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
3.5 Stars
3.3 Out Of 5 STARS for Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
Hotel Ruby - Suzanne Young

 

 

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Creepy Hotel Setting
You Can Check In...
Ghosts
Splashes of Romance
Grief

 

With Audio Performed by Julia Whelan

 

 


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Most of the reviews say this is just like Hotel California...the song...so I read the lyrics...and...yeah, I totally see that. It's almost as if the Author just made up a story, albeit a YA one, to go along with those lyrics. I think if you go into this knowing it's more or less a story to go with that song...you might not be so disappointed. Whether or not that was the Author's intention is unknown to me or irrelevant at any least.

 

For the most part, it reads like a super quick little tale of a haunted hotel with grief-stricken teens and a few splashes of overly dramatic romance, and for me, it fell somewhere in the middle of terrific and terrible.

 

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3.3STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 3.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 2.8/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3.3/5
The Feels⇝ 3.5/5
Pacing⇝ 3.3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.2/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.7/5
Originality⇝ 1.5/5
Ending⇝ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝ It's very gold...I don't like gold...well, except for gold bars.
Setting⇝ Idk...the Ruby Hotel???
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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BOOKLIKES-OPOLY 2019 Tracking Post
Before We Were Strangers - Brenda Novak The Maze Runner - James Dashner We Rule the Night - Claire Eliza Bartlett

 

 

 

 

BOOKLIKES-OPOLY TRACKING POST

 

After DNF'ing The Maze Runner and adding $1.00 to my bank

 

New Bank Total - $24.00 Plus Race Car Card

Roll #3

 

 

Which takes me to #31 

 

 

I spun the wheel and got:

 

 

New Bank Total - $29.00 Plus Race Car Card

 

Bonus Rolls #4 and #5

 

 

Which takes me to #0 

 

 

That nets me another $5.00

 

New Bank Total - $34.00 Plus Race Car Card

 

 

Which takes me #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.

 

This is perfect because I just received my hold of We Rule The Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett from the library...starting this next.

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUS 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

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak
Before We Were Strangers - Brenda Novak

 

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Murder Mystery
Possible Crime of Passion
Second-Chance Romance
Small-Town Texas
Family Secrets
Sex-Plicit (A Splash)

 

With Audio Performed by Ann Marie Gideon

 

 

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My first Brenda Novak Book and I found myself enmeshed in this story, the plot is almost perfect with only minor imperfections, most of them involving her reasons for leaving the small town after graduation, I just didn't buy that she left everything behind without a backward glance, especially Micah...I mean...she supposedly loved him. But, ignoring that, I found this quite compelling.
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Overall this is an entertaining read with likable main characters and the evil ones...they are truly vile. Unfortunately, once I started writing this and I really started to scrutinize the different plot points, the story didn't always hold up. Which left me downgrading my rating from 4.5 to 4.3.  The narrator was fairly top-notch...still feel that a male narrator for Micah's POV would have been even better.

 

 

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 4.3/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.2/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.5/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5
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Book Cover⇝ Meh...It's okay.
Setting⇝ Texas
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Little White Lies - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Debutantes #1 

 

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A Mystery with Layers
Debs & Squires
Southern Belle Charm
Who's Your Daddy Issues
Adults Who Are Youngish

 

 

With Audio Performed by Katherine Littrell

 

 

 

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The narration by Katherine Littrell was fantastic...she did a perfect southern debutante accent. She's also mastered the art of inflecting her voice with a different cadence for inner dialogue. This is something of which many narrators need to improve on. I might not have liked this as much as I did if it not for the narration, I've could have gotten bored with some of the slower sections of the story...I'll never know for sure?

 

While the mysteries within are not as complex or as sinister as JLB's Naturals Series, I still found them to be adequate. For the gentrified Southern Setting the mysteries fit quite perfectly. I found the characters refreshing, and I loved that they weren't all super-catty, to the point of being nasty...I think I thought they would be. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this story. One thing I didn't know...this has a second book.

