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Rita

Mckinleyville, CA, USA

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  • 10 reviews
  • 253 ratings
  • 327 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Poison Princess: Arcana Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (672)

    She could save the world - or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline 'Evie' Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future - and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone.

    Katheryne says: "I have a crush on YA books"
    "A--freaking--mazing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!!! It is fan-tabu-lous. I first read the e-book, then imediately bought the audiobook...which was even better.


    What other book might you compare Poison Princess to and why?

    This is an apocalyptic book -- not to be confused with post-apocalyptic/dystopian--it had that, but it was so much more too. Perhaps... "Alice in Zombieland" and "Death and the Girl next door", just in the fact that they are all crossover books from fantastic adult fantasy writters, but neither were as good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I feel like I'm in See's Candy and I only have 50 cents... Do I have to pick?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    swoon a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    A--freaking--mazing. Two nights of staying up well past midnight falling asleep with kindle in hand, then I immediately bought this audiobook version and started over again.
    Refreshingly original. Great story. Perfect ending.
    Warning: the only thing YA about his book is the characters ages. It's gore-ific.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Keturah and Lord Death

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Martine Leavitt
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Sixteen-year-old Keturah tells vibrant stories of her own imagining to the folk of her small village. Her talent for painting beautiful pictures with words is impressive indeed, but will it be enough to save her life when she becomes lost in the deep, dark forest?

    Staaj says: "Spirit of a Classic Tale"
    "Haunting Fairy Tale"
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    What a special little audiobook. This book is told in a fairy tale fashion that reminds me of some of my favorite Juliet Marillier and Robin McKinley books. So many of the sentences resonate so deep and so true.

    This is not pop-ish or immature and I can't agree less with the reviews that compare this book to pop-paranormal-romance books. Honestly it reminded me more of The Alchemist than a "ya romance" (not that I have anything against ya romance;); while the main focus of the book is "love" I think the pursuit and ultimate choice runs much deeper than that---but the interpretation is in the heart of the reader.

    The only complaint I had was it's length, while it was perfectly complete I wish I had more to listen to. I guess that this will just have to go into my to-be-re-listened-to asap pile.

    Similar books:
    The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle
    The Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
    Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
    Beauty by Robin McKinley

    (ALL RECOMMENDED!!!!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1952)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1766)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "um, does this cyborg foot fit you?"
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    This book was sweet and even though it followed a basic over-told and over-rewritten story, it had a true spark of originality. Cinderella story aside it was still utterly predictable. But i shed a couple tears, laughed out loud and all in all had great fun reading this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death and the Girl Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (299)

    Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home. For Lorelei, life goes on. High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be. Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Things get even more complicated when a new guy - terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach - comes to school.

    Kirstin says: "PG-13 version of Darynda's snarky writing"
    "Darynda, where did it go wrong?"
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    Would you try another book from Darynda Jones and/or Lorelei King?

    Ok, here's the thing.... LOVE the Darynda/Lorelei combo! They created Chalie, and I love Charlie. This book... well, If you loved this book you will (crazy) love the Charlie Davidson series. If you don't like this book, you might still cray love the Charlie Davidson series.


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

    The plot line and love story is a bit... Disjointed. Yet...the book is enjoyable and very funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Rival: Jane Yellowrock, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1089)

    For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

    Maureen says: "Best of the series by far!"
    "series did a mountain lion leap from good to great"
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    What other book might you compare Death's Rival to and why?

    Well, the obvious in Mercy Thompson (by Briggs) (skin walker, mixed hertitage native american, Vampire killer etc.), There is also some aspects of Jane's personality that remind me on Anita Blake (Hamilton)... and maybe a little bit of Elena Michaels (Armstrong) in ther too.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I finally made my peace with the "beast" sections-- I don't really enjoy this POV, but it's growing on me. The romance in these books has never really do it for me... but the plot of this installment made up from any weak points in the lovie-dovies.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Crimson Crown: A Seven Realms Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Cinda Williams Chima
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (184)

    In this stunning series conclusion, Queen Raisa ana' Marianna is desperately seeking a way to unite her people and keep peace within the Fells. Meanwhile, relations between the wizards and Clan approach a breaking point. Han Alister, now a member of the Wizard Council, learns the thousand-year-old secret that can unite the people of the kingdom - but he may not live long enough to use it.

    Rita says: "Favorite Book this Year"
    "Favorite Book this Year"
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    What did you love best about The Crimson Crown?

    Its done. its done???
    ohhhh, best book so far this year.
    I'm feeling the afterglow of this book. Considering if I should re-listen from book one again right away... Or wait... So good!!! This series ranks close to the top in my best series ever list.

    The series is perfect for fans of series like Song of Ice and Fire (with the understanding that it is a YA series). It is a series full political drama, messy misunderstandings, robust characters you love and others you love to hate.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Han... Reisa...Han....? errrr....


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes! cry. laugh. rejoice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alice in Zombieland

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever. Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. Her father was right. The monsters are real.

    Linda B says: "Fun! Actually something new!"
    "Not what I expected"
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    Where does Alice in Zombieland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    somewhere in the middle.


    What other book might you compare Alice in Zombieland to and why?

    Poison Princess By Kresley Cole (One Of My 2012 Favorites). Because they're both YA PNR novels written by accomplished adult UF writters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Her voice.... I don't know it just was a bit droll


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love Ali's grandparent's interrogations.


    Any additional comments?

    Not really what I expected, but maybe that's a good thing. To me, zombie equals apocalypse... And... I was thinking this would be a little closer to the books namesake, AIW, but this book is not a retelling. This book was closer to Buffy the V slayer with cannibal ghosts. I LOVED Ali's grandparents!!! They made this book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (1661)
    Story
    (1666)

    Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on.

    Stephanie says: "Best book yet."
    "Great series"
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    If you could sum up Third Grave Dead Ahead in three words, what would they be?

    Yet anotherwonderful installment to this fantastic series. Can't wait for the forth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlie


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the bikers cath her sneakin into the mental hospital


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Soul to Take: Soul Screamers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (908)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (560)

    Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.

    Bethany says: "A true page-turner..."
    "Not Great"
    Overall

    This book is decent, nothing mind-blowing or even noteworthy. The narrator constantly tells what the other characters are thinking, which bugs me because she's not supposed to be telepathic. Also I find it rather predictable. But, the production is good and the story is, as I said, decent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hush, Hush: Hush, Hush Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Becca Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By Caitlin Greer
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (382)

    Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust.

    Sarah says: "Inklings Read Reviews: Hush, Hush"
    "Loved it."
    Overall

    Ok, so Fitzpatrick borrowed alot from Stephenie Meyer. But, that didn't stop me from loving it. Both 'Twilight' and 'Hush, Hush' follow the 'Pride and Prejudice' story-line with a paranormal twist. And, what can I say, I'm a sucker from the proud and misunderstood.

    I actually could not stop listening to 'Hush, Hush'. I started it yesterday, and saved a little for this morning. I might have even liked this novel more than Twilight.

    It's easier for me to relate with the self-reliant Nora Grey than the self-sacrificing, selfless Bella Swan (for better or for worse).

    Also, Patch is more appealing than the 'old-fashioned' Edward Cullen (don't get me wrong Edward Cullen IS appealing). Patch helps less, is more dangerous and definitely more sexy. But then, what girl can resist a bad, bad boy.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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