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Lauri

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  • Winter's Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (234)

    Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl...until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck - Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon - who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.

    Lauri says: "Perfect Segue"
    "Perfect Segue"
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    Any additional comments?

    It had been well over a month since reading, Iron King, so Winter's Passage was the perfect segue back to Iron Daughter. I was reminded of the story, character's and why I wanted to continue with the series.

    Moving On!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wintergirls

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated By Jeannie Stith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives.Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way - thin, thinner, thinnest - maybe she'll disappear altogether.

    RaisinNut says: "Opens up you heart while breaking it..."
    "Held me Captive"
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    Beware - I had to listen to from beginning to end.
    If you have read L H A, you know the power of this writer and her attention to honest detail. Wintergirls will not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Horde

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (136)

    The horde is coming. Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they're not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn't run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade's love.

    MAB says: "Fitting Conclusion to the Series"
    "End of a series"
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    Just a bit too repetitive for me. I wish the author had assumed that if I was reading Horde I knew the back stories and did not have to hear it again with every battle. Everyone's stories were tied up neatly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outpost

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight. To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

    Brooke says: "Narrator Bad // Book So-So"
    "Second Book in a Series Syndrome"
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    If it looks like a duck and acts like a duck, then it must be a . . . well Outpost is the second book of a series and it acts just like one!
    Outpost is repetitive - for the reader who did not bother with Enclave it must be great, for me - not so much.
    Outpost also ended like the second book of a series - push me out to the edge and leave me there hanging, for me - too painful.
    And for me, a sap, I'm not happy when you mess with relationships that need not be messed with.

    So, I give Outpost a 3.5...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enclave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (318)

    New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings.

    Felicity says: "It was supposed to be good."
    "Student Recommended ~ Teacher Recommended"
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    After having multiple students suggest I read Enclave I relented. I am so very glad I did. Enclave was a pleasure to listen to. Often times when listening to a book I will walk out of the room without pausing the book. I did not do that with Enclave, I did not want to miss any of the action. I will be reading the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1387)
    Performance
    (1245)
    Story
    (1253)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Fabulous Fairytale"
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    If you start with the title, you might think you have a good idea of where this tale is going. However, you would be wrong; Cinder is so much more. Fairytale, sci-fi, romance, bildungsroman, there is just so much to this story. I have not been so completely captivated by a book is some time. A great read!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mal Peet
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (2)

    The big man went to the window and looked down at it all, spreading his large hands on the glass. "No," he said. "It found me." When Paul Faustino of LA NACION flips on his tape recorder for an exclusive Interview with El Gato - the phenomenal goalkeeper who single-handedly brought his team the World Cup - the seasoned reporter quickly learns that this will be no ordinary story. Instead, the legendary El Gato ("The Cat") quietly narrates a spellbinding tale that begins in a mythic corner of the South American rain forest, where a ghostly but very real mentor, the Keeper, emerges to teach the gangly boy....

    Lauri says: "Engaging"
    "Engaging"
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    It is not easy to find books for male teenagers, however, I believe Keeper is going to engage my students. I have no interest in soccer and was totally captivated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kenneth Oppel
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures... until the day their adventures turn all too real. They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor's curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library....

    Debra says: "Chilling and oddly poignant"
    "Frankenstein Fan"
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    Any additional comments?

    Ever since my academic years I have had a fascination with Frankenstein. When I found Oppel's accounts of the young Victor, I knew I had to read his novel. I believe Shelley would appreciate this tale that introduces and develops the Frankenstein we meet in her novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paper Towns

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (401)

    Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

    Natalia P. Valdes says: "I picked you"
    "Too Much of the Same"
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    Would you try another book from John Green and/or Dan John Miller?

    I won't be reading another John Green book for some time. I loved The Fault in Our Stars and enjoyed Looking for Alaska, but Paper Towns was just too similar to LfA to be enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have not read Looking for Alaska, then by all means read Paper Towns, I'm certain you will enjoy it. You will love Q and his friends and Margo will keep you questioning.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (608)

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Jay says: "A Beautiful Story"
    "Wonderfully Inspiring"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    There is not a character in Palacio's novel that does not feel completely authentic. I would love to read more of Auggie's story, he is truly inspirational.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron's Prophecy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (220)

    Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn't have it any other way. But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts' gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan's past returns with a dire prophecy: "What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them." Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey - and her and Ash's unborn child....

    Bugzee3 says: "Wonderful"
    "I Love Neat and Tidy"
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    If you could sum up Iron's Prophecy in three words, what would they be?

    It's a wrap.
    I realize that technically I used four words, but, my review, my prerogative. A short novella to tie-up several loose ends. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll stop here.
    Loved the entire series. I'll now move on to Kagawa's companion series, Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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