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Hilary

East Lansing, MI, United States

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  • 4 reviews
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  • 132 titles in library
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  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    As a young gay man—and a werepanther—all Jin Rayne yearns for is a normal life. Having fled his past, he wants nothing more than to start over, but Jin’s old life doesn’t want to let him go. When his travels bring him to a new city, he crosses paths with the leader of the local were-tribe. Logan Church is a shock and an enigma, and Jin fears that Logan is both the mate he fears and the love of his life.

    Cristin says: "Great idea but..."
    "I should have read it."
    Overall

    First and for most, this is a pure unadulterated FLUFF. It's a hot story about two guys getting in on against a background of supernatural fun. It even means to raise the complex issue of the nature of sexuality and the specter of homophobia and family expectations. However, that being said, this story is FLUFF! If you want more than that a more complicated look at these issues - go look elsewhere. But if you want a bit of hot, guilty little pleasure - have at.

    My one MAJOR issue with this is the reader. He's not bad but he reads these really hot sex as if he was stating a list of facts. Still, he's not bad. I'd give a listen to the free preview and decide whether he bugs you or not. If you anything like me, you'll be a little annoyed at first and then get used to it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled Webs: A Black Jewels Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By John Sharian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (77)

    The invitation is signed "Jaenelle Angelline," and it summons her family to a special soirée. But when her guests enter the house, they find themselves trapped in a living nightmare created by the Black Widow witches - and if they try to use Craft as protection, they risk being sealed in the house forever. But Jaenelle did not send the invitation. And now she and the rest of her family must rescue the others inside - and then find out who has created such a place, and why....

    Hilary says: "Not a Stand Alone!"
    "Not a Stand Alone!"
    Overall

    Why this is offered and not the series it comes from, I don't know. This book can only be understood if you've read Ann Bishop's Dark Jewels Trilogy. If you haven't - don't bother. You won't understand any of it.

    If you have and liked the series enough to want more - then I recommend it. This is pure escapism and as such is low on shocking plot twits or anything of that sort. It's just the characters we all know and love from the Black Jewels Trilogy coming out to play again.

    It's actually something of a Halloween story but would be fun at any time of the year.

    Not great literature, no. But all the more fun for it's touch of silliness.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sunshine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (245)

    There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while. Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.

    Amazon Customer says: "An absolutely riveting, addictive tale"
    "4.5"
    Overall

    I'm not giving this audiobook a 5 star rating not because I didn't love it. The author is one of my all-time favourites and this book is her at her best. I've read it more than once and just adore it.

    I'm giving it a 4.5 because I had issue with the reader. I hassen to add that there's nothing WRONG with her - but she just doesn't sound like Sunshine to me and often misses her 'voice' in a way that bugs me. I fully admit that this is largely because I HAD read the book so many times before buying the audiobook - I'm totally bias and had very definite ideas about how it should be done. Give a listen to the sample and if she sounds fine to you - she IS a very good reader - then you won't have any problems.

    As for the book - I can't recommend it highly enough. This is NOT your grandmother's vampire story! ;-)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Awakening: Darkest Powers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (227)

    "I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever. Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends: a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch, and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying."

    S. Walker says: "Super cute YA series!"
    "Just a Bit of Fun"
    Overall

    Okay - if you're looking for something shocking, new, utterly unique, and edgy - don't bother. This is just fun. Low on surprises or unexpected plot twists. But if you enjoyed the first book you'll like this one too. I, personally, have taking a great liking to the characters and am looking forward to the next instalment in the series. These books are escapism at it's best. A bit silly maybe, but almost more enjoyable for that.

    Don't look for the raw sexuality of Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, even if these do take place in the same world. This one is for a younger audience. But she still manages to do what I feel she does best - interesting characters and a fun world. And 'good guys' who aren't necessarily nice, but are all the more interesting for it.

    The reader isn't too bad. She's the same one that read the first one and when I first began listening to that one - having been given the book as a gift - I rolled my eyes and was ready to turn in off in less than five minutes, convinced I'd never be able to stand her. But I got used to her surprisingly fast and I think that she does a good job of giving character to the characters and the feel of a teenage girl to Chloe voice. So, don't be put off by her little girl quality - she does a good job and I hope they'll have her read the next one when it's out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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