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Sarina Anderson

I have spent a good bit of my student loans on audiobooks.

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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
    (624)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (565)

    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"
    "Love Adrian"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There are three types of friends I would recommend Indigo Spell to:
    1. If you read the series or the Vampire Academy series and enjoyed it, this is another great installment. It has the expected twists (not expected as in predictable, but expected as in that is her writing style) that Mead always delivers.

    2. If you read VA and fell in love with Adrian (primarily why I read).

    3. If you generally enjoy YA supernatural romances.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Indigo Spell?

    Well, there's a plethora of Adrian and Sydney moments that are swoon-worthy, but there is a scene when Sydney actually has "intimate" relations with Adrian on a table that was surprising.

    Also, there's a part where Veronica enters Sydney's dream, and it scared me!


    What about Emily Shaffer’s performance did you like?

    She does an amazing job creating unique voices for all the characters. I loooove her Adrian voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite thing about any form of story is character development. I don't care how amazing the plot is, if the characters don't grow or change from the situations, then the stories are worthless.

    Sydney has finally grown into who she is meant to be. She is finding her own person and doing what she wants to do. It's fantastic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Silver Shadows: Bloodlines, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (196)

    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 Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

    Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

    Jamie says: "Just keeps getting better and better!"
    "Well, I'm Satisfied"
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    Satisfaction is the word that perfectly sums up how I feel after completing this. I wasn't overwhelmed by it, But, thankful, I wasn't disappointed either. If you stumble across this book, I highly recommend adding it to your wish list and picking up the other ten books in this series (yes, I am including Vampire Academy).

    I made it a point to stay away from spoilers about this one - even though I've been dying for it to come out. The absolute ONLY thing I expected from this one was that Sydney and Adrian reunite. Pretty low standards, if you ask me.

    I guess the main thing that came out of this book was that we were shown the true strength Sydney and Adrian have gained from their love, and it is beautiful. I don't think Sydney would have been able to survive Reeducation without the hope of seeing Adrian again.

    I can't really say much about this because I don't want to spoil it in any way. Just know that it follows the same formula as every other book in the series. There is a problem, and Sydney's smarts and Adrian's charm solve it.

    PS- I'm still disappointed that Penguin chose to take away Adrian's English accent. But I guess Mr. Ford did a decent job.

    Can't wait for The Ruby Circle!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1117)

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

    Jennifer says: "Not sure if fault lies in performance or story"
    "Change Doesn't Mean Bad"
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    The initial thing about this sequel is that it is told in three different POVs. Normally, I am completely off putted by multi-POVs. I hate it when the first book is epic, and you love and care about the protagonist, then they throw in a random narrator in the second books (Eldest, anyone?). You are always filled with a sense a dread when the chapter ends because you are thrown into some of character's head on some other part of the universe. However, I LOVED this aspect of Scarlet.

    I was panicking because I thought Cinder would no longer be a narrator. How horrible would it be to never be inside Cinder's head again? But, that wasn't the case. We see Cinder directly after the happenings from the first book. She picks up a hilarious new companion, and she carries on. I am in love with the character developing that is happening with her. In the first book, we have a girl who is synonymous with a slave. She is extremely self-conscious and dislikes herself to a certain extent. All she wants is freedom. Now she has freedom, but she is now forced to face that she IS the rightful queen. Cinder has to cope with the loss of her new found freedom and has to grow into her role. She will seriously be amazing by the end of the series, I just know it.

    As for Scarlet, I LOVED her. She was hilarious. I am a strong fan of a badass female protagonist, and Scarlet is definitely one. She lets no one hold her back, and she will literally shoot you if you stand in her way. Sometimes her obsession with her grandmother was a little too much, but I know I would feel the same way if one of my family members was kidnapped.

    I appreciated how each character would have two chapters for their turn. I hate when both story arcs are broken up where the chapter ends on a climatic part and then you are thrown into the other side of the story. It's terrible writing when authors do that - Meyer does not.

