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review 2018-04-19 00:10
4.8 Out Of 5 a$$-kicking STARS
End of Days - Susan Ee,Caitlin Davies

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

End of Days

Susan Ee

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End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

 

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Re/read on Audio:

 

I gave this 5+ stars back when I read this in 2015, with my reread on Audio, I'm lowering that rating, but only slightly.  I realized with this re-listen that maybe I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I thought.  I think it was due to the slight awkwardness of the romance-y content.  Maybe, that kind of smexy stuff isn't something Ms. Ee excels at...I still adore that ending, though.  "Penryn and the End of Days" is still, and always will be, one of my all-time fav series!!!

 

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~MY RATING~

4.8STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 4.7/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4.7/5

Addictiveness~ 4.8/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5+/5 Cliffhanger~ Not really…

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Book Cover~ Love it!

Narration~ Excellently done by Caitlin Davies

Series~ Penryn and the End of Days #3

Setting~ San Francisco

Source~ Own on Audible

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review 2018-03-03 20:04
4.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar
Mists of the Serengeti - Leylah Attar

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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Once in Africa, I kissed a king...

 

When a bomb explodes in a mall in East Africa, its aftershocks send two strangers on a collision course that neither one sees coming.

 

Jack Warden, a divorced coffee farmer in Tanzania, loses his only daughter. An ocean away, in the English countryside, Rodel Emerson loses her only sibling.

 

Two ordinary people, bound by a tragic afternoon, set out to achieve the extraordinary, as they make three stops to rescue three children across the vast plains of the Serengeti—children who are worth more dead than alive.

 

But even if they beat the odds, another challenge looms at the end of the line. Can they survive yet another loss—this time of a love that’s bound to slip through their fingers, like the mists that dissipate in the light of the sun?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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"When you lose someone you love, it doesn't end with that event, or their funeral, or with their name on a tombstone.  You lose them again and again, every day, in the small moments that catch you off guard."

 

This quote drew me in right away…because of the realness of it...

 

While Mists of the Serengeti is not without its small hiccups, it could get a little cheesy at points, I still loved the story it imparted.  Such a heartbreaking story, and not just the tragedy that started the story, whereas, they both lost someone they loved in a terrorist attack.  There is so much more to the story than that.  The lush African Setting is fascinating.  The plight of the albino children is poignantly heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting.  The romance is irresistibly sweet, and that epilogue...wow...that was something else.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 4.8/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ A wonderfully beautiful cover.

Setting~ The Serengeti, Africa (near Mt. Kilimanjaro)

Source~ eBook (Scribd)

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review 2018-01-27 16:29
A modern day take on Bonnie & Clyde...4.8/5 STARS
Infinity + One - Amy Harmon

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

Amy Harmon writes such indelible characters, I always seem to fall in love with them.  In fact, I don't know why I haven't read all her books by now.  Her pacing, flawless.  The feels, amazing.  My one issue with this particular story is the ending.  I would have liked it to play out differently, without the unnecessary bit of drama.

 

At the half-way point, I switched from reading to listening. I was hooked and wanted to keep reading, despite having many chores around the house, that I needed to get to. So I checked out the audiobook from my library site.  I have to say, Tavia Gilbert does some amazing accents (which I already knew because of The Firebird Series) Finn's Boston accent, was excellently done.  Bonnie Rae's singing…well…it wasn't that bad at all, actually.  She really brought this book to life.

 

~MY RATING~ 4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 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~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's decent, which makes me wonder why it took me so long to read this.

Narration~ Tavia Gilbert (for 2nd half of book)

Setting~ From Boston to California & several places in-between.

Source~ I Own Kindle eBook and Audiobook (Library)

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review 2017-12-15 22:33
A satisfying ending to a must-read series...
Undone (Unknown Trilogy Book 3) - Wendy Higgins

 

Book Title:  Undone

Author:  Wendy Higgins

Series:  Unknown #3

Genre:  Apocalypse | New Adult

Setting:  Nevada and Alaska

Source:  I Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.8/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Pacing:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style): 5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

I loved this series, Unknown (the series) is a new-adult apocalyptic trilogy.  Combining lovable, capable characters with a mysterious and well written end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it premise.  It freaking rocks.  It was only marred by the ending, where part of it played out entirely too much like a very well-known movie…but I still loved it.

 

Will I read more from this Author? Oh, yeah…totally will!

 

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review 2017-09-29 21:04
It's a new day in the World After...
World After - Susan Ee

Book Title:  World After

Author:  Susan Ee

Narration:  Caitlin Davies

Series:  Penryn and the End of Days #2

Genre:  YA, Angel Apocalypse

Setting:  San Francisco, CA

Source:  Own Audible Edition

 

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.7/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration: 5/5

Ending:  4.7/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued

Steam Factor 0-5: 2

Total:  4.8/5 Stars - GRADE=A

 

 

 

I feel like this was even better the second time because I wasn't continually wondering where the-f Raffe was.  I knew I wouldn't see him for a while.   Besides, when Raffe did hook up with Penryn, finally; it turns out it was worth the wait.  I also feel like I was able to glean more on the plot itself this second time around.   I really love these characters and loved how Caitlin Davies brought them all to life.

 

Will I continue this series⇜  I'm re-reading with Audio, the entire 3-book series --up next is End Of Days

 

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