Book Stop – Kindle Unlimited Binge Cont. – The Ugly(ish)

It never fails that eventually we aren’t going to like a book. I wonder, at times, how authors deal with just plain ole meh reviews, not the raving types but the 2 star reviews? How many authors really take into consideration what those people say for their next books? I like to be honest about how I feel about books with the intention not to hurt anyone’s feelings but to throw out my own feelings and maybe help an author or reader in the future. Full disclosure, I’ve been reading some things that are not necessarily popping up on my recommended for a Goodreads description challenge so that may be why I’m running train through some not so enjoyable reads. That being said I’ve come across a couple books this past week that just weren’t for me. They have some good reviews, so evidently they are for someone but apparently my door swings a different way.

The Deadly Game by G. Bailey and Coralee June

The Deadly Game by G. Bailey and Coralee June

Published: October 31st 2018

Genre: RH, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


If this wasn’t one of the shortest books I’ve ever read then I might have DNf’d it. What is sad is that the book has one of the more interesting premises but was so insanely rushed that it couldn’t have even begun to be developed. It was a skeleton of what it could be.. which oddly seems a little fitting with the cover. Either way I felt we were left with the bones of what could have been something great. For those of you new to G. Bailey’s work.. this is not the norm, though she writes fast paced books often its not usually this fast paced. There is no world building, we are just thrown in here willy nilly, sink or swim. There isn’t really any backstory other than thrown in tidbits to try and fill some holes here and there. There was no time for character development or even for the story to fully develop into anything, however, smut… there was plenty of that, and sappy insta love with no real adversity.

Thrown into the middle of this game.. with no real backstory of how the game actually started.. apparently humans are captured and forced to participate for witches who want to have a few minutes contact with the dead. This game can be deadly and requires great sacrifice on the human’s behalf… Mila our FMC is saved from one group of witches only to be used by another, one of which happens to be some random guy she went to grade school with.. who she doesn’t even remember.. even though hes apparently her soul mate… The Hex coven, 3 brothers, decide to use Mila to win the games in order to summon their brother to identify his killer so they can get revenge. A super rushed tiny adventure with lots of smut and no real depth ensues..4

Luckily it is a fast read.. so .. there is that.. This is also a standalone so what you see is what you get. If your looking for some explanations then your looking for too much…

This review came off a little harsh.. but in no way did it color my feelings for these authors. I read a lot of G. Baileys books when I come across them on my KU recommended feed so I’m not quite sure what happened here but doesn’t effect whether I’ll pick up her next book!
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Silk and Steel by Ariana Nash and Pippa DaCosta

Silk & Steel by Ariana Nash and Pippa DaCosta

Publisher: Crazy Ace Publishing

Published: January 18th 2019

Series: Silk and Steel #1

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was not prepared for this, I didn’t read the blurb before starting this book, that was my bad. About 10% in, I had to take a breather and go back and read it. I have to be honest though, the blurb is a tad misleading. It gives the idea that there is some story here, but I could barely find it amidst the smut. The whole book had some Anne Rice “Sleeping Beauty” vibes, but with way less consensualness… pretty sure that is not a word but I’m just going to roll with it. I was also very unprepared for the venom with which the certain races viewed our male characters and their sexual preferences. Maybe the author was trying to draw attention to it, like calling attention to it in real life? I don’t know it just didn’t set well with me, and it was never resolved which made me even further uncomfortable. The blurb is the backstory and the world building here. Once you start your thrown in..

Our main characters are Lysander – prince of dragons, chained by his roll in the amethyst dragon society, and constantly belittled and insulted by his oh so very evil and messed up mother the queen, for being “broken” because he is only attracted to guys. Eroan, elf assassin of the order, come to murder the queen but is stopped by Lysander and ends up becoming a prisoner and tortured mercilessly at the queens whim. The queen uses Eroan to get Lysander to be more cooperative in her schemes to use him, basically as a brood mare, that is up until she pushes Lysander too far and he snaps. This causes chaos in the amethyst kingdom as well as allowing Eroan to escape with secrets to defeat the dragons.. Lysander must flee to a different dragon kingdom or face the wrath of his people, but turns out its just as bad.. Eroan journeys to make alliances to bring down all of dragon kind and end the age of dragons..

