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review 2017-12-11 12:45
The Listener by Robert McCammon
The Listener - Robert R. McCammon

What a great story this is! Set in the American south during the Great Depression, The Listener is a unique tale. Starting with a man we'll call Pearly and ending with the opening of a free clinic, Robert McCammon sucked me in as he always does and now I have another book to add to my All Time Favorites shelf!

 

With a young black man as the protagonist and a few visits to characters we've met in the past, (I want to say so much more about them, but I can't spoil the surprise for you!),

I wasn't sure for the longest time where this story was going. But when Pearly meets Ginger LaFrance, and joins her cold quest for riches, I knew I was in for the long haul.

 

Not since the book MINE, has Robert McCammon created such a cunning female villain. Crafty and OH SO cold, Ginger is capable of anything. When she concocts her evil plan with Pearly as her back up, you just know it's not going to go well. And when another of her family members joins their crew, you cannot help but feel that it was a mistake on  Ginger's part. You also hope that Ginger doesn't succeed. 

 

At a certain point in The Listener, you just have to hold on for dear life because this tale races to the denouement and you HAVE to know what happens. I recommend shutting yourself in a room for the last 50 pages so you can read it without being bothered. Trust me on this! You will be rewarded with an ending so poignant, yet so perfect and totally satisfying that you might find yourself with a tear in your eye. Not saying that happened to me, (it TOTALLY happened to me), but you know, prepare yourself. Perfection in an ending is so rare, but I think McCammon achieved it here. 

 

The only bad thing about getting an ARC, (and in this case it's a REAL ARC, that I can hold and hug tight to my chest, not that I did that), is that there isn't anyone to talk to about this story. I can't wait for you to read it so we can talk about Curtis and Pearly and good old Nilla. 

 

In February when it's released, I hope you will remember my words here today and hop on the opportunity to read The Listener. Please come and share your thoughts with me when you're done. I hope that Curtis invades your mind space as he has invaded mine, and we can talk about how much we both love him. Or perhaps we can talk about THAT character that was such a memorable part of another GREAT, (maybe the best?) Robert McCammon book, and how much we loved seeing them again? I sure do hope that we can, my fellow readers. I sure do hope we can.

 

The Listener has earned my highest recommendation!

 

*Thanks to Cemetery Dance for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

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review 2017-12-10 23:51
Margo and her Poetic Vengeance…
Marrow - Tarryn Fisher

 

Book Title: Marrow

Author:  Tarryn Fisher

Narration:  Audra Pagano

Genre:  New Adult | Thriller

Setting:  The Bone and Seattle in Washington

Source:  Own Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5 

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Pacing:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.8/5  Cliffhanger:  ???

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

This is not your typical story…this one might make you want to DNF even…but stick with it, because it may surprise you.  It did me.  Thank you, Tarryn Fisher, for a story that made me stop and seriously think and will also stick with me, for a while to come. 

 

This is not a romance, although it has something like romantic moments.  It's a story about seeing things that make you angry, like really angry and taking your own form of punishment out on the perpetrators.  Margo is like the Punisher. 

 

I took a half star off, mainly because I was really confused at one point, things got all crazy, and shit.  If anyone has read this, they might know where that happened at.  I had to re-listen to some sections, but all in all, her ending paragraphs in the epilogue made this story make sense, somehow. 

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Hell yes, Although, I think you really have to be in the right mood to read Tarryn Fisher.

 

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review 2017-12-09 19:33
Good and bad
Monster: Part One (The Monster Series Book 1) - Evangeline Lee

This is supposed to be the first novella out of three that were supposed to be released in the span of four weeks time but for the life of me I cannot seem to find others from this series but this one so I will only review what I have on my Kindle and what I was able to read.

 

This novella is a contemporary mystery/crime, adult erotic romance with a dark edge novella which plays around with abduction and rape as lightly as it would be dangling rope in front of kittens.

 

I think that from my point of view this story held a lot of promise in the first half but then it came undone in the second half when the storyline pretty much fell apart and the characters became either non-existent in personality or overly sex driven to the literal point of becoming a psychopath.

 

 

 

"I wanted to show her that her high and mighty superiority, her degrees and diplomas, her privileged existence, her sense of security, was a façade. I was going to breach the fortress that was her privacy. I was going to leave my mark on her life like a dog pissing to mark his territory, and one day soon, I was going be in her bed fucking her brains out."

 

 

All this said in that one first sentence would be perfectly understandable in this kind of a story if the female protagonist Mina ever did anything of the sorts. She didn't. She is barely present in this novella. She is simply there for the real main character Mikhail to obsess about after meeting her just once. Yes, one look at the woman and our main ex marine, ex special ops, enhanced ex soldier is completely taken with her. I wouldn't mind it so much if Mina was at least interesting or different from a horde of good looking women out there.

 

That was my first complaint. I didn't find them believable as a couple at all. Maybe this is due to the shortness of the story. So I won't judge too harshly because of that.

 

But the second complaint I have that even with the story being so short, some things make no sense whatsoever.

Example: Mikhail is an enhanced soldier who is on the run from a government that created him and now wants him dead so he assumed a different identity. He gets captured by the FBI because of some mafia involvement and when in custody he meets a doctor who was present at the early stages of the Program when he was turned into the enhanced soldier. And for no apparent reason or any other connection, previous or more personal, this doctor helps him in every way possible, even with his escape plan and with providing him the address of his student Mina. It's just not believabe. It took me out of the story. There is no connection or friendship between them. There is no reason for that doctor to risk his career and life to help a man like Mikhail.

(spoiler show)

 

There were a couple of passages/sentences that I liked very much, that were what I thought this whole story would be like.

 

 

"Nothing like making a woman orgasm to point out how they were creatures of the flesh just as much as men.
Bring her down to my level."

 

 

"Revenge is cleansing. It's the only way to move forward because it sets things right. Civilization is this thin veneer that overlays the beast beneath it, hiding its true nature."

 

 

All in all, I think this was a good novella to pass the time and interesting enough to make me pick up the second one in the series (if I had one).

 

If only it had been a little longer and more consistent and provided us with more characters' personality so I would care more about what happens with the protagonists I would certainly give it more stars as I would be more invested.

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text 2017-12-07 02:59
Only evil villains need apply.
A School for Villains (Dark Lord Academy) - Leo DeBruyn,Ardyth DeBruyn

This was a fun sort of retelling of Harry Potter.  

Except it's for 'Slytherines' only!  Sot hey can learn to be evil villains.

Although a 'Gryffindor' has managed to infiltrate the school.  

Because he doesn't want to be a hero, he wants to be a villain.  

And the villain doesn't want to be a villain, but doesn't really want to be a hero either.

Mostly he just want to go home.

 

An almost direct scene involves a troll being set loose in the history dept.

I laughed out loud.

 

However, I really want to know what's up with Igor.

We encounter him once and he's intriguing, but he never shows up again.

 

 

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review 2017-12-06 13:16
Review: "September" by Robert Winter
September (Pride and Joy Book 1) - Robert Winter

 

~ 3.5 stars ~

 

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