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review 2019-01-13 21:16
Book #2 in the Dreamcatcher Series
Sugar & Gold - Emma Scott

 

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Series can be read out of order

Adult Contemporary Romance

Sexually Explicit Scenes (possibly a few too many)

Splash of Supernatural Elements

One of my Favorite Authors

 

 

With Audiobook Narration Performed by Caitlin Kelly & Joe Arden

 

 

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While not one of my favorite Emma Scott books, it still is one that I thoroughly enjoyed.  She has a way of making a story come to life with purpose, and her characters are always so genuine.  The supernatural elements of this were portrayed with that same genuineness, making them feel possible in real life. 

 

I probably should have read this over listening, though, because sadly, the narration just didn't do it for me. Joe Arden didn't feel like the right fit for the Nikolaus...I think he made him sound older than he was supposed to be.  For Fiona, I believe Caitlin Kelley was the right fit, I just didn't like her male voices, way too gruff and fake-ish.  This is why I can't stress enough the importance of picking the right narrators for a story, and making sure they not only pronounce the names and places right but also give the characters the right modulation in the way you envisioned them to be.

 

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4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

 

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Plot⇝ 4.2/5 
Narration Performance⇝ 3/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.5/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 3.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝  It's okay...ish
Setting⇝ Savannah
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
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review 2018-08-13 21:38
2.8 Out Of 5 "what the what and who the who" STARS
Like Never and Always - Ann Aguirre

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~BOOK BLURB~

Like Never and Always

Ann Aguirre

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On a hot summer night, Liv, Morgan, Clay, and Nathan are on the way home from a party in Clay's convertible. Best friends dating brothers? It doesn't get better than that. But the joyride ends in sudden impact, a screech of brakes, and shattering glass. On that lonely country road, four lives change forever.

 

Liv wakes in the hospital. At first, she's confused when they call her Morgan, but she assumes it's a case of mistaken identity. Yet when the bandages come off, it's not her face in the mirror anymore. It's Morgan's.

 

Morgan always seemed to have a perfect life. But as Liv tries to fit herself into Morgan's world, she discovers endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety and a dark task to finish...if she doesn't lose her mind first.

 

Forced to confront the disturbing truths that Morgan kept hidden in life, Liv must navigate a world of long-buried murder, a dangerous love affair—and a romance that feels like a betrayal.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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The cover is brilliant, and the blurb for it seems like a fantastic idea, but the execution…was off.  I wanted this perfect explanation for what was going on, even if it was something that dipped into the supernatural, but it just kind of fizzled. Also, sometimes the odd love triangle this had going on felt seriously awkward.  While it had its suspenseful moments, and the characters were mostly likable (especially Clay), the story ultimately left me confused and let down.  There was this tidbit of a plot twist thrown in at the end of the story that just leaves you feeling like…wtf was that all about?

 

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~MY RATING~

2.8STARS - GRADE=C-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.2/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 3.8/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 3.5/5

Ending~2.5/5

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Book Cover~ Very Cool…way cooler than the story.

Narration~4.5 for Emily Bauer, her pleasant voice may have influenced the overall rating of this book.

Setting~ Renton (not sure of the spelling because I only had audio version)

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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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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~BOOK BLURB~

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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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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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 2018-03-21 13:40
4.2 Out of 5 Never Stop, Never Forget Stars
Never Never - Colleen Hoover; Tarryn Fisher;

 

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Never Never

Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

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Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They've been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning...they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love...every memory has vanished. "I don't care what our real first kiss was," he says. "That's the one I want to remember." 

Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be...the more they question why they were ever together, to begin with. 

"I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie."

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This is so much better when you have all three books in one.  No stopping…just reading straight through.  I read the first book in this series a while ago.  I liked it…but it was just too unfinished to get high enough rating from me. 

 

Never Never is a teen love story with a forever kind of feel.  I inevitably felt like I could have done without the blatant promiscuity between Charlie and Silas but their love story is super sweet, so I'll try to let it slide.  If you are turned off by stories that have a splash of paranormal then this might not work for you.  I myself, really enjoy stories like this, though.  Maybe, even more than full-blown paranormal…I just feel like I connect when it's more subtly done.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~4/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Love the new cover for the combined books in the series.

Series~ Never Never (The Complete Series)

Setting~ NOLA

Source~ Own Kindle eBook

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review 2017-10-17 22:02
Not bad for a freebie Kindle eBook…
Rumors of Savages - Carrie Regan

Book Title:  Rumors of Savages

Author:  Carrie Regan

Genre:  Suspense Thriller

Setting:  African Jungle

Source:  Kindle eBook Freebie that I've had for a long time.

 

 

 

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Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3 (A very low steam 3)

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

Rumors of Savages has been sitting on my Kindle for a long while and when I figured out that it would work for a reading challenge of mine, I decided what the heck, I'll give it a whirl.  I wasn't disappointed at all.  The African setting was very well done, and the supernatural element to it was woven in without feeling like a paranormal book at all.  It started out rather slow but picked up at about the halfway mark.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Doesn't look like she's written anything else.

 

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