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
A memoir about apple farming and all the pesticide woes...
The Orchard: A Memoir - Theresa Weir

 

 

Book Title:  The Orchard

Author:  Theresa Weir

Narration:  Ellen Archer

Genre:  Memoirs

Setting:  Iowa (I think)

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  3.5/5 

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  1

Total: 3.5/5 - GRADE = B-

 

 

 

 

I don't read much non fiction…I only decided to read this because of a reading challenge, it was also a short listen and the library had it on audio, so it was winner in that aspect…because it didn't suck. 

 

Overall, there are some aspects to this story that could have been done differently to make the story more interesting, like some unfinished thoughts and glossed over parts of her life, that could have been explored more.  It's also told in a really somber voice that I never fully connected to, at least not until the very end, and seriously, something about the ending just clicked with me.  I believe it was the situation with her mother-in-law-from-hell that she had going on, I can relate, after all.  I even teared up, a little.

 

Will I read more from this author?  I don't know, most likely not.  I even own a book by her on my kindle…it was freebie.

 

Review
4 Stars
A Twisted Affair...
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson

Book Title:  The Kind Worth Killing

Author:  Peter Swanson

Narration:  Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early & Keith Szarabajka

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, Suspense Thriller

Setting:  Maine & Massachusetts

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  3.7/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger: ???

Total: 4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

The Kind Worth Killing is soooo twisty, just when you think you know where it's going, it veers off and totally does like a 180 on you.  It did this more than once, actually.  I really liked this, despite feeling that it may be a tad not-my-style, even though my style is constantly changing, especially lately. 

 

Will I read more from this Author⇜  I really have no clue…this time last year I would have never even thought of reading this.

 

Review
3 Stars
Clueless in San Francisco...
The Pact - Karina Halle

 

 

Book Title:  The Pact

Author:  Karina Halle

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Friends to Lovers

Setting:  San Francisco, CA

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  2.5/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  2.7/5

Theme or Tone:  2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  2.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total:  2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

This book drove me insane…like, not right away, but about 1/3 of the way in and I was just…ugh.  I felt like this was just made up drama, that would never play out like this in real life, just for the purpose of juicy story.  I don't believe anyone wants somebody that intensely and pushes them away with that same intensity.  And over a complete douchebag of a friend.  Seriously! 

 

Bbbuuttttt……I have to give Karina Halle some credit, because she can write some sex scenes…like holy hotness, with just the right amount of sizzle and no lame-ass words for body parts here…so…I'm torn... (continued below)

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  …should I read more by her?  I mean, are her other books less over-the-top dramatic?  Please tell me?

 

Review
3 Stars
I guessed the ending, especially after my daughter clued me into it…
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

Book Title:  Everything, Everything

Author:  Nicola Yoon

Narration:  Bahni Turpin & Robbie Daymond

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  YA, Realistic Fiction

Setting:  LA, California & Maui, Hawaii

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Originality:  3/5

Book Cover:  3/5 for the movie tie-in edition…but, the OG cover is way prettier.

Narration:  5/5  I really liked the full cast narration.

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total:  3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Everything, Everything is a very quick read/listen…so quick that I couldn't be upset with anything, not really, but I also didn't find any of it to be all that real, or heartfelt.  They were cute characters, at least the two main characters, already can't remember what their names are.  The romance between them was very sweet.  This book…while not everything it was…something, I guess.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Meh…

 

 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
One of the best covers…ever!
The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell

 

Book Title:  The Last Magician

Author:  Lisa Maxwell

Narration:  Candace Thaxton

Series:  Book 1 of a duology, I think…

Genre:  Magic, Historical, Time Travel

Setting:  New York --Past and Present

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  4.2/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  

Backdrop (World Building):  4.8/5

Fantasy Elements:  4.8/5

Book Cover:  5+/5  Love it…

Narration:  4/5 She's not bad, just bad for me, I think…

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes…and I didn't even know it was a duology

Total:  4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I think I would have liked this even more than I did, if I had read it…I don't know if it just the narrator that I didn't like, or something else.  I only took a little off for that, though, because The Magician is addictively entertaining.  A time traveling, magic wielding, good time.  The history, the splashes of romance and the intrigue make this a very worthwhile read.

 

Will I continue this series Yes, I totally will…I just wish it had a different narrator.

 

Review
4.5 Stars
Pure madness, Chick- Lit with an edge…
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito

 

 

Book Title:  Mad

Author:  Chloe Esposito

Narration:  Emily Atack

Series:  Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Genre:  Humor, Mystery, Dark Chick Lit

Setting:  London & Sicily

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.7/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style): 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  pretty much does…

Total:  4.3/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

Alvina may have the female version of a famous chipmunk for a name…but you should not underestimate her.  She's a lively, seriously funny, albeit slutty, take-no-shit from anybody kind of woman.  She can swear like a sailor…she puts me to shame, even.  She's really not very likable…and yet I found myself somehow liking her anyway…it might have a lot to do with her wicked sense of humor. 

