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review 2019-10-09 00:26
4.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

 

 

FEATURING

 
Blake Crouch Kind-of-Trippy
Science Fiction
Mind-Fucking/Defining
With A Love Story


With Audio Performed by Jon Lindstrom

 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.8 STARS | GRADE A



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Blake Crouch has a way of taking you for a ride...one wild and crazy ride with thought-provoking situations and dilemma's that leave you contemplating the meaning of life and love and the pursuit of happiness and such.  He also does science fiction in a way that is easily digestible. 

For the sake of a Reading Challenge (Halloween Bingo), I went into this knowing certain aspects of it, and I don't believe knowing that ruined the story...because ultimately I didn't really know where this was going to end up.   I just kind of let it take me where it would...and wow the taking was intense, especially that ending.  I would have really loved to know what happened to Amanda, though.

The Audio was excellently executed by Jon Lindstrom, who is also an actor, and it shows...he was amazing, really brought the story to life.  FYI, this would be amazing as a TV Show, or a Movie, but I don't think a movie could really get the scope of it.
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 5/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 4.8/5
The Feels 4.7/5
Pacing 5/5
Addictiveness 4.7/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 4.5/5
Ending 4.8/5 Cliffhanger I don't even know how to answer that...
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Book Cover It's trippy...
Setting Chicago
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 10 hours, 9 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR STRANGER THINGS SQUARE
 
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review 2019-09-25 23:21
3.7 Out Of 5 STARs for Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn,Ann Marie Lee

FEATURING

 
Serial Killer
Mystery Suspense
Psychological Thriller
Dysfunctional Family Town
Dark & Deeply Disturbing
Ugly...but Compelling
 


With Audio Performed by Ann Marie Lee
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

(also has a teaser trailer for Limited series on HBO)

 

MY RATING⇢ 3.7 STARS | GRADE B



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
What you will get when you read/listen to this book...
 

⇢The writing within this book is not only brilliant but seriously audacious and scintillating in an eww, gross kind of way that will leave you squeamishly uncomfortable.  Flynn doesn't shy away from...well...anything.  It seems nothing is off-limits.

⇢Wind Gap is one darkly twisted town...with pre-teens running amok...having sex, doing ecstasy and drinking. 

⇢The characters are all rather unlikable, including the MC...when you find out what she went through as a kid though...it feels like she is justifiably fucked up. 

⇢The whodunit is rather easy to figure out and I believe it purposely so.  The real mystery is how twisted the truth really is...and it really is, way beyond twisted. 

 
What you take from this book is entirely up to you and how much darkness you can take...me, I'm conflicted, I can do dark and twisted...but maybe this was a little too much of 'all of the above' for me.
 
The Audio is superbly executed by Ann Marie Lee...her voices, her inflections are spot on.  It had to have been weird for her that one of the girls killed has the same given name as her.
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 3.3/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 3.5/5
The Feels 3.2/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 2.8/5
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Book Cover TV Show Cover...
Setting Wind Gap, Missouri
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 9 hours, 35 minutes

 
 
 
I READ THIS FOR GENRE: MYSTERY SQUARE
 
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review 2019-09-14 17:41
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Final Girls by Riley Sager
Final Girls: A Novel - Riley Sager

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Mystery Thriller
The Final Girl Standing
Twisted and Twisty
Slasher Story
Unlikable & Flawed Characters
You Totally Got Me With Your Twist
Audio Performed by Erin Bennet & Hilary Huber

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING 4.5 STARS | GRADE A-

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

Before starting this, I was worried that it might prove to be too scary for me...I'm not a scary movie enthusiast after all. There was one point where I did get a tad freaked out...but overall it didn't end up freaking me out too much. I was happy that the focus of this story wasn't the systematic killing of Quincy's friends.

 

It was so much more than that.

 

I perused quite a few reviews where some said they guessed the ending right from the beginning...I, on the other hand, was completely thrown by the ending. I didn't see anything that was revealed throughout the story, actually. I felt like the only real issue not addressed was Quincy's anger management, because she has one helluva problem there.

