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review 2018-12-24 05:30
The Walled City
The Walled City - Ryan Graudin

This book was so,,,,,underwhelming????? That's the only way that I can think of putting it, I don't know if it was just me but I was expecting something completely different from what actually happened. I don't even know what exactly I was expecting it just wasn't, that.

In terms of writing, there wasn't anything terrible about the writing itself or the style. It wasn't purple prose or anything, it was suitably descriptive it's just the content itself. I'm not gonna lie it was pretty boring until the last maybe 100 pages of the book and by that point, I was already skimming but I got the general gist of what happened.

I think my biggest problem with this was that the suspense dragged on for too goddamn long. It should not have dragged on until deadass the middle of the book before we found out what the fuck Dai was talking about with his angst and stuff. THAT'S TOO LONG FOR A BOOK THAT IS PAINFULLY SLOW AND BORING.

Stuff simultaneously happens throughout the book with also absolutely nothing happening at all,,,,,if that makes any sense. I know that there were some things that went on but they lacked lustre and didn't really stand out from the other parts of the story. Everything was pretty much treated in the same tone as everything else so even if something was important it wouldn't stand out in your memory when you thought back on it.

The romance was stupid it has no solid foundation, it wasn't really based on anything necessary for a relationship? Everything happened literally just because Mei Yee was pretty which just further goes to show how far pretty privilege will get you in this world.

And the thing is, there was a story being told one hundred percent but I don't feel as if I read a proper story. I see the beginning, the climax, and denouement and all that good stuff, but it doesn't actually feel like I read a novel, it reads like someone's really boring diary.

I know Hak Nam was based on Kowloon Walled City and as I'm sure the history of Kowloon Walled City is interesting, I feel like the content of this story would've been better if it had just been a collection of stories from people who had actually lived in Kowloon City instead of the fictional story that the author actually created.

And I think probably the biggest thing that affected my reading of this book was that I'm just not really in a heavy mood to be dealing with the content that was in this book, especially considering the current political and social climate and how content such as prostitution and rape are being handled in modern times. I just feel so drained from reading news article after news article every day of another woman stepping forward with how she was raped that I just don't have any left to deal with it in a book.

So all in all, it's not a terrible book, I'm just not in the reading mood for it at the moment (and even if I was in the mood for it, I don't think my opinion would change all that much, it's just not my type of book).

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review 2018-09-01 05:29
Invictus - audiobook
Invictus - Ryan Graudin

Audience: Young Adult

 

Farway is part of a crack team that travels back in time to liberate priceless artifacts before they are destroyed or lost to disaster. On an expedition to the Titanic, another time traveler (Eliot) takes the piece they were there to retrieve. Eliot says all she wants is to be part of their team, but can they trust her?

 

I loved this book. The characters are likable and relatable, including typical human flaws. The world-building is fantastic, both the future time and the pasts they travel to. The twist at the end is surprising, but not completely unexpected. 

 

The narration is very well done. I never wanted to stop listening.

 

Recommended to: Fans of sci-fi stories with non-stop action and snarky humor.

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text 2018-07-31 18:40
July Re-Cap
The Flight Attendant: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian
Folsom - Willow Aster,Tarryn Fisher
The Difference Between Us: An Opposites Attract Novel - Rachel Higginson
Obscura - Joe Hart
Iron to Iron - Ryan Graudin
Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf) - Ryan Graudin
Winter's Bone: A Novel (Audio) - Daniel Woodrell,Emma Galvin
Crossed (Soul Eater) (Volume 3) by Eliza Crewe (2015-08-13) - Eliza Crewe
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
The Good Liar - Catherine McKenzie

 

 

It was a good month of reading with 17 books total read and listened too, actually, a lot of those were Audiobooks.  I've found something new I can do while listening, it's an app called Sandbox and I have it on my Samsung tablet, so easy to do while listening, especially since I'm always icing my foot.  The reason I'm always icing is foot is because I went back to work two weeks ago (only 4-hour shifts, though) and it's kicking my ass.  I just finished my last book of the month today, even.  (I had this post all drafted up and had to add it in at the last minute...)

