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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 - Jessica Redmerski,J.A. 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 2017-09-16 15:00
One of the best covers…ever!
The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell

 

Book Title:  The Last Magician

Author:  Lisa Maxwell

Narration:  Candace Thaxton

Series:  Book 1 of a duology, I think…

Genre:  Magic, Historical, Time Travel

Setting:  New York --Past and Present

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  4.2/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  

Backdrop (World Building):  4.8/5

Fantasy Elements:  4.8/5

Book Cover:  5+/5  Love it…

Narration:  4/5 She's not bad, just bad for me, I think…

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes…and I didn't even know it was a duology

Total:  4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I think I would have liked this even more than I did if I had read it…I don't know if it just the narrator that I didn't like, or something else.  I only took a little off for that, though, because The Magician is addictively entertaining.  A time traveling, magic wielding, good time.  The history, the splashes of romance and the intrigue make this a very worthwhile read.

 

Will I continue this series Yes, I totally will…I just wish it had a different narrator.

 

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review 2016-06-23 18:42
A darkly creative tale of Pan and Hook
Unhooked - Lisa Maxwell

Book Title:  Unhooked

Author:  Lisa Maxwell

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, YA

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

☆My Pick for Book Theme Song:  Lost Boy by Ruth B  -a beautiful song...despite the lyrics being a little off kilter.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.8/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.8/5

Theme:  4.5/5

Flow:  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  No

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I'm tempted…

 

 

4.5/5 STARS

 

My Thoughts

 

I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did…it took me on a intriguing ride.  I don't really remember much of the actual tale of Peter Pan, but I didn't really need too.  This is part fantastical fairytale retelling mixed with a healthy dose of paranormal, and a splash of romance.  It's quite dark, and it thoroughly blurs the line between good and bad.  I think the latter is the reason I relished it so much.

 

Sex Factor:  None really, but it hints at some…sort of.

 

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text 2016-03-01 23:37
February (e)Book Haul #2
Unhooked - Lisa Maxwell
Passenger - Alexandra Bracken
After the Woods - Kim Savage
Infinity Rises - S. Harrison
Behind Closed Doors - B.A. Paris
The Shadow Queen - C.J. Redwine
The Lost Girls (Book #2 in The Suburban Murder Series) - Alexa Steele
The Dreamer (The Dreamerland Series Book 1) - E.J. Mellow
Ruin: Dystopian Romance (Unbelief Series Book 2) - C.B. Stone,Book Covers by Design
Bird Box - Josh Malerman

Update #2 on the books I bought on February

❁ Bought:

Unhooked - Lisa Maxwell 

Passenger - Alexandra Bracken 

After the Woods - Kim Savage 

Infinity Rises - S. Harrison 

Behind Closed Doors - B. A. Paris 

The Shadow Queen - C.J. Redwine 

The Dreamer (The Dreamerland Series Book 1) - E.J. Mellow 

Bird Box - Josh Malerman 

❁ Some of the freebies I got from amazon:

Monday or Tuesday - Virginia Woolf  (and numerous other classics)

Witch Is When It All Began - Adele Abbott 

The Hungering Saga Complete - Heath Pfaff 

Haunted on Bourbon Street - Deanna Chase 

Ruin: Dystopian Romance (Unbelief Series Book 2) - C.B. Stone,Book Covers by Design 

 

  • Missed No #1? Find it here.

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text 2016-03-01 15:08
March Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge - Goals
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
Unhooked - Lisa Maxwell
Perfect Ruin - Lauren DeStefano
Red Rising - Pierce Brown
Mary Poppins: 80th Anniversary Collection - Mary Shepard,P.L. Travers

March is upon us my fellow book-friends!

I can't believe it's already here, February truly flew by..

 

☕ This is a preliminary list of books I want to read on March:

  1. Mary Poppins: 80th Anniversary Collection - P.L. Travers,Mary Shepard 
  2. Red Rising - Pierce Brown 
  3. Perfect Ruin - Lauren DeStefano 
  4. Unhooked - Lisa Maxwell 
  5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson   

 

I don't want to add more as I usually read whatever 'speaks' to me...

My main goal is to read 6-10 books.

Good luck to everyone else participating as well!

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