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 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for Immunity by Erin Bowman
Immunity  - Erin Bowman

Contagion #2

 

FEATURING

 
Duology
Deadly Virus With Some Being Immune-ish
Telepathy & Super Human Strength
Tween Romance
Deep Space
Interstellar Traveling
Book #1 Rating 5 STARS
With Audio Performed by Amy McFadden
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Contagion, the first book absolutely blew me away.  The Zombie-Esque virus, the scary intense action, the mystery of what the flip is going on.  Unfortunately, Immunity dragged a bit for me...without giving away any spoilers...I was wondering if the story was ever going to progress from where it was, at the end of Book One.  I get that the author was trying to expand on the relationship between Thea and Cohen, but I just wasn't always feeling it...and I  wanted more of the action.  
 
Thankfully the last third did kick it back up, way up, and I thought the ending was a perfect way to end the duology.  It even left it open for a continuation of series, which I would totally listen too.  I also believe...
 
 

Amy McFadden gave good narration...I just couldn't tell when things shifted to a new POV, because she never changed her voice at all. But, I always say this and I'm hoping if I say it enough, they'll start to listen.
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4/5
Narration Performance 3.5/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 4/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4.3/5
Theme or Tone 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 4.3/5
Ending 4.3/5 Cliffhanger Nah...but it might not be fully contained...
_____
 
Book Cover I freaking Love it!!!  The colors are amazing.
Setting Mostly Conna 7 (not sure of the spelling because of Audio) A space station.
Source Audiobook (Library)
Length 9 hours, 14 minutes

 
Halloween Bingo 2019 | Tentative Reading List

MY CARD

 

 

 

 

My Bingo Marker

 

 

 

My Called and Read Markers

 

 

 

My Categories & Books

 

(Clicking on the book cover will take you to Booklikes page for the book.)

 

 

 

 

The Furies by Katie Lowe

  

 

  

 

 

        Transfigure to Vampires⇢

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

 

 

 

 

 

 

The House by Christina Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Wolf by JA Redmerski

 

 

 

  

 

The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

 

  

 

      Transfigure to Dark Academia⇢    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killing November by Adriana Mather

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Girls by Riley Sager

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liar's Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard

 

 

 

  

 

  

The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Girl by Chandra Hahn

 

 

 

 

 

Shadowlands by Kate Brian

 

 

 

 

 

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe the Other Mrs. Miller by Allison Dickson

 

 

Or

 

Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

 

 

  

 

 

  

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

 

 

 

 

    Transfigure to Dystopian Hellscape⇢

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

 

 

 

  

  

The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

 

 

 

 

  

 

Underland by Chandra Hahn

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saint by A. Zavarelli

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

 

 

 

Or

 

Bunny by Mona Awad

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Conspiracy by Kat Martin

 

 

 

 

  

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

 

 

 

 

But seriously, all these choices are tentative and could be changed out...especially for the books I'm getting from the library.  These all depend on when I get my holds.

Review
2.5 Stars
2.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Stronger Than A Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan
Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon - Mary Fan

 


FEATURING⇢

 

Asian Inspired Fantasy
A Magic System
Steampunk-ish
Iron Dragons
Splash of Romance
Stand-Alone
With Audio Performed by Emily Woo Zeller

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

MY RATING 2.5STARS - GRADE= D+

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

I wanted to like this, but it just never grabbed me, I liked the idea of the story more than the actual story. It had many elements including mechanical dragons, that never really came to life for me. Fantasy lovers who are tired of the same old cliched romance might like this because, while it has a splash of romance, it doesn't overshadow the story at all; and only comes into play towards the end.

 

I think the biggest reason I couldn't get into this was Emily Woo Zeller's narration. Her voices were altogether too whispery, gruff or high-pitched squeaky, like make your ears pop kind of squeaky. That is the reason I listened to this at a speed of 1.65. Which in turn made it difficult to follow the action scenes, although they could have been written in a way that was difficult to follow as well. Sadly, I just didn't care that much to find out.


THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 3/5
Narration Performance⇢ 2/5
Characters⇢ 3/5
The Feels⇢ 1.5/5
Pacing⇢ 2.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 2.5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 2.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 2.5/5
Originality⇢ 2/5
Ending⇢ 2.5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Nah...
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ Hey, it has a Dragon on it, and I've needed one of those for a Reading Challenge for forever now.
Setting⇢ A fantastical realm with a name I more than likely missed...and I'm not sure how it would've been spelled, anyway.
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 11 hours, 19 minutes

 

 

Review
4 Stars
4.2 Out Of 5 STARS for Impact by Haley Jenner
Impact - Haley Jenner

 

 

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Aftermath of Rape
Book Club
Contemporary Romance
Moving On With Life

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING⇢ ☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE= B+

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

When it comes to contemporary romance, I need something different...this fits that fairly well. A love story about a woman dealing with the aftermath of rape.

