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review 2018-04-13 15:50
4 Out of 5 "Redemptive" STARS
Retribution Rails - Erin Bowman

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Retribution Rails

Erin Bowman

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REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREE

 

When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece's path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

 

In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I think it has to be tricky to write a YA/Western.  The Old West is rather violent, and difficult to pull off in a YA scope.  You can't help but feel that scenes in Retribution Rails would have gone slightly differently in these infamous days of old, had they been true to them.  So, yeah, this is a lightly (somewhat) watered-down version of the old west.  Despite that, it is an engaging tale, with characters who have their own hopes and dreams that are inspirational in a time with little inspiration. 

 

While not necessary, I would suggest reading Vengeance Road beforehand, because the main characters in that book are present for a large chunk of the story in this book.  It will enhance your reading experience to know all about Kate and Jesse's story too.

 

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~MY RATING~

4STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.7/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Very Awesome!

Narration~☆4.5☆ Amy Melissa Bentley & Michael Summerer both did excellently.

Series~ Companion to Vengeance Road

Setting~ Old West, Arizona

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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review 2018-04-10 14:01
3.8 Out Of 5 heavily deliberated STARS
Unraveled (Perfected) - Kate Jarvik Birch

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Unraveled

Kate Jarvik Birch

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Ella isn’t anyone’s pet anymore, but she’s certainly not free. 

 

After exposing the dark secrets about NuPet’s breeding program, forcing them to repeal the law that allowed genetically modified girls to be kept as pets, she thought girls like her would finally be free. She never dreamed that it would backfire. NuPet may have convinced the public of their intentions to assimilate pets back into society, but Ella knows it’s a lie. 

 

They aren’t planning mass rehabilitation...they’re planning a mass extermination. 

 

Now, with the help of a small group of rebels, Ella and Penn, the boy she’d give up her life for, set out to bring down NuPet for good. But when her group gets implicated in a string of bombings, no one is safe. If she can’t untangle the web of blackmail and lies that extends far beyond NuPet’s reach, she won’t just lose her chance at freedom, she’ll lose everyone she loves.

 

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~MY REVIEW~

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A fairly predictable third and final addition to the Perfected Series, but engaging nonetheless.  It was refreshing to watch Ella evolve into the fiercely loyal and brave girl she always could be, underneath her NuPet training. 

 

I had a lot of issues with the first book in this series, with its believability…but with everything going on in the world recently…I feel you never can tell what barbarity humans could be capable of.  The second book was on track with where this story needed to go and the third wrapped everything up quite pleasantly.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.8STARS - GRADE=B

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Plot~ 3.7/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.5/5

Pacing~ 3.7/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope, I believe this is the last one.

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Book Cover~ Quite striking…all the covers for this series are.

Publisher~ Entangled Teen Publishing

Series~ Perfected #3

Setting~ New York

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

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review 2018-04-03 19:24
4.3 Out of 5 "Peter Lies" Stars
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook - Christina Henry,Samuel Roukin

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Lost Boy:  The True Story of Captain Hook

Christina Henry

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There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

 

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter's idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

 

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter lies.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Once I acclimated to the narrator's voice I found myself thoroughly engaged in this tale.  I struggled with the first half or so because I really didn't like the narrator.  Primarily, I felt Hook should have had a different intonation than his. 

 

It is a tad on the dark side and possibly not for the faint of heart.  I wouldn't classify it as Horror, as many on GR have.  Maybe for YA genre, this could be considered Horror, though.  Overall, by the ending, I was completely onboard with Christina Henry's take on this...A messy little tale about why Hook (Jamie) hates Pan so much, and why he is stranded in, and destined to not ever leave, the place they call Neverland.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Well, sort of…

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Book Cover~ It's Okay

Narration~ ☆3.2☆ Samuel Roukin, I think he was a tad pretentious.

Setting~ Neverland

Source~ Own Audible Audiobook

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review 2018-03-30 17:57
4.2 Out Of 5 "Tarnished...But Not Broken" STARS
Tarnished City - Vic James

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Tarnished City

Vic James

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A corrupted city. A dark dream of power.

 

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

 

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I was torn as to whether I was going to continue this series because I struggled to get through the first book.  Then way before it (Tarnished City) was due to release, I noticed my library had already purchased it in audiobook format…I thought…hmmm…maybe I could eliminate some my issues with Gilded Cage by listening to Tarnished City, rather than reading it.

 

Overall, I'm happy that I gave this series a second chance because this world that Vic James has created is darkly captivating and dangerously alluring.  I applaud her ingenuity with the unique plot and the complex characters.  She also threw in some very clever twists.  While there are still many elements to this that I found confusing and I know I didn't always comprehend the situations totally, I did enjoy it, nonetheless.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.2/5  Cliffhanger~ More or less…yes.

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Book Cover~  Awesome, I think this darker version goes with the story better.

Narration~ ☆4.3☆ Avita Jay, for having an accent, which I always seem to struggle with, I thought she was pretty good.

Series~ Dark Gifts #2

Setting~ England & Scotland

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-03-27 21:42
4.7 Out of 5 "Themis Inspired" Stars
Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Only Human

Sylvain Neuvel

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In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.

 

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~MY REVIEW~

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If you love audiobooks, then this amazing series is a must listen.  I know...I did read this. And, I only did so because I was preapproved for an ARC, and I couldn't wait until the release date to find out how this all ended.  I will be listening on Audio, once it is released.

 

 

I am sure that once I listen to this on Audio, my rating will be a full 5-STARS.  My .3 deduction is because in book format; it's really difficult to follow the conversations because of the format it's written in.  Every chapter is a transcript between two or more people (with a few journal entries thrown in every so often).  And I seriously could never keep it straight.  Luckily, I didn't really need to all the time, to get the full effect of the story.  Also, it will be irrelevant since Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods has had a full-cast narration, therefore, I am confident that Only Human will also have a full-cast narration.  And in case you didn't know...full-cast narration rocks! 

 

If you've been searching for your next thought-provoking, easily-digestible Science Fiction series to start on.  The Themis Files really has it all...

 


 

From the intense action to the meaning of life, and everything in between; it has it all.  Plus...it has giant robots…that are hopefully coming to the big screen, soon.  

 

 

Only Human comes out soon, and that's the last edition of this trilogy...so what are you waiting for?!?

 

 

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~MY RATING~

4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Amazing, all three of them are amazing

Series~ Themis Files #3

Publisher~ Random House - Ballentine

Setting~ Earth and Esat Ekt

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

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