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
5 Stars
5 Out of 5 Stars for Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel

 

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer now than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

 

Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This was a re-read/listen on audio as a refresher for my e-ARC of Only Human.  And also...because I love this series in Audio format. My eARC of Waking Gods review can be seen here. My review of Sleeping Giants (the first book in the Themis Files) can be seen here.

  

The Themis Files is freaking amazing...this pic kind of says it all.

 

 

 

An easily conceptualized science fiction series infused with mysterious alien elements and plenty of wtf and omg moments thrown in.  Seriously, that ending…I'm so psyched to see where this series is going with the 3rd installment.  I'm fairly certain I'll be starting it soon.

 

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~MY RATING~  5+/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 5+/5

Main Characters~ 5+/5

Secondary Characters~ 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~ 5+/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~  YES!!!

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Book Cover~ Love these covers!

Narration~5++  Absolutely amazing, full-cast narration rocks.

Series~  Themis Files #2

Setting~ Earth

Source~ Audible Audiobook

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Review
4.5 Stars
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for this first installment of "The Bargainer" Series.
Rhapsodic - Laura Thalassa

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear. 

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want … at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects. 

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first, it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more. 

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken. 

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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If I was still really into paranormal romance, I would have really loved this, but lately, I haven't been feeling this genre.  That being said, this is still a remarkable start to an imaginative series.  Mostly well written (despite the lack of a decent proofreader) with genuinely likable and kick-ass characters.  The romance is not only sweet but hot AF too. 

 

If you're into paranormal/urban fantasy with adult themes and like adeptly penned, witty banter that draws you in; then you should give this little-known author a chance.

 

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~MY RATING~ 4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4.2/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.2/5  Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ Not all that great, I mean, in the story they say the wings are beautiful, but this wing is…well, it looks like a sad Halloween costume.

Setting~  California and the Otherworld

Series~ The Bargainer #1

Source~  I own a Kindle eBook

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Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 "The Heart Wants What It Wants" Stars...
Things We Know by Heart - Jessi Kirby

 

 

 

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

While this didn't strike a chord with me quite like I wanted it to, I did really enjoy it.  A quick, but sweetly poignant story, that is refreshingly told. The tidbits at the beginning of each chapter in reference to the heart and heart transplants were neat. 

 

If you've ever lost someone close to you and their organs were transplanted and wondered what the person or people who received those transplants stories were like then this story could be for you.

 

 

 

~MY RATING~ 4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Very cute.

Narration~ Amanda Wallace, she was sufficient but forgettable, but in a good way.  When you have a bad experience with a particular narrator, it really sticks with you.

Setting~ Coast of California

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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Review
5 Stars
5 Out Of 5 "Mercury Infused" Stars.
UNSUB: A Novel - Meg Gardiner

 

 

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

 

UNSUB is a brilliantly written novel, with a wickedly intense plot and perfectly executed pacing. It kept me on the edge the entire time I listened.  While driving and listening to this my commute to work was over entirely too quickly, and so was the drive home.  I was completely absorbed by this story.  I got cranky with my husband when he wouldn't just go outside and let me listen to it. 

 

I highly recommend, whether you listen on audio or read the book yourself it doesn't really matter because the story is that good.  Sometimes the story itself supersedes the abilities of the narrator and makes whether they are good or bad a mute point.  Hopefully, that last part makes sense to more than just me…

 

~MY RATING~ 5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5  Cliffhanger~... Sort of

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Book Cover~ It goes with the story perfectly

Narration~ Hilary Huber, she was good, actually, despite her penchant for mispronouncing some words.

Series~ UNSUB #1

Setting~ San Francisco, California

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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Review
4.5 Stars
4.3 Out Of 5 "Cinder & Ella" Stars
Cinder & Ella - Kelly Oram

 

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

A super sweet modern-day retelling of Cinderella.  This has it all; evil step-sister(s), a famous guy that every girl wants, and a sweet blogger girl, who just needs to cut a break in life.  Early on, when reading this, I was worried that it was going to be one of those sappy, eye-roll-inducing kind of YA reads.  I soldiered on and it paid off because it ended up being quite good.  It deals with some heavy subjects in a mostly realistic manner, without being too grievous. 

