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
2.5 Stars
2.3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
The Perfect Stranger: A Novel - Megan Miranda

 

FEATURING

 
Mystery
Crime Fiction
New Girl In A Small Town
Past & Present
The MC Has My Name


With Audio Performed by Rebekkah Ross 
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 2.3 STARS | GRADE D+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
While the mystery was a unique one, it was delivered so tediously, with constant time jumps, that flipped from one to the other with barely a breath in between.  Added to that were the many characters to keep track of and I found myself not able to engage in this mystery by Megan Miranda.

This is my second book by her, the other one being Come Find Me...which I did like, so I will probably give her books another try in the future.  With a high number of three-ish star ratings for this book...I was expecting to like this more than everyone else...and I actually liked it less than...just goes to show you never can tell how you feel about a book based off reviews alone.  When it comes to mysteries, it all comes down to what your mind lets you believe.  The narration by Rebekkah Ross was also a little lacking or maybe just annoying after a while of listening to her.  Meh, I don't know...
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 2.5/5
Narration Performance 4/5
Characters 2.5/5
The Feels 1.5/5
Pacing 2.5/5
Addictiveness 3/5
Mysteriousness 2.5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 1.5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 3/5
Originality 3/5
Ending 2.7/5
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Book Cover I love the purple sky!
Setting Pennsylvania
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 9 hours, 43 minutes

Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for I'm Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal
I’m Not Dying With You Tonight - Gilly Segal, Kimberly Jones

FEATURING

 
Part of the Big Library Read in November
Racial Tension
Rioting & Looting
Bonding
Young Adult


With Audio Performed by Brittany Pressley & Channie Waites
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (K.JONES WEBSITE)
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (G.SEGAL WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
A timely read that could be all too real...the most interesting aspect of this book is being able to see through the eyes of each girl and knowing their thoughts throughout.  Having each character written by a different author made the differences in the characters even more tangible.

This is also a super quick listen that is always available at most Overdrive Libraries as part of the Big Library Read, but only through the 18th of November.  The Audio version is performed very well by both narrators. 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4/5
Narration Performance 4.2/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 4/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 4/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 3.8/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 4/5
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Book Cover Love it...with the mirror flip element it has going on.
Setting Atlanta, GA
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 5 hours, 20 minutes

3.3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Forward Collection Curated by Blake Crouch

 

 

 

FEATURING

 
Science Fiction
Thought-Provoking
End Of The World Shit
6 Novella Collection
Blake Crouch
Veronica Roth
Amor Towles
Paul Tremblay
Andy Weir
N.K. Jemisin


 
 
 
LINK TO AMAZON PAGE OF FORWARD COLLECTION
 

MY RATING FOR THE ENTIRE COLLECTION⇢

3.3  STARS | GRADE B-

 

 

A SHORT THOUGHT ABOUT EACH SHORT STORY

 

EMERGENCY SKIN BY N.K. JEMISIN⇢ 3.5 STARS | GRADE B-



A thought-provoking short story about the what if's...the possibilities and whats going to happen if the world keeps thinking and doing what they are...I wanted more, though because overall, with how short it is, it only confused me.


NARRATION PERFORMED BY JASON ISAACS --I personally found him a tad annoying, but it could be just the way it's written.  1 hour, 4 minutes
 

ARK BY VERONICA ROTH⇢ 3 STARS | GRADE C

 
An interesting premise of the end of the world, unfortunately, the story focused entirely on flowers and horticulture and I personally found it boring, even for a short story.  There was so much that could have been explored with this scenario.  Also, the ending was rather abrupt.

NARRATION PERFORMED BY EVAN RACHEL WOOD --She was pretty decent and I liked her.  I could definitely listen to something longer narrated by her.  1 hour, 22 minutes.
 

THE LAST CONVERSATION BY PAUL TREMBLAY⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 
I was leaning towards two stars for most of the way through this, right up until the end...and well, you can see I upped it to four.  This one has an actual ending to it, even though it was left hanging in a way it still totally worked.  If you listened to it, you'll get what I mean.

NARRATION PERFORMED BY STEVEN STRAIGHT --He was perfect for the story...really well performed.  1 hour, 45 minutes.
 

RANDOMIZE BY ANDY WEIR⇢ 3 STARS | GRADE C



This could have been better.  The quantum physics & entanglements stuff went right over my head.  The ending was sort of interesting.  Honestly, most of these stars are for the excellent narration.

NARRATION PERFORMED BY JANINA GAVANKAR --Phenomenal narration.  She needs to narrate more books.  50 minutes.
 

YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT YOUR DESTINATION BY AMOR TOWLES⇢ 2 STARS | GRADE D



I was really looking forward to this one because Hopper from Stranger Things narrates it...sadly, I don't think he was very good.  Storywise, I really wasn't feeling this one...it kind of felt like it was all over the place.  And that ending, it completely lost me.

NARRATION PERFORMED BY DAVID HARBOUR --He could have been better...1 hour, 22 minutes.
 

