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review 2019-10-27 15:21
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for The Black Wolf by JA Redmerski (more like a review of the series so far...)
The Black Wolf - J.A. Redmerski

In the Company of Killers #5

 

FEATURING

 
Romantic Suspense
Contract Killers
Sex Trade Take Down
Sex-Plicit...Sort of
Book 5 of 7 (So Far)
Series Rating So Far...Around 4 STARS
Full Cast Narration*
 
 
LINK TO SERIES SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 3.8 STARS | GRADE B



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I really like this series...I wouldn't say I love it, not like some...because there are some readers who really love this series.  Like ravenously.  The series as a whole is Dark Romantic Suspense that only has a smattering of romance and is heavy on the suspense and the darkness.

The dark subject matter varies from sex slavery to hired assassins to extreme torture...to revenge killing.  I've rated every book in the series at or around the 4-star mark...and I've been thinking why haven't I been able to give it five stars?   The dark subject matter, in particular, those books in the series that delve into the world of sex slavery take you to a place that's not only difficult to read about, it just feels wrong to give it five stars because of the f*cked up subject matter.  But...also, on the other hand, I have read another series that is all about sex slavery the Dark Duet by CJ Roberts and rated it 5 stars and I still believe it deserves those stars because those books have really stuck with me.  They took me to the mindf*ck edge and tipped me over.  Unfortunately, In the Company of Killers has only taken me to the mindf*ck edge...but hasn't tipped me over the said edge.  Not yet, anyway, and I know this Author is capable of tipping me over the edge because of her book Everything Under the Sun.  I loved it...and I'm trying to be patient while waiting for the sequel already. 
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 3.8/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 3.7/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 3.7/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 3.7/5
Originality 4.3/5
Ending 4/5 Cliffhanger "to be continued..."
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Book Cover It's okay...don't get me started on the whole cigarette thing...
Setting Italy mostly...
Source Own Audible Audiobook
Length 9 hours 34 minutes
 
 
*FULL CAST NARRATION AS FOLLOWS
 
 Luke Daniels - NIKLAS
Kate Reinders - IZABEL
Susannah Jones - NORA
Nelson Hobbs - FREDRIK (MAYBE)
Stephen Bel Davies - VICTOR
 
I READ THIS FOR FREE SPACE (POE) SQUARE
 
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review 2019-10-23 21:47
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The House by Christina Lauren
The House - Christina Lauren

 

FEATURING

 
Monster House For Teens
With Romance
A Possession
Paranormal
Older YA


With Audio Performed Swimmingly by Elizabeth Louise and Deacon Lee
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+



 

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Best Character goes to the Antagonist...The House.  Not that I was rooting for the house...well maybe I was, a little.  Did you ever see the movie, Monster House...

 

 
...this was like that, but with seventeen-year-olds, and some mushy, gushy romance stuff.  It wasn't half bad either...and I think that surprised me because I was hesitant to read it.  Seriously, that's all you really need to know...I say read it, especially if you're in the mood for something different than your average ghost story.  Also...if you've never seen Monster House...then you should, even if you don't have kids.
 
FYI...As far as the romance goes...or at least as far as the characters take things in their relationship this is getting an Older YA tag from me.  
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4/5
Narration Performance 4/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 3.7/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 3.5/5
Theme or Tone 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 4/5
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Book Cover I like it.
Setting Morton, Kansas
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 45 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR TERROR IN A SMALL TOWN SQUARE
 
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review 2019-08-01 04:31
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Appealed by Emma Chase
Appealed - Emma Chase

Legal Briefs #3

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Contemporary Romance
Male POV
Lots of LOL Moments
Courtroom Proceedings
Second Chance Love
Very Explicit Sexual Content --Like Woow.
Possibly Too Much Sex & Not Enough Plot
Audio Performed by Deacon Lee


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING 3.8STARS - GRADE= B

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

This is a quick, super-cute addition to the Legal Briefs Series. Emma Chase can get into a guys head like no one else can. I liked Brent and Kennedy's story a lot, and Brent has some super funny thoughts and moments. Jake & Chelsea's story is still my top fav of the series, though.

