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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Audio Book Review: Keystone By Dannika Dark

Keystone
(Crossbreed #1)
By Dannika Dark

Narrator: Nicole Poole
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 10 hours and 18 minutes

Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn’t the only reason she’s hiding from the law. Half Vampire, half Mage, she’s spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian Shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp. The catch? Her new partner is Christian Poe - a smug, handsome Vampire whom she’d rather stake than go on a stakeout with.

They're hot on the trail of a human killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. One misstep during her probationary period could jeopardize Raven’s chance at redemption, and her partner would love nothing more than to see her fail. Will Raven find the courage to succeed, or will she give in to her dark nature?

Dark secrets, unexpected twists, and a blurred line between good and evil will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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My Review:

This was a delightful novel. I got through it in two days (which is saying something when you consider it's a 10 hour long audio book) and I loved every minute of it. I wish I had gotten into the Mageri Series so I could have gotten to know Christen Poe there and have this cross over into that. 

I liked Christen somewhat. His snarky remarks and sexual innuendos were on point, but he could come off as an insensitive jackass in quite a few moments. I enjoyed how sceptical and untrusting he was of everyone (even his 'friends' if we can call the people of Keystone that), it created a very entertaining dynamic. 

I didn't know whether to feel bad for Raven or to praise her. She had some very quotable lines in this novel (all of which I can't tell you because I couldn't bring myself to get a notepad and pencil at two in the morning to write them down) which I adored. I'd like to point out that a few things did come too easy for her (like the sun healing). Overall I respect her as a character.

The ending was beautiful. It ended on such a note that if I wanted to I could walk away satisfied that I got some answers. All that considered, I am NOT one of those people. I want Raven and Christian to become a couple. I also found myself wishing that this was a paranormal romance a time or two because I want to know what's the story behind Shepard's cold demeanor and scared body.

P.S. Why did Christen do what he did in the end after she asked him? Why can't they be happy together already?

The Audio Book:

The narration was very good. I have nothing but positive things to say about it. I loved all the different accents Nicole Poole is capable of. I was very impressed when I could tell every character apart from their voices.

My Rating:



Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet (Part II)

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to the Top Ten Tuesday meme!!

It's a weekly feature created By The Broke and the Bookish!

This Week's Topic:
Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet Part II

(Want to see Part I? Click here.)

This is going to be an updated version of the 'Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet' that I wrote up in May of 2015. A few things have changed, though I don't think they were drastic.

* The authors listed below are in no particular order.
*Author names linked to their individual website/blog

I still would LOVE to meet her. I love her Supernaturals series!

I adore almost everything this woman writes, so I'd love to geek out about her characters with her C:

Her Seven series is one of my favorites and it's gotten me into some of her other novels. I love her writing style.

My love of this author goes back almost a decade by now. She's yearned my respect throughout the years with her amazing stories. It'd be an honor to meet her.

Love, love, love her Imdalind series. That's reason enough to want to meet her C:

I love how she tells her stories. All the twists and turns have made me a BIG fan of her work in general. In my humble opinion, her novels are way better then quite a few traditionally published works that I've read in the past. I'd love to meet her and pick her brain about how she comes up with it all.

I adored his book on 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck'. He seems like such an insightful and sarcastic human being. That's my kind of person. 

I've been following her work since Touch released (2011) and it was a big part of my early teenage-hood (?). I'd love to meet someone that finally made me realize that there are better books out there that school will never tell you about.

This is another author that has been with me since my early reading days. nostalgia is a thing and I want to live vicariously through it all C:

I adore her Midnight Liaisons series. I also really enjoy her writing style.

What author would you like to meet?
Have you met your favorite author?
Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Book Look #157: Crystallum By Laney McMann

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Hope you enjoy!! C:

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Book Looks was created by @Jen and Books and Other Happy Ever Afters.

This Week:
Crystallum (Primordial Principles #1)
By Laney McMann
Book Look: Crystallum (Primordial Principles #1) By Laney McMann
For my previous Book Looks click here!

Friday, March 24, 2017

My Ramblings: Negative Reviews Can Be Positive


Negative Reviews Can Be Positive

Being critiqued is hard for everybody. It may get even harder when it's a book that you've worked the better part of 2 years to finish and put into the world. I believe that when a critique is well explained and worded nicely it can be a stepping stool to helping you evolve.

I've seen book reviews where the reader starts to shame and be aggressive towards the author for something he/she didn't like that happened in the novel. The book may have been written by that author, but nothing gives you the right to call the author names and make threats. 

Instead of making threats and using profane language why doesn't that person list the things that he/she didn't like in the book and how the author could have made it better. That's a much more positive and reasonable approach to the situation.

In my negative reviews, I try my best to critique the story, the character's actions and the writing style. I explain as nicely as I can what bothered me. My hope is that the author sees it and that it helps them make future storyline choices and writing style choices in future novels. 

I had an experience with sending an author a bad review in the past. This author has contacted me and asked me if I was interested in reviewing a specific title of hers. I said yes because it sounded very interesting. Two weeks before I had to have the review up I sent her an email with my negative review and explained that unfortunately I didn't like the novel. She replied with a thank you and that she appreciated how I worded it. That was one of the hardest emails I've ever had to send, but I hope we both learned something from it.

Have you written a negative review or do you avoid it? 

Let me know in the comments below!

Movie Review: Fallen (2016)

Fallen
(2016)

Rating: PG-13

Based on the worldwide bestselling book series, "Fallen" is seen through the eyes of Lucinda "Luce" Price, a strong-willed seventeen-year-old living a seemingly ordinary life until she is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Sent off to the imposing Sword & Cross reform school, Luce finds herself being courted by two mysterious students to whom she feels oddly connected. Isolated and haunted by strange visions, Luce begins to unravel the secrets of her past and discovers the two men are fallen angels, competing for her love for centuries. Luce must choose where her feelings lie, pitting Heaven against Hell in an epic battle over true love.
Not available for purchase in the US as of this post being scheduled. 
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My Review:

I remember reading this book a few months after I finished reading Stephanie Mayer's Twilight series a few years ago. This was around the time I had finally discovered that I really enjoyed paranormal novels. At the time I can confidently say that I was indifferent to the novel, too bad I can't say the same of the movie.

Somethings just felt off about this movie. I don't know how to put it into words. I think it was way too fast paced and glossed over too much of the story. At times it felt like the acting was strained because everyone seemed monotoned and emotionless. I'd also like to point out the CGI wings. What was up with those? They were so strange. I also didn't understand the random fog in the pool scene. If it was to add drama and make the scene overall spooky, it did the complete opposite for me.

From what little I remember of it all Cam was a much bigger part of the initial storyline. It felt like he had 5 scenes in this whole movie. I despise movie Daniel more than book Daniel. I can't tell you how Daniel is in the books because (let's be honest) I didn't like him all that much. If he's half the jacka** in the book as he was in the movie I'm better off alone.

Conspiracy Theory: For a moment (when Luce was "picking") I thought it would have been fascinating to make her pick Cam. It's a fantasy and most people will probably hurt me if it ever came true, but I still think it'd be a better story. Luce and Daniel's love seemed so forced in this movie.

My Rating:

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