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review 2019-10-05 22:12
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS for The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black

FEATURING

 
Vampires
Dystopian-ish
Like A Slightly Skewed Version of Our World
Quarantined Vampire Towns
Kick-Ass Heroine
A Smattering of Romance
Stand-Alone


With Audio Performed by Christine Lakin
 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.7 STARS | GRADE A



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
I've had this on TBR for an eternity now, and I should have read this sooner.  The ratings for this are all over the place...and I am one of the readers who found this to be a refreshingly real (and I use that term loosely, of course) take on vampires.  As real as a Dystopian/Apocalyptic/slightly skewed version of our world with a Vampire Virus-like premise can be, anyhow.  We still have electricity and even the internet and teenagers are still trying to find the ultimate party.  So, not so different...just the added element of Coldtowns.

The writing is excellent, the Vampires are scary, the MC is kind of badass, the romance is minimal and lastly, the audio version of this is quite fantastic.  It has music, either at the beginning of a chapter or the end of one.  Scary music gets me every time, what can I say.  Christine Lakin does a pretty good job with the narration, also.  If you haven't read this yet, and you like a totally different vibe of Vampires than the Twilight Series, I highly recommend it.  Especially, on Audio!
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 4.8/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 4.7/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.4/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 5/5 CliffhangerIt is kind of open-ended...
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Book Cover It's okay...but I can't help but think that it may be the reason it's taken me so long to read this.
Setting Mostly Springfield, MA
Source Audiobook (Library)
Length 12 hours, 6 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR VAMPIRES SQUARE
 
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review 2019-06-10 22:05
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy) - Marie Rutkoski

 

Book #2 of The Winner's Trilogy

 

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Dystopian/Fantasy
Lies & Betrayals
YA
Revolution
Crappy Narration
Book #1 Rating: ☆3.8☆

 

 

With Audio Performed By Justine Eyre

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏ My Rating ๏ ๏ ๏

 

2.5STARS - GRADE=D+

 

 


๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

I really need to quit listening to books narrated by Justine Eyre because I really do not like her voice inflections/tonality or whatever you want to call it. I thought I could get past it, but I can't. If I finish this series, I need to wait about a year to do it, maybe then I can listen to her narration without cringing.

 

Overall, it's difficult for me to say how I feel about this second book, I was hoping the story would wow me enough and make the lack of good narrator unnecessary, unfortunately, it didn't do that. I didn't really find the content exciting until the last half hour of the book. Otherwise, I just found it boring. This series is well-loved by many, so my experience shouldn't influence you too much, other than to the skip the Audio, maybe. This is one that should be read.

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 2.8/5
Narration Performance⇝ 1/5
Main Characters⇝ 2.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝1.5/5
Pacing⇝ 2.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 2.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 2.8/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.5/5
Originality⇝ 3.5/5
Ending⇝ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Yeah...
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Book Cover⇝ Very eye-catching...
Setting⇝ Valoria...I believe.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-06-07 14:23
3.2 Out Of 5 Stars for Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Lies Beneath - Anne Greenwood Brown

 

Lies Beneath #1

 

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MerPeople
Killer Mermaids
Lake Superior Setting
Insta-Romance

 

 

With Audio Performed by MacLeod Andrews

 

 


๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Lies Beneath is not a bad story, more like a meh story. The idea behind it is an interesting one, mermaids who kill to survive and live in the Great Lakes...seriously killer Mermaids are kinda cool. Unfortunately, the idea of it is cooler than the actual story. Some Authors have the ability to pull a reader into the story and make them really feel it, but I didn't feel that with this Author. Initially, I was drawn to this story because the setting is Lake Superior, being from Michigan, I thought it was super cool to have a setting close to home, even though it was a part of Lakes Superior by Minnesota, I still kinda dug it. The narration was decently done, Macleod Andrews doesn't usually disappoint. I did not know until a couple of days after I finished this that it has two more books...I thought it was a stand-alone. The ending did kind of leave it with things unsaid, but I was fine with that. So, I honestly don't think I will continue the series.

