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Lorna

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  • Vanish: A Firelight Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (262)

    To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again... and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will's memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone. she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again.

    Lynn says: "Way too much self loathing!"
    "Vanish Lives Up To Firelight!"
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    Where does Vanish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, I've listened to too many audio books to make that assessment, but I will say it is definitely one of the best YA books I've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacinda, she's what makes this series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the beginning sene, because it picks up right where Firelight leaves off, and an exciting thing happens that is somewhat unexpected, at least not at the beginning of the novel.


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

    It made me one of those people at the movies that tell the person on screen what to do, out of suspense, not something I normally do.


    Any additional comments?

    Sophie Jordan is a great writer she makes you feel what her characters are feeling, though I wished the novel was a bit longer, it has me pining for the third and final novel in this trilogy.
    Also Therese Plummer did a fantastic job as always, she really brings this series to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Future of Our Past: The Remembrance Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kahlen Aymes
    • Narrated By Liona Gem, Blake Richard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews have been inseparable best friends since the moment they met. Each of them fight an internal battle, unwilling to risk their incredible friendship, but unable to quell their deep longing for the other. On the verge of Ryan's departure to Harvard Medical School and Julia's for her new job on the opposite coast, they are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings and find themselves enthralled in a passion like neither has ever known.

    Lorna says: "Wow...just...wow!"
    "Wow...just...wow!"
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    What did you love best about The Future of Our Past?

    Well there are a few things about this book I loved, but what I enjoyed most was the totally romantic love story. Though sappy at times, it was a refreshing aproach to a story that is smoking hot. Ryan and Julia are just perfect for one another; perhaps a little too perfect at times, but I didn't mind.


    What other book might you compare The Future of Our Past to and why?

    I can't really think of a comparison, but the premise is not at all original; it's just that the chemistry between the two main characters in this book made it unique for me.


    What does Liona Gem and Blake Richard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The naration is another thing about this book that I loved. Both narators were excellent, and dual narators is always better with two point of views, but I loved the fact that no matter the point of view, the male voices were don by Blake Richard, and the female voices were done by Liona Gem. I have never listened to a naration like this in a romance novel before. Usually the male narator is lacking with the female voices, or vice versa, so this was a real treat. It made the entire book play out like a movie.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author was great, but I do want to warn this book ends with sort of a cliffhanger, so you may want to wait for the next one to buy. Definitly worth a credit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tragic: Rook and Ronin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By J. A. Huss
    • Narrated By Jordan Leigh, Anna Gibson
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
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    (15)

    Rook Walsh is tragic. Because life so far - just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky…. Rook got a second chance. And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone - you grab it with both hands and run. Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she's got "The Look." The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive Tragic Media contract. Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he's everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn't.

    Jordy says: "A mix of romance & erotic art= intriguing story!"
    "Wow... so much more than I expected."
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    This book was a pleasant surprise. The characters were engaging, funny at times, but most of all real. The backstory of both main characters though definitely TRADGIC, was also Intriguing and not at all out of place with the story as so many books come across. The romance is also real, not just cheesy chemistry and sex. The chemistry between Rook and Ronin manages to be hot while at the same time not exaggerated by explicit sex. J. A. Huss's writing is superb. Both narators did a fantastic job. Definitely worth a credit. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kirsty Moseley
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden, Leah Mallach
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (44)
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    Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night, her brother's best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years. What happens when Amber starts to view her brother's best friend a little differently? And how will her brother, who has always been a little overprotective, react when he finds out that the pair are growing closer?

    Jordy says: "Semi YA/adult romance with dark undertone"
    "Wow... so much better than I expected!"
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    I loved this book. From the start it is a little tough to listen to as it starts out with eight year old Amber and her ten year old brother Jake, revealing the horor of the abuse they suffered via their very Loathsome father. But once chapter two came I was hooked. The love story between Amber and Liam is so sweet and sexy I was shocked, especially with this type of book. But Liam is really the most praise-worthy boyfriend their is, and I do agree with another reviewer... so much so that it must be fiction. I didn't care though, . Amber is a little clueless at times and naive , but she is only sixteen, so I didn't have much reservations with her flaws. Seriously though, although there were indeed dark elements to this story, the love story was the best part of this book for me. Another pleasant factor in this book, is that there is no explicit sex scenes as in so many of the YA novels nowadays. The narators did a fantastic job. I think this writer shows good promise, though I wasn't blown away with the riting in a whole. All and all I can't wait to see another of Kursty Moseley's books on Audible. Definitely credit worthy if you like this type of story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Princess: Arcana Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (582)

    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"
    "One of the best YA books."
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    I really enjoyed this book, one of Kresley Cole's best stories. Though the novel is clearly made for teens, it can be enjoyed by adults, since it has a truely unique storyline. The book has been compared to Twilight, but the world that Kresley Cole has created is so different that it isn't much like Twilight not even with the romance. It's ramped up a couple degrees with the physical chemistry between the lead characters, along with much more sinister villans, but apt to the story in my oppinion. I do think Jackson is a bit too hard on Evi at times, but I can see where the author is going with it. The book starts out with the villan doing the narating in the prologue, which makes for good intrigue, though I did find the start of the book somewhat slow. But it picks up and then doesn't falter much after that, so if you get a little board with the teenage stuff just hang in there a little longer. The narators did an excellant job. All and all I can't say anything but good for this book, and I can't wait for the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11534)
    Performance
    (10400)
    Story
    (10464)

