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review 2018-04-03 19:24
4.3 Out of 5 "Peter Lies" Stars
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook - Christina Henry,Samuel Roukin

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Lost Boy:  The True Story of Captain Hook

Christina Henry

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There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

 

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter's idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

 

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter lies.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Once I acclimated to the narrator's voice I found myself thoroughly engaged in this tale.  I struggled with the first half or so because I really didn't like the narrator.  Primarily, I felt Hook should have had a different intonation than his. 

 

It is a tad on the dark side and possibly not for the faint of heart.  I wouldn't classify it as Horror, as many on GR have.  Maybe for YA genre, this could be considered Horror, though.  Overall, by the ending, I was completely onboard with Christina Henry's take on this...A messy little tale about why Hook (Jamie) hates Pan so much, and why he is stranded in, and destined to not ever leave, the place they call Neverland.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Well, sort of…

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Book Cover~ It's Okay

Narration~ ☆3.2☆ Samuel Roukin, I think he was a tad pretentious.

Setting~ Neverland

Source~ Own Audible Audiobook

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review 2018-03-30 17:57
4.2 Out Of 5 "Tarnished...But Not Broken" STARS
Tarnished City - Vic James

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Tarnished City

Vic James

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A corrupted city. A dark dream of power.

 

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

 

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I was torn as to whether I was going to continue this series because I struggled to get through the first book.  Then way before it (Tarnished City) was due to release, I noticed my library had already purchased it in audiobook format…I thought…hmmm…maybe I could eliminate some my issues with Gilded Cage by listening to Tarnished City, rather than reading it.

 

Overall, I'm happy that I gave this series a second chance because this world that Vic James has created is darkly captivating and dangerously alluring.  I applaud her ingenuity with the unique plot and the complex characters.  She also threw in some very clever twists.  While there are still many elements to this that I found confusing and I know I didn't always comprehend the situations totally, I did enjoy it, nonetheless.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.2/5  Cliffhanger~ More or less…yes.

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Book Cover~  Awesome, I think this darker version goes with the story better.

Narration~ ☆4.3☆ Avita Jay, for having an accent, which I always seem to struggle with, I thought she was pretty good.

Series~ Dark Gifts #2

Setting~ England & Scotland

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-03-21 13:40
4.2 Out of 5 Never Stop, Never Forget Stars
Never Never - Colleen Hoover; Tarryn Fisher;

 

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Never Never

Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

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Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They've been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning...they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love...every memory has vanished. "I don't care what our real first kiss was," he says. "That's the one I want to remember." 

Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be...the more they question why they were ever together, to begin with. 

"I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie."

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This is so much better when you have all three books in one.  No stopping…just reading straight through.  I read the first book in this series a while ago.  I liked it…but it was just too unfinished to get high enough rating from me. 

 

Never Never is a teen love story with a forever kind of feel.  I inevitably felt like I could have done without the blatant promiscuity between Charlie and Silas but their love story is super sweet, so I'll try to let it slide.  If you are turned off by stories that have a splash of paranormal then this might not work for you.  I myself, really enjoy stories like this, though.  Maybe, even more than full-blown paranormal…I just feel like I connect when it's more subtly done.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~4/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Love the new cover for the combined books in the series.

Series~ Never Never (The Complete Series)

Setting~ NOLA

Source~ Own Kindle eBook

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review 2018-02-11 16:34
4 Out Of 5 "The Heart Wants What It Wants" Stars...
Things We Know by Heart - Jessi Kirby

 

 

 

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

While this didn't strike a chord with me quite like I wanted it to, I did really enjoy it.  A quick, but sweetly poignant story, that is refreshingly told. The tidbits at the beginning of each chapter in reference to the heart and heart transplants were neat. 

 

If you've ever lost someone close to you and their organs were transplanted and wondered what the person or people who received those transplants stories were like then this story could be for you.

 

 

 

~MY RATING~ 4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Very cute.

Narration~ Amanda Wallace, she was sufficient but forgettable, but in a good way.  When you have a bad experience with a particular narrator, it really sticks with you.

Setting~ Coast of California

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-02-03 18:31
4.2 Out Of 5 Stars for this Romantic Suspense Novel
Keep Her Safe: A Novel - K.A. Tucker,Roger Casey,Wendy Tremont King,Will Damron,Robin Eller,Simon & Schuster Audio

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

I love KA Tucker's Romance books, and lately she has been delving into the Suspense/Mystery type of stories, with her other book, He Will Be My Ruin, she was more suspense/mystery and less romance, and I didn't like it quite as much. However, with this, she still has the suspense and mystery but also has a romance.  She is so good at the romance and real-life angst, that I feel she should keep this element in her stories.  It's what makes her books so readable. 

 

While I didn't understand the title or the cover or how they tied into the story, I still really enjoyed this.  It kept me guessing and suspicious of everyone.  A very intricate mystery, with mysteries inside of mysteries.  Well played.  The narration was good, not great.  Really though, in my opinion, you can't go wrong with having multiple narrators.

 

~MY RATING~4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.2/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.7/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ ???...see above

Narration~ Will Damron & Robin Eller with Wendy Tremont King & Roger Casey

Setting~ Austin, Texas and Tucson, Arizona

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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