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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken Book Review

Ruby’s life is normal until a virus gets out and changes the world as everyone knows it for good. Many children are developing psychic powers. Some more dangerous than others. Some of the children are unexpectedly dying. Ruby finds herself going to a camp on her tenth birthday. Where she remains until something happens in her favor.

While I enjoyed this book very much, I don’t feel like it meets the hype that I’ve heard about it. I don’t know how to explain that. I just expected something completely different. In a way, I’m kind of glad to be wrong. So, I don’t really see this as a bad thing. There’s nothing wrong with that. It definitely made a very interesting read. I really enjoyed it a lot. I’m looking forward to watching the movie adaptation of it.I’m a little nervous too if I’m being honest.

I really liked Ruby. I got where she was coming from. I just felt that she was a bit robotic at times. She made choices in the book that I did not agree with at all! My heart did go out to her for the pain and guilt she felt over things she couldn’t control. I definitely loved Zu, Chubs, and Liam. I did find the communications between the four of them a little disturbing. In places they could have communicated better and compared notes, they didn’t. They just acted like the responses of the other person was weird.

I wound up listening to this in audiobook. I bought a box set of the books, but I realized I had the audiobook for it. I noticed that the narrator was Amy McFadden. She narrated The Paper Magician series. I listened to those books and enjoyed her narration very much. The name seems very familiar to me, but I can’t really place why I would know it. Either way, she’s talented.

I’m so glad that I have finally gotten the time to read this book. I enjoyed it very much! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I’m also excited to find a way to watch the movie. I’ll definitely be writing up a review of the movie once I’m able to watch it.

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Not The End by Gianna Gabriela Book Review

Dimah’s dreams finally come true. The boy she adores asks her to prom. Before she knows it, her dream becomes a nightmare. If that’s not bad enough, she gets constantly humiliated and bullied at school. Rather than stand up for herself and tell the truth, she chooses to fade into the shadows. Until a boy comes into her life and changes everything.

I really felt for Dimah. I can’t explain how much this story hit for me. It hurts me so much that things like this happen and nobody does anything about it. There was a problem I had with this book. A person of authority bought into the gossip and completely went out of line. I’d have liked to have saw something done about that. Maybe it did and I missed it. I don’t want to say too much. While this is a short read, I still feel it’s well worth the read.

I can’t remember the boy’s name, but I wish there were more people like him in the world. The ones that see somebody who’s broken and needs somebody. Somebody who’s willing to help somebody out of the dark hole we find ourselves in and let them know it’s okay and that they aren’t alone. I feel if more people like that exist, things might be different. I related very much to Dimah. I wasn’t bullied, but I was shamed a lot for things I did and things people thought I did and didn’t.

This book was narrated by Amanda Stribling. She did a fantastic job. I knew that she would. She narrated The Kings of Linwood trilogy. She did an amazing job with that as well. I’m shocked she was able to keep her emotion so controlled with this book. It impressed me. I have a feeling it wasn’t too easy behind the scenes. Who knows?

I thought this book was going to be very cringy when I first came across it. I loved the cover though. Also, if I’m being honest, I’m a sucker for happily ever after type books. No matter how goofy they are. It just gives one hope on the world in all honesty. This is heavy. It may be triggering to some. It is very beautifully written. I loved the special part in the end as well. It was encouraging.

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Pemberly: Mr. Darcy's Dragon by Maria Grace Book Review

The beloved Pride And Prejudice is retold in a very unique way. Some of our beloved classical characters can hear dragons. They can also communicate with dragons. Every estate has a dragon keeper. Mr. Darcy is in major trouble. Somebody has stolen a dragon egg from his estate. He must find the egg before it hatches.

I am so happy I stumbled upon this book! I love Pride and Prejudice. I read the book at least five times. To the best of my knowledge. I love retellings. I still have many to read, but the ones I have read are great. Especially ones from classical books. I was impressed with the fact that direct quotes from the original book are put in this book. It adds to the story in my opinion.

I obviously love all the characters from Pride and Prejudice. I loved that the dragons in this book had such amazing personalities! It was quite impressive. I’m a sucker for sarcastic characters and animals that are given personalities in books! I have always related to Mary out of the five daughters. I feel like she didn’t have enough of a role in the book. That’s just my opinion.

