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A Double Review of Sticky Fingers 3

Today Kim and I are bringing you a double review of JT Lawrence’s short story collection Sticky Fingers 3. We have really enjoyed these complications and really hope Lawrence keeps writing these short story collections.  Again, this collection was sent to us from Lawrence in exchange for an honest review.

Author: JT Lawrence
Published: June 15, 2018
Audible

Book Description:

JT Lawrence is back with more short stories that are creepier than ever. You won’t be able to get these deliciously twisted tales out of your head…

Grab them while they’re hot and sticky.

This collection includes:

Tears of a Dead Man
A man tries to convince his doctor that he is dead.

The Shelter
Would you take the noose around your neck if it meant saving everyone you knew?

The Children in the Walls
The storm tried to keep her out; she should have listened.

Death is a Woman in a Blue Dress
What happens if you let Death in the front door?

Fenrir
A viking is called to fulfill his bloody destiny despite his desire to stay home with his love.

Blackwater Estuary
Witch panic spreads like wildfire in this poignant tale of a midwife accused of saving a baby.​

Perky Pilgrim
Jeffrey Sacks is back, and this time he’s taking no prisoners.


Kim’s Review
Kim’s Rating: 5 Stars

I am writing this review based off the listening of my free Audible copy, provided by the author. This is easily my favorite of all the Sticky Fingers short story compilations. I could not stop listening and found every excuse to drive just so I could have it playing. Once again, Lawrence builds on the first two collections and I love it! And these stories were actually slightly longer, which I didn’t think I was going to like, but I did. We find out the end of Jeffrey Sacks’s strange online review obsession. Believe it or not, I actually like Jeffrey!

My favorite of this volume is The Shelter . . . whoa! Lawrence needs to write an entire book, just based off that story. I seriously want to find out what else happens to Anna and Simon! Fenrir (the Viking story) was also brilliant! Such a great ending to a great collection . . . unless of course, we get more Sticky Fingers volumes!! Cuz I am all for that!!!! I would actually recommend, not just this volume, but all the Sticky Fingers collections to pretty much everybody.

Jessica’s Review
Jessica’s Rating: 4 Stars

JT Lawrence is back with volume three of Sticky Fingers!  I really hope she keeps these books going as I have truly enjoyed all of this short story series.  They can be read as standalones, but I would recommend reading them consecutively as there are appearances from ‘repeat characters’. This was a pleasant surprise to experience. 

The narrator for all three Sticky Fingers volumes is Roshina Ratnam, and like Lawrence she is also South African.   Once you adjust to her ‘accent’ you will love her voice! She does a superb job with the narrations. 

As with the previous volumes, I will share some mini-reviews of some of the stories I enjoyed:

The Shelter:
OMG, this one was excellent and I need more of this story! This is the kind of story that pulls me in. If you enjoy dystopian stories, this will be one to read!

Lucky Strike:
A good one: be careful who you might double cross!

The Hostage Situation:
This one is every parent’s worst nightmare.  I am thinking it must be autobiographical when Lawrence dealt with a sick child.

Every Breath You Take:
A prison interview: I really enjoyed this disturbing story on obsession/love. 

Blackwater Estuary:
 Another disturbing story I did not want to end.  A witch hunt….. I find those kinds of stories fascinating.

Perky Pilgrim:
Jeffrey Sacks is back and sharing more reviews: This one is a continuation and very enjoyable!!!

If you enjoy short stories that are a bit twisted, this is the series of books to read.  You will not regret it.  I hope Lawrence continues to bring us more Sticky Fingers volumes!

 **Special thanks to JT Lawrence for sending us an Audible copy to listen to in exchange for an honest review.  PLEASE write more Sticky Fingers!**

Purchase Links:
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A Double Review of Sticky Fingers 2

Kim and I previously listened to the Audible version of Sticky Fingers by JT Lawerence here.  We will be reviewing Sticky Fingers 2 today and Sticky Fingers 3 tomorrow!  All of these Audible versions were sent to us by Lawrence in exchange for honest reviews: and both Kim and I  love these short story collections!  We are somewhat similar yet also different with what we like and it seems that between the both of us we enjoyed all of the stories in these collections. Thank you so much JT Lawrence for sending us these copies!  

Author: JT Lawrence
Published: March 24, 2018
Audible

Book Description:

Diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized: JT Lawrence ratchets up the tension with this compelling collection of short stories perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Roald Dahl.

Stories Include:

Gatsby’s Double
An artist’s Pomeranian has been replaced by an imposter.

Court, Marry, Kill
Whose body ends up being unzipped by fish on the ocean floor?

Rockabye Baby
A female-only cult has a very dark side.

He Did It
A detective relies on his gut (and his hallucinations) to help him solve murder cases.

The Brain Bleacher
He can remove your pain by hacking your memory, but his own suffering is here to stay.

If you’re a fan of Roald Dahl or Gillian Flynn you’ll love this collection of unsettling stories with a twist in the tale. Get it now.


