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review 2017-05-20 19:59
My Review In One Word... Melancholy
Of Metal and Wishes - Sarah Fine

 

 

Book Title: Of Metal and Wishes

Author: Sarah Fine

Narration:  Alexandra Bailey

Series: Of Metal and Wishes #1

Genre: YA, Steampunk, Romance

Setting: Gochan Slaughterhouse

Source:  Audible Owned

 

 

 

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⇝Book Theme Song⇜

(link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Ghost In The Machine by B.o.B  --This song is for Bo…I found him this lyric video…and that's my offering…maybe he'll grant my wish???

Tell me where am I supposed to go?

And who am I supposed to believe.

If only you knew what I knew.

Then you could see just what I see 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜  

4/5 STARS

or B+

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

It's difficult to pinpoint what this book is, genre wise…it's like this mash-up of alternative history/steampunk/historical.  It has an overall dark and somber feel to it, that left me sad…just sad for Wen, for Melik and especially for Bo. 

 

 

It's said, by many, that this is a retelling of Phantom of the Opera. Unfortunately, I can't really say that it does that well, because I don't know that story.  It is very well written, and the narration on Audio is superbly done.  I think…that I want to keep on with the series despite the overwhelming sadness that I felt while listening to this, because I feel a need to know what happens to these characters.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  "…to be Continued"

 

Will I continue this series?  I believe so.

 

 

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review 2017-05-07 20:49
GHOST (Boston Underworld Book 3) - A. Zavarelli

 

 

 

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Drown by Bring Me The Horizon  --Talia's song, and Alexi's song too, but before they did their own version of healing.♫

 

 

Book Title:  Ghost

Author:  A Zavarelli

Narration:  Tracy Marks

Series:  Boston Underworld #3

Genre:  Mafia, Dark Romance

Publisher:  A Zavarelli

SourceI received audiobook via Audiobook Boom

in exchange for an honest review.

 

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OVERALL RATING:  3.3/5 STARS 

GRADE = B-

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Some of the others who have read this book, have loved it. And yet, the reasons that they loved it so much more than the first two books, are the same reasons that I did not like as much as the first two books.  The biggest of those reason's being that it's darker than the first two stories.  Darker in a way that makes it physically painful to read at times.

 

Talia's story is sad and heartbreaking, and yet I didn't really feel like I connected to her as much as I wanted too.  Alexi is clearly broken too, and his story is heartbreaking, but made even more so by the treatment of his family or Vory as they're called.  I'm just not feeling this Vory…their code that they live by or whatever.  I don't think it's for me.  

 

Tracy Marks has done excellently with the narration of this series…but this particular story, and I think it may be because of the Russian accent rather than the Irish accent, fell a little short of excellent for me.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.5/5

Main Characters:  3.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5 For Magda

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5A

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  3.8/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I continue this series?  Well I have already received Saint from Audiobook Boom, so I would say that I will.

 

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review 2017-04-14 15:03
Queen of Always (Stolen Empire Book 3) - Sherry D. Ficklin

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Leader of the Broken Hearts by Papa Roach  --Catherine is tasked with some difficult decisions that leave her not so lucky in love. Ultimately, she did it all for Russia…

And now I finally know what it feels like

To risk everything and still survive

When you’re standing on the battlefield

And all the pain is real

That’s when you realize

That you must’ve done something right

'Cause you’ve never felt so alive

*note:  all the lyric video's for this song were not quite the right one, but this one's at least visually engaging…but some of the lyrics are wrong.

 

Book Title:  Queen of Always

Author:  Sherry D Ficklin

Series:  Stolen Empire #3

Genre:  Older YA, Historical

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

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Overall Rating:  4.3/5 STARS (GRADE=A-)

 

My Thoughts

 

She's ruthless, because she has to be…she's loved because she's fair.  She's the queen because she took it.

A stunning conclusion to the Stolen Empire Series…a sometimes poignant, sometimes encouraging, with some serious OMG moments leading up to her stealing the crown from her asinine (and that word doesn't even cover it) husband, Peter.  For such a short book it really packs a punch.

 

⇝Sex Factor⇜ This is older ya for sure because of the graphic content and the sex.  Especially, one scene in particular…wow (maybe a little TMI).

