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This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to! Once I started, I went straight through, not stopping until I was done. No joke! Laura Whitcomb did a superb job with this story. I thought the narrator was spot on; her sweet and harmless demenor was a perfect portrayal of Helen. I didn't expect this story to tug at my heart strings, but it sure did. It is such a beautiful story and I would definitely recommend it. It was 100% worth the credit point. =)
Happy to have another Halfmoon Hollow book! It's kind of like returning to a group of old friends you missed. This book was my least favorite of the 3, but I still enjoyed it very much. It started out slow....so slow that I almost stopped listening. I'm so glad I stuck with it though, because the story picked up just in time & then I couldn't stop listening/reading. I wasn't that invested in Gigi & Nick, but the storyline was still great. Amanda Ronconi as a narrator was awesome, as always. Love her! So, if you find that you are bored with this book in the beginning, stick with it. You'll be glad that you did. A solid 4 stars for story & 5 stars for performance.
Absolutely! I have already done so and they loved it too!
It is very difficult to compare this book/trilogy to another, because it's such an interesting spin on troll mythology. The 'coming of age' theme in this book/trilogy has definitely been done many times before, but it is still fresh for the paranormal fantasy genre. If I must compare it to another book/series, I would maybe compare it to the Iron Fey series. Both protagonists are coming of age and discover they are both mythological creatures AND royalty. Both characters are learning how to grow and mature into their birthright. Still, this book is very different from any other paranormal fantasy I have read and its uniqueness makes it stand out above the others.
She brings each character to life. I love her portrayal of Wendy and thought it was spot on. She also manages to pull off male voices quite well without sounding contrived. I absolutely adore her narration!
Hmmmmm, I don't know. How about "Trolls who don't look like trolls." Ok, I know that was pretty terrible. lol. I probably shouldn't quit my day job. Ha!
This was such a great final book! My favorite of them all, actually. The characters really make this book/trilogy shine. I adore almost every single character and I thought that Amanda Hocking did a stellar job tying the story up. I was especially happy about Wendy and Finn's ending, since I can't stand his character. She and Loki are so awesome together and I was glad they got their "Happily Ever After." I was so moved by Wendy and her mother, Elora's, growing relationship. It was both beautiful and tragic. I really enjoyed every second of this trilogy and read/listened to them so quickly. Recently, I decided I would read/listen to them again and I loved it even more the second time around. I don't normally care for YA novels, but this is one exception and I'm glad I gave them a chance. I would give it 10 stars if I could. A+++!
Everything! I especially loved watching Wendy's character grow and mature, along with her relationship with her mother and Queen of the Trylle, Elora.
It is difficult to compare this to other books, because it is the only book I have come across that features trolls. Not only that, but it offers a new and fresh take on this mythological creature...very different than those hideous trolls of lore that hide under bridges. If I absolutely must compare it to something though, I'd say maybe the Iron Fey series, only because the protagonist in that series is on a similar journey as Wendy. They both discover they are a mythological creature AND royalty. Both are coming of age stories where the protagonists are learning how to grow and mature into the leadership role that is their birthright.
That's easy! Loki! What's not to love? My second favorite character would definitely be Tove. I love both their relationships with Wendy. You can really feel the chemistry between Loki and Wendy. I love Wendy's friendship with Tove and enjoy all their scenes together.
Witnessing Loki's vulnerability when he does such a selfless act to help Wendy. I won't go into detail about that scene, since it would spoil the story for those that haven't read the book yet. I also loved the moment when Wendy put Aurora in her place. So satisfying!
I absolutely loved the first book and I thought this book was even better! I really enjoyed watching Wendy's character slowly mature into the aging Queen she will be. I can't find any flaws about this book and I thought Therese Plummer's performance was amazing and spot on! An A++!
Absolutely! Actually, I already have recommended it to several friends and they loved it just as much as I. And my sister-in-law recommended it to me and I'm glad she did!
