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
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for Do Not Disturb by A.R. Torre
Do Not Disturb (A Deanna Madden Novel Book 2) - A.R. Torre

Deanna Madden Series #2

 

 

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Psychological Thriller

Romantic Suspense

Erotic Cyber Sex

Darkish

Homicidal Tendencies

 

 

With Audio Performed by Jorjeana Marie

 

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I didn't like this quite as much as the first book but it was still a solid follow-up to The Girl in 6E. Do Not Disturb has stepped up the romance a bit, between Deanna and the UPS guy, Jeremy. Also, we get to know the elusive hacker, Mike, somewhat. There is a new dilemma with a customer of Deanna's who just got out of jail for Rape and is hell-bent on meeting up her, despite telling him repeatedly that she doesn't do that sort of thing. Things escalate quickly, and she has to deal with the consequences of that. All of this is going on while Deanna tries to deal with her need to kill, plus her newfound need to escape her apartment.

 

The ending was definitely missing something for me, things tied up a little too quickly and I still wish this had a male narrator for the male parts of the book...but honestly, Jorjeana Marie does do a stellar job as the voice of Deanna Madden.

 

 

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4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4/5

Narration Performance⇝ 4/5

Characters⇝ 4.8/5

The Feels⇝ 3.8/5

Pacing⇝ 4/5

Addictiveness⇝4.3/5

Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5

Originality⇝ 5/5

Ending⇝ 3.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝ "to be continued"

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Book Cover⇝ It also goes perfectly with the series...

Setting⇝ Mostly Tulsa, OK

Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)

Series Continuation⇝ Yes, No, Maybe or Probably

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Review
4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre
The Girl in 6E - A. R. Torre

 

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Psychological Suspense Thriller
Darkish Mystery
Homicidal Tendencies
Splash of Romance
Erotic Cyber Sex
Will Give You Insight Into the Life of A Cam-Girl 


 

With Audio Performed by Jorjeana Marie

 
 
 
 

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A very different kind of thriller about a twenty-something girl who believes she has homicidal tendencies just like her Mother had.  She also makes a living as a cam-girl on the internet.   Deanna Madden is unlike anyone I've ever read about, she is seriously disturbed, yet absolutely compelling.  The Author has not only researched her topics thoroughly she has also put in meticulous details, that make this story feel genuine.  From her tower of boxes that she has in her apartment from ordering everything she needs online, and having it delivered via UPS to the scandalous, yet oddly educational life of a cam-girl. 

There are two separate stories going on and eventually, they converge into one.  That convergence is when the story really gets interesting.  Jorjeana Marie is perfect for the voice of Deanna but they should have had a male narrator for the male voices, having Jorjeana voice the male parts also, just made this a bit hard to separate them from one another.  Overall, I actually really connected with this, and I wasn't sure that I would.  It is one of these most sexual books I ever read/listen without any actual sex.

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4.7/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Characters⇝ 4.3/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝4.7/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ "to be continued" 
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Book Cover⇝ Very fitting...
Setting⇝ Mostly Tulsa, OK
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
Series Continuation⇝ Yes, No, Maybe or Probably (already started on the 2nd book)
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Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS for No Exit by Taylor Adams
No Exit - William Taylor Adams

 

 

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Unrelenting Suspense
Nail-Biting Thriller
Stranded in a Snow Storm
Colorado Rockies
Totally Twisted

 
 

With Narration Performed by Sarah Naughton

 
 
 
 
 

 

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Stranded at a Colorado rest stop with a would-be child kidnapper...in a hella snow storm.  Turns out this makes for a crazy suspenseful story.  With so many twists and turns, it made for an un-stoppable listen.  Sadly, though...for me...I felt like it just went on and on, and I started to lose interest in the MC's struggle to survive.  So much so that I had to rewind and re-listen to the last part of the story to see how it all played out.  I mean, ultimately, I was still invested in the overall story.  I do, however, believe that this could make for an excellent movie.