SUMMER FROST BY BLAKE CROUCH⇢ 4.5 STARS | GRADE A-

 
The best of the entire collection, by far.  The longest story and the one with the most character development and plotline.  This makes you wonder what kind of AI they are creating and nurturing at this very moment, like in real-world possibilities.  Didn't we learn anything from Terminator?
 
NARRATION PERFORMED BY ROSA SALAZAR --Very well performed.  She is an actress also, but I was hoping to find other Audiobooks narrated by her but this story is only Audio performance that I could find by her...but she should do more.  2 hours, 19 minutes.
 
 
Book Cover The book covers are great!
Setting The world we live in...or might one day live in.
Source Audible Audiobook (KU)
Length 8 hours, 24 minutes

Review
4 Stars
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

THE FOLK OF THE AIR #1 

 

FEATURING

 
Fairies
I Don't Feel That This Is YA
More Like YA-ish
Court Intrigue, Cruel Intentions,
Poisonings, Betrayals,
Decadence & Debauchery
A Few Splashes of Romance


With Narration Performed by Caitlin Kelly

 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.3 STARS | GRADE A-



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I don't usually read fae books, but I really liked Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, also there are a lot of readers who loved this, so I decided to give this a whirl, and I'm glad I did. 

Holly Black's faeries are definitely a fantastical fae as opposed to a paranormal fae (think TrueBlood) and I prefer them in this fantastical vein over the paranormal.  Apparently, these faeries even have horns in addition to pointy ears.  They are also kind of mean...some are really mean.  Like pretty on the outside but ugly AF on the inside; kind of mean.  What I don't get is why Jude wants to live in their world at all, but she does for some reason and she's trying to make the best of it and maybe even, get the best of them...the faeries.

This first book in The Folk of the Air Series is all the things I've said at the top of the page and more...within its pages you'll find moments to laugh at, gasp at, and even a few oh no, she didn't moments plus a few that will make you completely pissed off.  There is also a few things about Fairyland that are just plain off.  While the last half is insanely intense, the first half is sort of slow-ish but listening on Audio will make that more bearable because of the fairly excellent narration by Caitlin Kelly.
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.3/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 4.2/5
The Feels 4/5
Pacing 4.3/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 4/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 4.3/5
Ending 4.3/5 Cliffhanger "to be continued"
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Book Cover I really like it.  I'm a fan of anything treelike.
Setting The Shifting Isles of Elfhame and the Human World
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 12 hours, 36 minutes

October Re-Cap

Halloween Bingo/reading/listening wise, this month was great.  I even got my Blackout! I read/listened to 14 books this month...that's a pretty good haul for me.  Stand-Outs were The Wolves of Winter, Unraveling Oliver, and Dark Matter.

 

RL wise, not so good...my dog, Maia has been diagnosed with Cushing's disease.  She literally wants to drink and pee all the time because of a tumor on her gland.  They could do surgery, but it will more than likely come back, and it costs thousands of dollars.  They have drugs, one kind that is super expensive--hundreds of dollars, monthly and she would also have to go to the vet every three weeks to have testing done...more hundreds of dollars and it might not even help.  There is also less expensive drugs that don't involve going to the vet every three weeks, but they have side effects that are basically the same as if we do nothing, one of them being lethargy.  Maia is very active, loves to run amok and chase rabbits, squirrels anything smaller than her, pretty much.  So, we don't want to give her anything that will make her not be herself.  She's a really awesome dog.  She is well-loved by the whole family and even the extended family...

 

On my blog post, (I couldn't get it to post on here) I have a video posted of my dog trying to chase bottle rockets with Grandpa.  You can see it here.

At this point, I bought her some natural stuff that is supposed to level out her cortisol levels and help with her water cravings.  We're just taking it day by day right now...and trying to deal with the fact that she's drinking a lot of water, which in turn makes her have to pee a lot, and if no one is home to let her out, then accidents occur...so far she has only had a couple.

 

Okay, back to my re-cap...

 

My Monthly Reading Re-Cap

 

 

(Audiobook) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

FEATURING⇢

Vampires

Dystopian-ish

Like A Slightly Skewed Version of Our World

Quarantined Vampire Towns

Kick-Ass Heroine

A Smattering of Romance

 

Stand-Alone

 

Finish Date:  10/02

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A

 

 

 





 

(Audiobook) Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


FEATURING⇢

 

Blake Crouch Kind-of-Trippy

Science Fiction

Mind-Fucking/Defining

 

With A Love Story

 

Finish Date:  10/05

MY RATING⇢ 4.8 STARS | GRADE A

 

 






 

(Audiobook) The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

 

FEATURING⇢

Post-Apocalyptic Nuclear Winter

Survival

A Deadly Virus

Bioengineered Humans

An Awesome Dog Named Wolf (who isn't a wolf)

Tiny Splash of Romance

Reads More Like Older YA

 

Finish Date:  10/06

MY RATING⇢ 5 STARS | GRADE A+

 

 

 

 





 

 

(Audiobook) We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Rock N Roll/Metal Inspired

Horror-if-ic

Weird AF

Gore

Devil Worshipping

 

Finish Date:  10/08

MY RATING⇢ 3.5 STARS | GRADE B-

 

 

 






(Audiobook) Bunny by Mona Awad

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Mean Girls & Heathers...

