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Friday, February 23, 2018

My Ramblings: DNF Reviews Vs. Usefulness

DNF Reviews Vs. Usefulness

I'm guilty of writing reviews on books I don't finish. Most of those paragraph-long reviews consist of reasons I didn't like the book or the problems I had with the story and/or characters up to the point that I read. They're useful to a degree, but I'd still take them with a grain of salt.

DNF reviews tend to get angry and mean-spirited very quickly. As much as I try and edit myself down and make sure that everything makes sense to someone who hasn't read the book, some "reviews" do slip through the cracks. I'm human, therefore I will likely make mistakes. Those types of reviews are usually ramblings as to what finally broke the camels back in terms of why I refused to finish said book. 

With my DNF reviews, I don't star rate them, because if I did I'd have A LOT more 1 star reviews then I'd care to admit to. For the most part, they aren't meant to be taken at face value. Chances are if you're reading a negative review of a book then you'll also be looking at positive reviews if you're considering reading it.

In conclusion, I've learned to take all reviews with a grain of salt. Everybody's reviews/opinions on certain books comes from a different background and life experience. What works for you may not work for the next 50 people who read the same book. Therefore, once in a while give a book a chance you'll be in awe at how many will surprise you!

*DNF: Did Not Finish

Do you think DNF Reviews are useful?
Let's discuss in the comments below!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Power Of Book Covers: Enchant By Micalea Smeltzer

They say don't judge a book by its movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

By Micalea Smeltzer

Mara Pryce never imagined that her life was anything but normal and then a strange gray-eyed young man appears at her graduation. When he vanishes without a trace, she’s convinced he’s a figment of her imagination. Then he appears again and shatters her whole world.

Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power, and a war is raging—one of good and evil—between the Enchanted and the Iniquitous.

The Iniquitous want her dead and it’s Theodore’s job as her protector to keep her safe.

When Mara and Theodore arrive at a safe house, where Mara will remain hidden while learning about her powers, they find that the real threat might be a little closer to home than they want to believe.
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Audio Book Review: At Grave's End By Jeaniene Frost

At Grave's End
(Night Huntress #3)
By Jeaniene Frost

Narrated By: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 9 hours and 28 minutes

Some things won't stay buried . . . at grave's end

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and vampire lover Bones are caught by Patra, the wife of his sire Menchares, skilled in black magic and thousands of years old. Her name honors her mother Cleopatra. Patra unleashes a storm against their allies and families, ghouls and vampires. But Menchares still loves her.

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My Review:

I adore this series and I'm so glad it's still living up to my expectations from the first time I read it. This time around the secondary characters left a big impression on me. I especially liked Vlad in this book (too bad his series made me despise him).

I love Cat. She's stubborn, protective of what's hers and a kick*ss fighter. Her relationship with Bones' can get rocky at times, but she doesn't back down easily or martyr herself. I like how she's grown and evolved from the first book when she used to go to a bar to seduce and stake a vampire a night.

I like Bones overall, but he can come off as too overprotective in quite a few situations. That's not what I would consider a quality and it sometimes annoys me to no end. Other than that, I like how he's brutally honest especially when it comes to making difficult decisions.

I consider this series to be a classic in the vampire genre. If you like vampires (that don't shine) with a dash of romance and gore, I recommend this series to the ends of the earth and back.

The Audio Book:

I liked everything about this book except Bones' voice. It's not at all what I first imagined when I first read these books (before the audio books released). My gripe with his voice is the overall pitch. I've never met a guy that spoke in that high of a pitch. Other than that, the narration was awesome.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke And The Bookish
Currently featured on That Artsy Reader Girl

This Week's Topic:
Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer
Interested In Reading

1. The Hunger Games Series By Suzanne Collins
I liked the movies but not enough to want to get invested in the book series. I like dystopian books, but the Hunger Games doesn't really appeal to me.

2. Harry Potter Series By J. K. Rowling
I never hopped on the J. K. Rowling train and it wasn't for lack of trying. I've watched all the Harry Potter movies and they were nice enough. I tried pushing my way through the first book and ended up lasting until the middle of the book and gave up. This brings me to the next book on this list ...

3. Fantastic Beast And Where to Find Them By J. K. Rowling
I've watched the first 40 or so minutes of the movie and that was enough for me to say "never again". Books by this author simply don't appeal to me. It's about time I just accept it.

4. Percy Jackson Series By Rick Riordan
This is almost the same story as my Harry Potter dilemma. I tried to read the books before the movie was even announced and I didn't make it very far into it. The difference between this and Harry Potter was that I actually remember liking the first movie. 

5. The Chronicles of Naria By C. S. Lewis
I loved the first two movies and because of them I've never read the books. It's a weird decision, but I don't want to end up not liking the movie if the book paints a better picture.

Which books have you decided not to read?
Let me know in the comments below!

Release Day Blitz: Gaslight By Dannika Dark

(Crossbreed #4)
By Dannika Dark

Vampire trafficking is a sinister business, and nobody knows that better than Keystone. After Raven discovers hidden clues in a cold case, they set a trap in hopes of catching an elusive criminal. But when their plan backfires, Raven’s world is thrown into chaos, and Christian’s loyalty is put to the ultimate test.

Buried secrets come to light, and the only thing keeping Raven grounded is her insatiable thirst for vengeance. The stakes are high as they travel to a place where the landscapes are as treacherous as the immortals that live there. This time, there’s no room for mistakes.

Will Raven have the courage to tame the violence in her heart before it swallows her whole?
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The audio book will be available on
March 20th on Tantor, B&N & more!

Check Out The Other Books In This Series:
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**Audio Book Teaser**
This is from Keystone, the first book in the Crossbreed Series!

About The Author:
Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance. Her books have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist.

Dannika was born on a military base in the U.S. and spent her youth traveling abroad. She developed an interest writing poetry and song lyrics early on, eventually gravitating toward a job that involved writing procedural training documentation. In her spare time, she wrote novels before she decided to pursue a career in publishing.

In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing, she enjoys indie music, movies, reading, Tex-Mex, strawberry daiquiris, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.

All of her published books to date are written in the same universe and contain material suitable for adults only.

"For me, writing is all about blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability, but it's what I love to do." ~ Danni
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