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review 2019-12-08 01:29
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Starsight - Brandon Sanderson
 
FEATURING⇢

⬥Skyward #2 of 4--Book 1 Rating 5+ STARS
⬥ Deep Space Fantasy
⬥Science Fiction
⬥YA-ISH
⬥Alien Diversity
⬥Inter-Planetary Travel/Piloting
⬥Doomslug & M-Bot (AI)
⬥New Characters
⬥With Audio Performed A Tad High Pitchedly by Suzy Jackson



(AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A



 

MY THOUGHTS

 

A highly imaginative space adventure with a lot of heart.  I really loved Skyward, and Starsight was a solid follow-up to it...and while I didn't like it quite as much as Skyward, it has all the elements for me or anyone else to do so, and it was only by a smidge, anyhow.  The reason for that is I was missing the supporting characters from book one...at least we still got plenty of Doomslug and M-Bot, though.  I have to say that Brandon Sanderson is a stellar writer...even if his books are a tad on the long side...long books scare me for some reason.  It could have something to do with my short attention span.

Spensa wants to learn more about what or who she is, and why she hears the whispers and sees the "eyes".  When the opportunity to do so shows up she makes a quick decision and just like that the setting of the story takes an abrupt turn.  The story expands into so much more, there's not only intrigue but something beyond...in the words of Buzz Lightyear...to infinity and beyond.

The cliffhanger ending left me rather bereft.  Although...I do have a feeling where the next book is going, and I can't wait till the Spring of 2021 to see if I'm right.  It could be wise to wait to read/listen to this series for a little while longer what with that long wait for Book #3.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 5/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 4.5/5
The Feels 4.5/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 4.7/5 Cliffhanger Yup!!!
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Book Cover It's okay...I like it better than Skyward's cover.  I still like the UK covers best, though.  They go with the story so well...


Setting Detritus and Starsight
Source Audible Audiobook
Length 14 hours, 25 minutes

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review 2019-11-30 15:56
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
This Is Our Story - Ashley Elston

FEATURING⇢


⬥Small Town Louisiana
⬥Murder Mystery
⬥Suspense Thriller
⬥Young Adult (HS Seniors)
⬥Dual POV'S
⬥Twisty
⬥Splash of Romance
⬥With Near Perfect Audio Performed by Amy Melissa Bentley & Eric Michael Summerer



 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS 
(AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A

 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
The perfect November read...5 boys go out hunting in the morning, a little later...there is only 4 boys left. 

Told for the most part by a girl who lives in the same town and had been texting with the boy who was killed and finds herself in a position to be able to investigate the tragedy via her after school internship-type job with an attorney on the case.  In addition, there is also one of the boys narrating...it's obvious that it's one of the four boys that was not shot and killed...only you have no idea which one.  This other narrator, despite his parts being sporadic and succinct, really ratchets up the mystery.

There is twists throughout the story that really serve to keep you invested in the story, including an unseemly little sub-plot.  Overall, this is an exceptional mystery/thriller in the YA-ish genre that was excellent in Audio format.
 
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.5/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 4.3/5
The Feels 4.3/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Addictiveness 5/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 5/5 Cliffhanger Nope.
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Book Cover Who doesn't love deer heads hanging on the wall...oh yeah, me!  But seriously, it's perfect for the story.
Setting Belle Terre, Louisiana
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 47 minutes

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review 2019-10-22 23:12
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS for Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent
Unraveling Oliver: A Novel - Liz Nugent

 

 

 

FEATURING

 
Character Study
Psychological
Thrillingly Twisted & Twisty
Ireland
Full Cast Narration*
 
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A

 
 
 

MY THOUGHTS

 
This book is quite cleverly titled and I do love when that happens.  Oliver is a monster...the opening line is in reference to him hitting his wife so brutally, she's in a coma.  This is the story of how Oliver came to be who he is, and the people who shaped him and even some who were shaped by him.  It is, essentially the unraveling of Oliver...

