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text 2018-09-30 17:45
September Re-Cap
 All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother - Danielle Teller
Any Man - Amber Tamblyn
Something in the Water - Catherine Steadman
City of the Lost - Kelley Armstrong
A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder - Julie Anne Lindsey
Sea Witch - Sarah Henning
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls - Clara Emily Carpenter
Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake
FantasticLand - Mike Bockoven
Contagion - Erin Bowman

 

 

I read a total of fourteen books towards Halloween Bingo, a decent month worth of books.  No Bingo's yet, but I'm close to having a few.  Only one book that I didn't like...and that was Burying the Honeysuckle Girls.  One freaky AF book...that one is Any Man, although, Fantasticland could probably fit into that category as well.  I also loved the first book in what I think will be a duology, with Contagion.  I'm still finding myself listening more than reading, it seems to be my new normal now. 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller

Finish Date:  09/04

☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

Finish Date:  09/05

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Finish Date:  09/07

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Finish Date:  09/09

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey

Finish Date:  09/09

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Finish Date:  09/12

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Finish Date:  09/14

☆2☆STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Audiobook) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Finish Date:  09/17

☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Finish Date:  09/18

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Contagion by Erin Bowman

Finish Date:  09/20

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Kindle eBook) The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

Finish Date:  09/23

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Finish Date:  09/24

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  09/26

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer

Finish Date:  09/28

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

14 Books Total, 12 of them Audiobooks and 2 Kindle eBooks.  A Total of 4,897 pages (including Audio).

 

Since I tend to pick books based on there covers...my pick for the best cover of the month goes to...

 

...it's actually a tie between Sea Witch and Contagion. 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-09-10 18:19
What not to do when you find something in the water...
Something in the Water - Catherine Steadman

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~BOOK BLURB~

Something In The Water

Catherine Steadman

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If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you?

 

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .

 

Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares?

 

Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .

 

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This has a killer start, like literally…and then segues into 3 months earlier…from there we get Erin's story of how she got to that point.  You start out knowing how it's going to end, but you're still left pondering throughout the story on how it could have gotten to that point.  The question is…does it all come together in a plausible way…my answer to that question is:  maybe, sort of... 

 

Either way, the story itself is quite entertaining, some of the decisions this couple make, either together or separately, are purely ludicrous.  They are sort of like a train wreck running full speed ahead.  The writing is a tad on the choppy side but this is narrated by the author herself and I think she does admiral job, she is an actress after all.  Who better to read your own words with the right inflection than you, yourself…

 

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~MY RATING~

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.5/5 

Main Characters~ 3.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.5/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.3/5

Originality~ 3.8/5

Ending~ 3.5/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope

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Book Cover~  It's good…goes with the story.

Narration~ ☆4.5☆ for Catherine Steadman, she narrated her own book…she wasn't half bad.

Setting~ London, England and Bora Bora

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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I used this book to fill my New Release Square for Halloween Bingo

 

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review 2018-06-21 20:07
Something in the Water - Catherine Steadman

This book begins with someone telling us how to dig a grave. Right off the bat, you know someone is going to die and it's not accidental.

Then the story starts at the beginning of this couple's relationship. I found myself rooting for this couple all along the way until after the honeymoon. Then I definitely changed my mind. Of course, it went back and forth for a while. I couldn't figure out who was the actual bad guy.

There were many suspects and this was definitely a gripping read. Towards the end my pulse was racing, I couldn't read the book fast enough. And then the spiel about the Glock? Come on, get with the book. HA!!!

Excellent read. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.

Thanks to Random House Ballantine and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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