This book was narrated by Benjamin Fife. He did a pretty impressive job. I was NOT prepared for the very high pitched voices that he gave the dragons. Well, the fairy dragons. I was impressed. I don’t think I could have pitched that if I tried! I’m almost certain that I haven’t listened to any books he’s narrated before. I’m willing to listen to more.

I’m so glad that I found this book! It’s definitely a book that I can classify as I didn’t know I needed until I found it. I noticed that this book is the first book in a series! I am here for this! I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I definitely fell in love with this book!

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Instinct by Hanleigh Bradley Book Review

He wants her. He’s been tracking her for weeks. He finds the smell of her blood intoxicating. He wants to drain the life from her. But for some reason, he wants to know her and protect her more. He wants to drain her, but he feels it will be a waste. The thought of wanting to keep her alive confuses him.

This was a decent book. I really did enjoy the read. It was a very short and easy read. I wound up finishing it while playing a game I enjoy. I don’t really have any issues with the book exactly. It just wasn’t something I feel like I could fully gush over either. The only thing I can say is I feel like it would have been a longer book. I feel like there were certain things that needed to be explained better.

I can’t really say I felt a connection to the characters. Then again, I did feel like I could relate a bit to the female lead. She was smart and loves to read. I just felt like I didn’t really get enough time to fully get to know her. That’s why I didn’t feel a connection. There were no real secondary characters. Other people are referenced, but it’s mainly the vampire and the waitress. The vampire was a bit repetitive honestly.

Debbie Soelter narrated this book. She did a decent job, but there were certain parts where she sounded a bit choppy. Other than that, I really enjoyed the narration. The choppy thing may just be me being overly picky. I’m not really sure in all honesty. I would still listen to other books narrated by her. She has a sweet voice.

This is a very short read. It sits at about a hundred pages. Even though I wouldn’t say I was in love with the book, I did like it. It was a nice read. I do recommend it. For those that read it, I’d love to know what book that you feel like the waitress was reading. I have some theories. I’d like to know if others have the same theories as me!

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The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton Book Review

While preparing for her wedding, Elodie stumbles upon something at work that reminds her of stories that she heard in childhood. Doing some digging, she discovers that the stories her mother used to tell her before she passed away may have been built around a mystery that happened over a hundred years before her time. A mystery involving a thief and an artist and a robbery gone wrong.

I really enjoyed this book. This is the second Kate Morton book that I have read. Both of them were very beautifully written. They are both very sad books. I’m not going to lie. It’s like she goes out of her way to make a happy ending book that’s laced with sorrow. It’s not really a bad thing. It definitely makes you think. It also gives a big air of realism.

There are many characters in the book. Including the ghost of a model who passed away in Birchwood Manor. I loved her parts in the book the best. I loved how observant she was of everybody who came into the manor over the years after she passed away. She even kept up with technology by observing people. It was impressive. Elodie was a very nice person, but it felt like she was going through the motion in most of the book. I can relate to that, but it’s still sad.

Joanne Froggatt was the narrator of this book. I’m recalling the name from memory. I hope I didn’t spell it wrong. She did a pretty impressive job. I only had one issue, but it was more personal preference than it was an actual problem with the book. I feel like she could have changed her tone influx for the time era changes. Again, this is just a personal preference.

I knew I’d enjoy this book from the moment I got it. The cover is gorgeous. The description pulled me in. After reading The Forgotten Garden, I had a feeling it would be a beautifully tragic story. I was not wrong at all. It’s definitely worth the read. I’m glad I took the chance reading it.

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The Best Is Yet To Come by John F. Allen Book Review

This book is a collection of short stories. Therefore, I feel like it would be best if I give my thoughts on each story individually. I will then give my final thoughts on the book overall. This review will be a tad longer than my normal reviews. My normal reviews focus on stating what the story is about, my thoughts on it and the characters, my thoughts on the narration when possible, and my overall thoughts of all.

The Chocolate Malt: This one was very tragic and sad. Even though I’m saying this, I still wish some details would have been clarified and explained a little better. Other than that, I really did enjoy the story. It covers some real issues.

