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
4.2 Out Of 5 STARS for The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
The Girl in Red - Christina Henry

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Red Riding Hood
On Her Way to Grandma's House
Fairytale Retelling
Viral Apocalypse
Survival
Darkish & Mysterious
Horror-if-ic

 


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 4.2 STARS | GRADE B+

 

MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

If you like your fairytale retellings to be fun and full of happy elements...this isn't quite the right fit for you. This one is bleak and full of end of the world sadness and destruction.

 

For a fairytale retelling, the ending is perfect. But, for an apocalypse story, I was like WTF this can't be ending like this. I was left wondering...what about this and what about that...no way, you're just going to leave me hanging like this. I also read on the Author's site, that she has no plans at this time to write a sequel...insert disappointed face.

 

Basically, she took an apocalypse/dystopian premise and weaved it into the story of Little Red Riding Hood. When looked at it from this standpoint the story completely delivers. But, when looked at it from the standpoint of an apocalypse/dystopian story with references to Red Riding Hood...it definitely leaves you wanting more from it. Her premise for the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it was not only clever, but it was also rather intense at times. With an air of mystery added to it, I was completely hooked.

 

But...I want more...seriously, I know I'm not the only one...


THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 4.2/5
Narration Performance⇢ 4.5/5
Characters⇢ 4.3/5
The Feels⇢ 4.2/5
Pacing⇢ 4/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4.3/5
Originality⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 3.8/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not exactly...but it is rather open-ended.
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ It's actually quite awesome!
Setting⇢ I believe it's in the US...but, I'm not sure if they ever mention an actual town name.
Source⇢ Own Audible Audiobook
Length⇢ 8 hours, 21 minutes

 

 

 

I Read This For A Grimm Tale Square

 

 

Review
3.5 Stars
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Killing November by Adriana Mather
Killing November - Adriana Mather

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Secret School for A Secret Society
Savvy Teens
Lions, Wolves, & Bears...Oh My!
Mysterious Setting
Murder Afoot
Awkward Romance
With Audio Performed by Cassandra Morris

 

 

Link to Synopsis (Goodreads)

 

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 3.5 STARS | GRADE B-

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢


I want to say that I liked this, but that wouldn't be entirely true...there are just too many elements at play that I'm not sure how I feel about them...I'll attempt to explain...

 

Throughout the majority of the story, I was wondering where this was going...because it didn't seem all that clear. It's steeped in mystery to the point of being slightly annoying.  The Author only hands out a few breadcrumbs of info, and those are really just told to you.

 

This story is definitely different...from the characters to the secret society to Academy Absconditi (what a strange name), this is unlike anything I've ever read about. This secret school is so secret a student is brought in knocked out so they don't know where it is...and its eye-for-an-eye policy is kind of messed up, among other policies/rules. Even the classes they take are off-kilter...they have a class for tree climbing, of which the heroine loves to do. There are many more oddities in this that I'm not going to give away, though.

 

Overall, despite how weird it is, something about this story intrigues me and I may even listen to the second book, in the hope to figure out what that is. Although, I wish that they had picked a different narrator for this...it's not that she was bad...she just wasn't the right voice for this. I have listened to her in other stuff and absolutely loved her.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 3.7/5
Narration Performance⇢ 4/5
Characters⇢ 2.8/5
The Feels⇢ 2.5/5
Pacing⇢ 4/5
Addictiveness⇢ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 3.7/5
Originality⇢ 3.5/5
Ending⇢ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ A "to be continued..."
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ I like it.
Setting⇢ Academy Absconditi
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Audiobook Length⇢ 11 hours, 47 minutes

 

 

I Read This For Dark Academia Square (Transfigured from Black Cat)

{This was a perfect fit for this square}

 

 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Final Girls by Riley Sager
Final Girls: A Novel - Riley Sager

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Mystery Thriller
The Final Girl Standing
Twisted and Twisty
Slasher Story
Unlikable & Flawed Characters
You Totally Got Me With Your Twist
Audio Performed by Erin Bennet & Hilary Huber

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING 4.5 STARS | GRADE A-

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

Before starting this, I was worried that it might prove to be too scary for me...I'm not a scary movie enthusiast after all. There was one point where I did get a tad freaked out...but overall it didn't end up freaking me out too much. I was happy that the focus of this story wasn't the systematic killing of Quincy's friends.

