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The Corridor by Vic Neal Book Review

Poppy has been given a once in a lifetime opportunity. She’s been given a scholarship to one of the best schools in the country. She doesn’t feel that she earned it. She feels like they are seeing her as a charity case since she attended one of the worst schools in the area. She creates a video blog to talk about her experience at the school.
This book had a lot of great potential. It had some pretty witty characters. The whole scene was very posh. I was quite impressed with the aspect of it. It even had the very realistic feeling of how school life might be in the modern times. A lot of stories stick with the old school ways. But I digress. The formatting was unique. I mean it made things easier to read, but still. I liked the story quite a bit.
The major point here is that I didn’t enjoy it. While I thought it had great potential, I also saw the many flaws as well. I listened to this in audio, but I had a digital copy of the book as well so I followed along. I also didn’t care for the grammar used in emails. I mean I get it. Grammar isn’t ultimately important with portrayals like that. However, these students are apparently going to a very pristine school. I would expect them to at least be able to use the shift key at the beginning of each sentence. The college student who just types without using the shift key at all just wasn’t realistic for me.
This book was narrated by Jack Hardman. He did a pretty amazing job with the narration. I really enjoyed his accent very much and would prefer not to know if it was not an authentic accent. I don’t think there’s another book in this series in audiobook. I’m not sure if I’d continue if there were. I will be willing to listen to other books that this narrator narrates. He has a very soothing tone that I enjoyed very much.
I really did like this story even though I didn’t love it. It had a lot of great potential. I really enjoyed the very unique formatting. It made the book very easy to read. I also enjoyed the easy banter of the characters. I just feel that the book fell flat in many places. I also feel that it lacked something. I can’t put my finger on what it lacked, but maybe one day I will. I might give the rest of the volumes in this series a chance. I’m not sure yet. If I do, it won’t be right away. Either way, I recommend it. There’s somebody out there who will fall in love with it. I’m sure.

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From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris Book Review

Sophie Ann barely makes it out of the Katrina disaster alive. She doesn’t get out unscathed. It ruins her financially. After the aftermath of that, she’s summoned to trial for the death of her husband. Her name gets cleared, but the hotel she and a bunch of other vampires were staying in gets blown up. She gets very hurt but remains alive. Everything seems to be calming down. Sadly, they aren’t out of the danger yet. In the midst of all of this, Sookie is trying to come to terms with the fact that Quinn has gone missing with no word.
I’ve really enjoyed this series. This is technically my second time reading this series but in order this time. It may as well be my first. I don’t remember anything about it. I’m really enjoying it. Maybe not as much as I first did, but I enjoy it still. This particular one made me a little sad. Sookie seemed to be going through so much and had nobody to really turn to. I really felt for her. I won’t get into everything being that I don’t really spoil things in any of my reviews, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who was empathetic with her in this one.
There wasn’t really anything I didn’t care for in this book. Honestly, most of them are really petty and not worth complaining over. One of the issues I had with the book was that everybody seems so disconnected from Sookie in this one. However, I’m willing to admit that this story is told from Sookie’s point of view. It’s very possible that she’s perceiving them as not understanding her. That’s one of the best and worst things about first person. You only see it from their point of view. You only get their thoughts and their points of view.
This book was narrated by Johanna Parker. She also narrated the books before this one in the series. She just has this very authentic with her tones for every character. My heart will seriously break if I find out that this woman doesn’t have a real southern accent. She’s that good with it! If it is not authentic, it really does show how talented she really is in my opinion. I can’t wait to hear her narration of the rest of the series.
I’ve really enjoyed this series so far. There are times I really don’t care for Sookie. She can be very stubborn and overly judgmental at times. She does have a good hear though. She means well. Too many people take advantage of that sadly. I know she’s just a fictional character, but let’s be honest, we all know somebody like her in real life. OR we are all like her. But I digress. I really am loving this series and I can’t wait to read the rest!

