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kimbacaffeinate

Coffee loving blog owner @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Books , audios, coffee and Dr.Who are my addictions

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  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (1617)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1487)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "a glimpse into the quirky life of Holly Golighlty"
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    Where does Breakfast at Tiffany's rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is only my third audio listen and it is one I will recommend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tale takes place in New York City and mainly occurs in an old brownstone apartment building. We learn the story of Holly Golightly through Fred a writer who lives on the floor above her. This is not a love story in the romantic sense, but fall in love you shall. Capote through Fred shares Holly and her escapades to us. At first glance, you may find her shallow, conceited, and an over the top scammer. You know immediately there is so much more to Holly Golightly. Capote does an excellent job of peeling back her layers an allowing us to see both the flawed character and the hopeless dreamer. Capote writes as if he is sitting next to you on a train sharing his story and he brought it all vividly to life. I fell in love with Holly, despite it all, just as those who encountered her did. I adored Fred and Joe Bell. The tale moves at an even clip with climatic moments that brought us joy, anger and tears. While I didn’t like Holly Golightly, I couldn’t help, but love this quirky woman


    What does Michael C. Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael C. Hall was the narrator for the audio version. He is best known for his work in Six Feet Under and Dexter. I am a huge fan of both shows so you can imagine how unnerving it felt to have an undertaker/serial killer reading to me. Those feelings were quickly dismissed as I succumb to his rich tone. Hall did a wonderful job sharing Breakfast at Tiffany’s with me. I actually felt like we were sitting in a pub, and he was sharing a story about a period in his life; a memory if you will. You know the Pub I am talking about? The one with those comfy leather chairs and cozy library feel? The warm fire blazes as the glasses of wine reflecting the fire. I felt content and comfortable in Hall’s hands as the tale unfolded. He did a wonderful job giving each character voice, especially that of Holly.


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

    I actually listened to this in two sessions and quickly became caught up in the story.


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  • The Beauty Bride: The Jewels of Kinfairlie, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Claire Delacroix, Deborah Cooke
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    Overall
    (20)
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    (20)

    Lady Madeline's heart is not for sale - especially not to a notorious outlaw like Rhys FitzHenry. Yet Madeline's hand has been sold, to none other than this battle-weary warrior with a price on his head. A more dutiful maiden might cede to the Laird's command and meekly accept her fate, but Madeline has never been obedient. She decides to run away, though she never dreams that Rhys will pursue her.

    heather says: "A romance that will take your breath away!"
    "strong characters, a little heat and danger"
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    The Beauty Bride followed familiar tropes but mixed in strong characters and twists. I found myself swept up in the story. Saskia Maarleveld did a fine job with the narration, although I struggled at first getting use to Rhys’s voice. Her accent added to the story and I loved her interpretation of Madeline. Rhys is not a trusting soul and keeps his emotions in check. It is obvious he has a thing for Madeline despite his declarations that he needs her to secure his keep. The man is sexy but rough around the edges and lordy is he stubborn. His use of stories to communicate his feelings was sweet and I loved when he spoke in his native tongue. *swoon* Kidnapping, king’s guards, secrets and quibbles have me listening intently. Madeline is strong, independent and unafraid to speak her mind making for some wonderful moments, wicked banter and delightful spats. Delacroix created obstacles in pursuit of our HEA and I enjoyed the chase.

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  • Cry Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1518)

    Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member - and as his mate.

    Teleasa says: "WOW!!"
    "I love how the worlds cross over into Mercy’s"
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    If you have read the Mercy Thompson series, you will see characters you have met previously in Cry Wolf, and hear references to Mercy and Sam. I loved this. Charles Cornick takes Anna back to his pack where Bran, The Marrok and his father is the Alpha. We learn Asil the Moor’s background and the reasons he wants to be put down. Spending time with the Moor was fascinating.

    The Characters: Anna has been a wolf for three years, but her background was abusive and she does not understand who she is or how a pack truly works. At first, you think she is weak, but Briggs’ allows us to see her grow and her strength emerges. Charles Cornick is the packs assassin. He seems standoffish, and does not necessarily have a way with words. Charles and his wolf, whom he refers to as Brother Wolf have chosen Anna as their mate. He is strong, noble and protective without being overly aggressive, which I found incredibly sexy. Asil has always been a character I found interesting and the banter between him and Charles had me giggling. Men and their posturing oh I loved it. We see many sides of Bran, including his darker hidden aspects. Interaction with the pack showed us many different personalities and I look forward to reading more.

