Leah's Bookish Obsession

Leah's Bookish Obsession

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

 

Pocket-sized reviews, with a music twist...a book theme song, a song and that I feel either embodies the entire book or at least some element or character in the book.

Review
3 Stars
Breakup support is really just friends supporting one another...
The Breakup Support Group - Cheyanne Young

 

 

Book Title:  The Breakup Support Group

Author:  Cheyanne Young

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  YA, Realistic Fiction

Setting:  Texas

Source:  eBook (Hoopla)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

I Wanna Dance With Somebody the Glee Version  --A high school version of a song, for a high school story…and this song feels like it's about finding someone new to "dance with" after a breakup.♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

2.8/5 STARS

C-

 

My Thoughts

 

This is a super cute read for a preteen girl or any girl looking to get over being dumped by some boy.  Did I feel this was something that might occur or happen in real life, probably not…but the life lessons TBSG is trying to impart are present and for the most part, solid. 

 I read this mostly because of reading challenge I'm doing where I needed Character names, and it really scored on that front for me.  With both a I name for female with Isla Rush and U Name for Male with Emory Underwood.  Sometimes, reading challenges get me into some fairly awful books and this one wasn't one of those…it was an easy breezy read.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot: 3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  2/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I don't think so, unless it turns out to be just what I need for a reading challenge.

 

Review
4 Stars
Rebound sort of felt like a rebound book from the love I had for Boomerang...hoping Bounce is what I'm really looking for.
Rebound: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August

 

 

Book Title:  Rebound

Author:  Noelle August

Narration:  Dahlia Salem and Vikas Adam

Series:  Boomerang #2

Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Setting:  California

Source:  Audiobook (Hoopla)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

♫Be My Forever by Christina Perri feat. Ed Sheeran  --the lyric video goes with the book cover and with the setting...so yeah, I was under inspired on this book for a theme song.♫

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

3.8/5 STARS

B

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I loved the first book in this series, Boomerang…I think I loved it so much because I adored Mia.  I didn't really care for Allison, though…So, I was reluctant to read this because of how I felt about her, I just didn't think I could relate to her as a heroine.   It turns out that Adam's character mostly made up for what Allison was lacking.  So...I did like them, I just didn't love them.  I really didn't understand Allison's relationship with her dad either. 

While the writing is still stellar in this second installment, the characters were only so-so in capturing my attention, there story was lacking something that Mia and Ethan had in Boomerang.  I'm hoping to recapture with Bounce, the next book in the series. 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes!

 

Review
4.5 Stars
Of Dreams and Rust...such a beautiful title
Of Dreams and Rust - Sarah Fine

 

 

Book Title:  Of Dreams and Rust

Author:  Sarah Fine

Series:  Of Metal and Wishes #2

Genre:  Older YA, Steampunk, Dark Fantasy

Setting: Itanya

Source:  Kindle eBook

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Meet Me On the Battlefield by Svrcina   --A poignant, slow song about going into war.  It really has the right feel for Wen, Melik and Bo and their battles fought.♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4.5/5 STARS

A-

 

 

My Thoughts

 

A sweet, uplifting story set in a bleak and sorrowful world.  The sequel to Of Metal and Wishes is much more action-packed and even more exquisitely romantic.  I loved it in spite of the main character's fickleness towards the two males in her life. The turmoil of their world, and the gutsy determination of the characters, more than overshadow the vexatious love triangle going on.   Making this second book in this duology even more likable than the first.

 

 

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.5/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Of course…

Review
4 Stars
Book #2 of the Grisha...has left me feeling kind of confused...
Siege and Storm  - Leigh Bardugo

 

 

Book Title:  Siege And Storm

Author:  Leigh Bardugo

Narration:  Lauren Fortgang

Series:  The Grisha #2

Genre:  YA, Fantasy

Setting:  Ravka, in the Grisha-verse

Source:  Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Unbreakable by Firelight  --For Alina…because she's quickly becoming unbreakable and she's going to kick some serious butt, soon.♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4/5 STARS

B+

 

My Thoughts

 

 

There's a lot of reviews out there for this; so I'm going to keep this short.  Sometimes RL can really get in the way of your overall enjoyment of a book, and while I tried not to let it reflect in my overall rating of this book…it did make it so I was unable to stay focused while listening to this.  Although, the middle did drag and seem rather blah at times.  I don't know if it was me or the book, half the time. 