 

There is a second book to this and I guess it adds more to their love story, I'm not sure that I'll read it, though, because overall this ended quite nicely for me.

 

 

 

~MY RATING~ 4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4.2/5

Ending~ 4/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ I don't really like the old cover (above), but I do like the new one (below).

Setting~ LA, California

Series~  Cinder & Ella #1

Source~ I Own Kindle eBook

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My Cover looked like this:

 

 

Review
4 Stars
4.2 Out Of 5 Stars for this Romantic Suspense Novel
Keep Her Safe: A Novel - K.A. Tucker, Roger Casey, Wendy Tremont King, Will Damron, Robin Eller, Simon & Schuster Audio

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

I love KA Tucker's Romance books, and lately she has been delving into the Suspense/Mystery type of stories, with her other book, He Will Be My Ruin, she was more suspense/mystery and less romance, and I didn't like it quite as much. However, with this, she still has the suspense and mystery but also has a romance.  She is so good at the romance and real-life angst, that I feel she should keep this element in her stories.  It's what makes her books so readable. 

 

While I didn't understand the title or the cover or how they tied into the story, I still really enjoyed this.  It kept me guessing and suspicious of everyone.  A very intricate mystery, with mysteries inside of mysteries.  Well played.  The narration was good, not great.  Really though, in my opinion, you can't go wrong with having multiple narrators.

 

~MY RATING~4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.2/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.7/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ ???...see above

Narration~ Will Damron & Robin Eller with Wendy Tremont King & Roger Casey

Setting~ Austin, Texas and Tucson, Arizona

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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Review
4 Stars
3.8 Out Of 5 Stars for this dark, twisted AF love story...
Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel - Araminta Hall

 

 

 

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Book Title:  Our Kind of Cruelty

Author:  Araminta Hall

Genre:  Psychological Thriller

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

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

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~The Blurb (which is an excellent summarization for this book)~

This is a love story. Mike’s love story.

Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet if lonely life before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job, he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together.

It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls.

It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus.

It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move he’ll know just when to come to her rescue…

A spellbinding, darkly twisted novel about desire and obsession, and the complicated lines between truth and perception, Our Kind of Cruelty introduces Araminta Hall, a chilling new voice in psychological suspense.

 

 

~MY RATING~ 3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 3.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.8/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 3.7/5  Cliffhanger~ …sort of open-ended.

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Book Cover~ Okay, I guess…

Setting~ London, England

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~My Thoughts~

 

A compelling, provocative, and utterly disturbing story about obsessive love…with a decidedly English feel (this is coming from an American, though) to it.  Being inside Mike's head is uncomfortable…I really despise stalkers, and he left me feeling positively icky.  It is odd though, that he made me doubt, like seriously doubt, everything.  In fact…I don't know if I truly understood the ending.  Maybe, that's what the Author wants???  But, overall, I was hooked while reading this and had to know where this was ultimately going.  Although, I was slightly mystified with the ending.

 

~Will I read more from this Author?~ I don't really know, honestly.

 

January Recap
Avenged (Ruined) - Amy Tintera Shattered Minds - Laura Lam Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys The Dead List - Jennifer L. Armentrout White Trash Zombie Gone Wild - Diana Rowland Infinity + One - Amy Harmon When I Am Through with You - Stephanie Kuehn Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel - Araminta Hall Keep Her Safe: A Novel - K.A. Tucker, Roger Casey, Wendy Tremont King, Will Damron, Robin Eller, Simon & Schuster Audio Cinder & Ella - Kelly Oram

A new year with new reads...and it's off to a good start.  Only one book under 3 stars and 1 DNF.  9 books rated 4☆ and above.  I changed up my review format this past month, I decided I wanted my process more simplified.  Who knows, maybe this one will stick.

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Avenged by Amy Tintera

Finish Date:  01/05

☆4.3☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) Shattered Minds by Laura Lam

Finish Date:  01/09

☆4.2☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Audiobook) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Finish Date:  01/12

☆5☆Stars - Grade=A

 

(Kobo eBook) The Dead List by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  01/14

☆4.5☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Audible Audiobook) White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland

Finish Date:  01/19

☆4.5☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Kindle eBook & Audiobook) Infinity+ One by Amy Harmon

Finish Date:  01/21

☆4.8☆Stars - Grade=A

 

(Audiobook) When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

Finish Date:  01/23

☆3.2☆Stars - Grade=C

 

(Netgalley eARC) Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

Finish Date:  01/26

☆4☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Audiobook) Keep Her Safe by KA Tucker

Finish Date:  01/29

☆4.2☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Kindle eBook) Cinder + Ella by Kelly Oram

Finish Date:  01/31

 ☆4.3☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

Plus 1 DNF...

