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review 2019-06-25 00:48
2.8 Out Of 5 STARS for The Truth About Lies by Aly Martinez
The Truth About Lies - Angel Martinez

The Truth Duet #1

 

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Adult Contemporary Romance
Drugs & Prostitution
Lies & Betrayals
Duology
Twisty
Dual POV's
Crappy Narration

 

 

With Narration Performed by John Lane & Cynthia Farrell

 


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2.8STARS - GRADE=C-

 

 

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This was mostly an okay-ish adult contemporary romance with a mafia-type feel to it. I actually started branching out from romance books because of stories like this. It all felt like the same old stuff with different character names... and I just wanted more from the books I read.

 

This was all that right up until the last 15% of the book...when what could be, some intriguing elements are thrown into it. I was fairly certain I wasn't going to read the next book in this duet, until then...now I'm torn...because I really didn't care for the narration, especially the female voice...she was so corny...she just had me rolling my eyes with the way she said some stuff. Maybe, I could do the second book, but I think I'll have to read it.

 

 

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 2.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 3.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3.7/5
The Feels⇝ 2/5
Pacing⇝ 3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 2/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3/5
Originality⇝ 3/5
Ending⇝ 3.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝
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Book Cover⇝ A Guy with Tats...like we haven't seen that before?
Setting⇝ The Chicago area...I think
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
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review 2019-06-25 00:12
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
The Cheerleaders - Kara Thomas

 

 

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YA Mystery
Twisty Thriller
Secrets & Betrayals
Amateur Sleuthing
High School Drama
Second POV Told in Flashbacks

 

 

With Audio Performed by Phoebe Strole

 

 

 


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4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 


๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

I never could have read a book about an entire squad of cheerleaders being stalked and killed a few years ago...not when my daughters were doing cheer. But now...I went into this wholeheartedly. I previously devoured this Author's Little Monsters, so I was excited to listen to this one.

 

YA Mysteries tend to get a bad rap from a lot of readers, but there are some stories that pull it off fairly well. This Author can come up with some of those stories. Her characters feel genuine and the sleuthing they do feels just as genuine. The overall mysteries within her books are twisty and complex, so much more complex than you think they will shape up to be.

 

I did like Little Monsters a little more than The Cheerleaders, which is mostly due to the slightly underwhelming ending and the fact that it only had one narrator for both of the characters voices. I constantly got them confused. Confusion leads to being pulled out of the story and that tends to lessen my overall enjoyment of an Audiobook. Seriously, I can't stress enough...If you have more than one person's POV than you NEED more than one narrator.

 

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.5/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5
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Book Cover⇝ It goes with the story well...
Setting⇝ Sunnybrooke, NY
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-06-24 18:51
Still free for kindle
Free Comic Book Day - Star Wars Adventures - Collectif Ulysse

Its free, so if you really love Star Wars you might want to check it out.  The best thing about it, however, is the cover.  It is a standard hero stranded on strange world, kid falls for droid tale that we have seen how many times  before.  The second story is another classic droid story.

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review 2019-06-24 18:00
Review ~ Great read!
Bloodrush (The Scarlet Star Trilogy Book 1) - Ben Galley

Book source ~ Tour. My review is voluntary and honest.

 

When 13-year-old Tonmerion Hark’s father, Prime Lord Hark, is murdered on their front steps Merion is sent to live with his last living relative, his aunt Lilain. The problem for Merion is that she doesn’t live in London. Or even in the Empire of Britannia. She lives across the Iron Ocean in the wilds of America, the New Kingdom. But not in one of the bustling cities. Oh, no. Poor privileged Merion has to trek all the way out to Wyoming and live in Fell Falls, the latest settlement at the current end of the Serped Railroad Company’s railroad line. But at least he wouldn’t be going alone. Traveling with him is his best friend, Rhin. Except no one knows about Rhin, being that he’s a faerie and all. Let the adventure begin!

 

Ben Galley has created one hell of a world in Bloodrush! This is fantasy at its finest. The writing flows so easily and the world is so creative! I mean, who would think that Wild West meets Fantasy would be such an interesting combination? I love everything about this tale. Except Merion. Okay, okay, I know he’s a 13-yr-old boy who is used to a life of privilege, but the way he reacts to everything and his attitude in general still gets on my last nerve quite a lot. But really, that’s just me. I can step back and tell you that he acts just right for his setting. But he still pisses me off and I can’t help it. To make any book a delicious meal for this reader, I need to at least like a main character (more than I do Merion - way more). But this is told from several POVs so it’s not like I’m stuck in Merion’s head all the time. There are other great characters to hop around in. And there’s the mystery of Prime Lord Harker’s murder. Not to mention the dangers way out there in Wyoming. And don’t get me started on the Harker family secret. Oh, boy! It’s a damn good one and nothing I’ve read about in any book, which is saying something. There is one hell of a good story here, make no mistake. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good yarn.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/06/bloodrush.html
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review 2019-06-21 21:27
Review ~ Awesome!
Storm Cursed - Patricia Briggs

Book source ~ Library

 

Mercy Thompson is a mechanic, but she’s also a whole lot more. As a coyote shifter she has some problems fitting in with the Columbia Basin werewolf pack. Normally, she wouldn’t give a fig about the pack, but ever since she married their Alpha, Adam Hauptman, she kinda has to deal with them. And now she’s dealing with a situation that she brought upon herself and the pack and that’s being the go-between for the humans and the Gray Lords of the Fae. Mercy doesn’t try to make her life more complicated. These things just seem to happen.

 

I love this series. I really do. And while I love this installment in it, it just seems to be a bit much this time. I’m not sure why I feel that way because the book has everything I love about the entire series: paranormal shenanigans, steaminess, humor, my favorite characters, danger, mystery, and a decent plot. Ok, maybe it’s the plot. It feels off. Maybe because the last book had Mercy kidnapped and carried off to Europe. It seems like the thing on the bridge with the troll happened forever ago and I guess what I really need is a series refresher. I do hope the Fae storyline gets some more attention because I think that’s what it needs. They really only end up as a subplot of this book because there’s some new Big Bads in town and they are not Fae. Hint: there’s some adorable zombies involved. If I had to guess, this book is setting up a big Fae/human showdown which should prove very complicated and interesting. I do still love this series and can’t wait for the next story.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/06/storm-cursed.html
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