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review 2019-12-13 22:27
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ The End of Our Story by Meg Haston
The End of Our Story - Meg Haston

⬥Young Adult
⬥A Love Story
⬥Coming Of Age
⬥A Tragedy
⬥Domestic Violence
⬥Splash of Mystery
⬥Open-Ended Ending
⬥With Audio Smashingly Performed by Caitlin Kelly & James Fouhey






The writing is exceptional and the plot has a lot going for it...Two kids who are directionless but likable (they are all mostly directionless, anyway).  A sweet love story with a dubious break-up but maybe they can get it back, or maybe they can find a way to at least be friends...especially when a tragedy hits them.   The tragedy even has a bit of a mystery to it.  With all that it feels like it should be a winner.  But sadly, it was missing something.  For me, that something was an actual ending.  By leaving it the way she (the author) did...with considerably more than an open-ended ending...I feel bereft without some kind of closure.


Plot 3.7/5
Narration Performance 4/5
Characters 4/5
The Feels 4/5
Pacing 3.7/5
Addictiveness 4/5
Theme or Tone 3.8/5
Flow (Writing Style) 3.2/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 2.5/5 Cliffhanger Hmmm...
Book Cover It's all right...
Setting Florida...Atlantic coast
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 8 hours, 48 minutes

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review 2019-12-12 23:01
4.7 Out Of 5 STARS⇢ The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Wicked King - Holly Black

The Folk of the Air #2


⬥Book #1 Rating: 4.3 STARS
⬥Fairy High Court
⬥Intrigue & Betrayals
⬥Unforeseen Twists
⬥A Darkly Fantastical Fae World
⬥Sprinkled With Immoral Wantonness




My love for this series keeps growing...and I don't usually like Fae Stories.  This second book in The Folk of the Air Series, I liked even more than the first book, despite not understanding why Jude wants to live in the fairy world, to begin with.  I mean these fairies are evil, just because they can't lie doesn't mean they have to tell the truth.  They could just not say anything...after all... 

Fair warning, this is said to be YA, but I think it's more like risque-YA (I love it when shit rhymes).  Holly Black's fairies are not only mean they are quite naughty, debaucherous, even..  I think this naughtiness is a part of its appeal, at least for me...possibly a few others.

Seriously, though, that ending was hella crazy...I thought I had it figured out, but no.  Such an interesting turn of events...I can't wait to see where she is taking this story next...

I'm starting Queen of Nothing posthaste.


Plot 4.5/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 5/5
The Feels 5/5
Pacing 5/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme or Tone 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 5/5
Originality 5/5
Ending 5/5 Cliffhanger "To be continued"
Book Cover Love it...
Setting Elfhame & the Mortal World
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 10 hours, 21 minutes.

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review 2019-12-12 20:59
The Girl Who Could See
The Girl Who Could See - Kara Swanson

I actually enjoyed the story, its premise was good. But I think this book needed to be longer. I wanted to see more of the Fern/Tristan relationship (not just the way it went in the end). I wanted to see the guys Fern needs to convince getting convinced, but not in a snap of fingers. More development about the world that was, and how it bears on Tristan (I mean, the guy has seen that happen for years, there should be more impact on him?), would've been welcome, too; same about the lab and who/why did they do this.

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text 2019-12-12 16:18
24 Festive Tasks: Door 18 - Hanukkah: Task 3
High Rising - Angela Thirkell

Nighttime flashlight reading with complimentary cat.



Though if the eyes fail, there's always this ... (and to the cat, it doesn't make one iota of a difference!). 


(Task: Read a book by candle light (or flashlight).)


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review 2019-12-12 14:27
Beyond the Moon
Beyond The Moon - Catherine Taylor
Louisa Casson is having a hard time dealing with the death of her grandmother, her only childhood caretaker, and finds herself on South Downs cliffs.  A storm hits and Louisa falls down the cliffs, she is badly hurt and interned at Coldbrook Hall, a private psychiatric hospital believed to be a suicide risk.  Louisa, who was a medical student before she took care of her grandmother struggles to fit in with the uncompassionate staff and irresponsible medical techniques.  Some patients at Coldbrook help Louisa cope.  One patient shows Louisa the abandoned sector of Coldbrook that served as a hospital during World War I, in this section Louisa finds a room that doesn't look abandoned- and it's not.  Inside, she finds Lieutenant Robert Lovett suffering from shell shock and temporary blindness. Louisa finds that she has somehow traveled to 1916 through Robert's room; however Robert is the only one she can interact with.  After another fall Louisa finds herself in 1917, now she is in France as a VAD nurse, Rose Ashby.  While learning the ins and outs of her new life, she frantically tries searching for Robert again, and wondering which timeline she really belongs to. 
Beyond the Moon is a sweeping time travel romance. Told through alternating views of Louisa and Robert, it seems like the pair might be doomed to be apart in time or space.  From the beginning, Louisa's journey captivated me.  Her passion and willingness to help others shone through.  When Louisa first found Robert, I was worried that it would prolong her time in the psychiatric unit or make her believe that she really did need to be there.  Robert's character is kind and confident.  I loved the first few times that Louisa and Robert were able to be together in 1916, even though no one else was able to see or interact with Louisa, their friendship and romance was able to progress naturally.  Once Louisa falls into 1917 again, the story picks up pace.  I enjoyed seeing Louisa, now living as Rose Ashby, adapt to life 100 years prior and take on the responsibilities of a VAD nurse.  Here, the historical aspects of the story also come to life as the conditions of the field hospital and the patients they received are described in realistic and historically accurate detail.  Robert's experience on the front and as a Prisoner of War was also absorbing, the scenes in the trenches and on the front lines brought the grittiness of the war to light.  Even though Louisa and Robert are both firmly in 1917, it seemed they might still be kept apart, the suspense of them finding one another again kept me rapt right until the end.  I thought the method of time travel and the explanation for Louisa slipping through time was fascinating as well. 
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
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