Audiobook Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Luckiest Girl Alive

Author: Jessica Knoll

Release Date: May 12th, 2015

Page Count: 353

Start Date: September 15th, 2022

Finish Date: September 19th, 2022

Review:

Story: So, I actually won this book years ago in a Goodreads giveaway. I was so happy about it because I just knew that it was a book I’d want to read. I didn’t know a thing about the book. I went purely on the cover of the book and the title. They were both so attention grabbing. I lost many of my books due to a tragic event. Including this book. I never got a chance to read it. So, when I started seeing advertisements of the movie adaptations, I felt like it was a sign. I bought myself and my mother a copy of the book and we read it together in less than a week. It was so good! Way better than I thought it would be. There came to be a certain point in the book that I started seeing signs of what was about to be a big part of the story. Especially the big event.

Characters: Anni is our main character. It takes place in present day and during her high school years when she was just fourteen years old. She’s a new girl to a private school and she finds herself unsure where she fits in. I’m not going to get into more due to the fact that I either share too much or not enough.

Critiques: Nothing

Narration: The narrator was really great. She has a lot of talent. I personally think there should have been two narrators for this piece though. Just to help with the aesthetics of the whole thing. One to narrate the adult point of view and the other to narrate the teenager point of view.

Final Thoughts: There were things that I didn’t expect to happen in this book. It’s one of the small down sides of going into books blindly. I had a completely different idea what it was going to be about. I judged the potential main character before I even read the book. I was completely wrong with my judgement. I’m so glad that I finally got around to reading this book. I can’t wait to watch the Netflix adaptation of this!

ARC Review: Orphans of War by Michael Reit

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Orphans of War

Author: Michael Reit

Release Date: September 8th, 2022

Page Count: 311

Start Date: September 1st, 2022

Finish Date: September 17th, 2022

Review:

Story: I want to give some warnings about this story so that people can go in with the knowledge they will have to read them. Besides the obvious horrors of the things that happened during WW2. This also includes domestic violence and public violence and bullying. I really enjoyed this story very much. I felt like I was actually there and viewing everything from all points of view. I felt horrified by certain people in the story. I also found myself rooting on the people who were just so amazing.

Characters: This book is told in three different points of view. We have Christiaan who joins the resistance because he wants to do something to stand for the wrongs that are happening around him. We have Floris, Christiaan’s brother, who is an officer helping bring in the Jewish families for the Nazis to send away to “work camp”. Finally, we have Nora, Floris’ wife. She’s tired of everybody looking at her with disgust because of what it is that her husband does. Eventually she decides to stop being ashamed and start taking action. She joins Christiaan in the resistance.

Critiques: None

Final Thoughts: This book was very emotionally gripping. I can’t explain how much it made me think. I went through so many emotions. I was so horrified by things. My heart broke for people. I also find it interesting that no matter what “side” you’re on, you think you’re right. The beliefs that you’re standing strong for is right in your eyes and your heart. At least for people who actually feel compassion and empathy anyway. I definitely recommend this book fully. I can’t think of what else to say. I think I may have to go back and reread this again one day to see if it still hits me as hard.

ARC Review: Resurrection by Paul Selig

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Title: Resurrection

Author: Paul Selig

Release Date: September 20th, 2022

Page Count: 326

Start Date: September 1st, 2022

Finish Date: September 16th, 2022

Review:

This is a dictational string of sermons and texts. It’s really meant to be read day by day for the span of thirty days or so. I read it for research purposes. I’ve been trying to find more reading material for my uncle. He’s paralyzed, so I try my best to find anything I can to entertain him. I enjoyed this so much that I wound up preordering a copy for him for when it’s officially released. I’m thankful that Netgalley gave me a galley to read so that I could figure out if it would be something that he would enjoy. I definitely recommend this for anybody who loves devotional type books. Especially ones that seem to be more open to more than one religion.

Audiobook Review: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Title: His Majesty’s Dragon

Author: Naomi Novik

Release Date: March 28th, 2006

Page Count: 384

Start Date: September 12th, 2022

Finish Date: September 17th, 2022

Review:

Story: I really enjoyed this book very much. I can’t say that I was in love with it in all honesty. I also had to restart it a few times because I wasn’t really retaining anything. I’m not sure if that’s because of the narration or the story itself. I’ll have to listen to something else by the narrator and go back and actually read this book. Novik has written another book that I enjoyed very much. That didn’t dawn on me until I was prepping to write the review. I am looking forward to give the rest of the series a chance. Somebody very important to me really loves this book.

