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review 2018-02-25 17:40
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Bonfire - Krysten Ritter







It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.  


But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's most high-profile company, and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.


Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.


With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question, can you ever outrun your past?






Krysten Ritter, who plays Jessica Jones on the Netflix series, wrote a novel.  It's not bad, either.  Bonfire is compulsively readable or listenable, considering I did listen.  The mystery is atmospheric and layered.  The characters are clearly flawed.


On the surface, it reads like another small town girl who was tormented in high school returns home to face her enemies and bring down the company that is her hometown's savior…Erin Brockovich style.  Then somewhere along the way it turned into something much more lascivious and diabolical than poisoned water. 


While not without its flaws, and despite my confusion with the MC's constant state of drunkenness and her dreamlike memories that come to surface whenever she is in this state (it seemed to me that she never remembered how she came to be drunk in the first place), I found this to be an engaging read.  After my last two Audiobooks, I needed something that I would like, and this stepped up to the plate.  











Plot~ 3.9/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.


Book Cover~ I like it…it goes well with the story

Narration~ My Grade for the narration by Karissa Vacker is a B+, I found her voice is easily listenable.

Setting~ Barrens, Indiana

Source~ Audiobook (Library)



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review 2018-01-13 23:50
4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A (Upgraded to 5/5)
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys



Out of the Easy is my 555th read on Goodreads, so in honor of that, I upped my 4.7-star rating to a full 5 stars…because my 555th read needs a 5-star rating. 


Ruta Sepetys writes such vivid, compelling characters that just reel you in.  Josie is no exception, nor are any of the other characters, even the skeevy ones.  Along with Lauren Fortgang's narration, the time period and the atmosphere is captured perfectly in Out of the Easy.








Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.3/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ No


Book Cover~ It's Doable…this one is better than the one with the yellow shirt.

Narration~ Very Good by Lauren Fortgang

Setting~ New Orleans 1950

Source~ Audiobook (Library)



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review 2017-12-27 23:31
I believe this is worth the read for the world-building alone.
Certain Dark Things: A Novel - Silvia Moreno-Garcia





Book TitleCertain Dark Things

Author:  Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Narration:  Dan Bittner

Genre:  Urban Fantasy | Paranormal

Setting:  Mexico City

Source:  Audiobook (Library)











Plot:  3.7/5

Main Characters:  3.2/5

Secondary Characters:  2.8/5

The Feels:  3/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5  It's not that he wasn't good…I just wish there would have been a female for the female parts.

Ending:  3.8/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  2

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B




If you prefer your vampires scary and very little to no romance…then you might like this.  It's definitely different and it's all told in one book, too.  The world the author has created with Certain Dark Things is fantastically dark and rich in vampire folklore.  An alternate present where vampires have been found out and have shaped our present world very different than it is now.  Unfortunately, I found the characters in this book, less than likable…with the exception of Domingo, and most of the time I just felt sorry for him.


Will I read more from this Author?  Maybe, I would.


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review 2017-12-10 23:18
It's always the last place you look...
The Last Place You Look - Kristen Lepionka


Book Title:  The Last Place You Look

Author:  Kristen Lepionka

Narration:  Allyson Ryan

Series:  Roxane Weary #1

Genre:  Crime Fiction | Mystery

Setting:  Belmont, Ohio

Source:  Audiobook (Library)



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Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.3/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3.5

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-




It took me awhile to get hooked and to keep the characters straight because there are quite a few.   I listened to the last five hours or so, over the course of one day, even finishing the last 20 minutes in the car with earbuds in, while my husband drove to go get something to eat.  I had to know the ending. 


The Last Place You Look has a very flawed main character, who likes to drink, a lot…which may be why she didn't suspect "who" it was earlier on, like I did (but I couldn't remember their name, of course).  I really liked the way everything tied together by the end, it was very cleverly done.


Will I continue this series?  I just might…


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review 2017-12-03 20:28
Sekret is full of intrigue, supernatural mind-reading, and even a little romance.
Sekret - Lindsay Smith


Book Title:  Sekret

Author:  Lindsay Smith

Series:  Sekret #1

Genre:  YA | Historical Fiction | Supernatural

Setting:  Russia

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)




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Plot:  4.5/5

Main Characters:  3.5/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Pacing:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4.2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5


Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes.

Steam Factor 0-5: 1

Total:  3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B




A completely different kind of read for me.  One that starts off at a slower pace but cleverly creeps up on you.  Sekret is a story that's shaped by actual historical events, some you will immediately recognize, like the assassination of JFK. 


The Good:  The intriguing premise makes this a notable and interesting read.  Along with the supernatural abilities, that are explained in a way that makes them seem completely natural.


The Bad:   I really would have liked the characters to be more relatable, although, towards the end, I did find myself liking them.  Also, the reading flow was compromised due to the many names she called the characters by.  Apparently, Russians have several different names they go by where they add certain endings depending on whether they are male or female, or something like that. The Author explains all this in the beginning of the book with "A Note on Russian Names".  Even with that, though, I still struggled to keep the characters straight.  I wish she would have just called each character by one name, even if it made it less credible.


Will I continue this series?  I will have to be in the mood for something like this, but yeah, I believe I will, eventually.


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