 

 

 

(Audiobook) The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Finish Date:  07/02

☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Kindle eBook) Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

Finish Date:  07/03

☆3.3☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Kindle ebook) The Difference Between Us by Rachel Higginson

Finish Date:  07/07

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Obscura by Joe Hart

Finish Date:  07/08

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Kindle eBook Novella) Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  07/09

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  07/11

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Finish Date:  07/12

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Kindle eBook) Crossed by Eliza Crewe

Finish Date:  07/16

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Finish Date:  07/17

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie

Finish Date:  07/18

☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Damselfly by Chandra Prasad

Finish Date:  07/19

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Finish Date:  07/21

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Finish Date:  07/23

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) We Were Liars by E Lockhart

Finish Date:  07/24

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Kindle eBook) Jackal by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

Finish Date:  07/26

☆3.2☆STARS - GRADE=C+

 

(Audiobook) This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Finish Date:  07/27

5STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Into the Light by Aleatha Romig (review pending)

Finish Date:  07/31

☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

17 Books Total, 12 Audiobooks, 5 Kindle eBooks, one of the ebooks was a novella and No Netgalley eARC's this month.

 

Plus 1 book that I DNF'd (Audiobook) The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

Not because it was bad per say, it just wasn't for me...

 

 

From my Goodreads Pages Challenge

MY GOAL FOR 2018: 42,000
MY TOTALS: 31,676/42,000

 

JULY PAGES READ: 5,225

07/02 {345} The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian☆3.7☆
07/03 {210) Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster☆3.3☆
07/07 {284} The Difference Between Us by Rachel Higginson☆4.7☆
07/08 {348} Obscura by Joe Hart☆4☆
07/09 {104} Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin☆4☆
07/11 {496} Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin☆4.7☆ 
07/12 {225} Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell☆4☆
07/16 {346} Crossed by Eliza Crewe☆4.7☆
07/17 {256} Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion☆4.3☆
07/18 {373} The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie☆4.7☆
07/19 {277} Damselfly by Chandra Prasad☆3.5☆
07/21 {342} Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller☆4.8☆
07/23 {352} Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott☆3.2☆
07/24 {242} We Were Liars by E. Lockhart☆3☆
07/26 {238} Jackal by Tarryn Fisher☆3.2☆
07/27 {433} This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada☆5☆
07/31 {354} Into the Light by Aleatha Romig☆4.8☆

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian Folsom (End of Men, #1) by Tarryn Fisher The Difference Between Us (Opposites Attract, #2) by Rachel Higginson Obscura by Joe Hart Iron to Iron (Wolf By Wolf, #1.5) by Ryan Graudin Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2) by Ryan Graudin Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell Crossed (Soul Eaters, #3) by Eliza Crewe Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1) by Isaac Marion The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie Damselfly by Chandra PrasadDaughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2) by Tricia Levenseller Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Jackal (End of Men, #2) by Tarryn Fisher This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada Into the Light (The Light, #1) by Aleatha Romig
 

 



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review 2018-07-13 18:08
4.7 Out Of 5 "skin-shifting" STARS
Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf) - Ryan Graudin

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~BOOK BLURB~

Blood for Blood

Ryan Graudin

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There would be blood. Blood for blood. Blood to pay. An entire world of it.

 

For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.

Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?

This gripping, thought-provoking sequel to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Non-spoiler-y review for both books.

 

The narration for this series is fantastic, she does German words and accents with ease, all while staying completely comprehensible.  Yes, even for me.  I highly recommend the Audio version for this series.  Although, the novella Iron to Iron is only available in book format, but well worth the read anyway.

 

An alluring, atmospheric, alternative historical where the Germans and Japanese win WWII.  In the first book Wolf by Wolf, the resistance recruits Yael a skin-shifter (Sounds a bit paranormal-ish…but it's really more like Science Fiction with the way it's done.) to impersonate Adele Wolfe, a racer in the Axis Tour, to assassinate Hitler.  Things end on a cliffhanger and Blood for Blood picks up where the first book leaves off.  From there it's a race of a different kind.  To not only live but follow through on killing the real Hitler.  The writing is captivating and the characters are inspiring.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.7/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4.2/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

Ending~ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger~ No, not at all.

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Book Cover~ Awesome

Narration~ ☆5☆ for Christa Lewis...so good!

Series~ Wolf by Wolf #2

Setting~ Japan & Germany

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-07-13 18:08
4 Out of 5 STARS for this Novella to the Wolf by Wolf Series
Iron to Iron - Ryan Graudin

Taking place before the events of Wolf by Wolf, but should still be read after that book, in my opinion.  A worthwhile read at 104 pages, of which 86% is the actual story, which is fairly good for a novella, usually it's only half that.

 

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Book Cover~ Love it.

Series~ Wolf by Wolf #2

Setting~ The AxisTour Route

Source~ Kindle eBook (Library)

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