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review 2019-06-14 20:11
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

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Murder Mystery
Psychological Thriller
Graphic Depictions of Slaughter
Amazing Character Development
So F-IngTwisted
Wow, This Shit Is Dark

 

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

With Audio Performed by Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deacons and Robertson Dean

 

 

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My first Gillian Flynn novel, yeah...that means I've never read Gone Girl, I did see the movie, though. That is probably why I've never felt the need to read the book, I guess. Dark Places has been made into a movie too...and it's on Netflix so, I'll be watching it soon.  The narrators were great in this.

 

The beginning of this has graphically depicted murders, it was really difficult to listen to. I had no clue of the depth into which this story would go, the book is aptly titled, for sure. There is also some scenes of senseless farm animal slaughter towards the end, that was also really difficult to listen to. It was dark and sad, and yet compelling as hell. Libby Day is painted as an unlikable character...but seriously, how do you not be f*cked up with what she had to live through, and she f*cking owns that shit. The ending threw me for a loop, and others have said that they didn't find it believable...I can see that, but inevitably however you feel about the ending, there's no denying that this is one twisted story.

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

Plot⇝ 4.3/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5
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Book Cover⇝ Love it...actually
Setting⇝ Kinnakee, Kansas and Other Places in the United States.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-06-11 20:42
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Stepsister - Jennifer Donnelly

 

 

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YA, That's Heavy on the Y...Light on the A
Children's Fantasy & Fairytales
Beauty Isn't Always Pretty
Continuing Cinderella's Story Through Her Stepsisters
Darkish...No Bippity, Boppity, Boo Here
Ultimately Uplifting

 

 

 

With Audio Performed by Jayne Entwistle

 

 

 

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 


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Full disclosure...I was contemplating DNF'ing this one...but only because it felt kind of juvenile to me. I'm thinking, it appeals more to the Middle-School-Age Child than the Adult who is a child at heart. It had me rolling my eyes a little too much. That being said, Izzy and crew eventually won me over, and I couldn't help falling for their inspirational tale. Even the narration is notable.

 

This is a continuation of Cinderella's story but from the point of view of one of her "ugly stepsisters", Isabelle. All the fairytale-ness of Cinderella is here...with fairy godmothers and animated mice, goofy monkey's and a fox, it was kind of ludicrous at times. Ludicrous and yet, at some point, it became completely uplifting. There is quite a lot of talk about how this is about female empowerment and loving yourself for who you are, and it is all that, all that and more, even. This will make an excellent movie, one the entire family could enjoy, despite the darkishness of it.

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.2/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.3/5
The Feels⇝ 4.3/5
Pacing⇝ 3.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.8/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.2/5
Originality⇝ 4.5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not Really...
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Book Cover⇝ Gorgeous
Setting⇝ France
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-06-11 00:42
Say You Still Love Me by KA Tucker
Say You Still Love Me - K.A. Tucker

 

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A Favorite Author
Part Adult Contemporary Romance
Part YA Romance
Love at First Site
Summer Camp
Corporate Real Estate
A Tragic Accident

 

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 


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I haven't been able to finish a book I was reading (rather than listening on Audio) in less than a week in quite some time. I found myself actually wanting to read this. So thank you, KA Tucker, for that. I've always liked this Author's stories and this one is no exception.

 

Told in alternating chapters between their teen years at Camp Wawa and their 30's in Lennox, NY (actually, a real city just spelled differently), made for a very interesting story. I found the past and present tenses equally compelling. I didn't think this was going to have anything hard hitting like most of her books do, but by the end...I found myself shedding a few tears. It was sad, and the ending doesn't wrap everything up in a perfect little bow, but it was a satisfying ending...it was more like real-life tends to be...a little messy but still doable.

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 4.7/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5
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Book Cover⇝ I don't know that it fits the story...it's not like they ever sat on a dock overlooking a lake with colder-weather clothes on. They did stand on a cliff, though...but whatever.
Setting⇝ Lennox, NY & Camp Wawa
Source⇝ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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review 2019-06-10 22:05
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy) - Marie Rutkoski

 

Book #2 of The Winner's Trilogy

 

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Dystopian/Fantasy
Lies & Betrayals
YA
Revolution
Crappy Narration
Book #1 Rating: ☆3.8☆

 

 

With Audio Performed By Justine Eyre

 

 

 

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2.5STARS - GRADE=D+

 

 


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I really need to quit listening to books narrated by Justine Eyre because I really do not like her voice inflections/tonality or whatever you want to call it. I thought I could get past it, but I can't. If I finish this series, I need to wait about a year to do it, maybe then I can listen to her narration without cringing.

 

Overall, it's difficult for me to say how I feel about this second book, I was hoping the story would wow me enough and make the lack of good narrator unnecessary, unfortunately, it didn't do that. I didn't really find the content exciting until the last half hour of the book. Otherwise, I just found it boring. This series is well-loved by many, so my experience shouldn't influence you too much, other than to the skip the Audio, maybe. This is one that should be read.

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 2.8/5
Narration Performance⇝ 1/5
Main Characters⇝ 2.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝1.5/5
Pacing⇝ 2.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 2.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 2.8/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.5/5
Originality⇝ 3.5/5
Ending⇝ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Yeah...
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Book Cover⇝ Very eye-catching...
Setting⇝ Valoria...I believe.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-06-07 14:23
3.2 Out Of 5 Stars for Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Lies Beneath - Anne Greenwood Brown

 

Lies Beneath #1

 

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MerPeople
Killer Mermaids
Lake Superior Setting
Insta-Romance

 

 

With Audio Performed by MacLeod Andrews

 

 


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Lies Beneath is not a bad story, more like a meh story. The idea behind it is an interesting one, mermaids who kill to survive and live in the Great Lakes...seriously killer Mermaids are kinda cool. Unfortunately, the idea of it is cooler than the actual story. Some Authors have the ability to pull a reader into the story and make them really feel it, but I didn't feel that with this Author. Initially, I was drawn to this story because the setting is Lake Superior, being from Michigan, I thought it was super cool to have a setting close to home, even though it was a part of Lakes Superior by Minnesota, I still kinda dug it. The narration was decently done, Macleod Andrews doesn't usually disappoint. I did not know until a couple of days after I finished this that it has two more books...I thought it was a stand-alone. The ending did kind of leave it with things unsaid, but I was fine with that. So, I honestly don't think I will continue the series.

 

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3.2STARS - GRADE=C+

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 3.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Characters⇝ 3.5/5
The Feels⇝ 2.3/5
Pacing⇝ 3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.5/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 3.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Meh...not really.
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Book Cover⇝ A bit deceiving, since the pov is from a MerMan
Setting⇝ Lake Superior, North Shore in Minnesota
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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