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review 2019-04-29 21:56
2.5 Out Of 5 "I've might have been too generous with them" STARS for Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison
Lie to Me: A Fast-Paced Psychological Thriller - J.T. Ellison

 

๏ ๏ ๏  Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Separate Narrators for each POV
Mystery
Psychological Thriller
Questionable Plot Twists
 

With Narration Performed by Matthew Waterson, Saskia Maarleveld, Sarah Naughton & Julia Whelan

 

 
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
This book tried to have these compelling plot twists that just came off as somewhat ridiculous and hard to swallow, especially towards the last third of the book.  I was sort of feeling things until that point, and it just went downhill after that.  It felt, to me, that she was going for shock factor more than anything else.  The narration was very decently done, without that, I probably would have been super angry that I wasted my time on the story at all.
 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

2.5STARS - GRADE=D+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 2.7/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 2/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 2.7/5
The Feels⇝ 3.5/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 2/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝ Boring
Setting⇝ Kentucky
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-02-22 07:10
Blog Tour w/ Review - The Crush Collision

 

 

 

The Crush Collision 

by Danielle Ellison

(Southern Charmed #2)

Publication Date: February 18, 2019

Publisher: Entangled Teen: Crush



Haley Howell has had a hopeless crush on her brother’s best friend, Jake Lexington, for as long as she can remember. Too bad to him, she’ll forever be off-limits. But with senior year and acceptance to a college outside their tiny southern town of Culler, South Carolina, comes new confidence. Haley’s ready to get Jake to notice her—whatever it takes.

No one in Culler notices the real Jake anymore—to them, he’s nothing more than the star football player or the kid with the family tragedy. When one mistake lands him in community service, he’s shocked to find his best friend’s little sister there, too, looking cute as hell and threatening all his no-friends-with-benefits rules. But Jake isn’t ready to take a chance, no matter how crafty Haley’s willing to get to prove him otherwise… 

 

Link to Goodreads:

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43602666-the-crush-collision

 

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Amazon | Amazon Australia | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | B&N | iBooks | Kobo

Link to Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/blog-tour-the-crush-collision-southern-charmed-2-by-danielle-ellison/

 

 

 

 

The Crush Collision (Southern Charmed, #2)The Crush Collision by Danielle Ellison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is #2, in the Southern Charmed series. This can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Haley has been in love with her brother's best friend for years. When they have more in common during the school year - they end up spending time together. Can she keep it a secret from her own BFF who thinks she is in love with Jake?

Jake is finding this the worst year of his life. The only thing he looks forward to right now is spending time with his best friend's little sister. He wants to tell everyone but knows it will cut their time together short. Will he get the guts to tell all?

This series is so good. I love the couples and friendships. This is my favorite trope - no secret there - but I especially love when its done right. I loved the characters and how rich and deep they were. Considering all the touchy subjects touched on in the book this was a terrific way to read about them.


***This early copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

Danielle Ellison is a nomad, always on the lookout for an adventure and the next story. In addition to writing, she’s the founder and coordinator of the NoVa TEEN Book Festival. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges. She is newly settled in Oklahoma (for now) with her cat, Simon, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

 

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review 2019-02-22 03:52
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The Crush Collision (Southern Charmed #2) - Danielle Ellison

This is #2, in the Southern Charmed series.  This can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Haley has been in love with her brother's best friend for years.  When they have more in common during the school year - they end up spending time together.  Can she keep it a secret from her own BFF who thinks she is in love with Jake?

 

Jake is finding this the worst year of his life.  The only thing he looks forward to right now is spending time with his best friend's little sister.  He wants to tell everyone but knows it will cut their time together short.  Will he get the guts to tell all?

 

This series is so good.  I love the couples and friendships.  This is my favorite trope - no secret there - but I especially love when its done right.  I loved the characters and how rich and deep they were.  Considering all the touchy subjects touched on in the book this was a terrific way to read about them.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2019-01-04 08:00
The Sixth Day
The Sixth Day (A Brit in the FBI) - Catherine Coulter,J.T. Ellison

Title : The Six Day

by: Catherine Coulter

Series: A Brit in the FBI #5

Pages: 529

Genre: Adult Thriller

Netgalley ARC

Date read: 1/4/19

Rating: 5

book synopsis

pecial agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine take on a ruthless mastermind in this highly anticipated new thriller in the New York Times bestselling 'A Brit in the FBI' series

When several major political figures die mysteriously, officials declare the deaths are from natural causes. Then the German Vice-Chancellor dies on the steps of 10 Downing Street and a drone is spotted hovering over the scene. The truth becomes clear - these high-profile deaths are well-constructed assassinations, and the Covert Eyes team is tasked to investigate.

With the help of Dr Isabella Marin, a young expert in the enigmatic Voynich Manuscript and cryptophasia (twin language), Nicholas and Michaela home in on Roman Ardelean, a wealthy cybersecurity genius and a descendant of fifteenth century Romanian Vlad the Impaler - often romanticised as Dracula. Ardelean believes the Voynich Manuscript will unlock the secret to curing his severely ill twin brother’s blood disorder and is willing to murder anyone who gets in his way, including Nicholas and Michaela.

Along with MI5, the Covert Eyes team must race against the clock to find Ardelean before he unleashes a devastating attack on London intended to destroy those he believes betrayed him.

My thoughts :

Why did it take me this long to pick this book up , I can see why my friend Robin loves this series , because it pulls you in once you start to read and then your hooked and don't want to stop reading it, love how the author mixed the past with the present , love how she brings the characters to live , now I want to read the rest of the series . Even though this is the only book of her's I've read ,this story has some touches to it that reminds me of James Rollins books , which I love to read, so happy that I found a series that is like my favorite series by James Rollins, with that said I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read it and review it .

 

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review 2018-11-09 09:46
Masquerading: "All the Lies That Are My Life" by Harlan Ellison
All the Lies That Are My Life - Harlan Ellison


(Original review, 1980-10-29)



At WorldCon, Harlan discussed this story a bit, and read an hour's worth of it to us. The story is pseudo-autobiographical; i.e., bits and pieces of Harlan's and Bob Silverberg's personalities and lives are entwined into both of the "main" characters (Bedloe and Crowstairs).
 
 
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

 

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