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
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Under A Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day
Under A Dark Sky - Lori Rader-Day

FEATURING⇢

 

Closed Circle Murder Mystery
A Dark Sky Park
Lake Michigan Setting
Dealing With Loss Of Spouse
Audio Performed By Tavia Gilbert

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING 3.5STARS - GRADE= B-

 

 

 

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

Initially drawn in by the familiar setting of Northern Michigan, (I've not only driven but also walked across the Mackinaw Bridge...which is very cool) I sadly only found this to be an okay read, overall. My favorite element of the story is the setting, actually. Also, if you've read this and you're wondering if the phone service is really as bad as they make out to be in this story...it totally is.

As for the other elements...while I've never read this type of mystery, a closed circle or locked-room sort of thing...I feel like the idea is to make us believe that each person involved could be guilty of the murder. Rader-Day did, for the most part, accomplish this, but it was done somewhat weakly or maybe, it just felt too contrived. The story was also overly long and could've been less detailed in some areas. I also found the MC kind of odd...with her random almost-hook-up to the very random eventual romance interest, to her fear of the dark...why was she afraid of the dark after her husband's death??? Overall, I feel the mystery did have many layers going for it, and the ending did surprise me.

Audio by Tavia Gilbert was doable...she's not the best and she's definitely not the worse, either. I will forever be reminded of the first series I listened to narrated by her, though.


THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 3.3/5
Narration Performance⇢ 4/5
Characters⇢ 3.2/5
The Feels⇢ 3.5/5
Pacing⇢ 3/5
Addictiveness⇢ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4.5/5
Originality⇢ 4.5/5
Ending⇢ 3.8/5
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Book Cover⇢ It's pretty enough...but it doesn't really represent the story.
Setting⇢ The tip of the middle finger of Michigan...only in Michigan can you explain a geographical location with parts of your hand. (A Dark Sky Park really does exist in this exact spot)
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 11 hours, 44 minutes

 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS for The Night Before by Wendy Walker
The Night Before - Wendy   Walker
 

FEATURING⇢

 
 Internet Dating
A Many-Layered Mystery
Psychological Thriller
Suspenseful
Twisted & Twisty
With Audio Performed by Saskia Maarleveld & Gabra Zackman 
 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHORS WEBSITE)

 
MY RATING⇢ ☆4.7☆STARS GRADE=A

 
 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I was totally wrapped up in this story.  On the outside, it's a story about internet dating...but on the inside, it's so......much......more.  I've now listened to three books by Wendy Walker and I've devoured all of them.  Her writing has a way of drawing you in.  She gives you just enough clues for you to draw some of the correct assumptions, but the solutions are never that simple, she always has a way to completely twist things and leave you reeling. 

The only thing that really brought this down for me was the audiobook narration.  I'm not sure, but I'm fairly certain it was Gabra Zackman's performance as the sister that I found fault with.  Her other voices, specifically the male ones were so nasally.  They just came off as ridiculous.  Despite that, I would still recommend the Audio for this.
  
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 5/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 4.7/5
The Feels 4.7/5
Pacing 5/5
Addictiveness 5/5
Theme or Tone 4.7/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 5/5
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Book Cover Hmmm...such an innocuous cover, masking the crazy inside it.
Setting Branston, CT
Source Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 43 minutes

Review
4 Stars
4.2 Out Of 5 STARS for Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
Warrior of the Wild - Tricia Levenseller

 

๏ ๏ ๏ Ingredients ๏ ๏ ๏

 

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

 

 

With Audio Performed by Marisa Calin

 

 


๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

I do believe that Tricia Levensellers books are geared more towards the younger of YA set. They are easily the type of story you could have your preteen read. With squeaky clean romances and courageous heartfelt characters. The overall life lessons are inspiring and also make them perfect for teens. That's not to say that it can't be enjoyed by an adult who is young at heart, as long as go into it expecting a book that's geared more towards the aforementioned.

 

While the story is predictable, and the romance wasn't always there, these issues feel small or insignificant when stacked up against the good in the story. Rasmira is an indelible, fierce heroine, her tenacity for success is inspiring. That and the camaraderie she has with Soren and Iric is what made this story not only memorable but enjoyable for me.

 

The Audio was done with skill by Marisa Calin, she was a perfect fit for Rasmira. Her other voices were seamless, as well.

