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Linda B

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  • "A new level for Kresley Cole"

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    Fans of Kresley Cole already know she is incredibly talented at spinning a tale, and is very good at paranormal romance and "bodice ripper" fiction. I think writing for a YA audience has truly unleashed her greatest talents. It is not just he lack of endless sex scenes, which, to be fair, she works well into her adult fiction, but which occasionally trump ( or at least direct) the story, that has made this a superior work. In this story she has focused her powers of plot, or weaving an amazing story, of real character development, of creating tension, mystery, motivations for her characters and their missions beyond finding some ultimate mate, as much of her ( and most paranormal romance adult fiction) focuses on. And wow, unleashing that is has truly set free her creativity and cleverness and ability to capture her audience in an adventure that truly will captivate.

    I am such a sucker for apocalyptic stories, but this is so much more than that - and the world built is one that (though obviously incredibly fictional) somehow draws the reader in as plausible... Amazing stuff. It is a bit dark at times, but overall, that element makes sense and doesn't overwhelm the story at all, and fits in perfectly... Just give it some time. The mood of this book is incredible and the reader will feel deeply attached to all the main characters and their plight.

    Of course, there is a hefty dose of romance, and having read her adult fiction, I have to say this is the very best developed relationship of all her work, the characters and their relationship are the most compelling, with little "love at first site, irresistible draw to each other" stuff going on, and rather an incredibly complex set of emotions and meaningful interactions, and a strong background in place, and a very well grounded, well developed, and real basis for deep caring and attraction and love... And the obstacles thrown in their path only strengthen the bond, and never feel like conveniences which will ultimately make the inevitable bedding in the next chapter seem more meaningful... This is on a new level.

    So many other have already sung the praises of this book... I will only second all of that and interject that I believe Kresley Cole, who, though she has always been a very interesting and talented writer, has really found her niche here and that this is her best work, and I hope she will continue this path.

    The narrators do a great job too!

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    Poison Princess: Arcana Chronicles, Book 1

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    She could save the world - or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline 'Evie' Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future - and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone.

    Katheryne says: "I have a crush on YA books"
  • "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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    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....."
  • "Well done story!"

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    The publisher summary does not do this book justice and makes it seem frivolous. I wish it would be re-written somehow.

    This book is really well done. I am not a young adult. But am a huge sci-fi fan so will read anything good in that genre. This book transcends its teen classification I think, and I suspect people of many age groups can enjoy it.

    It is incredibly well written with characters you will come to care about and identify with, even though they live in a world that is completely different from the reality we know... or is it?

    Substitute the world "hybrid" for any kind of "different" or any kind of out of favor or hunted/ discriminated against group in our world (unattractive, gay, disabled, of a particular religion, or no religion at all, a minority race, etc - any arbitrary thing a society may refuse to accept as part of human nature and choose to define as "other" or evil). Then imagine your very best friend or your brother or sister or daughter or son or mother, father, etc, in that role of the different, and shunned by the world, expected not to exist - and then imagine you are intrinsically linked to that person, physically in the same body, as close as any 2 people can be, and you are that person's only hope, only chance, but it comes at your own incredible peril...

    Now, imagine being the unwanted being in that scenario, totally powerless, with only your one soul mate who you love sharing your body to defend you, to help you. You are powerless and must be hidden as a your existence is a crime, but you have all the needs and hopes and wishes of any being.

    Ok, so the premise is very interesting - but many books have interesting premises and fall short. This one does not. It is well written, the story is intelligently developed, the characters are interesting and compelling the plot and theme very well paced.

    The reader does a great job too.

    Unfortunately, it falls prey to what many of these teen sci-fi stories do, and kind of has a bit of a non-ending, and a set up for a sequel. It is so common, such an ubiquitous book sales trick in this genre that I hate to even single it out for criticism, as I know that is the norm - I just wish the authors could make the first book feel a bit more complete, while still leaving room for a sequel - some do that very well and I think the author of this had that ability. Unfortunately, it sort of just stops with hints of what will come next in an unfinished feeling way - but as I said, so many do that, so I hate to single this out.

    However, aside from that one criticism, it isn't a silly romance like so many are, though has the beginnings of some solid relationships that are well fleshed out, but the main thrust of the story is the plight of these persecuted beings, and their struggle. It is suspenseful, well-paced and really compelling at times. Well worth a listen.

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    What's Left of Me: The Hybrid Chronicles, Book One

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    I should not exist. But I do. Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else - two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren't they settling? Why isn't one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn't...