The Sweetest Autumn: Couldn’t relate to the main character at all. She was full of herself. If she didn’t understand it, then it was horrible. She was full of prejudices about almost everything. The message behind the story was pretty amazing.

Lazarus: This was a pretty interesting story. If it ever turns into a series of novels, I’d definitely read it. I kind of wanted more to the story than was given quite frankly. It definitely could have been a lot longer.

The African Princess: This one was a very tragic story. I believe it could cause a bit of triggering due to some sensitive issues that get brought up in this book. It is definitely not a story to read aloud to your children. Then again, I don’t think any of the stories in here really are.

Forest Of Shadows: This story disturbed me a bit. It also contains a few adult scenes in it. This is also another story that I felt could have been drawn out to add a bit more context to it. Maybe that’s just my opinion.

Hoodratz: This story definitely needs a trigger warning. There are also a few things that I didn’t really care for in the book that I don’t want to discuss publicly. It is a nice little PSA of the dangers we can get ourselves into, but I’ll leave it at that.

The Ivory Christmas: I really enjoyed this story. It was like a fairy tale does adult crime show. It was a refreshing little mix. There was a part that talked about an old tale but gave it a new spin that I thought was nice. The original is super cringy.

The Legend Of MatcheMonedo: This story was completely creepy. I feel like it would be the perfect kind of campfire spooky story. It wouldn’t be appropriate for young children, but for older teens and young adults, it would be great. It kind of reads like a mini horror movie honestly.

The Adventures Of Star Blazer: This was a pretty impressive read. I think this is one of my favorite of the stories, to be honest. In my honest opinion, I believe this would be better suited for a novel or novella at the very least. There’s a lot more of the story that I would have liked to read. I’d of loved to have been able to connect with the characters more and get to know them.

Witch Way Is Up?: This was my favorite one. It had some Buffy vibes. It also had some True Blood Vibes. I also felt a little Night Myst vibes. I’m not sure if anybody is familiar with that book. I absolutely loved it. I need to go back and read the book again and the rest of the series honestly. I need more! That’s all I can say.

I really enjoyed all these stories. I don’t think that any of them are completed by any means. I feel like I was basically reading pitches about novels or movies. I feel like a lot could have been added to all of the stories. I also feel like most of the stories could use a bit of a rewrite. They all have amazing potential. I can’t wait to see what else this author comes up with!

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Tom's Inheritance by T.J. Green Book Review

Tom’s grandfather suddenly goes missing. The only thing that he says is that he’s going on a trip. Nobody thinks anything of it until he doesn’t return. When Tom starts to worry, a mysterious package shows up from his grandfather stating that he won’t be returning. Tom is left with more questions than he had before. He now thinks that his grandfather may be in danger.

While I wished for a bit more with this book, I really enjoyed it. It was very clever and unique. I love how each of the elements are portrayed as worlds in this book. It’s brilliant in my eyes! The only issue I had with the book was that it was too short for me. I say that about a lot of books. I love long stories. They are my preference. I do adore short stories as well.

I really loved the wit and wisdom of all the characters in the book. I love that a few of the characters in the book are one of my favorite paranormal creatures. Fairies! I can’t get enough of them. I was convinced I was a fairy as a child. I’ll leave it at that. The main character was pretty awesome except for a small part of the book where I wanted to smack him. I’m sure we have that issue with a lot of characters we read about.

This book was narrated by Nick Howden-Steenstra. I really enjoyed hearing the accent. I’m not sure if it’s his own accent or one that he uses for narrating. I do know that it’s very soothing. It made an already enjoyable story that much more enjoyable. I have not listened to anything else by this narrator, but I would definitely be willing to!

While this book was too short for my taste, I really did enjoy it. I am looking forward to picking up the rest of the series and seeing what happens from there. It’s unique and intriguing. I should mention that it is a King Author retelling. So to speak. It’s still very impressive. I loved the way they spun it.

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Anybody Want To Play War? by Tommy B. Smith Book Review

Bryce’s world changes when he’s attacked by a dog that had just got done killing another man. He barely made it out of the ordeal alive. From then, he struggles with facing other people. Including his parents. Not knowing what else to do, he runs away and tries to start a life on his own.

