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text 2017-02-23 01:49
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Shadowed Souls - Jim Butcher, Kerrie L. Hughes

Story #2

Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover- meh

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text 2017-02-21 00:24
Audible sale pile
On What Grounds - Rebecca Gibel,Cleo Coyle

 Audible is currently running a sale on first in a series titles and while checking out what was on offer, I ran across this title. I recognized the name of the narrator and listening to the sample confirmed that it was indeed a young actress who I have seen on stage a number of times with a local rep company. So, I bought the book. If it had a cover, I would be asking her to sign it for me.

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review 2017-02-20 13:33
Kiss An Angel...I don't think this title fits the book.
Kiss an Angel (Audio) - Susan Elizabeth Phillips,Anna Fields

Book Title:  Kiss An Angel

Author:  Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Narration:  Anna Fields

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

⇝Add to Goodreads⇜

 

 

 

 

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪ 

Leave the Pieces by the Wreckers  --For Daisy to Alex…

♫You're not sure that you love me

But you're not sure enough to let me go

Baby it ain't fair you know

To just keep me hangin' 'round

You say you don't wanna hurt me

Don't wanna to see my tears

So why are you still standing here

Just watching me drown♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Characters:  2.5/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  2.8/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  2/5

Ending:  3.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Not at all.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I don't know, who knows where the next reading challenge could lead me, Romance Bingo 2017 led me to this one…but...not likely.

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I'm fairly certain that this book made me realize that I don't really care for books with a circus setting…the weirdness , the uncouthness of it all just doesn't work for me.

 

 

I started this book out, not liking any of the characters in it.  Then somewhere along the way, I realized that I liked Daisy a lot.  She really grew on me, despite hating the narrator for this.  Her voice did not click with me at all.  Daisy is unfortunately, the only one who I came to like.  In summary, this is a very well written story, with an intricate plot that was held back by the lack of likable characters, and setting for me. 

⇝Sex Factor⇜ Yes, there is explicit sex but not too much.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-19 05:34
The Lost World
The Lost World: A Novel (Audio) - Michael Crichton,Scott Brick

Sequel to Jurassic Park. This audio version is also narrated by Scott Brick. Despite being streamed across Overdrive courtesy of the library, it was still broken up into CD sections and announced the change of CDs and repeated the last line of the previous CD section before continuing with the narration - overall, distracting.

 

I admittedly listened to this mostly while lying in my sick bed and didn't pay it the same close attention as I did the first one. I'm not sure if Scott Brick's individual character voices were less distinct in this adaptation or if I was not aware enough to pick out the subtle differences. As I am already biased in favor of the story, I only mentally docked a half star for the (perceived) performance.

 

One thing that occurs to me about the story in general though: is Sarah's father actually the vet, Dr. Harding, in the original Jurassic Park? And, if so, WTF, Malcolm? That one, seemingly inconsequential, teasing hint is still bugging me. Plot holes, plot holes...

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review 2017-02-18 22:20
"Daughter Of The Blood" by Anne Bishop - my first DNF of 2017
Daughter of the Blood - Anne Bishop

I bought "Daughter Of The Blood" because I'd read and enjoyed a "Black Jewels" short story and because I'm a fan of her "The Others+ series

In audiobook format, "Daughter Of The Blood" runs for a little over sixteen hours. I made it to a little over two hours before setting it aside.

The ideas are original, complex and fascinating. I can see that it has the makings of a strong trilogy but it's not one I'll be reading.

The story was much darker than I expected. There is a sharp edge of sadism  that cuts into the flesh of the story lightly but persistently, leaving thin rills of frustrated eroticism draining into my imagination. If this had been more skillfully done I might have run with it but much of the story in the first couple of hours was tell rather than show and I grew weary of being fed on backstory and foreboding rather than character and action.

The narrator of the story seemed unable to leaven the text but rather fell into a declamatory style that assaulted the ears and added nothing to the atmosphere or characterisation.

The main thing I took away from this book was how much stronger Anne Bishop's storytelling is now than when this novel was published.

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