It felt very fresh for a paranormal fantasy. So many books in this genre are saturated with vampires, werewolves & other were-creatures, faeries, ghosts, zombies, shapeshifters, etc. This is the first book I have come across that features trolls and offers a new an interesting spin on these mythological creatures. I honestly wasn't sure if I would even like the book, since these days, I'm not really into the whole YA thing, but it had me hooked by the first few chapters.
Too many to name, but I especially enjoyed all the scenes with Wendy and her mother and Queen of the Trylle, Elora. You can tell her mother is a complicated woman, as Finn says.
Wendy's budding friendship with Tove.
I absolutely loved this book! The whole Trylle society is really intriguing and I loved all the characters...well, except for Finn. Not a fan of Finn. Therese Plummer did an amazing job narrating and I honestly haven't been able to find any flaws with the story and its narration. A solid 5 stars!
-P.S.- The second and third books are even better! Love this trilogy!
Heck yeah! Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante are the best of the best! They work so well together and boy, is Phil Gigante's voice sex on a stick!
I was surprised to find that I enjoyed Lore the most out of all the characters, which surprised me. He was hilarious & actually had me laughing out loud during his chapters, especially over his little priya scheme. LOL!
Um, that's easy. Barrons and Ryoden. Pretty much all the voices Phil does are spot on. I always love Natalie's portrayal of Mac and especially love her Dani. /sigh *takes a moment to grieve that loss. :-( Hoping it's temporary and we get the old Dani back ASAP*
Oh yes, but I forced myself to spread it out....you know, to savor the flavor. Unfortunately, that only lasted a few days, because I couldn't stop listening. lol
Ok, so about the story. I will say that I enjoyed this book immensely, like all the books in the series. BUT, it definitely didn't have the same oomph that all the previous novels had. I miss Dani! I think I must agree with a few other reviews, which said that the people who didn't like Iced would love Burned. Pretty spot on. While I absolutely love Mac, I found her character flailing and tedious throughout most of this book. Not happy with the direction Dani's story took....not happy about it one bit. It's strange to say that I both liked & disliked this book, but I don't really know how else to sum it up. I enjoyed it, but there was definitely something missing. Having said that, I have faith in KMM's writing & I'm sure she will correct the course this storyline has taken. I just hope it doesn't take as long for the next book to come out. I'll still give it 4 stars, just because I still really enjoyed every second and Natalie Ross & Phil Gigante will always rock!
Yes, I would. As a matter of fact, I have.....the whole Iron Fey series as well as this new spin-off.
I suppose the obvious would be Shakespeare's. Midsummer Night's Dream, although that is technically a play.
Razor! He is so darn cute & Jake's narration just made him even more adorable!
First, let me ask - Where is the next book & why doesn't Audible have it already?! It makes zero sense to have the whole series & this new spin-off and not have the newest book, IRON TRAITOR. Very upset about this!
Ok, now that I have said my peace about that, let's move on. I really enjoyed this new spin-off! So glad to have all my favorite characters back and excited to see where things will go with Kierran (Meghan & Ash's son). While I absolutely enjoyed this book from beginning to end, I do think Ethan was just a bit too angsty for my tastes, but it seems like he grew quite a bit by the end of this book, so I'm hoping this is the last we'll hear of his brooding. :-) I think the narrator was quite good, though his mispronounciaton of Leanansidhe was a bit frustrating, especially since she is one of my favorite characters. LOVE her! Also, I wasn't crazy about his voice for Grimalkin either (I prefer Kristine Hvam's version of everyone's favorite kitty). Other than that though, I think he did the book justice. I am really excited to find out what will happen next. Over all, I would give this audiobook a B+. So Audible, when are you going to give us the next one? The paperback has been out for a year now. What's the hold up??
HOLY CRIPES, AWESOME! (At least, those were my actual words upon finishing the book. lol)
Too many to name without spoiling the book for those who haven't read it yet, so I'll just say the whole last half of the book was non-stop awesomeness.
I love Emily Shaffer in this series and I must say, Allen Ford gets points for improvement since the last book. While I prefer Emily's version of Adrian with his English accent (still don't understand why they phased that out, but oh well), I think Alden did a solid job in this book.
