Calhoun, KY, United States | Member Since 2008
In the future the world is a hot mess. Nature went berserk and wars broke out, leaving a haven of civilization in what's left of North America called Panem. In the center is the Capitol, which is surrounded by 13 less-fortunate districts. While the districts provide the Capitol with everything they need, they are also starving to death so they rebel. The Capitol, having less man-power but more power, squashes the rebellion, completely obliterating District 13, and forcing the other 12 districts to participate in the Hunger Games.
Each year a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen from each district to battle it out in a gynormous state-of-the-art arena which is designed differently each year and equipped with cameras for viewing pleasure. They fight to the death, the victor being wealthy for the rest of their life, and the winning district getting a variety of prizes and food.
The story centers around Katniss, a 16 year old who is the head of her family, acting as the provider since her father died in the coal mines. She's a survivor, and illegally hunts outside the borders of District 12 with her guy-friend Gale, both of them keeping their families from starvation.
During the drawing for the 74th Annual Hunger Games, the name of Katniss' 12 year old sister is drawn. Knowing her sister wouldn't stand a chance, Katniss volunteers to go in her place. The boy chosen is Peeta, a classmate who once helped her out by giving her food when her family was starving. Together they go to the Capitol, are given makeovers and paraded around before being set in the area to kill or be killed.
This book is wonderfully crafted, the world is well written, the characters are so real, the romance twist is intruiging, and the situations are woven just so that it leaves you panting for more when the book ends.
I put this book off because I didn't think it was my style but I devoured it quickly. It may be YA but it's great for adults too. 13+
After listening to Saving Grace I wanted to hear more from this narrator. Boy did I get an earful. The men sound as if they are part troll or fresh back from a night of booze and chainsmoking. HORRIBLE. Susan Duerden is now my new worst narrator of Audible.
I can only just the story by what I heard and I almost turned it off at several points but the story does engage the listener a little. In the end though, some of the situations seemed a little too forced just for dramatic tension and the choices some characters made were against character. The only clear antagonist got taken out of the picture fairly early then there was simply an awkward situation to deal with to add to the drama. Overall it was a bit sophomoric and I've had the hardest time bringing myself to listen to the sequel which I purchased at the same time.
End result: Buy the print version.
I'm loving these little spinoffs that Molly Harper does and this one might be the best of them all!
Once again Amanda Ronconi knocks it out of the ballpark though I was a bit confused at first because every blurb I read said this newcomer to the world of Jane Jameson was from Ireland. Let me clarify before you listen - she is actually from Boston until she was sent to live with family in Ireland. I was horrified at first, thinking my beloved narrator couldn't pull off an Irish accent to save her life. I kept hearing Bostonian. It wasn't until later that I learned she was from Boston and the whole thing made sense... so don't worry - she's supposed to sound that way.
Nola is a healer witch who is raised after the age of 14 by her Irish grandmother and is essentially now in charge of her family's witchy heritage. For a while now they've been feuding with another clan and every now and then have to cast a magical spell to keep the village safe. Unfortunately the 4 elemental objects they need to do this were hidden so well they aren't even in Ireland anymore; Nola's grandmother sent them away with her lover when he left... without telling him she was pregnant.
Now Nola has traveled to Kentucky to find her grandfather's shop is now run by a vampire; Jane Jameson and her crew make wonderful appearances throughout the novel enough to this time be actual minor characters. While searching through the loads of artifacts in the shops, Nola meets Jed, and despite having left her boyfriend back in Ireland she can't help be drawn to this Tennessee born cajun (okay that part I didn't understand but who cares - he's hot!) Fun ensues as Nola weaves her way into the hearts of everyone, especially Dick.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It could be a stand alone novel but I highly recommend reading all the others because they are all mentioned somewhere along the way. 5 stars!
I'm baffled by all the great ratings for these books. I feel like I'm missing something. I'm still sitting here watching Jane ride back and forth and this time she manages to get almost nothing done. I don't know if she can handle her job. She fails to protect the kids she loves she wastes time searching for a grindylow, Rick's whole situation is like a side problem for her and the whole reason she's on this new case is NEVER EXPLAINED.
I need character development, Ms Hunter, unless she's spiraling down a hole and is about to have an interesting breakdown and go all feral this character should be improving and not making rookie mistake time after time. She clearly isn't cut out for these assignments and I find that weird. One more book... let's see what happens.
Okay so for the last review I used this image of sitting on a porch and watching Jane ride one way, then back, then past again, then back... back and forth gathering clues and data. I'm using it again. Same search for clues, no one really telling her everything so she can solve a case, it would have been over quicker but... oh and lets make her fight a pack of werewolves whiles she's at it.
Sorry no. As much as I love a strong heroine, this is clearly the case of someone saying cat shifters are more awesome than wolf shifters. if we were being honest, Jane vs one werewolf, maybe even two, but a whole pack and she wins? No. I know this is fantasy but I need a little reality in this world that's been created.
Also, in the spirit of the love triangle, I believe we can safely say it's not a triangle if one of the guys goes off and cheats. Done. Hence the angst.
Still going on to the next book but I'm sensing a trend.
Okay so let me create an image. Sit on a front porch. Jane, on her motorcycle drives by. Then she drives by again. You watch her drive back and forth and each time she's learned a little or done something. Add in what you learned from the last book but make it a slightly paler version of the characters and VOILA! Book 2.
I do enjoy these books. But I also enjoy character growth. I have a feeling we won't see much of that with Jane. But you know, the Ms Marple books are awesome despite a constantly same plot line with only different characters and twists. At least we established a love triangle! Worth a credit if you're liking the series... I still like the Mercy Thompson books better.
