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review 2020-05-03 18:02
Wink Poppy Midnight - April Genevieve Tucholke

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I came across this in the Lending Library. I liked the odd title and the gorgeous cover and the fact that I had really no idea what it was about.

When I started reading it, I was instantly conflicted. I really liked the poetic narration. However, the characters were two-dimensional cardboard cutouts you can find in any teen book. They aren't unique or fully-formed or even that interesting.

Also, the loose plot that is strung through the book didn't interest me. It just kind of went along without any real story, just the boring, annoying characters describing their lives with oddly similar narration styles. Also, Midnight's sections were so long that I just ended up hating him. I would go days without reading this if I was on Midnight's section or would just put it down partway through his dull narration because I had no interest in it.

My main problem with the book was that I just didn't care about any of the characters. The whole time you're supposed to be trying to determine who is the hero, who is the villain, and who is the liar. However, from the start, it's pretty obvious it's not going to be as clear-cut as presented. The book didn't make me feel invested in anyone so whenever something actually happened, I just kind of shrugged and moved on.

Once the big reveal comes about, it didn't even affect me because of this lack of investment. I was mostly just annoyed because it felt like the author was just trying to "trick" you with unreliable narrators, rather than coming up with an interesting twist.

Despite my initial excitement, I was left feeling dissatisfied when I finally finished this. Nothing happened, the message was fairly obvious, and any of the unpredictable twists just didn't seem to matter because the characters just felt like shadows on a page.

However, the narration was quite lovely at times with beautiful lyricism and interesting descriptions. I did enjoy the writing style overall. It was almost like reading a really long poem. I may check out more by this author, but I am definitely going to need a more interesting plot and more compelling characters.

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text 2020-05-03 12:00
MONTHLY RE-CAP APRIL

April is going to go down in history, at least my history, as the month I finished the most books ever.  I see everyone else posting how they can't get into any book, with what's going in the world...but I'm been on a listening streak.  Audiobooks have taken my mind off the crap-tastic-ness quite well, but I haven't been able to read anything at all...other than book reviews.  I had two super stand-out listens this month, that I rated 5+ Stars.  They are In An Instant and Race the Sands.  My 5 Star listens are The Female of the Species and  Be The Girl.  Some other stand-outs include The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoThe Dark Corners of the Night, From A Certain Point of View, The Vanishing Deep, and Where All Light Tends To Go...all with 4½ Star ratings.

 

MY TOTALS...

 

22 AUDIOBOOKS ( 12,240 MINUTES)

7,967 PAGES (CONVERTED TO PAGES BY PAGE # FOR KINDLE VERSION)

 

MY BOOKS...

 

AUDIOBOOK
UP IN FLAMES 
BY NICOLE WILLIAMS

 

NO LINK TO REVIEW (NO REVIEW)


BOOK TAGS⤏
⤏ MY RATING⇢2✰STARS✰
⤏ OUTRIGHT CHEATING
⤏ DIDN'T LIKE THE MC
⤏ ROMANCE --IF YOU CAN CALL IT THAT

 

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ This is just so wrong...the writing was good, the story had great flow, but it was just wrong.

 

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/01

 

 

 

AUDIOBOOK
THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE
BY ADELE GRIFFIN

 

LINK TO REVIEW

 

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ ARTIST WHO BURNS BRIGHT
⤏ MENTAL ILLNESS
⤏ DAMAGED PEOPLE FALLING FOR EACH OTHER
⤏ FANS OF DAISY JONES COULD LIKE THIS
⤏ FULL CAST NARRATION

 

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ Addison Stone felt like a real person, not a made-up one, she is one of those people who burns so bright...and then, sadly, burns out way too young.

