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review 2017-08-27 23:20
A very worthwhile pirate tale...
Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller

 

 

Book Title:  Daughter of the Pirate King

Author:  Tricia Levenseller

Narration:  Marisa Calin

Series:  Daughter of the Pirate King #1

Genre:  YA, Romance, Pirates, Mythology

Setting:  On a ship at Sea, mostly

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  a to be continued…

Total:  5/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

An entertaining, and easily one of the best Pirate stories; I've ever read.  I pictured Alosa, the feisty MC to look like a redheaded Keira Knightley, which is due to the narrator sounding just like her.  Seriously, the accent and tone was a dead-on match to Elizabeth Swann.  Throw in an excellent cast of characters, a mysterious treasure hunt, and some mythology in the form of Sirens and you got yourself a surprising likable pirate story.

 

Will I continue this seriesYes, most certainly…

 

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review 2017-08-15 22:25
Meow…Woof, Woof…Bahhhaah…
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

Book Title:  Gemina

Author:  Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Series:  Illuminae Files

Genre:  YA, Sci-fy,

Setting:  Heimdall Station

Source:  Both the Hardcover (yes an actual book), and a Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5+/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5+/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  …a 'to be continued'

Total:  5/5 STARS ✧A+✧

 

 

My Thoughts

 

This series is the cat's meow and dog's bark and the ram's bahhhaah…all that shit and more…It's not going to be for everyone…but damn, it should be.  I think so, anyway.  The format is crazy, and it (for me) may be part of what makes it so good…that, and the amazing and intricate plot.  Nothing is off limits in this series.

 

I read this both from a hardcover book (that my daughter bought me for Christmas) and a Kindle eBook that I borrowed from the library at the same time.  I'm so glad that I did it this way.  Because…the eBook is good for low lighting and when I was at work, seriously though, that book is lug…and the actual lug of a book is perfect for those pages with small, teeny tiny pictures/documents and such on them.  I flipped back and forth between the two constantly.  I also used an Audible credit for the Audiobook of Gemina, which I plan to listen to right before Obsidio comes out in March, 2018.

 

Will I continue this series⇜  Damn Straight!!!

 

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review 2017-08-05 02:00
You know how to avoid the underwhelming 2nd book in a trilogy…make it a duology and the problem is solved. At least with this duo it is.
Ferocious (Vicarious) - Paula Stokes

 

 

Book Title:  Ferocious

Author:  Paula Stokes

Series:  Vicarious #2 (duology)

Genre:  Older YA, Science Fiction, Thriller

Publisher:  Macmillan-Tor/Forge

Setting:  LA and Seoul, South Korea

SourceI received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

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My Thoughts

 

 

First off I want to thank Paula Stokes for making sure I received an arc of this personally

 

I feel that Ferocious rocked for a second/final book.  It's well paced, action packed, and never boring.  In my review for Vicarious I said this is a toned down not-quite-so-violent Kill Bill meets Strange Days, and this is true for the second book too…just less Strange Days and more Pretty Girl-13, which is another story about a girl with DID. It also has the added bonus of Jesse and Winter's romance…so sweet and blended in seamlessly with all the action going on. 

 

This begins right where book 1 left off…and has Winter more than ready to get her revenge on Kyung for everything he has done to her family.  Once the setting changes to Seoul, everything ratchets up a notch.  The food, people and culture descriptions, are so well researched I felt like I was there myself.  

 

Oh yeah...one more thing...this duo would make an excellent movie or movies.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.8/5

Addictiveness:  4.8/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5+/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope, not at all.

Total:  5/5 STARS

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Most definitely.

 

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review 2017-07-22 19:55
Watch out...roses have thorns.
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

 

Book Title:  A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author:  Sarah J Maas

Narration:  Jennifer Ikeda

Series:  A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Genre:  High Fantasy, Fae, Romance

Setting:  Prythian Spring Court, Land of Fae

Source:  Audiobook (RB Digital)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

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Preserved Roses by Blackbriar  --If you've read ACOTAR then watch it…and you will see…if not…then still watch it, because it has the right feel. ♫

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I need to have a clear head when I start a fantasy series, to really be able to immerse myself within it.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do that while listening to this.  I just had too much on my mind.  That being said, I feel like this has the makings of  a 5 star read (even the narration was awesomely done) as evidenced by all the 5 star ratings out there for ACOTAR.    If I could change one thing about this it would be to make it a little shorter in length.  Long books always seem so daunting to me, that I go into them feeling less than excited as it is.

 

Essentially, ACOTAR is highly imaginative start to what might be a very appealing series.  The Beauty and the Beast aspect is only a backdrop to the story overall, because it really is so much deeper than that.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued…

Total:  4.3/5

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes, and hopefully I'm able to fully immerse myself in it when I do.

 

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review 2017-06-01 13:46
Wow, I'm loving this series so far...
Unrest (Unknown Trilogy Book 2) - Wendy Higgins

 

 

 

Book Title:  Unrest

Author:  Wendy Higgins

Series:  Unknown #2

Genre:  New Adult, Apocalypse

Setting:  Utah Area

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

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No Matter What by Papa Roach  --Inspirational Kick-ass music is just what Amber, Rylen, Remy and Tater need.

No matter what

I got your back

I'll take a bullet for you if it comes to that

I swear to god

That in the bitter end

We're gonna be the last ones standing

 

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

5/5 STARS

A+

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

The Unknown Series has everything I want in a dystopian romance.  Amazing characters, a tenable premise, and sweet angst.  Supplemented with some kick-ass action scenes, and stellar writing, and it's damn near perfect.  My only issue with Unrest in particular, is I wanted to kick Amber and Rylan's ass; for taking so long to admit things to each other.  At least a little bit.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5+/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  4.5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Ugh…yes, I don't know how I can wait till November…

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes!!!

 

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