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review 2017-08-12 01:50
An ambiguous ending to this twitter-y story
Follow Me Back - Bruce A Geiger

Book Title:  Follow Me Back

Author:  AV Geiger

Narration:  Soneela Nankani

Series:  Follow Me Back #1

Genre:  YA, Thriller, Mystery, Romance

Setting:  Mostly Texas

Source:  Audiobook (RBDigital)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.3/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  I guess so, I didn't think it had a second book...but apparently it will.  I think it could have ended the way that it did, leaving it up to one's own imagination.

Total:  3.7/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

The word at or @ is used to the point of distraction in this, but with it being a twitter inspired story, that's unavoidable, I guess.  The @ usage did grow on me while listening to it, despite how annoying it was at first.  There was always a part of me that wasn't completely invested in this story, maybe that's because this story is told almost entirely in IM's. {{{{I don't know}}}}

 

Furthermore, I felt the therapist was not very well written or researched, I'm not sure...what...but let's just say she didn't really come off as therapeutic to me.  The mystery aspect is was ultimately let me down, though, especially with everything involving her agoraphobia…it just seemed contrived for the sake of the story.

 

 

Will I continue this series⇜  Despite my issues, I still might, that ending was rather dubious…

 

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review 2017-08-08 19:25
The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle  
The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle

These days we know from ranting, gibbering, racist, sexist, nasty-ass old men horrifying their friends and relations with pointless cruel stupidity, stunning everyone at the festive holiday gathering into silence. LaValle answers Lovecraft's most vile, offensive story, with a work of terrible beauty. "Ah, yes," you think as you close the shorts book: "that's what I wish I had thought to say." Order has been restored, the nasty old man has had his ass whipped in public.

You know what horror is? How far we haven't come in a century.

Damn, I love this story. I just want to go around smacking people upside the head with it, mostly figuratively. Perhaps the most thoroughly satisfying work I've ever read.

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review 2017-08-05 02:40
A woman's worth..
The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social History - Elizabeth Norton

Take a step into the lives of Tudor women. From Elizabeth of York to Elizabeth I, this book dives into the lives of not only the nobility, but some of the more notable names of the day. 

Most women were seen as quiet and "homemakers" some women in the Tudor ages made a name for themselves. Nuns, queens, and members of the working class, all of them had one thing in common.. they were women trying to survive in a male dominated world. They were not written into history of their own accord, but we can learn quite a bit about them from some of the surviving documents of the time, and through the lives of their husbands (of course). While some male figures, such as Henry VIII thrust many women into the spot light that might have had their names lost to time, there are others that made a splash into the spotlight owing to some very daring behavior. Anne Askew, Elizabeth Barton, Jane Dormer, and Cecily Burbage are just a few that are named in this commentary. 

This was an interesting read, and one that I enjoyed. While most of the names were familiar through other readings, there were a few that I had not heard much on before. This read is worth the time that it takes to get through it.

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