 

 

The site where I found the map above is really interesting…a grishaverse wiki…this really helps to fill in the gaps where I've missed pertinent info due to my spacing out.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.8/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  more of a "to be continued" cliffy…

 

Will I continue this series? I think so…I just need to wait until I can give my full attention.

 

Review
5 Stars
Opening line: I just moved. Not from one town to another, but from one end of the couch to the other end.
Underwater - Marisa Reichardt

 

 

Book Title:   Underwater

Author:  Marisa Reichardt

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Realistic Fiction, YA

Setting:  Pacific Palms, California

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Drowning (Face Down) by Saving Abel  --Obviously, this song goes with the cover and title of the book, but it also has lyrics that really embody this story.

I think I'm drowning

Can someone lend a hand?

Can someone save me?

'Cause I don't think I can♫

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4.7/5 STARS

A

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

That's what Morgan has written down and hung on her wall, right where she can see it, in case of an emergency.  

Anxiety is it's own kind of monster…one that brings you down and doesn't let you up.  The only way to conquer it…well…facing it, and staring it down on your terms, at your own pace, no matter how hard it is.  Also, I have to say that sometimes having a little help in the form of an understanding and guiding professional can help too.  For this story; that's Brenda, and she rocks.  This book, for me, portrays anxiety in a very honest style.  With a real, heartfelt story, genuine characters, and a easily imagined (despite not wanting to imagine it) storyline, this book really resonated with me.  I actually have found myself really clicking with the realistic fiction genre, lately.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.7/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.3/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.7/5

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yeah.

 

June Re-Cap...A seriously crazy month.
The Deal - Elle Kennedy One of Us Is Lying - Karen  M. McManus If I Fix You - Abigail Johnson Dodge The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig Dragon Teeth: A Novel - Michael Crichton Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys Underwater - Marisa Reichardt Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo Of Dreams and Rust - Sarah Fine

This year, June has been a month from hell...It started out with my birthday/Open House for my daughter, then a few days later her graduation ceremony, that all went okay...just very hectic.  Two days after my oldest daughter graduated high school, my youngest daughter and I went up the road a mile to Subway and came home and a car had driven into our house.  Like, seriously, drove through the front porch and the garage...then proceeded to go through the wall of the garage into the woods behind the house, where he hit a tree.  

 

 

 

 

 

This photo is the aftermath of what happened...apparently the guy driving had a seizure. It's pretty scary, to pull into your driveway and see that...insane.  But, hey...now we get to do some remodeling.  The month closed out with some serious medical stuff for me, that I'm unfortunately, still dealing with.  :(

 

Anyway, my reading hit a bit of slump (as in I found it hard to concentrate on reading and listening at all), with everything going on lately.  

 

(Kindle eBook) The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Finish Date:  06/06/17

5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus

Finish Date:  06/07/17

5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson

Finish Date:  06/11/17

4.3/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Finish Date:  06/13/17

2/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Finish Date:  06/19/17

4/5 Stars

 

(Netgalley Arc) The Last City by Logan Keys

Previously titled Gods of Anthem (booklikes won't update)

Finish Date:  06/20/17

3.8/5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) Underwater by Marisa Reichardt (review pending)

Finish Date:  06/23/17

4.7/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (review pending)

Finish Date:  06/26/17

4/5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine (review pending)

Finish Date:  06/30/17

4.5/5 Stars

 

9 Books Total (3,074 Pages Read)

4 Audiobooks, 4 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley Arc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review
4 Stars
Zombies, Vampires, Shapeshifters, Conspiracy, and A fight for the people...you could say this has it all.
Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys

