Books Left Unreviewed | Issue One, Audiobooks

Welcome to the first issue of Books Left Unreviewed! These will be a compilation of recent reads (or listens)! in bullet point and/or short paragraph format with a rating. Not full reviews.

I came to the realization after my first two years of blogging that I was not going to review every book I read. And surely, I can’t be the only one that tends to read far more books than they review? Depending on my day/s and book, I can read a book in one sitting. I also, can listen to an audiobook in 2-3 days, if not 1. Who has time to review all those?! Uh, not me! Yet, I ALWAYS have something to say about the books I read; be it good or bad. Sooo Low and Behold – Books Left Unreviewed!


Books Left Unreviewed | Issue One, AudiobooksSawkill Girls
by Claire Legrand
Narrated by : Lauren Ezzo
Published by HarperAudio
Release date : October 2nd, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror
Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
Source: The Publisher | Format: Audiobook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) Audible
Goodreads

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: The newbie. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she's sure she'll never find.

Zoey: The pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she's broken--or maybe everyone else is.

Val: The queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives; a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight...until now.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Thoughts:

I had NO idea what to expect from Sawkill Girls. Which, worked out well for me. I devoured this book within days. It’s a fantastic mix of coming of age, horror, and fantasy. All the POVs were well written, fun, and struggling with their own issues and identity. Each girl was unique and honestly? Kind of messy. I do wish each POV had their own narrator, but that’s just me being picky!

One thing I loved most about this book, besides the girl power, sex positivity, the great representation, and uniqueness, was the part of redemption for one of the characters. It wasn’t forceful at all and totally worked for the story. Love me a good redemption plot line.

All in all – loved!

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Emotional Impact
four-half-stars
Narration
four-stars
Overall: 4.3

Books Left Unreviewed | Issue One, AudiobooksStronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
by Arwen Elys Dayton
Narrated by : Michael Crouch, Karissa Vacker, Brittany Pressley, Christopher Gebauer, Ari Fliakos, Rebecca Lowman
Published by Listening Library
Release date : December 4th, 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) Audible
Goodreads

The future is curious.

STRONGER

Today our bodies define us. We color our hair; tattoo our skin; pierce our ears, brows, noses. We lift weights, run miles, break records. We are flesh and blood and bone.

FASTER

Tomorrow has different rules. The future is no longer about who we are--it's about who we want to be. If you can dream it, you can be it. Science will make us smarter, healthier, flawless in every way. Our future is boundless.

MORE BEAUTIFUL

This is a story that begins tomorrow. It's a story about us. It's a story about who comes after us. And it's a story about perfection. Because perfection has a way of getting ugly.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Thoughts:

So, this book fits into the category of EVERYONE MUST READ THIS. It’s a frightening look at what we has humans could do with the medical science to cure diseases, create “fake” organs, or change our appearance to whatever we wanted. Genetic mutations.

Each “part” is one story – starting with a near distant future and progressing in time with each one; all unique yet interconnecting. I loved this format! Each story is told with a different narrator as well, which I appreciated. All narrators fit the characters well and their performance was very well done.

Even if this is generally not your cup-o-tea, I highly recommend reading it. It’s thought-provoking to the point and obsession and it sticks with you!

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Emotional Impact
four-half-stars
Narration
four-stars
Overall: 4.3

Books Left Unreviewed | Issue One, AudiobooksFour Three Two One
by Courtney C. Stevens
Narrated by : Bailey Carr, Erin Spencer
Published by HarperAudio
Release date : November 13th, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Social Issues
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
Format: Audiobook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) Audible
Goodreads

A year after witnessing nineteen people killed in a bus bombing, the four survivors of the tragic event take a road trip back to the same city block that it happened, encountering lies, secrets, and healing along the way.

Also by this author: Faking Normal

My Thoughts:

There is much to like about this book honestly, but here is what I liked most:

The relationships of the characters as the story progresses, and how interconnecting their stories were. There’s a couple, a stranger, and new friendship that I just adored. You FEEL for all the characters in different ways.

This wasn’t just about a tragedy, but also about moving on from it, and living life.

Family. STRONG family connection(s) in this book that made me smile.

The look into Caroline’s before and after. Each character carried their own pain, guilt, and horrors from the bombing, but her POV really got to me.

The Ending. I can’t get specific because of spoilers, but I really really liked how this ended.

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Emotional Impact
four-half-stars
Narration
four-stars
Overall: 4.3

Tell me your thoughts

  • Have you read/listened to any of these? If so, what did you think?
  • If not, do any sound like something you’d enjoy? Why or why not?

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6 thoughts on “Books Left Unreviewed | Issue One, Audiobooks

    1. tonyalee

      YES! I thought it was funny they’re all rated the same, for different reasons.

      I hope you enjoy Sawkill Girls! It’s very different.

    1. tonyalee

      Exactly. I think I have 9? Or 10 books left Unreviewed and I don’t want them all on my blog. The wrap up type or “minute reviews” are fantastic!

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