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review 2018-07-10 23:21
4 Out Of 5 "Norco-induced paranoia" STARS
Obscura - Joe Hart

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~BOOK BLURB~

Obscura

Joe Hart

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In the near future, an aggressive and terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms are disturbing. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disease, and now her young daughter is slowly succumbing as well. After losing her funding, she is given the unique opportunity to expand her research. She will travel with a NASA team to a space station where the crew has been stricken with symptoms of a similarly inexplicable psychosis—memory loss, trances, and violent, uncontrollable impulses.

Crippled by a secret addiction and suffering from creeping paranoia, Gillian finds her journey becoming a nightmare as unexplainable and violent events plague the mission. With her grip weakening on reality, she starts to doubt her own innocence. And she’s beginning to question so much more—like the true nature of the mission, the motivations of the crew, and every deadly new secret space has to offer.

Merging thrilling science-fiction adventure with mind-bending psychological suspense, Wall Street Journal bestselling author Joe Hart explores both the vast mysteries of outer space and the even darker unknown that lies within ourselves.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Obscura is one part psychological thriller, one part critical journey into deep space, and another part scientific search for a cure for a devastating disease, with a dousing of Norco induced paranoia; tossed together with mostly likable characters.  I should have fully connected with this more than I did.  Maybe it was the lackluster characters or the narration, or that it was to science fiction-y for me.  Maybe…it’s a little of each.

 

I will say this…Obscura could be awesome as a movie, I'm quite certain it would hold my complete attention in that context.  While I definitely liked this, I just always felt somewhat detached while listening.  You know when you're watching something on TV while scrolling through social media on your phone.  It was kind of like that, basically, I was easily distracted.  But seriously, what I'm really trying to say is you should totally give this a try if the synopsis sounds good to you.

 

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~MY RATING~

4STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.7/5

Main Characters~ 3.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.3/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Sort of…

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Book Cover~ It drew me in…

Narration~☆3.5☆ for Christina Traister...she was okay, I guess.

Setting~ Outer Space --between Earth and Mars, mostly

Source~ Audiobook (KU Read & Listen)

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review 2018-07-03 22:19
Wishing Lake (Finding Home #3) by Regina Hart
Wishing Lake (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart

Book three in the series is the best one. We finally get to the meat of Darius' issues with his parents and his awful childhood and we see the parents' finally get called out for their absolute boorish behavior from the rest of Trinity Falls' citizens. All the while, Darius gets closer to Professor Peyton Harris, who has really open up personality wise since she was introduced in the last book. I love when the H/h have to work on project together - it's my favorite trope. In this case Prof Harris and Darius have both professional skills and personal vested interest to pull off the fundraiser - I had no doubt.

 

I really enjoyed how different events in the book were used to flesh out the personality of the town and its' citizens, such as Alonzo's hosting a Day of the Dead ceremony, Meghan's annual Halloween bash at the book store, each citizen making time to vote, etc. It also was a good way to create the context behind Peyton's and Darius' relationship getting serious as time progressed. 

 

Darius is my favorite character and his book is a highlight of Ms. Hart's work, but I have really fallen for all the citizens of Trinity Falls except Darius' parents. I recommend that readers of small town contemporary romances give this series a try (keeping in mind that to get the most bang for reading investment I suggest reading the series in order).

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text 2018-06-29 20:50
June 2018 Reading Wrap Up
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald
Wishing Lake (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart
Drifting to You: Cape Fear Shipworks - Kianna Alexander
A Radiant Soul: A Sweet Way to His Heart Novella - Kianna Alexander
The Valcourt Heiress - Catherine Coulter

2018 is now half over....I feel like I have lived 4 2018s honestly. 

  

Read

1. Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer - America's Deadliest Serial Murderer by Anne Rule - 3 stars

 

2. Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family #3) by Melissa de la Cruz - 3 stars

 

3. When Summer Comes (Whiskey Creek #3) by Brenda Novak - 3 stars

 

4. Drifting to You: Cape Fear Shipworks Novella by Kianna Alexander - 4 stars

 

5. The Valcourt Heiress (Medieval Song #7) by Catherine Coulter - 3.5 stars

 

6. A Radiant Soul: A Sweet Way to His Heart Novella by Kianna Alexander - 4 stars

 

7. Wishing Lake (Finding Home #3) by Regina Hart - 4.5 stars

 

8. After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder; A Daughter's Search by Sarah Perry - 3 stars

 

9. The Spirit of '76: From Politics to Technology, the Year America Went Rock n' Roll by David Browne - 2.5 stars

 

10. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah - 2 stars

 

11. Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story by Kurt Eichenwald - 5 stars

 

  

 

 

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text 2018-06-22 12:00
Friday Reads - June 22, 2018
Wishing Lake (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart
After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search - Sarah Perry
The Spirit of '76: From Politics to Technology, the Year America Went Rock & Roll (Kindle Single) - David Browne
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
Cafe Au Lait - Liane Spicer
Welcome to Last Chance - Cathleen Armstrong
If Ever I Would Leave You: A Montana Rescue Prequel - Susan May Warren
Submerged - Dani Pettrey

This week I read Wishing Lake by Regina Hart (my favorite in the Finding Home series...so far), After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry, and The Spirit of '76 by David Browne. I hope to get to reviewing those books over the weekend.

 

Something is screwy with USAFE's e-lending system, so I had to put One in a Million on the backburner until the system is working again.

 

This weekend I want to get Trevor Noah's Born a Crime (borrowed a physical copy from library) and Café Au Lait by Liane Spicer (PRIME lending library borrow) read. I need to write my personal essay and resume for my grad school applications. Transcripts have been ordered (I swear the Air Force loves to make easy, mundane tasks HELLA complicated via the Internet....). Waiting on my mentor/friend for the recommendation letter. Oh man....it's really happening!!!!

 

Next week I want to get to Welcome to Last Chance (Last Chance #1) by Cathleen Armstrong, If Ever I Would Leave You (Montana Rescue #0.5) by Susan May Warren, and Submerged (Alaskan Courage #1) by Dani Petry. The first and last book are Prime lending library reads and it is my hope I can be done with these books and cancel my Prime membership by the end of the month. As if I don't have enough series to keep track of, now I am starting new ones.

 

Happy Reading!

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review 2018-06-22 10:27
Review of Obscura by Joe Hart
Obscura - Joe Hart

This book. This book is worth the hype. All of it. I had no clue what it was about going into it, which as someone who has read way too many reviews that give away the entire premise, I considered a win. I like Joe Hart, possibly because I may have confused one of his books with Joe Hill when I bought it, and liked it anyway. I knew that he could write with The Exorcism of Sara May. I've realized that he is on my must-read list after this.

Obscura hits all of the right notes in all of the right areas, which is a real diamond amongst books. Most books are somewhere on the Goldilocks spectrum: too long, too short, lacking, over-doing, etc. This one is perfect in almost every way. Yep, I said it.

 

I received an ARC of this from NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Now I just need a signed/limited edition of this. Please?

 

© 2018 by Andi Rawson of Andreya's Asylum

 

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