 

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4STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4/5 
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4.2/5
Pacing⇝ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝ Kind of overplayed...but it goes with the story, actually.
Setting⇝ Colorada
Source⇝ Audible Audiobook
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Review
3.5 Stars
3 Out Of 5 STARS for Freefall by Jessica Barry
Freefall - Jessica Barry

 

 

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Survivor Story
Airplane Crash
Mystery Suspense
Flashbacks
Dual POV's


 

 

With Narration Performed by Hilary Huber, Karissa Vacker and Macleod Andrews

 
 
 
 

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I couldn't really connect with the characters and I believe it's totally due to the narration...I don't know why this happens in audiobooks, but when a lot of the story is told in flashbacks, you need a way to let the listener know when you're changing from present to past...I'm not sure what needs to be done, sometimes a narrator can change their voice subtly to let you know...or at the least, you could have a significant pause before you jump from one to the other.  Whether this is the fault of the producer, the Author or the Narrator, something has to be done about this.  
 
Sadly, I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on, and this could have been something I really would have liked otherwise...as it is...I thought it was an okay listen.  Despite this, the other two narrators (Vacker and Andrews) were fairly good. But overall, this lacked something for me...from the lackluster mystery to the overly slow reveals, I just wasn't that into it...
 

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3STARS - GRADE=C

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 3.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3/5
Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝ 2/5
Pacing⇝ 2.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.7/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 3.8/5 Cliffanger⇝ Nope. 
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Book Cover⇝  It's Blue...I like Blue and if you look closely you can see some clouds.  I like the cover more than the story...
Setting⇝ The Rocky Mountains, California, and Maine
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
4.5 Stars
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
All Is Not Forgotten - Wendy   Walker

 

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Unreliable Narrator
A Story w/Layers
Mystery Thriller
Rape/Dark Themes
Betrayals
 

With Narration by Dylan Baker




 
 
 
 

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Wow, this one was difficult to listen too...especially in the beginning.  It paints the picture of a horrendous rape...both sickening and heart-breaking.  But if you can get past that, you should be able to listen to the entire story...and what a fucked-up story it is.  A multi-layered story that is so much more than what it appears to be, with all these loose ends waiting to be tied up.

I was wondering before I even started this, why does it have a male narrator...I thought it was from Jenny's pov...but it's not.  You should have a guess of who the narrator is fairly quickly...and if you don't, it is revealed by the end of Chapter 5.  This book made me feel...all sorts of feels, actually.  From disgust to sadness, to hope and to something like incredulity, the ending was really something.

 

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.3/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.2/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Originality⇝ 4.5/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's Perfect for the story.
Setting⇝ Fairview, CT
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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January Re-Cap
Devils Unto Dust - Emma Berquist Long Live The Beautiful Hearts - Emma Scott You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes Sugar & Gold - Emma Scott Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel Bright Ruin  - Vic James Everything Unexpected - Caroline O'Nolan All These Beautiful Strangers - Elizabeth Klehfoth Sadie - Courtney Summers Roomies - Christina Lauren

Plus...

 

The month of January was a decent reading month for me overall.  Lots of crappy/cold weather that kept me homebound, well, other than going to work.  I was able to get a decent amount of reading/listening in.

 

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{Audio} Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

 

Highlights Include:  

Zombie-like Creatures

Alternate History

Young Adult

 

Finish Date:  01/01

2.5STARS - GRADE=D+

 

 

 

{Netgalley eARC} Long Live the Beautiful Hearts by Emma Scott

 

Highlights Include:

Contemporary Romance

Wonderful Characters

A Favorite Author

Part 2 Of A Duology

 

Finish Date:  05/05

5+STARS - GRADE=A++

 

 

 

 

{Audio} You by Caroline Kepnes

 

Highlights Include:

JOE

Mouth-Dropping Moments

Sex-Plicit

 

Finish Date:  01/06

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

{Audio} Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott

 

Highlights Include:

Adult Contemporary Romance

Sexually Explicit Scenes (possibly a few too many)

Splash of Supernatural Elements

One of my Favorite Authors

 

Finish Date: 01/10

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

 

{Audio} Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

 

Highlights Include:

Giant Robots

Science Fiction w/Aliens

Life On Another Planet

Existential Elements

A Satisfying Ending

Full-Cast Narration

 

Finish Date: 01/13

5STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

{Audio} Bright Ruin by Vic James

 

Highlights Include:

Alternate/Dystopian-ish Society

Magic

Fantastical Elements

Intrigue

Good Triumphing Over Evil

A Small Splash of Romance

 

Finish Date: 01/17

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

{Kindle eBook} Everything Unexpected by Caroline Nolan

 

 

Highlights Include:

Adult Contemporary Romance

Friends to Lovers 

The heroine has the same name as ME! 

