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review 2019-03-26 23:33
4 Out Of 5 STARS for Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia
Everything You Want Me to Be - Mindy Mejia

 

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Small-Town Mystery
Psychological Thriller
Forbidden Romance
Multiple POV's
 
 
 
 

With Audio Performed By Caitlin Thorburn, John Moraitis, and Jeff Harding

 
 
 
 

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The only thing holding this back from a higher rating from me is the in-your-face explicit sex scenes between a just turned eighteen-year-old and her teacher.  It felt wrong, and I had a difficult time with them.  This could have been almost perfect without those...yes, there's more than one of them.

This is the type of mystery that has all the players laid out for you as you get closer to the ending and the reveal of the killer...and then a little something extra is revealed.  These elements of the story are notably more satisfying than the sex and forbidden romance.  Thank goodness for that.

Told from alternating pov's between the officer working the case, the teacher and the victim, Hattie, with three different Narrators for each, made this perfect for Audio.  Overall, at its heart, Everything You Want Me To Be is a crime-mystery dealing with the complexities of life, love, and the pursuit of dreams in small-town middle America entwined with some uncomfortable scenes that you can either skim or listen to on super-fast speed.

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4STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝  4.2/5
Narration Performance⇝  4/5
Main Characters⇝  4/5
Secondary Characters⇝  3.5/5
The Feels⇝  4/5
Pacing⇝  4/5
Addictiveness⇝  4/5
Theme or Tone⇝  3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  4/5
Mystery⇝  4/5
Originality⇝  4.2/5
Ending⇝  4.5/5
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Book Cover⇝ Meh...I don't really like it.  The girl on the cover looks like she's 10.
Setting⇝ Pine Valley, Minnesota
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-03-23 21:25
2.3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Exes' Revenge by Jo Jakeman
The Exes' Revenge - Jo Jakeman

 

 

 

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One hell-of-a Asshat
+3 Women and a Child
Revenge
Abuse
A Little Bit of Mystery
 
 

 

With Audio Performed by Fiona Hardingham

 
 
 
 
 
 

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This book tried to be a number of things, it tried to be an emotional, psychological thriller...but it only managed to be semi-so.  Semi-thrilling and semi-psychological.  It came off as being overly played-out, and not really all that mysterious.  Like many reviews for this state, it feels like a lifetime movie.  Something to spend a lazy Sunday on.  But also something you could pass up and not be missing out on anything.  Narration for this was not my favorite and left me feeling kind of meh. 

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2.3STARS - GRADE=D+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 
Plot⇝  2.5/5
Narration Performance⇝  3/5
Characters⇝  2/5
The Feels⇝  2/5
Pacing⇝  2.5/5
Addictiveness⇝  2.7/5
Theme or Tone⇝  2/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  3/5
Originality⇝  1/5
Ending⇝  2.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ No, thank goodness...
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Book Cover⇝ Umm...can we nasty fall?
Setting⇝ I think Manchester
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-03-19 23:09
2.7 Out Of 5 STARS for Romanov by Nadine Brandes
Romanov - Nadine Brandes

 

 

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Retelling
Russia
Based in Truth
Historical
Fantasy
Magic Spells
Netgalley eARC
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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The first half of this book is based in truth and the second half is more fantasy seeped in magic spells.  Sadly, I had to force myself to read the first half of this...it was boring and downright depressing, and I get that it followed the actual history of the Romanov family so it was bound to be boring and depressing.  The one good thing that came about from me reading this is I actually looked up and read about what exactly happened to the Romanov's because honestly I couldn't remember ever learning about it; if I ever did.   The bad; is that half of the story read a lot like the wiki page did, almost verbatim.  Added to that, the overall writing is kind of mediocre, so much so that I had to start skimming to get through the story.  

The second half of the story is what saved it from a two-star rating.  It was much easier to get through and the writing even improved some too.  The romance was easier to believe by the last third of the story because it felt kind of off before that.  Despite finding the fantasy elements easier to read, they still didn't make me feel like anything is possible...

