Leah's Bookish Obsession

Leah's Bookish Obsession

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

 

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

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

Review
4.5 Stars
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Wicked King - Holly Black

The Folk of the Air #2



FEATURING⇢

⬥Book #1 Rating: 4.3 STARS
⬥Fairy High Court
⬥Intrigue & Betrayals
⬥Unforeseen Twists
⬥A Darkly Fantastical Fae World
⬥Sprinkled With Immoral Wantonness
⬥YA-ish
 
 
 
(AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A



 

MY THOUGHTS

 
My love for this series keeps growing...and I don't usually like Fae Stories.  This second book in The Folk of the Air Series, I liked even more than the first book, despite not understanding why Jude wants to live in the fairy world, to begin with.  I mean these fairies are evil, just because they can't lie doesn't mean they have to tell the truth.  They could just not say anything...after all... 

Fair warning, this is said to be YA, but I think it's more like risque-YA (I love it when shit rhymes).  Holly Black's fairies are not only mean they are quite naughty, debaucherous, even..  I think this naughtiness is a part of its appeal, at least for me...possibly a few others.

Seriously, though, that ending was hella crazy...I thought I had it figured out, but no.  Such an interesting turn of events...I can't wait to see where she is taking this story next...



I'm starting Queen of Nothing posthaste.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.5/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 5/5
Pacing 5/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme or Tone 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 5/5 Cliffhanger "To be continued"
_____
 
Book Cover Love it...
Setting Elfhame & the Mortal World
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 10 hours, 21 minutes.

Review
5 Stars
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Starsight - Brandon Sanderson
 
FEATURING⇢

⬥Skyward #2 of 4--Book 1 Rating 5+ STARS
⬥ Deep Space Fantasy
⬥Science Fiction
⬥YA-ISH
⬥Alien Diversity
⬥Inter-Planetary Travel/Piloting
⬥Doomslug & M-Bot (AI)
⬥New Characters
⬥With Audio Performed A Tad High Pitchedly by Suzy Jackson



(AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A



 

MY THOUGHTS

 

A highly imaginative space adventure with a lot of heart.  I really loved Skyward, and Starsight was a solid follow-up to it...and while I didn't like it quite as much as Skyward, it has all the elements for me or anyone else to do so, and it was only by a smidge, anyhow.  The reason for that is I was missing the supporting characters from book one...at least we still got plenty of Doomslug and M-Bot, though.  I have to say that Brandon Sanderson is a stellar writer...even if his books are a tad on the long side...long books scare me for some reason.  It could have something to do with my short attention span.

Spensa wants to learn more about what or who she is, and why she hears the whispers and sees the "eyes".  When the opportunity to do so shows up she makes a quick decision and just like that the setting of the story takes an abrupt turn.  The story expands into so much more, there's not only intrigue but something beyond...in the words of Buzz Lightyear...to infinity and beyond.

The cliffhanger ending left me rather bereft.  Although...I do have a feeling where the next book is going, and I can't wait till the Spring of 2021 to see if I'm right.  It could be wise to wait to read/listen to this series for a little while longer what with that long wait for Book #3.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 5/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 4.5/5
The Feels 4.5/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 4.7/5 Cliffhanger Yup!!!
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Book Cover It's okay...I like it better than Skyward's cover.  I still like the UK covers best, though.  They go with the story so well...


Setting Detritus and Starsight
Source Audible Audiobook
Length 14 hours, 25 minutes

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November Re-Cap

What a month November has been.  15 - 20 books total, depending on if you count the Forward Collection separately.  There were a few short (Novella length) ones, though.  None of my books were bad except maybe The Perfect Stranger...I didn't really care for that one.  I also DNF'd one book this month, Bid My Soul Farewell --Book 2 in the Give My Dark My Love series.  I just couldn't get into it, and I really tried, too.  Stand-outs were Star Wars Most WantedThis is Our Story and The Unfortunates.  I also have really liked The Cruel Prince and Neverworld Wake.

