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Myst Dancer

Addicted to happy endings!

Atlanta, Ga | Member Since 2012

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  • 25 reviews
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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
    (1557)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1224)

    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"
    "Potentally Epic."
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    No spoilers in this review :) An extra 200 colorfully written pages would have made this book epic. Warning: The Iron King has cussing in it.

    Most notable positive aspect of the book - The narrator pronouncing Fairy and Pixy as if it were not a child's nursery book.

    Entertaining:
    It is a Mythical Magic meets normal girl. At times it was extremely entertaining to watch as the author switched us from genre to genre. Fairy land, then Earth, then Supernatural, then back to Fairy Land and all the time having the main heroine and heroes being consistent in their responses, making them lovable and real characters. The author is true to the history of the legends. She doesn't change things like "Satyrs" (who are very sexual beings, and many times aggressive).

    Downsides:
    There are a LOT of characters in the beginning so it is difficult to remember everything (including all the character's names), but as you go along you realize who is important and who is not important. The narrator is not ENTIRELY consistent with the voice responses. When Ash shouts "Watch out!" sometimes it sounds like someone else is saying it because the voice inflections are out of Ash's calculating character.

    The BIGGEST downside is the author or editor's fault…The descriptions of actions are hastily written and shallow. It leaves the relationships and scenery a bit...malnourished.

    Example:
    The book reads, "I picked up Ethan, and started to walk towards the door to the hall. Then he reached up to hold my hand while we traversed down the hall together…" Wait..what? I pictured her picking up Ethan in a cradle position in her arms, just to find out they are walking hand in hand together? Unclear at best…wouldn't her hands be busy holding him? . This makes it extremely difficult to picture the action and fight scenes because this kind of writing continues through the entire book. Made much of the book hold some distant realism (with fantasy novels the descriptions are the plate the meat of the story sits on) My 30 second rewind button got some mileage. What could have been written:
    "I bent over to help Ethan get up, cradling him for just a moment before setting him on his feet. We turned towards the hallway door stepping through the echoing space. As we walked in step together side by side, he reached up to clasp my hand in an attempt at normalcy, however the emotion of fear was still etched in his small features.":
    See what I mean? An extra 200 colorfully written pages would have made this book epic.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles - Levana's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (464)

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told - until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

    Log Cabin Pat says: "For fans only"
    "Loathing Levana"
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    I knew I would not approve of Levana's choices, and I was sure that there was no excuse for any/all of her actions. Levana has given us fantastically believable rationalizations to deluded herself with in order to justify her actions. This was MARVELOUS depth to a malevolent character I felt was headed in the direction of scape goat. We needed a villain that was nefarious not because someone hurt her and made her so, but because she elected over and over to be damanding, manipulative, inflexible, jealous, delusional, and self-destructive, conducting situations in which she unwittingly self inflicted her pain. Granted she didn't have the best upbringing or even a chance at a good one, however as you listen to her inner dialogue you realize she knows what is right, and how offten she ignores it, not letting it get in the way of what she thinks she wants and taking advantage of "Fate". WELL DONE Meyer! This is a boon for the Lunartics!! (like me - squee!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1438)
    Performance
    (1282)
    Story
    (1288)

    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Is he worth it?!"
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    I am not a huge fan of love triangles. As a married woman I know I will never be a part of a love triangle....so why can't I put this book down???

    What is this political significance that has the rebels SO VIOLENT? America has become emotionally invested now (in Maxon), so her inner dialogue is much more emotional. She is getting distracted by her emotions and cannot see the political significance she needs to share with Maxon.... I wish that Maxon could trust America with more secrets, but she needs to prove herself trustworthy....and she hasn't......yet. :D

    Maxon has impressed me from the moment we met, and we find out so much more about Maxon in this book (yea!!) We get to see the ladies lead their own royal tasks, like learning about court functions and practice directing them. You grow to like other girls in the competition (who knew?), and even feel a little sympathy and jealousy towards them (dresses, parties, and drama, OH My!).

    Also, didn't realize this was a miniseries on tv...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1906)
    Performance
    (1701)
    Story
    (1717)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Amazon Customer says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Sweet and Typical"
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    The book starts slow (as most YA novels do) but picks up when she is actually selected. Maxon has impressed me with his gentlemanly nature, and America (for most of the book) impressed me with her honesty to herself and her desire to move forward rather than regret the past. She doesn't seem to disillusion herself either. VERY centered on the girls and all their feelings towards Maxon, but there is some political and state action too. Of course, it wouldn't be a book without drama (love triangle drama). I am getting the sequel because I am interested in seeing what happens, not because I am captivated by characters or enthralled with the story....mearly curious :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Steam Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Karen Witemeyer
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    When Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston from an eastern finishing school, she's stunned to find her father in ill health. Though she loves him, he's only ever focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run their family business, Renard Shipping. Vowing to secure a suitable marriage partner, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure: a dagger personally gifted to Nicole's father by the pirate Jean Lafitte.

