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Kim D.

Brazoria, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 30 reviews
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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.

    0 of 0 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
    (475)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (434)

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodlines

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (727)

    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 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. ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Dawn: Morganville Vampires, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    In Last Breath, the rain brought a new and dire threat to Morganville and its vampires...their ancient enemies, the draug. Now, the vampires are fighting a losing war, and it will fall to the residents of the Glass House - Michael, Eve, Shane, and Claire - to take the fight to an enemy who threatens to destroy the town, forever. Lovers of Morganville, rejoice: Black Dawn takes the intrigue, romance, and nail-biting suspense of the series to its highest level yet.

    Nikki says: "Bring back Cynthia Holloway!"
    "I'm moving to Morganville"
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    ** spoiler alert ** I am extremely sad that this series is coming to an end soon. Rachel has an amazing imagination and being a Texas resident myself, I wouldn't mind stumbling into Morganville one day.
    Black Dawn was another great addition to the series, and I can't wait to see what new rules the Amelie & Oliver duo will implement as they come together to rebuild the town! I'm excited that Micheal and Eve finally got married, and am ready for Shane and Claire to move forward with their relationship as well. Shane's dream sequence gave us a peak into his head and will hopefully set the precedence for their future!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7397)
    Performance
    (6465)
    Story
    (6469)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Nice ending"
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    This is one of the few books that in the end skips to the future for a glimpse of how their lives turned out. You aren't left hanging, wondering what could have been. Good series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8296)
    Performance
    (7193)
    Story
    (7199)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Better than the first"
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    This was much better than the first one. A little less steam and a lot more story! The first one pulled you in, but this one makes you want to keep reading!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14369)
    Performance
    (11780)
    Story
    (12409)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Strange, but I'm hooked"
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    Honestly, I enjoy a good steamy scene... but there was a little too much in this book. I mean, let the girl catch her breath now and then. lol I did have to skip one of the scenes though, it was too gross for me! (I'm sure if you've read it already you know which one...)

    I haven't actually looked at the books to see the layout, but listening to it on audio was a little annoying when it came to the emails.

    From: Christian Grey
    Subject: Random
    Time: 19: 23
    To: Anastasia Steel

    (Reading Message contents)

    Christian Grey
    CEO Grey Int.

    They read all of that to you each time!! ugh. I thought I wasn't going to be able to finish it. But in the end, the story line caught my attention and I've already downloaded the next one so I can see what happens!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Mine: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1933)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1166)

    John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown. Taken in by The Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was-or his true identity. Xhex has long steeled herself against the attraction to John Matthew. Until fate intervenes and she discovers that love, like destiny, is inevitable.

    Patsy G. says: "MMMMM WOW..."
    "Just more of the same"
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    I read the first 7 books nearly back to back a couple years ago, but it was getting old. Seemed like each book was basically the same, brothers fight the enemy, some massive drama happens, one brother finds his mate... So I put it down thinking I'd read a few other books and come back to it.
    I never had the urge to pick them back up.

    Audible was having a sale a few weeks ago and I was scrolling through the list and saw them, and I figured why not, it's cheap. So I downloaded books 8 and 9. I listened to everything in my audible library until this was my only option, so I started it.

    Once again, it was the same basic fundamental storyline - though one of the side stories made absolutely NO sense until the very end - and then it seemed nearly pointless that so much time was spent on it. Overall the book was good, lots of action and suspense. This series just doesn't do it for me anymore. Maybe it should have stopped at book 6 or 7.. or perhaps it's just the characters in the last couple of books that I'm not feeling, I'm not sure.

    I will be listening to book 9 as it's in my library, and hopefully it picks back up. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Blood: Morganville Vampires, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (147)

    Thanks to the eradication of the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town's human population is determined to hold onto their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn't taking sides, considering she has ties to both humans and vampires.To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide.

    A Blackshire says: "Good book ... Bad narrator"
    "Rachel Caine does it again!"
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    Another great book by Rachel Caine!

    The stories pace picks back up in this book, which I am grateful for! I was worried that it would be another amazing series ruined by the number of books the publishers can squeeze out of the author.

    There is a lot of action in this one, along with the usual twists and turns that you don't see coming. A few of the chapters were narrated by other characters (Shane, Micheal, Myrnin, etc.) and while I usually don't like that - the way this one was done worked out well. One of my favorite chapters is by Myrnin, and it truly shows his crazy. I love it.

    The ending surprised me, and I can't wait for the next book.

    I'm glad it's coming to an end, while I do LOVE this series, how many ways can the residents of the glass house really save Morganville?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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