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review 2018-09-23 19:13
A disappointing ending to one of my favorite series...3.5 Out Of 5 STARS worth
The Lost Codex - Heather Lyons

 

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The Lost Codex

Heather Lyons

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Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart. 

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence. 

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated. 

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost. 

For what is written can still be erased.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I wanted to love this…I have loved the first three books in The Collector's Society.  This has always been a uniquely told book series, but this one was just too out there in left field and left me feeling confused and sadly disappointed.  It felt like it dragged a lot of the time and was the longest 411 pages ever.  I've adored these characters and I have been fascinated with the premise, so I tried to let that reflect in my rating.  I guess, overall I just wanted this play out differently…and that ending…well, I guess ultimately that ending left an opening for this story to play out differently...

 

I actually finished the last half or so of this book with the Audio version, because I was being plagued by migraines and couldn't continue reading.  I did not care for the narration of this at all, though.  Heather Lyons, in my opinion, this series could have benefitted from a different narrator, in fact adding a male voice would have been worked much better for Finn's parts and for the print version, you really need to have someone proofread it.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

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Plot~ 3.2/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.8/5

The Feels~ 3.7/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.3/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ This is supposed to be the last one…but it could be continued…with the way it ended.

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Book Cover~ It's fairly cool…

Series~ The Collector's Society #4

Setting~ The Institute, Antarctica, Wonderland

Source~ I own Kindle eBook

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I used this for Relics and Curiosities Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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review 2018-06-04 19:58
3.8 Out Of 5 "conspiracy theory" STARS
Zeroes: A Novel - Chuck Wendig

 

 

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Zer0es

Chuck Wendig

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When five hackers — an Anonymous-style rabble-rouser, an Arab Spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cypherpunk, and an online troll — are scooped up by the U.S. government and told they face prison sentences or worse, they take the deal that’s offered them: working as white-hat hackers in service to their nation. Forced into an uneasy alliance, threatened by their warring personalities and sabotaged by rival hackers, the five begin to fear for their lives as their orders grow increasingly dark and strange. But it’s only when they discover the truth behind the sinister NSA program that they realize the stakes go well beyond anything they could have imagined . . .

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Full Disclosure:  I was little confused while listening to this…because I'm not hacker proficient.  Did I enjoy the story despite that…yeah…for the most part, I did.  The characters more-so than the plot.  There is plenty of humor in this, albeit profane and lots of techno-action, and actual action, considering it’s a book about hacking and such. 

 

The narration is surprisingly good, considering how many main characters there is in this.  Ray Chase manages to bring these characters to life.  Each of them having their own distinctive voice, including the two females, and even better, neither came off sounding like a whiny bitch.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.8STARS - GRADE=B

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5

The Feels~ 3.5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 3.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.7/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3.7/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ Very Good

Narration~ ☆4.7☆ -Ray Chase

Series~ 1 #1

Setting~ USA (different locations throughout)

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-04-30 15:56
3.8 Out of 5 "superstitious" STARS
Odd & True - Cat Winters

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Odd & True

Cat Winters

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Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

 

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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While steeped in the supernatural, I wouldn't necessarily call this a paranormal or supernatural story.  It's really a story about the love and the bonds of family and for Trudgen and Odette, it’s a story about the bond of sisters.  It's about believing in yourself and also a story of finding yourself.  If you're looking for an action-packed demon-slaying kind of story, you won't really find it here.  This is a one of those take your time and savor kind of reads.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.8STARS - GRADE=B

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 3.5/5

Addictiveness~ 3.7/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Absolutely stunning…

Setting~ Early 1900's Oregon, & Pennsylvania mostly.

Source~ eBook (Scribd)

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review 2018-04-10 14:01
3.8 Out Of 5 heavily deliberated STARS
Unraveled (Perfected) - Kate Jarvik Birch

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Unraveled

Kate Jarvik Birch

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Ella isn’t anyone’s pet anymore, but she’s certainly not free. 

 

After exposing the dark secrets about NuPet’s breeding program, forcing them to repeal the law that allowed genetically modified girls to be kept as pets, she thought girls like her would finally be free. She never dreamed that it would backfire. NuPet may have convinced the public of their intentions to assimilate pets back into society, but Ella knows it’s a lie. 

 

They aren’t planning mass rehabilitation...they’re planning a mass extermination. 

 

Now, with the help of a small group of rebels, Ella and Penn, the boy she’d give up her life for, set out to bring down NuPet for good. But when her group gets implicated in a string of bombings, no one is safe. If she can’t untangle the web of blackmail and lies that extends far beyond NuPet’s reach, she won’t just lose her chance at freedom, she’ll lose everyone she loves.

 

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~MY REVIEW~

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A fairly predictable third and final addition to the Perfected Series, but engaging nonetheless.  It was refreshing to watch Ella evolve into the fiercely loyal and brave girl she always could be, underneath her NuPet training. 

 

I had a lot of issues with the first book in this series, with its believability…but with everything going on in the world recently…I feel you never can tell what barbarity humans could be capable of.  The second book was on track with where this story needed to go and the third wrapped everything up quite pleasantly.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.8STARS - GRADE=B

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Plot~ 3.7/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.5/5

Pacing~ 3.7/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope, I believe this is the last one.

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Book Cover~ Quite striking…all the covers for this series are.

Publisher~ Entangled Teen Publishing

Series~ Perfected #3

Setting~ New York

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

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review 2018-02-25 17:40
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Bonfire - Krysten Ritter

 

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.  

 

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's most high-profile company, and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

 

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

 

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question, can you ever outrun your past?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Krysten Ritter, who plays Jessica Jones on the Netflix series, wrote a novel.  It's not bad, either.  Bonfire is compulsively readable or listenable, considering I did listen.  The mystery is atmospheric and layered.  The characters are clearly flawed.

 

On the surface, it reads like another small town girl who was tormented in high school returns home to face her enemies and bring down the company that is her hometown's savior…Erin Brockovich style.  Then somewhere along the way it turned into something much more lascivious and diabolical than poisoned water. 

 

While not without its flaws, and despite my confusion with the MC's constant state of drunkenness and her dreamlike memories that come to surface whenever she is in this state (it seemed to me that she never remembered how she came to be drunk in the first place), I found this to be an engaging read.  After my last two Audiobooks, I needed something that I would like, and this stepped up to the plate.  

 

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~MY RATING~

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

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Plot~ 3.9/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ I like it…it goes well with the story

Narration~ My Grade for the narration by Karissa Vacker is a B+, I found her voice is easily listenable.

Setting~ Barrens, Indiana

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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