Weekly Book Reviews: 11/20/21

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The Giver Movie Tie-In Edition (Giver Quartet Book 1) by [Lois Lowry]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 13th

Story: This is not my first time reading this book in my life. If I’m being honest, it probably won’t be my last. I loved this book very much as a child. I also loved her book Number the Stars. Obviously, I understand the book better than I did when I was younger, but still. I also felt the need to reread it so I can read the rest of the quartet that I didn’t know was a thing until a few years ago.
Characters: Other than Jonas’ family, Jonas, and The Giver, you really don’t get much of the rest of the members of this world. There are many references to them, but it’s not quite the same in my opinion. It’s really hard to connect with people who were trained and brainwashed to be little more than robotic. Jonas was a real hero.
Critiques: None
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: The biggest thing I can say to really show how much I’ve loved this story is that I will read it at least twice more in my lifetime. I just know it.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) by [Kelly Barnhill]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 14th

Story: I really enjoyed this story very much. It was very creative and imaginative. We have a village that believes that they must sacrifice a child every year in order for her to leave them alone. Then we have a witch who sees these poor children left in the woods to die and saves them from their fate by taking them to another village giving them to a new family. Then there was a girl who accidentally drank from the moon and became incredibly gifted.
Characters: It’s been a few days since I read this, so I have forgotten all of the names. I really adored the witch. This woman cared so much for all of the children. She couldn’t understand why they were being left like they were. She wasn’t aware of the legend. Then there was the girl. She was just so adorable. The companions that followed these ladies were incredibly imaginative as well.
Critiques: None
Narration: I don’t have words. They did an amazing job!!!
Final Thoughts: I really am glad that I read this book. It was just so wholesome and adorable!

Silverswift Audiobook By Natalie Lloyd cover art

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 14th

Story: I’m not really sure how I got this audiobook. Maybe it was one of the monthly freebies back when they did that kind of thing. I was curious about it. It was a very creative story. We follow a girl who wants to see her grandma. Her grandma is about to be blind and wants to tell her one story before she feels it’s too late.
Characters: I really found myself getting very annoyed with the mother. She may not have been able to believe what her grandmother told or agreed with her life, but she was just so harsh about it all. The girl was pretty amazing. She had a lot of strength and curiosity. She cared about her grandmother so much! I loved it! The grandmother was pretty amazing well. She reminds me of another character I read about in another series. Well a watered-down version, but yeah.
Critiques: Some things could have been drawn out a little better. Maybe even explained better as well.
Narration: I really enjoyed it.
Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this book. It’s a very beautiful story. I wonder if anybody else will pick on something else that I picked up on about halfway through the book.

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Weekly Book Reviews: 11/13/21

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Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture by [ZEBA BLAY]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 8th

Story: This wasn’t as much of a story as a book of essays. I will review it a little bit differently because of that. The book is talking about the struggles of black girls and women in pop culture society. Naturally, as a white woman, I can’t really give my opinions on certain things. I will say that I learned quite a lot from this. I’m glad that I read it and will most likely read it again.
Characters: N/A
Critiques: None at all
Narration: I listened to the audio and it was narrated by the author herself. I think that put a lot more impact on the essays than if somebody else narrated them. She also has a wonderful voice.
Final Thoughts: There’s a lot that can be taken from this book. I know I personally learned a lot while listening to it. I also know that I will be reading this again a few times. Well, at least once. I do see myself reading it more than once though. The author has incredible writing talent.

If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won't) by [Betty White]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 9th

Story: This is a memoir so I will be reviewing differently. Betty White talks about some of her most iconic moments in history. It’s a very short and easy read. I listened to it in one sitting. I really don’t have much to say on the whole thing except it was so nice to hear the behind the scenes so to speak.
Characters: N/A
Critiques: None
Narration: Betty White narrated this herself. She is such a riot. I’m a huge fan!
Final Thoughts: I had the biggest urge to hunt down all of the other books she’s written and read them as well. The only thing that stopped me was my bank account.

