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: 8/28/21

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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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Weekly Book Reviews: 8/7/21

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*This is a scheduled post from July 25th*

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 22nd

This was a very cute and quirky novel. I really adored it. It’s one of those rare events where a major scene plays out then it goes back in time to tell the story of events leading up to that event. It’s kind of a spoiler, but it’s a refreshing change to normal story methods. The only problem I had was there was a small conflict that seemed to have taken a head, but there was no real resolution. It seemed to have just completely disappeared. It was a little annoying, but it was nothing major.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 21st

Other than the “I’m not going to tell you about something I think about you even though it’s not true” bull, this was a pretty interesting read. I was also really enjoyed the full glimpse into the life of Blue. Not just her life in school like you get with most of these. I mean most fo them take place in the rich people’s world completely. The mother got a job as a live-in housemaid or something. Blue still lives where she’s always lived. Just got a scholarship to a school that will help her future. I do have to warn that this ends on a pretty intense cliffhanger.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 21st

I really enjoyed this book. It was short and sweet and so adorable! I normally don’t like holiday-themed books. At least not when it comes to romances. They are just so cheesy and predictable. This one is way different. I wanted to reach out to people and gush about the book! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. This is an amazing author who is amazing with descriptions and words.

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Weekly Book Reviews: 7/31/21

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*This is a scheduled post from July 25th.*

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 20th

I was not sure that I was going to be interested in this book when I first started reading this. There were so many things that really made me step out of my comfort zone. It made me uncomfortable. Especially the predictions I had about the book. I was pleasantly surprised when I found that all of my predictions were wrong. I enjoyed how things unfolded very much. It made the ending that much sweeter. I am glad this is not part of a series though.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 21st

This book was so quirky and intense! I probably should have read this series in order. It just seemed like one that it didn’t matter the order I read them in. If you’re looking for a spicy and quick read, this series is perfect for you! I really enjoyed it. The cover isn’t bad-looking either. There are always covers with sexy men but this one has a woman on it! Just saying!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 21st

I loved this story. It was hilarious. I did have a couple of problems with it though. The narrator kind of made the guy sound like he was yelling all the time. The other issue I had was that the book was so short! That’s just my personal preference though and not about the author. I loved this book!

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Weekly Book Reviews: 7/24/21

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There would be ten reviews posted this week. However, I will be going out of town on Friday and won’t return for a little under two weeks after that. So I’m going to split the ten reviews I have for this week over this Saturday and the next two Saturdays. The Saturday after I come back will have any reviews I have from here until then. I hope you enjoy.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 18th

I read and really enjoyed the first two books, so it’s not really shocking that I enjoyed this book. I love how there are scenes that were in this book that was in the first two but from a different point of view. It really helps shed light on some of the important parts of the series. I do have to warn that it somewhat ends on a cliffhanger. It’s not a major one. I just really dislike all cliffhangers.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 18th

I’ll start this by saying that my review of this book is my personal opinion. I will not tell others not to read it or to read it. I will let them draw their own conclusions. I will say that there are some trigger warnings of abuse and abduction. This just really wasn’t my thing. It’s well written and a very easy read. I won’t lie. I read it all in one sitting. It’s just not a book that I will be reading again. I won’t be looking for anything in this series. Since I like the writing style, I may consider other books by this author.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 19th

I didn’t want to like this story. I wanted to say that it was overly predictable and maybe a bit too dark for my taste. I can’t say any of that. If I did, I’d be lying. I found that I liked it. I didn’t like certain aspects or attitudes throughout the book, but the story itself was pretty solid. I kept wanting to find out what was going to happen next! I’m actually looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 19th

I was really enjoying this book and the characters in the book until a certain point in. I won’t say where it was due to spoiler alerts. I really didn’t care for a person’s attitude and what they said when a certain thing happened. I felt it was way uncalled for. It made me very angry. I almost quit reading the book right there and then. I decided to keep going instead. Mainly because I loved that the other person stuck up for herself. It was an amazing thing to see. I am curious enough to read the rest of the series.

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Weekly Book Reviews: 7/17/21

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This week I bring quite a few reviews. There are thirteen reviews total. I’m going to start including the date I finished reading the book. Amazon links will be attached to the cover of the book. (Note: Some reviews are from last week since I posted last week’s blog a little early due to a readathon.)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 16th

(Older review)

I just finished reading Hunted. It is the fifth in the House Of Night Series written by P.C. and Kristin Cast. It is about a girl and her friends working together to stop a fallen angel and a priestess who turned her back on their goddess from taking over their school. With almost the whole school controlled by him, they find it impossible to get away to do what they have to do to save the school they love.

Just like the rest of the four books in this series before this book, I loved this one. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite series of all times. P.C. and Kristin Cast have much talent at keeping readers on edge until the very end. They also keep you laughing throughout it all. It’s like feeling what the characters are feeling and go through what they are going through. It’s amazing.

