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review 2019-02-24 06:49
Blow Me Away (Mile High Matched #2) by Christina Hovland
Blow Me Away (Mile High Matched #2) - Christina Hovland

 

 

First impressions are everything when it comes to business, but what about when it comes to matters of the heart? Blow Me Away pushes all the right buttons to brighten any day. Hovland spices up the bookshelf by appealing to the heart. Jase and Heather turn a relationship of convenience into a humorous meeting of the heart. Awesome.

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review 2019-02-10 08:51
Vox
Vox - Christina Dalcher

Something like 2.5 stars, as I'm on the fence with this one. It has powerful messages, including a reminder that often, all it takes for evil to win is for good people to do nothing. Not that you always have that much of a choice (I've spent all my voting life picking the lesser evil candidate for president in my country, because there's just no 'good' candidate at all), but nvm. And while these messages are delivered in a not-so-subtle way, well, at least that makes them easy to see and to contemplate. The book is also a fast and easy read, with short chapters, and the first 100 pages are quite anger-eliciting, which is good in a book IMHO regardless of its other flaws—when the book leaves me indifferent, that's when I have a problem.

The issues I had with "Vox" were more of the literary kind. For starters, the characters weren't so likeable. Some are definitely not meant to be, of course, and that was not the issue; but for a story where women should be the ones reclaiming power, Jean relies so much on the men around her, including at the end, and that was disappointing. Plot-wise, the scientific premise demanded too much suspension of disbelief (one week to develop a medication, that kind of thing), and the ending was very rushed, which weakened the story for me.

In spite of my rating, though, it is a story worth reading for its message.

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review 2019-02-09 00:05
The Night Olivia Fell
The Night Olivia Fell - Christina McDonald
Abi got the call that most mothers would dread. It had come from the hospital, informing her that her daughter Olivia, had been in an accident. Rushed into surgery, Abi discovers that her daughter will never wake up from the surgery. This accident has caused permanent brain damage. Olivia’s body will be dependent forever upon tubes and machines to keep it alive.
 
Abi wants to know who did this to her daughter. Someone had to push her daughter and cause her to fall, but who? Abi recalls that Olivia had not been acting like herself lately but Abi hadn’t stopped to ask her daughter any questions. Abi mentions allowing Olivia to be organ donor but that is denied when the doctor explains that he discovered that Olivia is pregnant.
 
So, who did it and why? The answer isn’t easy. As Abi begins to investigate, she discovers that Olivia was doing some investigating of her own before this incident. Olivia had discovered a secret that Abi had been keeping from her and Olivia had been making great strides in her investigation. Forced now to confront her past, Abi’s journey to find the truth behind what happened to her daughter just got complicated.
 
I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review.

 

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text 2019-02-04 01:16
January Re-Cap
Devils Unto Dust - Emma Berquist
Long Live The Beautiful Hearts - Emma Scott
You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes
Sugar & Gold - Emma Scott
Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel
Bright Ruin - Vic James
Everything Unexpected - Caroline O'Nolan
All These Beautiful Strangers - Elizabeth Klehfoth
Sadie - Courtney Summers
Roomies - Christina Lauren

Plus...

 

The month of January was a decent reading month for me overall.  Lots of crappy/cold weather that kept me homebound, well, other than going to work.  I was able to get a decent amount of reading/listening in.

 

๏ ๏ ๏ A Bookish Obsession Monthly Reading Re-Cap ๏ ๏ ๏

 

 

{Audio} Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

 

Highlights Include:  

Zombie-like Creatures

Alternate History

Young Adult

 

Finish Date:  01/01

2.5STARS - GRADE=D+

 

 

 

{Netgalley eARC} Long Live the Beautiful Hearts by Emma Scott

 

Highlights Include:

Contemporary Romance

Wonderful Characters

A Favorite Author

Part 2 Of A Duology

 

Finish Date:  05/05

5+STARS - GRADE=A++

 

 

 

 

{Audio} You by Caroline Kepnes

 

Highlights Include:

JOE

Mouth-Dropping Moments

Sex-Plicit

 

Finish Date:  01/06

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

{Audio} Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott

 

Highlights Include:

Adult Contemporary Romance

Sexually Explicit Scenes (possibly a few too many)

Splash of Supernatural Elements

One of my Favorite Authors

 

Finish Date: 01/10

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

 

{Audio} Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

 

Highlights Include:

Giant Robots

Science Fiction w/Aliens

Life On Another Planet

Existential Elements

A Satisfying Ending

Full-Cast Narration

 

Finish Date: 01/13

5STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

{Audio} Bright Ruin by Vic James

 

Highlights Include:

Alternate/Dystopian-ish Society

Magic

Fantastical Elements

Intrigue

Good Triumphing Over Evil

A Small Splash of Romance

 

Finish Date: 01/17

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

{Kindle eBook} Everything Unexpected by Caroline Nolan

 

 

Highlights Include:

Adult Contemporary Romance

Friends to Lovers 

The heroine has the same name as ME! 

My second book by this Author

 

Finish Date: 01/19

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 

 

{Audio} All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth

 

Highlights Include:

Young Adult Contemporary

Pretty Little Liars Vibe

Boarding School Secret Society

Multi-Layered Mystery

Psychological Thriller

Three different Narrators

Stand-Alone

 

Finish Date: 01/22

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

{Audio} Sadie by Courtney Summers

 

Highlights Include:

Full-Cast Narration

Mystery

Revenge

Substance Abuse

YA Contemporary

Unique Format

 

Finish Date: 01/24

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

 

{Audio} Roomies by Christina Lauren

 

Highlights Include:

Let's Get Married then Fall In Love

Irish Hero

Musically Influenced

Rom-Com

New-to-Me Author

Sex-Plicit

 

Finish Date: 01/27

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

 

{Audio} Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

 

Highlights Include:

Present Day Interspersed With Historical Flashbacks

Pilgrims of Plymouth History

Mermaids

Cursed Ghosts

An Evil Sea Hag

Doomed Romance

 

Finish Date: 01/30

3STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

 

{Kindle eBook} Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

 

Highlights Include:

Adventure in Deep Space

Diverse Cast of Characters

Dystopian-ish

Horror-if-ic

YA Romance

A Stand-Alone

 

Finish Date: 01/31

3.3STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 

 

 

Plus One DNf @ 75%

 

 

 

 

JANUARY'S TOTAL BOOKS READ IS 13

 

 

10 Audiobooks

2 Kindle eBooks

& 1 Netgalley eARC

MY TOTAL # of pages read (including Audio) is 4,743

 

With Best Cover Going To...

 

 

 

 

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review 2019-02-03 17:18
4 Out Of 5 STARS Roomies by Christina Lauren
Roomies - Christina Lauren

 

๏ ๏ ๏  Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
Let's Get Married then Fall In Love
Irish Hero
Musically Influenced
Rom-Com
New-to-Me Author
Sex-Plicit
 
 
 
 

With Narration Performed by K.C. Sheridan



 
 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 
Set against a New York City backdrop, and immersed in the theatre of performing arts, this sweetly endearing story is just the type of book to delve into when you've been reading a lot of weighty type stories.  With just the right amount of funny added to an engaging romance and easily likable characters.   Is it the type of book you'll remember forever?  Possibly not...but that doesn't mean it isn't a worthwhile read/listen.  The narration was excellently performed by K.C. Sheridan.

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 3.8/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 3.8/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.5/5
Ending⇝ 3.8/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝  It fits the story well.
Setting⇝ New York City
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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