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review 2017-08-12 01:50
An ambiguous ending to this twitter-y story
Follow Me Back - Bruce A Geiger

Book Title:  Follow Me Back

Author:  AV Geiger

Narration:  Soneela Nankani

Series:  Follow Me Back #1

Genre:  YA, Thriller, Mystery, Romance

Setting:  Mostly Texas

Source:  Audiobook (RBDigital)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.3/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  I guess so, I didn't think it had a second book...but apparently it will.  I think it could have ended the way that it did, leaving it up to one's own imagination.

Total:  3.7/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

The word at or @ is used to the point of distraction in this, but with it being a twitter inspired story, that's unavoidable, I guess.  The @ usage did grow on me while listening to it, despite how annoying it was at first.  There was always a part of me that wasn't completely invested in this story, maybe that's because this story is told almost entirely in IM's. {{{{I don't know}}}}

 

Furthermore, I felt the therapist was not very well written or researched, I'm not sure...what...but let's just say she didn't really come off as therapeutic to me.  The mystery aspect is was ultimately let me down, though, especially with everything involving her agoraphobia…it just seemed contrived for the sake of the story.

 

 

Will I continue this series⇜  Despite my issues, I still might, that ending was rather dubious…

 

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text 2016-11-18 20:11
A Long Hiatus

It's been a while, and alot has happened, and I feel like a different person from the one that started this account, what? A year ago?

 

Something like that.

 

I am in the process of NaNoWriMo 2016, and am trying to get my life back on track after letting myself get derailed. Updating everything is a big first step, but one that I think will be helpful in the long-run!

 

I'm currently looking for ways to hold myself *really* accountable for my hobbies/projects/reviews. It's time that I start taking myself as seriously as I expect others to take me...

 

I started a Twitter account for my reviews, and another for my dog (really, he is that interesting!) and plan on creating a schedule for myself. Beyond that, I don't have a real plan, though...

 

Before December 1st, I plan to change that. Any help is welcome at this point!!

 

 

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review 2016-09-10 17:21
Another social media account that didn't translate to a book.
Still Reigning: Thoughts of a Queen - The Queen [of Twitter]

If you use Twitter you might have come across the @Queen_UK handle. It is a parody of Queen Elizabeth II of what she "really" thinks about various things: politicians, news events, sports games, etc. It's a funny parody and it's fun to think it's really Queen Elizabeth herself (she has an actual account so perhaps not).

 

This is a collection of her thoughts. Unfortunately (maybe not?) it's not in the tweet form. I'm not exceptionally familiar with her but it seems like a summation of her thoughts on various issues from the Olympics to President Obama to the then-leadership of the United Kingdom in Parliament, etc. Most entries are only a few pages long, some are only about a page or two. Some are quite amusing and are actually quite on the nose. On Nick Clegg she says both he and the Liberal Democrat party would pretty much disappear in 2015, which was the next scheduled general election at the time.

 

But these are too far and few in between. It's fun to think about these as her actual thoughts on the Royal Family, Angela Merkel, Eurovision, etc. But it's not exactly amazing or incredibly clever. Initially I found her thoughts on the family interesting but after awhile I found myself skimming or even skipping entire entries.

 

Perhaps for the right person such as a more passionate follower would like this more. I understand that this Twitter handle actually has another, better book in the same vein but I'm not going to rush out and get this.

 

I bought this as a bargain for pretty cheap but I would have preferred to borrow this from the library. Wouldn't rush out to read it.

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text 2016-08-31 22:48
Alice Review
Alice - Christina Henry

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Alice 

Author: Christina Henry

Publisher: Titan Books

Price: £6.99 Waterstones

Rating: 4*

I have the UK edition

 

I had never even heard of this book until I watched a Booktube video and I am really glad that I found this book because it really was a great read. Now the first thing I have to say is that if you don't like dark twisted tellings then don't read this because it is a very dark book that is nothing like the original storyline of Alice in Wonderland which I thought was amazing because I love books that are a retelling but its completely off the original or the opposite of the original.