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Tempered Hearts by Pamela S. Thibodeaux Book Review

First impressions are important. On the way to her new job, she runs into a rude and arrogant man. After telling him off, she finds out that the man is the boss she’s heading to see. They are constantly at each other’s throat. Somewhere along the way, they find that even though they can’t stand each other, they love each other. When they start to get close, Tamara’s past gets in the way.
I think this is a very cute book. It is very clean and religious. Sex is mentioned, but there are no graphic details of sex. I love horses, and this book is about horses. Tamera is actually a veterinarian. That’s why she took the trip to take the job. Craig and Tamera are both strong-willed. I also love Craig’s grandfather and his best friend, Scott. They are intense characters that should have played a bigger role in the story.
I want to start off by saying that this book does contain a trigger warning. It doesn’t go into the graphic details about it. There are so many things I didn’t really care about in this story. There were too many gender stereotypes that were thrown in. I also didn’t care for the main characters all that much. Craig and Tamera are both very selfish and spoiled. They throw tantrums when they don’t get their way. They also get physically aggressive with each other when they are angry. Another red flag. The biggest thing is that Tamera runs away every single time something goes wrong. It’s insane.
This book was narrated by Terri England. I would love to know where she’s from. I’m almost scared to look because I’m afraid to find out that she’s not from the south at all. I’m born and raised in Georgia and I don’t have a southern accent that authentic. Just saying. Anyways, it made the story really enjoyable to listen to. I would definitely listen to other books that she narrates.
I wanted to fall in love with this book. I just really couldn’t get into it as much as I wanted to. The main characters could use a lot of work and maturity. I would have also loved to see more of the secondary characters. Especially of the grandfather. I would have loved to have actually seen some of the stories from his point of view. It would have been really interesting. I think the biggest thing I had an issue with was the constant men/women comments. It just got redundant and frustrating.

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Kingdom Of Embers by Tricia Copeland Book Review

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Alena Scott is rare. She’s half-witch and half-vampire. Her existence is completely forbidden, so staying hidden from those who could destroy her and her mother is crucial. Alena is tired of hiding who she is. She wants to be out in the open and embrace who she is fully. Her only concern is how it will impact her mother.

There were a few cliched parts of the story, but I really did enjoy it very much. Alena is this fiercely loyal person. She’s a little strange, but I think that’s because of how sheltered she is in life. There were parts of the story that I wish had been played out a little more. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I would love to see more of the secondary characters in the series as it unfolds.

There weren’t really many things that I did not like about this story. I could see some things that other people wouldn’t like. There’s the love triangle trope. I won’t go into detail due to refusing to spoil the book for anybody. Some people might have an issue with the main character having a hero complex in some places of the book as well.

This book was narrated by Amy Deuchler. She did a pretty amazing job at it. There were parts that I felt like she made the main character sound a bit whiny. I mean I get that the character could be a bit whiny at times. Don’t get me wrong, she was justified. She’s treated like she can’t make decisions for herself at all. Like she’s a small child. I digress. The narrator seemed to intensify it more than it should be.

This book was fun to read. The main character was quirky. She had some flaws in her, but she was pretty amazing all the same. I’d of liked to see more of the other characters and more of the events play out a bit more. I am looking forward to seeing where this series progresses from here. I have a feeling it’s going to be very fun.

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Paradise by Craig Alanson Book Review

Joe and Skippy find themselves on a mission to try to save the world again. Joe’s previous actions are questioned. Finding him unfit to lead a crew, they attempt to bar him from going on the mission. At least until Skippy forces their hand. He disables a ship and refuses to fix it until it’s agreed that Joe goes on the mission too.

My fiance and I really enjoyed this one. We’ve enjoyed the series very much. The wit and banter completely made the story. I mean the adventure was great too, but yeah. I liked the perspective of the humans that are left on the planet. It’s nice to know they were okay. They even found a way to start growing crops and making trades. They are slowly doing what it takes to make their new territory home.

I seriously adore Joe and Skippy. They have this dynamic. We get to the point where Joe has these moments where he has this great idea and it irritates Skippy to no end that we predict now. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that Skippy isn’t an actual human. The best way I can describe Skippy is an AI Sheldon. I can’t unsee that now.

Like the first two books, this book was narrated by R.C. Bray. I don’t have any complaints about his narration. I’d love to listen to other books he narrates. I’m kind of worried that his voice won’t be the same. I think he’ll do an amazing job. I just feel like he becomes Joe when he narrates. It’s amazing. I’m going to be listening to the rest of the series because of how amazing he does!

I have really enjoyed this series so far. I don’t even know how to explain it. My fiance loves the series as much as I do. If not more. We are looking forward to getting our hands on the rest of the series. We are looking to get our fix of more Skippy and Joe banter. If I’m being honest, I’m also scared to see the series end as well! I fully recommend this series. My fiance does too.

