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review 2018-02-19 02:57
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman
So ... this series has me screaming, but internally because my family is around.

I was honestly surprised by how much I'm enjoying this series. I haven't read anything like this before but maybe this is because I just haven't ventured into this genre before or something. Either way, this is new for me.

One of my favourite things about this is the way that it's told. It's set up as a dossier with files and collections of messages sent between people and reports and video footage. The authors even went so far as to provide actual faces for almost all of the characters which is just great. There's all this pretty artwork on top of it too to keep things interesting.

And I admire how diverse the characters are, you have characters from every race and ethnicity out there and they're not background characters either, they're important. 

I need to talk about AIDAN for a second, the artificial intelligence system, because I've never been so infuriated in such a long time over an artificial intelligence system. It barely even has a personality and yet ... you wanna punch a computer in the screen just from reading this book. AIDAN is fucking crazy, like watching it develop a consciousness in the first book was honestly terrifying. This shit followed me into my dreams like I'm not joking, I was S C A R E D. But then you grow to enjoy AIDAN and it takes a lot to turn you around from hating an AI system to being like oh okay I guess you're not that bad.

I know that a few people have a problem with the romance line in the series but I honestly don't see why as it doesn't take away from the story. Like it's pretty background music type of stuff you know, it doesn't take away focus from the main story and what's really happening or what the reader is meant to be focusing on. If anything, I think it adds to the story, I feel as if I understand the characters a little better because of the underlying romance. You understand their motives more and why they do what they have to do.

I also really appreciate that the text messages they send each other are readable. Pretty much all of the time that adults attempt to write teenage talk through text it's literally unreadable. As a teenager, I can't read shit whenever I see an author's attempt to write teenage text. It takes me a good 5-10 minutes to figure out what the fuck the author is talking about BECAUSE YOU CAN'T READ THE TEXT. 

"But they're adults, they haven't been teenagers in a while." I hear you, but also just talk to a 17-year-old, text them, see how they respond. Mimic it. It's not that hard.

So yeah, I appreciate that the text talk was readable and accurate.

Also hey, let's appreciate Ella, who's disabled but still has spunk to her and is still hella smart and a force to be reckoned with. 

And the plot was really good, it kept moving at a good pace and new things kept popping up to keep you moving so things never got dull. I was honestly tense and anxious while reading this just waiting to hear what else was going to pop up. And I didn't see any of the plot twists that came up in the book, like the signs were there I just didn't think anything of it until the end and then it hit me like a brick.

So yeah, I recommend the series, I thought everything about it was great and I'm pumped for the last book to come out to see how this ends.

 

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review 2018-01-20 20:59
4.5 Out of 5 "Angelkins" Stars
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild - Audible Studios, Allison McLemore,Diana Rowland

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

This is my favorite book of the series since the first one.  A lot more action and less slow-boring time.  It was a little tedious in the beginning when she was abusing the V-12 (not sure if that is correct spelling…{{{because of audio}}}.  It quickly moves from that into some action complete with some angel-style ass-kicking. 

 

Alison McLemore brings Angel and her southern twang to life.  I totally recommend audio for this series…even if you've been reading them so far because she sounds exactly like I think Angel should.  If an audiobook can be pitch perfect…this would be that.

 

~MY RATING~ 4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.5/5  Cliffhanger~ A "to be continued", feel to it.

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Book Cover~ Quite Busy, but I'm oddly drawn to it despite it having nothing to do with the actual story.

Narration~ Fantastic narration by Allison McLemore, she is Angel Crawford.

Series~ White Trash Zombie #5

Setting~  Tucker Point, Louisiana

Source~ I Own on Audible

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review 2018-01-13 01:10
The only thing about this I didn't like...another cliffy.
Avenged (Ruined) - Amy Tintera

 

 

Book TitleAvenged

Author:  Amy Tintera

Narration:  Emily Rankin

Series:  Ruined #2

Genre:  YA | Fantasy

Setting:  Ruina & Lera and some places in between

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.3/5

Pacing:  4.2/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Yes…to be continued.

Steam Factor 0-5:  2.5

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

I like Amy Tintera…I like how different her books are.  I loved her Reboot Duo, it had something that made it different than every other dystopian.  It was also a two-book series, which made it pretty cool too.  The Ruined Series, while not a duo like I originally thought it would be, also has that something that makes it different than every other fantasy out there.  It has heart, and genuine characters (especially Olivia) that I actually like, and intrigue, and…unpredictability.  It's kind of good, you know…

 

Will I continue this series  Yes!

 

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review 2017-12-15 22:33
A satisfying ending to a must-read series...
Undone (Unknown Trilogy Book 3) - Wendy Higgins

 

Book Title:  Undone

Author:  Wendy Higgins

Series:  Unknown #3

Genre:  Apocalypse | New Adult

Setting:  Nevada and Alaska

Source:  I Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.8/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Pacing:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style): 5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

I loved this series, Unknown (the series) is a new-adult apocalyptic trilogy.  Combining lovable, capable characters with a mysterious and well written end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it premise.  It freaking rocks.  It was only marred by the ending, where part of it played out entirely too much like a very well-known movie…but I still loved it.

 

Will I read more from this Author? Oh, yeah…totally will!

 

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review 2017-12-09 05:26
Review: The Bad Girl and the Baby (Cutting Loose #3) by Nina Croft
The Bad Girl and the Baby (Cutting Loose) - Nina Croft

Darcy has a painful past. She thinks she failed her sister and now she’s trying to make it up by making sure her sister’s daughter, Lulu is living a happy and safe life. The only problem is that Lulu’s guardian, uptight, ultra-organized, ex-SAS, Capt. Matt Peterson won’t allow her to even visit her. Now Darcy needs to find a way to convince him that being a tattooed ex-con is not as bad as it seems. 

I loved Darcy’s kick-a$$ character! I think the author did an excellent job of portraying the true nature of her character. She was tough and protective yet showed glimpses of vulnerability at exactly the right moments. Even when she was unsure or feeling susceptible, she still went ahead and made the tough decisions. 
Matt on the other hand cracked me up half of the time. He was supposed to be this stiff, uptight, almost super-soldier but when it came to Lulu and Darcy… well, let’s just say he became someone else entirely different but not in a bad way. He and Darcy formed some kind of bond, that as much as they tried to deny it existed, or not give it a name, worked excellent for me because it was that openness and honest attitude from both of them that made their nameless relationship work; as long as their meddlesome friends were not trying to dictate their lives. 
Argh! That really annoyed me, though! Darcy and Matt’s friends were always telling them how bad they were for each other and how much damage each would cause to the other. I mean, seriously, consenting adults? At least in the end, friends served their purpose and proved that without them life would not only be boring but also so much harder and lonely. 

It’s not very often I connect this well with characters but this book was something else. Even Lulu was a delight to read. Those that have dealt with little kids will immediately understand and chuckle at what the characters had to go through with little Lulu. 
It’s not very often I give 5 stars to books either but I think this one warrants it. There simply was nothing I didn’t like; if anything I could re-read this book just for the sheer pleasure of reading it again. 

** I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***
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