Renegades by Marissa Meyer - This just had too many characters to keep track of and I had no idea what was going on, so I gave up at 28%.

 

11 books total, 5 Audiobooks, 3 eBooks, 1 combo audio/eBook, 1 eARC, and 1 DNF'd Audiobook.

3,483 Pages (including Audios)

 

 

Review
3 Stars
3 out of 5 Stars for this survival thriller...
When I Am Through with You - Stephanie Kuehn

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

Basically, I felt the entire plot is thrown off by the fact that this trip/hike that these high-school-age-teens go on was a little hard to swallow.  I mean…a hike in the mountains with overnight stays and only one teacher goes along…yeah, I don't think so.  This teacher was so clueless that he lets girls and boys sleep in the same tent, by themselves.  Not to mention the blatant pot smoking and drinking that is done by these teens…it didn't seem like they were trying to hide it at all.

 

A tale of survival more than a mystery, with less than likable characters, who are only capable of mostly horrible decisions and a sketchy plot filled with so many odd little intricacies that I was left feeling puzzled.  And yet, I was somehow still compelled to keep listening despite all these issues. Go figure.  

 

~MY RATING~3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 3/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 3.2/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 2.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3.5/5  Cliffhanger~ I guess not…

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Book Cover~ I guess it's what drew me in…

Narration~  It's easy to like MacLeod Andrews, his voice is very palatable

Setting~  The Mountains in Northern California

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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Review
4.5 Stars
A modern day take on Bonnie & Clyde...4.8/5 STARS
Infinity + One - Amy Harmon

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

Amy Harmon writes such indelible characters, I always seem to fall in love with them.  In fact, I don't know why I haven't read all her books by now.  Her pacing, flawless.  The feels, amazing.  My one issue with this particular story is the ending.  I would have liked it to play out differently, without the unnecessary bit of drama.

 

At the half-way point, I switched from reading to listening. I was hooked and wanted to keep reading, despite having many chores around the house, that I needed to get to. So I checked out the audiobook from my library site.  I have to say, Tavia Gilbert does some amazing accents (which I already knew because of The Firebird Series) Finn's Boston accent, was excellently done.  Bonnie Rae's singing…well…it wasn't that bad at all, actually.  She really brought this book to life.

 

~MY RATING~ 4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.7/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's decent, which makes me wonder why it took me so long to read this.

Narration~ Tavia Gilbert (for 2nd half of book)

Setting~ From Boston to California & several places in-between.

Source~ I Own Kindle eBook and Audiobook (Library)

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Review
4.5 Stars
4.5 Out of 5 "Angelkins" Stars
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild - Audible Studios,  Allison McLemore, Diana Rowland

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

This is my favorite book of the series since the first one.  A lot more action and less slow-boring time.  It was a little tedious in the beginning when she was abusing the V-12 (not sure if that is correct spelling…{{{because of audio}}}.  It quickly moves from that into some action complete with some angel-style ass-kicking. 

 

Alison McLemore brings Angel and her southern twang to life.  I totally recommend audio for this series…even if you've been reading them so far because she sounds exactly like I think Angel should.  If an audiobook can be pitch perfect…this would be that.

 

~MY RATING~ 4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.5/5  Cliffhanger~ A "to be continued", feel to it.

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Book Cover~ Quite Busy, but I'm oddly drawn to it despite it having nothing to do with the actual story.

Narration~ Fantastic narration by Allison McLemore, she is Angel Crawford.

