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.

4.5 Stars
The Dead List - Jennifer L. Armentrout





I recently read an arc with a similar story to this…Pretty Dead Girls…I didn't really like that one, and this had a similar feel to it in the beginning, minus the mean girls.  I was worried but it wasn't long before I realized this was different in a lot of ways.  This only had me eye-rolling a couple moments and the other had me constantly eye-rolling.  In this, the mystery surprised me, actually.  The characters were likable…and the best part…when the MC is being chased down by the bad guy, she actually does the smart thing, at least 80% of the time.  My issue and this could be a tad spoiler-ish, is with the promiscuity of 17-year-olds. I can't read explicit sex scenes when the MC's are under 18.  It's just weird.  If she had just left that out of the book, it would have been a 5-star all the way.






Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5 could have used a proofreader…

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 5/5  Cliffhanger~  Nope.


Book Cover~  Compelling, and it kept me guessing as to how it fits with the story

Setting~ Martinsburg, West Virginia

Source~ Kobo eBook


28% into this and I'm giving up...
Renegades - Marissa Meyer

Renegades is bogged down with too many characters...so many names to keep track of.  There is Superhero names and given names for each.  I didn't know who was bad and who was good, who was who...ugh!  


If you decide to tackle this, I suggest reading this over listening.  Despite the audio being excellently done, you should also have a flowchart handy to keep track of characters and their superpowers and such.

5 Stars
4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A (Upgraded to 5/5)
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys



Out of the Easy is my 555th read on Goodreads, so in honor of that, I upped my 4.7-star rating to a full 5 stars…because my 555th read needs a 5-star rating. 


Ruta Sepetys writes such vivid, compelling characters that just reel you in.  Josie is no exception, nor are any of the other characters, even the skeevy ones.  Along with Lauren Fortgang's narration, the time period and the atmosphere is captured perfectly in Out of the Easy.








Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.3/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ No


Book Cover~ It's Doable…this one is better than the one with the yellow shirt.

Narration~ Very Good by Lauren Fortgang

Setting~ New Orleans 1950

Source~ Audiobook (Library)



4 Stars
The world of "Pacifica" is reason enough to indulge in this series.
Shattered Minds - Laura Lam




Book Title:  Shattered Minds

Author:  Laura Lam

Series:  Pacifica #2

Genre:  Science Fiction | Thriller

Setting:  A Futuristic Los Angeles, CA (Pacifica)

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)













Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4.2/5

The Feels:  4/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style): 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.7/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.3/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope, but

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total: 4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+




The world of Shattered Minds and False Hearts is Pacifica. This place is a fantastically imaginative futuristic world, I found it easily imagined and was engulfed in its seedy underbelly, it is a drug-induced, dream-freaky hell-of-a-ride.  


While still an interesting read, sadly, I didn't like this quite as much as the first book, False Hearts.  I think because I listened to that on Audio, as opposed to reading this, it was off-putting to me because it lacked a proofreader (I could totally do this, btw).  I'm thinking, maybe I didn't notice the errors in the prior book because someone read it to me (a fan-freakin-tastic narrator…January Lavoy).  I also felt it lacked character development.  I didn't really like Carina all that much.


If I've peaked your interest you should see Laura Lam's "Review" for Shattered Minds It's like her own synopsis for this book and it's filled with some really cool images, including this one...


Will I continue this series?⇜  If she writes more, than...yeah.  This world is so intriguing, after all.  I would prefer audiobooks, though…



4 Stars
The only thing about this I didn't like...another cliffy.
Avenged (Ruined) - Amy Tintera



Book TitleAvenged

Author:  Amy Tintera

Narration:  Emily Rankin

Series:  Ruined #2

Genre:  YA | Fantasy

Setting:  Ruina & Lera and some places in between

Source:  Audiobook (Library)










Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.3/5

Pacing:  4.2/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes…to be continued.

Steam Factor 0-5:  2.5

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-




I like Amy Tintera…I like how different her books are.  I loved her Reboot Duo, it had something that made it different than every other dystopian.  It was also a two-book series, which made it pretty cool too.  The Ruined Series, while not a duo like I originally thought it would be, also has that something that makes it different than every other fantasy out there.  It has heart, and genuine characters (especially Olivia) that I actually like, and intrigue, and…unpredictability.  It's kind of good, you know…


Will I continue this series  Yes!