    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."
    "You'll Love It!"
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    I came across this title after I finished the Hunger Games series and I was hesitant to get it, despite the rave reviews because I just didn't believe any YA novel could live up to that series. I was wrong! Though totally different from the Hunger Games, Divergent is just as wonderful. The romance in this novel is amazing, the story is amazing, and the writing is equally so. It's very poignant and the characters are wonderful. The world the author has created is incredible. Veronica Roth has a truely unique mind. I started listening to this book with very little expectations, but after the first few chapters I was loving it. The narator does an excellant job, she's very easy to listen to. If you like dystopian novels, romance, and a great story, you'll love this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7166)
    Performance
    (6504)
    Story
    (6557)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    C. Mings says: "Oh, Tris....get over it!"
    "Great Sequel!"
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    This book is a great continuation from Divergent. It's hard to say which one of these two novels I like the best. They both are so unbelievably gripping. Insurgent has all the powerful emotion that Divergent instills but it also has something else that was a bit lacking in the first novel. This novel gives a better understanding of all the factions in Veronica Roth's world. The first book mainly focusses on Dauntless and Abnegation, but now we get to learn more about Erudite, Cander, and Amity. I was glad this book explained all the factions with better clarity, because I wondered about the others when I read Divergent. The main character Tris, is one of the best characters in a YA novel I've come across, someone that I think is so real its a little scarry. And the love story between Tris and Tobias is moving. Veronica Roth has a gift and it shines. The only thing I didn't like about this book is the fact that I have to wait for the third book, because like Divergent I never wanted the story to end.
    Emma Galvin has done such a fantastic job with both the Divergent novels, she makes both books an absolute delight. If you are a fan of Divergent then you will love Insurgent and if you haven't read Divergent yet, then what are you waiting for!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (499)

    Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless - and if he isn't careful, he'll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost…until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he's never known before. Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival.

    Katheryne says: "Lords of the Underworld fans will enjoy!"
    "I prefer The Lords Of The Underworld."
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    Gena Showalter is one of my favorite authors, and this book is a spin-off of the Lords of the Underworld series, but it doesn't have the same feel and the story didn't measure up at all. It doesn't have Gena's usual humor, which I think makes her books. The narator is the same narator that reads the Lords of the Underworld series, but I think this book may have been better with another narator, because it makes you want the same feel as the lords of the Underworld, and you never really get it. It somehow falls flat. The story just isn't that captivating. I wasn't impressed .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Rules: Blood of Eden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (415)

    In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.... Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

    Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked - and given the ultimate choice. Die or become one of the monsters.

    Alley McNally says: "BEST VAMPIRE STORY EVER!!!!"
    "Very entertaining"
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    I love Julie Kagawa, she is a very tallented writer and has a way of explaining detail with great imagery. Though I think the vampire genre is a bit played out, this one has enough uniqueness to make it worth the listen. The lead character is great, a bit naive at times, but she gets herself together as the book progresses. Not at all a typical Ya vampire novel or story for that matter. No high school drama, or high school crush, in fact, no school at all. I enjoyed the book and listened to it all the way through. I can't wait for the next in the series. As always, Therese Plummer did an excellant job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3692)
    Performance
    (3343)
    Story
    (3351)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Not quite as good as Fifty Shades in my oppinion."
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    For an erotica novel this is a good book; however I know a lot of people are comparing this one to the Fifty Shades trilogy and I have reservations. Firstly, the female lead in this book is good she's got spunk, and I like that, but the male character, though he is similar to Christian Gray in Fifty Shades, I'm not sure I like him as much. I don't like his use of the word C$nt during the sex scenes, it just doesn't seem necessary . I don't know why so many erotica writers find it necessary to use that word at all. It's not sexy, and it doesn't make the sex any hotter, quite the opposite if you ask me. El James didn't use the word once in all three of her books, and the sex scenes were definitely hot. The story in this book is good, but I wasn't overly impressed. The narator did a great job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen: Women of the Otherworld, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (252)

    A war is brewing - the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half-brother from supernatural medical testing, but he's fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing. Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength - a strength she never knew she had - as she fights to keep her world from shattering.

    itsallaboutthestory says: "LOVED IT!!"
    "A great series finale!"
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    Kelley Armstrong is such a tallented writer that it makes it hard not to enjoy any of her books, however I'm so glad Johanna Parker has narated the last three books in this series, most of the other narators in this series were terrible and I had to read the print version. That being said, Thirteen is an exciting read and wrap up to the series, since it involves all the characters of the series in one way or another. The story is told primarily by Savanna, but all the women that made this series have there hand in it. I'm sad to know the series is over, but enjoyed the end of it all the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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