Columbus Day
SpecOps

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Between The Shadows by Casi McLean Book Review

Circumstances pulled York a hundred years into the past. As he learns to adapt to his new surroundings, he begins to accept that he never truly belonged into his own time. Just as he thinks that he can finally accept where he is, he stumbles upon a woman in trouble. A woman who came directly from the 1860s.

I really did enjoy this book very much. I do feel like it could have used a bit of work. Compared to the first two books, it fell a bit flat. I hate saying that. It’s not a horrible book at all. It could have just used a bit of flair and something. I can’t quite explain what it’s missing. I guess a bit of suspense in a few places. I’m probably just being a snob. I will state that there are a few triggering parts of the book. They are brief.

I really can’t say that I felt a connection to either of the main characters. I did empathize with their predicament. I think the one I felt most connected to was the granddaughter. She was strong and fierce and knew what she wanted out of life. She also made it her mission to try to help people live as long as they possibly could. She knows death is inevitable for all of us, but she strives to push it off as far as possible for most. That’s why she became a doctor.

This book was narrated by Kristin James. I really enjoyed the narration. Her transition was very smooth. I don’t believe she stumbled over anything or left anything out. I also loved how distinct she was with all of the characters. She didn’t narrate the first two books. I believe each book had a different narrator. I can understand why. They all had different main characters as well.

I really did enjoy this book. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the first two. I just felt something major was missing. I felt it could have used a bit more suspense and build up. I’m pretty sure that most of the feelings I have are personal. I’m not sure if anybody will have the same opinion as me. Despite my misgivings of what’s missing, it really is a wonderful book and well worth the read.

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SpecOps by Craig Alanson Book Review

Against Joe’s wishes, a crew gets gathered to go back into space with Joe and Sparky. Joe is convinced that he won’t be returning from the mission and doesn’t want to take people and risking them not coming back. He decided to leave it up to them and was dismayed when they all decided to go despite the risks. The team goes through space to help Sparky find something that will help him discovers who he is and why he exists.

My fiance and I really enjoyed this book. We enjoyed the first book as well. It was pretty action-packed. I mean, it could have used a bit more action and thrill, but it was amazing still. What we loved the best was the absolute satire through the entire book. Especially the banter and the pranks between Joe and Skippy. It was fun and we just couldn’t get over it! We were impressed with how the pace in this book maintained. That’s very rare with sequels.

Like the first book, most of the secondary characters were more in the background than they were in the story itself. They had enough role to make the story flow properly, but they didn’t have enough for me to form an opinion on them. Sparky the AI will be our favorite character of this entire series. He’s AMAZING. We love him! Great personality! He’s full of sarcasm and pranks! Joe was pretty amazing too. He’s selfless, but also super laid back and sarcastic as well.

This book was narrated by R.C. Bray. The first book was narrated by him as well. He does pretty amazingly. The one critique I have could be a personal issue and not a narration issue, but I’ll state it anyway. There were a few of the secondary characters that sounded a little too similar to Skippy. So every now and then I get a bit confused. It’s nothing really major. I really enjoyed the narration despite that. I look forward to him narrating the rest of the story. I also would definitely read more narrated by him.

My fiance and I really enjoyed this book very much. We enjoyed the first book as well. We plan to listen to the third book the moment I submit this review! It’s mainly because of Skippy. I won’t lie. This is a very fun series. Skippy adds a lot of flavor and humor to the series, but it does pretty well on its own as well! I recommend it to anybody who loves to read Science Fiction or Apocalyptic type novels.

Columbus Day

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Columbus Day by Craig Alanson Book Review

The Earth has been at war with multiple alien planets for over a thousand years. Believing that one set of aliens is the enemy, Earth proceeds to send forces to take them down. It’s on this mission that they discover the aliens they believe are their allies are the real enemies. They want to make all humans their slaves.

My fiancé and I have been listening to this book. We have both enjoyed it very much. It was originally just me listening, but he asked me to start it over so that he could hear it from the beginning. There are so many parts of it that were absolutely hilarious! We had to pause it so we could get the laugh out of our system. We both feel like this was like Independence day. It was very clever. We are looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

Joe is the main character. Most other people in the book really take more of a background role than anything, so we don’t really get enough information on them to form a full opinion. I liked Joe though. I’m not sure how old he was, but considering he joined the Army to get free schooling, I’d have to say he’s pretty young. Our favorite character in the book was Skippy. He was an AI that appeared later in the story. He definitely added so much to the story!

