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review 2019-10-09 00:26
4.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

 

 

FEATURING

 
Blake Crouch Kind-of-Trippy
Science Fiction
Mind-Fucking/Defining
With A Love Story


With Audio Performed by Jon Lindstrom

 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 4.8 STARS | GRADE A



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
Blake Crouch has a way of taking you for a ride...one wild and crazy ride with thought-provoking situations and dilemma's that leave you contemplating the meaning of life and love and the pursuit of happiness and such.  He also does science fiction in a way that is easily digestible. 

For the sake of a Reading Challenge (Halloween Bingo), I went into this knowing certain aspects of it, and I don't believe knowing that ruined the story...because ultimately I didn't really know where this was going to end up.   I just kind of let it take me where it would...and wow the taking was intense, especially that ending.  I would have really loved to know what happened to Amanda, though.

The Audio was excellently executed by Jon Lindstrom, who is also an actor, and it shows...he was amazing, really brought the story to life.  FYI, this would be amazing as a TV Show, or a Movie, but I don't think a movie could really get the scope of it.
 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 5/5
Narration Performance 5/5
Characters 4.8/5
The Feels 4.7/5
Pacing 5/5
Addictiveness 4.7/5
Theme or Tone 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 4.5/5
Ending 4.8/5 Cliffhanger I don't even know how to answer that...
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Book Cover It's trippy...
Setting Chicago
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 10 hours, 9 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR STRANGER THINGS SQUARE
 
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review 2019-09-06 00:53
All the STARS for The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
The Grace Year - Kim Liggett

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Dystopian Setting/Alternate World
Society Where Men Have the Power
Oppression Of Women
Horror-if-ic
Death, Lies, & Betrayals
Splash of Romance
Women Supporting Women
Stand-Alone

 

 

LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)

 

 

MY RATING⇢ 5+ STARS | GRADE A++

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

Wow! This book...

 

This book is a lot of things...dubious, challenging, frustrating, darkly horrifying, curing, wonderful, loving, saddening, hopeful & most of all empowering.

 

I first started reading this about two months ago and had to stop because I just wasn't feeling it...I thought this is a premise that would never come to pass...or so help us all. I couldn't wrap my head around this society where women not only outnumber men, but their rights are so marginalized by these men, it's unthinkable, unbelievable. They are treated as property and made to go through a year away from everything they know to expel their magic. When they come back from this supposed magic-letting they are forced to marry the guy that chose them...and if no one chooses them (because women outnumber the men)...they have to work for the good of the community. This book will push your buttons...for sure.

 

The second time I started it, I found this enthralling...I devoured it in very little time. The Grace Year has earned a spot as one of my favorites of all time and I don't think I will ever forget it. I especially won't forget how it made me feel by the time I finished it. I was stunned, with everything that happens, and...So. Much. Happens. This one has all the feels, from the good to the bad, and everything in between.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 5/5
The Feels⇢ 5+/5
Pacing⇢ 4.8/5
Addictiveness⇢ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4.5/5
Originality⇢ 5+/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...
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Book Cover⇢ Love it. It's absolutely perfect.
Setting⇢ Garner County & a remote island within a great lake.
Source⇢ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
eBook Length⇢ 416 pages

 

 

I Read This for Dystopian Hellscape (and it's so fitting for that)
(Transfigured from Relics & Curiosities)

 

 

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review 2019-08-31 18:26
4 Out Of 5 STARS for The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
The Murders of Molly Southbourne - Tade Thompson

 

Molly Southbourne #1

 

FEATURING⇢

 

Creep-tastic & Weird AF
WTF did I just read?
First Half of A Complete Story
Duology (of Short Stories)
Horror-if-ic
Sort of Science Fiction &
Sort of Fantasy


LINK TO SYNOPSIS (TOR.COM'S WEBSITE)

 

MY RATING⇢ 4 STARS | GRADE B+

 


MY THOUGHTS⇢

 

I got this free from tor.com and on the one hand, it's cool that I got a book for free...but on the other hand, I have to buy the second book for $3.99 and it's barely over 100 pages. Under-handed is what that is. You sucked me in...and I caved, I needed the ending to this wholly unique experience that I had with this book. Well done TOR...Reading of said book to commence soon, hopefully.

 

With an almost frenetic pace...or maybe that was just me, that day I read it. Whatever it was, I found myself racing to read this. I even found myself telling people at work about it. It was just so out there. The premise of this book had me thinking, no way would this plot work...but it actually did. At least for me. Overall, if I hadn't gotten this for free, I would have never read this series, because at eight dollars (roughly $4 a book) it's a little costly to me.

 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢

 

Plot⇢ 3.8/5
Characters⇢ 3.5/5
The Feels⇢ 5/5
Pacing⇢ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4.7/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 5/5 for the creep factor...
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 4/5
Originality⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 3/5 Cliffhanger⇢ YUP!
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Book Cover⇢ It's Creepy.
Setting⇢ I'm not sure...maybe Ireland or the United Kingdom.
Source⇢ Freebie from Tor.com
Length⇢ 122 pages

 

 

 
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review 2019-01-11 22:57
YOU really put the U in Unique...as in uniquely f*cked up.
You - Caroline Kepnes

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When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

 

 

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Review ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

What can I say about Joe that hasn't already been said...I'm not sure?  He's smartly diabolical, seriously delusional and possibly a sociopath.  But hey, let's not forget...that he is oh-so flipping hilarious.  His inner dialogue made this story what it is, that and Caroline Kepneses (did I pluralize that right?) writing.  You know how some characters you love to hate them...well with Joe...I kinda hated to love him. 

 

This imparts some valuable information about how easy it is to find someone on social media and from there, possibly find everything there is to know about that person.  Freaky-scary.  Maybe, I should have given my daughters common names, after all.  Overall, You is a shocking, sexually charged and intense story, that I won't soon forget.  I'll have to give Hidden Bodies a listen next, but I think I'll wait a bit so I don't get burned out on too much Joe.

 

Just a note...My love for Joe and You the story, should not be construed as me saying that stalking is okay because it is, without a doubt, a vile thing to do to a person.  The only way you can escape that uncomfortable, looking-over-your-shoulder-all-the-time kind of feeling, is if your stalker dies.  True story...

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5+/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really...but there is a second book.
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Book Cover⇝ It's kinda boring...non-descript
Narration⇝ Santino Fontana
Series⇝ You #1
Setting⇝ New York
Source⇝ Audiobook from Google Play Store
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Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
 
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review 2019-01-01 13:34
I believe CoHo was channeling her inner Tarryn Fisher on this one...
Verity - Colleen Hoover

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, the husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

 

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

 

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Review ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

What kind of mind-fuckery is this?  Seriously, that beginning...that middle, and of course, that freaking crazy AF ending.  If you like Colleen Hoover and you also like romantic suspense...then you'll be totally eating this story up...with a fork and a spoon.  But only, if you like your stories and your characters completely twisted.  Disclaimer:  If you like your stories to leave you feeling like they all live happily-ever-after...then this might not be for you.  A book to make you go hmmm...

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.5/5
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⇝ It's sketchy...
Setting⇝ Mostly Vermont
Source⇝ I own Kindle eBook 
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