The more I thought about this book, the more I realized just how sinisterly brilliant it is.  it's not full of action...actually there isn't much action in it to even refer to it as thrilling, other than the revealing twists and some of them are positively twisted.  The story is told from several POV's and with each one, we get a little of their backstory. Some readers have said that they didn't like this...I personally thought it was the best part and I genuinely liked their stories.  Besides, it's not as if it prattles on and on...because overall it's a fairly quick listen/read.

The Full Cast narration was terrifically performed and I even got used to the Irish accents after a bit...there was one that was a bit challenging to understand, but there are several POV's so not necessarily a deal-breaker.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 5/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 4.5/5
Pacing 5/5
Addictiveness 4.3/5
Theme or Tone 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.2/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 4.3/5
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Book Cover Meh...it's an unraveling Oliver, I suppose.
Setting Ireland & France
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 6 hours, 50 minutes
 
 
*FULL CAST NARRATION PERFORMED BY
 
Sam O’Mahoney
 Roy McMillan
Kevin Hely
Tracy Keating
Stephen Hogan
Kathy O’Brien
Steven Laverty
Michele Moran
 
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I READ THIS FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF MYSTERY SQUARE
 
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review 2019-10-05 22:12
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS for The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black

FEATURING

 
Vampires
Dystopian-ish
Like A Slightly Skewed Version of Our World
Quarantined Vampire Towns
Kick-Ass Heroine
A Smattering of Romance
Stand-Alone


With Audio Performed by Christine Lakin
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I've had this on TBR for an eternity now, and I should have read this sooner.  The ratings for this are all over the place...and I am one of the readers who found this to be a refreshingly real (and I use that term loosely, of course) take on vampires.  As real as a Dystopian/Apocalyptic/slightly skewed version of our world with a Vampire Virus-like premise can be, anyhow.  We still have electricity and even the internet and teenagers are still trying to find the ultimate party.  So, not so different...just the added element of Coldtowns.

The writing is excellent, the Vampires are scary, the MC is kind of badass, the romance is minimal and lastly, the audio version of this is quite fantastic.  It has music, either at the beginning of a chapter or the end of one.  Scary music gets me every time, what can I say.  Christine Lakin does a pretty good job with the narration, also.  If you haven't read this yet, and you like a totally different vibe of Vampires than the Twilight Series, I highly recommend it.  Especially, on Audio!
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.8/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 4.7/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 5/5 CliffhangerIt is kind of open-ended...
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Book Cover It's okay...but I can't help but think that it may be the reason it's taken me so long to read this.
Setting Mostly Springfield, MA
Source Audiobook (Library)
Length 12 hours, 6 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR VAMPIRES SQUARE
 
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review 2019-03-31 21:52
☆4.7☆ STARS for The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger
The Red Hunter: A Novel - Lisa Unger

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
Intricate Plot/Twisty Mystery
Engaging Characters
Revenge
Rape and the Aftermath
 & Empowerment
 

๏ ๏ ๏ A Bookish Obsession Favorite ๏ ๏ ๏

 
 
 
 

With Audio Performed by Julia Whelan 

 
 
 
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
I've only recently started reading Mysteries/Thrillers and I don't usually find myself wanting to rate them anything over four stars...but this book has done so, one of the rare few.  I really liked it...from the cover and to everything inside the cover, this book delivers. 

My only qualm is the shifting of narratives left me continuously confused as to whose head I was in.  With so many perspectives, and added to that all the many characters in each perspective life, I was constantly mixing up the side characters.  A full-cast narration could have solved this...I'm just saying.  Overall, though, the intricately woven plot-line coupled with the engaging and authentic characters made that qualm almost completely overlookable.  

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝  4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝  4.3/5
Characters⇝  5/5
The Feels⇝  4.8/5
Pacing⇝  5/5
Addictiveness⇝  4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝  5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝  5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝  5/5
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Book Cover⇝ Pretty and mysterious...
Setting⇝ Lost Valley & New York City
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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๏ ๏ ๏ Links ๏ ๏ ๏

 

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