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
Another stunning cover…
Undertow - Michael Buckley

 

 

 

Book TitleUndertow

Author:  Michael Buckley

Narration:  Jennifer Grace

Series:  Undertow #1

Genre:  Fantasy | Dystopian

Setting:  Coney Island

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Pacing:  4.2/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone: 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

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

Steam Factor 0-5:  1

Total:  4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

This book started out fantastically for me, with its beautiful imagery and the totally unique world.  It's like our present day world with a sort-of dystopian/apocalyptic feel to it.  Then the insta-love (and I mean straight-up instant) and some teenage super-drama kind of brought it a little low for me.  Despite that, it is a remarkably imaginative story. 

 

Will I continue this series?  I'm actually torn because book 2 has lots of bad reviews, (even more teenage super-drama, supposedly) and Idk what I want to do with this series…I can't find the second book on audio unless I use one of my credits on Audible.  I don't think I want to do that considering the reviews for it…but a part of me really w)ants to see where this goes.  So yeah, I guess only time will tell.

 

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MY YEAR IN BOOKS 2017

Stand=outs for 2017:

 

Making Faces by Amy Harmon

 

 

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

 

 

False Hearts by Laura Lam

 

 

Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

 

 

 

 

Series Stand-outs:

 

Unknown Trilogy by Wendy Higgins:  Unknown, Unrest & Undone.

 

 

Illuminae Files:  Illuminae and Gemina ( Obsidio coming in March)

 

 

MY ENTIRE LIST OF BOOKS FOR 2017 BY MONTH WITH FINISH DATE: 

(links will take you to Goodreads page because they were already linked that way)


JANUARY:

01/01 Rule by Jay Crownover
01/06 White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland
01/07 An English Bride In Scotland by Lynsay Sands
01/13 Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
01/14 Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
01/19 Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
01/20 Boomerang by Noelle August
01/26 18 and Life on Skid Row by Sebastian Bach
01/28 Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
01/31 All the Pretty Lies by M. Leighton

Rule (Marked Men, #1) by Jay Crownover White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (White Trash Zombie, #3) by Diana Rowland An English Bride In Scotland (Highlanders, #1) by Lynsay Sands Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1) by Jessica Park Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1) by Alwyn Hamilton Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen Boomerang (Boomerang, #1) by Noelle August 18 and Life on Skid Row by Sebastian BachTiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson All the Pretty Lies (Pretty, #1) by M. Leighton

FEBRUARY:

02/01 Making Faces by Amy Harmon
02/08 Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
02/09 Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
02/16 Raging Star by Moira Young
02/22 Front Lines by Michael Grant
02/23 Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
02/28 Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
02/28 Ensnared by Rita Stradling

Making Faces by Amy Harmon Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Killer Instinct (The Naturals, #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Raging Star (Dust Lands, #3) by Moira Young Front Lines (Front Lines, #1) by Michael Grant Moonglow (Darkest London, #2) by Kristen Callihan Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke Ensnared by Rita Stradling

MARCH:

03/06 Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
03/10 Settling the Score by R.S. Grey
03/11 Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
03/14 Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
03/15 Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
03/17 Ashes to Ashes by Valerie Thomas
03/21 One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
03/22 The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
03/29 These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
03/31 The Earth Dwellers by David Estes

Vengeance Road (Vengeance Road, #1) by Erin Bowman Settling the Score (The Summer Games, #1) by R.S. Grey Calamity (The Reckoners, #3) by Brandon Sanderson Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2) by Sylvain Neuvel Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman Ashes to Ashes by Valerie Thomas One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) by Marie LuThese Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly The Earth Dwellers (The Dwellers #4; Country Saga #4 ) by David Estes

APRIL:

04/03 Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
04/04 Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin
04/09 Unknown by Wendy Higgins
04/12 The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
04/13 The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
04/19 Ten Thousand Words by Kelli Jean
04/22 How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland
04/24 The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
04/26 All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
04/29 Ghost by A. Zavarelli


Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan Queen of Always (Stolen Empire, #3) by Sherry D. Ficklin Unknown (Unknown #1) by Wendy Higgins The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles The Hooker and the Hermit (Rugby, #1) by L.H. Cosway Ten Thousand Words by Kelli Jean How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back (White Trash Zombie, #4) by Diana Rowland The Roanoke Girls by Amy EngelAll In (The Naturals, #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Ghost (Boston Underworld, #3) by A. Zavarelli

