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

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When We Caught Fire

Anna Godbersen

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

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

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

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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

 

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

 

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

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.7/5

Originality~ 4.2/5

Ending~ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger~ Nah…

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Book Cover~ It's incendiary…

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

Setting~ Chicago 1871

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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Halloween Bingo Update #13

My 20th Book Read is for Shifters Square

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  Pack by Mike Bockoven

 

My 21st Book Read is for Modern Noir Square

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  The Last Town by Blake Crouch

 

 

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

 

My Called and Read Cards

 

 

 

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

 

MY BINGO CARD

 

 

 

 

SQUARES CALLED:


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

9/7- New Release

9/9- Southern Gothic

9/11- Terrifying Women

9/13- A Grimm Tale

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

9/17- Creepy Carnivals

9/19- Relics and Curiosities

9/21- Diverse Voices

9/23- Murder Most Foul

9/25- Amateur Sleuth

9/27- Genre: Suspense

9/29- Supernatural

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

10/7- 13

10/9- Terror in a Small Town

10/11- Darkest London

10/13- Gothic

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

10/17- Fear The Drowning Deep

 

 

 

 

MY BOOKS READ, NOT CALLED:

 

 

1~ Contagion by Erin Bowman (Dead Lands)

2~ Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher (Romantic Suspense)

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

 

 

 

 

MY BOOKS CALLED AND READ:

 

Free Space:  Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

New Release:  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

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

Terrifying Women:  City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

A Grimm Tale:  

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

Southern Gothic:  Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Creepy Carnivals:  Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Relics and Curiosities:  The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

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

Ghost Stories:  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Doomsday:  In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Supernatural:  Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

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

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

Darkest London:  Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Diverse Voices:  Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Gothic:  Alice by Christina Henry

Terror in a Small Town:  Wayward by Blake Crouch

Fear the Drowning Deep:  Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Shifters:  Pack by Mike Bockoven

 

 

 

 

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

 

Review
4.5 Stars
Are we, as in humans, headed in this direction???
The Last Town - Blake Crouch

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Wayward Pines Series

Blake Crouch

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The plot surrounds Secret Service agent Ethan Burke's introduction to the remote small town of Wayward Pines, his new home from which he cannot escape. The mysteries and horrors of the town build until Ethan discovers its secret. Then he must do his part to keep Wayward Pines protected from without and within.

 

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~MY QUICKIE (and non-spoiler) REVIEW~

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A very mysterious, uniquely done creepy-scary scenario with scy-fy and dystopian-ish elements, this trilogy is a must-read. I loved it, despite certain aspects confusing the heck out of me…I'm inclined to believe that's on me, more than the writing, though.  And geez-louise, what an ending...

 

If you don't know much about this series…you should keep it that way…and dive in.  Seriously, just do it.  The narration is excellently done for one-person narration. 

 

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~MY RATING~

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 4.7/5

Main Characters~4.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.5/5  Cliffhanger~ Well…

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Book Cover~ Meh…

Narration~4.5 for Paul Garcia

Series~ Wayward Pines #3

Setting~ Wayward Pines

Source~ I Own Audible Audiobook

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I used this for Modern Noir Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

Review
3.5 Stars
Hush little baby, don't say a word and never mind that noise you heard...it's just a beast under your bed...in your closet, in your head.
Pack - Mike Bockoven

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Pack

Mike Bockoven

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Cherry, Nebraska, population 312, is just off the highway between the sticks and the boonies. It’s where Dave Rhodes and his friends have lived all their lives. They own businesses, raise families, pay taxes, deal with odd neighbors, and, once or twice a month--just like their fathers before them--transform into wolves.

 

It’s not a bad life, but when one of the group members goes astray, it sets in motion a series of events that will threaten to destroy the delicate balance that has kept Dave and his clan off the radar. Between a son getting ready for his first transformation--called The Scratch--a wife with sordid secrets, a new sheriff who knows nothing of the creatures in his midst, and a mysterious man in a bow tie with a shady agenda, the middle of nowhere is about to get very dangerous.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I don't like most of the Shifters novels out there, but this one is different.  I like that it was different.  This felt like it came from the real-world with a supplement of paranormal elements…rather than coming from the paranormal world supplemented with real-world elements.  If that makes sense…it's also very graphic, especially the shifting scenes. 