 

 

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4STARS - GRADE=B+

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 3.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.7/5
Originality⇝ 3.8/5
Ending⇝ 3.8/5
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Book Cover⇝ It's very pretty
Setting⇝ North Carolina, maybe...the blurb says the gentrified south.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Hoopla-Library)
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Review
3 Stars
The Whispering Hollows Novella's by Lisa Unger
The Whispers: A Whispers Story - Lisa Unger The Burning Girl: A Whispers Story - Lisa Unger The Three Sisters: A Whispers Story (The Whispers Series) - Lisa Unger

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The Whispers - Novella 1
The Burning Girl - Novella 2
The Three Sisters - Novella 3
Psychic Powers
Some Mystery

 

With Audio Performed by January LaVoy

 

 

 


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Collectively in eBook format these three novella's are available as a set with this cover:

 

 

I listened to each one separately, but consecutively on Audio, which was performed by one of my favorite narrators, January LaVoy. I listened to this mainly so I would be up to speed for Ink & Bone by Lisa Unger. These short novellas are sort of a prequel to that story. These were each very short, quick listens and while I didn't find them overly special...I'm certainly not upset with spending my day with them.

 

๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

3STARS - GRADE=C

 

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏


Plot⇝ 2.7/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Characters⇝ 3.7/5
The Feels⇝ 3/5
Pacing⇝ 2.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 2.5/5
Ending⇝ 2.7/5
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Setting⇝ The Hollows
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library & Scribd)
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Review
3.5 Stars
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus
Two Can Keep a Secret - Karen McManus

 

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Small Town Atmosphere
Halloween Themed Amusement Park
2 POV's
Possible Linked Murders

 

 

With Audio Performed by Sophie Amoss & Kirby Heyborne

 


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The title is a totally like the Pretty Little Liars theme song and the plot did kind of remind me of the PLL series, overall (based on the random episodes I've seen here and there)...so maybe that's why she called it what she did. Otherwise, the title doesn't go with the story at all. Overall, the story is okay, the characters are okay and the mystery was somewhat twisty but somewhat predictable, with a dollop of eww thrown in. It wasn't terrible and it even entertained me for a bit.

The narration was passably okay, despite having Kirby Heyborne, he has one of those voices that I just can't take listening to for that long. Sophie Amoss was fairly good, though.

 

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3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏


Plot⇝ 3.8/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3.7/5
Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝ 2.7/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 3/5
Ending⇝ 3.7/5
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Book Cover⇝ Meh...why do Authors have covers that look the same...even though the stories aren't connected?
Setting⇝ Echo Ridge, Vermont
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
3.5 Stars
3.5 Out Of 5 Reluctant STARS for Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

 

 

The Aurora Cycle #1

 

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Deep Space
Squad Goals
Gobs of Sarcasm
Galactic Beings
Trippy Space Shit
Older YA/Borderline New Adult
 
 

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With Audio performed by Full-Cast* (see below)

 
 
 
 
 
 

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I should have loved this, and I'm so disappointed that I didn't.  I love the Illuminae Series by these two.  Seriously, all the love.   Was it the "normal" format that I couldn't get into...I don't think so.  After all, I have loved many a deep-space adventure story.  All I can come up with is the characters really didn't wow me, they left me feeling nothing or nearly nothing, anyway.   The only one I kinda liked is Scarlet...and I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who would pick her as their favorite, but she felt the most real to me.  Since the bulk of the story, despite the heist and other action scenes, is all about this group of characters, I found the story ultimately lacking.  Luckily, the ending started to pique my interest, I thought, finally, maybe this has got something I can get behind.  Fingers crossed that book two has what I'm looking for.

So, overall, the story has potential, the characters have something like potential and I will more than likely continue the series...because it is, after all, Jay and Amie...plus, everyone else so far seems to love this book.

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3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 
Plot⇝ 3.7/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Characters⇝ 3.5/5
The Feels⇝ 3/5
Pacing⇝ 3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.5/5
Originality⇝ 4.5/5
Ending⇝ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger⇝ you could say that...
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Book Cover⇝ Very striking...
Setting⇝ The Milky Way
Source⇝ Audible Audiobook
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Tyler - Johnathan McClain
Auri -Kim Mai Guest
Cat -  Candice Moll
Kal - Steve West
Zila - Donnabella Mortel
Fin - Lincoln Hoppe (who also voiced Aidan)
Scarlet -Erin Spencer
Magellan -Jonathan Todd Ross  
Review
4 Stars
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Curse (Audio) - Marie Rutkoski

 

The Winner's Trilogy #1

 

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Heavy-ish on the Fantasy
Light on the Dystopian
YA
Revolution
Enslavement
Romance (of a sort)
 
 
 
 
 

With Audio Performed by Justine Eyre

 
 
 

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With over 80,000 readers and an overall rating of 4.01 on Goodreads, you know that there are a few people who loved this, sadly, I'm not one of them...but I did like it, and I will more than likely keep listening to the series.  I might have liked it more if I had read it a few years ago...but reading it at this point...I feel like the writing and the overall story was there but I wasn't.

