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review 2019-05-20 03:25
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus
Two Can Keep a Secret - Karen McManus

 

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Small Town Atmosphere
Halloween Themed Amusement Park
2 POV's
Possible Linked Murders

 

 

With Audio Performed by Sophie Amoss & Kirby Heyborne

 


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The title is a totally like the Pretty Little Liars theme song and the plot did kind of remind me of the PLL series, overall (based on the random episodes I've seen here and there)...so maybe that's why she called it what she did. Otherwise, the title doesn't go with the story at all. Overall, the story is okay, the characters are okay and the mystery was somewhat twisty but somewhat predictable, with a dollop of eww thrown in. It wasn't terrible and it even entertained me for a bit.

The narration was passably okay, despite having Kirby Heyborne, he has one of those voices that I just can't take listening to for that long. Sophie Amoss was fairly good, though.

 

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3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏


Plot⇝ 3.8/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3.7/5
Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝ 2.7/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 3/5
Ending⇝ 3.7/5
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Book Cover⇝ Meh...why do Authors have covers that look the same...even though the stories aren't connected?
Setting⇝ Echo Ridge, Vermont
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-05-04 19:42
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Nowhere Child by Christian White
The Nowhere Child - Christian White

 

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Missing Child
Mystery Thriller
Flashbacks
Religious Cult
Twisty
 

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GooglePlay | IndieBound 

 
 
 

With Narration Performed by Katherine Littrell

 
 
 

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The Nowhere Child is a missing child mystery where you know from the beginning what becomes of her...I think I was drawn to this story because of this premise...sometimes going through an entire book thinking that the child's dead body will be found rather than being found alive, can set off a queasy feeling, that never really goes away.  Since you know she ended up being raised in Australia, the question is how did she end up there when she was born in America. 

What ensues is a twisty, mysterious journey to find out who kidnapped Sammy Went.  With unforeseen twists and amid a backdrop of a small town in Kentucky with a religious cult or Fundamentalists as they choose to be called at the forefront of the mystery.  Told in alternating pov's between the past (many characters pov's) and the present (Kim/Sammy), the mystery unfolds. 

My one, slightly significant issue with the story overall is with the choice to have only one narrator.  Katherine Littrell does an adequate performance for the part of Kim...but as for the rest of the characters her Aussie accent tended to come through and lessened my enjoyment of the Audio overall. 

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 
Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3.5/5
Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5
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Book Cover⇝  I really like it...I found this book because of the cover
Setting⇝ At first, Australia...but the rest of the story is set in Manson, Kentucky.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-04-23 20:16
4.5 Out Of 5 Stars for The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
The Escape Room - Megan Goldin

 

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Locked-Room (Elevator) Mystery
Twisted Twisty-ness
Back & Forth Narrative
Corporate Finance
 

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Set in the world of Investment Banking, the high stakes, cutthroat, "I'll step on you before you can step on me", kind of atmosphere.  Coupled with the mystery of an escape room challenge...made for a very interesting backdrop.  The story is told in alternating POV's between Sara Hall and the 4 people who have found themselves stuck in an elevator...that's supposed to be an escape room.  The question is...who put them there and why???  This story is not without its could-that-really-happen moments, but despite that, it's an indulging kind of Mystery/Thriller that I found quite entertaining.

I did have one issue...and it was with my advanced reader copy, it was, quite possibly the worse arc I've ever read before.  There was a ton of 1's and 0's, some of which had - or + in front of them, throughout the entire thing.  So flipping distracting.  Has anyone else ever had this with a kindle version of an arc?  I've had issues in the past with weird chapter breaks, but this was crazy they even had the numbers in between letters of a particular word.

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝  5/5
Secondary Characters⇝  4.5/5
The Feels⇝  4.3/5
Pacing⇝  4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝  4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝  4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝  5/5
Originality⇝  5/5
Ending⇝  4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ A little too much gold for me...
Setting⇝ New York mostly...
Source⇝ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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review 2019-03-31 23:16
☆5☆ STARS for Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
Jane Doe: A Novel - Victoria Helen Stone

 

 

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Girls Rule, and Boys Drool
Revenge
A Self-Diagnosed Sociopath
Absolutely Brilliant
Bad-Ass MC
Unputdownable
 

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With Audio Performed by Nicol Zanzarella

 
 

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A must-read, especially for all the Bad-Ass Chics out there, and I highly recommend the Audiobook.  Nicol Zanzarella as the voice of Jane totally nailed it. 

Jane is a self-diagnosed sociopath.  You would think that she would be unlikable and someone you would never be friends with...but I'm actually kind of obsessed with her.  Obsessed with her cleverness, her deft sense of humor, and her portrayal of a simpering woman, when she's anything but.  And that ending...it was superb.  This is one of the best KU Read & Listen Audiobooks I've listened to so far  (I'm currently on 2 months for 99¢ plan on KU).

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5STARS - GRADE=A+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 
Plot⇝  5/5
Narration Performance⇝  5/5
Main Characters⇝  5/5
Secondary Characters⇝  5/5
The Feels⇝  5/5
Pacing⇝  5/5
Addictiveness⇝  5/5
Theme or Tone⇝  5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝  5/5
Originality⇝  5/5
Ending⇝  5/5
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Book Cover⇝ Hmm...well, the story is way better than the cover...
Setting⇝ Minnesota 
Source⇝ KU Read & Listen
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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
Revenge
Rape and the Aftermath
 & Empowerment
 

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With Audio Performed by Julia Whelan 

 
 
 
 
 

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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.  

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4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 
 
 
 

๏ 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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