Within These Wicked Walls: A Novel by [Lauren Blackwood]

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 8th

Story: I was really excited to read this book. I’ve seen it all over the place for I don’t even know how long. The cover is very captivating as well. I was disappointed that it wasn’t what I had it hyped up to be in my head. I won’t lie. It was a very good story. It just wasn’t really what I was expecting it.
Characters: I really can’t remember many of the character or characters’ names. I really didn’t connect with any of them though. If I’m being honest.
Critiques: None
Narration: I can’t remember who narrated it. However, I did really enjoy the narrator. She was very amazing. I’ll listen to more audiobooks by her.
Final Thoughts: While it wasn’t my cup of tea, I don’t think it was a horrible book. I really did enjoy it. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 11th

Story: This is the third volume of the Heartstopper series. I read the entire volume in one sitting. I am not really surprised. I did the same with the first two. It’s been so amazing. I relate to Charlie in so many ways. I really am so supportive of the relationship between him and Nick and can’t wait to watch it grow in the next two volumes.
Characters: I really enjoyed watching all of the characters in the book grow and evolve in this book. I feel like we see more interactions in this novel than we did in the first two. That may just be me. We also get a glimpse of something going on with Charlie.
Critiques: None
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: Can it be January so that I can get my hands on the fourth volume? And the fifth volume whenever it’s to be released? I need more!

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Weekly Book Reviews: 11/6/21 Part Two

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IMPORTANT: I slacked really badly and didn’t write or post any reviews for last week. There will be nine reviews for this week. Rather than put all nine in one blog, I’m going to break them into two blogs and schedule them out thirty minutes apart. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading both.

House of Furies by [Madeleine Roux, Iris Compiet]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 1st

Story: I’ve been wanting to read this book for a very long time. I read the Asylum series by this author and absolutely loved it. I will most likely go back and read that series again many times. I digress. I was so excited to find this book was on sale on a two-for-one credit. I’m getting off-topic again. My apologies. The story was amazing and I can’t wait to get to the rest of the series. If I’m being honest, I can’t say I loved this book as much as I loved the Asylum series, but it’s close.
Characters: The ones that stick out to me most were the main character and her “imaginary friend”. There was also a boy, but he wasn’t referenced enough to get a full opinion. Actually, I didn’t really feel a connection with any of the characters if I’m being completely honest.
Critiques: None
Narration: I really liked the narration of this book. The narrator had a very soothing voice.
Final Thoughts: I really loved this book very much. I didn’t think I would dislike it. I’m very fond of the author’s work. It may not be as good as the previous series I loved, but it’s still great. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series. I’m also looking forward to reading their other books as well.

Heartstopper: Volume 1: A Graphic Novel (Heartstopper #1) by [Alice Oseman]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 4th

Story: My intention was to skim through the book to see if I would like it when I got around to reading it. The next thing I know, an hour has passed and I’m finished with the book. I also found myself shopping for the next volumes in the series. It’s just such a compelling graphic novel. The pictures and the dialogue is very engaging.
Characters: I found that I related to Charles very much. I feel like he is a male me. The dynamic between him and Nick was amazing and intense. I do wish we had seen more of the secondary characters though.
Critiques: Absolutely NONE!
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: This is just such a beautiful and wholesome story. I am so glad that I decided to take the leap and get myself a copy. I have a FairyLoot exclusive copy!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 4th

Story: I’ve been reading this series for quite a bit of time. I’m buddy reading it with my mother. We have been reading two chapters a day since book one. I’m seriously surprised that we are almost at the end. I have to be honest, I’m not enjoying the end of the series as much as I was the ending. There are parts that seem to slog through. I also feel like there are times that it just gets too heavy and too dark for me.
Characters: We don’t see a lot of characters in this book. They are missing. It’s presumed that they are dead but filled with hope that they are alive somewhere. Kahlan and Richard are both plagued with a curse that makes them not fully dead, but not fully alive either.
Critiques: None
Narration: He’s as amazing as he always is! I really enjoy his narrating.
Final Thoughts: I’m very nervous about continuing the series. I’m going to. For my mother and for the fact that I’m a completionist. Don’t get me wrong. I really enjoy the series very much. It’s just very heavy for me sometimes.

