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review 2017-06-21 23:41
A battle for bones…that's rich in old west history…
Dragon Teeth - Michael Crichton

 

Book Title:  Dragon Teeth

Author:  Michael Crichton

Narration:  Scott Brick w/ Sherri Crichton

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Adventure, Western

Setting:  Old West, Late 1800's

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi  --This lyric video with it's majestic backdrop is the biggest reason I picked this song…but the lyrics are not too far off either.  Especially since Johnson is thought to be dead by many and even put in jail on a couple of occasions…I think.♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4 STARS

B+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

If you're looking for a book that might be considered a prequel to Jurassic Park, than, yeah, this isn't that.  This is a western.  A western that's interspersed with actual history mixed with some fictional history.   With a sprinkling of how paleontology came to be.  

Based on actual early paleontologists Edwin Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, the story itself centers on a fictional guy named William Johnson.  There's also appearances by some famous dudes too, like Wyatt Earp and his brother Morgan.  With a backdrop of such iconic western towns like Cheyenne, Laramie, Deadwood,  and even The Badlands; I could not find myself disappointed in Dragon Teeth.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.2/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Who am I kidding, if they unearth something else…I probably will.

 

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review 2017-06-08 21:44
A awesomely twisted, intensely riveting read
The Weight of Lies - Clara Emily Carpenter

 

 

Book Title:  The Weight of Lies

Author:  Emily Carpenter

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Splash of Romance

Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing

Setting:  Bonny Island, NC

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

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Lies of the Beautiful People by Sixx: A.M.  --Mysteries can be difficult to find the perfect song for, because I don't want to give away anything…so you have to work with what's on the surface, and this song fits with that really well…and with the book in general…it's funny, for over half the book, I didn't think this book was aptly named, but it turns out it really, really is.

 

♫Save yourself from all the lies of the beautiful people
It's time to run from the lies of the beautiful people♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4.8/5 STARS

A

 

My Thoughts

 

 

For the first couple chapters I felt like this would be something I wouldn't be able to get into…I soon realized that wasn't to be the case.  The sinister atmosphere, the beautiful backdrop of the island and the ultimately the lies, oh the lies…This book had me like…

 

 

 

This book has a little bit of everything…a splash of romance, mystery, lies, betrayal, poisoning, and even a bit of the fantastical.   It also has a book within a book, but that may be why I had the small deduction in stars.  --Before each new chapter there is a small excerpt from Meg's Mother's book (KITTEN), which seems like it would be a bonus…the only problem was they really confused me.  Although, as the book progresses they did become less confusing and more intriguing.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Book Cover:  3.5/5

Ending:  5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I would

 

 

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review 2017-05-06 20:49
All In: (The Naturals #3) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Cold Water by Theory of a Deadman  --This song speaks of the dynamic between Cassie, Dean, Lia, Sloan and Michael, and how they are there for each other.  Holding each other up.  I picked the version of this song by TOAD over Justin Bieber & Co. because TOAD is one of my all time favorites, although it's a really crappy lyric video, if only I had the time to make my own.♫

 

 

Book Title:  All In

Author:  Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series:  The Naturals #2

Genre:  YA, Mystery

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

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OVERALL RATING: 5/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

This book rocked, it has this wonderful dynamic of five characters, who I feel like I come to know with each book.  I love how every little thing in each story is intertwined.  Each book, so far, gets more intense, more crazy and overall, it's just an amazing series.  I highly recommend!

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger: F*ck Yes…I actually went to library site to check out the next book (Bad Blood)…and it's not even out yet*…so sad.  I did put it on hold, though.

 

Will I continue this series?  See above^^^

 

*Bad Blood is out now, since 5/1/17 actually.  Apparently, I took a long time to post this review, probably that open house I've been trying to prepare for. Ugh! #sonotapartyplanner

 

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review 2017-04-01 18:32
These Shallow Graves - Jennifer Donnelly

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Just A Girl by No Doubt mixed with Firework by Katy Perry  --Inspired by real life reporter Nellie Bly, Jo Montfort is just a girl trying to shine her brightest in a male dominated world of reporting.

You just gotta ignite the light

And let it shine

Just own the night

Like the Fourth of July

 

 

 

Book Title:  These Shallow Graves

Author:  Jennifer Donnelly

Narration:  Kim Bubbs

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, Historical, YA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

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Overall Rating:  4/5 Stars

(Grade=B)

My Thoughts

 

The Luxe Series meets Nancy Drew…well sort of anyway.  The time period is very similar to the Luxe Series, but with less talk of fashion and high society manners.  Although, it does drone on at times about the latter.  It could have done without some of that and maybe been a little less lengthy.  Overall, a engaging murder/mystery, despite my being correct all along about whodunit. I suggest Audio format, it really makes the slow parts easier to get through.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4.5/5

Narration: 4.5/5

Ending:  4.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope, not at all

 

Will I read more from this Author? I would.

 

 

 

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review 2017-03-18 17:03
Another Series Complete...A Spoiler Free Review for the whole Series.
Calamity (The Reckoners) - Brandon Sanderson

Book Title:  Calamity

Author:  Brandon Sanderson

Series:  Reckoners #3

Genre:  Science Fiction, Dystopian, YA

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Hero by Foo Fighters  --I think the title says it all…and this came to me right after I finished reading this.   It's for David, of course...my fav character.♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  4/5

Characters:  4.3/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  No, not really…

 

Will I read more from this Author?  IDK…

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

This really is a satisfying ending to the Reckoners Series…I liked it, but…

 

 

 

I loved the first book in this series, it was inventive and clever.  The second book came out and I listened to it on audio, and I blamed the audio on why I couldn't fully connect.  I decided I would readCalamity because of that.  So…back to book format and I still couldn't fully connect.  I have to say, that sometimes, I just didn't know what was going on, like it was too complex for me.  I think this was a case of it's-not-you-it's-me.  I have to say though, that for me, David, is one of the best characters I have ever encountered.  It's by far the reason that I kept reading this series.

This third book introduced some intriguing elements to this world and it opened up opportunities for a spin-off series.  Will I read those when or if they come out?  Only time will tell…maybe if David is in them.

 

 
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