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review 2018-09-05 19:42
Any Man will do...{{{cringing}}}
Any Man - Amber Tamblyn

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Any Man

Amber Tamblyn

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In this electric and provocative debut novel, Tamblyn blends genres of poetry, prose, and elements of suspense to give shape to the shocking narratives of victims of sexual violence, mapping the destructive ways in which our society perpetuates rape culture.

 

A violent serial rapist is on the loose, who goes by the name Maude. She hunts for men at bars, online, at home— the place doesn’t matter, neither does the man. Her victims then must live the aftermath of their assault in the form of doubt from the police, feelings of shame alienation from their friends and family and the haunting of a horrible woman who becomes the phantom on which society projects its greatest fears, fascinations and even misogyny. All the while the police are without leads and the media hound the victims, publicly dissecting the details of their attack.

 

What is extraordinary is how as years pass these men learn to heal, by banding together and finding a space to raise their voices. Told in alternating viewpoints signature to each voice and experience of the victim, these pages crackle with emotion, ranging from horror to breathtaking empathy.

 

As bold as it is timely, Any Man paints a searing portrait of survival and is a tribute to those who have lived through the nightmare of sexual assault.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I'm not a fan of poetry type prose and this is mostly written that way…It also has a lot of social media commentary, but its also super short, only about 4 1/2 hours on Audio, so not a deal breaker by any means.  Even so, this wrecked me.  This book is not only brutally scary, it's also so unbelievably intense and emotional.  I cried real tears. 

 

Ultimately, the message that Any Man imparts is what its all about, and something I won't likely forget.  For that reason alone this is must read or listen, if you like audiobooks, I definitely recommend the Audio version.  There is a total of 14 people, including the Author, who lend their voices to this story, making it all the more compelling.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 5+/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

For its Message~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5

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Book Cover~ Plain but inviting.

Narration~ 4.5 for a full cast with Glenn Davis, Ben Foster, Marc Maron, Jason Ritter, John Roberts, Russ Tamblyn, Amber Tamblyn, January LaVoy, Phoebe Strole, Robin Miles, Therese Plummer, Dan Bittner, James Fouhey, & Michael Crouch.

Setting~ Various Cities, and the internet

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-08-29 23:18
4.5 OUT OF 5 "VR ENHANCED" STARS
Warcross - Marie Lu

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Warcross

Marie Lu

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For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

 

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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With tones that reminded me of Ready Player One, Warcross is a stellar first book in a promising new series.  It takes place mostly in a virtual world, hence the reminders of the Ernest Clines book.  But that ends with that one similarity and Warcross becomes it's very own unique story that is unlike any other books in this genre. 

 

Overall, an unpredictable and action-packed book with likable characters, there is a definite romance going on throughout and I should warn you it does end on a cliffhanger with some wtf twists at the very end.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4.3/5

Ending~ 4.7/5 Cliffhanger~ Yeah…pretty much.

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Book Cover~ Meh…

Narration~ 4.5 for Nancy Wu, she was really good, actually.

Series~ Warcross #1

Setting~ Tokyo, Japan & New York

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-08-24 21:59
4.5 Out Of 5 "sharing the Chinese food of your soon to be exes" STARS
All Your Perfects - Colleen Hoover

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All Your Perfects

Colleen Hoover

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Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

 

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I'm going to make this short and sweet…All Your Perfects is another emotional read from the queen of angst, Colleen Hoover.  I really liked it, although, it's not my all new favorite.  That's still Maybe, Someday.  Genuine characters with genuine real-life issues, a CoHo book never disappoints.  I loved the way Quinn and Graham met. It really was a perfect beginning. 

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope

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Book Cover~ It's very pastel-pretty

Narration~ 4.5 for Madeleine Maby, she was pretty good.

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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review 2018-07-10 03:42
4.5 Out Of 5 "opposites really do attract" STARS
The Difference Between Us: An Opposites Attract Novel - Rachel Higginson

 

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The Difference Between Us

Rachel Higginson

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I'm cursed.

 

At least when it comes to finding Mr. Right.

 

I'm tired of men that only want one night stands or blind dates that are nothing but awkward and uncomfortable. I'm tired of avoiding inappropriate text messages and the constant disappointment of always meeting Mr. Wrong.

 

After all these years of dates that lead nowhere, I can admit that it's me. I'm the problem. I'm shy and picky and cursed. Definitely cursed.

 

So I've decided two things.

 

The first? I'm giving up dating and relationships and men in general. Maybe, possibly, forever.

 

The second? I'm going to have to try harder to avoid Ezra Baptiste.

 

If I couldn't hack it in the kiddy pool of dating, I certainly can't swim in his deep end. He's too successful. Too intense. He's all man when I'm used to nothing but boys pretending to be grownups. He's everything I'm afraid to want and so far out of my league we might as well be different species entirely.

 

So he'll need to find a different artist to paint his mural. And a different graphic designer to help him with his website. He'll need to find someone else to glare at and flirt with and kiss.

 

It can't be me.

 

We're too different.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This is the second book in the Opposites Attract Series and I think I liked this one more than the first one (The Opposite of You).  Apparently, a lot of others felt the opposite of me, though…huh, the irony...

 

For me, Molly was a great heroine, quirky, funny and oh-so insecure, and yeah, she did have a tad to much inner dialogue, but she felt real…and I was hoping she would learn to stand up for herself.  She really was the complete opposite of Ezra.  I even ended up liking Ezra too…I didn't know if I would, he came off rather untouchable in the first book…but damn, he's not half bad once you get to know him.  I'm really liking this series so far…mainly because it doesn't have any over-the-top drama and the relationships have a slow build to them.   There's no using sex as a plot here...

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.2/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Meh…

Series~ Opposites Attract #2

Setting~ Durham, North Carolina

Source~ Kindle eBook (KU)

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review 2018-07-02 21:58
4.5 Out of 5 "world gone dry" STARS
Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis

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Not A Drop To Drink

Mindy McGinnis

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Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty or doesn't leave at all.

 

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

 

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

 

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I've seen this book many times while looking for something else to add to TBR, and I've skipped over it.  I think that was due to the fact that it centered around a shortage of water.  Maybe, I find that premise too likely to happen in actual life.  Anyway, this fits a reading challenge I had going on, so I was like…WTH might as well try it out.  So happy that I did…because Not A Drop To Drink is a very well done dystopian.  There are 4 reasons I believe this to be true…

  • Despite being the first book in a duo, the ending of this has closure. 
  • The narration was subdued but excellent. 
  • The romance is only a splash and sweetly done. 
  • The world-building and explanation for how the world became this way, was impressively done. 

 

Overall, I should've read it long ago, because I really liked it.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.8/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Not really, but there is a second book.

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Book Cover~ It's stunning

Narration~ 5 by Cassandra Campbell was fantastic!  A new favorite.

Series~ Not A Drop to Drink #1

Setting~ I'm not sure, near Lake Erie…maybe

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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