    Linda B says: "Well done story!"
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    "I can't believe it ..."

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    NO SPOILERS
    I simply don't know were to begin the story was slow pace, repetitive and It had nothing to do with the previous books (witch were great) I kept waiting for the story to pick up but it never did. And although I really wouldn’t have minded the slow pace and the turn the author gave to the story to explain what was outside the city in exchange for a great ending what I got was just so, and I mean, SO disappointing that I can't believe it . WHY? What was the point to end it that way? So to answer the question I would say that in order to give 3 stars to this book (don't think it could reach 4 stars) I would definitely change the last chapters.


    What was most disappointing about Veronica Roth’s story?

    The ending.
    IT. IS. NOT. FAIR. I feel betrayed, angry, sad and frustrated.


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I’ve heard Emma Galvin in other audio books and I think she’s an exellent performer.
    I haven't heard Aaron Stanford before but think he made a good job.


    What character would you cut from Allegiant?

    All the characters in the bureau, specially David


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely DO NOT recommended this book I just can’t do it.

  • Ignite Me

    "Great Conclusion !!!"

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    Would you listen to Ignite Me again? Why?

    Mmmmm.... yes I would.
    The 3 books in the serie are very good, although there were times in the story that I got very annoyed with the characters specially Adam and sometimes Juliette too.
    But Warner definetily overshadowed the other two. What an amazing character !!!
    I wouldn't have given 4 stars to the book if not for Warner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love dystopians. Everything about the end of the world as we know it, a new regime and how the main characters survive the challenges set upon them is very apealing to me.
    So for that reason only this books had me from the first chapters of the first book add to that the well develope plot, the settings and the interaccion between the 3 main characters and you couldn't go wrong with the books
    This was a good ending for the trilogy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Julliete finally tells Warner how she feels.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes there were several.
    The best one for me was the ending.
    I simply love happy endings.


  • Horde

    "Wonderful conclusion !!!"

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    If you could sum up Horde in three words, what would they be?

    GRIPPING, FAST PACE AND UNFORGETTABLE This book has everything, it's the right combination of romance and action with an amazing ending. Actually all three books are great.Well done, it was worth the wait.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoy stories where you forget all that is happening around you. Stories that are so well written that you start to empathize with the characters and their journeys. Stories that made you laugh and cry. Stories that you just CAN NOT turn off.
    This series is one of those and this last audio book is the perfect conclusion for an amazing Trilogy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one. I LOVE happy endings


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

    Yes, it made me cry and laugh


    Any additional comments?

    I happily recommend this book

  • Immortal Beloved

    "Not what I expected"

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    This book defenitetly wasn't for me. The premise is really good but by the middle of it I started getting really annoyed by all the flashback in the story.
    I like to have a little background on the characters in order to understand them better but in this case it was too much.

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  • "Didn't see it coming!"

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    I have to admit I didn't see the twist coming. Yeah, maybe it was a little silly but it was interesting enough to make me want know more.

    That is why I am *really* annoyed with the cliff-hanger ending. It is such a cheap crutch for writers to use that on principle I usually give the book very low marks for it and don't bother with the rest of a series, knowing I'll get more of the same.

    However, I might give the next book a go when it comes out because I am genuinely curious!

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    Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life. He was wrong. Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive. Where breaking the rules equals death. But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape - his only real hope for survival - may be impossible.

    Crystal says: "Didn't see it coming!"

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  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games (






UNABRIDGED) by Suzanne Collins Narrated by Carolyn McCormick

    Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
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    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
  • Four: A Divergent Collection (






UNABRIDGED) by Veronica Roth Narrated by Aaron Stanford

    Four: A Divergent Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Fans of the Divergent series by number-one New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories told from Tobias' point of view. Listeners first encountered Tobias as "Four" in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Listeners will find more of this charismatic character's backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection.

    Kara and Jessie's Mom says: "Surprise!!!! THREE EXTRA stories on the audiobook!"
  • Sacrificed: The Ignited Series, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Desni Dantone Narrated by Lisa Larsen

    Sacrificed: The Ignited Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Desni Dantone
    • Narrated By Lisa Larsen
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    Kris Young is no normal 17-year-old. She's the worst thing to come along since the black plague, and she will do anything to alter the destiny she was made for. Failure is not an option. And if the shadows of evil overcome her... Only one person can stop her. When she meets Micah, she doesn't expect him to save her life, or to offer his help. They were born enemies after all.

