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review 2019-02-23 18:23
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Into the Drowning Deep - Mira Grant,Christine Lakin

 

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Killer Mermaids
Mariana Trench - Deepest Part of the Ocean
Scientific Research
Survival
Splash of Romance
Semi-Futuristic Setting
 
 
 

With Audio Performed by Christine Lakin

 
 
 

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My review in one word:  Intense


From the intense character development to the intense action, and of course...the intense killer mermaids.   This could be an epic movie, in the right hands...

While it's debatable whether or not you should call them Mermaids...and I'm not going to say any more than that...these beings are insanely cool and super-scary.  The last half of this book is seriously good, and the first half sets up the second half, with character development that is very in-depth...maybe a little too much...maybe not.  It all depends on what you prefer.

I am really happy I listened to this, it makes the slow sections easier to bear.  I even used an Audible Credit to do so, and I don't regret it.  There is a prequel (Rolling in the Deep) to this and I wished I had known about it, beforehand, I would have read it first.

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really...
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Book Cover⇝  I love the way the title looks like it's moving in the water.
Setting⇝ The Mariana Trench & Monterey, CA
Source⇝ I Own Audible Audiobook
Series Continuation⇝ Yes, No, Maybe or Probably
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review 2019-02-10 17:23
Seth
Seth: Futuristic Spy Romance (Cyborgs: More Than Machines) - Eve Langlais

It's been awhile since I've read Aramus's book, but if memory serves, some of this overlaps with that book. Seth was married (and still is) to Anastasia. They have a long history together (were recruits together and later were "chosen" for the "enhancement" program). What led to their breakup was a huge "misunderstanding," orchestrated by the military.
While this is about Anastasia and Seth, I thought some the the underlying story-lines were further explored and will come to fruition in the next 2 books in this series. (Who is the company? Who is really in charge? Where did the nanos come from? An alien life form?). Adam's book promises to pick up where this one left off.

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review 2019-02-03 21:05
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-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

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 2019-02-02 23:15
The Alien Assassin's Convenient Wife - R... The Alien Assassin's Convenient Wife - Ruby Dixon

I really don't care for first person present, and I also really don't care for first person present w/switching POVs.

 

Just putting that out there. This is the second book I've read by this author, and while I'm fascinated by the world building, the style is a bit of a stumbling block.

 

Now - the books of this 'In the stars' series have been tongue in cheek plays on popular harlequin tropes - intergalactic style. So we have a guy who needs a wife "right now" because reasons, and he uses a dating app to locate one. The h isn't quite convinced but she has the harlequin doormat gene - the one that lets others talk her into doing things she doesn't want, because she can't possibly say "not no, but hell no." And of course, he's hot...in a strange sort of way. And...the mission is completed in spite of his raging hormones and he tells her she can't go back home because there were witnesses and convinces her to stay and...

 

So the issues I have:

 

the aforementioned style (really, every time there was a change of POV, I put the book down and wandered off)

 

The whole "males of the species turn red when wanting to mate, and needing to take something to control it when they're around unmated females" bit (no - that actually doesn't sound sexy to me)

 

the h's bestie/roomie/who needs enemies with people like her in their life. The h had set up an account ages ago with the dating app and after several bad dates, abandoned it. Guess who took advantage of the h's using a really stewpid password (really? Your password is "password"?), and set her up? Guess who told her they'd be around in case she needed rescuing, then took flight?

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review 2019-02-01 02:40
The Cyborg's Stowaway - Eve Langlais The Cyborg's Stowaway - Eve Langlais

Well...that was amusing. Although...if the nanotech in the original cyborg series meant that they don't die, and this is quite a bit into the future and the beings hunting the nanos are hunting cyborgs...

 

Anyway...the implications in book one were that something happened to people in engineering that made them less...human. That wasn't quite the case apparently with the H. He'd been gravely injured, and his wife killed in an attack 4 years prior. The captain had gotten him...repaired...and introduced him to the nanos. He's put himself on ice. He didn't want to survive, nor does he feel like moving on.

 

The h...is an elf. I was bemused by that as usually elves are the domain of fantasy, but this is a futuristic. Oh well; might as well run with it. She stows away to avoid a fate worse than death - being forcibly married to the king of whatever court she was from. Why was this a bad thing? Oh...he's her father... She is unable to control the H, or the captain (she has mind control abilities), so...

 

Much manipulation later, her father's envoy finds them and...the captain cons the H into marrying her.

 

I mean; it is entertaining. And short. Not very deep either. Yay?

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