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review 2019-09-06 00:53
All the STARS for The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
The Grace Year - Kim Liggett

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Dystopian Setting/Alternate World
Society Where Men Have the Power
Oppression Of Women
Horror-if-ic
Death, Lies, & Betrayals
Splash of Romance
Women Supporting Women
Stand-Alone

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 5+ STARS | GRADE A++

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

Wow! This book...

 

This book is a lot of things...dubious, challenging, frustrating, darkly horrifying, curing, wonderful, loving, saddening, hopeful & most of all empowering.

 

I first started reading this about two months ago and had to stop because I just wasn't feeling it...I thought this is a premise that would never come to pass...or so help us all. I couldn't wrap my head around this society where women not only outnumber men, but their rights are so marginalized by these men, it's unthinkable, unbelievable. They are treated as property and made to go through a year away from everything they know to expel their magic. When they come back from this supposed magic-letting they are forced to marry the guy that chose them...and if no one chooses them (because women outnumber the men)...they have to work for the good of the community. This book will push your buttons...for sure.

 

The second time I started it, I found this enthralling...I devoured it in very little time. The Grace Year has earned a spot as one of my favorites of all time and I don't think I will ever forget it. I especially won't forget how it made me feel by the time I finished it. I was stunned, with everything that happens, and...So. Much. Happens. This one has all the feels, from the good to the bad, and everything in between.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 5/5
The Feels⇢ 5+/5
Pacing⇢ 4.8/5
Addictiveness⇢ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4.5/5
Originality⇢ 5+/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...
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Book Cover⇢ Love it. It's absolutely perfect.
Setting⇢ Garner County & a remote island within a great lake.
Source⇢ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
eBook Length⇢ 416 pages

 

 

I Read This for Dystopian Hellscape (and it's so fitting for that)
(Transfigured from Relics & Curiosities)

 

 

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review 2019-01-06 17:31
A beautiful story and a new favorite...
Long Live The Beautiful Hearts - Emma Scott

 

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(for book 1, just in case you don't want spoilers)

 

I fell for Connor Drake. I didn’t want to; I fought against it, but I fell in love with him anyway. With his words. With his poetry. With him. The gentleness and beauty of his soul that speaks directly to mine. He writes as if he can feel my heart, hear its cadence and compose the exact right lyrics to accompany every beat and flow.

 

I’m in love with Connor…so why do I feel an inexplicable pull to his best friend, Weston? Grouchy, sullen, brooding Weston Turner, who could cut you down with a look. Fiercely intelligent with a razor-sharp wit and acid tongue, he’s the exact opposite of Connor in every way, and yet there’s electricity in the air between us. The thorny barbs Weston wraps around himself can’t keep me away.

 

But the more time I spend with these men, the more tangled and confused my emotions become. When they both sign up for the Army Reserves during a time of increasing strife in the Middle East, I fear I’ll never unravel my own heart that sometimes feels as if it will tear straight down the middle…for both of them.

Until it wasn’t.

Until it all came crashing down when I discovered the deep love I thought I’d found was nestled in a web of lies—so soft and silken I hadn’t noticed it was there.

Until it was too late.

 

 

 

 

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This past year I've really become acquainted with the writing of Emma Scott, I've read a total of 4 books by her and I'm planning on at least two more in the near future...she has cemented herself as one of my favorite Authors with this latest book, Long Live the Beautiful Hearts.

 

This is book 2 of the Beautiful Hearts duet and if this had been one book, it would have been 5 stars easily...as it is with the two books, rounded out (I gave book 1 at 4.3-star rating), it's at about 4.7 or 4.8-star rating.  Bring Down the Stars wasn't an easy read for me, see my review here, as it explains it more in depth why that is.  This second book, I flew through the pages...because the story felt like it was more on track with where I needed it to be.

 

A heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting story of courage and the power of true love.  With amazing characters and an amazing storyline, I completely loved this...and I'm not even really upset about this being sectioned into two books anymore because overall the beauty of the story makes up for it. If you're worried that this story is about cheating...don't, it's way deeper than that.

 

 

   A Bookish Obsession Favorite   

 

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☆5+☆STARS - GRADE=A++

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary 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 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ its fit the book beautifully
Series⇝ Beautiful Hearts #2
Setting⇝ Amherst and Boston, MA
Source⇝ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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 Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-17 18:41
This is Love by Caroline Nolan
This Is Love - Caroline O'Nolan

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Rachel Miller had love, life, and happiness...until she didn't.

Uncertain of how to cope and move on without him, Rachel's life comes to halt as she mourns the loss of her fiance Ben. Then one night she discovers it doesn't have to.