 

Overall though, I felt like it lacked heart, or maybe it just needed a tad less testosterone…I'm not really sure.  Also, there are a few plot inconsistencies where things didn't get fully explained.  Other than that, while not as terrific as Fantasticland, Pack is still a mostly enjoyable listen.  The dialogue was easily digestible and well done in Audio format, but it would have been even better with additional narrators.   Oh yeah, there is also a shout-out to Metallica...gotta love that.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.3STARS - GRADE=B-

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Plot~ 3/5

Characters~ 3.3/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 3.2/5

Addictiveness~ 3.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3.2/5 Cliffhanger~ hmmm…sort of…

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Book Cover~ Love it!

Narration~ 4 for Peter Simonelli, he wasn't half bad…I just wasn't really into his exceptionally deep voice.

Setting~ Cherry, Nebraska

Source~ I Own Audible Audiobook

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I used this for Shifters Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

Halloween Bingo Update #12

My 19th Book Read is for Terror in a Small Town

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  Wayward by Blake Crouch

 

 

I'm also so happy that I figured out that the Wayward Pines Series is considered Neo-Noir, so I can finish the series with The Last Town and use it for Modern Noir Square.

 

My Called And Read

 

 

 

 

I have another Bingo...#2 

 

Books Used for Bingo:

 

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

Terror in a Small Town:  Wayward by Blake Crouch

A Grimm Tale:  

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

Supernatural:  Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Relics and Curiosities:  The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

 

 

My Bingo Card

 

 

 

SQUARES CALLED:


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

9/7- New Release

9/9- Southern Gothic

9/11- Terrifying Women

9/13- A Grimm Tale

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

9/17- Creepy Carnivals

9/19- Relics and Curiosities

9/21- Diverse Voices

9/23- Murder Most Foul

9/25- Amateur Sleuth

9/27- Genre: Suspense

9/29- Supernatural

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

10/7- 13

10/9- Terror in a Small Town

10/11- Darkest London

10/13- Gothic

 

 

 

 

MY BOOKS READ, NOT CALLED:

 

 

1~ Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Fear the Drowning Deep)

2~ Contagion by Erin Bowman (Dead Lands)

3~ Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher (Romantic Suspense)

 

 

 

 

MY BOOKS CALLED AND READ:

 

Free Space:  Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

New Release:  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

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

Terrifying Women:  City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

A Grimm Tale:  

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

Southern Gothic:  Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Creepy Carnivals:  Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Relics and Curiosities:  The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

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

Ghost Stories:  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Doomsday:  In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Supernatural:  Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

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

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

Darkest London:  Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Diverse Voices:  Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Gothic:  Alice by Christina Henry

Terror in a Small Town:  Wayward by Blake Crouch

 

 

 

 

My Currently Reading:

 

I'm listening to Pack for Mike Bockoven for Shifters Square

 

 

 

Review
4.5 Stars
WTF...this series just keeps getting better, while others did not...I felt this second book surpassed the first.
Wayward (The Wayward Pines Series, Book Two) - Blake Crouch

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Wayward Pines

Blake Crouch

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The plot surrounds Secret Service agent Ethan Burke's introduction to the remote small town of Wayward Pines, his new home from which he cannot escape. The mysteries and horrors of the town build until Ethan discovers its secret. Then he must do his part to keep Wayward Pines protected from without and within.

 

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~MY QUICKIE (non-spoiler) REVIEW~

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This is the type of story that you should go into blind…or at least semi-blind.  So I won't say anything about the plot itself.  I was completely absorbed in this audiobook, other than the beginning where I struggled to remember what happened at the end of Pines, I eventually fell into the story and started remembering.  If you decide to read this series...don't watch the TV show, after finishing the first book, I watched about an episode and a half and it has differences in how things play out, that only confused me when I started this book.  What a crazy-scary AF atmosphere that Blake Crouch has masterminded here in this series.  I cannot wait to listen to the third and final book in this series.  

 

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~MY RATING~

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 4.7/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.7/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Yeah…you could say that.

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Book Cover~ It's fitting…

Narration~5 for Paul Michael Garcia, he is perfect in this series.

