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review 2017-11-12 19:31
An easily addictive and fascinating listen set in a ingenuously futuristic San Francisco.
False Hearts - January LaVoy

Book Title:  False Hearts

Author:  Laura Lam

Narration:  January LaVoy

Series:  Pacifica #1 (but reads as a stand-alone)

Genre:  Futuristic | Science Fiction | Mystery

Setting:  San Francisco

Source:  Own Audible Audiobook




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Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.7/5

Pacing:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5+/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5+/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+




A futuristic setting where we have flying cars, flesh parlors, and stasis for people who commit crimes. A seemingly meek society where there is virtually no crime…or is there?  There are so many intriguing aspects to this…from conjoined twins who are separated and given false (mechanical) hearts to cult living and so much more…a must read for anyone that likes a complex setting mixed with hidden corruption with a splash of romance. I was addicted to this marvelous narrator's voice, so much so, that I want to listen to more books she's narrated.


Will I continue this series?  Oh yes, this world that Laura Lam has created has me hooked.


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review 2017-10-28 13:37
Camino Island
Camino Island: A Novel - John Grisham

By:  John Grisham

ISBN: 978-0385543026

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 6/6/2017 
Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 4 Stars


John Grisham returns following The Whistler landing on my Top Books of 2016 to (my Sunshine state, Florida) a small island beach town. Steering away from his typical legal thrillers and courtroom scenes, with CAMINO ISLAND — thieves, priceless manuscripts, a heist, rare books, bookstores, and writers.

A little trouble in paradise. . . 

A sophisticated gang of thieves pulls off a daring heist with a campus shooting that causes widespread panic. A secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library containing. (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s manuscripts). Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars.

As the FBI and a secret underground agency hunt them down, a young writer embarks on her own investigation into a prominent bookseller who is believed to have the precious documents.

Mercer Mann grew up spending summers on Florida’s Camino Island, where the mysterious insurance company representative, believes the stolen manuscripts are located. 

Bruce has a popular and successful bookstore in the resort laid back town on Camino Island and deals in rare books. However, there is much more behind the storefront. He occasionally deals in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts. 

Mercer Mann is a writer and in debt with plenty of student loans. She jumps at the chance when approached mysteriously about going undercover. She will be able to pay off her debt. She must learn secrets. Of course, she loves digging deep in the literary world, with a little sleuthing. 

She is to get the goods on Bruce. Did Bruce who pulled off the literary crime of the century? Mann may not be the only one trying to get the goods. Will she take one for the team?

If you love “books about books”, rare bookshops, and enjoy revisiting the past with literary icons, like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway, mixed in with some booze (Key West style), a heist, and humor —this one is for you. 

A multilayered game of cat-and-mouse with mystery, suspense, and ample entertainment. 


I enjoy how Grisham is mixing things up a bit with his last few books. I listened to the audiobook and January LaVoyadded the right spice with flair. Listen to Clip. 

A huge Grisham fan — always a treat to read anything he pens. I read this book back in the summer; however, failed to post my review at that time. 

Grisham conceived of the subject with his wife on a lengthy road trip to Florida when they discussed a work incorporating "stolen books, stolen manuscripts, bookstores, and booksellers.

No need to worry, legal thriller fans. (my favorite genre) . . . I just finished The Rooster Bar Grisham's 25th legal thriller, where he explores the world of for-profit law schools through a group of students who learn their school is owned by a shady hedge fund operator — inspired by a true story.These law students are also in deep debt, with no way out and no job opportunities — so they devise a scheme to "con a con." 

Highly Recommend both books. 







Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/02/07/Camino-Island
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review 2017-10-15 21:57
Before the Devil Breaks You Book Review
Before the Devil Breaks You: The Diviner... Before the Devil Breaks You: The Diviners, Book 3 - Libba Bray,January LaVoy,Listening Library

Sigh. I have very mixed feelings about this. I love the first one, enjoyed the second one and feel like this book three is very fillerish for the final book. A lot of the scaryness is gone. It's very political and not at all why I started this series and got so invested. I'm one of those people that like to read, be entertained without the necessities of making everything political. 


I love Theta and Memphis. They are probably my favorite characters in the book. Jericho didn't do much this time around and even Evie was a little boring at times. Its a long one and half of it wasn't necessary. 


I'll still read the next one but I'm hoping Libba Bray has more of that scary, ghostly goodness left for this series. 

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review 2017-06-29 03:32
Not scary if you enjoy werewolf stories but still enjoyable.
Wheel Wolf - January Valentine

At first I was not sure if I would enjoy this story. Then I was caught up in the hunt for a serial killer. Jack is a good man who experiences some very bad things but accepts the unknown as he experiences it. I know the description is "horror", but I found it very enjoyable and not at all scary. The end of the story was a bit happy/sad for me and I thought it wrapped up the story nicely.

I received this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2017-05-01 22:38
My Life, My Love, My Legacy
My Life, My Love, My Legacy - Coretta Scott King,Barbara Reynolds,January LaVoy,Phylicia Rashad,Macmillan Audio
I Picked Up This Book Because: Curiosity. Because of who her husband was, who her family was had to make her life different.

The story of Coretta Scott King’s life from a small girl in nowhere U.S.A to the wife of one of the most significant civil rights leaders in the world. It is told in depth and unabashedly.

The audiobook has two narrators, the only reason I can think as to why is to show some significance from before and after Martin’s death. The first narrator I found charismatic and easy to listen to. The second narrator was not bad but her tone of voice made me want to go to sleep. Also her material got old quick. There was a lot of blame game happening and while I know being blocked and knocked down at every turn is a major part of the struggle I felt like it got to be too much of he did she did.

Overall I found the book thought provoking. I don’t think I could have done it if I were in Mrs King’s shoes. The constant worry for you husband’s life, the life and well being of your children. Then raising four children alone. She was such a strong woman.

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2.5 Stars
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