 

Appealed could have used some more substance to it...sadly, it relied on sex to carry most of the story...very explicit sex of all the positions and types of sex there is. Let's just say sometimes those can be awkward on Audio with Teens hanging around, unexpectedly. Deacon Lee, as always, was fantastic with his narration.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 4.3/5
Narration Performance⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 4.3/5
The Feels⇢ 3.8/5
Pacing⇢ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5
Originality⇢ 3/5
Ending⇢ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Nope.
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Book Cover⇢ Meh...
Setting⇢ New York, NY
Source⇢ Audiobook (Scribd)
Length⇢ 6 hours, 43 minutes

 

 

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review 2019-05-16 14:25
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Curse (Audio) - Marie Rutkoski

 

The Winner's Trilogy #1

 

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Heavy-ish on the Fantasy
Light on the Dystopian
YA
Revolution
Enslavement
Romance (of a sort)
 
 
 
 
 

With Audio Performed by Justine Eyre

 
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
With over 80,000 readers and an overall rating of 4.01 on Goodreads, you know that there are a few people who loved this, sadly, I'm not one of them...but I did like it, and I will more than likely keep listening to the series.  I might have liked it more if I had read it a few years ago...but reading it at this point...I feel like the writing and the overall story was there but I wasn't.

 
๏~ I found the world to be somewhat indiscriminent...it felt like a fantasy (with fantastical names and such) but also felt like a future dystopian-like society too.  Which does it want to be?  There is no magic system...but this I actually liked because I've been feeling like it's (magic) really played out lately.  The ending came out of nowhere to me...and I'm still a little confused about how it came about.
 
๏~ With the exception of Kestral and Arin, there is very little character development, but even they feel kind of wishy-washy to me.  It's as if the side characters were just inconsequential. 

๏~ The romance left me wanting more.  Do they like each other or not, is it enough that they do...this is what will keep me listening to series, ultimately.  I do love a good angsty romance, and I feel like the potential is there for that.  You know, with their people at war with each other and all.

 
Or...

My disappointment in this could stem from the fact that I listened to this right after listening to Daisy Jones & the Six (and I freaking loved that) and I couldn't really get into the right frame of mind for it...like a book hangover kind of feeling.  I don't know??? 

The Audio was okay but could have been better.  I can't seem to stress this enough...if you have pov's from both a female and a male character, then you should always have both a female and male narrators.


๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

3.8STARS - GRADE=B

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3.5/5
The Feels⇝ 3.7/5
Pacing⇝ 3.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.2/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.2/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Of course...
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Book Cover⇝  It's pretty
Setting⇝ Herran, a peninsula conquered by the Valorians  
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2018-12-29 19:16
A twisted family affair...
Emma in the Night - Wendy Walker

 

 

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One night five years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister's return might just be the beginning of the crime.

 

 

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Review ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

I've read reviews where they call the MC of a book an unreliable narrator, but I've never quite grasped what that means...until now, that is.  I think it's when they (the MC) is not giving you; the reader, all the information despite it being from their pov.  For instance, in this book, Cass doesn't give anything away, other than conveying that you "don't know the whole story".  Do I like this approach?  Maybe...my feelings are mixed on this.

 

This was an okay read, despite anti-climatic ending...nothing spectacular...but I mostly liked it.  The narrators were decent too.  The topic of narcissism was not only interesting but also something quite different and it felt well researched.  It was a worthwhile listen just for that alone.  Which is good because the characters were somewhat unlikable at best...and the rest were quite obnoxious, although, some of them were that way on purpose, for sure.

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

☆3.8☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5 
Secondary Characters⇝ 3.7/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 4.2/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 3.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It freaked me out at first, it kinda looks like an exorcism, because you have to look closely to see that her face is actually facing forward.
Narration⇝ ☆4.5☆ for Therese Plummer (as Abby) & Julia Whelan (as Cass)...they were both quite good and also had distinct voices.  I've listened to them both many times in many different books.
Setting⇝ Connecticut
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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