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 Stars
Full disclosure: I don't necessarily know Mary Shelly's story of Frankenstein, I only know of movies and such depicting it. Also, I'm not a fan of the Classics...
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White

 

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Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the year's pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
 
 
 
 

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This is not a terrible story, or badly written...I just don't think it was my kind of story.  I couldn't connect with the characters or the story itself...but I know that others have.  It felt overwhelmingly depressing and it switched timelines constantly and I never knew where or what time we were in.  The latter could have been due to listening on audio, with not enough quiet space between each time period to differentiate between them.  Overall, I couldn't keep myself engaged in the story.  The only part I actually liked was the last 45 minutes of the story.

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☆3.2☆STARS - GRADE=C

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 2.8/5
Main Charactes⇝3.2/5
Secondary Characters⇝3/5
The Feels⇝ 2.5/5
Pacing⇝ 2.8/5
Addictiveness⇝2.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝3/5 
Backdrop (World Building)⇝3.8/5
Originality⇝4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope. 
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Book Cover⇝I love it! I wish I loved the story as much...
Narration⇝ Katherine McEwan, not too bad...
Setting⇝ Somewhere gloomy...or England
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Goodreads
Amazon
Booklikes
 

 
Review
5 Stars
This is Love by Caroline Nolan
This Is Love - Caroline O'Nolan

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Rachel Miller had love, life, and happiness...until she didn't.

Uncertain of how to cope and move on without him, Rachel's life comes to halt as she mourns the loss of her fiance Ben. Then one night she discovers it doesn't have to.

By way of dreams, Rachel and Ben continue to live the life they had planned together. It's unconventional, it's not even real, but it's enough for Rachel. For the first time since Ben's death, she's happy...whole. That is until she runs into someone she barely knew from years ago and suddenly real life is just as great as her dream one.

Now Rachel doesn't know what to do. Will letting someone new in threaten what she has with Ben? Or will their love story threaten her new happiness? Is it crazy to chase after a ghost while being caught up by someone very real?
 
 
 
 
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Another win for me in the romance genre...yay...sometimes I feel like I'm losing all my interest in this genre, but books like this one are helping to restore it.

The blurb only tells you about the fiancé who Rachel loses, it only hints at the new man she meets...and he (Jax) is at the center of this story and Jax is one who had a hand in making this story so memorable for me.  This story at its core is about grieving and learning to move on from that grief.  With characters who not only feel real but are also relatable, and a sorrowful but ultimately uplifting storyline to go with them, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
 
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☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 
 
 
๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 
 
Plot⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝  It's kind of gray, but it goes with the story well.
Setting⇝ Maybe, Chicago...it doesn't really specify.
Source⇝ I own Kindle eBook
 

Review
5 Stars
Sometimes the simplest of messages can mean so much...to me this story is all about its message...
Sky in the Deep - Adrienne  Young

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Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.
 
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
 
Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
 
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
 
 
 
 

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While this story's message is a well-known one but, it's still an important one.  The reviews for this are all over the place, some loved and some did not even like.  I obviously really liked it, maybe possibly loved it, even.  Some said it was cliché, and not true to the Viking heritage...I didn't feel that way at all (not that I'm super knowledgeable about Viking heritage).  I believe if you go into this thinking that is Viking-inspired and not true Viking, you won't set yourself up for disappointment. 

Maybe, it was the narration that made me so invested in this story...the narration is excellently done, after all.  Maybe it's the fact that it is a stand-alone...I do love stand-alone's.  I think it's both of these things actually...plus the vivid writing and I seriously loved Fiske, and truly loved Eelyn and Fiske together.   éé

 

 

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4.8STARS - GRADE=A

 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.7/5 
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.5/5
Originality⇝ 4.2/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.  It's a stand-alone!
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Book Cover⇝  Amazing
Narration⇝ ☆5☆ for Khristine Hvam...I've always liked her.  She always does a powerful female character justice.
Setting⇝ Between the Aska and Riki Villages...The Mountains and the Fjord.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
Goodreads
Amazon
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Review
4.5 Stars
This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada...Book #2 in This Mortal Coil Series.
This Cruel Design - Emily Suvada

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*Do Not Read if you haven't read This Mortal Coil (Book 1) **My review is safe to read, though.

 

The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.

Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing—Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.

