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review 2019-10-18 21:06
3.7 Out Of 5 STARS for The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman




Prequel to Practical Magic
Spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s...and more
A Long Line of Witches
Family Curse
Romance & Love

With Audio Performed by Marin Ireland






Full Disclosure:  I've never watched Practical Magic, not that I can remember, anyway...and I've never read the book either.  So, I can't really tell you if this is a good place to start with the series or not.  I  can tell you that I was never at a loss for what was going on in the story...and this takes you right up to when the characters, Gillian and Sally from the movie/book come to live with their Aunts Franny and Jet at a young age.  Although, maybe the fact that I've never read Practical Magic is the reason why I didn't love this, like so many others have.  

Don't get me wrong...it's not at all bad, the story has merit and I even found some of the witchiness appealing here and there...even though witch stories aren't really my thing.    Not enough, that I want to read Practical Magic or anything...but maybe, I wouldn't mind watching the movie.  I did especially love the characters of Franny, Jet, and Vincent. They made the story, for sure.  I think if witch stories are your thing, then you will love this and the Audio is even decently done by Marin Ireland.


Plot 3.8/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 4.5/5
The Feels 3/5
Pacing 3.8/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.5/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 4.7/5  Cliffhanger⇢ Not really.
Book Cover It's okay...I guess.
Setting NY, NY, & Massachusetts
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 10 hours, 58 minutes

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review 2019-07-29 16:13
3.7 Out Of 5 STARS for What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra
What the Woods Keep - Katya de Becerra






Creepy Supernatural
YA/NA Kind of Feel











What The Woods Keep is a YA-ish Contemporary about a just-turned 18-year-old girl who just inherited her childhood home in Promise, Co. But Promise is not like other towns...it's wholly different and completely steeped in the supernatural, and our MC is irrecoverably tied to this town. With a very unique premise, a heap of mystery, and characters that I found unusual, from the very start, I was loving this...


This had my full and complete attention for about the first third of the book...unfortunately, it sort of stalled-out for me, after that. Not sure why; the best way to explain is the writing just wasn't as engaging as it was in the beginning. Then towards the end, it picked the momentum back up and finished fairly strong. I wish it was available on Audio...




Plot⇢ 3.5/5
Main Characters⇢ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇢ 3.5/5
The Feels⇢ 3.5/5
Pacing⇢ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 3.2/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 3.5/5
Originality⇢ 4/5
Ending⇢ 3.7/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...


Book Cover⇢ It's quite striking...
Setting⇢ Promise, Colorado
Source⇢ Kindle eBook (Library)
Length⇢ 384 Pages



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review 2019-07-01 01:30
3.7 Out Of 5 STARS for Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion #1) - Jesse Mahalik


Consortium Rebellion #1


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Deep Space Adventure
Futuristic Techy
Crappy Narration


With Narration by Emily Woo Zeller



๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏





๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏


Maybe, Emily Woo Zeller should stick to narrating YA books. She is normally quite good but with this, she infused her voice with this breathy, sexiness that just came off as overtly comical and didn't work for me. Which in turn made the romance somewhat comical and cheesy for me.


I tried to not let those issues influence my rating too much because overall this was fairly good adult-themed space romp. Featuring a dystopian Earth, set in the future with lots of futuristic tech, space travel and people inhabiting other planets. Plus warring factions, intrigue, and space-jumping, it sort of has it all. The second book in the series is Bianca's story, who is Ada's (MC) sister. Hopefully, she goes with a different narrator for this book, otherwise, I will probably skip it.



๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏


Plot⇝ 3.8/5
Narration Performance⇝ 2.5/5
Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 3.5/5
Pacing⇝ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.7/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Originality⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ "to be continued...with a new sister".
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Book Cover⇝ Love it!
Setting⇝ Deep Space, some random planets and Earth.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-06-19 00:38
Transcendence and Luffs by Shay Savage
Transcendence - Shay Savage

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Primitive Man/ Modern Woman
but...NO Dinosaurs :(
Sex-plicit (lots of it)
Told In First Person from Ehd's POV
Almost Non-Existant Communication
A Love to Transcend Time
Companion Novella Told From Beh's POV


With Audio Performed by Chris Chambers



๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏




(Rating for Luffs 3STARS - GRADE=C)






๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏


Transcendence is a time-travel romance that focuses on the romance more than the science behind the time-travel. I also don't believe its main goal is to be historically accurate, despite that it is loved by many. I listened to Transcendence and read Luffs. Narration for Transcendence was very good for the content. Chris Chambers performed a decent prehistoric caveman. He made me laugh, a lot, Hoh!


While I wasn't blown away by this, I did enjoy it. I started the companion novella when I discovered its existence, thinking it would help me to not be so frustrated by their lack of communication. I just wanted to know, at least a little bit, of what Beh was feeling and thinking. I also wondered if she knew right from the start, that she traveled through time. Thankfully, the novella delivered on that and made the experience of Transcendence slightly more gratifying than it would have been on its own. Also, I really liked the way the ending played out. Although...I really wanted a dinosaur or two...


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏


Plot⇝ 3.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.2/5
The Feels⇝ 4.2/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ I like it...for the visual of Ehd, otherwise I would have pictured him to look more like an actual prehistoric man. I like the cover of Luffs better though because it shows both, Beh and Ehd. Awww...
Setting⇝ Prehistoric Hungary
Source⇝ Audiobook (Hoopla) eBook (Library)
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review 2018-12-28 15:32
Love the title...and I know everyone is hanging out without me, I see the evidence on my Facebook, after all...
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling

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Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?” 


Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!


In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka




๏ ๏ ๏  My Review ๏ ๏ ๏ 


I don't usually read many memoir type stories, and I really only listened to this because I needed a title that ends in a question mark.  I would say this more the musings of a comedian than a memoir, though.  I've never seen The Office or The Mindy Project, but I don't think that matters entirely, at least not to enjoy this.  I laughed out loud many times and if I didn't laugh, I at least smiled.  I can't really say anything bad about something that makes me laugh...


๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 









๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 


Pacing⇝ 4/5 
Addictiveness⇝ 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.5/5
Did It Make Me Laugh⇝ 4/5
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Book Cover⇝ Pretty...
Narration⇝ Mindy Kaling...It was good, I mean who else is going to narrate your book about your thoughts properly other than you???
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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