Characters: I didn’t retain enough names to fully give a solid review here. I don’t think it would be helpful where I’m like “That one guy was really amazing. He was so humble and kind.” and so on. There were some very trustworthy and humble and kind. I wanted to root for them every step of the way. There were also ones that you just kind of wanted to force to leave the story!

Critiques: None that I can think of.

Narration: I really loved the narrators accent. It was very prim and proper. I think his voice was just a bit too soothing for me. I could see myself using this audiobook to fall asleep if I’m being honest. Please note that is about the soothing sounds of his voice. I am not saying that he’s boring.

Final Thoughts: I really did enjoy this book. Even though I wasn’t in love with it from page one, it was a very intriguing story. I think part of my problem was that I was trying to push myself through in a certain amount of time if I’m being completely honest. Next time I read it, I’ll take my time through it. I do recommend everybody who is into this genre to give this book a chance.

Audiobook Review: Wake’s Claim by Michelle Dare

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Wake’s Claim

Author: Michelle Dare

Release Date: March 22nd, 2019

Page Count: 233

Start Date: October 7th, 2019 and April 15th, 2022

Finish Date: October 7th, 2019 and April 16th, 2022

Note: I frequently listen to this book when I can’t sleep at night. So even though I’ve only officially read it twice, I’ve probably listened to it dozens of times.

Review:

I’m going to be completely honest here. I almost put this book down. The beginning of the book got under my skin so much. I just can’t even begin to explain it. One of my biggest turn offs with books is the angst stuff that tends to hit lovers at random. Well, mainly when it’s been drawn out in the most excruciating and painful way possible. I stuck with the book anyways. I’m glad I did. It really turned around. The only thing I want to critique is that I wish they had drawn out some of the things that happened in the book.

I really adored Paige. In ways, I saw myself in her. She’s sweet and loyal. I loved her friend Ari too. Wake is the problem I had with the story. I mean I get that he’d been burned in the past, but COME ON! It was a bit dramatic. All the characters were pretty amazing. Some had too much time in the background for my liking. My favorite was Solomon. He kind of reminded me of Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Both narrators were pretty great. They made a great duo. I’m not sure if I’ve listened to anything from Sarah L. Colton before. I feel like I have heard at least one book by Troy Duran though. I can’t say for sure. Either way, I’d be willing to hear other books narrated by both of them. They have talent.

The book was really great after I got past the part that was getting under my skin. I’m really glad that I gave it a chance and stuck with it. I fully encourage anybody who struggles with it to stick with it to at least the halfway point. If they still don’t like it after that, then they are more than welcome to put it down. They will be missing out though. This book gets great. I see it’s a book 1. I’ll have to look into the rest of the books.

ARC Review: One Night by Elaine Marie

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: One Night
Author: Elaine Marie
Release Date: August 23rd, 2022
Page Count: 103
Start Date: September 10th, 2022
Finish Date: September 11th, 2022

Review:
Story: So, I have to be honest. The good the bad and the ugly. That’s why I started reading these book reviews of mine. Also, because I grew up not having anybody to gush about books with. But I digress. I LOVED the cover immediately. I didn’t think I would be a fan of the book in all honesty. I thought it would be full of steam. I don’t mind steamy reads, but in excess, it makes me a bit uncomfortable. Not this one though. I also found myself really enjoying this book a lot more than I thought I would. I tried to read it all in one sitting, but I kept falling asleep. I still find this cover very gorgeous!
Characters: I related to Danni in so many ways, but there are times when I feel like she can be a bit much. Jacob is a pretty impressive guy. I’d have loved to see more from his point of view in all honesty. I’d have also loved to see more of the two sisters’ points of view as well. And the parents. I think I will in the rest of the trilogy though. From what I gather so far.
Critiques: I just wish it was longer. That’s the only one I can think of.
Final Thoughts: My initial thoughts on this book were that I thought I would like it okay. I didn’t think I’d love it. I didn’t think that I would want to keep reading it. I want to keep reading about Danni and Jacob’s beautiful relationship. It just really gives me hope for a happy story for myself. You never know. This book is as beautiful as its cover!

ARC Review: One Hour by Elaine Marie

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: One Hour

Author: Elaine Marie

Release Date: September 6th, 2022

Page Count: 99

Start Date: September 11th, 2022

Finish Date: September 11th, 2022

Review:

Story: This was a very short and sweet read. Of course, there was some spice mixed in as well. I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. The story is as gorgeous as the cover in my opinion. The only problem I had with the entire book was longer. I also got another nugget of hints in this book for the third book. I’m pretty sure my suspicions are right on it and I’m so here for it!