Heartstopper: Volume 2: A Graphic Novel (Heartstopper #2) by [Alice Oseman]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: November 5th

Story: It took a lot of willpower not to immediately drop everything I was doing and start reading this book when I got it. I still wound up devouring the book the same day I got it. I haven’t started the third volume. Yet. Once I’ve gotten everything done that I need to, I will be reading it. Probably finishing it one sitting and being sad because the fourth volume doesn’t come out until January. I know this much. This series will be what I use to get out of reading funks from here on.
Characters: As I said in my review for volume one, I connect with Charlie so much. I also really love that you get to see more secondary characters in this book. I also feel like we get to know and understand Nick better in this one as well. I definitely understand the struggle he goes through more than anyone.
Critiques: None
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: I really love the slow pace of this series so far. I’ve found myself smiling with pure joy and happiness. I just love how wholesome and beautiful it is. I really cant wait to read the rest of the volumes in the series. I also look forward to the multiple times I plan to reread them.

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Weekly Book Reviews: 11/6/21 Part One

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IMPORTANT: I slacked really badly and didn’t write or post any reviews for last week. There will be nine reviews for this week. Rather than put all nine in one blog, I’m going to break them into two blogs and schedule them out thirty minutes apart. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading both.

What Big Teeth by [Rose Szabo]

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date finished: October 23rd

Story: I found this story to be very interesting. I really enjoyed listening to it. I have to be honest, it wasn’t the story I thought it would be. That’s the only reason it didn’t get full stars from me. It’s fully worth the four stars I gave it. It kind of reminded me of some stories that I adored very much.
Characters: I have to be honest, it’s been a little bit since I listened to the audiobook. I’m already horrible with names as it is. I can’t really say I connected with any of the characters. I think that’s mainly because our main character is extremely unreliable. It’s really hard to explain. She seems to know nothing at all most of the time. About her family or about real life.
Critiques: There are some disconnects in the story. They aren’t really story-ruining, but I wish that they would have cleaned them up a bit better.
Narration: The narrator did really well. I really felt like I was hearing the main character’s actual thoughts. I actually felt like I was her in certain areas.
Final Thoughts: While the book was not at all what I thought it would be, I really enjoyed it very much. I really feel like this could have been a series. Kind of like a really popular series that I adore so well. The first book was adapted to movie. That’s all I will say.

The Witch's Kind: A Novel by [Louisa Morgan]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 23rd

Story: I’m not sure where I stumbled upon this book. Maybe I found it in a sale. Maybe it was recommended and I bought it immediately and forgot. Either way, I’m really glad that I came across it. It was a beautiful and very imaginative story. I also learned something very important because of this book. I always assumed that the CIA had been around for a long time. I mean like during the 1800s long time. I was surprised to find it wasn’t formed until after the Second World War. I know this shows my ignorance. I just really don’t remember learning about it in school.
Characters: I’m not great with names. It’s probably for the best. I loved the main characters. The aunt and the niece. They had a beautiful bond. The niece’s husband however….. Well he gave me plenty of reasons not to like him. From the very beginning. I’ll just leave it at that.
Critiques: None
Narration: It was wonderful. The voice really captivated me from the very beginning.
Final Thoughts: I really wish there were more books about this. I would have read them all. I’d of loved to see that beautiful girl grow and seen what becomes of her. This is definitely a “I don’t need sleep. I need answers.” moment.

The High Mountain Court (The Five Crowns of Okrith Book 1) by [AK Mulford]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 23rd

Story: I’ve been seeing this book on TikTok for a long time. I was so curious about it. I was on the fence about it until I actually stumbled across the author. I don’t know her personally. I just follow her on social media. Anyways, she was talking about a certain point of the book and that tipped me over the fence about it. I immediately bought a copy. I am so happy I did. It was a beautifully imaginative story. I haven’t read the sequel yet, but I fully plan to.
Characters: Remy was a force to be messed with. She’s fiesty and she’s strong. She had two brown witch companions that were like family to her. They were just as amazing. I wish I could have gotten to see more of them. We also have Hale and his crew. They were just as amazing. Well, they weren’t as fiesty, but that’s okay. They had their own quirks. We weren’t supposed to trust Hale in the beginning, but I have to admit. I did.
Critiques: None
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: This quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I just know that I’m going to see some amazing things.