 
๏~ I found the world to be somewhat indiscriminent...it felt like a fantasy (with fantastical names and such) but also felt like a future dystopian-like society too.  Which does it want to be?  There is no magic system...but this I actually liked because I've been feeling like it's (magic) really played out lately.  The ending came out of nowhere to me...and I'm still a little confused about how it came about.
 
๏~ With the exception of Kestral and Arin, there is very little character development, but even they feel kind of wishy-washy to me.  It's as if the side characters were just inconsequential. 

๏~ The romance left me wanting more.  Do they like each other or not, is it enough that they do...this is what will keep me listening to series, ultimately.  I do love a good angsty romance, and I feel like the potential is there for that.  You know, with their people at war with each other and all.

 
Or...

My disappointment in this could stem from the fact that I listened to this right after listening to Daisy Jones & the Six (and I freaking loved that) and I couldn't really get into the right frame of mind for it...like a book hangover kind of feeling.  I don't know??? 

The Audio was okay but could have been better.  I can't seem to stress this enough...if you have pov's from both a female and a male character, then you should always have both a female and male narrators.


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3.8STARS - GRADE=B

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3.5/5
The Feels⇝ 3.7/5
Pacing⇝ 3.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.2/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.2/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Of course...
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Book Cover⇝  It's pretty
Setting⇝ Herran, a peninsula conquered by the Valorians  
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
5 Stars
All the STARS for Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid, Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Robbin Cuddy, Julia Whelan

 

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Sex, Drugs, & Rock N' Roll
The 70's
Bring on the Tears
Full-Cast Narration
Interview Style
All The ☆Stars☆
 
 
 

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With Audio Performed by A Full-Cast* (see below)

 
 
 

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I knew, going into this, that I would love it...I was not prepared for how much I would love this.  It's not just the full-cast narration...which I love, it's the story itself. it was really so much more than I thought it was going to be.  It is my favorite book of the year.

In the beginning, it had an Almost Famous vibe and I love that movie.  Then it just transitioned into this utterly fascinating story on the rise and fall of a rock band with characters that not only shined but felt like they really existed.  I loved the format but loved it even more so by the end of the book.  But damn, did it make me cry...and it was an ugly cry.

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5+STARS - GRADE=A++

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 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⇝ Not really...
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Book Cover⇝  It's okay...
Setting⇝ A lot of the time it's California...but it's all over the United States and sometimes even outside of the States.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
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*The Entire Cast of Daisy Jones & the Six:

 
Jennifer Beals as Daisy Jones 
Pablo Schreiber as Billy Dunne
Benjamin Bratt as Graham Dunne
Judy Greer as Karen Karen
Fred Burman as Eddie Loving (should be named Eddie Hating)
Ari Fliakos as Warren Rhodes
January LaVoy as Camilla Dunne
Robbine Lee as Simone Jackson
Julia Whelan as the Narrator
Jonathon Davis as Jim Blades
Henry Leyva as Rod Reyes
Oliver Wyman as Rod Snyder
Nancy Wu as Elaine Chang
PJ Ochlan as Freddie Mendoza
Arthur Bishop as Nick Harris
Holter Graham as Jonah Berg
Brendan Wayne as Greg McGuinness
Pete Larkin as Pete Loving
Alex Jenkins Reid as Wyatt Stone
Robert Petkoff as Hank Allen
Sarah Arrington as Opal Cunningham

P.S. This Story was meant for Audio...

 
Review
4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Little Monsters - Kara Thomas

 

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Psychological Thriller
Murder Mystery
Teenage Drama
Twisted And A Little Dark
 

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With Audio Performed by Phoebe Strole & Brittany Pressley

 
 
 

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I seem to be on a YA Mystery kick lately and this is the second in a row that I really liked, although I'm sure there are some issues that some could be nit-picky about.  This is being compared with Pretty Little Liars by a lot of readers, and while I've never watched an entire episode (my daughter watches it relentlessly...5 or 6 times for the entire series, I think she's up to, now) of PLL, it does fit that comparison well, at least from what I've been dragged into watching.  The drama is your typical teenage drama albeit with a dark edge to it and it's not overdone or exceptionally whiney like I find a lot of other YA mysteries.   The overall mystery of Bailey's disappearance is compellingly readable/listenable. 

