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review 2018-11-04 15:05
Uncanny by Sarah Fine
Uncanny - Sarah Fine

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Two sisters. One death. No memories.

Cora should remember every detail about the night her stepsister, Hannah, fell down a flight of stairs to her death, especially since her Cerepin—a sophisticated brain-computer interface—may have recorded each horrifying moment. But when she awakens after that night, her memories gone, Cora is left with only questions—and dread of what the answers might mean.

When a downward spiral of self-destruction forces Cora to work with an AI counselor, she finds an unexpected ally, even as others around her grow increasingly convinced that Hannah’s death was no accident. As Cora’s dark past swirls chaotically with the versions of Hannah’s life and death that her family and friends want to believe, Cora discovers the disturbing depths of what some people may do—including herself.

With her very sanity in question, Cora is forced to face her greatest fear. She will live or die by what she discovers.

 

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Uncanny's setting is a frightening future that doesn't seem too far off...with integrated AI controlling almost every aspect of our lives.  Always watching...always learning.  Despite having some eww moments with some AI/human love, I ended up really liking this.  This story is infinitely thought-provoking and deals with a lot of existential type principals.   The narration was mostly well done, despite the annoying level of screechyness that Bailey Carr's voice could reach.
 

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☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 

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Plot⇝ 4.2/5 
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4/5
Pacing⇝ 4/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.7/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Originality⇝ 4.2/5
Ending⇝ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It sort of creeps me out.
Narration⇝ Bailey Carr (3.5☆) & Scott Merriman (5☆) his voice was perfect for the AI
Setting⇝ Year 2069
Source⇝ Audiobook (Scribd)
 

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review 2018-10-13 20:13
WTF...this series just keeps getting better, while others did not...I felt this second book surpassed the first.
Wayward (The Wayward Pines Series, Book Two) - Blake Crouch

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Wayward Pines

Blake Crouch

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The plot surrounds Secret Service agent Ethan Burke's introduction to the remote small town of Wayward Pines, his new home from which he cannot escape. The mysteries and horrors of the town build until Ethan discovers its secret. Then he must do his part to keep Wayward Pines protected from without and within.

 

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~MY QUICKIE (non-spoiler) REVIEW~

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This is the type of story that you should go into blind…or at least semi-blind.  So I won't say anything about the plot itself.  I was completely absorbed in this audiobook, other than the beginning where I struggled to remember what happened at the end of Pines, I eventually fell into the story and started remembering.  If you decide to read this series...don't watch the TV show, after finishing the first book, I watched about an episode and a half and it has differences in how things play out, that only confused me when I started this book.  What a crazy-scary AF atmosphere that Blake Crouch has masterminded here in this series.  I cannot wait to listen to the third and final book in this series.  

 

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~MY RATING~

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.3/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 4.7/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.7/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5 Cliffhanger~ Yeah…you could say that.

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Book Cover~ It's fitting…

Narration~5 for Paul Michael Garcia, he is perfect in this series.

Series~ Wayward Pines #2

Setting~ Wayward Pines

Source~ I own Audible Audiobook

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I used this for Terror In A Small Town Square for Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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review 2018-10-09 23:17
Would you participate in a study on ethics and morality...maybe not after reading this...
An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

 

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An Anonymous Girl

Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This was slow-building psychological suspense…that didn't have me hooked until the last 1/3 of the book.  At that point, everything starting clicking together and then...the sh*t hit-the-fan.  I have to say…I thought this was going to disappoint me just like The Wife Between Us did, but by the end, I was pleasantly surprised.

 

An Anonymous Girl is a smartly written and cleverly plotted novel.  With decidedly flawed characters and an interesting storyline.  I recommend to anyone who likes a slow build-up to an intense ending.  Sadly though, you may have to wait until it comes out in January 2019.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.7/5

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Book Cover~ It's nothing special…

Setting~ New York City

Source~ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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I used this for Genre: Suspense Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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review 2018-08-31 19:29
A psychopath, a sociopath and a fiction writer walk into a bar…
Bad Mommy - Tarryn Fisher

 

 

 

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Bad Mommy

Tarryn Fisher

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When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it's not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It's because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else. 

 

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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A story can be about love and relationships and not be romantic in any way and this is Bad Mommy in a nutshell.  And what a nutshell it is...

 

Whenever I want something different to read, Tarryn Fisher is my go-to Author.  She is an exceptional writer, her stories are so varied and basically just plain f*cked up, like what.  It's also quite awesome how she works her boot-fetish into every one of her stories.  This story felt like it could have been based on something that happened to her in real life…I have no clue if it was…but seriously…so cleverly done.

 

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~MY RATING~

5STARS - GRADE=A+

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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~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Well…

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Book Cover~ Love it…

Narration~ 5 for Brittany Pressley, Lance Greenfield, and Carly Robins…they were all excellent.  Her books always seem to have perfect narration.

Setting~ Seattle, Washington

Source~ I own Audible Audiobook

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review 2018-08-31 18:39
3.5 OUT OF 5 "Picking the right narrator is so important" STARS
The Swan & the Jackal - J.A. Redmerski

 

 

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The Swan and the Jackal

J.A. Redmerski

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Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle—until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share. 

 

And then Seraphina was gone. 

 

It’s been six years since Fredrik’s lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he’s getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia—after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited—suffers from amnesia and can’t give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past—because she and Seraphina share it—but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead. 

 

But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia—because he knows that to love one, the other must die. 

 

Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I know I would've liked this more if she had a different narrator for Fredrik.  Fredrik's story is a dark, twisted, and deeply sinister story and this narrator didn't pull that off, at all.   His voices for other people were just comical…so not the right vibe.  This is one of those books that would have been better if I actually read it. 

 

This whole series is on the dark side, and this is billed as being a dangerous and boundary-pushing crime and suspense series, and I would say that is true.  I went into the first book in this series, Killing Sarai, thinking it would be all sunshine and rainbows by the ending; and so I was disappointed when it wasn't like that. For Reviving Izabel, I was more aware of what this series is about and I was really able to let go of that hope, and I liked it so much more.  With The Swan & the Jackal, I personally believe this ending was done just the way it needed to be.  This is not cute and fluffy romance, it's gritty and raw, yet it has sophistication. 

 

*Disclaimer:  Do not read this series if you need to have a happy ending…because there hasn't been one of those yet.  This series is not for everybody, it's different and sometimes different is good 

  

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~MY RATING~

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

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Plot~ 3.7/5

Main Characters~ 3.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 3.7/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.7/5

Originality~ 4.3/5

Ending~ 4.2/5  Cliffhanger~ I know the series continues, but Frederic's story has some closure.

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Book Cover~ It goes with the book well.

Narration~ 1 for Luke Daniels, he was awful, I did not like him at all…his voices were just so wrong.5 for Andi Arndt & Kate Reinders, they were both very good, but unfortunately, at least 3/4 of the book is from Victor's pov.

Series~ In the Company of Killers #3

Setting~ Baltimore, Maryland mostly…

Source~ I own Audible Audiobook

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I Used this as my Wild Card Read to fill in the Square 13

 

 

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