BOOKISH RECAP FOR NOVEMBER 2019⇢

 
 
 
(Audiobook) The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
 
THE FOLK OF THE AIR #1
 
FEATURING⇢
Fairies
I Don't Feel That This Is YA
More Like YA-ish
Court Intrigue, Cruel Intentions,
Poisonings, Betrayals,
Decadence & Debauchery
A Few Splashes of Romance
 
Finish Date: 11/02
MY RATING⇢ 4.3 STARS | GRADE A-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 (Audiobook) The Forward Collection
 
FEATURING⇢
Science Fiction
Thought-Provoking
End Of The World Shit
Blake Crouch
Veronica Roth
Amor Towles
Paul Tremblay
Andy Weir
N.K. Jemisin
Finish Date: 11/05
MY RATING⇢ 3.3  STARS | GRADE B-
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal
 
FEATURING⇢
 
Part of the Big Library Read in November
Racial Tension
Rioting & Looting
Bonding
Young Adult
 
Finish Date: 11/07
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
 
FEATURING⇢
 
Mystery
Crime Fiction
New Girl In A Small Town
Past & Present
The MC Has My Name
 
Finish Date: 11/11
MY RATING⇢ 2.3 STARS | GRADE D+
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Rolling In the Deep by Mira Grant
 
FEATURING⇢
 
Killer Mermaids
Cruise Ship Ride From Hell
They All Die In The End
Novella Prequel
For Into The Drowning Deep
 
Finish Date:  11/12
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
(Audiobook) Star Wars Most Wanted by Rae Carson
 
FEATURING⇢
 
Han & Qi'ra's Story...Prequel to Solo
A Galaxy Far Far Away
My First Star Wars Read!
Droids, Wookies, Storm Troopers and Of Course, Han
Way Cool Sound Effects In The Narration
 
Finish Date: 11/13
MY RATING⇢ 5 STARS | GRADE A+
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
(Audiobook) The Weight of This World by David Joy
 
FEATURING⇢
 
Harsh Living
Drug Dependency
Meth-Amphetamines 
PTSD
Gritty Realistic Fiction
Poignant & Brutal
TW: Dog Violence
 
Finish Date: 11/15
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+
 
 
 
 
  
 
(Audiobook) Wilder Girls by Rory Power
 
FEATURING⇢
 
The Tox
Possibly Apocalyptic
Quarantined Island
Dark Academia - All-Girls School
A Splash of Girl 2 Girl Romance
Horror-if-ic Body Altering
 
Finish Date: 11/17
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Kindle eBook) Echoes of Time by Calia Read
SURVIVING TIME #3
 
FEATURING⇢
Time-Travel
Romance
Mystery
Sex-Plicit
Quit Using Sex As Plot Filler...
Rating for Book #1 - 3 STARS
Rating for Book #2 - 4.3 STARS
Finished Series!!!
 
Finish Date: 11/18
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Solo: A Star Wars Story by Mur Lafferty
 
FEATURING⇢
 
Star Wars Disney Canon
Movie Adaptation
Han Meets Chewy
L3 - One Of Coolest Droids Ever!
Lando and His Capes
Qi'Ra, I Loved You In Most Wanted...
...But Not So Much In This
How Han Acquired the Millennium Falcon
 
Finish Date: 11/20
MY RATING⇢ 4.2 STARS | GRADE B+
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
 
FEATURING⤏
 
⬥Australia Setting
⬥Murder Mystery
⬥Thriller/Suspense
⬥Impostor Daughter
⬥You Got Me w/the Whodunit
⬥Needed A Second Narrator
 
Finish Date: 11/22
MY RATING⇢ 3.5 STARS | GRADE B-
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
 
FEATURING⇢
 
⬥Small Town Louisiana
⬥Murder Mystery
⬥Suspense Thriller
⬥Young Adult (HS Seniors)
⬥Dual POV'S
⬥Twisty
⬥Splash of Romance
 
Finish Date: 11/26
MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) The New Hunger by Isaac Marion
 
FEATURING⇢
 
⬥Zombie Apocalypse
⬥The End of the World As We Know It
⬥Prequel to Warm Bodies
⬥A Glimpse of the Past and a Path to an Astonishing Future
 
Finish Date: 11/27
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
 
FEATURING⇢
⬥A Totally Original Premise
⬥Sort Of Like Groundhogs Day (the Movie)
⬥Reliving the Same Day Over & Over
⬥A Sort of Death Limbo
⬥Murder Mystery
⬥Science Fiction w/a Subtle Overlay of Supernatural
 
Finish Date: 11/29
MY RATING⇢ 4.3 STARS | GRADE A-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Kindle eBook) The Unfortunates by Kim Liggett
 
FEATURING⇢
 
⬥Chilling Horror Elements
⬥Suspense Thriller
⬥Caving
⬥YA (High School Seniors)
⬥Atonement
⬥A Short Read That Packs A Punch
 
Finish Date: 11/30
MY RATING⇢ 4.5 STARS | GRADE A-
 
 
 
 
 
 
Plus one Audiobook that I DNF'd
 
 
 
That's 8 Novella length Audiobooks, 10 Audiobooks, and 2 Kindle eBooks.  So, 15 - 20 Total...with a page count (including Audio's) of 4,363.
 
