Leah's Bookish Obsession

Leah's Bookish Obsession

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

 

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Review
2.5 Stars
Sorry, I'm confused by all the 5-Star Reviews for this...
Midnight Burning (Norse Chronicles) - LLC Red Adept Publishing, Jennifer Fournier, Karissa Laurel
 
Book Title:  Midnight Burning 

Author:  Karissa Laurel

Narration:  Jennifer Fournier

Series:  Norse Chronicles #1

Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Norse Mythology

Publisher:  Red Adept Publishing, LLC

Setting:  Mostly Alaska

Source:   I received audiobook via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  2/5

Secondary Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  1/5

Addictiveness:  2/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.7/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  2/5

Ending:  3/5  Cliffhanger:  Yup!

Steam Factor 0-5:  2

Total:  2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+

 

 

 

This felt like a lot longer than 278 pages on audio.  This was over 10 hours long…10 hours of unlikable characters, lines delivered in the wrong context and an annoyingly done love triangle (or square). 

 

I don't usually get this upset with love triangle's, but this one really irked me.  Solina flip-flopped almost the entire book between Val and Thorin and ran hot and cold in her interactions with each, throughout.  She pushed away then pulled them in and pushed away again.  So much so, that I'm thinking she really likes Skyla instead.  Skyla accused her of having a girl crush, even.   I think the narrator is at fault for how cheesy the lines were delivered, she was not on her game at all.  This could have been a really good story, otherwise, because the Nordic element was an interesting one.  I just couldn't get past my dislike for these characters and the narrator to really listen to it.

 

Will I continue this series?  Nah…I'll pass.

 

 

Review
3.5 Stars
You know that saying keep your friends close and your enemies closer…
13 Minutes - Sarah Pinborough

 

 

Book Title:  13 Minutes

Author:  Sarah Pinborough

Narration:  Rosie Jones

Genre:  YA, Mystery

Setting:  England

Source:  Own Kobo Audiobook

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  2.5/5

Secondary Characters:  2.5/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3.7/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Mystery:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  3/5  Could have been better.

Ending:  4.7/5  Cliffhanger:  nope

Steam Factor 0-5: 4

Total:  3.5/5 STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 

 

The first half of this book reads like Mean Girls, with a British flair, and the second half turned out to be a very clever mystery.  I didn't see it coming, at all.  This is by far, too promiscuous for YA, though.  It has explicit sex scenes between a 16 and a 19-year-old.  That's just eww, between that and the catty little bitch characters, I almost DNF'd this.  I'm glad I didn't, because ultimately, despite not liking any of the characters, this was mostly a worthwhile listen just for the mystery alone. 

 

The narration would have benefited from another narrator, to differentiate between the two different female voices because it was difficult to keep it straight whose head you were in.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Probably not…

 

 

Review
4 Stars
It's difficult to put into words how I felt about this book, but I'll try…
Gun Shy - Lili St. Germain

 

 

Book Title:  Gun Shy

Author:  Lili St. Germain

Genre:  Dark, Suspense, Psychological Thriller

Setting:  Gun Creek, Nevada

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters: 4/5

The Feels:  5/5  5youfuckedwithmyheadSTARS

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  5 (An uncomfortable 5)

Total:  4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

Just when you think that this story has given you all the fucked-up-ness that it can give…it gives you a little more, and then…a little.  Bit.  More.  It was one of the craziest books, if not the craziest book that I've ever read. Period.  The only series that even comes close to this is The Dark DuetGun Shy is a different kind of crazy than that.  

 

It was both compelling and repulsive at the same time.  Oddly enough, it did have its sweet moments.  I don't believe I liked how it ended, though…well, at least parts of the ending.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  I don't know, it depends on my mood, I guess. 

 

 

Review
5 Stars
Define sustain: to give support or relief to; to supply with sustenance : nourish; keep up, prolong...a perfect title for this story.
Sustained (The Legal Briefs Series) - Emma Chase

Book Title:  Sustained

Author:  Emma Chase

Narration:  Sebastian York

Series:  Legal Briefs #2

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Washington D.C.