When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of gene-hackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for.

But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.

 

 
 
 
 

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I seriously loved the first book in this series...and I almost, but not quite, loved the second book, too.  When I wrote about This Mortal Coil, I said this was completely comprehensible and seriously compelling story, especially for a book involving gene hacking, splicing, decoding and lots of technical terms and such.  I wish I could say that this book was the same for me...and it almost was, I just got a little lost in the beginning (and maybe, a little throughout)...but, eventually things started clicking for me.  The storyline goes in a direction that I didn't see coming at all and the end is kind of mind-blowing.  Almost literally, so.  All I can say is, I'm not looking forward to the wait for the third book. 

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☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4.3/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.5/5 
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.2/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Most definitely...
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Book Cover⇝ Explosive...
Narration⇝ ☆4.5☆ for Skye Bennett, her voice feels right for Cat.
Series⇝ This Mortal Coil #2
Setting⇝ A Futuristic United States
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
Goodreads
Amazon
Booklikes
 

Review
4.5 Stars
Kudos for a well-written series, Rebecca Yarros.
Beyond What is Given - Rebecca Yarros

 

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Lt. Grayson Masters is focused on graduating the Apache helicopter course, and the last thing he needs is his gorgeous new roommate Samantha Fitzgerald distracting him. While her smart mouth and free spirit are irresistibly irritating, he can’t deny their off-the-charts chemistry, no matter how hard he tries.

Having just been expelled from college, Sam has no business digging for Grayson’s secrets while she’s hiding her own, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to tear down his walls. Each barrier she busts through drops one of her own, though, and she’s not prepared for the truth: another woman laid claim to Grayson’s heart long ago.

Falling in love is something neither Grayson nor Sam can afford, and when that line is crossed and secrets are exposed, they’ll learn that sometimes it’s the answered prayers that will put you through hell.
 
 
 
 

 

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I don't read a lot of NA lately, because it's really difficult to find something original that doesn't seem like contrived BS.  This is one of the good ones, in fact, I've liked the whole series so far.  Great characters, with real-life issues finding a way to be with one another.  Plus bonus points for integrating the characters from previous books in the series so well, I loved seeing how Josh, Ember, Paisley, and Jagger are doing, also. There were even some twists at the end that I didn't see coming.  

 

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☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-
 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 4.7/5
Pacing⇝ 4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.2/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope. 
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Book Cover⇝ Typical NA cover
Series⇝ Fight & Glory #3
Setting⇝ Ft. Rucker, Alabama and Nags Head, North Carolina
Source⇝ Kindle eBook (Library)
Goodreads
Amazon
Booklikes
 

 
 
Review
4 Stars
Uncanny by Sarah Fine
Uncanny - Sarah Fine

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Two sisters. One death. No memories.

Cora should remember every detail about the night her stepsister, Hannah, fell down a flight of stairs to her death, especially since her Cerepin—a sophisticated brain-computer interface—may have recorded each horrifying moment. But when she awakens after that night, her memories gone, Cora is left with only questions—and dread of what the answers might mean.

When a downward spiral of self-destruction forces Cora to work with an AI counselor, she finds an unexpected ally, even as others around her grow increasingly convinced that Hannah’s death was no accident. As Cora’s dark past swirls chaotically with the versions of Hannah’s life and death that her family and friends want to believe, Cora discovers the disturbing depths of what some people may do—including herself.

With her very sanity in question, Cora is forced to face her greatest fear. She will live or die by what she discovers.

 

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Uncanny's setting is a frightening future that doesn't seem too far off...with integrated AI controlling almost every aspect of our lives.  Always watching...always learning.  Despite having some eww moments with some AI/human love, I ended up really liking this.  This story is infinitely thought-provoking and deals with a lot of existential type principals.   The narration was mostly well done, despite the annoying level of screechyness that Bailey Carr's voice could reach.
 

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☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5 
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.7/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4.2/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It sort of creeps me out.
Narration⇝ Bailey Carr (3.5☆) & Scott Merriman (5☆) his voice was perfect for the AI
Setting⇝ Year 2069
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
 

October Re-Cap
Alice - Christina Henry Evertrue - Brodi Ashton An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen Winterblaze - Kristen Callihan Archangel's Consort - Nalini Singh Wayward - Blake Crouch Pack - Mike Bockoven The Last Town - Blake Crouch When We Caught Fire - Anna Godbersen I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga

 

Happy Halloween, sitting here...and not getting a single trick or treater, we never have since I lived here (busy road). 