    The Plot: Briggs knows how to deliver action and she had me listening none stop. There is a lone wolf killing in the mountainous woods not far from the pack. Bran believes it may be another pack concerned about his threats of going public. He sends Charles to handle it and Anna accompanies him. The ground is covered in snow and they meet far more than a lone wolf. Soon Asil and Bran are involved. We see power struggles and the battles are intense. Many things are faced on the side of the mountain some are good, bad and heartbreaking.

    Romance: The romance is sweet, and not without complications but we see growth and bonding. I so enjoyed this aspect and it endeared me to the main character. The bonding o

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  • Magic Strikes: Kate Daniels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1557)
    Performance
    (1082)
    Story
    (1093)

    Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with. But when Kate's werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games---an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament---she and Curran, the Beast Lord, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

    Kindle Customer says: "Fantastic Listen!!"
    "Magic Strikes about blew my mind"
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    Kate finds herself in the middle of pack business when Derek is tragically hurt. Jim tries to protect the pack behind Curran’s back and there has been a murder. Kate once again puts herself in danger for her friends, as she demands vengeance and tries to protect Curran and his pack. The plot was action-packed as we find ourselves in the middle of the Midnight Games. The games feature a gladiator type arena where shifters and other supernatural creatures compete. The stakes are high and the betting is of the chart. It is also a place that Curran has strictly forbidden any pack involvement with the games. I found myself standing still in the middle of my chores totally caught up in the tale and holding my breath.

    Andrews keeps the action at full throttle even as she continues to develop Kate. I loved the softer sides of our snarky heroine. Andrews gives her wings and allows her to fly. It is so impressive. Curran continues to make me swoon. He is a fearless alpha, quick to temper and cocky as hell, but we see his softer side as well. The interactions between him and Kate are positively delightful. I find myself giggling at their banter. His mannerisms and her inner banter are things of pure joy.

    Andrews weaved in a little Hindu and some Greek and Norse mythology, which I found fascinating. I love that the tale is grounded more in shifter history with the magic woven into it. We learn more about Kate’s reasons for burning her blood and what she is. Dark, gritty, bloody and heart stopping at times Magic Strikes was perfectly balanced with humor, friendship and snark. The ending was perfect and had me giggling.

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  • Magic Slays: Kate Daniels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1470)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1199)

    Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job. Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she's still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be - now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate's mate.

    Yuriko says: "Another wonderful additon"
    "another satisfying and brilliant addition"
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    This installment was intense; at times, brutal and we suffer some loss. Kate once again shows how incredibly self-sacrificing she is when dealing with those she loves and even those she does not. Andrews displays some of Kate’s powers and I have to tell you the girl has some wicked mojo.

    Renne Raudman is brilliant as the narrator and once again my audio experience was engaging, heart pounding and there were moments where I laughed so hard I had to pause the audio. Raudman’s tone and delivery of some of the snark is pure perfection.

    We see development between Curran and Kate. I laughed, cried and while we get a little heat, it is all behind closed doors. Character growth, drama in the pack and interesting tid-bits kept me listening. I of course bought Magic Rises the next audio as soon as I finished.


    The overall arc is developing nicely and the way in which Andrews weaves character development, current case and overall arc together keeps the pacing finely tuned and the reader addictively engaged.

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  • Magic Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (1136)
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    (1145)

    Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shape-shifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shape-shifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute - and they’ll pay him in medicine.

    Melissa says: "Great addition to the story"
    "Filled with angst, miscommunication and death"
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    Teens in the pack often have difficulty with change and end up going rapid. It is heartbreaking and no lie I was crying right along with Kate and the mothers. An opportunity to act as arbitrators for a European pack in exchange for a miracle drug has Kate and Curran traveling the high seas. Selecting who will go was serious but also hilarious and I loved all the political maneuvering.

    We have not even debarked and some little hottie Mc-shifter has set her sights on Curran. Oh but lordy this is going to be fun and dangerous. Kate internal commentary is hilarious let us just hope she keeps her cool. Court politics, death threats, group hunts and a strange beast is going to make things interesting. Hugh D’Ambray is present and his verbal exchanges with Kate were a dance of hate, respect and connection.

    Miscommunication, Angst and Heartbreak abound. With all that is happening and trying to fulfill their duties, poor Kate is beginning to doubt everything about her relationship with Curran. It is killing me, well not really. I am annoyed at the lummox and the angst. I personally would have killed the little minx and chewed her to bits. Were-beasts of every type imaginable and not imaginable make it on stage and we see battles, damage and even death. This last date was heinous and had me standing still while cleaning to take it all in. Lords above and below something Doolittle does nearly broke my heart. The book ended and then Andrews gave us a deleted scene addressing something that happens during the actual story that was not fully addressed. I was delighted and appreciative.

