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review 2019-12-08 01:29
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Starsight - Brandon Sanderson
 
FEATURING⇢

⬥Skyward #2 of 4--Book 1 Rating 5+ STARS
⬥ Deep Space Fantasy
⬥Science Fiction
⬥YA-ISH
⬥Alien Diversity
⬥Inter-Planetary Travel/Piloting
⬥Doomslug & M-Bot (AI)
⬥New Characters
⬥With Audio Performed A Tad High Pitchedly by Suzy Jackson



(AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A



 

MY THOUGHTS

 

A highly imaginative space adventure with a lot of heart.  I really loved Skyward, and Starsight was a solid follow-up to it...and while I didn't like it quite as much as Skyward, it has all the elements for me or anyone else to do so, and it was only by a smidge, anyhow.  The reason for that is I was missing the supporting characters from book one...at least we still got plenty of Doomslug and M-Bot, though.  I have to say that Brandon Sanderson is a stellar writer...even if his books are a tad on the long side...long books scare me for some reason.  It could have something to do with my short attention span.

Spensa wants to learn more about what or who she is, and why she hears the whispers and sees the "eyes".  When the opportunity to do so shows up she makes a quick decision and just like that the setting of the story takes an abrupt turn.  The story expands into so much more, there's not only intrigue but something beyond...in the words of Buzz Lightyear...to infinity and beyond.

The cliffhanger ending left me rather bereft.  Although...I do have a feeling where the next book is going, and I can't wait till the Spring of 2021 to see if I'm right.  It could be wise to wait to read/listen to this series for a little while longer what with that long wait for Book #3.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 5/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 4.5/5
The Feels 4.5/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 4.7/5 Cliffhanger Yup!!!
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Book Cover It's okay...I like it better than Skyward's cover.  I still like the UK covers best, though.  They go with the story so well...


Setting Detritus and Starsight
Source Audible Audiobook
Length 14 hours, 25 minutes

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review 2019-11-25 23:31
4.2 Out Of 5 STARS for Solo: A Star Wars Story by Mur Lafferty
Solo: A Star Wars Story Expanded Edition - Mur Lafferty

 

FEATURING

 
Star Wars Disney Canon
Movie Adaptation
Han Meets Chewy
L3 - One Of Coolest Droids Ever!
Lando and His Capes
Qi'Ra, I Loved You In Most Wanted...
...But Not So Much In This
How Han Acquired the Millennium Falcon


With Audio Performed by Marc Thompson
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.2 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Full Disclosure:  This is my second ever Star Wars read...and it won't be my last.  I've seen all the movies, including Solo...which I just watched after finishing this.  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.  One other thing, I find I have a better idea of what is going on after having read these two books...at least in regards to the Movie Solo.

I didn't love this like I did Star Wars Most Wanted...I think Rae Carson captured the true personality of Han Solo much better than Mur Lafferty did.  Although the narration performed by Marc Thompson did make Han...well, more Han.  I have to say though, that L3 gave him some competition for best character, I really love how all the droids in the Star Wars Universe have such personalities, even R2D2, who only communicates with beeps has character.  It's quite refreshing when we're constantly bombarded with the robots that want to kill us all, like the Terminator Universe.

Overall, I really liked what these two books (Solo and Most Wanted) together gave me...a background on Han Solo, my favorite character in Star Wars Universe.  Well, other than the droids of course.   
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.5/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 4.5/5
The Feels 3.5/5
Pacing 4.3/5
Addictiveness 4.3/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Ending 4/5 Cliffhanger ...you could say that.
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Book Cover Movie Cover...
Setting Star Wars Universe
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 9 hours, 32 minutes

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review 2019-08-21 00:20
4 Out Of 5 STARS for Immunity by Erin Bowman
Immunity - Erin Bowman

Contagion #2

 

FEATURING

 
Duology
Deadly Virus With Some Being Immune-ish
Telepathy & Super Human Strength
Tween Romance
Deep Space
Interstellar Traveling
Book #1 Rating 5 STARS
With Audio Performed by Amy McFadden
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Contagion, the first book absolutely blew me away.  The Zombie-Esque virus, the scary intense action, the mystery of what the flip is going on.  Unfortunately, Immunity dragged a bit for me...without giving away any spoilers...I was wondering if the story was ever going to progress from where it was, at the end of Book One.  I get that the author was trying to expand on the relationship between Thea and Cohen, but I just wasn't always feeling it...and I  wanted more of the action.  
 