This book was narrated by R.C. Bray. He did a fantastic narration of the story. We were both very impressed. I also loved that he completely threw the main accent into the story through the whole thing. I believe Joe is from Maine. It made the whole thing very authentic! It was amazing! His tone reminded me of the narration in Storm of The Century. It was great!

My fiancĂ© really enjoyed this story. I’m amazed he’s giving me the time to get the review in before we start the second book! We are really anxious to get to the rest of the series! I’d fully recommend this book to anybody who likes apocalyptic type books. Especially if they enjoyed the movie Independence Day. It’s well worth the read.

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Beyond The Mist by Casi McLean Book Review

Nick finds out about the whole situation that happens that causes Lacey to o back to 1949. He takes the opportunity to do the same thing so that he can save somebody who died during 9/11. Once everybody finds out what happened, they are determined to keep him from messing up the time space continuum. Piper volunteers to go find him and keep him from changing everything they know due to events he’s trying to change.

While I didn’t really enjoy this book as much as I did the first, I really enjoyed it very much. I feel like there was more build up in the first book that wasn’t seen here. It could be the fact that the time travel aspect had yet to be discovered. I really loved the raw emotion that the author put into writing about the tragedy of 9/11. I felt like I was actually THERE. I mean, I remember the news broadcasts in school, but it’s another thing completely to feel like you were actually near everything as it took place.

The characters were just as intense as they were in the first. It was nice getting to know Piper a bit more in this book. She wasn’t really a focal point in the first book. She was more referenced than anything. At first, I thought Piper was kind of a Peach from You. I was wrong there. She’s has an incredibly beautiful soul. I was hoping to see more of Lacey in this one, but I get it. This was not her story. Just like the first book was not Piper’s.

The book was narrated by Amy Deuchler. The first book was narrated by Andrea Mitchell. They both did such fantastic jobs. I think it’s wise to have two different people narrating a series if the points of view change. I loved Amy’s portrayal of all of the characters. I also loved her portrayal of the events of 9/11 as they unfolded in the story. I wouldn’t blame her if she had to pause now and then to gain control of her emotions.

I really did enjoy this story very much. I think I expected more with how jam packed with emotions and story that the first one was. Other than that, I didn’t really have a problem with the story. I was hoping that certain points of the book would be expanded upon just a little more. There was a part of the story I’d of liked a conclusion on as well. I still recommend it and the first book.

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All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris Book Review

Sophie Ann is to stand trial for the murder of her husband. The trial isn’t demanded until after Hurricane Katrina completely wiped her out financially. She insists that Sookie attend the summit and the trial with her. As an employee. She wants Sookie to read the minds of the humans around to find out who’s really on her side and who isn’t. What waits there may be more than any of them anticipated.

I really liked this book a lot. I know that I’ve said that about every book in this series so far. It’s true. It didn’t become one of my favorite series out of the blue. There was a reason it happened. I digress. This book falls a bit flat compared to the rest of the series. Not by much and not a bad thing. It was a nice little reprieve from Sookie constantly skirting death by just a bit.

I really loved Sookie’s sass in this one. She’s usually just kind of passive. She just lets things roll. She didn’t let anything get past her in this one at all. She even told the vampires off a few times. It was pretty amazing. I would have liked to see Eric a bit more in this book. I think my reasoning is obvious. I know that Sophie Ann is supposed to be this horrible person, but I just can’t see it. She’s completely fair and just. She’s just a bit selfish.

Like the rest of the series, this book is narrated by Johanna Parker. I own this entire series in E-Book. I’m buddy reading it with my mom and fell behind in the beginning. I used the audiobook to catch up quickly. I fell in love! With her narration, I felt like I was actually in Bon Temp with them all. I have since obtained most of the series in audiobook just so I can hear her narrating through the journey. I just lack the last book and the companion novels.

This book was one of the sadder of the books in my opinion. It was a really good book though. We get to see Sookie stand up for herself. Which is a treat in itself. We also get to see another telepath in action. That’s also pretty amazing. And of course, the mysteries will always be thrilling! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Sookie Stackhouse Series

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