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review 2017-05-15 22:49
Nil on Fire (Nil Series Book 3) - Lynne Matson

 

 

 

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

SAVED (Charlie's Song) from LOST w Lyrics The Bangkok Five  --Yeah, that Charlie from the TV show Lost…because I loved that show and this book brings back my memories of loving that show.  Honestly, the mystery, the existential feelings it evokes, remind me so much of that show.♫

 

Although, I was more obsessed with Jack...

 

 

 

 

 

Book Title:  Nil On Fire

Author:  Lynne Matson

Series:  Nil #3

Genre:  YA, Mystery Thriller

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

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OVERALL RATING:  4/5 STARS

GRADE=B+

 

My Thoughts

 

This book took almost two weeks for me to finish, which wasn't entirely the books fault, it was mostly RL.  That being said, while I was reading this, I was constantly distracted, and it was mostly thoughts of life and existence and the ending of it.  Freaky thoughts that kind of spooked me, and it's essentially what made reading this such an arduous undertaking for me.

 

Overall, this is a fitting end to this series, despite my not liking the main character, Skye, as much as I did in the second book…she's was just...annoying, smackably so.  It's told from three POV's, which includes Skye, Rives and Nil…yeah the island has a voice.  At first I was annoyed by that, but eventually it makes sense why the Author did it this way.  There's a lot of new characters introduced in this book, and it's kind of hard to keep them all straight at first.  Although, I did especially like Molly and Davey...oh yeah, and Hafthor too.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4.3/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.2/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I continue this series?  It turns out there is a another book, which is actually Skye's Uncle Scott's Journal.  It's also free on Amazon!

 

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review 2017-04-28 18:45
The Roanoke Girls: A Novel - Amy Engel

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

♫Picking a song for this was difficult…if you've read it then you know, nothing is really quite right…but if I picked something, than it would be Alive by Sia…sometimes they fit for Lane…and sometimes they fit for Allegra and even for Cooper sometimes.  Overall, it's a really moving song and so is this book…regardless of how twisted it really is. ♫

 

 

Book Title:  Roanoke Girls

Author:  Amy Engel

Narration:  Brittany Presley

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, Thriller

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

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OVERALL RATING:  5/5 STARS

GRADE = A+

 

My Thoughts

 

What a versatile storyteller Amy Engel has turned out to be.  I've also read her YA Duology; The Book of Ivy.  This is nothing like that…I would have to say it's not YA, either.  Small town seediness at it's most seedy.  A sick and twisted affair to be sure…and yet, so addicting.  I could not stop listening, even though I knew where it was headed. beautifully and hauntingly written...but so f*cked up!  Warning:  It will, at least partially, if not wholly...wreck you.  You'll seriously be thinking...

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.7/5

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:  3/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yeah, I will

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review 2017-03-24 20:34
Undeniably one of the craziest books I ever read…
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

--Below is my review for this book in paperback format, I just listened to this in Audio format, and it was phenomenal, a full cast of characters for narration sets this apart from most audiobooks, if you've been thinking of trying an audiobook...get this one.  The only downfall is it could spoil you for regular audiobooks.

 

 

Book Title:  Illuminae

Author:  Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Series:  Illuminae Files #1

Genre:  Science Fiction, Deep Space, YA

Source:  Own on Paperback

 

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♪♫My Picks For Book Theme Song♫♪

 

♫Here's to the Heartache by Nothing More  --It's spooky, it's like it was written to go with this book.♫  & 

 

My Demons by Starset  --This is AIDAN'S song, for sure.  I believe that if they ever get around to making a movie for this, Starset could do the whole Soundtrack.♫

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5+++

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5+++

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5+++  Cliffhanger:  No, but you can tell it's not over yet…

 

Will I continue this series?  H*** Yes!!!

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

If I explained this book in one word it would be:  Intense

 

Some other words would be…

 

Raw, Graphic, Gut-wrenching, Teeth-clenching, Nail-biting, Wonder, Awe, Interstellar, Lol, Fearful, Doubtful, Suspenseful, Thrilling, Movie-worthy, a-pain-in-the-ass-to-read-at-times, and ultimately Satisfying.

 

I read this in Paperback form, and I need to say, I really don't like reading actual books.  The print is too small for me see, even with my glasses on, unless I'm in direct sunlight.  I also had a kindle version from the library, that I read on whenever it was too dark for my paperback.  I'm glad I had both versions; it helped immensely.  For this book…you need to read it in hardcover or paperback.  Not all of the parts of it are easily read from a kindle.  This is so interesting that I'm contemplating using a Audible credit to buy the book in Audio version. Side-note--I did that

Sex Factor:  There is only talk of sexual situations, but this book is definitely older YA; because of the intensity of the graphicness.

 

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review 2016-11-05 21:13
An epic southern story, about making bourbon and keeping family secrets, spanning the course of many years.
The Bourbon Thief - Tiffany Reisz

Book Title:  The Bourbon Thief

Author:  Tiffany Reisz

Narration:  Kim Staunton

Series:  Standalone

Genre:  Romance,

Source:  Audiobook (Library via hoopla & Overdrive)

 

 

✾Goodreads Synopsis✾

 

 

 

 

 ♫Remember Every Scar by Escape the Fate  --Sometimes I'm even able to find a lyric video that seems to fit the story, I think this one does…and the words kind of remind me of all the turmoil and scandalous sh*t going on this tale.  ♪♫Hold on to that heartbreak, hold on to that hell you have to pay, Sometimes it's the only thing that gets you by…♪♫

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  4/5

Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:   4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  No

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I don't know…

 

 

 

3.8/5 STARS

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

This could have been better, maybe, if I had read it…because I didn't really enjoy the narration.  Usually, an audiobooks narrator brings the story to life for you, with the different accents and inflections for each characters voice within the story.  This, however, was just a lady telling a story.  I should mention that it was probably done this way on purpose, I believe, anyway.  Because this is a story within a story.  Despite that, I still felt like I wanted more from the narration.

I can see why this has a lot of 5 star ratings, totally.  It will blow your mind.  Tamara is one resilient girl, that ultimately, I couldn't help but like.  There is a tiny splish (a smaller version of a splash) of the paranormal to this, that overall kicked it up a notch for me.  I like that sort of thing in a story.  But, unfortunately, it didn't kick it up enough to overcome the awkwardness of it.

⇝Sex Factor⇜ The first sex scene was really awkward.  So much so, that I never got past it.  Luckily, they're not overly explicit.

 

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review 2016-10-03 21:13
If I explained in one word, my overall feeling with this first book in the Unwind Series it would be…Disturbing
Unwind - Neal Shusterman

Book Title:  Unwind

Author:  Neal Shusterman

Series:  Unwind #1

Genre:  Young Adult, Dystopian

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

✾Goodreads Synopsis✾ 

 

 

I'm Alive by Disturbed  --for all the Unwinds…I feel like they've (society) really lost sight of this fact.♫

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  3/5

Flow:  3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Until next time…

 

Will I continue this series?  That's a good question…probably

 

 

4.3/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

While this is extremely well written, I just have a difficult time believing that society as a whole could get to this point; where they would rather give up on their troubled kids and essentially kill them.  Also, how could they ever think that harvesting organs from their kids for other people is a way for them to "live on"…the whole thing is extremely f*cked up.  And therein lies the rub…or the genius of this story…because if there is one thing it evoked in me it is feelings, all kinds of feelings.

 

 

That being said it did take about half the book before I felt truly invested in it, with a rather slow build.  The character development falling into that same vein, you're given just enough to slowly be drawn into this world, until you realize; your kind of hooked on their story…

Sex Factor:  No, not really.

 

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