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Staaj

Staaj Ballwin, MO, United States Member Since 2008
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  • "Stiefvater at Her Best"

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    I debated for a long time about whether or not to read the book or listen to the audiobook. There are some books that are better read than listened to and some that are better listened to than read. Well, after listening to an audiobook sample of The Scorpio Races, I immediately put it on my ‘to listen’ list. I think the performances in the audiobook are worth listening to and really make the book come to life.

    The Scorpio Races is set in Thisby, a fictional island of the coast of Britain. This island is no ordinary island. Every November water horses, also known as Capaill Uisge, come on shore. These horses are more monsters than actual horses. They are violent horse like creatures that love the sea and blood. Every November Thisby hosts the Scorpio Races, where riders race Capaill Uisge. The story is alternates perspectives between two characters, Puck and Sean.

    When I first heard the story was about man-eating horses I didn’t quite no what to think. I love Maggie Stiefvater but do I really love her that much. Well, I’m so glad I took a chance on this book because it was beautifully written. It has to Maggie’s best work so far. If you read, or listen, to epilogue you will learn that the Capaill Uisge are actually based off of an ancient myth about water horses. I don’t know about you but this is the first time I’ve every hear of this myth. There are several versions of the myth and Maggie took the bloodthirsty water horse one. I commend Maggie for her bravery in writing this book as it’s probably a difficult pitch to make. I’m grateful the publishers took a chance on this one because it’s so good.

    What made this book so good was the originality, the characters, the narration, the writing, the setting, and right down to the frightening horses. I loved it all. Puck and Sean have unique plights and you feel for both of them equally. Puck is trying to save her family’s home and to do so she’s running in the Scorpio Races to win the big money prize. Sean is the horse trainer for the richest man on the island. Among one of those horses is the Capaill Uisge, Corr, a horse he’s known since childhood and shares a strong bond with. Only the horse doesn’t belong to him it belongs someone else. Sean rides in the races every year with Corr and has won them 4 years in row.

    There is a slight romance in the book but The Scorpio Races is not solely about a love story. I don’t mind that the romance plays such a small role because the book doesn’t need it. When it finally happens it’s more sweet that angsty and that is such a relief from the norm.

    The narrators were phenomenal and their British accents made you feel like you were in Thisby with the characters. Sean’s character did sound a lot like Clive Owen, which was cool but sometimes it made me picture him as Sean. I got passed it though and I didn’t for a second regret listening to the book instead of reading it.

    Clearly, I recommend this book since I loved it so much. If you are in the mood for something completely different, The Scorpio Races is the book for you. I think older teenagers and adults would love this book. It’s a beautiful book, so don’t hesitate to read it.

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    The Scorpio Races

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    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Steve West, Fiona Hardingham
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    With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff—with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

    Staaj says: "Stiefvater at Her Best"
  • "I was hooked"

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    I had my doubts about whether or not I would like this book, but shortly into it I was hooked. It was so good I found myself wondering, how has this book not received more attention?! Why didn’t I read this book sooner? With awe inspiring dragons, formidable characters, a vivid setting, and a skillfully crafted story, this epic first book in a duology is now one my favorite books of all time. Alison Goodman made me a fan for life.

    Strongly influenced by ancient Asian cultures, Eon is set in a detail rich world ruled by an imperial family but balanced by the powerful Dragoneyes. Through a bargain with the twelve energy dragons, the Dragoneyes connect with their spirit dragon to wield power, control the elements, and much more.

    In training to become an apprentice to the Rat Dragon, Eon has the odds stacked against him. His broken hip makes him walk with a limp making it difficult for him to walk let alone practice the dragon art of fighting. To top it off, Eon is really Eona, a girl and therefore forbidden to practice the dragon art. An act punishable by death. The one thing working in her favor is her dragon sight, the rare ability to see all the energy dragons. She can only hope that the Rat Dragon chooses her as his apprentice.

    Eon/a is a complex heroine. She is strong and intelligent yet flawed by her inclination to be dishonest and her lack of trust in others. She weaves a dangerous web of lies in her fight for survival and, at times, this is very frustrating. There are many moments where I wanted to yell at her to snap her out of it. While at the same time, you understand her situation and her reasoning. That being said, in the end, Eona became one my favorite heroines.

    Eon is technically considered a young adult book but, to me, the story reaches beyond young adults to older audiences as well. Goodman’s world is exceptional and you will find yourself captivated by the rich culture and unique mythology. I enjoyed this book so much that once finished it, I immediately (the same day) bought the next book, Eona: The Last Dragoneye.