My second book by this Author

 

Finish Date: 01/19

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 

 

{Audio} All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth

 

Highlights Include:

Young Adult Contemporary

Pretty Little Liars Vibe

Boarding School Secret Society

Multi-Layered Mystery

Psychological Thriller

Three different Narrators

Stand-Alone

 

Finish Date: 01/22

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

{Audio} Sadie by Courtney Summers

 

Highlights Include:

Full-Cast Narration

Mystery

Revenge

Substance Abuse

YA Contemporary

Unique Format

 

Finish Date: 01/24

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

 

{Audio} Roomies by Christina Lauren

 

Highlights Include:

Let's Get Married then Fall In Love

Irish Hero

Musically Influenced

Rom-Com

New-to-Me Author

Sex-Plicit

 

Finish Date: 01/27

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

 

{Audio} Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

 

Highlights Include:

Present Day Interspersed With Historical Flashbacks

Pilgrims of Plymouth History

Mermaids

Cursed Ghosts

An Evil Sea Hag

Doomed Romance

 

Finish Date: 01/30

3STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

 

{Kindle eBook} Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

 

Highlights Include:

Adventure in Deep Space

Diverse Cast of Characters

Dystopian-ish

Horror-if-ic

YA Romance

A Stand-Alone

 

Finish Date: 01/31

3.3STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 

 

 

Plus One DNf @ 75%

 

 

 

 

JANUARY'S TOTAL BOOKS READ IS 13

 

 

10 Audiobooks

2 Kindle eBooks

& 1 Netgalley eARC

MY TOTAL # of pages read (including Audio) is 4,743

 

With Best Cover Going To...

 

 

 

 

Review
3.5 Stars
3.3 Out Of 5 STARS for Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
Pitch Dark - Courtney Alameda

 

 

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Adventure in Deep Space
Diverse Cast of Characters
Dystopian-ish
Horror-if-ic
YA Romance
A Stand-Alone
 
 
 
 
 

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If only I could have listened to an audiobook of this...I believe I could have liked this a little more.  Of course, it would need to be the right narrator, especially for Laura's POV.  Someone who can pull off an authentic Spanish accent.  Plus, I prefer Science Fiction in Audio format. 

I mostly liked the characters and I liked the overall story (well, some of it anyway) and the atmosphere created, it was downright scary and gruesome at times.  A glossary of words used in this futuristic world would have been appreciated too because sometimes I was stumped on what some things were.  Sadly, that sort of thing just pulls you out of the story and lessens one's enjoyment of the story, overall.  That coupled with the difficult to follow action scenes and the lackluster ending is what brought my rating down.

 

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3.3STARS - GRADE=B-

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 3.8/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝ 3.5/5
Pacing⇝ 3.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 2.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 3.8/5
Ending⇝ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝  Love it...
Setting⇝ Deep Space
Source⇝ Kindle eBook (Library)
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Review
3 Stars
3 Out Of 5 STARS for Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Monstrous Beauty - Elizabeth Fama

  

 

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Present Day Interspersed With Historical Flashbacks
Pilgrims of Plymouth History
Mermaids
Cursed Ghosts
An Evil Sea Hag
Doomed Romance
 
 
 

With Narration by Katherine Kellgren

 
 
 

 

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I'm fairly certain the reason I was never able to fully immerse myself in this story is due to the narration by Katherine Kellgren.  I didn't like her accent, it felt all wrong to me and I couldn't tell if the story was in the present tense or the past tense, most of the time. 

The story feels like it is well researched as far as the history of the pilgrims and the religious beliefs of the time, and I enjoyed that aspect as well as dark themes and the violent outcomes.  Sadly, though, I didn't feel the connection/romance between Ezra and Syrenka or Ezra and Hester...and maybe that's due to the narration or maybe it's not.  This could be one of those books that would be better to read rather than listening.

