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review 2018-05-18 17:18
4 Out of 5 "I needed more" STARS
Midnight at the Electric - Jodi Lynn Anderson

 

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

Midnight at the Electric

Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Kansas, 2065 Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before Launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own. 

 

Oklahoma, 1934 Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called The Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire-- and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life -- Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most. 

 

England, 1919 In the recovery following World War One, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself? 

 

While their stories span thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful. In beloved author Jodi Lynn Anderson’s signature haunting, lyrical prose, human connections spark spellbindingly to life, and a bright light shines on the small but crucial moments that determine one’s fate.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This book is not what the synopsis leads you to believe…It's a story about a turtle and how he has touched different lives through the passage of many years…its…mystifying yet enchanting…and nonetheless, it still needed something more. I think it could have been perfect if it was just a little bit longer.  Which is not how I usually feel about a book.  What I got from this was perfect…I just wanted a little more of that...

 

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~MY RATING~

4STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 3.8/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 3.8/5 Cliffhanger~ ???

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Book Cover~ The cover and the synopsis of this book lead you to believe it's something else.

Narration~ 5 -Amazingly done by all three narrators… Jorjeana Marie, Bailey Carr & Fiona Hardingham.

Setting~ Kansas mostly…and England--past and future

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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review 2018-05-09 04:23
Overboard (Survivor Diaries) by Terry Lynn Johnson
Survivor Diaries: Overboard! - Terry Lynn Johnson,Jani Orban

 

"Tell me how you survived the whale attack," the reporter said.

- opening lines

 

Could you survive if the whale watching boat you were on capsized and you were left floating in the cold ocean? Travis and Marina are in just such a situation. Luckily, Travis is wearing an immersion suit, and Mariana has survival supplies in her vest (and a lot of knowledge). All they have to do is stay out of the water, find land, and get rescued. Simple, right?

 

So, this is a good book, but the plot is a little thin. Things resolve a bit too easily for me, but I don't think kids will mind. At the end of the book, there is a section with "U.S. Coast Guard-Approved Cold Water Survival Tips" which kids will probably find very cool and informative.

 

It's about 100 pages, easy to read and about survival, kids will love it.

 

Recommended to: Grades 3-5 (and some second graders), fans of the I Survived series, adventure fans, reluctant readers

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review 2018-04-23 14:28
Book Review: Hail No (Hail Raisers #1) By Lani Lynn Vale
Hail No (Hail Raisers Book 1) - Lani Lynn Vale

 

I've read a few other books by this author and I like her writing style. However, when the subject is this book all I can say is that it didn't do it for me. I had too many problems with who the characters were as a whole (personality wise) that made me despise so much of story.

 

Kennedy was a pushover and I learned to hate her halfway through the book. I don't understand why she would bend over backwards to help people that were obviously using her for their benefit only. By the end, she seemed to have learned her lesson and developed a backbone, but that was too late for me.

 

Evander started out being a misunderstood guy that the whole town seemed to love to hate. He's been to prison for a crime he didn't commit and at first, I thought he was very well adjusted with it all. Around the last ten chapters of the novel, he did a 180 on his mood and how he treated Kennedy. He became overbearing and domineering. I also don't understand how "I want babies with you" is the ultimate declaration of love according to the heroine.

 

The romance started off as a slow burn, which was what kept me interested in the story. Halfway through the book, the relationship was established and then it felt like the author started scrambling for another plotline. The vengeance storyline was resolved way too easily and had no suspense considering these are standalone novels and the book was almost ending.

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 

 

"My level of sarcasm has gotten to the point where even I don't know whether I'm kidding or not."

 

"Don't break anybody's heart. They only have one. Break bones instead. They have two hundred and six."

 

"Second best was what I always seemed to be, yet never wanted to experience."

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review 2018-04-20 22:31
Hospitality and Homicide (Tourist Trap #8) by Lynn Cahoon
Hospitality and Homicide (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon

Going to be honest, I was very generous with this rating. This is a real fluff of a book, with the mystery barely getting any page time. This was a book about Jill's staffing issues at Coffee, Books and More, her first semester back in college, and her relationship with Gregg. The B plot line involving a missing boy and Esmeralda's attempts to find him were more interesting than what was going on in the rest of the book. It was a fast read and I was happy to be back in South Cove with the gang, but I needed less fluff and more mystery. 

 

Honestly, only read this installment of the series if you are a completionist like me.

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review 2018-04-17 00:00
Erotic Short Stories, Volume 1
Erotic Short Stories, Volume 1 - Lynn Ha... Erotic Short Stories, Volume 1 - Lynn Hagen NO RESISTANCE: 2 stars

IN THE HOT SEAT: 2.5 stars

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS: 3 stars

NAUGHTY INTENTIONS: 3.5 stars
Ooh, I liked this one! It was bit kinky. I'm just disappointed it was too short! I really want the full story with this one.

PUT YOUR HANDS BEHIND OUR BACK: 3.5 stars
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