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review 2019-12-27 20:56
5 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel
The Familiar Dark - Amy Engel

 

SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE 

A spellbinding story of a mother with nothing left to lose who sets out on an all-consuming quest for justice after her daughter is murdered on the town playground.

Sometimes the answers are worse than the questions. Sometimes it’s better not to know.

Set in the poorest part of the Missouri Ozarks, in a small town with big secrets, The Familiar Dark opens with a murder. Eve Taggert, desperate with grief over losing her daughter, takes it upon herself to find out the truth about what happened. Eve is no stranger to the dark side of life, having been raised by a hard-edged mother whose lessons Eve tried not to pass on to her own daughter. But Eve may need her mother’s cruel brand of strength if she’s going to face the reality about her daughter’s death and about her own true nature. Her quest for justice takes her from the seedy underbelly of town to the quiet woods and, most frighteningly, back to her mother’s trailer for a final lesson.

 

A BookisObsessioFavorite

 

THE KEY POINTS OF THE STORY⇣

 

 

⬥OZARK MOUNTAINS

⬥MURDER OF TWO TWELVE-YEAR-OLD GIRLS

⬥A MOTHER TRYING TO DO RIGHT BY HER DAUGHTERS MEMORY

⬥LIFE IN THE HOLLAR

⬥TWISTED & A LITTLE TWISTY

 

STATS⇣

 

BOOK COVER⇢ It doesn't do the book justice

SETTING⇢ Missouri Ozarks

SOURCE⇢ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

eBOOK LENGTH⇢ 256 Pages

 

MY THOUGHTS⇣

 

What makes a murder mystery a favorite?  This is a question I've asked myself quite a few times since I started reading this genre.  Seriously, there's not a lot to love about murder. Near as I can come up with...is a book that really affects you in some way, whether it be fear, loathing or one you just can't get out of your head.  This book is kind of all three of those, and then some.  I also still think about the Roanoke Girls by this same Author.  I've rated both 5 stars and they both totally deserve it.  Deeply affecting.

 

I've read a couple of other books that deal with the area of Central to the Eastern United States Mountainous ranges (Winters Bone & The Weight of This World).  But, The Familiar Dark has been the best one of all three so far.  This book hooked me from the start, I felt like I was on this quest with Eve to solve the murder of her daughter and her daughter's friend.  Experiencing everything she experiences, from the lows to the even lower's and even the few highs. 

 

The beginning of this gutted me and the middle had me transfixed and the end left me gasping and in tears...such a gut-wrenching story. That is not just superbly written but is also perfectly plotted.  I highly recommend.

 

MY RATING 5 STARS | GRADE A+

 

BREAKDOWN⇣

Plot⇢ 5/5

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⇢ 5/5

Ending⇢ 5/5

 

 

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review 2019-12-12 23:01
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Wicked King - Holly Black

The Folk of the Air #2



FEATURING⇢

⬥Book #1 Rating: 4.3 STARS
⬥Fairy High Court
⬥Intrigue & Betrayals
⬥Unforeseen Twists
⬥A Darkly Fantastical Fae World
⬥Sprinkled With Immoral Wantonness
⬥YA-ish
 
 
 
(AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A



 

MY THOUGHTS

 
My love for this series keeps growing...and I don't usually like Fae Stories.  This second book in The Folk of the Air Series, I liked even more than the first book, despite not understanding why Jude wants to live in the fairy world, to begin with.  I mean these fairies are evil, just because they can't lie doesn't mean they have to tell the truth.  They could just not say anything...after all... 

Fair warning, this is said to be YA, but I think it's more like risque-YA (I love it when shit rhymes).  Holly Black's fairies are not only mean they are quite naughty, debaucherous, even..  I think this naughtiness is a part of its appeal, at least for me...possibly a few others.

Seriously, though, that ending was hella crazy...I thought I had it figured out, but no.  Such an interesting turn of events...I can't wait to see where she is taking this story next...



I'm starting Queen of Nothing posthaste.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.5/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 5/5
Pacing 5/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme or Tone 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 5/5 Cliffhanger "To be continued"
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Book Cover Love it...
Setting Elfhame & the Mortal World
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 10 hours, 21 minutes.

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review 2019-11-23 03:02
4 Out Of 5 STARS for Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Wilder Girls - Rory Power

 

FEATURING

 
The Tox
Possibly Apocalyptic
Quarantined Island
Dark Academia - All-Girls School
A Splash of Girl 2 Girl Romance
Horror-if-ic Body Altering
 
 
With Audio Perfectly Performed by Eileen Stevens & Jessie Vilinsky
 
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
The reviews I read for this almost derailed me from listening to this...but when the Library bought the Audio and automatically checked it out to me (I had recommended it), I was like, why not...it could be interesting, and I'm glad I did.

