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text 2018-03-31 16:08
March Recap
The One - John Marrs
Never Never - Colleen Hoover; Tarryn Fisher;
Forever Right Now - Emma Scott
You Look Different in Real Life - Jennifer Castle
The Queen of Hearts - Kimmery Martin
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman
Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel
Tarnished City - Vic James
The Vanishing Girl - Laura Thalassa

Wow...this month was a long one.  I went on vacation (which was so needed), and then a week later I had surgery on my foot.  I have super bad plantar fasciitis, from working on cement floors for so many years.  So they cut me in my arch on the bottom of my foot and in my calf, to stretch the tendons, and hopefully, when I'm more stretchy I won't have this problem anymore.   Right now, I'm basically on bedrest because I can't put any weight on it, yet.  After my surgery on the 20th, I managed to listen to a few more books and boost my reading, it was way down from my usual.  My April reading should be phenomenal though...I don't go back to work until at least the middle of May.

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) The One by John Mars

Finish Date:  03/03

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(eBook) Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  03/09

☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(eBook) Forever Right Now by Emma Scott

Finish Date:  03/15

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

Finish Date:  03/15

☆2☆STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Audiobook) The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

Finish Date:  03/22

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Finish Date:  03/23

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(eARC) Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Finish Date:  03/26

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Tarnished City by Vic James

Finish Date:  03/27

☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa

Finish Date:  03/30

☆2.3☆STARS - GRADE=D+

 

9 Books Total, 6 of those are Audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley eARC.

For a total of 3,364 Pages (including Audio)

 

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review 2018-03-30 17:57
4.2 Out Of 5 "Tarnished...But Not Broken" STARS
Tarnished City - Vic James

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Tarnished City

Vic James

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A corrupted city. A dark dream of power.

 

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

 

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I was torn as to whether I was going to continue this series because I struggled to get through the first book.  Then way before it (Tarnished City) was due to release, I noticed my library had already purchased it in audiobook format…I thought…hmmm…maybe I could eliminate some my issues with Gilded Cage by listening to Tarnished City, rather than reading it.

 

Overall, I'm happy that I gave this series a second chance because this world that Vic James has created is darkly captivating and dangerously alluring.  I applaud her ingenuity with the unique plot and the complex characters.  She also threw in some very clever twists.  While there are still many elements to this that I found confusing and I know I didn't always comprehend the situations totally, I did enjoy it, nonetheless.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.2/5  Cliffhanger~ More or less…yes.

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Book Cover~  Awesome, I think this darker version goes with the story better.

Narration~ ☆4.3☆ Avita Jay, for having an accent, which I always seem to struggle with, I thought she was pretty good.

Series~ Dark Gifts #2

Setting~ England & Scotland

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-03-27 21:42
4.7 Out of 5 "Themis Inspired" Stars
Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Only Human

Sylvain Neuvel

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In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.

 

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~MY REVIEW~

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If you love audiobooks, then this amazing series is a must listen.  I know...I did read this. And, I only did so because I was preapproved for an ARC, and I couldn't wait until the release date to find out how this all ended.  I will be listening on Audio, once it is released.

 

 

I am sure that once I listen to this on Audio, my rating will be a full 5-STARS.  My .3 deduction is because in book format; it's really difficult to follow the conversations because of the format it's written in.  Every chapter is a transcript between two or more people (with a few journal entries thrown in every so often).  And I seriously could never keep it straight.  Luckily, I didn't really need to all the time, to get the full effect of the story.  Also, it will be irrelevant since Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods has had a full-cast narration, therefore, I am confident that Only Human will also have a full-cast narration.  And in case you didn't know...full-cast narration rocks! 

 

If you've been searching for your next thought-provoking, easily-digestible Science Fiction series to start on.  The Themis Files really has it all...

 


 

From the intense action to the meaning of life, and everything in between; it has it all.  Plus...it has giant robots…that are hopefully coming to the big screen, soon.  

 

 

Only Human comes out soon, and that's the last edition of this trilogy...so what are you waiting for?!?

 

 

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~MY RATING~

4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Amazing, all three of them are amazing

Series~ Themis Files #3

Publisher~ Random House - Ballentine

Setting~ Earth and Esat Ekt

Source~  I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-03-24 02:53
The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community
The rise of the West: A history of the human community - William Hardy McNeill

Covering approximately 7000 years of civilization over the entire world in less than 900 pages for a general audience is a tall order.  The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community by W.H. McNeill was written over 50 years ago that changed historical analysis by challenging the leading theories of the day and influenced the study of global history ever since.

 

McNeill divides his narrative in three parts: the beginnings of civilization in Mesopotamia to 500 B.C., the cultural balance of Eurasia from 500 B.C. to 1500 A.D., and the era of Western dominance since 1500 A.D.  Every corner of the world is discusses, but the dominance is in the Eurasia “ecumene” that feature the interaction between for the four great civilizations of the Middle East (including Egypt), India, China, and finally Europe (starting in Greece before slowly moving West).  Throughout McNeill highlights the interplay between cultural, political, and economical factors of each civilization as well as how they interacted and influenced each other.

 

The interaction and influences between different civilizations to McNeill’s narrative as he challenged the theory of the rise and fall of independent civilizations that did not influence one another.  Because of the length of both of the book and time frame covered, McNeill did not go into a detail history instead focusing on trends and important historical moments that may or may not involve historical actors like Alexander or Genghis Khan.  Yet information is outdated as new sources or archaeological evidence has changed our understanding of several civilizations over the last 50 years.

 

The Rise of the West takes a long time to read, however the information—though outdated in places—gives the reader a great overview of world history on every point of the globe.  W.H. McNeill’s well-researched book is not a dry read and in giving a good background on numerous civilizations giving the reader a solid foundation if they ever decide to go more in-depth on any civilization.

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text 2018-03-12 09:50
It's okay to cry [3/12/18]

I am just so weepy recently.

 

Everything gets to me. I am thankful today that I am able to be emotional. It just proves that I am human and no matter what I go through, I am still alive. So in saying that, I am also thankful I am alive. In my darkest moment, I think I don't want to be alive, but I know that is my demon depression talking.

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