 

Alvina is actually brought to life in the audio version.  Emily Atack can tell a story, she even had a way of speaking in a lower, subdued voice when she spoke the inner dialogue, that was fantastically done.  Usually, with most narrators, I have a difficult time telling if something is said out loud or if it's inner dialogue, when listening on audio. 

 

 

Will I continue this series I will try…another audio added to my tbr.

 

Review
4 Stars
This book has me wondering; what it's really like for the movers and the shakers' children in Washington DC???
The Fixer - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 

Book Title:  The Fixer

Author:  Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series:  The Fixer #1

Genre:  YA, Mystery

Setting:  Washington DC

Source: Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.2/5 Cliffhanger: Not so much…but it's not the end of this storyline.

Total:  3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Seriously though, high school is difficult enough without that kind of pressure added to it. I loved this Author's other series The Naturals, but this first book in The Fixer series has left me underwhelmed and missing that thrill…although, it still has her whip smart style of writing.  Maybe, political intrigue isn't what I'm into right now.  Politics, in general, ugh…need I say more?  Not that this book chooses one side/party or opinion over another, it does really good job of staying neutral, which is very astute of Ms. Barnes.

 

Will I continue this series It's still quite possible…but neither of my library's have it right now.

 

Review
4 Stars
The bond of sisterhood…made even stronger with some hella secrets
Those Girls: A Novel - Chevy Stevens

Book Title:  Those Girls

Author:  Chevy Stevens

Narration:  Jorjeanna Marie, Emily Woo Zeller, Nicol Zanzarella

Genre:  Mystery, Suspense Thriller

Setting:  Vancouver & Bear Creek, Canada

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.5/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.3/5

Theme or Tone:  3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4.3/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total:  4/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Honestly, the shit that happens to these three sisters is hard to believe at times.  So, if you look at this book from a standpoint of believability, I would probably only give it about 3 Stars…but it's ultimate message of the bond of sisters and finding the strength to carry on; even when life is trying to make that impossible, is what ultimately saved it.  That…and it has a lot of non-stop nail biting action, that had me hooked till the end.  I was literally screaming at my radio while listening to this, especially, in that final hour or so.

 

Will I read more from this Author  It's possible…

 

Review
0 Stars
DNF...
Please Pretty Lights - Ina Zajac

You ever have that, where you start reading a book and it's going okay-ish for the first couple of chapters.  Then, poof, just like that...it's like the author stopped editing after that point and the whole story just falls apart...that's what this book did.  The whole damn book just fell apart for me.  I had to stop.

 

No Rating...I only read about 20%.

Review
5 Stars
Caitlin Davies is exceptional in her narration as Penryn...
Angelfall - Susan Ee

 

 

Book Title:  Angelfall

Author:  Susan Ee

Narration:  Caitlin Davies

Series:  Penryn and the End of Days #1

Genre:  YA, Angels, Apocalypse, Romance

Setting:  San Francisco, CA

Source:  Own Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

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

Originality:  5+/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued…

Total:  5+/5 STARS - Grade=A+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

Angelfall was one of the first books I purchased and read on my kindle…I took a chance on this back in December of 2011, knowing absolutely nothing about it, I think it was priced at 99Cents and I remember thinking while I was reading this…this is really good…a lot better than the last book I had gotten (whatever that one was).  To this day, it's still the best Angel book I've ever read.  I think that's because of it's unique storyline of an Angel Apocalypse.  Also, maybe a little to do with a hot brooding Angel (Raffe) and a kick-ass heroine (Penryn).

 

 

Will I continue this series⇜  I purchased all of the audiobooks for this for 1.99 a piece because I already own the eBooks, so yeah, I'm going to continue listening to them all.

 

 

Definitely my best reading month that I've had all summer...August Recap
Till Death - Jennifer L. Armentrout Berserker - Emmy Laybourne Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman Bounce: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August Our Dark Duet - Victoria Schwab Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller The Animal Under The Fur - E.J. Mellow, Dori Harrell I'll Meet You There - Heather Demetrios Angelfall - Susan Ee Those Girls - Chevy Stevens

August has been an awesome month for me book wise I read 3 new favorites, including I'll Meet You There (phenomenal btw), Gemina and Daughter of the Pirate King.  I also listened (re-read but on audio) to a fav from a while ago with Angelfall.  I only read one e-ARC from Netgalley, and that's disappointing...I just haven't wanted to read those, lately.

