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Melanie J. Luther

Proud book worm!

Kent, WA United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 26 reviews
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  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • A Girl's Guide to Vampires: The Dark Ones, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    Joy Randall's Top-five tips for vampire hunters: Location, location, location. Vampires won't be caught dead (ha!) in places like discos, 10-minute lube shops, or Switzerland. Remember, if you wouldn't be there, neither would a bloodsucker. Trust your eyes. You know the handsome, annoyingly arrogant, self-assured man in the shadows with long hair and a cleft in his chin? He's your vampire. No matter how tempting it might be, do not "accidentally" acquire a paper cut on your finger and suggest your vampire kiss it to make it better....

    E. Lanier says: "Maybe it was Katie's first "stab" at writing"
    "Not What I Expected"
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    Would you try another book from Katie MacAlister and/or Karen White?

    I love Katie MacAlister for an author but this isn't one of her best. I still liked it for a one time read.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There were times where I wished there was a little more umph to the story line and dragged a bit but the humor was there and I did laugh out loud.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2575)
    Performance
    (1858)
    Story
    (1879)

    Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Very good but left us with even more questions"
    "Love the series"
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    It seems that this series just gets better with each book. Now Clarey has a problem. She's in love with Jac....who is her brother. So she is dating Simon...which is on rocky roads now because he is turned to a vampire fully. ZOINKS! Valentine Jac and Clarey's father is sturring up more troubles with murdering the silent brothers and other downworlders casting Jac and Clarey into bad light with the counsel. I'm loving this book!! I love the twist and turns the author is taking it and Natalie Moore is excellent in the Narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alchemystic: A Spellmason Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anton Strout
    • Narrated By Linda Borg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City, even though her family is rich in real estate, including a towering Gothic Gramercy Park building built by her great-great-grandfather. But the truth of her bloodline is revealed when she is attacked on the street and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure. A figure who knows the Belarus name....

    Tracey says: "OK if you are looking for a YA fantasy"
    "Was okay..."
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    When I started to read this book it was absorbing but then it got to be unbelievable and unrealistic as to how the main Character would know certain things or do things that she'd never known before. I was sorely disappointed by some of the writing as I think it got sloppy in some parts like the author wanted to rush the story line or didn't know how to write certain scenes. As I said it was okay, somewhat far fetched and didn't absorb me as I usually get absorbed into a book.

    For short insight: Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist that finds out some pretty dark secrets about her family and finds herself in a fight for her family and digging into her grandfathers past. She finds out she is a spell mason and has the abilities to manipulate a craft of magic with stones. She also somehow awakens a gargoyle that is her guardian through this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3937)
    Performance
    (2812)
    Story
    (2848)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "WOW!!!"
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    Right from the start it was exciting. I really wanted to read the book before watching the movie and I'm glad!!! The book does follow an "A" typical plot line, which I won't ruin for those who haven't read it but I love how the writer puts her twists and turns on it. I'm really looking forward to the next book.

    For a quick note: Clary is a strong girl who follows her gut and instincts through the book to find her Mom and works with people she doesn't know and discovers a pretty heavy secret about herself and her life that she wouldn't have known if her Mother had anything to do with it. In this she finds more family and creates strong bonds with people she wouldn't have normally hung out with but finds she needs also.

    A strong book, with a strong plot and good characters!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo: Love at Stake, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he's ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself...because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo....

    Melanie J. Luther says: "Not my favorite out of all of Kerrelyn's books."
    "Not my favorite out of all of Kerrelyn's books."
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    Finally get to hear Dougal Kincaid's Story. In the "Love At Stake" Series, earlier on, Dougal lost his sword hand in battle with the Malcontents. He's always the soft spoken of the Vamps and very loyal. A background character that you smiled and felt sorry for. Unfortunately, I felt sorry for him through this whole book! Sad life and sadder way to become a vampire. It touches base on his childhood of slavery, how he came to be playing the pipes and his music in general. Highlights on his lost love. Also touches on his new prosthetic hand that Roman made him that he can control with his mind. I never knew what a mopey Vamp he was! Leah is no better. She's his love interest. A brainy child who grew up smarter then the rest and became a scientist. She has a few hang-ups herself and found myself wanting to reach in the book and smack her a good one a few times. The story does improve when you get further into it! I loved the Angels part in it and a face off with the demon Darifer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild About You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Nicol Zanzarella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    It's not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he'd like to lick....

