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Jonas Lee

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Read Before You Watch, Otherwise Don't

This is a book I was more interested to read after seeing the first series. The book itself is imaginative and well written, just dry and hard to move along at a decent pace.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Love this Concept

A lot of this story reminded me of the Scythe series, but I’m not sure which came out first. The idea of death not being the end for murder victims is interesting. And how Scalzi makes this into a mystery of sorts was great.

Originally, I looked at this for Quinto being the narrator and I wasn’t disappointed.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Fairy Re-telling at its Finest

It's a promising start to a revamp of the traditional fairytale. Making it set far in the future and involving some sci-fi aspects, Cinder was a read I've been prolonging for year without any real reason. Thinking of messages of equality, separatism and politics, this novel cracks open some subtleties that I think will leave readers wanting more.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Decent Dramatization of a Classic

So, just listening to this classic was fun. Getting more of a feel for the characters by their accents was both entertaining and a little off-putting. Heavy accents sometimes left me wondering who was who and I couldn't always put a name to who was talking.

As the plot goes, wonderful use of singular location, characters and sub plots. I can see why this has been made into a movie twice and I look forward to comparing them one day. I'm not sure how I feel about Hercule at times; whether I applaud him or want to slap the superiority out of him.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Pennywise vs The Outsider

I love the way this book pulls you in like a mystery, than a paranormal mystery, then horror. Very intriguing with how this uses common perceptions that overcomes evidence, personal feelings versus professionalism, human nature versus humane nature.

Also, is the outsider akin to Pennywise? In the same way that Pennywise feeds on fear, does the Outsider feed on sorrow? Would be interesting to see that traced back somehow.

Also, Will Patton is my favorite narrator at this point.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

A Beautiful Story

This is a story that I would recommend to anyone interested in a tale of overcoming perceptions, struggles of inner worth, sexism and what it generally means to be a good person. Beautifully written and I look forward to seeing how the movie compares.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Great YA novella! Perks of Being a Wallflower

Having previously read the paperback version, I was lucky enough to get a copy from the author. I thoroughly enjoyed this version. LeBlanc's writing and Oliva's narration come together wonderfully in this audiobook, giving an even better richness to the characters and tension during some of Augie's panicking moments.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-18

The Strain...say Hello to The Purge

I liked the premise of the book, it reminds me a lot of the beginning of The Strain mixed with The Purge in some ways. That lawless feel of no system in place and people left to their own devices. The organization of the antagonist gangs and their need to produce drugs made me wonder how long the black out has been, that reference point only gets mentioned once and I think it tripped me up later in the book. Overall, great writing and dialog from the authors and a start to a promising series.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Haunting to the Gummy Center

Hall's narration is fantastic.

The story slowly wraps around you like a snake and before you know it, you can't move and strangles you. All you can do is realize how you got here and that eventually it will end.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Best Sequel I've Read in a Long Time

After finishing the first book, Scythe, I was curious how Shusterman would make a sequel let alone... a third book?!

Well, it has a very moving plot that still interjects the ideas of intelligence, sympathy, empathy, political thriller, life, death and what it means to be human. I didn't see a few surprises coming and it was a refreshing ride the entire way. I'm still not quite sold on the romance angle, but I'm glad there's not a lot of it.

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