 

It was so much more than that.

 

I perused quite a few reviews where some said they guessed the ending right from the beginning...I, on the other hand, was completely thrown by the ending. I didn't see anything that was revealed throughout the story, actually. I felt like the only real issue not addressed was Quincy's anger management, because she has one helluva problem there.

 

While the book starts out kind of slow, eventually there is so much being revealed, you can barely keep up. Told in alternating POV's from present time to flashbacks of the past at Pine Cottage where Quincy's friends were all killed, the effect is staggering.

With a different narrator for each, the past and the present, the narration is very well executed.

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 4.3/5
The Feels⇢ 5/5
Pacing⇢ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 5/5
Originality⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ The slash marks are cleverly done...but otherwise it's boring.
Setting⇢ New York & Pine Cottage
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 12 hours, 24 minutes

 

 

I Read This For Slasher Stories Square

 

 

Review
3 Stars
3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Survival of Molly Southbourne
The Survival of Molly Southbourne - Tade Thompson

 

Molly Southbourne #2

 

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Unique Storyline
Creeptastic and Horror-if-ic
The Second Half of A Complete Story
Science Fiction

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (TOR.COM'S WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 3 STARS | GRADE C

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

The first book introduced a very disturbing story...that quite literally blew my mind with its sheer craziness. Unfortunately, the second book felt a little like he didn't really know where he wanted to go with the story...almost as if he was never really planning on continuing the story at all. Like an idea that never fully formed.

 

I want to say it was worthwhile overall...and it definitely wasn't $3.99 worthwhile. In fact, the more I think about it...the more I feel that this was better off without a sequel at all.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 2.8/5
Characters⇢ 3.7/5
The Feels⇢ 3.2/5
Pacing⇢ 3/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 3.5/5

 

Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5
Originality⇢ 4.3/5
Ending⇢ 3/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...

_____ 

 

Book Cover⇢ It's better than the first book's cover...bloody hands aren't quite as creepy as a bloody nose.
Setting: This book is definitely the UK...London, mostly.
Source⇢ Own Kindle eBook
eBook Length⇢ 128 pages

 

 

 

I Read This For the square: Read by Flashlight or Candlelight

 

 

My Pic of reading of this in dark with only the backlight of my Oasis

 

 

 

Review
2.5 Stars
2.3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Conspiracy by Kat Martin
The Conspiracy - Kat Martin

FEATURING⇢


Light on the Romane

& Heavy on the Suspense

Romantic Suspense

Missing Persons

The Beautiful People...

Cliché'd Characters & Actions

Sex-plicit

With Audio Performed by Ryan Turner

 

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 2.3 STARS | GRADE D+

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢


If you like the style of romantic suspense that was popular in the '80s and into the '90s or you like the style of Susanne Brockmann than this is probably something you'll love. This Author's style of writing reminded me of her work quite a lot...and I, used to like this...but sometimes our tastes change, including our taste in books.

 

Laden with the type of characters that are so-hot-you-can't-take-your-eyes-off-of-them and a romance that I didn't feel was truly believable. This book just didn't do anything for me...and overall it felt like she just kept throwing in plot twists to make up for actual substance. Sadly, this kind of book just isn't my cuppa, at least not anymore. I should also mention that the narration by a guy, especially this particular guy, really killed the vibe for me and maybe it could have been better if it had a female narrator for the female POV. Although, it might not have made a difference.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢


Plot⇢ 3/5

Narration Performance⇢ 2.5/5

Characters⇢ 2.5/5

The Feels⇢ 1.5/5

Pacing⇢ 3/5

Addictiveness⇢ 2/5

Theme or Tone⇢ 2.7/5

Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 2.5/5

Originality⇢ 2.3/5

Ending⇢ 2.3/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Nah...

