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review 2018-03-30 17:57
4.2 Out Of 5 "Tarnished...But Not Broken" STARS
Tarnished City - Vic James

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Tarnished City

Vic James

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A corrupted city. A dark dream of power.

 

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

 

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I was torn as to whether I was going to continue this series because I struggled to get through the first book.  Then way before it (Tarnished City) was due to release, I noticed my library had already purchased it in audiobook format…I thought…hmmm…maybe I could eliminate some my issues with Gilded Cage by listening to Tarnished City, rather than reading it.

 

Overall, I'm happy that I gave this series a second chance because this world that Vic James has created is darkly captivating and dangerously alluring.  I applaud her ingenuity with the unique plot and the complex characters.  She also threw in some very clever twists.  While there are still many elements to this that I found confusing and I know I didn't always comprehend the situations totally, I did enjoy it, nonetheless.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.2/5  Cliffhanger~ More or less…yes.

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Book Cover~  Awesome, I think this darker version goes with the story better.

Narration~ ☆4.3☆ Avita Jay, for having an accent, which I always seem to struggle with, I thought she was pretty good.

Series~ Dark Gifts #2

Setting~ England & Scotland

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2017-12-07 22:33
One-quarter into this and I'm throwing in the towel...
Ink and Bone: The Great Library - Rachel Caine

I'm not trying to say that this is badly written, actually, it's very well written.  The alternate world is very imaginative and sounded spectacular to me when I read the synopsis for it.  Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it.  

 

I think this is definitely a case of "It's not you, it's me...because this book is not lacking in 5-star reviews.

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review 2017-10-13 21:50
WWII with a alternate ending...
Wolf by Wolf: One girl’s mission to win a race and kill Hitler - Ryan Graudin

Book Title:  Wolf by Wolf

Author:  Ryan Graudin

Narration:  Christa Lewis

Series:  Wolf by Wolf #1

Genre:  WWII, Alternate History

Setting:  All through many countries between Germany and Japan

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5+/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Total Cliffhanger…

Steam Factor 0-5:  0

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

I loved every minute of this book, and I'm so glad I listened on Audio because the narrator was phenomenal.  She had the accents down perfectly. Which is just enough of an accent, but not too much, that I couldn't understand her. 

 

From the alternate history to the skin shifting supernatural abilities, this had me hooked and I couldn't stop listening to it.  I especially embraced the stories behind each of her wolves that she has tattooed on her arm.  This story has such emotion to it, I was captivated.  The motorcycle race gave added depth to an already emotional story, with a feel to it, that actually reminded me of Iron Will.

 

Will I continue this series⇜  Most definitely!

 

 

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review 2017-03-03 14:19
She's Fighting For Her Country
Front Lines - Michael Grant

Book Title:  Front Lines

Author:  Michael Grant

Narration:  Therese Plummer & Erin Mallon

Series:  Soldier Girl #1

Genre:  WW II, Alternate History, Older YA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

♫I researched many songs of the 40's that were popular during WWII and I felt my theme song should be by a women and also have the right sound for the times and I narrowed it down to this song…I'll Be Seeing You by Billie Holiday --It has the right tone and even if I couldn't find just the right lyric video (for some reason I prefer those, I really wish I was capable of making my own) it fits the best.♫

 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  4.3/5

Flow:  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration: 3.5 /5

Ending:  3.5/5  Cliffhanger:  sort of…

 

Will I continue this series?  Ummm…maybe.

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

An interesting, albeit long, (a little too long and slow at times) sometimes poignant, sometimes sad, and at other times triumphant look on what it would have been like if females were allowed in combat situations in World War II.  As fair warning; there are some graphic depictions in this…it is A war, afterall.

 

Told in three different pov's throughout the book, with the possibility of a fourth, (I think that's the role of the second female narrator, whose identity is never actually revealed).  Each girl is unique and compelling in her own way, and would have been more outstanding if each girl had her own narrator.  Otherwise, the narration was mostly well done. 

 ⇝Sex Factor⇜ No actual explicit sex, this is kept fairly clean in that respect.  There's actually not a lot of romance in this, but there is a little.

 

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review 2017-01-29 04:19
Brave New World
Secret Wars #1 of 8 First Printing - Esad Ribic,Jonathan Hickman

Overall, I wasn't impressed with this graphic novel. The concept was grand and expansive, but ultimately confusing. Maybe a big issue with it is that the Fantastic Four characters are the core of the story. I don't find them that interesting. I thought I would like the idea of an alternative earth created out of necessity, but I didn't much. The world seems very nebulous in its composition, and the story keeps going back to Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic and Victor Von Doom, who is God Doom in this story. I'm not sure what I was reading. I'm not sayin' I'm brilliant, but I like to think I should have been able to dissect what the point of this story was. By and large, it just felt like a wasted opportunity to get so many people from the Marvel Universe together in one story. With current events, I am feeling that whole all powerful dictator thing and group think as a story concept, but this needed to be better written to impact me.

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