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review 2018-03-22 21:21
2 Out 5 "A little too much Y and not enough A" Stars
You Look Different in Real Life - Jennifer Castle

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

You Look Different in Real Life

Jennifer Castle

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For the rest of the world, the movies are entertainment. For Justine, they're real life.

 

The premise was simple: five kids, just living their lives. There'd be a new movie about them every five years, starting in kindergarten. But no one could have predicted what the cameras would capture. And no one could have predicted that Justine would be the star.

 

Now sixteen, Justine doesn't feel like a star anymore. In fact, when she hears the crew has gotten the green light to film Five at Sixteen, all she feels is dread. The kids who shared the same table in kindergarten have become teenagers who hardly know one another. And Justine, who was so funny and edgy in the first two movies, feels like a disappointment.

 

But these teens have a bond that goes deeper than what's on film. They've all shared the painful details of their lives with countless viewers. They all know how it feels to have fans as well as friends. So when this latest movie gives them the chance to reunite, Justine and her costars are going to take it. Because sometimes, the only way to see yourself is through someone else's eyes.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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While You Look Different in Real Life wasn't really for me, I think for a younger audience it may work.  The only reason I listened to this in the first place is for a reading challenge (I needed a narrator whose name started with a Q). 

 

Overall, for me, the characters were not memorable and it was really difficult for me to see where this story was going.  Ultimately, there is a message there and that's why the ending is the only part that got a decent rating from me.

 

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~MY RATING~

2/5 STARS - GRADE=D

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 2/5

Main Characters~ 2/5

Secondary Characters~ 1/5

The Feels~ 1/5

Pacing~ 2/5

Addictiveness~ 1.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 2.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 2/5

Ending~ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's whatever…

Narration~ Samantha Quan is not bad in this, but I really didn't like the book…so maybe that makes it kind of difficult to figure out how I feel about her as a narrator.

Setting~ New York and the surrounding area…I think

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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review 2018-02-11 16:34
4 Out Of 5 "The Heart Wants What It Wants" Stars...
Things We Know by Heart - Jessi Kirby

 

 

 

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

While this didn't strike a chord with me quite like I wanted it to, I did really enjoy it.  A quick, but sweetly poignant story, that is refreshingly told. The tidbits at the beginning of each chapter in reference to the heart and heart transplants were neat. 

 

If you've ever lost someone close to you and their organs were transplanted and wondered what the person or people who received those transplants stories were like then this story could be for you.

 

 

 

~MY RATING~ 4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Very cute.

Narration~ Amanda Wallace, she was sufficient but forgettable, but in a good way.  When you have a bad experience with a particular narrator, it really sticks with you.

Setting~ Coast of California

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2017-11-10 16:57
Love, love, love this gorgeous cover...
In a Perfect World - Trish Doller

 

 

Book Title:  In A Perfect World

Author:  Trish Dollar

Genre:  YA | Realistic Fiction

Setting:  Cairo, Africa

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels: 4/5

The Pacing:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5+ Beautiful!

Ending:  4.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  1.5

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

This is a book that deals with some controversial subjects, that I feel, ultimately has its heart in the right place.  The MC, in the beginning, comes off as very immature and offensive with some of the comments she has about Muslim women.  But…I think it was done this way by the author for a purpose, so you could see her learn and relate and even grow as a person.  Which she does do, and she becomes a better person by the end. 

 

My only issue with this, was mainly just that it was slow; not much happens that excited me.  Mostly, just sightseeing and eating different kinds of food.  Then at about 85% mark something does happen, and yeah, you could totally see it coming…and then we're rushed into an ending and an epilogue…all very quickly done.  I did really like the Cedar Point references, (MC is from Sandusky, Ohio) because I do love Cedar Point.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I would; I only ever read one other book by Trish Doller (Something Like Normal) and I really liked that one.

 

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review 2017-09-16 15:19
I guessed the ending, especially after my daughter clued me into it…
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

Book Title:  Everything, Everything

Author:  Nicola Yoon

Narration:  Bahni Turpin & Robbie Daymond

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  YA, Realistic Fiction

Setting:  LA, California & Maui, Hawaii

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Originality:  3/5

Book Cover:  3/5 for the movie tie-in edition…but, the OG cover is way prettier.

Narration:  5/5  I really liked the full cast narration.

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total:  3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Everything, Everything is a very quick read/listen…so quick that I couldn't be upset with anything, not really, but I also didn't find any of it to be all that real, or heartfelt.  They were cute characters, at least the two main characters, already can't remember what their names are.  The romance between them was very sweet.  This book…while not everything it was…something, I guess.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Meh…

 

 

 

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review 2017-06-20 22:15
This could have been so much better…
The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig

 

Book Title:  The Girl From Everywhere

Author:  Heidi Heilig

Narration:  Kim Mai Guest

Series:  The Girl From Everywhere #1

Genre:  YA, Time Travel, Fantasy

Setting:  New York, Honolulu, &  few other locales

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

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

Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac  --I found this by searching the word everywhere…seriously though this video is crazy and Idk…it reminded me of the book, with the tricorns it looked liked some kind of tropical port for pirate ships to dock.  Kind of crazy, kind of confusing…kind of something♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

2/5 STARS

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My Thoughts

 

The concept of time-travel in this story is genius, but to pull it off, you need to do more than just say "it happened."  I feel like it was never explained well enough for me to believe.  The characters were mostly unlikable and Nyxia, despite loving her name, was just a fickle girl who didn't know what she wanted from one minute to the next.  The only character I found remotely interesting is Kash. 

 

 

As for the narration, I'm beginning to think I don't really care for Kim Mai Guest as a narrator, her voice is too bland sounding to hold my attention.  She's fine in an ensemble cast of characters (like One Of Us Is Lying), but on her own, not so much…as least for me.  I couldn't keep my mind in the story, and I almost DNF'd this more than once.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  2/5

Main Characters:  2.8/5

Secondary Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  1/5

Addictiveness:  1/5

Theme or Tone:  2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  1/5

Book Cover:  5/5  This cover rocks...if only...

Narration:  3/5

Ending:  3/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued...

 

Will I continue this series?  Not likely.

 

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