Murder on the Orient Express |Audio Book Review

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A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. When an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks, the world’s greatest detective — Hercule Poirot — arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again.

Plot ***
Writing ****
Cover ****
Characters *****
Enjoyment ****
Pacing ***
Total star rating = 4*

 

Plot

When it came to the plot of this book, I wasn’t entirely impressed. However, it was still a good read. I ended up rating it a 3* for the plot. It was well written, common for a mystery novel. They give lead you down a bunch of rabbit holes so your mind comes up with all the solutions, and in the end, none of them were right. So for that purpose, the plot was good, it was a mystery, and it was ‘solved’ in the end. The book is also mostly in the view of the main detective and his thought process on solving the murder mystery. So if hearing him conduct interrogations and such don’t sound interesting then I wouldn’t recommend this book to you.

Writing/Voice Acting

The Writing I gave a 4* it was well written,  and also well voiced. Since this is an audiobook version I rated this section based on the Voice Acting etc. I lovvveed the voice acting and the audio version of this book. I feel like if it wasn’t for the voice acting I wouldn’t have been able to get through this book. They picked excellent actors to fit the parts in this book. Not only that but they added sound effects and ambiance. I would definitely recommend the audiobook if you want to read this book!

Cover

Since I got the Audio Book I think the cover is a bit different but I loved the way it looked! I gave it a 4* as well. The text font was really cool, mysterious looking. The main color tones were blue which is my favorite color, and then the pop of yellow to contrast against the blue was well executed. It has the train, and the detective standing in front of it.  All in all, I think the Audiobook cover was well done!

Characters

The characters were my favorite thing about this book! The fact that you are introduced to each individual character from the perspective of the main character, the detective, is very interesting. You hear his first impressions of each one of them, as he breaks them down based on their body language and appearances. You learn a little bit about each one of their backstories through the detective’s interrogations. The characters are each unique and rounded enough for what the purpose of this book is. You know what you need to know to piece together the ending.

Enjoyment

My overall enjoyment of this audiobook is a 4*. I can say I really enjoyed the book. I listened to it everytime I was in the car instead of listening to music, as well as on a plane ride to and from Florida for vacation. It was a great way to pass the time, and it stayed fairly interesting. It had me drawing conclusions and trying to figure out who murdered who etc. Keeps you on your toes!

Pacing

I rated pacing a 3* simply because I think it dragged on a bit. If it wasn’t for the voice acting, and want to know who murdered who etc I wouldn’t have been able to get through this book. I would have lost interest, simply because of the pacing. It dragged on a bit too much, but I suppose that is a bit typical for murder mysteries to help build suspense. However, I think they could have executed the pacing a bit better, and sped up the pacing in certain parts.

 

 

 

 

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Shadow and Bone |Book Review

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

I have heard so much about The Grisha Trilogy, and I’m going to admit the cover art drew me in. So I finished reading the first book of the trilogy Bone And Shadow. Here is my review of the first book!

Plot ***
Writing ****
Cover *****
Characters *****
Enjoyment ****
Pacing *****
Total star rating = 4*

PLOT

The Plot I felt was alright, I could see where the plot was going a mile ahead. It was very predictable. I wanted to see more of the war that was going on, more battle scenes etc. However, I think the first book was mostly for character development, and the main character Alina growing into herself, and her new role as a Grisha. So that is the main reason I gave Plot a 3* rating.

WRITING

Writing I gave the author a 4* rating. I think it was well written, and the scene’s and characters were described in a way that I could picture it in my head. I love when an author writes in a way that I can let my imagination take over and really get lost in the imagery, but also allow some room for me to create. I didn’t find many grammatical errors or have trouble with wording. Anything you had a question about name wise you could look up at the front of the book as well as a map if you got lost. So all in all the writing was fantastic.

