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review 2019-12-13 22:27
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ The End of Our Story by Meg Haston
The End of Our Story - Meg Haston
 
 
FEATURING⇢

⬥Young Adult
⬥A Love Story
⬥Coming Of Age
⬥A Tragedy
⬥Domestic Violence
⬥Splash of Mystery
⬥Open-Ended Ending
⬥With Audio Smashingly Performed by Caitlin Kelly & James Fouhey

 
 
(Goodreads)
 

MY RATING⇢ 3.5 STARS | GRADE B-

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
The writing is exceptional and the plot has a lot going for it...Two kids who are directionless but likable (they are all mostly directionless, anyway).  A sweet love story with a dubious break-up but maybe they can get it back, or maybe they can find a way to at least be friends...especially when a tragedy hits them.   The tragedy even has a bit of a mystery to it.  With all that it feels like it should be a winner.  But sadly, it was missing something.  For me, that something was an actual ending.  By leaving it the way she (the author) did...with considerably more than an open-ended ending...I feel bereft without some kind of closure.
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 3.7/5
Narration Performance 4/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 4/5
Pacing 3.7/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 3.8/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.2/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 2.5/5 Cliffhanger Hmmm...
____
 
Book Cover It's all right...
Setting Florida...Atlantic coast
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 48 minutes

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review 2019-11-26 23:57
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS ⇢Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
Only Daughter - Anna Snoekstra

 

FEATURING⤏

⬥Australia Setting
⬥Murder Mystery
⬥Thriller/Suspense
⬥Impostor Daughter
⬥You Got Me w/the Whodunit
⬥Needed A Second Narrator
⬥ With Narration Performed by Saskia Maarleveld

 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS

(AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

MY RATING⇢ 3.5 STARS | GRADE B-

 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
While I always enjoy Saskia Maarleveld's narration...this could have benefitted from a second narrator for each of the Bec's.  The constant POV changes were hard to keep up with, especially with only one narrator for each POV.

I did not see that twist coming...so well done on that.  But...yeah there's a but, I felt like the ending, overall had some believability issues.  I'm just not so sure that things could have played out the way they did. It was like, whoa, here's this unforeseen twist and this should ratchet up the suspense, but it was written in a way that downplayed everything that was going on.  Basically, it was weird...but also, compelling.
 
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 3.8/5
Narration Performance 3.5/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 4.3/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme or Tone 3.7/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 4.5/5
Ending 3/5 Cliffhanger Nah...
_____
 
Book Cover Kind of blah...
Setting Australia
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 7 hours, 22 minutes.

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review 2019-10-12 12:08
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS for We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
We Sold Our Souls - Grady Hendrix

 

FEATURING

 
Rock N Roll/Metal Inspired
Horror-if-ic
Weird AF
Gore
Devil Worshipping
My First Book By This Author


With Audio Performed by Carol Monda

 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 3.5 STARS | GRADE B-


 
 
 
 
 
MY THOUGHTS⇢
 
I loved how the chapters were named after albums of different Rock/Metal bands.  It was the second chapter in, I believe, and the chapter was Appetite For Destruction...and I was thinking, hey, that's  a Gun's & Roses album name (the only truly good one from them, in my opinion.)  After that, I tried to figure out the band from each new chapter name.  Some I knew, some I didn't.  Probably because I was more of a Rock/Hair Band kind of music fan than a metal fan.

Overall, a crazily entertaining listen, with audio performed fairly decently by Carol Monda, her raw, deep voice really captured the true essence of Kris Pulaski.

Although, at times, I was utterly confused and I may have missed the point of the whole story.  I was left wondering if this was a play on metal music poisoning your mind or was the music actually poisoning their minds, like sublimely?  Or, is it both? At other times it felt like it was dipping into a supernatural theme...with the whole, he sold our souls to the devil shit, either that or they were on some serious drugs.  This sort of confusion seems to be a theme for me lately, and what was with those UPS guys?
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 3.5/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 3.8/5
The Feels 3/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 3.8/5
Theme or Tone 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 4.3/5
Ending 3.8/5 Cliffhanger Nah...
_____
 