_____

 

Book Cover⇢ I love the sky in this cover, it's what drew me in...sadly, I was fooled by a pretty cover.

Setting⇢ Aruba and Texas

Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)

Audiobook Length⇢ 11 hours, 8 minutes

 

 

 

 

I Read This For Romantic Suspense Square

 

 

 

Abandoning this one...
Lost Girl (The Neverwood Chronicles Book 1) - Chanda Hahn

It's really not working for me.  Too many characters, and it jumps around without any indication that it's doing so...and the narrator just isn't cutting it...

 

I was reading this for my Grimm Tale Square, but now I'm changing that up to something else...and I'm also changing out another book by this same author that I was planning on reading for Stranger Things Square to something else.

 

On to next read on hold from the library...

Review
5 Stars
All the STARS for The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
The Grace Year - Kim Liggett

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Dystopian Setting/Alternate World
Society Where Men Have the Power
Oppression Of Women
Horror-if-ic
Death, Lies, & Betrayals
Splash of Romance
Women Supporting Women
Stand-Alone

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 5+ STARS | GRADE A++

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

Wow! This book...

 

This book is a lot of things...dubious, challenging, frustrating, darkly horrifying, curing, wonderful, loving, saddening, hopeful & most of all empowering.

 

I first started reading this about two months ago and had to stop because I just wasn't feeling it...I thought this is a premise that would never come to pass...or so help us all. I couldn't wrap my head around this society where women not only outnumber men, but their rights are so marginalized by these men, it's unthinkable, unbelievable. They are treated as property and made to go through a year away from everything they know to expel their magic. When they come back from this supposed magic-letting they are forced to marry the guy that chose them...and if no one chooses them (because women outnumber the men)...they have to work for the good of the community. This book will push your buttons...for sure.

 

The second time I started it, I found this enthralling...I devoured it in very little time. The Grace Year has earned a spot as one of my favorites of all time and I don't think I will ever forget it. I especially won't forget how it made me feel by the time I finished it. I was stunned, with everything that happens, and...So. Much. Happens. This one has all the feels, from the good to the bad, and everything in between.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 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)⇢ 4.5/5
Originality⇢ 5+/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ Love it. It's absolutely perfect.
Setting⇢ Garner County & a remote island within a great lake.
Source⇢ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
eBook Length⇢ 416 pages

 

 

I Read This for Dystopian Hellscape (and it's so fitting for that)
(Transfigured from Relics & Curiosities)

 

 

4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
Before She Was Found - Heather Gudenkauf

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Mystery | Thriller | Suspense
Online Solicitation
Urban Legends
Secrets
Middle School
With Audio Performed by Brittany Pressley

 


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 4.5 STARS | GRADE A-

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

First off, the narration by Brittany Pressley was phenomenal. She did multiple POV's with ease, even the male one. She especially did well with the voice of a 12-year-old Cora. I usually complain that multiple POV's need multiple narrators but it IS possible for one to pull it off, sometimes.

 

I finished this Audiobook in one day, it was super compelling right from the very beginning and held onto that intensity until at least the last quarter of the book. The hints are laid out for you along the way and you'll feel like you know where this is going...and then the ending, while unexpected was not necessarily what I wanted from it. Nonetheless, it was still quite a thrilling and mysterious listen/read. Dealing with issues of bullying, online solicitation and inappropriate behavior by a teacher this has a very timely theme going on.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

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

 

Book Cover⇢ It's okay...I like the other one with the three girls on it better.
Setting⇢ Pitch, Iowa
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 10 hours, 18 minutes

 

 

I read this for New Release Square for Halloween Bingo 2019

 

 

August ReCap

What a reading month it's been this month.  I had two books that are now among my all-time favorites.  With Skyward and The First Girl Child, added to Daisy Jones and the Six from this past May and these are so far my top three reads of this year.  I also had a couple of other stand-out reads, including Dev1at3, and Where the Crawdad's Sing.  Also, The Accidental Bad Girl, Impact, Immunity and The Murders of Molly Southbourne were fairly good too.  So, yeah, overall a very good reading/listening month.

