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review 2018-07-08 20:44
3.7 Out Of 5 "why you should never get black-out drunk" STARS
The Flight Attendant: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian



The Flight Attendant

Chris Bohjalian



Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police—she's a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home—Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it's too late to come clean—or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?






The Flight Attendant started with a murder and then chronicles the events after, centering around the flight attendant who woke up next to the murder victim.  Interspersed with stories from her past giving us the full spectrum of the kind of person Cassie is...from there we get a compulsively readable/listenable story.  Just listening to how Cassie kept screwing up everything, with one bad decision after another and seeing everything unfold, was like watching a reality show.  Pure effing craziness.   But, ultimately, the twists and turns leading to the ending felt lackluster and kind of lost me a little bit…and the epilogue really threw me.  I wouldn't be opposed to seeing the movie, though…especially with Kaley Cuoco starring in it.











Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3/5


Book Cover~ It's dizzying…

Narration~ 4.5 for Erin Spencer & Grace Experience with Mark Deakins was excellently done.

Setting~ Dubai, New York, & Rome

Source~ Audiobook (Library)



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text 2018-06-29 15:51
June wrap up
The Flight of the Griffin - C.M. Gray
Cat Lady Embroidery: 380 Ways to Stitch a Cat - Applemints
Gypsy Blood - Jeff Gunhus
Ecstasy: A Novel of Alma Mahler - Mary Sharratt
A Secret Twice Hidden - Shanna Lauffey
The City of Brass - S.A. Chakraborty

So, I finished 6 books this month. Not bad for me. 4 of them were Netgalley reads and all of those were good, as was the most recent installment of the time travel series I follow. The one YA book I read was reasonably good even, with a few allowances.


The only problem is that when I was giving feedback at Netgalley, I went a bit mad and requested too many books again! If my currently reading shelf looks mental, it's because I always put my review promises there, even if I haven't started them yet.


This could take a while.

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review 2018-06-29 08:44
Flight of the Griffin
The Flight of the Griffin - C.M. Gray

by C.M. Gray


This is a YA story and reads like one, yet it has a dark and magical plotline that intrigued me and kept me interested. A young thief makes a special haul on a dare that includes a magical knife. The previous owner of the knife seems to be unaware of its significance or the connection to a small grey cat that has been living with him for several weeks.


The thief and his friends live on a boat, but don't want to sail away too suddenly as the city watch would notice and they would come under suspicion for the significant burglary. In the course of deciding how to stash some of the loot and minimize evidence, they discover some of the unusual properties of the knife.


Their adventures soon begin to look like a gaming campaign or the old Dungeons and Dragons cartoon series, but a lot of imagination goes into the plot and there are some original ideas I found interesting. It's the typical Order vs Chaos scenario with heroes and demons and would be gold for a middle grade reader.


A few too convenient solutions and the innocent nobility of the warrior among the heroes being reluctant to kill an unarmed enemy makes it most appropriate for young readers, but still it had some wonderfully fantastical ideas and the writing itself was flawless.

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review 2018-05-17 09:49
Flight Risk by TwoBoys2Love
Flight Risk - TwoBoys2Love
Jensen is a socially-challenged family doctor. Jared is running away from an abusive partner when Jensen hits him with his car. They are drawn to each other but hampered by Jared's trust problems and Jensen's 'friend with benefits' relationship with Jeff.
Source: archiveofourown.org/works/2044173
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review 2018-05-11 02:36
Blast off from the past
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet - Eleanor Cameron

It's just not possible to recapture a read from 1969. I was not old enough to know or care about some of the science parts being really, really improbable...nay, impossible...as we had just been to the Moon and had recently landed a probe on Mars that put paid to even the dream of a Universe like the one Author Cameron created.


I loved revisiting Dave Topman and Chuck Masterson's flight to the impossible, tiny planet Basidium, all of 50,000 miles away. Their home-made rocket that traveled 25,000 miles an hour. Their bags od groceries to eat on the way there and back...two hours each way...two hours on Basidium, where they somehow spoke the language of the Mushroom People and solved a mystery that confounded the adult Mushroom People...the chicken that saved the day....


Nope, too old to get back there, but it was some good fun peeking back at the boyhood adventure that didn't have to make sense because what the hell actually does when you're eight or nine? It's starting to, but not quite yet does, blessedly.


I would give this to a six-year-old and read it with her. Maybe a slightly slow seven-year-old. No older than that, in today's world, and I'm not all the way sure it's even a good idea because gender roles and sex stereotyping are at the core of the story. So maybe, if like me you read it in your tinyhood, you'll smile and enjoy and keep out of reach of children.

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