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review 2019-12-28 14:08
3 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ for The Girl the Sea Gave Back (The Sky In the Deep #2) by Adrienne Young
The Girl the Sea Gave Back - Adrienne Young

 

SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE             

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse. For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again―a home.

 

 

THE KEY POINTS OF THE STORY⇣

 

VIKING INSPIRED

10 YEARS AFTER SKY IN THE DEEP

DUAL POINT OF VIEWS

INTENSE ACTION SCENES

ONLY A SMALL SPLASH OF ROMANCE

 

STATS⇣

 

AUDIO PERFORMED BY Caitlin Kelly & Dan Bittner

BOOK COVER It is gorgeous...if only the story fulfilled what the cover promises.

SETTING The Fjord.

SOURCE Libby Audiobook (Library)

AUDIOBOOK LENGTH 8 hours, 27 minutes

 

MY THOUGHTS⇣

 

The action scenes were incomparable...but they weren't enough to carry the whole story.  I wanted more than what this story delivered.  I wanted the romantic tension that the first book had.  Instead, there were only a handful of scenes with both the main characters present.

 

I also found it difficult to keep all Viking inspired names straight...after a while, I stopped trying, which also lessened my enjoyment of the story.  The writing was there for a potential higher rating, but unfortunately, the story was lacking.  It felt like it could have been told in a lot fewer pages...more like a novella.  Overall, if you really liked the world-building in book #1 of this series but thought the romance brought the story down than you could possibly really like this.

 

Caitlin Kelly can fall into any role and do it well (she also narrates The Folk In the Air series and several other books I've listened to).  The same can be said about Dan Bittner, I've always enjoyed his narration.

 

 

MY RATING 3 STARS | GRADE C

 

 

BREAKDOWN⇣

Plot 3/5

Characters 3/5

The Feels 2/5

Pacing 3/5

Addictiveness 3/5

Theme or Tone 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style) 2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building) 2.7/5

Originality 4/5

Ending 3.5/5

 

 

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review 2019-11-25 23:31
4.2 Out Of 5 STARS for Solo: A Star Wars Story by Mur Lafferty
Solo: A Star Wars Story Expanded Edition - Mur Lafferty

 

FEATURING

 
Star Wars Disney Canon
Movie Adaptation
Han Meets Chewy
L3 - One Of Coolest Droids Ever!
Lando and His Capes
Qi'Ra, I Loved You In Most Wanted...
...But Not So Much In This
How Han Acquired the Millennium Falcon


With Audio Performed by Marc Thompson
 
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.2 STARS | GRADE B+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Full Disclosure:  This is my second ever Star Wars read...and it won't be my last.  I've seen all the movies, including Solo...which I just watched after finishing this.  And while I really like the Star Wars movies, I'm not a die-hard fan, like some others out there are...you know those people, they know who every character is, and what planet they came from, and all their stats, basically.  I don't follow the stories that well...in fact, when I saw Rogue One in the theatre, I didn't even know that they were all going to die in the end...I was like, what, they just died?  My husband rolled his eyes at me.  Furthermore, I don't even care that Disney took it all over.  It totally works for me.  One other thing, I find I have a better idea of what is going on after having read these two books...at least in regards to the Movie Solo.

I didn't love this like I did Star Wars Most Wanted...I think Rae Carson captured the true personality of Han Solo much better than Mur Lafferty did.  Although the narration performed by Marc Thompson did make Han...well, more Han.  I have to say though, that L3 gave him some competition for best character, I really love how all the droids in the Star Wars Universe have such personalities, even R2D2, who only communicates with beeps has character.  It's quite refreshing when we're constantly bombarded with the robots that want to kill us all, like the Terminator Universe.

Overall, I really liked what these two books (Solo and Most Wanted) together gave me...a background on Han Solo, my favorite character in Star Wars Universe.  Well, other than the droids of course.   
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.5/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 4.5/5
The Feels 3.5/5
Pacing 4.3/5
Addictiveness 4.3/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.3/5
Ending 4/5 Cliffhanger ...you could say that.
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Book Cover Movie Cover...
Setting Star Wars Universe
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 9 hours, 32 minutes

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review 2019-11-03 00:32
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins

HEX HALL #1

 

FEATURING

 
School for Supernatural (Prodigium)
Y/A
Mystery
Splash of Romance
Despite The Cat On The Cover...
There Are No Cats In This Story


With Audio Performed by Cris Dukehart

 
LINK TO SERIES PAGE ON GOODREADS
 

MY RATING⇢ 3.8 STARS | GRADE B



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I've seen this book, many times, over the years and never felt the need to read it...the cover really didn't impress me.  When searching for a shorter demon book for Halloween Bingo, I came across this, and it has good reviews so I thought, why not?  It turns out, it wasn't that bad...and I even kind of liked it.  I guess I was in the right mood for it.