The Pull of the Stars: A Novel by [Emma Donoghue]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 26th

Story: This book has a very slow start, but I fully recommend sticking with it. It even has a bit of a sapphic story inside the story. The female doctor is actually based on a real doctor from that time frame. It all takes place in Ireland. I really enjoyed the book very much.
Characters: I can’t say I related to or remember any characters in the book all that well. The main character and the girl helping her were pretty amazing. I just didn’t really connect with them that well.
Critiques: None that I can think of.
Narration: I originally bought the book on Thriftbooks. I tried to get into it several times. I just couldn’t. I wound up buying the audiobook for it to see if that would help. It really did. I’m not sure if it was the narrator’s Irish accent or what. The beginning was still a little sluggish, but the rest was amazing once I got into it.
Final Thoughts: It was amazing to see how much things mirrored what’s happening now. Except back then it wasn’t as known that washing your hands is important. It became important during that time I guess.

The Devouring Gray by [Christine Lynn Herman]

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 27th

Story: My mom wound up enjoying this book very much. I liked it a lot. I just can’t say I was in love with it. There were some dark underlying tones. I also disagree strongly with what it’s referenced being similar to. There’s maybe a five percent similarity if there’s any. That’s not to say it’s not a good story. I would have just picked something else to compare it to. Also, this is just my opinion.
Characters: The book is about some founding members of a small town. It mainly focuses on the teenagers that are living in present day. They all seem to have their own personal quirks. I can’t really say I found any of them appealing.
Critiques: None
Narration: Can’t really remember a lot of the details. I didn’t have any problems with it, so that’s a good thing.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed the read. Especially since I read it in the month of October. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it at any other time. That’s just me personally. I’m not saying that others wouldn’t enjoy it at other times. I am curious to see where the rest of the series will take us.

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Weekly Book Reviews: 10/16/21

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The Lost Apothecary: A Novel by [Sarah Penner]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 12th

Story: This involves two different time frames and three perspectives. Two from the late 1700s. One from the current times. All three characters are going through some major dilemmas. They have all been hurt in some way. It’s very intense and emotionally involving.
Characters: Nellie is this very serious woman. She’s been through a lot of pain and suffering in her life. She still finds it in her to care about others. Even if she doesn’t show it very well. Eliza is a very young girl. She has also been through a lot in life. Including being sent away from home at a very young age so that she could build a life for herself. Finally, there’s Caroline. She just found out the love of her life and husband of ten years cheated on her. She decides to go on their planned ten-year anniversary trip alone to sort things out.
Critiques: None
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: This is a very thought-provoking book. It’s also very emotionally driven. I’m so glad that I chose to read the book. I was drawn in by the cover. I wouldn’t have even begun to guess what the book was about. It’s a pleasant surprise though.

A Lesson in Vengeance by [Victoria Lee]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 9th

Story: After the tragic death of her girlfriend, Felicity spends time away from school. She finally goes back to complete her senior year. She’s finally convinced herself that magic and ghosts don’t exist. However, the longer she stays
Characters: I connected really well with Felicity and Ellis. I wish I would have gotten to see more scenes involving Alex. I don’t feel I got a true feel for her character. I also didn’t really get enough of a feel for the other girls either. At least not as much as I would have liked to.
Critiques: I don’t feel there was a true closure with her and her mother.
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: This book wrecked me fully. I was not expecting the ending at all. If I’m being honest, I wasn’t expecting much of what happened in the book! I really did enjoy it and look forward to reading it again in the future.

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Weekly Book Reviews: 10/9/21

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The Last Time I Lied: A Novel by [Riley Sager]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 6th

Story: This story wasn’t as dark as the other two Sager books I read, but I really enjoyed it quite a lot. It wasn’t a predictable book for me. Not that I don’t like predictable books. I just really enjoy ones that leave me floored and shook. I can’t explain it. Sager is really good at making you question everything you think.
Characters: I’m really bad with names and it’s been a few days since I finished this book. I really liked the main character a lot. She had some suspicious qualities, but she wasn’t really unreliable. At least not in an aggravating way. Her friend at the camp was pretty interesting too. Especially with all of her photography.
Critiques: None
Narration: Full stars! Fully recommend!
Final Thoughts: The more books I read by Sager, the bigger a fan I become. That didn’t take much. He was already an impulse by before I even read any of his books! I can’t wait to read other books by him!

