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review 2019-11-25 23:31
4.2 Out Of 5 STARS for Solo: A Star Wars Story by Mur Lafferty
Solo: A Star Wars Story Expanded Edition - Mur Lafferty

 

FEATURING

 
Star Wars Disney Canon
Movie Adaptation
Han Meets Chewy
L3 - One Of Coolest Droids Ever!
Lando and His Capes
Qi'Ra, I Loved You In Most Wanted...
...But Not So Much In This
How Han Acquired the Millennium Falcon


With Audio Performed by Marc Thompson
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.2 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Full Disclosure:  This is my second ever Star Wars read...and it won't be my last.  I've seen all the movies, including Solo...which I just watched after finishing this.  And while I really like the Star Wars movies, I'm not a die-hard fan, like some others out there are...you know those people, they know who every character is, and what planet they came from, and all their stats, basically.  I don't follow the stories that well...in fact, when I saw Rogue One in the theatre, I didn't even know that they were all going to die in the end...I was like, what, they just died?  My husband rolled his eyes at me.  Furthermore, I don't even care that Disney took it all over.  It totally works for me.  One other thing, I find I have a better idea of what is going on after having read these two books...at least in regards to the Movie Solo.

I didn't love this like I did Star Wars Most Wanted...I think Rae Carson captured the true personality of Han Solo much better than Mur Lafferty did.  Although the narration performed by Marc Thompson did make Han...well, more Han.  I have to say though, that L3 gave him some competition for best character, I really love how all the droids in the Star Wars Universe have such personalities, even R2D2, who only communicates with beeps has character.  It's quite refreshing when we're constantly bombarded with the robots that want to kill us all, like the Terminator Universe.

Overall, I really liked what these two books (Solo and Most Wanted) together gave me...a background on Han Solo, my favorite character in Star Wars Universe.  Well, other than the droids of course.   
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.5/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 4.5/5
The Feels 3.5/5
Pacing 4.3/5
Addictiveness 4.3/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Ending 4/5 Cliffhanger ...you could say that.
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Book Cover Movie Cover...
Setting Star Wars Universe
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 9 hours, 32 minutes

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review 2019-11-23 03:02
4 Out Of 5 STARS for Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Wilder Girls - Rory Power

 

FEATURING

 
The Tox
Possibly Apocalyptic
Quarantined Island
Dark Academia - All-Girls School
A Splash of Girl 2 Girl Romance
Horror-if-ic Body Altering
 
 
With Audio Perfectly Performed by Eileen Stevens & Jessie Vilinsky
 
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
The reviews I read for this almost derailed me from listening to this...but when the Library bought the Audio and automatically checked it out to me (I had recommended it), I was like, why not...it could be interesting, and I'm glad I did.

Wilder Girls is quite different from anything else I've ever read.  The premise alone, an apocalyptic type virus affecting the entire island, not just the school, but also the wildlife, in fantastically bizarre manners.  Added to that, the almost magnetic writing that sets it apart from other Dark Academia out there.  I was warned that it is very gory...and it is, although, the way people went on about the gore, I thought it would be more so than it was.  The romance is subtle and just a small part of the story because seriously, these girls got a lot on their plates, and very little of it is actual food.

But alas, while I dug this for all the above reasons...overall, its most significant issue is the lack of answers by the end of the story.  In that respect, it reminded me of Lost (The TV Show), which I loved right up until the final episode.  The ending of Wilder Girls needs a sequel...and so could Lost, actually...now that I think about it. 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 4.3/5
Pacing 4.2/5
Addictiveness 5/5
Theme or Tone 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 3/5 Cliffhanger Well...yeah it sorta did.  It felt like there should be a second book...but nothing about that yet.
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Book Cover Wow, this could easily be Best Cover of the year.
Setting Raxter Island
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 49 minutes.

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review 2019-11-05 20:53
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

THE FOLK OF THE AIR #1 

 

FEATURING

 
Fairies
I Don't Feel That This Is YA
More Like YA-ish
Court Intrigue, Cruel Intentions,
Poisonings, Betrayals,
Decadence & Debauchery
A Few Splashes of Romance


With Narration Performed by Caitlin Kelly

 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.3 STARS | GRADE A-



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I don't usually read fae books, but I really liked Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, also there are a lot of readers who loved this, so I decided to give this a whirl, and I'm glad I did. 