Characters: It was really nice getting to know Nicolette and Diesel better in this book. I think I would have loved a handful of more chapters to get to know them even better. They are definitely perfect for each other.

Critiques: Nothing

Final Thoughts: This story was just so adorable! When I first started it, I was expected a bunch of cheesy romance and ultra spicy scenes. While I was partially correct, I was also wrong. It was so much more. I also wasn’t weirded out by the story at all. I am just so impressed with how much the author packed into such a short story! It’s intense and fun. I fully recommend!

Book Review: The Children’s Dream by Roberta Kagan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: The Children’s Dream
Author: Roberta Kagan
Release Date: March 1st, 2022
Page Count: 256
Start Date: September 2nd, 2022
Finish Date: September 10th, 2022

Review:
Story: I was expecting a build-up with this story. Especially with it being a series. I was NOT expecting to be thrown into the series from the very first page. I wasn’t expecting my emotions to be thrown all over the place with every chapter. This is definitely going to be a series that will stick with me. I will need to get physical copies of every book in this series. Right now, there are only three. I know that I’ve only read one of them, but I just KNOW that I will love the rest of the books in the series. I know that any book that comes from this series will become an auto-buy for me. I am even interested in trying to read other books by this author outside of this series. Her writing style is amazing.
Characters: This story is told from multiple points of view. Some were characters that you can’t help but to just adore. Even with their flaws. Like Naomi. She’s just such an amazing woman. I’d of loved to see more from her three girls. I would have liked to have seen less of the father’s point of view. However, I do understand the need to see his point of view. That’s all I can say without spoilers.
Critiques: None. Unless you count it being an emotional roller coaster!
Final Thoughts: I really do recommend this book. Not only is it a very powerful story, but it helps understand how things were during that time from a Jewish point of view. The writing style is also very incredible. I am so looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I just know that I’m going to be emotionally wrung out by the time it’s over. It’s worth it though.

Audiobook Review: The Last Roman: Exile by B.K. Greenwood

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Exile

Author: B.K. Greenwood

Release Date: May 29th, 2021

Page Count: 300

Start Date: March 19th, 2022

Finish Date: March 23rd, 2022

Review:

Story: This is a very unique take on a very well-known biblical story. I can’t say it was a favorite of mine, but I did enjoy it very much. I really love stories that add a unique twist on things. Especially when it comes to older stories. I don’t want to say too much and give too much of the plot away. It’s much more rewarding coming into this knowing very little. Also, this takes place in two different times.

Characters: There are many different characters. We have Marcus who has been cursed to live for the part he played in the event. We also have Thomas who is also cursed. I’m bad with names, so I don’t remember them all. There are quite a bit of strong-willed characters!

Critiques: None

Narration: Was very well done. I would have liked to see more of a dialect difference with the different time frames, but I get how hard that is.

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story very much! It’s such a unique twist that gives a spin on something that I would have never thought. I’m not going to lie, I could see how there will be many people that won’t care for this book that much. Mainly because it would go against their beliefs. It just means they aren’t the target audience for the book. Other than that, I fully recommend it!

Book Review: Bad Blood by Ja Lafrance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: Bad Blood

Author: Ja Lafrance

Release Date: May 20th, 2022

Page Count: 193

Start Date: September 7th, 2022

Finish Date: September 7th, 2022

Review:

Story: I really enjoyed this story very much. I was very hesitant to read it because it’s book six in the series. Not saying I wouldn’t have read it. I just prefer to read series from the beginning. I have had a few where I read the series out of order and it kind of messed me up just a little bit. This one I can say could be read as a standalone. I still plan to read the first five. I also plan to read any book released after this. I love the fact that this series is written by multiple authors. I can’t wait to see what brilliance the other authors produce from it. I read this in one sitting!

Characters: I can’t remember names at this moment. However, I really adored the main character. Something horrible happened to her. She didn’t let it get her down. She got up and she kept fighting. She was determined and I loved it!

Critiques: The whole jealous crush bit was a bit cliché and didn’t really tie in well with the story.

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I guess that is kind of obvious. I did read it in one sitting after all. I’m seriously looking forward to reading the entire series. I’m sure I will love each and every one of them. The covers are pretty awesome too! I’d probably change the coloring of the font, but that’s just me. Personal preference and what have you.