Thankfully the last third did kick it back up, way up, and I thought the ending was a perfect way to end the duology.  It even left it open for a continuation of series, which I would totally listen too.  I also believe...
 
 

Amy McFadden gave good narration...I just couldn't tell when things shifted to a new POV, because she never changed her voice at all. But, I always say this and I'm hoping if I say it enough, they'll start to listen.
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4/5
Narration Performance 3.5/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 4/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4.3/5
Theme or Tone 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 4.3/5
Ending 4.3/5 Cliffhanger Nah...but it might not be fully contained...
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Book Cover I freaking Love it!!!  The colors are amazing.
Setting Mostly Conna 7 (not sure of the spelling because of Audio) A space station.
Source Audiobook (Library)
Length 9 hours, 14 minutes

 
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review 2019-08-12 00:42
5+ or ALL The STARS for Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Skyward - Brandon Sanderson

SKYWARD #1

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Fighter Pilot Training
Distant Planets & Mystery Aliens
Artificial Intelligence
Fantastic World Building
Overcoming Adversity
With Audio Performed by Suzy Jackson

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING⇢ ☆5+☆STARS - GRADE= A++

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

How come I didn't hear about this sooner...Seriously, I loved this. This book hooked me from the beginning with great narration and an insanely good overall story. Not only a new favorite but also one of the top two books of my year so far. Audio for this was absolutely amazing. The varied voices Suzy Jackson performed were exceptionally done. So very happy that I used my Audible credit for this.

 

I've also read/listened to Brandon Sanderson's Reckoner's trilogy and I really liked that series too...but this far exceeded that series and with only one book. Skyward has a curiously mysterious plotline, plus an instantly likable cast of characters. Set against a backdrop of interstellar planetary combat against some enigmatic aliens with fighter pilots in training, no less. Plus that ending has me anticipating book #2, like what! I have to say that I highly recommend Skyward!!!

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 5/5
Narration Performance⇢ 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)⇢ 4.8/5
Originality⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ More or less...
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Book Cover⇢ I like the English version, at least on amazon UK it shows that cover, way better (pictured below). The US version is okay, though.

 


Setting⇢ Planet Detritus
Source⇢ Own Audible Audiobook
Length⇢ 15 hours, 28 minutes

 

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review 2019-07-01 01:30
3.7 Out Of 5 STARS for Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
Polaris Rising (Consortium Rebellion #1) - Jesse Mahalik

 

Consortium Rebellion #1

 

๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏



Deep Space Adventure
Dystopian
Futuristic Techy
Romance
Sex-Plicit
Crappy Narration

 

With Narration by Emily Woo Zeller

 

 


๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

3.7STARS - GRADE=B

 

 


๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Maybe, Emily Woo Zeller should stick to narrating YA books. She is normally quite good but with this, she infused her voice with this breathy, sexiness that just came off as overtly comical and didn't work for me. Which in turn made the romance somewhat comical and cheesy for me.

 

I tried to not let those issues influence my rating too much because overall this was fairly good adult-themed space romp. Featuring a dystopian Earth, set in the future with lots of futuristic tech, space travel and people inhabiting other planets. Plus warring factions, intrigue, and space-jumping, it sort of has it all. The second book in the series is Bianca's story, who is Ada's (MC) sister. Hopefully, she goes with a different narrator for this book, otherwise, I will probably skip it.

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 3.8/5
Narration Performance⇝ 2.5/5
Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 3.5/5
Pacing⇝ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.7/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Originality⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ "to be continued...with a new sister".
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Book Cover⇝ Love it!
Setting⇝ Deep Space, some random planets and Earth.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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