 

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/02

 

 

 

AUDIOBOOK
IN AN INSTANT
SUZANNE REDFEARN

 

LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ A TRAGEDY
⤏ LIFE, DEATH AND EVERYTHING INBETWEEN
⤏ HEARTBREAKING
⤏ A NEW FAVORITE

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ It's not just heartbreaking, it's also heart-mending.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/03

 
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO
BY TAYLOR JENKINS REID
 
LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ THE LIFE STORY OF A FICTIONAL ACTRESS
⤏ RISE TO FAME IN THE FILM INDUSTRY
⤏ HER MANY RELATIONSHIPS AND MARRIAGES
⤏ LGBT
⤏ A SPLASH OF MYSTERY

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ The story itself (outside of the narration) is fantastic, her chase for that elusive Oscar...and of course, the epic love story with a twist of sorts.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/05
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
WHEN WE WERE LOST
BY KEVIN WIGNALL
 

LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ PLANE CRASH
⤏ ALL THE SURVIVORS ARE TEENS
⤏ LOW DRAMA
⤏ CAN THEY WORK TOGETHER TO SURVIVE?

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ It was sort of like The Breakfast Club meets the first few episodes of Lost with a South American jungle setting.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/06
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST
BY MEGAN MIRANDA
 

LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE
⤏ PIECES OF HIS CAR OUR FOUND WASHING UP FROM RIVER...BUT NOT A BODY
⤏ HOW WELL DO WE REALLY KNOW SOMEONE
⤏ SECRETS & LIES
⤏ YA

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ I found this not only engaging...but filled with one secret after another secret...more like secrets begetting secrets, and twists that I didn't see coming and maybe didn't quite believe all the time...but overall not game-changing.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/07
 
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES
BY MINDY MCGINNIS

LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ DARK & PROPULSIVE YA
⤏ SOMETHING TO GET YOUR SECRET VIGILANTE HEART PUMPING
⤏ LOVE & STUFF
⤏ RAPE CULTURE
⤏ A COLLISION COURSE OF WTF

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ Dark, raw and powerful to the point of explosive...that ending, wow!

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/08
 
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
CRUSH THE KING
BY JENNIFER ESTEP
 

LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ CROWN OF SHARDS SERIES REVIEW
⤏ FANTASTICAL WITH A MIX OF CONTEMPORARY
⤏ MAGIC SYSTEM
⤏ SEX, LANGUAGE & VIOLENCE
⤏ EVEN MORE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ I think this series could have been scaled down to two books easily, with fewer assassination attempts and if she could have stopped repeating certain phrases over and over again (i.e. is hot spicy Jalapeno scent, or she plays the long game, and the list goes on)it was maddening.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/09
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
NO BAD DEED
BY HEATHER CHAVEZ
 


LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ MY RATING⇢2¼✰STARS✰
⤏ A TWISTED MYSTERY
⤏ DOMESTIC THRILLER
⤏ NON-STOP PACING
⤏ EVERYONE ELSE LOVES THIS
⤏ I FOUND IT RATHER UNBELIEVABLE

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ The pace of this is frenetic and doesn't let up, and maybe that is why so many have rated this highly, they didn't have time to stop and analyze all the reveals.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/11
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
THIS DARKNESS MINE
BY MINDY MCGINNIS
 

LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER
⤏ LOVE & STUFF
⤏ SLIGHTLY HORROR-IF-IC
⤏ YA
⤏ WEIRD AF

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ On one hand, I want to say this a masterpiece and on the other hand, I want to say it's a freaking nightmare...so, nightmarish masterpiece it is.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/12
 
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
ONE OF US IS NEXT
BY KAREN M MCMANUS
 


LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ A NEW GAME
⤏ REVENGE
⤏ HIGH SCHOOL GOSSIP/DRAMA
⤏ TWISTY

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ Indulgent, fun and twisty...you can never wrong with that.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/14
 
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
BE THE GIRL
BY KA TUCKER
 


LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ CONTEMPORARY
⤏ LOVE & STUFF
⤏ BULLYING
⤏ AUTISM

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ Timely, and poignant, with indelible characters and a little bit of twist that I didn't see coming.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/15
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT
BY MEG GARDINER
 
LINK TO REVIEW
 
BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ 3RD BOOK IN UNSUB SERIES (CAITLIN HENDRIX)
⤏ SERIAL KILLERS
⤏ FBI PROFILING
⤏ MYSTERY/THRILLER/SUSPENSE

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ If you're like me and you find the intricacies of profiling fascinating, then this is definitely a series you would like.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/17
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
THE LAST WOMAN IN THE FOREST
BY DIANE LES BECQUETS
 

LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ THE WILDERNESS
⤏ SERIAL KILLER MYSTERY
⤏ SOME AWKWARD ROMANCE
⤏ LIMITED, GRAPHIC DEPICTIONS OF RAPE & MURDER
⤏ RESCUE DOGS

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ Have you ever had someone offer a ride when you're broke down on the side of the road, this is the story of what could happen when you ignore your gut reaction and say yes, anyway.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/18
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
SISTER OF MINE
BY LAURIE PETROU
 


LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ THE BOND OF SISTERS
⤏ WEBS OF DECEIT
⤏ THE TRUTH COMES OUT
⤏ THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ An atmospheric read/listen that leaves a taste of melancholy in the air...and, left me feeling sort of depressed.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/19
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW
(STAR WARS)
BY VARIOUS AUTHORS
 


LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ STAR WARS
⤏ ANTHOLOGY
⤏ DEEP SPACE

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ This is an entertaining collection of stories, it is even more fun to listen on Audio since the narration has basically a full-cast of voices and sound effects.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/21
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
THE VANISHING DEEP
BY ASTRID SCHOLTE
 


LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ DYSTOPIAN/FUTURISTIC TECHY
⤏ WATERWORLD-ESQUE
⤏ LIFE & DEATH DEALERS
⤏ DEALING WITH GRIEF
⤏ AN INTRIGUING SLIGHTLY FANTASTICAL WORLD

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ With a Water World-Esque-ness that is less rapey, and more techy...there were a lot of things that could have been done with this incredible world that the author has created...and we only got a glimpse of what it could embody.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/22
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
WHERE THEY FOUND HER
BY KIMBERLY MCCREIGHT
 


LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ WHERE THEY FOUND HER DIDN'T REALLY MATTER ALL THAT MUCH???
⤏ MYSTERY
⤏ BABY MAMA DRAMA AND THEN SOME
⤏ SECRETS, LIES & BETRAYALS
⤏ TWISTY-ISH, I GUESS...

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⤏ Too many characters, too many POVs, too many time jumps, and too many babies Mama's, Daddies, and whatnot, I couldn't keep track of it all.

FINISH DATE⤏ 04/23
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
ECHOES BETWEEN US
BY KATIE MCGARRY
 

LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ QUIRKY HEROINE
⤏ CLIFF-JUMPING HERO
⤏ YOUNG LOVE
⤏ ADDICTION & BRAIN TUMORS
⤏ CANDIDATE FOR THE WORSE MOTHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⇢ The MC has a lot of heart and sorta made the story feel more believable for me or at least made it so I was to overlook what felt wrong and focus on what was right.

FINISH DATE⇢ 04/25
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
RITES OF PASSAGE
BY JOY N HENSLEY
 

LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ MILITARY ACADEMY
⤏ MISOGYNY
⤏ MYSTERIOUS SECRET SOCIETY
⤏ YOUNG LOVE
⤏ CONTEMPORARY

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⇢ First off, you can really tell that this Author knows about Military School, being a Military Brat, and how it feels to be one of the only girls in something that men/boys feel is only for them and not for the "weaker sex"...the misogyny is strong in this one.

FINISH DATE⇢ 04/27
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
WHERE ALL LIGHT TENDS TO GO
BY DAVID JOY
 


LINK TO REVIEW
BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ THE REALIST SOUTHERN GRIT-LIT
⤏ METH, DEATH AND TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING
⤏ BORN OF CIRCUMSTANCE
⤏ SERIOUSLY, THERE IS NO JOY IN DAVID JOY'S BOOKS

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⇢ I've now listened to two books by David Joy, and I feel that I can safely say that he doesn't do the quintessential happy ending.
 
FINISH DATE⇢ 04/28
 
 
AUDIOBOOK
RACE THE SANDS
BY SARAH BETH DURST
 


LINK TO REVIEW

BOOK TAGS⇣
⤏ FANTASY-WORLD
⤏ BASED IN AND AROUND REINCARNATION
⤏ WITH RACING MONSTER-COMBINATIONS (KEHOKS)
⤏ LIES & BETRAYALS
⤏ SOME COURTLY INTRIGUE
⤏ STAND-ALONE

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⇢ A phenomenal world, that is completely unique, and unlike anything I ever read/listened to, with inspiring characters that shine bright, insane action and moments that are heartfelt and uplifting.