Series~ Wayward Pines #2

Setting~ Wayward Pines

Source~ I own Audible Audiobook

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I used this for Terror In A Small Town Square for Halloween Bingo 2018

 

Halloween Bingo Update #11

 

My 16th Book Read is for Genre: Suspense

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

 

My 17th Book Read is for Darkest London Square

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

 

My 18th Book Read is for Diverse Voices Square

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

 

 

Since I'm kind of a perfectionist, I made 3 different cards for each Called, Read, & Bingo.

 

 

 

My Bingo Card

 

 

 

SQUARES CALLED:


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

9/7- New Release

9/9- Southern Gothic

9/11- Terrifying Women

9/13- A Grimm Tale

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

9/17- Creepy Carnivals

9/19- Relics and Curiosities

9/21- Diverse Voices

9/23- Murder Most Foul

9/25- Amateur Sleuth

9/27- Genre: Suspense

9/29- Supernatural

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

10/7- 13

10/9- Terror in a Small Town

10/11- Darkest London

 

 

 

 

MY BOOKS READ, NOT CALLED:

 

 

1~ Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Fear the Drowning Deep)

2~ Contagion by Erin Bowman (Dead Lands)

3~ Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher (Romantic Suspense)

4~ Alice by Christina Henry (Gothic)

 

 

 

MY BOOKS CALLED AND READ:

 

Free Space:  Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

New Release:  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

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

Terrifying Women:  City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

A Grimm Tale:  

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

Southern Gothic:  Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Creepy Carnivals:  Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Relics and Curiosities:  The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

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

Ghost Stories:  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Doomsday:  In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Supernatural:  Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

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

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

Darkest London:  Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Diverse Voices:  Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

 

My Currently Reading:

 

Listening to Wayward by Blake Crouch for Terror in a Small Town Square.

 

I only have 5 more books to go and I will fill all my squares!!!

Review
3.5 Stars
“Our memories make us... even the darkest of them all.”
Archangel's Consort - Nalini Singh

 

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Guild Hunters Series

Nalini Singh

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Angels rule over humans and vampires, but the most powerful of them all are the archangels. Beautiful. Deadly. Sometimes cruel. Always unpredictable. There are several different groups represented – the archangels, the angels, the vampires, and the Guild Hunters.

 

 

 

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~MY QUICKIE (Non-Spoiler) REVIEW~

Archangel's Consort

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I keep finding reasons (reading challenges) to continue reading this series…even though I'm on the fence about whether I like it or not, and want to continue it.  I'm not saying it's bad…it’s actually well written, with steamy sex scenes and a decent paranormal storyline, but for me personally, I'm just not that into it.  I wonder if my apathetic feelings towards this series as a whole are because of the narration…she (Justine Eyre) seems to imbue this particular series with this sexy, breathy voice that I'm not sure I like.  I have listened to samples of others books she has narrated and she doesn't always sound like that, she actually has a wide range of voice inflections.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

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Plot~ 3.7/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.7/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.8/5

Originality~ 3/5

Ending~ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger~ not really...

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Book Cover~ This cover is cool…but the actual cover for Audio Version is kind of ugly.

Narration~ 3.5 for Justine Eyre

Series~ Guild Hunter #3

Setting~ Mostly New York

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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I used this for Diverse Voices Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

Review
4 Stars
Another delightful edition to the Darkest London Series...
Winterblaze (Darkest London) - Kristen Callihan

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Winterblaze

Kristen Callihan

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Once blissfully in love...

 

Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy's secrets are revealed, leaving Winston's trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections...

 

Their relationship is now put to the ultimate test...

 

Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars of the vicious attack. Drawn into the darkest depths of London, Winston must fight an evil demon that wants to take away the last hope of reconciliation with his wife. As a former police inspector, Winston has intelligence and logic on his side. But it will take the strength of Poppy's love for him to defeat the forces that threaten to tear them apart.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I liked this so much more on Audio…with it, the slow sections are so much easier to get through.  I've previously read this series in eBook format, and I've struggled through the first two books. But now that I've found the audio version on Scribd...this has become a much more enjoyable read/listen.  Once you get to the meat of the story, it really is quite awesome…even for paranormal (just to clarify, I haven't been feeling the paranormal stories lately).  The dark, historic London paired with Kristen Callihan's superb writing makes the paranormal aspects, and let's not forget the sizzling sex scenes either, come to life.

