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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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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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