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review 2018-07-13 18:08
4.7 Out Of 5 "skin-shifting" STARS
Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf) - Ryan Graudin

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~BOOK BLURB~

Blood for Blood

Ryan Graudin

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There would be blood. Blood for blood. Blood to pay. An entire world of it.

 

For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.

Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?

This gripping, thought-provoking sequel to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Non-spoiler-y review for both books.

 

The narration for this series is fantastic, she does German words and accents with ease, all while staying completely comprehensible.  Yes, even for me.  I highly recommend the Audio version for this series.  Although, the novella Iron to Iron is only available in book format, but well worth the read anyway.

 

An alluring, atmospheric, alternative historical where the Germans and Japanese win WWII.  In the first book Wolf by Wolf, the resistance recruits Yael a skin-shifter (Sounds a bit paranormal-ish…but it's really more like Science Fiction with the way it's done.) to impersonate Adele Wolfe, a racer in the Axis Tour, to assassinate Hitler.  Things end on a cliffhanger and Blood for Blood picks up where the first book leaves off.  From there it's a race of a different kind.  To not only live but follow through on killing the real Hitler.  The writing is captivating and the characters are inspiring.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 4.7/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4.2/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

Ending~ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger~ No, not at all.

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Book Cover~ Awesome

Narration~ ☆5☆ for Christa Lewis...so good!

Series~ Wolf by Wolf #2

Setting~ Japan & Germany

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-07-08 20:44
3.7 Out Of 5 "why you should never get black-out drunk" STARS
The Flight Attendant: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian

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The Flight Attendant

Chris Bohjalian

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Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police—she's a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home—Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it's too late to come clean—or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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The Flight Attendant started with a murder and then chronicles the events after, centering around the flight attendant who woke up next to the murder victim.  Interspersed with stories from her past giving us the full spectrum of the kind of person Cassie is...from there we get a compulsively readable/listenable story.  Just listening to how Cassie kept screwing up everything, with one bad decision after another and seeing everything unfold, was like watching a reality show.  Pure effing craziness.   But, ultimately, the twists and turns leading to the ending felt lackluster and kind of lost me a little bit…and the epilogue really threw me.  I wouldn't be opposed to seeing the movie, though…especially with Kaley Cuoco starring in it.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.7STARS - GRADE=B

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3/5

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Book Cover~ It's dizzying…

Narration~ 4.5 for Erin Spencer & Grace Experience with Mark Deakins was excellently done.

Setting~ Dubai, New York, & Rome

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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text 2018-06-22 23:48
Reading progress update: I've read 527 out of 659 pages.
The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood

it’s a terrific read...but I greatly prefer the sections that are Iris’ memoirs, over the SF content, involving the Lizard Men and the Zyrconians and all that (if you’ve read this novel, you know what I’m talking about and it doesn’t just sound weird).

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text 2018-06-22 02:13
Reading progress update: I've read 287 out of 659 pages.
The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood

well, it’s turned out to be a wonderful read - kind of like my time with The Goldfinch, previously. even has the potential to be better than that. also flashing back to All Things Cease To Appear - another good book - and something I read ages ago, Clara Callan.

 

the parts narrated by Iris have a bit of glibness to them, at times, so I’m glad the book isn’t a “downer”; Iris can see the humor in aspects of her and Laura’s childhoods. maybe this book is in fact going to get bleak later - I don’t know - but hey, that’s what grown-ups have to face: things fall apart, you can’t be a kid, beside your sibling, forever. we’ll see what happens.

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text 2018-06-21 03:35
Reading progress update: I've read 136 out of 659 pages.
The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood

the ‘fiction within the fiction’ - that is, the sections of Laura’s novel The Blind Assassin - were of less interest to me earlier, but now that I’ve done the first long section narrated by Iris I find I have come out of that more interested in the content of Laura’s fiction. I guess this is simply because I know Laura at least a little bit now, and so care more about what her fiction is going to hint, or say outright, about her life, her death, and her mind.

 

I’ve previously read three Atwoods: The Handmaid’s Tale is the one I love, while Surfacing was merely an okay read for me  - and I’ll be honest, Oryx and Crake often bored me (which was a surprise). The Blind Assassin seems more like one that will not bore me at all; it’s taking me back, a little, to one of my favorites - another family drama featuring daughters - Kentuckiana, by Johnny Payne.

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