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text 2017-11-01 02:00
October Re-cap
Bad Romance - Heather Demetrios
The Treatment - Suzanne Young
Wolf By Wolf - Ryan Graudin
Rumors of Savages - Carrie Regan
Sustained (The Legal Briefs Series) - Emma Chase
Gun Shy - Lili St. Germain
13 Minutes - Sarah Pinborough
Midnight Burning (Norse Chronicles) - LLC Red Adept Publishing,Jennifer Fournier,Karissa Laurel
If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands) - Alwyn Hamilton

It was a long, busy month, filled with remodeling my bedroom, starting some schooling for myself, and my oldest moved out of the house too...but I still managed to get quite a bit of reading and listening in.  It was a well rounded reading month with 2 DNF's and a couple books under 3 Stars and 2 new favorites.

 

 

 

(Kindle eBook) Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Finish Date:   10/02

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Treatment by Suzanne Young

Finish Date:  10/04

2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  10/08

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Kindle eBook) Rumors of Savages by Carrie Regan

Finish Date:  10/08

3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Sustained by Emma Chase

Finish Date:  10/10

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Kindle eBook) Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain

Finish Date:  10/12

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

Finish Date:  10/15

3.5/5 STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel

Finish Date:  10/20

2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+

 

(Kindle eBook) If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  10/21

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (review pending)

Finish Date:  10/29

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

2 DNF's both Netgalley ARC's

 

Down the Rabbit Hole by Julia Crane

 

 

 

Soulless by Jacinta Maree

 

 

12 books total (including DNF's) for a total of 3,983 pages read including Audio.

2 Netgalley ARC's, 6 Audiobooks and 4 eBooks. 

 

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review 2017-10-23 21:14
A very worthwhile story once you get past the beginning...
If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

 

Book Title:  If There's No Tomorrow

Author:  Jennifer L Armentrout

Genre:  YA, Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Virginia

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  For the first 1/3; 2 for the rest 4 = 4 3/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

If I rated this just from the first third of the book, I would rate closer to a 2-star.  At the 36% mark on kindle, which is right when part II starts, this book became a completely different kind of story. Where the first part is mostly just teenage kids behaving as teenage kids are liable to do.  Permeated with too many conversations between too many characters.  The rest of book is a heartfelt and genuine look at the aftermath of a tragedy, with a sweet romance that has all the feels. 

 

I wholeheartedly recommend this to all teenagers, if I could get my daughters to actually read a book, I would have them read this.  There are some important life lessons in here told in a very compelling way…instead of telling them don't do this, and don't do that…this gives them why of those don'ts.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Of, course!

 

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review 2017-09-15 03:45
Obsession
Obsession - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Serena's best friend Mel saw her boyfriend (using term loosely) glow while arguing with his brother. She tells Serena. Naturally Serena doesn't believe her. But then, Mel is murdered in front of her eyes. This leads to Hunter being sent in to find out what she knows (and protect her). 
What worked: 
I liked the concept of the Arum and Luxen. Some of the descriptions during the love scenes were funny. ("His sex...," he is "thick and demanding....") 
What didn't:
Serena was meh. I thought she behaved inappropriately at times. This was when she would think how HOT Hunter was. She did this the first time they met. In the garage when Mel was killed. (I thought WHAT?!) Thinking about Hunter's appendage after he took her somewhere after her attempted murder (this was after being asleep for 2 days too. And not knowing where she was.). Then going after a certain someone. That was dumb. I could go on. But I won't. I'll spare you.
Then there's Hunter. He's an asshole. A big one. I didn't like when he felt Serena up while she was sleeping (but hey, she moaned, so it's okay!). OH HELL NO. I. Didn't. Like. Him. Since he's an alien, he soooooo superior to humanity. Well, he can take that attitude and shove it up his ass.
I also didn't care for the first person alternating points of view. If the chapters were labelled with who was narrating, I would have been (slightly) less annoyed. (Granted, you can easily tell who is narrating, but I still like my labels).
This was the first time I've read this author. Some of the reviews I read compared Serena and Hunter to the couple in the YA series in this same universe. While it sounds interesting, I probably won't read since I really hated Hunter (and I have zero interest in reading about a Luxen version of him).

 

Halloween Bingo:  Aliens (not called yet as of 9/14)

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text 2017-09-01 23:11
Definitely my best reading month that I've had all summer...August Recap
Till Death - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Berserker - Emmy Laybourne
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman
Bounce: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August
Our Dark Duet - Victoria Schwab
Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller
The Animal Under The Fur - E.J. Mellow,Dori Harrell
I'll Meet You There - Heather Demetrios
Angelfall - Susan Ee
Those Girls - Chevy Stevens

August has been an awesome month for me book wise I read 3 new favorites, including I'll Meet You There (phenomenal btw), Gemina and Daughter of the Pirate King.  I also listened (re-read but on audio) to a fav from a while ago with Angelfall.  I only read one e-ARC from Netgalley, and that's disappointing...I just haven't wanted to read those, lately.

 

The Books 

 

(Audiobook) Till Death by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  08/04

3.7 STARS - Grade=B

 

(e-ARC) Berserker by Emmy Laybourne

Finish Date:  08/05

3.8 STARS - Grade=B

 

(Both Hardcover/eBook) Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Finish Date:  08/09

5+ STARS - A+

 

(Audiobook) Bounce by Noelle August

Finish Date:  08/10

4.2 STARS - Grade=B+

 

(Audiobook) Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Finish Date:  08/16

3.5 STARS - Grade=B-

 

(Audiobook) Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Finish Date:  08/18

5/5 STARS - A+

 

(eBook) The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow

Finish Date:  08/19

3.7/5 STARS - B

 

(eBook) I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Finish Date:  08/23

5+/5 STARS - A+

 

(Audiobook) Angelfall by Susan Ee

Finish Date:  08/23

5+/5 STARS - A+

 

(Audiobook) Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Finish Date:  08/29

4/5 STARS - B+

 

10 Books Total 4,093 Pages (including Audio's)

6 Audiobooks, 1 Hardcover/eBook, 2 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley eARC.

 

 

 

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review 2017-08-12 14:58
This one was difficult to rate...I just didn't love it like I wanted too. :'(
Till Death - Jennifer L. Armentrout,Sarah Naughton

Book Title:  Till Death

Author:  Jennifer L Armentrout

Narration:  Sarah Naughton

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Setting:  Virginia

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  3.8/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope

Total:  3.7/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

While It's not favorite JLA, it was good, just not without some issues.  I was right about who did it…and while she had me thinking…maybe it's someone else, I always went back to…and…yeah.  Overall, now that I had some time to ruminate on it I realize, it hasn't left a lasting impression on me.  I think, Till Death is just lacking JLA's usual zest.

 

Will I read more from this Author  Absolutely…this less than stellar read from her, will not change my mind on that.

 

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