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review 2017-07-03 02:16
Opening line: I just moved. Not from one town to another, but from one end of the couch to the other end.
Underwater - Marisa Reichardt

 

 

Book Title:   Underwater

Author:  Marisa Reichardt

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Realistic Fiction, YA

Setting:  Pacific Palms, California

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Drowning (Face Down) by Saving Abel  --Obviously, this song goes with the cover and title of the book, but it also has lyrics that really embody this story.

I think I'm drowning

Can someone lend a hand?

Can someone save me?

'Cause I don't think I can♫

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4.7/5 STARS

A

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

That's what Morgan has written down and hung on her wall, right where she can see it, in case of an emergency.  

Anxiety is it's own kind of monster…one that brings you down and doesn't let you up.  The only way to conquer it…well…facing it, and staring it down on your terms, at your own pace, no matter how hard it is.  Also, I have to say that sometimes having a little help in the form of an understanding and guiding professional can help too.  For this story; that's Brenda, and she rocks.  This book, for me, portrays anxiety in a very honest style.  With a real, heartfelt story, genuine characters, and a easily imagined (despite not wanting to imagine it) storyline, this book really resonated with me.  I actually have found myself really clicking with the realistic fiction genre, lately.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.7/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.3/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.7/5

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yeah.

 

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review 2017-05-31 23:00
If you're thinking about skipping Levana's story...DON'T
Fairest: Levana's Story - Marissa Meyer

 

 

Book Title:  Fairest:  Levana's Story

Author:  Marissa Meyer

Narration:  Rebecca Solar

Series:  The Lunar Chronicles #3.5

Genre:  Older YA, Fairytale Retelling, Novella

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

The Game by Disturbed  --Levana is one crazy a$$ B*tch…and she doesn't like to lose…

♫Is she not right?

Is she insane?

Will she now run for her life

In the battle that ends this day?

Is she not right?

Is she insane?

Will she now run for her life

Now that she lied to me♫

 

 

 

 

OVERALL RATING 

4.3/5 STARS

A-

 

My Thoughts

 

Lots of info in this one about Cinder, Cress, Winter, the Wolf/Man hybrids, and about how and why, Levana is such a lunatic.  When I asked someone if I needed to read this before reading Winter; I was told I really should…and…I'm really glad I did!

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5 

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  N/A

 

Will I continue this series?  Of Course…

 

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review 2017-04-28 18:45
The Roanoke Girls: A Novel - Amy Engel

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

♫Picking a song for this was difficult…if you've read it then you know, nothing is really quite right…but if I picked something, than it would be Alive by Sia…sometimes they fit for Lane…and sometimes they fit for Allegra and even for Cooper sometimes.  Overall, it's a really moving song and so is this book…regardless of how twisted it really is. ♫

 

 

Book Title:  Roanoke Girls

Author:  Amy Engel

Narration:  Brittany Presley

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, Thriller

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

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OVERALL RATING:  5/5 STARS

GRADE = A+

 

My Thoughts

 

What a versatile storyteller Amy Engel has turned out to be.  I've also read her YA Duology; The Book of Ivy.  This is nothing like that…I would have to say it's not YA, either.  Small town seediness at it's most seedy.  A sick and twisted affair to be sure…and yet, so addicting.  I could not stop listening, even though I knew where it was headed. beautifully and hauntingly written...but so f*cked up!  Warning:  It will, at least partially, if not wholly...wreck you.  You'll seriously be thinking...

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.7/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5+/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yeah, I will

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review 2016-12-17 00:14
Vicarious reads like a toned down, not-quite-so-violent Kill Bill meets strange Days.
Vicarious: A Novel - Paula Stokes

Book Title:  Vicarious

Author: Paula Stokes

Series: Vicarious #1 (of 2)

Genre:  Older YA, Thriller

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

 

  

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See my full review including a video for book theme song at Leah's Bookish Obsession.

 

 

 

♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪ 

Let it Die by Starset  --The less I say about that, the better… ♫ 

 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 4.8/5

The Feels: 4.5/5

Addictiveness: 5/5

Theme: 4.2/5

Flow: 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building): 4/5

Originality: 5/5

Book Cover: 5/5

Ending:  4.7/5 Cliffhanger: uhhh...yeah

 

Will I continue this series? For sure!!!

 

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

 

A fascinating and super intense story, that's not without its flaws, but they're miniscule in comparison to the overall entertainment value.   Twisting, turning non-stop action is what you'll get with Vicarious.  I never got bored reading this.  The second book Ferocious is expected to come out August of 2017.  I love that this is a duology…I, personally, love them so much more than a trilogy.

 

 

 

The complex characters set this apart from other books.  They are diverse, flawed and intriguing.  The Tech involved is effortlessly explained.  I'm so looking forward to next book, I've read it takes place in LA and Seoul Korea, sounds enticing.

 ⇝Sex Factor⇜ More or less, but not explicit, not really…sorry, that was rather vague.  You should just read it…I would classify this as Older YA, mostly for it's darker themes.

 

 

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review 2016-09-13 23:53
Can you go to the bottom of the world to find your way up?
Upside Down - Lia Riley

Book Title:  Upside Down

Author:  Lia Riley

Series:  Off the Map #1

Genre:  New Adult

Source:  Kindle E-Book(Library)

♫My Pick for Book Theme Song:  Say Something (I'm Giving Up On You) by A Great Big World w/Christina Aguilera  --Seriously, sometimes, I was just like say something to him already…

 

✾Goodreads Synopsis✾ 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.7/5

Addictiveness: 4.3/5

Theme:  4.5/5

Flow:  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Ending:   3.8/5. Cliffhanger:  There is an ending…but there is two more books…

 

Will I continue this series?  I may prefer to think this is their ending…

 

 

4.3/5 Stars

 

My Thoughts

 

First the bad:  While I dislike this type of story; where the story is strung out over three books.  I could have done two books with no qualms, but three is too much. I also could have done without so much of the over-the-top, I-want-to-be-trendy dialogue.  A certain amount is fine, but this just seemed like it was trying to hard.

Then the good:  I have to say the realness of these characters really got me, they are fucked up, flawed and genuinely real.  I really connected with them.  I loved the setting of Australia and how Bran is always teaching Talia about the culture and different words they use there.  It really added to whole adventure.

 

Sex Factor:  Yes, super hot and it's fairly explicit.

 

 

 

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