If I had the time, I could have easily listened to this in one sitting. Alas, I have duties that prevent me from indulging that much, but I did finish it in two days. Never has housework been so fun!
This is definitely one of my favorites, and that includes all the Vampire Academy books too! It actually reminded me of the early Vamp. Academy books. I can't wait until the next one! I whole heartedly recommend this book & especially the whole Bloodlines series & Vampire Academy series. They are all so good!
At the top, along with the rest of the BLOOD OF EDEN series.
I loved getting a first hand account of the world right after the Red Lung disease wipes out much of humanity & the beginnings of rabidism and the spread of the virus. I also enjoyed Ben & Kylie's relationship, along with the seemingly irreparable father-son relationship between Ben & his dad.
Then here are so many for such a short book, but I think the part when Ben's stubborn dad doesn't listen to Ben & Kylie and disaster ensues was the best part of the book.
"Red Lung Disease & Rabidism: When S@#$ Hits the Fan!"
This was a well-written, well preformed to prequel and I really enjoyed the insight of how both diseases began to destroy Earth as we know it. I wish it had been longer and I would suggest outright purchasing the audiobook instead of spending a whole credit on it. It cost less than $4 and it was well worth every penny. Highly recommended!
Most definitely! The brutal & harsh dystopian universe Julie Kagawa has created is quite fascinating with a protagonist who is strong, layered & someone you can easily root for. I loved the first book/audiobook of this new series & this one topped it tenfold! There was so much action & suspense in this book, but it didn't overshadow the important character development that takes place with the characters, nor did the character development overshadow the action & suspense. It was a beautiful balance that only great storytellers can truly pull off. It did start off a tad bit slow in the beginning, but trust me, it picks up about 1/3 into the book & doesn't stop until the very end! I lost a lot of sleep over the past two days, b/c I could not stop listening. I was cleaning my house way past 2am, just so I had an excuse to keep listening. By the way, expect one heck of a cliffhanger! I was practically screaming at the very end & woke my poor husband & dog up. lol
While the market is currently heavily saturated with vampire & zombie books, this book/series is unique in its own right, so I find it quite difficult to compare it with other books. The protagonist, Allison, sort of reminds me of Sita from 'The Last Vampire'/'Thirst' series, by Christopher Pike...that is, before he decided to re-launch the series, thus messing up a good thing. Both Allison & Sita are vampires, trying so hard to cling to their lost humanity. Their desire to connect with humans is very strong, but a constant uphill battle & their characters are neither good, nor bad...neither black or white, but multiple shades of gray, which is much more realistic for a vampire, who's main source of nutrition is humans' blood.
No, I have only listened to her with this series. I thought she was great & truly nailed the voice of Allie. The only negative would be her voice for Sarren, which was way too hammy & whispery. Other than that though, I loved her & really hope she will stick with this series.
I also really enjoyed the the slow-building relationship between blood-siblings, Allie & Jackal. Actually, I really enjoyed Jackal's character development throughout the whole book. The only slight negative I have about the story would be Allie's extended monologuing about fighting her inner monster. But like I said, it's only a very slight negative & it doesn't make the story any less awesome. And last but not least, ZEEEEEEKE!!! Allie's relationship with Zeke is both fascinating & heartbreakingly tragic. I am DYING for the next book!!!
Absolutely! Actually, I already have recommended this to several of my friends and they loved it! The storyline is intriguing and I love Mac and Barrons! I found that these books get better and better. The story is slightly slow-building, so stick with it. You won't regret it.
All the other books of the FEVER series and the spin-off called ICED. Honestly, I can't think of anything that I can truly compare this to. Yes, there are other books out there about the Fae, but this story is absolutely unique in its own right.
This is the only negative thing I can say about this audiobook. Joyce Bean is not right for Mac or this series. Her voice for Barrons is terrible. She makes him sound like a creepy old leprechaun. I found that I eventually got used to her voice though, so it didn't bother me after a while. The good thing is, you only have to deal with her as a narrator for one more book. After that, they bring Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante on board as narrators for the rest of the series and holy cow, they are simply outstanding!
I had many laugh out loud moments, mostly because of Barrons. :)
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