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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 ๏ ๏ ๏ 



๏ 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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Kindle eBook | Audio

Goodreads | Booklikes 

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review 2019-01-13 17:16
The Same Deep Water as You - Chad Lutzke


I'll start simple: I love me some Chad Lutzke! THE SAME DEEP WATER AS YOU is yet another tale from the author I view as the one most able to make me cry. If there was a ribbon for that, he would take blue for first place.


As always, Chad put together an intimate story where his writing is top notch. The language is plain but the words are put together in such a way that they make you feel. They're like tiny little word arrows shot into your heart.



" You can put life on hold for a whole year dating someone, getting to know them, and then it all falls apart. Your heart is broken and you can’t do shit for another half a year without thinking of them, missing them, missing all that wasted time. I suppose with each one we walk away learning something about ourselves, about life, about how to love. Maybe we’re all just stepping stones for each other. We’re all helping somebody get somewhere. From here to a better there."




While I did enjoy this novella, I didn't feel the same poignancy that I normally experience when reading Chad's work. I've been thinking on it and I've come up with this for the reason why: the time period in which it's set. I came of age of with ACDC, Motley, Judas and Ozzy. I'm pretty sure The Cure came after that?? That means that all references to them went right over my head, (other than those to their most popular songs.) Being more familiar with the band and their music would probably have provided that extra connection or nostalgia I felt I was missing.


This is still Chad Lutzke though, so it's all good. It's still a story that grabs you and makes you think. It still has phrases put together in such a way that they touch your heart. It still builds into a satisfying tale in the end and what more could you ask for?


Recommended! You can get your copy here: THE SAME DEEP WATER AS YOU



*I bought this book with my hard earned cash. *

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review 2019-01-07 16:24
Good Story and Good Characters
Deep Into Trouble: An Unbroken Heroes Novel - Dawn Ryder

Ginger and Karen were librarians. Ginger had a job with the state as a researcher as she was just nosy and now she gets paid to read through people’s details.CPS needed to know the dirt on people and Ginger was nosy.  They were at a convention in New Orleans. Ginger and Karen had been cohorts in misadventures for years . they both had a passion for mayhem. Ginger was going to meet with Kitten- a stripper and give her the book she had. Karen and Ginger had met Kitten the night before and Ginger was determined to give her the book Kitten had been promised. But first Ginger stepped to get some different clothes that were more appropriate to party in. Ginger might have to toe the line during work hours but she setting in the lobby after when Bourbon street was a couple hundred feet away. Captain Brams magnus told Special Agent Saxon Hale that she goes by the name of  Kitten. She poses as a stripper on the street when she is on the lookout for her boss. Saxon said tell him why no one sees the Raven’s face and still he runs a major underground empire Saxon had followed his tips there but the residents of the community were tight lipped. But it wouldn’t be the first case he’d cracked through persistence. Saxon was determined .

not to leave until the Raven was in handcuffs and evidence to keep him locked up. But he also had a personal reason to be there and it centered on the photos Brams team had captured of former Special Agent  Tyler Martin. Saxon was very interested in taking Tyler down. Before he took another shot at hi, or his brother Vitus. Tyler was a rogue- a traitor- and he didn’t care who he so long as it got what he wanted. Saxon  had once him a superior among the Shadow Ops team. Bram said he had surveillance on Kitten taking three of the most recent victims. Into various bars but half the bar owners swear she’s a atripper in their barit proves nothing and Bram and Saxton were trying to seal a  leak that had taken men on both their teams. Their source was dead- Russian who went by Pratt. He’d been the Raven’s right hand man. Shadow Opps teams took the assignments no one else wanted. Dare Servant had been working the case for two months. Than Vitas had hauled in Congressman Ryland’s daughter Damasius who was being held in one of the buildings behind the famous Bourbon Street. It wasn’t the first time cases overlapped. Ginger stooped in a shop and got new clothes and was now on Bourbon Street looking for Kitten Bram and Saxon sees  Ginger. Bram and Saxon see Ginger go in the place where Saxon and Bram had a mission and she went in the building and Saxon knew she didn’t belong there. The place Ginger was going into was a nest of underworld thugs. Saxon takes Ginger and runs with her and his team. Ginger had witnessed a murder done by the Raven. He had killed one if his men right in front of Ginger. Ginger is being hunted by the murders to kill her for what she had seen and could testify against the Raven she had been the only one that had seen the murder happen. Saxon had to protect Ginger and keep her alive. But he also found he was attracted to her. They had a hot chemistry. Saxon found he couldn’t trust the people in charge as their safe house are comprised within minutes  of arrival. Saxon also is getting feeling for Ginger. Vitas even helps to protect Ginger and Saxon.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the danger, action drama, and suspense. I loved Ginger and Saxon together and how they interacted with each other. I advise you to read the other books in this series before this one for a smoother read and for information and background. I loved the plot and pace. I really liked that Ginger didn’t melt down after what she was going through but instead she wants to help anyway that she can. I didn’t want to put this down. I think Ginger and Saxon should have taken time to build a relationship. I didn’t really care for the changing POVs  it was harder to follow the book. I really enjoyed the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

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review 2019-01-05 03:35
Once Again, the Lori's (almost) in Over her Head
Deep Dirty Truth - Steph Broadribb

After all the drama and trauma of her recent past, Lori is taking only easy assignments -- her life needs to coast for a bit. Naturally, that's not going to work too well (why would we read about that? Also, why would Broadribb be nice to her now?) -- she'd kidnapped by the Miami Mob and we readers have to be braced for all sorts of nasty things to happen to her. And while it is nasty -- no one is prepared for what happens to her.