 

๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

3.2STARS - GRADE=C+

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 3.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Characters⇝ 3.5/5
The Feels⇝ 2.3/5
Pacing⇝ 3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.5/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 3.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Meh...not really.
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Book Cover⇝ A bit deceiving, since the pov is from a MerMan
Setting⇝ Lake Superior, North Shore in Minnesota
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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Goodreads | Booklikes | BookDigits

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review 2019-06-01 19:26
A Sad Faced 3.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Book #2 in the Prodigy Chronicles by C.L. Denault
Mimic (The Prodigy Chronicles #2) - C.L. Denault

The Prodigy Chronicles #2

 

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Dystopian
Magically Fantastic...Maybe
Young Adult
Futuristic Techy
Romance
Gambit Book #1 Rating ☆5☆

 

 


๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏

 

This disappointed me in so many ways...I absolutely loved Gambit and stalked Denaults Twitter relentlessly waiting for updates on the second book. Maybe, I built this up in my own head too much and set myself up for disappointment, I don't know???

 

I am confused with where this series is going overall. I don't get what motivates this society, other than violence, greed and the domination of the poor. I don't know fully, how to put into words what it made me feel, all I know is it feels like it's going in a different direction than what it felt like in the first book. I love the romance between Reece and Willow, and that was all but ignored in this book, and that probably has something to do with how I feel. I will read the next book to see where it's going and because I'm hoping I can find my way back to what I felt in book #1.

 

I also would like less nattering about fashion and what they are wearing all the time, seriously you could shave about 100 pages off this book with less about that.

 

๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏

 

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏

 

Plot⇝ 3.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 3.5/5
Pacing⇝ 3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 3.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Yes!
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Book Cover⇝ It's pretty...
Setting⇝ The London Core
Source⇝ Own Kindle eBook
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Goodreads | Booklikes | BookDigits

Amazon | Kobo | Barnes&Noble 

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review 2019-05-16 14:25
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Curse (Audio) - Marie Rutkoski

 

The Winner's Trilogy #1

 

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Heavy-ish on the Fantasy
Light on the Dystopian
YA
Revolution
Enslavement
Romance (of a sort)
 
 
 
 
 

With Audio Performed by Justine Eyre

 
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
With over 80,000 readers and an overall rating of 4.01 on Goodreads, you know that there are a few people who loved this, sadly, I'm not one of them...but I did like it, and I will more than likely keep listening to the series.  I might have liked it more if I had read it a few years ago...but reading it at this point...I feel like the writing and the overall story was there but I wasn't.

 
๏~ I found the world to be somewhat indiscriminent...it felt like a fantasy (with fantastical names and such) but also felt like a future dystopian-like society too.  Which does it want to be?  There is no magic system...but this I actually liked because I've been feeling like it's (magic) really played out lately.  The ending came out of nowhere to me...and I'm still a little confused about how it came about.
 
๏~ With the exception of Kestral and Arin, there is very little character development, but even they feel kind of wishy-washy to me.  It's as if the side characters were just inconsequential. 

๏~ The romance left me wanting more.  Do they like each other or not, is it enough that they do...this is what will keep me listening to series, ultimately.  I do love a good angsty romance, and I feel like the potential is there for that.  You know, with their people at war with each other and all.

 
Or...

My disappointment in this could stem from the fact that I listened to this right after listening to Daisy Jones & the Six (and I freaking loved that) and I couldn't really get into the right frame of mind for it...like a book hangover kind of feeling.  I don't know??? 

The Audio was okay but could have been better.  I can't seem to stress this enough...if you have pov's from both a female and a male character, then you should always have both a female and male narrators.


๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

3.8STARS - GRADE=B

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3.5/5
The Feels⇝ 3.7/5
Pacing⇝ 3.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.2/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.2/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Of course...
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Book Cover⇝  It's pretty
Setting⇝ Herran, a peninsula conquered by the Valorians  
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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