  • The Serpent in the Glass: The Tale of Thomas Farrell, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by D. M. Andrews Narrated by Ben Cummins

    The Serpent in the Glass: The Tale of Thomas Farrell, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By D. M. Andrews
    • Narrated By Ben Cummins
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    On his eleventh birthday Thomas Farrell is informed that the deceased father he never knew has provided for his education at Darkledun Manor, a school for gifted children. Thomas, however, feels he's just an ordinary boy, but Darkledun Manor proves to be anything but an ordinary school... In this work of fiction, the listener is transported into a world of myth as the young protagonist, Thomas Farrell, seeks to understand who his mysterious father was, and why he left him a strange glass orb containing a serpent.

  • The Dream Slayer: The Dream Slayer, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Jill Cooper Narrated by Piper Lewis

    The Dream Slayer: The Dream Slayer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jill Cooper
    • Narrated By Piper Lewis
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    Natalie Johnson has always dreamed she's someone else - calm, beautiful, in control. A chosen warrior with a maniacal arch nemesis and a dreamy boyfriend, the type that can make your knees melt and your heart quiver. Real life is much different. She's tormented by a bully and endures the sharp tongue of her father, but finds solace in her dreams.

  • The Young World (






UNABRIDGED) by Chris Weitz Narrated by Spencer Locke, Jose Julian

    The Young World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Chris Weitz
    • Narrated By Spencer Locke, Jose Julian
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    After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

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  • The Christmas Cave (






UNABRIDGED) by David R. Beshears Narrated by Dan Absalonson

    The Christmas Cave

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David R. Beshears
    • Narrated By Dan Absalonson
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    Thirteen-year-old Jack and his 12-year-old sister Amanda visit their Grandma Jenny in the mountains over the Christmas holiday. They hear the story of a mythical cavern that Grandma went searching for 50 years earlier with her little brother Bill and their best friend Mike. Her brother was lost, never to be seen again. Drawn to the mystery, Jack and Amanda meet up with Daniel Madsen, a local boy diagnosed with Leukemia and only months to live.

  • Now and For Never (






UNABRIDGED) by Lesley Livingston Narrated by Lesley Livingston

    Now and For Never

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lesley Livingston
    • Narrated By Lesley Livingston
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    Past and present collide on the high seas when Clare and Allie hurtle back in time once more in a perilous attempt to retrieve Marcus Donatus - Allie’s blast-from-the-past crush - and put an end, once and for all, to the Time Monkey Shenanigans. But when Clare and Allie unexpectedly find themselves temporal stowaways on a Roman warship full of looted Celtic gold, sailing straight for the heart of a magic-fuelled maelstrom, there’s not much they can do but hang on for the ride....

  • Dystance: Winter's Rising (






UNABRIDGED) by M.R. Tufo Narrated by Julia Whelan

    Dystance: Winter's Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By M.R. Tufo
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
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    From birth to death, The War is all the citizens of Dystance know. As children it is drilled into their heads that war is the purpose behind all existence. Winter doesn't agree. She's stumbled across remnants of life the way it was before The War began and now she longs to be as free as her ancestors. With help from her best friend, Cedar, and the boy she is forbidden to love, Tallow, she believes she can do it. Winter can see a life beyond the Pickets, beyond the constant hunger and the threat of death, beyond the war machine.

  • Kalona's Fall: House of Night Novellas, Book 4 (






UNABRIDGED) by P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast Narrated by Caitlin Davies

    Kalona's Fall: House of Night Novellas, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
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    In Kalona's Fall, the shadows in Kalona's past will finally come to light. We will learn about the winged immortal's secret history and discover how he went from being the Goddess's Warrior and Guardian to her enemy and betrayer. Did Darkness taint Kalona as it did Neferet, or has the powerful immortal always preferred power over honor, and control over faith?

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  • Silver Shadows: Bloodlines, Book 5 (






UNABRIDGED) by Richelle Mead Narrated by Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford

    Silver Shadows: Bloodlines, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
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    Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives.

    In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

    Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

    Jennifer Brooks says: "This series just gets better & better"
  • Ashlynn's Dreams: Devya's Children, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Julie C. Gilbert Narrated by Kristin Condon

    Ashlynn's Dreams: Devya's Children, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Julie C. Gilbert
    • Narrated By Kristin Condon
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    Before she was kidnapped, Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was just an average bright, brave, headstrong child. She was excited for life in a new house with her Momma and new Daddy. Afterward, she's all that... and so much more. Held in a scientific facility, Jillian discovers her past - a family she never knew and a power she doesn't understand. With her ability now activated, she can enter and even shape a person's dreams.