MAY:

05/04 Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones
05/09 Nil on Fire by Lynne Matson
05/10 Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
05/17 A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray
05/19 The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson
05/21 Fairest by Marissa Meyer
05/24 Unrest by Wendy Higgins
05/26 Hunted by Meagan Spooner
05/29 The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter
05/31 Jackaby by William Ritter

Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight #1) by Darynda Jones Nil on Fire (Nil, #3) by Lynne Matson Of Metal and Wishes (Of Metal and Wishes, #1) by Sarah Fine A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) by Claudia Gray The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5) by Marissa Meyer Unrest (Unknown #2) by Wendy Higgins Hunted by Meagan SpoonerThe Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter Jackaby (Jackaby, #1) by William Ritter

JUNE:

06/06 The Deal by Elle Kennedy
06/07 One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
06/11 If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson
06/13 The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
06/19 Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
06/20 The Last City by Logan Keys
06/23 Underwater by Marisa Reichardt
06/26 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
06/30 Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine

The Deal (Off-Campus, #1) by Elle Kennedy One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1) by Heidi Heilig Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton The Last City (The Last City, #1) by Logan Keys Underwater by Marisa Reichardt Siege and Storm (Grisha Verse, #2) by Leigh BardugoOf Dreams and Rust (Of Metal and Wishes, #2) by Sarah Fine

JULY:

07/02 Rebound by Noelle August
07/07 The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young
07/11 A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
07/13 Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith
07/20 Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
07/24 Ferocious by Paula Stokes
07/26 The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
07/30 Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
07/31 Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Rebound (Boomerang, #2) by Noelle August The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) by Kerri Maniscalco Ferocious (Vicarious, #2) by Paula Stokes The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter Bad Blood (The Naturals, #4) by Jennifer Lynn BarnesFollow Me Back (Follow Me Back, #1) by A.V. Geiger

AUGUST:

08/04 Till Death by Jennifer L. ArmentroutGemina
08/05 Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
08/09 Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
08/10 Bounce by Noelle August
08/16 Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
08/18 Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
08/19 The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow
08/23 I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
08/23 Angelfall by Susan Ee
08/29 Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout Berserker (Berserker #1) by Emmy Laybourne Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) by Amie Kaufman Bounce (Boomerang, #3) by Noelle August Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2) by Victoria Schwab Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1) by Tricia Levenseller The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow I'll Meet You There by Heather DemetriosAngelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

SEPTEMBER:

09/02 The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
09/03 Mad by Chloé J. Esposito
09/10 The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
09/12 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
09/13 The Pact by Karina Halle
09/16 The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
09/20 The Orchard: A Memoir by Theresa Weir
09/24 Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski
09/25 World After by Susan Ee
09/30 The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Fixer (The Fixer, #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Mad (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy #1) by Chloé Esposito The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon The Pact by Karina Halle The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson The Orchard A Memoir by Theresa Weir Everything Under The Sun by Jessica RedmerskiWorld After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2) by Susan Ee The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers

OCTOBER: 3,979

10/02 Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
10/04 The Treatment by Suzanne Young
10/08 Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
10/08 Rumors of Savages by Carrie Regan
10/10 Sustained by Emma Chase
10/12 Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain
10/15 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
10/20 Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel
10/21 If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
10/28 Soulless by Jacinta Maree
10/29 Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios The Treatment (The Program, #2) by Suzanne Young Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1) by Ryan Graudin Rumors of Savages by Carrie Regan Sustained (The Legal Briefs, #2) by Emma Chase Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough Midnight Burning (The Norse Chronicles, #1) by Karissa LaurelIf There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout Soulless (The Immortal Gene, #1) by Jacinta Maree Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands, #2) by Alwyn Hamilton

NOVEMBER: 4,080

11/01 She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper
11/03 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
11/04 In a Perfect World by Trish Doller
11/09 False Hearts by Laura Lam
11/11 Sweetest Venom by Mia Asher
11/13 The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
11/16 This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
11/17 Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
11/18 Dreamfall by Amy Plum
11/24 The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
11/28 Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker
11/30 Sekret by Lindsay Smith

She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman In a Perfect World by Trish Doller False Hearts by Laura Lam Sweetest Venom (Virtue, #2) by Mia Asher The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales Open Road Summer by Emery LordDreamfall (Dreamfall #1) by Amy Plum The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker Sekret (Sekret, #1) by Lindsay Smith