This series isn’t for everybody. Some people will hate this series as much as I love it. There will be many people who do love it though. I recommend this series to those people specifically. They will enjoy the series as much as I did. I can guarantee that.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 16th

While I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first, I was very impressed with how the loose ends were closed. I also really adored the ending. Part of it wasn’t an ending I really wasn’t expecting at all. I mean I guess I should have been with the letters to the dead sister, but yeah I didn’t suspect at all. I fully recommend this duology!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 14th

This was a very emotionally intense book. It’s about a cold case involving a little girl that went missing. Her father was convicted for her murder. The body was never found. Everybody but Mike and Billy Jo wants to let the case go and not open up old wounds so to speak. I just wish it was longer!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 14th

This was a really interesting sequel. It seemed to almost follow along past the first one. Like you’re just continuing about the person’s life after the first story was over with. It’s really interesting to me. I also love the fact that this was more personal to Billie Jo. It kind of helps you get to know her a little better. It helps you connect better with her and understand her and her personality a little better. I also like that we get to know Mike a little better in this book as well.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 14th

This would have been given a full star rating had it been longer. That’s the only issue I have with the entire book. It was a really amazing read and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to read it. The longer thing is a personal preference in all honesty. I’m sure there are many readers that absolutely loved the length of the book. There are some heavier topics addressed that I felt could have been leaned on a little more as well. I still recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 16th

This book was intense and action-packed almost from the very start. It’s a very quick and easy read. I have to be honest. This is the first book I’ve read from this series. It seems like a stand-alone type of novel so it doesn’t really hurt anything, but I can’t help but wonder if I missed some important information about the series overall. Either way, I liked it and I will go back and read the rest of the series.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 12th

I loved reading this book. It was very straight and to the point. I felt like I was actually living his life with him through the whole book. I did notice that this was an adaptation. Reading this makes me want to go back and read the original version. It also put many aspects that I don’t even think about on a daily basis on a big spotlight for me. I’ve always known there were things ai was blind to. I’m always afraid to ask questions. So having it painted in a picture like this for me really does help. In so many ways.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 12th

This book was so easy to read. It helped me see many things in a new light. I also have many different reading materials and books that I can read thanks to this book. I’m so thankful that I came across this book and am looking forward to giving this book to somebody else so that they can be enlightened as much as I was.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 12th

I was leery to read this book after how the first book ended. I had read similar books that had some alternative outcomes that I was afraid would happen here as well. I was pleased to find out that I was wrong. There were things that made me a little uncomfortable. I also had issues with Ocean’s personality in certain areas and how redundant she could be at times. It didn’t take my enjoyment of the story as a whole away though. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 12th

When I first started listening to this book, I automatically judged it for the worst. I knew I wouldn’t like one of the characters instantly because they were a bit of a jerk. I also predicted the story within like ten minutes. All that said, I really did enjoy the story. It was really adorable. I’m glad I gave the book a chance. I wonder what the other books that are coming out will be about.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 11th

This was a really intense book. I didn’t really think I’d like it. If I’m being honest, there were many points in it that I didn’t really care for. Especially certain personality traits of certain characters in the book. I mean some of them are tropes, so I can overlook them. It really was an amazing read though and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I have read it twice this year so far.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 9th

I won’t lie. At first, I couldn’t grasp the story. I had to start over three times. I think this was my fault really. I was kind of tired when I intended to start the book originally. Once I got into the book, I was so happy with it! It was hilarious and insanely crazy. In a good way of course. There were a few things in the book that wasn’t really my thing, but that’s just me personally. I also thought that Wynter could be a little too….. much about certain things. Maybe dramatic. I’m not sure how to explain it. Either way, I really enjoyed the read!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Date Finished: July 9th

I have a very love hate relationship with this entire series. I don’t meant to speak ill of the dead, but I sometimes wonder if the author of this series was a sociopath. Just when you think that the characters are getting relief to all of the chaos, it gets even worse! It seems like when there is hope the hope is crushed fully. I both want to see the end of this series and want to quit reading. I can’t even begin to explain it. People will see my full five-star rating and get confused. I seriously love the series and all of the characters in it. It’s just so heavy!

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Weekly Book Reviews: 7/10/21

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I have three book reviews for my first official week of this blog. I hope you enjoy them. I’ll include the amazon link for each book in the book cover like I always do. If you hit ctrl + the book cover it will open in a different tab.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I’m going to start this off by saying I realized about halfway through that this was not my kind of book at all. There were parts I feel like were really over drawn out and then some parts that were overly rushed. This book also mentions rape and other dark things and may trigger people who are sensitive. Overall, I did wind up enjoying the story. Even if it deeply disturbed me. In more ways than one. I really hope I don’t have a nightmare tonight.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Some parts were a little hard to keep up with for me. That is most likely a personal thing. Anyway. I really enjoyed the read. It’s not something I really thought I would like. The cover is really pretty as well. I loved the narrators in this book as well. I’m curious to see if this becomes a series. If so, I wonder where it’s going to go from there. There are so many possibilities.

Currently Free

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I had misconceptions on this book before I started it. I can say that I was guilty of judging a book by its cover here. I can also say that I really enjoyed this book very much. It was intense and action-packed. There are some things that went on in the book that I don’t really fully jibe with, but those are more personal preferences rather than the writing or the book itself. I’m definitely curious to see how the rest of this series goes.

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