Kim’s Review
Kim’s Rating: 4 Stars

I am writing this review based off the listening of my free Audible copy, provided by the author. Another awesome short story collection, just as dark as the first! And I really enjoyed how the author built on stories from the first collection. The vacation reviewer story was funny in the first volume, but he was absolutely hilarious in the second! I laughed through the whole story. I loved trying to predict the twist in each story, not that I’m very good at it, I just enjoy doing it. I think my favorites in this bunch were Astrid, about the mother who puts her daughter in daycare for the first time, Dasher, cuz I hate kids and people (:D), and Court, Marry, Kill, because I love vigilante justice!

The Sticky Fingers compilations are pretty much the only short story collections that I’ll read, and I really like them a lot! The only reason I gave this collection 4 stars is because one of the stories is from the When Tomorrow Calls series, and I had already read it. I absolutely recommend this collection to anyone looking for a chilling, interesting read!

Jessica’s Review
Dates Listened: October 10-16, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Continuing in the tradition of Sticky Fingers, JT Lawrence brings us volume two in what is at this point a three volume series of short stories.  There are twelve stories in each and I love these books! I really enjoy short stories, especially when they are well written.  There is something for everyone if you like short stories that have a twist to them. Just be prepared for when the story is over that you may want it to continue!

Not all the stories were not for me, at no fault to the author.  Some of the stories just did not work for me, but not everything written will please everyone.  JT Lawrence really has a talent with her short stories!  I will write ‘mini-reviews’ on some of the stories:

Panama Wings:
A Missing woman and a missing plane. What’s the connection? It’s not what you expect and neither was that ending. 

Astrid:
This one really gripped me. I figured the twist out fairly quickly, but the journey of getting there with our narrator… OMG!

GlobeTrotter69:
Here we go again with the reviews of a hotel stay! I love it!!!!

Court, Marry, Kill:
This one was difficult to listen to, but had a satisfying ending: I loved it!

Alpha Lyrae:
A robot love story: I needed more to this one. Maybe Lawrence will expand on this world! (And I am selective with my sci-fi stories…)

Rockabye Baby:
A female only cult:  That is all you need to say and I am there reading it!  I find cults fascinating and this had a Handmaid’s Tale feel to it for me (I have not read Handmaid’s Tale and only watched the first episode of the show, but it had the same type feeling for me.) 

Brain Bleacher:

I loved this concept and I need more!

**Please note that Jessica had previously purchased a Kindle copy, but chose to listen to the Audible copy sent by the author. Thank you again to JT Lawrence for the Audible copy. We both enjoyed it and highly recommend this short story collection!

Purchase Links:
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A Double Review of Wildcard

Wildcard (Warcross series #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Published: September 18, 2018
343 pages

Today Kim and I bring you a double review of Wildcard, the second in the Warcross duology.We both read the first in the series earlier this year and loved it! And I am NOT a gamer: This story is so much more than gaming!  We both highly anticipated Wildcard, and were so happy when it was released in September. 

Our reviews for Warcross are here:
Kim
Jessica

Book Description:

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

Kim’s Rating: 4 Stars
Kim’s Review:

I’m so excited to finally read this book!!! Jessica and I have been waiting for this sequel for months! Warcross blew my mind and Wildcard followed very closely! I’ll admit that I wish I had re-read Warcross before reading Wildcard, but Lu added a lot of extra detail, in order to remind us of what happened in Warcross. It did start out a little slow while I was trying to get back into the story and remember all the details. But once I caught back up, stuff began happenin’! Lu managed to create a world-wide conspiracy surrounding Hideo without losing the personal scope.

Then in Wildcard, she shrinks the conspiracy without giving up the consequences to humanity. She has easily become a favorite author and her storytelling ability is unquestioned. Emika was just as relatable and likable. Where in Warcross, she was a badass in the virtual world, in Wildcard, she became a badass in real life! While there is all the awesomeness of the world of Warcross, there is more stuff happening in the real world. I’m still questioning the practicality of the gaming system and how it’s controlled by the individual players. If my unpractical brain was going over it, then I’m sure there were many more practical people who were going nuts over it.

But I officially want to be a Warcross player, and Wildcard has confirmed that. This is a great duology for teens; it combines gaming and adventure and action and conspiracies and great characters. I think this is the perfect series to help get kids into reading. I would absolutely recommend this book and this whole series to pretty much everybody, especially those who don’t like reading.

Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Dates Read: October 29-November 9, 2018
Jessica’s Review:

You do not have to be a gamer to enjoy Warcross and now Wildcard: I am not a gamer and I highly enjoyed this duology by Marie Lu.  There is so much more to this story than the game! If these books were all about the game, I would not have read them. It’s the real life situations that happen and what might happen that kept me reading.  Wildcard picks up shortly after Warcross ended and Emika’s story continues. There is now an extremely high bounty on her head and the only way she can survive is…Zero!?!?  Who exactly is Zero and can she trust him?  And what about her feelings for Hideo despite what he has done? 

And the twist: It is hard to be more than vague in this review without giving spoilers. This is a complete story that Lu wrote well and had all wrapped up with a bow by the end.  I really enjoyed this series and I have to say: I LOVE these covers, they are gorgeous!

This series is recommended!

I’m so excited to share a picture of my signed copy of Wildcard! My friend Suleika attended an author signing in Hawaii and got this for me:

Purchase Links:
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