    Candace says: "Expected More"
    "Determined to finish it."
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    This book was not my favorite, but I am glad I kept picking it up to finish it. It is not what I expected/wanted from a Witemeyer book. Tailor Made Bride & Short Straw Bride & Stealing the Preacher (read in that order) were fantastic. I have listened to them more than once. Full Steam I probably won't read again.

    Darius's story at the beginning of the book made me cry....I physically had to dry my tears, hug my son and husband, and then pick it back up to read.

    I had a hard time wrapping my head around these christian people putting so much stock in a "Lucky Dagger". They risked their (and their daughter Nicole's) life on keeping this dagger in the family. Nicole continually defied her father to prove she was as good as a son (she was definitely better/smarter than a son). During her defiance she used her intelligence and wit to rescue an emotionally traumatized Steamboat Fleet Owner (Darius Thornton).

    There were also a LOT of musings by Nicole about this childhood boy friend who she loved dearly and hadn't seen in a very long time. It didn't seem to have a solid purpose in this book, but I think that it might be just a set up for a sequel. I would be willing to listen to the sequel (if one comes) because I believe Karen is a great writer.

    The narrator OLD, but the characters were young...hard for my imagination to remember most of the characters were under 50. There was a french accent when the narrator felt compelled to say the word in a "French'y" way.

    I am glad I read it, but it has put my Witemeyer craving on hold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charming the Shrew: The Legacy of MacLeod Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (625)

    Returning to the Scottish Highlands after a fierce battle with the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome - and an ultimatum. To take his place as heir to the chiefdom, he must choose a wife or have one chosen for him. Furious and stalling for time, the brooding warrior volunteers for a mission that takes him deep into the Highlands, with no hint of the fateful encounter that awaits him.... Catriona MacLeod is known as the Shrew of Assynt, thanks to her razor-sharp tongue and her unwillingness to yield to her five brothers. When she learns that her eldest brother has promised her hand in marriage to a loathsome man, she flees....

    MickeyMarie says: "Holds interest"
    "Meh - Good about 5 hours in"
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    The story was familiar with its Woman meets Man(in disguise) and they fall in love making each other better people along the way. The plot didn't really start until about halfway through. There were some HOT moments and they wernt unrealistic. However, I wish the political plotline was spread more evenly through the book so that I could get a better handle on where everyone was getting the motivations for their actions. Why did the brothers want to kill anyone? I thought I knew why Dogface did not want to marry Kat, but then I was taken off guard when he was upset with her brothers for not giving her to him. I am not a die hard Highland fan, but historically everything felt very accurate and it was wonderful to picture the cold scenery.
    The narrator was a bit confusing...everyone sounded very similar ( Have to applaud his accent though, it was really good!). I won't be continuing the series. :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tailor-Made Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Karen Witemeyer
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    A rising star in Christian fiction, Karen Witemeyer brilliantly blends humor and romance in this compelling debut novel. Texas liveryman Jericho “J.T.” Tucker wants nothing to do with the town’s new dressmaker, Hannah Richardson. He’s all too familiar with her kind - shallow, more devoted to fashion than true beauty. Except for her well-tailored clothing, however, she’s not at all what he expected.

    A. J. McConachie says: "Young author, Karen Witemeyer, has a real talent.."
    "Sweet Romance! Read it twice."
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    My favorite of all her novels. I read it, then I audiobooked it. The heroine is everything I want to be. Strong, spiritual, clever, generous, kind, loving, and healthy. I want to give the Hero a pat on the head to tell him he has handled his lot in life well, and to not be discouraged by the need to grow a little more. Very romantic in Texas!
    The narrator is unknown to me, but I enjoyed the subtle way she went from descriptions of the scenery to the dialogue. It isn't easy to read a story from multiple points of view. She kept all the voices straight and did a good job being lighthearted amidst the drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HeartMate: Celta, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robin D. Owens
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    All his life, Rand T’Ash has looked forward to meeting his HeartMate, with whom he could begin a family. Once a street tough, now a respected nobleman and artisan, he has crafted the perfect HeartGift, which, in the custom of the psychically gifted population of the planet Celta, is the way a man finds—and attracts—his wife… Danith Mallow is irresistibly drawn to the magnificent necklace on display in T’Ash’s shop, but she is wary of its creator, despite an overpowering attraction. In a world where everyone is defined by their psychic ability, Danith has little, placing her at the opposite end of the social spectrum from T’Ash. But T’Ash refuses to accept her rejection and sees it as a challenge instead. They are HeartMates, but can T’Ash persuade his beloved to accept her destiny by his side?

