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review 2019-01-16 01:24
Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye (audiobook)
Jane Steele - Lyndsay Faye,Susie Riddell

I'm not sure who it was who described this book as being for those who thought the novel Jane Eyre could have benefited from a higher body count, but they were right. I was only middling in my opinion of Jane Eyre, but I quite liked this odd book inspired by it. I'm not sure what to call it, although I'm not sure I agree with those who describe it as satirical.

 

Anyway, it was lots of fun, and I enjoyed it more than I expected to. (I know I initially decided that I wanted to read it because I kept seeing others reading it, but usually these popular novels fall flat for me.) Oh, and I quite liked Quillfeather in the end.

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review 2019-01-16 01:19
A Christmas Party by Georgette Heyer
A Christmas Party - Georgette Heyer

This took me quite a while to get through, and I didn't finish it in time for the 24 Festive Tasks game, but I still really enjoyed it. The idea is that the master of the house is murdered at Christmas when the house is full of guests; suspicions ensue. I had guessed the murderer but I couldn't quite work out how they had done it, but that added more to my enjoyment than it detracted from it. It was quite clever overall.

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review 2019-01-16 00:11
Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel

Book #3 in the Themis Files

 

๏ ๏ ๏  Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Giant Robots
Science Fiction w/Aliens
Living on another Planet
Existential Elements
A Satisfying Epilogue
Full-Cast Narration
 
 
 
Full-Cast Narration including, but not limited to; William Hope, Charlie Anson, Laurence Bouvard, Adna Sablylich, Laura Kirmen & Sylvain Neuvel
 
 
 
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
Loved it on Audio, and I knew I would...With Full-Cast narration, it totally rocks.  If you've ever thought about trying out an Audiobook, this is good series to start with, the only issue may be that it could you spoil you for most books which only have one, maybe two, narrators.  I read an ARC of this earlier in 2018 and my review can be seen here.


 A Bookish Obsession Favorite 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

 
☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+
 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 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⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ Fantastic
Setting⇝ Earth and Esat Ekt
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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๏ ๏ ๏ Links ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Kindle eBook | Audio

Goodreads | Booklikes 



Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


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review 2019-01-15 23:34
Book Review: Fame
Fame - Karen Kingsbury

Title: Fame
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Series: Firstborn, #1; Baxters, #6
Format: paperback
Length: 346 pages
Rating: 4 stars

 

Synopsis: A Dream Come True
Dayne Matthews is at the top of the Hollywood list—a successful, popular actor with a bright future. He has everything a man could want—fame, fortune, and friends. But his heart is pulling him toward a woman and a family who have no idea how their lives are tied to his. . . .
A Wounded Past
Katy Hart, the director of Christian Kids Theater, is immersed in her new life. Glad to move on and forget her past, she finally feels at home in Bloomington, Indiana. With a successful community theater and the love of many friends, she thinks she is content. But that changes in an instant when she meets Dayne Matthews and he promises a future she left in her past.
A Painful Promise
As Elizabeth Baxter lay dying, John made a promise that he must keep. A promise to reconnect the entire family—including the one child they never spoke of.

(spoiler show)

 

Favourite character: I just… I kind of love all them. I can’t pick a favourite.
Least favourite character: Kelly Parker

 

Mini-review: I’m such trash for the Baxters series. Honestly. I’m kind of addicted to this series, it’s bad. I cannot wait to read the next one. I am just so… I need to know what’s going to happen, if and how John and Dayne meet. If Dayne meets the rest of the Baxter clan. I can’t wait to read Bailey’s story understanding the rest of the characters, not being confused like I was two years ago when I read Leaving. I just love this series.

 

Fan-cast:
Dayne Matthews - Diego Klattenhoff
Katy Hart - Sophia Bush
Ashley Baxter Blake - Brittany Snow
Landon Blake - Scott Eastwood
Kari Baxter Taylor - Kate Mara
Ryan Taylor - Matt Lanter
John Baxter - Jeff Goldblum
Kelly Parker - Jaime King
Jenny Flanigan - Gabrielle Union
Jim Flanigan - Luke Wilson
Bailey Flanigan - Zendaya
Connor Flanigan - Cameron Boyce
Chloe Madden/Anna Madden - Leslie Mann
Heath Hudson - Jay Baruchel
Tim Reed - Nat Wolff
Cody Coleman - Brandon Larracuente
Alice Stryker - Drea de Matteo
Sarah Jo Stryker - Sabrina Carpenter
Marc David - Joel Kinnaman
Rhonda Sanders - Anna Paquin
Ashley Zarelli - Julia Garner
Mitch Henry - John C. Reilly
Luke Baxter - Cameron Monaghan
Brooke Baxter West - Bryce Dallas Howard
Peter West - John Krasinski

 

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review 2019-01-15 20:30
Daba's Travels from Ouadda to Bangui by Makombo Bamboté
Daba's Travels from Ouadda to Bangui - Makombo Bamboté,George Ford

Like apparently most of the people who read this book, I read it for my world books challenge and wasn’t particularly impressed. It seems to be aimed at middle-grade readers (ages 9-12), and recounts the childhood experiences of a boy named Daba as he leaves his village in the Central African Republic to attend school in a larger town and spends his vacations traveling around the country with friends and relatives.

As you would expect, this is a quick and easy read that even includes some illustrations. It’s a pretty gentle story, including adventures such as attending a boarding school and tagging along for a crocodile hunt. However, it is disjointed, prematurely ending events that could have been exciting if fully-developed – like the crocodile hunt, which gets less page time than a neighbor telling the boys a story – and including more episodes than fit comfortably within its brief page count. It does little to immerse the reader in Daba’s feelings or experiences; in the second half of the book, he seems to fade into his group of friends, who are indistinguishable in personality and experiences (except for the French pen pal who somehow is able to fly to a Central African Republic town alone and spend the summer wandering from village to isolated village with the local boys).

Daba grows older – the book appears to cover a couple of years – but he doesn’t really have struggles to overcome or seem to change or learn more about life. At times, knowing the story to be based in some way on the author’s childhood, Daba’s portrayal even comes across as self-aggrandizing: a star pupil, always cool and confident, beats adults at games, liked by everyone except for one classmate who’s condemned by other children and adults alike. Meanwhile, for adult readers, the language is perhaps too simple, and some of the events are eyebrow-raising or could use more explanation (the pen pal trip, Daba’s being awarded a scholarship to study abroad without any apparent effort from him or consent from his parents, etc.).

At any rate, this isn’t too bad if you’re doing a world books challenge – Daba travels around his country, giving the reader a sense of the landscape and the culture in the places he visits, and quick reads are always valued for big challenges – but those searching for diverse books to give to the children in their lives would be better served looking elsewhere.

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