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.3/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  No

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I would

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text 2017-03-28 07:53
TORMENTOR MINE by Anna Zaires ♥ RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Tormentor Mine
Author: Anna Zaires
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: March 28, 2017
 
Blurb
A new dark romance from New York Times bestseller Anna Zaires
He came to me in the night, a cruel, darkly handsome stranger from the most dangerous corners of Russia. He tormented me and destroyed me, ripping apart my world in his quest for vengeance. Now he's back, but he’s no longer after my secrets. The man who stars in my nightmares wants me.    
Purchase your copy today!
 
​Read an Excerpt from Sara's POV
I meet his gaze, and everything inside me jolts. It feels like I got shocked with a defibrillator. For the first time, I see him in the light of day without alcohol or drugs in my system. For the first time, I fully comprehend how dangerous he is. He’s leaning back in his chair, his long, jean-clad legs stretched out and crossed at the ankles under the small round table. It’s a casual pose, but there’s nothing casual about the dark power that rolls off him in waves. He’s not just dangerous; he’s lethal. I see it in the metallic ice of his gaze and the coiled readiness of his large body, in the arrogant set of his jaw and the cruel curve of his lips. This is a man who lives and breathes violence, an apex predator for whom rules of society don’t exist. A monster who’s tortured and killed countless people. The surge of anger and hatred that comes with the thought cuts through my fear, and I take a step forward, then another and another until I’m walking toward him on almost steady legs. If he wanted to kill me, he could’ve already done it in a million different ways, so whatever he wants today must be something different. Something even more evil. “Hello, Sara,” he says, rising to his feet as I approach. “It’s good to see you again.” His deep voice wraps around me, his soft Russian accent caressing my ears. It should sound ugly, that voice from my nightmares, but like everything else about him, it’s deceptively appealing. “What do you want?” I’m being rude, but I don’t care. We’re long past politeness and good manners. There’s no use pretending this is a normal get-together. The only reason I’m here is because not showing up could endanger my parents. “Please, sit.” He motions to the chair across from him and sits down. “I took the liberty of ordering a cup of coffee for you. Black, no sugar… and decaf, since you’re not working today.” I glance at the second cup—prepared exactly the way I would’ve ordered it—then meet his gaze again. My heart drums in my throat, but my voice is even as I say, “You have been watching me.” “Yes, of course. But you figured that out last night, didn’t you?” I flinch. I can’t help it. If he saw me try to make that call, then he saw me stagger drunkenly into the bathroom and come out naked. If he’s been watching me for a while, he’s seen me in all sorts of private moments. “Sit, Sara.” He gestures at the chair again, and this time, I obey—if only to give myself a chance to calm down. Rage and fear are a tangle of live wires in my chest, and I feel like I’m one deep breath away from exploding. I’ve never been a violent person, but if I had a gun on me, I’d shoot him. I’d blow his brains all over the trendy Starbucks wall. “You hate me.” He says it calmly, as a statement of fact rather than a question, and I stare at him, caught off-guard. Does he read minds, or am I that transparent? “It’s okay,” he says, and I catch a glimmer of amusement in his eyes. “You can admit it. I promise not to hurt you today.” Today? What about tomorrow and the day after? My hands form into fists under the table, my nails digging into my skin. “Of course I hate you,” I say as steadily as I can manage. “Is that a surprise?” “No, of course not.” He smiles, and my lungs tighten, preventing me from breathing. It’s not a perfect smile—his teeth are white, but one is slightly crooked on the bottom, and his lower lip has a tiny scar that wasn’t visible until now—but it’s magnetic nonetheless. It’s a smile nature designed for one purpose only: to lure in unwary women and make them forget the monster underneath. ©Anna Zaires
​About the Author
Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In 2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels. Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing. Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process. In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong, anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long walks with her amazing husband. She loves hearing from her readers, so please don't hesitate to contact her through her website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too often. Also, please visit her husband and collaborator, Dima Zales, at http://www.dimazales.com and check out their fantasy & science fiction books.  
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review 2017-03-22 05:29
Again
Convicted: A Dark Ex-Con Romance - Piper Sullivan

Jason is just getting out of prison early for good behavior.  The only thing he looks forward to is Ally, his sister's best friend.  They have a hot history and he is interested in a repeat.

 

Ally cannot seem to stay away form Jason, nor say no to him.  Their attraction is like a match to flame, every time they are alone together it ignites!  With all that is going on, is there a future in there for them?

 

This book has a good main story.  I felt like the pace was rushed.  The characters were hot together.  I realize that not every book is for everyone.  This one was just too close the deal for me.  I give this story a 2/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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