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review 2018-02-25 17:40
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Bonfire - Krysten Ritter

 

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.  

 

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's most high-profile company, and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

 

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

 

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question, can you ever outrun your past?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Krysten Ritter, who plays Jessica Jones on the Netflix series, wrote a novel.  It's not bad, either.  Bonfire is compulsively readable or listenable, considering I did listen.  The mystery is atmospheric and layered.  The characters are clearly flawed.

 

On the surface, it reads like another small town girl who was tormented in high school returns home to face her enemies and bring down the company that is her hometown's savior…Erin Brockovich style.  Then somewhere along the way it turned into something much more lascivious and diabolical than poisoned water. 

 

While not without its flaws, and despite my confusion with the MC's constant state of drunkenness and her dreamlike memories that come to surface whenever she is in this state (it seemed to me that she never remembered how she came to be drunk in the first place), I found this to be an engaging read.  After my last two Audiobooks, I needed something that I would like, and this stepped up to the plate.  

 

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~MY RATING~

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.9/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ I like it…it goes well with the story

Narration~ My Grade for the narration by Karissa Vacker is a B+, I found her voice is easily listenable.

Setting~ Barrens, Indiana

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-02-11 02:45
5 Out Of 5 "Mercury Infused" Stars.
UNSUB: A Novel - Meg Gardiner

 

 

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

 

UNSUB is a brilliantly written novel, with a wickedly intense plot and perfectly executed pacing. It kept me on the edge the entire time I listened.  While driving and listening to this my commute to work was over entirely too quickly, and so was the drive home.  I was completely absorbed by this story.  I got cranky with my husband when he wouldn't just go outside and let me listen to it. 

 

I highly recommend, whether you listen on audio or read the book yourself it doesn't really matter because the story is that good.  Sometimes the story itself supersedes the abilities of the narrator and makes whether they are good or bad a mute point.  Hopefully, that last part makes sense to more than just me…

 

~MY RATING~ 5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5  Cliffhanger~... Sort of

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Book Cover~ It goes with the story perfectly

Narration~ Hilary Huber, she was good, actually, despite her penchant for mispronouncing some words.

Series~ UNSUB #1

Setting~ San Francisco, California

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-01-17 00:39
MY RATING~ 4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-
The Dead List - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

 

~MY THOUGHTS~

 

I recently read an arc with a similar story to this…Pretty Dead Girls…I didn't really like that one, and this had a similar feel to it in the beginning, minus the mean girls.  I was worried but it wasn't long before I realized this was different in a lot of ways.  This only had me eye-rolling a couple moments and the other had me constantly eye-rolling.  In this, the mystery surprised me, actually.  The characters were likable…and the best part…when the MC is being chased down by the bad guy, she actually does the smart thing, at least 80% of the time.  My issue and this could be a tad spoiler-ish, is with the promiscuity of 17-year-olds. I can't read explicit sex scenes when the MC's are under 18.  It's just weird.  If she had just left that out of the book, it would have been a 5-star all the way.

 

 

 

~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5 could have used a proofreader…

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 5/5  Cliffhanger~  Nope.

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Book Cover~  Compelling, and it kept me guessing as to how it fits with the story

Setting~ Martinsburg, West Virginia

Source~ Kobo eBook

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review 2018-01-08 17:54
Mounting excitement
UNWELCOME GUESTS: An atmospheric, suspenseful thriller - Anna Willett

The excitement mounts quickly in this new thriller by Australian author Anna Willett. A young couple go to a country house for a short getaway arranged by a family member. But not all is as it seems, and quickly they find themselves in danger. A gripping read.

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review 2017-12-10 23:18
It's always the last place you look...
The Last Place You Look - Kristen Lepionka

 

Book Title:  The Last Place You Look

Author:  Kristen Lepionka

Narration:  Allyson Ryan

Series:  Roxane Weary #1

Genre:  Crime Fiction | Mystery

Setting:  Belmont, Ohio

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.3/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3.5

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

It took me awhile to get hooked and to keep the characters straight because there are quite a few.   I listened to the last five hours or so, over the course of one day, even finishing the last 20 minutes in the car with earbuds in, while my husband drove to go get something to eat.  I had to know the ending. 

 

The Last Place You Look has a very flawed main character, who likes to drink, a lot…which may be why she didn't suspect "who" it was earlier on, like I did (but I couldn't remember their name, of course).  I really liked the way everything tied together by the end, it was very cleverly done.

 

Will I continue this series?  I just might…

 

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