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text 2017-10-01 13:48
September Re-Cap
The Fixer - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito
The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
The Pact - Karina Halle
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson
The Orchard: A Memoir - Theresa Weir
Everything Under The Sun - Jessica Redmerski,J.A. Redmerski
World After - Susan Ee
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Tantor Audio,Becky Chambers,Rachel Dulude

 

A mediocre reading month...some good...some not so good, some good but long (everything under the sun).  I listened to more books than I physically read this month by far, including a re-listen/read for an old favorite.  I did not read a single arc...I think that's due to me feeling like I don't want to be a guinea pig for new books.  Essentially, that's what you are, after all, which is the price you pay for being able to read books before they come out.  I'm just not sure if I want to do it anymore.

 

 

 

(eBook) The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  09/02

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Mad by Chloe Esposito

Finish Date:  09/03

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Finish Date:  09/10

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Finish Date:  09/12

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

(eBook) The Pact by Karina Halle

Finish Date:  09/13

2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Finish Date:  09/16

4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) The Orchard: A Memoir by Theresa Weir

Finish Date:  09/20

3.5/5 - GRADE = B-

 

(eBook) Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski

Finish Date:  09/24

4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) World After by Susan Ee

Finish Date:  09/25

4.8/5 Stars - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (review pending)

Finish Date:  09/30

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

10 books Total for a total of 4,083 pages (including audio).

7 Audiobooks and 3 ebooks.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-22 01:09
A Twisted Affair...
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson

Book Title:  The Kind Worth Killing

Author:  Peter Swanson

Narration:  Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early & Keith Szarabajka

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, Suspense Thriller

Setting:  Maine & Massachusetts

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  3.7/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger: ???

Total: 4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

The Kind Worth Killing is soooo twisty, just when you think you know where it's going, it veers off and totally does like a 180 on you.  It did this more than once, actually.  I really liked this, despite feeling that it may be a tad not-my-style, even though my style is constantly changing, especially lately. 

 

Will I read more from this Author⇜  I really have no clue…this time last year I would have never even thought of reading this.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-13 16:40
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson

I’ve had this book on my to-read list for the longest time and yet again booklikes-opoly swooped in and did its job, knocking it off my ever-growing TBR.

 

The Kind Worth Killing plays homage to Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train. I’ve read Highsmith, but not that one, something which I hope to rectify soon.

 

So, Ted and Lily meet on a night flight from London to Boston. They both have a few drinks and Ted ends up pouring his heart out to Lily and telling her how his wife, Miranda, is cheating on him with the guy who’s overseeing the renovation of his new home. He's ludicrously rich, which usually puts me off a novel, but I decided to stick with it. Anyway, Lily suggests that Ted take his revenge on Miranda by killing her and, of course, she will help out. Sounds a little out there, but I was able to suspend my disbelief and take it at face value.

 

Throughout the novel we learn about Lily and why she is the way she is. While I enjoyed learning about her past, I didn’t find the reason that she became a murderer very compelling. It helped explain things, yes, but I felt it could have been done a bit better. There was just enough to sustain the narrative for both the characters in their alternative chapters, though.

 

Usually I find it hard to enjoy a book if I don’t connect with one or more characters, but in this case I was in just the right sort of mood that it didn’t matter that everyone was unlikeable. The narrative was so consuming that I didn’t get too distracted by it.

 

The story was great, but there was one thing that bothered me. How does a person who’s been murdered narrate in past tense? I was mystified at that one and surprised I didn’t see it mentioned anywhere else. If someone can give me their thoughts I’d be very grateful.

 

People have mentioned their problem with the ending. While I did find it flat, I didn’t have too much of a problem with it. I was hoping for something a little more explosive, but it was okay. Not great, but okay.

 

A short and consuming read that I thought was one of the better psychological thrillers I’ve read.

 

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text 2017-06-30 13:32
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson

I'm conflicted about this. The story was good, but I had a lot of issues with it. To explain them would be spoiler territory, so lets just say, um, conflicted. On the plus side, lets get rolling!

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text 2017-06-28 21:09
Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 352 pages.
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson

I needed a change of pace and this sounded like just the thing. It's brilliant, really enjoying it.

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