    I personally loved all the voices that Soler provided. She is fantastic. She gave the characters such depth and emotion. Whenever Scarlet was upset, you could feel her emotions instead of just hearing them. It also was great since the story is told in different perspectives. It's nice to know that okay, we hear the accent, we are with Scarlet now.

    I loved this one more than Cinder. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire listen, and the comic relief provided by Thorne was wonderful. I simply cannot wait to see how the rest of the series unfolds.

    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
    (1881)
    Performance
    (1697)
    Story
    (1704)

    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"
    "WARNING: Highly Addictive Series"
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    After finishing this book (in one sitting, mind you), I was left with one question: Why? Why did I wait so long to listen to this?! Then, Why would I do this to myself. Say goodbye to your life; you will be consumed with this one. Or at least I was.

    Let me start out by freaking out about Rebecca Soler. She is phenomenal (even more so in Scarlet, but I will address that more in that review). At first I was put off by the idea that there are androids in this world, but her emotionless, robotic voice is spot-on. She captures a unique voice for EACH character and truly brings them to life. If I see her name as the narrator, I will undoubtedly listen to it.

    As far as the story, I truly had NO idea what it was about. I knew it was a retelling of Cinderella. The cover appears to have to cyborg-ish things going on. Other than that vague idea, I had no other indication of what I was diving into. I'm normally not into the whole robot thing, but I am obsessed now. Thanks for that.

    Cinder is one of those rare female leads that is badass. She reminds me A LOT of Winry from FullMetal Alchemist. She's a super cool cyborg mechanic who has a crappy homelife, but she is NOT whiny about it. Her step mother is deliciously horrible - very fun to hate.

    Kai is a dreamy male-lead. I wasn't necessarily swooning for him, but I felt that his relationship with Cinder was very genuine and fit perfectly with the characters.

    I will say that there are a few elements that were completely predictable. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it made some reveals not as epic as I would have liked (hence, 4 stars instead of 5). Nevertheless, I am thoroughly enjoying this series and highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One: Selection, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (599)

    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"
    "I've been DYING to read this One (pun intended)"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this series. I cannot exactly place my finger on why it is so addicting, but it is. I tried explaining to my skeptical friend why she should read this series. It went something like, "It's a dystopian romance with a caste system. It's sort of like the bachelor. Trust me, it's great." She was hesitant, but she became addicted to it too.

    My first comment is that I really believe this book would have been better as a two-book series. The second book was a waste of time/money. It could have been easily condensed into this book. OR if they wanted to keep three books, then focus more on the rebels in this one. The actions scenes were too rushed.

    But who cares about that when there's romance?! Maxon and America were precious. It got a little frustrating there when the same-old crap kept coming up. America: I just can't commit myself to someone dating other girls. Maxon: I just can't commit to you when I think you love someone else. We get it. We got it in the first book. Let's move on from it, please.

    Will this series go down as life-changing? No. It probably won't even make my Top Ten Series list. That being said, it does its job: It is an entertaining listen that allows me to escape for a few hours.

    SPOILER:

    I felt like there were a lot of unnecessary deaths. There was only one death that needed to happen. No one else needed to die for the story to progress. America could have had some other reason to leave the castle in order for Max to realize his feels for her.

    Also, Chris is a rebel?! Why wasn't this developed?! It could have been an epic plot twist. Why did Chris not realize that America was on the rebels' sides when she brought Georgia to the dinner? Would have made things more interesting.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Minds: Darkest Minds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Alexandra Bracken
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (275)

    When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

    Jeff says: "Well written and wrenching"
    "Absolutely in Love with this New Trilogy"
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    This is the perfect book to take you out of any reading slump. The characters are all beautifully written, and they all have layers. It is unusual for me to connect with multiple characters (I usually only find myself thinking about the protagonist and love interest), but I genuinely care about all the main characters. The narration is also really great. I can honestly say that once I was about thirty minutes into the book, I couldn't stop listening. This book had me laughing; it had me crying, but, most of all, it had me DYING to dive into the sequel.

