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review 2019-03-06 21:45
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blankman

 

Prisoner of Night and Fog #1

 

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Historical Fiction Based in Truth
Germany Pre-WWII Times
Mystery
Family Secrets
Ravings of a Madman--Adolf Hitler
Splash of Romance
 


With Narration Performed by Heather Wilds

 
 
 
 

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This was a little different from my usual kind of read, but sometimes different is just what you need.   While my knowledge of Germany and Hitler is limited, I learned about it in school, but I only remember the basics, I still believe that this feels very well researched...and I soaked all the history up like a sponge.  That added to the interesting characters and the side-mystery makes this a worthwhile read/listen.  There is a bit of romance, but it feels so natural that it only enhances the story.  
 
The narrator's accent was just right...giving Gretchen's voice just the right amount of German, without making it difficult to understand.  
 

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really...but there is a second book.
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Book Cover⇝ Gorgeous...love the cover model, she seems perfect for the story.
Setting⇝ Munich, Germany
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-01-26 17:59
4.3 Out of 5 Stars for All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth
All These Beautiful Strangers - Elizabeth Klehfoth

 

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Young Adult Contemporary
Pretty Little Liars Vibe
Boarding School Secret Society
Multi-Layered Mystery
Psychological Thriller
Three different Narrators
Stand-Alone

 

 
 

With Narration performed by Caitlin Kelley, Xe Sands, and Greg Tremblay

 

 
 
 
 
 

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A cleverly written mystery that has the vibe of Pretty Little Liars complete with those moments where you think... "that only happens on TV". Despite that, it was a compelling read/listen.  Told in alternating POV's between Charlie, her Mom (Grace) and her Dad (Alistair).  The story unfolds with Charlie in the present day and her Mom and Dad in the past.  The mystery unfolds slowly and deliberately and that ending...that ending was f*cken perfect.

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Characters⇝ 4.2/5
The Feels⇝ 4.2/5
Pacing⇝ 4.2/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's fine, but it only sort of fits the story...
Setting⇝ New Hampshire...mostly
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-01-19 23:18
Bright Ruin by Vic James
Bright Ruin - Vic James

 

Book #3 in the Dark Gifts Trilogy 

 

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Alternate/Dystopian-ish Society
Magic
Fantastical Elements
Intrigue
Good Triumphing Over Evil
A Small Splish of Romance

Audiobook Narrated by Evita Jay
 

 

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What can I say...that was a satisfying ending to an intriguing series.  While I found the first book in this series hard to decipher with all the ginormous words that I never heard before being thrown around like everyday language,  I honestly didn't know if I would continue the series.  That is until I tried the Audio version with book #2.  With the easy to understand narration from Evita Jay, I found a way to like this sesquipedalian*writing style of Vic James.

The unique alternative slash dystopian-ish modern day British setting and the captivating characters...from the good to the bad and the completely unusual made this possible for me to really get into the story, despite being confused at times.  The ending was unexpected, but it completely worked.

*I totally looked that word up...and I think I used it correctly.
 

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☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-
 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.3/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.8/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.8/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝  It's amazing...
Setting⇝ An Alternate Britain
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2018-12-24 17:36
I thought I knew early on...how this first book would end...but I was still surprised at the way it went down.
Bring Down the Stars - Emma Scott

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I fell for Connor Drake. I didn’t want to; I fought against it, but I fell in love with him anyway. With his words. With his poetry. With him. The gentleness and beauty of his soul that speaks directly to mine. He writes as if he can feel my heart, hear its cadence and compose the exact right lyrics to accompany every beat and flow.

 

I’m in love with Connor…so why do I feel an inexplicable pull to his best friend, Weston? Grouchy, sullen, brooding Weston Turner, who could cut you down with a look. Fiercely intelligent with a razor-sharp wit and acid tongue, he’s the exact opposite of Connor in every way, and yet there’s electricity in the air between us. The thorny barbs Weston wraps around himself can’t keep me away.

 

But the more time I spend with these men, the more tangled and confused my emotions become. When they both sign up for the Army Reserves during a time of increasing strife in the Middle East, I fear I’ll never unravel my own heart that sometimes feels as if it will tear straight down the middle…for both of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love Emma Scott's writing, her characters and their stories are always so palpable, so real.  Bring Down the Stars is no exception, either.  You will seriously love all of the main characters...Weston, Autumn, and Conner.  Ruby is also pretty likable as Autumn's roommate.  Their love triangle is a very traditional type of love-tri but it's depicted in a way that is so heartbreaking to read...which is why I didn't give this five stars...I struggled with reading this because it hurt to read that kind of anguish.  Weston's anguish gutted me.

 

I also received an eARC of the second book, Long Live the Beautiful Hearts and I plan to start that next, I don't think I can wait for too much longer than that to see how this all plays out. 

 

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4/5 
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 4.3/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Oh yeah!
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Book Cover⇝ It's cute
Series⇝ Beautiful Hearts #1
Setting⇝ Amherst College (mostly)
Source⇝ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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review 2018-12-21 23:04
Bonus Feature: The end of the Audiobook has an illuminating interview between Rebecca Solar and Marissa Meyer
Winter - Marissa Meyer

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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

 

 

Winter despises her stepmother and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.

 

 

 

 

 

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It took me forever to finish this series...and it's all because of this daunting book.  Seriously, this is like 23 hours long on Audio.  833 pages on kindle...but, hey I finally did it, and in December, no less, the busiest month all year long for me, and most everyone else.  Was it worth the 23 hours (technically more like 17 with the speed I listened on)  I spent on it...yeah, mostly.  

 

While I liked Jacin fine, I wasn't especially fond of Winter, she has this naivety, almost child-like demeanor that kind of got on my nerves.  Thankfully, the story isn't always from her pov.  We have lots of different pov's in this final book of the quartet, not including Fairest and Stars Above...the novella's as MM calls them.  The ending of the climactic battle scene has a scene that had me thinking Cinder deserved to be dead for her blatant stupidity...but I can't say more, just in case someone out there hasn't read these books.  Overall, fav characters in this series will always be Carswell Thorne and Iko, but that seems to be the case with everyone.  If MM ever decides to do a spin-off series...I would love some adventures with Thorne...as long as Cress can grow a backbone, she can be involved too.

 

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's cool...
Narration⇝ ☆4☆ for Rebecca Solar, I didn't always like all her voices in this series, but honestly in this book that bothered me the least because this is from so many different perspectives.
Series⇝ Lunar Chronicles #4
Setting⇝ Luna
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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