Best Cover of the Month goes too...
 
 
I love this cover!
Review
4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ The Unfortunates by Kim Liggett
The Unfortunates - Kim Liggett
 
FEATURING⇢

⬥Chilling Horror Elements
⬥Suspense Thriller
⬥Caving
⬥YA (High School Seniors)
⬥Atonement
⬥A Short Read That Packs A Punch

 

 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS 
(AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.5 STARS | GRADE A-



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Once, I got a third of the way through this, I couldn't put it down.  The caving elements are so very compelling.  And Freaky.  Being trapped in a cave with no light in small claustrophobic-like spots...worse-nightmare-ever kind of stuff.

This is my second Kim Liggett book, the first being The Grace Year, which is one of my favs of 2019.  Her writing ensnares you.  She takes these implausible ideas and makes them imaginable, tangible even.  I totally recommend this for a quick, freaky-scary kind of read.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.3/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 4.5/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 4.5/5
Ending 4.5/5
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Book Cover It's bloody fantastic.  Others have said that it doesn't go with the story...but I think it actually does.
Setting Crystal Falls Caves Near Richmond
Source Kindle eBook (Library)
eBook Length 224 Pages

Review
4.5 Stars
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Neverworld Wake - Marisha Pessl
 
 
FEATURING

⬥A Totally Original Premise
⬥Sort Of Like Groundhogs Day (the Movie)
⬥Reliving the Same Day Over & Over
⬥A Sort of Death Limbo
⬥Murder Mystery
⬥Science Fiction w/a Subtle Overlay of Supernatural
⬥With Audio Performed Wonderfully by Phoebe Strole

 

(AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)


MY RATING⇢ 4.3 STARS | GRADE A-

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 

You meet up with your group of friends that you've estranged yourself from since the death of your boyfriend, Jim.  He was the one who was loved by everyone.  You arrive home, after a night out, and a near-miss accident.  Then you get a mysterious visit from a kooky old man...and the next day...is the same as the last.  And Repeat...again and again.  The Neverworld Wake is insane!

Like Groundhog's Day but darker, way less funny...and with a mystery to solve.  A twisty, turn-y kind of ride that never lets up until the end.  Ultimately, to end the Wake they have to solve the mystery of Jim's death and the farther they dig, the twistier and fantastical things get.  Only one of them can beat death...who will it be.


THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot 4.3/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 3.8/5
The Feels 4/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 5/5
Theme or Tone 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.2/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 4.3/5 Cliffhanger Nope.
_____
 
Book Cover Trippy...just like the story...
Setting Wincroft on the coast of Rhode Island
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 47 minutes
Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ The New Hunger by Isaac Marion
The New Hunger: A Warm Bodies Novella (The Warm Bodies Series) - Isaac Marion
 
FEATURING⇢

⬥Zombie Apocalypse
⬥The End of the World As We Know It
⬥Prequel to Warm Bodies
⬥A Glimpse of the Past and a Path to an Astonishing Future
⬥With Audio Performed by Candace Thaxton (one of my least favorite narrators...)

 
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS 
(AUTHORS WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
If you felt you were cheated by Warm Bodies because of the lack of zombie murdery type scenes...then this prequel should help fulfill that need.  While still taking a deeper, more literary look into the zombie apocalypse scenario, it shows Julie at the age of 12 and first made her way to Seattle with her parents. It has a second POV from R when he first becomes a zombie and lastly a third POV, which is pivotal to R's story.  The world, overall, that the author has created is a thought-provoking take on zombies.

At around 190 pages this is all story and no filler with previews of other books.  Also, did you know that there are two more books after Warm Bodies?  I knew about The Burning World, but there is also a third full novel-sized book...titled The Living, but so far it's only available on Kindle, I'm hoping they make an Audio Version as well since it's over 400 pages.
 
