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review 2018-04-30 15:16
3.7 Out Of 5 "demented and twisted" STARS
The Butterfly Garden - Dot Hutchison

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

The Butterfly Garden

Dot Hutchinson

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Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.

 

In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

 

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

 

As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I hesitated to read this because the subject manner was the sort that I have a difficult time reading…then I saw a review that said it was disturbing but not graphically so…and I thought, maybe I can get through this.  Since Amazon basically gave (I paid $1.99) me a KU membership for the next 3 months, I went for it.

 

The Butterfly Garden is seriously twisted but something about it kept me from investing in the story completely.  I honestly think that was due to the wide-ranging reviews on this book. I think they jaded me right from the start.  I'm not going to get into the details of that because I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone else.  Although, I will say that the twist at the end felt entirely unnecessary to me and it really just left me confused.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.7STARS - GRADE=B

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.7/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 2.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Sorta…

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Book Cover~ It's decent

Narration~ 5 -Lauren Ezzo was amazingly good & 4☆ -Mel Foster was decent too.

Series~ The Collector #1

Setting~ The Garden

Source~ KU Read & Listen

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review 2018-04-08 17:25
3.7 Out Of 5 "tragically hip" Stars
Sorta Like A Rock Star - Matthew Quick

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Sorta Like A Rock Star

Matthew Quick

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Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism—and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope? With an oddball cast of characters, and a heartwarming, inspiring story, this novel unveils a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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At first, Amber Appleton annoyed me quite a bit.  She is tragically hip, saying words like True and Word constantly.  Maybe, in 2015 when this was published, she might come off as less annoying, but somehow I doubt it. I was poised to give this something like a 2-2 and 12 Stars, and then somewhere along the way, she started to get to me.  Somehow, she burrowed her way under my skin.  I even shed a tear or two.  Seriously.  Of course, I could just be feeling sorry for myself, I just had surgery, after all, and I can't do much right now.

 

Ultimately, the message or the tone of this book came through to me, despite all the religious references (for the most part they were referenced in a non-preachy way).  Granted, it's has a sappy "ABC After School Special" feel to it, but for the right audience…

 

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~MY RATING~

3.7STARS - GRADE=B

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 3.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.3/5

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Book Cover~ It's Okay

Narration~ ☆4☆ She's definitely perky…but she didn't pull those "Word" and "True's" off to well.

Setting~ IDK

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2017-12-27 23:31
I believe this is worth the read for the world-building alone.
Certain Dark Things: A Novel - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

 

 

 

 

Book TitleCertain Dark Things

Author:  Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Narration:  Dan Bittner

Genre:  Urban Fantasy | Paranormal

Setting:  Mexico City

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  3.7/5

Main Characters:  3.2/5

Secondary Characters:  2.8/5

The Feels:  3/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5  It's not that he wasn't good…I just wish there would have been a female for the female parts.

Ending:  3.8/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  2

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

If you prefer your vampires scary and very little to no romance…then you might like this.  It's definitely different and it's all told in one book, too.  The world the author has created with Certain Dark Things is fantastically dark and rich in vampire folklore.  An alternate present where vampires have been found out and have shaped our present world very different than it is now.  Unfortunately, I found the characters in this book, less than likable…with the exception of Domingo, and most of the time I just felt sorry for him.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Maybe, I would.

 

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review 2017-11-21 21:47
Sometimes a book just isn't what you need at that moment...and maybe this is a case of "It's not you, it's me"...
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

Book Title:  The Wife Between Us

Author:  Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Genre:  Mystery | Thriller

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press

Setting:  New York City & Suburbs

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

 

 

 

⇝Add to Goodreads⇜

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3/5

Pacing:  3.8/5

Addictiveness: 2/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4.5/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

I don't know what it was about this that would not let me stay interested in this.  It seems to have everything you would want in a Mystery/Thriller, including several 5-star reviews, and yet, I just couldn't seem to care enough about it.  It just seemed to have the depressing feel to it and I found myself not wanting to read it.  So…it took me a while to finish it…

 

But really…

 

The Wife Between Us is a haunting story with a cleverly crafted plot and twists you won't see coming.  Overall, you probably shouldn't let my feelings on it sway you into not reading it because plenty of readers loved it.

 

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I don't know, maybe not…maybe yes.

 

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review 2017-11-21 21:23
With the Virtue Duo you get an unadulterated make-no-apologies straight-up love triangle.
Sweetest Venom (The Virtue Series) (Volume 2) - Mia Asher

Book Title:  Sweetest Venom
Author:  Mia Asher
Narration:  Lucy Rivers & Jeremy York
Series:  Virtue #2
Genre:  Erotica | Romance
Setting:  New York
Source:  Audiobook (Library)
 
 
 
⇝Add to Goodreads⇜

 
 
 
 

 
 
Plot:  3.2/5
Main Characters:  3.5/5
Secondary Characters:  3.5/5
The Feels:  3/5
Pacing:  4/5
Addictiveness:  3.5/5
Theme or Tone:  2.8/5
Flow (Writing Style):  4/5
Backdrop (World Building):  4/5
Book Cover:  4/5
Narration:  4.5/5
Ending:  3.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.
Steam Factor 0-5:  5+
Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 


 
 

 
I went into this knowing it would have too much explicit sex for my liking…and so I wasn't pissed off about that.  I also fast-forwarded through them some, and that helped, too.  I do have to give the narrator's props for reading these sex scenes out loud, because wow, they were raw.  Also some props for the Author, for always keeping it real with the way she writes her sex scenes.  (I suppose I can let it slide the couple times she referred to a vagina as a sex…serious pet-peeve of mine.) 
 
While I had some issues with the MC (Blair is one f'-ed up chic) and the believability of the story...I think, overall, I liked how different this story is…it wasn't cliched like a lot of New Adult/Contemporary Romance stories out these days.  The fate of the love triangle will leave you wondering just which direction it's going in, right up until the very end.
 
Will I read more from this Author?⇜ Maybe…
 

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