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review 2019-02-27 00:03
2 Out Of 5 STARS for The Ready-Made Thief by Augustus Rose
The Readymade Thief. - Augustus Rose

 

 

 

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Urbex Exploring

Stand-Alone

Young-ish Adult

Davinci Code Feel

Weird AF

 

 

With Audio Performed by Emily Rankin

 

 

 

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There are quite a few reviews that say this is like Davinci Code...and I didn't like that movie, or I didn't "get it" anyway, so I should have realized this wasn't going to work for me. Basically, it was too long and too weird for me...the only elements of the book I really liked was the urbex exploring. Search #urbex on Instagram, there are some really cool pics.

 

 

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2STARS - GRADE=D

  

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 


Plot⇝ 2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3/5
Main Characters⇝ 2.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 2/5
The Feels⇝ 1/5
Pacing⇝ 2/5
Addictiveness⇝ 1/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 1/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 2/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 1/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Seriously, I don't even care...
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Book Cover⇝  It's quite awesome...I think it went with the story well enough...
Setting⇝ Philadelphia, PA
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-02-04 02:35
Matilda Review
Matilda - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

Matilda, is a must read book for all children. I would use this book with higher grades, 3rd-5th. This book is about a little girl who must put up with her crazy family and evil principal, and uses her powers of telekinesis to protect herself and those she loves. I think students would really enjoy reading this book. I would use this book in my classroom to have students practice reading comprehension by having whole group/ or small group discussions of the story. (Book Reading Level: Lexile 840L)  

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review 2019-02-04 02:23
Bud, Not Buddy Review
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy, is a good book to use with older grades like 4th-5th grade. It is a story about an orphaned boy and his journey to find his true home. It is a humor filled story that kids will enjoy reading. I would use this book in my classroom to read as a whole class and then practice doing a book review on it by analyzing the characters, setting, themes, conflicts, and other story elements. (Book Reading Level: Lexile 950L) 

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review 2019-01-26 20:50
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS for Sadie by Courtney Summers
Sadie - Courtney Summers

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Full-Cast Narration
A New-to-Me Author
Mystery
Revenge
Substance Abuse
YA Contemporary
Unique Format
 

With a Full-Cast Narration including Dan Bittner, Fred Berman, Gabra Zackman and Rebecca Solar as Sadie.

 
 
 
 
 

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The unique format with the Podcast interspersed with Sadie's POV makes it perfect for Audio, in fact, I would suggest you listen to this because, with the full-cast narration, it begs to be listened to.  Many reviews for this will tell you this is one of those difficult to read stories, and I'm not saying that it isn't, only that it deals with these elements in a way that isn't quite so traumatizing as it could be.

Sadie's life is a bleak existence, what with her stutter and her drug and alcohol addicted Mother, she did not have it easy in life.  Mattie was her salvation and her reason for living...when she is killed...she finds it difficult to go on.  So she sets out on the road...to kill a man.  Ultimately Sadie's haunting story left me feeling saddened but hopeful...hopeful, at least, for a better ending than what she's been given by the Author, anyway.


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4.7STARS - 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⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really a cliffhanger...just kinda an open-ended ending.
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Book Cover⇝  Meh...it's not bad.
Setting⇝ Cold Creek, Montgomery, and a few other places...
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-01-19 23:18
Bright Ruin by Vic James
Bright Ruin - Vic James

 

Book #3 in the Dark Gifts Trilogy 

 

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Alternate/Dystopian-ish Society
Magic
Fantastical Elements
Intrigue
Good Triumphing Over Evil
A Small Splish of Romance

Audiobook Narrated by Evita Jay
 

 

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What can I say...that was a satisfying ending to an intriguing series.  While I found the first book in this series hard to decipher with all the ginormous words that I never heard before being thrown around like everyday language,  I honestly didn't know if I would continue the series.  That is until I tried the Audio version with book #2.  With the easy to understand narration from Evita Jay, I found a way to like this sesquipedalian*writing style of Vic James.

The unique alternative slash dystopian-ish modern day British setting and the captivating characters...from the good to the bad and the completely unusual made this possible for me to really get into the story, despite being confused at times.  The ending was unexpected, but it completely worked.

*I totally looked that word up...and I think I used it correctly.
 

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☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-
 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.3/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.8/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.8/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.8/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 4.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝  It's amazing...
Setting⇝ An Alternate Britain
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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