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Dailey

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  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1086)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "I like the 2nd book better"
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    I like the idea of love being a disease that is outlawed. However this book is truly a setup for the series. I say this because the plot was slow moving and drawn out and there was a lot of explaining and discussing the disease of love. It was like beat me over the head with the concept why don't you. Needless to say, I didn't like that approach to introducing the series since the concept is easily understood. Worth reading though to get on with what I think overall is a good series (based on 2nd book).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1884)
    Performance
    (1598)
    Story
    (1598)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Can't wait for the next book!"
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    I liked this book more than I liked the original. In this book the MC developed and became a stronger character. I was tired of her whining in the first book about the cure and the disease and in this book she stood for something and really grew into an independent thinker who had full opinions about the cure and the disease of love. This growing character made me want anxious for book 3.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reflex

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (559)

    Davy has always been alone. He believes that he's the only person who can teleport. But what if he isn't? A mysterious group of people has taken Davy captive. They don't want to hire him, and they don't have any hope of appealing to him to help them. What they want is to own him. They want to use his abilities for their own purposes, whether Davy agrees to it or not. And so they set about brainwashing him and conditioning him. But there's one thing that they don't know....

    Katherine says: "Exciting sequel to Jumper"
    "Boring"
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    I got this book on sale and I'm glad I did. I watched the movie Jumper (never read the book) and I loved it. However as the sequel to Jumper it was boring. To me there wasn't enough action and it seemed as though Davey was tortured throughout the whole book while Millie was distraught and searching for him. To me there needed to be more meat to the plot. A few good things to say: I liked the character and story development. But overall the sequel fell short.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1961)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1297)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    far_to_go says: "Annoying music"
    "No Hollywood Ending Here"
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    Great writing and idea but this book left me wanting more. You get so attached to the main character, Jonas and his growth and struggles throughout the book that until it ends you don't even realize how much you were invested in the story. It pulls you into a society where sameness is promoted so people can be happy. People are happy in this society because it is all they know, they believe that this is how they are supposed to live, without color, love, knowledge and other important things. When Jonas is proclaimed the next "giver" and starts his training to receive/hold memories of joy and pain, he tries to get used to the idea that this will be his job, to hold knowledge and memories that the rest of society cannot bare. It is then that he starts to make choices and devise a plan of his own. By the end of the book I was left upset because it ends abruptly and mysteriously.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (966)

    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

    Arwen says: "A Legend in Some Minds..."
    "Not quite Legend..."
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    I expected more with a title like, Legend. The characters were underdeveloped and unbelievable, how did Day and June get so good at what they do was a reoccurring question for me. I think if you are going to make extraordinary human characters then you must give them more background and reasons why they are different than the average person. The story unraveled well with the different characters telling it from their points of view but the romance seemed to slow and then to fast, it was underdeveloped. Legend belongs in the same category as all the other dystopian novels that came out after Hunger Games that try at something great but fall short.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glow: Sky Chasers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Amy Kathleen Ryan
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matthew Brown
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    The Empyrean is the only home 15-year-old Waverly has ever known. Part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space, she and her boyfriend, Kieran, will be pioneers of New Earth. Waverly knows she must marry young in order to have children who can carry on the mission, and Kieran, the handsome captain-to-be, has everything Waverly could want in a husband. Everyone is sure he’s the best choice. Still, there’s a part of Waverly that wants more from life than marriage.

    Alexis says: "Good, different"
    "Surprisingly Religious"
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    I choose this book because the idea sounded cool. Technically, the author did a good job in describing how a space ship and space would be, giving the reader a clear image of what this would look like. The writing was also good as well. What fell short was the religious themes strung throughout this book which were also balanced by the good and evil theme. I like to know what I am getting myself into before I read (don't mind surprises of course), with that being said I wish this book was re-categorized. It should be categorized as YA Religious if there is a such category because to me it was a YA "wolf" in "sheep's" clothing. It had what YA readers yearn for, a star-crossed romance and some adventure and mystery along the way but the overall theme was about religion. I'd rather steer clear of that theme when I'm reading for entertainment purposes. But if you don't mind the theme and sequels that I've heard get even deeper into religion, then go for it, it's an okay read. Now you have been warned...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels' Blood: Guild Hunter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (1121)
    Story
    (1124)

    Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option---even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

    SIMARA says: "Too dark... Little romance"
    "Underdeveloped Romance, Uninteresting Story"
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    I thought this story would be better, with the amount of books I saw the author had written however I felt once I got into the story I was wanting there to be more of a romance between the two characters. So the two main characters meet and are together for a purpose, they hate each other but begin to love each other and then bang they realize they are in love and I'm wondering did I miss something in the middle like them falling in love? It was lackluster for me because the love didn't seem like a love that would end as it did (no spoiler). As far as the story, Angels, Arch Angels, Vampires and Hunters? The world created was not one I immediately fell in love with; in fact I'm not in love with it at all. This was a mediocre read/listen for me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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