 

My Monthly Reading Re-Cap

 

 
(Audiobook) DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff
 
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
 
Finish Date:  08/01
MY RATING⇢ ☆5☆ Neo-Meat™ STARS - GRADE= A+
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
 
FEATURING⇢
 
Fighter Pilot Training
Distant Planets & Mystery Aliens
Artificial Intelligence
Fantastic World Building
Overcoming Adversity
With Audio Performed by Suzy Jackson
 
Finish Date:  08/06
MY RATING⇢ ☆5+☆STARS - GRADE= A++
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Kindle eBook) Impact by Haley Jenner
 
FEATURING⇢
 
Aftermath of Rape
Book Club
Contemporary Romance
Moving On With Life
 
Finish Date:  08/08
MY RATING⇢ ☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE= B+
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Stronger Than the Bronze Dragon by 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
 
Finish Date:  08/11
MY RATING⇢ 2.5 STARS | GRADE D+
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) Immunity by Erin Bowman
 
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
 
Finish Date:  08/15
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+





(Audiobook) Where the Crawdad's Sing by Delia Owens

FEATURING⇢

Surviving A Life Lived Alone
Coming Of Age
Two Timelines in the '50s & '60s
Literary
Murder Mystery
Splash of Romance
With Audio Performed by Cassandra Campbell
 
Finish Date:  08/19
MY RATING⇢ 4.5 STARS | GRADE A-
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) The Girl With A Clock For A Heart by Peter Swanson
 
FEATURING⇢
 
Twisted Scheming
Switching Identities
Blah Characters
With Audio Performed by Paul Boehmer
 
Finish Date:  08/22
MY RATING⇢ 3 STARS | GRADE C
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Audiobook) The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon
 
FEATURING⇢
 
A New Favorite
Nordic Inspired Fantasy
With A Historical Feel
Rune Magic
Secrets, Lies & Betrayals
Love With Some Romance
With Audio Performed by Rob Shapiro
 
Finish Date:  08/24
MY RATING⇢ 5+ STARS | GRADE A++
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Kindle eBook) Losing Leah by Tiffany King

FEATURING⇢

Child Kidnapping
Aftermath Of Her Kidnapping
Twisted and Twisty
Mental Illness
High School Bullying
Overwhelmingly Sad

Finish Date:  08/25
MY RATING⇢ 3 STARS | GRADE C






(Kindle eBook) The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

FEATURING⇢

Creep-tastic & Weird AF
WTF did I just read?
First Half of A Complete Story
Duology (of Short Stories)
Horror-if-ic
Sort of Science Fiction &
Sort of Fantasy

Finish Date:  08/27
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+






(Audiobook) The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan
FEATURING⇢
High School Drama
Date Rape
Slut-Shaming
Drug Dealers
Social Media Mystery
and eventually...
Owning Your Mistakes & Your Accomplishments
Real Friendship
Undercover Cops & Take Downs
With Audio Performed by Julia Knippen
Finish Date: 08/29
MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+






(Audiobook Novella) Sidebarred by Emma Chase

FEATURING⇢

Recap of Series
Lol
And Baby makes 7

Finish Date:  08/31
MY RATING⇢ 4.5 STARS | GRADE A-









(Audiobook) My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

FEATURING⇢

Novella Length
Dead Bodies
Familial/Sister Bonds
Is Blood Thicker Than Water?
Nigeria Setting
With Audio Performed by Adepero Oduye

Finish Date:  08/31
MY RATING⇢ 3 STARS | GRADE C





13 Books total, 10 Audiobooks, & 3 Kindle eBooks.  3 of which were novella length. 
With a total # of pages read (including Audio's) is at 4,244 and my total for the year so far is 33,497.

The best cover for the month of August goes to...

