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review 2018-07-01 22:58
2.5 Out Of 5 "twisted af" STARS
In Her Skin - Kim Savage

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~BOOK BLURB~

In Her Skin

Kim Savage

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Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest scam of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecraft's, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine. 

 

When Jo takes on Vivi's identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecraft's welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This was really weird, it had this vibe to it…that felt very un-YA, and really rather risqué.  I feel like I both disliked and liked it…well, sorta liked it.  The premise of the con didn't seem to be believable…but as the story plays out, it becomes more believable and twisted…fairly f*cking twisted.  I flew through this, thanks to the narration.  Despite listening to the last hour of the book two times, I still feel like that ending left me confused, maybe something was missing or maybe it was just me.

 

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~MY RATING~

2.5STARS - GRADE=D+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 2.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 3.5/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 2.5/5

Originality~ 3/5

Ending~ 2.5/5

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Book Cover~ It's eye-catching…

Narration~ 4 for Sandy Rustin…she wasn't too bad, actually.

Setting~ Boston

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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review 2018-02-25 15:56
2.7 Out Of 5 STARS for White Bodies by Jane Robins
White Bodies: An Addictive Psychological Thriller - Jane Robins

 

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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This chilling psychological suspense novel--think Strangers on a Train for the modern age--explores the dark side of love and the unbreakable ties that bind two sisters together. 

 

Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier, and a beautiful up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless facade, not everything is as it seems. 

 

Callie, Tilda's unassuming twin, has watched her sister visibly shrink under Felix's domineering love. She has looked on silently as Tilda stopped working, nearly stopped eating, and turned into a neat freak, with mugs wrapped in Saran Wrap and suspicious syringes hidden in the bathroom trash. She knows about Felix's uncontrollable rages and has seen the bruises on the white skin of her sister's arms. 

 

Worried about the psychological hold that Felix seems to have over Tilda, Callie joins an Internet support group for victims of abuse and their friends. However, things spiral out of control and she starts to doubt her own judgment when one of her new acquaintances is killed by an abusive man. And then suddenly Felix dies--or was he murdered? 

 

A page-turning work of suspense that announces a stunning new voice in fiction, White Bodies will change the way you think about obsession, love, and the violence we inflict on one another--and ourselves.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Something about White Bodies just rubbed me the wrong way, maybe it's the narrator's voice/accent that got to me or the strangely weird thing that the MC did with her sister's hair, teeth, and other personal items (it's freakishly weird) or most likely it was both of those.  I just couldn't care about these characters or what befell them.  That twist at the end, was deviously clever, though.  It was the knowledge that there was going to be a serious twist at the end that kept me listening because I really wanted to DNF this.

 

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~MY RATING~

2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 2.7/5

Main Characters~ 2.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 2.5/5

Addictiveness~ 2/5

Theme or Tone~ 2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3/5

Ending~ 3.2/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Meh…not overly compelling.

Narration~ done by Camilla Arfwedson…My Grade=C-

Setting~ London, England

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-02-25 14:12
2.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land

 

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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Good Me Bad Me is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Land.

 

How far does the apple really fall from the tree? 

 

Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her into the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. 

 

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all. 

 

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother's daughter.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Lately, I've been reading genres of books that are out of my comfort zone.  This may have been too far out, though. Because ultimately, I was disturbed and saddened by this story, and I wish I'd never listened to this one at all. 

 

If you like to be inside the head of someone who has been abused mentally and psychically and see all their dark twistiness that comes from that, then the inside of Annie/Millie's head might be a welcome place for you.  It's just not for me, though.

 

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~MY RATING~

2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+

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Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 2.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 2.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3/5

Ending~ 2/5  Cliffhanger~  Not really.

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Book Cover~ It's kind of compelling, I wished that it had warned me away, though…

Narration~ by Imogen Church was fairly well done.  She definitely had the creep factor going…

Setting~ London, England

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2017-02-20 19:37
Raging Star and Dust Lands Trilogy
Raging Star (Dust Lands, #3) - Moira Young

Book Title:  Raging Star

Author:  Moira Young

Narration:  Heather Lind

Series:  Dust Lands #3

Genre:  Dystopian, Love & Stuff, YA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

⇝Add to Goodreads⇜

 

 

 

 

 

 

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Flares by The Script  --The words are for Saba…Did you regret nothing???

 

♫Did you lose what won't return?

Did you love but never learn?

The fire's out but still it burns

And no one cares, there's no one there

Did you find it hard to breathe?

Did you cry so much that you could barely see?

You're in the darkness all alone

And no one cares, there's no one there♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  2.5/5

Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  2/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme:  1/5

Flow:  2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  2/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  2.5/5  Cliffhanger:  no

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Idk????

 

 

Series Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

 (Blood Red Road -4.7 Rebel Heart -3.5 Raging Star -2.5)

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

This series has ultimately disappointed me…I've tried to figure out if I regret reading it at all, and to tell the truth…I'm just not sure…a part of me is, though.  I have loved the narration on this series by Heather Lind, but even that got on my nerves towards the end of this book.  Maybe, that's Saba's fault too. 

I'm just not happy with the decisions that Saba, Jack and Tommo have been making.  I was also seriously disappointed in the heart stone, (really, it is sort of a character) how could it light up for both of them?  I didn't like that at all.  After the debacle that was Rebel Heart, where everyone made some rash decisions, it was clear that Raging Heart had to have something epic happen to put it back on the 'loving this' train.  Clearly, that didn't happen for me.

⇝Sex Factor⇜ Yes, there is sex but not explicit.  It's not a clean read, for sure.

 

 

 
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review 2016-12-04 18:15
This series suffers from too much sex…sex scenes should not be tedious…should they?
Sweetest Taboo (SIN) - J. Kenner

Book Title:  Sweetest Taboo

Author:  J Kenner

Series:  S.I.N. #3

Genre:  Erotic, BDSM, Adult Contemporary Romance

Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine

Source:  I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

 

Goodreads Synopsis 

 

 

 

 

MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG

The Sweetest Taboo by Sade --See post below...♫

 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜


Plot:  2/5
Characters:  3/5
The Feels:  2/5
Addictiveness:  2/5
Theme:  3/5
Flow:  3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building):  3/5
Originality:  3/5
Book Cover:  4/5
Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  NO
 
Will I read more from this author?  I think I might be done with this author, at least for now.  Maybe, this isn’t my kind of story.

 

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I’ve said on my review for Hottest Mess, this should have been only one book or two at the most with a lot less sex.  I feel that it’s perfectly okay to leave the reader with the impression that they had sex and not inundate a story with scene after scene of explicit sex.  I would say they amount to at least 75% of the series as a whole.  One word. Overkill.  I did a lot of skimming.  

Otherwise the story that we did get was a fairly exciting one.  It was just a little difficult to get to.  Everything involving Dallas and Jane’s kidnapping, was intriguing and kept me thinking…I had a feeling who it was since the second book…and I was right.

⇝Sex Factor⇜ If you like your books full of hot steamy sex and very little actual story, then this is your series.

 

 

 

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