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review 2018-12-09 01:50
FEED by MIRA GRANT
Feed - Mira Grant

Re-read by audiobook

 

I previously read the paperback book in January of 2012. This time I listened to the audiobook.

This book felt completely different than when I read the paperback. I ended up really enjoying it which is great considering I gave it 2 stars. I liked it so much the second time around I already ordered the next book from the library - so there! 

Previous review: This book kind of dragged for me and I found I had a hard time finishing it. Georgia "George" Mason and her brother Shaun are professional bloggers which has turned into a legitimate job after a virus has made every person and large animal who dies into a zombie. When the normal news media told everyone it was a hoax, the bloggers gave real information and warnings. George writes news stories and Shaun does shock type blogs filming himself teasing and killing the zombies and their friend Buffy is the technician and also a poet with her own blog. Their group is chosen to be part of the press for a presidential campaign which has given them legitimacy. The only problem is someone is sabotaging the campaign and people are dying and thus becoming zombies. There's a betrayal in this that I still don't understand the reason behind. It didn't make sense to me. So instead of being shocked I was thinking "What?" Also a very sad event takes place and being a natural crier, I was surprised I wasn't really moved. The book drags in places, but when I noted the amount of pages it really didn't drag long however I just couldn't get into to it. The concept was good, but it didn't really deliver for me. I'm in the minority though so my review should be taken with a grain of salt. 
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text 2018-12-09 01:40
DEADLINE by MIRA GRANT
Deadline - Mira Grant

Audiobook

Not to toot my own horn, but TOOT! I figured out the ending as soon as Kelly said what she did to escape. Also, the SPOILER!! [ George] haunting is just strange. 

And last but not least my prognostication radar has went off and I'll share what I think the next book will show, which I've thought since book one SPOILER!!! [Rick has a bad buy from the beginning and he's part of this new outbreak]. I may be wrong though.

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review 2018-11-09 21:49
This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada...Book #2 in This Mortal Coil Series.
This Cruel Design - Emily Suvada

๏ ๏ ๏  Book Blurb ๏ ๏ ๏

 

*Do Not Read if you haven't read This Mortal Coil (Book 1) **My review is safe to read, though.

 

The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.

Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing—Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.

When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of gene-hackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for.

But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.

 

 
 
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Review ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
I seriously loved the first book in this series...and I almost, but not quite, loved the second book, too.  When I wrote about This Mortal Coil, I said this was completely comprehensible and seriously compelling story, especially for a book involving gene hacking, splicing, decoding and lots of technical terms and such.  I wish I could say that this book was the same for me...and it almost was, I just got a little lost in the beginning (and maybe, a little throughout)...but, eventually things started clicking for me.  The storyline goes in a direction that I didn't see coming at all and the end is kind of mind-blowing.  Almost literally, so.  All I can say is, I'm not looking forward to the wait for the third book. 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4.3/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.5/5 
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.2/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Most definitely...
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Book Cover⇝ Explosive...
Narration⇝ ☆4.5☆ for Skye Bennett, her voice feels right for Cat.
Series⇝ This Mortal Coil #2
Setting⇝ A Futuristic United States
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2018-11-04 15:05
Uncanny by Sarah Fine
Uncanny - Sarah Fine

๏ ๏ ๏ Book Blurb ๏ ๏ ๏


Two sisters. One death. No memories.

Cora should remember every detail about the night her stepsister, Hannah, fell down a flight of stairs to her death, especially since her Cerepin—a sophisticated brain-computer interface—may have recorded each horrifying moment. But when she awakens after that night, her memories gone, Cora is left with only questions—and dread of what the answers might mean.

When a downward spiral of self-destruction forces Cora to work with an AI counselor, she finds an unexpected ally, even as others around her grow increasingly convinced that Hannah’s death was no accident. As Cora’s dark past swirls chaotically with the versions of Hannah’s life and death that her family and friends want to believe, Cora discovers the disturbing depths of what some people may do—including herself.

With her very sanity in question, Cora is forced to face her greatest fear. She will live or die by what she discovers.

 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Review ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
Uncanny's setting is a frightening future that doesn't seem too far off...with integrated AI controlling almost every aspect of our lives.  Always watching...always learning.  Despite having some eww moments with some AI/human love, I ended up really liking this.  This story is infinitely thought-provoking and deals with a lot of existential type principals.   The narration was mostly well done, despite the annoying level of screechyness that Bailey Carr's voice could reach.
 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5 
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.7/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4.2/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It sort of creeps me out.
Narration⇝ Bailey Carr (3.5☆) & Scott Merriman (5☆) his voice was perfect for the AI
Setting⇝ Year 2069
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
 

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review 2018-10-24 15:27
Haunting Blackie - Laurann Dohner

 

It's been a while since I've read one of these. This one was released in the middle of EC's meltdown and while I wanted to support the author, I, like many other readers, wasn't about to reward EC for screwing over so many of their authors.

 

Getting out of the habit of autobuying meant that it was several years after Ms Dohner got the rights back and self-published it before I got a wild notion to revisit. Also meant that I was kinda...puzzled...about who Blackie was. I was thinking he was someone else. Unfortunately for me, the rest of the series is packed away and inaccessible so I couldn't refresh myself with a quick reread (because they're not really a deep series here).

 

Anyway, seems he was rescued by the h many moons ago when she and her pack (for want of a better word) helped the cyborgs escape. The leaders of the cyborg rebellion made the conscious decision to abandon their co-conspirators because they had dog DNA and they(the cyborgs) didn't want that blood contaminating their gene pool. Unfortunately for our H, that meant they left behind a female that had bonded to him (and vice versa). So he's been adrift and avoiding getting into a family unit because he has little interest.

 

The h's pack was all but wiped out in retaliation - it's just her and a half sister...sortof. They escaped at some point, and have been living in space as bounty hunters. They get ganged up on by pirates, and rescued by the ship the H is assigned to at the moment...because they're female. Unfortunately, there are 3 cyborgs who knew of their existence and want all evidence of their abandonment wiped out. One just happens to be in command of the ship. H and several allies spend much of the book protecting her and her sister from those who want her silenced.

 

Unlike many in this series, I actually felt like this was a couple. A lot of her heroes, I'm unsure at times if they even see the h as a sentient being beyond sexual compatibility. Also the h isn't quite human. It's kindof a failing I think that nearly every heroine has to be at least able to pass as human, particularly when the females of the H's race/species/whatever seem to be written as vicious harpies which no man in his right mind would want. Uh...really?

 

Regarding the h... A friend, after bad experiences with untrained, ill-mannered JRTs, referred to them by the acronym FSFAR - Football Shaped for a Reason. The h, for all that she's a grown-ass woman, is undisciplined, reactionary to the point at times of being almost rabid, and...yeah. Her sister is even more so, in addition to acting like she's 15 at times. Hard to like them. I mean; some of their conversations were funny but they went on too long, were too verbose with replies.. snark and sarcasm work best as one liners, and really, one doesn't have to explain every detail when one is doing something hairbrained that they've done before. For that matter, why did they have to explain - or do everything - when the A-team worthy diversion should have been self-explanatory and as easily done by the two cyborgs (instead of them guarding the door while ordering the women to hide and bitching because they didn't).

 

Eh, much of its failings are because a) I like to think I'm not the only one who can do this, whatever it is and b) I can't deal with chicks who have little self-discipline.

 

As an aside, because this irritates me a bit.  A cyborg - cybertronic organism - is a meld of man and machine, in this case, genetically engineered man and machine.  They are NOT a separate species.

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