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AN American Spy by Olen SteinHauer Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: Milo is back where he started in the CIA. This time he’s uncovered a conspiracy. There’s a mole in the department. Unsure who to trust, he must figure out a way to put together a team so that they can get to the bottom of it before everybody is in danger. To top it off, his former boss has also gone missing.


Plot: This book was just as action-packed as the first two. I wasn’t really surprised. I was happy to see more of the wife and daughter in this book. I was mostly happy to see more of the father in the book though. He seems like a decent man underneath it all. He also wants his son to take over his career when he passes.


Characters: Milo is a very work driven guy. He will stop it at nothing to get his job done and keep his loved ones safe. His wife and kid are seriously wonderful people. He tries his wife’s patience with his job sometimes, but they find a way to make it work. I really loved the father the best. He’s one of my favorite characters.


Narration: This book was narrated by the same person as book two. David Pittu. He did a really good job. I’m still impressed with how much he sounds like the person who narrated book one though. If I didn’t know better, I would say he just got a professional name change. I like his voice though.


Suggestions: None


Recommend: Yes, but please read the first two books first.


Quotes:

Do not always assume motive where human error will suffice.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: Nina and Ian have both been impacted by a ruthless killer known as The Huntress. They have yet to track her down. Suddenly, it seems luck is on their side. The Huntress seems to have settled down in America. She seems to be the perfect wife to her new husband, but her stepdaughter, Jordan feels that something is very off about her.


Plot: I really enjoyed this story. I can’t say that I was hooked on the book from the very beginning. In fact, I actually had to start it over a few times because I got bored enough to drift off and miss important parts of the story.


Characters: I really connected and related to Nina more than any of the other characters. I also had a strong connection to Jordan as well. They were so strong and independent. It was inspirational! Ian was pretty amazing as well. I loved his quirky nature.


Narration: This book was narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. She did an awesome job. I really loved her accents for all of the characters. She made the characters come to life. I look forward to hearing other audiobooks narrated by her.


Suggestions: Maybe a bit of a cheat sheet at the beginning. LOL


Recommend: Yes!


Quotes:

Grief was beginning to be overlaid by the first layer of skin and time. Jordan supposed that layer would get thicker and thicker and in a way she was sorry. Grief cut, but it also made you remember.

Maybe it is all rotten, but if the good ones leave, who’s there to make it better after the war? I know why you have to leave, Ninochka. It’s leave or nothing. But I can’t give up my homeland and my oath for love. That’s the kind of thing that makes men say little princesses have no place at the front.

Because we can keep on. Others, they try keeping on, they just…” she mimed an explosion. “It’s too much for them. They come to pieces. Not us. Hunters, they are different. We can’t stop. Not for bad sleep or parachute dreams or people who say we should want peace and babies instead. It’s a world full of mad wolves, and we hunt them til we die

We’re standing in the ashes of a war like no other—if we don’t try harder to see the shades of gray involved, we’ll find ourselves in the thick of a new one.

Avenged By Krys Fenner Book REview

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: Bella is finally ready to head on her long journey towards recovery. She knows that she won’t be able to do it fully until the person who put her through everything is locked up once and for all. She also wants to find a way to reconnect with her friends and her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Gervasio has other plans for her.


Plot: I didn’t think it was possible for sequels to just keep getting better. Usually, they go the opposite way. The first one is powerful and strong and then it fizzles out as the series goes on. This series is definitely one that gets stronger as it continues. When I first picked up the first one, I wasn’t comfortable with it. I stuck with it. I’m so glad I did now. It is emotional and raw. It’s a truly beautiful story!


Characters: I loved Bella in the beginning. I am starting to love her again. Miah was a hit and miss for me in this one. In some parts, he was great. In others, he was kind of a jerk. I mean I get where he was coming from, but still. I didn’t like her friends at all in this one. I get that she hurt them, but couldn’t they see that she needed them? What happens to friends no matter what?


Suggestions: There are some scenes that I felt like could have been accented a bit better. Gone into more detail.


Recommend: Yes! Please read the first two books first! Also, be mindful of trigger warnings.

Dark And Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: 500 years ago, a town was hit with a strange phenomenon. Women at random seemed to start dancing with no way to control it. Many of them died from it. Rosella finds herself inflicted with the same curse they had 500 years ago when she sews a pair of shoes that were once destroyed. The only one that can help her is Emil who’s family was blamed for the plague all those years ago.


Plot: I really enjoyed this book very much. It was rich with details and culture. It made a lot of reference points that really made me think deeply. There’s so much history and diversity in here that it’s inspirational. I could gush on and on, but I still wouldn’t be doing this book justice at all.