 

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3STARS - GRADE=C

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 3/5 
Narration Performance⇝ 2/5
Main Characters⇝ 3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝ 2/5
Pacing⇝ 3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.8/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 2.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝ Eerily Beautiful
Setting⇝ Plymouth, MA
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
4 Stars
4 Out Of 5 STARS Roomies by Christina Lauren
Roomies - Christina Lauren

 

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Let's Get Married then Fall In Love
Irish Hero
Musically Influenced
Rom-Com
New-to-Me Author
Sex-Plicit
 
 
 
 

With Narration Performed by K.C. Sheridan



 
 

 

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Set against a New York City backdrop, and immersed in the theatre of performing arts, this sweetly endearing story is just the type of book to delve into when you've been reading a lot of weighty type stories.  With just the right amount of funny added to an engaging romance and easily likable characters.   Is it the type of book you'll remember forever?  Possibly not...but that doesn't mean it isn't a worthwhile read/listen.  The narration was excellently performed by K.C. Sheridan.

 

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4STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 3.8/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
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)⇝ 4.5/5
Ending⇝ 3.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝  It fits the story well.
Setting⇝ New York City
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
4.5 Stars
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS for Sadie by Courtney Summers
Sadie - Courtney Summers

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Full-Cast Narration
A New-to-Me Author
Mystery
Revenge
Substance Abuse
YA Contemporary
Unique Format
 

With a Full-Cast Narration including Dan Bittner, Fred Berman, Gabra Zackman and Rebecca Solar as Sadie.

 
 
 
 
 

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The unique format with the Podcast interspersed with Sadie's POV makes it perfect for Audio, in fact, I would suggest you listen to this because, with the full-cast narration, it begs to be listened to.  Many reviews for this will tell you this is one of those difficult to read stories, and I'm not saying that it isn't, only that it deals with these elements in a way that isn't quite so traumatizing as it could be.

Sadie's life is a bleak existence, what with her stutter and her drug and alcohol addicted Mother, she did not have it easy in life.  Mattie was her salvation and her reason for living...when she is killed...she finds it difficult to go on.  So she sets out on the road...to kill a man.  Ultimately Sadie's haunting story left me feeling saddened but hopeful...hopeful, at least, for a better ending than what she's been given by the Author, anyway.


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4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 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
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really a cliffhanger...just kinda an open-ended ending.
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Book Cover⇝  Meh...it's not bad.
Setting⇝ Cold Creek, Montgomery, and a few other places...
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
4.5 Stars
4.3 Out of 5 Stars for All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth
All These Beautiful Strangers - Elizabeth Klehfoth

 

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Young Adult Contemporary
Pretty Little Liars Vibe
Boarding School Secret Society
Multi-Layered Mystery
Psychological Thriller
Three different Narrators
Stand-Alone

 

 
 

With Narration performed by Caitlin Kelley, Xe Sands, and Greg Tremblay

 

 
 
 
 
 

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A cleverly written mystery that has the vibe of Pretty Little Liars complete with those moments where you think... "that only happens on TV". Despite that, it was a compelling read/listen.  Told in alternating POV's between Charlie, her Mom (Grace) and her Dad (Alistair).  The story unfolds with Charlie in the present day and her Mom and Dad in the past.  The mystery unfolds slowly and deliberately and that ending...that ending was f*cken perfect.

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Characters⇝ 4.2/5
The Feels⇝ 4.2/5
Pacing⇝ 4.2/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's fine, but it only sort of fits the story...
Setting⇝ New Hampshire...mostly
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
3.5 Stars
Everything Unexpected by Caroline Nolan
Everything Unexpected - Caroline O'Nolan
 
 

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Adult Contemporary Romance
Friends to Lovers 
The heroine has the same name as ME! 
My second book by this Author
 
 
 
 
 

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A few too many well-known and well-used tropes...namely the friends to lovers and oops I'm pregnant.  Despite that, the characters are cute and even relatable at times.  The writing is good and if you're in the mood for an easy-going and not overly wrought with emotion type of romantic read, this could be the perfect fit.