    Deborah says: "Howard the Barr Bear"
    "Woo Hoo Howard!"
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    Werebear Howard finds romance finally!! Doughnut loving hunk falls for a mythical amazon of a gal who's ancestors were the originators of his kind? He doesn't know it and was raised with the legend but he has had the hots for her since seeing her on a "Flip this house" show as one of the designer/workers. Of course this not so little gal doesn't believe in the hooey of her 'mystical' path and has Aunts that are batty in her book but she loves (one lugs a gun about. LOL) but she finds herself falling for the werebear and trying to heed her Aunts crazy warnings. Of course if you've followed the "At Stake" series as I have...you'll see all your favorite characters involved and laugh, nearly cry for and cheer on Howard. He's not as simple as he pretends to be in all the other books. Pooh Bear can growl!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5192)
    Performance
    (4821)
    Story
    (4817)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Knight Dresden and the Mad Queen Mab!"
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    Harry is back from the dead...Yay for that...but he has healing to do and Mab on his heels with her training of him. People from his life needing him and he's torn between helping them, saving himself from Mab's training and suspecting everything that is going on. He also learns more about the Island. Jim Butcher has put twists all over the place in this book and it is wonderful!! Another in the A+ column!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1617)
    Performance
    (1468)
    Story
    (1480)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Rachel & Trent, Jenks and Belle...possibly! ;)"
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    Exciting and sad!!! Totally enjoyed the book!! Rachel grabs the bull by the horns and also more! Newt comes more to the fore on this book...measuring her Everafter as it shrinks. Ku'Sox is back on the attack more then ever and Bis is learning more as Rachel's familiar! This series is better and better with each book. Though in the last one Rachel gets hurt terribly and beat up bad...she comes back fighting! More characters die (sniff) a few that will shock the socks off you. Jax is back, gotta feel sorry for the bugger but it is good he is. Ivy once again take the background on this and this is good. That Vampire lure thing was kinda freaky to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Blood: The Hollows, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1597)
    Performance
    (1426)
    Story
    (1425)

    Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

    Aimee says: "Get on with it already"
    "Just gets better!"
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    Kim Harrison once again brings the best out in her book. Rachel Morgan, the books leading lady and demon witch, falls into trouble again. Things heat up, yes with her and Trent, several favored characters die (which I did sniffle a little over) and Al gets his knickers in a twist! Don't see much of Ivy but that's okay. Jinks and his kids, add spice to life of the book as well but don't divert and we gotta love Bis and his importance is brought to the forefront for saving Rachel and the Everafter! I love how Marguerite Gavin brings everyone to life and you know exactly who is in the room. Yay Kim Harrison for this and her continued excellence with the Hollows series!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7297)
    Performance
    (2735)
    Story
    (2790)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Entertaining"
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    I enjoyed this new twists for vampires! I've read all the books but also wanted to try it on audio. IIyana Kadushin brings to life a new world of vampires with her narration. An Arizona teenager, Bella, going to live with her Sheriff father in Forks Washington. She meets with an unusual family and falls in love with Edward, a very serious young man who she figures out his and his families secret, they're vampires. It all twists around to where she finds herself on hung between two worlds and her love of Edward and what she must and must not do. In a nut shell, there are times where I want to slap Bella and Edward both for their teenage throws of drama but also love them for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2970)
    Performance
    (2711)
    Story
    (2698)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "Wicked Wit and A Laugh A Minute!"
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    Pull your candies from their hiding spots and enjoy this book! I loved it and reread it several times and it always makes me smile! I love the clever humor, suspense and dabble of sexy Ms. Harper throws in this book. If you like your vampires and a good romance...this series has it all. Read the series from book one and everything will make perfect sense.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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