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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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review 2017-01-09 22:21
White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland
White Trash Zombie Apocalypse - Diana Rowland

Book Title:  White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

Author:  Diana Rowland

Series: White Trash Zombie #3

Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Zombie

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

 Falling Apart by Papa Roach  --This is Philip's song…(Angel's Zombie kid)It's kind of his song for Angel.♫

 

 

 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot: 4.3/5

Characters: 4.5/5

The Feels: 4.3/5

Addictiveness: 4.5/5

Theme: 5/5

Flow: 5/5

Backdrop (World Building): 5/5

Originality: 5/5

Book Cover: 4/5

Ending:  4.5/5 Cliffhanger: not really

 

Will I continue this series? Yes, of course...

 

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

One of my favorite series…Zombies…you can cheer for!

 

 

 

 

While I had a few tiny issues with some things, this is still another great installment in the White Trash Zombie Series.  Some of the issues were with everything involving Heather, but I can't say more than that without revealing too much.  Otherwise there are some interesting developments and we learn more about Philip, too.  I'm looking forward to the next book How the White Trash Zombies Gets Her Groove Back, and...I have it on Audio!

 ⇝Sex Factor⇜ Just talk of sex, no actual sex…par the course for this series.

 

 

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review 2016-12-27 22:22
I would have liked this even more if it just had a little less going on.
Prelude to Mayhem (Mayhem Wave Book 1) - Edward Aubry

Book Title:  Prelude to Mayhem

Author:  Edward Aubry

Series:  Mayhem Wave #1

Genre:  Apocalypse, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Publisher:  Curiosity Quills Press

Source:  I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

 ♫ Radioactive by Imagine Dragons --ugh…this one was hard to find a song for…because it just has so much going on to pinpoint a song that felt right for it.♫ 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.5/5

Characters:  4.3/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Not exactly…

 

Will I continue this series?  I don't know, maybe.

 

 

 

 

 

 ⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

This book is…in one word…crazy.  

 

 

 It's a mash-up of genres, that keeps you guessing.  From a apocalyptic pov, this was a really fantastic idea, the timelines converging thing was genius. Then with the fantasy/magic elements added, this has amazing potential.  The Author just needs to know when to say when on some things.  On one hand I found it inventive, on the other hand I found it almost outlandish.  I felt like, maybe, it was trying to hard to be everything, that it lost track of something.  Just when I thought it couldn't get any crazier, it proved me wrong; and did it over again and again.  From dinosaurs to demons, it seriously, had a little bit of everything. 

 While it seems many were a fan of the writing style, I just found it difficult to stay focused.  It was, at times, too jumbled and sporadic feeling.  I did adjust for the most part.  I just didn't get fully invested until about the halfway mark.  Seriously, though, there is a lot of unanswered questions that I have concerning this world and I hope they are answered if I continue this series. 

 

 

⇝Sex Factor⇜For language it's definitely rated for adults, this has a swearing pixie after all...but for sex…there is none.

 

 

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