Overall, I wanted to like this more than I actually did, but it just didn't pull me in enough for it to happen.  Maybe, if the actual historical truths in this, like the time they spent under lock and key, had a smaller part of the story...than maybe I could embrace this a little more.

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2.7STARS - GRADE=C-

 
 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 2.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 2.7/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 2.5/5
The Feels⇝ 2.5/5
Pacing⇝ 2/5
Addictiveness⇝ 2/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 2/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 2.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3/5
Originality⇝ 3/5
Ending⇝ 3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's quite compelling...it's what made me request it in the first place.
Setting⇝ Russia
Source⇝ I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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review 2019-03-19 22:47
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
The Gone World - Thomas Sweterlitsch

 

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Mystery
Time-Travel
Apocalyptic Bleakness
Science Fiction
WTF Did I Just Listen To
Stand-Alone

 
 
 

With Audio Performed by Brittany Pressley



 
 

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This is such a compelling read/listen.  I didn't want to stop listening, not even to go sightseeing, I was on Vacay while listening to this; it was that good.  Audio narration isn't perfect, a little breathy...but I totally adjusted to it.  Pressley does a variety of voices that made this all the more compelling.

What starts out as a crime scene investigation quickly morphs into so much more...with a bleak apocalyptic/dystopian feel that has time-travel, suspense, and is also wholly mysterious and altogether mind-blowing all at the same time.  If I tried to explain the science (time-travel aspect) part of this to someone else, I don't think they would ever totally get it...mostly because I probably leave out crucial information while doing so.  But, also because I can't fully grasp it completely but I did grasp enough...enough to enjoy it immensely.  Yeah...one of those kinds of a story for me, actually a lot of the Sci-Fi that I read is like that for me.

This book already has talk of a movie being made and I can't wait to see it, maybe it will clear up that ending for me...while I mostly get what went down I do have one little question about it.  I only had one other issue and that was the awkward sex scene, I believe that guys should not write sex scenes in their books...because I've never encountered one that wasn't awkward yet.

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.7/5
Narration Performance⇝  4.3/5
Main Characters⇝  5/5
Secondary Characters⇝  5/5
The Feels⇝  5/5
Pacing⇝  4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝  5/5
Theme or Tone⇝  5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝  4.5/5
Originality⇝  5/5
Ending⇝  4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝ Awesome
Setting⇝ West Virginia and Pennsylvania mostly, I think...with multiple timelines.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-03-19 17:54
4.2 Out Of 5 STARS for If You Dare by Deanna Madden
If You Dare - Alessandra Torre

Deanna Madden #3

 

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Romantic Suspense
Did She or Didn't She
Crime Mystery
Toned Down Erotic-ness
Book #1 Rating: ☆4.5☆ Book #2 Rating: ☆4☆
Series Rating:  ☆4.3☆
 
 

With Audio Performed by Jorjeanna Marie



 
 

 

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A fitting ending or a possible non-ending, since at the end of the Audiobook the Author says she is quite possibly going to write another Deanna Madden book at some point in time.  Of which I will gladly listen to.  Jorjeanna Marie is the voice of Deanna Madden, after 3 books of doing so.  I still wish the series had a male narrator for the male parts of the book, though.

The enigmatic Deanna Madden is someone who is unlike any other character I've ever read about.  Her backstory is so tragic, her present so darkly titillating, yet totally compelling...and her possible future, hopefully, involves a little more healing than we've seen so far from her.

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4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝  4.3/5
Narration Performance⇝  4/5
Main Characters⇝  5/5
Secondary Characters⇝  4.5/5
The Feels⇝  4.3/5
Pacing⇝  4/5
Addictiveness⇝  4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝  4.2/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝  5/5
Originality⇝  5/5
Ending⇝  4.2/5 Cliffhanger⇝
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Book Cover⇝ All the covers are perfect in this Series.
Setting⇝ Tulsa, OK
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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