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review 2019-01-25 00:51
Little White Lies (Debutantes #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Little White Lies - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

YA and I are in a weird relationship lately, and it's definitely making it harder for me to review books like Little White Lies. This is a book that made me giggle, endeared me to its characters, but then ran way longer than it probably should have. It's rough to sit in that middle ground where you genuinely loved the majority of a story, but there are just small things that make it rougher to finish than you expected. That's this book in a nutshell.

I mean, this book could have probably done with a bit of culling in the plot department. The mystery built around Sawyer and her newly acquired family members started out with a bang. However, as the story progressed, it felt more and more stagnant. The tension that Barnes built up so well at the beginning, that sense of growth that was tied to Sawyer, just slowly simmered off. I was frustrated towards the middle of this story, and really ready to skim. I kept on though and, I can say, the end of this book rewarded me. So, if you feel the same, just keep going. It's worth it.

Also I should note that I appreciated how well Barnes rounds out these characters. Debutantes of any sort have the ability to be vapid girls who have no personality to speak of. In this case, the girls have a wonderful amount of depth. Especially since Sawyer, an outsider to this whole world of pearls and balls, comes into the picture early on. I loved the friendship and the family relationships that came to life on the page. Each girl had their own little quirk that spoke to what we'd expect from the debutante scene: the mean girl, the pretty but spacey one, and the prim one. However as time went on, each one of them broke out of the mold slowly but surely. It was so refreshing.

The actual ending of the book did cause a bit of huffing and puffing from me. I knew that this was an ongoing series, and so I was thoroughly prepared for a cliffhanger ending. What happened instead was the exact opposite. Everything wraps up with a neat bow, and this book just ends. No fanfare, no excitement, but then isn't that just like real life? I suppose I've been groomed to expect book ending frustration. I'm not sure if that's funny or sad.

Anyway, this is well worth a read. It's a charming book and, while it has its flaws, it pushes the envelope on what has been done with characters of this type before. I honestly can't wait for the next book.

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review 2018-03-03 20:41
Twelve...The Naturals 4.5 -A New Novella by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Twelve: The Naturals E-novella (Naturals, The) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 

 

 

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Excellent addition to The Naturals Series…I would love it if she did a spin-off of this series with a whole new set of naturals.  It seems like this book set that premise up anyway.  So, maybe that's her intention all along.

 

 

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

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Book Cover~ It fits with all the other covers in this series…

Series~  The Naturals #4.5

Setting~ Maine

Source~ I Own Kindle eBook

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text 2018-03-01 23:54
February Recap
UNSUB: A Novel - Meg Gardiner
Things We Know by Heart - Jessi Kirby
Rhapsodic - Laura Thalassa
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel
Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land
White Bodies: An Addictive Psychological Thriller - Jane Robins
Bonfire - Krysten Ritter
Mists of the Serengeti - Leylah Attar
Twelve: The Naturals E-novella (Naturals, The) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

A sorta slow reading month for me...but I've had a lot going on, and I'm going on Vacation in 6 days.  After I get back from vacation I'm only working 5 more days and I'm having surgery on my foot.  That means at least 8 weeks off work and lots of down time...so, translation...lots of reading time.

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

Finish Date:  02/04

☆5☆ STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Finish Date:  02/07

☆4☆ STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Kindle eBook) Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Finish Date:  02/10

☆4.3☆ STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Reread on Audio) Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Finish Date:  02/10

☆5+☆ STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

Finish Date:  02/16

☆2.5☆ STARS - GRADE=D+

 

(Audiobook) White Bodies by Jane Robins

Finish Date:  02/21

☆2.7☆ STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Finish Date:  02/24

☆3.8☆ STARS - GRADE=B

 

(eBook) Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

Finish Date:  02/24

☆4.8☆ STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Kindle eBook) Twelve by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  02/27

☆4.3☆ STARS - GRADE=A-

 

9 Books Total, 6 (1 a reread/listen) Audiobooks,  & 3 eBooks

2,825 Total Pages (including Audios)

 

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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 2017-09-08 14:06
This book has me wondering; what it's really like for the movers and the shakers' children in Washington DC???
The Fixer - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 

Book Title:  The Fixer

Author:  Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series:  The Fixer #1

Genre:  YA, Mystery

Setting:  Washington DC

Source: Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.2/5 Cliffhanger: Not so much…but it's not the end of this storyline.

Total:  3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Seriously though, high school is difficult enough without that kind of pressure added to it. I loved this Author's other series The Naturals, but this first book in The Fixer series has left me underwhelmed and missing that thrill…although, it still has her whip-smart style of writing.  Maybe, political intrigue isn't what I'm into right now.  Politics, in general, ugh…need I say more?  Not that this book chooses one side/party or opinion over another, it does really good job of staying neutral, which is very astute of Ms. Barnes.

 

Will I continue this series It's still quite possible…but neither of my library's have it right now.

 

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