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    Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

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    Twelve-year-old Eon has been training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on Oriental astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye - an apprentice to one of the 12 energy dragons of good fortune.

    But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a 16-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a 12-year-old boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye.

    Levi says: "Fun, intriguing and addicting!"
  • "Spirit of a Classic Tale"

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    “That’s a strange title,” were my first thoughts when I came across Keturah and Lord Death. Despite the title, I felt myself being drawn to read this unique book by some unseen force. The beautiful cover was different and the description was unlike any other book I’ve ever read. So of course, I had to listen to it.

    Keturah is the town’s story teller. One day, she follows the prized hart into the woods hoping to collect more details for her stories. The hart eludes her as she follows him deeper and deeper into the forest, until she eventually realizes she is lost. After being lost in the forest for three days, Lord Death comes to her in the form of a man. He asked her to be his bride and Keturah refuses. To escape death temporarily, Keturah tells Lord Death a story but does not tell him the ending. She promises to tell him the ending if he gives her another day to live. In this day, she must find her true love in order to be free.

    Keturah and Lord Death is a stunningly rich tale with the feel of a classic fairy tale. Set in a small town in Europe during the Middle Ages, the characters speak with an Old English tone yet the writing is still very modern. In addition, it is a well written and crafted story.

    Keturah is the soul of this book and she is truly an inspiring character. She is humble, honest, sincere, courageous, unselfish, romantic, independent and I could go on. While delaying death, Keturah’s journey transforms from a journey to find her true love into one where she helps her friends find their true love and saves her village from the plague. In a satisfyingly sweet end, she realizes who her true love is and has been all along.

    I recommend Keturah and Lord Death to anyone who loves a classic tale while in the mood for something different.

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    Sixteen-year-old Keturah tells vibrant stories of her own imagining to the folk of her small village. Her talent for painting beautiful pictures with words is impressive indeed, but will it be enough to save her life when she becomes lost in the deep, dark forest?

    Staaj says: "Spirit of a Classic Tale"
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  2. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
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    "Perfect ending to a wonderful series"

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    This was a perfect and oh so satisfying ending to a great trilogy. Lately I’ve been a little upset with the way most trilogies have been ending (or not ending) but this one was just simply perfect. It was fast paced, emotional and tied up loose ends. As a reader/listener you are not left with unanswered questions or having to “figure out” the ending for yourself. This was perfectly wrapped up with a beautiful bow on top.

    I am sad that this series is over but I am happy that it reached a satisfying conclusion.

    5 stars!

  • Obsidian: Lux, Book 1

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    This book has been described as "Twilight with aliens", which didn't sound appealing to me at all. However, based on all the 5 star reviews and hype for this book I went ahead and gave it a try. WOW did this book surprise me. It's witty, fast-paced, full of action and mystery and some very swoon-worthy scenes. I am a huge fan of YA romance books and this one is quickly rising to the top of my favorites list. This series is so addictive and fun that I've already downloaded books 2, 3 and 4. I'm going to be in listener heaven now.

    5 stars!!

  • Switched: The Trylle Trilogy, Book 1

    "The Princess Diaries with trolls"

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    Overall this was just an ok listen for me. There wasn't anything really wrong with the book, but I just didn't care for the writing style. In my opinion there are better books out there in the YA fantasy/romance category.
    The narration was really good, which is mostly why I kept listening to this one until the end. This wasn't my favorite book but it wasn't the worst either.

    Overall 3 stars for me.

  • Shadow and Bone

    "Wonderfully Entertaining"

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    I really enjoyed this YA fantasy book. It had a rich story, good narration and characters I absolutely fell in love with. Of course there is a HUGE cliff-hanger (big surprise there) and I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel. At first I found this book a little confusing and I was a bit lost at times. However, by the end it all comes together and you get a good sense of where this is all heading. Don't get me wrong, there are twists and turns and nothing is too predictable. Some things did make my eyes roll. One of the main characters is actually called "The Darkling". All that aside, it's fantasy so pretty much anything goes.
    I'm looking forward to "Siege and Storm" book 2 in June 2013.

    4.5 stars

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Julia AIKEN, SC, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2012
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  • "Beyond Imaginative!"

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    Thank you Lisa for gifting this book to me! The story takes place in an extraordinarily imaginative world. A wonderful book for all kids and kids at heart!

