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review 2018-07-09 15:06
3.3 Out Of 5 "world gone mad" STARS
Folsom - Willow Aster,Tarryn Fisher

 

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Folsom

Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

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The nation as we know it is a thing of the past. With the male species on the verge of extinction, a society called the End Men is formed to save the world. Folsom Donahue is one of twelve men whose sole purpose is to repopulate the Regions. The endless days spent having sex with strangers leaves Folsom with an emptiness no amount of women, money, or status can fill. 

 

Until Gwen. 

 

Gwen has wanted a child for as long as she can remember, but when she finally gets a chance to have her own, she uncovers a long-hidden truth. The injustice she sees moves her to help save the men whom no one else believes need saving. 

 

A forbidden love, grown in a time of despair, ignites a revolution. Folsom and Gwen, torn between their love for each other and their sense of duty, must make a choice. But some will stop at nothing to destroy them. 

 

Folsom is book one of the End of Men series. 

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I was very intrigued by the premise of this and at first, I was totally into it, I even found myself telling my husband about it (and he actually listened).  It felt different, edgy and made you think. 

 

Then about the halfway mark…it fell apart for me, it just felt so rushed, like frantic.  I was clenching my teeth while I read it, even…and then there was that ending.  I'm not upset that it had a cliffhanger, either…only how it played out.  Ultimately, the world Fisher and Aster created just sort of felt too crazy and too sad for me.  Despite that, I think I will read the next book, Jackal.  Probably soon, since my super cheap 3 months of KU is almost done.  I have to know how this ends, at least I think I do...

 

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~MY RATING~

3.3STARS - GRADE=B-

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Plot~ 3.5/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 2/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~4/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 3/5 Cliffhanger~ YES!!!

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Book Cover~ Hot guy…

Series~ End of Men #1

Setting~ Red Region

Source~ Kindle eBook (KU)

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review 2018-06-20 02:15
3 Out Of 5 "I wish I could've fully loved this" STARS
The Surviving Trace - Calia Read

 

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The Surviving Trace

Calia Read

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Will is my fiancé. The shy man I met years ago in college. The person I’m supposed to spend the rest of my life with. 

 

This is the life I’ve always wanted until finding a picture of four men changes everything… 

 

Étienne says he’s my husband and the year is 1912. He can’t stand the sight of me, but I don’t know why. 

 

Oh, and he’s one of the men from the picture. 

 

I’ve done the impossible and have become trapped in time and I know Étienne is my key to going home. 

 

The more time I spend with Étienne, the further I fall for him until I’m questioning which time I belong in and if the life I left behind is the one I truly desire. 

 

All I know for certain is I need to survive time. 

 

I need to survive love. 

 

And I need to make it out on the other side alive.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I know that when it comes to a time-travel romance you have to be able to suspend belief, otherwise it won't work…this may have been asking too much suspension of belief for me.  I feel there were too many plot holes that felt like she was trying to keep you in the dark about what was really going on in 1912, that left me confused, even after I got to the end.  I don't know if it was is an editing thing or what???  I also felt that things were a little too contrived to be palpable.

 

The one aspect of this story that I loved was the romance between Serene and Étienne, their chemistry was quite hot.   I really adored Étienne.  Serene, well, I liked her most of the time, but she had her witchy moments.  But the dynamic of these two, offset by Étienne's siblings, Livingston and Nathalie were what kept me reading despite the issues I had with it. 

 

Apparently, there are more books coming, I'm not sure if it's one or two that will continue the story between Serene and Étienne.  Knowing there are more books helps the ending make a lot more sense, though.  I have a feeling I will read the next one, in hopes that they will help this story come together.

 

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~MY RATING~

3STARS - GRADE=C

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Plot~ 2.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 2.5/5

Originality~ 3/5

Ending~ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Beautiful!

Series~ Surviving Time #1

Setting~ 1912 Charleston, SC & 2017 Pennsylvania & Virginia

Source~ Kindle eBook (KU)

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review 2018-06-14 00:36
1.5 Out Of 5 "at least I was able to laugh at the absurdity of it" STARS
Shine Not Burn - Elle Casey

 

 

 

 

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Bogged down by used and abused tropes, mediocre writing, a silly heroine with a foolish "life-plan" …thank goodness, I listened to this on Audio.  It made it possible for me to roll my eyes and not lose my reading spot.  In fact, I played and got distracted by FreeCell all I wanted while listening to this.  It was the only reason I made it through the entire story.

 

 

 

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~MY RATING~

1.5STARS - GRADE=D

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Plot~ 2/5

Main Characters~ 1.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 2/5

The Feels~ 1.5/5

Pacing~ 2/5

Addictiveness~ 2/5

Theme or Tone~ 1/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 1/5

Originality~ 1/5

Ending~ 1/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's kind of cute…

Narration~3.7  -by Lauren Ezzo, wasn't horrible, but her male voices could use some work.

Series~ Shine Not Burn #1

Setting~ Las Vegas, Florida and Oregon

Source~ Audiobook (KU Read & Listen)

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review 2018-02-16 21:24
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for this first installment of "The Bargainer" Series.
Rhapsodic - Laura Thalassa

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Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear. 

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want … at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects. 

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first, it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more. 

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken. 

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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If I was still really into paranormal romance, I would have really loved this, but lately, I haven't been feeling this genre.  That being said, this is still a remarkable start to an imaginative series.  Mostly well written (despite the lack of a decent proofreader) with genuinely likable and kick-ass characters.  The romance is not only sweet but hot AF too. 

 

If you're into paranormal/urban fantasy with adult themes and like adeptly penned, witty banter that draws you in; then you should give this little-known author a chance.

 

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~MY RATING~ 4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4.2/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

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

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Book Cover~ Not all that great, I mean, in the story they say the wings are beautiful, but this wing is…well, it looks like a sad Halloween costume.

Setting~  California and the Otherworld

Series~ The Bargainer #1

Source~  I own a Kindle eBook

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review 2017-12-27 22:04
In case you haven't heard…this is one of the good ones.
The Butterfly Project - Emma Scott

 

 

 

Book TitleThe Butterfly Project

Author:  Emma Scott

Genre:  New Adult | Contemporary

Setting:  Brooklyn/Manhattan, New York

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  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

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

This is my first book by Emma Scott…and I have added quite a few others to my TBR now that I've finished this.  Fresh, genuine characters paired with an amazingly unique storyline.  It's so freaking sweet.  There is no unnecessary drama in this one…and she writes excellent sex scenes too! 

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I'm certain that I will…

 

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