FINISH DATE⇢ 04/30
 
 
 
 
MY PICK FOR BEST COVER OF THE MONTH...
IS ALSO MY FAVORITE OF THE MONTH!
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2020-05-02 04:02
April Books

I read 22 books in April with an average score of 3.66. 1 was a graphic novel and 13 were YA. My most-read genres were fantasy, contemporary, and historical.

 

My favorite book was You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters - Kate Murphy. My least favorite book was Infinity Son - Adam Silvera.

 

I made some progress on my 2020 Reading Plans list by reading 1 more book. I'm now at 16/38.

 

 

5 Stars

You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters - Kate Murphy 

 

4.5 Stars

Kingdom of Back - Marie Lu Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Vol. 2 - Miya Kazuki,quof,You Shiina  A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope - Patrice Caldwell 

 

 

4 Stars

The Glass Forest - Cynthia Swanson  What Girls Are Made Of - Elana K. Arnold  The Disasters - M. K. England  Beloved - Toni Morrison  Archie, Vol. 6 - Mark Waid,Audrey Mok  Gracefully Grayson - Ami Polonsky  The Bromance Book Club - Lyssa Kay Adams  

All-American Muslim Girl - Nadine Jolie Courtney  Late to the Party - Kelly Quindlen  Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America - R. Eric Thomas  Spellhacker - M. K. England  

 

3.5 Stars

Hot Dog Girl - Jennifer Dugan 

 

3 Stars

One of Us Is Next - Karen M. McManus The King of Crows - Libba Bray  

 

2.5 Stars

Imagine Me - Tahereh Mafi Brown Girl Ghosted - Aiedeo Mintie Das  

 

2 Stars

The Truth About Love and Dukes - Laura Lee Guhrke 

 

1.5 Stars

Infinity Son - Adam Silvera 

 

 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 3
  • Female: 16
  • Genderqueer: 2
  • Female/Non-binary Mix: 1

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 3
  • Audio: 19

 

 

 

 

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photo 2020-04-26 21:12
Dewey RAT April 2020

Bingo Results:

 

D Column

1. Cheer on other Readers - Done!

2. Eat a Healthy Snack - Done! Check out my IG.

 

E Column

3. Book with a character with an essential job - The American Plague is filled with doctors, nurses, and army soldiers/scientists/doctors all fighting yellow fever epidemics. Yeah, this one was a no brainer.

 

W Column

4. Picture of Reading during Quarantine - IG pic again.

5. Listen to part of an audiobook - Done!

 

E Column

6. Read for 1 hour straight 3 times - done!

 

Y Column

7. Eat an unhealthy snack - Done....several times over.

 

So there is no way I got a Bingo, but I had a good time.

 

Source: bingobaker.com/play/3089916/f3bc51#
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text 2020-04-26 20:47
Vacation reads
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Agatha Christie
The Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey
The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim
Things in Jars - Jess Kidd
House of Names - Colm Tóibín
Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas, Robin Buss
Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie

I don´t have to go to work for a whole week. Which means, I´ve got a whole lot of time to read.

 

Two books I definitely will be reading next week are:

 

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Agatha Christie  The Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey  

 

The Miss Marple is going to be my next read and "The Daughter of Time" is next Saturdays buddy read.

 

Books, I might be picking up next:

 

The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim  Things in Jars - Jess Kidd  House of Names - Colm Tóibín  Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters  

 

These are all books I feel in the mood for. "The Enchanted April" would be a re-read for me, but this book is delightful, so I would happily re-read it. 

 

Books, I would love to finish ... but it will probably not happen, because i´m not in the right head-space for them:

 

The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas, Robin Buss  Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie  

 

Yeah, I still haven´t finished both these books. I should put a bottle of sparkling wine in my fridge, so that I can pop it open as soon as I finish one of these.

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