Mashed w/Weird Science

Weird AF

Cultish Cliques

New England University

Creative Writing

 

Finish Date:  10/11

MY RATING⇢ 2.5 STARS | GRADE D+

 

 






 

 

(Audiobook) Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Russian Exchange Student in America

A Coming of Age Story

Literary

Murder Mystery

The Anguish of Addiction

 

Finish Date:  10/13

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 

 






 

 

(Audiobook) The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Prequel to Practical Magic

Spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s...and more

A Long Line of Witches

Family Curse

Romance & Love

 

Finish Date:  10/15

MY RATING⇢ 3.7 STARS | GRADE B

 

 






 

(Kindle eBook) The Reigning and the Rule by Calia Read

 

FEATURING⇢

Time Travel

Requires A Suspension of Belief

Historical Romance

The Early 1900's

Mystery

Sex-Plicit

Rating for Book #1 - 3 Stars

 

Finish Date:  10/16

MY RATING⇢ 4.3 STARS | GRADE A-

 

 

 





(Audiobook) Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Character Study

Psychological

Thrillingly Twisted & Twisty

Ireland

Full Cast Narration*

 

Finish Date: 10/18

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A

 

 







(Audiobook) The House by Christina Lauren

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Monster House For Teens

With Romance

A Possession

Paranormal

Older YA

 

Finish Date: 10/20

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 

 

 

 







(Audiobook) The Black Wolf by JA Redmerski

 

FEATURING⇢

Romantic Suspense

Contract Killers

Sex Trade Take Down

Sex-Plicit...Sort of

Book 5 of 7 (So Far)

Series Rating So Far...Around 4 STARS

Full Cast Narration*

 

Finish Date:  10/22

MY RATING⇢ 3.8 STARS | GRADE B

 

 

 




 

 

(Audiobook) Saint by A. Zavarelli

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Too Much Sex Not Enough Plot

Irish Mafia

Dark Romantic Suspense

Averaged Rating for Series Around 3.8

 

Finish Date:  10/25

MY RATING⇢ 2.5 STARS | GRADE D+

 

 

 







(Audiobook) The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Profoundly Disturbing Storyline

Horror-if-ic

Depressive Tone

Decay & Rot Transformations

Ghost-Like Apparations

 

Finish Date: 10/27

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

(Audiobook) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

 

FEATURING⇢

 

School for Supernatural (Prodigium)

Y/A

Mystery

Splash of Romance

Despite The Cat On The Cover...

There Are No Cats In This Story

 

Finish Date: 10/29

MY RATING⇢ 3.8 STARS | GRADE B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Books Total, 13 of which are Audiobooks and 1 Kindle eBook (KU).

 

For a total of 4,793 Pages (including Audios)

 

Best Cover for the Month of October goes to

 

 

it's really creepy and goes with the story perfectly.

Review
4 Stars
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins

HEX HALL #1

 

FEATURING

 
School for Supernatural (Prodigium)
Y/A
Mystery
Splash of Romance
Despite The Cat On The Cover...
There Are No Cats In This Story


With Audio Performed by Cris Dukehart

 
LINK TO SERIES PAGE ON GOODREADS
 

MY RATING⇢ 3.8 STARS | GRADE B



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I've seen this book, many times, over the years and never felt the need to read it...the cover really didn't impress me.  When searching for a shorter demon book for Halloween Bingo, I came across this, and it has good reviews so I thought, why not?  It turns out, it wasn't that bad...and I even kind of liked it.  I guess I was in the right mood for it.

Basically what you get with this book is...a school for the supernatural, some witchy girls, a cute boy, a vampire roommate, a murder-y-ish mystery, a ghost, and a really cheeky and fairly kick-ass heroine who isn't afraid to list her own shortcomings. Plus there is 3 more books in the series.  I don't know if I'll ever listen to them...but, hey, I didn't think I would ever listen to this book, either.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 3.7/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 4/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 3/5
Ending 3.8/5 Cliffhanger Yes...
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Book Cover Meh...not so much.  It's probably the reason I didn't read this 5 years ago when I was into this genre more. 
Setting Hecate Hall (aka Hex Hall), Georgia
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 7 hours, 7 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR MY FINAL SQUARE: DEMONS
 
Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste
The Rust Maidens - Gwendolyn Kiste

 

FEATURING

 
Profoundly Disturbing Storyline
Horror-if-ic
Depressive Tone
Decay & Rot Transformations
Ghost-Like Apparations


With Audio Performed by Melanie Carey

 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
A hauntingly written novel about the deterioration of a town or actually about a street within a town.  The town is Cleveland and the street is Denton, and it's falling to ruin because of a factory.  The factory is where everyone...(at least the men), living on that street works and makes their living from, and it's closing down.  The year is 1980 and the feeling that permeates this book is a desolate, depressive one. 

