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review 2018-01-28 22:17
3 out of 5 Stars for this survival thriller...
When I Am Through with You - Stephanie Kuehn



Basically, I felt the entire plot is thrown off by the fact that this trip/hike that these high-school-age-teens go on was a little hard to swallow.  I mean…a hike in the mountains with overnight stays and only one teacher goes along…yeah, I don't think so.  This teacher was so clueless that he lets girls and boys sleep in the same tent, by themselves.  Not to mention the blatant pot smoking and drinking that is done by these teens…it didn't seem like they were trying to hide it at all.


A tale of survival more than a mystery, with less than likable characters, who are only capable of mostly horrible decisions and a sketchy plot filled with so many odd little intricacies that I was left feeling puzzled.  And yet, I was somehow still compelled to keep listening despite all these issues. Go figure.  






Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 3/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 3.2/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 2.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3.5/5  Cliffhanger~ I guess not…


Book Cover~ I guess it's what drew me in…

Narration~  It's easy to like MacLeod Andrews, his voice is very palatable

Setting~  The Mountains in Northern California

Source~ Audiobook (Library)


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review 2017-10-06 16:06
Break the cycle…get out…and don't look back.
Bad Romance - Heather Demetrios



Book Title:  Bad Romance

Author:  Heather Demetrios

Genre:  YA, Realistic Fiction

Setting:  Small town, CA

Source:  eBook (Library)




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Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

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

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3.5

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-




This is not as compulsively readable as I'll Meet You There is…but it's an entirely different subject matter, told in an entirely different format. It's written like Grace (the MC) is reading/writing the story of what happened between her now ex-boyfriend, the source of her bad romance, and herself over the course of their relationship.   I found my reading pace slowed because of this format, despite this, it is well written.  Ultimately, though, the message of this story sets it apart from other books, and it reminded me of my own toxic relationship.  I ended mine fairly quickly, though…I recognized it fairly early on for what it was, and I gtfo.


Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Well, I have previously stated that I wanted to read everything she's ever written…so probably!



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review 2017-09-05 07:46
Forever by Judy Blume

As a young teen or even preteen when I first read this, I am sure that I liked the book as I hardly knew better, but as an adult I cringe thinking about me reading this when I was so young.

Here is how I feel upon rereading:

I feel really bad, but I disliked this book. It is a quick paced read, so I did read the whole thing. Several things in this made me feel like I was all slime covered and uncomfortable. It is really a shame; I do remember her children books with fond memories. I still believe she is a good writer.

I understand why this book may have been important for the time period it was written in, but I still think the relationship in the book was toxic and should not have been anyone's reference guide to love and relationships.

Major spoilers for what I found wrong with this book.


This is what made me unsure about this book:
It seemed all Michael did was beg/pressure for sex and it felt like he only said "I love you" to get her to be more sexual. How they just off offhandedly talked about abortion like it was no big deal also rubbed me the wrong why. I am not going to get into a pro life/pro choice debate, but I really did not like how this was done in the book! Also cheating. Whether physical or emotional cheating. I don't like cheating in any format, books, movies... etc. Ugh

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review 2017-08-22 13:09
Book Review For: 'Toxic' by Nicole Blanchard
Toxic - Nicole Blanchard

'Toxic' by Nicole Blanchard is the story of Tessa Emmerson and Gracin Kingsley.
Tessa is a RN at the Blackthorne Correctional Insitute and her husband Vic is the warden there.
Vic is an abusive husband who constantly beats or forces her to have sex. When a new inmate named Gracin comes to the Correctional Institute he starts to giver her courage to become stronger and not the victim her husband has made her into. Gracin has some of his own issue but neither one can't fight their growing attraction.
This book does have some trigger issue so please know that when thinking about reading it.
Overall I liked the book with its the twist and turns.
"My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."


Source: www.amazon.com/Toxic-Nicole-Blanchard-ebook/dp/B074JBDK49/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1503359534&sr=1-1&keywords=Toxic++by+Nicole+Blanchard
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review 2017-08-22 08:53
Toxic - Nicole Blanchard

Wow! I don't even know where to start with this one. I can't say that I particularly liked either of the main characters, individually, but together, Gracin and Tessa are riveting. The story is beautifully written, and for a tale with such controversial characters, it is oddly compelling. It is a rare occasion when I find myself actually rooting for the bad guys, and make no mistake, Gracin is most definitely a bad guy, but the connection he and Tessa have is undeniable. It's easy to see how Tessa fell for Gracin's charms, considering the hand she's been dealt, and he brings out her dark side magnificently. Toxic is dark, a bit twisted, fan yourself sexy, heart wrenching, violent, and in the end, even hopeful. Tessa's journey from mouse to lion is quite gripping and one that I couldn't put down.

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