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4/5
Narration Performance 3/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 4.2/5
Pacing 4.3/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 4/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 4/5 Cliffhanger Not really...but sort of.
_____
 
Book Cover Very cool...I quite like it.
Setting Seattle mostly
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 3 hours, 24 minutes

Review
4.5 Stars
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
This Is Our Story - Ashley Elston

FEATURING⇢


⬥Small Town Louisiana
⬥Murder Mystery
⬥Suspense Thriller
⬥Young Adult (HS Seniors)
⬥Dual POV'S
⬥Twisty
⬥Splash of Romance
⬥With Near Perfect Audio Performed by Amy Melissa Bentley & Eric Michael Summerer



 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS 
(AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A

 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
The perfect November read...5 boys go out hunting in the morning, a little later...there is only 4 boys left. 

Told for the most part by a girl who lives in the same town and had been texting with the boy who was killed and finds herself in a position to be able to investigate the tragedy via her after school internship-type job with an attorney on the case.  In addition, there is also one of the boys narrating...it's obvious that it's one of the four boys that was not shot and killed...only you have no idea which one.  This other narrator, despite his parts being sporadic and succinct, really ratchets up the mystery.

There is twists throughout the story that really serve to keep you invested in the story, including an unseemly little sub-plot.  Overall, this is an exceptional mystery/thriller in the YA-ish genre that was excellent in Audio format.
 
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.5/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 4.3/5
The Feels 4.3/5
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 Nope.
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Book Cover Who doesn't love deer heads hanging on the wall...oh yeah, me!  But seriously, it's perfect for the story.
Setting Belle Terre, Louisiana
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 47 minutes

Review
3.5 Stars
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS ⇢Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
Only Daughter - Anna Snoekstra

 

FEATURING⤏

⬥Australia Setting
⬥Murder Mystery
⬥Thriller/Suspense
⬥Impostor Daughter
⬥You Got Me w/the Whodunit
⬥Needed A Second Narrator
⬥ With Narration Performed by Saskia Maarleveld

 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS

(AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

MY RATING⇢ 3.5 STARS | GRADE B-

 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
While I always enjoy Saskia Maarleveld's narration...this could have benefitted from a second narrator for each of the Bec's.  The constant POV changes were hard to keep up with, especially with only one narrator for each POV.

I did not see that twist coming...so well done on that.  But...yeah there's a but, I felt like the ending, overall had some believability issues.  I'm just not so sure that things could have played out the way they did. It was like, whoa, here's this unforeseen twist and this should ratchet up the suspense, but it was written in a way that downplayed everything that was going on.  Basically, it was weird...but also, compelling.
 
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 3.8/5
Narration Performance 3.5/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 4.3/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme or Tone 3.7/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 4.5/5
Ending 3/5 Cliffhanger Nah...
_____
 
Book Cover Kind of blah...
Setting Australia
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 7 hours, 22 minutes.

Review
4 Stars
4.2 Out Of 5 STARS for Solo: A Star Wars Story by Mur Lafferty
Solo: A Star Wars Story Expanded Edition - Mur Lafferty

 

FEATURING

 
Star Wars Disney Canon
Movie Adaptation
Han Meets Chewy
L3 - One Of Coolest Droids Ever!
Lando and His Capes
Qi'Ra, I Loved You In Most Wanted...
...But Not So Much In This
How Han Acquired the Millennium Falcon


With Audio Performed by Marc Thompson
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.2 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Full Disclosure:  This is my second ever Star Wars read...and it won't be my last.  I've seen all the movies, including Solo...which I just watched after finishing this.  And while I really like the Star Wars movies, I'm not a die-hard fan, like some others out there are...you know those people, they know who every character is, and what planet they came from, and all their stats, basically.  I don't follow the stories that well...in fact, when I saw Rogue One in the theatre, I didn't even know that they were all going to die in the end...I was like, what, they just died?  My husband rolled his eyes at me.  Furthermore, I don't even care that Disney took it all over.  It totally works for me.  One other thing, I find I have a better idea of what is going on after having read these two books...at least in regards to the Movie Solo.

I didn't love this like I did Star Wars Most Wanted...I think Rae Carson captured the true personality of Han Solo much better than Mur Lafferty did.  Although the narration performed by Marc Thompson did make Han...well, more Han.  I have to say though, that L3 gave him some competition for best character, I really love how all the droids in the Star Wars Universe have such personalities, even R2D2, who only communicates with beeps has character.  It's quite refreshing when we're constantly bombarded with the robots that want to kill us all, like the Terminator Universe.

