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Linda B

Linda B Northeast USA Member Since 2008
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  • "Quality, entertaining story"

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    Though this may have been meant as a young adult book, I really believe readers of any age will enjoy it. The characters are very well developed, and the relationship between the main character and his heroic and misunderstood older brother is truly compelling. Combined with the zombie action, a hefty dose of post-apolocolytic bad guys and some coming of age elements for both our young characters, and the next generation after the zombie apolocolypse, I found this a highly entertaining and sometimes very thoughtful and moving adventure. The reader does quite a fine job as well. I highly recommend it!

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    Rot & Ruin

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    • By Jonathan Maberry
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    Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

    Amanda says: "Just when you thought it was safe....."
  • "Great fun!"

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    Though meant for kids, this is a fun little bokk for adults too, especially if you like zombies. The characters are very well done, and though it has some "yuck" moments, it is a well-paced adventure.

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    The Zombie Chasers

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    When brain-gobbling zombies invade, a sleep­over at Zack Clarke's house quickly turns into a Level-3 creep-over. The undead have infested the streets, filling the air with deathly moans and the stench of rotting flesh.

    Linda B says: "Great fun!"
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  • A Certain Slant of Light

    "Lovely, unusual ghost story"

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    A Certain Slant of Light is a different slant on a ghost story, and I really enjoyed watching the way it progressed. The two main characters are ghosts looking in on the living world, at first experiencing it without being noticed and later going unnoticed for what they really are. The prose is lovely and elegant, the story emotional, and once I got into this it was hard to stop listening. The story felt fully fleshed out, and yet I was left wanting a bit more at the end. That's probably a mark of a great book but for myself I would have prefered just a little bit more info in a couple areas, but overall this was a great listen!

    This is very much a love story, so be warned to expect a bit of mush. I found that part of the plot a bit rushed, not in terms of pacing but for the characters, and there were several times I found myself aghast at the lack of foresight shown by the main characters in some ways. Let's just say that not all ghosts haunt Girl Scout meetings, where we were taught to tread through the forest so as to leave as little damage as possible! That's a thought that was with me pretty much throughout the whole book!

    This is listed as a young adult novel, but it's one of the most adult ones I've come across and I wouldn't think of limiting this to a teenage audience. This is not at all a kiddie story. There's a good bit of sexual content, which, although never crude, might be something for which parents might want to prescreen for younger teens.

    The narrator is just right for the part. She perfectly captures the hushed urgency of the gentle-souled Helen, a ghost desperate to communicate yet terrified of notice.

  • Die for Me

    "Parisian Paranormal"

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    The narrator totally made this book. I'm so glad I listened to it rather than read it. She's great with accents and character voices, and her reading added richness to the fun French setting. Overall, great narrator and setting, engaging love story. I knocked the story rating down to four stars because it got a little mired down by the mushiness, which in turn disrupted my suspension of belief a touch. (OK, entirely believable? No. Cute anyway? Yes.)

    There are a lot of reasons why this book keeps being referred to as a French version of 'Twilight.' You hear so many books being compared to the Twilight series that I tend to ignore those statements, but in this case it works. If you like that sort of story, then there's a good chance you'll like this one too! I don't want to give too much away, but this book and 'Twilight' both fit strongly into the same genre, and I found both to be very engaging examples of their category. Similar level of love story, and both books lean away from harsh language and strong sexual situations, should that be important to anyone.

    So yes, if you hated everything about 'Twilight' you should run far away from this book! But if you're in the market for a YA paranormal along the same lines, take a second look at this one.

  • Glow: Sky Chasers, Book 1

    "Good, different"

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    First off, this was much more grim than I was expecting! But then, for some reason I was expecting a sappy teenage love story, and with the space battle and all the desperate fights to save a spaceship and survive captivity, there wasn’t time! All in all? This is what happens when space colonists meet the boys from Lord of the Flies and a crazy baby cult. Not a lot of clear thinking, lots of pressure, and plenty of room for disaster.


    The plot switches between Waverly and Kieran’s points of view, each with its own narrator – both of whom read very well, by the way. They’re about sixteen, and as the oldest girl and boy on a space voyage that will take nearly a century, they thought their lives were all mapped out. That all changes the day their spaceship unexpectedly catches up to the one that left ahead of them.