    If you haven't listened to this one yet, I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Panic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (185)

    Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She'd never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought. Dodge has never been afraid of panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he's sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he's not the only one with a secret....

    Katheryne says: "It should have been called Malaise"
    "Oliver & Drew are a Perfect Combination"
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    I've been a Lauren Oliver fan since I first came across "Before I Fall" a few years ago. When I learned that she was writing a new stand-alone novel, I definitely marked it on my calendar.

    As you can see, I felt "Panic" was about a 4/5.
    Sarah Drew really is perfect for Oliver's protagonists (Sam, Heather, Lena), but I am not a fan of her male voices. They are not distinguishable enough for me to be able to identify the characters without Drew actually saying who was speaking. Her angry/crying voices are kind of rough sometimes, but I love them.

    The story was also interesting if not totally predictable. It was hard for me to comprehend that the story took place NOW instead of in some dystopean future. I don't really want to give anything away, but I could not stop listening once I started and was happy I decided to let this story quick off my spring break!

    If you're a fan of Oliver's other stories, you will like this one. If you generally like YA romances with hints of seriously dark elements, you will like this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ignite Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (293)

    With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world...but that’s not all he wants with her.

    Marjorie says: "Stunning conclusion!"
    "FINALLY a GOOD YA Dystopean Ending"
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    Why it is that whenever you find an awesome Dystopean trilogy, the third books always sucks? *cough Hunger Games, Delirium, Divergent cough*
    Since I've been dying for this conclusion, I forced myself to NOT get excited. So much disappointment in the past has traumatized me. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
    Mafi somehow managed to fix everything I hated about the first two books within this one. She wasted no time focusing on things I really didn't care about, and she left me with the only complaint that it is OVER. :(

    Okay, now I'm going to dive into a few spoilers.

    As far as the love triangle goes, was there really any question who she would choose? The title is "Ignite Me". It's not little bird or whatever Adam has tattooed. It's Ignite Me. Boom. I mildly wish I would have re-listened to the first two books, so maybe I wouldn't be so Pro-Eric. But, who could seriously ship Adam in this one?

    I have to admit that Warner's reasons for being so evil to J come off as a little excusey, but we have to take into consideration who our narrator is. Juliette (I'm pretty sure she spells her name differently than this, but since I've only listened to the audiobook, I have no clue) was not a reliable narrator. She was a MORON in the first two books. She was so helpless and pitiful that it makes perfect sense that she would create Warner as an evil dude...Well maybe Warner created that for himself, but whatever. J is the problem Mafi fixed by the way.

    She was pretty badass in this one. Finally. Sheesh, only took killing her to make her grow a backbone. It is a little doubtful that a 17 year old could successfully take over the world, but I could not bring myself to care. I wanted her to do it. I don't care about the logistics. I don't live in this world. I just want my protagonist to take over the world.

    Now I'm going to gush about my absolute favorite character: Kenji! HE'S AWESOME. I literally laughed out laugh with his comments in this one. It was kind of embarrassing laughing at my ear buds. A part of me wishes he could have ended up with J. How cool would that have been? How many love triangles end with with the girl jumping ship and getting with the random? It would have been epic. I wouldn't have minded if Eric turned out to be a sociopath. I didn't necessarily ship him, but he's less sucky than Adam.

    Speaking of Adam, how perfect was Juliette's speech about breaking up with him? I loved that. It perfectly describes EVERY first love. She only fell for Adam because he was the first dude to give her attention/TOUCH her. She needed someone to inspire her, and he couldn't do it for her anymore. (Reference to Delirium::::::: Lena & Alex, anyone?) I appreciated how Mafi spared her readers from having a huge internal struggle over which guy she should chose. It was decided early on, and decided for the right reasons.

    Lastly, I simply can't leave a review on audible without mentioning the brilliant performance by Kate Simses. She is fabulous. She portrays the soft and frail voice of Juliette perfectly. She somehow makes her voice sexy for Warner. And I'm still freaked out by how her James voice literally sounds like a little kid.

