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review 2018-10-25 19:47
Things that make you go...hmmm...
Seeds of Iniquity - J.A. Redmerski

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~SERIES BLURB~

In the Company of Killers

JA Redmerski

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In the Company of Killers is a series about two rogue assassin brothers and a damaged girl with the blood of a killer who becomes the tie that binds the three. Together, along with a man whose torture and interrogation methods spread fear throughout their underground world of crime, they embark on the ultimate mission: take out the leader of the world’s oldest and largest assassination ring, and gain control of its operations—while at the same time fighting each other, and battling their own demons.

 

With a large cast of diverse characters, there is no shortage of action, drama, whiplash-inducing twists and controversial themes. This series will push the boundaries of human nature as the group embark on a dangerous life together of crime, lust, deception, murder, and love.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW or something like that~

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I'm not sure what it is about this series that keeps me listening…when I'm not even overly fond of the characters.  It must be something…?  Being a contract assassin isn't something that's even in my realm…and maybe, therein lies the reason…because isn't that why we read in the first place, to go somewhere we've never been, and possibly would never even want to go?  This was compulsively listenable, despite feeling like one of those flashback episodes of a TV show, you know the kind…where they go down memory lane, reminiscing about past episodes.  It still had my rapt attention.  The lies, betrayals and ultimately the coming together...

 

Ultimately, I think I keep listening because I have to know all the deep dark places this series is going to go.  That I'd be missing out if I didn't...

 

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~MY RATING~

4STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4.3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.7/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4.2/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ Awesome!

Narration~ Kate Reindeers, Stephen Bell Davies, Nelson Hobbs & Luke Daniels

Series~ In the Company of Killers #4

Setting~ Boston, MA

Source~ I Own Audible Audiobook

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I used this for Spellbound Square via my Wild Card

 

 

 

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review 2018-10-17 08:19
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Everything Under The Sun by Jessica Redmerski
Everything Under The Sun - J.A. Redmerski,Jessica Redmerski
Everything Under The Sun is a post-apocalyptic story that focuses on two characters - Atticus and Thais. We start off at home with Thais, her father, and sister. Unfortunately, this idyll doesn't last for long, and then we are thrown into what the world can really be like for survivors. Thais and Sosie are taken to Lexington, where they meet Atticus for the first time as he is acting Overseer.
 
First of all, this is a LONG book. Everything in the book is used to describe a situation, feelings, etc., which can be excused being as the author has to describe not only a new world, but has to show how the world has changed from how it used to be. I did feel a bit lost with the timeline though, as it felt like they were at the cabin for a lot longer than was supposed to be. They say they've only left Lexington a month or so ago, and yet it felt like they'd spent at least 3 months there. Oh well, my bad.
 
I will also say, a lot of characters die in this story, so please don't become too attached to them! Some of it is obviously built up, so you know something bad is going to happen. 
 
This was an intriguing story, with a solid male character who is flawed, and an idealistic, mostly naive, female, who thankfully did become stronger as the story progressed. It has one helluva cliffhanger ending, and I can't wait to see where it will go next.
 
If you really want a story to sink your teeth into, then I can highly recommend this one!
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

 

@JRedmerski, @XpressoTours, #Adult, #Dystopian, #Post_Apocalyptic, #Romance, #Suspense, 4 out of 5 (very good)

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/08/blog-tour-review-giveaway-everything.html
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review 2018-08-31 18:39
3.5 OUT OF 5 "Picking the right narrator is so important" STARS
The Swan & the Jackal - J.A. Redmerski

 

 

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The Swan and the Jackal

J.A. Redmerski

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Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle—until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share. 

 

And then Seraphina was gone. 

 

It’s been six years since Fredrik’s lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he’s getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia—after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited—suffers from amnesia and can’t give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past—because she and Seraphina share it—but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead. 

 

But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia—because he knows that to love one, the other must die. 