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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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:  4/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

This is sooooo much better than the first book in this series…I loved this.  Those kids were my undoing, I laughed and I even shed a couple tears for them and Jake and Chelsea were super sweet together.  A good contemporary romance with just the right amount of believable angst…in a word, perfect.

 

Will I continue this series?⇜  I will now, for sure, since this book has completely redeemed this series and Emma Chase for me?

 

Review
3.5 Stars
Not bad for a freebie Kindle eBook…
Rumors of Savages - Carrie Regan

Book Title:  Rumors of Savages

Author:  Carrie Regan

Genre:  Suspense Thriller

Setting:  African Jungle

Source:  Kindle eBook Freebie that I've had for a long time.

 

 

 

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Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3 (A very low steam 3)

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

Rumors of Savages has been sitting on my Kindle for a long while and when I figured out that it would work for a reading challenge of mine, I decided what the heck, I'll give it a whirl.  I wasn't disappointed at all.  The African setting was very well done, and the supernatural element to it was woven in without feeling like a paranormal book at all.  It started out rather slow but picked up at about the halfway mark.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Doesn't look like she's written anything else.

 

Review
5 Stars
WWII with a alternate ending...
Wolf by Wolf: One girl’s mission to win a race and kill Hitler - Ryan Graudin

Book Title:  Wolf by Wolf

Author:  Ryan Graudin

Narration:  Christa Lewis

Series:  Wolf by Wolf #1

Genre:  WWII, Alternate History

Setting:  All through many countries between Germany and Japan

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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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):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Total Cliffhanger…

Steam Factor 0-5:  0

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

I loved every minute of this book, and I'm so glad I listened on Audio because the narrator was phenomenal.  She had the accents down perfectly. Which is just enough of an accent, but not too much, that I couldn't understand her. 

 

From the alternate history to the skin shifting supernatural abilities, this had me hooked and I couldn't stop listening to it.  I especially embraced the stories behind each of her wolves that she has tattooed on her arm.  This story has such emotion to it, I was captivated.  The motorcycle race gave added depth to an already emotional story, with a feel to it, that actually reminded me of Iron Will.

 

Will I continue this series⇜  Most definitely!

 

 

Review
3 Stars
The Treatment...?????????
The Treatment  - Suzanne Young

Book Title:  The Treatment

Author:  Suzanne Young

Narration:  Joy Osmanski

Series:  The Program #2

Genre:  YA, Sort of Dystopian

Setting:  Oregon

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  2.5/5

The Feels:  2/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.2/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

 

 

I wasn't feeling this, I don't know, the love triangle was beyond annoying in this second book...and I'm just wondering how I gave the first book 5 stars…smh.  It wasn't a bad follow-up, just kind of juvenile…with a less than believable storyline…all culminating in a somewhat rushed ending.  Hhhmm…that sounds kind of bad, huh? I will say that it's overall message is attempting to be redemptive...and, it almost got there.

 

Will I continue this series⇜  I think this was the ending to Sloan and James stories…and I'm not really feeling like I want to read anything else taking place in this world, so…probably not.

 

Review
4.5 Stars
Break the cycle…get out…and don't look back.
Bad Romance - Heather Demetrios

 

 

Book Title:  Bad Romance

Author:  Heather Demetrios

Genre:  YA, Realistic Fiction

Setting:  Small town, CA

Source:  eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3.5

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

This is not as compulsively readable as I'll Meet You There is…but it's an entirely different subject matter, told in an entirely different format. It's written like Grace (the MC) is reading/writing the story of what happened between her now ex-boyfriend, the source of her bad romance, and herself over the course of their relationship.   I found my reading pace slowed because of this format, despite this, it is well written.  Ultimately, though, the message of this story sets it apart from other books, and it reminded me of my own toxic relationship.  I ended mine fairly quickly, though…I recognized it fairly early on for what it was, and I gtfo.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Well, I have previously stated that I wanted to read everything she's ever written…so probably!

