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Kim D.

Brazoria, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #5: The Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By L. J. Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin T Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Driven from their hometown of Mystic Falls, both Stefan Salvatore and his brother, Damon, arrived in Europe looking for a fresh start. But Samuel, a wealthy and cunning vampire, has other plans for them. First he ruined Stefan’s peaceful existence and now he’s framing Damon for the most gruesome murders London has ever seen. United against their common enemy, Stefan and Damon are stunned when they realize that the source of Samuel’s rage lies in their past - tied up with the woman who changed their lives.

    Kim D. says: "Better than previous books"
    "Better than previous books"
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    I don't know if this book was better than the preview few in this particular series or if it was just better because I listened to it on Audio instead of reading it. But I did enjoy this one more that the others.

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  • Daylighters: Morganville Vampires Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they've ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated - vampires from humans - they realize that the changes definitely aren't for the better. It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they've never had: Hope of a vampire-free future.

    Maureen Parrish says: "Bring Back Cynthia Holloway!"
    "Sad to see it end"
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    As a huge fan of this series, I'm super sad to see it end - but it was defintely time - and Rachel did it perfectly. She closed it out in a way that each character had an end without it feeling like The End. (If that makes sense) She didn't have to go through the list of characters and give all the details of their future, you are just content with how it ends and aren't curious as to how so and so turns out.
    As a whole, the story was good - plenty of action, drama, and sarcasm as always.
    There were some parts that didn't quite keep my interest and I'd find myself spacing out and thinking of other things while still holding the book. The whole point of reading is to escape from the world and our problems for a little while. Despite the few mind wandering moments I did enjoy the book; it seems the story has come full circle.
    In the beginning, the humans are terrified of the vampires and subsequently are their prisoners; by book #15, Daylighters, the vampires are now terrified of the humans and are imprisoned with shock collars. At least in the beginning. It seems everyone's roles have reversed at some point or another throughout the series, but in the end they are all trying to live peacefully... or as peacefully as humans and vampires can.
    I mean, they are predator and prey after all.

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  • City of Lost Souls: Mortal Instruments, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1539)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1406)

    The New York Times best-selling Mortal Instruments continues - and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

    Jose Ruiz says: "Need a new Narrator...."
    "Better narration..."
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    While the narrator is the same as the previous book, it wasn't terrible this time!


    City of Lost Souls was much better than City of Fallen Angels, the action is definitely back!

    It started off a little slow and I was gearing up for more disappointment, but a few chapters in and the pace picked up.

    As I mentioned in my review of CoFA, there were more story lines to follow in this book, so it wasn't just Clary crying over Jace... (there seems to be a pattern in these books, one always needs saving; why can't they save someone else together?!)

    Anyway, we follow the strange love story of Alec and Magnus. (Alec comes off as such a baby to me. Yeah, your boyfriend is 800 years old, I'm sure he's had a few partners... get over it. It's really annoying) The typical teenage relationships between Simon and Izzy, and Jordan and Maya. (how sad is it that the closest thing to typical teenagers in this series is a daylighter vamp with a shadowhunter, and the tragic love story of two orphaned wolfs?!)There is the hint of the Lightwood parents relationship throughout the book, and of course Clary's mom and Luke.

    And then there is the strange relationship between Clary, Jace, and Sebastian. At one point you almost feel bad for the guy, but then just can't - and you want to yell at Clary for being stupid, really stupid.

    I do like that Clary hasn't just forgive her mother, and everything is back to normal. She stands up for herself, and I think Isabelle stands up to Clary's mom because she can't bring herself to stand up to her own parents yet.

    There were some slow parts, and a few small parts that should have been taken out in editing... they were pointless to the story because nothing came from it. It's as if it was a possible idea that was forgotten and never explored. Other parts were built up to be something so important, and then were over in a few sentences like it was nothing.. no big deal.

    With that said, overall it was a good read. I'd give it 3.5 - 4 stars.

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  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    Overall
    (2145)
    Performance
    (1691)
    Story
    (1720)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Harriet Marks says: "WARNING: HORRIBLE NARRATORS"
    "Terrible audio"
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    This book definitely has the feel of pushing a series further than the original storyline.
    It was good, it just didn't flow as smoothly as the previous 3 books.