I finished this fairly quickly because I had to know who did it.  My thoughts after that totally twisted ending...wow, this Author isn't afraid to go there...

The Audio performance was top-notch.  Little Monsters is told from two POVs, both Kacey and eventually some flashback snippets from Bailey.  The Audio performance was seriously top-notch, with two different narrators (Yay!) for each person.

 

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 
Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.2/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5
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Book Cover⇝ It's different and sorta interesting.
Setting⇝ Broken Falls, Wisconsin
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
4.5 Stars
4.7 Out of 5 STARS for The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton, Jim Fyfe

 

 

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A Classic
Young Adult
Stay Gold, Ponyboy, Stay Gold
 

With Narration performed by Jim Fyfe

 

 

 

 

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I don't remember if I read the book before or after the movie came out...but I enjoyed both quite a bit.  This story has always stuck with me, along with the "stay gold" quote.  It's a classic story for a reason, from the foreshadowing to the quotable quotes.  With some of my all-time favorite characters to this day...Johnny, Ponyboy, Dary, Soda Pop, Two-Bit, and even Dallas...awe man, how could you not love this book, even with its tendencies to be somewhat corny.  The excellent narrator of this captured the voices of the actors who played each of these characters perfectly...especially Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, and Ralph Macchio.   He made it feel like the actors themselves narrated this.

 

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4.7STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 
Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 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⇝ 4.3/5
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Book Cover⇝ I like this one...and there's a lot of them.
Setting⇝ Oklahoma
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
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Review
4.5 Stars
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Nowhere Child by Christian White
The Nowhere Child - Christian White

 

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Missing Child
Mystery Thriller
Flashbacks
Religious Cult
Twisty
 

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With Narration Performed by Katherine Littrell

 
 
 

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The Nowhere Child is a missing child mystery where you know from the beginning what becomes of her...I think I was drawn to this story because of this premise...sometimes going through an entire book thinking that the child's dead body will be found rather than being found alive, can set off a queasy feeling, that never really goes away.  Since you know she ended up being raised in Australia, the question is how did she end up there when she was born in America. 

What ensues is a twisty, mysterious journey to find out who kidnapped Sammy Went.  With unforeseen twists and amid a backdrop of a small town in Kentucky with a religious cult or Fundamentalists as they choose to be called at the forefront of the mystery.  Told in alternating pov's between the past (many characters pov's) and the present (Kim/Sammy), the mystery unfolds. 

My one, slightly significant issue with the story overall is with the choice to have only one narrator.  Katherine Littrell does an adequate performance for the part of Kim...but as for the rest of the characters her Aussie accent tended to come through and lessened my enjoyment of the Audio overall. 

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 
Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3.5/5
Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5
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Book Cover⇝  I really like it...I found this book because of the cover
Setting⇝ At first, Australia...but the rest of the story is set in Manson, Kentucky.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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It's a quick DNF for this one...
See What I Have Done - Sarah Schmidt

I dnf'd this somewhere around 20%...I just couldn't follow the story...not sure if it was the narration or the story itself...maybe it's both.

Monthly Re-Cap - April

I had quite a few middle-of-the-road ratings for my reads/listens this month, but also had a few really good ones.  Without further ado...here is my reads/listens for the Month of April.

๏ ๏ ๏ A Bookish Obsession Monthly Reading Re-Cap ๏ ๏

 

 

 
 
 
 
(Netgalley eARC) The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
 
Highlights Include:
YA Contemporary
Rescue Dogs
Family Drama
Mystery
 
Finish Date:  04/03
☆2.5☆STARS - GRADE=D+
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
 
Highlights Include:
Futuristic Techy
Dystopian
Bots Of All Types & Sizes 
Intense Action
Slight Romanov Retelling
Existentially Thought-Provoking
 
Finish Date:  04/05
☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Netgalley eARC) In the Shadow of the Spindrift House by Mira Grant
 
Highlights Include:
Novella
Teen Investigating
Nautical-Themed Paranormal
Creepy House
Poetic Writing
 
Finish Date:  04/08
☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) See Me by Nicholas Sparks
 
