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review 2017-04-14 15:03
Queen of Always (Stolen Empire Book 3) - Sherry D. Ficklin

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Leader of the Broken Hearts by Papa Roach  --Catherine is tasked with some difficult decisions that leave her not so lucky in love. Ultimately, she did it all for Russia…

And now I finally know what it feels like

To risk everything and still survive

When you’re standing on the battlefield

And all the pain is real

That’s when you realize

That you must’ve done something right

'Cause you’ve never felt so alive

*note:  all the lyric video's for this song were not quite the right one, but this one's at least visually engaging…but some of the lyrics are wrong.

 

Book Title:  Queen of Always

Author:  Sherry D Ficklin

Series:  Stolen Empire #3

Genre:  Older YA, Historical

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

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Overall Rating:  4.3/5 STARS (GRADE=A-)

 

My Thoughts

 

She's ruthless, because she has to be…she's loved because she's fair.  She's the queen because she took it.

A stunning conclusion to the Stolen Empire Series…a sometimes poignant, sometimes encouraging, with some serious OMG moments leading up to her stealing the crown from her asinine (and that word doesn't even cover it) husband, Peter.  For such a short book it really packs a punch.

 

⇝Sex Factor⇜ This is older ya for sure because of the graphic content and the sex.  Especially, one scene in particular…wow (maybe a little TMI).

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.3/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  No

 

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

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review 2017-03-03 14:19
She's Fighting For Her Country
Front Lines - Michael Grant

Book Title:  Front Lines

Author:  Michael Grant

Narration:  Therese Plummer & Erin Mallon

Series:  Soldier Girl #1

Genre:  WW II, Alternate History, Older YA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

♫I researched many songs of the 40's that were popular during WWII and I felt my theme song should be by a women and also have the right sound for the times and I narrowed it down to this song…I'll Be Seeing You by Billie Holiday --It has the right tone and even if I couldn't find just the right lyric video (for some reason I prefer those, I really wish I was capable of making my own) it fits the best.♫

 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  4.3/5

Flow:  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration: 3.5 /5

Ending:  3.5/5  Cliffhanger:  sort of…

 

Will I continue this series?  Ummm…maybe.

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

An interesting, albeit long, (a little too long and slow at times) sometimes poignant, sometimes sad, and at other times triumphant look on what it would have been like if females were allowed in combat situations in World War II.  As fair warning; there are some graphic depictions in this…it is A war, afterall.

 

Told in three different pov's throughout the book, with the possibility of a fourth, (I think that's the role of the second female narrator, whose identity is never actually revealed).  Each girl is unique and compelling in her own way, and would have been more outstanding if each girl had her own narrator.  Otherwise, the narration was mostly well done. 

 ⇝Sex Factor⇜ No actual explicit sex, this is kept fairly clean in that respect.  There's actually not a lot of romance in this, but there is a little.

 

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review 2017-01-03 00:29
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
What We Saw - Aaron Hartzler

Book Title:  What We Saw

Author:  Aaron Hartzler

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  YA, Realistic Fiction

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

♫This book could inspire all kinds of songs, one for each of the main characters, easily…I picked Secrets by One Republic because it gets at the heart of everything that went wrong in this small town…sometimes...secrets should be told.  Plus what I picked originally would have been awfully spoiler-ish.♫ 

 

 

 

 

 

⇝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: 5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger: no

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I wouldn't be opposed to it.

 

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

This was my final book I finished for the year 2016, and it's easily one of my favorites.  So out with a...

 

 

 

A compelling story, brilliantly written and based on a real life actual incident.  It left me wanting to read just a little more each time I had to stop reading, especially at work.  

 The story opens the day after the alleged raping of a girl at a party the night before; and it's told entirely from another girl's pov, Kate Weston.  Kate is just a girl the victim goes to school with; in a small town, where everyone knows everyone else.  It's told from this pov for a reason.  It shows you the lies and secrets that someone will keep just because of their fear of the repercussions.  And it shows how just one person who is brave enough to tell the truth, can change everything.  It's a shocking and enlightening take on a this heavy subject matter.

 ⇝Sex Factor⇜ Yeah, something like that.  It's somewhat graphic...but it's part of what makes this story so compelling.  It's real, and raw, and necessary to the story.

 

 

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