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Cute read with a bit of steam

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-19

I learned about this book through Eline's review over on Lovely Audiobooks! I'm a huge fan of audiobooks, so Lovely Audiobooks has become a go-to blog to find some great listens. When I read her review, I knew I needed to read it ASAP. This book just looked like too much fun, and I was not disappointed.

The story was adorable. I loved how the characters met, and the chemistry between them was spectacular. Madison is a woman that tells it how it is, and I could easily relate to her. I loved that she is a librarian, and I loved how witty she was. The banter between her and Ben was hilarious. I enjoyed seeing them interact with each other.

If I were rating on narrators only, I would easily give this 5 Caffeinated Stars. The narrators genuinely did a fantastic job. I was thoroughly impressed with their voices and their ability to capture the characters.

All in all, I enjoyed it. There was no genuine wow factor in this book, but It was still a pleasant read. I recommend this to anyone looking for a cute & steamy read. I highly encourage you to read this on audiobook! The narrators truly made the characters come to life!

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Trigger Warning: Childhood Abuse, Cheating

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-19

As someone with a degree in Psychology, I thoroughly enjoyed Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax. Behave is one of those books that I want to force all of my psych friends to read so that I can talk to them about it. I liked that this is a fictionalization of John B. Watson's life told through the perspective of Rosalie Rayner Watson. Not a lot of information is available on Rosalie, so it was fun to see how Andromeda Lax-Romano was able to bring the character to light.

Though the author was able to flesh out the characters, I found myself hating them both. Both John & Rosalie come off as cold & calculating. I never really felt a connection to them. Though I didn't connect with the characters, I still found the fictionalization enthralling.

All in all, I enjoyed the book. This story brought the father of Behaviorism to life. It is a book that I could see psychology students enjoying this.

**I originally received this book from NetGalley but ended up listening to it as part of the Audible Escape Package**

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DNFd

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-19

Trigger Warning: Cheating, Suicide
Unfortunately, I can't finish this book. This book is suspenseful, but I realized that I didn't care about the characters at all. Characters are what make me want to keep reading, and unfortunately, this fell flat for me. I wasn't impressed with the writing, nor was I impressed with the plot. The blurb of this book sounded fascinating, but I wasn't impressed with the execution.

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Entertaining Dark Humor

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-19

When Patrick Canning sent me an email asking for a review, I had to jump on it. Cryptofauna sounded too much like David Wong’s John Dies at the End to ignore. I don’t read many black humor books, but I love David Wong, so I was excited to dive in. Now that I’m done I’m honestly, I’m not sure how to rate it. It’s a mind trip that is reminiscent of David Wong’s John Dies At The End, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The black humor was present, but there was one thing that just didn’t sit right with me.

The most unsettling thing about this book is the casual use of racist remarks. I don’t enjoy reading racist or homophobic slurs, and I don’t enjoy having them thrown casually around in a book. It was done to show how uncouth a character was or someone starting a fight, but I found it completely unnecessary. I’m not used to reading the N-word or seeing the F word (the derogatory term for a gay man) or even referring to people solely by their ethnicity. I assume that the author was doing this for shock value and to add to the black humor feel, but it still didn’t sit well with me.

The characters in this book were unique and fun. They are what I enjoyed the most about this book. It was fun to watch them interact, and I loved how quirky and weird they all were. I loved how every character was there for a reason, and I loved seeing how they handled the twists and turns that the plot had.

The plot was exciting but also jumbled. I can’t help but think this might have been a book that should be read instead of listened to. The narrator was good, but with how jumpy and convoluted the plot was, it was hard to follow when just listening. I ended up borrowing the book from the KU library to use as a reference when I got lost. There were times I had to backtrack just to understand what I just read. This book definitely requires your full attention, and even then, you might appreciate it better high.

**I Received this book in exchange for an honest review**

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Eating Disorders, Rape Jokes, Fat Phobia

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-19

Trigger Warnings: Eating Disorders, Rape Jokes, Fat Phobia

I picked this up on a whim when Audible had a buy two for the price of one sale. I always enjoy listening to biographies so I figured I would give it a shot. I was hoping it would be similar to the book "True Porn Clerk Stories" by Ali Davis. Unfortunately, I wasn't all that impressed.

