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review 2018-10-28 19:53
"We were all Dark Stars, but Luc...he was the darkest..."
The Darkest Star - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Darkest Star

Jennifer L Armentrout

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When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is, in fact, something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I do love when the title of the book is subtly worked into the story, as it is in the above quote.   I so went into this wanting to love it, but it just wasn't happening.  The first half of this book was a struggle to get through…by far, there is too much silly high school drama.  I don't remember the Lux Series being this childish, I actually really liked it.  It was overwhelmingly disappointing for me.

 

With the second half, the story slowly improved little by little…once JLA stopped being so evasive and actually started giving us something plot-wise, anyway.  She was so evasive that I found myself wishing I could remember more about the Lux Series, especially the final book, just so I might know wtf was up.

 

By the ending, it finally felt like something intriguing was being hinted at…unfortunately, I don't know if that hint will be enough for me to continue the series.  Maybe, if I wait for the Audio, it will be doable???  I was looking at other reviews for this…and it seems most people loved it…so it's possible I'm in the minority here.

 

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~MY RATING~

2.7STARS - GRADE=C-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 2.8/5

Main Characters~ 2.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 2.5/5

Addictiveness~2.7/5

Theme or Tone~ 2.7/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 2.5/5

Originality~ 3/5

Ending~ 3.2/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ It's Starry…

Series~ Origin #1

Setting~ Columbia, Maryland

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

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review 2018-06-22 04:19
2.7 Out Of 5 STARS for me on this one...
Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen

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Wake Of Vultures

Lila Bowen

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Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood and he turns to black sand.

 

And just like that, Nettie can see.

 

But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding—at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead her to find her true kin . . . if the monsters along the way don't kill her first. 

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This felt like it was trying too hard to be about as many relevant topics as it could, and for me personally, I think it just came off as overtly chaotic.  It started out good, I was feeling the alternate old west world she had created…then it just became crude and uncomfortable.  Then there were the supernatural elements, seriously it had everything from Vampires to Chupacabra's, with several more in between, too many really…but  hey, there are plenty of readers out there who liked this.  With that being said…its overall message about not being afraid to be yourself is the best thing about this book, and it's the reason I rated as high as I did.

 

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~MY RATING~

2.7STARS - GRADE=C-

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Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 2.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 2/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 2/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3/5  Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ Very cool

Narration~ 3 by Robin Miles…I don't think she was bad, she just didn't work for me.

Series~ The Shadow #1

Setting~ Old West

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2017-10-12 23:45
The Treatment...?????????
The Treatment - Suzanne Young

Book Title:  The Treatment

Author:  Suzanne Young

Narration:  Joy Osmanski

Series:  The Program #2

Genre:  YA, Sort of Dystopian

Setting:  Oregon

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  2.5/5

The Feels:  2/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.2/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

 

 

I wasn't feeling this, I don't know, the love triangle was beyond annoying in this second book...and I'm just wondering how I gave the first book 5 stars…smh.  It wasn't a bad follow-up, just kind of juvenile…with a less than believable storyline…all culminating in a somewhat rushed ending.  Hhhmm…that sounds kind of bad, huh? I will say that it's overall message is attempting to be redemptive...and, it almost got there.

 

Will I continue this series⇜  I think this was the ending to Sloan and James stories…and I'm not really feeling like I want to read anything else taking place in this world, so…probably not.

 

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review 2017-09-16 15:48
Clueless in San Francisco...
The Pact - Karina Halle

 

 

Book Title:  The Pact

Author:  Karina Halle

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Friends to Lovers

Setting:  San Francisco, CA

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  2.5/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  2.7/5

Theme or Tone:  2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  2.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total:  2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

This book drove me insane…like, not right away, but about 1/3 of the way in and I was just…ugh.  I felt like this was just made up drama, that would never play out like this in real life, just for the purpose of the juicy story.  I don't believe anyone wants somebody that intensely and pushes them away with that same intensity.  And over a complete douchebag of a friend.  Seriously! 

 

Bbbuuttttt……I have to give Karina Halle some credit because she can write some sex scenes…like holy hotness, with just the right amount of sizzle and no lame-ass words for body parts here…so…I'm torn... (continued below)

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  …should I read more by her?  I mean, are her other books less over-the-top dramatic?  Please tell me?

 

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review 2017-03-05 22:22
Wink, Poppy & Midnight...
Wink Poppy Midnight - Alicyn Packard,April Genevieve Tucholke,Caitlin Davies,Michael Crouch

Book Title:  Wink Poppy Midnight

Author:  April Genevieve Tucholke

Narration:  Michael Crouch, Alicyn Packard & Caitlin Davies

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  YA, Mystery, Magical Realism

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Foolin' by Def Leppard  --Since Poppy is my favorite character...this song is for her.  She is an evil bitch…but at least she admits it…

♫Lady luck never smiles

So lend your love to me awhile

Do with me what you will

Break the spell take your fill

On and on we rode the storm

The flame has died and the fire has gone

Oh, this empty bed is a night alone

I realized that long ago♫

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  2/5

Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  2/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme:  2/5

Flow:  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5 The best thing about this book!

Narration:   4/5

Ending:  2/5  Cliffhanger: No, but it feels like something is unresolved.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Maybe not...

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

Going into this, I knew it would be an odd story, but I thought what the hell…I figured at least, if nothing else, it's a short story.  At least the audio version is at just over 5 hours.

 

Poppy was by the far the most gratifying character, the sort you love to hate.  Like Regina George in Mean Girls.  Wink was a close second for reasons I'll not say…and Midnight…Well, I love his name, especially his answer to how he received the name.  So, he was the least memorable character and his pov is the prevailing one...enough said.  In the end, it was the shortness of this that killed it for me, and the fact, that overall it didn't surprise me with where it went. 

⇝Sex Factor⇜  There is a ton of sex going on…it's not really explicit (thank goodness) minor sex that's explicit is just uncomfortable…I mean…eww.  This got some points knocked off for it's blatant promiscuity and no mention of birth control or anything.  

 

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