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Brooke

Just a book fool.

United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 62 reviews
  • 95 ratings
  • 209 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Through the Ever Night: Under the Never Sky, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Rossi
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (311)

    It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death. Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

    Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least at first. Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

    Katheryne says: "Way beyond my expectations! Amazing sequel"
    "Middle Book Syndrome"
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    I will admit I am a bit undecided on this one. It has been a couple days since I finished this book and honestly I am having a hard time vividly remembering it. I think that in itself says it all...

    Middle book syndrome is a lot like middle child syndrome. It’s not the exciting beginning where everything is new and full of wonder. It's not the finale where all is uncovered and the pieces fall into place to reveal a beautiful picture you couldn’t even imagine, no the middle book is just that, the middle. Full of whatevers and what if's.

    I still found myself enjoying this book and if you loved Through the Ever Sky then don't miss this one, for I have a feeling book three will be getting 5 stars all around!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • New York: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (459)

    New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

    Chuck says: "Stunning"
    "I'm in love"
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    I fell in love with New York all over again... over and over again.

    YES.

    What a beautifully written history of one of the most fascinating cities in the world. I learned so much I didn't know about a place I have loved for so long. This is my first Edward Rutherfurd book and I cant wait to read/listen to e v e r y single o n e.

    He brings to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruin and Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (134)

    The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

    Katheryne says: "Epic!"
    "WWWWHHHHHHYYYYYYY?"
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    No.

    This sad sorry excuse for an ending to the epic adventure that (was) this story makes me want to... what... cry? WHATEVER.

    I can't even believe this was the same author.
    no thanks.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The One: Selection, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (645)

    The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose - and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

    Katheryne says: "Fabulous Final Installment"
    "Eh."
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    eh... whatever. This series should have been two books, the first one and this one. There was literally no need for the crud in the middle.

    I really shouldn't complain I am the one who picked up "The Bachelor-esc" dystopian for teenagers... whoops.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (486)

    In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she's ever known. When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat--and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves--maybe even toward love.

    Rosemary says: "not with a bang, but a whimper"
    "OH God Stars!"
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    Perfect conclusion to an immaculate story. If you have come this far then you already know how beautiful and unbelievably creative Laini Taylor's writing is. No need to say anymore except this book will complete the story like few finales do in such a manor that you are left feeling whole and emptied out at the very same time.

    We are The God Stars.

    Best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Still Blue: Under the Never Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Veronica Rossi
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (214)

    The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do - and they are just as determined to stay together. Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

    Katheryne says: "Perfect ending to a wonderful series"
    "City of Cinder"
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    I really like these books but I don't love them does that make sense?

    I can't pinpoint exactly why they just miss the love mark but they do. I really like these books because they are full of adventure, fear, excitement, love, and a seriously unique dystopian world. The end is great, and the writing is good.

    If you like YA adventure // dystopians then definitely give this series a shot! If you have already read the pervious two then I think you will be happy with the conclusion.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Champion: Legend, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Steven Kaplan, Mariel Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (483)

    June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic - and each other - and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government's elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic's border cities.

    Joki says: "Close of a Very Underrated Series"
    "I stand alone."
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    Overall this series is a pretty good one. If you're looking for a distopian that is actually well written, not completely predictable (and GASP no love triangle, well not really) then I totally recommend this one.

    BUT

    I seem to be the only one who didn't love the ending. I don't know... June just got so self-sacrificing and melodramatic there towards the end. Other then being a little frustrated with our heroine this conclusion was a wild ride that I am so glad I got on.

    So I stand alone in not "loving" the ending but I didn't and hate it and most days thats all a girl can really ask for.

    I recommend this series to lovers of "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent" obviously..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crash into You

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Katie McGarry
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam, Alicia Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life - that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT.

    Blum says: "Male and Female Narrators"
    "I fell fast..."
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    just like these two did. I don't care that their relationship is a tiny bit ridiculous and just a smidgen unrealistic. I love Katie McGarry she has a way of writing a romance that really cuts pretty deep especially for a couple of 17 year olds.

    I love that her characters are always so complex and miss-understood, and we are allowed a rare look into the heart of people who hide for a living. Every time I start one of her books I can't stop until I have devoured the whole thing.

    Please tell me there will be more... and who will we hear from next Abby?!?!

    A fast paced wild ride you will enjoy I promise.

    YAY!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dare You To

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Katie McGarry
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley, Christopher Gebauer
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock - with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams - and his life - for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

    Katheryne says: "Country boy meets big city girl - worlds collide"
    "CAN!"
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    Ok so I loved this book. The story is compelling with just enough depth and the romance is the perfect mix of hot, sticky, and sweet.

    Katie McGarry's book Pushing the Limits is not a must read, but would give you a different perspective on the main character before starting this one.

    The male reader is eh.. alright, but the female is fantastic!

    Overall I recommend Dare You To to any lover of YA fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6581)
    Performance
    (5986)
    Story
    (5993)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Pretty Darn Good."
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    Cuckoo's Calling (actually written by J.K Rowling) is pretty darn good. I say "pretty darn good" and not great because even though this book is not my usual haunt I still really liked it. Cuckoo's Calling is written extremely well (obviously) and kept me coming back for more. In this classic who done it I was left guessing until the very end!

    I am thinking this could be a series?? Same characters new mystery.

    I am a fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (909)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "Anna's Great Adventure."
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    I loved this book.

    If that isn't enough for you allow me to elaborate. Susanna Kearsley is a great writer. She knows her stuff and her History is SPOT ON. I read The Winter Sea and liked it enough to try her second one, tried the second one and LOVED it enough to never want to read anything else ever again.

    Do you need more?

    Firebird has it all, light romance, heavy history, and interesting and funny running dialogue. If you like historical fiction steeped in character development you will love this book!

    BUT you must read The Winter Sea first... YOU MUST!

    Fantastic read.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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