    I really enjoyed hearing the details about life aboard the ships. The gardens and orchards, everyone’s jobs, what they ate, how day-to-day life went, that sort of thing. As always with sci-fi, I found myself picking out small details that couldn’t be true, but that’s almost part of the fun for me. Another reviewer mentioned that the adults on this voyage were like “lemmings,” and there were several times I had to agree! Perhaps life in a small, enclosed community breeds naiveté? Interestingly, while Waverly and Kieran are clearly marked as the main characters, I found Kieran to be much less interesting than the other boys on the ship. He’s too weak and spoiled. But then, this isn’t a story about perfect people. In fact, it’s clear the whole time that human flaws are what drive everything about the storyline! By the end of the book it’s hard to tell who to trust, up to and including the main characters.

    For a book marketed towards adolescents there are some seriously adult issues floating around. The rights of the individual vs. the rights of a group, procreative rights, the role of religion in society, morality, organized religion vs. cult behavior… And the interesting thing is that the answers aren’t all spelled out. For example, we see religion used for horrible purposes, religion used for good purposes, and then are given pause to wonder, “Wait, is that what’s really going on?” I was almost turned off when for a moment it looked like a strong dose of Sunday School was going to descend on the story and simplistically save the day, but that’s not what ended up happening at all. The day is not yet saved, simplistically or otherwise, and while religion is definitely an element, it’s not clear which way the chips will fall by the end of the trilogy.

    The book ends at a reasonable stopping point, but also sees things running headlong toward a new conflict. The characters are all in desperate situations, and each one is reacting differently. There is a lot of story left to tell, and I’m interested to see how this plays out. Not quite riveted, but interested. There may be more going on under the surface than I was expecting!

  • Leviathan

    "Clankers and Darwinists on the move, oh my!"

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    I took a chance on this and by the end I was having a great time! I’m another one who picked this up during a $4.95 sale, and I’ll definitely be getting the following books.

    This is chocked full of action and steampunky details! The two main characters begin their adventures on opposing sides of the onset of an alternate World War I. Both become immediately embroiled in the brewing conflict -- steampunk style of course! But this isn’t just about dry battles. The characters are likeable and things move at a quick pace. There was one section about a third of the way through where things felt a little mired down in mechanical details, but that’s about my only complaint. I really liked how the author set up two separate steampunk cultures to go with the opposing sides of the war. It works very well in the context of the story.

    This is the first book in a young adult trilogy, but still a lot of fun for an adult. I’m a woman in my 30’s and really enjoyed it. The narrator juggled a host of European accents very well, and his performance added a lot to the experience! The story comes to a reasonable stopping point even though it’s part of a series. You can see where things are headed in the next book, but won’t be left dangling with a cliffhanger.

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  • "Spectacular Read!!!!!"

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    If you could sum up The Sound and the Echoes in three words, what would they be?

    adventurous, magical, addictive.


    What other book might you compare The Sound and the Echoes to and why?

    I would say Harry Potter, it is a fantasy world just like harry potter ventures to


    Which character – as performed by David Radtke – was your favorite?

    Will for sure...he was good throughout but felt he captured Will


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    So far (as we are not done reading or listening to the entire book so no spoilers!!!) a little of both. There were moments of my kids bursting out with laughter and there are moments that we discuss that make them quiet and think about what just happened that makes them a little bit sad.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this book so far and the author is fascinating. We look forward to many more adventures from Dew

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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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    Princess Ritasia misses the adventure of getting her brother and cousins out of trouble, but when the hawk fae king arrives to court her, she becomes involved in trouble nothing like she's ever faced before. The hawk fae king, Tiernan, must find a bride, but being a tyrant king, or so his people believe, he must find a woman who would help him to change his people's view of how he and his queen shall rule.

  • The Jewel (






UNABRIDGED) by Amy Ewing Narrated by Erin Spencer

    The Jewel

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    • By Amy Ewing
    • Narrated By Erin Spencer
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    Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty - because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring. Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel's glittering facade.

  • Anatomy of a Misfit (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrea Portes Narrated by Caitlin Davies

    Anatomy of a Misfit

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    • By Andrea Portes
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
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    One step out of line and Becky Vilhauser, first most popular girl in school, will make her life a living hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can't get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life?

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  • 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
    • Narrated 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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Megan Shull
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris, Jesse Bernstein
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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!