 

 

 

Book Title:  The Last City

Author:  Logan Keys

Series:  The Last City #1

Genre:  Dystopian, Zombie, YA

Publisher:  Le Chat Publishing

Setting:  Florida (I think) and Sweden

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

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Heroes by Generdyn Music ft. Zayde Wølf  -- I seriously don't know how I came across this, nor have I ever heard of this Generdyn or Zayde Wolf...but really this goes with the book really well has all the feels for it.  It's very inspiring and quite intriguing.♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

3.8/5 STARS

B

 

My Thoughts

 

The Last City formerly known as Gods of Anthem reads like two separate stories.  One is Liza's and the other is Tommy's.  Alternating between the two every so often, not necessarily at chapter breaks.  Which maybe made the story more confusing for me, at least for first 2/3rd of the book.  Although, I did prefer Liza's story over Tommy's because it was a little less complicated. 

 

Oh yeah…there's zombies in this as well…which I'm usually freaked out by them, because they give me nightmares.  These zombies, though, are sorta kept behind the walls so to speak, at least most of the time.  The zombie theme is not overly prevalent, which I did like, because, I didn't have any sleepless nights while reading this.

 

 

Ultimately, though, The Last City feels more like a prequel because of it's rather anti-climatic ending.  I felt like the story only became engaging within the last few pages.  I think the series has the potential to be exceptional, I just don't know if the Author can pull it off, at least for me.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.3/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5 My Cover is the one that says The Last City

Ending:  3.8/5 Cliffhanger:  Yes, pretty much

 

Will I continue this series?  I already have the arc of La La Land, and I feel like theirs potential for this to be a great story…so…yeah.

 

Review
4 Stars
A battle for bones…that's rich in old west history…
Dragon Teeth - Michael Crichton

 

Book Title:  Dragon Teeth

Author:  Michael Crichton

Narration:  Scott Brick w/ Sherri Crichton

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Adventure, Western

Setting:  Old West, Late 1800's

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi  --This lyric video with it's majestic backdrop is the biggest reason I picked this song…but the lyrics are not too far off either.  Especially since Johnson is thought to be dead by many and even put in jail on a couple of occasions…I think.♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4 STARS

B+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

If you're looking for a book that might be considered a prequel to Jurassic Park, than, yeah, this isn't that.  This is a western.  A western that's interspersed with actual history mixed with some fictional history.   With a sprinkling of how paleontology came to be.  

Based on actual early paleontologists Edwin Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, the story itself centers on a fictional guy named William Johnson.  There's also appearances by some famous dudes too, like Wyatt Earp and his brother Morgan.  With a backdrop of such iconic western towns like Cheyenne, Laramie, Deadwood,  and even The Badlands; I could not find myself disappointed in Dragon Teeth.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.2/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Who am I kidding, if they unearth something else…I probably will.

 

Review
2 Stars
This could have been so much better…
The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig

 

Book Title:  The Girl From Everywhere

Author:  Heidi Heilig

Narration:  Kim Mai Guest

Series:  The Girl From Everywhere #1

Genre:  YA, Time Travel, Fantasy

Setting:  New York, Honolulu, &  few other locales

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac  --I found this by searching the word everywhere…seriously though this video is crazy and Idk…it reminded me of the book, with the tricorns it looked liked some kind of tropical port for pirate ships to dock.  Kind of crazy, kind of confusing…kind of something♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

2/5 STARS

D

 

 

My Thoughts

 

The concept of time-travel in this story is genius, but to pull it off, you need to do more than just say "it happened."  I feel like it was never explained well enough for me to believe.  The characters were mostly unlikable and Nyxia, despite loving her name, was just a fickle girl who didn't know what she wanted from one minute to the next.  The only character I found remotely interesting is Kash. 

