I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
Strong young-women heroines, friendship, bravery, mystery-solving, and romance in Steampunk Victorian England? Yes, please!
Colleen Gleason takes several well-established tropes and blends them together to get something fresh and kick-ass.
Sherlock Holmes's niece, Mina and the Bram Stoker’s sister, Eveline are brought together to solve a mystery involving a Steampunk Egyptian mechanized scarab. Holmes has the logic, Stoker has the passion. They must overcome their rivalry and learn to trust each other to save the day.
The set up is genious, but it's the friendship at the heart of this story, as dynamic as any love affair, that keeps you listening.
Narrator Jayne Entwhistle makes me drool. I happily spent hours in her audio-company.
Ahhh... A story many teenagers could relate to: A 16-year old misfit, with no real friends, and a huge crush on a boy who barely acknowledges her presence.
Except! — this story begins with a paper route in the middle of nowhere... and a murder.
The "bad girl" that our lonely heroine befriends—of course, it has to be the bad girl!— is a great character. (I was rooting for them to hook up, instead of her and the boy).
"The Space Between Trees" is simply beautiful writing; author Katie Williams is a standout.
The remoteness of the location puts you in the forest, far away from everything. The title is a perfect fit.
Emily Eiden is a wonderful YA narrator. I'm so happy she read this book.
There was nothing predictable about this book. The premise was brilliant. Winter is the heroine who discovers on her first date in a movie theatre that she can read people’s minds by kissing them on the lips. She ends up telling her best friend and they have a little fun with her new found power until the mysterious murder of one of her track teammates, Anika, happens in the high school bathroom. Then, Winter finds herself in a dilemma. Should she use her power to seek out the killer? Will her new love interest understand when she goes around kissing everyone? AND … who really did murder Anika?
There is no other story like this one. It is unique. I started this book on a Saturday morning and could not stop until I was finished with it. If you plan on getting something done on the day you want to read this book, don’t! Just set that thing aside, whatever it is, because once you start this book, you won’t be able to stop.
The hero and heroine, Winter and Stumblemeyer.
This story isn’t just funny and quirky, it also deals with some serious issues that teens face while they’re in high school — date rape, teen pregnancy, self-esteem problems, all while trying to figure out who they are and where their lives will be going after they graduate. Dealing with a murder on top of that just adds to the characters’ angst and explains why the heroine, Winter, often finds herself in tears. This cleverly crafted novel has you laughing and crying at every page while at the same time trying to guess what is really going on.Highly recommended for readers age 16 and older.