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review 2017-06-03 17:32
Unspoken: The Lynburn Legacy, by Sarah Rees Brennan
Unspoken - Sarah Rees Brennan

Kami Glass lives in a small town in the Cotswolds of England where the Lynburns, an old family with deep and mysterious roots in the community, have just returned. People are unhappy about it, including Kami's mother, but Kami doesn't care: she's an aspiring reporter on the trail of a story for her high school paper (founded by herself and reluctant best friend, Angela), which becomes even more fascinating (and dangerous) when she comes across an animal sacrifice in the woods.

 

Kami has a secret of her own: she has a sort of imaginary friend with whom she communicates in her mind. This (male) friend has his own problems, and the two "reach" for each other psychically in times of need. This friend, of course, turns out to be real and a Lynburn. I anticipated as much but was still surprised by whom it turned out to be and when the reveal was made. The two struggle with the reality that the other is an actual person; their strange intimacy is not always welcome. Their bond turns out to be magical in nature and tied to the Lynburns and Kami's family.

 

Threats in town escalate, and Kami's at the center. In the meantime, she's also at the center of love triangle involving the two Lynburn boys. The triangle isn't terribly emphasized, but Kami's relationship with her former imaginary companion yo-yos between easy repartee and angsty denial of feelings. It got old.

 

Somehow I didn't feel involved enough in the mystery, and the tension didn't come across as it should. In part this may be because, as in other YA I've read, the story is somewhat rushed or condensed, including the quicksilver of the characters' changing emotions.

 

There's some fine prose, one of the book's saving graces, and lots of banter. It's not quite as successful as Whedon dialog or Veronica Mars, but it can be funny. It also got to be a bit much.

 

Kami's also one of those typical YA heroines whose friends are gorgeous, and she's supposedly less pretty but still somehow at the center of a love triangle involving the new hot guy. One of the most sincere moments is when Kami observes how each of her younger brothers is a favorite of her parents', leaving her odd person out.

 

I like YA but am coming to find it has to be exceptional to even be okay for me. Or maybe I just wasn't in the mood!

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text 2017-05-31 17:54
May Re-Cap
Death and the Girl Next Door - Darynda Jones
Nil on Fire (Nil Series Book 3) - Lynne Matson
Of Metal and Wishes - Sarah Fine
A Million Worlds with You - Claudia Gray
The Clockwork Dynasty: A Novel - Daniel H. Wilson
Fairest - Marissa Meyer
Unrest (Unknown Trilogy Book 2) - Wendy Higgins
Hunted - Meagan Spooner
The Weight of Lies - Clara Emily Carpenter
Jackaby - William Ritter

While I'm seriously behind on my reviews, my reading and listening did not suffer too much this month.  (I've been preparing an Open House for this weekend)  The titles with links have reviews, the ones without are still pending.

 

(Audiobook) Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones
Finish Date: 05/04
2.8/5 STARS

(eBook) Nil on Fire by Lynne Matson
Finish Date: 05/09
4/5 STARS

(Audiobook) Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
Finish Date: 05/10
4/5 STARS

(Audiobook) A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray
Finish Date: 05/17
4.2/5 STARS

(netgalley arc) The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson
Finish Date: 05/19
3.8/5 STARS

(Audiobook) Fairest by Marissa Meyer 
Finish Date: 05/21
4.3/5 STARS

(eBook) Unrest by Wendy Higgins
Finish Date: 05/24
5/5 STARS


(Audiobook) Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Finish Date: 05/26
3.7/5 STARS

 

(netgalley arc) The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

Finish Date:  05/29

4.8/5 STARS

 

(Audiobook) Jackaby by William Ritter

Finish Date:  05/31

2.8/5 STARS

 

10 Books Total for May (3,428 Pages Read)

6 Audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Netgalley ARC's

and 1 DNF.  (Of Beast and Beauty, (that one I still might try again, just ebook form instead, the hoopla audio for it was terrible.)

 

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review 2017-05-21 22:26
Egads
The Earl Next Door - Charis Michaels

Was there a love triangle involving a staircase in this? 'Cause it felt like there was a love triangle involving a staircase. 

 

 

The story felt chaotic with all the characters, nosy neighbors, a bachelor earl who simply dramatically can't quit kissing the heroine, cartoon-y villainous mother and five step-brothers, bad guy Greek, and more. 

