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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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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 2016-01-01 17:19
“I know something must be very wrong, or just possibly very right?”
Eve and Adam - -Macmillan Audio-,Michael Grant,Katherine Applegate,Jenna Lamia,Holter Graham

Book Title:  Eve and Adam

Author:  Katherine Applegate & Michael Grant

Narration:  Jenna Lamia & Holter Graham

Series:  Eve and Adam #1 (according to goodreads)

Genre:  Younger YA, Science Fiction, Splash of Romance

Publisher:  Macmillan Young Listeners

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Why I picked that quote:  It’s kind of how I feel about this book in general, except the only thing they got right is the cover, because it's amazingly cool.

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Overall Rating:  3/5 Stars

 

Breakdown of Rating

 

  • Plot: 3/5  This story starts out feeling rather childish, and I know it is YA and I would classify it younger YA. It still was an OK read, though.
  • Characters: 4/5  The two MC's are likable, but something was missing for me…
  • The Feels: 3/5 Does annoyance count???
  • Theme: 4/5  Overall, it tries, and mostly succeeds to have a worthy message.
  • Flow: 5/5
  • Originality: 3/5
  • Book Cover: 5/5  I was lured in because of this amazing cover.
  • Sex Factor: None
  • Narration: 5/5 
  • Ending: 3/5  The climax at the ending confused me, I think something was off with it.  I was left thinking that something was skipped over.   Cliffhanger:  Not really, but it could have had a more defined closure.

 

Will I continue the series?  I don't know that there is another one…Goodreads makes it seem like there is, but I don't see #2 out there yet; and this was published in 2012. So…go figure. I guess it’s no big loss really.

 

 

Synopsis:

 

With Eve and Adam, authors Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant team up to create a thrilling story.

 

In the beginning, there was an apple –

 

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker's head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother's research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

 

Just when Eve thinks she will die – not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

 

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect . . . won't he?

 

My Additional Thoughts:

 

This story could have been so much better; it has the elements to be so…it just fell somewhat flat for me. 

 

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review 2015-11-21 16:48
“That kind of sorrow never gets any lighter, but you grow accustomed to the weight as you carry it on.”
Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird) - Claudia Gray

Book Title:  Ten Thousand Skies Above You

Author:  Claudia Gray

Narration:  Tavia Gilbert

Series:  Firebird #2

Genre:  Young Adult, Science Fiction

Publisher:  Book-Harper Teen, Audiobook-Harper Collins

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Why I picked that quote:  This is quote about living with losing someone you love very much, someone who is vital to your own existence.  How it changes you, makes you different than what you were, because you’re carrying that extra weight, so to speak on you. 

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Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

 

Breakdown of Rating

 

 

  • Plot: 5/5  The intricacies of the different dimensions, this book makes you think about life, love and the pursuit of happiness in a curious manner.
  • Characters: 5/5  These characters have really come alive for me, I feel like I know them, personally.
  • The Feels: 5/5  If you hate love triangles then you’re not going to like where this book goes with it, if anything, it exploits it more than the first book.  I personally don’t mind a love triangle, if it’s genuine.  If it doesn’t come off as contrived exclusively for the sake of the story.  I believe the former is accomplished in this book.
  • Theme: 5/5   
  • Flow: 8/5  There were scenes in this that I didn't understand why they were in the book at all, but then by the end, it all started making sense.  Everything is connected.
  • Originality: 4/5
  • Book Cover: 5/5  There is a thought that Marguerite has when she is leaving one dimension for another where she says the scenery around her starts to fade like a watercolor.  So, very well done. 
  • Sex Factor: No actual sex in this story but it is spoken of.
  • Narration: 5/5  She has become the voice of Marguerite for me.  I’ve listened to both books on audio and I will also listen to third one.  It just wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t.
  • Ending: 5/5     While delivering some closure for the main plot focus, it brilliantly sets up the third book in the series.  Cliffhanger:  Very much so. 
  • Will I continue the series?  Yes!!!  Can't wait…

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions. 

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This series is insanely thought provoking, totally mind-blowing and genuinely worthy of all the praise that it gets.  All the inter-dimension traveling makes for a completely gratifying reading experience.  I highly recommend it, if you like YA, even if you absolutely hate love triangles. 

 

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