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Hayley

BURNSVILLE, MN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Passion: A Fallen Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lauren Kate
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (298)

    Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way.... Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime, going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel... and to finally unlock the key to making their love last.

    Hayley says: "Better sense of the past"
    "Better sense of the past"
    Overall

    When I first started listening to this one, I thought it might drag a bit. But I found myself getting emotionally tied in with Daniel more in this book and I think that kept it from dragging for me. Passion gives a much better sense on just how tortured Daniel has been watching Luce die in front of him for 5000 years. You get a better grip on the pain, depression, determination, devotion, and love he has surrounding her. While the story was told from Luce's perspective, this book really was about Daniel in my opinion. I felt a little confused and not quite fulfilled at the ending, but it did leave a nice setup for book 4 (Rapture, out in 2012).

    You can't grasp a love story that spans this far with just a simple explanation. You simply have to live it...with Passion.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Heart: Bloodlines, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (514)

    Sydney Sage is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. In the Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her...But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once.

    Debbie Pharr says: "Turned it on...Turned it off :'("
    "Why Adrian Isn't British in Fiery Heart"
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    If you could sum up The Fiery Heart in three words, what would they be?

    Ugh, just three? Ok...try these:
    Inhibition
    Eddie <3
    FINALLY!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Adrian is finally tearing down some emotional walls and taking himself more seriously, thanks to Sydney. Eddie finally gets some love after so many setbacks and rough spots in his life. It was nice to see Sydney finally start marching to the beat of her own drum and let go of the teachings that have been drilled into her for so long...not to mention she can make fire!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to spoil happenings at the end...but its towards the end.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the "escape plan" moments between Sydney and Adrian. Those little personal touches make you not such much an outsider looking in, but a participant with secret inside jokes you actually share WITH them.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of people have commented on the guy that narrates for Adrian. Let me explain something to all the bad reviewers who may not have thought this all the way through, and for future listeners who need good reasoning:

    1. Adrian is not (or at least was never said to be in any of the books in VA or BL) British.

    2. During our first encounter with Adrian in the audio books, he was given an American accent. Later on he was given a British accent...why, who knows, but it worked at the time.

    3. With the introduction of Neil in The Fiery Heart (who subsequently IS British), Emily could not very well continue with Adrian's British accent. As a reader, I would be waiting for Neil and Adrian to discuss where in the UK each other is from and possibly swap childhood stories.

    4. I would guess that Emily was asked to give Adrian an American accent so as not to confuse readers with Neil. I would also venture a guess that Alden Ford was added as a narrator to add more "flavor" to Adrian's voice.

    5. Alden, while he started out reading a bit quick, eventually paced himself out and I think did a fine job of handling Adrian's quirkiness.

    Give the guy a chance...he really does grow on you. I have listened to Vampire Academy and the Bloodlines series as well as other series of Richelle's and can honestly say that the change up and Alden did not bother me in the least.

    0 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
    (526)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (484)

    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!!!!"
    "Sucked me in!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book, and already have to my blog readers! This was a surprising read and a nice change of pace from the "norm" in regards to vamp novels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that the author actually put her characters through an emotional ringer. Everything isn't happy ending with flowers and confetti. Allie goes through some real struggles with accepting herself, accepting that she can't have the live she once had, and accept that things happen for a reason, even if you don't like the outcome.


    Have you listened to any of Therese Plummer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't believe I have listened to any of her previous performances, but she did a fantastic job with this book.


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

    Extreme? Yes. I laughed out loud a few times at work, I got emotionally caught up towards the end. I thought about the ending for several days afterwards. Could I have accepted what she did? I didn't cry, but I definitely felt compelled emotionally by the characters trials.


    Any additional comments?

    Download this book and listen to it, you won't be sorry. It is a gem of a find. Now I just have to wait patiently for the sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Lily: Bloodlines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (721)

    Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students - children of the wealthy and powerful - carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "An Excellent Sequel!"
    "I love Adrian!"
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    What did you love best about The Golden Lily?

    Finally we get a glimpse at Adrian in love again! Poor Sydney is so OCD about her life, she completely misses the signs that Adrian is developing feelings and more or less ignores her own feelings as well. I like that we get to revisit characters from The Vampire Academy series...Dimitri especially! I was also surprised at how much I came to care about Eddie's conflicted feelings surrounding Jill. It was hard to watch him watch Jill go out with Micah. And now we have a good plotline going with vampire hunters and hidden family secrets. I was a bit skeptical to start with this series, but it is really growing on me now. I am completely rooting for Adrian that he finally gets his happily ever after!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golden Lily?

    Adrian and Sydney at the very end of the book...I don't want to spoil it!


    Have you listened to any of Emily Shaffer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, she was fantastic as Rose Hathaway's narrator in The Vampire Academy books. Her accents are great!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jill finally decides to explore a relationship with Eddie, except Eddie has started to move on and finally date someone because he felt waiting for Jill was hopeless and ultimately the wrong thing to do. He is such a good-hearted and strong character. Oh and Adrian and Sydney...did I mention the end of the book? *giddy*


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to read the third book, and see what happens to everyone next. I like when things get complicated and you get to watch characters grow and evolve through things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rapture: Fallen, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lauren Kate
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (233)

    Like sand through an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn't know if he can do this: live only to lose Luce again and again. Yet together they face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies ... and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen, for she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel.

    Dana Marcel says: "Perfect finale"
    "Could have done it in 3 books"
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    If you could sum up Rapture in three words, what would they be?

    kinda drawn out


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rapture?

    The most memorable moment was finding out how Lucinda and Daniel became cursed and who Lucinda was in love with before Daniel. I just wish it hadn't taken so many books to get there!


    Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

    It would be a toss up between Cam and Arriane. Cam is so bad boy trying to do good things, and Arriane is that wacky friend we all had in high school. Just loved them!


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

    No. The first half of the book was kind of slow to start. The last half picked up though and the ending had me holding my breath a little.


    Any additional comments?

    I really believe that this series could have been done in 3 books, but with that said...4 was ok too. At least you got a good look at Luce and Daniels past lives together and could see where they fell short of the mark everytime to bring them to the moment where everything finally comes together. Overall, I liked the series very much and loved that this book finally brought answers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scorpio Races

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Steve West, Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (410)

    With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff—with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

    Staaj says: "Stiefvater at Her Best"
    "Please tell me there is a followup?"
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    I absolutely adored this book! So much good character development and I literally held my breath at the end! I love an author that spends time making you really see their vision. This was a great followup to Maggie's Mercy Falls series. Thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (1093)
    Story
    (1099)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "Slow start into a cliffhanger"
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    Would you listen to Pandemonium again? Why?

    Yes, but I didn't think I would at first. The storyline surrounding Lena in the wilds after the loss of Alex at the fence in the first book felt overly detailed and kind of dragged in places. However, it was a lot of good character development when I look back on it now and a lot of setup for the


    What other book might you compare Pandemonium to and why?

    I would compare this book to Matched. The dystopian society's had close to the same ideals. Girl chooses to follow her own path instead of the plan that society has set for her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite? There were a few that I don't want to spoil things by divulging. However, I felt the last hour or so of the book was probably the best.


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

    A big..


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely looking forward to the third book in this trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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