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review 2017-11-16 04:27
Brave New World (Audiobook)
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley,Michael York

Brave New Shock Value: the Anti-Utopia

 

So, I read that. Or listened to that. I can see why this was a revolutionary novel when it was written. Huxley set out to write a satire of the utopian novels so popular in his day and wrote a horror story instead. It's certainly imaginative, and not entirely out of left field, unfortunately. It does show its age in some respects, but since this is meant to be uncomfortable, that's not as much of a deterrent as it could be. I'm not really sure what to rate this though, so I'm leaving it unrated.

 

Narration is top-notch though - 5 stars for Michael York.

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review 2017-11-16 00:18
Guardian Ranger
Guardian Ranger - Cynthia Eden

Veronica's brother, Cale, is missing. She turns to Jasper, an ex-military friend of Cale's. Unbeknownst to her, Jasper is also looking for Cale. It appears that Cale is guilty of murder. Jasper works for an elite, off the books type, government agency. 
Veronica was nice, although very sheltered. She grew on me as the book progressed and I liked how she came out of her shell. Yes, this contemporary romantic suspense still hit a pet peeve of mine (the heroine is a virgin- at 28).
I realize there were some things that Jasper couldn't share. My issue is he had moments where he lied and I didn't think he had to. He could have been more honest (to a point). Veronica forgave Jasper too quickly. Overall, this was satisfying. 
I do know who the next couple is (Sydney and Gunner), with Cale's coming in book 4. I'm assuming the underlying storyline (who was the one paying for the hits) will continue on the next book.

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review 2017-11-15 22:14
With the Virtue Duo you get an unadulterated make-no-apologies straight-up love triangle.
Sweetest Venom (The Virtue Series) (Volume 2) - Mia Asher

Book Title:  Sweetest Venom

Author:  Mia Asher

Narration:  Lucy Rivers & Jeremy York

Series:  Virtue #2

Genre:  Erotica | Romance

Setting:  New York

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3.2/5

Main Characters:  3.5/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  3/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  2.8/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  3.7/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  5+

Total:  3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

 

I went into this knowing it would have too much explicit sex for my liking…and so I wasn't pissed off about that.  I also fast-forwarded through them some, and that helped, too.  I do have to give the narrator's props for reading these sex scenes out loud, because wow, they were raw.  Also some props for the Author, for always keeping it real with the way she writes her sex scenes.  (I suppose I can let it slide the couple times she referred to a vagina as a sex…serious pet-peeve of mine.) 

 

While I had some issues with the MC (Blair is one f'-ed up chic) and the believability of the story...I think, overall, I liked how different this story is…it wasn't cliched like a lot of New Adult/Contemporary Romance stories out these days.  The fate of the love triangle will leave you wondering just which direction it's going in, right up until the very end.

 

Will I read more from this Author? Maybe…

 

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review 2017-11-15 13:00
Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman (audiobook)
Between Two Thorns - Emma Newman

I reread this because I thought a rereading might be good before continuing on with the series since I have a tendency to forget things. Also, I was curious what it would be like to have Emma Newman narrate her own book. Her narration was good but not quite as...enthusiastic? as I was expecting after listening to her podcast, Tea & Jeopardy. I still really enjoyed it though.

 

You can read my original review here. Basically, fae exist and there's an in-between world called the nether where the people who serve the fae live. These people are definitely stuck in the past, partly because people don't age while they live in the nether, so many of the people of power were actually born hundreds of years ago. Our main character, Cathy, was born into this society but escaped into the real world to try to live a less restricted life. Of course, her past catches up to her, and she's forced back into her family's world, completed with a forced engagement.

 

There's also these people called arbiters, who are supposed to police magic and the fae-touched people in the real world. They're impervious to magic because they've had their souls dislocated from their bodies and stored in jars. This apparently makes them very ugly and almost completely emotionless and through a series of events, one of them has his soul transferred to a gargoyle, which is just great.

 

Anyway, I was reading this just for fun, but then I noticed that there was a poppy on the cover so I could count it as the book for Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day "read a book with poppies on the cover". Of course, as it turns out, I'm planning to read a book about WWII after all, but I figure I might as well count this one now and if I finish the other one on time it'll just count as bonus stars.

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review 2017-11-15 04:24
Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

 

"The Jubilee Express" by Maureen Johnson - 3/5 Stars
I liked the story, thought it was cute-ish, but did not like how the main character stereotyped cheerleaders. It was another one of those "I'm not like those girls" type of thing. I really hate when people do that. Just because someone is pretty, wears make up and likes to be perky and do cheers, doesn't make them a bad person or make them less than you. That goes for any person/group who is different from you. Don't be so quick to judge. It was also annoying how the author basically said all cheerleaders are named Amber and Madison. Of course, I know nothing about cheerleaders, so...

I was really cringing throughout the story, because I was expecting her to cheat on her boyfriend; the story just gave that vibe.

Luckily there was no cheating

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I liked Stuart as a character. He seemed genuinely like a good person.

The whole thing with the Christmas village was different.

I like the writing style and think it would be fun to expand it to a full length novel and really expand on the character developments, and have it not be so instalove.

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"A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle" by John Green - 1/5 stars.
Did John Green really write this? It was horrible and gross. Are boys really like that about cheerleaders? Anyways, it just made me feel a little disgusted how the girls are being treated/are viewed because they happen to be cheerleaders. Also saying "that's so gay"... ugh, and it was used more than once. I also did not appreciate the dig at Lindsay Lohan. Sure the likelihood, Lindsay will ever read this is slim, but it's a pretty crappy thing to do. She's still a person and the story basically called her a slut. "Legs always open." So John Green lost a little of my respect.

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"The Patron Saint of Pigs" by Lauren Myracle - 2.5/5 stars.
The main character was really painful to read. I mean, I guess she learned her lesson in the end, at least I hope so. I didn't really care much for it, but I did like the ending somewhat with everyone coming together.

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