In this book, there is a sad thing happening to some of the girls living on Denton Street, where they are turning to rust...and are given the name the Rust Maidens.  I feel like the rust maidens are a type of symbolism for the circumstances going on in the town, and yet they also feel real...like real girls turning to rust.  It's super creepy and kind of deep at the same time.  Told in alternating timelines between 1980 and the present, the story tells you what became of the rust maidens and is it happening again?

If there was any particular thing that kept me from rating this five stars it was the overwhelmingly depressive feeling throughout the story.  It sort of filled me with dread.  The narration really gives you that depressed feeling as well, if that was what they were going for in this story, then Melanie Carey hit it out of the park with the narration.
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.2/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 4.3/5
The Feels 3.5/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 4.2/5
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Book Cover It's amazing!
Setting Denton Street, Cleveland, Ohio
Source Audible Audiobook
Length 9 hours,13 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR AMERICAN HORROR SQUARE
 
Final Halloween Bingo Post 2019

BLACKOUT!!!BLACKOUT!!!BLACKOUT

  

As of October 29th...all squares are CALLED and READ!  

 

 

MY CARD | For the Bingo's

First Bingo - 10/07

Second bingo- 10/11

third bingo- 10/15

Fourth Bingo- 10/18

 

 

 

my books

(in order of date finished)

 

 

09/01 - Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

 

How it fits...

--Published: April 16th, 2019--

MY RATING⇢ 4.5 STARS | GRADE A-

 

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09/03 - The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

 

How it fits...

--This book is the epitome of a dystopian hellscape--

MY RATING⇢ 5++ STARS | GRADE A++

 

 

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09/05 - The Conspiracy by Kat Martin

 

How it fits...

--Tagged Romantic Suspense--

MY RATING⇢ 2.3 STARS | GRADE D+

 

 

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09/08 - The Survival of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

 

How it fits...

--I read this in the dark on my Paperwhite...which is the best I can do for this one since I don't read actual books--

MY RATING⇢ 3.2 STARS | GRADE C+

 

 

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09/10 - Final Girls by Riley Sager

 

How it fits...

--A story revolving around a slasher event...and it also has slasher marks on the cover--

MY RATING⇢ 4.5 STARS | GRADE A-

 

 

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09/13 - Killing November by Adriana Mather

 

How it fits...

--Takes place at a special and secret school--

MY RATING⇢ 3.5 STARS | GRADE B-

 

 

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09/14 - The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

 

How it fits...

--An apocalyptic tale with a Little Red Riding Hood theme--

MY RATING⇢ 4.2 STARS | GRADE B+

 

 

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09/16 - The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

 

How it fits...

--Author is of Asian descent--

MY RATING⇢ 3 STARS | GRADE C

 

 

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09/19 - Veiled by Karina Halle

 

How it fits...

--Tagged with this:  VEILED is a STANDALONE paranormal romance/urban fantasy (think a contemporary romance with supernatural elements, like the show Supernatural, but with hot romance and no bromance!--

MY RATING⇢ 3.2 STARS | GRADE C+

 

 

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09/21 - The Falling of Stars by Traci Finlay

 

How it fits...

--Tagged as a Psychological Thriller...it's even a part of the title on Amazon (I actually hate when they do that) --

MY RATING⇢ 1.5 STARS | GRADE D

 

 

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09/22 - Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

 

How it fits...

--Tagged as Mystery by 3,394 users on Goodreads--

MY RATING⇢ 3.7 STARS | GRADE B

 

 

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09/26-  - The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

 

How it fits...

--Ticks are fairly creepy crawly--

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 

 

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10/02 - The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

 

How it fits...

--A Vampire Apocalypse--

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A

 

 

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10/05 - Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

 

How it fits...

--Parallel worlds--

MY RATING⇢ 4.8 STARS | GRADE A

 

 

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10/06 - The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

 

How it fits...

--Forest/trees on the cover--

MY RATING⇢ 5 STARS | GRADE A+

 

 

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10/08 - We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

 

How it fits...

--Rock N Roll Horror Debauchery--

MY RATING⇢ 3.5 STARS | GRADE B-

 

 

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10/11 - Bunny by Mona Awad

 

How it fits...

--Takes place at a school in New England Area--

MY RATING⇢ 2.5 STARS | GRADE D+

 

 

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10/13 - Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick

 

How it fits...

--A story about a teen trying to solve the mystery of why his brother confessed to a string of murders that he didn't commit--

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 

 

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10/15 - The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

 

How it fits...

--A story of witches and witchery--

MY RATING⇢ 3.7 STARS | GRADE B

 

 

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10/18 - Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

 

How it fits...

--I'm American and the Author is Irish--

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A

 

 

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10/20 - The House by Christina Lauren

 

How it fits...

--A possessed "monster" house located in a small town--

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 

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10/22 - The Black Wolf by JA Redmerski

 

How it fits...

--Part of a dark romantic suspense series--

MY RATING⇢ 3.8 STARS | GRADE B

 

 

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10/25 - Saint by A. Zavarelli

 

How it fits...

--The Audio (which I listened to) edition of this book was published January 13th, 2017, which was also a Friday the 13th--

MY RATING⇢ 2.5 STARS | GRADE D+

 

 

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10/27 - The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste

 

How it fits...