This book is brutally honest about what goes into making porn and being a porn star. It's vulgar, and it's hilarious at times. I didn't mind the pornographic nature of it, but there were things that just didn't sit well with me. The main thing that I hated throughout the book was all of the rape jokes. I assume they were meant to be edgy but they were unnecessary. Ultimately, it didn't seem like this book had any direction and just a mashup of various stories with no real reason.

All in all, I'm giving it 2 Caffeinated Stars. It wasn't the worst book I've read but it definitely wasn't a book or author I would read again.

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Female Narrator was awful

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-19

I ended up switching to the eBook after hearing the female narrator read. It completely ruined it for me.

I really wish I liked this book as well as the first one. When I read the first in the Decadence After Dark series I enjoyed the dark twisted nature of it. I love dark romances and Owned kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Unfortunately, Claimed fell flat when compared to the last book. The darker elements that were present in Owned were not in this book which was a shame. I would have liked something as dark as the first one. The first 50% of the book felt almost unnecessary at moments. It was all about Kayne & Ellie's reunion and the plot was lacking. It almost felt that it would have been better as a novella instead of a full-length book.

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Great Narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-19

I got this book as part of the Audibles Free Monthly Originals program. I was extremely excited when I saw this novella on the list. I've always appreciated John Scalzi's writing so I was excited to try this book out. The narrator (Zachary Quinto) was phenomenal. I love listening to audiobooks because in rare moments, the narrator brings the story to life. This is one of those moments. Zachary Quinto breathed life into this book, his voices and acting were fantastic!

The plot of this novella kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed the blend of science fiction and realism. This book though science fiction felt real. I could see this take place in the future. It almost had an Altered Carbon feel to it in a way.

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Shocking & engaging

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-19

Holy sh*t that was a mind f*ck. Sorry, but there really wasn't another way to put that. This book truly belongs as an episode of Black Mirror. It's shocking, it's engaging, and it really messes with you. The Test by Sylvain Neuvel is truly a novella that is going to stick with you long after reading it. I listened to the audiobook of it. The narrator (Neil Shah) was perfect. He was able to capture the characters perfectly and his accents and voices were brilliant. This audiobook was extremely well done. I was engrossed in the first minute of the audiobook and I didn't want it to end. I cannot wait to see what Sylvain Neuvel comes up with next. This was brilliant.

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Beautiful descriptions but story was okay.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-19

When Audible offered this as a free Originals audiobook, I figured I would give it a shot. For the most part, I enjoy elements of science fiction, so I was excited to try this audiobook. It was also only about 6 hours long, so I figured it wasn't going to take up too much of my time either.

For the most part, I found this book a little dull. I wish that there was more to it. The narrator was okay, but I didn't feel any connection to the characters. Micah was your typical teenager who had to survive more and more hardships on the alien planet. He came off as a little whiny, but that is to be expected. I did almost DNF this book just because I felt no connection towards him.

What raised this book to a 2 1/2 star rating is the descriptions. The world building & descriptions of the planet were well done and truly interesting. The scenery was what kept me reading.

Ultimately, this book just wasn't my cup of tea, and I'm giving it 2 1/2 Caffeinated Stars.

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know audiobook cover art
  • So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know
  • By: Retta
  • Narrated by: Retta

Sure to put you in a good mood!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I picked up the audiobook after I received an email from Book Riot with the subject line of "Shiny, Happy, Uplifting Audiobooks" and this book did not disappoint. The audiobook is read by Retta and it was just what I needed.

What I loved the most about this book is how much Retta's personality shines. It was like I was listening to my best friend talking. It was truly enjoyable. The stories that were told were fun and honestly made me laugh so many times. I loved the honesty that Retta put into the book and it was fun to learn more about her as an actor and as a person.

If you're on the fence about this book, I highly recommend it. It's hilarious and brought a massive smile to my face the entire time. Seriously, just read it!