 

Mr Carpenter, Cheshire, The Walrus, The Caterpillar and The Rabbit alongside Dor. All the original characters are found in the book with their original names apart from in one case, the Mad Hatter, who is now Nicholas The Hatcher of Heathtown, it was great to see a twist to the original characters. Now this book is not for the faint hearted because it could be off putting to someone women because they are brough across as victims because they are only there for men for their pleasure and for sex, it doesn't go into a lot of detail so it isn't too heavy however there is apart in the book where Alice and Hatcher are in the 'butterflies' club and that was a heavy and disturbing. I wouldn't say this is a horror book is more disturbing book because it isn't like the type of horror that has you hiding in your bed thinking something is going to jump out at you 

 

I thought that this book was very well written and I did get very lost in the world and I did buy the second book I can not wait to read. I do have to say there are some trigger warning because of the rape and sexual abuse in this book, I don't want people going into this without knowing kind of what to expect without giving anything away. 

 

This book is Alice but is far from a Wonderland tale.  

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text 2016-07-28 10:46
Premiera nowych modeli Kobo już za dwa tygodnie

Michael Tamblyn, dyrektor Kobo, napisał wczoraj na Twitterze: "Great news for booklovers coming soon from @kobo. Keep your eyes wide open mid-August!". Można z tego wnioskować, że tegoroczna premiera nowych modeli czytników Kobo będzie miała miejsce w połowie sierpnia. Chwilę temu, w zagranicznych serwisach pojawiły się już plotki o takiej możliwości, ale termin premiery nie był znany.

 

Nowy Kobo na zdjęciu z wpisu Michaela Tamblyna (źródło: twitter.com)

 

Nie ma żadnego oficjalnego potwierdzenia parametrów nowych czytników. Niektóre plotki mogą się potwierdzić, inne nie. W zeszłym roku wszyscy na przykład się spodziewali odmłodzonego Kobo Mini z dodanym oświetleniem, ale takiego modelu Kobo nie pokazał. A czego można spodziewać się tym razem?

 

Kobo Aura One - będzie najprawdopodobniej czytnikiem z ekranem o przekątnej 7,8 cala. To, co pokazano na zdjęciu umieszczonym we wspomnianym wpisie, wygląda na urządzenie wodoodporne. Może więc szykuje się następca Aury H2O? Urządzenie powinno lepiej nadawać się do czytania komiksów, które na japońskim rynku stanowią bardzo ważny segment rynku. A przypomnę, że Kobo należy obecnie do japońskiego koncernu Rakuten. Po wycofaniu się Sony z rynku czytników książek, o względy japońskich czytelników książek w wersji elektronicznej walczy tylko Kobo i Amazon. Zainteresowanych tematem odsyłam do mojego wpisu sprzed kilku lat: "Japoński rynek czytników książek elektronicznych".

 

Drugi czytnik będzie prawdopodobnie tańszym urządzeniem o standardowej przekątnej ekranu - 15,2 cm (6 cali). O parametrach tego czytnika nie było do tej pory żadnych przecieków. Ale znowu się nie doczekam odnowionego Kobo Mini!

 

Dostawcą będzie tajwańska firma Netronix, specjalizująca się w produkcji urządzeń m.in. dla Kobo czy Tolino. Wspominałem o niej niedawno, ponieważ produkuje ona między innymi również czytnik finansowany społecznościowo dla bloga Good e-reader ("Good e-Reader 13.3 - czytnik z ekranem o przekątnej 13 cali") oraz urządzenie oferowane na słowackim rynku pod nazwą Dibuk Saga.

 

Kobo obecnie oferuje trzy modele czytników: podstawowy Kobo Touch 2.0, Kobo Glo HD (z ekranem 300 ppi) oraz najstarszy z nich - Kobo Aura H2O (z ekranem o przekątnej 6,8 cala).

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