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review 2017-11-03 23:41
She has gunslinger eyes...and she rides shotgun.
She Rides Shotgun: A Novel - Jordan Harper

 

 

Book Title:  She Rides Shotgun

Author:  Jordan Harper

Narration:  David Marantz

Genre:  Thriller | Crime

Setting:  California

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.7/5

Originality:  3.5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  3/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3 but barely…

Total:  3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

I looked at other reviews for this and thought, wow, what did I miss?  This has a lot of five-star reviews and I just didn't feel that it was worth that.  It was good, but there was no real emotion, not in the narration, at least.  All the sentences are quick and clipped short.  Maybe, it’s the way it's written…maybe, it's the narrator.  ???

 

These characters were so indelible, written as raw and as real as you can get.  They just weren't done justice with the narration.  The story is gritty and in your face with drug addicts, convicts, crooked cops, and a girl…a girl with goals. 

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I don't know…

 

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review 2017-09-08 14:06
This book has me wondering; what it's really like for the movers and the shakers' children in Washington DC???
The Fixer - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 

Book Title:  The Fixer

Author:  Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series:  The Fixer #1

Genre:  YA, Mystery

Setting:  Washington DC

Source: Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.2/5 Cliffhanger: Not so much…but it's not the end of this storyline.

Total:  3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Seriously though, high school is difficult enough without that kind of pressure added to it. I loved this Author's other series The Naturals, but this first book in The Fixer series has left me underwhelmed and missing that thrill…although, it still has her whip-smart style of writing.  Maybe, political intrigue isn't what I'm into right now.  Politics, in general, ugh…need I say more?  Not that this book chooses one side/party or opinion over another, it does really good job of staying neutral, which is very astute of Ms. Barnes.

 

Will I continue this series It's still quite possible…but neither of my library's have it right now.

 

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review 2017-08-12 15:58
Best Character: Daisy the dog cattle-herding-extraordinaire
Berserker - Emmy Laybourne

Book Title:  Berserker

Author:  Emmy Laybourne

Series:  Berserker #1

Genre:  Older YA, Historical, Supernatural, Splash of Romance

Publisher:  Macmillan Children's Publishing Group Feiwel & Friends

Setting:  Norway & Montana

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

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  3.8/5 Cliffhanger:  Sort of

Total:  3.8/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

First off, I freaking love this cover, it's what initially drew me in, and the synopsis had me thinking, wow, that sounds amazing…Norway mixed with some early American old west…I totally clicked on the READ NOW button on Netgalley.  I'm not at all disappointed that I did, either…overall I really liked Berserker…it's just so different from anything else I've been reading lately, but I do have a few issues. 

 

Berserker is very violent and it doesn't sugarcoat any of it, either.   Plot-wise it's a very ambitious undertaking and I'm not sure the Author pulls it off completely.  I would have liked more character development and I wished the romance was a little more developed too.  The ending scenes were a little over-the-top supernaturally, and I didn't fully commit to feeling them.

 

Will I continue this series?⇜  I would like too…just to see where it goes from here.  It really could have ended with this book, though.

 

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review 2017-07-29 17:14
Maybe...I just wanted to like this more than I actually did...this one left me confused as to how I should rate it.
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco,Nicola Barber

 

 

Book Title:  Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author:  Kerri Manisculco

Narration:  Nicola Barber

Series:  Stalking Jack The Ripper #1

Genre:  YA, Historical, Mystery

Setting:  London, England

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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My Thoughts

 

A fast paced story, full of wit and charm, that felt somewhat disorienting to me.   I'm not sure I can fully explain the why, though.  Seriously, I had this long explanation written out, and it just didn't make sense.  So, I deleted all of it and…well…I did find the forensic science involved to be interesting, and overall the story was entertaining, despite my issues.  The ending could have been done better.  Here is some cool Stalking Jack The Ripper Art…(artist credit Phantomrin)

 


Partners in crime solving - Cresswell & Wadsworth:)

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.3/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.5/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued

Total: 3.8/5 STARS

 

Will I continue this series?  I'm not opposed to doing so.  I might try reading it instead of listening to the audiobook...I'm not sure, but, maybe it's the narrator that annoys me. 

 

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review 2017-06-24 21:03
Zombies, Vampires, Shapeshifters, Conspiracy, and A fight for the people...you could say this has it all.
Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys

 

 

 

Book Title:  The Last City

Author:  Logan Keys

Series:  The Last City #1

Genre:  Dystopian, Zombie, YA

Publisher:  Le Chat Publishing

Setting:  Florida (I think) and Sweden

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

 

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Book Theme Song

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

Heroes by Generdyn Music ft. Zayde Wølf  -- I seriously don't know how I came across this, nor have I ever heard of this Generdyn or Zayde Wolf...but really this goes with the book really well has all the feels for it.  It's very inspiring and quite intriguing.♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

3.8/5 STARS

B

 

My Thoughts

 

The Last City formerly known as Gods of Anthem reads like two separate stories.  One is Liza's and the other is Tommy's.  Alternating between the two every so often, not necessarily at chapter breaks.  Which maybe made the story more confusing for me, at least for first 2/3rd of the book.  Although, I did prefer Liza's story over Tommy's because it was a little less complicated. 

 

Oh yeah…there's zombies in this as well…which I'm usually freaked out by them, because they give me nightmares.  These zombies, though, are sorta kept behind the walls so to speak, at least most of the time.  The zombie theme is not overly prevalent, which I did like, because, I didn't have any sleepless nights while reading this.

 

 

Ultimately, though, The Last City feels more like a prequel because of it's rather anti-climatic ending.  I felt like the story only became engaging within the last few pages.  I think the series has the potential to be exceptional, I just don't know if the Author can pull it off, at least for me.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.3/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5 My Cover is the one that says The Last City

Ending:  3.8/5 Cliffhanger:  Yes, pretty much

 

Will I continue this series?  I already have the arc of La La Land, and I feel like theirs potential for this to be a great story…so…yeah.

 

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