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This series is one of my favorite audiobook series- listening really brings the world to life. However, I felt a bit let down after the tension of Beautiful Chaos because the beginning of BR moved slowly and was very reflective. BR is divided into three parts- they definitely picked up as they went along. I always enjoy the writing in this series, but BR didn't quite have the pacing the others had.
In the kitchen when Ethan tries to get Amma's attention and the crossword puzzle at the table with Lena and Macon.
I felt the others in the series were better, but I love Kevin T. Collins as the narrator. His narrating wasn't as powerful to me in this one though. I think it's because it was so much more focused on Ethan as opposed to the characters around him. Adding Khristine Hvam really gave Lena a solid voice. I love Khristine's work in YA audiobooks. She really does a fantastic job at connecting with the characters, and Lena was no exception.
Out of the darkness and into the light
Even though it isn't my favorite of the series, I felt it was a good send-off. I'm going to miss Gatlin and these characters so much. Luckily the movie is coming soon!!
This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The narration is so well-executed, the writing is superb, and the production is fantastic.
Walking under the train tracks, UGH.
I loved Theta.
Definitely. I was lost in the roaring twenties and the eerie supernatural world on the streets of Manhattan. I'd get chills listening to it.
The narrator captured the comedic timing of the text so perfectly. The delivery of the lines and the distinctive voices had me lost in the world. I wanted to sit in my car and just listen.
I can't choose between Lord Maccon and Alexia. They are both individually fantastic characters, and together their banter is incredibly fun and engaging. Both are so straightforward and used to doing what they want and not needing anything or anyone. Watching their attraction develop despite their best efforts is so much fun.
This is my first listen, but I'll be seeking her out!
I laughed out loud constantly. The writing is so clever and funny, and Emily Gray really delivers the lines well.
The emotional pacing and turning points. Sara Zarr is so good at capturing the emotional tension and push/pull in characters.
Dylan- his genuineness and how he cared for Jill
They capture Mandy and Jill and really bring these two different, damaged girls to live. I could feel the pain in their voices as well as the hope.
I can't even pick one- the entire book moved me in a way I never expected. I had no desire to read a book that dealt with teen pregnancy, but I love Sara's writing and I'd heard such great things about the book. It's SO much more than teen pregnancy. The book isn't about that really. The book is about emotional damage and healing and what it means to be family and how it's okay to grieve and hurt and how to heal. It's beautiful and brilliant.
The audio version was a little confusing sometimes. I wasn't sure what the people were saying. It took a while to get into the story.
Deciding whether to kill the girl or not.
It definitely would have helped to listen all in one sitting because if I spent a couple days away, it took me a bit to get back into the rhythm of the language and the slang. It was definitely interesting enough to listen to in one sitting.
I have recommended it to many people already. It is charming and funny and so clever. I love all the little pop culture references and the pacing of the book. It's engaging and never boring and is so different and unique that you can't help but love it.
That's really difficult... of course I love Clay and Penumbra and Kat, but I have to say that I really loved Neel too. He's my favorite... probably.
The scene in the reading room when Clay is all alone.
The amphitheater scene at Google. Heart. Broken.
Give this book a chance even if it sounds like it's not your thing. It's so smart and fun and different, it will charm you and win you over.
Would definitely listen again. The world the author sets up is intriguing and I'm looking forward to reading more in the series, so I'll definitely go back to listen at least once more to get a handle on all the characters that will play in over the course of the series.
When Mercy went back "home".
The two werewolves in Mercy's living room.
There were a lot of laugh out loud moments. I really like Mercy's voice.
Definitely. Richelle Mead is a fantastic storyteller. I get so caught up with these characters, and she really brings the tension.
Seeing the romance between Sydney and Adrian finally coming together!!
She's a fantastic narrator and really embodies Sydney's voice, especially. It was a bit disconcerting after hearing her version of Adrian for so long for her to change it to match the male narrator, but I got used to it fairly quickly.
Adrian's last chapter at the end of the book.
alchemy, vampires, and trouble
I like how Sydney is forced to live with the Moroi and Dhampirs and leave her comfort zone. Seeing these "monsters" as friends challenges everything she knows. I loved the tension she faced between her Alchemist beliefs and duties and her projects for Mrs. Terwilliger as well.
Adrian. Always Adrian.
There is a lot of humor and some very tense moments. Mostly it's just a fun ride.
The Bloodlines series is quite different from The Vampire Academy series, but if you enjoyed VA, you'll enjoy getting to know some familiar characters better. As much as I love Rose, Dimitri, and Lissa, I enjoy the group dynamic of the Bloodlines series. This quasi-family of Moroi, Dhampir, and Alchemist (with some humans along for the ride) is really entertaining.
Yes. This is such a fun series, and things really get interesting for Sydney in this book. She's really deepened as a character. And don't get me started on Adrian because I could read about him all day. I loved the chance to learn more about Mrs. Terwilliger and to have an introduction to Marcus.
Adrian. I love how Emily Shaffer does all the characters in both the Bloodlines and Vampire Academy series, but Adrian has always been and will always be my favorite. Emily's performance gives his voice life, and she captures his snarky charm perfectly.
The scene in the garden toward the end. Can't say more without spoiling it.
I will definitely listen to it again! The story is so compelling, and the writing is gorgeous. Laini Taylor has become one of my favorite authors. This book is a little harder to read because the focus has shifted to the points of view of many characters and in multiple locations, but it's handled really well. I also feel like Laini did a fantastic job of showing just enough brutality to be realistic in a war-torn setting without being gratuitous or over the top. Her world-building is fantastic- I really felt a sense of every location and could close my eyes and picture each scene, especially in the "sandcastle".
It would be a MAJOR spoiler to say, so I'll just say the whole interaction with Karou, Akiva, and Thiago.
I haven't listened to the first book yet (read the hardcover) but for DoBaS I started with the audio and I'm so glad I did. Khristine really brought out the nuances and subtext for me, as well as the humor of Zuzana and Mick.
Again, don't want to spoil, but the scene where Ziri has to make a decision that Karou doesn't want him to make. My heart felt ripped in two at that point.
Read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and you'll fall in love with Akiva and Karou. Read Days of Blood and Starlight, and you'll fall in love with everyone who matters to them.
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