DECEMBER:

12/01 The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka
12/06 Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
12/08 Marrow by Tarryn Fisher
12/13 Undone by Wendy Higgins
12/14 Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
12/19 The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
12/20 Down to the Liar by Mary Elizabeth Summer
12/20 Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
12/23 RoomHate by Penelope Ward
12/29 Undertow by Michael Buckley
12/30 Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine Marrow by Tarryn Fisher Undone (Unknown Trilogy) (Volume 3) by Wendy Higgins Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott Down to the Liar (Trust Me, #1.5) by Mary Elizabeth Summer Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-GarciaRoomHate by Penelope Ward Undertow (Undertow #1) by Michael Buckley Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

December Re-Cap
The Last Place You Look - Kristen Lepionka Marrow - Tarryn Fisher Undone (Unknown Trilogy Book 3) - Wendy Higgins Dear Daughter: A Novel - Elizabeth  Little The Butterfly Project - Emma Scott Down to the Liar - Mary Elizabeth Summer Certain Dark Things: A Novel - Silvia Moreno-Garcia RoomHate - Penelope Ward Undertow - Michael Buckley Pretty Dead Girls - Monica  Murphy

Ohhhh...December!  I had very good Christmas, and I hope you all did too.  I even managed to read a few books. I'm having a difficult time reconciling the end of 2017.  Not sure why that is???  I just can't believe the new year is here, already.  On to my re-cap...

 

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka

Finish Date: 12/01

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  12/08

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) Undone by Wendy Higgins

Finish Date:  12/13

4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Finish Date:  12/14

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Kindle eBook) The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Finish Date:  12/19

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(eBook Novella) Down to the Liar by Mary Elizabeth

Finish Date:  12/20

2.5/5 STARS

 

(Audiobook) Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Finish Date:  12/20

3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) RoomHate by Penelope Ward

Finish Date:  12/23

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Undertow by Michael Buckley

Finish Date:  12/29

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Netgalley eArc) Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Finish Date:  12/30

2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+

 

Plus 1 DNF...I just couldn't get into this.

 

11 BOOKS TOTAL

3,316 Pages 

6 Audiobooks, 1 Novella, 2 eBooks, 1 DNF eBook and 1 Negalley eArc.

 

Review
4 Stars
When the roommate becomes the RoomHate...
RoomHate - Penelope Ward

 

 

 

 

Book TitleRoomHate

Author:  Penelope Ward

Narration:  Zoe McKay

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Newport, RI

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  4.2/5

Pacing:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):

Backdrop (World Building):  3.5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total: 3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

I thought this would be another contemporary romance filled with unnecessary drama/angst.  But hey…RoomHate surprised me, I had no idea it was going to go in the direction that it did.  From the synopsis, it seemed like it would be a total angst-fest. 

 

Which brings me to the reason I listened to this at all…I can't lie, it's the cover.  Seriously, one of the hottest guys on the cover of a book…ever.  Those bedroom eyes, or eye, just kept calling me, until I couldn't resist any longer.  It also had a little to do with Penelope Ward, herself.  I've read another book by her and really enjoyed it too, she writes excellent sex scenes that enhance the plot instead of trying to BE the plot.  My only wish is that the ending played out differently.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I will.

 

Review
3.5 Stars
I believe this is worth the read for the world-building alone.
Certain Dark Things: A Novel - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

 

 

 

 

Book TitleCertain Dark Things

Author:  Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Narration:  Dan Bittner

Genre:  Urban Fantasy | Paranormal

Setting:  Mexico City

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  3.7/5

Main Characters:  3.2/5

Secondary Characters:  2.8/5

The Feels:  3/5

Pacing:  4/5

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

Narration:  4/5  It's not that he wasn't good…I just wish there would have been a female for the female parts.

Ending:  3.8/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  2

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

If you prefer your vampires scary and very little to no romance…then you might like this.  It's definitely different and it's all told in one book, too.  The world the author has created with Certain Dark Things is fantastically dark and rich in vampire folklore.  An alternate present where vampires have been found out and have shaped our present world very different than it is now.  Unfortunately, I found the characters in this book, less than likable…with the exception of Domingo, and most of the time I just felt sorry for him.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Maybe, I would.