 

While the book starts out kind of slow, eventually there is so much being revealed, you can barely keep up. Told in alternating POV's from present time to flashbacks of the past at Pine Cottage where Quincy's friends were all killed, the effect is staggering.

With a different narrator for each, the past and the present, the narration is very well executed.

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 4.3/5
The Feels⇢ 5/5
Pacing⇢ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 5/5
Originality⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...
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Book Cover⇢ The slash marks are cleverly done...but otherwise it's boring.
Setting⇢ New York & Pine Cottage
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 12 hours, 24 minutes

 

 

I Read This For Slasher Stories Square

 

 

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review 2019-09-06 00:53
All the STARS for The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
The Grace Year - Kim Liggett

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Dystopian Setting/Alternate World
Society Where Men Have the Power
Oppression Of Women
Horror-if-ic
Death, Lies, & Betrayals
Splash of Romance
Women Supporting Women
Stand-Alone

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 5+ STARS | GRADE A++

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

Wow! This book...

 

This book is a lot of things...dubious, challenging, frustrating, darkly horrifying, curing, wonderful, loving, saddening, hopeful & most of all empowering.

 

I first started reading this about two months ago and had to stop because I just wasn't feeling it...I thought this is a premise that would never come to pass...or so help us all. I couldn't wrap my head around this society where women not only outnumber men, but their rights are so marginalized by these men, it's unthinkable, unbelievable. They are treated as property and made to go through a year away from everything they know to expel their magic. When they come back from this supposed magic-letting they are forced to marry the guy that chose them...and if no one chooses them (because women outnumber the men)...they have to work for the good of the community. This book will push your buttons...for sure.

 

The second time I started it, I found this enthralling...I devoured it in very little time. The Grace Year has earned a spot as one of my favorites of all time and I don't think I will ever forget it. I especially won't forget how it made me feel by the time I finished it. I was stunned, with everything that happens, and...So. Much. Happens. This one has all the feels, from the good to the bad, and everything in between.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 5/5
The Feels⇢ 5+/5
Pacing⇢ 4.8/5
Addictiveness⇢ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4.5/5
Originality⇢ 5+/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...
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Book Cover⇢ Love it. It's absolutely perfect.
Setting⇢ Garner County & a remote island within a great lake.
Source⇢ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
eBook Length⇢ 416 pages

 

 

I Read This for Dystopian Hellscape (and it's so fitting for that)
(Transfigured from Relics & Curiosities)

 

 

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text 2019-09-04 01:34
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
Before She Was Found - Heather Gudenkauf

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Mystery | Thriller | Suspense
Online Solicitation
Urban Legends
Secrets
Middle School
With Audio Performed by Brittany Pressley

 


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 4.5 STARS | GRADE A-

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

First off, the narration by Brittany Pressley was phenomenal. She did multiple POV's with ease, even the male one. She especially did well with the voice of a 12-year-old Cora. I usually complain that multiple POV's need multiple narrators but it IS possible for one to pull it off, sometimes.

 

I finished this Audiobook in one day, it was super compelling right from the very beginning and held onto that intensity until at least the last quarter of the book. The hints are laid out for you along the way and you'll feel like you know where this is going...and then the ending, while unexpected was not necessarily what I wanted from it. Nonetheless, it was still quite a thrilling and mysterious listen/read. Dealing with issues of bullying, online solicitation and inappropriate behavior by a teacher this has a very timely theme going on.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 4.3/5
Narration Performance⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 4.3/5
The Feels⇢ 5/5
Pacing⇢ 5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 5/5
Originality⇢ 4.3/5
Ending⇢ 4/5
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Book Cover⇢ It's okay...I like the other one with the three girls on it better.
Setting⇢ Pitch, Iowa
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 10 hours, 18 minutes

 

 

I read this for New Release Square for Halloween Bingo 2019

 

 

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