Truth be told here there just wasn’t really, hardly any story.. The characters were never truly developed enough for me to actually become involved with them.. I’m not even sure I ever really felt “sorry” for them.. which is kind of frightening considering what they go through.. some of it is pretty horrific. There was just a lot of smut, and anger, and shame, and it was just kind of sad I think. I did discover after reading it that there is a preceding Novella that might have a little more info in it to start a reader off. So if your interesting in reading this you might look for that first.
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Heart of the Goblin King by Lisa Manifold

Heart Of The Goblin King by Lisa Manifold

Publisher: OTI Press

Published: June 15th 2016

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

Series: Realm #1

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


1.5ish rounded up to 2. I am not even sure where to start this.. Ok, for this entire book it was like an outline was laid out with certain plot points the author wanted to hit. These plot points in themselves weren’t a problem whatsoever, and would probably have made a decent story, if not for the stuff between them. The “journey” or “meat” of the story for instance: the dialogue, backstory, world building, character depth, DETAILS… These things get you from one plot point to the next, tiny little details that push you in the direction you need to go to reach the next point. I felt like these were all almost afterthoughts.. Where the author suddenly realized that her story wasn’t where it needed to be to hit the next point so she just threw something in to hurry it on its way.. It was quite jarring, incredibly convenient, horribly obvious and kind of sloppy.

Lets start out with our FMC Iris. Iris is apparently college age, however acts like a spoiled 10? year old. So much so that she actually throws a tantrum, in the story. For realz. That’s about it on that front. Brennan honestly we don’t really see much of him unless he is in the middle of a temper tantrum as well.. and then mostly he storms off. I feel like these characters had absolutely no chemistry nor were there any interactions to convey to the reader that these characters had any feelings for each other, other than some vague referencing and denials.. I really believe that in the author’s mind the chemistry was there but it just never made it to the page, so the reader was like ummm what?

The “mystery” of the story, who is attacking Brennan.. was very poorly executed. The attacks happen, no one finds any real clues, the dragon kingdom may or may not have something to do with it BAM the culprit identifies himself via note in an area of the castle having nothing to do with anyone or the story, nor is there ever even a real motive given… The most anticlimactic ending after a very poorly done reveal.

During all this above.. we have characters whose dialogues all seem a little forced being pushed in the direction of the next plot point. Almost like they are just filling space on the page not really saying anything significant and then all of a sudden saying one thing to push us on to the next scene. It wasn’t hard to get through, it just seemed a little juvenile.. maybe? The book itself was super short and not hard… at all to follow. It just wasn’t…. yea it just wasn’t for me I guess. That is all…
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Well there you have it. A couple books that just weren’t my jam and why. When I wrote these reviews I wasn’t ranting and raving or anything though I can go there just like everyone else. I will say that I buddy read all of these with a friend and she had different opinions than me on one of the books. It just goes to show you that just because I might have a negative opinion or something caught and rubbed me wrong doesn’t mean it will everyone else! So if you decide to grab these off KU, Happy Reading and feel free to let me know what you think maybe it will open me up to a new experience!

Book Stop – Kindle Unlimited Binge Review Week – The Goods

I’ve been on a binge through Kindle Unlimited these last couple of weeks and I’m finding that it is really hit or miss most of the time. I’ve noticed KU getting some new stuff lately and I’ve definitely found some diamonds in the rough. Here are a couple of the really good ones!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published: November 15th 2011

Series: Shatter Me #1

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Scifi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Whew, this book was a pretty intense start to the series! I was engrossed from the very beginning. I think the writing style was so impactful and dramatic, it was almost impossible to turn my gaze away! We do have a very slow revealing backstory but answers are coming so I never felt cheated or too terribly lost, but I am an impatient person.. I did feel that super young teeny angst, but it really didn’t bother me in this book like it does in others. I just feel like so much is going on, its hard to know where everyone stands especially when we don’t yet have all the information. I did like how the FMC, Juliette stayed true to her character throughout, there was no meekness to Bad A right off the bad. She didn’t turn vengeful or harden herself despite all of what is being done to her.

Set in an apocalyptic/dystopian type setting our FMC, Juliette has been imprisoned in a mental institute for a really long time now. Thrown in for being “different,” her touch being her very own kryptonite. Days fade into weeks into months and so on, until one day her routine is changed forever when they throw in a roommate, a boy, Adam. She remembers Adam, from before her imprisonment. Just as she starts to grow closer to Adam, she is taken from her prison cell, to be used by a monster who wants her ability, her touch. It turns out Adam has his own secrets, surprisingly Adam is also maybe the only person immune to her ability. Danger lurks everywhere as her captor becomes increasingly erratic and obsessive where she is concerned. Together her and Adam attempt to escape… but where is there to go where they cannot be found? Is there hope for a better life out there? What has the world become while she has been locked away with her tiny window.

I honestly wanted to dive right into book 2. I can’t wait to see where this series is headed! Now I feel like the real story is about to begin and I hope we continue to get some backstory and answers along the way!
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Verity by Colleen Hoover

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Hoover Ink, Inc

Published: December 7th 2018

Genre: Romance, Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book kind of blew me away! Twisted and creeptastic ride into imagined self absorption and sociopathy. I was expecting romance.. I was not expecting this gut wrenching, horror/suspense and the bone chilling confessions revealed in this book. I was so intrigued and at the same time disturbed and horrified out I just couldn’t stop reading, all the while peeking through fingers because I didn’t want to see anymore. I felt such a wide range of emotions so quickly I was catching some whiplash from my own mood swings. Afterwards I felt rode hard and put up wet.. and well basically speechless lol, sitting there in my shock.