Dancing with the Single Dad (The Single Dads of Seattle Book 2) by [Whitley Cox]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: October 6th

Story: I really enjoyed this book a lot. I did have my reserves due to a part that happened in the first book in this series that irked me very badly. I won’t get into the details because it doesn’t pertain to this book and it would spoil the other book for potential readers. It was really great. There was a small bit of suspense, but it wasn’t major. There is a healthy bit of spice in the book as well. Let’s just say that the two main characters are very attracted to each other.
Characters: Violet has been through a lot. The love of her life passed away. Her father passed away. Her brother’s wife passed away. Not all at the same time, mind you. It was very close together though. I admire her courage and strength to go on. As somebody who has experienced loss, I can say that it’s not an easy task. Adam is pretty amazing too. He’s a great father and he’s so good to his ex-wife.
Critiques: There is a conflict between Violet and her mother that’s not fully resolved. At least not in my opinion. It’s just kind of left.
Narration: I loved the narrators. They did a very fantastic job.
Final Thoughts: I had my reserves because of the first book, but I’m thankful to say that I was wrong about that. I really enjoyed the book very much. It was a very heated HEA read.

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Weekly Book Reviews: 9/25/21

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Barbie B*tch: A Dark High School Bully Romance (Rejects Paradise Book 3) by [Sheridan Anne]

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: September 21st

Story: I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t really surprised. I fell in love with the first two books. Who doesn’t love a bunch of strong characters with a lot of sarcastic charm? Sadly, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first two. I mean I didn’t hate it. It just wasn’t the same. It ended on a cliffhanger but it wasn’t one that had me rushing to start reading the next book.
Characters: I’ve loved Ocean from the very beginning, but she kind of infuriated me in this book. She was overly emotional and just kept making bad decisions after bad decisions. She also kept getting mad at “her boys” for things that she was obviously doing herself and that she was okay with the other of “her boys” doing. I also noticed a lot of darkness with Nic in this book and the last book. I could gush on and on about Sebastian, Spencer, and Milo. I am afraid I’d make a novel of it though. They are three of my favorites. I also should note that I love seeing the change in Colton. He became such an amazing guy for Ocean.
Critiques: This is actually something I noticed the author does that is a little much for me. I’m going to preface this by saying it might be a personal thing. I’m still going to address it anyway. The main character of this and another series I’ve read of hers say “And just like that” a lot. Like I said, this may be a personal thing, but I still found it a little annoying.
Narration: I sadly can’t remember who narrated this, but they did a great job. I also really enjoyed their voice very much. It had this very “scratchy” quality that I enjoyed very much.
Final Thoughts: While I didn’t enjoy this book nearly as much as the first two, I still enjoyed it very much. I will eventually read the rest of the series. It just won’t be anytime soon. I think right now I just need to let my thoughts on the book stew. I do very much recommend this series and the author.

The Omen Machine: Sword of Truth - A Richard and Kahlan Novel by [Terry Goodkind]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: September 22nd

Story: This book definitely hit way different than the rest of the series. There were still threats against Richard and everybody who stood with him. It was a lot happier and not as morbid at least. Not saying it wasn’t morbid at all. Kara and Benjaman get married before the start of the novel. Which is unheard of. No Mord Sith has ever married before. Not going to lie, I was kind of hoping to be able to see the wedding itself. At least we got to see the wedding party.
Characters: All of the characters were as amazing as ever. I would have loved to see more of Nicci and Kara in this book. They were around, but they were more in the background than anything. I also really want to see more of Benjamin. If he is good enough to be married to my beloved Kara, then he’s good enough to shine more in the story.
Critiques: None
Narration: The narrator was as good in this novel as he has been in the other novels.
Final Thoughts: I’m really curious to see how this part of the series goes. I want to see if Richard is able to overcome things like he has in the past. On the same note, I’m also just kind of annoyed. I mean that in a good way. Can’t people just leave Richard alone???? Let him be happy!

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Weekly Book Reviews: 9/18/21

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The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus by [Terry Goodkind]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: September 12th

Story: This is a prequel to the Sword of Truth series. It tells the tale of how the first confessor came to be. It’s a story I’ve been curious about since I first started reading the series. This book has made me so happy. It met all my expectations. I’m so glad that I finally got to sit down and read it.
Characters: I’m really not great with names. So I’ll try my best here. First, we have Magda. She’s the main character of the book. She’s also who will become the first confessor. She was a very strong character, but she didn’t really believe in herself. The wizard that turned her into a confessor, Merit (I think), was a pretty amazing character as well. He had quite a personality and didn’t take anything from anyone. My favorite character of them all would have to be Tilly. She’s so loyal and so kind.
Critiques: None
Narration: Forgot the narrator’s name, but she did an amazing job. She made me feel like I was actually there.
Final Thoughts: While I don’t see this as a critical book to make the series make sense, I’m so glad I read it. I love to see where the backstories came from. Most people are okay with references. I love to see the back story as a whole. I fully recommend this book and the Sword of Truth series.