 

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings

 

Plot➠ 4/5
Narration Performance➠ 5/5
Characters➠ 4.3/5
The Feels➠ 4/5
Pacing➠ 4.3/5
Addictiveness➠ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone➠ 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style)➠ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)➠ 4.3/5
Originality➠ 4/5
Ending➠ 4/5 Cliffhanger➠ Nope.
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Book Cover➠ Love it!!!
Setting➠ The wilds outside a fantastical Viking inspired Villiage.
Source➠ Audiobook (Library)
Length➠ 9 hours, 11 minutes
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Review
4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
My Lovely Wife - Samantha Downing

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ Ingredients ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Disturbed In Suburbia = Disturbia
Unlikable Main Characters
A Twisted Mystery Thriller
With A Serial Killer(s)
Suspenseful
Thought-Provoking

 

 

 

With Audio Performed by David Pittu

 

 


๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

What makes a serial killer into a serial killer...we've all thought this...we've all asked ourselves, why? Why would someone do this or become this? This is one couples twisted story of how. Well, sort of, anyway...

Told entirely from the Husband's POV, in the beginning, you'll be thinking that this couple is just wretched horrible. You might even feel like you don't want to finish there story. I'm not saying that they will redeem themselves or anything like that...but stick with it because this story is fiendishly clever and seriously twisted. A thrilling stunner...it's one that will have you thinking about it well after you finish it. I found the narrator, David Pittu, to be exceptional, with a decent range of voices.

 

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.3/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone (for this book it's how truly f*cked-up it is)⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5
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Book Cover⇝ It goes perfectly with the story.
Setting⇝ A Gated Community in Florida
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇝ 10 hours, 13 minutes
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Review
4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Managed by Kristen Callihan
Managed (VIP Book 2) - Kristen Callihan

 

 

 

VIP #2

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Contemporary Romance
Music Biz
Laugh Out Loud Banter
Rock, Rock Til U Drop
Stand-Alone

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

The second book in the VIP Series, focusing on a new couple. Kristen Callihan is one of the authors whose books I always seem to enjoy. This one is no exception. The VIP Series centers around a rock band that goes by the name of Kill John. With a mix of American characters and British. I really love the banter between this set of characters and plan to read all the books in the series, eventually. I may have liked Gabriel and Sophie's story even more than Killian and Liberty's. My only issue is the there is a tad too much explicit sex...but some like that, I know.

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.3/5
The Feels⇝ 4.3/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope...next up is Jax's Story.
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Book Cover⇝ It's quite doable...
Setting⇝ On tour throughout Europe with Kill John
Source⇝ I Own Kindle eBook Version
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Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
The Kingdom - Jess Rothenberg

 

๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏

 

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

 

 

With Audio Performed by Amy Landon

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

The Kingdom™ is a fantastical-themed park and that is as far as the fantasy goes in this story. At its heart, this is more a science fiction meshed with mystery. Very similar to the Perfected Series by Kate Jarvik Birch. If you've read that series then you know that it's about the production of man-made human/robotic girls made for the pleasure of other humans. Essentially human, but made to believe that they are not because they were made in a lab. Both that series and this have this sleazy undertone that left me feeling sort of icked out. Ultimately, I believe that is the intention, though, bringing to mind thoughts on what it means to be human and the like. Despite my comparing it to Perfected, Westworld and Dollhouse, it still manages to be unique in its own way.

 

This story has the added element of a murder-mystery, and I found myself pulled into this element of the story more so than the science fiction one. It also made it stand apart from the mentioned series above. The twist at the end took me completely by surprise...more or less but I'm not sure how I feel about it because this could be turned into a second book with the way things ended. Amy Landon was perfect for the voice of Ana, and overall, she did an excellent job of bringing the story to life.

 

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 3.7/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3.5/5
The Feels⇝ 3.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.7/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ not really...but it feels like there could be a second book...
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Book Cover⇝ Love it...
Setting⇝ The Kingdom™
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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June Re-Cap

The month of June was sort of a blah reading month for me.  I have been spending more time actually reading this month so that's a nice change.  Although, I thought I would...it being summer and all.  I didn't have a single 5 star read this month...I did have 4.5 Star one though...so pretty close.