 

I finished fewer books this month than I have with previous months, but I didn't too bad with 13.  I also managed to pull off a black-out on Halloween Bingo.  So yay me.  Again, most of my read books are technically Audiobooks, so hey, what can I say?  I really like them.  I had some decent books for the month, but I'm still feeling disappointed by The Darkest Star...I was really excited about it when I got approved for it on Netgalley.

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Alice by Christina Henry

Finish Date:  10/01/18

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Finish Date:  10/04

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Netgalley eARC) An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Finish Date:  10/08

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Finish Date:  10/09

4STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Finish Date:  10/11

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Wayward by Blake Crouch

Finish Date:  10/13

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Pack by Mike Bockoven

Finish Date:  10/15

3.3STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) The Last Town by Blake Crouch

Finish Date:  10/16

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

Finish Date:  10/19

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Finish Date:  10/22

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Seeds of Iniquity by JA Redmerski

Finish Date:  10/23

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Netgalley eARC) The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  10/27

2.7STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

Finish Date:  10/29

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

 

11 Audiobooks and 2 eARC's and I also, unfortunately, had one DNF...

 

 

 

My choice for the best cover of the month is...a tie between these two covers:

 

 

and...

 

 

 

 

 

Review
4 Stars
An Anti-Heroine that shines in her darkness...
Give the Dark My Love - Beth Revis

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~BOOK BLURB~

Give the Dark My Love

Beth Revis

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When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her. 

 

All, except for Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life--and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens--on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague. 

 

Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy's most dangerous corners--and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Give The Dark My Love is the kind of book that is not easily defined.  For me, it was part Dark Fantasy, part Alternate History and also part Supernatural with a splash of romance.  The romance in no way interferes with the storyline or dominates it either…just enhances it. 

 

In the beginning, I had an overwhelming feeling of depression… the disease or plaque that does dominate the story, just left me saddened.  But around the half-way point, this takes a decidedly dark turn and that's when this story evolves into something most compelling…the darkness and the necromancy sucked me right into the story.  Despite the slow start to the book and my not having read too much about necromancy, to say yay or nay on it…I still feel like this is executed smoothly and poignantly.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.8/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5  Cliffhanger~ Not really, but there is a second book.

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Book Cover~ So gorgeous…

Narration~5 for Mhairi Morrison, she reminded me of the girl in the Disney Movie Brave…I quite loved her accent. 4 for Bruce Mann…meh, he was all right.

Series~ Give The Dark My Love #1

Setting~ Lunar Island

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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Halloween Update #15 ~~~ MY FINAL UPDATE~~~

 

I have a FULL-CARD BLACKOUT!!!

 

First Bingo on 10/07

Second Bingo on 10/13

Third Bingo on 10/15

Double Bingo on  10/17

Full Card On 10/29

 

 

 

 

I just want to thank Moonlight & Obsidian for hosting this challenge...and to everyone who gave me encouragement along the way, when I didn't think I could do this challenge since I don't like really scary books...because I totally rocked it!!!

 

 

 

SQUARES CALLED:


9/1- Classic Horror (not on my card)
9/3- Cryptozoologist (not on my card)
9/5- Cozy Mystery

9/7- New Release

9/9- Southern Gothic

9/11- Terrifying Women

9/13- A Grimm Tale

9/15- Modern Masters of Horror (not on my card)

9/17- Creepy Carnivals

9/19- Relics and Curiosities

9/21- Diverse Voices

9/23- Murder Most Foul

9/25- Amateur Sleuth

9/27- Genre: Suspense

9/29- Supernatural

10/1- Ghost Stories
10/3- Doomsday
10/5- Shifters

10/7- 13

10/9- Terror in a Small Town

10/11- Darkest London

10/13- Gothic

10/15- Genre: Horror (not on my card)

10/17- Fear The Drowning Deep

10/19- Spellbound

10/21- Country House Manor (not on my card)

10/23- Deadlands

10/25- Romantic Suspense

10/27- Slasher Stories (not on my card)

10/29- Modern Noir

10/31- Baker Street Irregulars (not on my card)

