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review 2017-09-10 21:27
Pure madness, Chick- Lit with an edge…
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito

 

 

Book Title:  Mad

Author:  Chloe Esposito

Narration:  Emily Atack

Series:  Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Genre:  Humor, Mystery, Dark Chick Lit

Setting:  London & Sicily

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.7/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style): 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  pretty much does…

Total:  4.3/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

Alvina may have the female version of a famous chipmunk for a name…but you should not underestimate her.  She's a lively, seriously funny, albeit slutty, take-no-shit from anybody kind of woman.  She can swear like a sailor…she puts me to shame, even.  She's really not very likable…and yet I found myself somehow liking her anyway…it might have a lot to do with her wicked sense of humor. 

 

Alvina is actually brought to life in the audio version.  Emily Atack can tell a story, she even had a way of speaking in a lower, subdued voice when she spoke the inner dialogue, that was fantastically done.  Usually, with most narrators, I have a difficult time telling if something is said out loud or if it's inner dialogue, when listening on audio. 

 

 

Will I continue this series I will try…another audio added to my tbr.

 

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review 2017-08-05 15:06
This book is both infuriating and uplifting...
The First Time She Drowned - Kerry Kletter

 

 

Book Title:  The First Time She Drowned

Author:  Kerry Kletter

Narration:  Jorjeanna Marie

Genre:  YA, Realistic Fiction 

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.5/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4.2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Total:  4.3/5 STARS

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I've been reading this type of book a lot lately and I have say that this one has a completely different feel to it, not bad, just different.  The narrator, Cassie, is very subdued, like she doesn't allow herself to truly feel, and ultimately the story feels both authentic and implausible at the same time.  My feelings though, were all over the place, I was kind of spastic, even.  I wanted to yell at this girl so many times, and especially her mother.  Her Dad is no winner either, because he basically enables the mother.  This is one kid badly in need of someone to actually listen to her.  This book really made me appreciate having a loving, normal mother, even if she was taken from me too soon.  How anyone can be so fucked in head and still be allowed to breed, is just unfathomable, because loving your kid is suppose to be the easy part.

  

Will I read more from this Author⇜ I would.

 

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review 2017-06-18 14:13
Have you ever wished you could un-see something that you've seen?
If I Fix You - Abigail Johnson

 

 

Book Title:  If I Fix You

Author:  Abigail Johnson

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  YA, Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Arizona

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Inner Demons by Julia Brennan   --Sometimes, I'm not sure how I stumble upon the songs that I do…when I seen the cover page for this I was like, wow, that matches the cover's color scheme perfectly.  Then I listened to the words and...with it's soulful inflection and meaningful lyrics…it's just about perfect.  **If you watch this video, and you can tell me what is on this girl's head, I'm dying to know…♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4.3/5 STARS

A-

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Jill has seen something that she can't stop thinking about, no matter how hard she tries.  No matter how much she wishes she didn't have to see it…she did.  This story is her journey, during one very hot Arizona summer, she tries to come to terms with what she saw. 

 

 

If I Fix You deals with some complex issues, including abuse and adultery, but it's told in an inspiring way, that makes you realize you have to hold on to the ones you love the most; and maybe even give some of them a second chance to prove themselves to you.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.2/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5  Mostly good, but I don't think she ever wore a hoodie. It was Arizona in the Summer, after all.

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I would, especially if it was you-know-who's (if you've read it, then you would know) story.

 

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review 2017-05-31 23:00
If you're thinking about skipping Levana's story...DON'T
Fairest: Levana's Story - Marissa Meyer

 

 

Book Title:  Fairest:  Levana's Story

Author:  Marissa Meyer

Narration:  Rebecca Solar

Series:  The Lunar Chronicles #3.5

Genre:  Older YA, Fairytale Retelling, Novella

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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The Game by Disturbed  --Levana is one crazy a$$ B*tch…and she doesn't like to lose…

♫Is she not right?

Is she insane?

Will she now run for her life

In the battle that ends this day?

Is she not right?

Is she insane?

Will she now run for her life

Now that she lied to me♫

 

 

 

 

OVERALL RATING 

4.3/5 STARS

A-

 

My Thoughts

 

Lots of info in this one about Cinder, Cress, Winter, the Wolf/Man hybrids, and about how and why, Levana is such a lunatic.  When I asked someone if I needed to read this before reading Winter; I was told I really should…and…I'm really glad I did!

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5 

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  N/A

 

Will I continue this series?  Of Course…

 

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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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