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text 2019-10-13 20:50
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
The Dead Girls Club - Damien Angelica Walters

eh so far just feeling bored by this one. Hope it picks up. 

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text 2019-10-13 19:57
Halloween Bingo 2019: Eleventh and Twelfth Extra Square
An Inspector Calls - J.B. Priestley,Toby Jones,David Calder,Morven Christie
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad,Kenneth Branagh

 

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review 2019-10-13 10:52
Thor
Thor - Wayne Smith

by Wayne Smith

 

This is an original take on a werewolf story. It's told partly from the pov of a German Shepherd dog who belongs to a typicaltm American family. The father is a lawyer, the mother appears to be a housewife and there are three children. They all love their dog and he loves them and instinctively protects them, referring to them as "The Pack".

 

Sometimes he protects too well and gets in trouble with Dad. It's interesting looking at things through his eyes. The author seems to know a lot about dogs and his perspectives come over as fairly realistic. The first few chapters of this would make a nice, wholesome dog story if it weren't for the intimate moments between Mom and Dad getting a bit too graphic for very young readers.

 

When Thor senses an unknown danger coming and starts to catch the scent of an unidentified wild animal in places and on belongings associated with a relative of The Pack, we see his confusion as he tries to work out where the threat is coming from and how to protect his family.

 

Some dramatic werewolf action happens in the last quarter that had me breathless. It was very well done! Though a couple of challenges to belief (besides, you know, werewolf) kept it from quite reaching that fourth star.

 

Still, a worthwhile story and watching the change in consciousness in one transition to werewolf was more than intriguing.

 

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review 2019-10-13 00:48
Review: Into The Drowning
Rolling in the Deep - Mira Grant,Christine Lakin

This started out good, which is why  it got the two stars.

 

This was a great idea and concept, which was poorly executed in the end.  There were characters that were likeable enough that their deaths were dramatic and upsetting.  The dolphins... It was just gratuitous animal death for the sake of it.  That pissed me off to no end.  So I finished listening just to see if everyone deserving got their comeuppance and of course not.  The asshole big game hunters got theirs and the douchey ex died horribly. But the asshole who was responsible for the dolphins, he lived.

 

And the Doctor we liked and thought was the conservationist was actually an asshole who wanted to wipe the mermaids, who were actually sirens, off the face of the earth.  The ending was unsatisfying and I'm so disappointed that it started off good and interesting and ended so badly!  I mean it was like WWE Creative got a hold of this story and spun their magic.  And anyone who is familiar with WWE in recent years knows they start off a storyline great but it always ends in disappointment.

 

Ugh I'm so angry I'm definitely returning and getting my Audible credit back.

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review 2019-10-12 19:59
2.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Bunny by Mona Awad
Bunny - Mona Awad

 

FEATURING

 
Mean Girls & Heathers...
Mashed w/Weird Science
Weird AF
Cultish Cliques
New England University
Creative Writing


With Audio Performed by Sophie Amoss

 
LINK TO SYNOPSIS (AUTHOR'S WEBSITE)
 

MY RATING⇢ 2.5 STARS | GRADE D+



 
 

 

MY THOUGHTS

 
The Audio was fairly good...she pulled off the annoying bunny dialogue really well, her Scottish accent felt a tad forced and awkward, but it's not in the story that much, so not too a big deal.

The first third of the story I was really into it, actually...but then somewhere around the middle, I got really confused and then it was like the story was floating up above my head somewhere...and only bits and pieces got through.  While I've never done a buddy or bookclub kind of read, I can see where a person would definitely benefit from someone(s) to bounce things off from while reading this.

Ultimately, I feel like I missed the boat on this one...like maybe somewhere in this f-ed up story was a thought-provoking narrative filled with allegory, satire and all those things that your teacher wanted you to convey in your stories.  But it was completely lost on me...It was kind of like one long-ass acid trip, and the bunnies...don't even get me started on the bunnies.

Oh, bunny...I love you bunny, your so pretty bunny...I love your dress bunny...

 
 
 

THE BREAKDOWN⇢  

 
Plot 2.5/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 3.5/5
The Feels 3/5
Pacing 3/5
Addictiveness 2.5/5
Theme or Tone 3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 1.5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 3/5
Originality 3/5
Ending 1.5/5 Cliffhanger ???
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Book Cover It's eye-catching, for sure.
Setting Warran University, New England
Source Libby Audiobook (Library)
Length 11 hours, 44 minutes

 
 
I READ THIS FOR SLEEPY HOLLOW SQUARE
 
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