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A Texas Bibliomaniac

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  • Supernatural Devices: A Steampunk Scarlett Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kailin Gow
    • Narrated By Candice Moll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Scarlett is a sensible 17-year-old young lady - or so everyone thinks - but there is definitely more to her. The daughter of famous English Egyptologists and archeologists Theodore and Gemma Seely, she is prone to adventure and all the world has to offer. It is the 1890s, and she has just received a letter from one of her parents' dearest friends, a certain detective who lives on Baker Street, who needs her help on a most bizarre case.

    Thomas says: "good book terrible quality"
    "Full Steampunk Ahead"
    If you could sum up Supernatural Devices in three words, what would they be?

    Fun paranormal Steampunk!

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite is the classic detective, Sherlock Holmes. Although he only briefly appears in this story, he is responsible for igniting this plot for the young slueth's story.

    What does Candice Moll bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She provides dimension and emotion to the characters.

    Any additional comments?

    This was my first read by Kailin Gow; I was pleasantly surprised by the first of the Steampunk Scarlett series.

    Paranormal, Steampunk, Amateur-Mystery, Young Adult series.

    What a delectable vampire, gorgeous gypsy man, chivalrous English gentleman and the most noted detective of all-time have in common?

    Miss Scarlett Seely, a young woman seventeen and of proper breeding, is one who has been exposed to many peculiarities in her short lifetime. She has traveled to Egypt and is accompanying her parents on an excavation in Egypt. Having been afforded exposure to intriguing and exotic lands due to her parents obsession, passion and careers as antiquarians, she appreciates their passion -- just not their excitement. Scarlett never understood why they would want to seek the past. It is 1890 and her future awaits. She longs for adventure, preferably in London. Serendipity lends a hand. No sooner than her contemplation of what adventures were transpiring without her - she receives a telegram. A long time friend and associate of her parents, Sherlock Holmes, has requested her presence and assistance, in London, on a matter of great urgency. Obtaining a quick blessing of approval from her parents and she was off. The moment Scarlett steps off her train her adventures begin...

    This story is full of dashingly handsome young gentlemen tripping over one another. All trying to protect this beauty, Miss Seely, from all the unknown dangers that lurk in the mist and darkness. Scarlett has a unique "gift" or ability that comes in handy for this particular case of Mr. Holmes'. Scarlett strong-willed, hard headed and determined to prove herself an invaluable, capable asset to Mr. Holmes. She will rush head-long into this case, devil be damned, delving into the unknown sides of London. Even she may be surprised at what secrets London is holding.

    This story is one I found myself captivated by. Although it may have some predictability, it definitely is a fun read. The love triangle is more of a square, not all is as it seems. How many young women would love to have so many men trying to rescue them?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows: Lux Series, Book 0.5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre

    The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are...well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable. Bethany can't deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren't a complication she wants, she can't stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she's drawn in. Captivated. Lured. Loved.

    karakoolkitty says: "Get another narrator, please!!"
    "Series Spoiler! Read as 1.5!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed this book, however, it was a huge SPOILER for the first book in the series. It took away the entire element of suspense and excitement for the main character as she unravels the mystery of Daemon Black.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justine Eyre?

    Rebecca Gibel or maybe Tavia Gilbert. Justine Eyre is great but her narration for this particular series doesn't seem to fit quite right.

    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

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "NOT WORTH THE HYPE!!!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Narrator to start. Better storyline altogether.

    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Um Yes!

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Gabra Zackman, Cynthia Halloway, Loreli King, Marguerite Gavin or Tavia Gilbert.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    A couple of the S&M scenes. Way too many for audio especially with the lack of talent by the narrator.

    Any additional comments?

    The critics like this?!?! I should have know it would have been horrid then!! This was the Twilight series in XXX form. The narrator was as painful to listen to as the plot. It mirrored Twilight in almost every aspect but with S&M. If you are determined to explore 50 Shades then I highly recommend you purchase a hard copy to read. At least you can skim the pages because its not worth enduring the agony of this performance. I was not impressed at all. If you are a sadist looking for torture and pain this is the book for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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