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review 2018-07-22 04:12
The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee
The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions - Thomas McNamee

This book alternated between being compulsively readable and making me wonder where the heck the author was trying to go with things. There is a lot of interesting information but sometimes it was like the author was confused about whether he should be arguing to deal with cats in a certain way, or he'd bounce around topics while really you just wanted to know whether he found his cat Augusta safe and sound in the end after one of her little escapades. I really wish he had just stopped letting her go outside. I couldn't take the suspense.

 

The infamous chapter 7, while sad, was quite good, and made me bump up my rating from 2.5 stars.

 

I guess I'd describe the book as being about understanding cats rather than being about cats, with a bit of science thrown in.

 

Previous updates:

72 of 235 pages (Balou likes to be loud)

7 of 235 pages (questionable cat hearing data)

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review 2018-07-22 00:20
4.8 Out Of 5 "Liar, Liar, Liar" STARS
The Good Liar - Catherine McKenzie

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The Good Liar

Catherine McKenzie

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Can you hide a secret with the whole world watching?

 

When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.

 

A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.

 

Now, despite the marks left by the tragedy, they all seem safe. But as its anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these women are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I was totally absorbed in this cleverly plotted mystery-thriller, and I finished listening to it in two days.  The characters were easily relatable…even when they were being slightly or not-so-slightly evil.  It was filled with twists and turns, some that had me gasping, others that had me contemplating if it was going in a certain direction.  With its "I-knew-it" moments and its "O-my-gosh-no-way" moments; this was turning out to be my kind of mystery.  Coupled with an ending that left me somewhat awed.  I think when I finished, I even said out loud, to no one in particular, except maybe the dog, Wow, now that's an ending!

 

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~MY RATING~

4.8STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 4.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~  4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5

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Book Cover~ It's okay…not overly compelling, but I think it goes with the story.

Narration~ 4.5 collectively for Teri Clark Linden, Kate Rudd, Whitney Dykhouse, JD Jackson was excellently done.  I really like each person having their own voice.

Setting~ Mostly Chicago &  some in Montreal

Source~ Audiobook (KU Read & Listen)

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review 2018-07-21 21:48
4.3 Out Of 5 "for the likable brain-eaters" STARS
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion

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Warm Bodies

Isaac Marion

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R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

 

And then he meets a girl.

 

First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn't want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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A mild, in terms of violence, take on zombies…which is the perfect kind of Zombie story for me, because the violent, run-for-your-life kind give me nightmares. 

 

R is oddly likable and Julie is endearing.  The narrator gave this an air of calm and collectiveness.  The ending gave some hope, which is something that most zombie books don't really have an abundance of, maybe that's why I usually can't connect.  All in all, an excellent addition to this genre…and...there is a second book, I think a third is in the making.  Also…now I can watch the movie.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.2/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.2/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.2/5

Addictiveness~ 4.3/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Not really, but there is a second book.

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Book Cover~ Movie Edition Cover…meh…I like the other one better.

Narration~ Kevin Kenerly

Series~ Warm Bodies #1

Setting~ I'm not really sure…an Airport and a Stadium???

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-07-21 20:38
Boystown 6
Boystown 6: From the Ashes - Marshall Thornton

We were quiet a long time and then he said, “I love you.” 
I wondered if I’d misunderstood him. The discomfort of the idea must have shown on my face because he added, “I don’t mean I love you that way. Not like I love Ross. Not like you love Harker. I mean, I care about you, Nick. You’re my friend. With all the things that are happening in the world, shouldn’t it be okay? Just to say I love you?”
“Yes, it should be okay.”
And it was.

 

Some great new characters and relationships here. But damn the heart. 

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review 2018-07-21 19:51
Balefire (Whyborne & Griffin #10)
Balefire - Jordan L. Hawk

This was another fun adventure with Ival and Griffin and the whole gang. The Endicotts are back, and there's trouble afoot across the pond. 

 

Our first encounter with the Endicott family was less than ideal, and the rivalry lends great tension to the story even before we get to Balefire. Ms. Hawk keeps expanding the universe she's created and it always feels authentic. She clearly planned this out from the start, instead of winging it like many authors do. We get more hints about the purpose of the maelstrom and Ival's and Persephone's connection to it.

 

It was a little predictable in some places, and since this took place outside Widdershins, we don't get to spend much time with some of the side characters. We get to see some Endicotts who aren't awful. 

Bringing the few who are left back to Widdershins should make for interesting times in the next book.

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I'm saddened to see that this is the penultimate book in the series. I'm going to have to do a reread of the whole series before the next one comes out.

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