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  • Magic Bleeds: Kate Daniels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1592)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1082)

    Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose. Kate Daniels works for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle - especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

    Leslie says: "GREAT BOOK, Perfect Narrator!"
    "Magic Bleeds was action packed with humor"
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    Kate begins investigates a fight at the Steel Horse. The Steel Horse is a bar that borders two territories those of the shape shifters and the necromancers. Of course, this is not your garden-variety bar fight and Kate soon finds herself battling one heck of a villain. I cannot tell you who because, well, “spoilers darling.” What I can tell you is that we learn so much about Roland and the battle that unfolds is intense, dark and gritty. Lives will be lost, hearts broken, alliances made and whoa, baby is this villain terrifying. Once again, mythology plays a role as we battle this villain and I love how Andrews weaves these into her tales. Thank goodness, Kate is such a smart cookie because her villain has YEARS of experience and she will need to match them with her wit. I was completely engaged and holding my breath.

    “Is that a lion with horns and a pitchfork?”
    “Yep.”
    “Is he carrying the moon on his pitchfork?”
    “Nope it’s a pie.”

    While this world is dark, and gritty Andrews gives us a romance with delicious, often hilarious banter and swoon worthy moments that just make me melt. Kate and Curran together is magic, even when they are bickering I cannot help but smile. The relationship sees major developments and you will not want to miss even one moment of this courtship. Ooo and Kate picks up another stray..and you will love it. Just sayin’.

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  • Marked: Servants of Fate, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sarah Fine
    • Narrated By Emily Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse, Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city. What most don't know - including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis - is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are "Marked" by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to either eternal bliss or unending fire and pain.

    kimbacaffeinate says: "Marked was well crafted with characters I rooted f"
    "Marked was well crafted with characters I rooted f"
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    I am going to be vague here, because Fine created twists I never saw coming. A human whose timeline will have a rippling effect on everyone involved and beyond is in danger. Sides are drawn, lines are crossed and figuring out where everyone falls is suspenseful, as we fear the outcome. From the beginning, Fine has us invested from both an emotional standpoint and a fate of the world aspect.

    Holy hotness and bring out the feels. The chemistry between Eli and Cacy is electric. You can call it insta-love if you want but Fine had no trouble making me believe. Every time these two were together, I felt the sexually tense and intense connection. Swoon-worthy with all the feels, Fine gave us scenes that melted my ears and she did it without making me blush. The angst and tension was brilliantly drawn out without making me pull out my hair. Instead, it had me holding my breath and demanding she find them their happy.

    Emily Foster is the narrator and we began a little rocky. She does a terrific job with the character but I found her narration to be too fast. I generally set my audible app between 1.25x and 1.75x. With Foster, I had to set it at 1x. Having said that within the first few chapters I was swept up in the story and found her voices and tones to be spot on. I definitely plan to continue on audio and hope she continues to narrate them.

    Marked for the win! I am delighted and excited to continue the series, especially after the epilogue that left me drooling in anticipation. Sarah Fine lived up to the hype. Marked will delight fans of urban fantasy, dystopian worlds, science fiction and mythology based tales.

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  • Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tiffinie Helmer
    • Narrated By Mia Chiaromonte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
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    (19)

    Photojournalist Cache Calder lives to chase a great story. He's just returned from the Middle East after surviving a suicide bombing that left him injured and grief-stricken. The last thing he wants is to travel to the wilds of Alaska on a "Where Is She Now" Assignment. But when his editor informs him that his subject is former kidnapping victim, Amelia Bennett who jump-started his career 20 years earlier, he packs his bags.

    Sophia Rose says: "Thrilling Romantic Suspense in Alaska"
    "Suspenseful with fleshed out characters"
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    The story of Edge takes place at the Edge of Reason Lodge in picturesque Alaska near Homer. Her Mel Bennett and her motley crew of trusted staff entertain a limited amount of guests with whale watching, hiking, kayaking and wildlife. New guests are arriving along with her recently divorced and estranged sister, along with her two teenage children. Life is about to get complicated for Mel and she does not handle complicated. Something else has come to her quiet little sanctuary and she will need to have her wits about her. The story is delivered in multiple perspectives and drew me right in.

