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review 2020-05-24 03:04
AUDIOBOOK REVIEW⤏ A MAP FOR WRECKED GIRLS

 

 

BY JESSICA TAYLOR

 

NARRATED BY SHANNON MCMANUS



SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE⇣
We sat at the edge of the ocean—my sister Henri and I—inches apart but not touching at all. We'd been so sure someone would find us by now.
Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.
I'd trusted Henri more than I'd trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I'd follow.
Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.
For the first time, I was afraid we'd die on this shore.
To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?
 

 

THDETAILS

 SURVIVAL ON A DESERTED ISLAND
 SECRETS, LIES, & BETRAYALS
⤏ SISTERLY LOVE/HATE
 TOLD IN PRESENT AND FLASHBACKS 
⤏ LENGTH OF AUDIO - 10 HOURS, 4 MINUTES
 I LISTENED ON LIBBY THROUGH MY LIBRARY
 


MY THOUGHTS⇣
 
I've read quite a few reviews where a lot of people didn't understand why there is a boy in the mix with these two sisters, personally, I wouldn't have liked this as much without the boy (Alex).  On the surface, this story is about these two sisters working out their differences and finding their way back to each other.  But for me, this story is mostly about the personal growth of the MC, Emma. Alex plays an important part in Emma's growth; therefore, I believe he's an integral part of the story.

I enjoyed the survival on the deserted island aspect of the story more so than the flashbacks of teenage drama.  However, since the flashbacks are necessary to explain why things played out as they did on the island, they were also an integral part of the story.

Overall, it was a good-ish kind of story in the three-ish range of star ratings with a boost from the easy-to-listen-to voice of Shannon McManus.
 

BREAKDOWN⇣

Narration Rating 4½ STARS
Plot 3.8/5
Characters 3.5/5
The Feels 3.5/5
Pacing 3.5/5
Addictiveness 3.5/5
Theme, Tone or Intensity 4/5
Originality/Believability 3.8/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.8/5
Ending 4.3/5
 

 
 
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review 2020-05-20 04:20
For Black Girls Like Me
For Black Girls Like Me - Mariama Lockington

It’s hard walking in Makeda’s shoes.  The body that occupies those shoes, misses her best friend that she had to leave behind, when she moved with her family this summer.  That same body, is stared at and harassed by her peers when she begins 6th grade at her new school.  That same body, feels that no one understands exactly what she goes through, not her mother nor her sister, even though they think they do.  That same body, doesn’t know who she is or where she belongs. The battles that Makeda faces are real, they’re typical of what’s happening in our world today and that’s important.  It’s looking at these conflicts through the eyes of Makeda, that makes this book significant.   

 

Makeda, is an 11-year-old African American girl who was adopted by a white family. Before they moved, Makeda had a best friend named Lena, who was also adopted. This connection, linked the two girls and they became very close to one another.  Now, Makeda feels as if she’s connected to no one and her connections with Lena are now long-distance.  It’s hard being a teen and moving into a new neighborhood but for Makeda, the situation becomes even more difficult when she’s questioned about her parents on the that first day of school.

 

Adoption.  Moving.  Racial tension.  Teen and school issues. Mental illness (suicide attempt).  How much more can an 11-year handle?

 

No one can walk in Makeda’s shoes.  Her situation is her own.  She’s unique and special but she doesn’t see it that way. She feels alone, isolated and hurt.  

 

This is an important book to read and I highly recommend it.    

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text 2020-05-15 02:31
AUDIOBOOK REVIEW⤏ SAWKILL GIRLS

 

 

BY CLAIRE LEGRAND

NARRATED BY LAUREN EZZO 



SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE⇣
Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never
find.
Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.
Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.
Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight…until now.
 