Series~ White Trash Zombie #5

Setting~  Tucker Point, Louisiana

Source~ I Own on Audible

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Review
4.5 Stars
MY RATING~ 4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-
The Dead List - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

 

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

I recently read an arc with a similar story to this…Pretty Dead Girls…I didn't really like that one, and this had a similar feel to it in the beginning, minus the mean girls.  I was worried but it wasn't long before I realized this was different in a lot of ways.  This only had me eye-rolling a couple moments and the other had me constantly eye-rolling.  In this, the mystery surprised me, actually.  The characters were likable…and the best part…when the MC is being chased down by the bad guy, she actually does the smart thing, at least 80% of the time.  My issue and this could be a tad spoiler-ish, is with the promiscuity of 17-year-olds. I can't read explicit sex scenes when the MC's are under 18.  It's just weird.  If she had just left that out of the book, it would have been a 5-star all the way.

 

 

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5 could have used a proofreader…

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 5/5  Cliffhanger~  Nope.

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Book Cover~  Compelling, and it kept me guessing as to how it fits with the story

Setting~ Martinsburg, West Virginia

Source~ Kobo eBook

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28% into this and I'm giving up...
Renegades - Marissa Meyer

Renegades is bogged down with too many characters...so many names to keep track of.  There is Superhero names and given names for each.  I didn't know who was bad and who was good, who was who...ugh!  

 

If you decide to tackle this, I suggest reading this over listening.  Despite the audio being excellently done, you should also have a flowchart handy to keep track of characters and their superpowers and such.

Review
5 Stars
4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A (Upgraded to 5/5)
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

Out of the Easy is my 555th read on Goodreads, so in honor of that, I upped my 4.7-star rating to a full 5 stars…because my 555th read needs a 5-star rating. 

 

Ruta Sepetys writes such vivid, compelling characters that just reel you in.  Josie is no exception, nor are any of the other characters, even the skeevy ones.  Along with Lauren Fortgang's narration, the time period and the atmosphere is captured perfectly in Out of the Easy.

 

 

 

 

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.3/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ No

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Book Cover~ It's Doable…this one is better than the one with the yellow shirt.

Narration~ Very Good by Lauren Fortgang

Setting~ New Orleans 1950

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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Review
4 Stars
The world of "Pacifica" is reason enough to indulge in this series.
Shattered Minds - Laura Lam

 

 

 

Book Title:  Shattered Minds

Author:  Laura Lam

Series:  Pacifica #2

Genre:  Science Fiction | Thriller

Setting:  A Futuristic Los Angeles, CA (Pacifica)

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4.2/5

The Feels:  4/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style): 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.7/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.3/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope, but

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total: 4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

The world of Shattered Minds and False Hearts is Pacifica. This place is a fantastically imaginative futuristic world, I found it easily imagined and was engulfed in its seedy underbelly, it is a drug-induced, dream-freaky hell-of-a-ride.  

 

While still an interesting read, sadly, I didn't like this quite as much as the first book, False Hearts.  I think because I listened to that on Audio, as opposed to reading this, it was off-putting to me because it lacked a proofreader (I could totally do this, btw).  I'm thinking, maybe I didn't notice the errors in the prior book because someone read it to me (a fan-freakin-tastic narrator…January Lavoy).  I also felt it lacked character development.  I didn't really like Carina all that much.

 

If I've peaked your interest you should see Laura Lam's "Review" for Shattered Minds It's like her own synopsis for this book and it's filled with some really cool images, including this one...

 

Will I continue this series?⇜  If she writes more, than...yeah.  This world is so intriguing, after all.  I would prefer audiobooks, though…

 

 

Review
4 Stars
The only thing about this I didn't like...another cliffy.
Avenged (Ruined) - Amy Tintera

 

 

Book TitleAvenged

Author:  Amy Tintera

Narration:  Emily Rankin

Series:  Ruined #2

Genre:  YA | Fantasy

Setting:  Ruina & Lera and some places in between

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.3/5

Pacing:  4.2/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes…to be continued.

Steam Factor 0-5:  2.5

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

I like Amy Tintera…I like how different her books are.  I loved her Reboot Duo, it had something that made it different than every other dystopian.  It was also a two-book series, which made it pretty cool too.  The Ruined Series, while not a duo like I originally thought it would be, also has that something that makes it different than every other fantasy out there.  It has heart, and genuine characters (especially Olivia) that I actually like, and intrigue, and…unpredictability.  It's kind of good, you know…

 

Will I continue this series  Yes!

 

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