Introvert writer and FMC, Lowen, is recovering from her mother’s death when on her first day out she witness a gruesome pedestrian vs car accident. Helped by a handsome stranger they speak and have a heart wrenching moment where they each confess their tragedy’s, his being the loss of his daughter, before going their separate ways only to amazingly meet up later in a meeting where Jeremy wants to hire Lowen to “co-write” and finish a series of books that his wife, also an author, started and is unable to finish due to a car accident. Against her better judgement she takes the job and journeys to their home to dig through “Verity’s” office and start her work. Upon arriving she sees a family on the edge of madness and despair, Verity needing 24 hour care, unable to move, speak, or interact at all with her environment. Jeremy barely handling his depression over his 2 lost daughters, and his remaining son Crew caught up in their tragic life. All is not what it seems however, this is truly a house of horrors. As things begin happening that make Low start to doubt that Verity is actually in the condition she seems to be in, she begins reading Verity’s “autobiography” and discovers some horrifying details about the authors past, as well as her relationship with Jeremy. At the same time she experiences this weird envy to be her. As details begin unfolding the terrifying truth comes to light, but her heart is already set on another woman’s husband… But what is truth and what is lies.. and is anyone really a good guy? What will you choose to believe in the end.

This book got me all kinds of twisted by the end and then chewed me, tied me and spit me out! Such a great read, though intensely nerve racking!
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I am always looking for KU ideas so feel free to send some recommendations my way or tell where to steer clear!! Thanks for stopping by!

Hit or Miss: Kindle Unlimited Audio Books

I’m not sure about you guys but I have to have some audio books on hand because I just have too much going on most of the time to sit down and read. Granted I read really fast so when I do sit down I can turn out some books, however when I’m out soccer mommin’ it up and running a million errands between grocery stores, library, school pickups, bills, and yard work I love to have an audio book or 2 on hand to keep myself going. I use the kindle app on Iphone and I pay for KU so if I’m in a bind and need a quick audio I head to KU. I will say that it is a PAIN to sift through a million audios on an Iphone, also there have been multiple times I’ve been searching through the “audio” books and ended up downloading something without audio.. so irritating. It seems that if any of a series has audio availability then they chuck in the rest of the series even if it doesn’t. All that being said, I have a short attention span and so audio’s don’t always do it for me but I books a shot and if I can’t get into them I’ll switch over to reading it myself. Here are some KU audios I have enjoyed, and some that were meh.. as well as some I had to read myself because the audio killed me. Please comment and leave any audio’s you have enjoyed off KU and I’ll go take a look.. sifting through all of them is so time consuming lol.

Hits

All these series by Jeff Wheeler are amazing reads available with audio narrated by Kate Rudd and she is possibly one of my most favorite narrators. These series are all interconnected at certain points and are wonderful MG/YA reads!

  1. The Queen’s Poisoner (Kingfountain #1) by Jeff Wheeler 
  2. The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood #1) by Jeff Wheeler
  3. The Banished of Muirwood (Covenant of Muirwood #1) by Jeff Wheeler
  4. Storm Glass (The Harbinger #1) by Jeff Wheeler

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

I have noticed that several of Rick Riordan’s first books in the series are available on KU, which has saved me from having to dig them out of closets during rereads. This one is available with audio, though I will say that doing a reread with the audio kind of threw me because I already had imagined how Sadie and Carter would sound and that wasn’t it. Great to keep on standby though for a first time or reread.

Under Different Stars (The Kricket Series #1) by Amy A. Bartol

This whole series is available via KU with audio and is also narrated by Kate Rudd! Loved this series!

Miss

These books I just couldn’t get into due to the audio.. once I started reading it physically things picked up a lot in all of them.

The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans #1) by J.D. Horn

The audio on this was so hard for me to follow, the book itself is a hard to follow book and a little spacey here and there so it was no surprise really the audio was impossible for me.

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician #1) by Charlie N Holmberg

The audio on this book rubbed me so wrong that after about 10 pages I had to quit and read it myself. For some reason the narrator portrayed the FMC as the snottiest, brattiest person and I had such an intense dislike for her I almost DNF’d the book. I started it all over after a day or so and it was much better and a pretty interesting read.

Ink Mage (A Fire Beneath the Skin #1) by Victor Gischler

I’m not sure what the problem was here but the audio just kept loosing me and over and over I had to go back and reread parts because I totally spaced them. Sometimes a narrator just reads so slowly that my ADD kicks in and I just get lost. I think that was the problem here and on Kindle you can’t speed up the narration.

Here are just a few of my Hit or Misses from KU audio’s. For these reviews and others click here.