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review 2018-02-14 00:00
A Kind of Justice
A Kind of Justice - Renee James Great book. Very intriguing. Definitely a subject for this time and age. Highly recommend
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review 2018-02-06 05:18
The Lying Kind
The Lying Kind: A totally gripping crime thriller (Detective Rachel Prince Book 1) - Alison James

I'm always a bit leery when something like 'a totally gripping crime thriller' is included in the title, but the blurb for this one caught my attention. The crime portion of this story was interesting, if a touch drawn out. There's a lot of running around asking questions, and I have no problem with that as long as it leads somewhere, but at times it felt like our investigators were running in circles. Once things pick up and start falling into place, the pacing is much better. It just felt like it took a little too long to get there. As this is Detective Rachel Prince Book 1, there is considerable time taken to introduce the characters, particularly Rachel and her partner, Brickall. That is where I ran into problems. Not so much with the introductions, but that neither of these characters were especially likable. They are well-suited as partners, considering there doesn't appear to be much of a moral code between them. Rachel is often disdainful of other women and doesn't make the best choices in her personal life. Flawed characters are often some of my favorites, but Rachel doesn't appear to see anything wrong with the way she conducts herself, which doesn't do much to entice a reader to want to know more about her. So, to sum it up, we have a decent mystery with some twists and a conclusion that is a bit dark and twisted, but it's hard to become invested in a series when you don't even like the good guys. 

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review 2018-02-03 16:10
3.8 Out Of 5 Stars for this dark, twisted AF love story...
Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel - Araminta Hall

 

 

 

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Book Title:  Our Kind of Cruelty

Author:  Araminta Hall

Genre:  Psychological Thriller

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Source: I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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~The Blurb (which is an excellent summarization for this book)~

This is a love story. Mike’s love story.

Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet if lonely life before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job, he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together.

It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls.

It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus.

It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move he’ll know just when to come to her rescue…

A spellbinding, darkly twisted novel about desire and obsession, and the complicated lines between truth and perception, Our Kind of Cruelty introduces Araminta Hall, a chilling new voice in psychological suspense.

 

 

~MY RATING~ 3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 3.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.8/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 3.7/5  Cliffhanger~ …sort of open-ended.

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Book Cover~ Okay, I guess…

Setting~ London, England

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~My Thoughts~

 

A compelling, provocative, and utterly disturbing story about obsessive love…with a decidedly English feel (this is coming from an American, though) to it.  Being inside Mike's head is uncomfortable…I really despise stalkers, and he left me feeling positively icky.  It is odd though, that he made me doubt, like seriously doubt, everything.  In fact…I don't know if I truly understood the ending.  Maybe, that's what the Author wants???  But, overall, I was hooked while reading this and had to know where this was ultimately going.  Although, I was slightly mystified with the ending.

 

~Will I read more from this Author?~ I don't really know, honestly.

 

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text 2018-01-31 23:01
January Recap
Avenged (Ruined) - Amy Tintera
Shattered Minds - Laura Lam
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys
The Dead List - Jennifer L. Armentrout
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild - Diana Rowland
Infinity + One - Amy Harmon
When I Am Through with You - Stephanie Kuehn
Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel - Araminta Hall
Keep Her Safe: A Novel - K.A. Tucker,Roger Casey,Wendy Tremont King,Will Damron,Robin Eller,Simon & Schuster Audio
Cinder & Ella - Kelly Oram

A new year with new reads...and it's off to a good start.  Only one book under 3 stars and 1 DNF.  9 books rated 4☆ and above.  I changed up my review format this past month, I decided I wanted my process more simplified.  Who knows, maybe this one will stick.

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Avenged by Amy Tintera

Finish Date:  01/05

☆4.3☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) Shattered Minds by Laura Lam

Finish Date:  01/09

☆4.2☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Audiobook) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Finish Date:  01/12

☆5☆Stars - Grade=A

 

(Kobo eBook) The Dead List by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  01/14

☆4.5☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Audible Audiobook) White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland

Finish Date:  01/19

☆4.5☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Kindle eBook & Audiobook) Infinity+ One by Amy Harmon

Finish Date:  01/21

☆4.8☆Stars - Grade=A

 

(Audiobook) When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

Finish Date:  01/23

☆3.2☆Stars - Grade=C

 

(Netgalley eARC) Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

Finish Date:  01/26

☆4☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Audiobook) Keep Her Safe by KA Tucker

Finish Date:  01/29

☆4.2☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Kindle eBook) Cinder + Ella by Kelly Oram

Finish Date:  01/31

 ☆4.3☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

Plus 1 DNF...

Renegades by Marissa Meyer - This just had too many characters to keep track of and I had no idea what was going on, so I gave up at 28%.

 

11 books total, 5 Audiobooks, 3 eBooks, 1 combo audio/eBook, 1 eARC, and 1 DNF'd Audiobook.

3,483 Pages (including Audios)

 

 

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review 2018-01-23 02:44
Didn't Like the Characters
The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides) - Valerie Bowman

Meg Timmons  has been in love with Hart Highgate since she was 16 years old. He’s the old brother of her best friend and now that he’s decided to look for a wife, she’s decided to make herself his one way or another.

This plot seems to be running rampant over the past year as this feels like the fourth or fifth book with the same setting. Unfortunately, I didn’t like this version. I really didn’t like Hart’s character. It’s a pet peeve of mine when the author keeps reiterating the man’s sleazy ways. Plus Hart really didn’t have any redeeming qualities to make me forgive him in the end.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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