    Reader's awesome, author's awesome, characters are awesome, ending's awesome

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Heart: Bloodlines, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (496)

    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 Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her...But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once.

    Debbie Pharr says: "Turned it on...Turned it off :'("
    "More like "The Broken Heart""
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    I literally have just finished the audiobook, and I am feeling slightly speechless.

    As the majority of the previous reviewers have said, YES there is a narration switch, and YES it is horrible. One of the things that makes Adrian so darn appealing is the accent Emily had given him. I don't care how gross it may sound, but I absolutely loved her Adrian voice. "Loved" feels like an understatement, really. I died a little inside when they took away that aspect of Adrian's character. But, even worse? Emily used her original Adrian voice on Neal. Bleh. I actually enjoyed the different narrators for the different chapters, but they should have found an English man to take the part.

    With all that being said, is it so bad to the point of no listening? I don't think so. Don't get me wrong, the male actor is not terrific, but he's not horrible.

    Now for the story. I just can't. WHY WOULD I READ IT SO SOON AFTER IT'S RELEASE?! I am dying for the next one already. I don't want to spoil anything, but I will definitely say this is the best book in the Bloodlines series thus far. The issues of this novel are far more interesting than the problems of the passed books (I didn't care for Veronica at all.) I also am in love with how Mead somehow manages to establish unique personality traits for all of her characters - even the minor ones.

    This novel features tidbits of some of our favorites from the VA series, and it references some problems of the past. I am so in love with Adrian and Sydney and my heart is figuratively crying for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Partials

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (429)

    The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials - engineered organic beings identical to humans - has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

    Tabitha says: "Action! Romance! Science!"
    "Everything I Love in a Dystopian"
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    I, like so many others, am stuck in this dystopian kick. I just can’t get enough. There are quite a few not-so-good stories out there, and, thankfully, Partials is not one of those.

    Firstly, since it is an audiobook, I must comment on Julia Whelan’s performance. At first her pacing felt slow, but within five minutes I go used to it – plus you can always use the speed-up function if her pace annoys you. However, I absolutely loved her ability to give each character a unique tone that made their dialogue distinguishable. She’s great.

    The first thing I love about the story is all of the characters’ maturity. Yes, they all are in the 15-19 age range, but they have the maturity level of college students – or at least Kira, the protagonist, does. A theme throughout the book is whether age is a signifying of adulthood, and I appreciate that they are not on the maturity levels of teeny-boppers.

    Carrying on from the maturity thing, yes there is romance, but it is NOT the primary focus of Kira. I like that. I can’t stand it when a war is literally outside a character’s window, and her relationships are all she can think about. I also can’t help but love a YA female character who is dependent on her own strength and doesn’t NEED a man to survive.

    Lastly, something I adored is the fact that there is literally non-stop action. It is a longer audiobook, so it is awesome that so much action is spread throughout the entire book.

    It is definitely worth a listen. I definitely recommend reading this If you enjoyed (or I recommend reading these if you liked Partials):
    Divergent by Veronica Roth, Hunger Games, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Uglies by Scott Westerfiled, or Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2719)
    Performance
    (1985)
    Story
    (2007)

    Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.

    Mishel says: "Not appropriate for adults - YA only"
    "Exactly What I Was Looking for!"
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    I've purchased the first book in the series about four times in the past few years, but I never got passed the first chapter. Finally, I got the audiobook, and I instantly fell in love.

    I've been searching for a good YA novel with a strong female lead, an interesting plotline, and a male protagonist that I could make me fall in love.

    Without giving away anything (UNLIKE THE PUBLISHER SUMMARY!), I will say that there is a strong taboo love-triangle that breaks my heart. There is action that is engrossing, but it is not hard to follow. Lastly, there is a few evil (ish) characters that are delicious to hate.

    It is well-worth a credit, and it is well-worth the hours spent listening to it.

    Off to buy the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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