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review 2018-09-15 21:17
Well, at least I got my Southern Gothic Square checked off by forcing myself through this.
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls - Clara Emily Carpenter

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Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

Emily Carpenter

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Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother’s tragic, premature death—and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea’s ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She’ll find you, I think, but if she doesn’t, you find her.

Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father. While Althea doesn’t expect him, or her politically ambitious brother, to welcome her with open arms, she’s not prepared for the chilling revelation of a grim, long-buried family secret. Fragile and desperate, Althea escapes with an old flame to uncover the truth about her lineage. Drawn deeper into her ancestors’ lives, Althea begins to unearth their disturbing history…and the part she’s meant to play in it.

 

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Ugh!  I tried to get into this, but I just couldn't.  I read a couple other books by this Author and really liked them.  So, what gives?  First and foremost we learn early on, that all the women in her family going back a few generations have suddenly become schizophrenic on their 30th birthday.  I really couldn't buy into this scenario, and it pretty much made it impossible for me to like the rest of the story.  This could also be why I didn't connect with the characters, no matter how hard I tried.  All of them came off as pretty unlikable, and I couldn't care less about their fates.  Lastly, I can't stress enough how important it is to have a different narrator for each characters POV, because I couldn't distinguish between Althea and Jinn's characters, and I was left confused most of the time.

 

Overall, a lackluster mystery for me with an equally lackluster ending.  But I might be in the minority with these feelings...there are lots of great reviews for this, after all.

 

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~MY RATING~

2STARS - GRADE=D

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Plot~ 2/5

Main Characters~ 2/5

Secondary Characters~ 1.5/5

The Feels~ 1/5

Pacing~ 2/5

Addictiveness~ 2/5

Theme or Tone~ 2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 2.5/5

Ending~ 2/5

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Book Cover~ Meh…it's underwhelming for sure.

Narration~ ☆3 for Kate Orsini…she was okay, but she should have used a different variation of her voice for each of the MC's.

Setting~ Alabama

Source~ Audiobook (KU Read & Listen)

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I used this for Southern Gothic Square in Halloween Bingo

 

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review 2018-08-31 19:29
A psychopath, a sociopath and a fiction writer walk into a bar…
Bad Mommy - Tarryn Fisher

 

 

 

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Bad Mommy

Tarryn Fisher

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When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it's not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It's because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else. 

 

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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A story can be about love and relationships and not be romantic in any way and this is Bad Mommy in a nutshell.  And what a nutshell it is...

 

Whenever I want something different to read, Tarryn Fisher is my go-to Author.  She is an exceptional writer, her stories are so varied and basically just plain f*cked up, like what.  It's also quite awesome how she works her boot-fetish into every one of her stories.  This story felt like it could have been based on something that happened to her in real life…I have no clue if it was…but seriously…so cleverly done.

 

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~MY RATING~

5STARS - 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~ Well…

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Book Cover~ Love it…

Narration~ 5 for Brittany Pressley, Lance Greenfield, and Carly Robins…they were all excellent.  Her books always seem to have perfect narration.

Setting~ Seattle, Washington

Source~ I own Audible Audiobook

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review 2018-08-13 21:38
2.8 Out Of 5 "what the what and who the who" STARS
Like Never and Always - Ann Aguirre

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Like Never and Always

Ann Aguirre

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On a hot summer night, Liv, Morgan, Clay, and Nathan are on the way home from a party in Clay's convertible. Best friends dating brothers? It doesn't get better than that. But the joyride ends in sudden impact, a screech of brakes, and shattering glass. On that lonely country road, four lives change forever.

 

Liv wakes in the hospital. At first, she's confused when they call her Morgan, but she assumes it's a case of mistaken identity. Yet when the bandages come off, it's not her face in the mirror anymore. It's Morgan's.

 

Morgan always seemed to have a perfect life. But as Liv tries to fit herself into Morgan's world, she discovers endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety and a dark task to finish...if she doesn't lose her mind first.

 

Forced to confront the disturbing truths that Morgan kept hidden in life, Liv must navigate a world of long-buried murder, a dangerous love affair—and a romance that feels like a betrayal.

 

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The cover is brilliant, and the blurb for it seems like a fantastic idea, but the execution…was off.  I wanted this perfect explanation for what was going on, even if it was something that dipped into the supernatural, but it just kind of fizzled. Also, sometimes the odd love triangle this had going on felt seriously awkward.  While it had its suspenseful moments, and the characters were mostly likable (especially Clay), the story ultimately left me confused and let down.  There was this tidbit of a plot twist thrown in at the end of the story that just leaves you feeling like…wtf was that all about?

 

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~MY RATING~

2.8STARS - GRADE=C-

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Plot~ 3.2/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 3.8/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 3.5/5

Ending~2.5/5

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Book Cover~ Very Cool…way cooler than the story.

Narration~4.5 for Emily Bauer, her pleasant voice may have influenced the overall rating of this book.

Setting~ Renton (not sure of the spelling because I only had audio version)

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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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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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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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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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 2018-07-28 19:23
3 Out Of 5 "I only read this so I could know what all the fuss is about" STARS
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

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We Were Liars

E Lockhart

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A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth.

 

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If you go into this completely blind then it's possible you could have your mind blown by this story…maybe…and if you want to do that than you should stop reading this, or any other review for it.  Not that I really give anything away.  But, if you're part of a large number of people who've already read this or if you've already read some reviews like I had before I listened to this, then read on. 

 

I knew it had a twist, so when it came…I was like, oh, so that's where this is going, I've already been there and done that.  Ultimately, this is really a story of some rich, somewhat bratty, teens who try to fix a situation with drastic results.  Overall there is some substance to the story, I even felt some real emotions.  So if you're on the fence about reading this, I would say give it a try, it's a very quick read or listen and the audio for it is quite decently done.  At least then, like me, you'll know what all the fuss is about.

 

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~MY RATING~

3STARS - GRADE=C

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Plot~ 3.7/5

Main Characters~ 3/5

Secondary Characters~ 2.8/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 2.8/5

Addictiveness~ 3.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.5/5

Ending~ 3/5

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Book Cover~ Kind of wishy washy…

Narration~ 4 for Ariande Meyers

Setting~ Beechwood Island

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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