 

Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I know I would've liked this more if she had a different narrator for Fredrik.  Fredrik's story is a dark, twisted, and deeply sinister story and this narrator didn't pull that off, at all.   His voices for other people were just comical…so not the right vibe.  This is one of those books that would have been better if I actually read it. 

 

This whole series is on the dark side, and this is billed as being a dangerous and boundary-pushing crime and suspense series, and I would say that is true.  I went into the first book in this series, Killing Sarai, thinking it would be all sunshine and rainbows by the ending; and so I was disappointed when it wasn't like that. For Reviving Izabel, I was more aware of what this series is about and I was really able to let go of that hope, and I liked it so much more.  With The Swan & the Jackal, I personally believe this ending was done just the way it needed to be.  This is not cute and fluffy romance, it's gritty and raw, yet it has sophistication. 

 

*Disclaimer:  Do not read this series if you need to have a happy ending…because there hasn't been one of those yet.  This series is not for everybody, it's different and sometimes different is good 

  

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~MY RATING~

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

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Plot~ 3.7/5

Main Characters~ 3.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 3.7/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.7/5

Originality~ 4.3/5

Ending~ 4.2/5  Cliffhanger~ I know the series continues, but Frederic's story has some closure.

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Book Cover~ It goes with the book well.

Narration~ 1 for Luke Daniels, he was awful, I did not like him at all…his voices were just so wrong.5 for Andi Arndt & Kate Reinders, they were both very good, but unfortunately, at least 3/4 of the book is from Victor's pov.

Series~ In the Company of Killers #3

Setting~ Baltimore, Maryland mostly…

Source~ I own Audible Audiobook

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I Used this as my Wild Card Read to fill in the Square 13

 

 

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text 2017-10-01 13:48
September Re-Cap
The Fixer - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito
The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
The Pact - Karina Halle
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson
The Orchard: A Memoir - Theresa Weir
Everything Under The Sun - J.A. Redmerski,Jessica Redmerski
World After - Susan Ee
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Tantor Audio,Becky Chambers,Rachel Dulude

 

A mediocre reading month...some good...some not so good, some good but long (everything under the sun).  I listened to more books than I physically read this month by far, including a re-listen/read for an old favorite.  I did not read a single arc...I think that's due to me feeling like I don't want to be a guinea pig for new books.  Essentially, that's what you are, after all, which is the price you pay for being able to read books before they come out.  I'm just not sure if I want to do it anymore.

 

 

 

(eBook) The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  09/02

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Mad by Chloe Esposito

Finish Date:  09/03

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Finish Date:  09/10

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Finish Date:  09/12

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

(eBook) The Pact by Karina Halle

Finish Date:  09/13

2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Finish Date:  09/16

4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) The Orchard: A Memoir by Theresa Weir

Finish Date:  09/20

3.5/5 - GRADE = B-

 

(eBook) Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski

Finish Date:  09/24

4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) World After by Susan Ee

Finish Date:  09/25

4.8/5 Stars - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (review pending)

Finish Date:  09/30

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

10 books Total for a total of 4,083 pages (including audio).

7 Audiobooks and 3 ebooks.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-26 23:11
A Post-Apocalypse story with heart and grit…
Everything Under The Sun - J.A. Redmerski,Jessica Redmerski

 

Book Title:  Everything Under the Sun

Author:  Jessica Redmerski

Series:  Everything Under the Sun #1

Genre:  Dystopian

Setting:  USA

Source:  Own on Kindle

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.6/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.8/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:   5/5  Cliffhanger:  OMG

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total: 4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

I love Atticus. I love Thais.  And I LOVE Atticus and Thais together.  That ending gutted me.   This story terrified me…it's seems like something that could happen…all of it.  It's so f-ed up…and so amazing, especially between Atticus and Thais.  My only qualm, other than that hella cliffhanger ending is the length.  It's so freaking long, there are places where it could have been shortened up a tad and still felt completely epic.

 

Will I continue this series I cannot wait…and I have no idea how long I have to wait for it…it's not even on Goodreads, yet...which sucks.

 

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