 

 

As for the narration, I'm beginning to think I don't really care for Kim Mai Guest as a narrator, her voice is too bland sounding to hold my attention.  She's fine in an ensemble cast of characters (like One Of Us Is Lying), but on her own, not so much…as least for me.  I couldn't keep my mind in the story, and I almost DNF'd this more than once.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  2/5

Main Characters:  2.8/5

Secondary Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  1/5

Addictiveness:  1/5

Theme or Tone:  2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  1/5

Book Cover:  5/5  This cover rocks...if only...

Narration:  3/5

Ending:  3/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued...

 

Will I continue this series?  Not likely.

 

Review
4 Stars
Have you ever wished you could un-see something that you've seen?
If I Fix You - Abigail Johnson

 

 

Book Title:  If I Fix You

Author:  Abigail Johnson

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  YA, Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Arizona

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Inner Demons by Julia Brennan   --Sometimes, I'm not sure how I stumble upon the songs that I do…when I seen the cover page for this I was like, wow, that matches the cover's color scheme perfectly.  Then I listened to the words and...with it's soulful inflection and meaningful lyrics…it's just about perfect.  **If you watch this video, and you can tell me what is on this girl's head, I'm dying to know…♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4.3/5 STARS

A-

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Jill has seen something that she can't stop thinking about, no matter how hard she tries.  No matter how much she wishes she didn't have to see it…she did.  This story is her journey, during one very hot Arizona summer, she tries to come to terms with what she saw. 

 

 

If I Fix You deals with some complex issues, including abuse and adultery, but it's told in an inspiring way, that makes you realize you have to hold on to the ones you love the most; and maybe even give some of them a second chance to prove themselves to you.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.2/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5  Mostly good, but I don't think she ever wore a hoodie. It was Arizona in the Summer, after all.

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I would, especially if it was you-know-who's (if you've read it, then you would know) story.

 

Review
5 Stars
The Breakfast Club meets…a twisty murder plot???
One of Us Is Lying - Karen  M. McManus

 

 

Book Title:  One of Us is Lying

Author:  Karen M McManus

Narration:  Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews, Shannon McManus, & Robbie Daymond

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, YA

Setting:  Bayview High- Bayview, CA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Don't You (Forget About Me) by Glee  --A new take on an old hit…I thought there's only one song for this story, but I wanted something with a new spin, new feel and so this feels…just right.♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

5/5 STARS

A+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

An ingenious take on one of my all-time favorite movies, The Breakfast Club.  Reconstructed and varied with a twisty murder plot.  Each of the original players are represented from the princess all the way to basketcase…but they're changed up a quite a bit. 

 

While listening to One of Us is Lying, I thought I had a fairly good idea of who actually killed Simon.  In part, my theories were right, but ultimately, I significantly missed the mark with this one, so props to the Author.

 

This is a bonus as an audiobook because each of the four main characters has a separate person narrating.  So, I wholeheartedly recommend Audio for this book.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  5+/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I definitely would.

 

Review
5 Stars
So...here's THE DEAL...I freaking loved this. It turns out, their is worthwhile New Adult out there still.
The Deal (Off-Campus Book 1) - Elle Kennedy

 

Book Title:  The Deal

Author:  Elle Kennedy

Series:  Off Campus #1

Genre:  New Adult, College, Sports

Setting:  Briar University in Hastings, MA

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding --Love the look and feel of this lyric video…and I also, feel like I could totally hear Hannah singing this to Garrett♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

5/5 STARS

A+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

The feels are what make this story so good, from the crazy, funny one-liners to the all consuming chemistry between Garrett and Hannah, it's just fantastic.  Everything felt real and believable.  And, most of all…not cheesy.   Seriously, the New Adult genre is just feeling overdone and boring to me lately, unless an Author can pull off the right kind of feels.  Now, if I could only get them to quit referring to the word sex as a body part.  I'd be completely happy.

 

 

 

My tiny little deduction on the Ending is, because I thought the final conflict would play out differently than it did, and I guess I was a little disappointed.  Really no biggie, because the chemistry of the characters more than made up for it.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I continue this series?  Yeah, for sure.