Characters: All of the characters were so inspirational in their own way. They all had their flaws as well. I wouldn’t say I felt fully connected to any of them, but I really enjoyed reading about them. I enjoyed seeing what went on in their head.


Suggestions: Nothing that I can think of.


Recommend: Yes! I also recommend reading the Author’s Note in the end. It’s very important to the story in my opinion.


Quotes:

Alifair has worked so hard to hide that he was given a girl’s name at birth, and has to conceal the fact of his body to be considered as the boy he is. He has done this work, learning to bind himself beneath his shirts, settling his voice as low as the other boys’, and he has done it so well that even this man doesn’t suspect.

When I grew up, I would never let my family, or myself, be where my grandparents had just been, having to cut our own work into pieces so someone else wouldn’t steal it.

What we are, Tante reminds her, they have made it a crime, wherever we go.

Lala shuts her eyes, trying to clear away all before her, the awfulness and the impossibility. Not just this careless damning of men with men and women with women, but how profoundly the friar misunderstands Alifair himself. Lala is a girl. Alifair is a boy. Despite any common features their bodies may possess, to compare them, to call them the same, has always seemed unthinkable.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: Jules is down on her luck. First, she gets laid off. Then she finds her fiance cheating on her after coming home early from being let go. Since she was staying at his apartment, she finds herself homeless. Luckily, her friend lets her stay on her couch. It was there that she found a job opportunity she couldn’t pass. She would be an apartment sitter. Everything seems too good to be true. Or is it?


Plot: I want to say that the beginning was a bit slow, but it was a find pace. I really enjoyed it. It did pick up after a certain bit though. I was not prepared for it if I’m being honest. Especially the last part of it. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to find out what happened! I loved the foreshadowing in the book as well.


Characters: I really adored Jules. She was very laid back and open-minded. I also loved one of the apartment sitters. I forgot her name. She befriended Jules almost right away. I wish I could have seen more of Jules’ friends in the story. Her best friend seemed pretty amazing.


Narration: This book was narrated by Dylan Moore. He did an amazing job. He added the perfect spook to the book during the intense and creepy moments. I’m curious to listen to more narrated by him.


Suggestions: None


Recommend: Yes!

Quotes:

Never take anything you haven’t earned, my father used to say. You always end up paying for it one way or another.

Every so often, life offers you a reset button. When it does, you need to press it as hard as you can.

She’s fascinating in the same way tornadoes are fascinating. You want to see how much they’re going to spin.

Why do boys totally suck? I’m starting to think it might be ingrained in them. Like, they’re taught at a young age that they can be assholes because most women will let them get away with it.

Damaged By Krys Fenner Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: Bella is slipping into a downward spiral. Refusing to deal with her pain and the trauma she’s dealt with, she turns to pills and alcohol. The one person she thought she could trust has turned his back on her and she doesn’t know how to deal. She finds herself growing closer to David. Nobody is happy about this development because they don’t think she’s with him for the right reasons. They also feel that David is dangerous.


Plot: I really enjoyed this book. I mean it’s very dark and very disturbing. I’m not going to sugar coat things here. But it’s worth the read if it won’t be a trigger for you. It was a slight trigger for me, but it also helped me cope. I will say that the first book should be read first. It will help this book make a lot more sense. Be prepared to have your emotions hit constantly!


Characters: I really didn’t care for Bella at all in this book. I get that she was going through some things, but I wanted to just shake her and tell her to get it together. Her friends weren’t really that great of a help either! It was unnerving to see how quickly she was turned on.


Suggestions: I can’t think of any


Recommend: Yes! Please read Addicted first.

Flawless by Sara Shepard Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: The girls have promised each other to report in anytime A contacts them for any reason. They are still not close. Not only that, but they don’t trust each other. They are all unsure who to trust and who not to. Spencer begins seeing Wren in secret. Aria continues to keep her father’s affair a secret. Emily is falling for her neighbor. Hanna is trying to get her boyfriend back.


Plot: I feel like I got used to the pace of the television show. This one seemed to go really slow for me. Not slow enough to be boring or want to put the book down. So there’s that. I really enjoyed seeing everything unfold as it did. There were several events that didn’t make sense in the show that makes a lot more sense to me now. As an adult, I’m unnerved by the way the parents treat these girls.


Characters: I remain feeling very connected to Emily. She may not always make the smartest decisions, but she’s trying really hard. I did a lot of sympathy for Spencer. Yeah, what she did was wrong, but for her parents to not have anything to do with her at all and cut her off financially? Not cool. She’s a minor. I felt a bit of a disconnect with Aria and Hanna in this one. I’m sure that will change as I keep reading the series.


