be done about this.  
 
Sadly, I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on, and this could have been something I really would have liked otherwise...as it is...I thought it was an okay listen.  Despite this, the other two narrators (Vacker and Andrews) were fairly good. But overall, this lacked something for me...from the lackluster mystery to the overly slow reveals, I just wasn't that into it...
 

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3STARS - GRADE=C

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 3.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3/5
Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝ 2/5
Pacing⇝ 2.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.7/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 3.8/5 Cliffanger⇝ Nope. 
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Book Cover⇝  It's Blue...I like Blue and if you look closely you can see some clouds.  I like the cover more than the story...
Setting⇝ The Rocky Mountains, California, and Maine
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
All Is Not Forgotten - Wendy   Walker

 

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Unreliable Narrator
A Story w/Layers
Mystery Thriller
Rape/Dark Themes
Betrayals
 

With Narration by Dylan Baker




 
 
 
 

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Wow, this one was difficult to listen too...especially in the beginning.  It paints the picture of a horrendous rape...both sickening and heart-breaking.  But if you can get past that, you should be able to listen to the entire story...and what a fucked-up story it is.  A multi-layered story that is so much more than what it appears to be, with all these loose ends waiting to be tied up.

I was wondering before I even started this, why does it have a male narrator...I thought it was from Jenny's pov...but it's not.  You should have a guess of who the narrator is fairly quickly...and if you don't, it is revealed by the end of Chapter 5.  This book made me feel...all sorts of feels, actually.  From disgust to sadness, to hope and to something like incredulity, the ending was really something.

 

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4.3/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.2/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Originality⇝ 4.5/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's Perfect for the story.
Setting⇝ Fairview, CT
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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January Re-Cap
Devils Unto Dust - Emma Berquist Long Live The Beautiful Hearts - Emma Scott You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes Sugar & Gold - Emma Scott Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel Bright Ruin  - Vic James Everything Unexpected - Caroline O'Nolan All These Beautiful Strangers - Elizabeth Klehfoth Sadie - Courtney Summers Roomies - Christina Lauren

Plus...

 

The month of January was a decent reading month for me overall.  Lots of crappy/cold weather that kept me homebound, well, other than going to work.  I was able to get a decent amount of reading/listening in.

 

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{Audio} Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

 

Highlights Include:  

Zombie-like Creatures

Alternate History

Young Adult

 

Finish Date:  01/01

2.5STARS - GRADE=D+

 

 

 

{Netgalley eARC} Long Live the Beautiful Hearts by Emma Scott

 

Highlights Include:

Contemporary Romance

Wonderful Characters

A Favorite Author

Part 2 Of A Duology

 

Finish Date:  05/05

5+STARS - GRADE=A++

 

 

 

 

{Audio} You by Caroline Kepnes

 

Highlights Include:

JOE

Mouth-Dropping Moments

Sex-Plicit

 

Finish Date:  01/06

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

{Audio} Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott

 

Highlights Include:

Adult Contemporary Romance

Sexually Explicit Scenes (possibly a few too many)

Splash of Supernatural Elements

One of my Favorite Authors

 

Finish Date: 01/10

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

 

{Audio} Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

 

Highlights Include:

Giant Robots

Science Fiction w/Aliens

Life On Another Planet

Existential Elements

A Satisfying Ending

Full-Cast Narration

 

Finish Date: 01/13

5STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

{Audio} Bright Ruin by Vic James

 

Highlights Include:

Alternate/Dystopian-ish Society

Magic

Fantastical Elements

Intrigue

Good Triumphing Over Evil

A Small Splash of Romance

 

Finish Date: 01/17

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

{Kindle eBook} Everything Unexpected by Caroline Nolan

 

 

Highlights Include:

Adult Contemporary Romance

Friends to Lovers 

The heroine has the same name as ME! 

My second book by this Author

 

Finish Date: 01/19

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 

 

{Audio} All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth

 

Highlights Include:

Young Adult Contemporary

Pretty Little Liars Vibe

Boarding School Secret Society

Multi-Layered Mystery

Psychological Thriller

Three different Narrators

Stand-Alone

 

Finish Date: 01/22

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

{Audio} Sadie by Courtney Summers

 

Highlights Include:

Full-Cast Narration

Mystery

Revenge

Substance Abuse

YA Contemporary

Unique Format

 

Finish Date: 01/24

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

 

{Audio} Roomies by Christina Lauren

 

Highlights Include:

Let's Get Married then Fall In Love

Irish Hero

Musically Influenced

Rom-Com

New-to-Me Author

Sex-Plicit

 

Finish Date: 01/27

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

 

{Audio} Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

 

Highlights Include:

Present Day Interspersed With Historical Flashbacks

Pilgrims of Plymouth History

Mermaids

Cursed Ghosts

An Evil Sea Hag

Doomed Romance

 

Finish Date: 01/30

3STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

 

{Kindle eBook} Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

 

Highlights Include:

Adventure in Deep Space

Diverse Cast of Characters

Dystopian-ish

Horror-if-ic

YA Romance

A Stand-Alone

 

Finish Date: 01/31

3.3STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 

 

 

Plus One DNf @ 75%

 

 

 

 

JANUARY'S TOTAL BOOKS READ IS 13

 

 

10 Audiobooks

2 Kindle eBooks

& 1 Netgalley eARC

MY TOTAL # of pages read (including Audio) is 4,743

 

With Best Cover Going To...

 

 

 

 

Review
3.5 Stars
3.3 Out Of 5 STARS for Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
Pitch Dark - Courtney Alameda

 

 

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Adventure in Deep Space
Diverse Cast of Characters
Dystopian-ish
Horror-if-ic
YA Romance
A Stand-Alone
 
 
 
 
 

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If only I could have listened to an audiobook of this...I believe I could have liked this a little more.  Of course, it would need to be the right narrator, especially for Laura's POV.  Someone who can pull off an authentic Spanish accent.  Plus, I prefer Science Fiction in Audio format. 

I mostly liked the characters and I liked the overall story (well, some of it anyway) and the atmosphere created, it was downright scary and gruesome at times.  A glossary of words used in this futuristic world would have been appreciated too because sometimes I was stumped on what some things were.  Sadly, that sort of thing just pulls you out of the story and lessens one's enjoyment of the story, overall.  That coupled with the difficult to follow action scenes and the lackluster ending is what brought my rating down.

 

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3.3STARS - GRADE=B-

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 3.8/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝ 3.5/5
Pacing⇝ 3.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 2.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 3.8/5
Ending⇝ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝  Love it...
Setting⇝ Deep Space
Source⇝ Kindle eBook (Library)
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