 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
This reminded me of Guardians of the Galaxy but without all the fighting scenes…mixed with a little Avatar
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Tantor Audio, Becky Chambers, Rachel Dulude

Book Title:  The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

Author:  Becky Chambers

Narration:  Rachel Dulude

Series:  Wayfarers #1

Genre:  Science Fiction, Space Opera

Setting:  Deep Space

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Not so much…

Steam Factor: 0-5:  3

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

I would call this a fun, laugh out loud kind of Space Opera.  A character-driven story with fantastically sapient-diverse characters, which is why I was reminded of Guardians of the Galaxy.  With similar character descriptions and the life-affirming sentiments found in Avatar. Yes, there's swearing and sexual situations aplenty.  Which really just added to the quirkiness of this story.

 

My only issue may be with the narration because sometimes I was lost in regards to who the characters were and what was going on.  I think it may have been due to there not being a significant silence between scenes.  I'm certain there were whole scenes that I missed out on because I was just…lost.  I didn't always know whose head I was in, either.  It would have been beneficial to have a full-cast narration to differentiate the characters.  I believe it would have a made a huge difference.  Despite this, I still feel Rachel Dulude did a decent narration.

 

Will I continue this seriesYa know, I didn't know this at first, but the next two books are considered stand-alone just set in the same Universe…so yeah, I’m totally going to read (or listen to) them too.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 29%.
Wolf by Wolf: One girl’s mission to win a race and kill Hitler - Ryan Graudin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Audio for this is excellently done...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever wished your library had more books available to you???

Did you know, even if you don't live in a certain library's district, you can sign up for an out-of-state eCard to check out eBooks and Audiobooks with?  There are only a few libraries that offer this, especially where they'll mail it to you.  I looked into the different libraries that offer this:

 

Brooklyn Public Library NY-- $50 a year

 

*Orange County Library FL--  $125 a year (this one looks like it might work in a different Country, but I'm not sure of that)

 

*Fairfax County Library VA--  $27 a year

 

*Houston Public Library  TX--  $40 a year

 

*Free Library of Philadelphia  PA--  $50 a year

 

*note--I'm not certain if all these libraries will mail the card to you, but I think they do.

 

After looking into these libraries I decided to go with Brooklyn Public Library and I've been using my card for a couple months now and I think it's worth the $50.  Especially, for the audiobooks.  I did find that my local library has quite a lot of books too because some of these choices didn't even compare to my KDL.  Also, I still use Overdrive to access the books/audiobooks I check out. After I filled out the application they emailed my card # to me, and also mailed my actual card.  I then paid my fee of $50 and started using my card.

September Re-Cap
The Fixer - Jennifer Lynn Barnes Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon The Pact - Karina Halle The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson The Orchard: A Memoir - Theresa Weir Everything Under The Sun - Jessica Redmerski, J.A. Redmerski World After - Susan Ee The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Tantor Audio, Becky Chambers, Rachel Dulude

 

A mediocre reading month...some good...some not so good, some good but long (everything under the sun).  I listened to more books than I physically read this month by far, including a re-listen/read for an old favorite.  I did not read a single arc...I think that's due to me feeling like I don't want to be a guinea pig for new books.  Essentially, that's what you are, after all, which is the price you pay for being able to read books before they come out.  I'm just not sure if I want to do it anymore.

 

 

 

(eBook) The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  09/02

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Mad by Chloe Esposito

Finish Date:  09/03

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Finish Date:  09/10

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Finish Date:  09/12

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

(eBook) The Pact by Karina Halle

Finish Date:  09/13

2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Finish Date:  09/16

4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) The Orchard: A Memoir by Theresa Weir

Finish Date:  09/20

3.5/5 - GRADE = B-

 

(eBook) Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski

Finish Date:  09/24

4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) World After by Susan Ee

Finish Date:  09/25

4.8/5 Stars - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (review pending)

Finish Date:  09/30

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

10 books Total for a total of 4,083 pages (including audio).

