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review 2017-09-10 21:27
Pure madness, Chick- Lit with an edge…
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito

 

 

Book Title:  Mad

Author:  Chloe Esposito

Narration:  Emily Atack

Series:  Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Genre:  Humor, Mystery, Dark Chick Lit

Setting:  London & Sicily

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.7/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style): 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  pretty much does…

Total:  4.3/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

Alvina may have the female version of a famous chipmunk for a name…but you should not underestimate her.  She's a lively, seriously funny, albeit slutty, take-no-shit from anybody kind of woman.  She can swear like a sailor…she puts me to shame, even.  She's really not very likable…and yet I found myself somehow liking her anyway…it might have a lot to do with her wicked sense of humor. 

 

Alvina is actually brought to life in the audio version.  Emily Atack can tell a story, she even had a way of speaking in a lower, subdued voice when she spoke the inner dialogue, that was fantastically done.  Usually, with most narrators, I have a difficult time telling if something is said out loud or if it's inner dialogue, when listening on audio. 

 

 

Will I continue this series I will try…another audio added to my tbr.

 

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review 2017-09-03 15:49
Skimmable read but ultimately a disappointment.
Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey... Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying "Yes" to Living - Ramie Liddle,Tim Bauerschmidt

Perhaps you may have heard of a social media sensation of Miss Norma: 90+ year old woman lost her husband and was diagnosed with cancer at around the same time. When faced with the prospect of surgery, chemotherapy and months of recovery (if she survived the treatments), Miss Norma decided to hit the road with her son and daughter-in-law and make the most of her time left. This is the story of her journey and the of the two people who accompanied her (as well as some of the people they met along the way).

 

Basically this is a retelling of the story told on social media and the like. You may have seen pictures of Miss Norma in some interesting activity: horseback riding, at some well-known monument, etc. It might not seem very interesting to a lot of people who may have done the same on vacation or what not, but it was a chance for Miss Norma to do what she could not while married and raising two children, one of whom (Tim) is along for this ride.

 

Overall it was interesting to get some of the details fleshed out and to see her story in book form but the book really lacked the charm of following her in "real" (give or take) time via online postings. It alternates between the POVs of Tim and Ramie (his wife and Norma's DiL) which is a bit frustrating (I really dislike that device). Neither Tim nor Ramie are particularly interesting in themselves so I wasn't too into reading their backgrounds (although Tim at least helps give more info on how he and his wife end up doing this trip with his mother and the information about the family might help the reader understand the story more).

 

Overall it felt like a missed opportunity. I wished there had been pictures throughout the tale instead of in the middle (like, a coffee book with full page or at least larger color photos would have been a really fantastic idea). There is actually quite a lot to think about: some people don't like Ramie and Tim for their approach, how they talk about themselves, etc. Something perhaps not quite addressed is that although the two made the choice not to have a family and to be frugal so they could undertake something like this (they had previously been somewhat nomadic before this trip) life eventually caught up with them and they ended up caring for a parent that many people are facing or will face in the future. While it appears Norma mostly had support for making this choice there are many who wouldn't want a parent to undertake a journey like this. And so forth.

 

It was perhaps not within the authors' aims to address those, but this somewhat felt like the were cashing in on a social media sensation that is finished when there was a fantastic chance to address other aspects to Miss Norma's choices and final journey.

 

It was an interesting read but I'm glad I waited for the library and didn't buy it. If you followed Miss Norma and want to learn about the trip then this wasn't terrible but don't expect it to be as fun or enjoyable.

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review 2017-08-27 23:20
A very worthwhile pirate tale...
Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller

 

 

Book Title:  Daughter of the Pirate King

Author:  Tricia Levenseller

Narration:  Marisa Calin

Series:  Daughter of the Pirate King #1

Genre:  YA, Romance, Pirates, Mythology

Setting:  On a ship at Sea, mostly

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  a to be continued…

Total:  5/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

An entertaining, and easily one of the best Pirate stories; I've ever read.  I pictured Alosa, the feisty MC to look like a redheaded Keira Knightley, which is due to the narrator sounding just like her.  Seriously, the accent and tone was a dead-on match to Elizabeth Swann.  Throw in an excellent cast of characters, a mysterious treasure hunt, and some mythology in the form of Sirens and you got yourself a surprising likable pirate story.

 

Will I continue this seriesYes, most certainly…

 

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review 2017-08-19 15:08
While not quite as good as Boomerang, Bounce is still pretty sweet...
Bounce: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August

Book Title:  Bounce

Author:  Noelle August

Narration:  Conner Kelly-Eiding & Adam Conner

Series:  Boomerang #3

Genre:  New Adult

Setting:  California

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Book Cover:  2/5 It's just not right.

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.8/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Total:  4.2/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

I really liked Gray and Skylar, loved that they had a age difference with the girl older than the guy.  After all, this is something I can get behind, since I'm six years older than my husband.  I will recommend this series as a whole, just on quick wit alone, that is Noelle August, aka writing team Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger.  They have a writing style that is fresh and engaging.  That's not bogged down with an over abundance of overly descriptive sex scenes.  I just wish they had more for me to read.

 

Will I read more from this AuthorYes, I would.  I'm wondering if I would like Veronica Rossi's YA stuff now???

 

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review 2017-06-02 19:45
A funny book about a funny person
Yes Please - Amy Poehler

I must confess that I'm a latecomer to appreciating the talent of Amy Poehler. I first saw her during her stint on Saturday Night Live, though she was on during a time when I pretty much never watched the show, so much of it was filtered through clips of her "Weekend Update" performances and her (amazingly perceptive) Hillary Clinton impersonation. I've also enjoyed her voice work (especially as Joy in Inside Out), but  this alone wasn't necessarily enough. It was only when I finally discovered Parks and Recreation for myself earlier this year that I realized how gifted she is as an actress and writer, and once I was done watching the series I felt that I wanted more of her brand of humor.

 

This is what brought me to this book. I remember reading some less-than-glowing reviews of it when it was first published, and to be fair some of their points are valid. The text consists of a choppy and episodic collection of chapters about Poehler's experiences as a daughter, student, comedienne, actress, mother, and celebrity. The structure is a little disjointed, and the text is padded out with visual jokes that can be cute but seem to be more about filling space. At the start of the book she comments that writing one is hard, and this exercise seems to be proof of the sincerity of that statement.

 

It's especially unfortunate given how funny she is as an author. Her book is a great read, one that had me laughing at nearly every page. As an author she is wry, self-deprecating, and has a good sense of the absurd. She is also incredibly generous, with only praise for the many people she mentions throughout its pages. It's the kind of thing that makes me happy for the success that she earned over many years of grinding effort, much of which she describes in very funny detail. In many ways it's a typical story of working in the service industry (she is refreshingly proud of her skills as a waitress) while learning the craft of comedy performance from some of the best teachers around, followed by unpaid performances in whatever spaces could be found for staging them. Fame in her case was not the matter of a big discovery but of friends who used their own success to open up opportunities for her. In this respect her gratitude is both understandable and a testament to her values, as I suspect not every star is as willing to acknowledge the help they received along the way.

 

Yet Poehler describes more than just her path to fame and fortune. Her book is leavened with the lessons she has drawn from her experiences, which she conveys though anecdotes that are among the best parts of the text. Though it is impossible to establish their veracity, whether we get the "real" or "complete" Poehler in its pages, I certainly want to believe that we get a reasonably accurate approximation. Life just seems better knowing that someone like her is around.

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