    Elizabeth says: "Finally!"
    "Great Idea! Better read than listen."
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    I read the book and enjoyed it so much that years later I baught the audiobook so I could hear it again. The quality of the recording was bad (distracting). The narrator sounded barbaric, like he was always shouting... and his inflection left much to be desired.

    The story was still good. I like it when the woman gets a choice and yet a soul mate is still in her future. The hero wasn't "desperate to make her his" but he was very exited to start his life with this charming woman (from a lower class) if she would only accept the mysterious gift and himself in her future. The futuristic world was well described and I didn't get bogged down with the descriptions of an environment I have never seen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Touch of Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (292)

    To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special…powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she’s got clients lining up to receive her signature potions - until a few of them go awry.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Great 2nd Half"
    "True Love and a Tough Woman - Magical!"
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    I read the first book (good book btw), and the second was similar, but with a happier/sweeter ending. I enjoyed seeing all my fav characters from book 1, and felt this one held a bit more emotional drama and less action drama (but there was plenty of both). Hilarious! Lucy March (among the Molly Harper footprints) did a great job slipping in hilarious descriptors and inner dialogue that only added a great dimension to the action and emotion. Plus...it was fun!
    I was happily confused and disturbed by a new main player "The Widow" (her mom). You HAVE to love Leo (even though he is every perfect everlasting unconditional love dream that girls - not women - sing about). In this book it was a bit more difficult to follow the parameters involving the potion creation problems. There are surely "rules of limitations" I am supposed to understand/remember, but just didn't quite hold them through the entire book (Example: Using a Funnel Beaker vs a Einstein Beaker).

    I heart Amanda Ronconi!! She is by far the best narrator I have ever listened to. I love many narrators (Nick Podehl, Kate Redding, Barbra Rosenblat, Eva Wilhelm, Rebecca Soler, Jim Dale, Therese Plummer, Angela Dawe, Rosalyn Landor, and Laural Merlington) but Amanda holds a special place that inspires me to read short stories out loud to my husband and son. Keep inspiring us Amanda!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pros and Cons: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (307)

    FBI special agent Kate O’Hare has made it her mission to nail international con artist Nicolas Fox. When she discovers his plot to plunder a venture capitalist’s 20th-story Chicago penthouse of all its cash and treasures while the self-proclaimed "King of Hostile Takeovers" is getting married, Kate is 85 percent - okay maybe 92 percent - sure that she’s finally going to bag Nick Fox. Problem is, first Kate has to convince her boss, building security, and maybe even herself, that wedding planner Merrill Stubing is actually Nicolas Fox. Second, she has to figure out how to corner and capture him without disrupting the event of the year.

    JEAN says: "mmmmm the voice of the narrator"
    "While Waiting for Book 3"
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    I read this while waiting for book 3. It is a VERY short story, and just gives you a little taste of what Kate used to deal with regarding Nick back in the day. If I hadn't read the other 2 in the Fox & O'Hare series I wouldn't have enjoyed this as much. I don't usually like narrators like Scott Brick, but I find myself enjoying his dry deep vocal tones narration of this book. Unrealistic outlaw gone good story. I love to hate Nick's targets, and Nick's ability to cover all bases during a con. Well done! *applause*.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (1662)
    Story
    (1667)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Jonathan says: "Would I let (ok, want) my daughter to marry a ..."
    "Love Happy Endings & Intelligent Wordplay!!!"
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    I enjoy Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi duo's. They are stuffed with whit, humor, and drama of the touchy feely kind.
    Rich language!! Example "He was on his lunch break chewing his way through a large veggie sub. He offered to share it with her, but she found the amount of Wasabi he used a violation of the term condiment" Pure Verbal Enjoyment!!
    The story follows 4 people who are haunted by 3 different spirits. They don't know what is going on until an eccentric relative (Dottie) shows up. The story behind the three ghosts is interesting on its own, but the story of our two heroines and heroes touch on all the stereotypes I grew up being friends with (shy sweet nerd, genius gamer, hot confidant guy friend, sexy sweet blonde, eccentric loving freak.) and am still friends with today. I really liked remaking/renovating this ancient house with them. It was impossible to guess where the ghost story was going, which made the obvious hero/heroine pair offs more fun. I thought it would be about one person, and written in the first person narrative, but it jumped from friend to friend and we got to see everyone's perspective.
    Extremely fun book, I highly recommend!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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