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JennRenee

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  • Bloodrose: A Nightshade Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Andrea Cremer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (157)

    Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Prepare for Disappointment!"
    "awesome"
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    Would you listen to Bloodrose: A Nightshade Novel again? Why?

    Review:

    I was so sad to get to the last book of this series. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the book but I didn’t want it to be over so I tried to take my time. I couldn’t I rushed through it as fast as the audio would let me. I loved this last book. It was a bitter sweet end to a wonderful journey.

    Long story short :

    There isn’t much to say about the book’s plot. Readers have seen what’s coming. Nightshade started it and Wolfsbane prepared for it, now Bloodrose will end it. The final showdown, the final battle between Keepers and Searchers, each with wolves by their side. Loyalties have been changed and the packs divided. Now it is time to end it all. Calla will finally have to make a choice between Shay and Ren and become alpha.

    My thoughts :

    I loved the ending to this series. Well at the time it was the ending to the series. Now there is a fourth installment. I am happy about that but I am not sure which direction the book will take us. Bloodrose had a pretty closed ending, and ending I thought was fit for the series.

    This book definitely had my emotions all over the place. I was sad, happy, excited, confused, irritated, frustrated and so much more. The same beautiful writing style, the same awesome storytelling skills, and of course some really cool characters. I really wasn’t sure what the ending would look like and I never expected what I got. For sure the book was full of surprises and shocks.

    I must say that I think Calla frustrated me the most in this book. By the third book, she should know what she wants and make up her mind. The playing with both boys hearts really had me at wits end. I loved both boys. I started out liking Shay and Hating Ren… then I put up with Shay and I started to feel for Ren… in the end I loved them both. They both had their great qualities, their weaknesses, and a place in my heart. I knew in my heart who Calla should choose but it didn’t make it any easier for me. Sometimes I really thought Calla didn’t deserve either one of them. In the end Calla figured it all out and redeemed herself in my eyes.

    The other characters in the book are really the best characters for me.. Conner, Bryn, Ansel, and so many more. I love them all. I grew so close to each and every one of them and it broke my heart every time they were hurt. Andrea Cremer does not shy away from hurt, pain, broken hearts, and even death.

    I think this was a wonderful ending to a great story



    In the end :

    A roller coaster of a ride, so many twists and turns and heartache and joys. Loved it!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tandem: The Many Words Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anna Jarzab
    • Narrated By Amanda Dolan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds, inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real - until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will. To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever.

    Michael says: "Top Notch! My daughter and I both enjoyed!"
    "Great read awesome narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Anna Jarzab and/or Amanda Dolan?

    yes I would


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The entire world of parallel universes.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Dolan – was your favorite?

    Sasha was my favorite.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes i think I would.


    Any additional comments?





    I love the cover to this book. I am not sure why but the simplicity of it just draws me in, which is what drew me in first to this book. I thought it sounded pretty interesting too and decided to give it a try. There are a lot of parallel worlds books out there right now and I like them. It’s something new. This book was something new for sure. I loved the concept and I loved the story, and the characters were likable for the most part. It was a solid read but not as memorable as I would have liked.




    Sasha is a normal teenager trying to get through her days until she graduates. She lost her parents when she was young and lives with her grandfather. She isn't popular but not a leper. She makes it on her own with the help, encouragement, and entertainment of her best friend. Everything changes the day that the popular long time crush asks her to prom. Instead of a date to remember with kisses and corsages, she gets thrusts into a parallel world where her alter ego is a princess in trouble.





    The concept of the story really had me spinning (in a good way) It was very interesting and I just wanted to know more about how it all worked. If I was to believe in parallel universes, this is the book that would get me there. I loved the idea of a copy, a analog of yourself in another world living completely differently. For this story it was Sasha living in one world as a normal teenage girl trying to get to graduation and a princess in another. Much of the story made sense to me and I was able to follow it easily, wrapping me up inside to enjoy the ride. The story was filled with so much action, lies, secrets, betrayal and I couldn’t help but be driven to find out what happens next. Some of the story was predictable and then some were not. I felt it was a good mixture of predictability and twists.

