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  • The Iron King: The Iron Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1133)

    Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

    Arwen says: "I found this mediocre"
    "THIS IS AMAZING!"
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    This is the 3rd audiobook I have ever listened to and I absolutely loved it! It was extremely well done. Khristine Hvam did an amazing job with the voices, pacing, everything. The story was very good. Kagawa does a beautiful job building a unique, yet believable Faery world. I adored this story and the rest of the series. The Iron Fey has become one of my favorite series to date. Highly recommend at least starting with the audiobook as there are a lot of gaelic terms that could be difficult to pronounce which slows down reading. =)

    Happy Reading!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12752)
    Performance
    (11682)
    Story
    (11748)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Amazing read. Spoiler-free Review"
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    Heartwrenching, beautiful, genuine, moving, sarcastic, witty, meaningful. All these words come to mind when I think about The Fault in Our Stars. However, they seem so inadequate. I knew going into this book what to expect. You don’t read a book about teenagers with cancer expecting happily ever afters and picture perfect memories. In that way, I anticipated a strong emotional reaction and the need for my trusty box of tissues; however, I wasn’t prepared for the depth of my response and the realism Mr. Green portrayed. I was transfixed by this novel. In fact, I listened to it in one sitting, totally unable to stop listening.



    The plot is straightforward and simple. There aren’t a lot of twists and turns. Not much in the way of mystery or surprises. It’s real. In my life I’ve watched two dearly loved individuals die from cancer. Both young. One slowly, excruciatingly so. And one incredibly quickly (3 weeks from the day of diagnosis). It’s an ugly process, literally and emotionally. Your body is not your body anymore. You are not even you anymore in many ways. The Fault in Our Stars deals with this both respectfully and realistically.



    One of the most amazing parts of this novel were Mr. Green’s characters. Teenagers with cancer are going to have a certain amount of maturity combined with a bit of awkwardness compared to their healthy peers. They have an “elephant in the room” with them at all times leading to a feeling of “otherness.” They also are forced to consider the likelihood of an early death while their peers have more of an invinsibility complex. This leads to characters who are grappling with life or death issues in a time of life that is awkward and frustrating enough on it’s own. Green does an amazing job introducing us to very real, exquisite characters who are placed in these circumstances.



    Hazel, the main character, has cancer and knows it will most likely kill her one day. For now though, the cancer has been held at bay by medications. Hazel is alive but she’s not really living. She’s a realist, rather sarcastic, and rather depressed.



    Augustus/Gus is a vibrant, handsome, incredibly sacrificial individual who had cancer which took one of his legs. He’s in remission and lives life to the fullest. He’s a romantic and a philosopher. When he sees what he wants, he goes for it.



    Hazel and Augustus are characters you can feel and see and hear. There were moments I had to remind myself they aren’t real people. I adored their banter and their frankness. They weren’t romanticized or perfect. Hazel and Gus have a realistic relationship. They are opposite personalities in many ways, so they disagree and sometimes get very frustrated with one another. Their reasons for living and being and doing are very different; yet, they are two teenagers who fall in love, and through their quasi-mature yet awkward personalities, they make it work and find something beautiful. Augustus and Hazel are exactly what each other need in order to live fully in their story and become better people.



    To sum things up, The Fault in our Stars is gritty and compelling, sarcastic and delightful, heartwrenching and romantic. It is not for the faint-hearted. You will cry ridiculous amounts of tears. John Green’s novel is captivatingly beautiful; full of love, life and loss; and delivered with a hefty dose of reality. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18837)
    Performance
    (17030)
    Story
    (17174)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "THIS IS A MUST READ!"
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    I loved this book so much! Emma Galvin did a fantastic job. Actually listened to this twice which I never do. LOVED IT!

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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