 

Full Disclosure/TW: The rape is told in flashbacks. With most of the gory details there for you to read. It was a scene that felt all too real, like something you could totally see happening. The story itself takes place five years later and she is slowly trying to piece her life together. She has a job in a coffee shop and there she meets a guy. My main issue, and it wasn't a deal killer or anything like that, was with the believability of this guy. He really was too good to be true. So, that basically left me not feeling all the feels...right up until the ending. The ending was fantastically done and I didn't predict any of it. Not like that, anyway.

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 4.2/5
Characters⇢ 4/5
The Feels⇢ 3.7/5
Pacing⇢ 4/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5
Originality⇢ 4/5
Ending⇢ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Nope.
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ Love it!
Setting⇢ New York, NY
Source⇢ KU eBook
Length⇢ 268 pages

 

 

Review
5 Stars
5+ or ALL The STARS for Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Skyward - Brandon Sanderson

SKYWARD #1

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Fighter Pilot Training
Distant Planets & Mystery Aliens
Artificial Intelligence
Fantastic World Building
Overcoming Adversity
With Audio Performed by Suzy Jackson

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING⇢ ☆5+☆STARS - GRADE= A++

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

How come I didn't hear about this sooner...Seriously, I loved this. This book hooked me from the beginning with great narration and an insanely good overall story. Not only a new favorite but also one of the top two books of my year so far. Audio for this was absolutely amazing. The varied voices Suzy Jackson performed were exceptionally done. So very happy that I used my Audible credit for this.

 

I've also read/listened to Brandon Sanderson's Reckoner's trilogy and I really liked that series too...but this far exceeded that series and with only one book. Skyward has a curiously mysterious plotline, plus an instantly likable cast of characters. Set against a backdrop of interstellar planetary combat against some enigmatic aliens with fighter pilots in training, no less. Plus that ending has me anticipating book #2, like what! I have to say that I highly recommend Skyward!!!

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 5/5
Narration Performance⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 5/5
The Feels⇢ 5+/5
Pacing⇢ 4.8/5
Addictiveness⇢ 5+/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5+/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4.8/5
Originality⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ More or less...
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ I like the English version, at least on amazon UK it shows that cover, way better (pictured below). The US version is okay, though.

 


Setting⇢ Planet Detritus
Source⇢ Own Audible Audiobook
Length⇢ 15 hours, 28 minutes

 

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Did you know?  Seriously, though, isn't every day a book lovers day?

 

BOOKLIKES-OPOLY 2019 Master Post --FINAL UPDATE

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

 

My Ending Balance for BLopoly:

 

$108.00

 

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ 

 

 

 

BOOKLIKES-OPOLY TRACKING POST

 

Bank Totals:

Start - 20.00

Land on Race Car - Race Car Card in Pocket

05/21 - Before We Were Strangers {400pg} - $3.00 ($23)

05/26 - The Maze Runner (DNF) {read 70pg} - $1.00 ($24)

Spun the Wheel for BL Square - $5.00 ($29)

Landed on Go - $5.00 ($34)

05/29 - We Rule the Night {400pg} - $3.00 ($37)

06/06 - Lies Beneath {303pg} - $3.00 ($40)

Winner's Crime {416pg} - $5.00 ($45)

06/10 - Stepsister {352pg} - $3.00 ($48)

Past Go - $5.00 ($53)

Use Race Car Card

06/11 - Dark Places {370pg} - $3.00 ($56)

Spun the Wheel for BL Square - $5.00 ($61)

06/14 - Transcendence {312pg} - $3.00 ($64)

06/17 - The Cheerleaders {384pg} - $3.00 ($67)

06/20 - Truth About Lies {330} - $3.00 ($70)

Land on Race Car - Race Car Card in Pocket

06/23 - Land on Cat Card

06/23 - Went To Jail

06/27 - Polaris Rising {448pg} - Donated to my Bail Fund

Used My Cat Card

07/01 - The Kingdom {352pg} - $3.00 ($73)

07/05 - My Lovely Wife {384pg} - $3.00 ($76)