Highlights Include:
Contemporary
Romance
Mystery
Suspense
My First Nicholas Sparks Book
 
Finish Date:  04/10
☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
 
Highlights Include:
 
Stand-Alone Full Length Story
Fantasy
Twisty Mystery
Romance
Character Growth
A Mix of Historical and Tech
 
Finish Date:  04/13
☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J Bick
 
Highlights Include:
 
Taboo Romance
Older YA
Psychological
 
Finish Date:  04/16
☆2.8☆STARS - GRADE=C-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Netgalley eARC) The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
 
Highlights Include:
Locked-Room (Elevator) Mystery
Twisted Twisty-ness
Back & Forth Narrative
Corporate Finance
 
Finish Date:  04/17
☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
 
Highlights Include:
Magic
Fantasy
Cute, But Forgettable
Clean Romance
 
Finish Date:  04/21
☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Come Find Me by Megan Miranda
 
Highlights Include:
Almost Like Stranger Things
Two Mysteries
Connections
Realistic Fiction
Splash of Romance
Splash of Science Fiction
 
Finish Date:  04/24
☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-
 
 



 
(Audiobook) Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison

Highlights Include:

Separate Narrators for each POV
Mystery
Psychological Thriller
Questionable Plot Twists

Finish Date: 04/26
☆2.5☆STARS - GRADE=D+

 





 
(Audiobook) Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Highlights Include:

The Slippery Slope of Addiction
High School Athlete
Graphic Drug Use
Bring on the Tears

Finish Date: 04/28
☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+







11 Books total...8 of which were Audiobooks and 3 that are Netgalley eARC's (right now my netgalley average is 88%...woohoo).

Total # of Pages:  4,066 

...something weird I wanted to share...I read three different books this month with a page count of 336 and two of 352 pages.  I didn't read any that were 384...but I've read a total of 4 books, so far this year with that # of pages.  It's interesting how often certain page counts come up in my reading.

Best Cover for April goes too...I love Ever the Hunted, Four Dead Queens, and Drowning Instinct, but the artwork on this one has to be recognized:

 
Review
5 Stars
5 Out Of 5 Stars for Heroine by Mindy Mcginnis
Heroine - Mindy McGinnis

 

๏ ๏ ๏  Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
The Slippery Slope of Addiction
High School Athlete
Graphic Drug Use
Bring on the Tears
 

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Goodreads | Booklikes | BookDigits

Amazon | Kobo | Scribd 

GooglePlay | IndieBound 

 
 

With Audio Performed by Brittany Pressley

 
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
This isn't my first book about heroin addiction.  I've read a couple others, this one is just as hard-hitting and unflinching as those others, possibly more so, because it involves a girl not yet out of high school.  An athlete, with everything going for her.  Her downward spiral starts with a car accident and a horrible injury where she is prescribed Oxy, and so from there, her wretched descent begins...

I believe the purpose of this book is to make people, not only kids but adults too, aware of how easy it is to become dependent on these types of drugs, and almost anyone is susceptible to them, and to also make them aware of the signs that someone could be using.  This is fiction but it's based on real-life issues so it can be very blunt, which can make it really difficult to read/listen to at times...but ultimately, I believe it's worth it.

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

5STARS - GRADE=A+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 
Plot⇝ 5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 5+/5
Pacing⇝ 4.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 
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Book Cover⇝ I thought the title was a mistake but it turns out, it was intentional...the cover is actually perfect for the story.
Setting⇝ Ohio
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
2.5 Stars
2.5 Out Of 5 "I've might have been too generous with them" STARS for Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison
Lie to Me: A Fast-Paced Psychological Thriller - J.T. Ellison

 

๏ ๏ ๏  Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Separate Narrators for each POV
Mystery
Psychological Thriller
Questionable Plot Twists
 

With Narration Performed by Matthew Waterson, Saskia Maarleveld, Sarah Naughton & Julia Whelan

 

 
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
This book tried to have these compelling plot twists that just came off as somewhat ridiculous and hard to swallow, especially towards the last third of the book.  I was sort of feeling things until that point, and it just went downhill after that.  It felt, to me, that she was going for shock factor more than anything else.  The narration was very decently done, without that, I probably would have been super angry that I wasted my time on the story at all.
 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

2.5STARS - GRADE=D+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 2.7/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 2/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 2.7/5
The Feels⇝ 3.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 2/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝ Boring
Setting⇝ Kentucky
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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