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review 2019-04-25 01:05
3 Out Of 5 STARS for Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill
Ever the Hunted - Erin Summerill

 

 

Clash of the Kingdoms #1

 

 

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Magic
Fantasy
Cute, But Forgettable
Clean Romance
 
 
 

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With Audio Performed by Helen Johns

 

 
 
 
 

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The story did not live up to this gorgeous cover.  A winsome addition to YA Fantasy Trilogies already out there, that failed to fully capture my attention.  Maybe, cute and magical wasn't what I wanted to read right at the moment.  It's well written and the magic system was interesting, but the characters didn't really capture my attention.  This could have been due to the narration...I didn't really care for it, after all.  She was too mashed (like a mouth full of mashed potatoes) mouth for me to understand most of the time.  

 

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3STARS - GRADE=C

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 3.7/5
Narration Performance⇝ 2.5/5
Characters⇝ 2.3/5
The Feels⇝ 2.5/5
Pacing⇝ 2.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 2.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 2.8/5
Originality⇝ 2.5/5
Ending⇝ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Sort of...
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Book Cover⇝ Gorgeous...
Setting⇝ I honestly don't know...some kingdom somewhere...
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-04-24 16:14
awesome follow up!
An Unlocked Mind - Parker Williams,K.C. Wells
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the audio file of this book. Rob is TRYING to be better person than the one who nearly ruined his brother’s life, he really is. But it’s hard when no one will help you. A visit to the opening night of Secrets is just what he needs. Til a demonstration has him running. But he returns the next week, and runs straight into Vic, along with giving Vic attitude. Rescuing the obnoxious little git wasn’t in Vic’s game plan for the evening, but he can’t leave Rob walking in the pouring rain. After depositing Rob at the train station, he never expects to see him again. Although, something about Rob calls to him, it really does. When Rob starts turning up every weekend, Vic begins to look forward to his visits. Then Life throws Rob under a bus and Vic knows this is his chance to get into Rob’s head, and for Rob to get out of it. This is book 2 in the Secrets series, but you don’t NEED to have read/listened to book one first, but I think you should. It’s bloody good! As is this one! Vic isn’t what I would call a Dom Dom, his speciality is getting a sub out of his head, rather than floggers and whips. And he KNOWS something is eating away at Rob’s mind, he just needs to unlock it. But to do THAT, Vic needs to get to know Rob, on his weekly visits to London. When Rob loses his job in Manchester, Vic offers him a lifeline, under strict terms that Vic lays down. And Rob, desperate for help and starved of any real human interaction, jumps at the chance. Rob did some things as a younger man, that come back to haunt him, that STILL haunt him. A conversation with his mother turns his brother against him, and Rob is suffering that guilt so bad, it’s a dead weight on his shoulders. Meeting Vic, though, lets something free in his soul, something he had been so afraid to admit before. Something his mother would not approve of. Something he so badly needs, it brings him to the brink of his limits and budgets and his money runs out faster than it should. But Vic? Vic gives him a chance, so long as he sticks with the rules, and those RULES are what Rob needs, He needs to find himself again, deep within himself, before he can forgive himself and to make amends with his brother, should his brother want to. What I particularly loved about this one, was the lack of the physical BDSM stuff that usually comes with these books, I mean I LOVED the lack of it. Oh don’t get me wrong, this is a sexy book, and it has a crazy amount of heat but there is a distinct lack of floggers and paddles. This was very much a MENTAL book, as in Rob needed to get out of his head so bad, and Vic knew just how to do that. Rob is, quite simply, a wreck at the start of this book, and it’s a long while before Vic can get him to admit what’s eating him the most. That is: what he did to his brother. But when the FULL picture comes clear, I cried for Rob, I really did. He felt so bad for something he did not do, it messed his head. Vic, being the most laid back Dom I have quite possibly EVER come across, is just the man for Rob, just the Dom to get to the bottom of his pain and release it. Rob calls to his soul, he really does. But not immediately. It takes a little time for Rob to worm his way in, but once he does, Vic is all in. I NEED to listen Rob’s story now though! I need to know what a little shit Rob was, and how Rob was affected by what happened, I really do. So, books one and two of Collars and Cuffs are nicely lined up for when I’ve got time. Joel Leslie narrates this one, as he does book one. I cannot, CANNOT fault the narration of these books, this one especially. Leslie pours so MUCH into Rob, and to Vic to, but to a lesser extent. The emotion pouring out of Rob when he finally breaks down and tells Vic all made me cry, great wrecking sobs that I have no doubt might NOT have come had I been reading. Leslie is, quite simply a Master at his craft, and coupled with the work of Wells and Williams, I can only give this book. . . . 5 stars for the book 5 stars for the narration 5 stars overall. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2019-04-24 14:49
Review ~ Decent read
Burglars & Blintzes - Morgan C. Talbot

Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.