2 Stars
While writing up this post…I realized I had to lower my rating because it just didn't deserve what I originally gave it…this happens to me quite often.
Pretty Dead Girls - Monica  Murphy




Book TitlePretty Dead Girls

Author:  Monica Murphy

Genre:  YA | Mystery

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Setting:  Cape Bonita

SourceI received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.










Plot:  2/5

Main Characters:  2/5

Secondary Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  1/5

Pacing:  2/5

Addictiveness: 2/5

Theme or Tone:  2.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  2.5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  2.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  2.5

Total:  2/5 STARS - GRADE=D




This might appeal to a younger audience, especially if they like to read about sexually promiscuous teenagers being total bitches.  Right from the beginning, I was skeptical of the mystery, the pacing felt off.  The characters are completely unlikable, basically, all of them.  The conversations between them are just over-the-top bizarre and contradictory. These girls are just so flipping mean and I kind feel like they got what they deserved, well sort of... 


I was compelled to read this until the end, although I'm not sure why, just to see who it was, maybe.  Which I more or less guessed. 


Will I read more from this Author?  No, I will not.  Her writing is just not for me.


4 Stars
Another stunning cover…
Undertow - Michael Buckley




Book TitleUndertow

Author:  Michael Buckley

Narration:  Jennifer Grace

Series:  Undertow #1

Genre:  Fantasy | Dystopian

Setting:  Coney Island

Source:  Audiobook (Library)








Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Pacing:  4.2/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone: 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

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

Steam Factor 0-5:  1

Total:  4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+




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


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



Stand=outs for 2017:


Making Faces by Amy Harmon



I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios



False Hearts by Laura Lam



Marrow by Tarryn Fisher





Series Stand-outs:


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



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




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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

OCTOBER: 3,979

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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






(Audiobook) The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka

Finish Date: 12/01

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-


(Audiobook) Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  12/08

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-


(Kindle eBook) Undone by Wendy Higgins

Finish Date:  12/13



(Audiobook) Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Finish Date:  12/14



(Kindle eBook) The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Finish Date:  12/19



(eBook Novella) Down to the Liar by Mary Elizabeth

Finish Date:  12/20

2.5/5 STARS


(Audiobook) Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Finish Date:  12/20



(Audiobook) RoomHate by Penelope Ward

Finish Date:  12/23



(Audiobook) Undertow by Michael Buckley

Finish Date:  12/29

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+


(Netgalley eArc) Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Finish Date:  12/30

2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+


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



3,316 Pages 

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


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





Book TitleRoomHate

Author:  Penelope Ward

Narration:  Zoe McKay

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Newport, RI

Source:  Audiobook (Library)















Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  4.2/5

Pacing:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):

Backdrop (World Building):  3.5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total: 3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B




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


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


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


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





Book TitleCertain Dark Things

Author:  Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Narration:  Dan Bittner

Genre:  Urban Fantasy | Paranormal

Setting:  Mexico City

Source:  Audiobook (Library)











Plot:  3.7/5

Main Characters:  3.2/5

Secondary Characters:  2.8/5

The Feels:  3/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

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

Ending:  3.8/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  2

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B




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


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


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




Book TitleThe Butterfly Project

Author:  Emma Scott

Genre:  New Adult | Contemporary

Setting:  Brooklyn/Manhattan, New York

Source:  Own Kindle eBook












Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Pacing:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+




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


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


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





Book TitleDear Daughter

Author:  Elizabeth Little

Narration:  Bonnie Denison W/Tony Daniels

Genre:  Crime Mystery | Contemporary Thriller

Setting:  Ardell, South Dakota

Source:  Audiobook (Library)










Plot:  3.2/5  

Main Characters:  2.5/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  2.5/5

Pacing:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  4.3/5

Ending:  3.5/5  Cliffhanger:  ???...

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  3/5 STARS GRADE=C




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


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


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

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


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


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




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


Book Title:  Undone

Author:  Wendy Higgins

Series:  Unknown #3

Genre:  Apocalypse | New Adult

Setting:  Nevada and Alaska

Source:  I Own Kindle eBook




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Plot:  4.8/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Pacing:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style): 5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A




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


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


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