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review 2018-01-01 13:41
Another stunning cover…
Undertow - Michael Buckley

 

 

 

Book TitleUndertow

Author:  Michael Buckley

Narration:  Jennifer Grace

Series:  Undertow #1

Genre:  Fantasy | Dystopian

Setting:  Coney Island

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Pacing:  4.2/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone: 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  "to be continued"

Steam Factor 0-5:  1

Total:  4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

This book started out fantastically for me, with its beautiful imagery and the totally unique world.  It's like our present day world with a sort-of dystopian/apocalyptic feel to it.  Then the insta-love (and I mean straight-up instant) and some teenage super-drama kind of brought it a little low for me.  Despite that, it is a remarkably imaginative story. 

 

Will I continue this series?  I'm actually torn because book 2 has lots of bad reviews, (even more teenage super-drama, supposedly) and Idk what I want to do with this series…I can't find the second book on audio unless I use one of my credits on Audible.  I don't think I want to do that considering the reviews for it…but a part of me really w)ants to see where this goes.  So yeah, I guess only time will tell.

 

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review 2017-12-31 15:27
When the roommate becomes the RoomHate...
RoomHate - Penelope Ward

 

 

 

 

Book TitleRoomHate

Author:  Penelope Ward

Narration:  Zoe McKay

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Newport, RI

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  4.2/5

Pacing:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):

Backdrop (World Building):  3.5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total: 3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

I thought this would be another contemporary romance filled with unnecessary drama/angst.  But hey…RoomHate surprised me, I had no idea it was going to go in the direction that it did.  From the synopsis, it seemed like it would be a total angst-fest. 

 

Which brings me to the reason I listened to this at all…I can't lie, it's the cover.  Seriously, one of the hottest guys on the cover of a book…ever.  Those bedroom eyes, or eye, just kept calling me, until I couldn't resist any longer.  It also had a little to do with Penelope Ward, herself.  I've read another book by her and really enjoyed it too, she writes excellent sex scenes that enhance the plot instead of trying to BE the plot.  My only wish is that the ending played out differently.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I will.

 

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review 2017-12-27 23:31
I believe this is worth the read for the world-building alone.
Certain Dark Things: A Novel - Silvia Moreno-Garcia

 

 

 

 

Book TitleCertain Dark Things

Author:  Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Narration:  Dan Bittner

Genre:  Urban Fantasy | Paranormal

Setting:  Mexico City

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  3.7/5

Main Characters:  3.2/5

Secondary Characters:  2.8/5

The Feels:  3/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5  It's not that he wasn't good…I just wish there would have been a female for the female parts.

Ending:  3.8/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  2

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

If you prefer your vampires scary and very little to no romance…then you might like this.  It's definitely different and it's all told in one book, too.  The world the author has created with Certain Dark Things is fantastically dark and rich in vampire folklore.  An alternate present where vampires have been found out and have shaped our present world very different than it is now.  Unfortunately, I found the characters in this book, less than likable…with the exception of Domingo, and most of the time I just felt sorry for him.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Maybe, I would.

 

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review 2017-12-23 16:07
This one can be summed up in one word...Meh
Dear Daughter: A Novel - Elizabeth Little

 

 

 

 

Book TitleDear Daughter

Author:  Elizabeth Little

Narration:  Bonnie Denison W/Tony Daniels

Genre:  Crime Mystery | Contemporary Thriller

Setting:  Ardell, South Dakota

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  3.2/5  

Main Characters:  2.5/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  2.5/5

Pacing:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  4.3/5

Ending:  3.5/5  Cliffhanger:  ???...

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  3/5 STARS GRADE=C

 

 

 

An adult themed story that's geared more towards the younger adults, with its tech-savvy writing, and the TMZ-Style news alerts peppered throughout the story.  I did actually love the narrator for those posts, he had a perfect voice for it.  Unfortunately, overall, this story didn't always come off as genuine or believable.  I liked it well enough…but ultimately, it may suffer from being completely forgettable.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Ugh…probably not…

 

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review 2017-12-10 23:51
Margo and her Poetic Vengeance…
Marrow - Tarryn Fisher

 

Book Title: Marrow

Author:  Tarryn Fisher

Narration:  Audra Pagano

Genre:  New Adult | Thriller

Setting:  The Bone and Seattle in Washington

Source:  Own Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5 

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Pacing:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.8/5  Cliffhanger:  ???

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

This is not your typical story…this one might make you want to DNF even…but stick with it, because it may surprise you.  It did me.  Thank you, Tarryn Fisher, for a story that made me stop and seriously think and will also stick with me, for a while to come. 

 

This is not a romance, although it has something like romantic moments.  It's a story about seeing things that make you angry, like really angry and taking your own form of punishment out on the perpetrators.  Margo is like the Punisher. 

 

I took a half star off, mainly because I was really confused at one point, things got all crazy, and shit.  If anyone has read this, they might know where that happened at.  I had to re-listen to some sections, but all in all, her ending paragraphs in the epilogue made this story make sense, somehow. 

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Hell yes, Although, I think you really have to be in the right mood to read Tarryn Fisher.

 

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