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

 

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Highlights Include:

MerPeople
Killer Mermaids
Lake Superior Setting

Insta-Romance
 
Finish Date:  06/02
☆3.2☆STARS - GRADE=C+








(Audiobook) The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

 
Highlights Include:
 
Dystopian/Fantasy
Lies & Betrayals
YA
Revolution
Crappy Narration
 
Book #1 Rating: ☆3.8☆
 
Finish Date:  06/06
☆2.5☆STARS - GRADE=D+
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Netgalley eARC) Say You Still Love Me by KA Tucker
 
Highlights Include:
 
A Favorite Author
Part Adult Contemporary Romance
Part YA Romance
Love at First Site
Summer Camp
Corporate Real Estate
A Tragic Accident
 
Finish Date:  06/07
☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly
 
Highlights Include:
 
YA, That's Heavy on the Y...Light on the A
Children's Fantasy & Fairytales
Beauty Isn't Always Pretty
Continuing Cinderella's Story Through Her Stepsisters
Darkish...No Bippity, Boppity, Boo Here
Ultimately Uplifting
 
Finish Date:  06/10
☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
 
Highlights Include:
 
Murder Mystery
Psychological Thriller
Graphic Depictions of Slaughter
Amazing Character Development
So F-IngTwisted
Wow, This Shit Is Dark
 
Finish Date:  06/12
☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Transcendence by Shay Savage
 
Highlights Include:
 
Primitive Man/ Modern Woman
but...NO Dinosaurs :(
Sex-plicit (lots of it)
Told In First Person from Ehd's POV
Almost Non-Existant Communication
A Love to Transcend Time
Time-Travel
Companion Novella (Luffs) Told From Beh's POV
 
Finish Date:  06/13
☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
 
Highlights Include:
 
YA Mystery
Twisty Thriller
Secrets & Betrayals
Amateur Sleuthing
High School Drama
Second POV Told in Flashbacks
 
Finish Date:  06/17
☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) The Truth About Lies by Aly Martinez
 
Highlights Include:
 
Adult Contemporary Romance
Drugs & Prostitution
Lies & Betrayals
Duology
Twisty
Dual POV's
Crappy Narration
 
Finish Date:  06/20
☆2.8☆STARS - GRADE=C-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Kindle eBook) In Harmony by Emma Scott
 
Highlights Include:
 
The Aftermath of A Rape
Contemporary Romance
High School
Hamlet
Thespians in the Making
Favorite Author
 
Finish Date:  06/21
☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
 
Highlights Include:
 
Deep Space Adventure
Dystopian
Futuristic Techy
Romance
Sex-Plicit
Crappy Narration
 
Finish Date:  06/27
☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B




 
 
 
 
8 Audiobooks, 1 Netgalley eARC, and 1 Kindle eBook.

that's 3781 pages read; including Audios and a Novella (Luffs*cover below)


Sadly I DNF'd Two Books...I wish they could have worked for me, the synopsis' for both were so promising.

 
 
and Best Cover goes to...
 
 
I love the shattering glass slipper!
Review
3.5 Stars
3.7 Out Of 5 STARS for Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion #1) - Jesse Mahalik

 

Consortium Rebellion #1

 

๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏



Deep Space Adventure
Dystopian
Futuristic Techy
Romance
Sex-Plicit
Crappy Narration

 

With Narration by Emily Woo Zeller

 

 


๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

3.7STARS - GRADE=B

 

 


๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Maybe, Emily Woo Zeller should stick to narrating YA books. She is normally quite good but with this, she infused her voice with this breathy, sexiness that just came off as overtly comical and didn't work for me. Which in turn made the romance somewhat comical and cheesy for me.

 

I tried to not let those issues influence my rating too much because overall this was fairly good adult-themed space romp. Featuring a dystopian Earth, set in the future with lots of futuristic tech, space travel and people inhabiting other planets. Plus warring factions, intrigue, and space-jumping, it sort of has it all. The second book in the series is Bianca's story, who is Ada's (MC) sister. Hopefully, she goes with a different narrator for this book, otherwise, I will probably skip it.

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 3.8/5
Narration Performance⇝ 2.5/5
Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 3.5/5
Pacing⇝ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.7/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Originality⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ "to be continued...with a new sister".
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Book Cover⇝ Love it!
Setting⇝ Deep Space, some random planets and Earth.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
4 Stars
4.2 Out Of 5 STARS for In Harmony by Emma Scott
In Harmony - Emma Scott

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏

 

The Aftermath of A Rape
Contemporary Romance
High School
Hamlet
Thespians in the Making

Favorite Author

 

 

 


๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

I love Emma Scott's writing and her characters...so genuine and heartfelt...and no necessary drama. Although, this particular book might have dabbled in some of that. Hence, my reason for rating only 4.2 Stars...but that rating is still good. I loved how the play of Hamlet is interwoven with the MC's own lives...it was portrayed beautifully, and even made some sense of Shakespeare for me. I was totally loving the story...up until the very end.

