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review 2019-04-19 23:00
DAISY JONES AND THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Narrated by a Full Cast
Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid,Jennifer Beals,Benjamin Bratt,Robbin Cuddy,Julia Whelan

The audio of DAISY JONES AND THE SIX joins a handful of others on my audio favorites list!

 

To be honest, I'm not sure that I would have enjoyed this book as much, if I had read it instead of listening. The full cast of narrators on it, and the fact that the entire story is told via interviews with the band members, their producers and other hangers-on? Made it PERFECT for an audiobook and these narrators BROUGHT IT HOME.

 

The story itself is about a band, and I love well told stories about music/bands/songwriters. I didn't find it to be predictable at all. In fact, I would have predicted that half of the band would be dead before the end book, but that never happened. I expected a couple of hook ups-they never happened. I expected a down slide into drugs and alcohol...well, that partly happened, but mostly in the opposite direction. (If you read it, you'll get what I'm saying.)

 

I loved this audio, and it might have even caused me to shed a tear or two at the very end, which was also unexpected. If you are a music lover, I think you'll dig the story. However, I HIGHLY recommend the full cast audio production because these narrators knocked it out of the park.

 

*I downloaded this audio from my local library. Libraries RULE!*

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review 2019-04-16 22:47
Good Story and Good Characters
Dark Swan - Gena Showalter

Lilica Swan isn’t quite human or otherworlder; she is the best—and worst—of both. She is willing to do whatever proves necessary to save her sister from the seductive and deadly Alien Investigation and Removal agent, Dallas Gutierrez, even bonding her lifeforce to his by effectively marrying him. But the bond will fade without consummation. Can Dallas resist his insatiable desire for the powerful beauty? Or will she lead to his ultimate downfall?

This was a pretty decent read. It was a novella so it was pretty quick to get through. I haven’t read this author in a long time and only her Underworld series, which I really enjoyed. That said, if you like novellas and don’t mind the quick pace, you will like this book.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2019-04-16 20:08
The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz
The Dark Game - Jonathan Janz

I have to admit that I had a little struggle with this book because the font on my ARC was so teeny tiny I could only read the story in 20 minute increments before my eyes started to cry and reading became an impossibility. After trying to read it this way for over two weeks I finally gave up and requested an eArc via Netgalley. Thank you Netgalley and Flame Tree Press for the arc’s! The author has confirmed that final copies will have an easier to read font so your eyeballs need not worry.

 

This is a story about a group of writers who are invited to join in on a game at a creepy old mansion hosted by a creepier old writer. A Dark Game, mwahaha. The winner will receive fame and fortune and all they desire and who doesn’t want that? Everything about this game and its mysterious host is weird and ultra-creepy but the prize is irresistible. The losers? Well, you do not want to lose this game and that’s all I’ll be saying about that . . .

 

When the story begins it tells the tale of a full cast of characters in alternating chapters and, likely because I was reading it in such short bursts, I had a difficult time keeping track of who was who and whose back story went with who and I kept mixing them all up in my head. I kept hoping a few of them would get killed off fast in order to end some of my confusion. I know, how selfish of me, but it is the truth. I don’t like straining my brain that hard after a long day of life and some of these characters were no good trashy people anyway and no great loss to humanity, if you’re asking me.

 

I enjoyed this book once the cast was trimmed down a bit, as I knew I would. The whole atmosphere was very well done and I enjoyed learning about the darkness hiding inside most of these characters. Reading about terrible and sordid secrets is my one of my favorite past-times and this book delivered on those. There were lots of nasty surprises to be found and watching the characters get all vicious with each other was a bit of blast!

 

This is a wild book that really ramps up in its last few acts. If your memory is better than mine and you can handle a large cast of characters, I bet you’re going to fall right into this deliciously evil story and not come up for breath until you finish.

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review 2019-04-16 18:45
THE NEST by Gregory Douglas
The Nest - Gregory A. Douglas

 One of my favorite sub-genres of horror is the creature feature, and boy does this one deliver! On a small island off the coast of Cape Cod, something is happening in the middle of the island's dump. There's hissing and movements, then someone's dog dies and so begins THE NEST.

 

I'm not going to make like this book is some kind of literary achievement, because it's not. (Does anyone really pick up a giant cockroach book and think it's literary? I guess it's possible, but it's not the case here.) What this book IS is....just plain romping and chomping F-U-N!

 

Set on an island in my home state-the isolation makes for a cockroach feast! And that's basically what we get: cockroaches feeding on this one and on that one, in increasingly inventive and gross ways. (See my previous statement: F-U-N!)

 

Being that this was originally written back in 1980 we also get: some preachy scientist talk, some man-splaining, a smidge of schmaltzy romance, a wee bit of anti-feminism, and a tad of classism. Did I mention the gross cockroach kills?

 

Okay, so this isn't the "great American novel" but what it is is a lot of gross out laughter and chills, and a few hours of mindless entertainment. In these political times, who couldn't use that? I would have given this three stars based on the writing alone, but I added a half star because of the FUN factor!

 

Recommended to fans of 80's horror and creature features!

 

Valancourt Books has teamed up with Grady Hendrix and Will Errickson (Co-Authors of PAPERBACKS FROM HELL), to bring you an entire line of horror books from the 70's and 80's called the PAPERBACKS FROM HELL series.

 

Find out more about the series here: http://www.valancourtbooks.com/paperbacksfromhell.html

 

*I was given an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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text 2019-04-16 07:10
New Release Blitz - Forever Mine

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Forever Mine

Tormentor Mine, Book Four by Anna Zaires

Publication Date: April 16, 2019

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance

 

 

 

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I fought against fate, and I won. I made a deal with the devil to keep her. It was supposed to be over. We were meant to be happy. Too bad my enemies had other plans.  

 

 

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  Anna Zaires is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of sci-fi romance and contemporary dark romance. She fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. 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.  

 

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