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Diane

Tell us about yourself! I am the author of "Over the Moon" and "Falling Off the Planet." They are both YA Sci-fi fantasy romance.

St. George, UT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 28 reviews
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  • 789 titles in library
  • 95 purchased in 2014
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  • Angel Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By L. A. Weatherly
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    Overall
    (100)
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    (81)
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    Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love, he discovers that nothing is as it seems....

    Diane says: "These Are Not Your Everyday Angels!"
    "These Are Not Your Everyday Angels!"
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    I struggle with angel fiction, but this book doesn't deal with regular angels. These have no connection with God. They are evil parasites that feed on human energy leaving people drained, diseased, and mentally unstable. They don't come from Heaven. They come from a dying world in a different dimension. Willow is half angel. Alex is an "Angel Killer." So, of course, they fall in love, after initially hating each other. They join forces to fight the Angel Invasion. Willow is sort of the one person in the whole world who can destroy them, but we don't know why. It's better than it sounds and the romance is sweet. There will be more to the story. Why doesn't anyone ever write solitary books anymore?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1031)
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    (968)
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    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    DCinMI says: "Get through this one because the next two are good"
    "Not What I Expected"
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    I couldn't finish it. It started out okay, but then it got worse and worse to the point that I didn't care how it ended. Sex and violence and unspeakable acts are just not for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unravel Me: Shatter Me, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
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    Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her - people with gifts - and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

    Black Heart Reviews (formerly GingerRead) says: "With all that I hated, I still loved it."
    "Beautiful Imagery"
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    This author is an expert word master. Her words roll off the tongue like poetry. Juliet does grow into a stronger character by the end of this book because her propensity for self-loathing, personal pity parties were getting annoying. She also said, "What?" after absolutely everything anyone said to her. It made me want to slap her and tell her to pay attention. Don't get me wrong, I did sympathize with her horrible past and her odd power to harm others, but I got tired of her wallowing in misery. I will read the next one because Ms. Tahereh has a remarkable talent for imagery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
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    Overall
    (10999)
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    (6192)
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    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Dangling Hope Kept Me Listening"
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    This is an interesting, well written story that is held together by optimism in the face of adversity. I enjoyed most of it. However, there were some very gruesome details that I would have preferred not to know. This is one of those "suffering" books where we have to float along with Pi and the 450 lb Royal Bengal Tiger, Richard Parker, through an ordeal as the only survivors of the tragic sinking of a freight ship filled with zoo animals and Pi's family. Now, I truly feel like I've been out to sea for 227 days. I would have jumped into the ocean if the author hadn't continued to dangle hope in front of me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
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    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Loved All but the Gory Details"
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    This book was a fun, well-written read. The alternate historical reality was brilliant, the characters were interesting, and the villains were evil personified. The magic was intriguing. My only problem with it, was the violence, which was off the charts and the gory details got old by the end of the story. I found myself zoning out during the final battles. One of the evil villains used the f-bomb more than I wanted to hear it, but he was justifiably evil incarnate so I guess it was his nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
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    Overall
    (12722)
    Performance
    (11655)
    Story
    (11720)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "We're all Going to Die"
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    I knew what I was getting into when I bought this book. It's one of those books that will rip out your heart and shred it simply because you looked past the cover and got sucked into the story, allowing yourself to suffer with the fictional, though very real, characters.

    Yes, it's the three p's: poignant, powerful, and painful. So why will you allow yourself to be tortured emotionally? It's all tied together with hysterical, though often morbid, humor. Laughing while you're crying is cathartic. It forces us to face our own mortality. Death is scary. Mercifully, most of us don't know when it will come knocking.

    I have absolutely no choice, but to give it five stars. It's a "cancer perk."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By R. L. LaFevers
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
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    Overall
    (100)
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    (61)
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    (61)

    Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theoand only Theowho is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum. Sneaking behind her fathers back, Theo uses old, nearly forgotten Egyptian magic to remove the curses and protect her father and the rest of the museum employees from the ancient, sinister forces that lurk in the museums dark hallways.

    Grant says: "Girls Adventure"
    "An 11 Year Old Girl Saves the World"
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    A very precocious 11 year old girl saves the world from agents of chaos who wish to take over the world using ancient Egyptian curses and magic to aid their cause. Fans of Rick Riordan's "Red Pyramid" should enjoy this book.

    I thought it well written, filled with fun characters and interesting Egyptian lore. At first, she seems to have the most neglectful, clueless parents in the world, but they redeem themselves in the end. She is given an impossible task by the head of a secret society which opposes the chaos agents. We have to grant extreme poetic license in order to suspend reality to a world where an 11 year old girl could be asked to do such a thing in complete secrecy with no outside help other than the Egyptian gods. Other than that, I found it delightful as I'm sure children 10 years and up will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (616)

    Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

    Norma says: "Great Listen!!"
    "An "Ugly Duckling" Story"
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    This is an "Ugly Duckling" coming of age book. Alina is an orphan. Her best friend and playmate doesn't see her beauty until she finds her "power" to call sunlight. (Yeah, it's a weird power, but it makes sense when you listen to the book.)

    At first I was kicking myself because she was pining and whining for her orphan comrade who was looking elsewhere for love. I HATE jealousy and the angst that comes with it. Then she meets the mysterious "Darkling" and the plot thickens.

    The ending is left open for a second book. If there isn't a second installment, it deserves only 4 stars because things are left unresolved.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (752)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (707)

    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"
    "Read at Your Own Risk"
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    After listening to the prologue, I thought I'd made a horrible mistake purchasing this book. However, I kept reading. It was better seen through the eyes of the "poison princess" than through those of the serial killer/evil "hermit" guy. There was a colossal amount of teen angst which threw me to seek solace in other books on a few occasions. Yes, you could say the story's love angle gets dicey and terribly intense with bickering and jealousy, the kind that I hate. I loved the Southern culture and the Cajun influence. The writing was excellent. The characters were interesting. The dystopian world was filled with disgusting survivors, totally devoid of any redeeming qualities, who made you lose hope in the human race after the apocalypse. I'm not sure I'll purchase the next installment. I'll have to wait and see how I feel when it comes out. It was a painful listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: A Firelight Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (201)

    Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted her fate long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

    Donna says: "GREAT SERIES - LOVE TO SEE IN MOVIE"
    "A Good End To The Story"
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    This was the best book in the trilogy. Jacinda got her act together and stopped being a vacillating, angst-ridden mess. The characters matured to some degree, and the loose ends were tied up in a tidy knot. I'm glad I persevered through the first two books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
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    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1024)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "Laini Taylor's Story is Compelling"
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    I didn't like it quite as much as the first book, but that's only to be expected with the second book in a series. Lots of awful stuff happens. The villains are established as even more evil than before. The lovers are separated by oceans of complications and emotional debris that has to be worked though before they can find common ground where forgiveness might be possible. Through it all, there is hope. I can't wait for the next book. Laini Taylor an incredible writer and this story is compelling!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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