07/05 - Passed Go - $5.00 ($81)

07/08 - Warrior of the Wild {336pg} - $3.00 ($84)

07/11 - The Night Before {320pg} - $3.00 ($87)

07/20 - Necessary People {352pg} - $3.00 ($90)

7/20 - Land on Robot Card

7/24 - What the Woods Keep {384pg} - $3.00 ($93)

Used My Race Car Card

07/25 - Here And Now And Then {336pg} - $3.00 ($96)

07/30 - Appealed {304pg} - $3.00 ($99)

Land On Go - $5.00 ($104)

Used My Robot Card

08/06 - Skyward {515pg} - $4.00 ($108) 

 

 

Bank Total - $108.00

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

ALL THE ROLLS

 

My first roll for booklikes-opoly and I get doubles!!! That put me on #8. The Racecar!!!

 

I gained a Racecar Card and I rolled again.  Which lands me on #18. 

 

Read a book that is set in the Western United States (west of the Mississippi) or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is in the Western genre.

 

Read Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak which is set in Texas, and is West of the Mississippi River.

 

 

On roll #2, I got 8, which takes to #25.

 

25. I look forward to the summer blockbuster movie releases every year!
Read a book that has been adapted for a film.

 

I DNF'd The Maze Runner by James Dashner at 8%, so under 100 pages in and I made a $1.00 for that.

 

 

My Bank Total - $24.00 Plus Race Car Card

 

 

 

 

Roll #3. I got 7, Which takes me #31 

I spun the wheel and got:

 

 

New Bank Total - $29.00 Plus Race Car Card

For My Bonus Rolls #4 and #5.  I got 6 which takes me to:

 

That nets me another $5.00

 New Bank Total - $34.00 Plus Race Car Card

My next roll I got a 6, this takes me to #6

6. The summer vacation is fun, but if leaving town is just too expensive, the stay-cation can be fun, too.
Read a book set in your home town, state, or country or that you checked out of your local library or that has been on your (physical) bookshelves since last summer.

 

I read my library hold of We Rule The Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett - Worth $3.00 for 400 Pages

 

 

Bank Total - $37.00 Plus Race Car Card

 

 

 

 

After finishing We Rule the Night, I rolled a 6 and landed on #10

10. There's nothing like a trip to the beach to start the summer off, and, for readers, half the fun is picking the beach read!
Read a book that appears on any beach reads list or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.

 

Read Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown - $3.00

 

 

Bank - $40.00 Plus Race Car Card

after finishing Lies Beneath, I rolled a 9

Which takes me #19

 

19. Spending some lazy days at the lake house sounds like a wonderful summer vacation!
Read a book with a cover that is more than 50% blue, or by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-A-K-E.

 

Read Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski - Which is worth $5.00

after reading Winner's Crime, I rolled a 6

 

 

Bank - $45.00 Plus Race Car Card  

 

 

25. I look forward to the summer blockbuster movie releases every year!
Read a book that has been adapted for a film.

 

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly - $3.00
(https://variety.com/2019/film/news/a-star-is-born-producer-cinderella-stepsister-movie-1203212945/) The link takes you to info about the movie to be made.

 

 

Bank - $48.00 Plus Race Car Card

 

 

Which takes me to #35
I'm going to use my Race Car Card and go around go (Collect $5) and go to #16

 

16. For some reason, I associate mountain/forest locations with mystery/suspense books. I think it's all of that deep shade!
Read a book that is a mystery or suspense, or which has a title that contains all of the

letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.

 

Read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn -$3.00

 

 

Bank - $56.00 (no cards in my pocket)

 

 

 

 

Rolled 10 (doubles) Takes me to #25 I've read for this one twice, so I'm skipping it and rolling my second roll from my doubles

 

 

Rolled 7

Which takes me to

I spun the wheel (got the same as last time I spun…)

 

 

 

Bank - $61.00 (no cards in my pocket)

 

 

 

Rolled 3 Which takes me to #34

 

  1. 34. When?

Read a book that is time travel or historical fiction, or a book with the word "when" in the title.

 

Transcendence by Shay Savage - $3.00

 

 

Bank - $64.00 (no cards in my pocket)

 

 

Rolled 4 (Doubles) takes me #1  My doubles roll I got

 

  1. 1. There is quite literally nothing quite like the feeling of closing the empty locker for the last time with 90 days of freedom stretching into the future.

