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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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review 2015-08-14 17:21
"Maybe freedom wasn't a state of being. Maybe it was an act of courage. Maybe freedom was defiance and sacrifice and pain, something that couldn't be won without giving away something else in return.”
Perfected - Kate Jarvik Birch

Book Title:  Perfected 

Author:  Kate Jarvik Birch 

Narration:  Tavia Gilbert 

Series:  Perfected #1 

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance 

Source: Audio book (Library)

 

 

Why I picked that quote:  While this book creeped me out, there were moments inside Ella's head that made me feel inspired. Ultimately, I think, this story is suppose to creep you out and hopefully, it goes in a direction that is more appealing in future installments.

 

 

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

 

Breakdown of Rating

 

  • Plot:  3.3/5  This concept is intriguingly creepy, with moments that are disturbing and charming, but not at the same time.
  • Characters: 3.5/5 
  • Theme: 2/5  I wanted to know how they justified owning another human, the sad part was they never referred to Ella as human.  Like she wasn't.  And they never really addressed how it was justified, either.
  • Flow: 4/5
  • Originality: 4.5/5
  • Book Cover: 4/5
  • The Feels: 3.5/5  The feelings I had were all over the place.
  • Sex Factor:  None, mostly just creeper scenes, the kind that make you shudder in disgust.
  • Narration: 4/5  I hated Ruby's scenes though, because she did her voice in a very, very annoying tone.
  • Ending:  3.3/5  It seemed too frantic and could have been done better, but at least I didn't lose all hope for the human race. Cliffhanger: Yes

 

Will I continue the series: ??? Maybe, The synopsis looks somewhat promising for book #2.

 

 

Synopsis:

 

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows… and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving… and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

What do you think the rich and powerful men are going to do with a girl that they have spent thousand of dollars on? 

 

... *shudder*

 

Yeah...exactly what I thought.  The underlying tones of this story are disturbing.  She's still just a girl, even if she is 18.  The only thing is; this story doesn't really go into that too much, it really only hints at it.  But, seriously it was all I could think about while listening to it.

 

The only thing that saved this book for me is the developing relationship between Penn and Ella.  it was sweet, how they bonded over music.  Penn is the only one who treats her like a person. which she is, duh...

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review 2015-08-05 22:51
“Sometimes it seems like all the things I need to know, I don’t. And all the things I do know are completely wrong.”
Eve - Anna Carey

Book Title: Eve 

Author: Anna Carey 

Narration: Tavia Gilbert 

Series: Eve Trilogy 

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Source: Audio book (Library) 

 

 

✧✧Why I chose that quote:  Eve is so naive, which isn't entirely her fault, she has lived a sheltered childhood since the plague.  That school she's in is so messed up. She has a lot to learn about life and living.  This quote, to me, embodies that.✧✧

 

 

Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars 

 

Breakdown of Rating✧ 

 

  • Plot: 3.5/5  In the beginning it does have a weird twilight zone feel to it.
  • Characters: 3/5
  • Theme: 3/5
  • Flow: 4.5/5  It is well written
  • Originality: 3/5
  • Book Cover: 3/5 It could be better. 
  • The Feels: 2.5/5
  • Sex Factor: talk of rape and an attempt of.
  • Narration: 4/5  Some of the her voices do tend to get a little annoying, but her pitch is quite loud, which ultimately makes listening to an audio easier.
  • Ending: 3/5  It's rather abrupt.  Cliffhanger:   Yes..."To be continued"

 

Will I continue the series: Meh...maybe.  It does look like it might be a little more promising in book 2...

 

Synopsis:

 

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth's population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school's real purpose and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she's ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust... and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying.

My Thoughts:

 

 Overall, I liked the story, although it seems somewhat overdone.  Maybe, not so overdone in 2011 when it was first published, but I'm late reading this one.  I did find the character of Eve to be very annoying at times.  She was just to childish to be believable and her decision making skills are a little scattered.  She is suppose to be 18, but she acts like she's 12.  Even the cover depicts her as a younger teenage child.  I really like Arden though, maybe if she was heroine...

 

...I would have been more impressed.

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