Basically what you get with this book is...a school for the supernatural, some witchy girls, a cute boy, a vampire roommate, a murder-y-ish mystery, a ghost, and a really cheeky and fairly kick-ass heroine who isn't afraid to list her own shortcomings. Plus there is 3 more books in the series.  I don't know if I'll ever listen to them...but, hey, I didn't think I would ever listen to this book, either.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 3.7/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 4/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 3/5
Ending 3.8/5 Cliffhanger Yes...
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Book Cover Meh...not so much.  It's probably the reason I didn't read this 5 years ago when I was into this genre more. 
Setting Hecate Hall (aka Hex Hall), Georgia
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 7 hours, 7 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR MY FINAL SQUARE: DEMONS
 
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review 2019-10-27 15:21
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for The Black Wolf by JA Redmerski (more like a review of the series so far...)
The Black Wolf - J.A. Redmerski

In the Company of Killers #5

 

FEATURING

 
Romantic Suspense
Contract Killers
Sex Trade Take Down
Sex-Plicit...Sort of
Book 5 of 7 (So Far)
Series Rating So Far...Around 4 STARS
Full Cast Narration*
 
 
LINK TO SERIES SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 3.8 STARS | GRADE B



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I really like this series...I wouldn't say I love it, not like some...because there are some readers who really love this series.  Like ravenously.  The series as a whole is Dark Romantic Suspense that only has a smattering of romance and is heavy on the suspense and the darkness.

The dark subject matter varies from sex slavery to hired assassins to extreme torture...to revenge killing.  I've rated every book in the series at or around the 4-star mark...and I've been thinking why haven't I been able to give it five stars?   The dark subject matter, in particular, those books in the series that delve into the world of sex slavery take you to a place that's not only difficult to read about, it just feels wrong to give it five stars because of the f*cked up subject matter.  But...also, on the other hand, I have read another series that is all about sex slavery the Dark Duet by CJ Roberts and rated it 5 stars and I still believe it deserves those stars because those books have really stuck with me.  They took me to the mindf*ck edge and tipped me over.  Unfortunately, In the Company of Killers has only taken me to the mindf*ck edge...but hasn't tipped me over the said edge.  Not yet, anyway, and I know this Author is capable of tipping me over the edge because of her book Everything Under the Sun.  I loved it...and I'm trying to be patient while waiting for the sequel already. 
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 3.8/5
Narration Performance 4.3/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 3.7/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 3.7/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 3.7/5
Originality 4.3/5
Ending 4/5 Cliffhanger "to be continued..."
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Book Cover It's okay...don't get me started on the whole cigarette thing...
Setting Italy mostly...
Source Own Audible Audiobook
Length 9 hours 34 minutes
 
 
*FULL CAST NARRATION AS FOLLOWS
 
 Luke Daniels - NIKLAS
Kate Reinders - IZABEL
Susannah Jones - NORA
Nelson Hobbs - FREDRIK (MAYBE)
Stephen Bel Davies - VICTOR
 
I READ THIS FOR FREE SPACE (POE) SQUARE
 
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review 2019-10-11 16:43
5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
The Wolves of Winter - Tyrell Johnson

FEATURING

 
Post-Apocalyptic Nuclear Winter
Survival
A Deadly Virus
Bioengineered Humans
An Awesome Dog Named Wolf (who isn't a wolf)
Tiny Splash of Romance
Reads More Like Older YA


With Audio Performed by Jayme Mattler

 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 5 STARS | GRADE A+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I loved this, I had no idea it was going to go in the direction it did, and I was so into it once it did.

What starts out as a typical end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it survival story in the Yukon takes a left turn into this secret (possibly government) cover-up.  Think...Dark Angel (you know the show with Jessica Alba) with augmented humans, with super abilities, who have escaped and just want to be left alone.  Mixed with a cold unforgiving backdrop of never-ending nuclear winter, and a super-virus that has killed a large percentage of the population that the government agency is still trying to find a cure for.  I, personally, found this unputdownable.  Other readers have said they found this to be slow, even boring, but I don't get it.  I listened to this, for the most part, in one day.  If that doesn't scream compelling...I don't know what does.

The Audio was seamlessly performed by Jayme Mattler, she fit the voice of the weirdly distinct MC, perfectly.  I hope the author decides to continue with this world he has created because I really want to know where he plans to take it.  I want more Lynn & Jax.  The possibilities this could go in have me stoked.  Please don't do what Dark Angel did and leave me hanging.
 
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 5+/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 5+/5
Pacing 5/5
Addictiveness 5/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 5/5 Cliffhanger Yes, and the Author hopes to write another book...hopes...I don't know if that's good enough for me.
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Book Cover It's perfect for the book, but she should be carrying her bow.
Setting Yukon Territory, Canada
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 54 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR IN THE DARK, DARK WOODS SQUARE
 
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