Read a book that appears on any school-related "summer reading list," or that is identified as YA or Middle Grade

 

Reading The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas - $3.00

 

 

And…

 

 

  1. 6. The summer vacation is fun, but if leaving town is just too expensive, the stay-cation can be fun, too.

Read a book set in your home town, state, or country or that you checked out of your local library or that has been on your (physical) bookshelves since last summer.

 

 

Skipping this second prompt…and rolling again since I finished at least one of my books.

 

Bank - $67.00 (no cards in my pocket)

 

Rolled a 5 - Takes me #10

 

 

10. There's nothing like a trip to the beach to start the summer off, and, for readers, half the fun is picking the beach read!
Read a book that appears on any beach reads list or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.

 

The Truth About Lies by Aly Martinez - $3.00

 

 

Bank - $70.00 (no cards in my pocket)

 

 

Which takes me to Free Parking...

 

 

For my Free Parking Roll, I rolled a 4...

 

 

which takes me to The Race Car

 

Bank - $70.00 (Race Car in my pocket)

 

Rolled again and got 6

 

 

Takes me to #13

 

13. It's important to get all of your proper accouterments together for a day at the beach.
Read a book with sunglasses, swimsuit or other beachy items on the cover, or that has a cover that is more than 50% yellow.

 

Neither of my books fit this…so I'm not Reading a Book for this…

 

Rolled again 2 days later on 06/23, with a roll of 9.

 

 

Which takes me to The Cat

 

Bank $70.00 (Race Car and Cat in my pocket)

 

Rolled again and got a 7

 

 

Which takes me to…

 


 
And I'm in Jail on the 23rd of June. Rolled a six…so my bail is at $6.00

 

 

READ Polaris Rising by Jesse Mihalik (448pg).
Finished Polaris Rising for $5.00, which is only a dollar short so I will use a $1 of the bail fund.

 

 

Bailing Out on the 27th.

Rolled a Nine...

 

 

which takes me to #18…and I'm going to use my Cat Card and read what I want.

 

Bank $70.00 (Race Car in my pocket)

 

Read The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg - $3.00

 

 

Bank $73.00 (Race Car in my pocket)

 

 

Rolled a 5 which takes me to…

 

22. My mom grew up going to Minnesota, Land of a Thousand Lakes, for her summer vacations.
Read a book with a word that refers to women's roles, such as wife, daughter, mother, mistress or title, such as "Mrs., Miss or Duchess, in the title, or a book that has a strong female lead character.

 

Read My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing - $3.00

 

 

Bank $76.00 (Race Car in my pocket)

 

For My Regular Roll, I Got…

 

 

I got a 3…which takes me to…

 

25. I look forward to the summer blockbuster movie releases every year!
Read a book that has been adapted for a film.

 

Skipped this Prompt...

 

I Passed Go - $5.00

 

Bank $81.00 (Race Car in my pocket)

 

 

Bonus Roll 1

 

 

I got a 9…which takes me to…

 

33. The summer after I graduated from high school, A group of my friends and I took a European Tour, and London was one of our favorite stops.
Read a book set in the UK, or that was written by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-O-N-D-O-N.

 

For this prompt, I READ Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller - $3.00

 

 

Bank $84.00 (Race Car in my pocket)

 

Bonus Roll 2

 

 

I got a 10…which takes me to…

 

6. The summer vacation is fun, but if leaving town is just too expensive, the stay-cation can be fun, too.
Read a book set in your home town, state, or country or that you checked out of your local library or that has been on your (physical) bookshelves since last summer.

 

For this prompt, I READ The Night Before by Wendy Walker - $3.00

 

 

Bank $87.00 (Race Car in my pocket)

 
 
Bonus Roll #3

 

 

I got 5…which takes me to…

 

10. There's nothing like a trip to the beach to start the summer off, and, for readers, half the fun is picking the beach read!
Read a book that appears on any beach reads list or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.

 

READ Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak - $3.00

 

 

Bank $90.00 (Race Car in my pocket) 

 

Rolled Dice…

 

 

Landed on the Robot Card

 

Bank $90.00 (Race Car & Robot in my pocket)

 

Rolled Again…

 

 

 

  1. 15. My husband, Mr. MR, is a big fan of the mountain vacation.

Read a book with a tree (or trees) on the cover, or that is set in a mountain community.

 

READ What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra  (Set In Promise, Colorado) - $3.00 (07/24)

 

 

Bank $93.00 (Race Car & Robot in my pocket)

 

Rolled Again…

 

 

Which takes me to

 

 

I Spun the wheel and got...