    The world building and the setting was pretty awesome for me. The world in which Sasha came from was a normal world, the one we live in now, but the other world in which she travels too was pretty cool. I felt it was a good mixture of epic fantasy setting with post apocalyptic setting, with a very modern feel and a bit of a sci-fi edge. There was the ruling monarchy living in a very fallen world but had our modern technology as cell phones. Of course they also have the advance technology of sci-fi as in the knowledge and ability to use the Tandem to travel between universes. It was a great mixture of several genres that worked really well together.

    The characters were OK. I liked them enough to keep reading, I just didn’t feel like I connected to them to the level I enjoy. I liked what I knew but the character building lacked slightly not allowing me to really feel the characters. I am hoping that will change in the next book. Sasha was a strong-willed character, determined, focused, and every now and then wishy washy. (which was understandable) I think she grabbed on to the truth of the situation pretty early on and went with it. I liked that about her. I didn’t really like how she was selfish in the reasons to help out. Although it was understandable, I am not sure that getting home wouldn’t have been my only priority either. I think I would have liked her a bit more if she really cared what happened to this other universe. Not realistic I know, but I am a compassionate person so that thought crossed my mind. Sasha was a bit wishy washy on the entire Thomas thing. Does she have feelings for him or does she hate him. It was completely understandable from where I stood. Thomas starts off the relationship on a huge lie and no matter how sweet and charming he was in later on, that lie still lingered.

    Thomas would have been a wonderful character if he had learned to be a bit more honest when honesty was the best option. It’s hard to gain someone’s trust and willingness to help when the truth iffy on availability. Thomas tried to do what he felt best to win over Sasha’s corporation but never went about it the right way. He was awesome in every other aspect of his character. Strong, loyal, and brave. I wanted to kick him hard in one particular part, he just couldn’t bring himself to trust the word of Sasha when she hadn’t lied yet, and I was thinking “really after all she’s done this is how you react”. But I guess he redeemed himself later on. Sort of.

    There were times each character had redeeming qualities but not enough to make me swoon or cheer, nothing detrimental to the liking of them either. I think it would have been better to have more of them and there just wasn’t time with the explanations for the story . This was OK because the story explanations were very important and I figure I will have a chance to get to the characters more in the next book.

    The pacing was good, the writing was good, the ending was great… left me wanting more. I was never bored but never engrossed. So it was like a said a solid read. I will absolutely carry on with the series and hope it gets even better.

    The narrator was great. I think she did a wondeful job with the voices of Sasha and Thomas. She paced the reading well. I think she was just right for the book.




    Enjoyable, Entertaining, Eager to read more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Windchaser: Phantom Island, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Krissi Dallas
    • Narrated By Krissi Dallas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    High-school senior Whitnee has spent six years rebuilding her identity after her father's mysterious disappearance left her with more questions than answers. With her two best friends, Morgan and Caleb, she returns as a mentor to the summer camp of her childhood. Nestled in the Texas hill country, Camp Fusion is everything Whitnee remembers - except for the haunting visions that only she can see. One fateful night, Whitnee and her friends embark on a magical voyage where unexpected adventure and heart-stopping romance collide....

    Brandi says: "Starts slowly, but gets good"
    "Awesome"
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    Where does Windchaser rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Review:

    This book has been on my TBR for a very long time and I finally made a spot for it right before the author comes to town. I was pleasantly pleased by this book. I was creative, original, and very enjoyable. I loved it from the beginning to the end, never a dull moment, and full of surprises. This was a story of magic and mystery.


    Long Story Short:

    Whitnee lost her father 6 years ago, he just disappeared and she still doesn't know if he is dead or living up somewhere without her and her mother. She was sent to a camp after her father disappeared to deal with her emotions and met her two best friends, Morgan and Caleb. They have been together ever since and now they are counselors at the famous camp that brought them together and changed their lives. The one rule that can't be broken at camp... do not cross the river. After seeing strange visions,Whitnee decides to cross the river and finds an entirely new world awaits.