I love Nalini Singh. I love all her books. And even though this is a collection of small stories in her Psy-changeling series, I love it too. I don't need to tell you what it's about or what I think because I already know you'll love it.
(Obviously read the other psy-changling books first ;)
I like a few of Kinsella's books tho I had to stop when her shopaholic had a baby because they jsut started getting bad. There's only so idiotic a person can be. I was wrong.
Imagine a world filled with idiots. Idiots so incompetent that they can't manage to put the hot dog in the muffin (or whatever the heck they were saying around the kid). Main Guy is having an early midlife crisis and wants to run away and get married with the chick he banged all summer holiday in Greece. They meet 15 years later and do just that. Main Girl is smart and so is he so you'd think they could have a coherent thought between them. No.
Main Girl just went through a whole breakup and feels old (33) so she jumps at the chance to finally get married despite the guy mentioning things from that hot sexy summer that she doesn't remember. Foreshadowing anyone? Main Girl's sister is also smart but manages to keep them from doing it no matter how lame her attempts are and how idiotic she is. Main Guy's lawyer is his closest best friend even though they don't really like each other - he also tries to stop the wedding but bungles it as well.
Main Girl's recently dumped EX is Mr. Clueless, who has dated her for 3 years, loves her, and can't figure out why she would think he was going to propose and doesn't really know if he wants to.
Really, the most interesting person in the whole story is the kid who is a pathological liar. Seriously. How hard is it to go to another hotel and get it on. Don't waste your credit, you'll just yell at your player and roll your eyes so much you get a headache.
I hate you. So? I hate you. Sex. I hate him. I hate her. Sex. Hate, sex, sex, hate, kinky sex, naughty sex, boardroom sex, mom's bathroom sex, you cant have her sex, hotel sex, I love you sex. The end.
Oh. My bad. I should have warned you about the spoilers :)
So this review is a bit silly but then again so is the book. There's really no plot just a lot of hate and sex. He's hot, she's hot, he's mega rich, she's an intern, somehow they got off on the wrong foot then they just got off. No plot, no character decriptions, even less depth than FSOG if you can believe that, but then, the book its pretty hot so if you just want sex with a little bit of a situation, this is for you. Don't get me wrong, this book was fun to read, but I'm not giving it 5 stars. Harry Potter gets five stars. I'd give this book 2 stars if it didn't inspire some fun moments.
Okay so never have read a m/m/m/f book before and I rated it honestly - as a book it's got a very basic plot, the characters are basic and the climax is just something that could happen to be called a climax BUT let's be honest... you're not buying this for the plot.
Strong female character in love with three different guys, all childhood friends, brothers in a foster home, and she refuses to choose between them so she chooses none. This all came to a head one night when all the guys decided to make a pass at her and take her on all at once - after a hot gangbang she left and hasn't spoken to them for a year. In the meantime the guys, all running an architect firm, have built a house for all four of them to live in with the hopes that they'll win her back. She's a cop and gets hurt and they go to the hospital then take her home... to their new home.
What follows is the guys trying to talk her into accepting all of them as her... what, husbands, mates, lovers, partners... whatever. Basically they will sacrifice ever finding someone to be their alone to share her with the other guys. It's almost convincing but I just don't buy it. But it's fun anyway.
Like I said the characters are basic - the strong female cop, the sensitive best friend, the intriguing intellectual, and the brute who likes it kinky... there are only so many holes to fill in a body so you get the idea of what's to come.
It's not every day your heroine is deaf. I was immediately intrigued by this because I wondered how the author would pull it off. Well, she almost did it.
Meet Eveline Armstrong, a beautiful girl who took a tumble from a horse a few years back and is now daft. Or so everyone thinks. SHe was going to have to marry this guy who wanted to do icky things to her so she played dumb. No one in her whole family notices in three years that she's deaf.
Graeme, awesome hero of our story, notices the first day he meets her... or well has an itch of an idea that he learns almost immediately after they're married.
So I say almost - and even though I really enjoyed this book, you may notice I gave it four stays and the story 3... The thing is, Eveline has only been deaf for a few years yet she's learned how to read lips PERFECTLY every single time. With no mixups. And the fact that she's deaf isn't a problem for anyone it's simply who she is - think Hatfields and McCoys.
I think the author did a great job working with her being deaf and how people respond but between her family not knowing, her new husband finding out immediately, her fiance wanting to do things so horrible she has to get away from him (why he wants to do these things is never explained he's just a bad guy to be a bad guy), and the fact that the moment she starts talking she goes on and on with no problem and only a little weirdness... it was a bit too unbelievable.
The story had a few continuity errors as well. Granted, I was listening and haven't relistened but what I heard was the Montgomery and Armstrong feud has been going on for 50 years ever since Eveline's grandfather killed Graeme's father. SO lets do the math shall we? Graeme is the oldest of four... considering there could have been a few deaths here or there, we can assume he's at least late fifties early 60s. And described as not very attractive - it's his voice that is sexy. WHAT?? So the sexy guy on the cover is an ugly 58 year old who still isn't ready to get married when he's forced to marry Eveline? I don't think the author meant that so I hope I heard wrong... except it kept getting reaffirmed throughout the book. I chose to ignore it and focus on the guy on the cover of the novel. Geez.
Anyway, I always say honesty is my best policy and I try and give truthful reviews so I'll give you this... ignore the few hiccups I mentioned and spend the credit - despite its flaws it's still worth a listen.
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