 

 

 

For my next move...I wasn't sure if I should roll again after that so since the game is ending soon anyway, I'm going to use my...

 

Race Car Card and going to…

 

  1. 26. How?

Read a book that is science fiction or a book with the word "how" in the title.

 

Read Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen (Book is Science Fiction)  - $3.00

 

 

Bank $96.00 (Robot in my pocket)

 

Rolled a 3 (07/26)

 

 

 

  1. 28. From Grease to The Summer I Turned Pretty, the summer romance is a staple of screen and page (and the dreams of teenagers everywhere)

Read a book that is identified as romance or chick-lit, or that has a cover that is more than 50% pink.

 

Read Appealed by Emma Chase {304pg} (Because it's a Romance book) - $3.00

 

 

 

 

Bank $99.00 (Robot in my pocket)

 

Which takes to Go (It feels like I land on Go a lot)

 

Bank $104.00 (Robot in my pocket)

 

I don't know if I should roll again, but since I'm going to play my Robot Card no matter what I get and it should be my last move or it WILL be last move.

 

This is my List of 10 Books:

 

1~Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
2~The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
3~The Moment of Letting Go by JA Redmerski
4~Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
5~Brass by Xhenet Aliu
6~Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
7-The Last One by Alexandra Olivia
8~A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
9~Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
10~Allied by Amy Tintera

 

 

Reading Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

 

 

 

I've Finished Skyward by Brandon Sanderson and this will be my final book of the game.  

 

My Ending Balance in the Bank:  

 

$108.00

 

Favorites From Halloween Bingos Past
Contagion - Erin Bowman FantasticLand - Mike Bockoven I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga In a Handful of Dust - Mindy McGinnis This Mortal Coil - Emily Suvada Not Even Bones (Market of Monsters) - Rebecca Schaeffer The Gone World - Thomas Sweterlitsch Verity - Colleen Hoover What the Woods Keep - Katya de Becerra My Lovely Wife - Samantha Downing

...and a couple few that would work for Halloween Bingo.

 

 

I've only participated in Halloween Bingo for one year (last year) so I've added a few that I've read since then that could be used for HB.  Clicking on the links will take you to my reviews for each.

 

Contagion by Erin Bowman...not only a fav for HB, but also for the year.  I'm looking forward to the next Book Immunity which is already out.  I want to save it for HB, but I will probably have my hold from the library before then.  I used this for Dead Lands last year.

 

Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven...This was a stand-out on Audio, a different kind of story and it was super-creepy.  I used this for Creepy Carnivals.

 

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga...YA sleuthing at its best.  I used this for Amateur Sleuths.  It would also work for Serial Killers type of square.

 

In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis...This was excellent on Audio and a really good apocalyptic/dystopian story.  I used this for Doomsday, and it would also work for the new square Dystopian Hellscape.

 

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada...A smart dystopian that has walking dead like creatures that eventually explode this could be used for Zombies (especially for those that don't like mindless killing machine-type Zombies), Doomsday, or Dystopian Hellscape.

 

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer...this one definitely falls under the supernatural type squares. 

 

The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch...this one falls under a few categories as well.  It got a Mystery, and it's Apocalyptic with Time-Travel.  It's kind of crazy.

 

Verity by Colleen Hoover...is a Mystery and Romantic Suspense, that will blow your mind.  This could be used for Romantic Suspense Square and possibly a few others.

 

What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra...is supernatural, with creepy trees, possible witches or something like that.  I don't know where it would fit exactly because it's not very specific on what the beings are called.  It's way different than anything I've ever read before.

 

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing...this will fit for Mystery-Suspense-Thriller or Serial Killers. 

Review
5 Stars
5 Out 5 Neo-Meat™ STARS for DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff
DEV1AT3 (Deviate) - Jay Kristoff

LIFEL1K3 #2

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Crazy Good Action Scenes
Lots of Lemon Fresh
Dystopian Earth
Futuristic Techy With Bots & Such
What It Means To Be Human and/or Different Themes
Book #1 Rating: ☆5☆
With Audio Performed by Erin Spencer


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

MY RATING 5 STARS - GRADE= A+

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

After listening to this book...I have the urge to recycle like a mofo, the overall theme here is Plastic is going to bury us one day. But seriously, this book is chocked full of important messages, intense action scenes, and lovable characters. The world that Jay has created here is insanely cool, multi-layered, and altogether frightening.