 

 

  

 

 

MY BOOKS READ:

 

Free Space:  Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

New Release:  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Cozy Mystery:  A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey

Terrifying Women:  City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

A Grimm Tale:  

All the Ever After's: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller

Southern Gothic:  Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Creepy Carnivals:  Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Relics and Curiosities:  The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

Murder Most Foul:  A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer

Ghost Stories:  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Doomsday:  In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Supernatural:  Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

13 {Wild Card}:  The Swan & the Jackal by JA Redmerski

Genre: Suspense:   An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Darkest London:  Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Diverse Voices:  Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Gothic:  Alice by Christina Henry

Terror in a Small Town:  Wayward by Blake Crouch

Fear the Drowning Deep:  Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Shifters:  Pack by Mike Bockoven

Dead Lands:  Contagion by Erin Bowman

Amateur Sleuth:  I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Spellbound {Wild Card}:  Seeds of Iniquity by JA Redmereski

Romantic Suspense:  Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Modern Noir:  The Last Town by Blake Crouch 

 

DNF on this...at only at 12%
Vanguard - C.J. Markusfeld

The guy is a douche...and so is the girl for loving him. 

I just can't. 

I really hope I got this book for free...

 

Review
3 Stars
"We were all Dark Stars, but Luc...he was the darkest..."
The Darkest Star - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Darkest Star

Jennifer L Armentrout

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When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is, in fact, something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I do love when the title of the book is subtly worked into the story, as it is in the above quote.   I so went into this wanting to love it, but it just wasn't happening.  The first half of this book was a struggle to get through…by far, there is too much silly high school drama.  I don't remember the Lux Series being this childish, I actually really liked it.  It was overwhelmingly disappointing for me.

 

With the second half, the story slowly improved little by little…once JLA stopped being so evasive and actually started giving us something plot-wise, anyway.  She was so evasive that I found myself wishing I could remember more about the Lux Series, especially the final book, just so I might know wtf was up.

 

By the ending, it finally felt like something intriguing was being hinted at…unfortunately, I don't know if that hint will be enough for me to continue the series.  Maybe, if I wait for the Audio, it will be doable???  I was looking at other reviews for this…and it seems most people loved it…so it's possible I'm in the minority here.

 

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~MY RATING~

2.7STARS - GRADE=C-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 2.8/5

Main Characters~ 2.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 2.5/5

Addictiveness~2.7/5

Theme or Tone~ 2.7/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 2.5/5

Originality~ 3/5

Ending~ 3.2/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ It's Starry…

Series~ Origin #1

Setting~ Columbia, Maryland

Source~ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Halloween Bingo Update #14

I've read my last two books for Halloween Bingo.  For the first one, it will go on Amateur Sleuth Square

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

 

For the second, I'm using my Wild Card Author (JA Redmerski)

 

 

I'm using that for my final Square Spellbound

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  Seeds of Iniquity by JA Redmerski

 

 

For my Read Card I have it entirely full and for my Called Card, I'm waiting on a Call for Modern Noir...

 

 

 

...so that means I'm waiting on Modern Noir to have my full card finished.

 

 

 

SQUARES CALLED:


9/1- Classic Horror (not on my card)
9/3- Cryptozoologist (not on my card)
9/5- Cozy Mystery

9/7- New Release

9/9- Southern Gothic

9/11- Terrifying Women

9/13- A Grimm Tale

9/15- Modern Masters of Horror (not on my card)

9/17- Creepy Carnivals

9/19- Relics and Curiosities

9/21- Diverse Voices

9/23- Murder Most Foul

9/25- Amateur Sleuth

9/27- Genre: Suspense

9/29- Supernatural

10/1- Ghost Stories
10/3- Doomsday
10/5- Shifters

10/7- 13

10/9- Terror in a Small Town

10/11- Darkest London

10/13- Gothic

10/15- Genre: Horror (not on my card)

10/17- Fear The Drowning Deep

10/19- Spellbound

10/21- Country House Manor (not on my card)

10/23- Deadlands

10/25- Romantic Suspense

 

 

 

 

MY ONLY BOOK READ, NOT CALLED: 

 

 The Last Town by Blake Crouch (Modern Noir)

  

 

 

MY BOOKS CALLED AND READ:

 