Dynasty: An Enemies to Lovers Reverse Harem Romance (Boys Of Winter Book 1) by [Sheridan Anne]

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Date Finished: September 14th

Story: I did like this story. I wasn’t in love with it. I’m not even fully sure if I will continue on with the series. For those of you who don’t know me, this says a lot. Especially since it ended with a cliffhanger. Usually, my instinct is to dive right into the next book immediately.
Characters: I only really remember the five main characters. We have winter and a group of four boys. I don’t remember their names. It was hard enough to keep up with who each of them was. Much less try to keep up with all of the side characters.
Critiques: The biggest issue I had was in the beginning. Winter goes to this party after her foster parents not letting her eat food from their fridge. She proceeds to leave the party after stealing a couple of grand and “orders Uber Eats”. I have two problems with this. For one, Uber Eats doesn’t allow you to use cash. I really don’t think she stole somebody’s card. Also, she fell asleep after making the order and the order was never spoken of again. Not a major issue, but it irked me.
Narration: Don’t remember narrators, but really enjoyed the narration. A lot. Full five-star rating.
Final Thoughts: I don’t hate this book. I really don’t. I just don’t love it either. There were things that really irritated me, and there were things that kept me on the edge of my seat so to speak. Also, there were certain phrases that just got repeated way too much. Like, could have made it a drinking game level. I still recommend this book. I may even read the rest of the series down the road. Who knows?

Bitten by Death (Vegas Immortals: Death and the Last Vampire Book 1) by [Holly Roberds]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: September 17th

Story: I seriously loved this story right from the very beginning. I’m going to be honest, I almost passed on it due to the cover. I didn’t think it would be a book I’d enjoy very much. I’m happy to say that I was very wrong. It’s a very big lesson in “don’t judge a book by its cover. I’ve learned it well. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.
Characters: One of our main characters is Vivian. She wakes up in a morgue with no memory of her life or how she died. She only knew that she woke up a vampire. Our other main character is Grimm. He has discovered that there are vampires in the world. Something that hasn’t happened in a long time. They cannot exist. He decides to go and destroy the one he knows of. Vivian.
Critiques: I’m not a fan of the cover.
Narration: Great narration. I give it a full 5 stars.
Final Thoughts: I really am glad that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I really loved both of the characters. I also loved how full of comedy the book had. There were so many quirky passages that I enjoyed very much that make it easy for me to say that I recommend this fully.

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Weekly Book Reviews: 9/4/21

Note: The reviews will be pulled directly from my reviews on Goodreads.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: August 28th

Story: I found the take on this particular story in history very fascinating. I was very impressed with the paranormal aspect they threw in. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a very long time. I’m glad I finally got around to doing so. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
Characters: I’m not completely wonderful with character names, but I’ll do my best. First, we have Edward. he’s very introverted. He also doesn’t really seem to pay attention to what’s going on around him. Jane was a pretty amazing character as well. I related to her in some ways, but not in others. Maybe I’d of been more like her had I been around during that time. Then there’s G and Edward’s love interest that were pretty amazing. All of the characters had their own quirks and wit. I absolutely loved it.
Critiques: None
Narration: Really amazing. I was so enamored with the accent!
Final Thoughts: I took forever to get to this book. I’m sad about that. However, I’m very happy I took the time to read it. I am definitely reading this again and I’m definitely reading the rest of the books!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: August 28th

Story: This story was so unique. Nina goes home to find somebody snooping through her things. The conversation that they have changed everything for her forever. As if that isn’t enough, she finds herself in danger that gets more serious as the days pass. Warning: Cliffhanger alert!
Characters: I really adore Nina. She’s so fierce and loyal. She’s definitely book girlfriend material. Ryker is pretty amazing too, but he can be pretty sexist at times. My absolute favorite character of this book has been Ryker’s sister. I believe her name is Leigh. She’s just so quirky! I want to see more of her!
Critiques: None
Narration: N/A
Final Thoughts: I really need the second book in my hands asap! I would have devoured this book in one sitting if I had the chance. I fully recommend this!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: August 28th

Summer has plans to go to an event with her friends. It’s supposed to be a normal night in a normal town, but it ends in disaster. While Summer is searching for a friend who has stormed off after a fight with her boyfriend, she gets kidnapped by a deranged man who won’t stop calling her Lilly. She discovers that she is not the first girl he’s kidnapped. Can her and the other girls be found before it’s too late? Or are they forced to spend their lives in the cellar of a creepy psycho?

