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review 2020-03-19 14:55
Heartbroken - Lisa Unger

So COVID-19 has helped me realize even more now than ever, reading a bad book through the ending is a terrible idea. I got to 20 percent and hit the Did Not Finish button. This is just all over the place and boring me to tears. There are too many characters that we jump back and forth to.  Back to the book stacks (virtual) you go!

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review 2020-02-26 17:22
The Sleep Tight Motel
The Sleep Tight Motel - Lisa Unger

So this was a really good atmospheric scary short story. I loved the location of the motel. I loved the main character. And I loved the slightly eerie motel owner. The only reason that I gave this four stars is that I did see the ending coming. Also this story left me with so many questions. I could have read even more after I got done.


"The Sleep Tight Motel" follows a young woman named Eve. Eve is on the run. We don't know what from at first, but then readers quickly find out from her boyfriend. We don't know what happened, but then clues drift in and out of the story. Eve eventually stops at a country motel and stays the night. Eve is so tired and scared and reflects on her relationship. The hotel owner, Drew, seems very nice, maybe a bit too nice.


So no spoilers, but I thought this was a great pick me-up after "Hannah Beast." Unger plays all the notes in this short story perfectly. Things slowly get revealed to you as you read and I kept thinking I knew what was coming next and was wrong. I was right about one big thing though which is why I sit here now smugly writing my review. Seriously though, this had a wonderful atmosphere. I could see readers snuggling down to this story in the fall or around Halloween. Or heck on a rainy day with lots of fog rolling in. 


I felt for Eve since this story is honestly about regrets and the things that you wish you can change, but cannot. And as I said above, I had so many questions after I finished!

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review 2019-05-20 19:28
The Whispering Hollows Novella's by Lisa Unger
The Whispers: A Whispers Story - Lisa Unger
The Burning Girl: A Whispers Story - Lisa Unger
The Three Sisters: A Whispers Story (The Whispers Series) - Lisa Unger

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The Whispers - Novella 1
The Burning Girl - Novella 2
The Three Sisters - Novella 3
Psychic Powers
Some Mystery


With Audio Performed by January LaVoy




๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏


Collectively in eBook format these three novella's are available as a set with this cover:



I listened to each one separately, but consecutively on Audio, which was performed by one of my favorite narrators, January LaVoy. I listened to this mainly so I would be up to speed for Ink & Bone by Lisa Unger. These short novellas are sort of a prequel to that story. These were each very short, quick listens and while I didn't find them overly special...I'm certainly not upset with spending my day with them.


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๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

Plot⇝ 2.7/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Characters⇝ 3.7/5
The Feels⇝ 3/5
Pacing⇝ 2.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 2.5/5
Ending⇝ 2.7/5
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Setting⇝ The Hollows
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library & Scribd)
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review 2019-03-31 21:52
☆4.7☆ STARS for The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger
The Red Hunter: A Novel - Lisa Unger



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Intricate Plot/Twisty Mystery
Engaging Characters
Rape and the Aftermath
 & Empowerment

๏ ๏ ๏ A Bookish Obsession Favorite ๏ ๏ ๏


With Audio Performed by Julia Whelan 


๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

I've only recently started reading Mysteries/Thrillers and I don't usually find myself wanting to rate them anything over four stars...but this book has done so, one of the rare few.  I really liked it...from the cover and to everything inside the cover, this book delivers. 

My only qualm is the shifting of narratives left me continuously confused as to whose head I was in.  With so many perspectives, and added to that all the many characters in each perspective life, I was constantly mixing up the side characters.  A full-cast narration could have solved this...I'm just saying.  Overall, though, the intricately woven plot-line coupled with the engaging and authentic characters made that qualm almost completely overlookable.  

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 




๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏


Plot⇝  4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝  4.3/5
Characters⇝  5/5
The Feels⇝  4.8/5
Pacing⇝  5/5
Addictiveness⇝  4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝  5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝  5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝  5/5
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Book Cover⇝ Pretty and mysterious...
Setting⇝ Lost Valley & New York City
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2018-10-03 06:53
Under My Skin
Under My Skin - Lisa Unger

I heard so many great things about this book and it started off well enough. Unfortunately, it started going downhill quickly and snowballed from there. I'm usually a fan of an unreliable narrator, but this one pushed that way past the limit. The story bounces from past to present, but not everything "seen" or "remembered" is reality. It's done by way of dreams, memories, and/or hallucinations that are all seen through a drug and alcohol induced haze. It's done in such a way that it's almost impossible to tell which is which, leading to some flipping back through the pages. I suppose that was intentional, but it mostly just caused confusion and irritation, especially when it became repetitive. Between that and the slow pace, I finally admitted defeat at about the fifty percent mark and started skimming. We finally do get the answers about Jack's murder, and even with skimming and a red herring or two thrown in, I was still able to figure out who did it. I didn't have the why of it all but in all honesty, by the time I finally got there, I didn't care enough about any of the characters for it to make much difference. The only character that I did like was Grayson, who also seemed to be the only sensible person in this rather convoluted tale. As I said, I heard good things about this one prior to reading it, and maybe it's just me, but it's safe to say that I was underwhelmed.

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