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text 2018-01-01 15:47
Undertow - Michael Buckley

Awesome book

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review 2018-01-01 13:41
Another stunning cover…
Undertow - Michael Buckley

 

 

 

Book TitleUndertow

Author:  Michael Buckley

Narration:  Jennifer Grace

Series:  Undertow #1

Genre:  Fantasy | Dystopian

Setting:  Coney Island

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Pacing:  4.2/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone: 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  "to be continued"

Steam Factor 0-5:  1

Total:  4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

This book started out fantastically for me, with its beautiful imagery and the totally unique world.  It's like our present day world with a sort-of dystopian/apocalyptic feel to it.  Then the insta-love (and I mean straight-up instant) and some teenage super-drama kind of brought it a little low for me.  Despite that, it is a remarkably imaginative story. 

 

Will I continue this series?  I'm actually torn because book 2 has lots of bad reviews, (even more teenage super-drama, supposedly) and Idk what I want to do with this series…I can't find the second book on audio unless I use one of my credits on Audible.  I don't think I want to do that considering the reviews for it…but a part of me really w)ants to see where this goes.  So yeah, I guess only time will tell.

 

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text 2017-12-31 15:39
December Re-Cap
The Last Place You Look - Kristen Lepionka
Marrow - Tarryn Fisher
Undone (Unknown Trilogy Book 3) - Wendy Higgins
Dear Daughter: A Novel - Elizabeth Little
The Butterfly Project - Emma Scott
Down to the Liar - Mary Elizabeth Summer
Certain Dark Things: A Novel - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
RoomHate - Penelope Ward
Undertow - Michael Buckley
Pretty Dead Girls - Monica Murphy

Ohhhh...December!  I had very good Christmas, and I hope you all did too.  I even managed to read a few books. I'm having a difficult time reconciling the end of 2017.  Not sure why that is???  I just can't believe the new year is here, already.  On to my re-cap...

 

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka

Finish Date: 12/01

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  12/08

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) Undone by Wendy Higgins

Finish Date:  12/13

4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

Finish Date:  12/14

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Kindle eBook) The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Finish Date:  12/19

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(eBook Novella) Down to the Liar by Mary Elizabeth

Finish Date:  12/20

2.5/5 STARS

 

(Audiobook) Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Finish Date:  12/20

3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) RoomHate by Penelope Ward

Finish Date:  12/23

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Undertow by Michael Buckley

Finish Date:  12/29

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Netgalley eArc) Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Finish Date:  12/30

2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+

 

Plus 1 DNF...I just couldn't get into this.

 

11 BOOKS TOTAL

3,316 Pages 

6 Audiobooks, 1 Novella, 2 eBooks, 1 DNF eBook and 1 Negalley eArc.

 

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review 2017-07-21 20:50
It Was Rushed and I Wanted More
Heart of the Storm (Undertow) - Michael Buckley

3.5 stars
A great series with a rushed ending.
I really enjoyed tis YA series. The fresh look at merpeople and sea creatures was really cool and kept me coming back for more. The character details alone are worth the read. They are believable, functional, and awesome. Mr. Buckley has a wonderful imagination. He also developed some shameful characters that you just love to hate, really love to hate ! LOL
My problems with the book was the rushed pacing. Everything was happening at a semi regular paced then bam, bam, bam, we were at the end. The new characters just never got developed enough and they were so amazing. I loved Husk, he was just getting so interesting and then it ended with him not fully finished for me. I had the same issue with Fantom, why did he just disappear in the book ? It felt like there was a hole. I fell like these side characters need their own book I liked them better than the MCand we got too much of her and not enough of them.

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text 2017-07-17 22:40
Reading progress update: I've read 9 out of 320 pages.
Heart of the Storm (Undertow) - Michael Buckley

Ohhh good start ! 

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