 

 

BOOK TAGS

 

 NEW ENGLAND ISLAND STEEPED IN LEGEND
 MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCES
 CREEPILY ATMOSPHERIC
⤏ GIRLS LOVING GIRLS --WITH A SAPHIC SEX SCENE
 DIVERSE AND TIMELY
⤏ YA-ISH
⤏ LENGTH OF AUDIO - 13 HOURS
 I LISTENED ON LIBBY THROUGH MY LIBRARY



MY THOUGHTS⇣

 
The atmosphere that is set in place at the beginning was amazing.  With its poetic-like prose and the small island town feel of Sawkill Rock.  I was completely intrigued and there for it.  The characters were not cookie-cutter characters, they had layers and not the usual ones.  Even, Lauren Ezzo's performance was totally killing it.  I was really liking this until about the second half or so...

Then the weirdness got too weird and the action scenes went on for so long that I'm really glad I was listening...so I could kind of tune them out.  There were more than a few WTF moments...not what, but where...as in where the fuck is this going?  This really could have been a tad shorter...shaved off some of those action scenes and some of the WTF-moments.  With a few tweaks here and there, this could make for a super-cool movie, though.
 
 

BREAKDOWN⇣ 

Narration Rating 4 STARs
Plot 3.7/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 3.7/5
Pacing 2/5
Addictiveness 3.5/5
Theme, Tone or Intensity 4/5
Originality 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.5/5
World-Building 4/5
Steaminess to Story Ratio 20/80
Ending 3/5
 

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text 2020-05-14 20:08
So I placed an online order...
The Last Neanderthal: A Novel - Claire Cameron
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore - Kim Fu
The Obsidian Murders - Thomas King

...with a local book store. You know, support local small business, rather than the Amazon behemoth. I was amazed when my doorbell rang last night, and one of their staff members brought me the books! No postage, no delivery fee, & and a handmade thank you card in the bag!

 

They have certainly gone above & beyond the call of duty & they'll be getting as much business as I can give them.

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review 2020-05-14 04:26
AUDIOBOOK REVIEW⤏ LAST GIRLS

 

 

BY DEMETRA BRODSKY

NARRATED BY KHRISTINE HVAM & DAN BITTNER



SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE⇣
No one knows how the world will end.
On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.
Train for every situation.
But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain:
Nowhere is safe.
If the end comes, are you prepared?
 

 

BOOK TAGS


 READ LIKE A PREPPERS HANDBOOK COMPLETE WITH ACRONYMS...LOTS OF ACRONYMS
 SECRET COMPOUNDS/COMMUNES/CULT
 NOT APOCALYPTIC...AT ALL
 MORE CONTEMPORARY YA
⤏ CONSPIRACY THEORIES, FAMILY DYNAMICS, MISSING SISTERS, MURDEROUS PLOTS & MUCH MORE
⤏ SPLASH OF ROMANCE
⤏ LENGTH OF AUDIO - 11 HOURS, 12 MINUTES
 I LISTENED ON LIBBY THROUGH MY LIBRARY
 






 

MY THOUGHTS

 
MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE:  This is a story that tries to hard to be everything relevant and timely and ultimately suffers some from having too many elements at play.

The synopsis makes you think this is going to be a book about preppers and the end of the world...I think if you go into this knowing that it isn't about the latter but does focus on a group of preppers living in a commune that feels somewhat like a cult, maybe you'll like it better.  Each chapter is labeled with a new prepper acronym like EDC (everyday carry), SHTF (shit hits the fan) and TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) to name a few.  Getting an inside look at what it's like to be a prepper was one of the more fascinating aspects of this story...it's too bad that there were so many other components clogging this up.

While the many elements left me confused at times, I was still invested in the story and wanted to see how it would end.  Although, I wish that the author wouldn't have used this as a veiled political platform.  I get enough of that on Facebook...I would be curious to know what the count would be for how many times "our current POTUS" comes up in this book.

The narration was as always with both these narrators very well performed and they definitely boosted the overall rating of this for me.
 
 

BREAKDOWN⇣

 
 
Narration Rating 4½ Stars
Plot 3/5
Characters 3.8/5
The Feels 2/5
Pacing 3.5/5
Addictiveness 3/5
Theme, Tone or Intensity 3/5
Originality/Believability 3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 2.5/5
World-Building 3.5/5
Ending 4/5
 

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