Leah's Bookish Obsession

Leah's Bookish Obsession

I'm a work in progress, I think I'll always be...

 

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Review
3.5 Stars
With the Virtue Duo you get an unadulterated make-no-apologies straight-up love triangle.
Sweetest Venom (The Virtue Series) (Volume 2) - Mia Asher

Book Title:  Sweetest Venom

Author:  Mia Asher

Narration:  Lucy Rivers & Jeremy York

Series:  Virtue #2

Genre:  Erotica | Romance

Setting:  New York

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3.2/5

Main Characters:  3.5/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  3/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  2.8/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  3.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  5+

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

I went into this knowing it would have too much explicit sex for my liking…and so I wasn't pissed off about that.  I also fast-forwarded through them some, and that helped, too.  I do have to give the narrator's props for reading these sex scenes out loud, because wow, they were raw.  Also some props for the Author, for always keeping it real with the way she writes her sex scenes.  (I suppose I can let it slide the couple times she referred to a vagina as a sex…serious pet-peeve of mine.) 

 

While I had some issues with the MC (Blair is one f'-ed up chic) and the believability of the story...I think, overall, I liked how different this story is…it wasn't cliched like a lot of New Adult/Contemporary Romance stories out these days.  The fate of the love triangle will leave you wondering just which direction it's going in, right up until the very end.

 

Will I read more from this Author? Maybe…

 

Review
5 Stars
An easily addictive and fascinating listen set in a ingenuously futuristic San Francisco.
False Hearts - January LaVoy

Book Title:  False Hearts

Author:  Laura Lam

Narration:  January LaVoy

Series:  Pacifica #1 (but reads as a stand-alone)

Genre:  Futuristic | Science Fiction | Mystery

Setting:  San Francisco

Source:  Own Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

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Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.7/5

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

Narration:  5+/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

A futuristic setting where we have flying cars, flesh parlors, and stasis for people who commit crimes. A seemingly meek society where there is virtually no crime…or is there?  There are so many intriguing aspects to this…from conjoined twins who are separated and given false (mechanical) hearts to cult living and so much more…a must read for anyone that likes a complex setting mixed with hidden corruption with a splash of romance. I was addicted to this marvelous narrator's voice, so much so, that I want to listen to more books she's narrated.

 

Will I continue this series?  Oh yes, this world that Laura Lam has created has me hooked.

 

Review
3.5 Stars
Love, love, love this gorgeous cover...
In a Perfect World - Trish Doller

 

 

Book Title:  In A Perfect World

Author:  Trish Dollar

Genre:  YA | Realistic Fiction

Setting:  Cairo, Africa

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels: 4/5

The Pacing:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5+ Beautiful!

Ending:  4.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  1.5

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

This is a book that deals with some controversial subjects, that I feel, ultimately has its heart in the right place.  The MC, in the beginning, comes off as very immature and offensive with some of the comments she has about Muslim women.  But…I think it was done this way by the author for a purpose, so you could see her learn and relate and even grow as a person.  Which she does do, and she becomes a better person by the end. 

 

My only issue with this, was mainly just that it was slow; not much happens that excited me.  Mostly, just sightseeing and eating different kinds of food.  Then at about 85% mark something does happen, and yeah, you could totally see it coming…and then we're rushed into an ending and an epilogue…all very quickly done.  I did really like the Cedar Point references, (MC is from Sandusky, Ohio) because I do love Cedar Point.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I would; I only ever read one other book by Trish Doller (Something Like Normal) and I really liked that one.

 

Review
3 Stars
This is a compilation of short stories about all things Norse Mythology that seem to be centered around Loki in particular…
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

 

 

Book Title:  Norse Mythology

Author:  Neil Gaiman

Narration:  Neil Gaiman

Genre:  Fantasy | Mythology

Setting:  Asgard or Midgard, I think…

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  1.7/5

Addictiveness:  2.5/5

Theme or Tone:  3.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  3/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total: 3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

 

I don't know if it's just Norse Mythology that isn't for me, or if I just haven't found the right author to convey it.  This wasn't for me though…but that's not because it wasn't well written or well narrated, it is both, actually.  Both are done by Neil Gaiman, too.  At least it was quick listen, of which I did most of while cleaning house.   If you're into this sort of thing and like a short story format, then this could be perfect for you.  That cover though…it's gorgeous.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Currently, I do not have anything by him on my TBR.  I don't know…I'm not opposed to it.

 

Review
4 Stars
She has gunslinger eyes...and she rides shotgun.
She Rides Shotgun: A Novel - Jordan Harper

 

 

Book Title:  She Rides Shotgun

Author:  Jordan Harper

Narration:  David Marantz

Genre:  Thriller | Crime

Setting:  California

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.7/5

Originality:  3.5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  3/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3 but barely…

Total:  3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

I looked at other reviews for this and thought, wow, what did I miss?  This has a lot of five-star reviews and I just didn't feel that it was worth that.  It was good, but there was no real emotion, not in the narration, at least.  All the sentences are quick and clipped short.  Maybe, it’s the way it's written…maybe, it's the narrator.  ???