They want her to do a job for them. If she succeeds, they offer to wipe the slate clean. If she fails (or refuses), she, Dakota and JT are dead. Honestly, there's a pretty good chance they'll die no matter what, but there's a chance with the former. All she has to do is retrieve the "numbers man" for the family, currently under FBI protection before he testifies against the family in a couple of days. It's pretty cool to see how good Lori does at this until things go horribly, horribly wrong (not much of a spoiler, really -- the book isn't going be too suspenseful if she has an easy time of it).


Meanwhile, JT and Dakota run to safety -- which goes only slightly worse than Lori's assignment. JT isn't anywhere near as healthy as he should be to handle this kind of thing -- but he doesn't have much of a choice. It's his little girl, what else can he do? It's great to see JT in action like this. But at some point, at the rate things are going for her, Dakota's going to end up catatonic or like the little girl in <b>Logan</b>. My money's on the latter.


So we've got the Mob on one hand, the FBI on the other, and a distinct lack of options for this family -- it's all about survival. The longer you're alive the more opportunities will present themselves to extricate yourself from this Catch-22. As much as Lori (and JT and Dakota) is tough and resilient, it's her ability to improvise, to think quickly and to pounce on the chances that life gives her that makes her an action hero to pay attention to.


A female bounty hunter with skills and the kind of grit you want to see in an action hero, Lori is a great character. The physical toll on her in this novel is up there with the psychological toll previous adventures have taken on her -- not that she gets out of this one emotionally/mentally unscathed (nor did she get out of the previous adventures without a physical injury or 8). She's smart, determined and prepared to dish it out as well as take it.


I walked away from book 2, <b>Deep Blue Trouble</b> with a pretty strong idea about what book 3 was going to be about. I was wrong, but I'm pretty confident that I know what book 4 will be about (at least initially). I'm very glad to be wrong, actually -- because this was a lot of fun, and sets things up to be a more satisfying version of the story I imagined Broadribb would be telling. I'm eager to find out how wrong I am about book 4 (because I will be).


I've spent about a month working on this post in fits and starts, because I'm having a hard time saying something about this book that I didn't say about the other two. Broadribb started off strong -- a veteran from the get-go, and the other two have been of the same quality. Consistency is great when you're a reader -- but it's hard to write about. So I give up -- I'm not going to have anything insightful to say or any dazzling or penetrating analysis to offer. I'll keep it basic -- <b>Deep Dirty Truth</b> is a good, fast-paced, white-knuckle ride written by someone who knows what she's doing. Go read it.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2019/01/04/deep-dirty-truth-by-steph-broadribb-once-again-the-loris-almost-in-over-her-head
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review 2019-01-02 18:45
A Deep Horror That Was Very Nearly Awe - J.R. Hamantaschen

The work of J.R. Hamantaschen has been on my radar for years now, beginning with YOU SHALL NEVER KNOW SECURITY. A DEEP HORROR THAT WAS VERY NEARLY AWE is another short story collection from this author and this is his best yet!


It's easy to see how his work has matured in the depth of these tales and in the range which they cover. We have everything here from mental illness to strange, unknown things in a men's room stall, dissolved marriages and bullied teenagers.


Of all the stories here though, 7099 BRECKSVILLE ROAD, INDEPENDENCE, OHIO was my absolute favorite. Creepy and atmospheric, it was not what I've come to expect from this author at all. I love to be surprised, don't you?


I'm not going to get into each story, (there are eleven of them, total), but I will say that none of them are like the next-they're each stand alone creations. They often have strange titles, which I enjoy, for example one title was: STORY TITLE REVEALED ABOUT HALFWAY THROUGH.


This author is quirky. I like that! I never fail to read the blurbs he has listed in the front of the book, because they're never all legit. He'll slip things in there that are funny to discover and they also make me laugh. Even the copyright page has a little bonus.


The only criticism I have, and it's a small one, is that a few of these stories verge on the title of novella, rather than short story. As I said, it's a small beef. That's all I got!


A DEEP HORROR THAT WAS VERY NEARLY AWE was dark, soul crushing, beautiful, funny and intriguing all at once. J.R. Hamantaschen always delivers-just maybe not quite in the way you expect. The variety on display here shows how diverse he can be and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.


Highly recommended!


You can get your copy here: A DEEP HORROR THAT WAS VERY NEARLY AWE


*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*



**A special thanks to Goodreads for deleting all of my reading updates on this book. All my story notes *poofed* away which I did NOT find helpful.**


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