I really enjoyed this book! It was wonderfully written. It definitely kept me on edge for many parts of it. For any crime show fans, it was like reading one of them. There are multiple points of view. I didn’t find that distracting at all. In fact, I felt it gave more intensity to the book. I especially loved reading the kidnapper’s points of views. i stumbled upon this book when I was searching a sale after my birthday. I’m glad I did. I’ll be looking into other books by this author. I loved it and I fully recommend it!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: September 2nd

Story: I really enjoyed this story very much. I enjoyed the first two books as well. All of them, including this one, have ended on cliffhangers. The fourth book is not out on audio yet. I will definitely be getting it when it is. I’m that hooked on this series.
Characters: I’ve listened to this audiobook, so I’m a little hesitant about misspelling the names. Especially the unique names. There are a few unique names in this series. I’m so here for it. I would have liked to seen a little more in each perspective as things went on.
Critiques: The only thing I have a small issue with was that there was some dramatic build-up that wound up falling flat. I feel like it had a lot of potential that just didn’t get met.
Narration: I give the narrators 10 out of 5 stars. They all did amazing. I enjoyed the story even more because of their performance.
Final Thoughts: I really need to finish this series. I’m so obsessed and want to find out what happens next. I want to know what happened with the sister! It’s great!

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Weekly Book Reviews: 8/28/21

Note: The reviews will be pulled directly from my reviews on Goodreads.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 27th

When I first started this book, I was worried that it would get way too dark for me. I can’t lie. I was really leery of it. One of my favorite narrators narrates this books though. She made it easier to get through. I’m so glad that I was able to ignore it and get through it anyway. I actually wound up listening to it twice. Not back to back. But within a couple hours of each other. It’s a really good story.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: August 18th

This book really hooked me at the very beginning. Then there was a thing that happened in the first few chapters that really made me cringe. It could have gone a lot worse. I honestly thought it was going to. It didn’t. I’m thankful for that. I don’t think I would have continued the book if it had. It was a really intense and interesting book. There are some areas I didn’t enjoy and some that I felt could have been prolonged a bit more. Either way, I really enjoyed it. I give it a four out of five-star rating.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: August 18th

Didn’t think I’d enjoy this book as much as I did. I was really impressed. It did have some vibes that reminded me of other books and some movies that are similar to it. All in all I’m glad I chose to give it a chance. I do recommend it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: August 18th

This book is the second book in a series, but it’s a stand-alone novel. I didn’t think I’d enjoy either book. I thought they would be really cheesy. The first one gave me really strong Twilight vibes. I really did enjoy the book very much. I enjoyed both books very much. They both get a solid four out of five stars from me. If you like satirical and heavily sexual paranormal romances, I definitely recommend this.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished:

I want to strongly state that I am very uncomfortable with the romance in this story. It’s not really something I agree with. However, I have a lot of respect with the realism of the story itself. The author may not be happy to hear my take on this, but it’s my opinion.

Personally, I got really strong vibes of manipulation and grooming in this story. That’s why I say I have a great respect for the realism of the book. Not once is the romance glamorized or made to look appealing. It’s raw and it’s ugly. The guy comes off as a total predator in my eyes.

Another real aspect I’d like to talk about is how some of these girls push themselves just to achieve and obtain their goals. It’s really frightening to see. It’s even more scary to see them being pushed past their breaking point. Our main character, Arianna, basically starved herself and obsessed with everything she put in her body. She was working out and training ten hours or more a day for six days a week. Not only did she not need to cut back on her diet, but really she should have added to it!

All in all, this could be turned into a Lifetime movie or television show. I’d probably watch it. I get that people are upset about the content of this book. I agree. I just ask that they maybe see it from a different point of view.

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