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review 2017-06-05 21:15
A haunting tale...that's as old as time…
Hunted - Meagan Spooner

 

 

Book Title:  Hunted

Author:  Meagan Spooner

Narration:  Saskia Maarleveld

Genre:  YA, Fairytale Retelling

Setting:  From a village to a magical forest and a castle.

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(link will take you to my tumblr post with a video)

Broken by Seether ft. Amy Lee  --The Beast's song…He is for sure a little broken and a lot lonesome.

♫'Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome

And I don't feel right when you've gone away

You've gone away

You don't feel me here anymore♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

3.7/5 STARS

B

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Maybe, there is just one to many retellings of Beauty and the Beast for me, and I'm feeling a little burned out on them.  I don't know…I just didn't feel this one as much as other readers did, or even as much as I did with other Beauty and the Beast retellings.  I was mostly bored while listening to this, it just couldn't hold my attention for long, although, towards the last 1/3 it did pick up.

 

 

Overall, when I really pondered how I felt about this, I realized this story is really deep in a lot of meaningful ways.  It was probably, for the most part anyway, just lost on me, because my head is elsewhere, lately.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

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

 

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review 2017-05-27 18:53
A wholly different kind of read for me…which was both a positive and a negative
The Clockwork Dynasty: A Novel - Daniel H. Wilson

Book Title:  The Clockwork Dynasty

Author:  Daniel H Wilson

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Steampunk

Publisher:  Doubleday

Setting:  Past and present; including Oregon, London, Russia, and China

SourceI received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Fake it by Seether  --It's so perfect for Peter & the other avtomats…it's also one of my all time favs.

Who's to know if your soul will fade at all

The one you sold to fool the world

You lost your self-esteem along the way

Yeah

And just fake it if your out of direction

Fake it if you don't belong

Fake it if you feel like a infection

Woah your such a f*ckin' hypocrite

 

 

 

OVERALL RATING:  3.7/5 STARS GRADE=B

 

My Thoughts

 

 

The idea behind The Clockwork Dynasty is an ingenious one, but the execution fell a little short for me.  I just couldn't stay focused when reading this, I had to reread some passages again and again.  I feel like this could have been because it was not my usual type of read.  But…Idk???

 

 

I also never felt like I was invested in the characters, especially June…why does June seem so inconsequential.  I wanted more depth from them.  So, maybe I might have wanted to cheer them on.  So…overall this is a imaginative story, it just didn't have enough heart for me.  The cover, though, is absolutely spectacular. 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  3.5/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Kind of does, actually.

 

 

Will I continue this series?  Maybe…if it continues, and it seems like it should.

 

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review 2017-01-14 17:52
Gilded Cage by Vic James
Gilded Cage - Vic James

Book Title:  Gilded Cage

Author:  Vic James

Series:  Dark Gifts #1

Genre:  Dystopian-ish, Fantasy-ish

Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group -Ballantine

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

 

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪
♫ Tear Down the Wall by Art of Dying --This is really for Leah who is the MC of the prologue, but it's pretty fitting for the rest of the book too.♫

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  YES!!!

 

Will I continue this series?  Hhmmm…I'm still deciding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

Gilded Cage has this whole modern/historical/feel to it.  Mixed with a witch/superhuman/monster thing. 

 

 I believe this has everything it needs to be great, plot wise, anyway.  It missed the mark somewhat for me.  It might be that it's too British for me or it might be that it has so many words that I was clueless about.  I didn't get why the author would want to use so many odd words in her story, it seemed over the top to me.  But, maybe that falls into the whole too-British thing.  I don't know???  All I know is I struggled with the flow. 

 I love the cover for this, it's absolutely stunning.  The world it's set in is exceptionally shocking and somewhat intimidating too.  So much so, that I really wish I hadn't struggled with reading it, because I wanted to love it completely.

 

 

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review 2017-01-13 13:56
A Hoopla listen...if only their app worked as well as Overdrive...
An English Bride in Scotland - Lynsay Sands

Book Title:  An English Bride in Scotland

Author:  Lynsay Sands

Narration:  Mary Jean Wells

Series:  Highlanders #1

Genre:  Historical Romance, Scotland

Source:  Audiobook (via Hoopla)

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

Starving by Hailee Steinfeld & Grey ft. Zedd  --It's hard to find a song for a historical book…so I picked a modern one that has the right feel to how I picture Annabel to be, she is just so darn sweet.  She was going to be a nun after all, before she met and married Ross.♫

 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels: 3/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration: 4/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Not at all

 

Will I continue this series?  Mayhap, not…I actually read this to fulfill a square in a reading challenge, Romance Bingo.

 

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

It's been awhile since I read a historical romance of this type, this is what I use to read exclusively when I first started reading.  One day I was bored and picked up the book my mom had been reading, and proceeded to read it one day.  Then the next day I read it again.  I was hooked.  

 

 

This particular book was sweet and funny…but I felt like something was missing still.  I didn't get caught up in the feelings like I should have.  I think Ross and Annabelle just needed more interaction between the two of them, that didn't include sex.  They also mentioned her heaving bosom one too many times, or 12 or 20 too many. 

 

 

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review 2016-10-29 21:52
Pawn by Aimee Carter
Pawn - Aimee Carter

Book Title:  PAWN

Author:  Aimee Carter

Narration:  Lameece Issaq

Series:  The Blackcoat Rebellion #1

Genre:  YA, Dystopian

Source:  Own Audible Audiobook

 

✾Goodreads Synopsis✾ 

 

 

 

♫  See Who I Am by Within Temptation  --Well, for a story about a girl who gets a surgical transformation to make her look like another girl, I think it is fitting.♫

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:   3/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.8/5  Cliffhanger:  sort of

 

Will I continue this series?  ???  It's always possible…

 

 

 

3.7/5 STARS

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

Definition of PAWN

 

  1. a chess piece of the smallest size and value. A pawn moves one square forward along its file if unobstructed (or two on the first move), or one square diagonally forward when making a capture. Each player begins with eight pawns on the second rank, and can promote a pawn to become any other piece (typically a queen) if it reaches the opponent's end of the board.
  2. a person used by others for their own purposes.

 

This Author is from Michigan, which I am also, so I really wanted to like this for that reason alone.  And, I will say I liked it, I just wasn't wowed by it. I feel if I had read this when it first came out, (before I read about 50 other dystopians, give or take a few) I would have loved it.

Overall, It's written well, the characters are mostly likeable.  There's a plethora of intrigue, secrets, lies and twists; some of which are only mentioned in this first book of the Blackcoat Rebellion Series.  And some, unfortunately, that left me feeling confused and disconnected.  

⇝Sex Factor⇜ Not really a factor, but there is mention of it.

 

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