--A Horror story taking place in Cleveland, Ohio--

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 

 

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10/29 - Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

 

How it fits...

--Witches, Vampires, Shapeshifters and a witch who is actually a Demon--

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 

 

 

 

My books for my first four bingo's

 

 

~Bingo #1 (7th)~

 

 

09/21-Psych - The Falling of Stars

09/03- Dystopian Hellscape (TF) - The Grace Year

09/16- Diverse Voices - The Girl From the Well

10/05- Stranger Things - Dark Matter

09/19- Supernatural - Veiled

 

~Bingo #2 (11th)~

 

09/08- Read By Candle/Flashlight - The Survival of Molly Southbourne

10/08- Paint It Black - We Sold Our Souls

09/26- Creepy Crawlies - The Salt Line

09/21-Psych - The Falling of Stars

10/11- Sleepy Hollow - Bunny

 

~Bingo #3 (15th)~

 

10/02- Vampires (TF) - The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

10/06- In the Dark, Dark Woods - The Wolves of Winter

09/14- A Grimm Tale - The Girl in Red

09/03- Dystopian Hellscape (TF) - The Grace Year

09/01- New Release - Before She Was Found

 

~Bingo #4 (18th)~

 

10/08- Paint It Black - We Sold Our Souls

10/06- In the Dark, Dark Woods - The Wolves of Winter

09/13- Dark Academia (TF) - Killing November

09/10- Slasher Stories - Final Girls

10/18- International Women of Mystery - Unraveling Oliver

 

 

The CALLs

 

(Green for on my card Pink for not on my card)

 

09/01

Ghost Stories

09/02

Genre: Horror

09/03

Creepy Crawlies

09/04

Amateur Sleuth

09/05

American Horror Story

09/06

Dystopian Hellscape

09/07

Fear Street

09/08

Black Cat

09/09

Relics & Curiosities

09/10

A Grimm Tale

09/11

Stranger Things

09/12

Creepy Carnivals

09/13

Country House Mystery

09/14

Classic Horror

09/15

Supernatural

09/16

Psych

09/17

Darkest London

09/18

Cozy Mystery

09/19

Southern Gothic

09/20

Read by/Candlelight

09/21

Modern Noir

09/22

Spellbound

09/23

Dark Academia

09/24

Dead Lands

09/25

Slasher Stories

09/26

In the Dark Woods

09/27

Dark Stormy Night

09/28

Paint It Black

09/29

Truly Terrifying

09/30

Locked Room Mystery

10/01

Raven (Free Space)

10/02

Full Moon

10/03

King of Fear

10/04

Vampires

10/05

Halloween

10/06

Sleepy Hollow

10/07

Diverse Voices

10/08

Demons

10/09

Int. Women of Mystery

10/10

Film at 11

10/11

Cryptozoologists

10/12

Stone Cold Horror

10/13

Baker Street Irregulars

10/14

Romantic Suspense

10/15

New Release

10/16

Monsters

10/17

13

10/18

Modern Masters

10/19

Genre: Mystery

10/20

Classic Noir

10/21

Serial Killer/Spree

10/22

Graveyard

10/23

Aliens

10/24

Doomsday

10/25

Gothic

10/26

Terror In A Small Town

10/27

Shifters

10/28

Magical Realism

10/29

Fear the Drowning Deep

10/30

Murder Most Foul

10/31

Genre: Suspense

 

 

 

 

Woohoo! I have a BLACKOUT!

~10/29/19~

 

!Just Finished!

 

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins for Demons Square

 

Which gives me...

 

BLACKOUT!!!BLACKOUT!!!BLACKOUT

 

 

 

my books

 

09/01- New Release - Before She Was Found

09/03- Dystopian Hellscape (TF) - The Grace Year

09/05- Romantic Suspense - The Conspiracy

09/08- Read by Candle/Flashlight - The Survival of Molly Southbourne

09/10- Slasher Stories - Final Girls

09/13- Dark Academia (TF) - Killing November

09/14- A Grimm Tale - The Girl in Red

09/16- Diverse Voices - The Girl From the Well

09/19- Supernatural - Veiled

09/21- Psych - The Falling of Stars

09/22- Genre: Mystery - Sharp Objects

09/26- Creepy Crawlies - The Salt Line

10/02- Vampires (TF) - The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

10/05- Stranger Things - Dark Matter

10/06- In the Dark, Dark Woods - The Wolves of Winter

10/08- Paint It Black - We Sold Our Souls

10/11- Sleepy Hollow - Bunny

10/13- Baker Street Irregulars - Lights All Night Long

10/15- Spellbound - The Rules of Magic

10/18- International Women of Mystery - Unraveling Oliver

10/20- Terror In A Small Town - The House

10/22- Free Space (Poe) - The Black Wolf

10/25- 13 - Saint

10/27- American Horror - The Rust Maidens

 

 

Final Bingo Post coming October 31st! 