Book Cover It's awesome, actually...very Rock N Roll
Setting West Virginia & Las Vegas
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 9 hours, 2 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR PAINT IT BLACK SQUARE
 
 
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review 2019-09-15 20:48
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Killing November by Adriana Mather
Killing November - Adriana Mather

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Secret School for A Secret Society
Savvy Teens
Lions, Wolves, & Bears...Oh My!
Mysterious Setting
Murder Afoot
Awkward Romance
With Audio Performed by Cassandra Morris

 

 

Link to Synopsis (Goodreads)

 

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 3.5 STARS | GRADE B-

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢


I want to say that I liked this, but that wouldn't be entirely true...there are just too many elements at play that I'm not sure how I feel about them...I'll attempt to explain...

 

Throughout the majority of the story, I was wondering where this was going...because it didn't seem all that clear. It's steeped in mystery to the point of being slightly annoying.  The Author only hands out a few breadcrumbs of info, and those are really just told to you.

 

This story is definitely different...from the characters to the secret society to Academy Absconditi (what a strange name), this is unlike anything I've ever read about. This secret school is so secret a student is brought in knocked out so they don't know where it is...and its eye-for-an-eye policy is kind of messed up, among other policies/rules. Even the classes they take are off-kilter...they have a class for tree climbing, of which the heroine loves to do. There are many more oddities in this that I'm not going to give away, though.

 

Overall, despite how weird it is, something about this story intrigues me and I may even listen to the second book, in the hope to figure out what that is. Although, I wish that they had picked a different narrator for this...it's not that she was bad...she just wasn't the right voice for this. I have listened to her in other stuff and absolutely loved her.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 3.7/5
Narration Performance⇢ 4/5
Characters⇢ 2.8/5
The Feels⇢ 2.5/5
Pacing⇢ 4/5
Addictiveness⇢ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 3.7/5
Originality⇢ 3.5/5
Ending⇢ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ A "to be continued..."
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Book Cover⇢ I like it.
Setting⇢ Academy Absconditi
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Audiobook Length⇢ 11 hours, 47 minutes

 

 

I Read This For Dark Academia Square (Transfigured from Black Cat)

{This was a perfect fit for this square}

 

 

 

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review 2019-07-21 23:16
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Under A Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day
Under A Dark Sky - Lori Rader-Day

FEATURING⇢

 

Closed Circle Murder Mystery
A Dark Sky Park
Lake Michigan Setting
Dealing With Loss Of Spouse
Audio Performed By Tavia Gilbert

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING 3.5STARS - GRADE= B-

 

 

 

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

Initially drawn in by the familiar setting of Northern Michigan, (I've not only driven but also walked across the Mackinaw Bridge...which is very cool) I sadly only found this to be an okay read, overall. My favorite element of the story is the setting, actually. Also, if you've read this and you're wondering if the phone service is really as bad as they make out to be in this story...it totally is.

As for the other elements...while I've never read this type of mystery, a closed circle or locked-room sort of thing...I feel like the idea is to make us believe that each person involved could be guilty of the murder. Rader-Day did, for the most part, accomplish this, but it was done somewhat weakly or maybe, it just felt too contrived. The story was also overly long and could've been less detailed in some areas. I also found the MC kind of odd...with her random almost-hook-up to the very random eventual romance interest, to her fear of the dark...why was she afraid of the dark after her husband's death??? Overall, I feel the mystery did have many layers going for it, and the ending did surprise me.

Audio by Tavia Gilbert was doable...she's not the best and she's definitely not the worse, either. I will forever be reminded of the first series I listened to narrated by her, though.


THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 3.3/5
Narration Performance⇢ 4/5
Characters⇢ 3.2/5
The Feels⇢ 3.5/5
Pacing⇢ 3/5
Addictiveness⇢ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4.5/5
Originality⇢ 4.5/5
Ending⇢ 3.8/5
_____

 

Book Cover⇢ It's pretty enough...but it doesn't really represent the story.
Setting⇢ The tip of the middle finger of Michigan...only in Michigan can you explain a geographical location with parts of your hand. (A Dark Sky Park really does exist in this exact spot)
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 11 hours, 44 minutes

 

 

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