By way of dreams, Rachel and Ben continue to live the life they had planned together. It's unconventional, it's not even real, but it's enough for Rachel. For the first time since Ben's death, she's happy...whole. That is until she runs into someone she barely knew from years ago and suddenly real life is just as great as her dream one.

Now Rachel doesn't know what to do. Will letting someone new in threaten what she has with Ben? Or will their love story threaten her new happiness? Is it crazy to chase after a ghost while being caught up by someone very real?
 
 
 
 
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Another win for me in the romance genre...yay...sometimes I feel like I'm losing all my interest in this genre, but books like this one are helping to restore it.

The blurb only tells you about the fiancé who Rachel loses, it only hints at the new man she meets...and he (Jax) is at the center of this story and Jax is one who had a hand in making this story so memorable for me.  This story at its core is about grieving and learning to move on from that grief.  With characters who not only feel real but are also relatable, and a sorrowful but ultimately uplifting storyline to go with them, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
 
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☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 
 
 
๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 
 
Plot⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝  It's kind of gray, but it goes with the story well.
Setting⇝ Maybe, Chicago...it doesn't really specify.
Source⇝ I own Kindle eBook
 

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review 2018-09-05 19:42
Any Man will do...{{{cringing}}}
Any Man - Amber Tamblyn

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~BOOK BLURB~

Any Man

Amber Tamblyn

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In this electric and provocative debut novel, Tamblyn blends genres of poetry, prose, and elements of suspense to give shape to the shocking narratives of victims of sexual violence, mapping the destructive ways in which our society perpetuates rape culture.

 

A violent serial rapist is on the loose, who goes by the name Maude. She hunts for men at bars, online, at home— the place doesn’t matter, neither does the man. Her victims then must live the aftermath of their assault in the form of doubt from the police, feelings of shame alienation from their friends and family and the haunting of a horrible woman who becomes the phantom on which society projects its greatest fears, fascinations and even misogyny. All the while the police are without leads and the media hound the victims, publicly dissecting the details of their attack.

 

What is extraordinary is how as years pass these men learn to heal, by banding together and finding a space to raise their voices. Told in alternating viewpoints signature to each voice and experience of the victim, these pages crackle with emotion, ranging from horror to breathtaking empathy.

 

As bold as it is timely, Any Man paints a searing portrait of survival and is a tribute to those who have lived through the nightmare of sexual assault.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I'm not a fan of poetry type prose and this is mostly written that way…It also has a lot of social media commentary, but its also super short, only about 4 1/2 hours on Audio, so not a deal breaker by any means.  Even so, this wrecked me.  This book is not only brutally scary, it's also so unbelievably intense and emotional.  I cried real tears. 

 

Ultimately, the message that Any Man imparts is what its all about, and something I won't likely forget.  For that reason alone this is must read or listen, if you like audiobooks, I definitely recommend the Audio version.  There is a total of 14 people, including the Author, who lend their voices to this story, making it all the more compelling.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 5+/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

For its Message~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5

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Book Cover~ Plain but inviting.

Narration~ 4.5 for a full cast with Glenn Davis, Ben Foster, Marc Maron, Jason Ritter, John Roberts, Russ Tamblyn, Amber Tamblyn, January LaVoy, Phoebe Strole, Robin Miles, Therese Plummer, Dan Bittner, James Fouhey, & Michael Crouch.

Setting~ Various Cities, and the internet

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-08-04 20:19
4.3 Out Of 5 "Surprising" STARS
Gentleman Nine - Penelope Ward

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~BOOK BLURB~

Gentlemen Nine

Penelope Ward

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Growing up, the three of us were friends. 

He was the nerd. 

I was the playboy. 

She was the beauty. 

 

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits. 

 

He lied. 

 

I went off to college, and he got the girl. 

Amber never knew how I felt. 

They were together for years—before he broke her heart. 

 

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch. 

When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room. 

 

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men. 

One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings. 

Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity. 

Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message. 

She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.) 

 

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel. 

When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I purchased this as an Audible "Deal of the Day" and it surprised me.  Early on it felt like it was going to be everything I hate about this genre, but it actually turned out to be a story with substance.  The characters were fairly likable and while their chemistry wasn't off-the-charts hot, it was still hot. They had real-life issues and not some overtly contrived dribble.  It won't be that for everybody, I'm sure…but for me, I liked it.   A few elements of the story actually resonated with me, personally.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ That guy is seriously hot…

Narration~ 5 for Sebastian York & Andi Arndt, these two are masters at this genre, especially when they are together in one book.

Setting~ Boston and a little Chicago

Source- Audible Audiobook

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