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review 2017-07-03 02:16
Opening line: I just moved. Not from one town to another, but from one end of the couch to the other end.
Underwater - Marisa Reichardt

 

 

Book Title:   Underwater

Author:  Marisa Reichardt

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Realistic Fiction, YA

Setting:  Pacific Palms, California

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Drowning (Face Down) by Saving Abel  --Obviously, this song goes with the cover and title of the book, but it also has lyrics that really embody this story.

I think I'm drowning

Can someone lend a hand?

Can someone save me?

'Cause I don't think I can♫

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

4.7/5 STARS

A

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

That's what Morgan has written down and hung on her wall, right where she can see it, in case of an emergency.  

Anxiety is it's own kind of monster…one that brings you down and doesn't let you up.  The only way to conquer it…well…facing it, and staring it down on your terms, at your own pace, no matter how hard it is.  Also, I have to say that sometimes having a little help in the form of an understanding and guiding professional can help too.  For this story; that's Brenda, and she rocks.  This book, for me, portrays anxiety in a very honest style.  With a real, heartfelt story, genuine characters, and a easily imagined (despite not wanting to imagine it) storyline, this book really resonated with me.  I actually have found myself really clicking with the realistic fiction genre, lately.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.7/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.3/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.7/5

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yeah.

 

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text 2017-06-30 20:07
June Re-Cap...A seriously crazy month.
The Deal - Elle Kennedy
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus
If I Fix You - Abigail Johnson Dodge
The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig
Dragon Teeth: A Novel - Michael Crichton
Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys
Underwater - Marisa Reichardt
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo
Of Dreams and Rust - Sarah Fine

This year, June has been a month from hell...It started out with my birthday/Open House for my daughter, then a few days later her graduation ceremony, that all went okay...just very hectic.  Two days after my oldest daughter graduated high school, my youngest daughter and I went up the road a mile to Subway and came home and a car had driven into our house.  Like, seriously, drove through the front porch and the garage...then proceeded to go through the wall of the garage into the woods behind the house, where he hit a tree.  

 

 

 

 

 

This photo is the aftermath of what happened...apparently the guy driving had a seizure. It's pretty scary, to pull into your driveway and see that...insane.  But, hey...now we get to do some remodeling.  The month closed out with some serious medical stuff for me, that I'm unfortunately, still dealing with.  :(

 

Anyway, my reading hit a bit of slump (as in I found it hard to concentrate on reading and listening at all), with everything going on lately.  

 

(Kindle eBook) The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Finish Date:  06/06/17

5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus

Finish Date:  06/07/17

5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson

Finish Date:  06/11/17

4.3/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Finish Date:  06/13/17

2/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Finish Date:  06/19/17

4/5 Stars

 

(Netgalley Arc) The Last City by Logan Keys

Previously titled Gods of Anthem (booklikes won't update)

Finish Date:  06/20/17

3.8/5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Finish Date:  06/23/17

4.7/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Finish Date:  06/26/17

4/5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine

Finish Date:  06/30/17

4.5/5 Stars

 

9 Books Total (3,074 Pages Read)

4 Audiobooks, 4 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley Arc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-05-01 00:35
Apocalypse: Underwater City (The Hope Saga #1) by Chrissy Peebles
Apocalypse: Underwater City (A Dystopian Novella) PART 1 (The Hope Saga) - Chrissy Peebles
The world as we know it is gone.  Who would have thought that humanity would suffer the same fate as the dinosaurs? When a huge asteroid hits the earth, only a small group of people saw it coming. Armed with the knowledge that the surface of the earth would no longer be habitable, they built a dome under the ocean as a sort of ark in the hopes of saving as many as they possibly could.  They watched in horror as the asteroid made it's way towards the earth and people studiously ignored or denied the implications. 
 
It's been years since the asteroid hit the earth and sixteen year old Sky Hammons is desperate to join the small group of humans who are attempting to repopulate the land.  Even though the small dome proved to literally be a life saver, Sky is desperate to leave and sees herself as little better than a rat trapped in a cage. Unfortunately, it seems that the leader of  humanity may not necessarily believe that everyone should have the right to feel the suns rays on their skin.
 