Narration: This book was narrated by Cassandra Norris. The first book was as well. I really enjoyed the narration. I didn’t really listen to the whole book though. I went back and forth between reading and listening to this book. It was relaxing.


Suggestions: Nothing I can think of.


Recommend: Yes.


Quotes:

If he’s giving you up, maybe he wasn’t worth it.

Don’t get too comfortable. It’s not over until I say it is. -A

Sometimes I feel kind of wrong here. I used to be normal, but now… I don’t know. I feel like I should be one way, but I’m not.” Toby stared at her. “I hear that.” He sighed. “There are all these perfect people here. And… it’s like, if you’re not one of the,. then you’re messed up. But I think, inside, the flawless-looking people are just as messed up as we are.

Ezra clapped his hands. “all right,” he said. “In addition to the books we’re reading as a class, I want to do an extra side project on unreliable narrators.” Devon Arliss raised her hand. “what does that mean?” Ezra strode around the room. “well, the narrator tells us the story in the book, right? But what if… the narrator isn’t telling us the truth? Maybe he’s telling us his skewed version of the story to get you on his side. Or to scare you. Or maybe he’s crazy!

Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard Book REview

Rating: 3 out of 5.

About: This is a story loosely based on a plane crash in Paris in 1962. The story follows the loved ones of the victims in the aftermath.


Plot: The story got really good in the second half. The first half seemed to drag. I also didn’t understand how the story even resembled being related to the plane accident. It was referenced once at the beginning of the book and that’s it. There were also two characters in the book who I don’t understand their purpose in the book at all. They were little more than page fillers in my opinion.


Characters: I couldn’t relate to or connect with many of the characters in the story. The only two I found I connected with were Piedmont and Lily. They were both very intelligent and not given enough credit for their character at all.


Suggestions: If a book is to be written centered around an airplane crash, then it should be referenced more than once in the book.


Recommend: I would recommend it. Especially for those who love historical events.


Quotes:

We’re sick of this shit,” said Michael. “News people, the mayor and his wife, television shows, the goddamn president of the United States – they’re all going on and on about this airplane that went down in Paris, France, on Plant Earth. They jabber on and on about the movers and the shakers, about all the important folks we lost that day. The Reverend himself comes on the radio and tells us that we better behave, that we should hang our heads in sadness at our loss. You know what, though? It isn’t our loss. You understand? It isn’t our loss at all. It’s their loss. We have losses. Every day. Every single day we suffer losses. But no one talks about those. We get no letters of sympathy. We get nothing. Just ignored.

It was twenty doctors, nine architects, thirteen lawyers, and too many mothers and fathers to count. In short, it felt like everyone because to the mayor’s wife, it was everyone, it was everyone she cared about, and they were all gone in a single, heartbreaking, unbelievable whop.

Whenever Michael and Jeremy talked about the meetings they attended, Piedmont would wonder about his own responsibility with regard to the Negro Cause. He wondered if it was okay to sit back, keep his head down, and wait for whatever improvements those around him might acquire on his behalf. He wondered if he even believed a better future was possible.

Or maybe both stories were true, in the same way a person could be telling one story that he wanted heard and another story he didn’t mean to be heard. Both were true – the audible one and the quiet one. just sometimes when you listened, you could hear them both and sometimes you couldn’t.

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About: Kestrel wishes that she could tell Arin the truth. She wishes she could fill him in on everything. She must keep silent. Many lives will be in danger if she doesn’t. She did what she did to save Arin. Now she must face the consequences every single day. She must pretend to be happy and in love at every single event.


Plot: I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I feel like there were parts that kind of fizzled out a bit. Not too much though. It was still very intense and action-packed. There were parts of the book that I would have liked to see a bit more to have some questions answered.


Characters: Both of the characters I was totally rooting for didn’t have very good luck in this one. It almost gave me a Game of Thrones moment! The two main characters needed a slap in the face. They were acting more on emotion than they were on logic. I mean, I get it. When you’re in love, you’re in love! But still. Lives are at stake people!


Narration: This book was narrated by Justine Eyre. The first book was as well. I loved her narration so much that I wound up just listening to the second book fully. The first book I listened to part of the book and read part of it. I may listen to all of the third book as well!


Suggestions: Some of the events that happened should have been drawn out a bit more. Some should have been shown instead of referenced.


Recommend: Yes!!!

Quotes:

If you won’t be my friend, you’ll regret being my enemy.

I don’t mind being a moth. I would probably start eating silk if it meant that I could fly.

There was dishonor, she decided, in accepting someone else’s idea of honor without question.

She’d felt it before, she felt it now: the pull to fall in with him, to fall into him, to lose her sense of self.