Review
2.5 Stars
2.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Saint by A. Zavarelli
Saint - A. Zavarelli

Boston Underworld #4

 

FEATURING

 
Too Much Sex Not Enough Plot
Irish Mafia
Dark Romantic Suspense
Averaged Rating for Series Around 3.8


With Narration Performed by Tracy Marks

 
LINK TO SERIES PAGE ON GOODREADS
 
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 2.5 STARS | GRADE D+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
If you love hot and steamy with plenty of sex involving mafia men with dark and truly f*cked up women...this is totally your series.  Unfortunately for me, I think I'm just so over reading/listening to a book with more sexual encounters than plot.  This could have been a much more enjoyable listen for me because the backstory was there.  Basically, for me, It just could have been so much more than it was and I do believe that I'm done with this series after this book.  Thank goodness, I never requested any more of this series from Audiobook Boom for review.

The narration is really quite remarkable by Tracy Marks, her Boston-Irish accent is fairly well done.  Her voice is very distinctive though, and unfortunately, each new book with new characters sounds like the characters, Mac and Crow, from book #1.
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 2.3/5
Narration Performance 4/5
Characters 2.5/5
The Feels 2.5/5
Pacing 2.3/5
Addictiveness 2.5/5
Theme or Tone 2.5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3/5
Backdrop (World Building) 3/5
Originality 3/5
Ending 2.5/5 Cliffhanger Nope.
_____
 
Book Cover Men with their pants falling off is my favorite on covers...((that was sarcasm, in case you didn't pick up on that)).
Setting Boston, MA
Source I received audiobook via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.
Length 8 hours, 19 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR 13 SQUARE
(published on Friday the 13th.)
 
Review
4 Stars
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for The Black Wolf by JA Redmerski (more like a review of the series so far...)
The Black Wolf - J.A. Redmerski

In the Company of Killers #5

 

FEATURING

 
Romantic Suspense
Contract Killers
Sex Trade Take Down
Sex-Plicit...Sort of
Book 5 of 7 (So Far)
Series Rating So Far...Around 4 STARS
Full Cast Narration*
 
 
LINK TO SERIES SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 3.8 STARS | GRADE B



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I really like this series...I wouldn't say I love it, not like some...because there are some readers who really love this series.  Like ravenously.  The series as a whole is Dark Romantic Suspense that only has a smattering of romance and is heavy on the suspense and the darkness.

The dark subject matter varies from sex slavery to hired assassins to extreme torture...to revenge killing.  I've rated every book in the series at or around the 4-star mark...and I've been thinking why haven't I been able to give it five stars?   The dark subject matter, in particular, those books in the series that delve into the world of sex slavery take you to a place that's not only difficult to read about, it just feels wrong to give it five stars because of the f*cked up subject matter.  But...also, on the other hand, I have read another series that is all about sex slavery the Dark Duet by CJ Roberts and rated it 5 stars and I still believe it deserves those stars because those books have really stuck with me.  They took me to the mindf*ck edge and tipped me over.  Unfortunately, In the Company of Killers has only taken me to the mindf*ck edge...but hasn't tipped me over the said edge.  Not yet, anyway, and I know this Author is capable of tipping me over the edge because of her book Everything Under the Sun.  I loved it...and I'm trying to be patient while waiting for the sequel already. 
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 3.8/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 3.7/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 3.7/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 3.7/5
Originality 4.3/5
Ending 4/5 Cliffhanger "to be continued..."
_____
 
Book Cover It's okay...don't get me started on the whole cigarette thing...
Setting Italy mostly...
Source Own Audible Audiobook
Length 9 hours 34 minutes
 
 
*FULL CAST NARRATION AS FOLLOWS
 
 Luke Daniels - NIKLAS
Kate Reinders - IZABEL
Susannah Jones - NORA
Nelson Hobbs - FREDRIK (MAYBE)
Stephen Bel Davies - VICTOR
 
I READ THIS FOR FREE SPACE (POE) SQUARE
 
Halloween Bingo 2019 | Tracking Post

~10/27/19~

 

Just Finished

 

The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste for American Horror

 

 

 

All of my squares have been called as of today with the call for Terror In A Small Town.  Now I just need to finish my last book for my blackout.  Since I recently realized I've been reporting my Bingo's wrong, I have added my books and squares that comprise my first four bingo's to the end of this post.

  

Currently Listening

 

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins for Demons

 

 

 

  

 

Transfiguration Spells are as follows

 

 

 

 

 

MY CARD | For the Bingo's

First Bingo - 10/07

Second bingo- 10/11

third bingo- 10/15

Fourth Bingo- 10/18

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALLED

 

(Green for on my card Pink for not on my card)

 

 

