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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 2018-05-14 21:19
3 Out Of 5 STARS for With Malice by Eileen Cook
With Malice - Eileen Cook

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

 

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Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron's senior trip to Italy was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. And then the accident happened. Waking up in a hospital room, her leg in a cast, stitches in her face, and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be, Jill comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident in her travels abroad. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident...wasn't an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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The Good: 

 

 

  • A quick, easy listen with no extra filler added to it.
  • A really good narrator.  When dealing with books that have whiney teens, its always good to have a narrator that doesn't come off as overly whiny.
  • This felt like it was really going somewhere…like it was full of potential.

 

The Not So Good: 

 

  • About halfway through I started questioning the plot…could this have all played out like this???
  • The MC comes off as unlikable…but this could have been due to fact that she seems to have no one who is in her corner. You're left wondering if this all because of her personality, or because she has such crappy people in her life.
  • A somewhat open-ended ending.  Overall, I was left unsatisfied with the ending.

 

Despite all these issues, I was still drawn to this story and its potential…I wanted it to wow me, but ultimately it was just meh.

 

 

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~MY RATING~

3STARS - GRADE=C

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 3.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 3.5/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3/5

Originality~ 3/5

Ending~ 2/5 

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Book Cover~ It's good...

Narration~ 4.3 -Very well done by Whitney Dykhouse.

Setting~ Italy and United States

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-01-16 18:31
Review: The Hanging Girl
The Hanging Girl - Eileen Cook

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

A fun twisty YA mystery novel.

 

The heroine, Candi “Skye” Thorn, goes by her middle name “Skye” (can’t say I blame her there) does tarot reading for her classmates at school as a way of making some extra cash. She and her best friend Drew have this idea that when they graduate they’ll finally be able to ditch their small home town and head off to New York and live in an apartment together. BFF comes from a wealthy family, Skye lives in a crappy apartment with her mom and money is an issue.

 

So Skye has a regular job and reads tarots for extra cash. Skye is fake, she reads off intuition and good guesses. She’s not part of a crowd, pretty much a loner and has a somewhat blunt personality I quite liked. She’s a lot more down to earth than most girls her age, and has a fairly logical sense of reality. (I.E. not all convinced that this dream of going to New York is really going to happen) Skye does come across as rather cynical. But given her circumstances it’s believable for her character arc. Her mom is actually convinced she is a real psychic. And appears to be kind of a flake.

 

When a popular, rich girl of a local very important Judge, Paige goes missing, Skye starts having “psychic” visions relating to Paige and her disappearance. She winds up working with the police one really grumpy and dismissive detective and one who seems a lot nicer and more inclined to listen to what Paige has to offer. Especially when some of Skye’s “visions” start panning out and yielding actual results. Basically the old good cop, bad cop routine. And of course Skye’s mom is thrilled her daughter is exhibiting “psychic” abilities.  And eventually Paige’s parents come into the plot.  Along with an angry ex boyfriend of Paige’s who doesn’t believe a word of what Skye says and is convinced there is more going on.

 

He’s not far wrong.

 

Skye has gotten herself involved in something that turns out to be darker than she had ever imagined. Initially it seemed like a good idea to make a bundle of money. Only the drama has escalate and things are going badly wrong and people are turning out to be nothing like she expected. Nothing goes according to any sort of plan and then a dead body turns up. And now Skye is thrown into a murder investigation.

 

Which reveals even more twists. It was quite a tense and fast paced plot, and very well written. Interesting characters, and I will say I didn’t actually guess what was going on in this one. The last few sort of twists were pretty damn good, and I liked the way it all wrapped up and concluded.

 

I’ve liked everything I’ve read by this author so far so this is definitely one that will be going on my auto-buy list.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bonnier Zaffre/Hot Key Books for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2018-01-01 17:32
Thrilling Page Turner!
The Hanging Girl - Eileen Cook

It was definitely the cover of this book that made me really want to read it. The tarot card on the cover really drew me to the book and made me want to find out what it’s about and ultimately read it. I love absolutely anything to do with the paranormal and I’m also an amateur tarot card reader myself so this seemed right up my alley right from the get go.

'The Hanging Girl' is gripping from the very first page and isn’t once predictable. The plot twists have you on the edge of your seat, keeping you turning page after page wanting to know and find out more, and I loved that.

The characters were pretty well developed and some were even likeable and I dare say relatable at times.

I’m not usually a quick reader by no means but “The Hanging Girl” kept me hooked and I managed to read it without two nights. I would definitely read more books from Eileen Cook in the future!

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text 2017-10-02 15:46
Nope
With Malice - Eileen Cook

Look I know this was a spin on the Amanda Knox story that took place in Italy. However, other than that, I really don't get why Eileen Cook insisted on the book taking place there. We don't get a sense of Italy at all. We also take a long way around to figure out what happened. When the truth is revealed I pretty much laughed cause it doesn't make sense at all. 

 

The story follows 18 year old Jill Charron. She finds herself in the hospital in a lot of pain and wishing for her best friend Simone. Jill is shocked to find that she has been in a the hospital for several weeks, and her friend Simone is dead in an accident that it appears Jill is responsible for. 

 

I didn't like Jill from the first. Maybe because she sounds robotic and not normal at times about things we get to see from her POV. I need to have a bit of empathy for a main character instead of feeling bored by her and waiting for the other shoe to drop. I also didn't get why Jill was even friends with Simone based on the tidbits we get to read via other people and what is said/not said about their friendship. When we get to the reveal I just rolled my eyes. I was wanting something else there that would be surprising. Cook definitely does not hide anything at all, you know which way the story is going since the story is littered with clues. 

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