I liked a few this month...including The Accidental Bad Girl and The First Girl Child but I really loved this one:

Review
3 Stars
3 Out Of 5 STARS for My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
My Sister, the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Novelle Length
Dead Bodies
Familial/Sister Bonds
Is Blood Thicker Than Water?
Nigeria Setting
With Audio Performed by Adepero Oduye

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 3 STARS | GRADE C

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

Dubbed as darkly funny...I don't know if I laughed even one time...wait...I might have laughed a little at the very beginning. I didn't find it funny, not even darkly so. While I wasn't completely hooked, I still believe this was a well-written story about the things we do for family, even when we shouldn't. Seriously, Korede's sister didn't deserve that kind of loyalty from her. Overall, this wasn't really for me...but it wasn't awful...either. The narration was decent, too.

 

Sadly, though, sad because my local library switched to CloudLibrary over Overdrive, the reason I possibly couldn't get into it is that I listened to this on the CloudLibrary App. I just kept getting 'Playback Error' continuously throughout the entire book...so thank goodness it was only a little over 4 hours. I just have one question, why can't all Audiobook player apps be like Libby?


THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 3.5/5
Narration Performance⇢ 4/5
Characters⇢ 2.8/5
The Feels⇢ 2.5/5
Pacing⇢ 4/5
Addictiveness⇢ 3/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 2.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 3/5
Originality⇢ 4/5
Ending⇢ 3/5 Cliffhanger⇢
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ It's okay.
Setting⇢ Lagos, Nigeria
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 4 hours, 15 minutes

 

 

Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan
The Accidental Bad Girl - Maxine Kaplan

 FEATURING⇢

 

High School Drama
Date Rape
Slut-Shaming
Drug Dealers
Social Media Mystery

 

and eventually...

 

Owning Your Mistakes & Your Accomplishments
Real Friendship
Undercover Cops & Take Downs
With Audio Performed by Julia Knippen

 


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

On the outside, this feels like a vapid high school drama, with a dose of forced drug dealing. You might even pass it up because of this. But, you should give it a chance because it might just surprise you. For the first half it felt just like all that to me...what with her incredibly lax parents and her shitty so-called friends...but it does eventually go somewhere.

 

With a little mystery, and the tackling of some tuff issues, including slut-shaming, date rape & rape culture, and by the end, even her parental units step it up a bit. Ultimately, it had a fairly good overall message and it surprised me how much I ended up liking it.

 

Narration by Julia Knippen was effortlessly executed, and this would make an excellent movie, too. It actually reminded me of the movie Easy A.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

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

 

Book Cover⇢ Love it!
Setting⇢ Brooklyn, NY
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 9 hours, 36 minutes

 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
Just a quick novella that I squeezed in before Halloween Bingo starts...
Sidebarred: A Legal Briefs Novella - Emma Chase
 
Quickie Review for A Quickie Novella --Sidebarred by Emma Chase

Legal Briefs Series #3.5

MY RATING 4.5 STARS - GRADE= A-

 
For something so short...this was absolutely wonderful, plus so cleverly titled. Jake and Chelsea are my fav couple from this series, and I love the little something extra this gave us. With future life happenings on everyone involved in this series. Also, Sebastian York knocks it out of the park with the narration.

 

 

Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
The Murders of Molly Southbourne - Tade Thompson

 

Molly Southbourne #1

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Creep-tastic & Weird AF
WTF did I just read?
First Half of A Complete Story
Duology (of Short Stories)
Horror-if-ic
Sort of Science Fiction &
Sort of Fantasy


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (TOR.COM'S WEBSITE)

 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

I got this free from tor.com and on the one hand, it's cool that I got a book for free...but on the other hand, I have to buy the second book for $3.99 and it's barely over 100 pages. Under-handed is what that is. You sucked me in...and I caved, I needed the ending to this wholly unique experience that I had with this book. Well done TOR...Reading of said book to commence soon, hopefully.