    What didn't help is that I've been listening to the series on Audible.com and for whatever reason they changed the narrators on this book and they were horrible! The guy sounds like a 30 year old British man for Simon and a knock off Sylvester Stallone for Jace! The woman sounded like a whiny 12 year old that is trying way to hard to enunciate each word for Clary. It was really quite ridiculous.

    Back to the book though, There was a lot going on in this one. There are several different story lines beginning to form with each of the characters and I expect the rest of the series to be very busy. City of Fallen Angels was more of an emotional downer. Everyone seems to be heart broken and self punishing. Jace was super annoying in this one for me; I mean, you didn't learn in the first 3 books that if there is something wrong you should say something instead of trying stay away from Clary to protect her... sigh. This book was extremely frustrating at times and I had to walk away for a while; far from the previous books where I had to make myself turn it off for bed. There are a few action sequences, mostly drama, and a few scenes that seem pointless - perhaps they'll make more sense in a future book.

    Overall it was an okay read. I'm sure it would have been much better had I not been picturing Sylvester Stallone reading the book into a microphone. lol

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  • City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2391)
    Performance
    (1695)
    Story
    (1723)

    To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

    Jennifer A. Peurifoy says: "AWESOME!!!"
    "I'm glad it didn't end here"
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    This series definitely doesn't disappoint, if anything it's getting better with each book.
    City of Glass picks up exactly where City of Ashes left off - Clary rushing off to Idris to find a magical cure for her mother. Cassandra Clare has a way with words, she describes everything in such a manner that there is an incredible amount of detail with there being too much. You can actually picture the things she describes, but it's not an overwhelming annoying detailed list like a few authors I've read. It's somehow perfect.
    Clary and Jace both annoyed me at times with the apparent blindness they have for each others feelings, Simon is finally becoming a man now that he actually will never look like one, and the other characters are growing in the background as well. I wasn't surprised when the truth came out, but it did make me feel better that it was finally in print for everyone to read.
    There are tons of twists and turns in this book, plenty of action and emotion, and if there series were to end now it would be a good trilogy, with a few loose ends as possibilities.
    Luckily for us, she continued writing! I can't wait to start the next book.

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  • City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2606)
    Performance
    (1884)
    Story
    (1904)

    Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Very good but left us with even more questions"
    "Loving this series"
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    I really enjoyed this book. As the second in a series I expected it to loose a little of the story as most series do, but it exceeded my expectations and brought more action and adventure with it.

    Clary is still underestimated by everyone and Jace is as arrogant as always, but we learn more about some of the other characters in this book. We get a closer look at Magnus, finally meet the Lightwoods, and get a better understanding of the inner workings of the clave. We are also pulled into the crazy that is Valentine.

    Cassandra Clare has gifted us with tons of twists and turns; just when you think you have it figured out she hits you with something new and you have a renewed since of urgency to get to the end and find out what happens! The ending is an emotional roller coaster that leaves you begging for the third book, City of Glass.

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  • Fifty Shades of Alice Through the Looking Glass: 50 Shades of Alice Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Melinda DuChamp
    • Narrated By Alix Dale
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    After breaking up with her boyfriend, Lewis, Alice enters a strange fantasy world where every pleasure - no matter how kinky - is indulged. Alice is subjected to amorous escapades beyond her wildest dreams, and taken to the very limit of sexual endurance. During her carnal encounters with all manner of men and women, she is teased to tears by a bondage master, thoroughly used in a three way, enlightened to the sensual joys of a female touch, taken to a sex shop to test different erotic toys, given several very special piercings, and is dragged to the Hall of Denied Orgasms where she must fight the frumious Jabbercocky to save all of Looking Glass Land.

    Kim D. says: "Not as good as the first, but still interesting"
    "Not as good as the first, but still interesting"
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    I absolutely loved Wonderland, but Looking Glass Land didn't impress me quite as much.
    Instead of learning how to have amazing sex, Alice learns about the many kinks people have and how she should have an open mind and not be judgmental. (foot fetish, orgasm denial, cross dressing, swingers, etc.)
    While these are lessons everyone should learn, it didn't make for as interesting of a read as Wonderland. There seemed to be fewer erotic scenes, and they weren't quite as hot. The characters were not nearly as funny as Wonderland, but there were still a few references to the writing of the book and buying on Amazon.