 

My only issue and it's obviously a small one because I didn't really let it affect my rating, is WHY only one narrator...I know you know how important it is to give everyone their own voice...is it the publisher that decided on only one? Erin Spencer is really good, but she should just be only one voice, either Eve or Lemon's, not everyone's, including the male POV's.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 5/5
Narration Performance⇢ 4.3/5
Characters⇢ 5/5
The Feels⇢ 5/5
Pacing⇢ 5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 5/5
Originality⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Spank my spankables...Hells yes!

_____

 

Book Cover⇢ It's a little boring...it hides a lot of un-boring inside of it...but it is starting to make sense why he chooses honeycombs for the covers.
Setting⇢ YouSay, Planet Earth
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 11 hours, 58 minutes

 

 

July Re-Cap

 

It was a good month for reading/listening...of course, any month where I get to consume books is a good month.  I think I added three times as many books to my TBR this month than I finished, though.  But hey, I love to add books to my TBR.  I did have some good reads this month, though.  Stand-outs were Here and Now and Then, The Night Before and My Lovely Wife.


My Bookish Obsession Monthly Re-Cap⇢

 
 
(Audiobook) The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
 
Highlights Include:
Perfected Series Mixed With a YA-ish Westworld 
With a Dash of Dollhouse
Fantasy-Themed Amusement Park
Science Fiction/Dystopian Future
What It Means To Be Human Themes
Told In Courtroom Testimonies, Interviews
& Flashbacks To Memories
Stand-Alone
 
Finish Date:  07/01
MY RATING⇢ ☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Kindle eBook) Managed by Kristen Callihan
 
Highlights Include:
 
Contemporary Romance
Music Biz
Laugh Out Loud Banter
Rock, Rock Til U Drop
Stand-Alone
 
Finish Date:  07/04
MY RATING⇢ ☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
 
Highlights Include:
 
Disturbed In Suburbia = Disturbia
Unlikable Main Characters
A Twisted Mystery Thriller
With A Serial Killer(s)
Suspenseful
Thought-Provoking
 
Finish Date:  07/05
MY RATING⇢ ☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Highlights Include:

Viking Inspired
Fantasy
(More) Young (Than) Adult
Clean Romance
A Quest
Stand-Alone

Finish Date:  07/08
MY RATING⇢ ☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+
 






 
(Audiobook) The Night Before by Wendy Walker

Highlights Include:

Internet Dating
A Many-Layered Mystery
Psychological Thriller
Suspenseful
Twisted & Twisty

Finish Date:  07/11
MY RATING⇢ ☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A
 








(Audiobook) Under A Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day

Highlights Include:

Closed Circle Murder Mystery
A Dark Sky Park
Lake Michigan Setting
Dealing With Loss Of Spouse

Finish Date:  07/16
MY RATING⇢ ☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE= B-
 
 







 
(Audiobook) Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak

Highlights Include:

A Study In Friendship
The Needs of People...
Psychological
Semi-Thrilling
Broadcast News...& Drama
Murder-ish

Finish Date:  07/20
MY RATING⇢ ☆3.2☆STARS - GRADE=C+







 
(Kindle eBook) What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra

Highlights Include:

Creepy Supernatural
Mystery
Contemporary
YA/NA Kind of Feel
Stand-Alone

Finish Date:  07/24
MY RATING⇢ ☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE= B







 
(Audiobook) Here And Now And Then by Mike Chen

Highlights Include:

Time-Travel
Science Fiction
What It Means To Be A Parent
Love...Not Romance
Screwing Up The Space-Time Continuum

Finish Date:  07/25
MY RATING⇢ ☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE= A
 
 
 






 
(Audiobook) The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Highlights Include:
Realistic Fiction
High School
Slut-Shaming
The Truth Is Not Always What It Seems
Full-Cast Narration*

Finish Date:  07/28
MY RATING⇢ ☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE= A-
 






 
(Audiobook) Until the Day I Die by Emily Carpenter

Highlights Include:

Mystery
Mobil App Start-Up Company
Dealing With Grief
Thriller
Secluded Island in the Caribbean
Dual POV's

Finish Date:  07/29
MY RATING⇢ ☆2.3☆STARS - GRADE= D+
 






 
(Audiobook) Appealed by Emma Chase

Highlights Include:

Contemporary Romance
Male POV
Lots of LOL Moments
Courtroom Proceedings
Second Chance Love
Very Explicit Sexual Content --Like Woow.
Possibly Too Much Sex & Not Enough Plot

Finish Date:  07/30
MY RATING⇢ ☆3.8☆STARS - GRADE= B





 
12 Books Total, 2 Kindle eBooks and 10 Audiobooks

For a total of 4,607 Pages (including Audio)

There were a lot of great ones this month...including The KIngdom, Warrior of the Wild and Here and Now and Then...but Best Cover for the Month of July goes to...


