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review 2018-08-04 19:18
Don't start this unless you have immediate access to the second book...
Into the Light (The Light Series) - Aleatha Romig

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

Into The Light

Aleatha Romig

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Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light.

 

Stella Montgomery investigates the news on the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella investigates—despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend—following a twisted trail that leads her through the city’s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel.

 

As Sara struggles to understand her place in the strange world she’s awakened to—an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedience—and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she can’t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price…

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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A thrilling and unputdownable ride teeming with twists and turns, especially at the end. With one I suspected and another one that blew me away.  My only complaint is overly explicit sex scenes, they were awkward to listen to with where the story was.   I could have been happier if they were just mentioned, instead.  I know this Author writes those types of stories…it just had such a dynamic plotline, it didn't need them.  Overall, this was really addicting and I immediately dived into the second book…because OMG, that was one hella cliffhanger.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.8STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 4.8/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

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~ 4.8/5 Cliffhanger~ YES! A hella cliffhanger…

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Book Cover~ It's Okay

Narration~ 5 for Erin DeWard, Kevin T. Collins & Noah Michael Levine, the different narrators set this story apart.

Series~ The Light #1

Setting~ Detroit Area and Alaska

Source~ Audiobook (KU Read & Listen)

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review 2018-04-30 15:16
3.7 Out Of 5 "demented and twisted" STARS
The Butterfly Garden - Dot Hutchison

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

The Butterfly Garden

Dot Hutchinson

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Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.

 

In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

 

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

 

As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I hesitated to read this because the subject manner was the sort that I have a difficult time reading…then I saw a review that said it was disturbing but not graphically so…and I thought, maybe I can get through this.  Since Amazon basically gave (I paid $1.99) me a KU membership for the next 3 months, I went for it.

 

The Butterfly Garden is seriously twisted but something about it kept me from investing in the story completely.  I honestly think that was due to the wide-ranging reviews on this book. I think they jaded me right from the start.  I'm not going to get into the details of that because I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone else.  Although, I will say that the twist at the end felt entirely unnecessary to me and it really just left me confused.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.7STARS - GRADE=B

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.7/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 2.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Sorta…

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Book Cover~ It's decent

Narration~ 5 -Lauren Ezzo was amazingly good & 4☆ -Mel Foster was decent too.

Series~ The Collector #1

Setting~ The Garden

Source~ KU Read & Listen

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review 2018-04-05 17:10
4.3 Out of 5 "no one asks for THAT" Stars
Asking for it - Louise T. O'Neill

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Asking For It

Louise O'Neill

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Emma O'Donovan is eighteen, beautiful, and fearless. It's the beginning of summer in a quiet Irish town and tonight she and her friends have dressed to impress. Everyone is at the party, and all eyes are on Emma. The next morning Emma's parents discover her collapsed on the doorstop of their home, unconscious. She is disheveled, bleeding, and disoriented, looking as if she had been dumped there. To her distress, Emma can't remember what happened the night before. All she knows is that none of her friends will respond to her texts. At school, people turn away from her and whisper under their breath. Her mind may be a blank as far as the events of the previous evening, but someone has posted photos of it on Facebook under a fake account, "Easy Emma"-photos she will never be able to forget. As the photos go viral and a criminal investigation is launched, the community is thrown into tumult. The media descends, neighbors chose sides, and people from all over the world want to talk about her story. Everyone has something to say about Emma. Contains mature themes.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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How do you rate a book, that not only physically hurts to read but also has characters that are actually quite unlikable?  And yet, embeds itself under your skin and into your head. It will make you think about rape culture and how the world perceives a girl who is "asking for it".  It demonstrates the small-mindedness of some.  It shows cyber-bullying at it's very worse.  Asking For It is a raw, gritty read filled with overwhelming sadness, but at the same time feels like it needs to be read.

 

This is superbly written, although I was tripped up by her inner dialogue.  I listened to Audio, and the narrator did change her voice for this, unfortunately, it's difficult to pull off, even for an excellent narrator; and usually works much better in print format.  So, maybe, I should have read this one instead of listening.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~  4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 3/5

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Book Cover~ This one and the Barbie doll-like cover are both perfect for the book.

Narration~ ☆4.5☆ is well done by Aoife McMahon

Setting~ Ballinatoom, Ireland

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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review 2018-03-25 15:10
I recommend reading the book before listening because not all of this story works in audio format.
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Gemina

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

 

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

 

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair is struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

 

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

 

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I don't know that I would have gleaned everything that was going on in this if I hadn't previously read it.  I felt like the audio was difficult to follow in certain sections.  If I rated on the audio version alone my rating would probably be 4-Stars.  What follows here is my review of the book edition:

 

This series is the cat's meow and dog's bark and the ram's bahhhaah…all that shit and more…It's not going to be for everyone…but damn, it should be.  I think so, anyway.  The format is crazy, and it (for me) may be part of what makes it so good…that, and the amazing and intricate plot.  Nothing is off limits in this series.

 

I read this both from a hardcover book (that my daughter bought me for Christmas) and a Kindle eBook that I borrowed from the library at the same time.  I'm so glad that I did it this way.  Because…the eBook is good for low lighting and when I was at work, seriously though, that book is lug…and the actual lug of a book is perfect for those pages with small, teeny tiny pictures/documents and such on them.  I flipped back and forth between the two constantly.  I also used an Audible credit for the Audiobook of Gemina, which I plan to listen to right before Obsidio comes out in March 2018.

 

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~MY RATING~

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

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Plot~ 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~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~  Awesome!

Narration~ Awesome! Full-cast is the best!

Series~ Illuminae Files #2

Setting~ Heimdall Station

Source~ Own Audible Audio

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review 2018-03-21 13:40
4.2 Out of 5 Never Stop, Never Forget Stars
Never Never - Colleen Hoover; Tarryn Fisher;

 

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Never Never

Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

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Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They've been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning...they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love...every memory has vanished. "I don't care what our real first kiss was," he says. "That's the one I want to remember." 

Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be...the more they question why they were ever together, to begin with. 

"I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie."

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This is so much better when you have all three books in one.  No stopping…just reading straight through.  I read the first book in this series a while ago.  I liked it…but it was just too unfinished to get high enough rating from me. 

 

Never Never is a teen love story with a forever kind of feel.  I inevitably felt like I could have done without the blatant promiscuity between Charlie and Silas but their love story is super sweet, so I'll try to let it slide.  If you are turned off by stories that have a splash of paranormal then this might not work for you.  I myself, really enjoy stories like this, though.  Maybe, even more than full-blown paranormal…I just feel like I connect when it's more subtly done.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

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Plot~4/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ Love the new cover for the combined books in the series.

Series~ Never Never (The Complete Series)

Setting~ NOLA

Source~ Own Kindle eBook

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