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review 2018-05-16 17:59
4.3 Out Of 5 STARS for To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
To Kill a Kingdom - Alexandra Christo

 

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~BOOK BLURB~ 

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most--a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens are more than an unsavory hobby--it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of the siren kind for good--But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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A darkish Little Mermaid retelling…what more do you need to say? 

 

Narration for this was spot-on.  Stephanie Willis sultry voice was fantastic and she evoked the darkness that is Lira beautifully so.   I absolutely loved her POV.  Jacob York is satisfactory for the level-headed Elian.  My only issue is I wasn't always able to stay in this while listening.  I think it was mostly during Elian's POV…I easily forgot that I was supposed to be paying attention. (((This may have been influenced by my free-cell addiction)))

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 3.8/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Fabulous

Narration~ 5☆ -Stephanie Willis & Jacob York were both fantastic.

Setting~ Sea Kingdom of Keto

Source~ Own on Audible

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review 2018-04-03 19:24
4.3 Out of 5 "Peter Lies" Stars
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook - Christina Henry,Samuel Roukin

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Lost Boy:  The True Story of Captain Hook

Christina Henry

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There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

 

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter's idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

 

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter lies.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Once I acclimated to the narrator's voice I found myself thoroughly engaged in this tale.  I struggled with the first half or so because I really didn't like the narrator.  Primarily, I felt Hook should have had a different intonation than his. 

 

It is a tad on the dark side and possibly not for the faint of heart.  I wouldn't classify it as Horror, as many on GR have.  Maybe for YA genre, this could be considered Horror, though.  Overall, by the ending, I was completely onboard with Christina Henry's take on this...A messy little tale about why Hook (Jamie) hates Pan so much, and why he is stranded in, and destined to not ever leave, the place they call Neverland.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Well, sort of…

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Book Cover~ It's Okay

Narration~ ☆3.2☆ Samuel Roukin, I think he was a tad pretentious.

Setting~ Neverland

Source~ Own Audible Audiobook

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review 2018-02-09 22:21
4.3 Out Of 5 "Cinder & Ella" Stars
Cinder & Ella - Kelly Oram

 

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

A super sweet modern-day retelling of Cinderella.  This has it all; evil step-sister(s), a famous guy that every girl wants, and a sweet blogger girl, who just needs to cut a break in life.  Early on, when reading this, I was worried that it was going to be one of those sappy, eye-roll-inducing kind of YA reads.  I soldiered on and it paid off because it ended up being quite good.  It deals with some heavy subjects in a mostly realistic manner, without being too grievous. 

 

There is a second book to this and I guess it adds more to their love story, I'm not sure that I'll read it, though, because overall this ended quite nicely for me.

 

 

 

~MY RATING~ 4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4.2/5

Ending~ 4/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ I don't really like the old cover (above), but I do like the new one (below).

Setting~ LA, California

Series~  Cinder & Ella #1

Source~ I Own Kindle eBook

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My Cover looked like this:

 

 

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review 2018-02-06 19:39
Jack (of Beanstalk fame) and Rapunzel save fantasy!New York
Calamity Jack - Dean Hale;Shannon Hale

This second entry keeps all the fun, humor, action, and social commentary of the first but shifts the setting east for an urban makeover. It's the late 19th century and giants are pulling the strings of the city in this revolutionary spin on Jack and the Beanstalk. Art continues to be appealing, funny and a little manic.

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review 2018-01-29 18:07
The YA fairytale retelling you've never heard of but need to read
Duckling Ugly - Neal Shusterman

This series is begging for fresh covers and a grand rerelease. There's such a wave of fairytale retellings making the rounds in YA right now, and these offer a sharply insightful modern day variation with more chilling horror than sparkly princesses which seems like it'd be fresh and well received. They're pretty short reads, borderline novella, so maybe that's holding them back a little (and yeah, those covers *shudder*) but the human, social, and cultural insight explored through a sort of twisted magical frame is spot on. This one picks up on the ugly duckling primarily, with a dark hook centered around the idea of beauty - or ugliness - being skin deep vs. all the way through, and drawing from or contributing to its surroundings. Not to get too spoilery, but it almost heads into YA paranormal territory; not quite vampires, but shades-of. Murder and abuse and Carrie-like bullying abound in a depressed smalltown (southern?) America setting.

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