 

These characters were so indelible, written as raw and as real as you can get.  They just weren't done justice with the narration.  The story is gritty and in your face with drug addicts, convicts, crooked cops, and a girl…a girl with goals. 

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I don't know…

 

Review
4.5 Stars
A thoroughly entertaining sequel to Rebel of the Sands...
Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands) - Alwyn Hamilton

Book Title:  Traitor to the Throne

Author:  Alwyn Hamilton

Narration:  Soneela Nankani

Series:  Rebel of the Sands #2

Genre:  YA, Fantasy

Setting:  Maraji

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes!

Steam Factor 0-5:  2

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

Once I could keep most of the characters straight on who is who, I found myself enjoying this, and what amazing characters they are.  Amani is with-a-doubt one of my favorite YA heroines of all time.   She isn't whiny, she uses her head and she's kind of bad-ass too.  I did really miss Jin, we didn't get nearly enough of him.  I really wish we could get inside his head, just once, at least.  Also, the narration is excellently done by Soneela Nankani.  

 

Will I continue this series⇜  Yes, I will…I need to not wait so long, though, because I was lost for a bit on this one.  There's a lot of names to keep straight.  Even with the first chapter re-capping what happened in the book one. Hero at the Fall is due out in March of 2018.

 

 

October Re-cap
Bad Romance - Heather Demetrios The Treatment  - Suzanne Young Wolf By Wolf - Ryan Graudin Rumors of Savages - Carrie Regan Sustained (The Legal Briefs Series) - Emma Chase Gun Shy - Lili St. Germain 13 Minutes - Sarah Pinborough Midnight Burning (Norse Chronicles) - LLC Red Adept Publishing, Jennifer Fournier, Karissa Laurel If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands) - Alwyn Hamilton

It was a long, busy month, filled with remodeling my bedroom, starting some schooling for myself, and my oldest moved out of the house too...but I still managed to get quite a bit of reading and listening in.  It was a well rounded reading month with 2 DNF's and a couple books under 3 Stars and 2 new favorites.

 

 

 

(Kindle eBook) Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Finish Date:   10/02

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Treatment by Suzanne Young

Finish Date:  10/04

2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  10/08

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Kindle eBook) Rumors of Savages by Carrie Regan

Finish Date:  10/08

3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Sustained by Emma Chase

Finish Date:  10/10

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Kindle eBook) Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain

Finish Date:  10/12

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

Finish Date:  10/15

3.5/5 STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel

Finish Date:  10/20

2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+

 

(Kindle eBook) If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  10/21

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (review pending)

Finish Date:  10/29

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

2 DNF's both Netgalley ARC's

 

Down the Rabbit Hole by Julia Crane

 

 

 

Soulless by Jacinta Maree

 

 

12 books total (including DNF's) for a total of 3,983 pages read including Audio.

2 Netgalley ARC's, 6 Audiobooks and 4 eBooks. 

 

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She's super thrilled about Halloween!

Actually, she's kind of sad because we don't get any trick-or-treaters at our house.  Happy Halloween from Maia and Me!

Review
0 Stars
Another DNF...I did get to 48% on this, so I did really, really try.
Soulless - Jacinta Maree

Book Title:  Soulless

Author:  Jacinta Maree

Series:  The Immortal Gene #1

Genre:  Dystopian, Science Fiction

Publisher:  Inked Rabbit Publishing

Setting:  Future, Year: 3228

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

 

 

I think I know why I didn't want to read this one for so long...maybe I just had a feeling that I wouldn't be able to get through this.  Another arc that I shouldn't have even asked for, I need to be more discerning.  I am learning, though, to research a book before I request it.  I also haven't requested much of anything lately, so I guess that counts, too.   I'm also pretty sure my arc is the final copy of the book because it was already released by the time that I received it.  I need to check those sorts of things out before I request a book, too.

 

The story could have been a solid one if the premise was more believable...but I never really understood how the world had gotten to the belief that reincarnation is the same as eternal life or immortality.  Reincarnation is life beginning again not living the one you already have.  I wanted this to clear that up, but it hadn't by the halfway mark, so I just couldn't force myself to go on.   It was that, and the glaring grammatical errors, lines that just didn't make sense, and the characters thoughts and feelings not coming together in a way that felt real to me.  When I realized I was only continuing for the sake of finishing the arc, I had to stop.  

For those that use Chrome Browser...

 

There is an extension you can get from the Chrome Store called Grammarly which is fairly awesome for just the free version.   It has shown me a lot of mistakes that I make frequently.  If you would like to add this, I have a link you can use.

 

Grammarly

 

 

Had to DNF...
Down The Rabbit Hole - Julia Crane

No rating for this one...I just couldn't...

