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review 2018-11-17 20:13
Full disclosure: I don't necessarily know Mary Shelly's story of Frankenstein, I only know of movies and such depicting it. Also, I'm not a fan of the Classics...
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White

 

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Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the year's pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
 
 
 
 

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This is not a terrible story, or badly written...I just don't think it was my kind of story.  I couldn't connect with the characters or the story itself...but I know that others have.  It felt overwhelmingly depressing and it switched timelines constantly and I never knew where or what time we were in.  The latter could have been due to listening on audio, with not enough quiet space between each time period to differentiate between them.  Overall, I couldn't keep myself engaged in the story.  The only part I actually liked was the last 45 minutes of the story.

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☆3.2☆STARS - GRADE=C

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 2.8/5
Main Charactes⇝3.2/5
Secondary Characters⇝3/5
The Feels⇝ 2.5/5
Pacing⇝ 2.8/5
Addictiveness⇝2.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝3/5 
Backdrop (World Building)⇝3.8/5
Originality⇝4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope. 
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Book Cover⇝I love it! I wish I loved the story as much...
Narration⇝ Katherine McEwan, not too bad...
Setting⇝ Somewhere gloomy...or England
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2018-07-28 21:10
3.2 Out Of 5 "the jackal and the phoenix" STARS
Jackal - Willow Aster,Tarryn Fisher

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

Jackal

Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

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Jackal Emerson has never taken himself seriously. Dubbed the “orgy king,” he’s renowned for his reputation as the wild End Man. But with the uprising on the horizon and his best friend missing, Jackal is having a hard time living the same carefree existence. 

 

And then he meets a thief and everything changes.

 

Phoenix Moyo, principal dancer of a notorious ballet company, lives a life of rigidity. When her world collides with Jackal’s, their chemistry is evident to everyone except her. Forced to work with him to steal the most precious commodity of the Regions, she realizes too late that there is no escaping Jackal’s charisma. 

 

When unimaginable crimes come to light, the Regions begin to crumble. No one is safe. Families divide and secrets are exposed, danger running rampant on every side. For some, sacrifice costs everything.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I'm not going to lie I'm having multiple issues with these books so far, and yet, I'm still mildly fascinated with them…It definitely has to be due to the f*cked up world they are set in.   It's an oddly engrossing and a disturbingly titillating prospective world that they have created here.  It could also be due to the fact that they leave the reader completely hanging at the end of each book, some serious cliffhangers going on here. 

 

The little facts of animals sex lives and courtship rituals at the beginning of each chapter, always kept me going and laughing throughout, like this little gem...

 

"Female hyenas have a clitoris that's so long it's sometimes mistaken for a penis"

 

...these were by far the best part about this book.  They made Jackal and Phoenix's story infinitely more appealing.  I wonder, though, if the Authors added these because of the play on names (Jackal? Phoenix?)...maybe so...either way, I loved them.

 

Honestly, though, the writing is not up to par with what I've read from Tarryn Fisher so far.  It's almost as if they tried to keep each book in the series as short as possible, so they've streamlined the stories to the bare essentials because both stories so far have left me feeling like something is missing from them. 

 

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~MY RATING~

3.2STARS - GRADE=C+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.3/5

Main Characters~ 3.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.7/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 3.5/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 3/5 Cliffhanger~ Yeah, and then some…

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Book Cover~ Meh…

Series~ The End Men #2

Setting~ Blue Region & some Red

Source~ Kindle eBook (KU)

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review 2018-04-27 14:16
3.2 Out Of 5 STARS for The Lost Girls
The Lost Girls - Heather Young

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

The Lost Girls

Heather Young

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A stunning debut novel that examines the price of loyalty, the burden of regret, the meaning of salvation, and the sacrifices we make for those we love, told in the voices of two unforgettable women linked by a decades-old family mystery at a picturesque lake house.

 

In 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys the family—her father commits suicide, and her mother and two older sisters spend the rest of their lives at the lake house, keeping a decades-long vigil for the lost child.

 

Sixty years later, Lucy, the quiet and watchful middle sister, lives in the lake house alone. Before her death, she writes the story of that devastating summer in a notebook that she leaves, along with the house, to the only person who might care: her grandniece, Justine. For Justine, the lake house offers freedom and stability—a way to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the home she never had. But the long Minnesota winter is just beginning. The house is cold and dilapidated. The dark, silent lake is isolated and eerie. Her only neighbor is a strange old man who seems to know more about the summer of 1935 than he’s telling.

 

Soon Justine’s troubled oldest daughter becomes obsessed with Emily’s disappearance, her mother arrives to steal her inheritance, and the man she left launches a dangerous plan to get her back. In a house haunted by the sorrows of the women who came before her, Justine must overcome their tragic legacy if she hopes to save herself and her children.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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A very languid slow-burning mystery, for me, maybe too languid.  The characters were difficult to emphasize with or even like.  It just seemed like they were too blasé about everything.  I just wanted to scream at them to wake up.  I also found it really difficult to keep all of the names straight.  For some, I believe the pacing will be fine, evidenced by all the great ratings this book has.  For me, it was just so-so.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.2STARS - GRADE=C+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 2.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 2.5/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~  It's okay…

Narration~ 2.5 -Alice Rosengard (Aunt's Voice) and 4.3 -Laurel Schroeder (Justine's Voice)

Setting~ Remote lake in Minnesota

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2016-08-12 17:58
At least I can say I have two new favorite narrators with this one...
Overruled (The Legal Briefs Series) - Emma Chase

Book Title:  Overruled

Author:  Emma Chase

Narration:  Jason Carpenter and Charlotte Penfield

Series:  The Legal Briefs Series #1

Genre:  Adult Contemporary, Romance

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

☆My Pick for Book Theme Song:  Kerosene by Miranda Lambert  --this is what Sophia should have done to Stanton…and Jenny too, for that matter.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3/5

Characters:  2.8/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme:  3/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  5+/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  No

 

Will I continue this series?  I think so, the synopsis for Sustained sounds interesting and it has much better ratings.

 

 

3.2/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

While her writing is amazing, I did have some major issues with this first installment of the Legal Briefs Series.  There are situations in this book that are difficult to believe they could ever happen in real life.  Nobody is that stupid…seriously, Stanton is a douche, who continually misses the red flags that are staring him in the face.  I didn't really care for him and Sophia could have stood up for herself a little more.  There are literally so many nuances of this story that can be picked apart.  All of which are completely spoiler-ish.   

 

The narration in this book completely saved it for me, it was actually more than exceptional.  It's really the only reason I felt compelled to listen until the end.

 

Sex Factor:  Scorching hot sex, of course, Emma Chase knows how to write about sex.

 

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