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review 2017-06-17 20:56
The Breakfast Club meets…a twisty murder plot???
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

 

 

Book Title:  One of Us is Lying

Author:  Karen M McManus

Narration:  Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews, Shannon McManus, & Robbie Daymond

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, YA

Setting:  Bayview High- Bayview, CA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Book Theme Song

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

Don't You (Forget About Me) by Glee  --A new take on an old hit…I thought there's only one song for this story, but I wanted something with a new spin, new feel and so this feels…just right.♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

5/5 STARS

A+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

An ingenious take on one of my all-time favorite movies, The Breakfast Club.  Reconstructed and varied with a twisty murder plot.  Each of the original players are represented from the princess all the way to basketcase…but they're changed up a quite a bit. 

 

While listening to One of Us is Lying, I thought I had a fairly good idea of who actually killed Simon.  In part, my theories were right, but ultimately, I significantly missed the mark with this one, so props to the Author.

 

This is a bonus as an audiobook because each of the four main characters has a separate person narrating.  So, I wholeheartedly recommend Audio for this book.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  5+/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I definitely would.

 

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review 2017-03-24 20:34
Undeniably one of the craziest books I ever read…
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

--Below is my review for this book in paperback format, I just listened to this in Audio format, and it was phenomenal, a full cast of characters for narration sets this apart from most audiobooks, if you've been thinking of trying an audiobook...get this one.  The only downfall is it could spoil you for regular audiobooks.

 

 

Book Title:  Illuminae

Author:  Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Series:  Illuminae Files #1

Genre:  Science Fiction, Deep Space, YA

Source:  Own on Paperback

 

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♪♫My Picks For Book Theme Song♫♪

 

♫Here's to the Heartache by Nothing More  --It's spooky, it's like it was written to go with this book.♫  & 

 

My Demons by Starset  --This is AIDAN'S song, for sure.  I believe that if they ever get around to making a movie for this, Starset could do the whole Soundtrack.♫

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5+++

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5+++

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5+++  Cliffhanger:  No, but you can tell it's not over yet…

 

Will I continue this series?  H*** Yes!!!

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

If I explained this book in one word it would be:  Intense

 

Some other words would be…

 

Raw, Graphic, Gut-wrenching, Teeth-clenching, Nail-biting, Wonder, Awe, Interstellar, Lol, Fearful, Doubtful, Suspenseful, Thrilling, Movie-worthy, a-pain-in-the-ass-to-read-at-times, and ultimately Satisfying.

 

I read this in Paperback form, and I need to say, I really don't like reading actual books.  The print is too small for me see, even with my glasses on, unless I'm in direct sunlight.  I also had a kindle version from the library, that I read on whenever it was too dark for my paperback.  I'm glad I had both versions; it helped immensely.  For this book…you need to read it in hardcover or paperback.  Not all of the parts of it are easily read from a kindle.  This is so interesting that I'm contemplating using a Audible credit to buy the book in Audio version. Side-note--I did that

Sex Factor:  There is only talk of sexual situations, but this book is definitely older YA; because of the intensity of the graphicness.

 

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review 2017-01-14 17:52
Gilded Cage by Vic James
Gilded Cage - Vic James

Book Title:  Gilded Cage

Author:  Vic James

Series:  Dark Gifts #1

Genre:  Dystopian-ish, Fantasy-ish

Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group -Ballantine

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

 

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪
♫ Tear Down the Wall by Art of Dying --This is really for Leah who is the MC of the prologue, but it's pretty fitting for the rest of the book too.♫

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  YES!!!

 

Will I continue this series?  Hhmmm…I'm still deciding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

Gilded Cage has this whole modern/historical/feel to it.  Mixed with a witch/superhuman/monster thing. 

 

 I believe this has everything it needs to be great, plot wise, anyway.  It missed the mark somewhat for me.  It might be that it's too British for me or it might be that it has so many words that I was clueless about.  I didn't get why the author would want to use so many odd words in her story, it seemed over the top to me.  But, maybe that falls into the whole too-British thing.  I don't know???  All I know is I struggled with the flow. 

 I love the cover for this, it's absolutely stunning.  The world it's set in is exceptionally shocking and somewhat intimidating too.  So much so, that I really wish I hadn't struggled with reading it, because I wanted to love it completely.

 

 

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review 2016-12-27 22:22
I would have liked this even more if it just had a little less going on.
Prelude to Mayhem (Mayhem Wave Book 1) - Edward Aubry

Book Title:  Prelude to Mayhem

Author:  Edward Aubry

Series:  Mayhem Wave #1

Genre:  Apocalypse, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Publisher:  Curiosity Quills Press

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

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

 ♫ Radioactive by Imagine Dragons --ugh…this one was hard to find a song for…because it just has so much going on to pinpoint a song that felt right for it.♫ 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.5/5

Characters:  4.3/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Not exactly…

 

Will I continue this series?  I don't know, maybe.

 

 

 

 

 

 ⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

This book is…in one word…crazy.  

 

 

 It's a mash-up of genres, that keeps you guessing.  From a apocalyptic pov, this was a really fantastic idea, the timelines converging thing was genius. Then with the fantasy/magic elements added, this has amazing potential.  The Author just needs to know when to say when on some things.  On one hand I found it inventive, on the other hand I found it almost outlandish.  I felt like, maybe, it was trying to hard to be everything, that it lost track of something.  Just when I thought it couldn't get any crazier, it proved me wrong; and did it over again and again.  From dinosaurs to demons, it seriously, had a little bit of everything. 

 While it seems many were a fan of the writing style, I just found it difficult to stay focused.  It was, at times, too jumbled and sporadic feeling.  I did adjust for the most part.  I just didn't get fully invested until about the halfway mark.  Seriously, though, there is a lot of unanswered questions that I have concerning this world and I hope they are answered if I continue this series. 

 

 

⇝Sex Factor⇜For language it's definitely rated for adults, this has a swearing pixie after all...but for sex…there is none.

 

 

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review 2016-11-19 19:28
WONDERFULLY DARK AND SERIOUSLY TWISTED…
The Forgotten Mountain - Heather Lyons

Book Title:  The Forgotten Mountain

Author:  Heather Lyons

Series:  The Collector's Society #3

Genre:  Adult, Time-Travel, Fantasy

Source:  Own Kindle E-Book

 

 

✾Goodreads Synopsis✾

 

 

 

 

House on a Hill by The Pretty Reckless   

--some of the lyrics for this song…

Living, living still, their intention is to kill and they will, they will

But the children are doing fine, I think about them all the time

Until they drink the wine and they will, they will, they will

In this house on a hill

The dead are living still, their intention is to kill and they will, they will

Keep your children safe inside, out of pocket, out of mind

Until they drink the wine and they will, they will, they will♫

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5+/5

The Feels: 5/5

Addictiveness: 4.5/5

Theme: 5/5

Flow: 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building): 5/5

Originality: 5+/5

Book Cover: 5/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger: Huge cliffy, I was like WTF?

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes!!!

 

 

 

4.8/5 STARS

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

This edition of The Collector's Society is a very dark one, it's got this whole weird vibe to it.  This particular book has a lot of Grimm Fairy Tale references.  Apparently those are some dark tales.  While, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the last one, because I seriously loved The Hidden Library, I still really liked The Forgotten Mountain.  This Series overall is a wonder to read and I highly recommend it.

My song choice reflects the darkness and bleakness of this story the best I could find, but you really won't understand it unless you read it, and even then you might not. 

⇝Sex Factor⇜ Yes, there is explicit sex, but not overdone at all.  It's minimal compared to all that you get within this series.

 

 

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