COVER

The cover was what drew me into this series, to begin with! I love the cover art, it is simple but striking. The color choices for me were perfect. Black and Red just scream war and violence and interest. The image wasn’t too busy it was simple but well thought out.  Hence why I gave the cover of this book a 5* Rating.

CHARACTERS

The characters also received a 5* rating. I loved the characters, even though you had many cliche characters. For example, the BFF your secretly in love with, The sexy bad guy the MC stupidly falls for, the stuck up chick who gets on your nerves etc. However, the author did a good job at giving them individual personalities and making you fall in love with them. They are also written in a way that is relatable you really can feel for the characters and what they are going through.

ENJOYMENT

Overall I enjoyed this book greatly. It was a nice read by the pool and get a tan kind of book. lol Which is exactly what I did! I rated enjoyment a 4* simply because although I did enjoy it tremendously I could put it down. It didn’t overwhelm me enough to binge read it and not be able to put it down. Sometimes I would get tired and just need to put it down for a bit and then pick it up the next day.

PACING

The Pacing for this book was right on point! 5*’s The book wasn’t too slow and dragged out, and it also wasn’t too fast paced to where you got confused as to how you got to the scene. I think it was a good pacing of character development for this book. The first to a trilogy and it was mostly about character development, less about the actual plot. Which is fine for the first book in a trilogy I think. That way when the author does get into the nitty gritty dirty stuff we are well versed on the characters and why they make decisions the way they do etc.

 

 

 

How Romance/Erotica Novels Get It Wrong

romance-novel Romance novels and Erotic have become such a popular hit in our society today. There is a lot of controversy and opinions roaming around out there.

So when reading this article please keep this in mind. THIS IS MY OPINION!  sigh.. now that I got that disclaimer put out there let us begin with the ranting.

Romance novels and Erotic are lies. I can understand wanting to get away into a world of fantasy. Heck! Fantasy and fiction novels are my favorite genres! However, I know that they are fiction and unrealistic. They are simply an amazing creation from a brilliant authors imagination.

When we jump into the world of Romance and Erotic we hit a bit more in the ‘realistic’ realm. At least most woman who read them wish that they could be their reality.  When woman read these books they search for a love they don’t have or a sex life they wish they had.

However, the truth is do you really want a fake love like that?

Personally, I have no interest in Romance novels or Erotica. They paint a very unrealistic and unattainable image of love and sex. Love and sex are not perfect, they have flaws, and many of these books portray them as some epic fantasy. Many women have become unsatisfied with their husbands due to the image these books portray. They plant seeds in young readers of what love and sex should be about.

I am 8 1/5 months pregnant with me and my husbands first baby, who happens to be a beautiful little girl. I know and my husband knows that we would never want Marie to read a Romance/Erotica. Now I’m not talking about stories like the notebook people. I’m talking about romance/erotica, just want to get that out there.

I don’t want my daughter to grow up and read these books and think oh so that is what I should expect about love and sex. No! The view of love and sex in society is so disoriented and distorted. Making them seem like an object like they are nothing. Come on people! We know very well that love and sex play a vital role in our lives, and can both be an amazing thing and also be the most damaging.

No matter how hard you may try to disconnect love and sex, or emotions and sex it’s impossible! There will always be a tiny piece of you that becomes attached to the person you have sex with. Sex and love are an intimate thing whether you want it to be or not.

Not only that but not everyone has this epic fantasy of being beaten up and a dirty fantasy. Some of us just want to be treated with respect and loved. It is about being connected to the other person in a way that words can’t describe. Love and sex are meant to draw two people (married..yes I said it..gasp!) closer together. It is a connection that binds them together and makes their relationship stronger.

So for me, romance/erotica get it wrong. That said this genre is just not for me. If you enjoy romance/erotica than go for it! Just realize it’s fiction, and don’t hold it against your partner if they don’t meet that expectation. Romance/Erotica love and sex is not the norm, it is fantasy.

