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review 2019-04-20 14:29
2.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J Bick
Drowning Instinct - Ilsa J. Bick

 

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Taboo Romance
Older YA
Psychological

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With Audio Performed by Kathleen McInerney

 
 
 
 

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The cover and the narrator are the only recommendable aspects of this story...everything else is questionable...except maybe the ending.  I found the ending to be almost perfect, everything except for how they got there in the first place...

Overall, for me, the story has believability issues...so many aspects of the story just didn't sit well for me.   I'm surprised I gave it a chance at all...because teacher/student romance isn't really my thing...especially when dealing with high school age kids.  Just goes to show what an excellent cover can do for a story, at least for someone like me.

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2.8STARS - GRADE=C-

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝  2.5/5
Narration Performance⇝  4.5/5
Main Characters⇝  2.5/5
Secondary Characters  2/5
The Feels⇝  2.5/5
Pacing⇝  4/5
Addictiveness⇝  3.8/5
Theme or Tone⇝  2/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝  4/5
Originality⇝  2/5
Ending⇝  4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝ Striking, love the color...
Setting⇝ Wisconsin near Lake Michigan
Source⇝ Own Audible Audiobook
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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+

 
 
 
 

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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 2019-03-06 21:45
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blankman

 

Prisoner of Night and Fog #1

 

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Historical Fiction Based in Truth
Germany Pre-WWII Times
Mystery
Family Secrets
Ravings of a Madman--Adolf Hitler
Splash of Romance
 


With Narration Performed by Heather Wilds

 
 
 
 

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This was a little different from my usual kind of read, but sometimes different is just what you need.   While my knowledge of Germany and Hitler is limited, I learned about it in school, but I only remember the basics, I still believe that this feels very well researched...and I soaked all the history up like a sponge.  That added to the interesting characters and the side-mystery makes this a worthwhile read/listen.  There is a bit of romance, but it feels so natural that it only enhances the story.  
 
The narrator's accent was just right...giving Gretchen's voice just the right amount of German, without making it difficult to understand.  
 

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4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 4.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really...but there is a second book.
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Book Cover⇝ Gorgeous...love the cover model, she seems perfect for the story.
Setting⇝ Munich, Germany
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-02-17 00:53
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre
The Girl in 6E - A. R. Torre

 

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Psychological Suspense Thriller
Darkish Mystery
Homicidal Tendencies
Splash of Romance
Erotic Cyber Sex
Will Give You Insight Into the Life of A Cam-Girl 


 

With Audio Performed by Jorjeana Marie

 
 
 
 

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A very different kind of thriller about a twenty-something girl who believes she has homicidal tendencies just like her Mother had.  She also makes a living as a cam-girl on the internet.   Deanna Madden is unlike anyone I've ever read about, she is seriously disturbed, yet absolutely compelling.  The Author has not only researched her topics thoroughly she has also put in meticulous details, that make this story feel genuine.  From her tower of boxes that she has in her apartment from ordering everything she needs online, and having it delivered via UPS to the scandalous, yet oddly educational life of a cam-girl. 

There are two separate stories going on and eventually, they converge into one.  That convergence is when the story really gets interesting.  Jorjeana Marie is perfect for the voice of Deanna but they should have had a male narrator for the male voices, having Jorjeana voice the male parts also, just made this a bit hard to separate them from one another.  Overall, I actually really connected with this, and I wasn't sure that I would.  It is one of these most sexual books I ever read/listen without any actual sex.

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.7/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Characters⇝ 4.3/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝4.7/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ "to be continued" 
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Book Cover⇝ Very fitting...
Setting⇝ Mostly Tulsa, OK
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
Series Continuation⇝ Yes, No, Maybe or Probably (already started on the 2nd book)
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review 2019-02-08 20:20
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
All Is Not Forgotten - Wendy Walker

 

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Unreliable Narrator
A Story w/Layers
Mystery Thriller
Rape/Dark Themes
Betrayals
 

With Narration by Dylan Baker




 
 
 
 

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Wow, this one was difficult to listen too...especially in the beginning.  It paints the picture of a horrendous rape...both sickening and heart-breaking.  But if you can get past that, you should be able to listen to the entire story...and what a fucked-up story it is.  A multi-layered story that is so much more than what it appears to be, with all these loose ends waiting to be tied up.

I was wondering before I even started this, why does it have a male narrator...I thought it was from Jenny's pov...but it's not.  You should have a guess of who the narrator is fairly quickly...and if you don't, it is revealed by the end of Chapter 5.  This book made me feel...all sorts of feels, actually.  From disgust to sadness, to hope and to something like incredulity, the ending was really something.

 

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.3/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.2/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Originality⇝ 4.5/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's Perfect for the story.
Setting⇝ Fairview, CT
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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