 

The hero had no depth while the heroine sort of did but the unevenness of her having the courage to travel to England to buy a house on her own but couldn't possibly stand up to her family had me head tilting. Also, what is up with the whole paper thin catalyst of the heroine moving to England? Head tilt. Don't even ask me about the inheritance issue and how mom and bros wanted to get control of the money. I also can't really comment on the pseudo-Greek mafia dude who showed up at the end because my eyes were a glazing by that time.

 

This was a new to me author and she had some moments that felt encouraging but the story was too chaotic, the hero severely lacked depth, and I need more in my relationships than "I can't help but kiss you!" a few minutes later and a dramatic turn away "I can never marry you! Stay away!" repeated for 80% of the story. Seriously, this is what composed the majority of their relationship. I would also recommend not reading this if in an actual historical mood, 'cause yeah, head tilt. The upgrade to 2 stars is for the glimpse of cute moments between the hero and heroine.

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review 2017-05-12 23:36
Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight) - Darynda Jones,Lorelei King

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Falling Fast by Avril Lavigne  --Well, they do fall fast for each other…and an Avril Lavigne song seems like a perfect fit for this.♫

 

 

Book Title:  Death and the Girl Next Door

Author:  Darynda Jones

Narration:  Lorelei King

Series:  Darklight Series #1

Genre:  Paranormal, YA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

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OVERALL RATING:  2.8/5 STARS Grade=C-

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Girl meets boy…girl has instant connection to boy…girl finds out she's something paranormal-ish, and boy is too.  Been there, done that. If you like that sort of read and don't mind some high schoolish antics (like…wtf was up with the impromptu ghost hunting they did?) then this story is a well written one.  It had it's funny moments, I'll give it that.  Unfortunately, it just isn't for me.  I think I'm over this kind of read.  Maybe, I should quit trying to make this genre work for me, but some of paranormal out there is doable for me.  Still trying to decide if I want to give her adult series (Charley Davidson) a try.  It seems to have more Mystery approach, so it might work.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  2.7/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  2/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Originality:  3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  2/5  Cliffhanger:  Yep!

 

Will I continue this series?  Probably not…

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-24 19:20
The Couple next Door
The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena

15,00 €

 
 
 

BASTEI LÜBBE

PAPERBACK

THRILLER

350 SEITEN

ALTERSEMPFEHLUNG: AB 16 JAHREN

ERSTERSCHEINUNG: 16.03.2017

 

 

Deine Nachbarin möchte nicht, dass du dein Baby zur Dinnerparty mitbringst. Dein Ehemann sagt, das sei schon in Ordnung. Ihr wohnt ja gleich nebenan. Außerdem habt ihr ein Babyfon und könnt abwechselnd nach der Kleinen sehen. Deine Tochter schläft, als du das letzte Mal nach ihr siehst. Doch jetzt herrscht Totenstille im Haus. Du rennst ins Kinderzimmer – und dein schlimmster Alptraum wird wahr: Die Wiege ist leer. 

 

Es bleibt nur eins: die Polizei zu rufen – doch wer weiß, was sie finden wird …

 

Meine Meinung:

Ich bin auf das Buch durch den englischen Titel aufmerksam geworden. Als ich mir den Klappentext näher angeschaut hatte, war die Entscheidung gefallen, dieses Buch lesen zu wollen. 

 

Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir sehr leicht gefallen, ich war direkt in der Geschichte drin und der Schreibstil war richtig flüssig. Ich fand es von Anfang an fesselnd, aber nach der Hälfte des Buches konnte ich gar nicht mehr aufhören, zu lesen. 

 

Ständig habe ich meine Vermutungen, wie es sich wirklich zugetragen haben könnte, über Bord geworfen. Aufgrund einiger unerwarteter Wendungen fand ich es von Anfang bis Ende spannend. 

 

Gerade weil ich auch selbst Mutter bin, konnte ich mich auch total in die Ängste der Eltern hinein versetzen. Die Charaktere an sich fand ich auch sehr passend, Vor allem in die psychisch angeschlagene Mutter, Anne, konnte ich richtig hinein versetzen. 

 

Alles in allem kann ich hier nur eine klare Kauf- und Leseempfehlung aussprechen. Ich konnte positiv überrascht werden bei diesem Buch, mir hat es richtig gut gefallen und werde die Autorin definitiv im Auge behalten. Von mir bekommt das Buch sehr gute 4,5 Sterne. 

 

 
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