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Brooke

Just a book fool.

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  • The Indigo Spell: A Bloodlines Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (444)

    Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch - a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run.

    Brooke says: "Adrian ADRIAN A D R I A N"
    "Adrian ADRIAN A D R I A N"
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    Alright, I seriously only read this book for Adrian and he does not disappoint.
    The series as a whole is so-so. But if you have come this far you either know that, or think differently. I you like Bloodlines then you will love Indigo Spell. It's the best of the series by far.

    It goes without saying Adrian saves the book again. I am in love with him, I really am I just can't help it.

    There is a little of mystery, action, and a whole lotta romance. Fans of Meed and the Bloodlines series will not be disappointed.

    6 of 6 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
    (127)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    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
    (307)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (285)

    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
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    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.

    Brooke says: "I fell fast..."
    "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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4791)
    Performance
    (4363)
    Story
    (4373)

    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
    (704)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (647)

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2411)
    Performance
    (2008)
    Story
    (2009)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Heavy History Light Romance"
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    Winter Sea is well written and very much a Historical Fiction. I liked this book but really only liked it. The story really drags... I would say in the middle but actually it feels like it drags the whole time.

    The ending was great even though you are convinced the whole time you are not going to like it. I implore you to read this book if for no other reason then it is a prerequisite for Firebird by Susanna Kearsley and Firebird is amazing.

    All in all Winter Sea is a good passer of time, has a great narrator, and is a MUST read series so far!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Siege and Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (194)

    Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic....

    Brooke says: "I WANT THE PRINCE!"
    "I WANT THE PRINCE!"
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    Is it just me?!

    Siege and Storm is delightful story. I will be honest I find myself struggling with fantasies a lot of the time. Too many strange names and places to remember and pronounce. This book is an exception for me. It is no fluff ball but it never takes you too deep you get lost. The plot stays on course and the people and places stay to a minimum, which in my opinion is essential to a great fantasy.

    Wild adventure, beautiful magic, good vs. evil, and a little bit of love sprinkled in. What else do you need?

    The Sun Summoner will suck you in and leave you waiting for more!

    p.s. cliffhanger

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (6857)
    Performance
    (3449)
    Story
    (3480)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Saucy, Sassy, Sookie Stackhouse!"
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    I am one of those people who watched a couple episodes of "True Blood" before ever reading any of these books. "True Blood" to be honest, turned me off of even trying the series out, but a friend of mine finally talked me into it and I am glad she did.

    This book has a great running dialogue, spicy romance, and, a surprisingly complex who done it. Although, its been about two weeks since I finished this book and I don't remember who done it or why, but you know what it doesn't matter. The book is fun and well rounded and you will undoubtedly move on to the next.

    If you like vampires, mystery, heavy romance, and southern accents then this book is for you. The narrator is not bad but definitely gets into character quite strongly so if that is distraction for you, you might want to consider reading this one yourself.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Outpost

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    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"
    "Narrator Bad // Book So-So"
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    There are so many great reviews for this book and I feel kinda alone on this one so bare with me. Outpost had great potential, and there are times it really lived up to it, and times I wanted to fast forward. Once I was at the middle of this book it was a little bit...ummm...boring? I don't know it just wasn't what I expected.

    Seeing that Deuce lived underground in a society that made up it's own rules and brainwashed it's people I was excited to see her paradigm shift. It felt as though it was going to be reminiscent of Plateo's "The Cave." It wasn't. The most she wondered about was why you celebrated birthdays and "who says I cant wear pants!" All of her "paradigm shifts" were quite shallow.

    Romance is weak and there is a pointless love triangle once again.

    The book starts to redeem itself towards the end and leaves you with quite the cliffhanger. I think the final installment in this series has the setup to be the best yet. Here's to hoping!

    OH! Most importantly the narrator is bad. I honestly wonder if I would have felt completely different about this book had I read it instead...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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