Overall, I really liked what these two books (Solo and Most Wanted) together gave me...a background on Han Solo, my favorite character in Star Wars Universe.  Well, other than the droids of course.   
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.5/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 4.5/5
The Feels 3.5/5
Pacing 4.3/5
Addictiveness 4.3/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Ending 4/5 Cliffhanger ...you could say that.
_____
 
Book Cover Movie Cover...
Setting Star Wars Universe
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 9 hours, 32 minutes

Review
0 Stars
DNF at 36%
Bid My Soul Farewell - Beth Revis
I'm so bored while listening to this that my mind just keeps wondering off and I find I have no idea whats going on and...sadly, I don't really care. I was so looking forward to this book because I really liked Give the Dark My Love.
 
 

 

Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for Echoes Of Time by Calia Read
Echoes of Time - Calia Read

SURVIVING TIME #3

 

FEATURING

 
Time-Travel
Romance
Mystery
Sex-Plicit
Quit Using Sex As Plot Filler...
Rating for Book #1 - 3 STARS
Rating for Book #2 - 4.3 STARS
Finished Series!!!

 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Time Travel books can be tricky and this series requires a definite suspension of belief, but other than that, and one other issue that I will get too, this series was pretty enjoyable.  I adore the characters, Etienne, Serene, Nathalie and of course, Livingston.  Riley was a newcomer in this third book and I really liked her too.  I really loved seeing Etienne in modern times.  It was amusing to see him navigate the technology, guys night out, and the bad manners of our century.

While there was some actual story here, my only complaint is all the explicit sex...seriously, it's okay to leave some of those to our imaginations.  I despise when authors use a gratuitous amount of sex scenes just to make a book longer.  I can only trust a handful of romance writers to not do this...and apparently, this author is not one of them.  But let me just say...I know quite a few readers who are completely okay with this...

Overall, I recommend to anyone who can suspend belief enough to go with whatever explanation is given for the believability of time-travel, with a heavy emphasis on romance and of course, likes plenty of steamy sex scenes.
 
 
  
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 3.8/5
Characters 4.5/5
The Feels 3.7/5
Pacing 3.8/5
Addictiveness 3.5/5
Theme or Tone 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.5/5
Originality 3.5/5
Ending 3.8/5 Cliffhanger Nope, it's the final book.
_____
 
Book Cover Love it.
Setting Present-day Champaign, Illinois & 1914 Charleston, South Carolina
Source Kindle eBook (KU)
Kindle eBook Length 321 Pages

Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Wilder Girls - Rory Power

 

FEATURING

 
The Tox
Possibly Apocalyptic
Quarantined Island
Dark Academia - All-Girls School
A Splash of Girl 2 Girl Romance
Horror-if-ic Body Altering
 
 
With Audio Perfectly Performed by Eileen Stevens & Jessie Vilinsky
 
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
The reviews I read for this almost derailed me from listening to this...but when the Library bought the Audio and automatically checked it out to me (I had recommended it), I was like, why not...it could be interesting, and I'm glad I did.

Wilder Girls is quite different from anything else I've ever read.  The premise alone, an apocalyptic type virus affecting the entire island, not just the school, but also the wildlife, in fantastically bizarre manners.  Added to that, the almost magnetic writing that sets it apart from other Dark Academia out there.  I was warned that it is very gory...and it is, although, the way people went on about the gore, I thought it would be more so than it was.  The romance is subtle and just a small part of the story because seriously, these girls got a lot on their plates, and very little of it is actual food.

But alas, while I dug this for all the above reasons...overall, its most significant issue is the lack of answers by the end of the story.  In that respect, it reminded me of Lost (The TV Show), which I loved right up until the final episode.  The ending of Wilder Girls needs a sequel...and so could Lost, actually...now that I think about it. 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 4.3/5
Pacing 4.2/5
Addictiveness 5/5
Theme or Tone 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 3/5 Cliffhanger Well...yeah it sorta did.  It felt like there should be a second book...but nothing about that yet.
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Book Cover Wow, this could easily be Best Cover of the year.
Setting Raxter Island
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 49 minutes.

Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Weight of This World by David Joy
The Weight of This World - David Joy

FEATURING

 
Harsh Living
Drug Dependency
Meth-Amphetamines 
PTSD
Gritty Realistic Fiction
Poignant & Brutal
TW: Dog Violence


With Audio Performed by Macleod Andrews
 
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Another bleak disheartening look at the harsh life you may get if you go down the road with drugs.  The drug of choice for this story is Meth.  Why anyone would choose to do this drug in the first place is beyond me...but for some, maybe it is beyond them...almost as if it chooses them instead of the other way around.  The book portrays how circumstances beyond control can set one down a path that no one should ever have to go down.  The story itself is superbly written, and it reminded me of Winter's Bone with the atmosphere that was set. 
 
Narration by Macleod Andrews is well performed...and I haven't listened to anything by him that I didn't enjoy, actually.  Overall, The Weight of This World is a gripping story despite some lagginess and that one particular element of the story that left me really sad...seriously, you didn't have to kill the dog off, dude...RIP Loretta Lynn.
 
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot⇢ 4/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 3.5/5
Pacing 4.2/5
Addictiveness 4.3/5
Theme or Tone 4/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 3.8/5
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Book Cover It's quite striking...the nastiness of the trailer is quite vivid.
Setting Little Canada, North Carolina (The Mountains)
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 7 hours, 37 minutes.

5 Out Of 5 STARS for Star Wars Most Wanted by Rae Carson
Star Wars Most Wanted - Rae Carson

STAR WARS DISNEY CANON NOVEL

 

 

FEATURING

 
Han & Qi'ra's Story...Prequel to Solo
A Galaxy Far Far Away
My First Star Wars Read!
Droids, Wookies, Storm Troopers and Of Course, Han
Way Cool Sound Effects In The Narration

With Audio Performed by Saskia Maarleveld 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (WOOKIEEPEDIA PAGE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 5 STARS | GRADE A+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Full Disclosure:  This is my first ever Star Wars read...but it won't be my last.  I've seen all the movies, except Solo.  And while I really like the Star Wars movies, I'm not a die-hard fan, like some others out there are...you know those people, they know who every character is, and what planet they came from, and all their stats, basically.  I don't follow the stories that well...in fact, when I saw Rogue One in the theatre, I didn't even know that they were all going to die in the end...I was like, what, they just died?  My husband rolled his eyes at me.  Furthermore, I don't even care that Disney took it all over.  It totally works for me.

The sound effects on the narration is phenomenal, I loved it...and Saskia Maarleveld was pretty freaking fantastic...even when she did Han's POV.  Anything that the story might have been lacking was more than made up with the audio performance. Not that the story is really lacking either...if you're even a casual fan of Star Wars, I think you'll like this...especially if you're a regular reader of YA space-themed stories.  I think Rae Carson did a more than adequate job with the many nuances that make Han Solo the charismatic character that he is.  He was just so Han...and he will forever be my favorite character in Star Wars, so it was only fitting that I started my sojourn into Star Wars-themed novels with this book.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.5/5
Narration Performance 5+/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 4.8/5
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 Well...
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Book Cover I like it...
Setting Mostly Planet Corellia
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 7 hours, 56 minutes

Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for Rolling In the Deep by Mira Grant
Rolling in the Deep - Mira Grant, Teri Schnaubelt

ROLLING IN THE DEEP #0.5

 

FEATURING

 
Killer Mermaids
Cruise Ship Ride From Hell
They All Die In The End
Novella Prequel
For Into The Drowning Deep
 
With Audio Performed by Teri Schnaubelt
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (GOODREADS)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Killer mermaids for the win...I listened to this after already having listened to Into the Drowning Deep...so I knew the deal with the mermaids but it was still ultimately a diabolical foray into the deep waters of the Mariana Trench. The characters are rather unlikeable, so I wasn't sad to see them come to their dastardly end (not really a spoiler).

A super quick listen that I enjoyed immensely.  The Audio was also fantastically performed, I do believe I liked this narrator more than the girl who narrated Into the Drowning Deep, even.  These two books could be listened to in any order, I think either way will work.
 
  
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.2/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 3/5
The Feels 4/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 4/5
Flow (Writing Style) /5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 4/5 
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Book Cover Way cool...book edition is better than the audio version (pictured above).
Setting Mariana Trench
Source Audible Audiobook
Length⇢ 3 hours, 6 minutes. 

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