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review 2017-07-20 18:22
Rebound sort of felt like a rebound book from the love I had for Boomerang...hoping Bounce is what I'm really looking for.
Rebound: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August

 

 

Book Title:  Rebound

Author:  Noelle August

Narration:  Dahlia Salem and Vikas Adam

Series:  Boomerang #2

Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Setting:  California

Source:  Audiobook (Hoopla)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

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♫Be My Forever by Christina Perri feat. Ed Sheeran  --the lyric video goes with the book cover and with the setting...so yeah, I was under inspired on this book for a theme song.♫

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

3.8/5 STARS

B

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I loved the first book in this series, Boomerang…I think I loved it so much because I adored Mia.  I didn't really care for Allison, though…So, I was reluctant to read this because of how I felt about her, I just didn't think I could relate to her as a heroine.   It turns out that Adam's character mostly made up for what Allison was lacking.  So...I did like them, I just didn't love them.  I really didn't understand Allison's relationship with her dad either. 

While the writing is still stellar in this second installment, the characters were only so-so in capturing my attention, there story was lacking something that Mia and Ethan had in Boomerang.  I'm hoping to recapture with Bounce, the next book in the series. 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes!

 

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review 2017-07-04 05:53
Book #2 of the Grisha...has left me feeling kind of confused...
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo

 

 

Book Title:  Siege And Storm

Author:  Leigh Bardugo

Narration:  Lauren Fortgang

Series:  The Grisha #2

Genre:  YA, Fantasy

Setting:  Ravka, in the Grisha-verse

Source:  Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

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Unbreakable by Firelight  --For Alina…because she's quickly becoming unbreakable and she's going to kick some serious butt, soon.♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4/5 STARS

B+

 

My Thoughts

 

 

There's a lot of reviews out there for this; so I'm going to keep this short.  Sometimes RL can really get in the way of your overall enjoyment of a book, and while I tried not to let it reflect in my overall rating of this book…it did make it so I was unable to stay focused while listening to this.  Although, the middle did drag and seem rather blah at times.  I don't know if it was me or the book, half the time. 

 

 

The site where I found the map above is really interesting…a grishaverse wiki…this really helps to fill in the gaps where I've missed pertinent info due to my spacing out.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.8/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  more of a "to be continued" cliffy…

 

Will I continue this series? I think so…I just need to wait until I can give my full attention.

 

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review 2017-06-21 23:41
A battle for bones…that's rich in old west history…
Dragon Teeth - Michael Crichton

 

Book Title:  Dragon Teeth

Author:  Michael Crichton

Narration:  Scott Brick w/ Sherri Crichton

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Adventure, Western

Setting:  Old West, Late 1800's

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi  --This lyric video with it's majestic backdrop is the biggest reason I picked this song…but the lyrics are not too far off either.  Especially since Johnson is thought to be dead by many and even put in jail on a couple of occasions…I think.♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4 STARS

B+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

If you're looking for a book that might be considered a prequel to Jurassic Park, than, yeah, this isn't that.  This is a western.  A western that's interspersed with actual history mixed with some fictional history.   With a sprinkling of how paleontology came to be.  

Based on actual early paleontologists Edwin Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, the story itself centers on a fictional guy named William Johnson.  There's also appearances by some famous dudes too, like Wyatt Earp and his brother Morgan.  With a backdrop of such iconic western towns like Cheyenne, Laramie, Deadwood,  and even The Badlands; I could not find myself disappointed in Dragon Teeth.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.2/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Who am I kidding, if they unearth something else…I probably will.

 

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review 2017-06-20 22:15
This could have been so much better…
The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig

 

Book Title:  The Girl From Everywhere

Author:  Heidi Heilig

Narration:  Kim Mai Guest

Series:  The Girl From Everywhere #1

Genre:  YA, Time Travel, Fantasy

Setting:  New York, Honolulu, &  few other locales

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac  --I found this by searching the word everywhere…seriously though this video is crazy and Idk…it reminded me of the book, with the tricorns it looked liked some kind of tropical port for pirate ships to dock.  Kind of crazy, kind of confusing…kind of something♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

2/5 STARS

D

 

 

My Thoughts

 

The concept of time-travel in this story is genius, but to pull it off, you need to do more than just say "it happened."  I feel like it was never explained well enough for me to believe.  The characters were mostly unlikable and Nyxia, despite loving her name, was just a fickle girl who didn't know what she wanted from one minute to the next.  The only character I found remotely interesting is Kash. 

 

 

As for the narration, I'm beginning to think I don't really care for Kim Mai Guest as a narrator, her voice is too bland sounding to hold my attention.  She's fine in an ensemble cast of characters (like One Of Us Is Lying), but on her own, not so much…as least for me.  I couldn't keep my mind in the story, and I almost DNF'd this more than once.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  2/5

Main Characters:  2.8/5

Secondary Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  1/5

Addictiveness:  1/5

Theme or Tone:  2/5

Flow (Writing Style):  2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  1/5

Book Cover:  5/5  This cover rocks...if only...

Narration:  3/5

Ending:  3/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued...

 

Will I continue this series?  Not likely.

 

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review 2017-06-17 20:56
The Breakfast Club meets…a twisty murder plot???
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus

 

 

Book Title:  One of Us is Lying

Author:  Karen M McManus

Narration:  Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews, Shannon McManus, & Robbie Daymond

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, YA

Setting:  Bayview High- Bayview, CA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Book Theme Song

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Don't You (Forget About Me) by Glee  --A new take on an old hit…I thought there's only one song for this story, but I wanted something with a new spin, new feel and so this feels…just right.♫

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

5/5 STARS

A+

 

 

My Thoughts

 

An ingenious take on one of my all-time favorite movies, The Breakfast Club.  Reconstructed and varied with a twisty murder plot.  Each of the original players are represented from the princess all the way to basketcase…but they're changed up a quite a bit. 

 

While listening to One of Us is Lying, I thought I had a fairly good idea of who actually killed Simon.  In part, my theories were right, but ultimately, I significantly missed the mark with this one, so props to the Author.

 

This is a bonus as an audiobook because each of the four main characters has a separate person narrating.  So, I wholeheartedly recommend Audio for this book.

 

 

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):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  5+/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I definitely would.

 

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