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review 2020-01-07 00:28
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ Protect the Prince (Queen of Shards #2) by Jennifer Estep
Protect the Prince (Crown of Shards #2) - Jennifer Estep

SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE

 

Magic, murder, adventure, and romance combine in this second novel in the exciting Crown of Shards saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep.

Everleigh Blair might be the new gladiator queen of Bellona, but her problems are far from over.

First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.

Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.

Dark forces are also at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, her immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes Evie wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.

Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s … well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her.

Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen…

 

 

THE KEY POINTS OF THE STORY⇣

 

HIGH FANTASY WITH AN URBAN APPEAL

POISONINGS & ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS

INTRIGUE

MAGIC

ADULT ROMANCE (DEFINITELY NOT YA)

GARGOYLES

 

THE DEETS⇣

 

AUDIO PERFORMED BY Lauren Fortgang

BOOK COVER I liked the cover on Book #1 better...but it's cool.

SETTING Bellona & Andvari

SOURCE Libby Audiobook (Library)

AUDIOBOOK LENGTH 12 hours, 40 minutes

 

MY THOUGHTS⇣

 

Despite excellent narration, an intriguing plotline, and exceptional action scenes, I found myself not into this quite as much as I was the first book in the series, but only slightly.  The best part and a new addition to this series were the gargoyles...I've never read anything with gargoyles before...and I quite liked this author's take on them.  Who knew a stone could be so lovable. 

 

If I had pinpoint what it was about this book that I didn't care for, it would have to be all the lies and deceptions going on between the two main characters.  I guess I thought Evie wasn't into that kind of drama and whatnot. Overall, I will continue with the series and I'm still hanging in there until the end, Book #3, Crush The King is due out March of 2020.

 

MY RATING 4.3 STARS | GRADE A-

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇣

Plot 4.2/5

Characters 5/5

The Feels 4/5

Pacing 4.3/5

Addictiveness 4/5

Theme or Tone 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style) 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building) 5/5

Originality 5/5

Ending 4.3/5

 

 

 

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review 2019-11-30 19:54
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Neverworld Wake - Marisha Pessl
 
 
FEATURING

⬥A Totally Original Premise
⬥Sort Of Like Groundhogs Day (the Movie)
⬥Reliving the Same Day Over & Over
⬥A Sort of Death Limbo
⬥Murder Mystery
⬥Science Fiction w/a Subtle Overlay of Supernatural
⬥With Audio Performed Wonderfully by Phoebe Strole

 

(AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)


MY RATING⇢ 4.3 STARS | GRADE A-

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 

You meet up with your group of friends that you've estranged yourself from since the death of your boyfriend, Jim.  He was the one who was loved by everyone.  You arrive home, after a night out, and a near-miss accident.  Then you get a mysterious visit from a kooky old man...and the next day...is the same as the last.  And Repeat...again and again.  The Neverworld Wake is insane!

Like Groundhog's Day but darker, way less funny...and with a mystery to solve.  A twisty, turn-y kind of ride that never lets up until the end.  Ultimately, to end the Wake they have to solve the mystery of Jim's death and the farther they dig, the twistier and fantastical things get.  Only one of them can beat death...who will it be.


THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot 4.3/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 3.8/5
The Feels 4/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 5/5
Theme or Tone 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.2/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 4.3/5 Cliffhanger Nope.
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Book Cover Trippy...just like the story...
Setting Wincroft on the coast of Rhode Island
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 47 minutes
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review 2019-10-19 15:16
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Reigning and the Rule by Calia Read
The Reigning and the Rule - Calia Read

Surviving Time #2

 

FEATURING

 
Time Travel
Requires A Suspension of Belief
Historical Romance
The Early 1900's
Mystery
Sex-Plicit
Rating for Book #1 - 3 Stars

 
LINK TO Book #1 SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.3 STARS | GRADE A-

 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I only gave book #1 in this series 3 STARS, I had issues with plot holes and the overall believability of the time travel.  I think my main issue is usually in time-traveling books the person goes through time but remains in the same location.  This has Serene changing locations...like by states and all.  But if I set that issue aside and just go with it, I found this second book to be much better.  Also, the plot holes were filled up, for the most part, and everything started clicking into place for me.  She doesn't just time travel...she changes time and it has some drastic results.

