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text 2017-08-03 23:59
July Recap
Rebound: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August
The Breakup Support Group - Cheyanne Young
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas
Follow Me Down: A Novel - Sherri L. Smith
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco
Ferocious (Vicarious) - Paula Stokes
The First Time She Drowned - Kerry Kletter
Bad Blood (The Naturals #4) ((The Naturals #4)) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Follow Me Back - A.V. Geiger

I finished a much loved series this month...The Naturals.  with the final book in the 4 book series, Bad Blood...loved it, btw.  I also really enjoyed the conclusion to Vicarious Duo, with Ferocious, which I received an ARC of.

 

I also finished up a few reading challenges, 3 of them this month, actually.  A few of the books I've read this month were read just for this purpose.  Like the Breakup Support Group, Stalking Jack The Ripper and The First Time She Drowned.  I'm actively trying to start less of these so I can finish some of the super long ones.

 

 

The BOOKS 

 

(Audiobook) Rebound by Noelle August

Finish Date:  07/02

4 STARS

 

(Kindle eBook) The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young

Finish Date:  07/07

2.8 STARS

 

(Audiobook) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Finish Date:  07/11

4.3 STARS

 

(e-ARC) Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith

Finish Date:  07/13

4.3 STARS

 

(Audiobook) Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Manisculco

Finish Date:  07/20

3.8 STARS

 

(e-ARC) Ferocious by Paula Stokes

Finish Date:  07/24

5 STARS

 

(Audiobook) The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

Finish Date:  07/26

4.3 STARS

 

(eBook) Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  07/30

5+ STARS

 

(Audiobook) Follow Me Back by AV Geiger

Finish Date:  07/31

3.7 STARS

 

 

9 Books Total 3,181 Pages (including Audio's)

5 Audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Netgalley e-ARC's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-07-23 00:09
Follow me down to the river...
Follow Me Down: A Novel - Sherri L. Smith

 

 

Book Title:  Follow Me Down

Author:  Sherri Smith

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery

Setting:  Wayoata, North Dakota

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Follow Me Down by The Pretty Reckless  --I kind of think this song with the same name as the book works perfectly, with the screwed up relationships going on in this book, it's a bit eerie.  ♫

 


 

 

 

 

 

That ending had me like…

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

Follow Me Down kept me guessing all the way to the end, I thought, for sure, I knew who it was, and then I flip-flopped…again and again.  Right up to that ending.  I believe, that's what makes for a good murder mystery.  I know it does for me.  I haven't been reading this genre for long, but it's one I plan to read more of in the future.

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The writing is little distracting at times, but the mystery and atmosphere of Wayota, ND (made-up place, I believe) more than makes up for it.  Although, my biggest issue is with the blatant OTC drug abuse going on with the MC and the blasé way it was addressed.   That could have been dealt with differently or omitted completely.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.7/5

Main Characters:  4.2/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Total: 4.3/5 STARS

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I would!

 

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review 2017-07-17 13:53
Electromagnetism - Samie Sands,Kevin Hal... Electromagnetism - Samie Sands,Kevin Hall,L Davis,Martin Smith,Andrew Lucas,Alex Winck,T Iain,McKenzie Richardson,Sheri Velarde,Rob Shepherd
As a contributor of this book, I feel it would be unfair for me to give it a star rating. However, here are some of my thoughts on the book.

The theme of this book is technology and each author has his or her own spin on this. There are so many creepy things in this book and it is splendid.

Two of my favorites (besides my own) were "Touch" by TW Iain and "Domain of the Dragon" by L.H. Davis. The writing in each of these is fantastic. I love how unsettling "Touch" is.

My story is called "From the Depths" and is for all of the shark-lovers out there. Hope you enjoy.
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review 2017-06-18 15:05
Audio Book Review: Agent G: Infiltrator
Agent G: Infiltrator (Volume 1) - C.T. P... Agent G: Infiltrator (Volume 1) - C.T. Phipps,Valerie Kann,C. L. Smith

*I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.


Jeffrey Kafer is a great narrator for these stories. He is great at the dry sense of humor with his voice. I don't know if he's smiling as he says some of these lines, but it doesn't come out in his voice which is perfect. He voices all the characters with their own personality and even different accents when needed.

As I listened to this story, I got the feel of more layers than just a secret agent assassin. There is more to the system he's in. C.T. drops enough about the system and The Internal Refugee Society that we understand the basic function, but there are hints to more than the agents who are conditioned to not ask questions know about. There's more to Agent G as well.

We see the mission and system through Agent G's eyes and mind. What he hears from Marissa, his assistant, helps open our eyes with him to who he was before joining and maybe, just maybe, there is more to the Society. Agent G works through his mission to accomplish it, but also learns more about the Society from it's competitor - The Carnevale.

We get lots of names in this book, creating a large cast (even if most do die) in a system that's huge. This gives me a feel this story is one in a much bigger world of events. C.T. has many names, but he also has fun with the nicknames given, this is something I enjoy and have fun with. The many people Agent G comes across are all very special in different ways, giving us the vast variety of scifi to the story.

I get the feel of so many neat elements of movies in one place here. I can't list them all as it'll give the book away. C.T. is known for pulling the cool and neat elements from spy and action movies to bring together in his own story and adds his own flare to them. I enjoy the twists he creates with a humor to it all.

I'm starting to see C.T. has a few things are his signature in books - the girlfriends and humor and action. He's talented at mashing together many great elements and creating fun reads.

The story is light and fun with action and danger. A great balance to enjoy as you listen or read.

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review 2017-03-22 02:11
THE MIRACLES OF SAN FICO by D. L. Smith
The Miracles of Santo Fico - D.V.L. Smith

THE MIRACLES OF SAN FICO

D.L. Smith

Hardcover, Large Print, 488 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Thorndike Press (first published March 1st 2003)

ISBN: 078625243X (ISBN13: 9780786252435

 

 

(slightly delayed review, so I kept it short and sweet)

This was an enjoyable read. Set in a small town in Italy, Leo comes back to take care of his deceased father's affair, only to find very little has changed. He and a friend go back to a way to make a quick buck. I did enjoy the characters. The author does well in giving the little country Catholic Church and the town a personality of their own.

 

 

 

 

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