Review
4.5 Stars
A very worthwhile story once you get past the beginning...
If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

 

Book Title:  If There's No Tomorrow

Author:  Jennifer L Armentrout

Genre:  YA, Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Virginia

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  For the first 1/3; 2 for the rest 4 = 4 3/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

If I rated this just from the first third of the book, I would rate closer to a 2-star.  At the 36% mark on kindle, which is right when part II starts, this book became a completely different kind of story. Where the first part is mostly just teenage kids behaving as teenage kids are liable to do.  Permeated with too many conversations between too many characters.  The rest of book is a heartfelt and genuine look at the aftermath of a tragedy, with a sweet romance that has all the feels. 

 

I wholeheartedly recommend this to all teenagers, if I could get my daughters to actually read a book, I would have them read this.  There are some important life lessons in here told in a very compelling way…instead of telling them don't do this, and don't do that…this gives them why of those don'ts.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Of, course!

 

Review
2.5 Stars
Sorry, I'm confused by all the 5-Star Reviews for this...
Midnight Burning (Norse Chronicles) - LLC Red Adept Publishing, Jennifer Fournier, Karissa Laurel
 
Book Title:  Midnight Burning 

Author:  Karissa Laurel

Narration:  Jennifer Fournier

Series:  Norse Chronicles #1

Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Norse Mythology

Publisher:  Red Adept Publishing, LLC

Setting:  Mostly Alaska

Source:   I received audiobook via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  2/5

Secondary Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  1/5

Addictiveness:  2/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.7/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  2/5

Ending:  3/5  Cliffhanger:  Yup!

Steam Factor 0-5:  2

Total:  2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+

 

 

 

This felt like a lot longer than 278 pages on audio.  This was over 10 hours long…10 hours of unlikable characters, lines delivered in the wrong context and an annoyingly done love triangle (or square). 

 

I don't usually get this upset with love triangle's, but this one really irked me.  Solina flip-flopped almost the entire book between Val and Thorin and ran hot and cold in her interactions with each, throughout.  She pushed away then pulled them in and pushed away again.  So much so, that I'm thinking she really likes Skyla instead.  Skyla accused her of having a girl crush, even.   I think the narrator is at fault for how cheesy the lines were delivered, she was not on her game at all.  This could have been a really good story, otherwise, because the Nordic element was an interesting one.  I just couldn't get past my dislike for these characters and the narrator to really listen to it.

 

Will I continue this series?  Nah…I'll pass.

 

 

Review
3.5 Stars
You know that saying keep your friends close and your enemies closer…
13 Minutes - Sarah Pinborough

 

 

Book Title:  13 Minutes

Author:  Sarah Pinborough

Narration:  Rosie Jones

Genre:  YA, Mystery

Setting:  England

Source:  Own Kobo Audiobook

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  2.5/5

Secondary Characters:  2.5/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3.7/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Mystery:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  3/5  Could have been better.

Ending:  4.7/5  Cliffhanger:  nope

Steam Factor 0-5: 4

Total:  3.5/5 STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 

 

The first half of this book reads like Mean Girls, with a British flair, and the second half turned out to be a very clever mystery.  I didn't see it coming, at all.  This is by far, too promiscuous for YA, though.  It has explicit sex scenes between a 16 and a 19-year-old.  That's just eww, between that and the catty little bitch characters, I almost DNF'd this.  I'm glad I didn't, because ultimately, despite not liking any of the characters, this was mostly a worthwhile listen just for the mystery alone. 

 

The narration would have benefited from another narrator, to differentiate between the two different female voices because it was difficult to keep it straight whose head you were in.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Probably not…

 

 

Review
4 Stars
It's difficult to put into words how I felt about this book, but I'll try…
Gun Shy - Lili St. Germain

 

 

Book Title:  Gun Shy

Author:  Lili St. Germain

Genre:  Dark, Suspense, Psychological Thriller

Setting:  Gun Creek, Nevada

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters: 4/5

The Feels:  5/5  5youfuckedwithmyheadSTARS

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  5 (An uncomfortable 5)

Total:  4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

Just when you think that this story has given you all the fucked-up-ness that it can give…it gives you a little more, and then…a little.  Bit.  More.  It was one of the craziest books, if not the craziest book that I've ever read. Period.  The only series that even comes close to this is The Dark DuetGun Shy is a different kind of crazy than that.  

 

It was both compelling and repulsive at the same time.  Oddly enough, it did have its sweet moments.  I don't believe I liked how it ended, though…well, at least parts of the ending.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  I don't know, it depends on my mood, I guess. 

 

 

Review
5 Stars
Define sustain: to give support or relief to; to supply with sustenance : nourish; keep up, prolong...a perfect title for this story.
Sustained (The Legal Briefs Series) - Emma Chase

Book Title:  Sustained

Author:  Emma Chase

Narration:  Sebastian York

Series:  Legal Briefs #2

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Washington D.C.

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5+/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

This is sooooo much better than the first book in this series…I loved this.  Those kids were my undoing, I laughed and I even shed a couple tears for them and Jake and Chelsea were super sweet together.  A good contemporary romance with just the right amount of believable angst…in a word, perfect.

 

Will I continue this series?⇜  I will now, for sure, since this book has completely redeemed this series and Emma Chase for me?

 

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