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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 2017-08-12 15:58
Best Character: Daisy the dog cattle-herding-extraordinaire
Berserker - Emmy Laybourne

Book Title:  Berserker

Author:  Emmy Laybourne

Series:  Berserker #1

Genre:  Older YA, Historical, Supernatural, Splash of Romance

Publisher:  Macmillan Children's Publishing Group Feiwel & Friends

Setting:  Norway & Montana

Source: I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  3.8/5 Cliffhanger:  Sort of

Total:  3.8/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

First off, I freaking love this cover, it's what initially drew me in, and the synopsis had me thinking, wow, that's sounds amazing…Norway mixed with some early American old west…I totally clicked on the READ NOW button on Netgalley.  I'm not at all disappointed that I did, either…overall I really liked Berserker…it's just so different from anything else I've been reading lately, but I do have a few issues. 

 

Berserker is very violent and it doesn't sugarcoat any of it, either.   Plot wise it's a very ambitious undertaking and I'm not sure the Author pulls it off completely.  I would have liked more character development and I wished the romance was a little more developed too.  The ending scenes were a little over-the-top supernaturally, and I didn't fully commit to feeling them.

 

Will I continue this series⇜  I would like too…just to see where it goes from here.  It really could have ended with this book, though.

 

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review 2017-08-12 14:58
This one was difficult to rate...I just didn't love it like I wanted too. :'(
Till Death - Jennifer L. Armentrout,Sarah Naughton

Book Title:  Till Death

Author:  Jennifer L Armentrout

Narration:  Sarah Naughton

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Setting:  Virginia

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  3.8/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope

Total:  3.7/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

While It's not favorite JLA, it was good, just not without some issues.  I was right about who did it…and while she had me thinking…maybe it's someone else, I always went back to…and…yeah.  Overall, now that I had some time to ruminate on it I realize, it hasn't left a lasting impression on me.  I think, Till Death is just lacking JLA's usual zest.

 

Will I read more from this Author  Absolutely…this less than stellar read from her, will not change my mind on that.

 

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review 2017-08-12 01:50
An ambiguous ending to this twitter-y story
Follow Me Back - Bruce A Geiger

Book Title:  Follow Me Back

Author:  AV Geiger

Narration:  Soneela Nankani

Series:  Follow Me Back #1

Genre:  YA, Thriller, Mystery, Romance

Setting:  Mostly Texas

Source:  Audiobook (RBDigital)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.3/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  I guess so, I didn't think it had a second book...but apparently it will.  I think it could have ended the way that it did, leaving it up to one's own imagination.

Total:  3.7/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

The word at or @ is used to the point of distraction in this, but with it being a twitter inspired story, that's unavoidable, I guess.  The @ usage did grow on me while listening to it, despite how annoying it was at first.  There was always a part of me that wasn't completely invested in this story, maybe that's because this story is told almost entirely in IM's. {{{{I don't know}}}}

 

Furthermore, I felt the therapist was not very well written or researched, I'm not sure...what...but let's just say she didn't really come off as therapeutic to me.  The mystery aspect is was ultimately let me down, though, especially with everything involving her agoraphobia…it just seemed contrived for the sake of the story.

 

 

Will I continue this series⇜  Despite my issues, I still might, that ending was rather dubious…

 

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review 2017-08-06 19:12
This is one of my NEW all-time favorite series…
Bad Blood (The Naturals #4) ((The Naturals #4)) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 

 

Book Title:  Bad Blood

Author:  Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series:  The Naturals #4

Genre:  Older YA, Mystery, Thriller

Setting:  Gaither, Oklahoma

Source:  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):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5+/5 Cliffhanger: Nope, but I wouldn't mind going back to this world with this set of characters.

Total:  5+/5 Stars ~A+~

 

 

My Thoughts

 

This Series has rocked, with each book upping the stakes and becoming more entwined with the next and the previous.  Seriously, just fantastic.  I highly recommend it.  After book 1, I really only liked Cassie and Dean, but as the series progresses I've come to love all these characters, yeah…even Michael has grown on me, some.  Sloan is my new favorite now, just for her comic relief, she's so serious with her on cue randomness.  Lia, it turns out is much more complex than I originally thought.  You really learn a lot about Lia in this final book, and her story is rather mind-blowing.

 

Will I read more from this Author Yes, yes and Hell yes!

 

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