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review 2018-02-03 16:10
3.8 Out Of 5 Stars for this dark, twisted AF love story...
Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel - Araminta Hall

 

 

 

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Book Title:  Our Kind of Cruelty

Author:  Araminta Hall

Genre:  Psychological Thriller

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

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

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~The Blurb (which is an excellent summarization for this book)~

This is a love story. Mike’s love story.

Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet if lonely life before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job, he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together.

It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls.

It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus.

It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move he’ll know just when to come to her rescue…

A spellbinding, darkly twisted novel about desire and obsession, and the complicated lines between truth and perception, Our Kind of Cruelty introduces Araminta Hall, a chilling new voice in psychological suspense.

 

 

~MY RATING~ 3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 3.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.8/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 3.7/5  Cliffhanger~ …sort of open-ended.

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Book Cover~ Okay, I guess…

Setting~ London, England

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~My Thoughts~

 

A compelling, provocative, and utterly disturbing story about obsessive love…with a decidedly English feel (this is coming from an American, though) to it.  Being inside Mike's head is uncomfortable…I really despise stalkers, and he left me feeling positively icky.  It is odd though, that he made me doubt, like seriously doubt, everything.  In fact…I don't know if I truly understood the ending.  Maybe, that's what the Author wants???  But, overall, I was hooked while reading this and had to know where this was ultimately going.  Although, I was slightly mystified with the ending.

 

~Will I read more from this Author?~ I don't really know, honestly.

 

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review 2017-12-31 15:27
When the roommate becomes the RoomHate...
RoomHate - Penelope Ward

 

 

 

 

Book TitleRoomHate

Author:  Penelope Ward

Narration:  Zoe McKay

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Newport, RI

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  4.2/5

Pacing:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):

Backdrop (World Building):  3.5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total: 3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

I thought this would be another contemporary romance filled with unnecessary drama/angst.  But hey…RoomHate surprised me, I had no idea it was going to go in the direction that it did.  From the synopsis, it seemed like it would be a total angst-fest. 

 

Which brings me to the reason I listened to this at all…I can't lie, it's the cover.  Seriously, one of the hottest guys on the cover of a book…ever.  Those bedroom eyes, or eye, just kept calling me, until I couldn't resist any longer.  It also had a little to do with Penelope Ward, herself.  I've read another book by her and really enjoyed it too, she writes excellent sex scenes that enhance the plot instead of trying to BE the plot.  My only wish is that the ending played out differently.

 

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

 

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review 2017-12-03 20:28
Sekret is full of intrigue, supernatural mind-reading, and even a little romance.
Sekret - Lindsay Smith

 

Book Title:  Sekret

Author:  Lindsay Smith

Series:  Sekret #1

Genre:  YA | Historical Fiction | Supernatural

Setting:  Russia

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.5/5

Main Characters:  3.5/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Pacing:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4.2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes.

Steam Factor 0-5: 1

Total:  3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

A completely different kind of read for me.  One that starts off at a slower pace but cleverly creeps up on you.  Sekret is a story that's shaped by actual historical events, some you will immediately recognize, like the assassination of JFK. 

 

The Good:  The intriguing premise makes this a notable and interesting read.  Along with the supernatural abilities, that are explained in a way that makes them seem completely natural.

 

The Bad:   I really would have liked the characters to be more relatable, although, towards the end, I did find myself liking them.  Also, the reading flow was compromised due to the many names she called the characters by.  Apparently, Russians have several different names they go by where they add certain endings depending on whether they are male or female, or something like that. The Author explains all this in the beginning of the book with "A Note on Russian Names".  Even with that, though, I still struggled to keep the characters straight.  I wish she would have just called each character by one name, even if it made it less credible.

 

Will I continue this series?  I will have to be in the mood for something like this, but yeah, I believe I will, eventually.

 

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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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