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Katheryne

Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

MD, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (736)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
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    It's hard to write a review of this book without giving away too may spoilers, so I will keep this as general as possible.
    This book is amazing! If you loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone (a must read on my list) then you will LOVE this book too. It's darker then the first and not as much romance (to my disappointment) but it is exquisitely written and the story will suck you in from the beginning. Once this story gets going you will find it very hard to stop listening. I was obsessed!
    I was happy to see Zusana is back (she is one of my favorite characters) and there are many new ones introduced in this one.
    I wouldn't suggest picking this book up before reading Smoke and Bone as it might be too confusing given all the new character developments.
    As before, Khristine Hvam is brilliant at the narration. Thank you to Hachette Audio for sticking to a narrator that works!

    I highly recommend this book/series and I can not wait for the next installment.

    5 Stars all around

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Panic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She'd never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought. Dodge has never been afraid of panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he's sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he's not the only one with a secret....

    Sarina Anderson says: "Oliver & Drew are a Perfect Combination"
    "It should have been called Malaise"
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    I don’t enjoy writing negative reviews, but this book was a huge disappointment for me. I love Lauren Oliver’s writing and her Delirium Trilogy is one of my favorites. However, this book was far from being a favorite for me.

    At first the story was very promising and there was certainly a thrill factor that perfectly fit the title. Unfortunately it went downhill very quickly and overall was just plain boring. I couldn’t sympathize with the characters and most of the plotline I found completely implausible. I get it - Panic is a game born out of small-town boredom, but most of the “tasks” were just reckless and stupid. Nothing was done out of bravery or honor.

    I’m giving this one 2.5 stars for two simple reasons. Lauren Oliver’s writing style is superb and Sarah Drew’s narration is always exciting and engaging. Sadly, I wish I could say the same about the actual book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper's Legacy: Reaper's MC, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Joanna Wylde
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov, Todd Haberkorn
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (245)

    Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart - and her virginity - to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn't have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach's stepbrother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he's never forgotten. She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious - her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach's a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger as Noah's only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands.

    Barb says: "Another hot biker!"
    "More Reapers MC! Oh yes!"
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    I love these hot biker books and the Reapers MC is one of my favorites. Although this wasn't as good (or crazy) as Reaper's Property, it did have it's shocking moments. I loved visiting characters from the first book and learning more about the MC. My only complaint was the dual narration. It just didn't add any value or increase the listening experience for me. Overall this is a great listen for fans of MC romance.

    4.5 stars

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince & The Guard: The Selection Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl, Tristan Morris, Amy Rubinate
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Before America Singer was chosen to compete in the Selection...she was in love with a Six named Aspen Leger.... And there was another girl in Prince Maxon's life. Step inside the world of the number-one New York Times best-selling Selection series with these two captivating novellas. Also includes additional scenes from The Prince, a teaser to The One, a Q&A with author Kiera Cass, and more!

    AudioAddict says: "Through the eyes of the guys"
    "A great companion for fans of the Selection"
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    If you are a fan of the Selection Trilogy then this is a great little nugget to get before the release of "The One". It doesn't add anything new to the storyline but it does give an inside look into the mind of Maxon (the prince) and Aspen (the guard). Not to mention the sneak peek section is well worth the purchase. This was a quick and enjoyable listen.

    4 stars!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: Part 3: The Game Maker Series

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (177)

    Mafia enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan's loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well - on his own wicked terms. PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures.

    Katheryne says: "Get the complete book, skip the serial format"
    "Get the complete book, skip the serial format"
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    Overall I really enjoyed the entire Professional “series” and thought Kresley Cole’s writing was excellent. However, I didn’t enjoy the way this book was released in a serial format. In my opinion it made the story too choppy and created unnecessary cliffhangers. If there is a spin-off of The Game Makers, I will wait until the entire book is released. Otherwise, I thought the overall story, narration and writing were excellent.

    4 stars

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • This Man Confessed: This Man Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (300)

    The Manor, the very place where their passionate love affair began, fills with guests on what should be the happiest day of Ava and Jesse's lives. She has accepted that she'll never tame the fierceness in Jesse - and she doesn't want to. Their love is profound, their connection powerful, but just when she thinks that she's finally gotten beneath his guarded exterior, more questions arise, leading Ava to believe that Jesse Ward may not be the man she thinks he is.

    Jordy says: "one of the best erotic romance trilogy EVER!"
    "Oh the drama, but I loved it!"
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    Much like the other 2 books, this one was all sorts of crazy! There was so much drama that it made my head spin. And Jesse "The Lord of the Manor" Ward is the craziest man ever! And of course that just added to all the drama. Although I'm glad we got answers in this book, I still didn't think it justified all of Jesse's actions. However, the story was alot of fun and I enjoyed the epilogue so much. It was very funny! This was a great ending to one hot mess of a couple.

