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review 2018-01-29 06:34
The Pirate & I (Devil's Duke #2.5) by Katharine Ashe
The Pirate and I: A Novella (Devil's Duke) - Katharine Ashe

Despite the name of the book there wasn’t really any swashbuckling or much presence of pirates yet the story included a bit of adventure and plenty of romance. 
I had trouble following the storyline when it started and it wasn’t until way past the middle part of the book that everything started to make sense. I think some of that had to do with the fact that this novella is part of a series and that to fully enjoy it other books in the series will need to be read first. 

All in all it was still entertaining and different what with Esme’s unique talent, the theft of a dog, and a rogue trying not to fall again for the woman he once thought lost to him. 

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review 2018-01-13 03:27
The world of "Pacifica" is reason enough to indulge in this series.
Shattered Minds - Laura Lam

 

 

 

Book Title:  Shattered Minds

Author:  Laura Lam

Series:  Pacifica #2

Genre:  Science Fiction | Thriller

Setting:  A Futuristic Los Angeles, CA (Pacifica)

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4.2/5

The Feels:  4/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style): 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.7/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.3/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope, but

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total: 4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

The world of Shattered Minds and False Hearts is Pacifica. This place is a fantastically imaginative futuristic world, I found it easily imagined and was engulfed in its seedy underbelly, it is a drug-induced, dream-freaky hell-of-a-ride.  

 

While still an interesting read, sadly, I didn't like this quite as much as the first book, False Hearts.  I think because I listened to that on Audio, as opposed to reading this, it was off-putting to me because it lacked a proofreader (I could totally do this, btw).  I'm thinking, maybe I didn't notice the errors in the prior book because someone read it to me (a fan-freakin-tastic narrator…January Lavoy).  I also felt it lacked character development.  I didn't really like Carina all that much.

 

If I've peaked your interest you should see Laura Lam's "Review" for Shattered Minds It's like her own synopsis for this book and it's filled with some really cool images, including this one...

 

Will I continue this series?⇜  If she writes more, than...yeah.  This world is so intriguing, after all.  I would prefer audiobooks, though…

 

 

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review 2017-12-09 05:12
Review: Romancing the Scot (The Pennington Family #1) by May McGoldrick
Romancing the Scot (The Pennington Family) - May McGoldrick

The story wasn’t bad but I had a few issues that didn’t let me fully enjoy this story.
It was a good romance story, not to mention the suspense sub-plot indeed kept me turning the pages. The thing is, I think there were too many things this book could have done without and it still would have been a good story. 
It all started with lots of heart-pumping action. Someone murdered Grace’s father and now she’s trying to escape the same fate. Miraculously, she ends up in the land of a well-placed family that takes her as one of their own. After that initial encounter and Grace’s convalescence, the pace starts slowing down. 

The characters were charismatic and complex. Hugh was smart and charming; stern when needed yet wicked when he wanted to be. Grace was also smart with the gift of a super memory, although it took forever to get to why it was so important she had such a gift. Jo, Hugh’s sister had a tragic past, something that I also think we spend too much time on. I think they were setting ground for future books but again, I think it was not needed. The writing was impeccable and the historical accuracy was on point. The problem with that was that we spent too much time reading about history and not enough time with the main characters as people. Even the suspense that was so good at the start ends up being kind of a let down because I felt some things about Grace’s father were more guesswork than actual answers. 

** I received this book at no cost to me via Netgalley and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***

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review 2017-11-25 19:53
This book…sort of like your scariest nightmares…on crack!
Dreamfall - Amy Plum

 

Book Title:  Dreamfall

Author:  Amy Plum

Narration:  Maria Cabezas, Dan Bittner & Tom Phelan

Series:  Dreamfall #1

Genre:  YA | Science Fiction | Horror

Setting:  A place they name Dreamfall

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Plot:  2.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  2/5

Pacing:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  3/5

Ending:  2/5  Cliffhanger:  This runs at the cliff full speed and hangs there…

Steam Factor 0-5:  0

Total:  3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

 

You know how sometimes one of your co-workers will tell you all about the dream they had the night before, in vivid detail.  They go on and on…and you're over there, like…wtf???  This shit is just crazy.  You're just over there nodding your head, pretending you know what's going on…

 

That's what this entire book is like. 

 

The pacing is too fast in one aspect, but in another, it's what kept me listening…because I knew it would be over soon.  The audiobook has three different narrators, two are characters are in the Dreamfall and one is an observer who is a college intern watching the procedure.  The latter perspective kept the book from being all-out chaos.  Overall, I'm not sure how I feel about this book and that's why I went with a three-star rating.  It's an adrenaline rush to be sure.

 

Will I continue this series?  Good question, I guess only time will tell…

 

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review 2017-11-12 19:31
An easily addictive and fascinating listen set in a ingenuously futuristic San Francisco.
False Hearts - January LaVoy

Book Title:  False Hearts

Author:  Laura Lam

Narration:  January LaVoy

Series:  Pacifica #1 (but reads as a stand-alone)

Genre:  Futuristic | Science Fiction | Mystery

Setting:  San Francisco

Source:  Own Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

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Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.7/5

Pacing:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5+/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5+/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

A futuristic setting where we have flying cars, flesh parlors, and stasis for people who commit crimes. A seemingly meek society where there is virtually no crime…or is there?  There are so many intriguing aspects to this…from conjoined twins who are separated and given false (mechanical) hearts to cult living and so much more…a must read for anyone that likes a complex setting mixed with hidden corruption with a splash of romance. I was addicted to this marvelous narrator's voice, so much so, that I want to listen to more books she's narrated.

 

Will I continue this series?  Oh yes, this world that Laura Lam has created has me hooked.

 

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