Free Space:  Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

New Release:  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Cozy Mystery:  A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey

Terrifying Women:  City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

A Grimm Tale:  

All the Ever After's: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller

Southern Gothic:  Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Creepy Carnivals:  Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Relics and Curiosities:  The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

Murder Most Foul:  A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer

Ghost Stories:  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Doomsday:  In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Supernatural:  Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

13 {Wild Card}:  The Swan & the Jackal by JA Redmerski

Genre: Suspense:   An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Darkest London:  Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Diverse Voices:  Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Gothic:  Alice by Christina Henry

Terror in a Small Town:  Wayward by Blake Crouch

Fear the Drowning Deep:  Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Shifters:  Pack by Mike Bockoven

Dead Lands:  Contagion by Erin Bowman

Amateur Sleuth:  I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Spellbound {Wild Card}:  Seeds of Iniquity by JA Redmereski

Romantic Suspense:  Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher 

 

Review
4 Stars
Things that make you go...hmmm...
Seeds of Iniquity - J.A. Redmerski

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~SERIES BLURB~

In the Company of Killers

JA Redmerski

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In the Company of Killers is a series about two rogue assassin brothers and a damaged girl with the blood of a killer who becomes the tie that binds the three. Together, along with a man whose torture and interrogation methods spread fear throughout their underground world of crime, they embark on the ultimate mission: take out the leader of the world’s oldest and largest assassination ring, and gain control of its operations—while at the same time fighting each other, and battling their own demons.

 

With a large cast of diverse characters, there is no shortage of action, drama, whiplash-inducing twists and controversial themes. This series will push the boundaries of human nature as the group embark on a dangerous life together of crime, lust, deception, murder, and love.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW or something like that~

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I'm not sure what it is about this series that keeps me listening…when I'm not even overly fond of the characters.  It must be something…?  Being a contract assassin isn't something that's even in my realm…and maybe, therein lies the reason…because isn't that why we read in the first place, to go somewhere we've never been, and possibly would never even want to go?  This was compulsively listenable, despite feeling like one of those flashback episodes of a TV show, you know the kind…where they go down memory lane, reminiscing about past episodes.  It still had my rapt attention.  The lies, betrayals and ultimately the coming together...

 

Ultimately, I think I keep listening because I have to know all the deep dark places this series is going to go.  That I'd be missing out if I didn't...

 

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~MY RATING~

4STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4.3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.7/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4.2/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ Awesome!

Narration~ Kate Reindeers, Stephen Bell Davies, Nelson Hobbs & Luke Daniels

Series~ In the Company of Killers #4

Setting~ Boston, MA

Source~ I Own Audible Audiobook

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I used this for Spellbound Square via my Wild Card

 

 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
All these voices in my head get loud, I wish that I could shut them out...
I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga

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~BOOK BLURB~

I Hunt Killers

Barry Lyga

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What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

 

Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

 

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.

 

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

 

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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The narration for this Audio was phenomenal, Charlie Thurston can tell a story, and what a compelling story it is.  I was honestly reminded of The Naturals, because of the whole son of a serial killer, using profiling to solve serial crimes, is also done in that series (but differently)…but this actually came out before that Series did.  I'm glad I didn't read this before The Naturals, though, because it might have ruined one of my fav series for me.  

 

With perfect plotting, that's executed in a believable way…this is one of the better YA Crime/Mysteries that I've read.  Jasper, Connie, and Howie were exceptional characters.  The kind you can root for, especially Jasper, who never really knows if he's going to end up being like his father.  His inner demons, aka the voices in his head, aka his Dad, will kind of creep you out, and maybe, it will also make you feel for him.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 4.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.5/5  Cliffhanger~ Sort of…

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Book Cover~ Perfect

Narration~5 for Charlie Thurston

Series~ Jasper Dent #1

Setting~ Lobo's Nod

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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I used this for Amateur Sleuth Square in Halloween Bingo

 

Review
4 Stars
4.2 Out 5 "Incendiary" STARS
When We Caught Fire - Anna Godbersen

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~BOOK BLURB~

When We Caught Fire

Anna Godbersen

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It’s 1871, and Emmeline Carter is poised to take Chicago’s high society by storm. Between her father’s sudden rise to wealth and her recent engagement to Chicago’s most eligible bachelor, Emmeline has it all. But she can’t stop thinking about the life she left behind, including her childhood sweetheart, Anders Magnuson.