Review
3 Stars
Jackaby reads like a sort of Mad Hatter/Sherlock Holmes mashed up with Ghost Hunters...maybe???
Jackaby - William Ritter

 

 

Book Title:  Jackaby

Author:  William Ritter

Narration:  Nicola Barber

Series:  Jackaby #1

Genre:  Mystery, YA, Fantasy

Setting:  New Fiddleham, New England 1892

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

Theme to Elementary the TV show on CBS  --what can I say I wasn't overly inspired when it came to a theme song for this book...♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

2.8/5 STARS

C-

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Despite being smartly written and having a highly imaginative plot, I have to say that Jackaby was not for me.  I wouldn't say that it was wretched, by any means, only that I didn't find this to be overly engaging. I believe maybe the Sherlock Holmes style of mystery detecting; mixed with the paranormal elements, just isn't for me.  Although, the audio, is smashingly well done.  I only managed to finish this because I listened on audio, otherwise, this could have very well been a DNF.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  2/5

Addictiveness:  2/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  2.5/5

Originality:  3/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.3/5 Cliffhanger:  to be continued…

 

Will I continue this series?  Most likely, not.

 

 

Review
5 Stars
A awesomely twisted, intensely riveting read
The Weight of Lies - Clara Emily Carpenter

 

 

Book Title:  The Weight of Lies

Author:  Emily Carpenter

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Splash of Romance

Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing

Setting:  Bonny Island, NC

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

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Lies of the Beautiful People by Sixx: A.M.  --Mysteries can be difficult to find the perfect song for, because I don't want to give away anything…so you have to work with what's on the surface, and this song fits with that really well…and with the book in general…it's funny, for over half the book, I didn't think this book was aptly named, but it turns out it really, really is.

 

♫Save yourself from all the lies of the beautiful people
It's time to run from the lies of the beautiful people♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4.8/5 STARS

A

 

My Thoughts

 

 

For the first couple chapters I felt like this would be something I wouldn't be able to get into…I soon realized that wasn't to be the case.  The sinister atmosphere, the beautiful backdrop of the island and the ultimately the lies, oh the lies…This book had me like…

 

 

 

This book has a little bit of everything…a splash of romance, mystery, lies, betrayal, poisoning, and even a bit of the fantastical.   It also has a book within a book, but that may be why I had the small deduction in stars.  --Before each new chapter there is a small excerpt from Meg's Mother's book (KITTEN), which seems like it would be a bonus…the only problem was they really confused me.  Although, as the book progresses they did become less confusing and more intriguing.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Book Cover:  3.5/5

Ending:  5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

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

 

 

Free on Amazon
Twisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumpelstiltskin's Name - Bonnie M Hennessy

I have no idea how long it will last at the low low price for free...and I don't know if it's any good, reviews are all over the place for it.  But hey, it is free...and I'm intrigued by the idea of retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. 

Review
3.5 Stars
A haunting tale...that's as old as time…
Hunted - Meagan Spooner

 

 

Book Title:  Hunted

Author:  Meagan Spooner

Narration:  Saskia Maarleveld

Genre:  YA, Fairytale Retelling

Setting:  From a village to a magical forest and a castle.

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(link will take you to my tumblr post with a video)

Broken by Seether ft. Amy Lee  --The Beast's song…He is for sure a little broken and a lot lonesome.

♫'Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome

And I don't feel right when you've gone away

You've gone away

You don't feel me here anymore♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

3.7/5 STARS

B

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Maybe, there is just one to many retellings of Beauty and the Beast for me, and I'm feeling a little burned out on them.  I don't know…I just didn't feel this one as much as other readers did, or even as much as I did with other Beauty and the Beast retellings.  I was mostly bored while listening to this, it just couldn't hold my attention for long, although, towards the last 1/3 it did pick up.

 

 

Overall, when I really pondered how I felt about this, I realized this story is really deep in a lot of meaningful ways.  It was probably, for the most part anyway, just lost on me, because my head is elsewhere, lately.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

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

 

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