 

Pippa Winterbourne runs Moorehaven Bed-and-Breakfast Inn in Seacrest, Oregon. Moorehaven is unique in that it now caters to the mystery writer crowd since the famous author A. Raymond Moore had once made it his home. When a skeleton is found with real gold Spanish coins the town is swarmed with treasure hunters. But the skeleton isn’t as old as originally thought and actually has a 50-yr-old tie to the town and Pippa’s Great-Uncle Hilt. In the middle of all the craziness, a murder is committed putting Pippa smack in the middle of a real-life murder mystery. It’s time for Pippa, her friends, and her guests to put their collective brains to work and figure out these two mysteries before someone else ends up dead.

 

Even though this is book 2 it can be read as a standalone. There is a huge info dump in the beginning and not having read the first book (yet) all of the characters were hard to keep straight in my head during this info overload. But once the stage is set the book takes off on its own. The characters are great, the writing is decent, and the plot keeps me guessing until nearly the end. My only other complaint is Pippa. For most of the book she’s kinda unlikeable. She’s eaten alive with jealousy and doesn’t really trust her boyfriend, Lake, even though she says she loves him. And she treats her sister like shit. Her character grows towards the end, but I had a hard time liking her for much of the story. The other colorful characters make up for this though. If you’re looking for a cozy mystery in a picturesque setting then give this one a go.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/04/burglars-blintzes.html
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review 2019-04-23 20:16
4.5 Out Of 5 Stars for The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
The Escape Room - Megan Goldin

 

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Locked-Room (Elevator) Mystery
Twisted Twisty-ness
Back & Forth Narrative
Corporate Finance
 

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Set in the world of Investment Banking, the high stakes, cutthroat, "I'll step on you before you can step on me", kind of atmosphere.  Coupled with the mystery of an escape room challenge...made for a very interesting backdrop.  The story is told in alternating POV's between Sara Hall and the 4 people who have found themselves stuck in an elevator...that's supposed to be an escape room.  The question is...who put them there and why???  This story is not without its could-that-really-happen moments, but despite that, it's an indulging kind of Mystery/Thriller that I found quite entertaining.

I did have one issue...and it was with my advanced reader copy, it was, quite possibly the worse arc I've ever read before.  There was a ton of 1's and 0's, some of which had - or + in front of them, throughout the entire thing.  So flipping distracting.  Has anyone else ever had this with a kindle version of an arc?  I've had issues in the past with weird chapter breaks, but this was crazy they even had the numbers in between letters of a particular word.

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝  5/5
Secondary Characters⇝  4.5/5
The Feels⇝  4.3/5
Pacing⇝  4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝  4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝  4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝  5/5
Originality⇝  5/5
Ending⇝  4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ A little too much gold for me...
Setting⇝ New York mostly...
Source⇝ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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review 2019-04-22 16:34
Review ~ Awesome!
The Witcher, Volume 1 (The Witcher (Dark Horse Comics) #1-3) - Max Bertolini,Paul Tobin,Piotr Kowalski,Joe Querio

Book source ~ Library

 

Geralt of Rivia is a witcher, someone who is a monster hunter for hire. This massive volume contains several comic series: House of Glass, Fox Children, Curse of Crows, and Killing Monsters. Plus the usual goodies at the end, like a sketchbook and such.

 

The Witcher series showed up on my radar when my teenager asked for the books. I think he discovered the books after seeing the video game. Then he heard there was going to be a series and now he’s witcher obsessed. I want to read the books, but haven't gotten around to them yet. When I saw there were graphic novels out I jumped at the chance to dive into the witcher world with them first. I can fit a graphic novel (or two or three) into my schedule much more easily than some hefty books. I have to admit, I’m hooked.

 

The monsters are plentiful in the witcher world as this graphic novel will show. There’s not much background on how Geralt becomes a witcher or who his traveling companions are to him, but the stories are self-contained and entertaining. Geralt has principals that chafe him when they go up against witcher code, but I like his unique ways of resolving the situations. Also, Geralt is hot. Nom nom! My son has asked me to stop saying that. LOL I consider this an excellent volume to get started in the world of Geralt and if you have already been through the books then I imagine it would be a wonderful addition. Finally, the artwork is gorgeous. I may have suggested this purchase to the library (and they bought it-I love my library!), but we’ll be adding it to our own home library soon.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-witcher.html
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