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review 2018-04-19 00:10
4.8 Out Of 5 a$$-kicking STARS
End of Days - Susan Ee,Caitlin Davies

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

End of Days

Susan Ee

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End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

 

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Re/read on Audio:

 

I gave this 5+ stars back when I read this in 2015, with my reread on Audio, I'm lowering that rating, but only slightly.  I realized with this re-listen that maybe I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I thought.  I think it was due to the slight awkwardness of the romance-y content.  Maybe, that kind of smexy stuff isn't something Ms. Ee excels at...I still adore that ending, though.  "Penryn and the End of Days" is still, and always will be, one of my all-time fav series!!!

 

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~MY RATING~

4.8STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 4.7/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4.7/5

Addictiveness~ 4.8/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5+/5 Cliffhanger~ Not really…

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Book Cover~ Love it!

Narration~ Excellently done by Caitlin Davies

Series~ Penryn and the End of Days #3

Setting~ San Francisco

Source~ Own on Audible

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text 2018-04-15 18:39
No rating...I only got to 5%...
The Passion of Dolssa - Julie Berry

This one isn't for me, too much religion.  I couldn't follow anything in the first five percent, I didn't think it was going to get any better...so, yeah.

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review 2018-04-13 15:50
4 Out of 5 "Redemptive" STARS
Retribution Rails - Erin Bowman

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Retribution Rails

Erin Bowman

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REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREE

 

When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece's path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

 

In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I think it has to be tricky to write a YA/Western.  The Old West is rather violent, and difficult to pull off in a YA scope.  You can't help but feel that scenes in Retribution Rails would have gone slightly differently in these infamous days of old, had they been true to them.  So, yeah, this is a lightly (somewhat) watered-down version of the old west.  Despite that, it is an engaging tale, with characters who have their own hopes and dreams that are inspirational in a time with little inspiration. 

 

While not necessary, I would suggest reading Vengeance Road beforehand, because the main characters in that book are present for a large chunk of the story in this book.  It will enhance your reading experience to know all about Kate and Jesse's story too.

 

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~MY RATING~

4STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.7/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Very Awesome!

Narration~☆4.5☆ Amy Melissa Bentley & Michael Summerer both did excellently.

Series~ Companion to Vengeance Road

Setting~ Old West, Arizona

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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review 2018-04-08 17:25
3.7 Out Of 5 "tragically hip" Stars
Sorta Like A Rock Star - Matthew Quick

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Sorta Like A Rock Star

Matthew Quick

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Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism—and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope? With an oddball cast of characters, and a heartwarming, inspiring story, this novel unveils a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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At first, Amber Appleton annoyed me quite a bit.  She is tragically hip, saying words like True and Word constantly.  Maybe, in 2015 when this was published, she might come off as less annoying, but somehow I doubt it. I was poised to give this something like a 2-2 and 12 Stars, and then somewhere along the way, she started to get to me.  Somehow, she burrowed her way under my skin.  I even shed a tear or two.  Seriously.  Of course, I could just be feeling sorry for myself, I just had surgery, after all, and I can't do much right now.

 

Ultimately, the message or the tone of this book came through to me, despite all the religious references (for the most part they were referenced in a non-preachy way).  Granted, it's has a sappy "ABC After School Special" feel to it, but for the right audience…

 

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~MY RATING~

3.7STARS - GRADE=B

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 3.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.3/5

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Book Cover~ It's Okay

Narration~ ☆4☆ She's definitely perky…but she didn't pull those "Word" and "True's" off to well.

Setting~ IDK

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-04-05 17:10
4.3 Out of 5 "no one asks for THAT" Stars
Asking for it - Louise T. O'Neill

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Asking For It

Louise O'Neill

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Emma O'Donovan is eighteen, beautiful, and fearless. It's the beginning of summer in a quiet Irish town and tonight she and her friends have dressed to impress. Everyone is at the party, and all eyes are on Emma. The next morning Emma's parents discover her collapsed on the doorstop of their home, unconscious. She is disheveled, bleeding, and disoriented, looking as if she had been dumped there. To her distress, Emma can't remember what happened the night before. All she knows is that none of her friends will respond to her texts. At school, people turn away from her and whisper under their breath. Her mind may be a blank as far as the events of the previous evening, but someone has posted photos of it on Facebook under a fake account, "Easy Emma"-photos she will never be able to forget. As the photos go viral and a criminal investigation is launched, the community is thrown into tumult. The media descends, neighbors chose sides, and people from all over the world want to talk about her story. Everyone has something to say about Emma. Contains mature themes.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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How do you rate a book, that not only physically hurts to read but also has characters that are actually quite unlikable?  And yet, embeds itself under your skin and into your head. It will make you think about rape culture and how the world perceives a girl who is "asking for it".  It demonstrates the small-mindedness of some.  It shows cyber-bullying at it's very worse.  Asking For It is a raw, gritty read filled with overwhelming sadness, but at the same time feels like it needs to be read.

 

This is superbly written, although I was tripped up by her inner dialogue.  I listened to Audio, and the narrator did change her voice for this, unfortunately, it's difficult to pull off, even for an excellent narrator; and usually works much better in print format.  So, maybe, I should have read this one instead of listening.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~  4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 3/5

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Book Cover~ This one and the Barbie doll-like cover are both perfect for the book.

Narration~ ☆4.5☆ is well done by Aoife McMahon

Setting~ Ballinatoom, Ireland

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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