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review 2017-04-14 15:03
Queen of Always (Stolen Empire Book 3) - Sherry D. Ficklin

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Leader of the Broken Hearts by Papa Roach  --Catherine is tasked with some difficult decisions that leave her not so lucky in love. Ultimately, she did it all for Russia…

And now I finally know what it feels like

To risk everything and still survive

When you’re standing on the battlefield

And all the pain is real

That’s when you realize

That you must’ve done something right

'Cause you’ve never felt so alive

*note:  all the lyric video's for this song were not quite the right one, but this one's at least visually engaging…but some of the lyrics are wrong.

 

Book Title:  Queen of Always

Author:  Sherry D Ficklin

Series:  Stolen Empire #3

Genre:  Older YA, Historical

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

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Overall Rating:  4.3/5 STARS (GRADE=A-)

 

My Thoughts

 

She's ruthless, because she has to be…she's loved because she's fair.  She's the queen because she took it.

A stunning conclusion to the Stolen Empire Series…a sometimes poignant, sometimes encouraging, with some serious OMG moments leading up to her stealing the crown from her asinine (and that word doesn't even cover it) husband, Peter.  For such a short book it really packs a punch.

 

⇝Sex Factor⇜ This is older ya for sure because of the graphic content and the sex.  Especially, one scene in particular…wow (maybe a little TMI).

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.3/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  No

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I would

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review 2017-01-21 17:46
Rebel of the Sands
Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

 

 

Book Title:  Rebel of the Sands

Author:  Alwyn Hamilton

Series:  Rebel of the Sands #1

Genre:  YA, Fantasy, Romance

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

Hero of the Day♫ by Metallica (S&M)  --First off, it's my favorite Metallica song…and, well…it suggests a search for heroes…which is kind of what Ahmed, Jin and the rebels are doing. ♫

 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  no, just a "to be continued" vibe

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes!

 

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I have to admit that at times I didn’t understand what was going on…but I got the gist of it well enough, and ultimately I thoroughly enjoyed this desert tale with a western flair. 

 

 

 While some said this is paced to slowly; I found it totally engaging, despite the confusion I felt at times. The relationship between Jin and Amani has all the feels, and it's what I connected to most in this.  I wanted more interaction between them, and hope that the next book develops this more. 

 ⇝Sex Factor⇜ Not a factor.

 

 

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review 2016-12-14 23:16
Overdrive reads like Gone in 60 Seconds meets The Fosters…
Overdrive - Dawn Ius

Book Title:  Overdrive

Author:  Dawn Ius

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  YA, Thriller, Mystery

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

 

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My full review including video can be seen at Leah's Bookish Obsession

 

 

 

 

♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

  

Boost Me by Trevor Rabin  --It's an instrumental, but it's perfect for Eleanor… ♫ 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Characters:  4.8/5

The Feels:  4.3/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  4.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  3/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  No

 

Will I read more from this Author?  If the storyline catches my interest, then yes.

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

 

If you're the type of person that gets upset when a book you read has too many similarities to a  movie--this might not be the book for you.  Like for instance, the main character's nickname is Ghost because she has very pale skin and her hair is practically white...does that sound familiar???  They even name the 67 Shelby Gt500; Eleanor.  But, seriously what else could you name her?

 

Despite the similarities, I found this to be an entertaining and satisfying read.  A thrilling, yet brisk read that moves along just as fast as the cars they're stealing.   With characters you can root for and a mystery that will keep you guessing till the end.  You can really discern that this author knows about muscle cars and such.

 

⇝Sex Factor⇜ It's hinted at, and definitely implied at moments.  It's in no way explicit though.

 

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review 2016-10-03 21:13
If I explained in one word, my overall feeling with this first book in the Unwind Series it would be…Disturbing
Unwind - Neal Shusterman

Book Title:  Unwind

Author:  Neal Shusterman

Series:  Unwind #1

Genre:  Young Adult, Dystopian

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

✾Goodreads Synopsis✾ 

 

 

I'm Alive by Disturbed  --for all the Unwinds…I feel like they've (society) really lost sight of this fact.♫

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  3/5

Flow:  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Until next time…

 

Will I continue this series?  That's a good question…probably

 

 

4.3/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

While this is extremely well written, I just have a difficult time believing that society as a whole could get to this point; where they would rather give up on their troubled kids and essentially kill them.  Also, how could they ever think that harvesting organs from their kids for other people is a way for them to "live on"…the whole thing is extremely f*cked up.  And therein lies the rub…or the genius of this story…because if there is one thing it evoked in me it is feelings, all kinds of feelings.

 

 

That being said it did take about half the book before I felt truly invested in it, with a rather slow build.  The character development falling into that same vein, you're given just enough to slowly be drawn into this world, until you realize; your kind of hooked on their story…

Sex Factor:  No, not really.

 

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review 2016-09-13 23:53
Can you go to the bottom of the world to find your way up?
Upside Down - Lia Riley

Book Title:  Upside Down

Author:  Lia Riley

Series:  Off the Map #1

Genre:  New Adult

Source:  Kindle E-Book(Library)

♫My Pick for Book Theme Song:  Say Something (I'm Giving Up On You) by A Great Big World w/Christina Aguilera  --Seriously, sometimes, I was just like say something to him already…

 

✾Goodreads Synopsis✾ 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.7/5

Addictiveness: 4.3/5

Theme:  4.5/5

Flow:  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Ending:   3.8/5. Cliffhanger:  There is an ending…but there is two more books…

 

Will I continue this series?  I may prefer to think this is their ending…

 

 

4.3/5 Stars

 

My Thoughts

 

First the bad:  While I dislike this type of story; where the story is strung out over three books.  I could have done two books with no qualms, but three is too much. I also could have done without so much of the over-the-top, I-want-to-be-trendy dialogue.  A certain amount is fine, but this just seemed like it was trying to hard.

Then the good:  I have to say the realness of these characters really got me, they are fucked up, flawed and genuinely real.  I really connected with them.  I loved the setting of Australia and how Bran is always teaching Talia about the culture and different words they use there.  It really added to whole adventure.

 

Sex Factor:  Yes, super hot and it's fairly explicit.

 

 

 

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