Wilder Girls is quite different from anything else I've ever read.  The premise alone, an apocalyptic type virus affecting the entire island, not just the school, but also the wildlife, in fantastically bizarre manners.  Added to that, the almost magnetic writing that sets it apart from other Dark Academia out there.  I was warned that it is very gory...and it is, although, the way people went on about the gore, I thought it would be more so than it was.  The romance is subtle and just a small part of the story because seriously, these girls got a lot on their plates, and very little of it is actual food.

But alas, while I dug this for all the above reasons...overall, its most significant issue is the lack of answers by the end of the story.  In that respect, it reminded me of Lost (The TV Show), which I loved right up until the final episode.  The ending of Wilder Girls needs a sequel...and so could Lost, actually...now that I think about it. 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 4.3/5
Pacing 4.2/5
Addictiveness 5/5
Theme or Tone 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 3/5 Cliffhanger Well...yeah it sorta did.  It felt like there should be a second book...but nothing about that yet.
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Book Cover Wow, this could easily be Best Cover of the year.
Setting Raxter Island
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 49 minutes.

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review 2019-11-21 00:35
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Weight of This World by David Joy
The Weight of This World - David Joy

FEATURING

 
Harsh Living
Drug Dependency
Meth-Amphetamines 
PTSD
Gritty Realistic Fiction
Poignant & Brutal
TW: Dog Violence


With Audio Performed by Macleod Andrews
 
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Another bleak disheartening look at the harsh life you may get if you go down the road with drugs.  The drug of choice for this story is Meth.  Why anyone would choose to do this drug in the first place is beyond me...but for some, maybe it is beyond them...almost as if it chooses them instead of the other way around.  The book portrays how circumstances beyond control can set one down a path that no one should ever have to go down.  The story itself is superbly written, and it reminded me of Winter's Bone with the atmosphere that was set. 
 
Narration by Macleod Andrews is well performed...and I haven't listened to anything by him that I didn't enjoy, actually.  Overall, The Weight of This World is a gripping story despite some lagginess and that one particular element of the story that left me really sad...seriously, you didn't have to kill the dog off, dude...RIP Loretta Lynn.
 
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot⇢ 4/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 3.5/5
Pacing 4.2/5
Addictiveness 4.3/5
Theme or Tone 4/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 3.8/5
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Book Cover It's quite striking...the nastiness of the trailer is quite vivid.
Setting Little Canada, North Carolina (The Mountains)
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 7 hours, 37 minutes.

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text 2019-11-16 17:12
5 Out Of 5 STARS for Star Wars Most Wanted by Rae Carson
Star Wars Most Wanted - Rae Carson

STAR WARS DISNEY CANON NOVEL

 

 

FEATURING

 
Han & Qi'ra's Story...Prequel to Solo
A Galaxy Far Far Away
My First Star Wars Read!
Droids, Wookies, Storm Troopers and Of Course, Han
Way Cool Sound Effects In The Narration

With Audio Performed by Saskia Maarleveld 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (WOOKIEEPEDIA PAGE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 5 STARS | GRADE A+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Full Disclosure:  This is my first ever Star Wars read...but it won't be my last.  I've seen all the movies, except Solo.  And while I really like the Star Wars movies, I'm not a die-hard fan, like some others out there are...you know those people, they know who every character is, and what planet they came from, and all their stats, basically.  I don't follow the stories that well...in fact, when I saw Rogue One in the theatre, I didn't even know that they were all going to die in the end...I was like, what, they just died?  My husband rolled his eyes at me.  Furthermore, I don't even care that Disney took it all over.  It totally works for me.

The sound effects on the narration is phenomenal, I loved it...and Saskia Maarleveld was pretty freaking fantastic...even when she did Han's POV.  Anything that the story might have been lacking was more than made up with the audio performance. Not that the story is really lacking either...if you're even a casual fan of Star Wars, I think you'll like this...especially if you're a regular reader of YA space-themed stories.  I think Rae Carson did a more than adequate job with the many nuances that make Han Solo the charismatic character that he is.  He was just so Han...and he will forever be my favorite character in Star Wars, so it was only fitting that I started my sojourn into Star Wars-themed novels with this book.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.5/5
Narration Performance 5+/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 4.8/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Addictiveness 5/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 5/5 Cliffhanger Well...
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Book Cover I like it...
Setting Mostly Planet Corellia
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 7 hours, 56 minutes

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