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review 2017-03-18 18:21
The Themis Files --Part 2
Waking Gods: Book 2 of The Themis Files - Sylvain Neuvel

Book Title:  Waking Gods

Author:  Sylvain Neuvel

Series:  The Themis Files #2

Genre:  Science Fiction, Fantasy

Publisher:  Del Ray

SourceI received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

It Has Begun by Starset  --If a book or series has anything to do with outer space, aliens, or just persevering…than Starset wrote the soundtrack for it.  This lyric video is awesome…like Themis herself is stomping around.♫

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5+/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5+

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5+/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  …you could say that.

 

Will I continue this series?  Umm…YEAH!  This is a must read series for anyone, at least I think so.

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I wished for this on Netgalley, right after I did that; I thought I really would rather listen to this on Audio.  Since I listened to the first book in the series, Sleeping Giants, on Audio and it was one of the best audiobooks ever.  I figured I wouldn't actually win the chance to read this one, and I was okay with that…guess what…I won.  I never win anything.

I missed the full cast of characters giving each person their own voice, but I still was freaking totally engaged in this story.  It Rocks!  I'm fairly certain I will still have to listen to this on Audio, maybe, right before the 3rd book comes out.  Overall, I'm not disappointed I won this and had the opportunity to read this before it releases in April 2017.

There is some buzz out there about Sony Pictures adapting this series to film.  I really hope it happens, because it will rock as a movie series.  I also fervently hope they make it everything that it can be…

 

 

 

If you click the pic above it will link to the source of the movie info.

 

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review 2017-03-18 17:03
Another Series Complete...A Spoiler Free Review for the whole Series.
Calamity (The Reckoners) - Brandon Sanderson

Book Title:  Calamity

Author:  Brandon Sanderson

Series:  Reckoners #3

Genre:  Science Fiction, Dystopian, YA

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Hero by Foo Fighters  --I think the title says it all…and this came to me right after I finished reading this.   It's for David, of course...my fav character.♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  4/5

Characters:  4.3/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  No, not really…

 

Will I read more from this Author?  IDK…

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

This really is a satisfying ending to the Reckoners Series…I liked it, but…

 

 

 

I loved the first book in this series, it was inventive and clever.  The second book came out and I listened to it on audio, and I blamed the audio on why I couldn't fully connect.  I decided I would readCalamity because of that.  So…back to book format and I still couldn't fully connect.  I have to say, that sometimes, I just didn't know what was going on, like it was too complex for me.  I think this was a case of it's-not-you-it's-me.  I have to say though, that for me, David, is one of the best characters I have ever encountered.  It's by far the reason that I kept reading this series.

This third book introduced some intriguing elements to this world and it opened up opportunities for a spin-off series.  Will I read those when or if they come out?  Only time will tell…maybe if David is in them.

 

 
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review 2017-03-16 20:41
The Summer Games --Book 1
Settling the Score - S.R. Grey

Book Title:  Settling the Score

Author:  R. S. Grey

Narration:  Amanda Dolan & Shaun Grindell

Series:  The Summer Games #1

Genre:  New Adult, Sports Romance

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Wonderwall by Oasis  --Actually the Author picked it, because It's mentioned in the book…sometimes they pick the perfect songs...♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5+/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Not at all

 

Will I continue this series?  Possibly…I'm torn…maybe I'll try a different book by her.

 

 

 

My Thoughts⇜ 

 

I would like to thank the Author for writing a story with the perfect blend of sexy stuff, angsty love, humor and some olympic inspired drama.  Everything about this clicked with me.  I loved it.  That's why I'm so bummed, that the second book in the series, has so many reviews that are two stars or less...

 

Narration is excellently done by Amanda Dolan, she has a great voice for this genre of book…and she did an excellent English accent as well (at least from this American girls pov).  Shaun Grindell did the male pov and he was good too, but I think I would of liked a more masculine voice for Freddie.

⇝Sex Factor⇜  Just the right amount of well written sexy scenes…

 

 

 
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review 2017-03-12 18:17
This has sharp shooters, hangings, gold digging and a saloon brawl...just to name a few...
Vengeance Road - Erin Bowman

Book Title:  Vengeance Road

Author:  Erin Bowman

Narration:  Amy Rubinate

Series:  Vengeance Road #1

Genre:  Western, YA, Romance

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

 

 Gold by Imagine Dragons  --Well gold is at the root of all evil…isn't it???  It's also the root of this story.

♫First comes the blessing of all that you've dreamed

But then comes the curses of diamonds and rings

Only at first did it have its appeal

But now you can't tell the false from the real

Who can you trust?♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I continue this series?  Yeah, I might.  I swear when I started reading this it was a stand-alone, and by the time I finished it, there was a second book added.

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I needed something different and this fit; since I really don't read a lot of westerns.  The audio was well done by Amy Rubinate complete with a western twang. 

I would of liked a little more character development, especially with Jesse, he came off as a douche most of the time, and I didn't really like him at first, he was only marginally better by the end.  He is definitely a man of few words.  Kate is a gutsy, take-no-crap kind of girl and I liked her.   There's a twist near the end, I didn't see coming at all.  Overall, I wish the ending…let's just say…went a little differently than it did.

 

 ⇝Sex Factor⇜  The romance is very subtle, and completely clean.

 

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review 2017-03-10 20:56
I, Robot meets Beauty and the Beast…
Ensnared - Rita Stradling

Book Title: Ensnared

Author: Rita Stradling

Series: Stand-Alone

Genre: Modern Fairytale Retelling, Romance

Publisher: This is a Kindle Scout Book

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

 

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Alive by Adelitas Way  --This is for Alainn and Lorccan…I searched for awhile on the internet looking at all sorts of songs and then decided to listen to my own songs and found this one, I thought…this is perfect!!!  This song actually makes me like this story a little more than I already did.

 

♫And I'll be hanging on every word you say to me.

Hanging on a feeling that I get,

'Cause you make me

Laugh a little louder,

Love a little harder.♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5 Cliffhanger:  No

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I would

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I really liked this, is it without faults, no, but the faults did not take away from my overall enjoyment.

The writing starts out a little choppy, but evens itself out for the most part, about a 1/3 of the way through.  At least I think it did…or I could have just adjusted to the style.  I liked the futuristic aspect of this, it just doesn't always come off as believable.  There are elements that transpire that seem over-the-top and hard to fathom but, ultimately the sweet love story of Alainn and Lorccan is what kept me reading.  Plus, the oddly weird, but mostly likable assortment of supporting characters…especially the monkeys.  I loved the monkeys!

⇝Sex Factor⇜  This is a Beauty and the Beast spin for the adult crowd, while it is explicit at times it's not overdone at all.

 

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