P.S I do not judge anyone, nor do I look down on anyone who reads erotica books, or has different views or opinions than I do.

 

The Third Step | Book Review

 Meet Frankie, a young, disaffected amateur boxer, really more of a punching bag, a drunk and a drug addict. He is a loser at love, except for his relationship with his grandma, who, rumor has it, is a white witch. She, along with a handful of others, serve as his moral compass.
Frankie fights a lifelong struggle to find an understanding of the creator of the universe, not the poisoned caricature painted by the church and the “holy” people who seem to torment him.
His journey takes him from the East Coast down to New Orleans to face confrontations with his demons, both real and imagined. Along the way, the story is littered with tales of drug smuggling, murder, an affair with a woman who may be the devil herself, and an ultimate quest for revenge.

Frankie comes to terms with his addictions, but his search for a deeper understanding of this God entity and his need to connect with his soul could be his ultimate addiction, one that may follow him beyond the grave…


 

I felt as though I needed to post the description of the book just so you can know what to expect with this review. To be honest this book is hard to review. There are so many details so many things to cover when talking about this book. However, let’s start by showing you what I did rate this book.

Plot *****

Writing ***

Cover ***

Characters *****

Enjoyment ***

Pacing **

Total star rating = 3.5*

 

Plot

I rated the plot 5*. The plot itself and all the gritty details were fantastic! This was one of the few books where my predictions of what was going on happen next were almost never right. This book makes you doubt your intuition of what could happen. It takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. One moment you’re at one place and the next moment your completely thrown into the other direction. You end up getting reading whiplash, and you find yourself never satisfied never given what you want. At least not till you get to the end the book, and even that barely satisfies you.

Writing

This rating could very much change. For now, I will rate it a 3*. The reason I say this because of the editorial errors. There are a lot of editing errors, paragraphs that are doubled on accident, misplaced words, or just a lot of rep it ion of the same thing. However, if you can get passed that and ignore it the voice writing of this book is fantastic. This is an author that sees the world through different eyes and has written what he has seen in the world. Which somewhat saddens me, but at the same time, I am grateful.

Cover

The cover I rated 3* as well. As I have discussed in past reviews the cover is more of a personal preference rating. I rate covers half based on if I saw this on a bookshelf would I pick it up based solely on the cover with this book no I would most likely not pick this book up, for me, it is not ascetically pleasing to the eyes. However, that is not to say that the cover is perfect for this book! It shows the journey that the character goes through as well as the places he goes and sees. It is a small glimpse of his life through his eyes, his memories.

Characters

5*! The characters in this book all have their own backgrounds, stories, hardships, struggles, and life. He doesn’t just show you the main character Frankie view but also a glimpse into the life of those around him. This pulls you in gets you attached to them, so when he rips them away you feel hurt and loss. Even minor characters that may only be there briefly he shows a deep part of them so that even they have meaning. Tauthor’sors character building is breathtaking and well thought out.

Enjoyment

This rating was rough, 3*. This is not a book that will make you smile, it will not give you happy loving butterflies in your tummy. This is not a book or story to enjoy.  This is a book that will tear you apart, it will make you feel so may emotions. You will feel anger, disappointment, heartache, betrayal, fear, shame, and so many other things. So did I enjoy this book no, but it is a story that will pull you in and draw you deeper than you want to go.

Pacing

Pacing received 2*, this book tends to repeat a lot, or draw on scenes for a bit too long the only thing keeping you involved is the drama and need to know the outcome. Otherwise, this book dragged on in a lot of parts for far too long. It made it hard to get through, and I had to take many breaks. At some points, I wanted to read another book on the side, but I didn’t want to take the time this book deserved away from it. All I can say is hold on, take breaks the story and outcome are worth it.

So that is my in-depth review of The Third Step by William Lobb. It is a fantastic book, that will take you on a journey through a man’s eyes that have been through many trials and tribulations. His whole life fighting, not always sure what he was fighting for.