7 Audiobooks and 3 ebooks.

 

 

 

 

 

Review
5 Stars
It's a new day in the World After...
World After  - Susan Ee

Book Title:  World After

Author:  Susan Ee

Narration:  Caitlin Davies

Series:  Penryn and the End of Days #2

Genre:  YA, Angel Apocalypse

Setting:  San Francisco, CA

Source:  Own Audible Edition

 

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.7/5

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:  5/5

Narration: 5/5

Ending:  4.7/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued

Steam Factor 0-5: 2

Total:  4.8/5 Stars - GRADE=A

 

 

 

I feel like this was even better the second time because I wasn't continually wondering where the-f Raffe was.  I knew I wouldn't see him for a while.   Besides, when Raffe did hook up with Penryn, finally; it turns out it was worth the wait.  I also feel like I was able to glean more on the plot itself this second time around.   I really love these characters and loved how Caitlin Davies brought them all to life.

 

Will I continue this series⇜  I'm re-reading with Audio, the entire 3-book series --up next is End Of Days

 

Review
5 Stars
A Post-Apocalypse story with heart and grit…
Everything Under The Sun - Jessica Redmerski, J.A. Redmerski

 

Book Title:  Everything Under the Sun

Author:  Jessica Redmerski

Series:  Everything Under the Sun #1

Genre:  Dystopian

Setting:  USA

Source:  Own on Kindle

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.6/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.8/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:   5/5  Cliffhanger:  OMG

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total: 4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

I love Atticus. I love Thais.  And I LOVE Atticus and Thais together.  That ending gutted me.   This story terrified me…it's seems like something that could happen…all of it.  It's so f-ed up…and so amazing, especially between Atticus and Thais.  My only qualm, other than that hella cliffhanger ending is the length.  It's so freaking long, there are places where it could have been shortened up a tad and still felt completely epic.

 

Will I continue this series I cannot wait…and I have no idea how long I have to wait for it…it's not even on Goodreads, yet...which sucks.

 

Review
3.5 Stars
A memoir about apple farming and all the pesticide woes...
The Orchard: A Memoir - Theresa Weir

 

 

Book Title:  The Orchard

Author:  Theresa Weir

Narration:  Ellen Archer

Genre:  Memoirs

Setting:  Iowa (I think)

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  3.5/5 

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  1

Total: 3.5/5 - GRADE = B-

 

 

 

 

I don't read much non-fiction…I only decided to read this because of a reading challenge, it was also a short listen and the library had it on audio, so it was a winner in that aspect…because it didn't suck. 

 

Overall, there are some aspects to this story that could have been done differently to make the story more interesting, like some unfinished thoughts and glossed over parts of her life, that could have been explored more.  It's also told in a really somber voice that I never fully connected to, at least not until the very end, and seriously, something about the ending just clicked with me.  I believe it was the situation with her mother-in-law-from-hell that she had going on, I can relate, after all.  I even teared up, a little.

 

Will I read more from this author?  I don't know, most likely not.  I even own a book by her on my Kindle…it was a freebie.

 

Review
4 Stars
A Twisted Affair...
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson

Book Title:  The Kind Worth Killing

Author:  Peter Swanson

Narration:  Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early & Keith Szarabajka

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, Suspense Thriller

Setting:  Maine & Massachusetts

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  3.7/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger: ???

Total: 4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

The Kind Worth Killing is soooo twisty, just when you think you know where it's going, it veers off and totally does like a 180 on you.  It did this more than once, actually.  I really liked this, despite feeling that it may be a tad not-my-style, even though my style is constantly changing, especially lately. 

 

Will I read more from this Author⇜  I really have no clue…this time last year I would have never even thought of reading this.

 

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