 

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3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 3.7/5
Main Characters⇝ 3.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3.7/5
The Feels⇝ 3/5
Pacing⇝ 3.8/5
Addictiveness⇝3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 3.5/5
Ending⇝ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝  It's kinda cute...
Setting⇝ Florida
Source⇝ Own Kindle eBook
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Review
4.5 Stars
Bright Ruin by Vic James
Bright Ruin  - Vic James

 

Book #3 in the Dark Gifts Trilogy 

 

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Alternate/Dystopian-ish Society
Magic
Fantastical Elements
Intrigue
Good Triumphing Over Evil
A Small Splish of Romance

Audiobook Narrated by Evita Jay
 

 

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What can I say...that was a satisfying ending to an intriguing series.  While I found the first book in this series hard to decipher with all the ginormous words that I never heard before being thrown around like everyday language,  I honestly didn't know if I would continue the series.  That is until I tried the Audio version with book #2.  With the easy to understand narration from Evita Jay, I found a way to like this sesquipedalian*writing style of Vic James.

The unique alternative slash dystopian-ish modern day British setting and the captivating characters...from the good to the bad and the completely unusual made this possible for me to really get into the story, despite being confused at times.  The ending was unexpected, but it completely worked.

*I totally looked that word up...and I think I used it correctly.
 

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☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-
 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.3/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.8/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.8/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝  It's amazing...
Setting⇝ An Alternate Britain
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Review
5 Stars
Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel

Book #3 in the Themis Files

 

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Giant Robots
Science Fiction w/Aliens
Living on another Planet
Existential Elements
A Satisfying Epilogue
Full-Cast Narration
 
 
 
Full-Cast Narration including, but not limited to; William Hope, Charlie Anson, Laurence Bouvard, Adna Sablylich, Laura Kirmen & Sylvain Neuvel
 
 
 
 
 

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Loved it on Audio, and I knew I would...With Full-Cast narration, it totally rocks.  If you've ever thought about trying out an Audiobook, this is good series to start with, the only issue may be that it could you spoil you for most books which only have one, maybe two, narrators.  I read an ARC of this earlier in 2018 and my review can be seen here.


 A Bookish Obsession Favorite 

 

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☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+
 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 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
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ Fantastic
Setting⇝ Earth and Esat Ekt
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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2 Stars
Ugh...
Those who knew - Idra Novey

I only had about a quarter of this Audiobook yet to listen too...and realized I wasn't really paying attention to it anymore and didn't care...not one bit, where it was going.  So I stopped my self-imposed torture.  Since I only gave this a try, in the first place, because it fulfilled a reading challenge, anyway.

 

Overall, I think it was a little too smartly written for me...or it was just too confusing.   Actually, I think know it's both these factors.  I also have no clue if this is a dystopian future (because some call it that) or an alternate reality...I kind of think it's some of each or maybe neither.  I would mostly categorize this as weird, and also, not my cuppa.  But seriously, it's obviously well liked by many...so don't necessarily take my word for it.

Review
4 Stars
Book #2 in the Dreamcatcher Series
Sugar & Gold - Emma Scott

 

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Series can be read out of order

Adult Contemporary Romance

Sexually Explicit Scenes (possibly a few too many)

Splash of Supernatural Elements

One of my Favorite Authors

 

 

With Audiobook Narration Performed by Caitlin Kelly & Joe Arden

 

 

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While not one of my favorite Emma Scott books, it still is one that I thoroughly enjoyed.  She has a way of making a story come to life with purpose, and her characters are always so genuine.  The supernatural elements of this were portrayed with that same genuineness, making them feel possible in real life. 

 

I probably should have read this over listening, though, because sadly, the narration just didn't do it for me. Joe Arden didn't feel like the right fit for the Nikolaus...I think he made him sound older than he was supposed to be.  For Fiona, I believe Caitlin Kelley was the right fit, I just didn't like her male voices, way too gruff and fake-ish.  This is why I can't stress enough the importance of picking the right narrators for a story, and making sure they not only pronounce the names and places right but also give the characters the right modulation in the way you envisioned them to be.

 

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4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

 

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Plot⇝ 4.2/5 
Narration Performance⇝ 3/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.5/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 3.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝  It's okay...ish
Setting⇝ Savannah
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
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