09/01

Ghost Stories

09/02

Genre: Horror

09/03

Creepy Crawlies 

09/04

Amateur Sleuth

09/05

American Horror Story

09/06

Dystopian Hellscape 

09/07

Fear Street 

09/08

 Black Cat

09/09

Relics & Curiosities 

09/10

A Grimm Tale 

09/11

Stranger Things

09/12

Creepy Carnivals

09/13

Country House Mystery 

09/14

Classic Horror 

09/15

Supernatural

09/16

Psych

09/17

Darkest London

09/18

Cozy Mystery

09/19

Southern Gothic

09/20

Read by/Candlelight 

09/21

Modern Noir

09/22

Spellbound 

09/23

Dark Academia

09/24

Dead Lands

09/25

Slasher Stories

09/26

In the Dark Woods 

09/27

Dark Stormy Night 

09/28

Paint It Black 

09/29

Truly Terrifying 

09/30

Locked Room Mystery 

10/01

Raven (Free Space)

10/02

Full Moon 

10/03

King of Fear

10/04

Vampires 

10/05

Halloween

10/06

Sleepy Hollow 

10/07

Diverse Voices 

10/08

Demons 

10/09

Int. Women/Mystery

10/10

Film at 11 

10/11

Cryptozoologists

10/12

Stone Cold Horror

10/13

Baker Street Irregulars 

10/14

Romantic Suspense 

10/15

New Release

10/16

Monsters

10/17

13

10/18

Modern Masters 

10/19

Genre: Mystery

10/20

Classic Noir

10/21

Serial Killer/Spree 

10/22

Graveyard

10/23

Aliens 

10/24

Doomsday

10/25

Gothic

10/26

Terror In A Small Town

10/27

Shifters

10/28

 

10/29

 

10/30

 

10/31

 

 

 

 

 

READ Books

 

 

Everything on my Card is Called!!!

 

 

 

CALLED & READ

 

09/01- New Release - Before She Was Found

09/03- Dystopian Hellscape (TF) - The Grace Year

09/05- Romantic Suspense - The Conspiracy

09/08- Read by Candle/Flashlight - The Survival of Molly Southbourne

09/10- Slasher Stories - Final Girls

09/13- Dark Academia (TF) - Killing November

09/14- A Grimm Tale - The Girl in Red

09/16- Diverse Voices - The Girl From the Well

09/19- Supernatural - Veiled

09/21- Psych - The Falling of Stars

09/22- Genre: Mystery - Sharp Objects

09/26- Creepy Crawlies - The Salt Line

10/02- Vampires (TF) - The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

10/05- Stranger Things - Dark Matter

10/06- In the Dark, Dark Woods - The Wolves of Winter

10/08- Paint It Black - We Sold Our Souls

10/11- Sleepy Hollow - Bunny

10/13- Baker Street Irregulars - Lights All Night Long

10/15- Spellbound - The Rules of Magic

10/18- International Women of Mystery - Unraveling Oliver

10/20- Terror In A Small Town - The House

10/22- Free Space (Poe) - The Black Wolf

10/25- 13 - Saint

10/27- American Horror - The Rust Maidens

 

 

 

~Bingo #1 (7th)~

 

 

09/21-Psych - The Falling of Stars

09/03- Dystopian Hellscape (TF) - The Grace Year

09/16- Diverse Voices - The Girl From the Well

10/05- Stranger Things - Dark Matter

09/19- Supernatural - Veiled

 

~Bingo #2 (11th)~

 

09/08- Read By Candle/Flashlight - The Survival of Molly Southbourne

10/08- Paint It Black - We Sold Our Souls

09/26- Creepy Crawlies - The Salt Line

09/21-Psych - The Falling of Stars

10/11- Sleepy Hollow - Bunny

 

~Bingo #3 (15th)~

 

10/02- Vampires (TF) - The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

10/06- In the Dark, Dark Woods - The Wolves of Winter

09/14- A Grimm Tale - The Girl in Red

09/03- Dystopian Hellscape (TF) - The Grace Year

09/01- New Release - Before She Was Found

 

~Bingo #4 (18th)~

 

10/08- Paint It Black - We Sold Our Souls

10/06- In the Dark, Dark Woods - The Wolves of Winter

09/13- Dark Academia (TF) - Killing November

09/10- Slasher Stories - Final Girls

10/18- International Women of Mystery - Unraveling Oliver

 

 

Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The House by Christina Lauren
The House - Christina Lauren

 

FEATURING

 
Monster House For Teens
With Romance
A Possession
Paranormal
Older YA


With Audio Performed Swimmingly by Elizabeth Louise and Deacon Lee
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+



 

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Best Character goes to the Antagonist...The House.  Not that I was rooting for the house...well maybe I was, a little.  Did you ever see the movie, Monster House...

 

 
...this was like that, but with seventeen-year-olds, and some mushy, gushy romance stuff.  It wasn't half bad either...and I think that surprised me because I was hesitant to read it.  Seriously, that's all you really need to know...I say read it, especially if you're in the mood for something different than your average ghost story.  Also...if you've never seen Monster House...then you should, even if you don't have kids.
 
