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text 2018-05-31 14:55
May Re-Cap
LIFEL1K3 - Jay Kristoff
Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin - Mariana Zapata
Honor Among Thieves - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine
With Malice - Eileen Cook
To Kill a Kingdom - Alexandra Christo
Midnight at the Electric - Jodi Lynn Anderson
Atheists Who Kneel and Pray - Tarryn Fisher
White Trash Zombie Unchained - Diana Rowland
Just A Little Junk - Stylo Fantome
Red Rising - Pierce Brown

 

Another good reading month for me...13 books total.  I could have probably finished a couple more, except I've been doing some major cleaning because we're having another Open House this year for my youngest Daughter.  Thank goodness, I don't have worry about another Graduation until 2021, that sounds so futuristic, but it's only like 3 years away.  This one for my Step-Son.  

 

I had a quite a few books with three-ish to four-ish star ratings and one book that is definitely a favorite of 2018.  I loved Lifel1k3.  I'm obsessively stalking Jay Kristoff on Instagram, so I know when the second book is coming out.  Plus 1 dud...Rhythm, Chord and Malykhin, that one had me rolling my eyes way too much.  I also finished a much-loved Series (White Trash Zombie)...at least I think it's the last one.

 

 

 

(Netgalley e-ARC) Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

Finish Date:  05/02

☆5+☆STARS - GRADE=A++

 

(Audiobook) Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

Finish Date:  05/2/03

☆1.5☆STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Audiobook) Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

Finish Date:  05/07

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) With Malice by Eileen Cook

Finish Date:  05/09

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Finish Date:  05/12

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Finish Date:  05/14

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(eBook) Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  05/15

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland

Finish Date:  05/18

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(eBook) Just A Little Junk by Stylo Fantome

Finish Date:  05/20

☆3.3☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook/eBook) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Finish Date:  05/22

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Finish Date:  05/23

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) Zer0es by Chuck Wendig

Finish Date:  05/28

☆3.8☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(eBook) The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

Finish Date:  05/29

☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

I also had one DNF, which unfortunately was a Netgalley eARC with

 

 

May's Reading consisted of 13 books. 

Broken down to 9 Audiobooks, 2 Netgalley eARC's, and 3 eBooks.

For a total of 4,747 pages (including Audio).

 

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review 2018-05-21 00:43
WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE UNCHAINED by DIANA ROWLAND
White Trash Zombie Unchained - Diana Rowland
Such a good book. This series is consistently good but this book exceeds the previous books a little which is really unusual. I loved the zombiegators. The romance was okay, but not really understandable on the guys part, especially in this book. But overall a really great book/great series.

 

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review 2018-05-20 17:44
4.5 Out Of 5 "Zombie Love" STARS
White Trash Zombie Unchained - Diana Rowland

 

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

White Trash Zombie Unchained

Diana Rowland

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Angel Crawford has finally pulled herself together (literally!) after her disastrous dismemberment on Mardi Gras. She’s putting the pieces of her life back in order and is ready to tackle whatever the future holds.

 

Too bad the future is a nasty bitch. There’s a new kind of zombie in town: mindless shamblers, infectious and ravenous.

 

With the threat of a full-blown shambler pandemic looming, and a loved one stricken, Angel and the “real” zombies scramble to find a cure. Yet when Angel uncovers the true reason the plague is spreading so quickly, she adds “no-holds-barred revenge” to her to-do list. 

 

Angel is busting her ass dealing with shambling hordes, zombie gators, government jerks, and way too many mosquitos, but this white trash chick ain’t giving up.

 

Good thing, since the fate of the world is resting on her undead shoulders.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I'm thinking this could be the conclusion of the series…if it is, I'm fine with that it tidied everything and everyone up well.  I will miss it, though.  Angel has really grown on me.  I do believe she is my favorite zombie. Her and Liv (iZombie) are running neck and neck. 

 

Somebody finally listened to me griping about the covers because this one is perfect.  This book (the whole series, actually) is a guilty pleasure at it's best…overtly cheesy at times, but sometimes cheesy is okay, at least when you really come to know and love the characters in a story, it can be.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.3/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope…

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Book Cover~ Hands down the best cover of the series.

Narration~ 4.5 -As always Allison McLemore is the voice of Angel Crawford

Series~ White Trash Zombie #6

Setting~ Louisiana

Source~ Own on Audible

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review 2018-04-12 02:00
White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland
White Trash Zombie Unchained - Diana Rowland
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had such a good time with this book! I am so glad that I happened upon this series because I have really grown to love Angel and the rest of the gang over the course of the series. I have been looking forward to listening to this book ever since it was released and it turned out to be just as good as I had hoped it would be. 

This is the sixth book in the White Trash Zombie series which should really be read in order since each installment builds on the previous books. This book picks up shortly after the events of the last book. Angel is healed and working on getting her life back together. Unfortunately, some of the events from the past are still causing some problems. Big problems. It seems that the town is dealing with an epidemic outbreak of shamblers and the problem is quickly getting worse.

I love Angel. Her character has really grown over the course of the series and it has been a lot of fun to watch her figure out how she wants to live her life. Angel is incredibly smart and resourceful. She also cares deeply for her friends and the population in general and feels a responsibly to protect others. She even does really well when dealing with characters that are trying to be difficult because she is able to keep a focus on what is really important. I really enjoy being in her head as she tries to figure things out as much as I enjoy the action packed scenes. 

Allison McLemore does a fantastic job with this whole series. I know that I liked this entire series a bit more because I decided to go the audio route. The narrator really takes this story to a new level. Angel really comes to life through the narration and I thought she did an equally good job with all of the other character voices. I think that the narrator was able to put a lot of emotion into the story and made things more exciting overall. 

I would highly recommend this series to others. The entire series is just a whole lot of fun. I did feel like this book's ending felt a little more final than the previous installments but I have my fingers crossed that we will see more of Angel very soon.

Initial Thoughts
As I expected, I had a good time with this one. Angel is such a great character and it is just a lot of fun to spend time with her. The narration was excellent as always. This is definitely a series that should be read in order since a lot of events from previous books come into play in this installment. I thought that the end of the book felt just a little more final than usual but I am really hoping that there will be more of this series very soon.

Book source: Audible purchase

 

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review 2018-04-01 03:52
Touch of the Demon
Touch of the Demon - Diana Rowland

This picks up right where the cliffhanger that was book 4 (Sins of the Demon) left off. Kara has been summoned to the demon realm by Mzatal. She's unbalanced and needs to figure things out quickly.
I had a harder time with this one than I thought I would. What I enjoyed about the previous 4 books was the paranormal police procedural. And Jill, Tessa, Eilahn, Zack, and Ryan. That is not this book, at all. Kara's friends make an appearance at the end. 
The first half of the world is definitely more world building, demon realm 101. It was both dry and interesting, but I found my attention drifting and would put the book down to read later. It picked up about the halfway through. Answers abound in this one. Kara does some stupid things (and I was disappointed, but oh well). Overall, this lacked the enjoyment for me. Enough so that I may or not may read the next. I haven't decided.

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