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review 2018-10-28 19:53
"We were all Dark Stars, but Luc...he was the darkest..."
The Darkest Star - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

The Darkest Star

Jennifer L Armentrout

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When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is, in fact, something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I do love when the title of the book is subtly worked into the story, as it is in the above quote.   I so went into this wanting to love it, but it just wasn't happening.  The first half of this book was a struggle to get through…by far, there is too much silly high school drama.  I don't remember the Lux Series being this childish, I actually really liked it.  It was overwhelmingly disappointing for me.

 

With the second half, the story slowly improved little by little…once JLA stopped being so evasive and actually started giving us something plot-wise, anyway.  She was so evasive that I found myself wishing I could remember more about the Lux Series, especially the final book, just so I might know wtf was up.

 

By the ending, it finally felt like something intriguing was being hinted at…unfortunately, I don't know if that hint will be enough for me to continue the series.  Maybe, if I wait for the Audio, it will be doable???  I was looking at other reviews for this…and it seems most people loved it…so it's possible I'm in the minority here.

 

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~MY RATING~

2.7STARS - GRADE=C-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 2.8/5

Main Characters~ 2.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.5/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 2.5/5

Addictiveness~2.7/5

Theme or Tone~ 2.7/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 2.5/5

Originality~ 3/5

Ending~ 3.2/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ It's Starry…

Series~ Origin #1

Setting~ Columbia, Maryland

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

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review 2018-10-06 13:36
Another series finished that has been languishing on TBR shelf...
Evertrue - Brodi Ashton

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~BOOK BLURB~

Evertrue

Brodi Ashton

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Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself... which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.

 

Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

 

In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I didn't know if I was ever going to read/listen to this final book.  But, hey Halloween Bingo gave me the push to finally get this series off my tbr.  I was initially drawn in by the beautiful covers this series has…especially the first one.  While not my favorite Young Adult series, which is most likely due to the fact that this is more Y(oung) and less A(dult), I still found it moderately good.  Other readers have found this ending to the series unsatisfactory, but I thought it ended just the way it should have.  Plus…Amy Rubinate's voice is always a pleasant voice to listen too.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.7/5

Characters~ 3.5/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 3/5

Ending~ 4/5

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Book Cover~ Quite striking…not as much as the first one, though.

Narration~☆4.5☆ for Amy Rubinate

Series~ Everneath #3

Setting~ Park City, UT & The Everneath

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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I used this for Supernatural Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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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+

 

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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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