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review 2017-05-20 19:59
My Review In One Word... Melancholy
Of Metal and Wishes - Sarah Fine

 

 

Book Title: Of Metal and Wishes

Author: Sarah Fine

Narration:  Alexandra Bailey

Series: Of Metal and Wishes #1

Genre: YA, Steampunk, Romance

Setting: Gochan Slaughterhouse

Source:  Audible Owned

 

 

 

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⇝Book Theme Song⇜

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

Ghost In The Machine by B.o.B  --This song is for Bo…I found him this lyric video…and that's my offering…maybe he'll grant my wish???

Tell me where am I supposed to go?

And who am I supposed to believe.

If only you knew what I knew.

Then you could see just what I see 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜  

4/5 STARS

or B+

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

It's difficult to pinpoint what this book is, genre wise…it's like this mash-up of alternative history/steampunk/historical.  It has an overall dark and somber feel to it, that left me sad…just sad for Wen, for Melik and especially for Bo. 

 

 

It's said, by many, that this is a retelling of Phantom of the Opera. Unfortunately, I can't really say that it does that well, because I don't know that story.  It is very well written, and the narration on Audio is superbly done.  I think…that I want to keep on with the series despite the overwhelming sadness that I felt while listening to this, because I feel a need to know what happens to these characters.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  "…to be Continued"

 

Will I continue this series?  I believe so.

 

 

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review 2017-05-15 22:49
Nil on Fire (Nil Series Book 3) - Lynne Matson

 

 

 

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

SAVED (Charlie's Song) from LOST w Lyrics The Bangkok Five  --Yeah, that Charlie from the TV show Lost…because I loved that show and this book brings back my memories of loving that show.  Honestly, the mystery, the existential feelings it evokes, remind me so much of that show.♫

 

Although, I was more obsessed with Jack...

 

 

 

 

 

Book Title:  Nil On Fire

Author:  Lynne Matson

Series:  Nil #3

Genre:  YA, Mystery Thriller

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

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OVERALL RATING:  4/5 STARS

GRADE=B+

 

My Thoughts

 

This book took almost two weeks for me to finish, which wasn't entirely the books fault, it was mostly RL.  That being said, while I was reading this, I was constantly distracted, and it was mostly thoughts of life and existence and the ending of it.  Freaky thoughts that kind of spooked me, and it's essentially what made reading this such an arduous undertaking for me.

 

Overall, this is a fitting end to this series, despite my not liking the main character, Skye, as much as I did in the second book…she's was just...annoying, smackably so.  It's told from three POV's, which includes Skye, Rives and Nil…yeah the island has a voice.  At first I was annoyed by that, but eventually it makes sense why the Author did it this way.  There's a lot of new characters introduced in this book, and it's kind of hard to keep them all straight at first.  Although, I did especially like Molly and Davey...oh yeah, and Hafthor too.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4.3/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.2/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I continue this series?  It turns out there is a another book, which is actually Skye's Uncle Scott's Journal.  It's also free on Amazon!

 

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review 2017-04-28 00:17
How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back - Diana Rowland

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Impossible is Nothing by Iggy Azalea  --not necessarily my type of music, but the chorus is got a good vibe…although, it definitely has the right feel for Angel.  She's really stepping up and kicking her life into high gear.  She's not letting anyone stand in her way.

♫Keep on living, keep on breathing

Even when you don't believe it

Keep on climbing, keep on reaching

Even when this world can't see it

No Impossible is nothing…♫

 

Book Title:  How The White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back

Author:  Diana Rowland

Narration:  Allison McLemore

Series:  White Trash Zombie #4

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Source:  Audible Audiobook

 

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OVERALL RATING:  4/5 STARS

GRADE = B+

 

My Thoughts

 

If you've heard that this edition in the series is on the slow side, that would be true…although an easy fix to this is to listen on Audio.  Allison McLemore was excellent  as the voice of Angel.  It was totally a good call using my audible credit for this one.  Despite the slow-ish pacing, I really found myself liking Angel even more than I already did.  Once the action kicks up a notch; this was a quick, entertaining listen.  I highly recommend this series, especially if you prefer a zombie with a functioning brain.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5  I complain about the covers for this series every time because they always show her smoking a cigarette.  To me, cigarettes are tacky, and icky.

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope, not really

 

Will I continue this series?  For sure…

 

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review 2017-04-15 22:16
The Hooker and the Hermit - Penny Reid,Luci Cosway

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Let Me Love You by DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber  --This kind of says it all…Annie just needs to let someone love her….and Ronan sure wants to try.♫

Book Title:  The Hooker and the Hermit

Author:  L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

Narration:  George Allen & Lucy Rivers

Series:  Rugby #1

Genre:  New Adult, Sports Romance

Source:  Own Audible Audiobook

 

 

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OVERALL RATING:  4/5 Stars (Grade=B+)

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Overall, my biggest issue was the Irish accent of the male narrator, I really don't like the way he drops the H sound, and it just comes out sounding like baby talk to me.  It just blows my whole image of Ronan, a guy who talks like a baby cannot be thought of as hot…

 

 

...this might be one of those books that I would have enjoyed more if I had read it instead of listened.  Trying not to let that influence my rating too much, I will say that this story is refreshingly funny, and well written.  Also, I found the heroines growth to be most inspiring.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4.2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  3.5/5

Ending:  4.3/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I continue this series?  Idk??? I read a excerpt of this book on Goodreads and I could totally continue with this series as long as I read them in book format.

 

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review 2017-04-08 18:40
Daughter of Deep Silence - Carrie Ryan

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Colors by Crossfade  --This one took me awhile…I thought maybe, Going Under by Evanescense, and All Around Me by Flyleaf, and they both fit for this book…I just really wanted something that conveyed how I felt about this story and Libby/Frances as a whole. 

♫Can you feel it crush you does it seem to bring the worst in you out

There's no running away from these things that hold you down

Do they complicate you because they make you feel like this

of all the colors that you've shine this is surely not your best

But you should know these colors that you're shining are

Surely not the best colors that you shine♫

 

Book Title:  Daughter of Deep Silence

Author:  Carrie Ryan

Narration:  Karissa Vacker

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  YA, Mystery

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

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OVERALL RATING:  4/5 STARS (GRADE=B+)

 

My Thoughts

 

The GOOD: This is so much like the TV show Revenge, in Revenge you have an Emily/Amanda girl and in this you have Libby/Frances girl.  In truth, the reasons for their revenge are completely different, it's the deceptions and the emotions that are similar.  The confusion of the two characters warring inside each other at once, felt very similar.  I liked this about it.  The narration was excellently done, Karissa Vacker made the listening experience pleasant and easily accomplished.

 

The BAD:  My first complaint is this seemed a little too convenient, like everything fell into place too easily, even when it tried to make it seem like things weren't going according to plan.   My second is the ending, it was rushed and I'm not sure I always knew what was happening. 

 

OVERALL: a worthwhile read for me…and if you think you would like a YA young love take on Revenge, this could be perfect for you.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.2/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4.5/5

Narration: 5/5

Ending:  3/5 Cliffhanger:  I suppose not, but kind of…

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Maybe

 

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