    Helmer kept us on our toes with twists, fear and a few near death scenes. She allowed the tension to build, weaving in the scenery, background information on Mel’s prior kidnapping and the remote setting only ramped up the suspense.

    The romance felt genuine and had a nice mix of banter, humor and complications. There is heat, but it is fade to black and perfect for a larger audience.

    Mia Chiromonte made me a little nervous at first, but once we left the darker beginning, her voice as Mel kicked in strong and I connected. While I was not overly pleased with Cache’s voice. She nailed Tom’s preening beautifully and the Russian accent of Sergei. My issue with Cache is one I have with female narrator’s capturing the male voice. It sounded horse, but eventually grew on me.

    Helmer paints a three-D picture not only with the beautiful lodge, ocean and woods but also with her characters. She gave them depth and I can close my eyes and bring forth an image of each of them. The tale hooks you from the onset as we travel back to Mel’s abduction and with our time spent at the lodge. The author even weaved in facts about wildlife, fishing and nature in Alaska. I loved all of these little details.

    Edge is the type of romantic suspense that stays with you and had more substance than your typical escape book placing it somewhere neared to a thriller or mystery novel.

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  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (2007)
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    (2010)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "fascinating, frighteningly realistic and friggin"
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    Lock In begins its story almost a quarter of a century after the virus, that is now known as Hayden’s Syndrome, changed the world. We meet rookie FBI agent Chris Shane on the first day of his job. He is partnered with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two are assigned to a murder that took place at the Watergate Hotel. Science fiction geeks will love the technology, jobs, and abilities of this future world. For the non-geeks, prepare to get your Geek on! Scalzi describes this world, the technology and the changes brilliantly in layman terms without making your brain melt. The tale that unfolds is a murder mystery and has an old school meets technology vibe. Lock In isn’t a procedural crime novel, it’s a whodunit novel, and Chris Shane, sleuth extraordinaire is our future Sherlock Holmes.

    Lock In combined two genres that rock for me; science fiction and crime thrillers. This was genre blending nirvana for me as the reader/listener. It reads like Mira Grant’s zombie novels; smooth, easy to slip into and yet has the complexities of the brilliant world in the Others series by Anne Bishop. Yes, peeps I invoked the names of two of my favorite authors, and Scalzi is worthy to sit among them. The world building is spectacular and the murder mystery is complex It was well thought out with twists and turns that kept me guessing.

    The audio version of Lock In is available with your choice of narrator Will Wheaton or Amber Benson. Wheaton did an excellent job of presenting to us the character of Chris Shane. I felt his mannerisms, tones, and quirks. He created Chris just as I imagined him. Chris Shane is cool, sometimes funny; even though that is not his intent. He is brilliant, a natural sleuth and often is very literal. I cannot wait to go on more cases with him and his snarky, somewhat broken partner.

    Audible’s audio edition of Lock In contains the bonus novella, Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome, written by John Scalzi and narrated by a full cast. I found the history of what occurred after the virus hit fascinating, and enjoyed listening to this bonus.

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  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michelle Hodkin
    • Narrated By Christy Romano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (87)
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    (88)

    Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she's been told. There is. She doesn't stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead. She should. She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance. She will now. Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer's story. Retribution has arrived.

    Laura says: "Satisfying conclusion to an original story!"
    "mind blowing, twisted, breath-holding plot continu"
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    There is so much I want to talk about, but the synopsis is so vague. I think this journey is best discovered on your own. I will say this; the revelations are fascinating and the tale takes some dark turns. There are moments I wanted to scream in frustration and I was never truly sure of where Hodkin would ultimately leave us. There are fantastic gut wrenching scenes with beloved characters and secondary characters. We experience the characters fear, uncover clues with them and feel moments of absolute desperation. Hodkin does weave in moments of humor and gives us glimpses of the once normal adolescents before these events marred their lives. The clinic, experiments, testing, and truth of it all is brilliant. It is all quite maddening, really, if you think about it. I would love to sit down and share coffee with the author. Her mind is diabolical and it is clear she has been in total control of this tale from the onset.

    Christy Romano has made listening an absolute pleasure. Her inflection and unique voices for the characters added an additional element of enjoyment. Her pacing and tone notched up the suspense and the hours slipped by in the blink of an eye.

    If you have not started the Myer Dyer series, I recommend that you do. This is one of my favorite young adult paranormal. Fans of unreliable narrators will loved the experience. The Retribution of Mara Dyer was a brilliant conclusion to the trilogy.

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