    Overall, It was an okay read. Had I not read Wonderland first I'm sure I would have enjoyed this book much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland: Fifty Shades of Alice Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Melinda DuChamp
    • Narrated By Alix Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Eighteen-year-old Alice is unhappy. Her boyfriend is nice and polite, but he's also quick and careless in bed, and doesn't give Alice the attention and variety she craves. But he's not entirely to blame, because Alice herself doesn't understand her own needs. She's heard about what sex is supposed to be like, but has never felt anything remotely close to what she's read about in runaway bestselling books. Then Alice follows a vibrating white rabbit down a deep, dark hole, which leads to a place beyond her wildest imagination. There are no nice boys - or girls - down here.

    Kim D. says: "Not your typical fairytale"
    "Not your typical fairytale"
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    I have no words to describe this very naughty version of Alice in Wonderland...

    Okay, so that's not true, but WOW is the first to come to mind!
    I didn't expect much from this book but I just couldn't pass up a chance to read an adult version of a classic children's fairy tail. To my surprise I really enjoyed it. It was hilarious and yet erotic. I love that the characters themselves were making fun of the parody and occasionally referring to the real world and a few of our giant corporations. (You can buy it on Amazon...)
    The Mad Hatter and crew were full of puns and sarcasm and seriously had me laughing out loud - not something I've ever found myself doing while reading erotica. I didn't think it was possible to incorporate comedy, bdsm, and a classic children's fairy tale, but Melinda DuChamp pulled it off beautifully. She's quite clever.

    I loved it and have already downloaded the second. Highly recommended!

    This book is perfect for anyone interested in a fun and yet erotic short read. It will break up the monotony of reading the same genres over and over.

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  • 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
    (485)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (444)

    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.

    Amanda says: "Why mess with a good thing?"
    "It could have been better"
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    As the fourth book in a spin off series I knew it wouldn't be quite as good as it's predecessors, but I wasn't expecting what I read!
    Okay, before you decide to move this book down on your TBR list - I did enjoyed the book, but the first half was SO extremely slow! It was basically the day to day life and struggles of the group at Amberwood.
    It wasn't until about the halfway mark that things finally picked up; which is great, because I was beginning to lose faith in the storyline.
    The third book, Indigo Spell, had a sense of urgency to it. The pace was fast and there was a lot going on to keep you interested; this book seems to take the urgency out of those problems, and instead focuses more on all the romantic problems the group is having. Fiery Heart's primary characters are Adrian and Sydney with the rest seeming to get pushed to the background with a few mentions here and there.
    Honestly, this would be a great book if you could transform the first half of the book into a summery and then read the second half. It ends with a hell of a cliff hanger that will surely have you begging for the next book, Silver Shadows.

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  • Bloodlines

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (739)

    When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning. Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times best-selling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting....

    Felicity Fairchild says: "VA fans will be thrilled!"
    "Adrian <3"
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    Let me start by saying that the Vampire Academy series is one of my absolute favorites of all time! I was so sad when the series ended, and not to crazy about a spin off series (because they rarely meet the standards set by the original story line!) that is, until I found out it would be following along with my dear Adrian Ivashkov.
    Turns out Richelle Mead is one of a select few authors that can pull off a spin off and still capture her audience. Yes, the storyline in Bloodlines isn't quite as action packed and fast paced as Vampire Academy was; and there was more romance to be desired - but I think this first book has set up some great things to come in the series.
    Adrian is still full of sarcastic wit, but now carries around an inner pain from the loss of Rose that affects everyone around him in some way or other. Sydney has to learn to deal with vampires up close and personal, along with confronting her past. This stress has her finding an ally in the unlikeliest of places.

    I really enjoyed this book and will be moving on to The Golden Lily,
    I can't get enough of Adrian, no matter what book he's in. ;)

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  • The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries, Book 6: The Compelled

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By L. J. Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Stefan and Damon thought they knew evil. But nothing compares to Samuel, the ruthless vampire hell-bent on avenging Katherine's death by destroying the Salvatore brothers. Reeling from Samuel's latest attack, Stefan and Damon find help in the most unlikely of places - a secret coven of witches. Together they discover Samuel's plan is more sinister than they ever could have imagined. Their only hope is to stop him before he secures the power to control humans and vampires alike. If they fail, not only Stefan and Damon but all of London will fall victim to Samuel's spell.

    Kim D. says: "LJ does it better"
    "LJ does it better"
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    I listened to this on audio, and again it was much better than reading it, but I still don't care for the quality of the story. LJ is much better with these characters.

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