 

Review
5 Stars
In case you haven't heard…this is one of the good ones.
The Butterfly Project - Emma Scott

 

 

 

Book TitleThe Butterfly Project

Author:  Emma Scott

Genre:  New Adult | Contemporary

Setting:  Brooklyn/Manhattan, New York

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

This is my first book by Emma Scott…and I have added quite a few others to my TBR now that I've finished this.  Fresh, genuine characters paired with an amazingly unique storyline.  It's so freaking sweet.  There is no unnecessary drama in this one…and she writes excellent sex scenes too! 

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I'm certain that I will…

 

Review
3 Stars
This one can be summed up in one word...Meh
Dear Daughter: A Novel - Elizabeth  Little

 

 

 

 

Book TitleDear Daughter

Author:  Elizabeth Little

Narration:  Bonnie Denison W/Tony Daniels

Genre:  Crime Mystery | Contemporary Thriller

Setting:  Ardell, South Dakota

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  3.2/5  

Main Characters:  2.5/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  2.5/5

Pacing:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  4.3/5

Ending:  3.5/5  Cliffhanger:  ???...

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  3/5 STARS GRADE=C

 

 

 

An adult themed story that's geared more towards the younger adults, with its tech-savvy writing, and the TMZ-Style news alerts peppered throughout the story.  I did actually love the narrator for those posts, he had a perfect voice for it.  Unfortunately, overall, this story didn't always come off as genuine or believable.  I liked it well enough…but ultimately, it may suffer from being completely forgettable.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Ugh…probably not…

 

Review
2.5 Stars
A short novella from the "Trust Me" Series by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Down to the Liar - Mary Elizabeth Summer

I only read this to test out CloudLibrary's app for reading eBooks, since my local library switched to that from Overdrive.  I'm so sad, I really like the Kindle e-reader app best.  

 

Down to the Liar is informative, albeit, short read. If it's been awhile since you read book one, Trust Me, I'm Lying, it has plenty of reminders of what went down previously in Julep's world.  The mystery is kind of weak, and Julep's character is, seriously, kind of a bitch. 

 

So, on to the next book...I just don't know if I want to continue...I can't read it next, I need to bang out a couple of NetGalley's first.

 

 

 

Review
5 Stars
A satisfying ending to a must-read series...
Undone (Unknown Trilogy Book 3) - Wendy Higgins

 

Book Title:  Undone

Author:  Wendy Higgins

Series:  Unknown #3

Genre:  Apocalypse | New Adult

Setting:  Nevada and Alaska

Source:  I Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

Add to Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.8/5

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:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

I loved this series, Unknown (the series) is a new-adult apocalyptic trilogy.  Combining lovable, capable characters with a mysterious and well written end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it premise.  It freaking rocks.  It was only marred by the ending, where part of it played out entirely too much like a very well-known movie…but I still loved it.

 

Will I read more from this Author? Oh, yeah…totally will!

 

Review
5 Stars
Margo and her Poetic Vengeance…
Marrow - Tarryn Fisher

 

Book Title: Marrow

Author:  Tarryn Fisher

Narration:  Audra Pagano

Genre:  New Adult | Thriller

Setting:  The Bone and Seattle in Washington

Source:  Own Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

Add to Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4/5 

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Pacing:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.8/5  Cliffhanger:  ???

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

This is not your typical story…this one might make you want to DNF even…but stick with it, because it may surprise you.  It did me.  Thank you, Tarryn Fisher, for a story that made me stop and seriously think and will also stick with me, for a while to come. 

 

This is not a romance, although it has something like romantic moments.  It's a story about seeing things that make you angry, like really angry and taking your own form of punishment out on the perpetrators.  Margo is like the Punisher. 

 

I took a half star off, mainly because I was really confused at one point, things got all crazy, and shit.  If anyone has read this, they might know where that happened at.  I had to re-listen to some sections, but all in all, her ending paragraphs in the epilogue made this story make sense, somehow. 

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Hell yes, Although, I think you really have to be in the right mood to read Tarryn Fisher.

