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review 2018-12-16 14:58
Boystown (Season 9)
Boystown Season Nine - Jake Biondi

This soap opera crazy just gets better and better!

Marco and I in that last chapter...



Cannot wait to see where this goes next! 

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review 2018-12-15 15:40
Review: "BOYSTOWN, Season Nine" by Jake Biondi
Boystown Season Nine - Jake Biondi

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

 

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review 2018-10-20 15:15
4.2 Out 5 "Incendiary" STARS
When We Caught Fire - Anna Godbersen

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~BOOK BLURB~

When We Caught Fire

Anna Godbersen

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It’s 1871, and Emmeline Carter is poised to take Chicago’s high society by storm. Between her father’s sudden rise to wealth and her recent engagement to Chicago’s most eligible bachelor, Emmeline has it all. But she can’t stop thinking about the life she left behind, including her childhood sweetheart, Anders Magnuson.

Fiona Byrne, Emmeline’s childhood best friend, is delighted by her friend’s sudden rise to prominence, especially since it means Fiona is free to pursue Anders herself. But when Emmeline risks everything for one final fling with Anders, Fiona feels completely betrayed.

As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Despite having less than likable characters (with Fiona as the exception) this was still an engrossing listen.  The backdrop of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was what made this story stand-out for me.  I could see how others found this to be slow in the beginning, with its soap-opera-like feel and melodrama of the elite high society of the times, but on Audio, those parts fly by fairly quickly.  Once the fire starts burning, the unceasing flames and the lives at stake make this unputdownable.  The way the author takes the truth about the actual fire and plays it out with her cast of characters is quite the tale.  I found this exert from here about the Great Chicago Fire. 

 

The Chicago Fire of 1871, also called the Great Chicago Fire, burned from October 8 to October 10, 1871, and destroyed thousands of buildings, killed an estimated 300 people and caused an estimated $200 million in damages. Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn and started the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a meteor might have been responsible for the event that left an area of about four miles long and almost a mile wide of the Windy City, including its business district, in ruins. Following the blaze, reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development and population growth.

 

With the ending the irredeemable characters become redeemable and the love triangle that takes the center of the stage throughout this story has its inevitable outcome.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.7/5

Originality~ 4.2/5

Ending~ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger~ Nah…

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Book Cover~ It's incendiary…

Narration~ 4.5 for Suzanne Elise Freeman, she was perfect for this story and she switched from one pov to another quite seamlessly.

Setting~ Chicago 1871

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-03-25 00:25
3 Out of 5 "Medically Induced Coma" Stars
The Queen of Hearts - Kimmery Martin

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

The Queen of Hearts

Kimmery Martin

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Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they're happily married wives and mothers with successful careers--Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years. 

 

As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie's life--both professionally and personally--throughout a tragic chain of events in her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick's unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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My favorite character in this is a 3-year-old named Delaney…and she's a biter.   Why is this…she had more character than most of the rest of the cast put together.  Her mom Zadie wasn't so bad (especially her interactions with her kids)…but the rest…namely Emma and Xenokostas…I just didn't care about them.  The medical elements were the coolest aspects of this story, without those it was just people who paid a lot of money for their education acting like complete tools.

 

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~MY RATING~

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 3.5/5

Addictiveness~ 2.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Ending~ 3.2/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Pretty cool…

Narration~ Shannon McManus (☆4☆) & Catherine Taber (☆3☆)

Setting~ North Carolina & Kentucky

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-02-23 17:21
Boystown - Season 8
BOYSTOWN Season Eight - Jake Biondi

Another season and another winner!!

 

I swear every time I pick up a new season, after waiting months and months, I have to first go back and at least read an episode or two of the previous season to get my head back into this setting, these characters and these wicked circumstances.  

 

Once again, we have a season filled with all the glory of the classic soap operas from the 80's and 90's.  This season was certainly no different and yet nothing ever feels repetitive.

 

From engagements, to divorces, to cheating, to murder and backstabbing, to wicked behavior and intrigue.  We even got our first threesome scene...and boy was that hot as hell.  Phew.  

 

Every season brings forth new characters and honestly at this point I really need to be keeping a cheat sheet going to keep my head wrapped around everyone. And par for the course, the number of cliffhangers is high, much like our "who shot JR" classic antics...they are glorious to see unfold.  Still amazed that Chicago has this number of ambulances on standby. LMAO.

 

Another great and entertaining BR with Marco...we look forward to these at each and every release.  When we do finally see an end in sight, I see a full on reread of the series prior to reading it's conclusion.  Can't wait for that full binge.

 

**Highly Recommended**

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