Review
4 Stars
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Appealed by Emma Chase
Appealed - Emma Chase

Legal Briefs #3

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Contemporary Romance
Male POV
Lots of LOL Moments
Courtroom Proceedings
Second Chance Love
Very Explicit Sexual Content --Like Woow.
Possibly Too Much Sex & Not Enough Plot
Audio Performed by Deacon Lee


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING 3.8STARS - GRADE= B

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

This is a quick, super-cute addition to the Legal Briefs Series. Emma Chase can get into a guys head like no one else can. I liked Brent and Kennedy's story a lot, and Brent has some super funny thoughts and moments. Jake & Chelsea's story is still my top fav of the series, though.

 

Appealed could have used some more substance to it...sadly, it relied on sex to carry most of the story...very explicit sex of all the positions and types of sex there is. Let's just say sometimes those can be awkward on Audio with Teens hanging around, unexpectedly. Deacon Lee, as always, was fantastic with his narration.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 4.3/5
Narration Performance⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 4.3/5
The Feels⇢ 3.8/5
Pacing⇢ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5
Originality⇢ 3/5
Ending⇢ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Nope.
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ Meh...
Setting⇢ New York, NY
Source⇢ Audiobook (Scribd)
Length⇢ 6 hours, 43 minutes

 

 

Review
2.5 Stars
2.3 Out Of 3 STARS for Until the Day I Die by Emily Carpenter
Until the Day I Die - Clara Emily Carpenter

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Mystery
Mobil App Start-Up Company
Dealing With Grief
Thriller
Secluded Island in the Caribbean
Dual POV's
Audio Performed by Jess Nahikian, Kate Orsini, & Patrick Lawlor

 


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHORS WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING 2.3STARS - GRADE= D+

 

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

The Good: First off that beautiful cover...it's quite splendid. I also liked the App 'Jax' that was front and center in this, it seemed pretty cool. A budgeting app and it even did your taxes for you. I don't know how feasible it is...but hey.

 

& The Rest: From my featuring section above you can tell that this book has a lot going on...maybe that was part of the problem. Too many characters to keep track of making it difficult to follow the story. Added to that, the many elements, including the ending, that just didn't feel real or plausible to me and this was overall, a NO for me.

 

The narrators were decent enough...just as a personal preference, I don't think I like Kate Orsini, which is funny because when I looked her up, it turns out she narrates all of this Authors books. I remember now, it was in Burying the Honeysuckle Girls that I decided I didn't like her. Jess Nahikian was very pleasant...almost too pleasant. I certainly would listen to her again, though, and Patrick Lawlor had such a small part that he didn't really matter overall.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 2.5/5
Narration Performance⇢ 3.5/5
Characters⇢ 2.8/5
The Feels⇢ 1/5
Pacing⇢ 2/5
Addictiveness⇢ 2.5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 2.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 2.2/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 3/5
Originality⇢ 2.5/5
Ending⇢ 2/5 Cliffhanger⇢ well...
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ It's intriguing and beautiful...and it looks like a perfect spot to relax.
Setting⇢ Birmingham and Auburn AL. Plus a secluded Island in the Caribbeans
Source⇢ KU Read & Listen
Length⇢ 10 hours, 45 minutes

 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Truth About Alice
The Truth About Alice - Jennifer Mathieu

FEATURING⇢

 

Realistic Fiction
High School
Slut-Shaming
The Truth Is Not Always What It Seems
Full-Cast Narration*

 


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING 4.5STARS - GRADE= A-

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

First off...the audio for this is phenomenal, I highly recommend it being consumed this way. Each voice is very distinct and you always know whose head you're in, even if you miss their name at the beginning.

 

This book does a fantastic job of getting its point across without emotionally draining you. A quick listen or read with depth about the "real life" of high schoolers, the shallowness and meanness they can possess and wield without regard to others feelings...just to protect themselves. And, of course, how you shouldn't always believe everything you hear...because sadly, people lie. Hopefully, if someone, especially someone in high school, reads this...they can realize that they should rise above the lies and stick it out with whoever is being emotionally beat down. Ultimately, when High School is all over and you look back on it, you'll feel a whole lot better about yourself, if you do.


THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 4.5/5
The Feels⇢ 4.5/5
Pacing⇢ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 5/5
Originality⇢ 4/5
Ending⇢ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Nah...
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ I like the OG cover better... the one above makes Alice look like she's 27 or so.


Setting⇢ Healy, Texas
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 5 hours, 10 minutes

 

 

*Full-Cast Narration Including:


Saskia Maarleveld - Alice
Graham Halstead - Kurt
Ali Ahn - Elaine
Michael Bakkensen - Josh
Elizabeth Morton - Kelsy

Review
4.5 Stars
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS for Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
Here and Now and Then - Mike Chen

 

 

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Time-Travel
Science Fiction
What It Means To Be A Parent
Love...Not Romance
Screwing Up The Space-Time Continuum
Narration Performed by Cary Hite

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 4.7STARS - GRADE= A

 

 

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

Overall, a very satisfying story, especially the ending...it was the perfectly whipped icing on a cherry chip cake...and I love cherry chip cake. Cary Hite was a fairly exceptional narrator, too.

 

The science behind the time-travel in this story is easily believable and altogether palatable. It's informative without being too informative. The perfect blend of science fiction and a dollop of literary. Evoking some very poignant emotions, dealing with the love we have for a child, and even the love we have for a significant other.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 4.7/5
Narration Performance⇢ 4.3/5
Characters⇢ 4.4/5
The Feels⇢ 4.7/5
Pacing⇢ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4.5/5
Originality⇢ 4.5/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Nope.
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ Very Cool...goes with the story, perfectly...
Setting⇢ 1996, 2011 and 2142 San Francisco, CA
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 9 hours, 54 minutes

 

 

Review
3.5 Stars
3.7 Out Of 5 STARS for What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra
What the Woods Keep - Katya de Becerra

 

 

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Creepy Supernatural
Mystery
Contemporary
YA/NA Kind of Feel
Stand-Alone

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING 3.7STARS - GRADE= B

 

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

What The Woods Keep is a YA-ish Contemporary about a just-turned 18-year-old girl who just inherited her childhood home in Promise, Co. But Promise is not like other towns...it's wholly different and completely steeped in the supernatural, and our MC is irrecoverably tied to this town. With a very unique premise, a heap of mystery, and characters that I found unusual, from the very start, I was loving this...

 

This had my full and complete attention for about the first third of the book...unfortunately, it sort of stalled-out for me, after that. Not sure why; the best way to explain is the writing just wasn't as engaging as it was in the beginning. Then towards the end, it picked the momentum back up and finished fairly strong. I wish it was available on Audio...

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 3.5/5
Main Characters⇢ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇢ 3.5/5
The Feels⇢ 3.5/5
Pacing⇢ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 3.2/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 3.5/5
Originality⇢ 4/5
Ending⇢ 3.7/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ It's quite striking...
Setting⇢ Promise, Colorado
Source⇢ Kindle eBook (Library)
Length⇢ 384 Pages

 

 

Review
3 Stars
3.2 Out Of 5 STARS for Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak
Necessary People - Anna Pitoniak

 

FEATURING⇢

 

A Study In Friendship
The Needs of People...
Psychological
Semi-Thrilling
Broadcast News...& Drama
Murder-ish
Narration Performed by Vanessa Johansson

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING 3.2STARS - GRADE=C+

 

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

This is more a study in friendship than a mystery thriller. Two girls who couldn't be more opposite of each other and the way they connect with one another--what it's like to be necessary to someone, right up until your not necessary to them anymore...

 

Necessary People is more the type of story to stimulate your thoughts than one to throw shock (mystery & action) and awe (twists) at you. Despite that, some or most, readers found this to be a great read. I want to say that I agree with them...but, the slowly developing plot left me bored most of the time, even though the writing is totally there. This reminded me of a Megan Abbott book, (Give Me Your Hand) that I listened too...it really has a similar feel to it, so if you like that, then you might really like this.

 

Lastly, the narration was excellently executed by Vanessa Johansson. She had a way of making you forget that only one person was telling the story.



THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 3/5
Narration Performance⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 3.3/5
The Feels⇢ 2.5/5
Pacing⇢ 2.8/5
Addictiveness⇢ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 3.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 3/5
Originality⇢ 3/5
Ending⇢ 2.7/5
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ It's different...kind of cool...I guess.
Setting⇢ New York mostly...but also Maine and London for a bit, too.
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 10 hours, 35 minutes

 

 

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