    My Thoughts:

    This was a fantastic read. The world building was amazing, the story intriguing and mysterious, great pace and flow to the story, and wonderful characters. Everything I look for in a book.

    The world building was just amazing. I love the island, the way the island works, the magical powers on the island, the beautiful scenery of the island, and of course the hottie of the island. It was an amazing journey discovering all the island held, the tribes and the mystical powers. The author did a wonderful job describing while telling the history of the island. I was lost inside the stories in the story.

    The world building wasn't the only wonderful thing in this book. The setting was awesome but the story was even more awesome. I didn't want to put the book down. At times I could see where the story were headed. there are a few predictable moments but all in all its full of mystery and I still don't have it all figured out.

    The characters are pretty cool too. Whitnee is pretty level headed, except when it come to Caleb. She has her stupid moments where he is concerned, but all in all she has her head on straight. Well except when it comes to crossing the river.OK so she is a little impulsive at times but at least she does things well and not just half way, like finding trouble. Morgan is pretty cool, but she is kind of in the background. She is the glue that keeps the trio together.Caleb is OK, a real toot sometimes. He doesn't know how to handle rejection and he seems a bit wishy washy, but I think he is just a normal teenage boy.

    There really isn't any romance yet, there is some in the making. In this book there was just the friendships and a little bit of passion in the making. It does seem there could be a love triangle coming up but its a bit early to tell and if there is one, I am OK with it. It seems it will fit in well.

    I am really anxious to see where this series leads me and can't wait to get the next installment.



    In the End:


    A great contemporary fantasy read. I would recommend it to almost anyone who reads.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolfsbane: A Nightshade Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Andrea Cremer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer - one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack - and the man - she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Paved way for the third book."
    "I really loved it"
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    If you could sum up Wolfsbane: A Nightshade Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Review:

    I love this series. I loved the first book and I loved the second book. The story definitely intensifies in this book. We lost some characters from the first book (no they didn’t die just not in this book as much) but we gained a slew of new characters. Quite a bit that I just fell in love with . This installment is full of twists, turns, heartache, action, and lots of history. I loved every moment of it.


    Long Story Short:


    The story picks up right where we left off in Nightshade. Calla and Shay have been taken by the Searchers. Calla wakes to find herself in what she would think is a dangerous situation, but what she finds is that the Searchers are far different than she ever imagined. They don’t like her much for sure but they need her and she needs them. As her stay continues she learns there is more history that belongs to her people, the searchers, and the keepers, and what she learns changes her world. In the middle of all her history lessons, she starts to miss her pack and even Ren, she is confused and doesn’t know which path to take… freedom and the chance to be with Shay or to return to her pack and help those she loves.

    My Thoughts:

    This book was so intense. First off, I loved hearing all the history, the beginnings, and the secrets the past holds. I find that if an author does it right, storytelling within a story can be just super fascinating, Andrea Cremer did it more than right! It was pure enjoyment, interesting, and enlightening.

    Second, I loved that this book took place in a new setting with some new and very lovable characters. An entire new world but still held onto the important elements of the old world. It was crazy awesome to see how the searchers live, what they can do, and where they fit in to the story exactly. If I had to choose a side, it would be with the searchers for sure… unless I could be a wolf with no keeper. The new characters were so different and captivating, they really brought the story up to a new level for me.
    Last but not least.. I am glad to have back the beautiful writing and superb storytelling from the first book. Everything that made me fall in love with the first book was included in this book. I really missed my time with the wolves while they were away…. I was glad to have them back. The story just keeps getting better, this is for sure not one of those empty filler, middle book, it’s another stepping stone in Calla and Shay’s story. The twists are there, the love, joy, devastation were there (Andrea Cremer is not afraid to make me cry) and the action packed scenes were there all wrapped up in beautiful words.

    In The End:


    I laughed, I loved, I cried, I hyperventilated, I made it to the end… of this book … time for more!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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