 

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~MY RATING~

4STARS - GRADE=B

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 3.7/5

Addictiveness~ 3.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

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

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Book Cover~ I like the newer one better…

Narration~ ☆4☆ for Moira Quirk, she was excellent, but this could have been top-notch with the addition of a male narrator.

Series~ Darkest London

Setting~ London

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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I used this for Darkest London Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

Review
4.5 Stars
Would you participate in a study on ethics and morality...maybe not after reading this...
An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

 

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An Anonymous Girl

Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This was slow-building psychological suspense…that didn't have me hooked until the last 1/3 of the book.  At that point, everything starting clicking together and then...the sh*t hit-the-fan.  I have to say…I thought this was going to disappoint me just like The Wife Between Us did, but by the end, I was pleasantly surprised.

 

An Anonymous Girl is a smartly written and cleverly plotted novel.  With decidedly flawed characters and an interesting storyline.  I recommend to anyone who likes a slow build-up to an intense ending.  Sadly though, you may have to wait until it comes out in January 2019.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.7/5

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Book Cover~ It's nothing special…

Setting~ New York City

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

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I used this for Genre: Suspense Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

My First Bingo!!! Update #10.5

With Today's Call of 13 Square, I Finally Got A Bingo!

 

 

 

 

From Bottom Right to Top Left

Books Used:

 

Terrifying Women:  City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Southern Gothic:  Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Free Space:  Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

Creepy Carnivals:  Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Bingo Update #10

I am so close to that elusive 1st Bingo.  I have one on my called books and one on my read books...waiting on my holds at the library is mucking me up.

 

My 14th Book read is for Gothic

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  Alice by Christina Henry

 

My 15th book read is for Supernatural

 

 

Book Read/Listened:  Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

 

 

Since I'm kind of a perfectionist, I made 3 different cards for each Called, Read, & Bingo.

 

 

 

My Bingo Card

 

 

 

SQUARES CALLED:


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

9/7- New Release

9/9- Southern Gothic

9/11- Terrifying Women

9/13- A Grimm Tale

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

9/17- Creepy Carnivals

9/19- Relics and Curiosities

9/21- Diverse Voices

9/23- Murder Most Foul

9/25- Amateur Sleuth

9/27- Genre: Suspense

9/29- Supernatural

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

 

 

 

 

MY BOOKS READ, NOT CALLED:

 

1~ The Swan & the Jackal by JA Redmerski (13 {Wild Card})

2~ Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Fear the Drowning Deep)

3~ Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Ghost Stories)

4~ Contagion by Erin Bowman (Dead Lands)

5~ In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis (Doomsday)

6~ Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher (Romantic Suspense)

7~ Alice by Christina Henry (Gothic)

 

 

 

MY BOOKS CALLED AND READ:

 

Free Space:  Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

New Release:  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

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

Terrifying Women:  City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

A Grimm Tale:  

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

Southern Gothic:  Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Creepy Carnivals:  Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Relics and Curiosities:  The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

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

Supernatural:  Book Read/Listened:  Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

 

 

 

My Currently Reading:

 

Reading:  An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen for Genre: Suspense (been reading this one for a while now and I'm only at 54%).

 

Listening:  Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan for Darkest London

 

Review
3.5 Stars
Another series finished that has been languishing on TBR shelf...
Evertrue - Brodi Ashton

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Evertrue

Brodi Ashton

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Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself... which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.

 

Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

 

In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I didn't know if I was ever going to read/listen to this final book.  But, hey Halloween Bingo gave me the push to finally get this series off my tbr.  I was initially drawn in by the beautiful covers this series has…especially the first one.  While not my favorite Young Adult series, which is most likely due to the fact that this is more Y(oung) and less A(dult), I still found it moderately good.  Other readers have found this ending to the series unsatisfactory, but I thought it ended just the way it should have.  Plus…Amy Rubinate's voice is always a pleasant voice to listen too.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

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Plot~ 3.7/5

Characters~ 3.5/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 3/5

Ending~ 4/5

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Book Cover~ Quite striking…not as much as the first one, though.