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    The Sound and the Echoes

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    The Sound and the Echoes is a high-concept, fantasy adventure for middle grade and young adult listeners. Imagine that everyone around you has a mirror image living somewhere else. Your world is like a sound, which produced that other world of echoes. And in this land men are governed by a terrible law-no Echo is allowed to live after his Sound dies. One Sound especially must die. The Prince's Sound. The Fate Sealers and Fortune Tellers will make sure of that!

    Julia says: "Beyond Imaginative!"

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    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
  • Knightfall: The Chronicle of Benjamin Knight, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Jackson-Lawrence Narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo

    Knightfall: The Chronicle of Benjamin Knight, Book 1

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    • By Robert Jackson-Lawrence
    • Narrated By Michael Ferraiuolo
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    At the age of 15, genius Benjamin Knight had developed a technology that would change the world. But when the project is sabotaged, Ben wakes to find himself in a mysterious and unfamiliar land where an uneasy peace hangs in the balance. Saved from near death by a band of traders, he joins them on their journey north as he struggles to understand the world he's in and how it happened.

  • Brown Girl Dreaming (






UNABRIDGED) by Jacqueline Woodson Narrated by Jacqueline Woodson

    Brown Girl Dreaming

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    • By Jacqueline Woodson
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    Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world.

  • The Swap (






UNABRIDGED) by Megan Shull Narrated by Cassandra Morris, Jesse Bernstein

    The Swap

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    • By Megan Shull
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    Ellie spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. Jack spent it training in "The Cage" with his tough-as-nails brothers and hard-to-please dad. By the time middle school starts, they're both ready for a change. And just as Jack's thinking girls have it so easy, Ellie's wishing she could be anyone but herself. Then, BAM! They swap lives - and bodies!

  • Dark Matter Syndrome: The Awakening, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael K. Drummer Narrated by Patrick Conn

    Dark Matter Syndrome: The Awakening, Volume 1

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    • By Michael K. Drummer
    • Narrated By Patrick Conn
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    For millennia, they have stared through the invisible force separating their world from ours, and grew hungry. Now, they've found a way through. Darkness from their side swallows our skies, their diseases eat through our human bodies, leaving behind soulless husks... and worse. Only two things can save us: a mysterious power locked in a small chest covered with undecipherable glyphs, and the seven-year-old girl it chose as its protector.

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  • The League of Doorways: Doorways, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim O'Rourke Narrated by Fred Wolinsky

    The League of Doorways: Doorways, Book 2

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    • By Tim O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Fred Wolinsky
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    With a werewolf and a vampire for company, Zach Black makes his way across a vast apocalyptic wasteland in search of the box which contains the Heart of Endra. In the desert, they stumble across a mechanical man who tells Zach and his friends that if they want to reach the box, they will have to cross a desolate land inhabited by terrifying creatures, which have been smuggled from the other side of the doorways.

  • Dead Reckoning (






UNABRIDGED) by MJ Allaire Narrated by Wendy Pitts

    Dead Reckoning

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    • By MJ Allaire
    • Narrated By Wendy Pitts
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    The most heart-wrenching ordeal any one person can endure is a home invasion - especially one which takes your very best friend away from you. Or is it... When the woman next door becomes the victim of a brutal home invasion, Llyssaer's idyllic life is thrown into turmoil. Forced to move to a new town, a new school, she struggles to make friends and adapt to her new life. Worst of all, her best friend, her German Shepherd named Jiminy, died trying to stop the burglars.

  • Petrea og jydemafiaen (






UNABRIDGED) by Mette Finderup Narrated by Winni Ellegaard Nielsen

    Petrea og jydemafiaen

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    • By Mette Finderup
    • Narrated By Winni Ellegaard Nielsen
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    Carlsens Tivoli er med på kræmmermarked i den lille midtjyske flække Frederiks, og Petrea glæder sig – især til finalen: en koncert med bandet Johnny and The Jetset. Men den lille by er farligere, end man skulle tro. En flok unge bøller forsøger at presse penge ud af Carlsen. Han tager dem ikke alvorligt. Det skulle han måske have gjort, for dagen efter kommer en lille dreng alvorligt til skade i den store karussel, Spinneren.

  • Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (






UNABRIDGED) by Rick Riordan Narrated by Jesse Bernstein

    Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

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    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
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    "A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, 'Can we do this anonymously?' Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week." So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic - and sarcastic asides - to the classics.

    Gillian's Mommy says: "Interesting and funny"