 

My problem was I didn't buy the ending. Seriously, three years later...I don't know, I could've gone with one, maybe one and a half because everything leading up to it was so amazing. Then things fell apart, at least somewhat. I know, this could be construed as spoilery, but I can't help it, I feel like I need to say something about it.

 

The epilogue had me feeling all smiles by the end, though.  For reference, this is Young Adult that splashes into Adult by the end. It also deals with rape and the aftermath of that rape.

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 4.7/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.7/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.2/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 3.2/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope...
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Book Cover⇝ It's somewhat adequate...but that couple doesn't fit with high school seniors...in my opinion.
Setting⇝ Harmony, Indiana
Source⇝ Own Kindle eBook Version
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Review
3 Stars
2.8 Out Of 5 STARS for The Truth About Lies by Aly Martinez
The Truth About Lies (The Truth Duet #1) - Aly Martinez

The Truth Duet #1

 

๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Adult Contemporary Romance
Drugs & Prostitution
Lies & Betrayals
Duology
Twisty
Dual POV's
Crappy Narration

 

 

With Narration Performed by John Lane & Cynthia Farrell

 


๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

2.8STARS - GRADE=C-

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

This was mostly an okay-ish adult contemporary romance with a mafia-type feel to it. I actually started branching out from romance books because of stories like this. It all felt like the same old stuff with different character names... and I just wanted more from the books I read.

 

This was all that right up until the last 15% of the book...when what could be, some intriguing elements are thrown into it. I was fairly certain I wasn't going to read the next book in this duet, until then...now I'm torn...because I really didn't care for the narration, especially the female voice...she was so corny...she just had me rolling my eyes with the way she said some stuff. Maybe, I could do the second book, but I think I'll have to read it.

 

 

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 2.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 3.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3.7/5
The Feels⇝ 2/5
Pacing⇝ 3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 2/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3/5
Originality⇝ 3/5
Ending⇝ 3.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝
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Book Cover⇝ A Guy with Tats...like we haven't seen that before?
Setting⇝ The Chicago area...I think
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
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Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
The Cheerleaders - Kara Thomas

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏

 

YA Mystery
Twisty Thriller
Secrets & Betrayals
Amateur Sleuthing
High School Drama
Second POV Told in Flashbacks

 

 

With Audio Performed by Phoebe Strole

 

 

 


๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 


๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

I never could have read a book about an entire squad of cheerleaders being stalked and killed a few years ago...not when my daughters were doing cheer. But now...I went into this wholeheartedly. I previously devoured this Author's Little Monsters, so I was excited to listen to this one.

 

YA Mysteries tend to get a bad rap from a lot of readers, but there are some stories that pull it off fairly well. This Author can come up with some of those stories. Her characters feel genuine and the sleuthing they do feels just as genuine. The overall mysteries within her books are twisty and complex, so much more complex than you think they will shape up to be.

 

I did like Little Monsters a little more than The Cheerleaders, which is mostly due to the slightly underwhelming ending and the fact that it only had one narrator for both of the characters voices. I constantly got them confused. Confusion leads to being pulled out of the story and that tends to lessen my overall enjoyment of an Audiobook. Seriously, I can't stress enough...If you have more than one person's POV than you NEED more than one narrator.

 

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.5/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5
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Book Cover⇝ It goes with the story well...
Setting⇝ Sunnybrooke, NY
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
3.5 Stars
Transcendence and Luffs by Shay Savage
Transcendence - Shay Savage

๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Primitive Man/ Modern Woman
but...NO Dinosaurs :(
Sex-plicit (lots of it)
Told In First Person from Ehd's POV
Almost Non-Existant Communication
A Love to Transcend Time
Time-Travel
Companion Novella Told From Beh's POV

 

With Audio Performed by Chris Chambers

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

3.7STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Rating for Luffs 3STARS - GRADE=C)

 

 

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Transcendence is a time-travel romance that focuses on the romance more than the science behind the time-travel. I also don't believe its main goal is to be historically accurate, despite that it is loved by many. I listened to Transcendence and read Luffs. Narration for Transcendence was very good for the content. Chris Chambers performed a decent prehistoric caveman. He made me laugh, a lot, Hoh!