Holly Black's faeries are definitely a fantastical fae as opposed to a paranormal fae (think TrueBlood) and I prefer them in this fantastical vein over the paranormal.  Apparently, these faeries even have horns in addition to pointy ears.  They are also kind of mean...some are really mean.  Like pretty on the outside but ugly AF on the inside; kind of mean.  What I don't get is why Jude wants to live in their world at all, but she does for some reason and she's trying to make the best of it and maybe even, get the best of them...the faeries.

This first book in The Folk of the Air Series is all the things I've said at the top of the page and more...within its pages you'll find moments to laugh at, gasp at, and even a few oh no, she didn't moments plus a few that will make you completely pissed off.  There is also a few things about Fairyland that are just plain off.  While the last half is insanely intense, the first half is sort of slow-ish but listening on Audio will make that more bearable because of the fairly excellent narration by Caitlin Kelly.
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.3/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 4.2/5
The Feels 4/5
Pacing 4.3/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 4/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 4.3/5
Ending 4.3/5 Cliffhanger "to be continued"
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Book Cover I really like it.  I'm a fan of anything treelike.
Setting The Shifting Isles of Elfhame and the Human World
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 12 hours, 36 minutes

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review 2019-09-16 23:28
4.2 Out Of 5 STARS for The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
The Girl in Red - Christina Henry

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Red Riding Hood
On Her Way to Grandma's House
Fairytale Retelling
Viral Apocalypse
Survival
Darkish & Mysterious
Horror-if-ic

 


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 4.2 STARS | GRADE B+

 

MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

If you like your fairytale retellings to be fun and full of happy elements...this isn't quite the right fit for you. This one is bleak and full of end of the world sadness and destruction.

 

For a fairytale retelling, the ending is perfect. But, for an apocalypse story, I was like WTF this can't be ending like this. I was left wondering...what about this and what about that...no way, you're just going to leave me hanging like this. I also read on the Author's site, that she has no plans at this time to write a sequel...insert disappointed face.

 

Basically, she took an apocalypse/dystopian premise and weaved it into the story of Little Red Riding Hood. When looked at it from this standpoint the story completely delivers. But, when looked at it from the standpoint of an apocalypse/dystopian story with references to Red Riding Hood...it definitely leaves you wanting more from it. Her premise for the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it was not only clever, but it was also rather intense at times. With an air of mystery added to it, I was completely hooked.

 

But...I want more...seriously, I know I'm not the only one...


THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 4.2/5
Narration Performance⇢ 4.5/5
Characters⇢ 4.3/5
The Feels⇢ 4.2/5
Pacing⇢ 4/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4.3/5
Originality⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 3.8/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not exactly...but it is rather open-ended.
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Book Cover⇢ It's actually quite awesome!
Setting⇢ I believe it's in the US...but, I'm not sure if they ever mention an actual town name.
Source⇢ Own Audible Audiobook
Length⇢ 8 hours, 21 minutes

 

 

 

I Read This For A Grimm Tale Square

 

 

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review 2019-08-12 22:29
4.2 Out Of 5 STARS for Impact by Haley Jenner
Impact - Haley Jenner

 

 

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Aftermath of Rape
Book Club
Contemporary Romance
Moving On With Life

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING⇢ ☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE= B+

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

When it comes to contemporary romance, I need something different...this fits that fairly well. A love story about a woman dealing with the aftermath of rape.

 

Full Disclosure/TW: The rape is told in flashbacks. With most of the gory details there for you to read. It was a scene that felt all too real, like something you could totally see happening. The story itself takes place five years later and she is slowly trying to piece her life together. She has a job in a coffee shop and there she meets a guy. My main issue, and it wasn't a deal killer or anything like that, was with the believability of this guy. He really was too good to be true. So, that basically left me not feeling all the feels...right up until the ending. The ending was fantastically done and I didn't predict any of it. Not like that, anyway.

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 4.2/5
Characters⇢ 4/5
The Feels⇢ 3.7/5
Pacing⇢ 4/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5
Originality⇢ 4/5
Ending⇢ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Nope.
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Book Cover⇢ Love it!
Setting⇢ New York, NY
Source⇢ KU eBook
Length⇢ 268 pages

 

 

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