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review 2018-03-03 20:04
4.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar
Mists of the Serengeti - Leylah Attar

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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Once in Africa, I kissed a king...

 

When a bomb explodes in a mall in East Africa, its aftershocks send two strangers on a collision course that neither one sees coming.

 

Jack Warden, a divorced coffee farmer in Tanzania, loses his only daughter. An ocean away, in the English countryside, Rodel Emerson loses her only sibling.

 

Two ordinary people, bound by a tragic afternoon, set out to achieve the extraordinary, as they make three stops to rescue three children across the vast plains of the Serengeti—children who are worth more dead than alive.

 

But even if they beat the odds, another challenge looms at the end of the line. Can they survive yet another loss—this time of a love that’s bound to slip through their fingers, like the mists that dissipate in the light of the sun?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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"When you lose someone you love, it doesn't end with that event, or their funeral, or with their name on a tombstone.  You lose them again and again, every day, in the small moments that catch you off guard."

 

This quote drew me in right away…because of the realness of it...

 

While Mists of the Serengeti is not without its small hiccups, it could get a little cheesy at points, I still loved the story it imparted.  Such a heartbreaking story, and not just the tragedy that started the story, whereas, they both lost someone they loved in a terrorist attack.  There is so much more to the story than that.  The lush African Setting is fascinating.  The plight of the albino children is poignantly heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting.  The romance is irresistibly sweet, and that epilogue...wow...that was something else.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 4.8/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ A wonderfully beautiful cover.

Setting~ The Serengeti, Africa (near Mt. Kilimanjaro)

Source~ eBook (Scribd)

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review 2017-12-27 22:04
In case you haven't heard…this is one of the good ones.
The Butterfly Project - Emma Scott

 

 

 

Book TitleThe Butterfly Project

Author:  Emma Scott

Genre:  New Adult | Contemporary

Setting:  Brooklyn/Manhattan, New York

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

This is my first book by Emma Scott…and I have added quite a few others to my TBR now that I've finished this.  Fresh, genuine characters paired with an amazingly unique storyline.  It's so freaking sweet.  There is no unnecessary drama in this one…and she writes excellent sex scenes too! 

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I'm certain that I will…

 

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review 2017-10-23 21:14
A very worthwhile story once you get past the beginning...
If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

 

Book Title:  If There's No Tomorrow

Author:  Jennifer L Armentrout

Genre:  YA, Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Virginia

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  For the first 1/3; 2 for the rest 4 = 4 3/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

If I rated this just from the first third of the book, I would rate closer to a 2-star.  At the 36% mark on kindle, which is right when part II starts, this book became a completely different kind of story. Where the first part is mostly just teenage kids behaving as teenage kids are liable to do.  Permeated with too many conversations between too many characters.  The rest of book is a heartfelt and genuine look at the aftermath of a tragedy, with a sweet romance that has all the feels. 

 

I wholeheartedly recommend this to all teenagers, if I could get my daughters to actually read a book, I would have them read this.  There are some important life lessons in here told in a very compelling way…instead of telling them don't do this, and don't do that…this gives them why of those don'ts.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Of, course!

 

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review 2017-08-29 23:03
Aww...this book was so good! ☼☾☆ The Sun, Moon and all the Stars...
I'll Meet You There - Heather Demetrios

 

 

Book Title:  I'll Meet You There

Author:  Heather Demetrios

Genre:  Realistic Fiction, YA

Setting:  Creek View, California

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

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):  5+/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total:  5+/5 STARS or A+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Compulsively readable, and completely absorbing.  Skylar and Josh's Story is now one of my favorites.  I wanted to be reading this all the time, even if I only had like 60 seconds where I could read, I would be reading this, it was that good.  This story just felt so authentic, and so moving.  Just read it, Okay!!!

 

Will I read more from this Author⇜   I now want to read everything that Heather Demetrios has written and will write.

 

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review 2017-02-18 13:58
Why did it take me so long to read this...wow...so good!!!
Making Faces - Amy Harmon,Rob Shapiro

Book Title:  Making Faces

Author:  Amy Harmon

Narration: Rob Shapiro

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  Young Adult/New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Source:  Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

 

 Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara --A heartfelt song for a heartfelt story.

♫But there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark

You should know you're beautiful just the way you are

And you don't have to change a thing, the world could change its heart

No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful…♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5+/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme:  5+/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration: 5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Of course!

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

A beautiful story that's so much more than a romance…a story about all the different kinds of love and loyalty.  I don't know why I waited so long to read this book.  I ended up adding narration to this for a discounted price and I don't regret it one bit.  Rob Shapiro was amazing as a narrator.  He is a new fav for me. 

Yes, it made me cry, but most of it was the good kind of crying.  Everything about this book was amazing…as my ratings breakdown says.  I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

⇝Sex Factor⇜ No, there isn't any, really.

 

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