This book needs a LOT of work. The important issue with the book is that some of the descriptions are a bit choppy at best. It’s not too horrible, but it is noticeable. Another thing I noticed was the time gaps that aren’t really fully explained. It also goes back into the past with no warning at all. I had to reread several passages to figure out where I was.

I just couldn’t when any of the characters in this book at all. I empathized with them all for their situations, but their attitudes were not great at all. Starting with the main character. I assumed he was fourteen for the most part of the book. I found out he was actually sixteen. He has such a horrible attitude and no sense of what he’s done wrong. If that isn’t bad enough, nobody actually listens to him which just fuels the fire and provokes him into making more bad decisions than he already made! It’s frustrating! I get that everybody has issues, but this seems to magnify it all.

I have put this book down a lot. That makes me feel bad. I know the author of this book put a lot of work into writing this. I want to say that I feel like it has a lot of great potential. It definitely could use a polish. I also feel like it could be renamed. The name doesn’t exactly make sense with the book itself. I assumed it was about a veteran or an active soldier. This is just my opinion. I encourage everybody who wants to give it a try to go for it.

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Becoming Human by Samantha Bell Book Review

Mary is a reaper. For fifty years, she performs her duties without complaint. She hates what she does, and she hates humans. She hits her breaking point when she’s expected to start mentoring new reapers. She blows up and terrifies her first charge. As a punishment, she’s made into a human to learn the true extent of human nature. She will remain a human until she’s learned the lesson she’s meant to learn.

I really wanted to love this book. I mean the concept of the plot is absolutely amazing. I loved it. There were just many things I didn’t really care for. One of the biggest issues I had was the fluid way time went by that wasn’t really clarified in some spots. So I got a little lost now and then. I will admit that most of my dislike is because I’m an adult. Some of it was just too juvenile for me. Don’t get me wrong, I understand teenage things. I was a teenager once. It’s hard to explain. I will restate that I loved the concept behind this plot.

My BIGGEST issue is that I really could not stand Mary at all. I will admit that I warmed up to her a little towards the end. It was literally at the very end. There were things that she did through the ENTIRE book that just made me want to yell. It was so frustrating! Then there was the fact that she went from not understanding one second to completely knowing about it in all context another. With no show of her learning or figuring it out. It was very frustrating. That and the fact that she had snide judgmental comments through the entire book!

This book was narrated by Taylor Barton. I really enjoyed her narration. She did an amazing job. I especially love her depiction of each and every character. She took the time to give every one of them a voice behind their personality. I know this is a given with narration, but it’s not always done properly. I love when narrators nail it as fully as she did.

I was not in love with this book. It was mainly because of my complete dislike of the main character. I will admit that most of the reason I didn’t care for this book was personal. I fully encourage anybody who is interested to give it a shot anyway. While I may not have fully enjoyed it, somebody else may fall in love with it. I fully respect their opinion.

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Ice On Fire by Amy Cecil Book Review

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Ice has been given an ultimatum. Kill himself or watch everybody he loves die. He agrees to the plan not giving away he has the upper hand. After taking the person down, he goes into hiding until he can make sure that his loved ones aren’t going to be in further danger than they already have been.

I was on edge waiting for this one. The last book ended on an intense cliff hanger. And it just so happens that this one ends on a cliffhanger too. I’m already into the story! I don’t need more of a reason to be into it! It’s infuriating! I believe this is the third book that I’ve read by this author. She’s incredibly talented. I can honestly say that she will be placed on my instant buy list.

It’s amazing how much I admire all the characters in this book. I can’t really say I relate to any of them. I do adore them, though. I do wish there was more interaction and dialogue in this series. I also wish that certain scenes and scenarios would be played out a bit more. I wouldn’t complain if these books were super long!

I’m a bit disappointed with the narration in this book. Both Mark and Maya Bravo narrated the first book as well. I didn’t have any problem with that one. I didn’t really have a BIG problem with this one. There were just a few sections where they didn’t really sound like they were putting their all into the story. I really think I’m just being picky here, but it did take away from the story a bit for me.

I loved the first book in this series which made me crave getting my hands on this book. It also made me completely devour the book in one sitting. I was excited for it. It shouldn’t have really come as a shock to me that it ended the way it did! I need more! I crave more! This is probably not healthy.

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