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review 2019-11-30 19:54
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Neverworld Wake - Marisha Pessl

⬥A Totally Original Premise
⬥Sort Of Like Groundhogs Day (the Movie)
⬥Reliving the Same Day Over & Over
⬥A Sort of Death Limbo
⬥Murder Mystery
⬥Science Fiction w/a Subtle Overlay of Supernatural
⬥With Audio Performed Wonderfully by Phoebe Strole








You meet up with your group of friends that you've estranged yourself from since the death of your boyfriend, Jim.  He was the one who was loved by everyone.  You arrive home, after a night out, and a near-miss accident.  Then you get a mysterious visit from a kooky old man...and the next day...is the same as the last.  And Repeat...again and again.  The Neverworld Wake is insane!

Like Groundhog's Day but darker, way less funny...and with a mystery to solve.  A twisty, turn-y kind of ride that never lets up until the end.  Ultimately, to end the Wake they have to solve the mystery of Jim's death and the farther they dig, the twistier and fantastical things get.  Only one of them can beat death...who will it be.



Plot 4.3/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 3.8/5
The Feels 4/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 5/5
Theme or Tone 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.2/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 4.3/5 Cliffhanger Nope.
Book Cover Trippy...just like the story...
Setting Wincroft on the coast of Rhode Island
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 47 minutes
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review 2019-10-31 21:33
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste
The Rust Maidens - Gwendolyn Kiste



Profoundly Disturbing Storyline
Depressive Tone
Decay & Rot Transformations
Ghost-Like Apparations

With Audio Performed by Melanie Carey






A hauntingly written novel about the deterioration of a town or actually about a street within a town.  The town is Cleveland and the street is Denton, and it's falling to ruin because of a factory.  The factory is where everyone...(at least the men), living on that street works and makes their living from, and it's closing down.  The year is 1980 and the feeling that permeates this book is a desolate, depressive one. 

In this book, there is a sad thing happening to some of the girls living on Denton Street, where they are turning to rust...and are given the name the Rust Maidens.  I feel like the rust maidens are a type of symbolism for the circumstances going on in the town, and yet they also feel real...like real girls turning to rust.  It's super creepy and kind of deep at the same time.  Told in alternating timelines between 1980 and the present, the story tells you what became of the rust maidens and is it happening again?

If there was any particular thing that kept me from rating this five stars it was the overwhelmingly depressive feeling throughout the story.  It sort of filled me with dread.  The narration really gives you that depressed feeling as well, if that was what they were going for in this story, then Melanie Carey hit it out of the park with the narration.


Plot 4.2/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 4.3/5
The Feels 3.5/5
Pacing 4/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4.5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 4.2/5
Book Cover It's amazing!
Setting Denton Street, Cleveland, Ohio
Source Audible Audiobook
Length 9 hours,13 minutes

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review 2019-09-06 00:53
All the STARS for The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
The Grace Year - Kim Liggett




Dystopian Setting/Alternate World
Society Where Men Have the Power
Oppression Of Women
Death, Lies, & Betrayals
Splash of Romance
Women Supporting Women










Wow! This book...


This book is a lot of things...dubious, challenging, frustrating, darkly horrifying, curing, wonderful, loving, saddening, hopeful & most of all empowering.


I first started reading this about two months ago and had to stop because I just wasn't feeling it...I thought this is a premise that would never come to pass...or so help us all. I couldn't wrap my head around this society where women not only outnumber men, but their rights are so marginalized by these men, it's unthinkable, unbelievable. They are treated as property and made to go through a year away from everything they know to expel their magic. When they come back from this supposed magic-letting they are forced to marry the guy that chose them...and if no one chooses them (because women outnumber the men)...they have to work for the good of the community. This book will push your buttons...for sure.


The second time I started it, I found this enthralling...I devoured it in very little time. The Grace Year has earned a spot as one of my favorites of all time and I don't think I will ever forget it. I especially won't forget how it made me feel by the time I finished it. I was stunned, with everything that happens, and...So. Much. Happens. This one has all the feels, from the good to the bad, and everything in between.




Plot⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 5/5
The Feels⇢ 5+/5
Pacing⇢ 4.8/5
Addictiveness⇢ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4.5/5
Originality⇢ 5+/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...


Book Cover⇢ Love it. It's absolutely perfect.
Setting⇢ Garner County & a remote island within a great lake.
Source⇢ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
eBook Length⇢ 416 pages



I Read This for Dystopian Hellscape (and it's so fitting for that)
(Transfigured from Relics & Curiosities)



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review 2019-08-31 18:26
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
The Murders of Molly Southbourne - Tade Thompson


Molly Southbourne #1




Creep-tastic & Weird AF
WTF did I just read?
First Half of A Complete Story
Duology (of Short Stories)
Sort of Science Fiction &
Sort of Fantasy







I got this free from tor.com and on the one hand, it's cool that I got a book for free...but on the other hand, I have to buy the second book for $3.99 and it's barely over 100 pages. Under-handed is what that is. You sucked me in...and I caved, I needed the ending to this wholly unique experience that I had with this book. Well done TOR...Reading of said book to commence soon, hopefully.


With an almost frenetic pace...or maybe that was just me, that day I read it. Whatever it was, I found myself racing to read this. I even found myself telling people at work about it. It was just so out there. The premise of this book had me thinking, no way would this plot work...but it actually did. At least for me. Overall, if I hadn't gotten this for free, I would have never read this series, because at eight dollars (roughly $4 a book) it's a little costly to me.




Plot⇢ 3.8/5
Characters⇢ 3.5/5
The Feels⇢ 5/5
Pacing⇢ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4.7/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5 for the creep factor...
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5
Originality⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 3/5 Cliffhanger⇢ YUP!


Book Cover⇢ It's Creepy.
Setting⇢ I'm not sure...maybe Ireland or the United Kingdom.
Source⇢ Freebie from Tor.com
Length⇢ 122 pages



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review 2019-01-26 20:50
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS for Sadie by Courtney Summers
Sadie - Courtney Summers

๏ ๏ ๏  Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏ 

Full-Cast Narration
A New-to-Me Author
Substance Abuse
YA Contemporary
Unique Format

With a Full-Cast Narration including Dan Bittner, Fred Berman, Gabra Zackman and Rebecca Solar as Sadie.


๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

The unique format with the Podcast interspersed with Sadie's POV makes it perfect for Audio, in fact, I would suggest you listen to this because, with the full-cast narration, it begs to be listened to.  Many reviews for this will tell you this is one of those difficult to read stories, and I'm not saying that it isn't, only that it deals with these elements in a way that isn't quite so traumatizing as it could be.

Sadie's life is a bleak existence, what with her stutter and her drug and alcohol addicted Mother, she did not have it easy in life.  Mattie was her salvation and her reason for living...when she is killed...she finds it difficult to go on.  So she sets out on the road...to kill a man.  Ultimately Sadie's haunting story left me feeling saddened but hopeful...hopeful, at least, for a better ending than what she's been given by the Author, anyway.

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 



๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 


Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5+/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really a cliffhanger...just kinda an open-ended ending.
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Book Cover⇝  Meh...it's not bad.
Setting⇝ Cold Creek, Montgomery, and a few other places...
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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๏ ๏ ๏ Links ๏ ๏ ๏


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