FYI...As far as the romance goes...or at least as far as the characters take things in their relationship this is getting an Older YA tag from me.  
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4/5
Narration Performance 4/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 3.7/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 3.5/5
Theme or Tone 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 4/5
_____
 
Book Cover I like it.
Setting Morton, Kansas
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 45 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR TERROR IN A SMALL TOWN SQUARE
 
Review
4.5 Stars
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS for Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent
Unraveling Oliver: A Novel - Liz Nugent

 

 

 

FEATURING

 
Character Study
Psychological
Thrillingly Twisted & Twisty
Ireland
Full Cast Narration*
 
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A

 
 
 

MY THOUGHTS

 
This book is quite cleverly titled and I do love when that happens.  Oliver is a monster...the opening line is in reference to him hitting his wife so brutally, she's in a coma.  This is the story of how Oliver came to be who he is, and the people who shaped him and even some who were shaped by him.  It is, essentially the unraveling of Oliver...

The more I thought about this book, the more I realized just how sinisterly brilliant it is.  it's not full of action...actually there isn't much action in it to even refer to it as thrilling, other than the revealing twists and some of them are positively twisted.  The story is told from several POV's and with each one, we get a little of their backstory. Some readers have said that they didn't like this...I personally thought it was the best part and I genuinely liked their stories.  Besides, it's not as if it prattles on and on...because overall it's a fairly quick listen/read.

The Full Cast narration was terrifically performed and I even got used to the Irish accents after a bit...there was one that was a bit challenging to understand, but there are several POV's so not necessarily a deal-breaker.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 5/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 4.5/5
Pacing 5/5
Addictiveness 4.3/5
Theme or Tone 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.2/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 4.3/5
_____
 
Book Cover Meh...it's an unraveling Oliver, I suppose.
Setting Ireland & France
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 6 hours, 50 minutes
 
 
*FULL CAST NARRATION PERFORMED BY
 
Sam O’Mahoney
 Roy McMillan
Kevin Hely
Tracy Keating
Stephen Hogan
Kathy O’Brien
Steven Laverty
Michele Moran
 
______
 
I READ THIS FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF MYSTERY SQUARE
 
Review
4.5 Stars
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Reigning and the Rule by Calia Read
The Reigning and the Rule - Calia Read

Surviving Time #2

 

FEATURING

 
Time Travel
Requires A Suspension of Belief
Historical Romance
The Early 1900's
Mystery
Sex-Plicit
Rating for Book #1 - 3 Stars

 
LINK TO Book #1 SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.3 STARS | GRADE A-

 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I only gave book #1 in this series 3 STARS, I had issues with plot holes and the overall believability of the time travel.  I think my main issue is usually in time-traveling books the person goes through time but remains in the same location.  This has Serene changing locations...like by states and all.  But if I set that issue aside and just go with it, I found this second book to be much better.  Also, the plot holes were filled up, for the most part, and everything started clicking into place for me.  She doesn't just time travel...she changes time and it has some drastic results.

I still loved the connection between Serene and Etienne, which I also did in the first book, their chemistry is what makes the story.  His reaction when she cusses like a sailor or talks about whores and sluts is absolutely priceless.  If any man brought up in that era can go with that kind of talk from a lady...he's a keeper.

This time around, though, I was wishing she would stop waffling on her feelings for him and going over something again and again...I feel like this kind of indecisiveness in romance books is just done for filler, and this book doesn't need filler, it clocks in at 479 pages, after all.  There is enough going on plotwise that fewer pages of it would be welcomed.  The ending has some surprising elements that I won't give away...but they are so significant that I decided to start the third and final book straight-away.
 
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.3/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 4.3/5
Pacing 3.8/5
Addictiveness 4.3/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 5/5 Cliffhanger Yes! More than one, actually.
_____
 
Book Cover It's really pretty.  I love the new covers for the series, actually.
Setting Present Time Champaign, Illinois &1913-ish Charleston, South Carolina
Source Kindle eBook (KU)
eBook Length 479 pages

Review
3.5 Stars
3.7 Out Of 5 STARS for The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman

 

 

FEATURING

 
Prequel to Practical Magic
Spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s...and more
A Long Line of Witches
Family Curse
Romance & Love


With Audio Performed by Marin Ireland

 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 3.7 STARS | GRADE B



 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Full Disclosure:  I've never watched Practical Magic, not that I can remember, anyway...and I've never read the book either.  So, I can't really tell you if this is a good place to start with the series or not.  I  can tell you that I was never at a loss for what was going on in the story...and this takes you right up to when the characters, Gillian and Sally from the movie/book come to live with their Aunts Franny and Jet at a young age.  Although, maybe the fact that I've never read Practical Magic is the reason why I didn't love this, like so many others have.  

Don't get me wrong...it's not at all bad, the story has merit and I even found some of the witchiness appealing here and there...even though witch stories aren't really my thing.    Not enough, that I want to read Practical Magic or anything...but maybe, I wouldn't mind watching the movie.  I did especially love the characters of Franny, Jet, and Vincent. They made the story, for sure.  I think if witch stories are your thing, then you will love this and the Audio is even decently done by Marin Ireland.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 3.8/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 4.5/5
The Feels 3/5
Pacing 3.8/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.5/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 4.7/5  Cliffhanger⇢ Not really.
_____
 
Book Cover It's okay...I guess.
Setting NY, NY, & Massachusetts
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 10 hours, 58 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR SPELLBOUND SQUARE
 

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