    4.5 stars for an enjoyable listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Archetype

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By M. D. Waters
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can't believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself. Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him.

    Katheryne says: "Stunning Debut Novel"
    "Stunning Debut Novel"
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    Hands down my favorite book so far of 2014. I loved this one, but it’s so hard to describe what type of book it actually is…Sci-Fi? Romance? Mystery? Dystopian Fiction? This book had everything including jaw-dropping plot twists and turns.

    I’m deliberately going to be very vague with this review so I don’t spoil any of the brilliant details of this book. The overall plot was not exactly new but it was presented with a fresh and unique perspective. From the very first chapter to the last I was hooked on this one and could not stop listening. Some might consider the middle of this book a little slow but it was essential to the build-up of the mystery. I thought I had this one all figured out but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I love it when a book surprises me.

    I can’t wait until Prototype is release this summer. Thankfully this is not a trilogy and I won’t have to wait a whole year to get the conclusion to this stunning and sensational story!

    5 HUGE stars!

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Motorcycle Man: Dream Man, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (360)

    Tyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she's back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn't the tequila and hot sex talking. He's the kind of man she's always wanted. Unfortunately, he's also her new boss…

    Jordy says: "Holy Mother of Delicious Hotness!!!"
    "Finally on Audible my favorite dream man!"
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    Finally we get Motorcycle Man on Audible!!! I feel like I've been waiting forever. This is Tack's story and he is one hot alpha male! He is like a 15 on the alpha scale of 1-10. This is the BEST book in the Dream Man series and that's saying something - every book KA writes is amazing. Her words with Kate Russell's narration is absolutely perfect.
    This was a great ending to a fantastic series. I'm just sad it's over. I'll be in Dream Man withdrawal for awhile....

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Still Blue: Under the Never Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Veronica Rossi
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do - and they are just as determined to stay together. Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

    Katheryne says: "Perfect ending to a wonderful series"
    "Perfect ending to a wonderful series"
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    This was a perfect and oh so satisfying ending to a great trilogy. Lately I’ve been a little upset with the way most trilogies have been ending (or not ending) but this one was just simply perfect. It was fast paced, emotional and tied up loose ends. As a reader/listener you are not left with unanswered questions or having to “figure out” the ending for yourself. This was perfectly wrapped up with a beautiful bow on top.

    I am sad that this series is over but I am happy that it reached a satisfying conclusion.

    5 stars!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath This Man

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (381)

    Jesse Ward drowned her with his intensity and blindsided her with his passion, but he kept her away from his dark secrets and broken soul. Leaving him was the only way Ava O'Shea could survive. She should have known that Jesse Ward is impossible to escape - and now he's back in her life, determined to remind her of the sensual pleasures they had shared. Ava is equally determined to get at the truth beneath this man's steely exterior. That means letting herself get close to the Lord of the Manor once more.

    Leesa says: "I'm so involved"
    "This was all sorts of crazy!"
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    First off, Ava and Jesse are one messed up couple. And Jesse is more than just a dominating alpha male, he is all sorts of crazy and twisted. I found myself screaming at Ava for being so stupid for hanging on to this relationship….seriously?? He might be rich and handsome but he is totally cray-cray! From hiding birth control bills to forcing a marriage proposal via sex… It was all just so over-the-top.

    This book was just as repetitive as the first one and did drag on and on with the sex, fighting, drama, etc. When there was an actual plot it was very good. I have such mixed feelings about this book. It was like the proverbial train wreck….I couldn’t look away, or in this case I couldn’t stop listening.

    Compared to others in this genre, I thought it was better than the Crossfire or Stark trilogies but doesn’t compete with the Blackstone Affair. I’m certain I will get the third book simply because I can’t stand not knowing how it all ends.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Onyx: Lux, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    Daemon's determined to prove what he feels for Katy is more than a product of their bizarro connection. So she's sworn him off, even though he's running more hot than cold these days. But they've got bigger problems.The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that Katy and Daemon are linked, Katy's a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who's got a secret of his own. He knows what's happened to Katy and he can help, but to do so, Katy has to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible.

    Katheryne says: "Onyx is pure gold"
    "Onyx is pure gold"
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    This book is simply A-MAZING! I thought Obsidian was good, but then I listened to Onyx and was blown away. Daemon and Katy are back and better than ever! There were so many twists and turns and OMG moments that this one actually took my breath away. And that ending….whoa! This is such a well written and intense story that many times I forgot this was a YA book. Jennifer Armentrout is an extremely talented writer and this series is a must listen for anyone that enjoys YA PNR.

    5 Stars!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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