Fiona Byrne, Emmeline’s childhood best friend, is delighted by her friend’s sudden rise to prominence, especially since it means Fiona is free to pursue Anders herself. But when Emmeline risks everything for one final fling with Anders, Fiona feels completely betrayed.

As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Despite having less than likable characters (with Fiona as the exception) this was still an engrossing listen.  The backdrop of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was what made this story stand-out for me.  I could see how others found this to be slow in the beginning, with its soap-opera-like feel and melodrama of the elite high society of the times, but on Audio, those parts fly by fairly quickly.  Once the fire starts burning, the unceasing flames and the lives at stake make this unputdownable.  The way the author takes the truth about the actual fire and plays it out with her cast of characters is quite the tale.  I found this exert from here about the Great Chicago Fire. 

 

The Chicago Fire of 1871, also called the Great Chicago Fire, burned from October 8 to October 10, 1871, and destroyed thousands of buildings, killed an estimated 300 people and caused an estimated $200 million in damages. Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn and started the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a meteor might have been responsible for the event that left an area of about four miles long and almost a mile wide of the Windy City, including its business district, in ruins. Following the blaze, reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development and population growth.

 

With the ending the irredeemable characters become redeemable and the love triangle that takes the center of the stage throughout this story has its inevitable outcome.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.7/5

Originality~ 4.2/5

Ending~ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger~ Nah…

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Book Cover~ It's incendiary…

Narration~ 4.5 for Suzanne Elise Freeman, she was perfect for this story and she switched from one pov to another quite seamlessly.

Setting~ Chicago 1871

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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Halloween Bingo Update #13

My 20th Book Read is for Shifters Square

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  Pack by Mike Bockoven

 

My 21st Book Read is for Modern Noir Square

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  The Last Town by Blake Crouch

 

 

I only have two books left to read for a full card!!!

 

My Called and Read Cards

 

 

 

With Fear the Drowning Deep being called I have a double bingo and now have my Four Bingo's (plus 1)!

 

MY BINGO CARD

 

 

 

 

SQUARES CALLED:


9/1- Classic Horror (not on my card)
9/3- Cryptozoologist (not on my card)
9/5- Cozy Mystery

9/7- New Release

9/9- Southern Gothic

9/11- Terrifying Women

9/13- A Grimm Tale

9/15- Modern Masters of Horror (not on my card)

9/17- Creepy Carnivals

9/19- Relics and Curiosities

9/21- Diverse Voices

9/23- Murder Most Foul

9/25- Amateur Sleuth

9/27- Genre: Suspense

9/29- Supernatural

10/1- Ghost Stories
10/3- Doomsday
10/5- Shifters

10/7- 13

10/9- Terror in a Small Town

10/11- Darkest London

10/13- Gothic

10/15- Genre: Horror (not on my card)

10/17- Fear The Drowning Deep

 

 

 

 

MY BOOKS READ, NOT CALLED:

 

 

1~ Contagion by Erin Bowman (Dead Lands)

2~ Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher (Romantic Suspense)

3~ The Last Town by Blake Crouch (Modern Noir)

 

 

 

 

MY BOOKS CALLED AND READ:

 

Free Space:  Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

New Release:  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Cozy Mystery:  A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey

Terrifying Women:  City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

A Grimm Tale:  

All the Ever After's: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller

Southern Gothic:  Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Creepy Carnivals:  Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Relics and Curiosities:  The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

Murder Most Foul:  A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer

Ghost Stories:  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Doomsday:  In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Supernatural:  Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

13 {Wild Card}:  The Swan & the Jackal by JA Redmerski

Genre: Suspense:   An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Darkest London:  Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Diverse Voices:  Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Gothic:  Alice by Christina Henry

Terror in a Small Town:  Wayward by Blake Crouch

Fear the Drowning Deep:  Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Shifters:  Pack by Mike Bockoven

 

 

 

 

I am not currently reading or listening to anything that will go toward Halloween Bingo...I only have two more books to go...and one of those I've been not-so-patiently waiting for a hold from the Library on.  That one is for Amateur Sleuth Square and for Spellbound...I just can't decide what I'm going to go with...I might use a book by my Wild Card Author, JA Redmerski.

 

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