 

Review
4.5 Stars
It's always the last place you look...
The Last Place You Look - Kristen Lepionka

 

Book Title:  The Last Place You Look

Author:  Kristen Lepionka

Narration:  Allyson Ryan

Series:  Roxane Weary #1

Genre:  Crime Fiction | Mystery

Setting:  Belmont, Ohio

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.3/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3.5

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

It took me awhile to get hooked and to keep the characters straight because there are quite a few.   I listened to the last five hours or so, over the course of one day, even finishing the last 20 minutes in the car with earbuds in, while my husband drove to go get something to eat.  I had to know the ending. 

 

The Last Place You Look has a very flawed main character, who likes to drink, a lot…which may be why she didn't suspect "who" it was earlier on, like I did (but I couldn't remember their name, of course).  I really liked the way everything tied together by the end, it was very cleverly done.

 

Will I continue this series?  I just might…

 

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0 Stars
One-quarter into this and I'm throwing in the towel...
Ink and Bone: The Great Library - Rachel Caine

I'm not trying to say that this is badly written, actually, it's very well written.  The alternate world is very imaginative and sounded spectacular to me when I read the synopsis for it.  Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it.  

 

I think this is definitely a case of "It's not you, it's me...because this book is not lacking in 5-star reviews.

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4 Stars
Sekret is full of intrigue, supernatural mind-reading, and even a little romance.
Sekret  - Lindsay  Smith

 

Book Title:  Sekret

Author:  Lindsay Smith

Series:  Sekret #1

Genre:  YA | Historical Fiction | Supernatural

Setting:  Russia

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.5/5

Main Characters:  3.5/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Pacing:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4.2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes.

Steam Factor 0-5: 1

Total:  3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

A completely different kind of read for me.  One that starts off at a slower pace but cleverly creeps up on you.  Sekret is a story that's shaped by actual historical events, some you will immediately recognize, like the assassination of JFK. 

 

The Good:  The intriguing premise makes this a notable and interesting read.  Along with the supernatural abilities, that are explained in a way that makes them seem completely natural.

 

The Bad:   I really would have liked the characters to be more relatable, although, towards the end, I did find myself liking them.  Also, the reading flow was compromised due to the many names she called the characters by.  Apparently, Russians have several different names they go by where they add certain endings depending on whether they are male or female, or something like that. The Author explains all this in the beginning of the book with "A Note on Russian Names".  Even with that, though, I still struggled to keep the characters straight.  I wish she would have just called each character by one name, even if it made it less credible.

 

Will I continue this series?  I will have to be in the mood for something like this, but yeah, I believe I will, eventually.

 

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4.5 Stars
A feel-good story without the over exaggerated drama...
Until It Fades - K.A. Tucker

 

Book Title:  Until It Fades

Author:  KA Tucker

Narration:  Shayna Thibodeaux

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Balsam, Pennsylvania

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.3/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  4.3/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

This starts out feeling like it's one of those books about a student/teacher relationship…but it's not that at all.  This is about the ugly side of that, and the aftermath.  Ultimately, I really fell for these characters, I found myself rooting for the fairytale ending for Catherine and her daughter.   For all the serious issues it deals with, it's actually low on angst.  Yeah, it has insta-love, but it's also super sweet too, and I liked it. 

 

Will I read more from this Author  She is one of my favorites…so, yeah!

 

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3.5 Stars
If only the story could have lived up to that beautiful cover.
The Sandcastle Empire - Kayla Olson

 

Book Title:  The Sandcastle Empire

Author:  Kayla Olson

Narration:  Andi Arndt

Genre:  Dystopian | YA

Setting:  A Mysterious Island

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Plot:  3.5/5

Main Characters:  3.7/5

Secondary Characters:  3.2/5

The Feels:  3/5

Pacing:  3/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5+/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  3.8/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  1

Total:  3.5/5 STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 

 

The Sandcastle Empire was both languid and quick moving.  Sort of like everything is draped in a heavy fog.  The writing and Andi Arndt's narration gave most of the book this warm, fluid, and free-flowing feel.  Until an action scene and then I found it difficult to keep up and comprehend the quickness of them.  The dystopian world that this depicts has the potential to be so complex but isn't really fleshed out enough and neither were the characters, unfortunately.  Mostly, it just left me feeling like I wanted more than what I got.

 

I've read that this is being made into a movie…it's possible, with the LOST-like island and its many pitfalls, that it might do well on the screen.

 

Will I read more from this Author This is her debut, I believe, so I might.  Especially, if they have such breathtaking covers…they pull me in every time.

 

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