 

While I wasn't blown away by this, I did enjoy it. I started the companion novella when I discovered its existence, thinking it would help me to not be so frustrated by their lack of communication. I just wanted to know, at least a little bit, of what Beh was feeling and thinking. I also wondered if she knew right from the start, that she traveled through time. Thankfully, the novella delivered on that and made the experience of Transcendence slightly more gratifying than it would have been on its own. Also, I really liked the way the ending played out. Although...I really wanted a dinosaur or two...

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 3.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.2/5
The Feels⇝ 4.2/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ I like it...for the visual of Ehd, otherwise I would have pictured him to look more like an actual prehistoric man. I like the cover of Luffs better though because it shows both, Beh and Ehd. Awww...
Setting⇝ Prehistoric Hungary
Source⇝ Audiobook (Hoopla) eBook (Library)
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BOOKLIKES-OPOLY 2019 - Roll 12

I rolled double 5's last time and landed on Square #1

 

I Read The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

 

 

My second roll I landed on #6...I couldn't really find anything for that square so I'm skipping reading for it and rolling my next turn...

 

 

Which takes to #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.

I'm reading The Truth About Lies by Aly Martinez

 

 

 

Bank Totals:

 

Start - 20.00

Land on Race Car - Race Car Card in Pocket

Before We Were Strangers {400pg} - $3.00

The Maze Runner (DNF) {read 70pg} - $1.00

Spun the Wheel for BL Square - $5.00

Landed on Go - $5.00

We Rule the Night {400pg} - $3.00

Lies Beneath {303pg} - $3.00

Winner's Crime {416pg} - $5.00

Stepsister {352pg} - $3.00

Past Go - $5.00

Use Race Car Card

Dark Places {370pg} - $3.00

Spun the Wheel for BL Square - $5.00

Transcendence {312pg} - $3.00

The Cheerleaders {384pg.} - $3.00

 

 

Bank Total - $67.00 (No Cards In Pocket)

 

 

Damn you, cover...
Ravenswood (Ravenswood #1) - Christine Zolendz

Fooled by a pretty cover again...

 

I usually like this Author's books, but this was annoying, to say the least.  It felt like a really rough first draft.  I just couldn't go on.

Review
4.5 Stars
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

Murder Mystery
Psychological Thriller
Graphic Depictions of Slaughter
Amazing Character Development
So F-IngTwisted
Wow, This Shit Is Dark

 

๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

With Audio Performed by Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deacons and Robertson Dean

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

My first Gillian Flynn novel, yeah...that means I've never read Gone Girl, I did see the movie, though. That is probably why I've never felt the need to read the book, I guess. Dark Places has been made into a movie too...and it's on Netflix so, I'll be watching it soon.  The narrators were great in this.

 

The beginning of this has graphically depicted murders, it was really difficult to listen to. I had no clue of the depth into which this story would go, the book is aptly titled, for sure. There is also some scenes of senseless farm animal slaughter towards the end, that was also really difficult to listen to. It was dark and sad, and yet compelling as hell. Libby Day is painted as an unlikable character...but seriously, how do you not be f*cked up with what she had to live through, and she f*cking owns that shit. The ending threw me for a loop, and others have said that they didn't find it believable...I can see that, but inevitably however you feel about the ending, there's no denying that this is one twisted story.

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

Plot⇝ 4.3/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5
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Book Cover⇝ Love it...actually
Setting⇝ Kinnakee, Kansas and Other Places in the United States.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Rolling Update (Rolls 10a, 10b, 10c, 11a, & 11b)

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 again for 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.

 

Read Transcendence by Shay Savage - $3.00

 

 

Bank - $64.00 (no cards in my pocket)

 

 

Rolled 4 (Doubles) - takes me #1

 

  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…my second roll

 

 

Which took me to #6

 

  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.

 

Not sure If I'm going to read for this one or not, yet.  Depends on what I can find after I read The Cheerleader.

 

Bank Totals:

Start - 20.00

Land on Race Car - Race Car Card in Pocket

Before We Were Strangers {400pg} - $3.00

The Maze Runner (DNF) {read 70pg} - $1.00

Spun the Wheel for BL Square - $5.00

Landed on Go - $5.00

We Rule the Night {400pg} - $3.00

Lies Beneath {303pg} - $3.00

Winner's Crime {416pg} - $5.00

Stepsister {352pg} - $3.00

Past Go - $5.00

Use Race Car Card

Dark Places {370pg} - $3.00

Spun the Wheel for BL Square - $5.00

Transcendence {312pg} - $3.00

 

 

Bank Total - $64.00 (No Cards In Pocket)

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