 

The Books 

 

(Audiobook) Till Death by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  08/04

3.7 STARS - Grade=B

 

(e-ARC) Berserker by Emmy Laybourne

Finish Date:  08/05

3.8 STARS - Grade=B

 

(Both Hardcover/eBook) Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Finish Date:  08/09

5+ STARS - A+

 

(Audiobook) Bounce by Noelle August

Finish Date:  08/10

4.2 STARS - Grade=B+

 

(Audiobook) Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Finish Date:  08/16

3.5 STARS - Grade=B-

 

(Audiobook) Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Finish Date:  08/18

5/5 STARS - A+

 

(eBook) The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow

Finish Date:  08/19

3.7/5 STARS - B

 

(eBook) I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Finish Date:  08/23

5+/5 STARS - A+

 

(Audiobook) Angelfall by Susan Ee

Finish Date:  08/23

5+/5 STARS - A+

 

(Audiobook) Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Finish Date:  08/29

4/5 STARS - B+

 

10 Books Total 4,093 Pages (including Audio's)

6 Audiobooks, 1 Hardcover/eBook, 2 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley eARC.

 

 

 

Review
5 Stars
Aww...this book was so good! ☼☾☆ The Sun, Moon and all the Stars...
I'll Meet You There - Heather Demetrios

 

 

Book Title:  I'll Meet You There

Author:  Heather Demetrios

Genre:  Realistic Fiction, YA

Setting:  Creek View, California

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

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

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total:  5+/5 STARS or A+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Compulsively readable, and completely absorbing.  Skylar and Josh's Story is now one of my favorites.  I wanted to be reading this all the time, even if I only had like 60 seconds where I could read, I would be reading this, it was that good.  This story just felt so authentic, and so moving.  Just read it, Okay!!!

 

Will I read more from this Author⇜   I now want to read everything that Heather Demetrios has written and will write.

 

Review
4 Stars
The Animal Under the Fur…while not issue free…still a mostly likable romance.
The Animal Under The Fur - E.J. Mellow, Dori Harrell

 

 

Book Title:  The Animal Under the Fur

Author:  E.J. Mellow

Genre:  Action Romance

Setting:  Mostly Mexico

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.7/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters: 4/5

The Feels: 4/5

Addictiveness: 3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality: 4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger: No

Total: 3.7/5 Stars

 

 

My Thoughts

 

This started out feeling cheesy in the beginning, but once I was into the book a little more, it just kind of clicked and felt, Idk, less cheesy, I guess.  I actually started to like Nashville & Carter, they do make a good team.  The romance between them is a slow-burning one and felt real.  I'm actually on the fence about the A+ abilities that the heroine has.  They just came off as kind of unbelievable and unfortunately, the story is primarily focused on these abilities.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Maybe…

 

Review
5 Stars
A very worthwhile pirate tale...
Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller

 

 

Book Title:  Daughter of the Pirate King

Author:  Tricia Levenseller

Narration:  Marisa Calin

Series:  Daughter of the Pirate King #1

Genre:  YA, Romance, Pirates, Mythology

Setting:  On a ship at Sea, mostly

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

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):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  a to be continued…

Total:  5/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

An entertaining, and easily one of the best Pirate stories; I've ever read.  I pictured Alosa, the feisty MC to look like a redheaded Keira Knightley, which is due to the narrator sounding just like her.  Seriously, the accent and tone was a dead-on match to Elizabeth Swann.  Throw in an excellent cast of characters, a mysterious treasure hunt, and some mythology in the form of Sirens and you got yourself a surprising likable pirate story.

 

Will I continue this seriesYes, most certainly…

 

Review
3.5 Stars
For me...this wasn't the follow-up I expected...
Our Dark Duet  (Monsters of Verity series, Book 2) - Victoria Schwab
 

Title:  Our Dark Duet

Author:  Victoria Schwab

Narration:  Therese Plummer

Series:  This Savage Song #2

Genre:  Fantasy, Dystopian, YA

Setting:  Verity & Prosperity

Source:  Audible Audiobook

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.3/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Total:  3.5/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I loved and devoured This Savage Song, and I wanted to love this too…but…I just couldn't do so.  Too many characters to keep track of and a less than stellar plotline bogged this down.  It just ended up leaving me confused I even tried rewinding and relistening and I still couldn't stay in the story...and don't even get me started on that ending.  

 

Will I read more from this Author⇜  Since I already own some of her stuff, I'm sure that I will…

 

Review
4 Stars
While not quite as good as Boomerang, Bounce is still pretty sweet...
Bounce: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August

Book Title:  Bounce

Author:  Noelle August

Narration:  Conner Kelly-Eiding & Adam Conner

Series:  Boomerang #3

Genre:  New Adult

Setting:  California

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  2/5 It's just not right.

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.8/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Total:  4.2/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

I really liked Gray and Skylar, loved that they had a age difference with the girl older than the guy.  After all, this is something I can get behind, since I'm six years older than my husband.  I will recommend this series as a whole, just on quick wit alone, that is Noelle August, aka writing team Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger.  They have a writing style that is fresh and engaging.  That's not bogged down with an over abundance of overly descriptive sex scenes.  I just wish they had more for me to read.

 

Will I read more from this AuthorYes, I would.  I'm wondering if I would like Veronica Rossi's YA stuff now???

 

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