I still loved the connection between Serene and Etienne, which I also did in the first book, their chemistry is what makes the story.  His reaction when she cusses like a sailor or talks about whores and sluts is absolutely priceless.  If any man brought up in that era can go with that kind of talk from a lady...he's a keeper.

This time around, though, I was wishing she would stop waffling on her feelings for him and going over something again and again...I feel like this kind of indecisiveness in romance books is just done for filler, and this book doesn't need filler, it clocks in at 479 pages, after all.  There is enough going on plotwise that fewer pages of it would be welcomed.  The ending has some surprising elements that I won't give away...but they are so significant that I decided to start the third and final book straight-away.
 
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.3/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 4.3/5
Pacing 3.8/5
Addictiveness 4.3/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 5/5 Cliffhanger Yes! More than one, actually.
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Book Cover It's really pretty.  I love the new covers for the series, actually.
Setting Present Time Champaign, Illinois &1913-ish Charleston, South Carolina
Source Kindle eBook (KU)
eBook Length 479 pages

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review 2019-06-14 20:11
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

Murder Mystery
Psychological Thriller
Graphic Depictions of Slaughter
Amazing Character Development
So F-IngTwisted
Wow, This Shit Is Dark

 

๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

With Audio Performed by Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deacons and Robertson Dean

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

My first Gillian Flynn novel, yeah...that means I've never read Gone Girl, I did see the movie, though. That is probably why I've never felt the need to read the book, I guess. Dark Places has been made into a movie too...and it's on Netflix so, I'll be watching it soon.  The narrators were great in this.

 

The beginning of this has graphically depicted murders, it was really difficult to listen to. I had no clue of the depth into which this story would go, the book is aptly titled, for sure. There is also some scenes of senseless farm animal slaughter towards the end, that was also really difficult to listen to. It was dark and sad, and yet compelling as hell. Libby Day is painted as an unlikable character...but seriously, how do you not be f*cked up with what she had to live through, and she f*cking owns that shit. The ending threw me for a loop, and others have said that they didn't find it believable...I can see that, but inevitably however you feel about the ending, there's no denying that this is one twisted story.

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

Plot⇝ 4.3/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5
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Book Cover⇝ Love it...actually
Setting⇝ Kinnakee, Kansas and Other Places in the United States.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-06-11 20:42
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Stepsister - Jennifer Donnelly

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏

 

YA, That's Heavy on the Y...Light on the A
Children's Fantasy & Fairytales
Beauty Isn't Always Pretty
Continuing Cinderella's Story Through Her Stepsisters
Darkish...No Bippity, Boppity, Boo Here
Ultimately Uplifting

 

 

 

With Audio Performed by Jayne Entwistle

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 


๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Full disclosure...I was contemplating DNF'ing this one...but only because it felt kind of juvenile to me. I'm thinking, it appeals more to the Middle-School-Age Child than the Adult who is a child at heart. It had me rolling my eyes a little too much. That being said, Izzy and crew eventually won me over, and I couldn't help falling for their inspirational tale. Even the narration is notable.

 

This is a continuation of Cinderella's story but from the point of view of one of her "ugly stepsisters", Isabelle. All the fairytale-ness of Cinderella is here...with fairy godmothers and animated mice, goofy monkey's and a fox, it was kind of ludicrous at times. Ludicrous and yet, at some point, it became completely uplifting. There is quite a lot of talk about how this is about female empowerment and loving yourself for who you are, and it is all that, all that and more, even. This will make an excellent movie, one the entire family could enjoy, despite the darkishness of it.

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.2/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.3/5
The Feels⇝ 4.3/5
Pacing⇝ 3.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.8/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.2/5
Originality⇝ 4.5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not Really...
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Book Cover⇝ Gorgeous
Setting⇝ France
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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๏ ๏ ๏ Links ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Goodreads | Booklikes | BookDigits

Amazon | Kobo | Scribd 

GooglePlay | IndieBound 



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