I'm truly thankful that Apocalypse is only a novella because I don't think that I could handle a full length book. This short entree was absolutely riddled with grammatical mistakes causing me to re-read portions of it continually trying to divine the meaning of the text. I'm not one to complain about mistakes in a self pub if I can understand the authors meaning but when it becomes a reoccurring problem and detracts from my enjoyment of the story, it's absolutely worth mentioning. 
 
We are told repeatedly that people who complain about the ruler simply disappear without explanation and so what does Sky do? Well, she's constantly running her mouth about how something just doesn't feel right and questioning if they've been lied to about the condition of the surface.  If people are suddenly disappearing because they are too vocal, the intelligent response is not to boisterously complain but maybe to investigate quietly and perhaps question even more quietly. Furthermore, if people are disappearing for being vocal or resisting authority, why is Sky still strolling around growing pansies and sparring with her bff?  The disappearances of people speaks to authoritarianism but beyond Sky's continually blather about something not feeling right, we were not given any evidence to back up her suspicions.  If her government is so evil why are they allowing the people to train with weapons, thus gaining the skills to revolt if necessary? 
 
Then we have the murder of two young women who we are told are innocent by Skye but the government doesn't seem interested in investigating. Here's a question, why should a sixteen year old, known to have a big mouth be privy to the inner workings of any investigation? In fact, what investigator runs around telling the populace what they've learned before establishing who the guilty party is? If that were not enough, Skye takes objection to the removal of the body. Should the authorities have just left the body to rot in a small enclosed public space?
 
The synopsis says that Apocalypse: Underwater City is dark and upon reaching the end, I don't think it could have been described in a more inaccurate fashion. At best, Apocalypse: Underwater City is twee.  It's only three years old but the pop culture references already feel so damn antiquated.  Look, I'm a nineties girl and totally love the Smashing Pumpkins, but never has the lyric "Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage", been so misused. We get it, Sky feels trapped but we don't understand is why exactly, despite repeatedly being told by Skye that this is how she feels.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/04/apocalypse-underwater-city-hope-saga-1.html
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review 2017-04-04 23:44
Sidney Shark's Seaside Shanties - Giles ... Sidney Shark's Seaside Shanties - Giles Andreae,David Wojtowycz

This is a great sea creature book. It talks about sharks, crabs, jellyfish, and more. It is very cute and playful and would be a great introduction to a marine life lesson. It is leveled A. 

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review 2017-01-31 04:42
Too slow to start and too little too late...
Underwater - Julia McDermott

Underwater really was too slow to start and the little momentum it built about 2/3 of the way in, just couldn't redeem the slow plodding pace.

Candace is our main female lead, and for once she was reasonably intelligent, a successful business woman and confident in herself... except when it came to dealing with her slime ball of a brother, Monty.

The sad thing is, Candace was too snobby and bitchy, she was too used to the finer things in life and I felt she had little depth to her character. I couldn't get close enough to her to like her, or feel anything for her. While what Monty was doing was horrible, I just couldn't connect.

Monty was an all round manipulative and sleazy character... which was a good thing, but the problem was, he was so horrible I felt nothing for him either. And while that's not necessarily a bad thing to have a character the reader hates, what happens at the end really was an anti-climax after so much manipulation and general horribleness on Monty's part.

Overall, the story had way too much day-to-day minutiae that it almost felt like I was at work. The reading became a chore and that's really a bad sign. Where three paragraphs were taken to describe the communications between Candace and her team of staff, really could have been explained in two sentences with the same result.

I won't rush to read anything else by the author, this was just too slow and too shallow for my tastes.

A few things I noticed:
20% - ...make him a (delete a) more of a...
25% - ...that she was (delete was) wouldn't be gifting...
58% - ...want to pay for more(delete more) any more work...

**Note: I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

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