 

With an almost frenetic pace...or maybe that was just me, that day I read it. Whatever it was, I found myself racing to read this. I even found myself telling people at work about it. It was just so out there. The premise of this book had me thinking, no way would this plot work...but it actually did. At least for me. Overall, if I hadn't gotten this for free, I would have never read this series, because at eight dollars (roughly $4 a book) it's a little costly to me.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 3.8/5
Characters⇢ 3.5/5
The Feels⇢ 5/5
Pacing⇢ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4.7/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5 for the creep factor...
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5
Originality⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 3/5 Cliffhanger⇢ YUP!
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Book Cover⇢ It's Creepy.
Setting⇢ I'm not sure...maybe Ireland or the United Kingdom.
Source⇢ Freebie from Tor.com
Length⇢ 122 pages

 

 

 
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
The Grace Year - Kim Liggett

I started this once about a month ago, and couldn't get into it...and now I'm reading it intently.  I'm happy about that since it is a netgalley book.

 

This is my early read for Halloween Bingo.

 

I'm reading this for...

 

 

 

 

after using this...

 

 

 

 

to transform this...

 

 

 

 

Review
3 Stars
3 Out Of 5 STARS for Losing Leah by Tiffany King
Losing Leah - Tiffany King

 

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Child Kidnapping
Aftermath Of Her Kidnapping
Twisted and Twisty
Mental Illness
High School Bullying
Overwhelmingly Sad

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE--or something like that)

 

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 3 STARS | GRADE C

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

I'll admit the title is what initially drew me to this book...I'm a sucker for a book that has a character with my name. This book had me completely, I was unsettled while reading Leah's POV...I kept picturing Mother (her kidnapper) to look like the Mom from the Goonies because she was pure evil just like Mama Fratelli.

 

Then came the first twist and I was like, okay...that threw me for a loop, but moving on...then came the second one, and I was...not buying it. Overall, it felt like some elements were being done as a ploy to achieve a gotcha kind of moment and it became too problematic to believe.

 

I wanted a happy ending for these characters...and I didn't feel like I got it...and that's all I'm going to say about this since it is almost impossible to say how I feel about this book, without giving away spoilers.


THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 3/5
Characters⇢ 4/5
The Feels⇢ 3.3/5
Pacing⇢ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 3.8/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 3.5/5
Originality⇢ 3/5
Ending⇢ 1.5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ ???
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Book Cover⇢ It's all right...
Setting⇢ Somewhere with a warmer climate...I don't think a city is mentioned at all.
Source⇢ Kindle eBook (Library)
Length⇢ 312 pages

 

Review
5 Stars
All The STARS for The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon
The First Girl Child - Amy Harmon

 

FEATURING⇢

 

A New Favorite
Nordic Inspired Fantasy
With A Historical Feel
Rune Magic
Secrets, Lies & Betrayals
Love With Some Romance
With Audio Performed by Rob Shapiro

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 5+ STARS | GRADE A++

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

I. Could. Not. Stop. Listening. I really loved this and I still can't believe this is available on KU, for a read & listen even. Thank you, Amy Harmon, for writing such a heartbreakingly beautiful story.

 

Let me start off with saying that the narration by Rob Shapiro was fantastic. When I first started listening, I didn't believe that he would do the book justice, I mean, after all, this is Amy Harmon. He not only won me over but he did it fairly early on. I always knew whose head I was in within seconds of the changeovers. Bravo.

 

As the story unfolds it transports you to another time, another world with curses, blood runes, corrupt kings, keepers, and love...so much love. And characters that you will love like Bayr, Alba, Dagmar, and Ghost. I know I loved them. There is a video on Youtube of a review that explains the intricacies of the world in this perfectly and I totally suggest watching it before you read it.

 

All I can say is read it. Or listen to it. Just consume it.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 5/5
Narration Performance⇢ 5/5
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⇢ Love the dark wood with the barely discernable artwork or rune.
Setting⇢ Saylok
Source⇢ KU Read & Listen
Length⇢ 14 hours 32 minutes

 

 

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