Narration~☆4.5☆ for Amy Rubinate

Series~ Everneath #3

Setting~ Park City, UT & The Everneath

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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I used this for Supernatural Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

Review
3.5 Stars
Alice in Wonderland meets Gotham..
Alice - Christina Henry

 

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Alice

Christina Henry

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In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

 

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

 

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

 

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

 

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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A very dark, twisted and decidedly adult twist on Alice in Wonderland.  It really reminds me of the TV show Gotham.  All, or at least some, of the usual suspects, were there including the Jabberwocky.  Some of them have variations of names like Hatcher instead of Hatter.   While I didn't like this as much as The Mermaid or Lostboy, it was a decent story, except for that anti-climatic ending.  The most disappointing aspect of this was the narrator, most of the voices she did for other characters were sadly pathetic.  The narrator is supposed to put you in the story...not take you out of it.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 3.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.2/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 3.7/5

Addictiveness~ 3.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~  3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.7/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3/5  Cliffhanger~ It has closure, but it does end sort of abruptly.

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Book Cover~ Meh…

Narration~ 2 for Jenny Sterlin

Series~ The Chronicles of Alice #1

Setting~ The Old City

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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I used this for Gothic Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

September Re-Cap
 All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother - Danielle Teller Any Man - Amber Tamblyn Something in the Water - Catherine Steadman City of the Lost - Kelley Armstrong A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder - Julie Anne Lindsey Sea Witch - Sarah Henning Burying the Honeysuckle Girls - Clara Emily Carpenter Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake FantasticLand - Mike Bockoven Contagion - Erin Bowman

 

 

I read a total of fourteen books towards Halloween Bingo, a decent month worth of books.  No Bingo's yet, but I'm close to having a few.  Only one book that I didn't like...and that was Burying the Honeysuckle Girls.  One freaky AF book...that one is Any Man, although, Fantasticland could probably fit into that category as well.  I also loved the first book in what I think will be a duology, with Contagion.  I'm still finding myself listening more than reading, it seems to be my new normal now. 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller

Finish Date:  09/04

☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

Finish Date:  09/05

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Finish Date:  09/07

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Finish Date:  09/09

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey

Finish Date:  09/09

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Finish Date:  09/12

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Finish Date:  09/14

☆2☆STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Audiobook) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Finish Date:  09/17

☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Finish Date:  09/18

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Contagion by Erin Bowman

Finish Date:  09/20

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Kindle eBook) The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

Finish Date:  09/23

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Finish Date:  09/24

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  09/26

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer

Finish Date:  09/28

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

14 Books Total, 12 of them Audiobooks and 2 Kindle eBooks.  A Total of 4,897 pages (including Audio).

 

Since I tend to pick books based on there covers...my pick for the best cover of the month goes to...

 

...it's actually a tie between Sea Witch and Contagion. 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Bingo Update #9

My 11th book read is for Doomsday (not to be confused with Dead Lands, I keep confusing these two squares)

 

 

Book read/listened:  In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

 

My 12th book read is for Romantic Suspense

 

 

Book read/listened:  Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

 

My 13th book read is for Murder Most Foul

 

 

Book read/listened:  A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer

 

 

Since I'm kind of a perfectionist, I made 3 different cards for each Called, Read, & Bingo.

 

 

 

 

My Bingo Card:

 

 

 

SQUARES CALLED:


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

9/7- New Release

9/9- Southern Gothic

9/11- Terrifying Women

9/13- A Grimm Tale

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

9/17- Creepy Carnivals

9/19- Relics and Curiosities

9/21- Diverse Voices

9/23- Murder Most Foul

9/25- Amateur Sleuth

9/27- Genre: Suspense

9/29- Supernatural

 

 

 

 

MY BOOKS READ, NOT CALLED:

 

1~ The Swan & the Jackal by JA Redmerski (13 {Wild Card})

2~ Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Fear the Drowning Deep)

3~ Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Ghost Stories)

4~ Contagion by Erin Bowman (Dead Lands)

5~ In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis (Doomsday)

6~ Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher (Romantic Suspense)

 

 

MY BOOKS CALLED AND READ:

 

Free Space:  Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

New Release:  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

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

Terrifying Women:  City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

A Grimm Tale:  

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

Southern Gothic:  Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Creepy Carnivals:  Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Relics and Curiosities:  The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

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

 

 

 

My Currently Reading:

 

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

Listening: Alice by Christina Henry (Gothic)

 

 

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