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review 2018-06-11 04:04
4.3 Out Of 5 "tension building" STARS
Every Single Secret - Clara Emily Carpenter

 

 

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Every Single Secret

Emily Carpenter

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Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees—even though the past is the last place she wants to go.

The retreat’s isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor’s rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they’re never to socialize with the other guests.

One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room…and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems—and that whatever’s crying out from Heath’s past isn’t meant to be heard. It’s meant to be silenced.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I have read one other book by this Author, The Weight of Lies and I really liked it.  Every Single Secret is a fairly intense read throughout, it did lag a little in the middle.  The tension builds nicely and the ending had it's good and bad points…but the one thing this did do was pull me out of my reading listening slump that I was in with most of the audiobooks that I've listened too lately.  I haven't been able to stay in the story, my mind would wander elsewhere.  But I didn't have that issue here, I was hooked and I had no problems staying "in" the story.  So thank you, Emily Carpenter

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.2/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Mostly no…

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Book Cover~ Awesome!

Narration~ 4.5 by Kate Orsini was very well done.

Setting~ Georgia

Source~ Audiobook (KU Read & Listen)

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review 2018-06-10 23:50
4.3 Out Of 5 "if you can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen" STARS
The Opposite of You - Rachel Higginson

 

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The Opposite of You

Rachel Higginson

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I’ve sworn off men. 

 

All men. 

 

Famous last words, right? You’re expecting some epic tale of reluctant love and my dramatic change of heart? Well, you’re not going to get it. 

 

I’m stubborn. And headstrong. And I’ve just survived the worst three years of my life. After escaping an abusive boyfriend to live in hostels and cheap hotels while I worked my way across Europe, I’ve come to two conclusions. 

 

The first? Now that I’m back home, I’m going to squander my expensive culinary degree on a food truck that caters to the late night drunk crowd. 

 

The second? I’m going to prove to the bastard across the plaza that my street food is better than his fussy five-course monstrosities.

 

Killian Quinn might be Food and Wine’s Chef to Watch Out For. He might have a Michelin Star. He might have every food critic in the city wrapped around his too-large fingers. But he’s also pretentious and unbearably arrogant and the very opposite of me. 

 

So he can keep his unsolicited advice and his late night visits and his cocky smiles. I want none of it. Or him. 

 

I want the opposite.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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An excellent contemporary romance that's actually not bogged down by unnecessary drama.  The beginning 1/3 of the book felt like it could have been going in a cheesy direction and felt repetitively tedious at times…but the last 2/3's were compelling readable.  In fact, I read that portion of the book in one sitting.  I liked the characters so much that I do believe I want to read the second book soon.  The witty banter between the H and h was well written and their chemistry was quite hot.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's okay

Series~ Opposites Attract #1

Setting~ Durham, North Carolina

Source~ Own Kindle eBook

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review 2018-05-19 14:44
4.3 Out Of 5 "musing and mending" STARS
Atheists Who Kneel and Pray - Tarryn Fisher

 

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Atheists Who Kneel and Pray

Tarryn Fisher

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Yara Phillips is a wandering muse. 

 

She dates men who need her but always moves on to something new, never staying in one place for very long. 

 

David Lisey is in need of a muse. 

 

A talented musician lacking lyrical inspiration. When he first sees her, he knows he's found what he's been looking for. 

 

Yara believes she can give David exactly what he needs to reach his full potential: 

A broken heart. 

 

David’s religion is love. 

 

Yara’s religion is heartache. 

 

Neither is willing to surrender, but religion always requires sacrifice.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I really like Tarryn Fisher, l like how she makes her stories unlike any others out there.  Atheists Who Kneel and Pray is a story about a musician and his muse…a story about breaking hearts and finding a way to mend them…an unflinching look into jealousy and commitment issues…and, how just one life-changing event can shape us into who we are…until we break free.  Yara has issues, and I found her difficult to like as a character, yet she ultimately found her way under my skin and I needed to see her broken heart mended...

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's cool…it fits the story.

Setting~ Seattle, London and Paris

Source~ Own Kindle eBook

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review 2018-05-16 17:59
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
To Kill a Kingdom - Alexandra Christo

 

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most--a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens are more than an unsavory hobby--it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of the siren kind for good--But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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A darkish Little Mermaid retelling…what more do you need to say? 

 

Narration for this was spot-on.  Stephanie Willis sultry voice was fantastic and she evoked the darkness that is Lira beautifully so.   I absolutely loved her POV.  Jacob York is satisfactory for the level-headed Elian.  My only issue is I wasn't always able to stay in this while listening.  I think it was mostly during Elian's POV…I easily forgot that I was supposed to be paying attention. (((This may have been influenced by my free-cell addiction)))

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 3.8/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Fabulous

Narration~ 5☆ -Stephanie Willis & Jacob York were both fantastic.

Setting~ Sea Kingdom of Keto

Source~ Own on Audible

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review 2018-04-27 15:07
4.3 Out Of 5 "musically inspired" STARS
Running Barefoot - Amy Harmon

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Running Barefoot

Amy Harmon

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When Josie Jensen, an awkward 13-year-old musical prodigy crashes headlong into new-comer Samuel Yazzie, an 18-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young friend behind. Many years go by and Samuel returns, finding Josie in need of the very things she offered him years before. Their roles reversed, Samuel teaches Josie about life, love, and letting go. Deeply romantic and poignant, Running Barefoot is the story of a small town girl and a Native American boy, the ties that bind them to their homes and families, and the love that gives them wings.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Beautiful writing mixed with beautiful characters, Amy Harmon pulls both these off with such a tender thoroughness.  Running Barefoot is no exception, despite my not loving quite as much as I did Making Faces.  If you are an old soul, you will readily connect with Samuel, Josie and their story. While I don't really consider myself an old soul, I still found this an uplifting story that inevitably pulled at the heartstrings.  Amy Harmon...you rock at storytelling.

 

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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~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's okay

Narration~4  -Tavia Gilbert…you know, I've realized, after listening to several of the books she narrates that all her male voices sound exactly the same.

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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