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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


 ๏ ๏ ๏  Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏ 


Heavy-ish on the Fantasy
Light on the Dystopian
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.


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 ๏ ๏ ๏ 




๏ 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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review 2019-05-13 03:17
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World) - Rebecca Roanhorse

I've seen this book and the second book of the Sixth World series by Rebecca Roanhorse reviewed here at BookLikes and I put it not only on my TBR list but to the front of the class and read probably one of the best books I've read this year.  Rebecca is an excellent writer and a better storyteller.  That's probably why she is a Hugo & Campbell award winner.  Her audiobooks are brilliantly performed by Tanis Parenteau, and she does this series justice!  Rebecca does a great job of writing science fiction, fantasy, and her Navajo heritage.


Our antihero is Maggie, a monster killer, trained by Neizghání who's Mother was a god and is known as a slayer of monsters.  Neizghání shows up in Maggie's life after she finds that she has a clan power, something that is rare in this post-armageddon life. The book starts up a couple of years after Neizghání abandons Maggie.  Now people come to Maggie and rely on her to kill monsters.  Maggie's first adventure in the book is to track down a missing little girl that turns out to have been taken by a monster.


That's all you'll get from me. a poorly written review but hopefully you will believe me when I tell you this book and series is worth your time.  It will be one of the series that will fill in for Hearne's Iron Druid series now that it is finished and also Jim Butcher's Dresden Files since he's probably decided to enjoy life for a while.  Rebeca Roanhorse's Sixth World series is that good.

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text 2019-05-05 23:56
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Raonhorse
Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World) - Rebecca Roanhorse

I just read the first chapter and this is really a good book.  I'm doing the audiobook and Tanis Parenteau is doing a great job telling the story. I know a lot of you have read this and that is why I'm reading it, because of your reviews.


So thanks for all the fish reviews!

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review 2019-05-02 18:59
Review: Anomaly by Krista McGee
Anomaly - Krista McGee

Title: Anomaly
Author: Krista McGee
Series: Anomaly, 1
Format: ebook
Length: 556 pages
Rating: 3 stars



Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things. She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong—and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community’s assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.

Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.

The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?



Favourite character: John
Least favourite character: Thalli



Just like the first time around, I wasn't the biggest fan of this book. I think Krista McGee's contemporary companion YA trilogy is much better. Thalli was whiny, and some of the science felt unbelievable. Will most likely reread the rest of the trilogy.



Thalli - Katherine Langford

Berk - Tom Holland

John - Ian McKellen

Dr. Loudin - Ben Mendelsohn

Rhen - Dakota Fanning

Stone - Noah Gray-Cabey

Asta - Sarah Jeffrey

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review 2019-04-28 16:20
The Recovery by Suzanne Young
The Recovery - Suzanne Young

This was a great little story about Michael Realm and his mission to make things better. He did a lot in his time as a handler in The Program. His conscience has seemed to kick in and now he wants to right his wrongs. Noble enough and from the heart, that is why it's good.
If you are a fan of the series and read the books, read this one.



Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2019/04/the-recovery-by-suzanne-young-18.html
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